Met Gala wishes are some of the most fun to put together. I get to look at dresses and other looks that I wouldn’t normally even consider for the red carpet. When it comes to fashion this is pretty much an anything goes red carpet. Edge, glamour, costume, short, long, simple, avant garde. While “go big or go home” is my main theme for Cannes gowns, I also apply that to this red carpet. The steps of the Met can handle some really major skirts and trains and I think that stars that take risks and deliver drama are ones that usually end up on my Best Dressed at the Met Gala list. I am really interested in seeing what Elle Fanning will bring to this years red carpet, if she attends. She was slated for the first few days of Cannes 2017 for her L’Oreal Paris spokesmodel duties and this year the festival opens the day after the Met. I hope that doesn’t steal away any more stars than it already has from the Met Gala red carpet. Elle has already pretty much guaranteed herself a spot on my 2018 Best Dressed of the Year list with the Valentino Couture gown she wore at the Berlin Film Festival, but I would love to see her take home my Red Carpet Diva of the Year or my Most Consistent award this year. Her past Met Gala looks have included Miu Miu, custom Thakoon, Rodarte, and Valentino Couture and you can definitely see her journey of finding her footing on the red carpet over the years. Elle has really come into her own over the last two years and is now one I get really excited to see on the red carpet instead of saying ughhhhhhhh. For this years Met Gala I went with a high fashion take on the first communion gown with this white Giambattista Valli Fall 2017 Couture floral embroidered tulle ball gown. Elle doesn’t often follow the theme of the gala when picking her gowns, and this gown could be considered on theme in a loose roundabout kinda way, but I think that it would be a really gorgeous moment for her. I would style it with a sleek center parted low bun, defined eyes, light pink lips, a pair of ivory satin Jimmy Choo ‘Lancer’ strappy pumps, and Tiffany & Co. diamond and morganite art deco drop earrings to really make this a dramatically beautiful moment for Elle to own the Met Gala red carpet. When I was looking at past Met Gala red carpet history I was really surprised that Jennifer Lawrence has only been twice. She wore Dior both times in 2015 and 2014. That isn’t shocking. She is a face of the brand and was the guest of then creative director Raf Simons. I am predicting that red is going to be a major trend on the Met Gala red carpet this year. I was looking for the perfect gown for JLaw to rock this year and had found a dress from the original Christian Dior Spring 2018 Couture collection, but then Maria Grazia Chiuri showed the collection again in Shanghai and added a bunch of new looks. When I saw this red glitter tulle a-line gown which features a shirred bodice, plunging neckline, and a tiered pleated skirt I knew that I was going to change my mind. This gown is glamour and drama and totally something I think that Jennifer would own on this red carpet. I tend to say that Jennifer should stray away from princess moments, but recently she has been selling them to me and I think that this would definitely be one of the chicer moments she has ever had. I think that with a romantic updo, defined eyes, nude lips, a pair of red satin Christian Louboutin ‘Tres Frais’ flamenco ribbon ankle wrap sandals, and a statement antique gold and topaz Georgian cross necklace from Beladora would make this a perfect mesh of the years theme, Jennifer’s style, and Dior aesthetic. In her Met Gala history Karlie Kloss has given us a little bit of everything and has never repeat a designer. She has worn Carolina Herrera, Brandon Maxwell, Atelier Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Christian Dior, and Donna Karan over the years. My favorite of those looks has to be the Oscar de la Renta. It was perfect dramatic glam, on theme moment for the Charles James themed Met Gala and she definitely owned that look. I went for a look on theme for Karlie this year. I knew I wanted to see someone wearing one of the iconic Armani Prive Fall 2012 Couture crystal beaded veils (because who doesn’t think of veils when they think of the Catholic church?) and as I was flipping through the unworn looks from that collection I saw this half solid, half sequin sculpted one shoulder column gown paired with that veil and Karlie was the first person I thought of. I feel like one of the models will have to wear one of these looks (or someone like Lady Gaga) to really be able to be seen behind the veil. Karlie could definitely wear the veil and not let the veil wear her. Because the look is already so visual I would keep the styling really simple with a navy crocodile Armani Prive crystal trimmed clutch, a pair of black and blue Rene Caovilla two-tone crystal-back ankle-wrap pumps, a sleek center parted hairstyle, defined smokey eyes, and red lips would all ensure that Karlie owns this moment on the red carpet. Out of everyone that I picked looks for this year I think that the look that I picked for Lupita Nyong’o to rock on the Met Gala red carpet is the most costume-y and on theme of them all. She usually goes for statement looks wearing custom Prada in 2017 and 2014 and custom Calvin Klein in 2016, but I have to say that none of them ended up on my best dressed list. I think that if Lupita showed up wearing this dark red velvet Gucci Fall 2017 RTW draped gown which features a hood, long glove sleeves, knotted details on the shoulder and hip and a long skirt with a train. I watched this collection come down its runway during Milan Fashion Week, and was honestly confused and speechless (not in a good way.) When I saw this gown come down the red carpet I immediately said MET GALA, because where else can you wear this gown? After screaming MET GALA when I saw this gown Lupita was the first face that came to mind and I still haven’t been able to shake that idea. She has the presence, height, and elegance to really make this a look that I could fall in love with on this red carpet. Again like some of the other looks I have picked this look is such a statement on its own I would just have Lupita style it with smokey eyes, a matching red lip, and a pair of red Alexandre Birman ‘Jessica’ bow-embellished velvet sandals to allow this dress to stay the focus of the look. The last wish for today is for Sara Sampaio, who has never been a guest on the Met Gala red carpet before. I was kinda surprised when I learned that, but it has been since Cannes last year that I feel like Sara has really been a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet. She knows how to deliver glamour, elegance, and drama on the red carpet and I would love to see her deliver just that on this years Met Gala red carpet. As I said earlier I think that red is going to be a really major color this year and I picked the color for Sara with this dramatic Christian Siriano Fall 2018 RTW floral applique drop waist silk faille ball gown which features a high neckline embellished with fabric flowers, a drop waist, and an oversized pleated skirt. Christian has never dressed someone of Sara’s star caliber for the Met Gala before. He has only dressed TV personality Keltie Knight, Broadway actress Laura Osnes, and trophy wife Melania Trump (a really long time ago) and I think that this dramatic gown on Sara would definitely be a highlight of his career. Again this is a really dramatic gown so the styling has to compliment and not take away from this gown. I think that a sleek updo, smokey eye, nude lips, a pair of red Gianvito Rossi ‘Plexi’ satin ankle strap sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and ruby chandelier earrings would all ensure that Sara’s debut Met Gala moment is nothing short of absolute perfection.
The 2018 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May. May 7, 2018.