Are you guys excited for the Met Gala? We are less than a month away and I know that we are in store for a major night. I want to see everyone deliver some major lewks on this red carpet. The artifice of ‘Camp’ is love of the un-normal and exaggeration. The looks we typically see on a Met Gala red carpet already fit the ‘Camp’ aesthetic as it is, no matter what the theme is, so I am really excited to see what everyone brings to life this year. Anya Taylor Joy was recently announced as the face of Viktor & Rolf’s latest fragrance “Flowerbomb Midnight.” The brand is confirmed to have at least one look in the exhibit. At the Milan press conference to drum up excitement a ginormous pink tulle gown emblazoned with the phrase “Less Is More” from the Viktor & Rolf Spring 2019 Couture show was on display. As soon as I saw that I started to question if any of the other looks from this collection would be on the red carpet since they all have that same big shape emblazoned with some sort of kitschy saying. I knew I wanted to feature a gown, or cocktail look, for Anya to wear as the face of the brand on this red carpet since the label is being lauded in the exhibit and went through collections dating back almost 10 years. I had options from the over the top and weird to the glamorous and avant garde, but ultimately (after consultation with some friends) I decided that I was going to go for another look from the Viktor & Rolf Spring 2019 Couture show. This jade green trapeze gown which features pleated ruffled shoulder and a pleated ruffled hem without the “I AM MY OWN MUSE” slogan down the front would be an appropriate look to wear on this red carpet, but I think the added level of ‘Camp’ to the look is that if Anya wore this gown with the slogan as the guests of the designers and the face of their fragrance she is technically a muse for the brand. I liked that it gave this sort of double entendre moment. I would keep the rest of the look rather simple adding a pair of matching green satin Charlotte Olympia ‘Paloma’ platform pumps, a sleek low bun, thick defined eyes, punchy pink lips, and simple Cartier emerald and diamond double stud earrings to allow for the gown to literally speak for itself.Danai Gurira kinda let me down on the style front during awards season. She was one of the stars whom I was most excited to see, but I feel like I barely remember her looks. If she is invited to the Met Gala this year, and I definitely think that she is, then I want to see Danai really deliver something major on the red carpet. She has been a long time fan of one of fashion circles favorite designers Rosie Assoulin for a while now and I definitely would love to see Danai bring one of the New York based designers dramatic yet effortlessly chic creations to life on the Met Gala red carpet. It has been a hot second since Rosie has had a major a-list moment on the Met Gala carpet and I think that Danai wearing this red and aqua Rosie Assoulin Fall 2019 RTW pannier inspired ballgown which features a plunging neckline, twisted crossover straps, and a tie at the waist would deliver just that. Now the dress is beautiful and the colors alone could make it fit right in on the red carpet at this years ‘Camp’ themed gala, but I want to see Danai up the ‘Camp’ factor of this look with some wild styling. Personally I would love to see her rock a pulled back afro, smokey eyes, glossy dark red lips, a pair of aqua and red Off White c/o Virgil Abloh zip tie ankle strap pointed toe jelly pumps, and multicolor precious stone chandelier earrings from the Rihanna Loves Chopard jewelry collection to really make sure that this look perfectly balances Rosie’s more laid back approach to glamour and the over the top drama I am expecting from a ‘Camp’ themed red carpet. Gemma Chan owned awards season this year. She brought looks from Valentino, Erdem, Oscar de la Renta, and more to life on the red carpets from the Golden Globes to the Oscars. One of her chicest looks of awards season was a hot pink Valentino Couture trapeze gown with a ruffled neckline and POCKETS that she wore for the Academy Awards. It was then that I knew that Gemma had to be part of the Valentino crew for her first Met Gala appearance. I have long adored Pierpaolo Piccioli’s solo tenure at Valentino, but when I was watching the livestream of his Spring 2019 Couture show it was like I was floating on air. I was hoping for one or two major options for this years Met Gala theme, but he delivered more than I was expecting. The first look I