Tulle is, in and of itself, one of the most extra of fabrics. Tulle is not often used sparingly. Tulle is almost always presented to us in excess. Tulle is also a tutu, seen on ballerinas. And, as Prem wrote in his post about Camp yesterday, Louis XIV was the Sun King of Camp, and he LOVED ballet, he practically invented it. All the tulle we saw last night, then, was an homage to the Camp of Versailles, in four different personalities, and for three out of the four women featured here, it was their first time at the Met Gala.
Alessia Cara is not known for over-the-topness. This black and white tulle dress, by her standards, is going for it. And it’s working. She’s in Giambattista Valli. She’s also in Nike platform sneakers. On brand both for her and for the event. A solid rookie showing.
Emma Roberts is not a Met Gala rookie. She too, like Alessia, as you could probably tell from the tulle bath she’s taking here, is in Giambattista Valli. Of all her Met Gala looks so far, this one might be my favourite – for how it meets the theme. If she was wearing this at the Golden Globes, I’d call it tulle vomit. On a night when “more” is the goal, it’s totally acceptable, especially when the makeup, all of the makeup, exactly matches the gown.
Interestingly, flower crowns were a thing last night. Emma did the flower crown thing, as did Lucy Boynton who arrived in tulle, by Prada, with a flower crown and dyed hair, also a big trend. It’s Coachella meets the prom, it’s hippie and disco punk, it’s clashing vibes and styles, crossing lanes and lines, if you will, and while it’s not the standout look of the night or even of the tulle group, it’s a good effort for her first Met Gala.
My favourite of all the tulles, however, is Lana Condor in all pink, a third Giambattista Valli. I love this dress so much I think I’d be into it even if it wasn’t for Camp at the Met Gala. Imagine running down a gilded hallway with this dress on, your shoes dangling from your fingertips, giggling as you stumble into a secret room to meet your lover, Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola styles. And if that’s what Lana’s look is homage-ing, well, it certainly meets the event’s requirements.