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5.03.2016

2016 Met Gala - Nailed It!

The Met Gala was held last night! It's such a fun red carpet event; my favorite actually. The theme was "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", which explored "the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion." So, think the differences between a dress with hand made lace versus one with laser cut lace instead.

The guests, however, seemed to interpret the theme as Sci-Fi.

A quick note before we start, although there is a theme to the event, it is not a costume party; and guests are not required to dress according to the theme. However, this is a fashion event, not a Hollywood event, so extra points get awarded for those who treat it as such. Meaning, this is the red carpet to really take risks and push the envelope. It's more about statement gowns and creating a unique look that will be remembered for years to come than it is about looking pretty. I still remember Rihanna's look from last year's event.

With that being said, let's start off with the looks that really knocked it out of the park. These ladies either interpreted the theme perfectly or just wore amazing works of haute couture. They aren't necessarily the prettiest looks of the night, but they definitely fall into the fashion as art category, which is what the Met Gala is really all about anyway.

Here we go!
Katy Perry in Prada
Wow, this was a great look! This dress is amazing, and I would love to get a closer look at the intricate embroidery work. I loved the black, navy blue, and forest green color combination; as well as the steam-punk accents. The velvet material and train really brought the drama too. My only complaint was the head styling. I could be talked into the hair, but the lip color and eye make-up (and contacts, maybe?) are distracting. Overall though, fantastic look, Katy!

Kylie Jenner in Balmain
Kylie Jenner was by far the best dressed Kardashian present, and one of the best overall too. For some odd reason, the fashion world loves this family. I don't get it, but I digress. This is a killer dress. Another dress that begs to be inspected closely - the bead/sequin work looks amazing. I love how it reads as metal, but looks surprisingly light. It's structured, yet fluid. She's surprisingly covered up too, except for a few glimpses of skin here and there, and the effect is quite sexy. The simple hair and make-up let the dress (literally) shine. Well done, Kylie,

Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana
There were a few feathered dresses on the red carpet, but Zoe Saldana's was by far the best. Look at that train! The colors work well together, and it is just begging to be petted. The black bustier top and black tulle underskirt pull the look together without taking any attention away from the skirt; which is the real star. The simple hair and make-up keep the focus on the gown, and the chandelier earrings compliment the look well. Nicely done, Zoe!

Zendaya in Michael Kors
Zendaya's gown is relatively simple, but the overall look is impressive. It's definitely giving off a Sci-Fi feel. She looks like an alien princess - in a good way! I love the copper metallic color, and the interesting neckline and single sleeve are visually interesting. Again, it's structured, but there's great movement to it - especially the train. Her head game is fantastic. The make-up is flawless and her hair really makes the entire look. Great job, Zendaya!

Alessandra Ambrosio in Balmain
I loved the intricate weaving of Alessandra's gown. It looks like it was crocheted out of metal, and it really stood out against all the other chain mail/metallic dresses that night. Again, I just want to get a closer look at it. It's another example of being covered from head to toe, but still coming across as very sexy too (it's the same designer as Kylie Jenner's above). I thought she could have done without the belt, but that's my only quibble. Nice look, Alessandra!  

Allison Williams in Peter Pilotto
It was the fabric of Allison William's gown that really did it for me. The iridescent blue base color, combined with the pops of white, grey, and yellow is a lovely combination. The pattern is modern and fresh, and really unlike anything I've seen. I hate to sound like a broken record, but I want to explore it more closely. Is it lace, embroidery, fabric stamped? Besides that, the silhouette works really well for her. A dress like this is all about proportions, and she got it right. Her hair, make-up, and accessories all compliment the look well. Very pretty, Allison! 

Rachel McAdams in Valentino
There's so much to like about Rachel McAdams' golden gown. The colors are gorgeous, and I loved the outlining on the bodice. The softness of the skirt shouldn't work with the structured bodice, but because the same fabric as the bodice is interwoven throughout the skirt and along the hem as well, it pulls the look together. The script on the skirt really draws you in as well. The hair works, and I actually didn't mind the dark lip here. Nicely done, Rachel!

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
Nicole Kidman looked out-of-this-world in her interstellar gown. Another visually stunning gown, she looks like a space goddess. The sequin/bead work here is absolutely gorgeous, and I loved the cape. It really took the gown to the next level. The natural make-up and simple hair make sure all eyes are on the gown. Lovely look, Nicole!

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
Kate Hudson's gown is a great example of an amazing piece of fashion that isn't necessarily super pretty. She really embodied the theme though. The bottom part of the gown has a very soft, natural, and handmade feel to it, while the top part was obviously done with some sort of laser cutting machine. Not to mention what it must have taken to piece it all together. It doesn't look terribly comfortable, but it is very interesting to look at. I think the dress warranted a sleeker hair style, but other than that it was a great look. Nicely done, Kate! 

AND FINALLY...

Claire Danes in Zac Posen
At first glance, Claire Dane's ice blue ballgown seemed far better suited for the Oscars than the Met Gala. It's a beautiful gown and she looks great, but it's not what anybody wants to see at the Met Gala. Then I found out that it glows, and the dress went from all wrong to perfection! The dress was made with fiberoptic fabric (or fiberoptics woven into the fabric, not sure which). It's the one look from the night that is sure to be remembered for years to come. Beautiful job, Claire!

These were my favorites. What were yours? They'll be lots more dresses coming this week. Stay tuned!

Katy Perry, Zoe Saldana, Zendaya, Alessandra Ambvosia's photos from here.
Kylie Jenner, Allison Williams, Rachel McAdmas, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, and Claire Danes' photos from here.
Claire Danes glowing dress photo from here.  

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