"A sister serve," the site wrote on Twitter. "@Jamescharles just killed his first #MetGala red carpet ever and we couldn't be prouder." Isn't that sweet?! Charles also appreciated all of the love. He retweeted this post sending more thanks to Entertainment Tonight, designer Alexander Wang, and YouTube.
Still, critics are calling out Charles for what they seemingly feel is style hypocrisy.
They're reminding the rest of the internet of this red carpet critique he gave to Zoë Kravitz back in March.
let me get this straight... James Charles dragged Zoe Kravitz for wearing this to the Vanity Fair Oscar party but then shows up to the MET GALA in an inferior version of the look.... pic.twitter.com/aNDOYFSyDd
In a video titled "James Charles and I brutally ROAST celebrity fashion" published on Tana Mongeau's YouTube channel, the pair balked at Zoë Kravitz's red carpet look for the 2019 Oscars. For starters, they didn't even know who she was.
“Who is that?” Charles asked. "I don’t know,” Mongeau replied.
“That’s a zero,” he continued to say about Kravitz's look. “She didn’t finish getting dressed… It’s not great. It’s not. That ain't it."
At the time, Charles was roasted on Twitter for not knowing who the actress is.
tana mongeau and james charles deserve literal jail time for not knowing zoë kravitz and giving her a zero then giving melissa mccarthy a 10 for wearing an adidas track suit two seconds later pic.twitter.com/P1gjQuNdxT
People also strongly disagreed with his assessment of her look, which to be fair, was an opinion he is entitled to have. It seems the biggest bone people had to pick with Charles is that he didn't think Kravitz's bra was appropriate for an Oscars event but approved athleisure wear.
"Tana Mongeau and James Charles deserve literal jail time for not knowing Zoë Kravitz and giving her a zero, then giving Melissa McCarthy a 10 for wearing an Adidas tracksuit two seconds later," one critic wrote.
Critics also called out James Charles for being wrong about his reasoning for why he trashed Kravitz's clothes and for being inaccurate about where Kravitz was in the first place.
zoe kravitz is wearing a gold bra made of 18 karat gold from the tiff & co elsa peretti collection w/ a saint laurent skirt (which was her outfit to the vanity fair afterparty NOT the oscars). the art of subtle flexing is a concept that many arent able to comprehend. https://t.co/8Gf3b2ioxm
"Zoë Kravitz is wearing a gold bra made of 18 karat gold from the Tiff & Co Elsa Peretti Collection [with] a Saint Laurent skirt (which was her outfit to the Vanity Fair afterparty, NOT the Oscars). The art of subtle flexing is a concept that many aren't able to comprehend," model Justine Mae Biticon clapped back.
In other words, Kravitz was there for a party, and she wore a (very expensive) party look. That fact kind of denounces Charles' reasoning that her outfit was a "zero" for being inappropriate for the more formal Oscars red carpet. Oh, and then there's the other fact that Kravitz's bra cost $24,000. Baby girl was dripping in understated glam.
Fun fashion facts aside, people are even more salty about how Charles downed Kravitz's party look now that they've decided his Met Gala 'fit looks super similar.
Can someone explain to me how James Charles can a) not know who Zoe Kravitz is b) mock her oscars after party outfit and c) channel said oscars after party outfit???? I just #MetGala2019pic.twitter.com/iexnnGhL1b
"Can someone explain to me how James Charles can a) not know who Zoë Kravitz is, b) mock her oscars after-party outfit, and c) channel said Oscars after-party outfit???? I just [can't] #MetGala2019," another person wrote.
Actually, if James Charles had come to the Met Gala in full-on drag, then he would have been the walking epitome of camp. Drag queens' style is one of the most blatant forms of camp as their hair, makeup, and outfits are often bold and exaggerated. Hence, why Lupita Nyong'o wore eye makeup as a tribute to the drag queen Divine. It's also why Lena Waithe wore a suit jacket that read "Black Drag Queens Invented Camp" on the back.
But I digress.
They're in utter disbelief.
Remember when James Charles made fun of what Zoë Kravitz wore to an Oscars after party? Now he’s wearing a knockoff version of it to the biggest fashion event of the year. I have to laugh pic.twitter.com/M4WX5SOgT7
"Remember when James Charles made fun of what Zoë Kravitz wore to an Oscars after party? Now, he’s wearing a knockoff version of it to the biggest fashion event of the year. I have to laugh," another person wrote.
Yikes! And it doesn't stop there.
People are even comparing his makeup to another celebrity's very iconic Met Gala face.
"James Charles copying Kim Kardashian’s makeup look from last year down to the contacts. A joke. #MetGala#MetBall2019," a person shared.
Honestly though? This is probably one of my favorite makeup looks that Kim Kardashian has ever worn. When she hit the Met Gala that year, so many YouTube tutorials popped up the same week because everyone wanted to create this look. I do not blame Charles if he was inspired. This look is still a banger.
Still, critics are also pointing out that his Met Gala look seems way more understated for the "camp" theme.
"Why did James Charles put more of an effort into his dragcon look than his #MetGala one?" a fan questioned.
Just as Charles criticized Kravitz for not doing enough for the Oscars red carpet, critics are calling him out for underwhelming them for Met Gala 2019. It's especially interesting since the camp theme — which is all about extravagance, flamboyance, and being over-the-top in every way — all but begged Charles to be as extra as he gets for other events.
In full disclosure though, James Charles' top is not made of crystals as Kravitz's was. It's actually an Alexander Wang design made entirely out of safety pins! That's definitely extra in terms of design and detail, even if it doesn't make the greatest visual impact on camera. Up close, it's probably pretty killer. Nevertheless, it was the kid's first Met Gala. He'll likely glow up even more for next year. And maybe he'll be careful whom he criticizes later on.
As a former fashion student, I had to learn that just because I don't "like" something personally for my individual style does not make it ugly. My not understanding a design or its inspiration also doesn't make it ugly, inappropriate, or not good enough either. This doesn't mean you can't have an opinion, but just be prepared for that clapback if you show up to a public event wearing a very similar outfit to the one you publicly dragged someone else for wearing.
Anyway, about Rihanna's Met Gala look for 2020... She'd better be planning it RIGHT THIS INSTANT....