The steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art almost always deliver some really major moments on the red carpets. Last year two of the looks that landed on my Best Dressed of the Year list came from the Met Gala red carpet. That isn’t the norm though. Since I started this website only 3 Met Gala moments have made my Best Dressed of the Year list: JLo and Cara Delevingne last year and Taylor Swift in 2014. Drama and glamour that is what made those looks make the list. Often it is because of the costume-y nature that the looks don’t make my end of the year list. I have a feeling that many of the guests this year are going to toe the line of glamour and costume because of the theme. For her Met Gala debut I went with a really dramatic take on glamour for Eiza Gonzalez. She made her Oscars debut wearing a bright yellow sleek Ralph Lauren gown, but honestly it was more of a party dress than an Oscars gown. I really want to see her go for the glam on the Met red carpet going back to the designers that dressed her for one of her first major red carpet appearances, Marchesa. The brand dressed Eiza for the London premiere of Baby Driver and I feel like the Met Gala red carpet will show whether or not Marchesa will have a future. Since the Weinstein scandal not a single celeb has worn the brand of Harvey’s estranged soon to be ex-wife Georgina Chapman and her design partner Keren Craig. I think that Eiza would definitely own the Met Gala red carpet wearing this teal ombré Marchesa Fall 2018 RTW ball gown which features an off the shoulder neckline, a fitted bodice, and a full tulle draped skirt. This glamorous gown deserves a red carpet moment and I think that Eiza would own it on the steps of the Met. I would ask if Georgina and Keren would customize the gown to have a really dramatic train to add to the drama as Eiza walks up those famous steps. It would be made all the more glamorous with the perfect styling including a glamorous updo, defined eyes, ruby red lips, a pair of navy Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ pointed toe pumps, and a beautiful Neil Lane diamond necklace.I saw on Hailey Baldwin’s stylist Maeve Reilly’s InstaStories a post thanking Tommy Hilfiger for the first Met Gala fitting for Hailey Baldwin. So I would imagine that means that Hailey is wearing a custom Tommy Hilfiger gown. Last year Tommy dressed Gigi Hadid, Deepika Padukone, and Yolanda Hadid and the gowns were decent. He also created custom gowns for Hailey to wear for the 2016 Met Gala and for the Met Gala in the upcoming blockbuster Oceans 8. Aside from Tommy in past years we have also seen Hailey step onto the Met steps wearing Carolina Herrera and custom Topshop. While a gorgeous custom gown (I would love to see Hailey actually wear that blue Tommy Hilfiger gown from Oceans 8 to the Met Gala) is surely in Hailey’s future there wasn’t anything from Tommy’s recent collections that I really wanted to see turned into a gown. So instead I opted to pick this Calvin Klein column gown which features a metallic khaki sequined one-shoulder bodice and black skirt with a slit at the right leg that runs from thigh to hem. This is a chic gown and I totally think that Hailey would bring a chic and sexy moment on the red carpet. We tend to see Hailey wearing sheer beaded gowns/catsuits and mini dresses so this would be a nice departure from that. Finishing this look with a pale gold sequin Calvin Klein clutch, sleek updo, defined eyes, nude lips, a pair of black Calvin Klein ‘Kai’ cutout leather pumps, and De Grisogono gold set diamond and emerald pendant drop earrings would really ensure this is an absolutely beautiful moment for Hailey.For the fashionista that she is I am surprised that Jaime King has only attended three Met Gala’s in the past. She has been the guest of Topshop twice (in 2012 and 2013) and of BOSS in 2015. She knows how do deliver a moment on the red carpet and so I would love to see her back on the Met steps again this year. I could have gone to her usual suspects Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, or Ulyana Sergeenko, but I decided to go left. Jaime has never worn ADEAM on the red carpet, but what better place to have a major debut than on the Met Gala red carpet. I think that this ADEAM Fall 2018 RTW ensembles made up of a black velvet long sleeve handkerchief blouse which features a cold-shoulder silhouette with a square neckline paired with a marigold maxi length skirt with layering details all tied together with a thick big gold buckled belt would be a chic take on religious garb, more of a Renaissance take on it, and I think it would definitely fit this years Met Gala theme. This would be another look where I would ask the designer to lengthen the skirt to have a dramatic train. I think that for some other red carpet I think that this would be perfect as is, but for the Met Gala I think that the extra drama is exactly what is needed. A sleek bang hairstyle, defined eyes, rose pink lips, black velvet Tyler Ellis ‘Aimee’ envelope style clutch, black velvet Charlotte Olympia platform open-toe sandals, and a pair of antique Fred Leighton gold chandelier earrings all would ensure that this is a statement moment for Jaime and the Met Gala red carpet. Mandy Moore made he Met Gala debut last year wearing a custom black Michael Kors gown. While I am usually really excited by what Mandy wears on the red carpet I was underwhelmed by that look, which was really hyped up. This year I went for a chic, but more laid back look with this custom navy silk velvet Brock Collection Fall 2018 RTW gown which features a peplum bodice with cutout detailing at the waist, ribbon straps, and a flared hem. What I turned into a gown was a cocktail dress on the runway, and both are incredibly chic. This dress could be lengthened into a floor skimming column gown or Kristopher Brock and Laura Vassar could opt to make this more dramatic of a moment by adding a train to trail up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Adding a romantic updo, simple navy smokey eyes, a statement navy and gold Judith Leiber Couture ‘Man On The Moon’ sphere clutch with a chain strap, a pair of navy velvet Alexandre Birman ‘May’ tied sandals, and a pair of blue multi-stone Irene Neuwirth earrings would all ensure that while this isn’t a gown from one of the biggest names in fashion that Mandy owns her look.Sofia Vergara started working with a new stylist recently, Thomas Christos. He also dresses Gabrielle Union and I am hoping that he helps push Sofia’s boundaries. So far he has gotten her out of her standard box and I would love to see him give a major, yet unexpected, Met Gala moment. In past years we have seen Sofia wearing Marchesa (twice in 2015 and 2012) and Carolina Herrera in 2011. Sofia loves to wear Zuhair Murad on the red carpet and while the brand has only had 3 past Met Gala moments (on JLo in 2010, Cassie in 2015, and Hannah Davis-Jeter in 2016) I think that she would look positively angelic wearing this white sheer eyelet lace Zuhair Murad Spring 2018 Couture pleated gown which features a plunging neckline and a feathered capelet. This gown give the vibes of an angel, but without wearing a pair of Victoria’s Secret angel wings. The feathered capelet can be removed, but I think that for the Met Gala it would definitely add the perfect touch to ensure drama and the theme of the night. I would finish the look with a pair of white Charlotte Olympia ‘Serena’ platform sandals, a romantic updo, defined eyes, red lips, and Lorraine Schwartz ‘Kryptonite’ Colombian emerald earrings to really make this another boundary pushing look for Sofia.
The 2018 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May. May 7, 2018.