Tracy Reese designs with the elegant everyday woman in mind. But if she is worthy of being a favorite of Michelle Obama throughout her two runs as First Lady, she is more than eligible for the task of creating a red carpet look for the Met Gala.
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Datari Austin’s designs reflect an essence of opulence, regality and fine attention worthy of the Met Gala red carpet. Throughout the designer’s collections, there’s a hint of refined traditionalism that fits perfectly with this year’s theme.
Tongoro is an African apparel brand acclaimed for their unique and playful designs. Their aesthetic is not the typical look for the Met Gala red carpet, but that’s the very reason why they deserve a shot. African inspired designs have become widely popular among celebrities and performers recently (Tracee Ellis Ross wore a Marc Jacobs dressing and matching head wrap to the Golden Globes, Lauryn Hill just performed in an African Print number by a European designer), but these celebrities have not been giving authentic African designers the opportunity to dress them. A newcomer to the red carpet could make a huge splash by going against the grain and relying on this African made and designed brand to deliver a fresh, modern African aesthetic to this European-dominated red carpet.
Romeo Hunte’s designs are a haute couture interpretation of street style, infused with a high dosage of denim, cargo and other textiles that are rarely deemed runway-ready. But in recent years, surprising brands (including H&M) have snuck their way into the Met Gala designer line up, so Romeo Hunte would be a perfect fit to jazz things up by bringing a street-style edge to this formal carpet. His ability to make orgami-silhouettes and quilt-like blends of fabric mesh is a gift that makes his work so unique that it needs to be presented on the met gala carpet. There’s no denying that he’d be able to come up with something eye-catching and worthy of a true dare devil like — dare I say — Met Gala’s MVP Rihanna.