We are just getting started with my 2018 Met Gala wishes. There are 80 wishes I have for this years gala and they will be posted in groups of five in two posts a day over eight days. Today we kick off day two of Met Gala wishes and I have to say I am very interested in seeing what stars and designers made of the theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Will they go the route of obvious inspiration like the Atelier Versace cardinals robes that Nicki Minaj wore for the 2012 Grammy Awards? Or will they go more the route of dramatic gowns of their own aesthetic not necessarily coinciding with the theme? Something tells me there will be a mix of the two this year, but which will come out as the winners of the night? Who will be glamorous and who will offend? If I had to bet I would say that Allison Williams would make an appearance wearing something a little more feminine than controversial. Her looks are usually on her very feminine brand with subtle nods to the themes. Shes worn DVF, Peter Pilotto, Giambattista Valli, Oscar de la Renta, and Altuzarra in years past and this year I would love to see Allison add another designer into that mix. I decided to go with more of Allison’s feminine glamour aesthetic instead of the religious theme opting to modify a Michael Kors Fall 2018 RTW dress. On the runway this navy and black asymmetrical drape gown which features a sweetheart neckline, draped fabric on the left hip, all over floral beaded embroidery, and a back center slit was presented as a cocktail dress. As I often do with Michael Kors collections I look for pieces that would make great gowns and I definitely think that lengthening this into a gown would be a really chic statement for Allison. It isn’t a ballgown or have a long train like Allison is used to wearing on the Met Gala red carpet but I think that it is a really chic moment. If she wanted some more drama I think that the draped fabric on the hip could be modified into becoming a dramatic train as well. But I personally don’t think that is needed. I think that with a sleek vintage inspired up, navy blue thick winged eyes, red lips, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Betty’ strappy crystal embellished sandals, and simple yet elegant Harry Winston diamond and sapphire earrings that this would be a really beautiful moment for Allison to wear for this years Met Gala. Claire Foy made her Met Gala debut last year bucking the theme of gowns inspired by the codes of Comme des Garçons/Rei Kawakubo wearing a beautiful custom Erdem gown. I have a feeling that if she is back on the famed red carpeted steps again this year that we will see Claire yet again wearing something beautiful, but off theme. I think she would look absolutely beautiful, and regal, wearing this Valentino Spring 2018 Couture strapless gown which features an ankle length hem, sequined floral print, and a dramatic bow detail train. This very 60’s inspired look reminds me of something that Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, or Audrey Hepburn would have been attracted to. It is beautiful yet statement making all at the same time. This gown would take a lot of tailoring to ensure that the length the hem hits is just perfect on Claire as to not make the petite actress look any shorter than she already is, but I think that Pierpaolo Piccioli and the team from Maison de Valentino would ensure that the gown is perfectly proportioned to Claire’s figure. Adding a pair of bisque Gianvito Rossi pleated satin crystal buckle ankle strap sandals, a 60’s inspired updo (or pixie style depending on how long her hair is at the time,) defined eyes, dusty rose lips, and a pair of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels diamond, blue and pink sapphire statement drop earrings would ensure that Claire serves 60’s glamizon realness from head to toe.Gugu Mbatha Raw has been a guest at the Met Gala twice. First in 2014 wearing custom Lanvin and then again in 2016 wearing Gabriela Hearst. I really want to see her on the red carpet at this years gala just because I absolutely adore her style. She is one of the few who I decided to put in a short dress. I went back and forth about whether or not I wanted to have this white Oscar de la Renta Fall 2018 RTW a-line shift petal dress turned into a gown. I think that there are definitely some stars who could wear this as a gown and not be overwhelmed but I think that while Gugu does have this regality about her she doesn’t have the full presence to make the gown version of this dress work. But for the Met Gala not everything has to be long (as shown by the Lanvin she wore) and I think that she would definitely be able to hold her own against this cocktail dress on the Met Gala red carpet. I think that adding a subtle pop of color via antique rose satin Sophia Webster ‘Lilico’ sandals with multi-colored embellished glitter and crystal flower front strap and a beauty look that consists of a curly updo, defined eyes, and soft rose pink lips that this would be a really beautiful moment for the Met Gala red carpet. Nicole Kidman isn’t the most constant guest at the Met Gala. She has attended three times first in 2003 wearing Tom Ford for Gucci, then again in 2005 wearing Chanel Couture, and the last time she attended was in 2016 wearing Alexander McQueen. Having come off a really beautiful run over the last year promoting films like The Beguiled and her winning awards season run for Big Little Lies I would love to see Nicole once again shut the red carpet down at the Met Gala. Nicole was the first person to wear Givenchy Couture by Clare Waight Keller giving a preview of the spring couture line before it was presented at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. It was because of that moment that I decided to have Nicole wear Givenchy to the Met Gala. Clare has only attended the Met once in 2012 as the creative director of Chloe, but I feel like as the creative director of Givenchy now she will be more of a constant guest and who better to bring as a date than Nicole Kidman? I think Nicole would own the red carpet wearing this Givenchy Spring 2018 Couture ensemble which features a black belted blazer bodice and an ivory till and silk dégradé beaded skirt. It almost gives me couture religious robe vibes, but in the most subtle way possible. I don’t want anyone to go full out wearing custom papal robes on the red carpet. I think that’s been done, tired, and tacky. This is not. This Givenchy Couture ensemble is glamour and elegance and I definitely think that Nicole Kidman is the perfect person to sell this look to me on this red carpet especially when paired with a sleek vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, red lips, a statement vintage Fred Leighton diamond necklace, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Follies Lace’ pumps. Zendaya is one of those style stars that I just know will be on the red carpet at the Met Gala again this year. She has been on the carpet the last three years wearing Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda, custom Michael Kors, and custom Fausto Puglisi. Each gown was dramatic in it’s own way and coming off that Dolce moment last year she has some high expectations. I decided to take a risk with my designer choice opting to put Zendaya in this white Jean Louis Sebaj Spring 2018 Couture mermaid gown which features this inverted peplum at the knee of tentacles. There are only a handful of people in the world who I think could sell this dress to me with the tentacles, and Zendaya is one of them. She is a fearless fashionista and knows how to take risks, and this is definitely a risk. Not just in the style but because aside from the gowns worn by Mary J. Blige and Allison Williams the brand Jean Louis Sebaj is relatively unknown. This could be a really major moment for both the brand and Zendaya. I think she would definitely hold her own against her look last year wearing this gown and with a sleek updo, smokey eye, nude lip, silver glitter Casadei ‘Blade’ sandals, and a pair of Tiffany & Co. Blue Book collection diamond drop earrings that this could even be a better moment than what she did last year.
The 2018 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May. May 7, 2018.