CultureCow: OPULENCE and camp at the Met

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — As I sit here, typing this article in my $29.98 (on sale, of course) khakis from H&M with a rip in the pocket and a blue knock-off Michael Kors shirt from Nordstrom Rack, I’d like to talk to you about something very important: fashion.I’m not talking about Instagram models that try to look hot on camera so skincare products will pay their rent, but instead the actual designers that shape the landscape of what everyone (and I mean everyone, click here for the proof) will wear.  Fashion is often cast by the wayside as something only affluent people care about or can truly chase, but 1. That’s not entirely true and 2. It’s a legitimate form of art that really doesn’t get enough credit.But there is one night where fashion gets its due and it’s the biggest party of the year: the Met Gala.  The Met Gala is where all the biggest stars come out (to display their wealth) to show off a very talented (or very misguided) designer’s attempts to fit the theme.  The theme this year was “camp,” which is inherently a paradox to design for.  Camp is delightfully tacky or over the top, but what truly makes it camp is that it’s either blissfully unaware of itself or chooses to embrace its extravagance (as drag queens did when they invented the term and style).  There are those who choose to just wear something fancy, which is fine, but I’ll only be talking about those who went for the theme (or tried to).  For picture references please click here.Lady Gaga: One of the hosts for the evening and already a queen of camp, served looks all night with not 1 or 2, but 3 costume changes for a total of four outfits all on the pink carpet.  We could’ve expected something of this caliber from her, but going from the magenta circus tent of her first outfit to the skimpy bra and fishnets of her final look (a process that included a wagon, umbrellas, and staff) was a wild ride.Lena Waithe: Waithe is an actor and screenwriter most famous for Master of None, but she came out to the gala to represent for the founders of camp.  She wore a simple (but elegant) double-breasted suit whose pinstripes spelled out “black drag queens invented camp,” which is absolutely true.  This event could have easily coopted camp, a style usually reserved for the minority and queer communities, but Waithe reminded everyone that fashion has a duty to remember its influences, rather than erase them.Celine Dion: Another camp icon.  She wore an over the top silver “feathered” outfit that was pure Las Vegas camp.  While she looked incredible, I worried about the poor girl all night and someone should really bring her a sandwich.Zendaya: Zendaya hit the Met scene hard last year with an incredible (on theme) outfit and with Rihanna out for this year’s gala, she tried to assert herself as the new winner of the event.  She wore a replica (complete with hair and clutch) of a Cinderella outfit that actually changed color.  I’m very impressed with her commitment to the theme and I’m excited to see her year after year now.I’m running out of room, but here are some honorable mentions: Frank Ocean, Janelle Monae, Tessa Thompson, Serena Williams, and Cardi BDishonorable mentions include the Kardashian/Jenners (whatever their names are, they don’t matter) for trying and failing to grasp camp and Katy Perry for just picking a stupid outfit (a literal chandelier).If you’re still reeling from the opulence of the Met Gala or from the disappointment of episode 4 of Game of Thrones (sorry I know that’s in my other article, but I’m still upset), try checking out one of the best RomComs in a while, Long Shot.  I was skeptical going in that they would build a plot around Charlize Theron falling in love with Seth Rogan where the whole conflict is just her being wildly out of his league, but the filmmakers delivered.Theron plays the Secretary of State making a presidential run who hires Seth Rogan to be her speechwriter.  Shenanigans ensue and the typical RomCom narrative gets flipped on its head.  Instead of pithy scenes with lots of staring, the two take Molly and curse at each other.  It’s a great date movie and a wonderfully surprising twist on what this genre has become.  (Honorable s/o to O’Shea Jackson Jr. for a hilarious performance).I know I tend to focus on rap and pop music in these articles, and while that has a lot to do with the utter destruction of good country music in the last decade (I’m looking at you Luke Bryan), I’m trying to broaden my horizons.Thanks to a new podcast aptly named Americana Podcast: the 51st State, that’s become wildly easier.  Hosted by Americana legend Robert Earl Keen, it interviews staple bands in the genre and exposes you to a lot of music you might be unfamiliar with if you only listen to the trash on the radio.I admittedly still don’t know a lot about Americana music (yet) so I’ll leave it at that, but if you’re either a die-hard Americana fan or looking to get into one of the best styles of truly American music, this podcast is the way to go. (click here for the link)Meme of the weekI, unfortunately, can’t look at every meme that dominates the internet every week, so if you see a meme and think it should be the meme of the week please send it to: [email protected] us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more