Gentle reminder that I am very, very, VERY enamored of fashion and if you think of me as "That rude lady who goofs of people" please know that tonight I'm a whole other person; "That rude lady who has thoughts about dresses."

I'll thread it from here. Or, mute me.
We begin with a...side-mullet.

@cameronesposito is the only person allowed to wear one.

This is a bold decision without being a good decision.

Oh, Ilana.

This dress is a drain-trap of bad ideas. Unless I learn later this dress has singlehandedly restored the coral reefs I'm sticking with "Oh, Ilana."
I'm sensing it's to be a fluffy night. Maybe relief at being allowed to walk free once more? I don't love it but she looks sweet and it's not as bad as Ilana's dress and hey, apparently we're grading on a curve now.
And, as always, it's "Take Your Daughter To Work Day."

(Before you ask, she's gestating a tiny grandeditrix)
It means "We Were Pretty Sure Delta Variant Was Going To Close This Down, Got Distracted, Someone Left The Greeking In Place."
Called it; it's going to be a fluffy night.

She's the head of Instagram. You'd have thought she'd know about visuals.
Damn right.
Fun fact:

The tuxedo as we know it was designed by an American to be worn in Tuxedo Park, New York. So, you might say, like jazz or baseball, an American invention.

You're going to do opera gloves, they need to fit.

Maybe I misunderstood; maybe she's here because the Gala bathroom toilet backed up.
The adage "Before you leave the house, take off one accessory" has existed only for this moment.
Every 17 years, the Dan Levy rises and flies around, looking for a mate.
Americana, cowboy, okay.

But also a little bit, "Shit, it's...TONIGHT? Let me see what's clean."
Yes, it's not the most fascinating dress but Amanda Gorman actually glows and her book is a purse and she's perfect.
It's a bathing suit. Which, I'll grant you, America has a long history of innovating.

But, it's a bathing suit.
"I want to be both the cowboy AND the bar girl sitting on his lap."

"Got it. When can you come in for a fitting?"

"Oh, I'm sure it's fine without a fitting."
After all, who is more American than Bettie Page?
I suspect I'm too stupid to understand this piece.
And THAT'S how an opera glove should fit. Also, everything else.
Utterly dazzling. Don't envy her having to sit down, though.
"The theme is Americana, Saweetie."

"Nah. The theme is Body Ody Ody."
That's, uh...

not Yara.
What a gorgeous color for her. I usually find apricot insipid but this is how you do it correctly.
Virtually no man is well-served by a white dinner jacket.

Turns out, this is because Simu Liu was hoarding all the WDJ handsome.
Fun fact:

Under each of those sleeves is a perfect 7/8ths scale model of Billy Porter.
"The theme is Camp."

"Actually, Nas, that was two years ag-"

The dress is deeply personal to Osaka, blending her Japanese and Haitian roots, so I'm just going to say...good for her.
More fluffiness.

After a few years of watching her evening wear choices, I'm going to say she's a real girl's girl.

Good for her.
"Before I left the room, I took off one accessory."

"Was it your shirt, Lorde?"

Every good Texas girl instictively understands how to wear this exact dress and half of them would like to be buried in it.

I'd have cut one element from the dress but it's age-appropriate and I LOVE HER HAIR COLOR ON HER.
She looks gorgeous, it fits her like a dream and I really, really need someone to unlink the "Mermaid cut" and "Divine" wiring in my head.
"Hello. I think the theme is 'Lucky sperm.'"

It's shorts and it's Prada so of course they didn't bother to make sure the shorts actually fit her properly.

I assume both the cage and the headpiece will be jettisoned for dinner but also want to pretend they won't and a third of the room behind her won't see the show.
I know the theme this year is too nebulous for most to try to manifest but @MjRodriguez7 is serving enforced elegance in the most American way I've seen tonight.

How adorable is he? But the sleeves are too long.

Took her two years but apparently Karlie has finally figured out camp.

"And the good news is, you can wear it after the wedding!" the bride promises you, again.
What is more American than early 70's Elliot Gould?

"Give us your tired, your poor, your Dollar General Store room dividers, yearning to breathe free."

Hunter Schaefer giving us that quintessential bit of Americana, "Fighting a huge bug while waiting for the Lean Cuisine to cool."
During the time it took you to read that, Pete dated and broke up with five more unbelievably beautiful women.

No, it didn't need earrings. Please correct for this on the ride over.
I want to leap through this computer screen, down the cords and wires and whatnot, and hoik up that top.
French designer creates dress referencing movie about English starring a Belgian woman and a British man.

Americana, all right.
This dress is utterly insane (it took 1400 hours to make) and this is why I watch the Gala; because sometimes it's just about the sheer magnificent spectacle of what highly talented and trained people can create.
Ah. Someone read the syllabus.
Tiny, perfect, hugely-talented dolls who remind you that you really should stop right now and go moisturize.
I know this references both America and her husband the Sport Person but now I'm forced to meditate upon how the rest of the world was all, "Football; the game you play with feet?" and we were all, "NO THE GAME YOU PLAY WITH HANDS MURICA."

And then we ate an eagle.
I pray Prada is paying her to wear this.

I pray Prada is paying her A LOT to wear this.
Oh, Maisie. So many elements. You'd think with them all being the same color and the same fabric and there being relatively little of it, they wouldn't get into a death battle.
"Grimes, that's not exactly the theme."

"Give me a haircut poncho and then a skirt from a completely different idea."
Right, she's single again.

Ralph Lauren is not a designer.

Ralph Lauren is a stylist.

These are costume elements atop a fairly straightforward.
Guess the fillers didn't sit right.
When you understand the assignment but also are not taking the class for credit.

Fun fact:

Archetypically American doll Barbie was based on a German sex toy men fondle. The first Barbie is serving class German mean-face.

Anyway, here's Kristen's take on Barbie. The clothing is meh but the hair is fun.
"I wish to resemble a pigeon-toed sullen party rectangle."

Prayers are answered, Lily-Rose.
This shade of blue is seeing a lot of action tonight. I'm not sure I've seen it done better.
I'm bored.
This is @HaileeSteinfeld.

This... is @HaileeSteinfeld.

This is...@HaileeSteinfeld?
@danjlevy and this @NikkieTutorials have reminded us tonight that America doesn't get to be America without our #LGBTQIA family.

@danjlevy @NikkieTutorials Margaret Qualley, going as the dead children in American classic, THE TURN OF THE SCREW.

(By the way, there's now at least two ex-girlfriends of Pete Davidson here tonight but, honestly, he's probably already dated broken up with four more just on the red carpet)
Unemployed Actor Reminds Producers She Has Taken Off Baby Weight, Can Play Younger
Thank you to everyone who sat through this with me and for those who muted me...

good choice.

Until next year, I leave you with this:

@lilbbgq Brought the first Americana fashion lexicon and was powerfully beautiful. I was scrolling for images last night and didn’t see her.

Our loss.

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