“Too high, can’t come down,” purred a young Britney Spears from the throbbing speakers at the Met Gala’s most rambunctious after-party: Moschino’s Ball After the Ball.
“The objects prized by Camp taste are old-fashioned, out-of-date, démodé,” Susan Sontag tells us in her essay “Notes on ‘Camp.’” And in search of a campy, retro venue, Moschino came upon the ultimate of throwbacks, the Playboy Club, where blonde Bunnies serve Champagne and winks to all the glittering guests.
With Mia Moretti, the Misshapes, and Ty Sunderland spinning tracks, the music—a mixture of gay disco, deep house, and early aughts anthems—pounded as the beautiful boys and sequined girls slithered and shook while they sipped C?roc and Perrier.
Jeremy Scott’s aesthetic, with its shameless embrace of glitz and grease, embodies Sontag’s definition of the gala’s theme this year. As does the party’s co-host, Katy Perry, who has given us personas ranging from a bisexual Bettie Page to a technicolor Cali-girl Teenage Dream to a platinum blonde in a Balmain bubble. And last night, she stuck to her guns in looks so over-the-top you had to crane your neck when looking at them. She changed from her chandelier-inspired ensemble into a hamburger look, and wore the patty all night long. The bulbous concoction was replete with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and even avocado. Scott, not one to be outdone, sported a matching jacket. The cumbersome getups did not stop the hosts from twirling with Gwen Stefani, Karlie Kloss, Amanda Lepore, and the many other glamazons in attendance.
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