In the openings to most of my Met Gala wishes so far I have tried to go through Susan Sontag’s “Notes on ‘Camp'” and help define for you what exactly ‘Camp’ is. Basically it is ” the sensibility of failed seriousness, of the theatricalization of experience. Camp refuses both the harmonies of traditional seriousness, and the risks of fully identifying with extreme states of feeling.” It is neither here nor there, not good or bad, pretty or ugly. It is whatever you want it to be. I think that idea is going to make it hard to actually judge how well stars stick to this years theme, since under the ‘Camp’ aesthetic anything goes. I think people, myself included are expecting everyone to wear the biggest gowns possible and things covered in sequins, crystals, and feathers. I am really interested in seeing what everyone will wear for this years red carpet. We are just two weeks from this red carpet and with each passing day I am getting more and more excited!Cardi B made her Met Gala debut last year giving me Madonna (not the “Like A Virgin” one the actual virgin” with child realness in custom Moschino as the guest of Jeremy Scott. For this years red carpet I am picking a custom Mugler gown. In an article in the LA Times Cardi’s stylist was profiled for the major vintage Thierry Mugler ‘Venus on a Half Shell’ gown that he put her in for the Grammy Awards it was said “However, those wanting to see the Venus dress up close are out of luck because the ensemble won’t be part of the upcoming exhibition. It will make an appearance elsewhere, but Carter was mum on those details.” As soon as I read those words I knew that Cardi’s Grammy’s gown was bound for the Met Gala. So, even before I confirmed it, I went down a rabbit hole of creating a major custom Mugler moment for Cardi to rep the current creative director on this years Met Gala red carpet. I took inspiration from a vintage Mugler bustier shaped like a butterfly, but mixed it with a watercolor brushstroke print that current Mugler creative director Casey Cadwallader used in his debut runway show, but covering the print with iridescent sequins, creating this fitted gown with a dramatically sexy side split. Now on it’s own this gown is great, but it doesn’t have that drama that we typically associate with the Met Gala carpet built in. So I want to up the game with a matching custom hat inspired by vintage Mugler hats in the same sequined covered print as the gown and a pair of matching print opera length gloves. A pair of metallic gold leather Christian Louboutin ‘Choca’ strappy platform sandals, smokey eyes, sleek hair, orange lips, and statement Fernando Jorge ‘Disco’ 18k gold and diamond drop earrings would definitely make this look absolutely amazing for Cardi to rock on this years Met Gala red carpet, definitely could make her a major contender for Best Dressed (she should be defending her title since she was my Best Dressed at last years Met Gala.)Dua Lipa hasn’t been to a Met Gala yet, but I would imagine on the heels of her Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording wins at this years Grammy Awards and the fact she has been embraced by fashion brands like Giambattista Valli, Versace, Armani, Christopher Kane, and Saint Laurent already that she is definitely a major contender to get a coveted invitation to the biggest night in fashion for sure. Honestly I should have made the obvious choice picking a big frothy Giambattista Valli Couture tulle gown for Dua since she LOVES them, but I wanted to make a bit of an unexpected choice for her to wear for her first Met Gala. Now initially when I picked this hot pink satin Christopher Kane Fall 2019 RTW sleeveless mini dress which features cutout sides and an embellished buckle at the center I was going to let Dua be one of the rebels of the night wearing a short dress instead of a gown. But literally as I sit here at 2:39am writing this post (since they are all scheduled) I want to see Dua’s stylist Lorenzo Posocco work with Christopher Kane to turn this mini dress into a tiered gown. Now typically I would have had my girl Evita edit this as a custom gown, but when I change my mind this late in the game there just wasn’t time to create that custom gown. I think somewhere between four and six flounced tiers would be absolutely amazing for this look. Now I don’t want to see the gown have a train just keeping a tiered column silhouette with an open back (the mini dress has a closed back aside from the side cutouts. Finish the look with her signature sleek blunt center parted bob, grey glitter smokey eyes, dark rose pink lips, an iridescent PVC and silver glittered leather Christian Louboutin ‘Marie Jane’ spike studded bucket bag, a pair of sunset colored Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle Follies Strass’ degrade crystal embellished pointed toe pumps, and statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection black opal and multicolor sapphire drop earrings to ensure that Dua owns her Met Gala debut.Broadway stars definitely get invited to the Met Gala. Anna Wintour is a huge lover of theater and so some of the stars who will most likely get nominated for a Tony Award are invited to attend the Met Gala, both the Hollywood a-list (like Kerry Washington) and the Broadway a-list. Eva Noblezada definitely falls into the latter category. She just opened Hadestown which from what I have heard is going to make some major waves this year. She made her rise to theater stardom from Charlotte, North Carolina, which is where I am based, and since she is just 3 years younger than I am I feel this sort of connection to her. I feel like this could be her year to be a guest at the Met Gala and I want her to definitely rock a look that lives up to both the Met expectations in general, but also this years ‘Camp’ theme. Pamella Roland isn’t typically a brand that we see on the Met Gala red carpet, but I definitely think that this lilac feather embroidered tulle high low ballgown which features a high neckline and a dramatic train from the Pamella Roland Fall 2019 RTW collection is PERFECT for a rising Broadway star like Eva to bring to life on this red carpet. It has the elements of drama and ‘Camp’ that is perfect for a red carpet like this. I definitely think that Eva has the potential to really bring this gown to life for this red carpet. (Also Eva if you read this, like it, and get nominated for a Tony and want to work with a Charlotte based stylist hit me up!) I would finish this look with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, soft pink lips, silver Jimmy Choo ‘Shiloh’ iridescent crystal embellished sandals, and a pair of Kallati diamond wreath earrings to make this a major moment.Katy Perry is on this years gala host committee and I definitely have high expectations for her after the major wing moment she had last year in Atelier Versace. I went for something a lot simpler for this years red carpet, but still really dramatic, with this black Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture strapless ballgown which features a velvet bustier, hot pink netting ruffle on the waist, and a full ostrich feather covered ball skirt. Now Katy loves color and is definitely someone who understands what ‘Camp’ is and so this gown might be too simple for her to rock on this red carpet, but I definitely think that it fits her style and would be amazing. I would go very kitschy with the styling with a large 60’s bouffant flip style blonde wig, thick cat eye winged eye liner, pink lips matching that waist detail, a pair of black Saint Laurent strappy ankle tie tassel detail pointed toe pumps, black crystal embellished opera length gloves, and de Grisogono pink tourmaline and diamond tassel earrings to make sure this is perfect for a Met Gala red carpet look, especially given the ‘Camp’ theme.Like Cardi, Troye Sivan also made his Met Gala debut last year wearing a custom red Valentino tuxedo paired with a sheer mesh t-shirt. I thought it was a perfect look for the young South African pop star. I definitely think that he should be invited back this year given the ‘Camp’ theme. I think he has it in him to really deliver a look. I decided to take a risk for Troy picking this Moschino Fall 2019 Menswear black tailcoat tuxedo with a red bow cummerbund worn over the jacket paired with bondage inspired buckled skinny pants. It is definitely more of a tough take on rock and roll glam than we are used to seeing from Troye, but I definitely believe he could easily sell it to me. I would swap the colored shirt that the tuxedo was paired with on the runway for a simple white tuxedo shirt and the clunky boots for a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Roadie Orlato’ metallic fiber chelsea boots to make this look more of what we come to expect form Troye, but with that Moschino flare.
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.