Forget #CAMP of the Met Gala...
... Can we talk about the #BlackExcellence of the Wearable Art Gala for 2019 and on?
While we are all tripping over ourselves with a moderately disappointing Met Gala Ball hosted by the esteemed Anna Wintour each year, other gala's of fashion are worth the attention, too. Don't get me wrong, I live for the Met event every year and I am always most fascinated with who is ACTUALLY ON THEME and what amazing looks they come up with. But this isn't the only high fashion event that deserves our attention. Award show red carpets have lost their thrill and since the passing of Joan Rivers on the counsel of Fashion Police, I just haven't been too invested.
What you may or may not know is that Tina Knowles, Beyoncé's entrepreneurial and fabulous mother, has a gala herself that-- in its third annual event-- truly served up some supreme LEWKS this year!
For this year's theme, in which EVERYONE OBLIGED BY, guests were asked to pay homage to Disney's latest unnecessary remake of the classic The Lion King which stars Beyoncé as the voice of adult Nala. And she explains the theme in a clear and transparent way.
"Wearable art is a unique intersection of fashion and self-expressive creation that implements a unique theme. As a designer, I am constantly inspired by themes I discover from paintings, sculpture, photography, nature, and films such as 'THE LION KING.' My hope is that you, our Gala patrons, will truly challenge your imagination and create your own original fashions based on the themes of 'THE LION KING.' Think of the beautiful animals, the vivid landscapes and spectacular sunsets of Africa. We encourage you to be inventive with your wearable art attire, and have fun—there are no limits! This is a momentous time when black art and fashion are challenging societal norms, transforming the world of music and entertainment, and truly being appreciated on a global scale. Let our achievements be reflected in our wearable art." –Tina Knowles Lawson
From this fun and festive event, many of those close to the Knowles-Lawson-Carter clan showed up, and showed out as they adhered beautifully to the theme, and overall delivered high safari fashion.
And since the Met Gala tends to involve an overwhelming amount of celebrities with many questionable fashion decisions, something like the Wearable Art Gala is on a much smaller scale, and I will be providing my own critiques of each look on a scale of one to five (one being "not so great" to five meaning, "nailed it."
This theme has elevated the hosts to a height of sophistication on all elite levels. Tina is giving me Maleficent black bird vibes, and of course, Richard is serving what looks to be an African tribal leader. The best part is his shoes. He could totally go grilling after this. Save me a plate!
I admire the fresh take on it! Usually, for a gala, you expect to see a bunch of feathers and gowns, but Kelly found a way to modernize her look, while still staying in theme. The delicate touches of the deconstructed look in the sleeves, and the main bodice is great, and the subtle, but on-theme print of leaves are an awesome touch. The only reason it's not a full five is that I'm not entirely sure about what is happening in terms of the lower portion of the outfit. The garter-like, boot-like, but then sandal-heel decision of the outfit gives me pause.
We always clown on Michelle, but she DID THIS. The dramatic black gown is a showstopper. And even though there's not an overt connection to The Lion King, you still feel the wild aspects in this look. If anything, her look is the personification of Scar. Big mood, big villain. Good job, girl! As Nicole Bayer would shout, "Nailed it!"
TP looks like a humble spiritual adviser to Richard Lawson, the Zazu to Mufasa. The look isn't bad, it's just not imaginative. It looks as if really there's a coat in theme, but underneath it all Tyler is just rockin' a button down and slacks. The coat also looks oddly made. Was this even tailored to his body? Did he get this from Amazon? Why is he holding himself like that? Overall, meh. I really want to give him a 1/5...
Eventually, Tiffany will learn, and until then, I'm not gonna lay off the gas until she learns to live up to her best potential. This look doesn't do much for her figure at alllllll. Besides the red feather, grass-looking corset, I'm not sure where in Africa this look is inspired from, or really, what about this says Lion King? And then there's this hat, that's not a hat...? And then the super heavy fur bottom... It's a no for me, dawg.
She was so close. This outfit isn't bad, but I cannot help but be reminded of the sheer curtains that my mom has from Anna's Linens. The two awkwardly long pieces aren't enhancing the look, and if anything, it's weighing the look down. Maybe if she had committed them to be a full cape around her? But the jumpsuit looks soooo good. Hair and make up, yes, yes. But these two Dumbo ears does not a Lion King look make.
She: 3/5 He: 1/5 = 2/5-ish
Uncle Steve. Sir. We know you've been going THRU IT. For some reason he's had to quit or cancel his money bag in several productions, and there hasn't been word as to why. But as a man that prides himself in looking good, especially in a suit... what the Rorschach are these pants? And then the man ain't got no tie on—and hot ass loafers? Nah. This ain't it. SHE, on the other hand, I like-ish, even though she's a snow leopard... and they're not in Africa. The length of her fringe is a little off, her shoes don't really tie in with the look, just with her standing next to him... it's all kinda not working for me.
So, I wish I could have given her a 4/5. She is coming into herself as a young black woman, who by the way was the youngest executive producer in Hollywood for her film Little, and this look isn't bad. It's very cute, but not in theme. She has a little feather in her hair that I'm guessing is supposed to tie in some sort of animal touch?
Wrong movie, Star. If this was for Aladdin, she'd be a 4/5 for SURE. I'm happy Star Jones is out and about, though. She looks good. But this genie needs to go back to bed.
Yes. Yes. YES. Chloe x Halle do not disappoint. I don't think they ever have. I don't think they ever will. AND I CANT WAIT FOR HALLE TO BE ARIEL.
And last but never least, 10/10 would recommend.
And of course, our queen and savior, Beyonce Knowles STUNS us with her look. It's not even worth commenting on. She surpasses the five point scale. She truly... did... THAT.