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The skies overhead were gray, but for men on the Met Gala’s pink carpet, it was a gender-bending and spectacularly multihued celebration as the best men’s looks were anything but dull. If the guys in past years played somewhat second fiddle to the women’s fashion statements at the annual fundraiser for the museum, this year the "Camp" theme seemed designed to specifically foster male extravagance in almost every form.
There was Harry Styles in Berlin-esque sheer black from Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, who played yin to Styles’ yang, standing next to him in a welter of shocking pink silk bows. Pose actor Billy Porter didn’t walk like an Egyptian but rather reclined like one, entering on a litter held up by a crew of bare-chested boys, glittering in gold by The Blonds with a beaded headdress that rivaled anything Theda Bara wore in silent film epics.
Also wearing Gucci, actor and friend of the fashion house Jared Leto riffed on a moment from the fall-winter 2018 fashion show by accessorizing his red tunic dress with a matching mannequin likeness of his own bearded head. Benedict Cumberbatch looking a bit louche in his impeccable white suited (and hatted) best, a presumably campy look back at the days when England was a colonial power.
Whether to tip toward the fey or the almost comically masculine was probably a dilemma for many of the male attendees, but actor Michael Urie split the difference in an ensemble that was half pinstriped suit, half a fluff of tulle, also courtesy of designer Siriano. In the best way, it underscored the spirit of the evening: why do men have to choose anyway?
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