Someone tell Anna to include a "how to" instruction guide along with the invitation.
I've never seen a Met Gala invitation, but I'm willing to bet the description of the theme is broad and does not give any definition. If that is the case then of course we're going to end up with a hodgepodge red carpet of "you look amazing" and "is that from Zara's 2020 fall catalog?" With a little direction or maybe a rubric, I know some of these looks could move a little further in the right direction.
But what if there's evil afoot by leaving the interpretation broad? In the words of Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde "There's only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." And of course there's the saying "there's no such thing as bad publicity." By knowing that celebrities will most likely misinterpret the meaning of the theme, thus resulting in them being placed amongst the "failed" section, I think Anna wants people to show up in the most outrageous outfit. The outfits that stand out the most are not the ones that get it right. Rather, the looks that cause the most stir are the ones that completely miss the mark.
I'm not talking about the the plain-safe outfits either. They are the neutral evil used to balance out the night.
Blake Lively, Laura Harrier and Billie Eilish (currently someone I look forward to every red carpet) all hit the mark, yet Gigi Hadid and Fredrik Robertsson are labeled as "standouts."
I love that the Met Gala is held every year to raise funds for the museum and for people to have a good time. Alas, Vogue is a business, and certain images drive more clicks. Fredrik Robertsson's Iris Van Herpen look might bring more eyes to their homepage than Blake's Statue of Liberty-inspired Versace dress. Which transformed, by the way.
To the safe crew (in Cady Heron's voice) the Met Gala is the one time of year you can dress like a total wannabe and no one can say anything bad about you.
This is not the time to wear your second best oscar gown.