Well we have made it to my final set of wishes for the 2020 Met Gala. I have been really excited about all of these wishes, but today is extra special. When I had originally planned all of my archive fashion moments for this years Met Gala red carpets I decided that my final wish list was going to be nothing but archive runway moments I want to see on this years red carpet. I feel like archive moments are perfect to honor the theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” What better way to honor the idea of fashion enduring than bringing something that was first presented 15+ years ago and make it fresh and modern for today’s red carpet. So the five looks that close out all of my #MetGala wishes are some of my favorite.It was really just over a year ago when Cardi B wore 3 archive couture Thierry Mugler looks for the Grammy Awards that we started seeing more and more archive Mugler moments on the red carpet. At last years Met Gala it was Kim Kardashian who blessed the red carpet wearing archive Mugler. This year I thought that after Dua Lipa snatched a look right off the Mugler Fall 2020 RTW runway for the Global Awards that she would be the perfect person to bring an archive moment from the label to the Met Gala red carpet this year. I found this pearlescent white strapless ballgown from the Thierry Mugler Fall 1999 Couture collection which features a fitted pencil gown, pointed hips, and a dramatic bustle train and fell in love. I was looking for something gorgeous for Dua and this gown which to me hearkens to the hay day of the New Look, but in space seemed to click perfectly. It is the best of classic glamour mixed with the best of the Mugler aesthetic. Knowing that Dua can handle a big gown on the red carpet makes me know she would be able to shut the Met Gala red carpet down wearing this gown. A sleek bun updo, defined eyes, burgundy lips, a pair of iridescent silver Christian Louboutin ‘Spikaqueen’ PVC detail crystal embellished ankle strap pointed toe pumps, and a statement white diamond Messika High Jewelry ‘Beloved Feather’ asymmetrical collar necklace would add the perfect finishing touches to this look.I was looking at the Pierre Cardin archives because I remembered a major archive moment Naomi Campbell wore for a royal fashion event back in 2018. It made me want to dig further into the archives and pick something major this years Met Gala red carpet. I wasn’t really looking at the archive with the idea of anyone specific in mind, but just looking at moments. When I saw this brick red sequin column gown which features 3/4 length sleeve with satin bow details on the cuff I thought immediately of Julianne Moore and I knew I had found the perfect archive moment. Julianne knows how to bring structured drama to the red carpet and I feel like the color of this gown against her skin and hair would just turn me into the heart eye emoji especially if styled with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, nude lips, an antique gold Gianvito Rossi ‘Bella’ clutch, black and gold Gianvito Rossi ‘Olga’ ankle strap d’Orsay sandals, and a pair of pink gold Bulgari ‘Diva’s Dream’ white diamond detailed chandelier earrings.Kaitlyn Dever was an ambassador for sustainable fashion during Oscar weekend this year. She wore several vintage couture gowns that her stylist Karla Welch pulled from online vintage hot spot Shrimpton Couture and then a custom eco-responsible silk custom Louis Vuitton gown. Now while last year Kaitlyn tweeted “While all y’all are at the met gala, I’m at home playing #uncharted4 with pops.” I am hoping to see her on this years Met Gala red carpet and I decided to go vintage for her to wear for this red carpet as well. I saw this black silk taffeta one shoulder bustle ball gown from the Pierre Balmain by Oscar de la Renta Fall 2000 Couture collection and immediately thought of Kaitlyn. This gown is a dramatic classic, which is perfect to compliment this years theme. A sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of black Roger Vivier ‘I Love Vivier’ pointed toe pumps, and a statement Bulgari High Jewelry ‘Cinemagia’ collection necklace with rubellite, sapphire, emerald, diamonds and chalcedony in white gold would make sure that Kaitlyn’s Met Gala debut is head to toe perfection. I only picked two Michael Kors looks for this years Met Gala red carpet. The first was the customized Fall 2020 gown I picked for Hilary Swank. The second is diving into the Michael Kors archives for Naomie Harris. Over the years Naomie has worn several Michael Kors moments on various red carpets like the BAFTA Awards and a premiere of Spectre. As I was looking at archive Michael Kors collection I found this white crystal embellished halter gown from the Michael Kors Fall 2005 RTW collection. I knew it would be a gorgeous moment for Naomie to wear on this red carpet. Super elegant and glamorous. Now as presented the gown is gorgeous, but I would love to see Michael customize this archive moment for Naomie so that it has a really long dramatic train. I just want Naomie to ooze timeless glamour on the Met Gala red carpet. A sleek bun updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a silver Swarovski crystal embellished Michael Kors ‘Simone’ clutch, a pair of white Gianvito Rossi ‘Glam’ crystal embellished ankle strap sandals, and a selection of Atelier Swarovski jewels including a pair of Penelope Cruz collection ‘Lola’ double drop earrings with dazzling pear-shaped Swarovski Genuine Topaz encircled by stunning Swarovski Created Diamonds, suspended from an oval-shaped stud and a statement ‘Azure Blue’ cocktail bracelet artfully arranged in bands around two cabochon Swarovski Created Star Sapphires, 3 rows of round brilliant Swarovski Created Diamonds surround sparkling rows of Swarovski Genuine Topaz and dangling details of marquise cut laboratory created blue Spinel and pear cut Kashmir blue treated Swarovski Genuine Topaz drops, all set in 18k white gold all would ensure the look delivers dramatic timeless glamour from head to toe. And my final wish for the 2020 Met Gala wish I dug into the glamorous Ralph Lauren archives. Like Michael Kors I picked two looks from Ralph Lauren for the Met Gala. Ralph didn’t get to present his Fall 2020 collection because of the COVID-19 crisis, but with an illustrious archive full of glam gowns I was able to make sure he was included. I saw this halter neck white silk charmuse halter gown from the Ralph Lauren Fall 2005 RTW collection (apparently a good season for white gowns) and knew that it was the perfect gown for the Met Gala. Now I went through many options of stars to wear it on the red carpet, but as soon as I thought of this gown on Olivia Munn I knew it was the perfect fit. The gown on Olivia would definite ooze sophisticated, sensual elegance. Styling the gown with old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, nude pink lips, a white croc embossed satin Tyler Ellis ‘Lily’ clutch, a pair of white Casadei ‘Blade’ ankle strap stiletto sandals, and statement Lorraine Schwartz jewels including a pair of paraiba tourmaline and white diamond teardrop pendant earrings and a matching statement paraiba tourmaline cocktail ring would add the perfect finishing touches to this look for Olivia.
