2016 Met Gala, Part 2

The derailed train that is the Met Gala continues. 

Best DressedCLAIRE DANES
gown by Zac Posen

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Photo: Jamie McCarthy

I know what you’re thinking. “But, Democracy Diva! You spent the whole last post shitting all over everyone who didn’t stick to theme! Sure, Claire Danes looks like a magical Disney princess, but what does that have to do with technology?” And in response, I bring you this same dress, in the dark:

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Photo: Getty

She is Van Gogh’s Starry Night come to life. This is truly one of the most magnificent things I’ve ever seen. Mazel tov, Zac Posen, because this gown – organza woven with fiber optics – is genius. I urge you to watch Claire Danes twirl around in this on Zac’s instagram, because it will blow your fucking mind.

Runner-Up: LUPITA NYONG’O
gown by Calvin Klein

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

Photo: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

Honestly? The gown is not my favorite. The color is perfect on her, and the texture gives it a futuristic feel that works pretty well thematically, but it’s no woven fiber optics, or anything like that. But I think the gravity-defying hair alone warrants the second-place spot. Especially when Vogue cited Lupita’s hair inspiration as Audrey Hepburn and Lupita gave them a big old NOPE in response.

Honorable Mention: KATY PERRY
gown by Prada

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

Photo: Jamie McCarthy

I came away from the Met Gala red carpet remembering not much more than Lupita’s hair, Emma Watson, and this crazy fucking dress. Also, I am told there is a Tamagotchi hidden somewhere on her person. I think you win something if you can actually spot it! (I can’t.)

LILY COLLINS
gown by Valentino, choker by Tiffany & Co.

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Photo: AKM-GSI

The dress is only okay. And when I thought this photo just had a white line down the middle, I was ready to place Lily in the middle of the pack. Then I found a close-up of her makeup:

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Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/Getty

Suddenly she goes from basic starlet to serving artificially intelligent realness. And all she needed was a white line down her face. Tip your makeup artist extra, Lily. That queen is on your team.

JADEN SMITH
suit by Louis Vuitton

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Photo: Arroyo-OConnor/AFF

I had written off the Smith kids as rich megalomaniacs ages ago, but DAMN, this kid knows how to do a theme party right.

CIARA
gown by H&M

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

Photo: Kevin Mazur

The silver hair, and the commitment to making this flapper gown look 22nd-century, totally sell this outfit for me.

WILLOW SMITH
coat and jumpsuit by Chanel, shoes by Christian Louboutin

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

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Loving the general vibe, but I actually expected more from her.

BRIE LARSON
gown by Proenza Schouler

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

Photo: Larry Busacca

Someone should tell her that Room is over and she doesn’t have to make that face anymore.

NAOMIE HARRIS
gown by Burberry, necklace by Messika

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Photo: Arroyo-OConnor/AFF

The cut of this is terrible, from the neckline to the mermaid skirt to the train. And that bolo-tie-looking necklace only makes things worse. The print complicates things further, and the hair and makeup are downright boring. Naomie can do SO much better.

ANNA KENDRICK
gown by Derek Lam

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

Photo: Larry Busacca

Pretty, but for the Met Gala, that should be your floor, not your ceiling.

MINDY KALING
gown and purse by Tory Burch

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Photo: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

She could have paired this with a Jane Jetson collar and totally sold me on it, but as is? Meh.

RACHEL MCADAMS
gown by Valentino

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

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

I could have loved this at another event – it’s a hell of a dress – but gold netting and quotations from Dante’s Divine Comedy don’t read as particularly technological to me. Digging the styling, though.

KATE MARA
dress by Paco Rabanne, shoes by Francesco Russo

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

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

This is virtually indistinguishable from every fucking dress she’s ever worn.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER
suit by Monse, necklace by Fred Leighton

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Photo: David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock

Apparently, SJP reads fashion blogs and got all furious when everyone hated on her for ignoring the theme. She released some statement about the technology used to create her oh-so-very-thematic outfit. And honestly, I think that misses the point entirely. Her outfit shouldn’t need a prepared statement in order for people to understand what it has to do with the theme. I’m not saying it has to be clear in a single photo what the theme is – Claire Danes’s dress wasn’t thematic until the lights went off and the fiber optics went KABLAM, and even though Emma Watson’s outfit looked kind of futuristic, you probably needed to know it was made of recycled plastic – but fashion is mostly a visual medium. It shouldn’t require too much backstory or explanation, though it can be enriched by those things. My point is, we’re not the idiots for not noticing what kind of machine applied the embellishments to your outfit, Sarah.

Also, if you want to look like you’re at a technology-themed event, stop dressing like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s understudy in Hamilton. It’s just confusing.

DAKOTA FANNING
gown by Nina Ricci

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Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Gloomy and uninspired.

AMY SCHUMER
gown, purse, and shoes by Alexander Wang

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Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Well, she’s definitely trying!

KRISTEN STEWART
gown by Chanel

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Photo: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

So aggressively hideous, it has to be on purpose.

FLORENCE WELCH
gown by Gucci

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Photo: Venturelli/FilmMagic

I didn’t really love this or hate this – until Florence turned around.

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Photo: Arroyo-OConnor/AFF

Is that a BEAR?! Fuck off, Florence. Even you, woodland faerie nymph that you are, are not whimsical enough to pull this off. And it at least should have been a robot bear.

HAILEE STEINFELD
gown by H&M, jewelry by David Webb, purse by Rauwolf

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Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris

If I were in a bridesmaids’ dress as bad as this one, that’d be my expression too.

KATE BOSWORTH
gown by Dolce & Gabbana

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

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris

I usually fawn all over her weird shtick, but Kate actually looks like the renaissance threw up all over her.

Worst Dressed: MADONNA
gown by Givenchy

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Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP; John Shearer/Getty

Back in my day, you went for the cut-out boobs OR the cut-out buttcheeks, not both. These kids today…


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3 responses to 2016 Met Gala, Part 2

  1. I still can’t get over Claire Danes’s dress. SO MAGICAL. I WANT IT. I have no idea when or where I would ever wear it, which is to say that I would wear it every single day and everyone would think I was batshit crazy but I would not care because IT’S JUST SO COOL AND PRETTY AND MAGICAL.

    • democracydiva – Author

      I’d wear it on my balcony and wave slowly at the people beneath me and then go back to my regular life of not being a magical princess.

  2. Karen Mathis

    I bow down to Zac Posen and Princess Claire because OH. MY. GOD.

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