The 2016 Met Gala Fashion: Manus x Machina

The Met Gala 2016 was one for the record books! Not only was every celebrity fashionista there and just about every celebrity fashionista designer represented, but suddenly the younger celebrity fashionista generation is getting into the act!

Baby bumps and Doc Martins with Louis Vuitton mini dresses ran amuck, but just how well did the celebs stick to the Manus x Machina theme? Some better than others. The fashion meets technology theme actually meant to hit upon mankind (Manus) vs. machine (Machina) but also about the fashion of the future. Therefore, it was expected to see lots of digital prints, 3D printing, laser cutting, and space age fashion. What did we see? Well, some of that – and also lots of gunmetal – to say the least.

There were a LOT of standout dresses, and also some plain dresses. There were models who got the theme and celebrities who didn’t (this happens every year). There were also some celebs who looked like they wanted to bring back the Met Gala themes of years past. (Here’s looking at you, Jessica Chastain and Lady Gaga.)


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Let’s check out the highs and lows of this year’s tech-savvy Met Gala.

Best Looks

Zoe Saldana in black confetti Dolce & Gabbana
Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana
Claire Danes white Zac Posen glowing gown
Claire Danes in Zac Posen

clare-danes-glow-in-the-dark-Zac Posen-gown

The best part of this dress? It glowed in the dark!

Solange Knowles in yellow David Laport
Solange Knowles in David Laport
Lupita Nyong'o in green sequin Calvin Klein Collection
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection
Lomg train gown Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen
Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen
Beyonce in Givenchy Nude Gown
Beyonce in Givenchy
Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace
Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace
Gold gown Nina Dobrev in Marchesa
Nina Dobrev in Marchesa
Sheer gown Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa / IBM Watson

Marchesa teamed up with IBM Watson to make this dress light up and change colors.

Allison Williams in one shoulder Peter Pilotto gown
Allison Williams in Peter Pilotto, (wearing AMOREPACIFIC Age Correcting Foundation Cushion makeup)


Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

So Much Metal

Rita Ora in silver feathered Vera Wang gown
Rita Ora in Vera Wang
Naomi Watts in floral metallic Burberry gown
Naomi Watts in Burberry
Alexander McQueen gown Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
Kylie Jenner in silver Balmain
Kylie Jenner in Balmain
Kim Kardashian in silver Balmain
Kim Kardashian in Balmain
Kate Upton in silver gown topshop
Kate Upton in Topshop
silver jumpsuit Julie Macklowe
Julie Macklowe in Philipp Plein
Cindy Crawford in siver Balmain Glown
Cindy Crawford in Balmain
Balmain Goen metallic Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn in Balmain
Sequin Gown Sienna Miller in Gucci
Sienna Miller in Gucci
Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa beaded gown
Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa
Kristen Stewart black chanel dress Met Gala
Kristen Stewart in Chanel
Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton
Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton
Ciara in H&M
Ciara in H&M
Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler
Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler

Looks from Met Galas Past?

This year’s theme was fashion in the future. These celebs looked great, but did they follow the theme? Not exactly.

It feels like they took a page out of a Met Gala theme of the past. Here’s what I mean:

No Pants Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace
Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace

Sure, it’s a gunmetal look. But it’s also reminiscent of Punk: Chaos to Couture 2013. Where is the bottom?

Jessica Chastain in Prada
Jessica Chastain in Prada

Jessica Chastain in a Manus x Machina look? Or Jessica Chastain in China: Through the Looking Glass 2015?

Irina Shayk in Givenchy
Irina Shayk in Givenchy

Stars and stripes? Reminds me of the 2010 Met Gala theme – American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.

Katy Perry in Prada
Katy Perry in Prada

This is the Prada of the future, I think. But it also reminds me of something out of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations in 2010.

Zoe Kravitz in
Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz in fashion of the future or Zoe Kravitz as a superhero taking on the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy theme of 2008. This is a far stretch and yet not so hard to believe.

Sarah Jessica Parker in
Sarah Jessica Parker in Momse

I know Sarah Jessica Parker was going for a Hamilton-inspired outfit (what does this have to do with fashion and technology, I wonder?) but it also reminds me of Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion, from 2006.

Alessandra Ambrosio in Balmain
Alessandra Ambrosio in Balmain

Taking on the Manus x Machina theme full force, but also the epitome of The Model as a Muse: Embodying Fashion, 2009.

The Louis Vuitton Effect 

Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton
Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton
short dress red carpet Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
Miranda Kerr in Louis Vuitton
Miranda Kerr in Louis Vuitton
Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton
Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton

Other Standouts 

Madonna in Givenchy Black lace Met Gala 2016
Madonna in Givenchy (ridiculous)
LaLa Anthony in red and black beaded gown
LaLa Anthony
Met Gala 2016 Kate Bosworth in cream and silver Dolce & Gabbana
Kate Bosworth in Dolce & Gabbana
Green Gown Met Gala 20156 Hailee Steinfeld in HM
Hailee Steinfeld in H&M (horrid)

– Simona Shemer

Photos:, Hollywood Life, EOnline

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