We have been through so many wish lists for this years Met Gala. I don’t know if or when this years event will take place, but I have enjoyed escaping from the reality going on around us and into this fantastical world of high fashion. Between today and tomorrows wishes I have some of my most fantastical wishes yet. I am closing out these wishes with a bunch of looks mostly pulled from or inspired by designer archives. So let’s get into today’s wishes shall we? She’s no stranger to making a statement on the red carpet, but the Met Gala is one red carpet Angelina Jolie has never set foot on. Some of her previous red carpet moments could easily fit into this years exhibition and I really do think that if anyone could being the dramatic timeless glam to the Met Gala red carpet it would be Angelina. I went back to the Ralph & Russo runway debut Spring 2014 Couture and this gorgeous white gown which features a strapless neckline with a sheath silhouette, a side bustle detail which turns into a dramatic train, and black draped detail and intricate beading would be a major regal glam moment for Angie to bring to life on the red carpet at the 2020 Met Gala red carpet. This gown is perfect for this years theme and I really do believe that Angie is the perfect person to bring this gown out of the archive. A sleek updo, thick defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of white Christian Louboutin ‘Round and Square’ pointed toe asymmetrical strap patent leather pumps, and a selection of jewels from Graff including dazzling drop earrings made of 26.18 carats of diamonds and a 79.07 carat total weight cuff bracelet that features a very special 33.40 carat emerald cut diamond which forms a striking centerpiece among artfully arranged pear shape, marquise and round diamonds would definitely make this look regal perfection head to toe. Only two of the wishes in my last couple are from recent collections. This wish for the gorgeous Emilia Clarke is one of them. We’ve see the former Game of Thrones star walk the famous Met steps twice before. The first time was in 2013 wearing custom Alexander McQueen and then again in 2018 wearing Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda. Both gowns had very similar strapless cape train silhouettes. Neither was a favorite. So for this years red carpet I decided to turn to British designer Roland Mouret for Emilia. I changed my mind at the last minute from an archive ball gown from the designers Fall 2005 RTW collection to customizing a gown from the Roland Mouret Spring 2021 Bridal collection that was just presented. Roland Mouret attends the gala from time to time usually dressing one muse for the red carpet and I feel like Emilia is the perfect person to bring the designer’s vision of glamour to life this year. I love how chic this draped sequin one shoulder column gown which features a side split is, but white isn’t the color I would like to see Emilia wearing on this years Met Gala red carpet. Instead I would like to see Roland Mouret custom make this gown in royal blue sequins adding a bit of a train to really deliver modern glamour on this red carpet. It would be brought together perfectly with a loose curly updo, navy smokey eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of electric blue Jimmy Choo ‘Lovella’ strappy platform ankle strap sandals, and simple yet dazzling white diamond and sapphire David Morris drop earrings. The other more recent gown I picked for the last of my Met Gala wishes is a beautiful Vera Wang gown from the labels Fall 2020 Bridal collection. I was also picking another archive look from Vera Wang for Hailee Steinfeld, but I was looking at it and it reminded me too much of the Prabal Gurung gown she wore for the Met two years ago. So I swapped it for the silk charmuse asymmetric bias gown which features crisscrossing back straps and a single cowl draped sleeve. This gown is the perfect meshing of 1930’s and 1990’s glamour and I really do believe that Hailee would rock it perfectly on this red carpet. Now I would customize this look just a little bit creating it in silver with black back straps and sleeve. It would really make sure that Hailee oozes glamour. Finishing the look with a sleek retro updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, silver glitter Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen 120’ ankle strap stiletto sandals, and a pair of dazzling white diamond Lorraine Schwartz floral chandelier earrings would make sure that is exactly what happens. Kendall Jenner had one of my favorite looks on the red carpet at last years Met Gala with her dramatic orange feathered Atelier Versace gown. It was the first time I feel like Kendall has really nailed the theme of the gala. For this year’s red carpet I decided to dig into the Alaia archives. Her sister Kim Kardashian has been loving vintage for a while now, and I thought why not let Kendall get in on it by pulling this asymmetrical two piece ensemble from the Azzedine Alaia Fall 2001 RTW collection which features a mid rise asymmetrical top and a dramatic mermaid skirt with a train. The look definitely fits this years theme perfectly while staying true to the Alaia codes. I think that Kendall would deliver effortless glamour on the Met Gala red carpet wearing this ensemble with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of black Alaia mesh-trimmed suede platform sandals, and a selection of major dazzling Yeprem jewels including ‘Inside Out’ white diamond spiral wreath earrings & a white diamond and sapphire ‘Reign Supreme’ hand bracelet. The last look today is for a custom gown inspired by the Prada archives. I felt like the one Prada gown I picked for Saweetie to wear for the Met Gala wasn’t enough. So I was looking at old Prada collections to find the perfect inspiration for looks perfect for the Met Gala red carpet. I found this cream and gold bead embroidered 20’s inspired cocktail dress on the Prada Spring 2006 RTW runway and immediately thought of how it would be such a superb glamorous moment customized into a floor length gown with a sweeping train. It immediately made me think of Rachel Brosnahan who has rocked a good Prada look on the red carpet before and was seated front row at the Prada Fall 2020 RTW presentation. Rachel doesn’t do a whole lot of period inspired looks on the red carpet. I would imagine that spending as much time in her Mrs. Maisel wardrobe would do that, but I feel like this flapper glam moment would be absolutely beautiful on her. A loose romantic updo, smokey eyes, dark antique rose pink lips, a gold sequin Prada crystal clasp box clutch, a pair of gold satin and metal stud embellished Prada ankle strap sandals, and a selection of Tiffany & Co. jewels including archives-inspired scroll drop earrings with aquamarines, emeralds, and sage green enamel in 18 karat yellow gold and a statement ‘Schlumberger Fleurage Stitches’ cuff bracelet in platinum and 18k gold with a center round brilliant diamond of over three carats and round brilliant diamonds would definitely make this one major glam moment for Rachel to bring to life on the Met steps.
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.
