Well ladies and gentleman after weeks of me teasing my 2019 Met Gala wishes they are finally here! I have been planning these wishes for WEEKS. It all started with the Menswear and Couture shows back in January and then stalking the new Fall 2019 RTW shows for whole looks to use and of course some major custom moments. I also searched the racks of online stores and the depths of designer archives to really ensure that I had the best set of wishes possible for this years theme. The theme of this year exhibit, and gala, is Camp: Notes on Fashion. Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, has designed the exhibition around Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay Notes on “Camp”, which posited different ways in which the concept could be construed. Personally I take camp as kitsch, drama, color, over the top, and avant garde so I am hoping we see lots of super dramatic looks on the red carpet. To kick off the lists as always is Anna Wintour, her daughter, the event co-hosts, and Salma Hayek (since the gala is being sponsored this year by Gucci.)This is going to be Anna Wintour’s I don’t know gazillionth year hosting the Met Gala. It has become the single largest fundraiser the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds in a year. It furnishes the entire operating budget for the Costume Institute department at the museum. This gala raises about $12 million every year and since taking over planning the Met Gala Anna has helped raise over $190 million. Over the last decade Anna has only worn a designer other than Chanel Couture for this red carpet, and that was when she wore a custom Prada gown for the gala themed around Prada and Schiaparelli. I would imagine that following the passing of her good friend Karl Lagerfeld last month that Anna will definitely continue her tradition and pay tribute to him wearing his final couture collection for Chanel. Karl wasn’t the most ‘Camp’ of designers out there, but then again Anna isn’t that ‘Camp’ either. I thought that this iridescent sequin embroidered tweed Chanel Spring 2019 Couture tea length gown which features a blush and lavender feather bodice was the perfect balance of camp style and feminine glamour for Anna to wear on this red carpet. It is just extra enough without being too overdone for Anna. Her signature bob, defined eyes, soft pink lips, her signature Chanel sunglasses, a pair of blush satin Manolo Blahnik ‘Leona’ crystal buckle embellished slingback pumps, and antique victorian Fred Leighton diamond chandelier earrings all would ensure this look is that epitome of classic glamour with that perfect hint of Camp.Aside from last year in Valentino Bee Shaffer has worn Alexander McQueen for every Met Gala since 2014. Bee wears a lot of Alexander McQueen when she isn’t walking those famous Met steps so I decided to pick a look for her to wear for this years gala. I watched the Alexander McQueen Fall 2019 RTW show and I saw so many major moments that could be Met Gala worthy. I decided to pick this amazing silver tinsel fringe column gown which features a high neck and long sleeves would be perfect for Bee. It is definitely got that avant garde spirit that I want to see all over this red carpet come the first Monday in May. I would want to see Bee as Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, to add a super dramatic tinsel fringe detailed train to this look as it would add the drama I expect from a Met Gala gown already and am craving this year specifically for this years gala. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a silver Alexander McQueen top handle metal clutch, and a pair of silver Jimmy Choo ‘Lilah’ strappy sandals all would let the gown be the focus of this absolutely amazing look.Harry Styles is the male celebrity co-chair of this years Met Gala. It has been a really long time since we have seen Harry out in public and I am ready to see him bring his swagger back to the red carpet. I am undoubtedly saying that when it comes to who Harry will wear on this red carpet that I have no doubts it will be Gucci. He has been a long standing relationship with the houses creative director Alessandro Michele. I imagine that Michele is conjuring up something amazing and custom for Harry, but since it is a lot harder to create a custom menswear look than it is to create a custom gown. So instead I decided to start looking through the menswear archives that he has sent down the runways I saw this mint and pink floral print Gucci Spring 2017 Menswear tuxedo which features floral embroidery on the shoulders and back and it was automatically shot to the top of my wishes for Harry to bring to life on this red carpet. On the runway this look was embroidered with an ‘L’ on the lapel. I would obviously like to see that changed to an ‘H’ if it were customized for Harry. It has been the year of Lady Gaga so far this year. She finally won an Oscar and now she is co-hosting this years Met Gala. Honestly the theme couldn’t be any more perfect for Gaga to chair. VOGUE UK talked about what Lady Gaga will wear for this years Met Gala and said “if you expect to see the singer in a frothy tulle confection with bows and embellishment aplenty courtesy of Gucci, the night’s sponsor, think again.” That got me even more excited. Now I was already thinking of shunning Gucci for Gaga. I decided to really go for it after reading those words so I picked this rainbow ruffled finale