I cannot believe we are here. Two weeks from this years Met Gala and my final set of wishes for this years red carpet. At the end of this list I will have picked 106 wishes for stars to rock on this years Met Gala red carpet and hopefully left all of my readers a little more informed on what ‘Camp’ style is. I had my own idea of what ‘Camp’ is when I picked all of the looks for this years wishes, but then when I started the journey of actually writing these lists I started reading “Notes on ‘Camp'” by Susan Sontag since it is what Costume Institute curator in charge Andrew Bolton used as the basis of the exhibit that became the ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ theme of this years gala. Sontag says, “The whole point of Camp is to dethrone the serious. Camp is playful, anti-serious. More precisely, Camp involves a new, more complex relation to “the serious.” One can be serious about the frivolous, frivolous about the serious.” So I definitely want to see everyone take risks. Camila Mendes’ Riverdale co-stars Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse made their Met Gala debut last year, and this year I am hoping that Camila will get her turn on the red carpet for fashions biggest night. She has been heavily embraced by Prabal Gurung in the half year and since Prabal usually has quite the crew on the Met Gala red carpet I am hoping that he will give Camila her first Met Gala moment in a few weeks. When it comes to Prabal on the Met Gala red carpet he doesn’t usually send a girl up those famous Met steps wearing an off the runway gown. They are always custom gowns, or at least customized versions of runway looks. I figure that isn’t going to change, but if it does I definitely think that Camila would look oh so beautiful wearing this black, pink, and purple Prabal Gurung Fall 2019 RTW ‘Herrat’ embroidered tulle ballgown which is embellished with vibrant imagery throughout and features a deep V-neck and an A-line silhouette. This gown could be worn as presented and be absolutely beautiful, but it could also be the starting point for a custom gown that adds a dramatic train and feathers to really bring the ‘Camp’ aesthetic to this very pretty gown. I would style the gown, in whichever version, with a sleek updo, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, a blush pink Judith Leiber Couture crystal embellished box clutch, a pair of simple black Jimmy Choo ‘Misty’ sandals, and a selection of Brumani jewels including a pair of blush pink amethyst, rose quartz, and diamond teardrop earrings and a matching cocktail ring to definitely make this an absolutely amazing moment for Camila to deliver for her Met Gala debut. At one point Anna Wintour had vowed that no Kardashian or Real Housewife of any city would be invited to the Met Gala. That started to change in 2013 when Kim Kardashian was knocked up by Kanye and Anna allowed the couple to attend that years punk themed gala. It was reported by Radar Online (a totally reliable source NOT!) that while Anna had warmed to Kim that the rest of the Kardashians and Real Housewives were still a no go. “Anna would never, ever allow a group of Real Housewives to rub shoulders with fashion’s elite,” a source told Radar Online. Well obviously since then Anna has warmed much more to the Kardashian Klan inviting Kris, Kendall, and Kylie to the event in years past. Well I am hoping this year is the year that Anna finally warms to the idea of inviting a Real Housewife. Erika Jayne is definitely in a class above a lot of the other ladies of the Real Housewives franchises. She brings high fashion to her life every day. She has been embraced by magazines including L’Official, Harper’s Bazaar, and CR Fashion Book and has even appeared on Vogue.com in digital content and so I am hoping that she is allowed to attend this years Met Gala, because she definitely knows ‘Camp.’ She wears a lot of Moschino and Jeremy Scott so when I was thinking of perfect guests for the eccentric designer to bring to this years Met Gala Erika was at the top of my list. It might be a long shot, but I am hopeful. So I messaged Evita and said I needed something major and gave her a general idea of what I wanted and she delivered. Erika Jayne’s custom Moschino gown is inspired by the brands Fall 2019 RTW and Spring 2015 RTW collections. The ‘Sparkly Pro Clean’ printed halter gown embellished with rock crystals and the sequin stars hails from the Fall 2019 RTW collection and the white organza ruffled train hails from the Spring 2015 RTW collection. All put together this gives that kitschy drama that Moschino is known for and I definitely think that Erika can serve the look up smokin’ hot. When Erika serves a look she commits. I want to see her really go for it adding a sleek ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ high ponytail, winged eyes, bright pink lips, long white gloves, a pair of silver, florescent yellow, and florescent pink Christian Louboutin ‘Lady Bug’ peep toe pumps, and a selection of Bayco ‘Magnificent’ collection diamond and sapphire jewels would definitely ensure that Erika owns the Met Gala red carpet. When Henry Golding first popped onto the fashion radar last year during the promo tour for Crazy Rich Asians wearing colored and textured Tom Ford tuxedos I had high expectations for what he would wear over the course of awards season. Unfortunately he ended up going the very classic black and white route most of awards season. I am PRAYING that if Anna Wintour invites him to this years Met Gala, which would be his first, that he embraces bold style. I think that this lilac BOSS Fall 2019 Menswear tuxedo is perfect for Henry to wear for this years Met as it is cut in the classic shape of a peak lapel tuxedo, but the color, and the differing fabrics of the collar, cuff, pocket line, and pants strip all add to the ‘Camp’ aesthetic of this look. Now I would add a classic white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie, and a pair of simple black patent leather BOSS oxfords to make sure this look is still authentic to Henry’s style while still keeping with the theme. Letitia Wright gave me underwhelming looks all awards season and I am hoping that if she attends this years Met Gala that she will deliver something absolutely amazing. She loves herself a pants look on the red carpet so she is one of the few ladies whom I shunned a gown or cocktail dress in favor of red carpet lady pants for. I LOVE this Peter Pilotto Fall 2019 RTW one sleeved jumpsuit which features a metallic fiber orange and royal blue draped bodice with a single puffy sleeve and dark red satin fitted trousers and I definitely think that it fits the ‘Camp’ theme, but also stays true to Letitia’s personal style. Her signature short hair, defined eyes, nude lips, a pair of gold metallic lizard print Jimmy Choo ‘Love’ pointed toe pumps, and Irene Neuwirth fire opal and diamond chandelier earrings would add the perfect finishing to this look.My final wish for this years Met Gala is for another newbie, Naomi Scott. She will be getting ready to kick off the promo tour for the much anticipated live action Aladdin and with the major Valentino moments she has been rocking lately I would imagine that if Naomi receives an invitation to this years gala that she will be part of the Valentino crew. I definite am obsessed with this royal blue Valentino Spring 2019 RTW ball gown which features ginormous sleeves, a scoop neckline, lots of ruffles, and a tiered ball skirt and I am hoping that Naomi is brave enough to take a risk and bring this gown to life on the Met Gala red carpet. Now honestly Naomi has a very petite frame so I wonder if there is too much volume here for her, but I think that she could power through it and make it seem effortless. I would make this look perfect for a Met Gala debut styling it with a sleek updo, navy smokey eyes, dark red lips, a pair of royal blue Tamara Mellon ‘Deco’ platform sandals, and a Bulgari High Jewelry ‘Serpenti’ diamond collar necklace with sapphire and emerald details.
I want to leave you with just one more quote from “Notes on ‘Camp'” to think about when we ultimately judge the looks that come down the Met Gala red carpet: “The ultimate Camp statement: it’s good because it’s awful . . . Of course, one can’t always say that. Only under certain conditions.”
The 2019 Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May: May 6, 2019.