Often referred to as the Oscars of the fashion world or the Super Bowl of fashion, the Met Gala, now entering its 72nd year, has become one of the most wonderful (and Instagrammable) events on the fashion calendar. The annual event was established in 1948 by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert as a fundraiser for the museum’s newly founded Costume Institute, and to mark the opening of its annual blockbuster exhibition. The strictly invite-only affair is an opportunity for famous faces (and the designers who dress them) to go all-out on the red carpet with the designated theme. As you might know by now the theme this years is “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” We do not know when the Met Gala may happen, the museum is currently looking at opening the exhibition in October, but I decided to dedicate these wishes to the idea of fantasy and having some fun escapism during these crazy times. I hope that over the last 36 days that you as a reader have enjoyed escaping with me. After today I just have three more sets of wishes for the Met Gala red carpet, but then I plan to dedicate May to an idea of what could have happened if the Cannes Film Festival was still happening, so please keep coming back and escaping with me daily.Last year Oscar de la Renta dressed three stars for the Met Gala red carpet. Regina King (after dressing her for her Oscar win), supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Celine Dion. I followed that same pattern of a musician, a model, and an actress with my wishes for this years wishes. We’ve already seen my wishes for Jennifer Lopez and Lily Aldridge, so lets get into my third (and final) Oscar de la Renta wish for the beautiful Dakota Fanning. I always want to love what Dakota is wearing on the red carpet, but often time I am one step from that. I want everything to fall into place for Dakota on this years Met Gala red carpet, if she attends, wearing this super glamorous red silk satin strapless Oscar de la Renta Fall 2020 RTW gown which features a fitted bodice, drop waist, and an asymmetric high low bubble hem. This glamorous moment reminds me of a modern Audrey Hepburn moment which is exactly what I think this red carpet needs. Now the styling for this look is integral to make sure it delivers nothing but glamour from head to toe so I would love to see Dakota style this gown with a sleek retro updo, defined eyes, pink lips, a pair of red crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pointed toe pumps, and a simple yet glamorous vintage white diamond and ruby Bulgari tennis necklace. Elle Fanning always looks super glamorous on the Met Gala red carpet, except for last year where she wore a Miu Miu 60’s inspired fun pants ensemble before she jetted off to be a juror at the Cannes Film Festival where she brought the glamour. Well this year I went back to her princess vibes again, but honoring the theme perfectly by digging into the Givenchy archives and finding this gorgeous pink and lavender floral embroidered strapless ball gown from the Givenchy by Alexander McQueen Spring 1998 Couture collection. I wasn’t even looking at Givenchy archives for this red carpet because I don’t think that LVMH would open them for stars to pull out of for the red carpet, but if they did then this moment would easily be one of the best red carpet moments Elle has ever had. A sleek retro glam updo, defined eyes, bold pink lips, a pair of champagne gold glitter Sophia Webster ‘Coco’ crystal heel pointed toe pumps, and dazzling opal Chopard Green Carpet collection drop earrings originally worn by Cate Blanchett at the 2014 Academy Awards would definitely make sure that this look delivers princess glamour on the Met Gala red carpet perfectly. Creating couple wishes for the red carpet is always interesting. In my Met Gala wishes so far I have picked looks for six couples. Those wishes ran the gambit. Some were matching patterns. Some were matching looks from the same designer, and complimentary looks from different designers. My final couples wishes is for the always glamorous and complimentary Chrissy Teigan & John Legend. These two know good fashion and always are super glam when they step out on the red carpet either together or solo. I wanted to make sure that the looks I’ve picked for each of them holds attention on its own, but then comes together as a superb complementary moment. For Chrissy I went for a MAJOR color moment from an unexpected designer. We have only seen Georges Chakra on the Met Gala twice in the past. The first time was Rihanna’s Met Gala debut in 2007 and the second was on Katherine McPhee in 2018. The Lebanese couturier’s collections can have a big taste level issue, but he definitely has hero gowns. The hero gown from the Georges Chakra Spring 2020 Couture collection was this florescent pink asymmetrical off the shoulder tuck draped ball gown with a sexy split. The gown gives me Charles James meets Marie Antoinette meets 1980’s drama and definitely needs someone with presence to bring this look to life on the red carpet. I think Chrissy has the fun presence to really bring this look to life on the red carpet. The gown itself is such a statement on it’s own that the styling really needs to compliment and not fight the gown. So I would add a sleek side parted beehive style updo, smokey eyes, dark rose pink lips, a florescent pink crystal embellished Judith Leiber Couture ‘Smooth Rectangle’ clutch, hot pink Jimmy Choo ‘Katie’ crystal embellished strappy bow detailed ankle strap sandals, and a pair of dazzling white diamond Gismondi 1754 ‘Cascata’ delicate chandelier earrings to make this look perfection from head to toe. Now I picked Chrissy’s gown to compliment this MAJOR menswear moment for John Legend. I knew I wanted to incorporate this dazzling Versace Fall 2020 Menswear tuxedo which features a Swarovski crystal zebra print. The look is an edgy yet glamorous twist on the classic tuxedo and I feel like if tailored perfectly that it would be perfect for John. Now while People’s Sexiest Man Alive might want to wear the tuxedo shirtless like it was presented on the runway I would much rather him go classic with a white tuxedo button down, a black bow tie, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Alpha Male’ glittered oxford style loafers to bring this look together perfectly. It would definitely make for a major couples moment on the Met Gala red carpet. Saint Laurent usually has a whole bevy of beauties on the red carpet at the Met Gala. Last year’s YSL crew included Rami Malek, Zoe Kravitz, Shawn Mendes, Amber Valletta, Demi Moore, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Charlotte Casiraghi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Anja Rubik. Literally everyone from models to movie stars to royalty. I’ve already picked three other Saint Laurent looks for this year’s Met Gala red carpet for Dakota Johnson, Miley Cyrus, and Zoe Kravitz. My final wish for the label to bring to this years Met Gala is the incomparable Laura Dern. I have to say I was super disappointed in all her looks this awards season as she won over and over again for her performance in Marriage Story. I think that seeing Laura on this red carpet wearing a custom gown version of this red latex Saint Laurent Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve wrap style dress which features a plunging neckline and a bunched detail on the hip. I saw this gown come down the runway I immediately thought of Laura. It is classic moment done in a fashion forward manner and I believe that is exactly what Laura needs to once again be a style star in my good graces. A sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of red metallic leather ankle strap Saint Laurent ‘Reflective Finish’ sandals, and a dazzling vintage art deco white diamond and ruby Cartier necklace would all make this look the perfect balance of classic and modern glamour. Solange Knowles 2018 Met Gala dress made my Iris Van Herpen is one of the 160 looks that will be featured in this years exhibition. So I knew I had to feature her in my wishes. Solange has always been a favorite of mine to see on the red carpet. She knows how to push the boundaries. She brings perfect meshing of edge, bohemian, and glamour when she steps out. I was thinking about this black leather Ellery asymmetrical high low dress from the brands Fall 2020 RTW collection and it just made sense for this years red carpet. It is that perfect balance of a classic glamour moment modern edge. I was trying to think of the perfect person to bring this look to life on this years red carpet and having the hardest time, but when I saw Solange’s gown on the banner for the exhibition I knew it was the perfect match. I would go full edgy, bohemian glam with this look for Solange with a natural curly updo, smokey eyes, bold matte red lips, black satin opera gloves, a pair of black Midnight 00 draped strap satin pointed toe pumps, and statement metallic blue painted titanium Emmanuel Tarpin aquamarine and white diamond detailed orchid leaf earrings to make this look absolutely major from head toe toe.
