Most Hollywood red carpets are exhausting and repetitive. But on Monday night, the Met Gala proved some of the biggest stars on the planet were not afraid to take some severe – and silly – fashion risks in the name of having fun.
The theme for this year's event, hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, is what "camp," which broadcasts. But that did not really matter. Katy Perry wearing a chandelier from Beauty and the Beast: Jared Leto holding his own prosthetic severed head, Billy Porter sprouting golden wings "And Zendaya donning a Cinderella dress that glowed in the dark?"
It was like Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade had invaded the pages of Vogue. Manhattan's Upper East Side were thrilling, sometimes horrifying, but never boring. Here are the biggest secrets and surprises from this year's event.
Usually, the best looks at the gala arrive late in the evening, but not this year. No sooner had Wintour stepped off the carpet at 5:30 p.m., the streets of Manhattan erupted with cheers. One day soon, Twitter wants to dissect the deeper meaning behind Gaga's 20 minutes of choreography. Gaga peeled off one magnificent gown (pink) for another (black) for a third (red) with a plastic phone as a prop, before crawling up and down the steps of the museum in a bra and fishnet stockings.
What it camp? Who knows, but what a glorious performance. Even Wintour, who usually disappears inside, could not resist lurking at the top of the steps for the entire charade. When asked by a journalist how anyone else could compete, she yelled back: "They can not!"
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Cardi B required the help of eight different people to carry her blood-red dress.
3. What Happens If You Do not Speak Camp?
Celine Dion (who stunned in a gown from the closet of "Fosse / Verdon") admitted that she initially thought the theme referred to camping. And indeed, not everybody was in the joke. A few celebrities looked like they were wearing left over frocks from the People's Choice Awards. Frank Ocean wore a plain Prada poncho as he (in a campy gesture) took photos of the photographers shooting pictures of him. Mayor Michael Bloomberg also went with a safe, classic tuxedo. "God has given us," he said, "not embracing a splashier look."
4. Kris Jenner is a Devoted Mom
Jenner showed up early on the carpet with the first batch of celebrities. But when Hollywood's favorite reality TV mom got to the top of the stairs, she waited and waited … and waited. More than an hour went by, Michael B. Jordan with a kiss on the cheek. Finally, it became clear what she looking for. As soon as Kim Kardashian made her way up the Met Staircase, Jenner took out her phone and started recording.
5. Keeping Up With The Kardashian Wests
America's no. 1 reality TV family? Those days are history. In fact, the Kardashians – Kim (in brown latex), Kendall Jenner (orange feathers) and Kylie (a purple dress with a boa) – treated the Met Gala like it's just their own Cannes Film Festival red carpet. After the three daughters made it to the top, joined by mom Kris (and with Kayne by Kim's side), they turned around and then walked back to them as a family. No movie star or singer could compete.
6. The One Thing Katy Perry Would not Say
"I'm retiring the word 'lit' tonight," the singer confessed, as she slowly wobbled up the carpet in a gown that resembled a chandelier, fitted with lightbulbs .
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Six shirtless men carried Billy Porter on a caravan to the entrance of the Met Once he arrived, he spun his arms to reveal a pair of golden wings attached to his costume. He said that he took five hours to get dressed.
8. Is Fashion Political?
Lena Waithe wore a suit with the words "Black Drag Queens Invented Camp," written on the back.
9. It was a pointed political reminder that it would not be included in the list of invitations. Couples That Stayed Close
Jennifer Lopez clutched A-Rod's hand as she made her way up the stairs. Kanye West lovingly kept a hand on Kim's back as she talked to press. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra did a few interviews together. Morocco last week, Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre beamed as they accepted congratulations.
10. All Hail, Queen Nicki
Gala is always a power play move. Just ask Madonna. This year, that honor went to Nicki Minaj. At around 9 pm, the Queen Bee rapper was silently slowly chatting with reporters as the carpet closed down, proving – she had the stamina to outlast everyone else on New York's biggest night for fashion.