I have talked a lot so far about what camp is when it comes strictly in regards to fashion, but we I definitely make an argument that the Met Gala in itself is a perfect example of what Camp is. As Susan Sontag defined it Camp is artifact, extravagant, and unnatural. The Met Gala is this big high glam event, whose air while still being high society has a whole element of fun and exaggeration infused into it. It’s an event where just about anything goes fashion wise, the lobby of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is adorned with a floral sculpture that is larger than life, and brings together people from all different worlds of thought under one roof for one night. That is why I love the Met Gala. It is honestly one of my favorite nights of fashion of the year because of the wide array of people whom Anna Wintour invites to laud the newest exhibit in the Costume Institute. The fashion is pretty much anything goes, but make it glamorous. Amandla Stenberg had the biggest years thus far in her career last year. She starred in several films that earned her high praise and expanded her fashion embrace thanks to working with Hollywood’s power stylist Karla Welch. This would not be Amandla’s first Met Gala though. She was first invited as a guest of Calvin Klein in 2016. I was originally thinking of putting Amandla in the Valentino or Gucci crews for this years Met Gala thinking I wasn’t going to do a whole lot of Dior this year. But when I thought of her wearing this black, white, and red striped Christian Dior Spring 2019 Couture mini dress which features pleats on pleats on pleats I thought it would be a really fun look that definitely embraced the theme. While if I had done Valentino or Gucci I definitely would have put Amandla in a dramatic gown I think that this short cocktail dress definitely hits all of the things Amandla loves on a red carpet. It is fun and edgy and I definitely think that she is one of the very few people who I would actually like to see wearing this dress on a red carpet. A whimsical braided updo, smokey eyes, nude lips, a statement Judith Leiber Couture ‘Carousel Jane’s’ crystal encrusted minaudiere, a pair of gold Christian Louboutin ‘Ruban’ peep toe PVC platform pumps, and vintage diamond floral cluster earrings from Beladora would definitely give this look the Cirque du Freak vibe I think that the dress deserves, but in an uber high fashion manner.Something I love about creating Met Gala wishes is that a lot of times I don’t start with a person and say what is the perfect dress for them. In fact with Met Gala wishes it is one of the few carpets I can start with saying that there is a major Met moment waiting to happen; now who do I pick to bring it to life. That was watching the Erdem Fall 2019 RTW show and I saw this pink, black, and turquoise halter dress which features a knee length feather and sequin embellished shift dress attached with a satin train. I knew that this would be a major Met Gala option and so I started racking my brain to come up with the perfect person to wear it on the red carpet. Claire Foy was one of the first people whom I thought of. She is a good friend to the house and has actually been the guest of the brand at the Met Gala before. I did waver back and forth on whether or not Claire has the height to make a dress like this work on the red carpet, but I think if Erdem tailored it to the perfect proportions that it would most definitely work. I went back and forth on whether or not the matching floral print satin pointed toe pumps from the runway would cut off Claire’s leg making her appear shorter than she is. I thought it may so I decided to instead pair this dress with metallic hot pink Malone Souliers ‘Darlene’ sandals to lengthen the appearance of the leg. A finger wave updo, defined eyes, soft bubble gum pink lips, and Deville Fine Jewelry rubellite, morganite, and diamond butterfly drop earrings would all make this look one of Claire more avant garde moments yet. Since Gucci is sponsoring this years Met Gala I am expecting a whole host of the brands gang on the red carpet. The brand always has a pretty large crew of stars on the red carpet with creative director Alessandro Michele and Dakota Johnson is usually one of them. While I tend to like about 3 in every 5 Gucci gowns on the red carpet (and the expectation that there will be at least 5 probably more) I am praying that all of the custom creations that the brand does for this red carpet are on point. I went through recent collections, past red carpet looks, stuff from online store, and vintage embroideries to piecemeal some amazing gowns together with the help of my fabulous friend and photo editor Evita of For The Love Of Red Carpet Fashion. For Dakota I went with a more simple and relaxed silhouette in a bold color with this sleeveless drop waist gown which features intricate beading, plunging neckline, gold beading on the waist, and a dramatic train. I took the teal beaded sash from the Gucci Fall 2019 RTW collection, a Gucci gown worn by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and a