Andrew Bolton found inspiration for the 2020 Costume Institute exhibition theme “About Time: Fashion and Duration” in the 1992 Sally Potter film Orlando, which was based on the time-traveling Virginia Woolf novel of the same name. “There’s a wonderful scene,” he says, “in which Tilda Swinton enters the maze in an 18th century woman’s robe à la Francaise, and as she runs through it her clothes change to mid-19th century dress, and she re-emerges in 1850s England. That’s where the original idea came from.” The theme of the exhibition dictates what the red carpet at the Met Gala and I am really intrigued to see what the stars and designers do to create the looks they are going to present when this red carpet finally happens (hopefully sooner rather than later.)Brandon Maxwell gave the guests at his Spring 2020 RTW presentation last September a surprise when he unexpectedly dropped his first foray into menswear on the runway alongside his womenswear collection. Now does the world really need Brandon Maxwell menswear? I wouldn’t say yes, but I cannot also say no. Brandon’s menswear is very classic. It’s all very standard. That being said I definitely still want to see Brandon dress a dude on this years red carpet. I want to see this black silk tuxedo with a single button and a double shawl lapel from the Brandon Maxwell Fall 2020 RTW collection on this red carpet, but I had a hard time trying to figure out who should wear it. Ultimately it was my friend Kathleen who is the brain behind Fashion Bomb Red Carpet on Instagram who suggested Ansel Elgort as the perfect person to wear this look on the red carpet. As soon as she said that I knew he was the perfect fit to bring this look to the Met Gala red carpet. Ansel knows how to do the whole classic menswear with a subtle twist thing really well and that is exactly what this look is. Styling this look with a white t-shirt, a pair of black sequin Christian Louboutin ‘Jolly Flat’ low heel boots, and a vintage 1960’s platinum set Van Cleef & Arpels white diamond flower brooch as a boutonniere would definitely make this look come together in a really chic yet extra manner. I definitely think it would compliment the white sexy princess moment Brandon Maxwell ensemble I want to see Irina Shayk wear for this years Met Gala as well. I was really excited for Demna Gvasalia to return Balenciaga to the couture calendar this July, but it was recently announced that Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week was cancelled in light of the COVID-19 crisis. I am hoping the collections will still be released, even smaller ones, via lookbook even though the shows will not go on as originally planned. Now that all being said there were several super glamorous moments that Demna sent down the water covered Balenciaga Fall 2020 RTW collection presentation runway. The draped jersey moments were among some of my favorites seen all season. This black jersey ensemble which looks like it is one hell of a look to get into and features a glove that turns into a scarf that turns into sleeve that turns into an asymmetrical jumpsuit which turns into boots all with a dramatic attached from that collection is the perfect balance of the Demna aesthetic of Balenciaga and classic glamour perfectly and I knew immediately that it would be a perfect look to see on this red carpet. Then I imagined Ella Balinska, who has become a bit of a major fashionista since bursting onto the scene, wearing this look and I was sold. I know Ella can really work this look. When it comes to styling this look just needs a sleek updo (maybe a sleek high ponytail), smokey eyes, red lips, and a pair of Piaget High Jewelry ‘Sunny Side of Life’ collection white diamond cluster and emerald teardrop earrings to really be the major moment I know it can be. Last year was the first Met Gala in a while where there was not a single look from Vera Wang on the red carpet. The Chinese American designer started as an intern at Vogue, before she became an icon in the world of bridal and formal wear. So I would love to see her and her creations back on the Met steps again this year. The Vera Wang Fall 2020 RTW collection didn’t really feature anything that was really Met Gala red carpet ready in it, but there are definitely come codes I would love to see expanded upon to create custom looks. One look I would like to see turned into a gown is this graphite grey draped silk tulle asymmetrical busier bodice. I would definitely imagine this top becoming a very glamorous draped goddess moment and when I imagine it on Jodie Comer I know that it would make for such a chic moment for the Met Gala red carpet. A loose curly romantic updo, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, a pair of grey crystal embellished Gianvito Rossi ‘Crystelle’ PVC paneled sandals, and antique inspired white diamond Fred Leighton collection pendant drop earrings would definitely make this a major moment for Jodie, which would be important seeing this would be her Met Gala debut. Right before the announcement that the 2020 Met Gala was cancelled reports were circulating that Meghan Markle was going to be one of this years guests. It was reported that she was going to be the guest of Edward Enninful, the Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue. I am very intrigued by the idea of seeing Meghan on this red carpet. She wouldn’t be the first member of the British “Royal” family to attend this event. Her late mother-in-law Princess Diana attended the gala in 1996 wearing Christian Dior and her cousin-in-law Princess Beatrice of York attended in 2018 wearing Alberta Ferretti so I wouldn’t imagine it is out of the realm of possibility to see Meghan on this red carpet. She has become one of, if not the, most famous women in the world and I think this is definitely the time to bring her to the red carpet at this years Met Gala. I would imagine that most likely if Meghan does attend the Met Gala that her first look would undoubtedly be designed by Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy, just like her wedding gown. But I was inspired by her emerald green caped ensemble that she wore for her final appearance as a working royal and decided to give an Emilia Wickstead moment a whirl instead. I want to see Emilia take the white draped off the shoulder ‘Fleur’ georgette top from the Emilia Wickstead Fall 2020 RTW collection and craft a custom gown for Meghan around it. I think that the gown should be a straight column gown with a long train to really deliver a chic classic yet dramatic moment for Meghan to wear for her first Met Gala red carpet. Style the look with old Hollywood waves worn over one shoulder, defined eyes, red lips, a white diamond Tyler Ellis ‘Tyler’ Swarovski caviar crystal embellished clutch, a pair of ivory satin Jimmy Choo ‘Love100’ blue crystal necklace embellished pointed toe pumps, and platinum set Tiffany & Co. drop earrings made up of emerald-cut aquamarines and white diamonds to add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble. Since she was cited in Andrew Bolton’s inspiration for the theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration” I would imagine that Tilda Swinton will definitely get an invitation to walk the red carpet at this years Met Gala. Mrs. Swinton has not attended a Met Gala since 2008 where she wore a beige Prada lace midi dress. I really want to see Tilda bring her signature relaxed edge to the red carpet. Like Tilda I was only able to find one prior Met Gala moment for her go-to designer Haider Ackermann from 2012 when he dress supermodel Constance Jablonski. I would love to see Tilda and Haider, designer and muse, walk the red carpet together this year. Seeing Tilda walk this red carpet wearing this Haider Ackermann Fall 2020 RTW ensemble which features a deep blue velvet bomber jacket, a matching velvet vet blouse, and flared silk chiffon evening skirt with a sweeping train would definitely be perfection. I think her flame red hair in its signature coif, defined eyes, bright pink lips, a pair of black patent leather trim Haider Ackermann slingback pointed toe pumps, a vintage Bulgari white diamond and sapphire tennis necklace, and a statement Bulgari High Jewelry white diamond and sapphire ‘Serpenti Misteriosi Romani’ secret watch cuff bracelet would all turn this look into a major moment for Tilda to wear on this red carpet.