A case of the beginning-of-the-week blues? Not on the first Monday in May! This past Monday, May 2, fashion industry denizens, Hollywood heavyweights, and everyone in between (read: the Kardashians) gathered on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the annual Met Ball, aka “Vogue Prom.” As per tradition, the all-out extravaganza fêted the debut of the Met’s Costume Institute’s major exhibit of the year. Titled Manus x Machina, this year’s exhibition is an examination of the crossroads between fashion and technology. This show comes hot on the heels of last year’s wildly successful China: Through the Looking Glass, which temporarily fused the Museum’s fashion and Asian Art facilities and smashed the visitor records previously held by 2011’s Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen. Add that to all the hype about the promotion of Andrew Bolton, the mastermind behind Through the Looking Glass, to the Costume Institute’s Head Curator position, and there’s no doubt on anyone’s mind that Manus x Machina will be another one for the books.
But now, onto what we all really want to talk about: the clothes. What’s so fun about the Met Gala’s red carpet is that every guest takes the “theme” in a different direction. Personally, I had no idea what to expect from this year tech-y mood. Would there be sparkle? Über-architectural silhouettes? Robot suits? The answer, my friends, was a resounding yes, yes, and yes (well, sort of). Scroll below to see my favorite looks.
Titans of Industry
Fashion business favorites Alexa Chung (pictured with designer Thakoon), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (of The Row), and Moda Operandi founder Lauren Santo Domingo prove that you don’t need celebrity to shine on the red carpet.
from l-r: Alexa wears Thakoon, M-K & A wear their own designs, and the LSD wears Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.
…Elsewhere, actresses Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux, Sienna Miller, and Kate Hudson showed that a little star power goes a long way, too.
clockwise from top left: Kristen wears Chanel, Léa rocks Louis Vuitton Sienna stuns in Gucci, and Kate wows in Atelier Versace.
Okay, okay. Technically Jenna, Jenni, and Lena are the only people is actual “suits” here. But I just couldn’t help including the amazing Emma Watson. I mean, the girl is wearing pants and a dress #multitasking.
from l-r: Emma wears Calvin Klein Collection, Jenna, Jenni, and Lena all wear J.Crew.
I really have to hand it to Gen Z on this one, as the younger generation seriously tore up the Met steps. My favorites in the 25-and-under category are Willow and Jaden Smith in their adorable coordinating (but not matching à la Britney and Justin) ensembles, and Tavi Gevinson in her short’n’sweet number.
from l-r: Willow wears Chanel, Jaden wear Louis Vuitton, and Tavi shows off Coach.
Let but not least: Zoë Saldana, who’s skirt reminds me of an Impressionist painting rendered in fabric. It is, in short, the stuff dreams are made of.
Zoë wears Dolce & Gahanna.
all images via Vogue.com