Are you getting sick of Met Gala wishes? I hope not because there are still five more lists headed your way for this years Met Gala red carpet. I think that this year a lot of the stars of stage, screen, fashion, politics, business, and society will forgo dressing for the theme of Comme des Garçons/Rei Kawakubo because the codes set forth through the theme do not mix with everyone’s tastes. In past years supermodel Chanel Iman has walked the Met Gala red carpet in designers like Topshop, J. Mendel, and Tom Ford. While she does occasionally try to stay on theme Chanel is always the epitome of glamour, and that is what I think she would bring to the red carpet if invited this year. I went with full glamour for Chanel to wear in this years red carpet with this champagne Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2016 metallic fringe gown which features a sheath silhouette and gorgeous embroideries. If the theme of the gala were Gatsby, then this would be a perfect look because it does liken to the flapper glamour of the 1920’s and is flirty, feminine, with a hint of sex appeal. I have been awaiting someone to wear this gown on the red carpet and I really do think that Chanel would more than do it justice on the steps of the Met Gala.Joan Smalls also just oozes glamour on the red carpet. The stunning supermodel is always a delight to see on the red carpet and I would bet money that she has received an invitation from Anna Wintour to attend this years gala. In the past we have seen Joan grace the Met steps wearing gorgeous creations by Balmain, Roberto Cavalli Couture, Vera Wang, and Tom Ford just to name a few. Recently Joan has been wearing a lot of Brandon Maxwell on the red carpet, so I am wondering if she will don the designer for this years Met Gala. Joan has never worn pants to a Met Gala and I am not sure if she would, but I think that this silver Swarovski crystal encrusted tuxedo from the Brandon Maxwell Fall 2017 RTW collection would be perfect. I don’t know how this suit has escaped the Grammy’s and Oscar night without being worn, but I would bet that we will see it at the Met Gala. I have wondered if Brandon has this gown saved for just the right Lady Gaga outing, but I think that for the Met Gala that Joan should be given the opportunity to really bring this gown to life. No one does the fierce smize on the red carpet like Joan and I think that because this suit is so bold with it being covered in over 100,000 crystals that it will take someone with extreme sultry presence to really make it work, and Joan definitely has that.Karolina Kurkova knows how to do Met Gala themes. Almost every year the gorgeous supermodel steps onto the red carpet at the Met Gala in the perfect interpretation of the theme. Some of her best moments include looks from Marchesa, Rachel Zoe, Viktor & Rolf, and Jean Paul Gaultier. I wonder how she will interpret this years Comme des Garçons/Rei Kawakubo theme. I doubt that KK will wear one of Rei’s designs but bring something evocative of that same rebel spirit that she designs with. I personally think that this blue and white tye-dye sculpted ball gown from Giles Deacon’s Fall 2016 Couture collection would do just that. There really is no other red carpet aside from the Met Gala that anyone could wear this and not be deemed insane. The gown has so much going on that it would take someone with the stature and presence of Karolina to really make it come to life on the red carpet. A sleek bun, a natural glow, light pink lip, diamond cluster earrings, and a pair of strappy silver sandals would ensure that this is yet another perfect Met Gala look for Karolina. I started looking for past Met Gala moments from Meryl Streep and I was a little surprised when I didn’t find any. The iconic actress has never graced the red carpet at the Met and I honestly don’t know why. I would hope that given her bout recently with Anna Wintour approved resistance activism and her stellar red carpet looks so far this year that Meryl joins in on the fun. In previous years I probably would have skipped over putting Meryl in one of my Met Gala wishes just because her style has been so up and down in the past, but I think that this year would be the perfect year for her to make her Met Gala debut. Another first for Meryl would be her wearing Tom Ford on the red carpet. Tom is notorious for personally dressing only one celebrity per event, and any other looks than the custom one he creates are all purchased and not coordinated through the designer or his PR team. Given Tom’s refusal to get involved with any member of the current White House administration and Meryl’s activism I think that this would be a match made in heaven. I think that Meryl would look stunning on the red carpet wearing this Tom Ford Spring 2017 RTW long sleeve gown which features a sequined bodice and a fringe skirt with swirling colors that evoke a painters palette in my eyes. The gown is more of a statement than Meryl has ever worn before, but I have all the faith that she would do it more than enough justice. Rita Ora knows how to do drama and edge on the red carpet so I think she will be one who really embraces this years Comme des Garçons/Rei Kawakubo theme. Last year Rita was on my Best Dressed list wearing a silver feathered Vera Wang gown and has given us plenty of drama courtesy of Tom Ford and Donna Karan Atelier in recent years. Most of Rita’s past Met Gala looks have included dramatic trains, though my wish for her this year is just column gown. I think that this very 80’s black and white Fausto Puglisi Fall 2017 long sleeve gown which features feather leg-o-mutton shoulders, a square studded leather lace up neckline, and feathers down the front. Honestly this gown is ugly. I would not let someone buy this from a store, but for the Met Gala on Rita I think it could be a really bold out there risk that could either go really well or really bad. I think that with Rita’s signature winged eye and red lip with a chic vintage inspired updo and a pair of peep toe black platform pumps that this would be a really beautiful red carpet moment. Last year Zoe Saldana topped my Met Gala best dressed list wearing the biggest gown of the night designed by Dolce & Gabbana. It stayed with the theme of Manus x Machina without going the robotic route that many went with their design. Coming off of the promo tour for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and before she jets off to Cannes I would love to see Zoe make a stop in NYC to deliver a follow up to that gorgeous gown. Zoe is usually one of my favorites on the Met red carpet with her custom Michael Kors and two custom Calvin Klein gowns all attesting to her range of looks. I would love to see Zoe step onto this years red carpet wearing this deep purple Giambattista Valli Fall 2016 Couture off the shoulder draped gown which features a portrait neckline, wrap style skirt, and voluminous Josephine sleeves. I have been waiting for this gown to have a red carpet moment since last July and I am honestly surprised that it made it through the fall festival season and all of awards season without being worn. I think that this would be the perfect statement to follow that major Dolce moment from last year. I don’t think that going with a big ball gown again would be a way to try and top herself. Sometimes simpler is better. I would love to see Zoe style this look with a romantic updo, smokey eye, nude lip, diamond cluster earrings, and the runways sandals to really turn it into that major moment that I am expecting from Zoe.
The 2017 Met Gala will take place on Monday May 1, 2017. I will be posting the red carpet looks in real time on my fashion ID Instagram account What They Are Wearing. Please follow along and join me!
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