MET Gala 2016

The floral arches over the entrance to Gala’s dining area, in the Temple of Dendur in the Museum’s Sackler Wing. Image VOGUE.COM/KEVIN TACHMAN

I can’t believe that it’s been over a week since the 2016 MET Gala and I’m just posting about it! My apologies… and let’s get straight into the fashion!

Over 80000 red roses were sculpted into the shape of a double helix by designer Raúl Àvila to create this massive decoration that hung over the Information Desk at the Museum’s Great Hall. Image VOGUE.COM/KEVIN TACHMAN

‘Manus (e)X Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology’ is the theme of the Costume Institute’s 2016 Spring exhibit which explores how designers are incorporating the use of new technology and materials in the construction of both haute couture and prêt-à-porter garments. The exhibit showcases examples from some of the most breathtaking works of garment art in existence- from Christian Dior’s famed plastic and silk gowns from his stunning 1949 Fall collection to Issey Miyaki’s iconic 1984 “Flying Saucer” dress. The show highlights some of the examples of what happens when traditional craftsmanship techniques meet with new materials and procedures. It explores the ongoing relationship of man and machine, and examines significance of the long- held distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear from the perspective of the crafts employed in the making of both.

This Chanel Haute Couture wedding dress is the centerpiece of the exhibition, shown here on display in the museum. It boast a 12 ft train that took 450 hours to complete. Image VOGUE.COM/ERIC BOMAN

As always, the exhibition provides the Gala’s dress code, with attendees encouraged to convey the theme of the exhibit through their outfits. This, however, is rarely done. Few people (re: Rihanna, Fan Bing Bing, Bee Shaffer) actually ever dress appropriately- or understand the theme enough- to make the effort to play along with it. This problem was never more apparent than it was this year, since most attendees took the idea of “Fahion in the Age of Technology” as permission to dress like robots or as characters in some sort of low budget post- apocolyptic punk movie (most of the Louis Vuitton crew). There was no ingenuity or drama, nothing that referenced the incredible craftsmanship of the exhibition or even highlighted the work of some of the great designers on display. There was no Issey Miyaki, Junya Watanabe, Hussein Chalayan or Iris van Herpen to be seen anywhere on the red carpet, and I’m absolutely shocked that so many attendees chose to ignore these incredibly avant- garde designers in lieu of sparkly dresses and silver- dyed hair. LADY GAGA, THIS WAS YOUR YEAR! Why ignore it?

But, theme snubs aside, there were some attendees who looked downright incredible. These are my favourite looks of the night.

Claire Danes

The fabric of Claire Danes’ Zac Posen gown was infused with microscopic fibre- optic cables so that it glowed and shimmered in the dark. It may be an exact replica of that deep blue silk gown from his Resort 2015 collection (RIhanna wore it to the Diamond Ball in 2014), but that was a gorgeous gown and this one was even more so. It was guaranteed to be one of the most talked- about looks of the night! Image GETTY IMAGES/ZAC POSEN/INSTAGRAM

Poppy Delevingne

Poppy Delegvigne was the most bejewelled person on the red carpet, piling layers and layers of glimmering Stephen Webster jewelry over her crystal- and- bead- encrusted Marchesa gown. She owned that look and I can’t help but love it. Image VOGUE.COM

Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes’ glittery white Balmain gown was the simplest outfit supplied by the designer for the event but it was in no way less gorgeous, it was my one of favourite looks of the night (top 5 definitely). Image GETTY IMAGES

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana’s gorgeously baroque Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda gown is the stuff of dreams! The skirt is covered in hundreds of hand- applied feathers and layers of frothy tuelle- j’adore! Image GETTY IMAGES/POPSUGAR

Agyness Deyn

I’ve really missed seeing Agyness Deyn at events over the past few years since she always shows up looking great. This year was no different, as she came dressed to impress in this gorgeous indigo Kenzo gown with a trailing cape and diamond jewelry by Fernando Jorge. Image GETTY IMAGES

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts looked like a fabulous disco ball in this sparkly floral- embellished Burberry Prorsum gown. A Rauwulf bag and Fred Leighton diamonds rounded out the look in good form. Image POPSUGAR

Bella Hadaid

I loved Bella Hadid’s voluminous Givenchy Haute Couture gown, and although I’m not a fan of those boots it was one of my favourite looks of the night. Her jewelry was by Fred Leighton. Image GETTY IMAGES

Sofia Sanchez de Betak

I loved every part of Sofia Sanchez de Betak’s Dolce & Gabbana look- from her crown to her jewel- encrusted shoes! Image GETTY IMAGES

Naomi Campbell

It’s impossible for Naomi Campbell to ever not look good- she stunned in this custom beaded Roberto Cavalli gown and futuristic jewels by William Goldberg and Verdura. Image POPSUGAR

Bee Shaffer

Bee Shaffer knows exactly what looks good on her- and Alexander McQueen has never failed to make her look amazing. Embellished Nicholas Kirkwood heels and jewelry by Fred Leighton and Macklowe Gallery were perfect accessories. Image VOGUE.COM

Fei Fei Sun

Fei Fei Sun stunned in this custom beaded Chanel Haute Couture gown. Her accessories were equally sparkly- a crystal- embellished Judith Lieber Couture clutch and diamond jewelry by Chanel Haute Joaillerie. Image IMAXTREE

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth looked so good in this custom Dolce & Gabbana look. Everything- from the gown to the couture crown was gorgeously done. Image POPSUGAR