With this year’s annual Met Gala postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are mourning what is typically one of the most glamorous red carpet events of the year. The star-studded affair was supposed to be held on May 4 this year and in the past, it has produced some iconic red carpet looks. With this years theme being “About Time: Fashion and Duration” I am praying that we see major glam moments on this years red carpet, if and when it happens. The looks in today’s wishes are a mix of super glam looks off the recent couture runways, and archive moments for stars who have had major moments in the labels on red carpets over the years. I think this is the perfect way to honor this years theme. Chloe x Halle have never been to a Met Gala before, but with Halle Bailey taking the move to the big screen as Ariel in the live action re-make of The Little Mermaid. The sister duo was discovered and cultivated by none other than Met Gala red carpet queen Beyonce and if their Grammy nominations and Halle’s Disney seal of approval aren’t already enough to earn them an invitation Beyonce should be. Now these two sisters have rocked red carpets in complimentary ensembles from some of the most coveted labels including Versace, Iris Van Herpen, Jonathan Simkhai, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs. For this years red carpet I wanted to see Georges Hobeika have his first Met Gala moment, and I was looking at these black off the shoulder gowns from his Spring 2020 Couture collection wondering who could bring one of them to life on this red carpet, and well then I thought of how great they look together and how Chloe & Halle would shut the red carpet down in these gowns. Why only give Hobeika one major moment when I could give him two? So for Chloe Bailey, the taller of the two sisters, I went with the more 80’s look here with the gown that features the dramatic ruffles on the shoulder and down the side with a sexy split and more of an Audrey Hepburn moment for Halle Bailey with the satin bow detailed beaded gown. Each one on its own is gorgeous, but I know these two ladies would really make these looks come to life. Styling both with complimentary braided updo’s, smokey eyes, bold red lips would be perfect. The shoes and the jewelry for each look are not matching though as the styling needs to compliment each dress specifically while still being complimentary to the other look as well. For Halle’s ruffled gown I picked a pair of black patent leather Christian Louboutin ‘Impera’ laser cut strappy pointed toe pumps, Gismondi 1754 white diamond and emerald waterfall drop earrings, and an infinity sign inspired Gismondi 1754 white diamond and emerald ring while for Chloe’s beaded gown I would add a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Spikaqueen’ pointed toe PVC ankle strap pumps, statement Gismondi 1754 ‘Rugiada’ earrings with emeralds and diamonds, and a matching ‘Cascata‘ cocktail ring to make sure these ladies are styled perfectly for their first Met Gala red carpet. Dita Von Teese has worn Elie Saab Couture creations for years. He had dressed her in costumes for her to take off during her burlesque performances, the Life Ball, and the Cannes Film Festival over the years just to name a few. I was thinking of this dramatic 60’s hostess inspired champagne feather trimmed gown from the Elie Saab Spring 2015 Couture collection and how as a fashion moment it really would deliver the high fashion glamour to this years Met Gala red carpet. Now Elie Saab doesn’t dress too many stars on the red carpet at the Met Gala, but if anyone could bring his creations to life on this years red carpet it would be Dita. I know that she would definitely sell this look as the perfect retro glam moment with her signature waves, thick cat winged eyes, bold red lips, a champagne glitter Christian Louboutin ‘Palmette’ clutch, a pair of nude Christian Louboutin ‘Follies Strass’ pointed toe pumps, and pair of white and yellow diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection drop earrings. Arguably one of the most iconic Oscar fashion moments ever was 2001 when Julia Roberts wore a then vintage black and white Valentino Couture gown to accept her Oscar for Erin Brockovich. So as I was looking through archives I thought what better time to have her pull out another vintage Valentino moment than this years Met Gala? Now Julia hasn’t attended a Met Gala since 2008 when she co-chaired the “Superheros: Fashion and Fantasy” themed gala with Giorgio Armani and George Clooney, but I think that since her iconic Oscar gown would fit in this years exhibition perfected (and it definite should be called in) and vintage a great way to express this years theme, while also being perfectly on trend with sustainability, that Julia would be the perfect date for Mr. Valentino himself to bring to this years gala wearing this fabulous moment from the Valentino Fall 1990 Couture collection. The one shoulder pleated bodice silk deep teal gown with a beaded tassel detail on the hip is super chic and easy to get around the room in, but walking the red carpet wearing the midnight blue taffeta opera coat worn more like a shawl in the crook of the elbows creating a glamorous train effect would add the drama needed for the red carpet. This look is definitely one that can and has endured the test of time. I could see many designers sending a look like this down the runway right now. It is the enduring legacy of Valentino. To make sure this look is perfection from head to toe I would have Julia style the gown with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, deep ruby red lips, a pair of black Gianvito Rossi ‘Martina’ peep toe slingback sandals, and dazzling Van Cleef & Arpels white diamond cluster leaf earrings. I couldn’t talk about the enduring legacy of fashion without including the iconic pairing of Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna. The two’s style history is so intertwined that they might as well be one story. So of course I had to dig into the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture archives for a major moment for Madge to wear on the Met Gala red carpet. While it would be expected for me to pick a bustier gown from the Gaultier archives for Madonna, but with the idea of timeless glamour as the central idea for stars to be inspired by I thought that picking this white ruffled tulle gown from the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2000 Couture collection which features a halter neck, asymmetrical off the shoulder sleeves, mother of pearl armor like detail down the skirt, and a dramatic ruffled train this would be a super chic moment. Personally I have always loved when Madonna gives that 40’s glamour vibe she is at her best. I really want her to ooze that classic glamour styling this glamorous gown with a victory roll updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, an iridescent crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud/XL’ clutch, a pair of ivory Jimmy Choo ‘Emsy’ chevron-embossed patent leather sandals, and sparkle in the ears via a pair of Retro diamond earrings of scrolled design with tassel pendants, in platinum, 4.80 ct. round brilliant cut, single cut, and baguette cut diamonds from Kentshire to really brig the glamour to the Met Gala red carpet. There were several devotees to Clare Waight Keller on the red carpet, but none of them were as successful as Rosamund Pike. I never not liked seeing Rosamund on the red carpet wearing a Givenchy Couture creation by Clare Waight Keller and why not make it one for the road? While I am disappointed that Clare and Givenchy have parted ways I am hoping that several of the glamorous ensembles she sent down the Spring 2020 Couture runway. This black column gown which features a crystal embellished net bow cape, a corseted bustier, belted waist, and a velvet skirt is the definition of modern timeless glamour and I feel like Rosamund would definitely make it the statuesque picture of glamour on the Met Gala red carpet especially if styled with a sleek low bun updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, black crystal embellished patent leather and suede Jimmy Choo ‘Katie 120’ bow detailed strappy sandals, and a selection of dazzling vintage Cartier jewels including white diamond paisley cluster earrings and a white diamond art deco cuff bracelet.
