The first Monday in May is almost here. I am super excited to see what everyone is planning to bring to this years Met Gala red carpet. I have been doing a lot of research on ‘Camp’ because of this years theme. In “Notes on ‘Camp'” sociologist Susan Sontag says “Considered a little less strictly, Camp is either completely naive or else wholly conscious (when one plays at being campy.)” Given this years theme guest who do abide by the theme, which is typically a good amount even if some just wear pretty (or sometimes not so pretty) gowns, they will be considered performing ‘Camp’ as they are intentionally picking looks that fit the ‘Camp’ aesthetic. I just hope that everyone brings the best that they can. ‘Camp’ can be incredibly glamorous and dramatic, but it can also be tacky and overwhelming. I want everyone to deliver just enough ‘Camp’ to fit their personality and this years theme.One of the things I love about the Met Gala is that Anna Wintour doesn’t only invite the biggest names. She invites the biggest names of now and the rising stars of tomorrow. That is why I decided to include Ella Balinska in this years wishes. Aside from sitting front row at the Valentino Spring 2019 Couture show back in January we haven’t really gotten a taste of who Ella is, but since she is staring in the latest reboot of Charlie’s Angels alongside Kristen Stewart, Noah Centineo, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, and Sam Claflin and has already been embraced by the couture label that we just might see her on the Met Gala red carpet. If she does I would bet that she will be wearing Valentino. Now given the fact she was front row at a couture show and wore a Valentino Couture gown for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party earlier this year some might be surprised that I picked a look from the Valentino Fall 2019 RTW collection for Ella to wear for the Met Gala. Honestly it is rare that Valentino dresses anyone in its crew with ready-to-wear looks, but it isn’t unheard of. I love this bright tangerine orange ruffled sleeve and neck a-line tulle gown which features a Japanese inspired print. It caught my eye then and was the only ready to wear look from Valentino that I saved. I think that Ella has the presence and attitude to really make this a major moment that could easily compare with couture creations on this red carpet. Pair this gown with a high top bun, defined eyes, matte antique rose pink lips, a pair of orange Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Kassie’ crystal circle sandals, and statement Sutra mandarin garnet and diamond fan drop earrings would all ensure that this is a major moment for Ella to wear for her first Met Gala red carpet. Last year Ezra Miller became a star when it comes to celebrating ‘Camp’ style on the red carpet. He rocked such plethora of looks including high fashion options from Pierpaolo Piccioli x Moncler and Givenchy Couture. He hasn’t been to a Met Gala before and I am hoping that changes this year. I know he would deliver an absolutely major moment. I knew the moment I saw these multicolored fringe looks come down the Givenchy Spring 2019 Couture runway back in January that they would be perfect for this years Met Gala theme. I thought about the usual suspects for a look like this like Solange or Zoe Kravitz, but then I decided to think out of the box and pick this look for Ezra. I do honestly believe that it would be something super unexpected and that is exactly what I want to see on the Met Gala red carpet. This look would definitely get people talking. That is what I want out of this years Met Gala red carpet. Looks that get people talking. That is what ‘Camp’ is supposed to do. Make people ask “why?” Pair this Fringe dress with custom skinny white pants and a pair of white Givenchy cutout and embossed heeled ankle books and I am sure that this could be a real Best Dressed contender. I went into my Met Gala editing with an idea for a chic yellow gown for Kiki Layne to rock on her first Met Gala red carpet inspired by the beaded embellishments found on a Gucci Fall 2019 RTW coat and a yellow glittered tulle gown that I thought would be rather simpler look, even given this years theme. This yellow and gold ballgown which features dramatic asymmetrical pleated lamé ruffed gown is what my photo editor sent me. When I said go big or go home was definitely the embodiment of this years theme she went hunting for her own details and created this gown. The ruffle came off a 1980’s Capucci gown and it totally works with Alessandro Michele’s current aesthetic for Gucci and I think that Kiki would definitely turn this gown into even more of a major moment than it is on paper. She has the presence and elegance to really make a gown like this work with effortless