The Met Gala serves as the opening celebration of and a key fundraising event for the annual fashion exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Each year, the mega event draws some of the world’s top glitterati, who parade around like social butterflies decked up in all their finery.
This year’s event was chaired by the fashion powerhouse, Anna Wintour, a trustee of the Museum. Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia Prada and Nicolas Ghesquière served as honorary chairs. The theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”. It served as an inspiration for A-listers to find innovative ways to showcase the ever-increasing meld of fashion and technology.
Here are our top picks for celebs who nailed it and those who failed to impress:
Celebs Who Failed Fashion
Beyoncé: World’s Creepiest Candy Shop or Gross Pink Flesh? Hard to Decide!
Beyonce stepped out in a bizarre latex Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci. The dress was studded all over with real pearls, each of which are reported to have cost a whopping $6000! The gown stood out like a sore thumb, clinging in all the wrong places and doing nothing to compliment Bey’s sultry looks. A big thumbs down!
Zoe Kravitz: Dark Lord Dumbledore?
Maybe it’s just us, but Zoe Kravitz’s ensemble made us think of a giant black bumblebee. Taking the “costume” aspect a bit too far, the actress stepped out in a short black Valentino haute couture dress complete with a lacy Halloween mask, super-frilled heels, and what look like big black…wings…protruding from her back. To each their own, but we have to wonder what Ms. Kravitz thought was “technologically fashionable” about this getup. *smh*
Solange Knowles: Big, juicy pineapple. ’Nuff said!
Solange Knowles made an outrageously eye-popping display at the red carpet. For some reason, Ms. Knowles decided to attend the year’s biggest fashion event decked in a bold yellow, flared dress paired with excruciatingly clingy yellow tights. Perhaps it was meant as a shout-out to big sister Beyonce’s new album “Lemonade”, or perhaps she simply wanted to embrace the colours of summer by dressing up as a giant pineapple. But, hey, full marks to Ms. Knowles for making the fashion goddess scream in outrage! J
Celebs who made a statement (good or bad, who cares?)
Katy Perry: The Queen of Drama
Katy Perry was one fierce gal, decked out in a bold Prada dress paired with clunky Fred Leighton jewellery, all topped by an elaborate coiffure. The outfit was completely over-the-top, featuring a stunning black-and-green colour combination detailed with dazzling gold embellishments. A cheeky little Tamagotchi completed the bizarre ensemble. Ms. Perry, known for her bold and theatrical fashion statements, flaunted gothic futurism to perfection. Truly mind-blowing!
Zoe Saldana: A peacock with an attitude to match!
Zoe Saldana “flocked” to the red carpet in a bold, feathered Dolce & Gabbana number with a colourful, eye-catching train and a lacy corset. The train was flecked with an array of flashy, metallic colours and gave off reaaaaaaaaaaally futuristic vibes. Ms. Saldana’s arrival stirred up a storm among the Twitterati, with many mistaking her for Katy Perry, the reigning queen of dramatic fashion. The ensemble made a powerful statement, a fashion-forward play on colours with breathtaking results. Overload of superbness!
Demi Lovato: Feisty warrior princess!
Demi Lovato had the futuristic warrior goddess look down pat! Clad in a clingy, sequinned Moschino gown intermixed with bold black and flame-coloured elements, Ms. Lovato completed her fierce look with slicked-back hair and edgy, bronzed makeup. The combination of metallic sheen, jet black and fiery gold made for one hell of a seductive and high-tech look!
Celebs Who Nailed it!
Gigi Hadid: This lady can do no wrong!
Perhaps we’re biased, but we think Gigi Hadid totally glammed it up at the Met Gala red carpet. Rocking the tech-savvy fashionista look, Ms. Hadid wowed the crowds in a gorgeous Tommy Hilfiger creation that fit snugly against her curvy figure. The super chic, satiny number featured a silver-spangled corset ending in a sheer grey, flowing train. Trendy finger rings completed the glamorous look. The alluring mix of shiny embellishments and elegantly flowing train made for a mind-blowing blend of technology and fashion.
Cindy Crawford: Not ONE fashion faux pas EVER!
To nobody’s surprise, Cindy Crawford, 50, dressed to kill yet again. The red carpet sizzled as the sultry supermodel sashayed across in a seriously hot Balmain gown. The figure-hugging number featured a metallic, sheer-panelled design inspired by a snakeskin. Smoky eyes and nude lips added to the mesmerizing effect. Clearly, age is a mere number…or perhaps it’s just Ms. Crawford’s legendary awesomeness!
Bee Shaffer: Wow, just wow!
Bee Shaffer turned heads in a stunning Alexander McQueen creation that brought out her delicate beauty. The daughter of Anna Wintour looked like a fairy princess come to life in a dark, flowing gown featuring a colourful, floral design. Rocking the gorgeous number, Ms. Shaffer walked the Met red carpet like her own personal ramp!
Celebs Who Best Followed The Theme
Claire Danes: The Belle of the Ball!
Claire Danes made a sensational entrance at the Met Gala in a gorgeous, powder blue ball gown fitted with fibre optics, which caused the dress to glow in the dark. The stunning number was designed by Zac Posen and was painstakingly hand-sewn. Standing next to her husband, a dapper Hugh Dancy, Ms. Danes truly looked like a modern-day Cinderella. Playing the futuristic theme to perfection, the Homeland actress effortlessly upstaged all other celebs in her tech-savvy ensemble.
Emma Watson: The queen of sustainable fashion!
Emma Watson believes one can look great in recycled fashion, and she goes on to prove it event after event. For the Met Gala 2016, the Harry Potter actress wore a black and white dress she co-designed with Calvin Klein and Eco-Age, a brand consultancy that offers sustainable solutions to corporations. The chic, 5-piece outfit was created entirely from Newlife, a yarn made from used plastic bottles. Not only is Ms. Watson’s dress sustainable and fashion-forward, she also looks like one classy lady wearing it. You go, Emma. Hermione approves!