2016 Met Gala, Part 1

Welcome to the 2016 Met Gala! 

This year’s theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” Sadly, about half the attendees ignored the theme entirely, and 90% of the rest heard “technology” and thought, “I know – SILVER!” The basicness of this entire event was best summed up in this tweet:

So, get ready for a sea of basicness (including one post reserved specifically for the most Basic of Bitches) and the very occasional interesting gown.

Best DressedEMMA WATSON
top, skirt, and pants by Calvin Klein

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Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/Getty

No, it’s not as glamorous as what we ordinarily think of when we think of the Met Gala. But Emma managed to pay extremely close attention to the theme – her clothes are made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles, and environmentally-friendly fashion is a fantastic spin on the theme. She looks cool, and weird, and surprising, and she would not have worn this to any other event but the Met Gala. Those are basically all the boxes I check when I’m looking for Best Dressed at this particular event. I’ll take something thoughtful and conversation-starting like this over a pretty gown any day of the week, but especially at an event where you can get away with anything, and the theme demands that you at least try.

Runner-Up: NICOLE KIDMAN
gown by Alexander McQueen

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, America - 02 May 2016

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Rex/Shutterstock

Serving evil space queen realness. On-point, on-theme, and on-brand for Nicole’s ice queen persona. See, you didn’t have to wear a robot suit to adhere to the theme. But you needed more than just “silver.” This evokes feelings of space-age technology, and her cape looks like someone wove it out of stars. That’s some beautiful shit right there. And let’s get a close-up on that tiara thingie:

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Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

If Princess Leia wore a tiara, it would be this one.

Honorable MentionGIGI HADID and ZAYN MALIK
gown by Tommy Hilfiger; tuxedo by Versace

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Photo: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

This is the first time I’ve ever cared about either of these people, so they clearly did their jobs. Gigi’s outfit isn’t my favorite, but I think it reflects the theme better than most (though, as you’ll see, that’s a VERY low bar). The real champion of the evening was Zayn, who was one of the only men on the red carpet to even attempt dressing for the theme. And I know Twitter mocked him ceaselessly for that robot arm, but they can all fuck off, because it was an absolutely BRILLIANT idea for this particular event.

ZOE SALDANA
gown by Dolce & Gabbana

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Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

Clearly one of the most beautiful gowns of all time. If anything about it recalled technology in any way, it would have gotten my top spot, easily. But she could have worn this to any major event, which automatically disqualifies it from the Best Dressed, because the Met Gala is ALL about the theme. (Or, it’s supposed to be. Otherwise, why have a fucking theme at all?) Regardless, I can still squee over the sheer stunning beauty of this incredible gown. And you need to fucking deal with this train:

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Photo: Go Fug Yourself

This gives me chills. And I don’t even like trains.

KARLIE KLOSS
gown by Brandon Maxwell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, America - 02 May 2016

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Rex/Shutterstock

The more subtle nods to technology are visible here. The stiff sculpting of the dress (which looks almost like 3D-printing) and the light-up purse put Karlie miles ahead of the rest of her squad (most of whom landed in the Basic Bitches post). She really looks like she’s on a red carpet fifty years in the future, and I think that’s fucking great.

NAOMI WATTS
gown by Burberry

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, America - 02 May 2016

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Rex/Shutterstock

See, we’re only like six looks from the top of the post, and things are already starting to fall apart. This is very beautiful, and a clear winner compared to most of the red carpet, but I need something more than, “I know! I’ll wear an ass-ton of mirrors!” for a theme as broad and far-reaching as this one.

RAMI MALEK
tuxedo by Dior

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Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

Okay, it has nothing to do with the theme, but that electric blue is INCREDIBLE, and he’s one of maybe three men who didn’t wear a basic black tux, so let’s give Rami some credit for that. Not sure black shoes were the way to go, but he is all-around delectable.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY
gown and purse by Ralph Lauren

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, America - 02 May 2016

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Rex/Shutterstock

Yes, we’ve already hit the “normal gown with one metal thing on it, because that counts as adhering to the theme, right?” portion of the evening. This is very beautiful and almost immediately forgettable.

EMILY BLUNT
gown by Michael Kors

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Photo: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

Aight, I’ll give the third-trimester ladies a break. Most technology is heavy or uncomfortable to wear, and Emily is already carrying around an extra person everywhere she goes, so she gets a pass for just looking impeccably beautiful instead of technologically advanced.

