“To camp is a mode of seduction — one which employs flamboyant mannerisms susceptible of a double interpretation; gestures full of duplicity.” Susan Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp’.” In today’s society instead of using ‘Camp’ as a verb we call it peacocking. It is that art of being extra, for lack of a better and more apropos phrase (my use of a big fancy SAT word of the day!), to grab attention. On a red carpet themed around the ‘Camp’ aesthetic with on average about 500 invited guests spanning film, fashion, television, art, music, politics, and society it will be interesting to see who wins the war of peacocking the most.
Celine Dion is a lover of the avant garde and you could say that typically her personal style is a perfect example of ‘Camp.’ She lives by my life’s creed: #WhenInDoubtBeExtra. I wasn’t originally going to pick a look for Celine to wear for this years Met Gala, despite the fact that she just had another front row at couture fashion week tour, but then it was announced that she is the newest face of L’Oreal Paris with a new album coming out later this year and will be embarking on her first world tour in over a decade! So I would imagine that she will be out keeping up appearances. Celine turned up at many front rows back in January, but it was Valentino that I decided would be the perfect label for her to bring to life on this red carpet. She has not worn a Valentino Couture gown on the red carpet in the past, but I think that the time is just right to make it happen. I fell in love with this peridot green sequin ruffle tiered ballgown from the Valentino Spring 2019 Couture collection and the moment I saw it I mentally put it on reserve for either the Met or the Cannes Film Festival, so I am glad it made it through awards season without being worn. I think that while on paper this wouldn’t be the typical first option I would pick for Celine she has been a master of surprise when it comes to the looks that she wears and how well she wears them, so I thought I would challenge her to sell this gown to me without getting lost in it. A sleek side parted updo, smokey eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of gold studded PVC Christian Louboutin ‘Jamais Azzez’ sandals, and vintage Fred Leighton tsavorite garnet, diamond, and peridot pendant drop earrings would definitely add the dramatic glamour to this look, not that it needs the help. Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone has been a guest at the Met Gala the last two years. Her first she almost faded into the background wearing a simple Tommy Hilfiger gown. Last year Deepika definitely wasn’t a wallflower wearing a dramatic red draped Prabal Gurung Atelier one shoulder gown. If we see her on the red carpet at this years Met Gala I want to see her continue to deliver a major fashion moment ahead of jetting off to Cannes for this years film festival. I have high expectations from Deepika whenever she steps onto the red carpet because I know that she has the potential and presence to deliver major moments. I would love to see her join the Miu Miu crew wearing this bright floral print custom halter gown which features a 3D crystal flower embellished neck, a crystal embellished waist, and all over iridescent sequins layered over the print to add just the right amount of sparkle to this gown. A dramatic flowing red silk chiffon train completes the look. I think that this gown is definitely the perfect mix of the flirty femininity of the Miu Miu woman and the aesthetic of this years ‘Camp’ theme. Finish this look with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of gold Miu Miu crystal embellished chain strap sandals, and a yellow diamond waterfall earrings from Jaipur Gems to ensure Deepika owns this years red carpet. As I was covering last years Met Gala I discovered Jordan Roth. He is a Broadway producer, fashion lover, and just seems like an all around great person. He wore a custom beaded fringe Givenchy Couture cardinals frock for last years Catholic themed gala, and I have to say I am PRAYING that Anna Wintour invited him back for this years ‘Camp’ themed gala. I think that Jordan could easily show up on this red carpet giving us one of the most underrated, but statement making moments of the night. I was originally going to do something uber dramatic, but right as I was editing these photos the Alexander McQueen Fall 2019 Menswear collection were released and I fell in love with the 3D crystal train trimmed tuxedos. I definitely want to see Jordan wearing one of these tuxedos, but maybe one custom made in bright electric blue. I think that the look is chic as it was in the look book but craft it out of electric blue silk with the white collarless shirt. I would also want to see Jordan rock a pair of awesome crystal embellished oxfords to bring this look together for this years Met Gala!It honestly surprises me that given the fact that Petra Collins is an artist and a member of the Gucci gang that she has never attended a Met Gala in the past. I would really be shocked if given the fact that Gucci is hosting this years gala that they don’t bring Petra as a guest this year. I took inspiration from a metallic teal pleated lame peplum cocktail dress from the Gucci Fall 2019 RTW collection and the ice capades embellishments from the Gucci Spring 2018 RTW collection. Using those inspirations me, and Evita my photo editor, crafted this custom a-line gown which features long peasant sleeves, intricate crystal beading on the neck, shoulders, waist, and cuffs, a giant bow on the back trimmed in those same crystals, and a ruffle detail on the back hem. It fits Petra’s more refined and bohemian style, but also fits the extravagance of this years theme too. I would want to see Gucci craft a custom clutch in the same lame and beading adding a chic teased curl center parted hairstyle, her signature barely there makeup, silver Gianvito Rossi ‘Jasmine’ crystal fringe trimmed ankle strap sandals, and chic Messika Fine Jewelry ‘Calypso’ diamond waterfall earrings to complete this look in high style.If we don’t see Rachel Brosnahan on the red carpet at this years Met Gala I am going to be super surprised. She was still a relative newcomer to the fashion world last year, but after rocking looks from major designers including Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Carolina Herrera, Erdem, and Christian Dior I am almost expecting that she will have an invitation to this years gala. Now Rachel tends to wear more simplistic styles on the red carpet so I didn’t go for the most ‘Camp’ style for her. Instead I opted for chic glamour in bold color via this custom lipstick red crepe and fuchsia Prada gown which features a peak neckline and a draped rosette scarf neckline that drapes down the back into a chic train. I definitely think that this gown gives more of the vibe that I want to see from Rachel on this red carpet than something with lots of colors, embellishments, or volume. Add a sleek vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, matching red lips, a pair of red and raspberry pink glitter Sophia Webster ‘Nicole’ sandals, and chic Martin Katz ruby and diamond chandelier earrings to make this the perfect look for Rachel to wear for her Met Gala debut. Finishing out today is Solange Knowles. It has been almost a year since we last saw Solange on a red carpet and given the fact that she just canceled her Coachella appearances I wonder if we will see Solange on the red carpet at the Met Gala or not. Of course I want to see her on this red carpet because she always brings really chic looks to life and I definitely think that she would do something amazing with the ‘Camp’ theme. I would love to see her bring something like this bold puffy sleeve Balmain Spring 2019 Couture watercolor print mini dress which features a cutout neckline, belted waist, and a sash train to life on this red carpet. Now Solange definitely loves herself some bold colors, but honestly I feel like she is one of the few people who could really sell one of these otherwise rather ugly Balmain Couture ensembles to me on a red carpet, and honestly only for the Met. I would strip the styling back to be very simple adding just a bleached buzz cut, defined winged eyes, dark burgundy lips, and a pair of powder pink suede Aquazzura ‘Casablanca’ crystal buckle PVC strap sandals to let the dress and Solange’s attitude do all the work selling this look.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.