The hits and misses from the Met Gala 2016: All the futuristic looks from Taylor Swift to Beyonce
Published 03/05/2016 | 08:36
The theme for this year is Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology
Guests who get invited to this exclusive Metropolitan Museum Of Art's grand gala have to display not only their incredible fashion sense, but ability to be thoughtful about host Anna Wintour's chosen theme.
You can't wear a 20's style, flapper dress to an event modeled around technology: You have to look the part.
After all, it's arguably the most important fashion event of the year. The stakes are high and the rapidly-typing fingers of social media demand nothing less than high-octane glamour.
Some translated the theme in head-to-toe metallics, others in body harnesses, armour and futuristic sillhouettes.
Met curator Andrew Bolton (responsible for creating the 2016 exhibit) shared, "I feel as though fashion is one of the first arts to embrace new technologies. I also wanted to redefine what one means by wearable technology, which is always about basically gadgets.
"Wearable technology is about laser cutting, ultrasonic welding…more hidden technologies than a jacket that tells you how hot you are."
Still, not everyone followed the rules, there were some stars who boldly rejected tech-driven looks and others who seemed to have interpreted the theme in seriously quirky ways or missed the memo completely.
Blake Lively channelled an English rose garden, actress Jessica Chastain looked like she referred to last year's theme (China Through the Looking Glass) when selecting her outfit and Emma Stone was more warrior princess than robot.
Not too many people pushed the envelope with fashion but one star who shone bright on the red carpet was Claire Danes - literally. The Homeland actress had a Cinderella moment, dressed in a white Zac Posen gown equipped with with fibre optic lights.
Fresh off her Oscar win, Brie Larson dazzled in a silver Proenza Schouler gown, Taylor Swift looked like a futuristic robot in gladiator sandals, Rose Byrne’s ruffle-trimmed dress was thoroughly romantic, while Beyonce took the trend in another direction in dusty rose latex.
Saoirse Ronan put on an extremely kooky display form fitting floor-length dress which featured an eccentric pink and black furry neckline and butterfly embroidery.
Sarah Jessica Parker wore 18th-century-inspired men’s wear and said the evening was like a master class in fashion. “Sometimes you get an A and sometimes, it’s a pass-or-fail situation,” said Ms. Parker, who earned a fair share of criticism last year for one such outfit.