Every year in the very top secret and elaborate invitations that Anna Wintour sends out to her guests there is always a dress code. In past years it has been classic white tie for the Charles James themed gala, Chinese white tie for ‘China: Through The Looking Glass,’ tech white tie for ‘Manus x Machina,’ and avant garde realness for the ‘The Art of the In-Between.” This year Anna has labeled the dress code for this years “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” is ‘Sundays Best” a play on the idea of wearing your best garb for church on Sunday. I know that there is careful collaboration between Andrew Bolton and the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the curators and members of the Vatican Library to ensure that there is little to no controversy about what the content of the exhibition, but that doesn’t mean that will apply to the red carpet. In this set of wishes I just have really glamorous and dramatic gowns that I think would love to see on the Met Gala red carpet, despite a theme. Amanda Seyfried has two films coming out this year including the much anticipated release of Mama Mia! Here We Go Again and it wouldn’t surprise me to see her back on the red carpet again this year. She has walked up these famous steps twice before wearing Givenchy Couture in 2013 and 2015. Both of those gowns were designed by Riccardo Tisci (and Amanda wore several more gowns from the brand as well) and while it is a long shot Amanda could wear a custom gown as a debut from Riccardo Tisci as the creative director of Burberry. Since that is a long shot I decided to go with something that we have actually seen on the runway. Just this past weekend Dolce & Gabbana celebrated their latest Alta Moda presentation in New York City at many different iconic locations around the city. They showcased couture fine jewelry at the New York Public Library, alta sartoria menswear at the famed Rainbow Room, and the women’s alta moda collection was a tribute to NYC in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center. Amanda isn’t usually on the theme and I think that she would be absolutely glamorous wearing this silver sequined Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda bias draped gown. It is a very glamorous look, typical old Hollywood glamour and I think that it would definitely make for one of Amanda’s best red carpet moments ever. I think that with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of nude Dolce & Gabbana ‘Keira’ rhinestone embellished sandals, and antique Fred Leighton diamond drop earrings would add the perfect finishing touches to this all around glamorous ensemble. Dakota Johnson has been a guest on the Met Gala red carpet the past four years and I would bet that she will be back on the famed steps again this year. She is a face of Gucci and has worn the brand the last two years (2017 and 2016) in addition to wearing Chanel Couture in 2015 and custom Jason Wu in 2014. I am very up and down with my love of Dakota and what she wears on the red carpet. I often think that she doesn’t put enough effort and looks tend to be sloppy and undone. I really want to see Dakota own the glamour on this red carpet this year. It would surprise me if she wore anything other than Gucci, but as there were no gowns from any of the recent collections that haven’t been worn that I can see Dakota wearing. I am really placing my bet on something custom. So since I couldn’t find the perfect Gucci gown I went on a hunt for other gowns I really think Dakota would own on the red carpet. I think that this shimmering champagne gold Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2018 RTW long sleeve column gown which features a large ruched keyhole cutout bodice is exactly what I think would be a really glamorous moment for Dakota. It screams easy 90’s glamour, which is totally on trend, and while the runway version is perfect for Dakota as is I would ask that the designers make a custom version of the gown adding a dramatic train to really add to the drama for this platform that can really hold it. I didn’t keep Gucci too far from this look adding a pink heart shaped crystal embellished chain strap minaudiere to add a real pop of color to this ensemble. Finishing the look with a pair of gold glitter Casadei ‘Blade’ sandals, a sleek updo with side flyaway’s (keeping the 90’s alive,) defined eyes, pink lips to match the Gucci bag, and a pair of delicate Chaumet diamond and pink quartz floral drop earrings would all ensure this is one of Dakota’s best looks ever. I can’t believe that Hailee Steinfeld has been on the Met Gala red carpet the last seven years. That means that she has been consistent a guest at one of the most prestigious events in the world since she was 14 years old. She has rocked Vera Wang, H&M, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Donna Karan Atelier, Miu Miu, and Stella McCartney over the years. She is another one of the stars who I am picking a designer that we have never seen a major star wear on the Met Gala red carpet. It comes as a real surprise that no major celeb has ever pulled a Stephane Rolland gown off on the red carpet at the Met. His dramatic designs definitely suit the dramatic looks for the Met Gala’s red carpet. So I think that Hailee would rock the red carpet at this years Met Gala wearing this white Stephane Rolland Spring 2018 Couture ensemble which features a sleek cap sleeve crop top and a structured white and silver detailed ball skirt. It is just a bold dramatic gown that if someone really wanted to equate this to the theme it could be seen as the 40’s ball gown version of Papal robes, and I think that this will be a chic moment for Hailee when paired with a sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of silver and PVC strappy Casadei sandals, and Harry Winston diamond cluster earrings. Naomie Harris has rocked the Met Gala red carpet twice in the past. In 2013 she was a divine purple goddess wearing custom Donna Karan Atelier and then in 2016 she delivered beautiful print in custom Burberry. I am always one of Naomie’s favorite style stars that I am really excited to see on the red carpet and coming off a press tour for her film Rampage and the blockbuster Mowgli film based on the story of The Jungle Book will debut later this year I would love to see her on the Met Gala red carpet. Despite the fact that the British actress hasn’t worn Erdem in a REALLY long time I think that she would be a perfect style star to rock on the British brand on this years Met Gala red carpet. I think that Naomie would definitely deliver this black Erdem Fall 2017 RTW flapper style dress on this red carpet. While I have modified several dressed (and will have many more) to hit the floor and have dramatic trains, I think that this midi gown is really dramatic moment all on its own. I think that this dress when paired with a sleek bob (her new hairstyle,) winged eyes, bordeaux lips, metallic charcoal Nicolas Kirkwood ‘Mira Pearl’ pumps, a Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ box clutch in black satin with crystal bead embroidery, and a pair of antique art deco diamond dangle earrings from Beladora and I think that this would be an absolutely gorgeous moment. It honestly surprised me that Yara Shahidi wasn’t invited to the Met Gala last year. She had just become a style star. It had just been announced that she was getting her own show. And it was just announced that she had been accepted to Harvard. But maybe her star hadn’t burned bright enough yet, but you can’t say that anymore. But after wearing custom Ralph Lauren to the SAG Awards and sitting front row at the Chanel Spring 2018 Couture show I think that Yara has pretty much cemented her ‘It’ girl status and it would really shock me if she doesn’t receive an invitation this year. For the red carpet I decided to branch out from what we have seen Yara wear and give her another designer in her repertoire. I feel like she is one of the very few who could take this red and blue abstract water print Armani Prive Spring 2018 Couture structurally draped ankle length gown and really own it on the red carpet. It is a really statement moment and I think that the Met Gala red carpet is one of the very few places where this gown could work. I believe that when paired with teased out curls, a navy defined eye, nude lips, red Aquazzura ‘Sofia’ sandals, and a pair of Tiffany & Co. Blue Book collection ‘Art of the Wild’ cluster earrings that Yara would definitely shut down the red carpet at her first Met Gala.
The 2018 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May. May 7, 2018.