I am just going to keep plugging along for the next several days as I lead up to the final set of wishes for this years Met Gala. In her 1964 essay titles “Notes on ‘Camp'” Susan Sontag goes on a journey to flush out what ‘Camp’ actually is. One thing she said that I think applies heavily to fashion is: “Not only is Camp not necessarily bad art, but some art which can be approached as Camp…merits the most serious admiration and study.” I think that is the area of ‘Camp’ that we lie in for an event like the Met Gala. Obviously the fashion in the exhibit has been deemed worthy of admiration and study, and I am really interested in seeing what the celebrities who will grace this iconic red carpet that stays within theme. Alicia Vikander is a face of Louis Vuitton and if we see her on the red carpet at this years Met Gala I can guarantee that we will see her wearing a custom gown from the label. Now as you look through my wishes for custom Louis Vuitton are less obvious in inspiration than this custom fuchsia and pool blue watercolor print silk tiered peasant style gown which features dramatic ruffled sleeves/collar trimmed in black velvet. This look basically takes one dress from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2019 RTW collection; slashes the sleeves and add the skirt of another look tiered in to create the gown you see here. It definitely brings this kind of vibe I believe Alicia wears so incredibly wear. While I might hate this on the likes of Emma Stone or Jennifer Connelly I believe that Alicia could definitely sell this to me. The gown itself is such a statement that I would just pair it with a sleek side parted updo, defined smokey eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of black Louis Vuitton ‘Call Back’ monogrammed ankle strap sandals, and chic Bulgari ‘Le Magnifiche Creazioni’ diamond & sapphire drop earrings to make this an absolutely chic moment for Alicia to deliver on this red carpet. Diane Kruger always brings her a-game to the Met Gala red carpet. Last year she wore a custom cornflower blue Prabal Gurung Atelier gown and it was one of my favorite looks of the night. I want to see her deliver just as dramatic, if not more, this year. This red Alexander McQueen Fall 2019 RTW silk taffeta gown which features shore sleeves, a dramatic ruffled neck and shoulder, corseted waist, and a full rosette draped high low bubble hem ball skirt is definitely more dramatic in style than last years gown, but doesn’t have the same length of train. This gown would swallow most in all of its dramatic volume. There aren’t that many people who could actually bring this gown to life, but Diane has the presence to really work through some of the most avant garde designs. I honestly believe that if done perfectly I think this could be one of my favorite looks on the night. Add a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a red crystal embellished Judith Leiber Couture ‘Rose American Beauty’ minaudiere, a pair of red Alexander McQueen ‘Lust’ embellished bow detail sandals, and a pair of large diamond stud earrings to make sure that this look just screams ‘Camp’ done glam and I know Diane will have a place on this years Best Dressed list. Jasmine Sanders made her Met Gala debut last year living up to her Twitter and Instagram handle @golden_barbie wearing a metallic custom H&M gown. The fast fashion retailer has dressed a wide range of stars and I am sure that we will see them dress another host of stars this year, but when it comes to Jasmine I am having her move onward and upward to a higher level of designer. I definitely think that given this years theme that Moschino, and creative director Jeremy Scott, may have more than their typical one look on this red carpet. Jasmine is one of Jeremy’s muses and I definitely think that she should wear a custom gown from the designer on this years Met Gala red carpet. Now this saffron yellow two piece gown inspired by the Moschino Fall 2019 RTW collection which features an asymmetrical jewel embellished bandeau top and a dramatic high waisted chiffon skirt might not be the most camp ensemble, especially in comparison to other Moschino creations. I might want to see Jeremy add more crystals on the shoulders, back, and waist to really ensure that this look could be as major as possible. I think that the color on Jasmine would be absolutely eye popping. A big braided bun intertwined with the crystals from the gown, thick defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of gold Giuseppe Zanotti cage sandals, and a selection of Marina B High Jewelry including diamond and multicolored precious gemstone chandelier earrings and a matching cuff bracelet would definitely bring this look to the perfect balance of glamour and ‘Camp’ for Jasmine.Joan Smalls is one of my favorite of the supermodels of now and she always delivers a beautiful moment on the Met Gala red carpet, but doesn’t usually stick to what the theme of the year is. I was waiting for the Vera