We have made it to my final day of 2019 Met Gala wishes everyone! I have 18 more individual wishes left, spread out over 3 different posts. As I reflect on the last several set of wishes for this years Met Gala one thing reigns supreme to me: we have to be very open minded with this years theme. I think that with such specific themes (including China, Tech, and Catholic imagery) recently that the wide range of interpretation of ‘Camp’ is really going to be interesting. I cannot wait to see what stars, stylists, and designers bring to life in regards to this years theme. In the article “Notes on ‘Camp'” by Susan Sontag, which lies at the forefront of this years inspiration, she says “Camp taste turns its back on the good-bad axis of ordinary aesthetic judgment. Camp doesn’t reverse things. It doesn’t argue that the good is bad, or the bad is good. What it does is to offer for art (and life) a different — a supplementary — set of standards.” That right there definitely says things that are normatively ‘ugly’ can be considered perfect and things that are normatively ‘pretty’ can be completely wrong. Wrong isn’t the right word though, because ‘Camp’ is completely about leaving behind the binary and examining things from the viewpoint of multiple lenses. Whatever stars decide to bring to this years red carpet I know that we are in store for quite the spectacle. Chloe Grace Moretz confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month that she was indeed wearing Louis Vuitton to this years Met Gala. I had actually had another gown from the ADEAM Fall 2019 RTW collection runway that I was obsessed with for Chloe, but as I was literally writing the post I realized it wasn’t a 100% right fit for her to wear on this red carpet so I scrapped the idea, and later that very same day THR confirmed that she would wear Louis Vuitton. “I just trust Nicolas [Ghesquière] so much. I think he’s an incredible designer and to be a part of such a magnificent brand, I really wanted to find something that felt … empowering and progressive and forward-thinking, almost. And that’s really something that Nicolas does. He creates the perfect silhouette that encompasses all those emotions into one.” is what Chloe told THR about her Met Gala gown. So I messaged my photo editor Evita (who was pretty much done with Met edits for me at this point) and basically begged her to throw one more Louis Vuitton gown together, and she obliged. I knew that I wanted to use the hand-drawn tulip print that was featured in the Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2019 collection for this look. It is chic and feminine, but also bold and impactful which I think is perfect with this years theme. We talked back and forth, rather quickly, and decided a sleek style silhouette wise with the halter neck, column shape, and sweeping train would be perfect. Of course this is the Met Gala so we decided to color block fuchsia sequins between the print built into blush sequins. We finished using the metal paillettes from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2019 RTW collection to embellish the neck. It made for an absolutely chic moment and I definitely think that styled perfectly for this years theme with a sleek updo, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, a pair of silver Louis Vuitton ‘Silhouette’ sandals, and a selection of Louis Vuitton Haute Jewelry including diamond and ruby short drop earrings and a statement diamond and ruby monogrammed cuff bracelet.It has been a little while since we have seen a major Jason Wu moment on the Met Gala red carpet. He has kind of switched out his business over the last year splitting his labels to have a formal line, titled Jason Wu Collection, and an informal line, just Jason Wu, and I hope that this year he makes a return to this red carpet. Now given this years theme I thought about digging into Jason’s early archives because there are definitely some major ‘Camp’ moments that could come out of them, but given his refocusing of his brand I thought it only appropriate to grab something recent instead. Now his Jason Wu Collection Fall 2019 RTW collection isn’t exactly the most ‘Camp’ in the entire world, but that doesn’t mean that a dramatic gown like this lipstick red radzmir high-shine satin strapless tiered evening gown which features a draped floral accent at its fitted waist and a long dramatic train doesn’t deserve a major moment on the Met Gala red carpet. I decided to entrust this gown to the always beautiful Emmy Rossum. She does feminine glamour incredibly well and knows how to infuse the theme into looks that don’t necessarily fit into it on paper. That is what I think she would do with this look adding a funky rockabilly inspired updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of red satin Gianvito Rossi ‘Ginger’ feather embellished sandals, and some major Van Cleef & Arpels jewels including a modern diamond and ruby collar necklace and a vintage art deco bracelet. Kerry Washington is looking at a possible Tony Award nomination for her performance in the play American Son and is one of this years gala committee members and I am really hoping that she brings her absolute a-game to this red carpet. I won’t lie while I do love Kerry and her style typically lately she hasn’t excited me at all and her track record for Met Gala gowns isn’t great either. I want to see her shut this red carpet down this year, so I turned to a king of ruffles and drama: Giambattista Valli. Now sure there were plenty of major moments worthy of this red carpet in the latest couture collection from the French designer, but I really wanted to bring this ombre mint one shoulder ruffled gown from the Giambattista Valli Fall 2014 Couture collection out of the archive and finally give it a red carpet moment. Now to be honest it was one of countless gowns I optioned for Elle Fanning (who literally should be a chair of this theme,) but since I really loved the Richard