Over the next 14 days I have a lot of wishes planned out for all of you to enjoy. Some days, like today will include two posts a day, but not every day. I always get excited when a theme is announced because I know that over the next several fashion weeks I will be on the outlook for looks that I think can be used right off the runway and details that can become custom designs that fit the theme of the Met Gala. This year almost half of my wishes are custom looks. I think that is going to be a big this this year, as it is every year, because of the inherent drama of the Camp theme. In her “Notes on “Camp”” philosopher Susan Sontag (who’s paper is the inspiration behind this years exhibit) says: “the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” That right there means that anyone who is invited this year better be bringing the drama. I am expecting some major yardage of fabrics, over the top sequin and crystal embellishments, color, feathers, ruffles, VOLUME. And I definitely think that my wishes (for the most part) definitely reflect that wish.I spoke in my first set of wishes about my wish that this year with this theme especially of my desire to see Anna Wintour include some high fashion drag queens amongst the ranks of her guest list. Aquaria caught the worlds attention going on to win season season 10 of the hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since then she has been at the International Woolmark Prize Global Final (wearing Versace), Maison Margiela Present ‘Reality Inverse’ (wearing Maison Margiela), sat front row at the Christian Cowan and Jeremy Scott Fall 2019 RTW shows, walked in the Fall 2019 show for The Blonds, attended the Emmy Awards (wearing Moschino), and was the guest of British club kid couturier Matty Bovan at the British Fashion Awards. Now honestly and of the designers that have embraced Aquaria would be perfect for her to wear on this red carpet, but I LOVE me some Matty Bovan and their aesthetics just work so well together I would love to see her rocking another of the designers creations on the red carpet at the Met Gala. I LOVE this reclaimed fabric piece-mailed strapless Matty Bovan Fall 2019 RTW tea length gown which features intricate embroidery on the bodice and a bell shaped skirt. It is definitely an easy off the runway example of the ‘Camp’ aesthetic. ‘Camp is art that proposes itself seriously, but cannot be taken altogether seriously because it is “too much.”‘ I would definitely say that is how many would classify a gown like this from Bovan. I think that even though on most I would let the gown be the center of attention on this gown that I would want some really dramatic eye makeup that mimics the colors in the gown, a pair of bold pink lips, a pair of nude and red Gucci patent leather bow and spike detail d’orsay platform pumps, and a pair of multicolor crystal Gucci ‘Double G’ doorknocker earrings to keep the essence of ‘Camp’ from head to toe. Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers are one of my favorite red carpet couples. They are both extremely gorgeous individuals on their own, but put them together and they just compliment each other so well. I also think that the fact that you can see just how much they genuinely love each other makes them work even more on the red carpet. The pair have attended the Met Gala together twice before once in 2017 and once in 2013. Both times Armie and Elizabeth were dressed by Ralph Lauren. I would love to the the couple on the red carpet this year, but I am deciding to dress them in different designers. For Armie I decided to go with a Tom Ford Spring 2018 Menswear pink and teal metallic watercolor print shawl lapel tuxedo which is a statement all on its own, so it works better to be paired classically with a white tuxedo shirt, black tuxedo pants, and a black bow tie than going with more dramatic styles. I did add a little more sparkle and shine to Armie’s look though opting for a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Alpha Male P’ strass toe cap lace-less derbies. Now you can play a guessing game on whose look I picked first and then matched the others look too, but I’ll save you the work. This couples ensemble started with this hot pink Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture mermaid gown which features a black and aqua sequined bustier and dramatic one ruffled shoulder detail that I picked for Elizabeth. I knew I wanted to do something that was hot pink from this collection and this gown just stood out to me and Elizabeth was really the first person who came to mind that I thought could actually sell this gown to me on the red carpet. I was originally going to pick some sort of Armani suit or tuxedo for Armie too, but when I saw this Tom Ford tuxedo that complimented that gown perfectly I knew I had to make this paring. I would style Elizabeth with a wavy high ponytail, soft smokey eyes, glossy blush pink lips, a pair of hot pink Jimmy Choo ‘Misty’ sandals, and Hueb ‘Apus’ diamond cluster earrings to really make this look as ‘Camp’ as I think Armie and Elizabeth can get. Alexander