The Best (and Worst) of the Met Gala
The annual Met Gala — hosted by Anna Wintour to celebrate the new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute — is known as the fashion industry's most avant-garde red carpet. This year did not disappoint — eh, depending on how you interpret that. Ambition and futuristic looks were everywhere — inspired, no doubt, by this year's theme: Manus X Machina, an investigation of the meeting points between art, couture, and technology. We'd bet money that Wintour envisioned a thousand sophisticated takes on Alicia Viksander's Ex Machina; what we got was maybe ... well, judge for yourself, but we'd say the good-to-what-the-what ratio was 1 to infinity.
We'll start with the two gowns we truly loved and move on from there.
Here we have Jourdan Dunn in Balmain. Perfection!
And love this so much. Love this. Love Zac Posen's 21st-century fairy tale dress. Jourdan Dunn's photo is better, but this dress is magic, and perfect for the night. A++.
After Claire Danes, this lighting installation was the best part of the night.
Rachel McAdams and Taylor Swift mined similar color palettes (platinum hair, super-dark lips, metallics) — in our opinion, to depressing results. Robots = bad?
This too shall pass. (TSwift is in Louis Vuitton.)
Here's Nina Dobrev in Marchesa. We love this. Are we alone in this? We feel like this is a minority position.
Emma Watson's Calvin Klein dress was made from recycled plastic bottles. We approve.
We appreciate the sustainable-materials aspect of Amber Valletta's H&M dress.
We say again: Eh? (Beyoncé in Givenchy.)
UH. And those contacts, Kanye?
This is just weird.
We saw Solange on a lot of worst-dressed lists. Call us crazy; we sort of love it. Not enough lemon yellow in the world.
We see literally no connection to the theme. But otherwise we're of the opinion that Emily Ratajkowski (in Prabal Gurung) looks amazing.
We close out with a major moment of WTF: Wear that flag like you mean it, Irina Shayk (in Givenchy).