Top Ten: Met Gala 2016

I look forward to the Met Gala every year; it’s perhaps one of my favorite red carpets as designers go above and beyond, bringing beautiful and innovative aesthetics to the forefront. If you are not familiar with the event, it’s an annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York. Each year boasts a different theme, this year’s being “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”.

I loved this theme as it showcased strong, edgy metallic looks that were often kissed with a touch of softness and/or femininity via florals, sparkle or accents of softer textures. There’s no way I could pick just one or two looks to showcase on the blog, so I curated ten of them for a highly stylized Top Ten post, which I bring to you in no particular order:

1. Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton

Taylor was actually a co-chair of this year’s event, fun fact. Although this look is nothing highly innovative in form, Taylor’s overall styling of it is quite edgy for her. The black + silver metallic print paired with the gladiator heels give such a strong and fun vibe, while Taylor’s platinum hair and super dark lips bring everything together. This is definitely a side of TSwift we can all get behind.

2. Rachel McAdams in Valentino

I cannot think of a time when Rachel McAdams disappointed on the red carpet, and her gala look by Valentino is no exception. The varied textures of gold, the script detailing of the skirt, all in shades of gold, partners up with a long-sleeved chic silhouette to create the perfect gilded package. Her parted + waved locks and deep-dark lip are winning complements to it all.

3. Kylie Jenner in Balmain

Say what you will about a Kardashian/Jenner, there’s no denying they tend to know what they’re doing when they get dressed. It’s no new information that the family has long had strong ties with the Balmain label, and we can totally see why. The designer really knows how to amp up strong silhouettes and add perfect detailing in all the right places. This silver sparkler of a look offers detail galore within it’s glitzy whole. Perfectly placed sheer cut-outs, sleeves with further detailed shoulder caps, and a body-hugging-fit of a silhouette reign supreme and vibe with the night’s theme.

4. Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

I can’t quite put my finger on what it is exactly, but this Alexander McQueen number had me drawn in. It was practically magical (see, see what I did there?!). The celestial sparkle just can’t help but be visually appealing. The cut-out bodice and sheer embellished cape are great details and all come together as quite wonderous and bewitching (2 movie drops, how you like that?!).

5. Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana

Confetti Peacock. That is what this train screams at me, in the very best of ways! Zoe Saldana effortlessly brought this D&G look to life last night. It really is all about that train, with it’s cascades of texture and color. The fitted, strapless bodice allows the focus to be on the art of the train and the flawless beauty of Zoe herself.

6. Poppy Delevigne in Marchesa

You already know I am forever smitten with Marchesa, and this piece is such an edgy departure from her famously known feminine and flirty vibe; you just cannot help but revel in how exquisite it truly is. The attention to metallic + jeweled embellishments, the scalloped tiers of the skirt; this is one of my top 3 favorites for sure! I also have to say that I am loving the theme of a dark lip that blanketed the event as well. Poppy is so incredibly beautiful here, I just cannot.

7. Alessandra Ambrosio in Balmain

The silhouette is so classic Balmain and looks more than well-suited for Alessandra’s model stature. The wide metallic belt is a great pop of edge to the crochet patterned vibe of the gown; which also gives amazing textural appeal. Seriously, how much more amazing could this silhouette get?!

8. Allison Williams in Peter Pilotto

Ok, how dreamy is this ?! Immediately you are drawn into the all-over floral embellishments that seem to go on for days. Set against a blue metallic sheen, this gown is quite exquisite in overall construction. The asymmetrical cut-out shows off a glimpse of Allison’s sculpted abs, and the sweeping train gives it a sort of fairytale vibe, edged up by a darker makeup palette.

9. Emma Watson in Calvin Klein Collection

This Calvin Klein Collection look may not be coated with glitz and sparkle, but the layered construction is show-stopping in its own right. The floor trailing train, the corset overlay on the bodice, and the belting of the skirt are just a few of the apparent stand-outs. Emma’s retro inspired hair and nude matte lip round out this strong cold-shoulder look.

10. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

Now this is the dreamy Marchesa we are accustomed to loving. It may not feature any harder, edgier elements, but the attention to detail of Marchesa is evident from all angles. The floral embellishments and sheer patterned cascades of the skirt are like moving art. The hi-low cut of the skirt is a lovely variation from the usual floor-length gown, and the dusty pastel blue color is a perfect partner to Karolina’s glowing complexion. She looks radiant and glamorous floating down the red carpet.

So many beautiful and innovative looks on the red carpet last night; who was wearing your favorite look??


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