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Met Gala 2019

May 8, 2019

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Fashion is one of my favorite distractions.

(My grandmother passed and I have been grieving. Deeply. Still am.) #LoveAlways

And New York City is always bustling.

Annually for the last fifty years, Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute hosts a huge benefit where celebrities dress up in over-the-top outfits set to a theme and have dinner.

The Met Gala is the event Donald Trump proposed to Melania in 2004.

It is the same night as the infamous elevator fight between Beyonce, Solange, and Jay-Z five years ago.

And it is the party that inspires Sandra Bullock’s fictional heist in Ocean’s 8.

Tickets to the Met Gala cost $30,000 for entry or $275,000 per table and that only covers admission.

Gown designers and jewelers can charge between $30,000-$40,000 for their creations but they also offer celebrities millions to rock their pieces in the ‘intimate’ setting.

It is one of the most elite nights in the fashion industry. Somewhere between 500 and 700 people attend.

Last year the theme was Catholicism and the Vatican.

I don’t think this year’s theme stood a chance at topping it.

I was right.

Met Gala 2019

The theme was “Camp: Studied Triviality“. Whatever the hell that means. I looked it up so you can check it out, but it didn’t move me.

@LenaWaithe said it!

This year’s host is one of my favorite public personalities

Billy Porter.

Billy is an American stage performer, pop singer, and actor. And all-around gift to humanity in my humble opinion. His lessons on life, self-love, and self-respect resonate with me deeply.

I do not know a ton of celebs by name. I still get Beyonce-level excited to meet certain academics, authors, or chefs.

Fashion (and music) help me to communicate with pop culture.

Someone posted these looks and I decided that a nice re-entry into FM Readio would be to organize them into Herstun Hot, Meh, and WTF.

I hope you enjoy.

Fashion is cool because it’s an acceptable arena to be judgy. So let the judging begin!


These are looks that ain’t hot. They don’t make you say WTF. None of that. They just exist in some realm of trying, but not succeeding. This is almost worse than WTF because any impression is better than no impression!

Met Gala Meh Moments 2019


These are the looks that rub me the wrong way. They may not be ugly to everyone, but they sure ain’t working for me!




These looks are my favorite of the year. The theme was super hard so I tried to balance my favorites against how well the designer worked in theme.

Ladies that I loved
Menswear that slayed
Couples killing it

That is the end of Met Gala 2019, Herstun-style. I love high fashion, couture, avant garde, wearable art. Your body is a canvas.

Dress it appropriately when the time warrants.

#LoveAlways #LetsGrow

Dedicated to Granny. She loved fashion. Shoes, clothes, and hats. So many of her sisters and daughters do too. And me!
curated by w.d. herstun


Written and Edited By Herstun

I needed a slow and deliberate comeback to the site. Work some kinks and nerves out post-bereavement leave. Just remind myself that I can. I am capable. fashion always making a good topic. I also love costume design and the Met Gala is better than fashion week in my opinion. i hope you enjoy and maybe learn something new too.

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