2020 Met Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 9

I can’t believe that we are just 9 days into my wishes for what would have been the 2020 Met Gala. I have so many picks prepared for all of you that building these lists I get them all meshed into one. When asked by the New York Times fashion writer Vanessa Friedman Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said “Fashion is indelibly connected to time. It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times.” I am really intrigued to see how the different labels will attack this theme. I think the overall vibe of this look will evoke the classic codes set out by Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Cristobal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy, and Yves Saint Laurent. Classics with a twist on different brand codes. I think today’s wishes definitely speak to that idea, but also stay close to the codes of each individual label. The codes of the Gucci house to me are more in the prints and use of the logo, horsebit, and bamboo handles than they are actually related to cut and style of clothing. So trying to figure out what the Gucci looks for the 2020 Met Gala should look like was actually a little difficult. That being said the Gucci Fall 2020 RTW show really seemed to evoke the idea of time. The show was presented on a turntable with models being  dressed in the center and walking to the edge to present the looks as the circular stage rotated for guests. It was definitely a different staging than we are used to seeing a runway show being presented. One could get the idea that the turntable represented a clock with each of the 60 models representing a minute. The collection also seemed to span inspiration from not just decades in fashion, but also centuries. While it might not have been one of my favorite collections overall there were several looks that caught my eye. This baby pink floral embellished mini dress with a matching cape trimmed with frayed chiffon ruffles and a black leather harness and belt was one of them. Gucci shows are usually so over styled so you really have to imagine stripped back looks. I would start stripping this look by removing the hat, beige neck ruffle, top handle bag, frayed stockings, knit tube socks, and clunky boots leaving just the dress, cape, harness, and black leather gloves behind. Then I would ask Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele to lengthen the skirt of this dress to hit the floor giving a column gown silhouette. Now that you have that stripped down, customized version of this gown in your head now imagine it on Gucci darling Amandla Stenberg, who actually was front row at this show. What I love most about Amandla’s style is that she isn’t afraid to take a risk. This look isn’t what one would normally think of for a 21 year old actress, but I think that while the dress and cape would definitely skew older the infusion of the punk spirit via the leather gloves and harness I think that Amandla would rock this look on the Met Gala red carpet with great aplomb. I would finish this look with a braided updo made to look like a bouffant, a black patent leather clunky Gucci chunky heel peep toe platform sandals, and a selection Ana Khouri High Jewelry including a pair of white diamond ‘Simplicity’ earpieces and a white diamond ‘Mirian’ cuff bracelet would definitely make sure this look balances 60’s high society and punk rock vibes perfectly. Over the years Diane Kruger has delivered everything from short and sexy in Alberta Ferretti and Chanel Couture to big and dramatic in Prada and Prabal Gurung. With this years theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration” I really want to see Diane bring something super chic to the Met Gala red carpet. Now when I was thinking of people who have executed classic glamour on the red carpet in Jason Wu in the past Diane was the first person to come to mind for when she wore a mustard custom Jason Wu gown for the SAG Awards in 2010. I knew that since Diane has been a guest of Jason Wu at the Met twice before (once in Jason Wu in 2011 and again in BOSS when Jason was the creative director of the label in 2014) that the possibility of her wearing another of his confections on this red carpet was likely. Now that being said I want to see Diane really deliver avant garde glamour wearing this white and black organza Jason Wu Fall 2020 RTW gown which features allover ruffles, cap sleeves, structured hips, a tapered a-line silhouette, and a center split. The gown isn’t huge and doesn’t feature a long train, nor do I want it to be modified in anyway. As it was presented this look really did just scream DRAMA and glamour and I think that Diane would easily be able to sell this look to me on a red carpet which will undoubtedly be filled with big ball skirts and long dramatic trains especially if styled with a sleek vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, red lips, an emerald green satin Jimmy Choo ‘Leonis’ crystal clasp clutch, a pair of black suede Jimmy Choo ‘Tris’ crystal wing ankle strap peep toe sandals, and dazzling Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond and emerald teardrop earrings. Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t been on the Met Gala red carpet since she hosted the 2015 gala wearing custom Dior Couture by Raf Simons with the designer. Actually she has only ever attended two Met Gala’s in the past. Honestly the black Dior look with a veil that JLaw wore for the 2014 gala would be perfect for this red carpet. If we see Jen on this years Met Gala red carpet I would be certain that she would be wearing a Christian Dior Couture ensemble by Maria Grazia Chiuri. Now while I might have my issues with MGC she does know how to do the nipped waist a-line gowns and “New Look” suits. In fact that is what she has built her foundation on at Dior along with tacky feminist slogan t-shirts. Now my snark aside there are definitely some looks from the label I really think would be perfect for this theme. Enter this maroon to charcoal ombre hammered silk ballgown which features a bustier bodice and asymmetric thin straps from the Christian Dior Fall 2019 Couture collection would definitely be right on theme for this year’s gala really turning to that late 40’s and early 50’s vibe of the house of Christian Dior. I think that Jennifer would definitely be able to sell this look to me on the red carpet. It isn’t what I would typically pick for her. I usually go for more simplistic and sporty styles, but every once in a while a regal princess moment is great too. A sleek low bun updo, defined eyes, soft glossy pink lips, a pair of black floral Christian Dior ‘Sweet-D’ embroidered tulle slingback pointed toe pumps, and a selection of Tiffany & Co. jewels including simple white diamond and ruby stud earrings and a matching white diamond and ruby art deco inspired link tennis necklace would all make sure that this look exudes glamour from top to toe. Going into awards season I was really hoping that Margaret Qualley was going to really come into her own. I was let down over and over again. The only real moment that will not fade into the annals of my mind will be the Chanel suit she wore for the SAG Awards. She actually wore Chanel for all the major red carpets and each one was pretty boring except for that suit. For the last two years Margaret has worn white and black on the Met Gala red carpet. Well honestly either of her previous looks would work for this years red carpet, but since she is such a friend to the house of Chanel now I decided to pick one of the only looks from the Chanel Spring 2020 Couture collection for her to wear on the red carpet. In fact while overall my 2020 Met Gala wishes have seven looks from Chanel featured in it this is one of only two looks from the current couture collection I’m featuring (the other was Anna Wintour and even that was custom.) That all being said when I saw this black, silver, and white Chanel Spring 2020 Couture off the shoulder tea length gown Margaret was actually one of the first people to come to mind. I think this dress is super chic and effortless. Now many will probably guess that when I say I would want a slight modification to this look for Margaret would imagine that I would say I want to see it lengthened to the floor. That is actually not true I love the idea of a tea length gown in a sea of big floor length gowns (now that isn’t the case for most looks), but instead I would like to see the white underskirt brought all the way up to the waistline instead of being worn on the hips like it was on the runway. Now styling is also an a problem for most of Margaret’s looks. So to really make sure this look is perfection from head to toe I would love to see this gown styled with a vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of classic black satin Chanel pointed cap toe slingback pumps, and a selection of Chanel Haute Jewelry including a pair of white diamond parrot design cluster earrings and a statement white diamond tweed inspired cuff bracelet. Finishing out today is a look from one of the hot designer’s of now who’s look does abide by the codes of those classic houses I mentioned in my first paragraph. Jonathan Simkhai made is Met Gala debut last year dressing supermodel Josephine Skriver. I would love to see the designer once again create a custom look for the Met Gala dressing Shailene Woodley in a floor length version of this black faux leather asymmetric dress from his Fall 2020 RTW collection which features a relaxed fit, pleated silhouette, one-shoulder neckline, asymmetric midi hemline. Now I would love to keep the asymmetric hemline lengthening it so the longest points hit the floor, but not the whole hem. I would also love to see this gown have a dramatic train. The look does speak to classic glamour in a very modern way and I think that Shailene would definitely be able to sell this look to me on a red carpet. A sleek low bun updo, defined eyes, soft nude pink lips, a pair of black mesh paneled Christian Louboutin ‘Galativi’ suede pointed toe pumps, and Atelier Swarovski ‘Mosaic’ lab created emerald and white diamond drop earrings definitely would make this look come together perfectly to ensure Shailene has a major moment on her hands.

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