Wang always dresses at least one girl for the Met Gala. In past years it has included Kylie Jenner, Amy Schumer, Miley Cyrus, Zoe Kravitz, and Bella Hadid. I honestly didn’t have much of an idea of what Alex would do for this years red carpet. He doesn’t do ‘Camp’ in my opinion. He is about sex, grunge, punk, and rock ‘n roll style. So while with a good portion of my custom edits I knew what I wanted before I picked the right person to wear them this time I told Evita, who edits all the custom gown photos, who I wanted to wear Alexander Wang on the Met Gala red carpet and she sent be back a bunch of ideas. That is how we got this custom Alexander Wang gown for Kendall Jenner. The gown features long sleeves with a gold shoulder, a wide v-neckline embellished with silver chain details, a bralet worn under the open neckline, a stacked leather and crystal belted waist, and a fit to flare skirt with a dramatic train and honestly when I saw this edit I knew it was perfect. Some might compare it to the Alexander Wang gown that Kylie wore last year, but I think that the only similarities are the designer, the color, and the length of the train. Kendall has a very different vibe from Kylie so I think that this would be much more of a relaxed vibe on Kendall. Honestly I just want to see Kendall have a really successful Met Gala moment. I haven’t really loved any of her past looks, and several ended up on my worst dressed of the night so I would have Kendall add sleek center parted hair tucked behind the ears, thick winged eyeliner, bold red lips, a black Judith Leiber Couture ‘Sphere Ball & Chain’ minaudiere, a pair of black grosgrain trimmed suede and PVC Alexander Wang ‘Kaia’ sandals, and De Grisogono diamond tassel earrings to make this a really chic look.It is very likely that Margot Robbie’s upcoming movies Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and the still untitled Roger Ailes Project are going to get a lot of buzz for awards season next year. So after a relatively low key awards season for the actress this year I am expecting that she will be ramping up appearances to keep her name in the mouth of the press to get them to talk about these projects. She also has a movie, Dreamland, screening at the Tribeca Film Festival so I am imagining that Margot will be on the red carpet at the Met Gala this year. She is a face of Chanel and honestly would surprise me to see Margot wearing any other designer on this red carpet. When it comes to style I wouldn’t say that Chanel designed by Karl Lagerfeld is all that ‘Camp,’ but I am hoping that Margot really goes for it with her look on this red carpet. I think that this pink, orange, and grey beaded lace Chanel Spring 2019 Couture mermaid gown which features a tunic style bodice and a tiered mermaid hem skirt would be perfect for Margot to rock on this red carpet. It is equal parts feminine, modern, and camp and I definitely think that Margot has the effortless sex appeal to not be seen as dowdy wearing a lace gown like this especially if she paired it with a sleek updo, simple defined eyes, bold coral pink lips, a silver crystal embellished Chanel sphere minaudiere, a pair of silver Gianvito Rossi metallic leather ankle strap sandals detailed with blush pink feathers, and simple white and pink diamond Tiffany & Co. teardrop earrings.Finishing out today’s wishes is the always beautiful Selena Gomez. She has been a guest of Coach 1941 creative director Stuart Vevers the last two year on the Met Gala red carpet and I am expecting that will once again be the case if she attends this years gala. Selena just debuted yet another collaboration collection with Coach so the partnership is definitely still going strong. When it comes to Met Gala gowns Coach definitely knows how to deliver some really chic moments, but unfortunately Selena’s past gowns aren’t anything that I really remember off the top of my head. I want that to change this year. It was a challenge coming up with something super amazing for a custom Coach gown since fore the most part the brand is relatively casual. I did however find a floral embroidered applique detailed cocktail dress on the brands Fall 2019 RTW runway which gave distinct flapper vibes and that is where I found my starting point for this gown. It has a dark rose pink sequined column gown as a base and then I covered it with the floral embroidered appliques adding a bit of 20’s inspiration via the velvet sash on the waist and then I found an antique court gown and attached that train and it was just a vision. It is definitely more dramatic than what typically comes to mind when I think of Coach, but I definitely think that it could go there. A soft romantic updo, defined winged eyes, antique rose pink lips, a pair of strawberry pink satin Aquazzura ‘Poison’ sequin flower embellished pointed toe pumps, and a selection of Brumani ‘Baobab’ collection jewels including drop earrings and a cocktail ring would definitely make this an uber chic moment for Selena to wear while walking up those famous Met Museum steps.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.