It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Solange attacked Jay Z in an elevator the last Met Gala. But at the risk of being turned to stone by Anna Wintour, we must say what was once the most exciting and experimental red carpet of the season has fallen victim to stylists and designers clamouring for a spot on populist “best-dressed” lists. Instead of wild and delicious couture costumes, we are frequently seeing “safe” choices (read: pretty gowns that are more suited to a movie premiere than the Oscars of fashion).
But it’s not just the dresses that have become more accessible; the guest list used to be exclusive to the highest echelons of New York society and fashion-savvy celebrities, but now the packed red carpet feels less A-list, more any list.
But let’s not count out the Met (or Anna Wintour) quite yet. There’s a lot of potential around this year’s theme, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and there are some famous but fresh faces who have never attended the event. Unfortunately, none of them appear on the list of VIPs confirmed to attend so far, but here’s hoping the night has some surprises in store!
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Yes, she’ll probably wear a version of a black dress (her red carpet stand-by), or, if she’s feeling really daring, a non-black neutral, but she could show up in a paper bag for it all it matters. Angelina’s magnetic red-carpet presence makes the photo wall go wild, and if husband Brad is along for the dramatic walk up the Met stairs, well, we think even the glib fashion elite would lose their cool.
Jen may not be the most sartorially exciting pick, but the potential for another Angelina/Jennifer red carpet pose-off à la the Critics’ Choice Awards is all our gossip-loving hearts desire. They’ve both graced the cover of Vogue, so surely they’re worthy of invites. Maybe this time they’ll actually stand within 20 feet of each other.
It’s been a landmark year for the transgender movement in the media, most notably Laverne Cox’s TIME cover and the Bruce Jenner/Diane Sawyer interview. Cox has been at the forefront of the conversation, and Orange Is the New Black’s June premiere is fast approaching, so we’d love to see her take a glamorous spin on the world’s biggest fashion stage.
Mrs. Clooney has a full schedule while she’s in New York preparing for a guest lecturer position at Columbia University, but she’s also been showing quite a bit of fashion adventurousness in the ’70s vibe she’s been rocking this spring. She’s proven to be chummy with Anna Wintour, who attended the Clooney-Alamuddin Venice nuptials, and her wedding dress fitting was featured in Vogue. The only question is, can the renowned human-rights attorney squeeze a gala into her busy work schedule?
While we imagine some fashion elite would be horrified by the stunt Schumer pulled on Kim and Kanye on the TIME 100 Gala, this has been a special year for her career with the buzz around Trainwreck, the smash viral success of Inside Amy Schumer sketches (“Milk, Milk, Lemonade,” “Football Town Nights,” “Last F*ckable Day” and “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup”) and her hosting gig at the MTV Movie Awards. Funny meets feminism meets a proud size 6: this might be a Met Gala first.