2020 Met Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

So in light of everything going on I decided that even though the 2020 Met Gala has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. I debated how I wanted to proceed. Ultimately I decided that once the curve of this pandemic has been flattened and events that have been postponed and the new dates for all the postponed events that the Met is going to be the one that I can plan ahead for. 2020 is a milestone for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The New York institution will celebrate its 150th anniversary. The Costume Institute’s exhibition, which serves as the theme for the Met Gala, will showcase a century-and-a-half of fashion history culled from its archive and presented along a “disruptive” timeline entitled “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” So without skipping a beat here we go diving right into my 2020 Met Gala wishes. The Met Gala is also known as Anna Wintour’s party. When it comes to the red carpet at the Met Gala I am always excited to see what Anna will wear to kick off the night. She almost always turns to the ateliers of Chanel to create the perfect custom gown for her to bring to life on this red carpet. One difference about this year is that Karl Lagerfeld didn’t design the latest couture from the label. I went looking at the Chanel Spring 2020 Couture collection looking for the perfect look for Anna to wear on this red carpet, but there wasn’t a single look as it was that I feel is perfect for Anna to wear on this red carpet. There wasn’t even anything remotely close, but that being said I was able to start picturing pulling details from this and the cape from that. So let me take you on the journey my mind went on at 3am as I was trying to cultivate the perfect ensemble for Anna to bring to life. It honestly all started with the ivory ruffled cape from the Chanel Spring 2020 Couture collection. It was really the only formal thing from the collection that screams Anna. I would modify the cape to be long with a train for Anna to deliver DRAMA on the Met Gala red carpet. So I started thinking of how I would be able to make this look “ANNA.” I immediately said a cap sleeve column gown like Karl Lagerfeld sent down the runway in the Chanel Spring 2011 Couture collection. Shape is perfect for Anna, but I would have current Chanel creative director Virginie Viard whip up a custom cap sleeve column gown in the grey geometric floral embroidery seen on the a-line skirt of a look that she sent down the runway in the Spring 2020 Couture collection. I would also keep the sequined waistband from that look. Paring the custom gown with the customized cape and adding a pair of black Manolo Blahnik ‘Nadira’ pointed toe jeweled satin pumps and Anna’s signature Gregorian Riviere necklaces would definitely make this look ready for this years Met Gala red carpet. Emma Stone is one of the Co-Chairs of this years Met Gala along with Louis Vuitton creative director Nicholas Ghesquiere, Lin Manuel Miranda, and the icon that is Meryl Streep. Given the fact that Emma is a face of Louis Vuitton and is Co-Hosting with Nicholas I can imagine that we will definitely see Emma wearing LV on the Met Gala red carpet. Given the theme of “About Time” I think we are bound to see a lot of very chic classic inspired moments on this red carpet. As regular readers will note I am not a huge fan of Louis Vuitton on the red carpet and I am hoping that they will only be dressing a minimal amount of stars. So with all that in mind I would love to see Nicholas customize this black and grey sequin and micro beaded thistle print Louis Vuitton Fall 2020 RTW pencil dress which features a wide cut neckline, thin straps, and a black leather belt into a floor length gown for Emma. It is a very simple silhouette and while I might want to see a gown paired with a dramatic train that isn’t really the LV aesthetic. It has been a long time since I’ve fallen in love with one of Emma’s red carpet looks but I think that if paired with old Hollywood waves, winged eyes, red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Very Cathy’ ankle strap peep toe d’orsay platform sandals, and Louis Vuitton white diamond and emerald art deco drop earrings that Emma would definitely have one of her best red carpet moments in a while. It has been a hot minute since Brie Larson has last walked a Met Gala red carpet and I am ready to see her back on the famed red carpeted steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for this years Met Gala, when it finally happens. Brie has never delivered a real drama moment on the Met Gala red carpet in the past. Everything in her history has been pants and tea length on this red carpet. At first glance seeing this silver Swarovski crystal embellished Christopher Kane Fall 2020 RTW tea length gown which features thick straps, a bow detail on the neck, side cutouts, and a pleated a-line skirt it would seem that I am looking for Brie to have another tea length moment. That is not the case. I would actually love to see Brie have this look customized to be floor length gown that has a sweeping train. The Met is all about trains because of those famous steps. The looks on this red carpet are photographed from all angles so it is important to be perfectly on point from top to toe and 360°. This dress turned into a gown could seriously turn into a major moment for Brie. I think that this gown gives us the classic glam I think we can expect to see a lot of on this red carpet, but in a very modern manner. A sleek updo, defined eyes, dark pink lips, silver Aquazzura ‘Nudist’ metallic leather and PVC strappy sandals, and a pair of white diamond and emerald Cartier High Jewelry cluster earrings would definitely ensure that Brie delivers on the Met steps. Kate Bosworth always knows how to deliver super glamorous moments on the red carpet. In fact the silver and black Ralph & Russo Couture gown she wore at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party earlier this year was actually on my radar to be a Met Gala gown. When picking looks for the Met Gala red carpet I do things a little differently than most red carpets I create wish lists for. I let the clothes pick the wearer. I compile a file on my laptop with literally hundreds of runway and lookbook moments that I think fit the theme and then figure out the perfect people to bring them to life. Case and point this black velvet Fendi Fall 2020 RTW cocktail dress which features a pointed bustier bodice, lace mesh, and a layered a-line skirt. I knew the moment I saw this look come down the runway that it would be the perfect inspiration for the Met Gala red carpet. I would imagine that if we saw this look on the Met red carpet that it would have to be customized into a gown with a column underskirt, the overskirt lengthened into a one with a sweeping train, and swapping the nude lining of the gown for either a bold pop of color or pattern to inject a little bit of fun into this super glamorous gown. A sleek vintage inspired bun updo, defined eyes, red lips, a black velvet Judith Leiber Couture ‘Soho’ clutch, a pair of black Roger Vivier ‘Marlene’ strass ball detail ankle strap sandals, and a selection of dazzling Harry Winston diamonds including a pair of vintage white diamond floral fringe earrings and a white diamond ‘Bijou’ bracelet would ensure Kate is able to ooze glamour from head to toe. Rihanna has skipped the Met Gala the last two years and I am just praying to the gods of fashion that she will attend this years event. When it comes to the Met Rihanna knows how to deliver perfect on theme moments. With the theme being more about the duration of fashion I decided that I just wanted to go for drama. So I went to the mint to peacock feather embellished Givenchy Fall 2019 Couture cape. I’ve been in love with this cape ensemble since it was first presented on the runway last July and been waiting for the perfect person to bring it to life on the red carpet. I definitely think that Rihanna has the presence to really bring a gown like this to life on the red carpet and not get lost in it. Style it with a sleek updo, defined eyes, matte nude lips, a pair of black opera gloves, maybe a custom FENTY gown underneath, a pair of black FENTY ‘Cowgirl Hookup’ strappy crystal embellished suede sandals, and silver FENTY ‘Side Eye’ Swarovski crystal embellished sunglasses to ensure that Rihanna owns the red carpet.

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