gown from the Tomo Koizumi Fall 2019 RTW collection which was modeled by the incomparable Gwendoline Christine. Not many people could make this gown come to life on or off a runway and given this years theme I definitely think that it is the perfect option for Gaga to bring to life on this red carpet. I could definitely imagine that Gaga would hide her standard 12+ inch high Pleaser platform boots, but I definitely think that a pair of black and white stripe Christian Louboutin ‘Lady Bug’ peep toe platform pumps which features PVC detail and multicolor dots would add another fun layer to this look. A sleek updo, rainbow smokey eyes, and red lips all would definitely make this the absolutely major moment I know Gaga will bring to this red carpet come to life. Now this gown is HUGE and perfect for the red carpet, but I definitely think that Gaga is very likely to have a wardrobe change inside the museum. I decided to dive deep into the Alexander McQueen archives for a perfect inside gown for Gaga to wear. This black and red sequin fringe and ombre feather Alexander McQueen Spring 2001 RTW asymmetrical sleeveless gown was featured in the Savage Beauty exhibit in 2011. There aren’t a whole lot of people who are able to pull an original Alexander McQueen gown out of the houses archives, but if anyone can it is definitely Lady Gaga. I would swap that sleek updo for something more vintage inspired and the rainbow eyes for a black glitter smokey eyes and the colorful Christian Louboutin’s with a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Rosie’ platform sandals to ensure this is another absolutely beautiful moment for Gaga to wear inside the Met Gala. While she may not be a co-chair of this years gala we have to know that the first lady of Kering Salma Hayek will definitely be on this red carpet next month. Gucci is sponsoring this years gala and while I tend not to like Salma in Gucci, but I am hoping that she brings the drama and glamour, in a really amazing way, on this red carpet. I had a lot of really great ideas for a lot of the custom Gucci gowns I have for regular members of the Gucci gang to wear on the red carpet at the Met Gala (which are sprinkled throughout all of my wishes), but I had the hardest time coming up with a gown that I thought would work for Salma. That is until I saw a ombre rainbow sequined Gucci interlocking G logo print sweatskirt online and had a spark of inspiration. I started with a strapless gown using those sequins with a dramatic train, then Evita (who does the editing of these images) came up with the idea of using a gold jewel embellished collar necklace from the Gucci Fall 2019 RTW collection and a rainbow sequined tulle gown to use for the back of the skirt and train and turned it all into this absolutely bold and dramatic moment for Salma to bring to life on this red carpet. Now typically my complaint about Gucci looks from Salma is that they are usually overcooked, but that is exactly what I think we are going to see on this red carpet. A sleek bouffant updo, smokey eyes, antique rose pink lips, and a pair of red, gold, and robins egg blue Gucci strappy platform sandals all would definitely add the perfect finishing touches to ensure that the gown is the centerpiece of this look and nothing is competing with it. As I was starting to ponder this theme back in October I was reflecting on ‘Camp’ as an idea and a lifestyle. At the same time it seemed like drag queens were popping up on the front rows of everything from up and coming fashion brands, established fashion houses, and coveted couture presentations. VOGUE UK online said “he contents of the exhibition will trace the origins of the subject from the 17th century, specifically the court of Versailles, to the present day.” Echoing sentiments that Queen of the Met Gala and VOGUE US editor-in-chief said at the press conference about the event in Milan. “Basically, we go from sun kings to drag queens,” Wintour said at that press conference in February. So I am really hoping that Anna invites a few of those Drag Queens to this years gala. Violet Chachki has walked the runway for Moschino, been front row at Prada, Mugler, Iris Van Herpen, and Miu Miu, been to all kinds of major fashion events. So when I was thinking of drag queens I want to see on this red carpet she was one of the first to come to mind. Violet has a 1940’s femme fatale burlesque vibe about her and I want to see her mix camp and that with her femme fatale style. So I turned to Prada and created a custom gown for her to rock that features an asymmetric shawl style sleeve tied into a bow on the back, the pop part Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein print, a fitted midi length column skirt, and a dramatic train over layer. The inspiration for this gown definitely came from different looks from the Prada Fall 2019 RTW collection and the gown was actually designed with the Prada red crystal ‘ruby slippers’ that debuted with this collection in mind to create it. I wanted to be able to showcase these shoes in this look which is why there is the midi length that exposes the ankle and foot. A 40’s pinup inspired updo, smokey eyes, bold Pat McGrath red glitter lips, and a pair of IVY New York ‘Cascada’ ruby and moonstone chandelier earrings all would ensure that Violet has an amazing high fashion meets drag queen moment on this red carpet.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.