In Zac Posen

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Elvira does Bollywood. That’s the vibe Deepika gave us in her Zac Posen gown, bouffant and dark lip. Campy was the route to take, and that she did. Was she among our favorites from the night? Not in the top 10. But did she do well? Yes. And for someone who always goes for the conventional sexy/pretty, this makes for quite the change. And for that, props!

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  1. This is the Met, not Disneyland. I don’t think this went with the theme. I saw the sketch by Zac Posen and it realized in actuality as per the sketch, the gown should have had a more ethereal form. Also, the styling on the hair in the sketch was less princessey (for the lack of a better word). This ended up looking like dress-up. Also, Dua Lipa wore the same hair.

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    • Usually I agree with you but not here. I think this is quite Disneyland theme too. Look up zendaya and Lilly Collins too. I think she fairs well.

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      • The theme has been very confusing. I saw a lot of celebs who went the way of dress-up/Halloween but were not interpretive of what the idea behind Camp was. The idea was to be tongue in cheek and not literal. Janelle Monae was interpretive. Lupita Nyong’o was interpretive. Zendaya was just Snow White. Billy Porter was Cleopatra. Kacey Musgraves was Barbie. This looks like Rapunzel/Random Disney princess. That is my opinion.

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    • How does it matter if some other person also wore the same hair?
      Kacey Musgraves also dressed up as barbie for the event. I don’t see any reason why this doesn’t go with the theme. Is it because it is too easy to think of ? No deep thoughts involved?
      Also, at the cost of ranting too much, I would like to ask why is it necessary to present the exact same look as suggested by the designer?
      May be we are nit picking too much these days without giving the look a good nice thought.

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      • I LOVE KACEY MUSGRAVES (actually listening to Golden Hour right now as I type). The thing is that Camp as defined per the theme is a tongue in cheek snook. It is a playful abstraction to what is conventional. Where celebs such as Kacey Musgraves and Billy Porter failed, in my opinion, was to interpret it as dress-up/Halloween. Let me be Barbie or let me be Cleopatra. There is nothing interpretive about it. The theme was not Halloween.
        On the sketch part, well I am in the design profession – won’t specify which field – but when I sketch something and present an idea to a jury, the ultimate idea is to realize that sketch to its form as shown at the origin. Yes one does iterate and things change. However, if a sketch by a designer promises something to a client and delivers something not as spectacular, it is to the disappointment of the client. The sketch her by Posen had potential but just like Kacey, she ended up looking like a Disney princess.I was rooting for Deepika to really step up. Yes she took a chance and I commend her for that. My critique is that the designer let her down. This was not what was promised to her.

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        • forgive my ignorance could you please explain what CAMP means as a theme for the Met Ball? thanks ! Suvaqua24 love your impartial and humorous comments. They really add to the value of the blog, as many of us wait to read your take on the posts, before anything else!

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          • Camp as I have understood from Anna Wintour’s interviews, the video put out by Vogue and the looks that worked best on the evening (in the best dressed lists – Cara Delevigne, Saoirse Ronan, Lupita Nyong’o) is an idea that is provocative, over the top, against convention and cocks a snook at the regular but in a fun way. It is tongue in cheek fashion but it is not imitation (you do not become a character or else this would be a Halloween party).

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        • But how does one even know what Zac Posen’s sketch for Deepika Padukone was to conclude that the final look deviated from the sketch?

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          • I watched her interview with the Vogue journalist and she said that Zac Posen’s idea behind the dress was the sea and underwater. In fact she had metallic sea urchins on her dress. Now look at that dress and tell me what says sea/underwater about it. Which is why I said that the dress should have been far more ethereal. The hair perhaps ruined it too. Even the journalist called Deepika barbie (yes ignorant) but no one saw Posen’s idea and Deepika admitted that many are thinking of her as barbie/princess (to be polite perhaps).

