The Met Gala is always one of the most anticipated and coveted invitations a celeb can get all year. Anna Wintour personally chooses all of the people who are invited. They include the biggest names in movies, television, Broadway, fashion, publishing, business, politics, and of course special donors to the Costume Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Last year Anna raised over $12 million over the Costume Institute and over the 19 years that she has chaired the famed gala she has raised over $186 million. With this being her 20th year hosting the gala I think it would be apt to see Anna cross the $200 million mark. The gala funds the operating and acquisition costs to run the Costume Institute every year. With invitations costing a cool $30,000 it would only take 434 guest to cross that mark, I think that she can do it. Usually there are about 500-650 guests so this special year for Anna is ready to be a big night.I think that after getting to know each other during New York Fashion Week that it would be no surprise to see Anna invite Cardi B to her first Met Gala. Cardi is on top of her game, and even I (who is not the biggest rap fan) am obsessed, and even through her just announced pregnancy I think that we won’t be seeing Cardi slow down any time soon. I would love to see Cardi show up as the guest of Alexander Wang wearing a custom gown inspired by his Fall 2018 RTW collection, which Cardi took in from the front row. The moment I saw the black long sleeve zipper detail mini dress with an asymmetrical neckline come down the runway at the old Conde Nast offices I thought that it would be a really major gown moment. Alex is known for taking cocktail looks from his collections and turning them into gown moments for the Met Gala, and I definitely think that Cardi would sell this gown to me on the red carpet. I don’t think of Alexander Wang at all when I think of maternity wear, but I think those zipper details on the hip would drape over Cardi’s baby bump perfectly and the sexy unzipped side split would add a sexy touch to this BOSS, Bitch look. Adding an Alexander Wang crystal zip-loc bag clutch, a 60’s beehive style updo, thick winged eyeliner, red lips, a pair of black Alexander Wang ‘Nova’ silver studded PVC strap slingback sandals, a pair of Anita Ko ‘Ava’ diamond circle earrings, and a selection of Anita Ko diamond rings (3-dot, zipper, and pinky coil) would all ensure that this has the sexy secretary, boss lady look that I am imagining this look could be. I was in love with what Gabrielle Union delivered on every red carpet she walked last year. She knows how to do elegance, glamour, edge, street, and lady-like depending on that red carpet she is walking. In the past Gabrielle has attended the Met Gala wearing Zac Posen in 2015 and custom Prada in 2014. She was absent the last two years, but I would love to see her back on this red carpet again this year. I saw this red tin
sel Kenzo Fall 2018 RTW ensemble which reminds me of flames which consists of sheer detailing, a long sleeve blouse and a calf length skirt and the Met Gala was the first event that I thought of. I went around and around trying to think of the perfect person to wear this on the Met steps and ultimately I thought that if anyone could sell this look to me that Gabrielle would be able to do just that. I think that If the sheer detailing of this look is perfectly matched to Gabrielle’s skin tone that this look would be really magical. I think that with tied back full curls, defined winged eyes, nude lips, a red satin Judith Leiber coffered rectangle clutch, red leather and PVC Marskinryyppy ‘Pauwau’ sandals, and a selection of Martin Katz jewels including diamond and ruby teardrop hoop earrings and a statement fire opal cocktail ring that this would be a really edgy, and sexy take on this years theme. I usually love Kerry Washington’s style, but more often than not I hate what she wears on the Met Gala red carpet. I hated the Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Vera Wang, and Louis Vuitton looks that Kerry has worn over the years while I loved the Escada and Thakoon gowns that she wore. Kerry has had some beautiful moments in Atelier Versace in the past and so I decided that she should be one of the lucky ladies dressed by this years gala co-host Donatella Versace. I think that this seafoam green Atelier Versace Spring 2018 Couture draped goddess gown which features an embellished ombré column section and an asymmetrical neckline is something that Kerry would look absolutely beautiful in this gown. While there were plenty of great looks from this collection that fit this years theme, this one doesn’t. But that doesn’t mean anything to me. This gown is glamorous and dramatic and I definitely think that Kerry would sell this look to me on the red carpet. The glamour of this look would be accentuated perfectly with a pair of gold Versace metallic open-toe sandals, sleek updo, smokey eye, crimson lips, and Harry Winston jewels including a pair of beautiful yellow and white diamond earrings and a diamond wreath bracelet.Rita Ora is one who always does DRAMA on the Met Gala red carpet. From Marchesa and Vera Wang to Tom Ford and Donna Karan Atelier she always embodies the go big or go home mentality of dressing for the Met Gala red carpet. She has never repeated a designer on this red carpet and I am wishing that she will grow that wish once again this year. Dolce & Gabbana just celebrated in New York City it’s latest Alta Moda collection and it was a love letter to the city. It was full of really great looks (and do know you will be seeing a lot of that collection over the coming weeks) and the Met Gala is one of the few red carpets where Dolce breaks out the Alta Moda gowns for stars to rock on the red carpet. I would love to see Rita shut the Met Gala carpet down wearing this Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda gown which features a black corseted bustier bodice and a full hand painted city lights ball skirt. There are very few red carpets where a gown like this could really work and the Met is definitely at the top of the list. There are plenty of religious themed Dolce gowns out there, but I think that is exactly what the brand is expected to put on the red carpet. This would be a different look for the brand. I would add a bit of the religious iconography Dolce uses by opting to pair the gown with a statement diamond cross Dolce & Gabbana haute jewelry necklace. Finishing the look with a pair of black Casadei peep toe platform pumps, a sleek updo, smokey eyes, and red lips would all ensure that this is just yet another really dramatic moment for Rita on those iconic Met steps.Rounding out today is Zoe Saldana. She to me doesn’t walk enough red carpets. She is gorgeous and always serves a look on the red carpet. The last time Zoe walked the Met Gala red carpet she absolutely shut it down wearing Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda in 2016. That was such a statement moment. How do you top it? That is probably why she stayed home last year. This year I wanted to go for something much simpler, but still beautiful. I was watching the Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2018 RTW show live from my couch back in February and when the finale dress, a white off the shoulder midi dress which features allover pearl embellishment’s and bishop style sleeves, my immediate thought was that it could be a really gorgeous gown. So I modified it and took the hem to the floor and it was a really beautiful moment. The young New York based designer has never been on the Met Gala red carpet and I think that Zoe in this gown on those famed steps I think that it would be a perfect moment for both her and brand especially when styled with a mother of pearl Serupi clutch, a romantic updo, defined eyes, nude lips, a pair of white Jimmy Choo ‘Aurelia’ flower detail sandals, and an antique diamond and pearl collar necklace.
The 2018 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May. May 7, 2018.