ease. The gown itself is such a statement, so I think that simpler styling is right to allow the gown do all the talking. A sleek low bun, smokey eyes, glossy dark red lips, a pair of strappy gold Gucci sandals, and statement making Bulgari sunburst diamond chandelier earrings are what I think would ensure this is a truly magical moment for Kiki.Lupita Nyong’o is on the host committee for this years Met Gala and I am definitely hoping that means that she will be on the red carpet at this years event. I haven’t really loved what she has worn lately and I want to see Lupita definitely deliver something amazing and worthy of this year’s ‘Camp’ theme. I went for a bit of a more subdued gown choice given this years theme picking this black and navy Marc Jacobs Fall 2019 RTW feathered silk tea length gown which a strapless sweetheart neckline, a fitted bodice and a flared skirt. This is definitely a beautiful moment and I think that Lupita could wear it for just about any red carpet. I would love to see her wear it though with some accessories that literally and figuratively evoke the idea of a peacock including a Judith Leiber Couture ‘Peacock Peak A Boo’ crystal embellished minaudiere, a pair of black, navy, and green Jimmy Choo ‘Annie’ feather and sequin embellished sandals, and dazzling Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond, emerald, and sapphire chandelier earrings. An intricate, yet sleek, updo, navy smokey eyes, and nude lips all would finish the look perfectly. Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas are also on this years Met Gala host committee. I think that is only apt since it was at the Met Gala 2 years ago that the two really met when they were both guests of Ralph Lauren. They also attended with the famed designer last year. Who then went on to design the looks that both wore for their Christian wedding ceremony. The famed American designer is reportedly not going to be buying a table at this years Met Gala, so I wonder if this duo will make it a three-peat in Ralph Lauren creations or if they will step out of that box and experiment with something new. Personally while I love them in Ralph’s creations I want to see them bring something new to this red carpet, and by new I mean (especially in Priyanka’s case) labels that aren’t what we see on the Met Gala red carpet. I had put this strapless Rami Kadi Spring 2019 Couture tinsel embellished ballgown as an option for this years Met Gala not expecting to use it, but when I heard the news about Ralph I thought it would be the perfect look for Priyanka to bring it to life on this red carpet. Rami isn’t a VOGUE approved designer, but I think that Priyanka has what it takes to make this a major statement look on the red carpet especially if paired with a sleek updo, defined eyes, bright magenta pink lips, silver iridescent leather and PVC Christian Louboutin ‘Spikoo’ spike studded pointed toe sandals, and beautiful Lorraine Schwartz diamond mesh drop earrings. As for Nick I want to see him bring his more extra style to this red carpet too. I think that he would perfectly complimentary to Priyanka in Rami Kadi Couture wearing this metallic thread grey plaid Neil Barrett Fall 2019 Menswear single button peak lapel tuxedo with matching pants. Now I would want to see Nick add classic details like a crisp white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Greggo Orlato’ oxfords to really make this look Met Gala red carpet ready. Will these two once again be the king and queen of the fashion prom? In these looks I would definitely think so. Soo Joo Park is one of the more underrated super models both on the runway and on the red carpet. She has such a unique look that I am always drawn to. I definitely want to see her rock this years Met Gala red carpet. She is a muse for Jean Paul Gaultier, who is a king of ‘Camp’ style. I want to see more than the typical one guest wearing Jean Paul Gaultier, even if it is just one a-lister and a model. I would love to see Soo Joo dig into the Gaultier archives and pull out this ice blue Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2015 Couture satin, denim, and tulle strapless ballgown for this years Met Gala red carpet. I think that this look epitomizes ‘Camp,’ because it take something that shouldn’t be okay for evening, denim, and delivers it in a way that really speaks to glamour. Style this look with a sleek center parted flat ironed hairstyle, thick winged eyes, rose pink lips, the runways gloves, a pair of silver Sergio Rossi ‘Sr Milano’ crystal studded sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond, tanzanite, and sapphire fringe hoop earrings to make sure that Soo Joo is one of my favorite models on the Met Gala red carpet!
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.