This week was a big one for fashion designers and celebrities alike – the Met Gala 2016 was the reason. Every year, anyone who has the slightest interest in fashion or celebrity tune in to see what everyone is wearing. If you type in ‘Claire Danes’ into Google, the top autofill answer is ‘Claire Danes Met Gala’ – we will get to her soon. This year’s theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. The focus of the exhibition was the contrast between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion (prêt-à-porter/Ready-to-Wear) and how, nowadays, the distinction between the two are becoming blurred as more and more fashion houses are incorporating both in their practice and even combining techniques from each. And, of course, the event was sponsored by Apple.
Here, I have collated my top picks from the red carpet – take a look.
10. Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger
I usually love whatever Gigi is dressed in, and although I think this dress is stunning and fits the brief, it just wasn’t as great as the rest – which is why she has the 10th spot. Also, Zayn’s metal armor looks ridiculous. Either go all in or don’t do it at all. Sorry Zayn fans.
9. Emma Watson in Calvin Klein Collection
What I really appreciate about this five-piece ensemble is that it was so true to the wearer. Dubbed eco-friendly, it is made out of sustainable taffeta, cotton and satin created with yarn derived from recycled plastic bottles. Emma has always been a strong advocate for saving the environment and this night, it was no different.
8. Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
This gown is just stunning – all the intricate detailing and embellishment make this piece truly one-of-a-kind. The cape with padded shoulders put the cherry on the already magnificent cake.
7. Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana
When gowns like this one come down the red carpet, you can’t help but stare and admire all the hard work that would’ve gone into making this one piece. For this one event. I would really love to hear the story behind this dress and learn what the inspiration was behind it and how it came into being.
6. The Balmain #Squad
I’m just going to bunch these three beautiful ladies and gowns together because I really wouldn’t know which I would choose over the other. Previously, I had already expressed how impressed I was with Balmain’s most recent ready-to-wear collection and these three beauties really brought it home. Jourdan’s black ensemble heavily detailed, however remains in the slightly 2D world. This is contrasted by Alessandra’s white/silver, also heavily detailed, gown with all the crochet making it appear more three-dimensional. Then, to avoid complete bling overload, the trio is toned down by Doutzen’s white cut-out dress. Simple, yet so very elegant.
5. Rita Ora in Vera Wang
Anyone who knows me well enough knows that feathers are my Achilles heel. The combination of light grey feathers and metallics really has me weak in the knees. Well done, Vera.
4. Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa
And the bling just keeps on coming. I think that, although this gown had the potential to look very tacky *cough* Kardashians *cough*, Poppy pulled it off with an air of sophistication and elegance. You can really start to appreciate all elements of the dress individually without any other distractions.
3. Claire Danes in Zac Posen
Yes, this dress. Every year, Zac Posen’s creations always make it to the top of my list and this year was no different. Looking like a real-life Cinderella, Claire Danes walked the red carpet in this gorgeous light blue number. Whilst everyone else arrived in fancy cars, black SUV’s and whatnot, Claire actually arrived in a bus – but not for the reason you might think. The dress was actually so voluminous that she couldn’t fit into the regular mode of transport.
In the dark, everything changed. Cinderella became Frozen’s Elsa as Claire’s dress lit up. It was able to produce these effect due to being crafted by organza and fibre optics. I wish I could have seen this in person!
2. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
The number 2 spot has to go to this Versace piece. There is a dichotomy between the top and bottom half of the dress which is really beautiful and is in keeping with the theme of the night. On the top, you have all these edges which provide a kind of robotic feel. Whereas on the bottom, you have this gentle flowing, pleated fabric that gives a sense of softness.
1. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
And here we are at number 1. Of all the beautiful gowns and suits that were on the red carpet that night, nothing could beat this. Not only was it stunning to look at, but the technology behind it makes it something that should be held as one of mankind’s great achievements. Marchesa teamed up with Watson, IBM’s friendly cognitive-computer, to create a dress with LED’s that would change colour according to the mood of the tweets that were coming through with the right hashtags. Like I said, the technology behind this is incredible and you can read the full story here.