Let’s say you receive an invitation in the mail from Vogue inviting you to the year’s Met Gala. The exhibition theme is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology (i.e. a focus on man and machine made fashion) and at the behest of Anna Wintour, the invite announces a strict dress code for the evening: “tech white tie”.
- Follow the dress code at all cost, thus not upsetting Wintour or the icy glares she’ll give you all night if you wore something god awful.
- Wear something that’s close to tech white tie, but play it safe.
- Say “Fuck It” and wear metallic because you’re a born rebel give zero.
If you chose 3, you’ll be in the majority of many of the red carpet arrivals to the 2016 Met Gala. Despite the “tech white tie” dress code, most of Hollywood and fashion’s elite donned mostly sparkly and shiny objects to the gala. While it left a few attendees and gawkers (like us) scratching heads, a number of guests definitely got it right and a handful got it wrong.
Claire Danes with Zac Posen (pictured with the designer)
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein
Beyonce in Givenchy
Let’s start with the good. Hands down, Claire Danes was my MVP. Her light-up Zac Posen gown nailed the theme of the exhibit while looking effortless and flawless. It’s safe to say that Danes was the Rihanna of this year’s Met, going for a near iconic and innovative look much like the entertainer’s canary Gou Pei number from 2015. Lupita Nyong’o shimmered in an emerald Calvin Klein gown with a plunging neckline and an extreme tall up do that left many wondering how did her hairstylist achieve it. Other honorable mentions include: The night’s co-chair Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton, Danai Gurira, Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa, Katy Perry in Prada, Zendaya doing her best impression of a 70’s Pat Cleveland with a bowl cut and wearing a copper Michael Kors dress, Ciara (with metal hair), Kate Hudson, Karolina Kurokova, siblings Willow and Jaden Smith, and Beyonce – sans wearing lemon (her sister, Solange, wore the color in a latex getup) and in a nude latex dress that many thought was Becky with the good hair’s skin.
Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton, Jourdan Dunn in Balmain, Kylie Jenner in Balmain
If there was one designer with the most polarizing looks of the night, it went to Olivier Rousteing of Balmain. Not only did the designer outfit the Kardashian clan (Kim, Kylie, and mom Kris), but models: Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn, Alessandra Ambrosio, Joan Smalls, and Doutzen Kroes. He’s to thank for the over abundance of metallic that rivaled a grocery store’s entire stock of Reynolds’ aluminum foil wrap.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian – West in Balmain
However, Kanye may have been the worst of the evening. Going so far as to not dress in formal attire (the rapper wore distressed jeans), his distracting bluish gray contacts and overly embellished metallic Balmain jacket was less futuristic and more attention whore. Maybe he received Anna’s icy cold glares throughout the evening?