The Met Gala is often referred to as the Oscars of fashion, and with good reason; this benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is one of the most glamorous fetes on the social calendar. Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, this year’s exhibit, examines the blurring line between hand and machine-made clothes. This futuristic theme translated onto the red carpet as stars of music, film and business, and politics arrived in techy inspired looks that pushed the boundaries of design. While some managed to exquisitely demonstrate the future of fashion in the here and now, others flopped in experimentations gone terribly wrong. Read on to discover the good, the bad, and the downright disturbing…
Fashion’s most stunning newcomer, Brie Larson, ravished in custom Proenza Schouler on the Met red carpet. With a tiered skirt and cutouts, her dress had a decidedly modern silhouette, while silver embellishment gave it an almost holographic look. Queen Bey arrived late to the evening’s festivities (as per usual), but she was well worth the wait. The music force’s Givenchy Haute Couture gown was realized in an innovative latex fabrication, giving new meaning to the phrase “skin-tight.” Pouf sleeves and light pink floral embroideries gave it an elegant feel. Nicole Kidman went for over-the-top drama in a caped Alexander McQueen confection. Its celestial print- a mesmerizing array of silver moons and stars- earned the hollywood starlet top marks for a unique take on futuristic fashion. With a last name like Depp, effortless style is bound to be apart of your DNA. Johnny’s daughter, Lily-Rose did her father proud in a chic Chanel haute couture ensemble from the house’s eco-concious spring collection. Of all the #BalmainArmy members on the Met red carpet, Jourdan Dunn was by far the most memorable in a regal, silver gown. Complete with visually intriguing trompe l’oeil drape details and an icy hued lob, the supermodel looked like a flawless robot.
Irina Shayk donned a pale blue ruffled gown by Givenchy, but with stars and stripes and a strange bustier, the model looked more like a patriotic milk-maid than fabulous fashion muse. In an inappropriate attempt at attention seeking, Madonna walked the red carpet in Givenchy as well. This time, however, the singer and mother put her assets on full display with a trashy dress and stripper-like boots. Lupita Nyong’o looked radiant in a mint Calvin Klein confection, but her towering hair that threw off the ensemble completely. Could this antenna style, similar to that of a Whoville resident, be the future form of wifi on-the-go? Solange Knowles shocked (meant in the worst way) in David Laport on the red carpet. This “thing” can not even be described as a dress because it lacks the most simplistic form. It’s just a giant yellow, accordion pleated mess. The award for biggest disappointment sadly goes to the Met Gala hostess, Taylor Swift. Her Louis Vuitton mini was underwhelming and her new gothic look is very upsetting. T-Swift needs to lose the fish-scale tu-tu and the platinum blonde locks, and go back to her old, elegant ways.
Above: The supermodel #BalmainArmy with their fearless leader, Balmain creative director, Olivier Rousteing