The opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is not any black-and-white issue. Apart from those luxury-reading haute couture exemplars usually available to be marveled at for a couple of months since May, there is something even more exciting about this entire cannonade. And the name of the game is its inauguration, well, to be more precise, the grandiose and pompous Met Gala, the annual fundraising event for the benefit of the museum and the annual live fashion exhibition with the marvelous gowns not placed somewhere on museum display stands absolutely stock-still, but rather moving, maneuvering and undulating on the most prominent figures of fashion arena, cinematography and the music world.
May 2, 2016 saw yet again a powerful army of celebrities walking down the red carpet decked out into some fashion-meets-technology fascinators. Know why? That’s because Manus x Machina: Fashion in Age of Technology was the theme for the 2016 Met Gala, meant to blur all the boundaries between handmade Haute Couture and machine-made ready-to-wear, taking them to a pretty mélange category. The Met Ball 2016 with Co-Chairs Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift, and Anna Wintour, and Honorary Chairs Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada definitely gained its point showing off high dose of futuristic metallic silver and gold, new-generation laser-cut and 3D techniques and of course, traditional intricate hand beading and embroidery. Take several minutes to take a tour through the avenues of the Met Gala 2016 red carpet fashion browsing through our list of the best-dressed celebrities.
1. Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa
The 29-year-old top model and Chanel ambassador Poppy Delevingne embarked on defining word for word what really means ‘unrivalled’. And we are to put the blame not only on her innate allure but also on that Marchesa bejeweled silver gown hugging her body and scintillating to all directions. The scandalous plunging neckline, sheer side panels, cascading down fringed tiers of the dress and most importantly, the fact of her being braless were enough to label Poppy as “seductively danger zone”.
2. Rita Ora in Vera Wang
The British beauty Rita Ora, who has recently also been among the suspected figures standing behind Beyonce’s “Becky with the good hair”, squashed all the rumors yesterday evening taking a friendly selfie with Beyonce. But instead she pulled off to ignite many ecstatic wows with her seductive birdie appearance unto the red carpet. Donning a Vera Wang silver feathered gown with illusion cutouts everywhere on the bustier and with a floor-sweeping train, she seemed to be on the verge of opening her wings and flying up the sky.
3. Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger
Though the blonde beauty Gigi Hadid with blue angelic eyes was first and foremost in the limelight through her debut official appearing with her boyfriend Zayn Malik, her Tommy Hilfiger futuristic halter-neck dress was no less attention-grabbing. If not that tulle grey overlay, with the all sequined corset silhouette peeping underneath, Gigi would have been oozing out burlesque girl vibes.
4. Claire Danes in Zac Posen
Need to know the name of the one who made all the jaws drop, all the eyes light up and all the hairs raise? No ifs, buts or ands here, it is the American actress Claire Danes, who sashayed down the red carpet in a Zac Posen powdery blue Disney-inspired strapless ball gown. It left all sweetly smiling under the bright lights of the red carpet but then saucer-eyed and flabbergasted when quite unexpectedly the gown was lit up inside the Gala’s darkness morphing into a fragile piece of crystal. Truly, no other better way of elucidating the happening of Manus x Machina!
5. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
The blonde impish actress Kate Hudson was just another celebrity figure to show off the Manus x Machina phenomenon donning a laser-cut ivory gown by Atelier Versace with many illusion cutouts, silver rivets and a center slit. Brides-to-be, rejoice!
6. Bella Hadid in Givenchy
The dark beauty sister of fair-haired Gigi, Bella Hadid overtly has great affection for black sinister femme fatale looks. So, here nothing could better work for her than a Givenchy all-black velvet strapless dress with shaggy voluminous hemlines sweeping the floor, while the matching peep-toe thigh-high black stockings were successfully fused with heels.
7. Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
The Australian timeless elegant beauty Nicole Kidman appeared at the Met Ball 2016 red carpet donning a peaceful-night-showing Alexander McQueen gown and a grandiose cape selected from the dreamy fall/winter 2016-2017 collection. The bejeweled starry and moony surface and flesh-showing cleavages, as well as the matching Fred Leighton jewelry gave Nicole Kidman all prerequisites to look like a seductive night fairy.
8. Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton
The Grammy-winner Taylor Swift was not only one of the night’s co-chairs but also one of the cliché-breakers asking all and sundry rhetorically “why not open legs in this techno age?” Her Louis Vuitton mini dress with layered hems and sensual waistline cutouts was even more flattered through the matching lace-up gladiator heels.
9. Blake Lively in Burberry
The American actress Blake Lively being among the mum-to-be squad was also in attendance showing off her princess-worthy beauty through a chiffon powdery pink gown from Burberry with realistic floral prints scattered here and there and a cape-worthy piece sweeping the floor from behind, while for matching earrings she reached out to Lorraine Schwartz.
10. Beyonce in Givenchy
Beyonce’s ability to cut a wide swathe anywhere is undeniable, whether it is on red carpet or along the street or in her audacious music video clips. After arising millions of wows with her naked dress last year at Met Gala, she cut the mustard in killing everybody this year as well choosing a latex puffy-sleeved gown from Givenchy, all embellished with 100-carats of Lorraine Schwartz jewels and again sensually hugging her body.
11. Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell
Ex Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss is sure to take the prize for showing the most-abundantly cutout dress throughout the fete. She was donning an all-white Brandon Maxwell ground-scraping dress with the bodice showing more flesh than fabric, yet so triumphantly remaining within the elegant proportions.
12. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
For the Czech model Karolina Kurkova all the systems were to make us all go in raptures through her ethereal look in a Marchesa powdery blue gown. Showing a bit of high-low silhouette the dress was showing Manus x Machina-worthy 3D flowers embellishing half of the gown surface, while the strappy tonal heeled sandals were to raise her to a celestial level.
13. Kim Kardashian in Balmain
Kim Kardashian West’s curvy sensual body could be flattered no better way than through Balmain’s audacious design. Her mirror-worthy reflecting dress with a sky-high side slit showing off every single millimeter of her body forms was from stem to stern reading Manus x Machina.
14. Kylie Jenner in Balmain
Kylie Jenner, who was first attending Met Ball, managed to pass off as someone with a great experience on the red carpet. Following in her elder Kardashian sibling’s footsteps she wore an opulent long-sleeved dress from Balmain with striped texture, waistline cutouts and all wrapped in gems. She matched the dress with Aquazzura heels and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
15. Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana
The chocolate girl Zoe Saldana made all stare at her Dolce & Gabbana dress definitely longer than others did. Her unrivalled voluminous gown with a black satin corset and an iridescent feathered bottom with a long train occupying a large territory was reminiscent of a marvelous peacock tail.
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Photos courtesy of Vogue