Met Gala 2019: When they went camping
The Met Gala never ceases to surprise. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, New York City happens to be one of the most spellbinding showcases of dramatic, eye-catching, unbridled style. Though it wasn’t a simple one to crack, most stayed true to the 2019 Met Gala theme — Notes on Fashion which celebrates humour, irony and exaggeration. We saw actors, musician and many more come in over-the-top, avant garde costumes that sparked imagination. Amon Bollywood celebs, stood out Priyanka Chopra Jonas with husband Nick Jonas, and Deepika Padukone. While Priyanka showcased a very fantastical, dramatic look, Deepika looked as if she walked straight out of a fairy tale. Here’s what experts have to say about Priyanka and Deepika’s look.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas chose a Christian Dior gown with a caged headgear whereas her husband, American singer-songwriter Nick Jonas went for a white Dior suit. Chopra finished off her look with frothy curls, grey painted eyebrows, eyes lined with white eyeliner and an Indian twist – white bindi. Twitteratti called her a high fashion Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland and Jonas as her rabbit. Designers back home loved her look and gave her extra points for her eccentric style. “I love the Indian twist she has given to her look with the bindi. She paid extra attention to small details and mixed east and the west well,” says designer Anand Bhushan. Designer Anupama Dayal says she loves her courage and risk taking ability. “This look is beyond conventional beauty. It takes courage to do something like this. There are million people saying ‘yuck’ but I love that she knocks her socks off and takes risks when it comes to fashion,” says Dayal. Designer Alpana Mittal says it’s not about looking good all the time. You can’t expect that always. “I love the way she has up-ed the envelope. It’s not about looking pretty. It’s about playing a character on the red carpet; it’s a whimsical fantasy and not about looking pretty. Pretty is anyway subjective and Priyanka is known for doing unexpected things so I applaud her for this look,” adds a stern Mittal. As for Nick, designer Rina Dhaka says, “His white suit didn’t make an impact.”
Deepika Padukone’s look was a far cry from Priyanka’s. Deepika wore an off-shoulder pink lurex and jacquard Zac Posen gown with an high updo. Many social media users called her a Barbie, while designers felt they didn’t really enjoy seeing her images. “I’m okay with Deepika’s look but I wish she would have experimented more. She can take a little risk at such platforms but nevertheless she looked nice,” says Dayal. Mittal believes that Deepika stayed true to her personality. “Not everyone has to go crazy. She has maintained her style statement. Her personality is graceful and that’s what she went for.” However, Bhushan applauds her for trying out the most iconic look so well. “She re-created Crystal LaBeija (Crystal LaAsia, was a Manhattan drag queen) from the 80’s for me. It’s not easy to take such a strong fashion reference and carry it off so well,” says Bhushan.
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