2020 Met Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 38

This year’s Met Gala theme, which coincides with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary, is an exploration of fashion’s changing nature across time. Entitled “About Time: Fashion and Duration”, the exhibition (which is what inspired the theme of the red carpet) comprises pieces from the Costume Institute’s illustrious archive, going back a century and a half.  The extravaganza that is the Met Gala is a true celebration of creative dressing and fashion as a form of applied art. With the theme set to explore fashion history and the intimate link to the notion of time I am very excited to see how stars, stylists, and designers will take the theme on. The five looks in this set of wishes might be among the simpler gowns I’ve picked for this years Met Gala red carpet, but each one would definitely be a major statement. In my Met Gala wishes I have picked several Chanel moments so far. Of the eight looks I’ve picked from Chanel for this years Met Gala red carpet only 3 were from current collections designed by creative director Virginie Viard. While I do think that Virginie has maintained Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy I feel like no one does Karl better than Karl. So for my final wish for the label I’ve dug deep into the Chanel archives to pick some of my favorite moments from the archives for stars to bring to life on this years red carpet. I’ve loved this royal blue sequined fringe sleeveless flapper gown from the Chanel Fall 2001 Couture collection for a long time. I knew I wanted to see it in these wishes and was thinking of the perfect person to wear it on the red carpet. I remembered that recently Caitriona Balfe wore a vintage Chanel gown for the Season 5 premiere of Outlander and I thought PERFECT. Caitriona has the effortless grace and elegance to really bring this royal blue moment to life on the red carpet and her stylist Karla Welch LOVES to put her clients in vintage moments. So I hope she can call up the Chanel VIP PR director and ask them to open the archives to Caitriona. This would only Caitriona’s second Met Gala red carpet and since I personally felt like her tea length Roland Mouret dress in 2016 was a bit of a throw away moment I think this would be a strong moment for her to wear for a Met Gala return. A 20’s inspired updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a 24k gold plated brass Begüm Khan x Aquazzura Pineapple’ cocktail bag, a pair of metallic blue leather Aquazzura ‘So Nude’ sling back sandals, and a pair of 18k gold set vintage Van Cleef & Arpels cabochon sapphire and white diamond cluster earrings would ensure this moment is glamour defined from head to toe.  Felicity Jones has walked the Met Gala red carpet three times in the past. Her debut was in 2013 when she was the guest of Proenza Schouler for the “Punk” themed gala. She was again back on the red carpet in 2014 for the “Charles James” themed gala giving glamour in a custom Theyskens Theory ballgown, and her last appearance was in 2017 for the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme de Garcons” themed gala where she walked the red carpet with Claire Foy as the guest of Erdem. I know that Felicity could deliver superb moments on the red carpet, but often times there is something about her looks that I just can’t behind. I would love to see her bring classic glamour to this years Met Gala red carpet wearing this antique gold Christian Dior Spring 2020 Couture pleated silk lamé a-line gown which features thin straps and a v-neckline. This gown isn’t boundary pushing, but a chic modern take on the Dior legacy and I think that Felicity would definitely be able to bring this classic moment to life on the red carpet. Making sure that the styling for this look is on point is key to making sure that Felicity delivers head to toe glamour on the Met Gala red carpet, so I would finish this look with a sleek retro updo, defined eyes, ruby red lips, a pair of black Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Lexi’ mesh toe suede cross strap ankle strap pumps, and a statement David Webb ‘Cross River’ necklace made up of cabochon emeralds and sapphires, emerald and sapphire beads, and brilliant-cut diamonds.The other vintage moment I have picked for this set of wishes is for the gorgeous Jessica Chastain. I was looking at Nina Ricci Couture archives for another project I was researching for, and saw several moments I would have loved to seen on this years Met Gala red carpet. Jessica came to mind and I narrowed down everything to this golden yellow silk charmuse column gown which features a crystal embroidered sweetheart neckline and a cape train from the Nina Ricci Fall 1990 Couture collection. First the silhouette screams Jessica, second the color on her skin and with her hair: MAGIC, and finally it doesn’t need a bag to complete it as Jessica loathes carrying a clutch on the red carpet. Honestly I think this look reminds me a little of the golden Armani Prive moment she wore for the 2013 Oscars. That is one of my favorite looks of hers ever and I feel like this moment could easily be one of her best Met Gala moments ever especially if styled with glamorous Veronica Lake waves over one shoulder, winged eyes, bold red lips, a pair of gold lizard print metallic leather pointed toe Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ pumps, and dazzling white and yellow diamond Piaget ‘Golden Oasis’ feather drop earrings. It shocks me that despite the fact that Karen Gillan is a true fashionista wearing looks from the likes of Valentino, Thom Browne, Monse, Erdem, Miu Miu, and Vera Wang that she has never been to a Met Gala before. So for her Met Gala debut I turned to the same designer who dressed Karen for the LA premiere of Avengers: Endgame with a customized Christopher Kane Fall 2020 RTW lace paneled satin sheath dress with a flared hem lengthened to hit the floor. One of the things I loved about Christopher Kane is that he occasional infuses subtle cheeky nods to sex. This look feature a lace thong detail at the neck. It isn’t trashy, but just a little nod to sex and edge. I think that Karen would definitely bring the edgy glam to this red carpet wearing this gown. I would style it with a sleek hairstyle tucked behind the ears, defined eyes, red lips, a bold fuchsia velvet Tyler Ellis ‘Lee Pouchet’ clutch, a pair of simple black leather Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen 120’ ankle strap sandals, and statement Anabela Chan ‘Ruby Sunset Starburst’ earrings featuring a dramatic starburst of laboratory-grown synthesized and simulated gemstones including 22 pear and round brilliant-cut red rubies, 10 fuchsia pink sapphires, 14 orange sapphires and 258 pavé and prong-set white diamonds. It would all make for a major sleek and sexy moment for Karen.Today’s final wish is my last menswear wish for the 2020 Met Gala red carpet. Mena Massoud made waves a year ago when he came out of nowhere to be a menswear style star. It was the Givenchy ensemble he wore for the LA premiere of Aladdin I knew he was one to keep an eye on. So I decided that he would be the perfect person to bring this black Givenchy Fall 2020 Menswear ensemble to life on the red carpet at this years Met Gala. I LOVE this black beaded double breasted coat closed with a gold safety pin detail paired with black skinny pants. To me this is the definition of modern menswear formal dressing and I think Mena would be the perfect person to bring this look to life especially if styled with the runways black patent leather boots and maybe a black mock neck shirt to just let this look ooze modern sophistication.

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