I get that this year’s Met Gala theme is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the World of Technology“, which has some of the world’s most beautiful humans competing to strut down the red carpet in the most daring gowns to showcase that, they get the theme too. It’s about technology embracing fashion just as much as fashion embracing technology. (Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief Designer, co-hosted Monday’s fashion Superbowl, as the company continues to make splash in the fashion world by marketing wearable tech as inevitable fashion accessory.)
To me, the Met Gala is the most exclusive and committed Fashion event of the year. And as such, as on-theme and inventive as a starlet may want to be, the minimum requirement is that she should look good in her gown. The look should suck the oxygen out of the room because it’s so jaw droopingly gorgeous. It also needs to be timeless so that many years from now, we can still look back and be in awe and not think to ourselves “what was she thinking”.
To that, I have picked out my personal favourites for three notable trends of the night:
There were countless light reflecting dresses on the carpet, as the theme called for “technology”. Some have gone very far and ended up looking like a satellite that orbit in Space or Tin Man in high heels . Not Lupita, she looked like a floating goddess on green cloud in that Calvin Klein perfection. Equal part ethereal and glam. It was also refreshing to see Rachel McAdams breaking out of her comfort zone to embrace a dangerously sexy gold metallic gown. It was the perfect amount of risque while staying true to a flattering silhouette.
Yes, flowers on a dress isn’t exactly groundbreaking but when done right, it can be as glamorous as Zoe Saladana’s peacock envy train. Bee Shaffer’s elegant McQueen transformed her into a black swan. And Zoey Deutch’s Dolce & Gabbana has put her on the map as an emerging style icon.
My most beloved trend of the night was the body-con column silhouette, it’s simple, becoming, and makes the even tallest person look taller. Karlie Kloss didn’t care to play along on the tech theme, she just showed up to stun. Kendall Jenner awed the cameras in an Atelier Versace. Its refreshing colour combination and intricate detailing completed a look that was safe yet original–two opposing characteristics played out perfectly by Kendall and perhaps Kendall alone.
We live in a fast paced world where only couple days ago, my Instagram feed was bombarded with everything Met Gaga, yet today, it’s pivoted 180 degree onto the next day’s #ootd.
Yesterday’s everything could mean tomorrow’s nothing. Exactly 365 days from now, we’ll revert attention back to The First Monday in May, 2017.
Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell
Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace
Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen
Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabanna
Zoey Deutch in Dolce & Gabanna
Rachel McAdams in Valentino Haute Coutre
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection
All images from Getty