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            • The problem lies not just in the interpretation, but in Deepika’s abilities to go beyond her herself, beyond her safe zone. It is a statement on her acting abilities. Lady Gaga’s appearance explains what that means. The ability to bring something unexpected and interesting to the mix. To perform.

              If she is using these appearances as an opportunity, as she said last year, then all she is doing is promoting herself as a pretty face. Not as a performer.

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              • Honestly, I watched that Vogue byte as well and to me it seems pretty clear that she has boundaries with how she wants to look and said how Posen and her found a balance between his vision and her want to look ‘elegant and beautiful’. So I really feel like this is the best we’ll get from her unfortunately. But won’t lie it made me wonder what her intention behind attending was (exposure I guess?).

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  2. I think you should also post the intention behind the look as most key gala looks this time have a thought process. And without mentioning them the whole look may be critiqued for wrong reasons.

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    • I agree, although it is not only HHC. When I first saw Priyanka’s look online, I had to look a lot for a piece that explained the thought process behind her outfit. It would be great to add that in the write-up.

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  3. I am so glad that Deepika embraced the theme, at least somewhat. Her choice of gown is not the best, but I love it that she went with the bouffant hair and the dark lip.

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  4. I like edgy and funky but this is just monstrosity. From a kilometer away this looks like Asha Parekh from the 60’s gone wrong.

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  5. Glad she followed the theme. Very cute look. Wish she had not worn the dark lipstick though, ruins it a little bit.

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  6. I think for all the MET looks, if you girls have access to the sketches you should post them adjacent to the actual look. Sometimes, what is visualized is not realized well on the red carpet. She stuck to the theme but gives a 60s pin up vibe which I doubt she was going for. Plz correct me if I am wrong.

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  7. I actually think this is one of Deepika’s best international looks. C’mon guys, she wore an OTT, gorgeous gown with OTT hair. That’s as OTT Deepika is going to get so either take it or leave it. And in this case, she looks far better than Priyanka (by miles) even if she didn’t take as big a risk as PC (if you call fried hair a risk).

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  8. “Camp — not the sleeping-outdoors kind, but the sashay-shantay, over-the-top variety seen in the zany films of John Waters or the fabulous excess of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — “is an esoteric concept,” historian Monica Sklar, of the Costume Society of America, tells The Post.” For reference.

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    • Camp means doing something over the top in a garish way. For example Mogambo from me India is a campy villain but srk in darr is not. Another campy villain might be Ranveer Singh in padmavat. Hope that helps.

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        • Kitschy has a condescending tone to it or refers something that is low brow. So going back to my example a kitschy villain would be the ones from movies like Mithun’s Gundaa or Shakti kapoor in Chaalbaaz while campy villain would be Mogambo or Shaakal (it’s a great performance that I am not looking down up on but it’s campy because it is way over the top)

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  9. This is how ‘camp’ was defined by by Susan Sontag, whose idea is being showcased at the MET red carpet this year – an aesthetic “sensibility” that is plain to see but hard for most of us to explain: an intentional over-the-top-ness, a slightly (or extremely) “off” quality, bad taste as a vehicle for good art.

    The interpretation and implementation of the same is as wide as our imagination but Cher in her heydays is a good embodiment of this idea of camp.

    To that extent even though Deepika is waaay outside her comfort zone, it’s still not zany enough for camp.

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    • So she is playing an exaggerated Barbie? As in too much girlishness?She does that really well I think, now that I finally figured out the meaning of the theme! Thank you for explaining the meaning of camp…I was so confused myself.

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      • she has become exaggerated barbie by accident. that was not the intention. gown is fail. deepu, we aren’t mad, just disappointed that your team cannot style when you’re not in sabya styled sari . -T

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  10. That gown is perfection. It wouldn’t have worked on a regular red carpet, not even Cannes, but is spot-on here. Deepika is not an outre person — her husband wouldn’t even have had to try to fit into the theme — but this looks honours the theme as well as her own aesthetic.
    Nicely done.