vintage beaded applique on the waist to create this gown and it just made a major moment that I definitely thought would be perfect for Dakota to rock on this red carpet. I could have gone down the ruffles and sequin rabbit hole that I am sure some of Alessandro’s designs will be, but when it comes to Dakota I tend to believe that the simpler the silhouette the better. Finish this gown with soft waves, soft smokey eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of gold Gucci metallic leather strappy sandals, and statement vintage Boucheron gold set diamond ribbon drop earrings and I know that Dakota would make this look an absolutely major moment on the Met Gala red carpet. Jennifer Lopez has never worn anything on the Met Gala red carpet in the past that I haven’t liked and as a member of this years host committee I am expecting another really major moment from her on this red carpet. I decided that after what I saw as a red carpet fail in Tom Ford at the Oscars earlier this year I decided that I am going to give her another shot to wow me in the brand at this years Met Gala. Tom Ford is known for only dressing one star for the Met Gala and I definitely think that Jennifer would be a perfect person for the designer to dress for this years red carpet. I wasn’t totally thrilled with the options from the Tom Ford Fall 2019 RTW collection as a jumping point for a Met Gala gown, but I did steal the crystal embellished chain straps from that collection for my custom gown for Jennifer to bring to life. Add the acid colored patchwork print sequined bodice and hips that came from the Fall 2018 RTW collection and an ombre feathered skirt and train and I definitely think that Jennifer would redeem herself in Tom Ford, especially if paired with a pink Tom Ford Fall 2019 ‘Pussy Power’ crystal embellished clutch, a pair of silver block platform Tom Ford Fall 2019 crystal encrusted peep toe pumps, a sleek high bump, smokey eyes, nude glossy lips, and De Grisogono jewels including black diamond, emerald, and rubellite teardrop earrings and a statement rubellite, emerald, and diamond bracelet. Kacey Musgraves has really made some waves when it comes to fashion this year. Typically country music stars aren’t really embraced by big fashion brands, but Kacey has been rocking looks from couture brands like Versace, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, and Armani on red carpets. She is hot and knows how to sell a look so it doesn’t surprise me that Kacey is quickly becoming a fashionista. She hasn’t been invited to a Met Gala before, but something tells me that following her Album of the Year win at the Grammy Awards and presenting at the Oscars that we will see her on the Met Gala red carpet. So I would love to see Kacey bring some bold, flirty feminine, and sexy glamour to this red carpet wearing this lavender and pink hand painted baroque print Atelier Versace Fall 2018 Couture strapless ballgown which features gold chainmail detail and a mini skirt layered under that full organza ball skirt. This gown might technically be ‘last season,’ but I definitely think that it was made for this red carpet and I believe that Kacey is the perfect person to sell it to me. I would style it with a sleek high bun updo, gold smokey eyes, blush pink lips, a pair of light gold Christian Louboutin ‘Choca’ leather and glitter buckled sandals, and some statement Anabela Chan ‘Stardust Tassel’ blue quartz and diamond drop earrings would definitely ensure that Kacey shuts down her very first Met Gala red carpet Rowan Blanchard gave an early camp moment on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party earlier this year rocking a frothy floral embroidered Rodarte gown. She is definitely one of the major risk takers of fashion and I am really praying that she gets her first Met Gala moment this year. I decided to go with a bigger version of that gown for Rowan to rock on this red carpet via this electric blue Rodarte Fall 2019 RTW ruffled ballgown which to me just epitomizes ‘Camp’ style. Rodarte didn’t livestream their show this season, but as I saw Instagram live, stories, and posts come in from the show I was like YESSSSSSSSSS this is the epitome of what I am expecting to see on the Met Gala red carpet. I went through a lot of potentials to wear this gown including Elle Fanning, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Rachel Brosnahan but when I thought of Rowan wearing this gown I knew it would be absolutely amazing. The gown is such a statement that I would typically say that the styling should be simple, but this is the Met Gala and with the ‘Camp’ theme and on Rowan I am definitely going for it. I would add a side parted finger wave style, dramatic and edgy blue crystal embellished eye makeup, bold matte red lips, a pair of blue glitter Miu Miu platform sandals, and more simplistic Anabela Chan ‘Twinkle’ sapphire, blue topaz, lapis lazuli cabochon, and white diamond ear jackets to definitely ensure that this would be a look to capture all attention on this red carpet.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.