The theme of the 2016 Met Gala was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” Most celebrities interpreted this to mean they were wearing silver. I love a metallic, but the sea of silver got so repetitive on last night’s red carpet, and made the few standouts look even better. Despite the theme, there were so many fashion misses. The few best-dressed stars were in stunning gowns, and some took literal interpretations of the tech theme..and the results were gorgeous.
Karolina Kurkova (Images via Getty & Karolina Kurkova): This gown was a collision of art and technology, and it was so amazing. It was designed by Marchesa and IBM Watson, a Jeopardy-winning computer. Hundreds of tiny LED lights were sewn into the blossoms on the Cognitive Dress (it has a name!), and when people tweeted Kurkova throughout the night, the lights got increasingly brighter based on emotions detected in the tweet. (It could detect five different emotions!) They’re calling this the emotionally intelligent dress, and it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on a red carpet.
Kate Hudson (FilmMagic): Cut-outs, pleats, ruffles, beading, and netting — so much going on, and it works, particularly in white. This Atelier Versace dress was an awesome take on the theme, and it looked incredible on.
Claire Danes (WireImage, Zac Posen): On the red carpet, Danes channeled Cinderella in a pale blue ballgown. And just like Cinderella, after dark, the magic happened. Her Zac Posen dress glowed, as fiberoptic lights were sewn into it. The effect was ethereal.
Blake Lively (WireImage): Pretty and feminine in peach. My favorite part of this Burberry gown is the floral detail on the chest.
Rita Ora (REX): I mean, it’s basically my dream to drape myself in feathers, and Rita Ora did it in this Vera Wang number and killed it. It’s so dramatic!
Beyonce (Getty): Not a Beyonce fan at all, but she looked so pretty in peachy-nude latex, which is really an impressive feat. The Givenchy dress also featured crystal and bead appliques and puffy shoulders. When you put all those elements together, it could have been a real disaster, but she pulled it off gorgeously.
Kendall Jenner (Reuters): This slinky cut-out Versace sheath is woven of sheer netting, and the innovative interpretation of futuristic fashion was on point.
Pretty much everyone else missed the mark. All of the other looks after the jump. Continue reading