Strap yourselves in. We are now full steam ahead with 2019. While we still have a few more days of 2018 I am moving on and gearing up for one of the most glamorous times of the year, awards season. I am really excited to see what this years awards season is going to bring. It is gearing up to be a very diverse group of stars, and many of them, on the red carpet and I really do believe that we are gearing up for many major potential Best Dressed of the Year moments coming up. While the Art of Elysium HEAVEN Gala isn’t an awards event, or event the first red carpet of the year, it is one of the biggest events of prior to the Golden Globe Awards and stars know how to bring the glam to the red carpet. This gala honors one artist and one designer. This year the gala is being curated by artist Michael Muller and is being fashioned by designer Peter Dundas. The gala is being co-chaired by Peter’s husband Evangelo Bousis as well as actors Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. Dundas is one of these labels I don’t always think lands on the red carpet, but I am hopeful that this red carpet will deliver some really chic fashion moments on the red carpet. Amber Heard has been a constant guest at the Art of Elysium HEAVEN galas in the past. She is one of the stars who are among one of the events biggest donors and I am sure we will see her once again take to the red carpet when this years gala kicks off. I was really looking forward to her tour for Aquaman, but I just wasn’t impressed. She left me desiring more. I want to see her bring that glamour that I know is inside her when she steps out for the Art of Elysium gala next month. We haven’t seen Amber wear Dundas in the past, but I feel like the brands sexy glamour is perfect for Amber and when I saw this slate blue and gold Dundas Pre-Fall 2019 fully sequined gown which is designed with a plunging neckline, a gathered waist, and a full length skirt with a thigh high slit at front it just clicked to me as a perfect look for her to have her first moment in the brand. This gown gives clear femme fatale vibes and I really do believe that is when Amber is at her best. When she delivers that uber sexy take on glamour is when I most fall in love with Amber’s red carpet moments. I think that this gown with a sleek updo, defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, and a pair of metallic gold and silver Aquazzura ‘Love Affair Plateau’ platform sandals would all ensure this look is absolute perfection from head to toe. We don’t often see Camilla Belle on red carpets anymore, and I often miss her. She has always been one of my favorites because she brings very feminine glamour to whatever red carpets she steps onto. Though like Amber Camilla is a Spirit of Elysium circle member so I am expecting to see what she will bring to the red carpet at this gala on January 5, 2019. When I was searching for the perfect gown for Camilla to bring to life on this red carpet I immediately fell in love with this floral Elie Saab Spring 2019 RTW cut out lingerie tulle gown which features a fitted bodice with a sweetheart neckline and full A-line skirt. It is an absolutely beautiful style moment that I don’t think would work for many of the awards shows, but I definitely think it is perfect for a gala. It seems like something that Camilla would make it a major moment on the red carpet especially paired with old Hollywood waves, winged eyes, soft pink lips, a dark lagoon blue Mehry Mu ‘Sultan’ clutch, a pair of black Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist’ sandals, and Anita Ko ‘Floating’ diamond and blue sapphire earrings.Ciara is on the host committee of the 2019 Art of Elysium HEAVEN Gala and I would totally expect her to rock this red carpet wearing a design from the nights featured designer, Dundas. Ciara has never been to an Art of Elysium HEAVEN gala before, but I really do believe that her relationship with Peter Dundas will see her bring one of his designs to life on this red carpet. Her look was actually the first one I knew I wanted to see in this list. I decided to forgo a gown, unlike everyone else, instead opting for this disco glam gold sequin Dundas Pre-Fall 2019 ensemble which features a jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and wide leg pants paired with a matching blazer. I would keep the blazer draped over the shoulders like a cape as it was styled in the look book adding a sleek high pony, smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of gold Casadei ‘Blade’ crystal embellished glitter pumps, and statement Fernando Jorge ‘Clarity’ diamond sunburst drop earrings to really ensure that Ciara absolutely shuts down this red carpet. Another member of this years HEAVEN Gala host committee is Kate Bosworth, along with her husband Michael Polish. I always love seeing Kate on the red carpet so I am really excited to see what she will bring to life on this red carpet. She brings this modern take on classic glamour to whatever red carpet she walks and that is why I think that this powder blue Alessandra Rich Spring 2019 RTW cotton-blend gown which features a one-shoulder silhouette with an exaggerated bow detail and crystal-embellished bodice with a full ankle length skirt is perfect for her to bring to life on this red carpet. I really do believe that Kate is the perfect person with the perfect poise and statuesque beauty to really deliver this as a major 50’s/60’s moment. A glamorous updo, winged eyes, punchy bold matte pink lips, a silver Rodo embellished hardshell clutch, silver Fred Leighton ‘Rosalind’ crystal heel sandals, and vintage Fred Leighton diamond art deco drop earrings all would help achieve that goal. We can all but assume that since she is a co-chair of this years gala that we will see Rooney Mara on the red carpet at the Art of Elysium HEAVEN Gala. I personally think the pairing of Rooney and Dundas is a head scratching idea, but I was able to find one look from the brand that I think she could be drawn to. Rooney tends to stick to just black and white looks on the red carpet, and usually more of a covered look. That isn’t really the MO of Dundas, but I do think that this simple white Dundas Pre-Fall 2019 jersey gown which features an embellished halter neckline, a plunging keyhole opening at the bust and a fitted silhouette with a thigh high slit almost fits Rooney’s style. The thigh high center split isn’t exactly something I think is very Rooney, but that could be fixed in a custom version of the gown for Rooney. She is also very tiny so if she wears the sample designed for an amazonian tall model I think that we could get a little pooling train that could make the look a little more Rooney. Simple Tiffany & Co. ‘Ziegfeld’ collection pearl drop earrings, a pair of white Gianvito Rossi crystal embellished strappy sandals, a sleek center parted low bun, defined eyes, and red lips all would really ensure that this look is styled perfectly for Rooney. Zoe Saldana has attended many Art of Elysium events in the past, but never the organizations signature HEAVEN Gala. This year she is on the host committee so I am hoping we see her bringing some major moments to the red carpet. While I definitely think that Zoe fits the stylings of Dundas it was Michael Kors that I first thought of as the perfect pairing for her to wear on this red carpet. This black 3-D sequined Michael Kors gown which features a tank style top and a column skirt with a thigh high side split was immediately the first thing that came to mind for Zoe to wear on this red carpet. Is this gown boundary pushing? Not at all, but I think it fits Zoe’s modern take on classic glamour perfectly and I really do believe that with a sleek low ponytail, defined eyes, dark red lips, a black Judith Leiber crocodile leather box clutch, a pair of black Aquazzura PVC detailed sandals, and diamond flower stud style earring in blackened 18k gold from Beladora that this would be the perfect look for Zoe to bring to life on this red carpet.
The 2019 Art of Elysium HEAVEN Gala will take place on Saturday January 5, 2019.