Listen to part of an exclusive interview conducted for ANNA: The Biography.
Tom and ALT definitely had a chat or two about that hamburger!
Poor Katy Perry, she was the hamburger. But the Old School Met Ball was that it was just NYC socialites, and didn't have national attention. If Anna wanted to raise a lot of money (OK, and lots of press for herself and for Vogue) she needed to make it a bigger story. Actors, singers, people of the moment needed to be included. And that's slightly declasse to Old School people. Time marches on.
I'm too late to this conversation but I have a contradictory comment. Did we fully understand the Camp theme or does Andre just dislike camp? Do we have a misunderstanding of what GOOD--GREAT fashion is? If I trust anyone to know, it was Andre... if so, have we misunderstood good fashion as only theatrical and no substance? Or was Andre just out of touch longing for a period that no longer exists? Is this why Karl booted him? While I didn't think the quality of Lady Gaga's moment was as fantastical as Rihanna's-- every host since Rih's China Through the Looking Glass has tried to replicate it in some way: long stair trailing train, custom couture... no one has the influence of Rihanna-- it did seem at the time to be a moment stapled in pop culture. And sure, Brandon Maxwell is a cute ready-to-wear designer, but he's no Guo Pei. The Met Gala hasn't recovered, but are the themes to blame or are we just in a different time and place? With Anna initiating more restrictions on the guest list via inviting Influencers, and invitees putting less effort into the theme, are the tides turning? Will we return back the white ties and beautiful gowns Andre refers to?