ADRIANA LIMA
gown by Giambattista Valli, purse by Roger Vivier, shoes by Oscar de la Renta

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Photo: Jamie McCarthy

The dress is cute in a weird sort of way, but I couldn’t have told you the theme from looking at it if my life depended on it. And I swear to God, if I see that Roger Vivier purse one more time, I’m going to scream. I think it’s been at every major red carpet event for the last six years. I get it – it’s nice and it goes with everything – but seriously, if you have access to every clutch known to man, maybe you can retire this one.

IDRIS ELBA
tuxedo by Tom Ford

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Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

I think he’s wearing an Apple Watch, so I guess that’s something. Mostly this is here because Idris is a perfect human specimen.

ELLE FANNING
gown by Thakoon, necklace by Tiffany & Co.

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Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Elle Fanning looks a little bit like a very cute robot in everything she wears, but I’m not sure that actually counts as adhering to the theme. This is another for the “phenomenal for a different event, but not theme-y enough” list.

UMA THURMAN
gown by Tommy Hilfiger

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Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

From the front, I found this boring, weirdly-cut, and ugly. And then I saw the rear view, which…

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Photo: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

Because nothing says “tech” like ass cleavage, amirite?

LÉA SEYDOUX

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Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

That vaguely disgusted expression on Jenna Lyons’s face in the background? That’s pretty much exactly how I feel about this outfit. I expect much more from Ms. Seydoux.

DEMI LOVATO
gown by Moschino

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Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

I think this only ranks this high because I think Demi Lovato is cool. But I kind of hate everything about this.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS
dress by Louis Vuitton, bracelet by Cartier

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Photo: Arroyo-OConnor/AFF

Michelle, if you’re only going to hit the red carpet once a year, you REALLY need to try harder than this.

JENNIFER CONNELLY
dress by Louis Vuitton

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, America - 02 May 2016

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Rex/Shutterstock

There were a shocking number of starlets who heard “technology” and thought, “I know – HIDEOUS BOOTS!” Your guess is as good as mine.

ALICIA VIKANDER
dress by Louis Vuitton

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Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Jennifer Connelly’s look was already terrible. And Alicia Vikander somehow wore almost the same thing, but EVEN MORE HIDEOUS. And I love Alicia’s fashion risks, but this? No.

SAOIRSE RONAN
gown by Christopher Kane

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Photo: David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock

I don’t even know what I’m looking at. Maybe I’m safer that way.

MIRANDA KERR
top, skirt, and purse by Louis Vuitton, shoes by Christian Louboutin

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Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

Truly one of the ugliest outfits I’ve ever seen. This was a triple-whammy: hideous, not nearly formal enough for the Met Gala, and not remotely related to the theme. Usually, even the tackier starlets can at least get one out of the three (beautiful, formal, or theme-adherent), but Miranda Kerr failed on all counts.

KERRY WASHINGTON
gown by Marc Jacobs, shoes by Gianvito Rossi

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Photo: Kevin Mazur

I don’t believe in “pregnancy brain,” but I think it’s pretty clear that there were a LOT of hormones involved in Kerry’s decision to wear Elvira’s pajamas to the Met Gala.

EMMA ROBERTS
gown by Tory Burch, purse by Edie Parker

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris

I hate so very many things about this, but the styling is a crime against humanity.

There’s much more Met Gala to come in Part 2, Part 3, and of course, the Basic Bitches post, so stay tuned!


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5 responses to 2016 Met Gala, Part 1

  1. Elle does look even more like Very Cute Robot than normal.

    I also had a brief moment of horror when I got halfway through the post and hadn’t seen Claire Danes and then I realized it was part 1 and I breathed a big sigh of relief.

    • democracydiva – Author

      I had a friend ask me “What post is Claire Danes in?” today, so I get it.

      And you never have to worry about there only being one Met Gala post. It’s SO. MANY. PEOPLE. I cut out a zillion looks and it’s still almost 90 outfits.

  2. Benjamin

    I personally think Nicole Kidman easily deserved the top spot. Although the material for Emma Wattson’s outfit was more thematic, Nicole Kidman’s outfit looked like Rosalina and Maleficent had some sort of fabulous fashion-fusion. (Which ended up being very thematic.) Honestly, the design for Emma Wattson’s doesn’t look thematic at all to me. My problem with Zayn Malik’s outfit is that it honestly looks more like a cheap cosplay than a Met Gala outfit. Also, I so badly want Rami Malek’s outfit. That color is just perfect. The top lf Alicia Vikander’s outfit looked like duct tape. Finally, Saorise Ronan’s outfit looks like an emo Big Bird, and that is NOT okay.

    • democracydiva – Author

      I originally had Nicole in the top spot and then changed my mind. I loved Emma’s, but the Rosalina/Maleficent comparison is spot-on. And the color of Rami’s suit absolutely made my jaw drop!

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