2016 Met Gala Red Carpet: Part One – A Little Leopard
2016 Met Gala Red Carpet: Part One – A Little Leopard

2016 Met Gala Red Carpet: Part One – A Little Leopard

Manus x Machina. Where fashion meets technology. The concept as it applies to a museum exhibit isn’t too difficult to decipher: the evolution of how fashion is constructed. But as a Met Gala theme, with the dress code “tech white tie”? Your guess is apparently as good as Kanye’s ripped jeans as to what that means.

So, by popular demand (aka my friend Lauren asking me), here are my thoughts on the 2016 Met Gala red carpet and various celebrities’ interpretations of what “tech white tie” actually means.

Alexa Chung is serving up David Bowie realness in this Thakoon look and I am all about it. I mean, if you’re going to channel anyone for a man/machine theme, who better than Bowie? (RIP you beautiful soul.)

I’m putting Allison Williams in Peter Pilotto here simply because she is Lauren’s pick for best dressed, and as we have established above, Lauren is basically the whole reason I am writing this post.

Bette Midler is easily in my top five. On theme, flattering, age appropriate but still totally slaying in this Marc Jacobs dress. Get it, girl.

UGH. Grimes, sorry, you are by far my worst dressed of the night, and yes, I am including that horrible American Flag dress in this. I actually quite enjoyed almost all the other Louis Vuitton looks at the Met Gala (#VuittonSquad), but this is so bad. It looks like a high school fashion class project, not the product of a renowned fashion house.

Idris Elba is just here to remind you how good he looks in a Tom Ford suit, thank you very much.

This is an Alaia! It’s like, a totally important designer!

Points for adherence to the theme.

Karlie Kloss’s Brandon Maxwell dress got a million times better when I saw it transform into a cape and mini dress ensemble. Now that is a great use of fashion technology.

A computer named Watson helped Marchesa design Karolina Kurkova’s gown, and it lights up. That is a real, true sentence.

I actually super love Lupita N’yongo’s Calvin Klein dress, but what’s with the hair taking a page out of The Fat Jew’s styling book?

Solange Knowles kind of looks like Big Bird, which would be cool if Rihanna hadn’t basically done this last year, but with more feathers.

Choupette Lagerfeld pointed out that Taylor Swift looks like “little Jenny Humphrey” here, which is true, but I’m not mad about it.

Zayn (in Versace) and Gigi Hadid (in Tommy Hilfiger) are total couple goals. I like their looks individually, but put them together and you’ve got Met Gala magic.

This one is going to be divisive, but I am all about Selena Gomez’s Louis Vuitton combat boots and dress combo here. It’s fun, youthful, unexpected and totally works for the occasion.

Orlando Bloom accessorized with a Tamagatchi. A Tamagatchi! Do you think he fed it and took proper care of it all night or do you think it died, like the Tamagatchis of so many 90s children who had to, you know, go to school?

Okay, fifteen looks seems like enough Met Gala commentary, so this post just officially became a two parter…stay tuned for more on Friday and my pick for best-dressed! (Will people still care about Met Gala coverage by then? Hopefully!)

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you thought of this year’s Met Gala carpet. As I tweeted the other day, one woman’s worst dressed is another’s best, but that’s what makes fashion fun, isn’t it?

All images via Racked.