We are almost to the end of my 2020 Met Gala wishes. These are all the ones that you heard me talk about adding up unto this point. I was adding looks, stars, and archive moments that I just knew needed to be included in this years wishes that I didn’t get involved early enough. These wishes are superb. I am just holding my breath hoping that they will be brought to life. I was working on another project when I found this butter yellow Vivienne Westwood Spring 2005 RTW draped high low off the shoulder corseted ballgown. I was obsessed with it immediately. I was lacking a good Vivienne Westwood moment for my Met Gala wishes and this was it. It speaks to the enduring legacy of the Vivienne Westwood. I was thinking of one of these gowns for Camila Morrone and this one was the perfect one. It would be a huge improvement over her nude crumpled Elie Saab disaster she wore for her Met Gala debut last year. This look oozes sophistication and that signature brand of Vivienne Westwood glamour. A sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, and pair of bright yellow satin Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ pointed toe pumps, and a selection of dazzling Samer Halimeh New York jewels including a statement white and yellow diamond choker necklace and a matching cocktail ring would all ensure this look is perfection from head to toe. Aside from the customized Celine gown I hadn’t picked any other looks from the label for the Met Gala red carpet. I was actually SHOCKED that last year after several red carpet moments over the course of awards season that Heidi Slimane didn’t dress a single soul for the Met Gala red carpet. He sent several gowns down the runway for his Celine Fall 2020 RTW collection. This black liquid sequin sheath dress which features a ruffled neckline is gorgeous and definitely on theme for this years Met Gala red carpet. I was raking my brain for the perfect person to wear this gown on this red carpet and Jennifer Aniston came to mind. Now Jennifer has never attended a Met Gala in the past and she isn’t the most exciting person, but I do think that this gown is something she would definitely be drawn to. I am usually not a fan of the way Jennifer styles her ensembles. She doesn’t usually put a lot of effort into her looks. I would love to see her put the effort into her look for her Met Gala debut styling this look with a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black Gianvito Rossi peep toe slingback pumps, and vintage art deco scalloped white diamond cluster stud earrings from Fred Leighton.A star I knew I needed to see on the Met Gala red carpet this year is Lady Gaga. After her 4 wardrobe changes on the steps last year when she was the co-host of the gala I want to see Gala deliver superb glamour on the red carpet. She delivered many timeless dramatic glamour moments on the red carpet over the course of the A Star Is Born promo tour and the subsequent awards season leading to her Oscar win. It makes me pray to the gods of fashion that we will see her on this years Met Gala red carpet. I went on a search for the perfect gown for her to bring to life on this years red carpet. I would love to see Gaga bring this red Mary Katrantzou Spring 2020 RTW ‘Love’ gown which features a hand draped taffeta bodice and a floor length skirt in duchess satin. I know that this gown needs someone with presence for it to be perfection and Gaga has presence in endless abound. Styling this look with a 40’s inspired rolled updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of red crystal embellished Rene Caovilla ‘Celebrita’ ankle strap platform sandals, and a statement Tiffany & Co. collar necklace designed by Paloma Picasso for the 1985 Blue Book, made of rare and colorful gemstones was acquired in honor of the 35th anniversary of Paloma’s collaboration with Tiffany & Co. would make for an absolutely major moment for Gaga to deliver on the Met Gala red carpet. As I was looking at runway looks that I really wanted to see on this years Met Gala red carpet I kept looking at this black and ice white Givenchy Fall 2018 Couture gown which features structured high neck, short sleeve crop top with a sash train layered over a silk column gown. This gown was Clare Waight Keller’s tribute to the late Hubert de Givenchy and was inspired by one of the creations he made for her costumes in the film Funny Face. I wasn’t sure who should wear it. I knew it needed to be someone with height. Then Nicole Kidman popped into my head. She has the height, grace and elegance to truly bring this look to life on this red carpet. Styling this look with a retro updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of silver crystal embellished black satin Sergio Rossi cross strap peep toe sandals, and a selection of vintage jewels from Fred Leighton including a pair of white diamond and pearl tear drop pendant earrings, a selection of delicate white diamond and sapphire art deco bracelets, and two early 20th century art deco Burmese sapphire and white diamond rings would make sure this retro glam look delivers regal perfection.Rounding out this list is the always beautiful Taylor Swift. The songstress has always been one to deliver chic moments on the red carpet. She has worn super glamorous gowns from J. Mendel, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, and Badgley Mishka as well as an edgy Louis Vuitton cocktail dress in past years. I decided to dig into the archives of one of my favorite, yet underrated design houses Viktor & Rolf for the perfect gown for Taylor to wear on this red carpet. This strapless ballgown which features a black and pink beaded corset bodice and a tulle skirt angular cut hailed from one of my favorite Viktor & Rolf collections, Spring 2010 RTW. The edgy cut tulle designs were rocked at the time by Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, & Anna Paquin. When this gown was first presented Taylor was in her fledgling country princess days, so it never would have even been an option for her. Given her style transformations over the years from princess to sex pot to lady I feel like now is the perfect time for Taylor to pull this glamorous, yet inherently edgy, moment out of the Viktor & Rolf archive and give it the red carpet moment it deserves. Taylor would infuse a sense of classic glamour into this moment. It would definitely be a perfect interpretation of the theme of this years Met Gala “About Time: Fashion and Duration” especially when styled with a loose romantic updo, thick winged cat eyes, punchy pink lips, a pair of rose gold glitter and crystal Christian Louboutin ‘Degrastrass’ pointed toe pumps, and a dazzling Gismondi 1754 white diamond teardrop wreath necklace.