gasped and knew immediately I was saving for a Met Gala moment was this dove grey gown which features intricate silver, periwinkle, lime, and teal floral embroideries and ruffled details. I saw this as the perfect balance of this years theme with Pierpaolo’s aesthetic. It wasn’t long after I gasped that I knew that Gemma was the perfect person to bring this gown to life. She has the statuesque elegance about her that would allow for her to be seen amongst all the drama of the embroidery and ruffles. I don’t want the wearer of this gown to get lost in the volume and I honestly believe that Gemma is the presence to really bring this gown to life on a red carpet. Pair it with a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of blush and powder blue Sophia Webster ‘Chiara’ satin butterfly sandals, and some absolutely dazzling David Morris opal, paraiba tourmaline, and diamond chandelier earrings to ensure this look delivers dramatic glamour from head to toe. Pharell Williams knows how to do high fashion on the red carpet. I mean the man wore a camo tuxedo with shorts and tube socks to the Oscars, so I am expecting something major from him on the red carpet at the Met Gala. I decided to jump down the Thom Browne rabbit hole and dig into the labels archive to find the perfect look for Pharrell to rock on this red carpet. I saw this Thom Browne Spring 2017 Menswear feathered ‘Parrot’ suit which features cape wings and shorts and was immediately sold on it as a Met Gala look for this years ‘Camp’ theme. If I was going to the Met I would definitely want to wear this jacket (personally I would wear it with some fitted red pants instead of the shorts,) but since I am not going to the Met I guess that Pharrell would be the perfect person to bring this look to life on the red carpet. Now Pharrell could wear the whole head to toe runway look, Parrot head included, but I personally am not about that life. I have a bit of an issue with picking a sneaker for such a formal event, but when the red Nike Air Jordan 2 Retro ‘Legends of Summer’ sneakers are valued at almost $8,000 I think that I could let it slide. Sara Sampaio is one of my favorite models to see on the red carpet. She is a face of Armani beauty and wears quite a bit of Armani Prive on this red carpet so it was an easy choice for me to pick a look from the label to wear on this red carpet. I definitely think that this red and blue strapless tea length gown from the Armani Prive Spring 2019 Couture collection which features intricate sequined construction and fun flirty fringe meshes Sara’s very glamorous sense of style and the more edgy and over the top elements of ‘Camp’ style. Where I have gone back and forth with this look for Sara was in the styling. On the runway the dress was paired with dramatic matching fringed opera gloves and a neck ruffle. Could they translate well on Sara to the red carpet? I don’t know. I think I would just keep the gloves adding a sleek updo, winged eyes, bold red lips, a pair of metallic red Christian Louboutin ‘Jonatina’ PVC trimmed mirrored leather sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and ruby wreath earrings to really keep the balance of glamour and ‘Camp’ in step for Sara. Coming off the heels of her debut collaboration collection with Tommy Hilfiger I think it is a safe bet that Zendaya will be wearing a custom gown from the designer on the red carpet at this years Met Gala. I took an amazing purple and fuchsia lurex halter jumpsuit from the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya Fall 2019 RTW collection and turned it into this majorly disco glam glittered lurex gown with a sweeping train for Zendaya to bring to life on this red carpet. I decided to take ‘Camp’ inspiration for Zendaya by looking to the iconic Studio 54. That is one of the spaces was where modern ‘Camp’ came to be. It was an anything goes space when it came to being who you wanted to be and so I think that it is a great place to draw inspiration for this red carpet from. I would want to see Zendaya accentuate this gown with a big full afro, thick black and purple winged lined eyes, a vintage purple ostrich feather bolero (probably held in her hand instead of over her shoulders,) silver Gianvito Rossi crystal ankle wrap metallic leather sandals, and a pair of Harry Winston amethyst, white, pink, and blue diamond art deco chandelier earrings to really deliver that major Studio 54 drama that I am expecting from a look like this.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.