We are now halfway through all my wishes for the 2018 Met Gala red carpet. So far I have gone for gowns subtly on theme and that are just dramatic or glamorous and not on theme at all. I have definitely voiced my concerns about what this years theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” I don’t want anyone to do anything egregiously offensive on this red carpet. I had the same fear back in 2015 during the Chinese themed gala. But in the back of my mind I know a few people will definitely be on the line of offensive. Anne Hathaway will not cross that line. Looking back at her past looks she has always delivered glamour. She has worn Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Valentino (twice in 2013 and 2010,) and Marc Jacobs in the last several years. Anne has a personal friendship with Valentino Garavini. She is the only person who has been able to pull looks out of the Valentino archive for the red carpet. I thought about pulling another look from the original Valentino archive, but then I saw this red petal draped Valentino Spring 2018 Couture ball gown which features a ruffled off the shoulder neckline. With the Met Gala being the setting her next big film, Oceans 8, it would surprise me if Anne isn’t on the red carpet and I think that this dramatic ballgown would definitely be something that Anne would be drawn to. I would let the gown be the focus of this look styling it with a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a red Valentino ‘Rockstud Spike’ quilted leather gold studded clutch, a pair of red Valentino ‘Rockstud’ gold studded sandals, and gorgeous 18k gold set Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and ruby cluster earrings.I find it shocking that despite the fact that Elizabeth Banks is definitely one of the queens of the red carpet that she has almost never delivered a really major look on the Met Gala red carpet. She has worn Michael Kors (twice in 2017 and 2015), Atelier Versace, Mary Katrantzou, Tommy Hilfiger, and Gucci on this red carpet in the past. Aside from last years Michael Kors and the Mary Katrantzou I think that had Elizabeth worn any of those looks on any other red carpet I probably would have loved them. There is a fine line of what I think is Met Gala appropriate and what is not. Theme and drama are the two factors that I look at. Being on theme is a big part most years (though as I have said I am worried about what being on theme will mean this year) and but drama is a bit of a more out there term. Yes I do love a big ball gown or a really long dramatic train, but also it can mean volume in any way, intricate embellishments, head to toe styling. There are so many factors that go into a dramatic look for me. This strapless Atelier Versace Spring 2018 Couture gold and blue baroque printed ball gown on its own might not have been my definition of dramatic enough for the Met Gala red carpet, but I think that Elizabeth would style it just right to really ensure that this is a really beautiful moment on the red carpet. I think that with a rockabilly inspired updo, defined eyes, red lips, a gold-tone leather Rodo crystal covered clutch, gold Casadei strappy sandals, and a pair of beautiful gold set Bulgari diamond drop earrings would all make this the definition of a perfectly dramatic Met Gala red carpet moment for Elizabeth.I have a feeling that if anyone is going to toe the line of tasteful use of the theme and tacky/offensive that Madonna will definitely be the person to bring that factor to the red carpet. She has worn Jeremy Scott, Givenchy (in 2016 and 2013), Moschino, Stella McCartney, and Louis Vuitton. The only one of those looks that I liked was the uber glam Stella McCartney moment. In her ‘Confessions’ tour Madonna crucified herself on a mirrored cross, crown of thrones and all, and during her ‘Rebel Heart’ tour one of her wardrobe changes was a trashy nuns habit. So I wonder what she will wear this year. I looked at all kinds of religious inspired looks. Guo Pei, Alexander McQueen, and Dolce & Gabbana all came across, but I decided to go left. I took a neon lime Prada Fall 2018 RTW crew neck shift cocktail dress and really played with it. I took the hem to the floor and added sleeves and honestly while most will probably think that this dress is hideous, I think that on the right person it could work. Madonna has the edge to make this plastic fringe gown work and I think that it would make sure she isn’t toeing the line of being offensive. She could show up with a crown of thorns made of diamonds around her head (I have had that idea in my head since this years theme was first announced.) I would personally style this dress with a pair of gold Prada metallic ankle strap sandals, perfect old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, bright pink lips, and a gold Fallon Jewelry diamond detailed barbed wire collar necklace (which is the closest to a crown of thorns I want to see her wear) to really ensure that Madge has a major glam moment on this red carpet. I read that Sarah Jessica Parker will once again be on the Met Gala red carpet this year with good pal Bravo producer and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen. Sarah has served a plethora of looks over the years from a bevy of designers including Monse, H&M, Oscar de la Renta, Giles, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, and Halston Heritage and I am really excited to see what she will wear this year. Sara has never worn a designer twice on the Met Gala red carpet, but this year I want to see Sarah work the red carpet wearing a custom gown from the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2018 RTW collection. On the runway this black long sleeve a-line gown which feature sheer lace fabric and beaded baroque scroll embroidery was presented as a midi dress, and since SJP has been embracing her inner Carrie Bradshaw a lot lately she very well could show up on this red carpet wearing the original runway look. I think that as a gown it would be even more of an absolutely beautiful moment for Sarah to rock on this red carpet and I think that with a black satin Oscar de la Renta ‘Rogan’ box clutch, a pair of black SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker ‘Encore Bis’ crystal bow detailed stiletto sandals, a sleek yet dramatic updo, kohl rimmed eyes, nude lips, and a pair of antique Fred Leighton diamond chandelier earrings that this will be another beautiful Met Gala moment for SJP.Selena Gomez has walked the Met Gala red carpet the past four years wearing custom Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Diane Von Furstenberg (in 2015 and 2014) and I am interested in seeing what she will wear this year. It was announced earlier this year that following her successful bag collaboration with Coach that she would be collaborating again on a clothing line. So it would surprise me of Selena rocked the Met steps wearing anything other than a custom Coach design. I tried to find something off the runway that was an easy modification, but there wasn’t anything that stood out to me. The only think I loved was a silver and pink sequin dot patterned skirt that was modeled by Kaia Gerber in the Coach 1941 Spring 2018 RTW collection. So I took the sequined tulle fabric and I turned it into this sleek halter gown which features a thigh high split, racer back, silk ribbon waistband. It is a really glamorous, modern moment and I definitely think that Selena would own this gown on the red carpet. I would style it with a grey feathered Coach clutch, a sleek updo, silvery smokey eyes, nude lips, silver Jimmy Choo ‘Leo’ fine glitter platform sandals, and a pair of diamond and pink morganite Tiffany & Co. pendant earrings all would ensure that this look is an absolutely gorgeous modern glam moment.
The 2018 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May. May 7, 2018.