Quinn gown I picked for her I went shopping for another perfect wearer to bring this gown to life on the Met Gala red carpet. I thought of Kerry because I know she can deliver drama like this and not get swallowed up. I want to see her bring this gown to life because I know that it would reignite my fire for her style. Pair it with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, dark red glossy lips, silver Charlotte Olympia metallic leather Chrysler building inspired crystal embellished peep toe platform sandals, and Tiffany & Co. Blue Book jewels including a pair of major aquamarine and diamond art deco stud earrings and an intricate diamond and aquamarine scroll cuff bracelet and I know that Kerry will do just that.Lily Collins also definitely is made for this years theme. She always brings major theme related moments to the Met Gala red carpet and I am sure that this year will be no different. I want to see her pay tribute to not only the theme, but also the late Karl Lagerfeld wearing this baby pink Chanel Spring 2019 Couture embroidered lace tea length gown which features short voluminous sleeves and a tiered ball skirt. This dress is the epitome of feminine drama. It definitely will take someone with the right presence to make this look work without it overwhelming them and I think that the effortless elegance that Lily typically brings to her looks would be perfect for breathing life into this gown. Now the dress is amazing, but I want to definitely infuse some more of the ‘Camp’ aesthetic of more is more to this look with the styling adding a sleek center parted low bun, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of fuchsia satin Roger Vivider ‘Viv Fireflower’ hot pink flower and gold bead embellished pointed toe pumps, and a bit of kitsch via Chopard Red Carpet Collection pink sapphire and tourmaline flamingo shaped teardrop earrings to definitely make this look perfect for both Lily’s sense of style and this years ‘Camp’ theme. Michelle Monaghan is usually a very underrated star on the Met Gala red carpet. Her past Met Gala red carpet moments have been absolutely amazing and I definitely think that she could shut the red carpet down with this years ‘Camp’ theme. She has typically been the guest of more underrated designers like Paco Rabanne and Rosie Assoulin, so to make her one of the heavy hitters on the Met Gala red carpet this year I decided to pick a higher profile label for her. I have loved what Wes Gordon has done as the creative director at Carolina Herrera sense the labels namesake founder stepped down from designing the collections. Last year Wes made the ‘Camp’-iest of looks for Lena Waite to wear with a LGBTQ+ pride flag cape for her to wear on the Catholic themed red carpet. It was one of the most talked about looks of the night, and I am definitely hoping that he comes up with another genius look for this years red carpet. Now the look I want to see Michelle wear is more of a more classically feminine look, but in a bold color. I loved this hot pink Carolina Herrera Fall 2019 RTW layered pleated tulle gown which features a crew neck, caped back, and a frothy ball skirt the moment I saw it come down the runway. I am honestly surprised it wasn’t snatched up for Oscar night. I would however want to see Michelle’s stylist Karla Welch ask Wes to add more of a dramatic train to this gown for this red carpet since a major train is definitely needed to create iconic images going up those famous Met Museum front steps. A chic braided updo, thick defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pink Judith Leiber Couture ‘Gumball Machine’ crystal minaudiere, pink and red glitter Sophia Webster ‘Daria’ PVC paneled pointed toe pumps, and a pair of Irene Neuwirth pink tourmaline, aquamarine, and pearl drop earrings would definitely make this the perfect balance of Michelle’s style, the femininity of Carolina Herrera, and the extra of the ‘Camp’ theme. Rachel Weisz brought ‘Camp’ to the Oscars red carpet earlier this year, in her own way, when she decided to wear red latex Givenchy Couture. I honestly loved this gown on the runway, but I was shocked that someone (especially Rachel) decided to rock it on the Oscars red carpet. That is definitely what I think that Susan Sontag would have labeled a ‘Camp’ moment on the red carpet. So because of that I decided that I wanted to put Rachel in a wish for this years Met Gala. Rachel has only been to the Met Gala a small handful of times in the past. Her first was in 2009 when she was a guest of Vera Wang, then in 2010 she was the guest of Oscar de la Renta, and the last time she was at a Met Gala was back in 2015 when she wore Chanel Couture. I want to see Rachel really nail this years theme, but in her own brand of glamour. Richard Quinn is one of the young labels who I think really fits the ‘Camp’ aesthetic of this years theme, and I would love to see him dress more than one star for fashions biggest night. I fell in love with this red 3D embellished rose pattern strapless sweetheart neckline column gown with an attached black tulle bustle train the moment I saw it. The Richard Quinn Fall 2019 RTW collection would be perfect for this red carpet in general, but I definitely think that Rachel would be able to sell this gown to me on this red carpet. Now while she did rock the latex for the Oscars I would say that she should leave the black latex bodysuit that the gown was paired with on the runway at home as the gown and train bring enough drama to this look. Finishing the ensemble with a romantic updo, defined eyes, red lips, a red velvet Judith Leiber Couture ‘Coffered’ crystal embellished box clutch, a pair of red satin Gianvito Rossi ‘Tabasco’ strappy sandals, and a selection of vintage Cartier diamond ruby jewels once owned by Elizabeth Taylor would definitely ensure that Rachel delivers all the elements of ‘Camp’ in an ever so glamorous package.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.