Today’s set of Met Gala wishes definitely is a gambit of different styles. You will find everything from cocktail to couture. Its one of the things I love about this years Met Gala red carpet. There are so many possibilities of what we could see on this red carpet. How the theme is interpreted is really endless. There are very few rules about what we will see on this red carpet and these wishes will show you exactly that. On the Marc Jacobs Fall 2020 RTW runway there were so many moments that as they came down I said would make for a perfect Met Gala fashion moment. I have already picked looks for Uma Thurman, Cynthia Erivo, Beanie Feldstein, & Sofia Coppola to wear from this collection. My final wish to see this collection on the Met Gala red carpet is for Annabelle Wallis to wear this sleeveless silver metallic lace gown which features a Babydoll silhouette, square neck, train detailed superb 60’s fashion moment. I saw this gown come down the runway knew it was a perfect moment for this years Met Gala red carpet. It would be a super chic glamorous moment and I feel like Annabelle would definitely make it a beautiful effortless glamour moment. Styled with a sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of simple yet chic silver metallic leather Aquazzura ‘First Kiss’ strappy sandals, and a statement Tiffany & Co. pendant necklace in platinum with a cushion-cut green tourmaline of over 34 carats and round brilliant diamonds I know this look would make sure Annabelle brings the glamour to this red carpet. Ralph Lauren always dresses some super glamorous women on this red carpet, but in light of the COVID-19 crisis he cancelled his fall show. So I went on a hunt in the brands archives to find the perfect looks for stars to wear on this years red carpet. I remembered this gold liquid fabric one shoulder fit for flare gown from the Ralph Lauren Fall 2016 RTW collection. It was from Ralph’s last season ahead of his transition to see now buy now. I loved this gown, but after Kate Winslet wore a custom Ralph Lauren gown in the same fabric in black for the Oscar that year it kind of got sent to the archives. It is time for this gown to come out of the archives for this years Met Gala red carpet. This look screams modern timeless glamour and I feel like it is a perfect look for Emma Roberts to bring to life on this years red carpet. She would ooze modern sophistication wearing this gown with a sleek updo, defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, a black and gold Judith Leiber Couture ‘Midnight Strikes’ clock inspired minaudiere (another nod to this years theme,) a pair of gold Casadei ‘Julia Lana’ rock crystal embellished ankle strap sandals, and even more sparkle via a pair of Sutra ‘Tassel’ collection champagne diamond drop earrings. Kiersey Clemons has delivered super chic edgy moments on the red carpet. Last year she was seated front row at the Miu Miu Spring 2020 RTW collection presentation. I was starting to think about who should wear the label on this years Met Gala red carpets, but instead of going with any of the celebrities who walked the runway for the Fall 2020 RTW show I decided that Kiersey was the perfect person to wear this black and red taffeta mini dress from that collection which features puffy sleeves, an embellished yoke, sash waist, and a bubble hem. While this is not the most obvious option for the Met Gala red carpet it is definitely super fun and a moment that hearkens back to the decadence of the 1980’s. This would definitely be one of the super fun moments of the night. A short teased afro, smokey eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of black satin Miu Miu crystal embellished platform sandals, and statement Vanleles ‘Enchanted Garden’ titanium ruby and white diamond flower cuff earrings would definitely ensure that Kiersey shuts down her first ever Met Gala red carpet. It was on the Met Gala red carpet the first Monday last may that I first learned who Lizzo was when she was the guest of Marc Jacobs. It wasn’t until a couple of red carpets later that I really started to take notice of who she really was though. Since then she has really become a major fashionista rocking looks from Atelier Versace, Mary Katrantzou, and more on the red carpet. For this years Met Gala red carpet I decided to go for the full dazzle with this silver and rose gold Givenchy Spring 2020 Couture tinsel fringe caped tiered gown. I would love to see this happen. I knew I wanted to make sure I featured Lizzo in these wishes, so I went on a hunt for the perfect gown for her to bring to life. I feel like she would OWN this look twirling and shimmying her way up the Met steps. This dazzling moment with a 60’s inspired beehive updo, smokey eyes, burgundy glossy lips, a silver Judith Leiber Couture ‘Diamond Flawless’ minaudiere, silver metallic leather Givenchy ‘Mignon’ strappy t-strap sandals, and a pair of simple white diamond Kwiat ‘Splendor’ double drop earrings would be an absolutely amazing moment for Lizzo to bring to life. For my final wish for today I once again dove into designer archives. There are certain designers I expect to see on the Met Gala red carpet. Thom Browne is one of them. When I wasn’t exactly feeling any of the looks from his Fall 2020 RTW collection I started a deep dive into his previous collections. I found this gold sequin cap sleeve pajama top meets flapper gown from the Thom Browne Fall 2014 RTW collection and it spoke to me. It definitely spoke to the theme for me and I thought it would be the perfect look for him to pull out of the archive for stars to option for this years red carpet. It was almost as quickly as I found this gown that I imagined Rose Byrne wearing it. She has the effortless glamour to bring this look to life perfectly. I would go full flapper with the glam styling this look with a 20’s inspired updo, smokey eyes, soft pink lips, a gold Swarovski crystal embellished Tyler Ellis ‘Perry’ clutch, a pair of gold Nicholas Kirkwood ‘S Specchio’ slingback sandals, and a selection of antique jewelry from Kentshire including a pair of repoussé gold day-to-night earrings from 1820 with floating garnet-set steel panels and gold kite-shaped appliqués, in 18k, a gold cuff bracelet from 1870 with three lozenge-shaped insets and wirework edging, in 15k. gold, and a bit of sparkle for the wrist via a diamond half-hoop bracelet from 1880.
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.