Nicole Kidman

I loved Nicole Kidman’s sheer spangled Alexander McQueen gown. She looked like a glamourous sorceress queen- especially in that gorgeous Fred Leighton tiara! Image GETTY IMAGES

Love it! Image FRED LEIGHTON/INSTAGRAM/GETTY IMAGES

Jourdan Dunn

This was my favourite Balmain look of the night. Jourdan Dunn looked incredible- I even love her silver hair. Image TOM AND LORENZO

Mackenzie Davis

This sequinned Altuzarra gown is so pretty! Mackenzie Davis shone in this silvery custom gown with a built-in cape detail and shimmering Van Cleef and Arpels diamond jewelry. Image GETTY IMAGES

Brie Larson

Brie Larson’s custom Proenza Schouler gown was my favourite metallic look of the night. I loved the ruffled skirt and black velvet detailing- it was extremely well done. Simple Niwaka Collection diamond jewelry rounded out her look perfectly. IMAGE POPSUGAR

Léa Seydoux

Leave it to Léa Seydoux to get the best Louis Vuitton look seen at the event. I really like this gown, but I absolutely love her Chopard jewelry. Image GETTY IMAGES

Zoey Deutch

Zoey Deutch turned heads in this gorgeous head- to- toe ensemble by Dolce & Gabbana. Look closely- the needlepoint rose embroidery mimics the look of a pixelated print! Image STYLE BISTRO

Emma Watson

Finally an attendee who understood the theme and dressed accordingly! Emma Watson’s custom Ralph Lauren gown was created out of recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton and organic silk, with almost the entire outfit was crafted out of eco- friendly materials. If that’s not cutting- edge fashion I don’t know what is!. The ‘ball gown- with- a- pair- of- trousers’ look might be a little bit overdone, but this was a gorgeous exception. Diamond jewelry by Paige Novak and Walters Faith provided the perfect accessories. Image VOGUE.COM

Maryna Linchuk

Maryna Linchuck’s entire look was by Topshop and I actually quite like it. I may never buy that gown, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t look pretty great. She sells it perfectly. Image GETTY IMAGES

Cindy Crawford

I really loved Cindy Crawford’s metallic Balmain gown. She was among the hottest of the night. Image GETTY IMAGES

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid’s metallic teal bustier gown was a custom creation by Tommy Hilfiger (gasp!). I liked the look but admittedly I would have preferred it had the skirt not been so sheer… but if there ever was an event where you could get away with showing your sparkly undergarments it would have been this one. Her robotic- themed jewelry was by Lynn Ban. Image AP

Elizabeth Debicki

Elizabeth Debicki’s floral Prada gown was an unusual occurrence with this Gala, but I kind of loved her look. The quirky print and detailing perfectly suit her sense of style and she looks lovely in that shade of green. I particularly liked her floral Buglari clip earrings. Image GETTY IMAGES

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss’ transforming Brandon Maxwell gown was one of the highlights of the night. With pull- away panels and a detachable capelet, her gown transformed from gala fare to into an after- party dress in minutes. Simple hair, makeup and understated Lisa Perry jewels completed her look perfectly. Image GETTY/ STYLE BISTRO

Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls sparkled from head- to- toe in this crystal- studded Balmain gown. Image IMAGETREE

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman looked gorgeously elegant in this ivory Tommy Hilfiger (double gasp!) gown, Cartier vintage jewels and Jimmy Choo accessories. I love it! Image GETTY IMAGES

Let’s get a closer look at that brooch:

It’s got over 83 carats of diamonds. I’m in love! Image GETTY IMAGES

Kendall Jenner

I’m quoting two divas when I say that Kendall Jenner served up a 21st century edition of Cher- in- Bob- Mackie realness in this sparkly sheer net and lurex Atelier Versace gown and layers of Lorraine Schwartz diamond jewelry. It’s a look that works very well for her- she looked great. Image GETTY IMAGES/POPSUGAR

Lily Collins

Lily Collins went for the Grecian goddess look in this crimson gown by Valentino Haute Couture and elegant Tiffany and Co. jewels. Image GETTY IMAGES

Rachel McAdams

I’ve loved this Valentino Haute Couture gown from the moment it appeared on the runway in their Spring 2015 show, so I was bound to like seeing it when it finally appeared at an event. Rachel McAdams styled it simply with H. Stern jewels and minimalist hair and makeup, but I felt that she could have elevated the look with a neater hairstyle. Image POPSUGAR

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris’ custom Burberry Prorsum gown, with it’s swirling metallic mosaic pattern, was one of the more orginial looks on the red carpet, but it was a gorgeous addition. Glittering Messika jewels and Christian Louboutin accessories perfectly completed her look. Image TOM AND LORENZO

Rosie Huntington- Whiteley

Rosie Huntington- Whiteley channeled old- Hollywood glamour in head- to- toe Ralph Lauren. Another who could practically shine in anything, she was elegant and lovely as ever. Image POPSUGAR

Liberty Ross

Liberty Ross’ look was entirely on point! Her gown was vintage John Galliano and she accessorized perfectly with David Webb jewels and a veiled headpiece by Stephen Jones Millinery. Image GETTY IMAGES

Olivia Wilde

I’m shocked that I actually like a seventies- inspired Micheal Kors gown, but it looks great on her and the sequin and grommet combination is actually really appropriate for a technology- themed fashion gala. Simple Jennifer Fisher jewelry and sleek hair and makeup rounded out her look. Image GETTY IMAGES

Who were your favourites?

Xx – Ana

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