In my Met Gala wishes I have typically talked about how everyone should go big or go home. When it comes to the looks that walk those famous steps I always seem to gravitate towards the biggest of skirts, the longest of trains, and the most avant garde of ensembles. In this set of wishes I have three rather simple gowns by Met Gala standards and two looks that fit that idea of go big or go home perfectly. I do believe that each of the ladies whom are in this set of wishes would shut their looks down on the red carpet no matter how simple by comparison they are to some of the other looks in these wishes. Angela Bassett has never attended a Met Gala before, but her profile has definitely risen in the last two years with her hit series 9-1-1 and her role in Black Panther. She has been making the fashion rounds sitting front row at numerous shows including Valentino and Elie Saab. This might have been in anticipation that her animated film Soul was expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Her big fashion trips made me think that maybe it was time for Angela to finally walk the famous Met steps. I would love to see Angela be the guest of Carolina Herrera wearing this black and white giant bow back embellished one shoulder column gown from the Pre-Fall 2020 collection. I have been in love with this gown since it was first presented and I knew it would be a perfect moment for this year Met Gala red carpet. Angela definitely bring the drama to the red carpet in this gown making for a superb debut moment. Styling the gown with a braided updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a black Judith Leiber Couture ‘Soho’ velvet crystal embellished clasp clutch, a pair of black and silver Aquazzura ‘Deneuve Crystal’ pointed toe pumps, and a small pop of color via a pair of Goshwara white diamond, black onyx, and green tourmaline teardrop pendant earrings would ensure that Angela oozes dramatic glamour on the red carpet. Over the years former Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel has delivered superb fashion moments on the Met Gala red carpet. This year I went for soft, sensual glamour instead of big drama for Candice. I would love to see her walk the red carpet this year as the guest of Jason Wu wearing this soft black sheer strapless crystal embroidered tulle gown from the designers Fall 2020 RTW collection. By terms of the go big or go home air of this red carpet, but I feel that with the right styling that Candice would ooze glamour on the red carpet. I think that styling this gown with a long train, a retro updo, sharp winged eyes, contoured cheek bones, pink lips, a black Swarovski crystal mesh Tyler Ellis ‘Perry Black Shadow’ clutch, a pair of black crystal embellished Gianvito Rossi strappy leather sandals, and a statement de Grisogono black and white diamond necklace (do add some drama) would definitely bring this look to life. Michael Kors has been on the Met Gala red carpet dressing some of the biggest names in the industry over the years. I would love to see him bring his edgy take on glamour on the Met Gala red carpet this year. His dark take on disco from the Michael Kors Fall 2020 RTW collection would definitely fit the theme of this years gala “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” I decided to turn back to one of Michael’s past guests for him to dress once again this year, Hilary Swank. In 2012 Michael dressed Hilary in a beautiful burgundy chiffon halter gown, now for this years red carpet I went with this gunmetal grey sequined tulle halter dress from the Michael Kors Fall 2020 RTW which features leather trimming on the neck and the waist. Of course I would love to see Michael customize this gown to skim the floor and have a dramatic train. It is edgy and glamorous showing how the legacy of a bygone era can endure. I would allow the gown to be a super glamorous moment styling it with a romantic updo, defined eyes, soft antique rose pink lips, a pair of dazzling black crystal embellished star Jimmy Choo PVC detailed pointed toe pumps, and vintage 1930’s Cartier white diamond scroll cluster earrings. 16Arlington has been a label with a slow burn into being a major red carpet contender. The label has been rocked on the red carpet by Lizzo, Lena Dunham, Clare Foy, Lily James, Christina Aguilera, and Rita Ora. We don’t see the label often on the red carpet, but I feel like the time to have the label brought to life on the Met Gala red carpet is now. I saw this black knotted taffeta, sheer delicate lace, and grey sequin blocked asymmetrical dress on the runway at the 16Arlington Fall 2020 RTW presentation and said immediately that it would be a superb moment for the Met Gala red carpet. It is quite the modern take on a 60’s socialite ensemble. It almost takes a punk rock take on that 60’s socialite vibe. Now of course this look has to be lengthened into a floor length gown. Now I am really going for it with the styling. Originally I was going to take inspiration from the runway adding a MAJOR necklace moment to this look and I was searching Messika, but then I saw a necklace that could also be worn as a tiara and well I believe that if a Tiara moment can speak to me on the red carpet then I need to go with it. So I decided to style this gown with a Messika ‘Diamond Catcher’ white diamond tiara on a sleek bouffant updo. Finishing the look with sleek cat eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Renee Strass’ crystal embellished strappy sandals, a pair of Messika ‘Firebird’ white diamond cluster earrings, and a statement Messika ‘Sharâzâd’ cuff bracelet and hand ring combo would definitely make sure this look screams edgy yet timeless glamour. In her past history of walking the Met Gala red carpet Tessa Thompson has always brought really edgy, almost sexual moments in Thom Browne and Chanel. I love that Tessa isn’t afraid to take fashion risks on the red carpet, but with this years theme steering stars towards more of a timeless elegance I saw this bold Valentino red sleeveless 3D bow appliqued a-line ballgown from the Valentino Fall 2019 Beijing Haute Couture collection and thought it was perfect for Tessa to wear on this red carpet. The gown is definitely a bold statement but also extremely classic all at the same time. I feel like it would be absolutely beautiful on Tessa. I would love to see her styling the look with the runways glittered opera gloves, a dramatic Senegalese twist inspired updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of red Valentino classic tone on tone ‘Rockstud’ pointed toe pumps, and a pair of dazzling Cartier High Jewelry art deco inspired white diamond and ruby chandelier earrings to really bring the dramatic glamour to this red carpet.