Each of the looks in my set of wishes for this years Met Gala feature looks that I think fit this years theme perfectly, especially for each of the wearers. Some of them might be a little surprising, but I let the looks pick the star for this red carpet. I spend so much time looking at collections trying to find looks for specific people that when I pick my Met Gala wishes I always go to the looks first. I wanted to make sure I found looks I feel fit the theme of the gala. This year the theme is “About Time: Fashion and Duration” so I wanted to make sure that I went for the glam factor for all of my looks for this years red carpet.Given the recent news that Clare Waight Keller’s contract as the creative director of Givenchy was not renewed and she would be leaving the house effective immediately I mourned. I wasn’t sure what Givenchy under Clare was going to look like. She went above and beyond my expectations. She consistently delivered some of my favorite collections season after season. She will be missed. I am hoping that come time for this years Met Gala that Givenchy still sends out her creations for stars to wear on the red carpet. Now seeing that I have picked Charlize Theron to wear this strapless ballgown which features a white textured silk bustier and a high waist bell skirt with a dramatic train might be a little surprise. Charlize has never worn another designer except Dior on the Met Gala red carpet, but since Givenchy (like Dior) is in the LVMH family I thought it worked. Charlize has worn several Givenchy looks on the red carpet since Clare took over the house and they have all been night change of pace from all of the Dior looks. I feel that while Charlize hasn’t been the big princess gown chick on the red carpet, that she would make this an iconic glam moment on this years Met Gala red carpet. Styling this look with a sleek retro updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a silver Christian Dior ‘Diorama’ clutch (so that Dior is represented in the look,) a pair of black lace Christian Louboutin ‘Follies Dentelle’ pointed toe pumps, and a selection of gorgeous Tiffany & Co. jewels including vintage white diamond and emerald stud earrings, a tennis style necklace in platinum with esteemed emerald-cut emeralds and Lucida diamonds, and a statement vintage art deco white diamond and emerald bracelet would definitely make this look the definition of glamour from head to toe. Over the course of these wishes thus far I have picked Louis Vuitton looks for Emma Stone, Alicia Vikander, Diplo, Jharrel Jerome, Sophie Turner, Michael B. Jordan, & Cody Fern. My final wish goes to Lupita Nyong’o who wore custom Louis Vuitton for the SAG Awards earlier this year and was also front row at the brands time themed Fall 2020 RTW fashion show. Having been one to surprisingly never hit the mark for me on the Met Gala red carpet I thought Lupita would be the perfect person to ask Nicholas Ghesquiere to create her a custom gown out the gold and silver beaded water print that was shown on a pencil dress from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2020 RTW collection. I am always trying to find codes from the collections that could be used to make some killer red carpet gowns and this pattern is definitely ready to rock a red carpet. Now the signature bustier column dress is what I would expect Nicholas to do with this beading, but I would wonder what more he could do. What if he took the gold metallic leather ruffles that detailed another skirt from this collection and created an a-line tiered bustle with a dramatic train for Lupita? The silhouette is definitely not something we would expect to see from Louis Vuitton as Nicholas tends to go for much simpler shapes and not a lot of drama, but I think that would definitely be a really cool moment for Lupita to wear on the Met Gala red carpet. Letting the gown be the statement with shaved hairstyle, smokey eyes, dark ruby red glossy lips, a pair of black Louis Vuitton ‘Call Back’ sandals and a chic Nikos Koulis ‘Feelings’ collection yellow gold chain necklace with white diamonds would ensure this is Lupita’s best Met Gala fashion moment ever. When I talk about gowns picking the wearer that was evident when I picked Normani to wear this black sheer Mugler Fall 2020 RTW gown which features gloved sleeves, a high neck, and a mini dress lining. We have never seen Normani walk the Met Gala red carpet. In fact she hasn’t really had a big fashion moment aside of wearing a Versace ‘Jungle Print’ suit for the Billboard Women in Music Awards last December. That being said she is working with Kollin Carter, the stylist behind Cardi B, so if anyone can help facilitate a major Mugler moment on the red carpet it would be him. This look is super sexy and modern, but fits the idea of ‘timeless glamour’ in the Mugler way. Normani would definitely ooze sexual sophistication wearing this gown on the red carpet, but a modified version with a really long dramatic train and styled with a sleek super high ponytail, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Impera’ laser cut patent leather strappy pointed toe pumps, and statement Lorraine Schwartz 100 carat Colombian emerald and white diamond teardrop pendant earrings. She would definitely make a statement for her first Met Gala.Following Normani is her “Dancing With A Stranger” hit maker Sam Smith. Also like Normani Sam has never been to a Met Gala before, maybe they could come together? Honestly the fact that Anna didn’t invite Sam to last years “Camp” themed Met is a bit of a travesty. I was looking at this raspberry pink velvet Palomo Spain double breasted suit which features pearl fringe hanging from the breast pocket paired with a sheer scroll print white lace button down which features a high collar and scalloped cuffs with tie details that dangle as well and trying to pick the perfect person to wear it. I feel like Sam in his queer fabulosity would definitely be able to make this high fashion moody homosexual vampire moment really come to life on the red carpet at the Met Gala. Now honestly I joked about Sam and Normani attending the gala together, but this could be a very complimentary look to that Mugler. I would keep the styling the same as the runway except I would ditch the gloves and swap the shoes for a pair of black and silver striped Saint Laurent ‘Jonas’ laced pointed toe ankle boots to make a perfect Met Gala debut moment for Sam.The last wish for today is for the one Marchesa gown I have picked for this years red carpet. Since the whole Weinstein scandal broke several years ago Georgina Chapman has only dressed one star for the Met Gala. In 2018, the brands first major red carpet appearance after everything came to light, she dressed Scarlett Johansson, and then last year she chose to bring Constance Wu. For this years red carpet I went in a bit of a different direction. I went with an actress who has continued to be loyal to the brand even despite all of the drama: Vanessa Hudgens. I was looking at the brands Fall 2020 RTW collection and thinking which of these looks was perfect for this red carpet, and honestly they were all pretty but there is a red gown from the Marchesa Fall 2018 RTW collection that continues whose embers still glow in the back of my mind. Now while that red gown does fit this years theme perfectly I feel like Marchesa has taken a bit of a new direction recently and that is demonstrated perfectly with this cornflower blue draped silk-faille gown from the Marchesa Fall 2020 RTW collection which features a plunging v-neckline, draped accent at hip, thigh slit, and an asymmetric hemline. This color on Vanessa would be phenomenal, but like almost all these gowns in my Met Wishes I need the train on the gown to be customized to be even longer. As I always say when in doubt go big or go home. I think this look would scream modern Marchesa glamour with a sleek high bun, smokey eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of silver Stuart Weitzman ‘Ricki’ feather detail metallic leather sandals, and edgy Anabela Chan ‘Aqua Nova’ cocktail earrings, hand-set with an ombré array of laboratory-grown synthesised and simulated gemstones, ranging from deep kashmir blue sapphires to palest aquamarines, set in 18k blackened gold.
