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.)

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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