“Lemon, it's Tuesday,” is what I’m telling myself today. The past 72+ hours has given us so much to digest. Today’s newsletter will be bite-sized, so it can quickly catch you up on what you need to know.
On a side note: I’m debating if I will engage in the John Mulaney discourse. While I am certainly engaged, whether I am willing to write about it is another story.
With the invention of social media, events like the VMAs and the Met Gala are now a truly shared public experience. Scrolling through social media during award shows or events is one of my favorite past times, and I have no intentions of ever giving that up.
The lines between dressing for “fashun” and for “viral meme capability” are also becoming increasingly blurred, as we’ll see below. I think that I hate this.
2021 VMAs - They Happened
Much to my own sadness, it feels that with each passing year, the relevancy and the fun of the VMAs dims more and more. And each year, MTV tries harder and harder to keep us within their grasp.
My main takeaways from 2021 VMAs:
We all just want the best for Kacey Musgraves.
The song Stay by The Kid LAROI ft. Justin Bieber is one of the best things to happen to me in 2021.
Chlöe's performance was incredible - the dancing! the live vocals! - and I’m excited to see what’s in store for her.
Charli XCX referred to Camila Cabello as an, and I quote. “iconic legend!” No! This was quite difficult for me to hear.
Doja Cat is so much fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed her fashion throughout the evening. Below you’ll see her donning a chair that I found on the sidewalk and painted hot pink (photo reference below).
If you hate my opinions, sorry!
Met Gala 2021
Controversially (and honestly, bravely), I don’t have an opposition to influencers being invited to events like the Met Gala. Whether the public likes it or not, they are fully ingrained within the culture. However - what I do have an issue with is the assumption that because an influencer is attending something like NYFW or the Met Gala, it has to be cheapened. We live in a world of fast fashion which is directly influenced by social media, and unfortunately because of this, it feels as if the art of fashion and haute couture is being lost at the helm of keeping up with whatever is hot on social media at the moment. At NYFW and the Met Gala, I want to see ART. This is another conversation I would like to have more in-depth in a future newsletter.
Here are my favorite looks of 2021 Met Gala:
Normani in Valentino, my best dressed of the evening. Photo Getty Images
Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta. She wore the gown, at her request that Oscar de la Renta stop selling fur before she would agree to wear it. Photo Getty Images
Teyana Taylor in an Atelier Prabal Gurung dress. This look was a risk, which is what this night is all about. Brava. Photo Getty Images
Lil Nas X’s three-in-one Versace look. Photo from Page Six.
Megan Fox in Dundas. Photo Getty Images
Iman in Dolce & Gabbana, and a Harris Reed head piece.
To end my coverage on the 2021 Met Gala, we as a society are throwing around the work “iconic” too loosely. I am also guilty as charged.
Harry Styles and Florence Pugh had the audacity to be in a 10 second clip of the movie they’re going to be featured in together - Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling. The film is set to be released in September 2022, and there will be much more to say. But in the meantime, this one second clip has done a number on me.
Talk soon! 😚