Our Drinks With Broads edition this morning (free!) goes over this as well, but the Met Gala’s 2024 dress code — rooted in J.G. Ballard’s short story “The Garden of Time”– did not match the exhibit theme, which was dresses that can’t be worn again, under the umbrella “Sleeping Beauties.” Confusing! Nobody seemed clear on this concept, or even on what either of those was supposed to mean, so we got a variety of interpretations of all of those words.

The red carpet looked hot, and crowded — well, if not the carpet itself, then the narrow corridor packed with celebs waiting to get in and head upstairs. I cannot imagine anyone WANTING to deal with that twice, but Zendaya clearly didn’t want to choose between two darlings and so she busted out a pair of outfits from John Galliano’s career: one custom Maison Margiela from his current position**, and one Givenchy from 1996, which they bought at Beverly Hills vintage boutique Lily et Cie. As of this writing, I haven’t seen whether picking Galliano for both was part of their narrative — I could see trying to mark a person’s evolution, if “time” is the part of the theme, though there are certainly parts of Galliano’s life that are best not revisited — but E! did say that Vogue set up a big changing station atop the carpet, and none of them knew why until Zendaya’s second lap. Which makes it even MORE vexing that Vogue cut its livestream before she came out again. How are they so bad at this?

I think I’d have stuck to one of the two, but regardless, Zendaya is the host who brought the most. Anna must be pleased. As for Chris Hemsworth, well, he’s gonna have to get by on his charm.

**Per Law this morning it’s a recreation of a 1999 Dior, which I think is… right from the era of him being a racist dirtbag?!? Maybe he’s trying to… make a non-dirtbag version? Sigh. 

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