Yesterday I kicked off my 2019 Met Gala wishes with two posts and started getting really excited about possibilities of what everyone will wear as they ascend those famous front steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is one of the, if not the, hottest tickets of the year. With the average seat at this gala costing $30,000 per person the gala could easily raise $15,000,000 for the museum in one night. Now thanks to sponsorships and gifts that amount can end up actually equaling a lot more. I have super high expectations for exorbant drama on this red carpet this year with the theme of ‘Camp’ style. If any red carpet were to celebrate ‘Camp’ what better one would it be than the Met Gala?Anne Hathaway is a frequent flier on the red carpet at the Met Gala and I am definitely very intrigued to see what she will bring to this red carpet. This will mark the first Met Gala that she has attended though since starting to work with power styling Law Roach and I definitely think that those two can cook up a major moment for this red carpet. Anne has been part of the Valentino family for a very long time. She is actually close personal friends with Mr Valentino himself and she does wear a lot of Valentino on the red carpet. I am seriously praying that the Valentino crew on the Met Gala red carpet is huge and I definitely think that Anne should be part of the mix. While I knew that I wanted a big Valentino crew while I was watching the incredibly amazing Valentino Spring 2019 Couture show, I decided that it was this black, gold, pink, and powder blue sleeveless jacquard ballgown from the Valentino Fall 2018 Couture collection that I think would be perfect for Anne to wear on this red carpet. It is a typical Anne gown in its shape, but the intricate embroidery really makes this a major moment and I know that Anne could sell it to me. Now Law might be tempted to have Anne rock the runways floral embellished swim cap that the gown was paired with on the runway for this red carpet, but I definitely think that is a mistake. A soft chignon, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of black Gianvito Rossi ‘Portofino’ leather printed PVC strap sandals, and vintage Van Cleef & Arpels 24k gold set diamond, sapphire, and turquoise cluster earrings would all add the perfect finishing touches to this look for Anne. This time last year I would have never even thought about putting Constance Wu on a wish list for the Met Gala. Then Crazy Rich Asians happened and she started working with Hollywood power stylist Micaela Erlanger and now she was one of the first people I thought of for this red carpet. I wanted to make sure I had a really great Vera Wang wish for this red carpet, but wondered that if since the Vera Wang Spring 2019 Bridal collection was already being sold and worn by brides, released a year ago, and worn by several stars (most to epic fail level) I wondered if it was really a good idea. Ultimately I decided to keep it going because this nude, yellow, and green mermaid gown which features a ruched strapless bodice, rosette detail, and a dramatic train was different enough to all the ballgowns that we have seen from this collection on the red carpet and I think that Constance could sell it to me. She is a very petite person and a lot of drama could overwhelm her and a trumpet gown not cut perfectly could make her look even shorter than she already is, but I definitely think that Vera would ensure that this is a major moment for the actress. A sleek updo, defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, a pair of blush satin Miu Miu crystal block heel platform sandals, and Chopard white diamond and emerald cluster drop earrings would definitely let the gown do the talking in this look, which is exactly what it needs to be head to toe perfection. Janelle Monae was front row at the Thom Browne Fall 2019 RTW show during Paris Fashion Week and it made me extremely hopeful that she would be rocking the designer on the red carpet at the Met Gala this year. Janelle definitely knows how to do ‘Camp’ style on the red carpet and Thom Browne is one of the campiest designers out there and I think that the two would make some major magic on this red carpet. Now while I have actually come up with a lot of custom gowns for this red carpet I wasn’t able to really come up with an idea for Janelle to wear on this red carpet, so instead I went searching the brands archives. I found this red lace ensemble which features a structured double breasted blazer, high collar bodice, and a stripe rose embroidered knee length skirt on the runway of the Thom Browne Fall 2013 RTW collection and thought it was a really chic look that I definitely think Janelle could rock on this red carpet. I think that if Janelle does wear a Thom Browne design on this red carpet that it will definitely have a lot of volume, a floral detail, and some major color and I will most likely fall in love with it. I added another camp detail to this look via a black Thom Browne ‘Crab Icon’ calfskin clutch. Finishing the look with a 40’s rockabilly style updo, defined eyes, red lips, red Christian