The Oscars of fashion, the ultimate prom, Superbowl of gowns…whatever you call it, the Met Gala is the ultimate fashion night out. Supermodels, actresses and musicians flocked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their best interpretation of the years theme – Manus x Machina, all vying for the coveted title of best dressed. And with patron saint of the Met Gala, Rihanna, forgoing the event, it really was anyone’s game. Here are our top picks
10. SOLANGE KNOWLES IN DAVID LAPORT
Controversial choice, but in a sea of silk gowns, people seem to forget that it is a costume gala, and no one plays to a fashionable theme like Solange. Her David LaPort look was an exercise in fashion techniques, and a masterclass in how to do colour on the red carpet with ease. One of the true original style stars of the new millennium.
9. EMMA WATSON IN CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION
Continuing her love for trousers on the red carpet, Emma Watson showcased her unique personal style in a five piece Calvin Klein set, all made from fabrics created from recycled plastic bottles. We loved the juxtaposition of her old Hollywood hair and make up against the technical fabrication of her look. Who says you can’t be comfortable AND glamourous?
8. AMBER VALETTA IN H&M
Amber Valetta (in H&M) looked stunning for her turn on the carpet, drawing inspiration from both the Manus aspect of the theme, with 1000 hand-cut silk petals making up the skirt, and the Machina, with the silhouette recalling Katniss’ futuristic fire gown from the Hunger Games. Sleek hair and make up and a statement shoe completed her look.
7. KENDALL JENNER IN ATELIER VERSACE
The only member of her infamous family making the best dressed list, Kendall stayed true to theme in an Atelier Versace gown, calling to mind ethernet cabling and microchips. The fit was impeccable, hair and make up was on point, and a the perfect choice of a simple sandal finished the look. Luckily, she got the memo the rest of her family missed; more doesn’t always equal better.
6. CIARA IN H&M
While there were several metallic gowns hitting the red carpet, none committed to the look quite like Ciara. With her gown’s cascading sequins complementing her freshly silver hair, she looked simultaneously futuristic and classically Hollywood, proving that when it comes to red carpets, Ciara is one to watch.
5. KATE HUDSON IN VERSACE
Kate Hudson fully embraced the technology part of the evening’s theme, with her Versace gown forming couture-like armour through the bodice, before falling into a full skirt. Drawing inspiration from robotics and mouldings, it’s also of note that the dress reads as a tech version of Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress form Oscar de la Renta gown from the 2014 Met Gala – showing that while technology moves us ahead, some methods stand the test of time….but with a little more skin showing.
4. NICOLE KIDMAN IN ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
After several missteps on the red carpet of late, it’s great to see Nicole Kidman regain her spot in the best dressed. We loved the witchy feel of her Alexander McQueen gown, complete with a embellished cape. While it doesn’t look on theme at first glance, the entire look was hand beaded – showing the workmanship that goes into creating couture pieces. And the full moon decals? Pure magic.
3. POPPY DELEVINGNE IN MARCHESA
While a lot of the metallic gowns on the carpet looked to the future, Poppy Delevingne’s Marchesa tiered gown harked back to 20’s flapper glamour. The intricately beaded gown showcased the techniques perfected by designers of the last century, with a large portion of the gown created by hand. A dark crimson lip and poker straight hair completed her look.
2. BEYONCE IN GIVENCHY
It’s been quite the few weeks for Queen Bey, with her second visual album, Lemonade, dropping, her Formation world tour commencing, and the launch of Ivy Park, but she still came to deliver one of the best looks at the Met Gala. Sticking to Givenchy for a third year running, she took inspiration from her stage persona and hit the carpet in a fully latex gown. Fusing both elements of the night’s theme together, the futuristic feel of the fabrication against the Victorian silhouette made for a showstopping moment.
1. CLAIRE DANES IN ZAC POSEN
Now THIS is the dress we waited for. After so much anticipation for gowns with a tech fusion, but no sign of a 3D printed panel in sight, Claire took to the red carpet looking like a 2016 version of Cinderella…complete with a magical dress. Created with fiberoptic inflused organza (and 13 battery packs), the Zac Posen creation was without a date the best gown on the night.
Now we’ve talked about the best, read our Top Ten Worst Dressed at the 2016 Met Gala.