In case you haven’t heard, the Met Gala (or East Coast Oscars, as we like to say) is Monday night. Vogue.com is livestreaming the event for the first time, a move tailor-made for those anticipating which models will accompany which designers—and what they’ll be wearing.
With a Prada/Schiaparelli theme, most guests—particularly Anna Wintour and co-host Carey Mulligan—will certainly be clad in head-to-toe Prada. But we’re also expecting a wild, if not surreal, mix of red carpet looks, from shocking pink to printed pantsuits. If we’re lucky, maybe even a lampchop-shaped hat. It’ll be hard for the bevy of young designers to compete with Miuccia’s statement-making designs. It helps when you have a date like Karlie Kloss, who’ll be attending with (and towering over) Jason Wu.
Also keep a look out for Joan Smalls with Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, who'd be crazy not to take the opportunity to show off his heavily embellished dresses for fall. Or Anja Rubik and Constance Jablonski, who'll be accompanying Anthony Vaccarello and Haider Ackermann, respectively. Erdem Moralioglu must be thrilled to be escorting supe-in-the-making Arizona Muse, while Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have gone the actress route, stepping out with Isabel Lucas, most recently cast in the new Terrence Malick film, Knight of Cups.
But if having the best date is a contest—and let’s face it, it might as well be—then the Americans are in the lead. Joseph Altuzarra is taking Lana Del Rey, while Alexander Wang scored Azealia Banks, who's slated to perform. The two songbirds had better choose their outfits carefully. If 2009's theme, The Model as Muse, taught us anything, it's that a supermodel in a micro-mini is hard to compete with.