Wang Spring 2020 Bridal collection because I knew that Vera would deliver looks perfect for this red carpet, and I wasn’t let down. I saw this sand, chocolate brown, and powder blue draped gown with dramatic ruffles and I knew that Vera had delivered and then it was a quick decision to pick this gown for Joan. It has the perfect balance of the sexier bohemian style that Joan typically has, but with a dose of that more avant garde aesthetic than I am used to seeing from Joan. Smokey eyes, glossy nude lips, a pair of gold Rene Caovilla crystal embellished snakeskin sandals, and L’Dezen sliced blue and brown diamond drop earrings would make sure this look is equal parts Joan’s signature style and this years ‘Camp’ theme. I have done some couples looks for a few stars in my Met Gala wishes. This red carpet isn’t typically a place where we see a whole lot of couples. It is mostly designers and their muses as dates. One couple I do want to see on this red carpet is Lucy Boynton & Rami Malek. On the heels of his Oscar win I would definitely think that Rami would be invited and since is Bohemian Rhapsody co-star and girlfriend has become a fashion plate wearing brands like Marc Jacobs, Dior Couture, Rodarte, Erdem, and Prada that they would be a perfect couple for the Met Gala red carpet. I decided to put the pair in Celine. I was honestly a little surprised at the beginning of awards season that Lucy took to the Golden Globe Awards red carpet wearing a custom Celine gown being that she was still a relative unknown. It was a bit rock and roll glamour. That is what Heidi Slimane’s, the Celine creative director, aesthetic typically is. He has definitely grown on me when I try to separate what Celine is supposed to be vs what Heidi does. I took inspiration for this multicolored sequin abstract pattern column gown which features a structured strapless bustier bodice and a big fuchsia satin bow from an a-line mini dress from the Celine Spring 2019 RTW collection. The colors and embellishment is what really sold me on this look given this years ‘Camp’ theme. Finish it with a pair of black Gianvito Rossi crystal embellished mesh sandals, a bouffant style updo, smokey eyes, dark rose pink lips, and vintage Cartier art deco diamond and emerald pendant drop earrings. For Rami I went relatively simplistic. Prior to this awards season I felt like I could always count on Rami to push the boundaries of menswear on the red carpet, but he played it rather safe during his Oscar run. I would like to see him push his boundary a little bit again wearing this Celine Fall 2019 Menswear sequined black and white houndstooth pattern shawl lapel tuxedo jacket paired with fitted skinny fit pants, a crisp white skirt, a black bow tie (swapping the runways skinny tie,) and black crystal embellished Christian Louboutin ‘Colonnaki Strass’ loafers. Together this could make Rami & Lucy this years Met Gala power couple.Finally for today we have one of the looks I was most excited about when it came to this years custom gowns. There was a lot of hype last year that the Met Gala was going to provide a sneak peak at what Burberry designed by Riccardo Tisci was going to look like. The designer was on the red carpet, but for once he did not attend with one of his muses. It wasn’t until the Golden Globe Awards in January that we finally got a really big moment finally when Riccardo dressed his muse and friend Jessica Chastain. Aside from Irina Shayk at the BAFTA and Academy Awards we haven’t really seen Riccardo dress anyone, so I am hoping he is coming up with something major for this years Met Gala red carpet. My idea for a gown came first when I saw a British union jack flag turned into a sleeping bag cape on the Burberry Fall 2019 RTW runway that I definitely thought it would be a perfect addition to a Met Gala ensemble. I thought worn with a hidden harness with this custom black mermaid gown with a white banded v-neckline trimmed in rhinestone fringe, also inspired by the Fall 2019 collection, that this would be a perfect look for this years ‘Camp’ themed Met Gala. I knew I wanted a British woman of color to bring this look to life on the red carpet, but I had a hard time thinking of exactly who could actually make this very dramatic look on the red carpet. Ultimately I thought that Rita Ora would be the only one who I think has the drama and presence to really make this gown work. She was a good friend to Burberry when Christopher Bailey was the creative director, but she didn’t wear Givenchy designed by Riccardo. So I go back and forth on whether or not she would be his choice to dress for a major event like this. I do love this gown as an option for Rita though especially if it was paired with a sleek vintage inspired updo, smokey eyes, red lips, black satin & crystal ankle strap Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Janell’ sandals, & black and white diamond de Grisogono tassel drop earrings.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.