Color, edge, volume, and drama. That is what I am expecting a lot of on this years Met Gala red carpet that to the theme of this years exhibit “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” I definitely got very excited back in October of 2018 when this theme was announced. I live by the creed of #WhenInDoubtBeExtra so I always want to go with the go big or go home mentality when I pick all the looks I post on If I Was A Stylist, but when it came to this years Met Gala wishes it was a different challenge. I wanted to do a lot of custom looks and then searching runways for red carpet ready looks for this gala took a lot of time. That is why I didn’t do a lot of posting following the Oscars in the month of March. I was busy creating plans for all of my Met Gala wishes. So now here we are at the half way point in this years sets and honestly if just a small fraction of these wishes came true this would be one of the most major Met Gala red carpets ever. Coming off her Oscar season run as a Best Supporting Actress nominee for her performance in The Favourite I am hoping that we see Emma Stone on the Met Gala red carpet next month. I won’t lie when I say I was underwhelmed with all of Emma’s awards season looks. I haven’t been the biggest fan of Emma as a Louis Vuitton spokeswoman and I hope the contract ends soon, but until then I am doing custom looks for her to rock on the red carpet. I was inspired by the structured ruffled necklines from the Fall 2019 RTW collection for this look which features that bold red and black trimmed neckline, a black fully sequined fit to flare silhouette with a slight train, and a belted waist for this custom gown for Emma. It wasn’t until just right now that I realized that I unintentionally picked a Cruella De Ville look for Emma. She is attached to a live action movie about the animated villainess and this look could easily come off the set. Now that the idea is in my head Cruella is definitely a great inspiration for a ‘Camp’ theme and this gown with its animal pattern on the neck definitely shows you why. A sleek side parted low bun updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black Louis Vuitton ‘Overnight’ platform sandals, and simple Cartier ruby and diamond art deco pendant drop earrings would finish this look to perfection. Gwen Stefani is just about to finish her 3rd run of her Las Vegas residency “Just A Girl” and won’t be back on that stage until July, so I am really hoping that she is planning a trip to NYC to attend this years Met Gala. She hasn’t been to a Met Gala since the punk themed event back in 2013. That was incredibly fitting. This year with the ‘Camp’ theme I think is just as fitting with Gwen’s early style, so I am hoping that she will be on the red carpet. Instead of the typical designer like Marchesa or Versace I would usually go to for the perfect drama filled look for Gwen to wear on a red carpet like this I went to a newer designer: Christian Cowan. The New York based designer is know for his over the top club kid cool styles and I honestly think that his design aesthetic fits the ‘Camp’ theme perfectly. I fell in love with the idea of seeing this black and hot pink tulle checkerboard tiered strapless ballgown from the Christian Cowan Fall 2019 RTW collection since I saw it walk down the runway during New York Fashion Week back in January. I went through all kinds of options when it came to who I wanted to see bring this look to life on the red carpet, but it was ultimately Gwen who I chose to bring this dress to life. It has a lot of froth that someone could get lost in, but I definitely think that Gwen has the presence to really make this look work on the red carpet. I would want to see Christian add a black silk grosgrain ribbon ribbon to define Gwen’s waist in this gown. A sleek updo, defined eyes, bright pink lips, silver studded Christian Louboutin ‘Collaclou’ pointed toe PVC pumps, and a single statement Lorraine Schwartz floral diamond ear-crawler meets drop earring would all make this the perfect return to the Met Gala red carpet for Gwen. Hailey Beiber has been a fixture on the Met Gala red carpet since she kinda burst onto the scene back in 2015. She has come a long way since that first Met Gala where she was a guest of Topshop in a custom cocktail dress. Since then she has rocked looks from Carolina Herrera and Tommy Hilfiger. I want to see her get a big step up from those this year being one to rock a custom Balenciaga creation on the red carpet. Since Demna Gvasalia took over the reigns as the creative director of Balenciaga the brands celebrity ensemble placements have been pretty much non existent, but Hailey was seated front row at the Balenciaga Fall 2019 RTW show so I have some hope. I decided to take a blue long sleeved sequin mini dress which features a structured watteau neckline to create this gown for Hailey to rock on the Met Gala red carpet. It almost has a bit of a Jetsons vibe if you watch the show and can actually see how the neckline juts out form the body. Now the gown aside from being covered completely in sequins and being