Louboutin ‘Pijonina’ suede peep toe sculpted pumps, and a pair of simple cross hatched crystal and diamond David Webb ‘Button’ earrings would definitely make this a truly major ‘Camp’ moment for Janelle to deliver on this red carpet. Michelle Obama has never been to a Met Gala, but something tells me that this year that is going to change. The former First Lady has been on a major book tour for the last several months serving some major looks. I was thinking of who I wanted to be the date of the incomparable American couturier Zac Posen this year and thought that Michelle would be the perfect person to rock a custom design from the designer on this red carpet. She has worn a few of Zac’s designs in the past and I can just imagine what the two could do on this red carpet. I decided to go for more of a classic Zac look even though he usually does extremely well at creating a look that matches the theme of the Met Gala, but also stays true to his aesthetic. It took several different gowns to create this one custom gown for Michelle. It started with the Zac Posen sequined ruffle draped off the shoulder column gown that created the neckline, then I decided a column gown wasn’t enough so I found a structured silk faille gown with a mermaid hem. That to me still wasn’t enough drama so I decided to layer a ball skirt train over all of that (still keeping that original mermaid silhouette) to really make sure that this was an amazing moment for Michelle to bring to life on this red carpet. Now some might see the fact that I picked a blue gown for Michelle as a political statement, but I will assure it it wasn’t I just loved the shade of cobalt that the gowns were and decided to keep it as she does wear bold blue incredibly well. Add a chic updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of multi-tone blue and pink Jimmy Choo ‘Travis’ glittered strappy pointed toe pumps, and simple yet chic Harry Winston white diamond cluster and sapphire teardrop earrings to ensure this look is the epitome of dramatic glamour from head to toe.Naomi Campbell knows ‘Camp.’ One could say that one of the most iconic incarnations of the ‘Camp’ aesthetic is when Naomi showed up for her last day of court ordered community service (following the infamous cell phone throwing incident) wearing a Dolce & Gabbana crystal encrusted gown. So I am expecting her to definitely serve a major look on this red carpet. It would be quite interesting to see her pull that gown out of the back of her closet, but since I am on a full Dolce & Gabbana boycott that idea didn’t even cross my mind until I was literally writing the sentence. Don’t worry because Naomi has options a plenty for things that she can wear to the Met Gala this year. Her favorite labels including Valentino, Iris Van Herpen, Dior, Azzedine Alaia, Atelier Versace, and Jean Paul Gaultier all know how to epitomize ‘Camp’ style. I could have easily picked a look from any of those labels, but I decided to go to another label incredibly close to Naomi’s heart, Alexander McQueen. Now I could have easily picked an archive McQueen design designed by Lee himself for Naomi with a dramatic shape and full skirt, but I was taken with this black tuxedo that features hot pink rosette draped leg-o-mutton satin sleeves when it came down the runway and when I was thinking who could rock it on this red carpet Naomi was the first person to come to mind. Naomi can be a little unpredictable when it comes to style of her red carpet options as I never exactly know what she will choose. The iconic super model has always worn a chic, yet typically simple gown for this red carpet so a tuxedo is definitely a bit of a departure for her. I do think however that if anyone has the potential to make it work with effortless ease it would be Naomi. Now I personally would style this suit with a sleek high ponytail, defined eyes, glossy dark red lips, a pair of black Azzedine Alaia banded suede sandals, and statement carved rubellite and diamond De Grisogono pendant drop earrings to ensure it gives equal parts supermodel ease and ‘Camp’ drama. Zoe Kravitz is a face of Saint Laurent beauty and definitely fits Anthony Vaccarello’s vibe for the brand. I was watching the Saint Laurent Fall 2019 RTW show to get ideas for custom looks for the Saint Laurent crew (which is typically a bunch of supermodels in black mini dresses) when I fell in LOVE with this black long sleeve mini dress which features sequin diagonal striping, a belted waist, and a tulle tutu hem. To me this is the perfect meshing of Anthony’s sleeker sexy style and the essence of ‘Camp’ dressing. It is a little more wow with volume than we are used to seeing Zoe wear on the red carpet, but I definitely think that she would bring a more relaxed vibe to this statement look on this red carpet. I would finish the look with a high bun of braids, soft makeup, a pair of black Saint Laurent fur detail pointed to d’orsay ankle strap pumps, and Yvan Tufenkjian ‘Stacked’ collection diamond ear jackets to make sure the look is both dramatic and effortless at the same time.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.