I just have 9 more sets of wishes for the 2020 Met Gala after today. We still don’t know when this years event will be rescheduled for, or if a gala will be anywhere near as big of an event as it usually is. The sad thing about all of this is that the Metropolitan Museum of Art is celebrating 150 years this year. The actual anniversary of it’s opening was last week and was celebrated with a couple posts on Instagram and its doors still closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. I am really hoping that this years Met Gala will honor the theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration” and give big glamour moments to the red carpet. Help us enjoy some glamour when we are on the recovery from all of this mess. One way I am honoring the idea of the duration of fashion with my 2020 Met Gala wishes is to dive into the archives of several different labels. Regular readers will see that I have dove into the Atelier Versace archives four times already for this years Met Gala with wishes for Selena Gomez, Kate Hudson, Stella Maxwell, and Camila Cabello so far. I have one more wish to pull a gown out of the Versace archives this time for Anya Taylor Joy wearing this white and pink strapless Atelier Versace Spring 1995 Couture satin ball gown which features a beaded neckline and geometric Klimt inspired embellishments on the tiered sides of the gown. I don’t know what it was about this gown that really spoke to me for this red carpet. I think it was the art inspiration and the fact it is an archive moment that spoke to me. Anya definitely takes a page out of the quirky textbook for most of her red carpet looks. One of her most recent looks was a vintage Bob Mackie gown at the premiere of Emma which took inspiration from the Edwardian era. This major 90’s moment would definitely be a risk, but one I think that Anya would totally be able to sell to me on the red carpet especially if styled with a big bun updo, metallic rose gold lined pink eyes, dark rose pink lips, gold glitter Jimmy Choo ‘Misty’ ankle strap sandals, and a pair of dazzling white and pink diamond David Morris teardrop burst earrings.I definitely have a couple more wishes for stars to wear Louis Vuitton on the red carpet at this years Met Gala. As Nicolas Ghesquiere, the Louis Vuitton womenswear creative director, is a co-chair of this years Met Gala and that Louis Vuitton is a sponsor of this years gala I am sure that we will see several looks from the luxury fashion house on this years red carpet. Now while the Nicolas does not design menswear for Louis Vuitton, that responsibility falls to Virgil Abloh, I am sure several LV menswear moments will be seen on this red carpet. Cody Fern, known for his performances in American Crime Story: Versace and American Horror Story: 1984, made his Met Gala debut last year wearing Maison Margiela. Since then the gender fluid actor has rocked red carpets wearing several LV by Ghesquiere looks. While I would usually look at the womenswear labels for a look that toes the line between masculine and feminine for Cody this midnight blue Louis Vuitton by Virgil Abloh Fall 2020 Menswear suit which features ruffled details on the lapel, waist, and cuffs does just that. I think this look is a real statement, but also speaks a bit to the idea of modern, timelessness. The styling of this look is what will make it a really major moment on the red carpet so I would style the look with a black monochrome Louis Vuitton ‘Petite Malle’ clutch, a pair of silver glitter Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Gzxswaelee’ light blue lightning embroidered ankle boots, and a selection of Louis Vuitton High Jewelry pieces including a ‘Orangerie des Tuileries’ white diamond, tsavorite, and tanzanite brooch and a major ‘Emprise’ aquamarine and white diamond cocktail ring.It has been a while since Liv Tyler has walked the red carpet, but with a hit series in 9-1-1: Lone Star that has been renewed I feel like it is time for her to make that red carpet return. Over the years Liv has worn looks from Givenchy and Calvin Klein, but some of her best moments have come from Stella McCartney. From their matching ‘Rock Royalty’ t-shirts in 1999 to the super retro glam moment Liv had in the label in 2009 the two are bonded over having rock and roll legends for fathers and a love of fashion. I would love to see Liv back on the red carpet this year as a guest of Stella McCartney wearing a custom gown inspired by the Stella McCartney Fall 2020 RTW collection. This beige v-neck gown gives me a vibe that meshes 1940’s glam, modernist, and a hit of Japanese inspiration all wrapped into one package. It is cool for sure and one of the few gowns that Stella has actually shown on a red carpet. The look is super cool, but it needs some modifications to be perfect for this red carpet. First thing I would do is change the color from the beige to a maroon that another gown from this collection was rendered in. The other thing I would love to see Stella do to customize this gown is make sure it has a dramatic train. I feel like those modifications would definitely make this a superb moment for Liv to wear on her Met Gala red carpet return. A retro updo, defined smokey eyes, soft pink lips, a silver Judith Leiber Couture ‘Enchanted’ chain handle crystal embellished clutch, a pair of black satin Stella McCartney ankle strap sandals, and Lauren Adriana ruby and diamond drop earrings from Fred Leighton would ensure this look is just that, major. As the first lady of Kering we always see Salma Hayek wearing looks from the labels that her husbands company owns. Most of the time this culminates in Salma wearing a lot of custom Gucci ensembles on the red carpet. I decided to go off her normal Gucci moment for Salma to wear on the Met Gala red carpet this year instead picking this silver Swarovski crystal embellished Balenciaga Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve column gown. This gown is super modern and classic and a glamour all at the same time. Now this look is completely covered up. Salma usually loves to show off her ample bosom on the red carpet, but I love the idea of this super covered moment for her instead. It would be a refreshing change of pace. If the look is too covered for Salma, maybe Demna Gvasalia would create a custom version with a cutout back. Now I decided to style this look with accessories from different Kering owned labels including a black snakeskin Gucci ‘Broadway Butterfly’ crystal clasp clutch, a pair of black satin Saint Laurent ‘Hall’ silver crystal embellished ankle strap platform sandals, and a pair of dazzling Boucheron ‘Verrière’ tassel earrings set with emerald beads, paved with diamonds, on white gold, titanium and puffed glass. A sleek bun updo, smokey eyes, and bold deep red lips would add the perfect finishing touches to this look for Salma.When I was looking for people who were sitting front row at the recent Fall 2020 RTW runway shows for inspiration for who should be invited to the 2020 Met Gala I kept seeing Saweetie. To be honest I had no idea who she was before starting to look at the front rows. Over the course of this last season of shows we saw Saweetie front row at Moschino, The Blonds, Michael Kors, Brandon Maxwell, and Prada. It was that coupled with her dating Quavo from Migos that made them the perfect couple to rock these Prada Fall 2020 ensembles on the Met Gala red carpet. Let’s start by breaking down the look I’ve picked for Quavo. This black silk nylon Prada Fall 2020 Menswear collection co-ord which is a cross between a 70’s tuxedo and pajamas was definitely a look I was drawn to and thought would make a perfect look for this years Met Gala. Now I originally thought of this look for Timothee Chalamet, but after he wore a similar formal meets athleisure Prada ensemble (which many likened to a valet attendants uniform) for the Oscars I didn’t think that he would wear this look for the Met. I do think that Quavo would definitely be able to sell this look to me on the red carpet styled with his signature dreads, black Christian Louboutin ‘Rock Moc Flat’ silver pyramid studded thick soled penny loafers, a pair of black Prada geometric aviator style sunglasses, and a statement Jacob & Co. ‘Rasputin Tourbillon’ white diamond and black leather watch. For Saweetie I decided to customize this black fringe and velvet Prada Fall 2020 RTW sleeveless dress which features a bodysuit construction, beaded detail on the neckline, and carwash pleats. I think that making sure this dress hits the floor perfectly adding some beaded fringe details into the fringe on the skirt would definitely make this a stand out Prada moment on the Met Gala red carpet especially if styled with sleek updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a black silk and silver rock crystal embellished Prada clutch, a pair of black Prada crystal embellished ankle strap sandals, a pair of Jacob & Co. High Jewelry 26 carat white diamond art deco chandelier earrings, and a Jacob & Co. High Jewelry asscher cut white diamond 92 carat bracelet. These two would definitely be on the list of best dressed couples of the evening for sure.