a bold color doesn’t really “fit” the theme of this years gala, but then again Hailey hasn’t really abided by the theme in the past. I would infuse a little more of the ‘Camp’ aesthetic into the look via the styling. Hailey has talked about wearing a wig for this years red carpet and I feel like maybe a sleek ice blue waist long wig styled into a sleek high ponytail could add a fun ‘Camp’ spice to this look. I would finish the look with a black Christian Louboutin ‘Paloma’ clutch with the word “LOVE” embellished in rainbow crystals, a pair of Balenciaga graffiti print leather sandals, smokey eyes, bright pink lips, and a pair of statement de Grisogono sapphire and diamond ear clips to keep that ‘Camp’ spirit alive in this look. Marchesa is still a bit of an albatross to wear on the red carpet almost 2 years after the Weinstein scandal broke and the brand became a no mans land. It was actually at the Met Gala last year when Marchesa had its first major red carpet moment following the scandal being worn by Scarlett Johansson. I can count on my fingers how many other looks from the brand have been worn on the red carpet since then. I definitely want to see the brand on the red carpet at the Met Gala since the brands signature origami volume definitely helps bring the ‘Camp’ aesthetic to life. I saw this white and black ruffled floral print silk gown in the Marchesa Fall 2019 RTW lookbook and I fell in love. It is the kind of look that made me fall in love with the Marchesa brand in the first place and I think that it could bring the ‘Camp’ aesthetic and old Hollywood glamour to the Met Gala red carpet. As soon as I saw this gown Kate Beckinsale was the first person to pop into my mind and I think that since she’s such a great friend to the brand, in fact she is one of the few to actually wear Marchesa post scandal, that she would be a perfect choice to bring this gown to life for the Met Gala. Now some might be tempted to add a lot of pops of color to this look, but not me. Only pop of color I would add to the look is a bold red lip. Aside from that I think the perfect styling for this look includes a vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, black and silver Christian Louboutin ‘Marie Paillette’ PVC and ribbon tie strap sandals, and a pair of statement black and white diamond Lorraine Schwartz floral door knocker earrings. We are gearing up for the much anticipated release of season 2 of Big Little Lies and I think that means that we will most likely see many of the cast members on the red carpet at the Met Gala. Laura Dern attended her first Met after the show became a huge success in 2017 as the guest of Gabriela Hearst. Last year she was the guest of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the design duo behind Proenza Schouler, but honestly I forgot about that look totally. I turned back to the New York based design duo to create another look for Laura this year but one that kind of took a walk down memory lane. I took inspiration for the shape and layout of this custom Proenza Schouler gown from a halter cocktail dress from the brands Fall 2019 RTW collection and then used a bathing suit from the label I found online for the tie dye print on the bodice and then used the Spring 2010 RTW collection as the source for the beading and feather embellishments that adorn the hem of the fit to flare silk skirt. I think that this is more of a high fashion look than Laura typically wears on the red carpet, but I think that it works. I know that the meshing of Laura and Proenza is winning combination and I definitely think that she would be able to sell this look to me on the Met Gala red carpet. I would add a black sequined Jimmy Choo ‘Callie’ chain strap evening bag, a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ iridescent crystal embellished pointed toe pumps, and David Webb ‘Anjou’ emerald and diamond drop earrings to definitely ensure this look just screams high fashion bohemian glamour from head to toe. Finishing out this weekend of Met Gala glamour is the always gorgeous Rosamund Pike. She has become a major unofficial brand ambassador for Givenchy rocking the brand pretty much exclusively for all of her red carpet appearance for the last year. I think that means that she is the perfect person for Clare Waight Keller, the creative director of Givenchy, to bring to this years Met Gala. Clare is one of the benefit chairs for this years gala and so I hope that means that we will have a few guest dressed in Givenchy. The brands Spring 2019 Couture collection had several options that could be perfect for this red carpet. I decided to go for something uber chic for Rosamund opting for this Givenchy Spring 2019 Couture black and white striped gown which features sheer construction a feathered short sleeves. A sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Mechante Reine’ spike studded PVC ribbon tied pointed toe sandals, and a pair of Cartier diamond bow drop ear clips would all make sure that this look reads the perfect mix of dominatrix and glam.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.