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  11. It’s too pink. In a different colour or even in ombre or with something to make it MET edgy it would have been better . But Its still nice. Not everyone went OTT so its still a nice look

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    • sir/madam, nothing would’ve saved this princess dress. maybe flaunting body for attention would’ve hmmmm…..

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    • nothing would’ve saved this princess dress. she got the theme wrong not colour lol. others weren’t OTT her team couldn’t figure out theme when sabya isn’t dictating styling. -T

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  12. The pink shade could have been much darker. This pink is pale. She kinda fits to the theme but that’s it. It doesn’t have this WOW factor. If Barbie was the idea, Kacey Musgrave nailed it. Petite and Campy. She could have wore it at cannes. Makeup too is typically DP. Could have gone big here. But at least better than last two years.

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  13. You find ways to critique DP when she is by miles better turned out than most, but PC will always be praised despite the horrendous outfits !

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  14. this was meant for ranveer.. not deepika. shes too follow your steps, ranveer the lead here in quirk. in any case, since deepika’s the guest, i saw better outcomes in the posts.. this was baby steps. really liked jared leto.. this met thing needs more coverage! its a fashion riot.

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    • That’s my thought too – Lady Gaga might be “campy” but good lord she really just got down to lounging around in her undies.
      I liked Deepika – she plays it safe, may be a bad thing in terms of Met Gala and high fashion, but she looks pretty and that’s fine with me.

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  15. Definition of Camp, the theme of this year’s gala: deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style, typically for humorous effect.

    This is not camp!! Too safe. Too little personality.

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  16. wow, this blog is incessantly boring!!! half don’t get the theme and the rest demand it be spoonfed to them. this is a boring as hell look and she’s been derided all over the internet for it. the MET really shows you who appreciates fashion as art and who likes looking at beautiful actresses and thinking – ooooh i can wear something like this to next shaadi/birthday party/office party.

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    • Thank you for dismissing all of us plebians who like to look at ” beautiful actresses and thinking – ooooh i can wear something like this to next shaadi/birthday party/office party.” Lovely. I am curious though – where has she been derided all over the internet for her outfit? Because TIME, Vogue, CNBC, The Hollywood Reporter, RFCA, Marie Claire & MSN have all praised her outfit and the sheer volume of craftsmanship that went behind creating this gown. And I haven’t even gotten to the Indian websites/ reports yet…

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  17. Yes Ranveer lives camp!! She should have brought him as a date.. IMO she does Cannes better than she does MET gala.

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  18. I feel like all the Indian celebs there went more princess than camp with the exception of priyanka who KILLED IT ?? Deeps just can’t seem to get the Met Gala right. Also the back cleavage, in any pics that show her back, just completely ruins everything ?

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  19. I believe she had the same headband in white basically last year at the Met. So those people that say this is original… literally it’s the same accessory as last year…

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  20. there was a fake news that her designer’s inspiration was from barbie but she said that zac’s inspiration was from under water

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  21. I feel like deepika keeps accidentally matching the carpet each time at the MET.
    I do think she fits the theme. She’s got the camp memo, and has loud, exaggerated everything going without making it a costume which I think will diverge from the theme. I don’t think she looks girly or pretty or Barbie-like personally. But I do think the colour of the dress made it resonate with the theme less or more girly. An OTT and bold and way more outrageous colour like gold, orange, green, yellow, fuschia or purple would be cooler. She did well though.

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  22. Ranveer could have shown up at the Met in his casual Wednesday outfit and he would have still been more Camp than half the people there.

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  23. This page used to be pretty unbiased back in the days but I come here after 2 years and …. The same Deepika bias. You guys have never liked her to begin with so it’s redundant to even expect her to be on your top 10

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    • Isn’t that the truth. Always have strong bias against Deepika. Have noticed that. Can’t wait for your Cannes nit picking. Think it’s time to unfollow you.

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  24. She looked drop dead stunning !!!!!
    I don’t really know much about the meaning of Camp theme but if it didn’t go well with the theme
    I hope she saved this look for Cannes 2019

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