Displaying the outrageous and the beautiful, the Met Gala is known as fashion’s biggest night of the year. If you haven’t heard of the Met Ball, think of it as the world’s largest dress-up party. The Met Gala is the annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. As a celebration of fashion, the red carpet here is almost always over the top and heavy on the couture.
This year’s theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, focusing on the tension between handmade and machine-made fashion. It’s no surprise, then, that Jonathan Ive, chief design officer of Apple, cohosted the event along with Anna Wintour, Taylor Swift, and Idris Elba.
We are still reeling over last night’s couture creations, and we’ve rounded up all of our favorites for you here.
Rachel McAdams //
Military meets whimsy in Rachel McAdams’ Valentino gown, and this unexpected contrast has us seeing stars. The structured, chain mail–inspired beading of the long-sleeve torso carries into the chiffon skirt, with cursive handwriting flowing throughout. The mixed metallics of silver, bronze, and gold play up the soft, feminine nude chiffon. Paired with a moody lip hue, this makes for a standout look indeed.
Bee Shaffer //
Clad in Alexander McQueen, Bee Shaffer is an absolute vision in floral-embroidered couture. Clearly, she inherited her mother’s (Anna Wintour) ease and elegance on the red carpet by choosing a gown that is classically beautiful yet fashion-forward in every way. The flattering yet simple silhouette paired with the regal embroidery gives this dress an air of medieval extravagance, and we can’t get enough.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw //
We don’t know about you, but we’ve never wanted a white dress as much as we do now after seeing Mbatha-Raw last night in Gabriela Hearst. Clearly, simplicity can make just as much of an impact as a glitzy couture gown. Clean lines, a flattering fit, and a striking color choice that highlights Mbatha-Raw’s natural beauty is all this up-and-coming starlet needs to stand out.
Kate Bosworth //
But speaking of glitzy, veteran to the couture scene Kate Bosworth gave us an eyeful of ethereal extravagance last night in this Dolce & Gabbana piece. Channeling her inner Greek goddess, Bosworth is a sublime vision in this diamond-encrusted, armor-like gown with a contrasting beaded chiffon skirt. The bejeweled olive leaf wreath completes this Mount Olympus–worthy look.
Fei Fei Sun //
Model Fei Fei Sun started the night out right in Chanel. Couture doesn’t always mean over the top, as Sun clearly exhibits. The simple column silhouette with white ruffles and delicate sequin embroidery is a breath of fresh air, which is always appreciated on the red carpet.
Jessica Chastain //
Jessica Chastain certainly knows how to flatter herself. This vibrant sapphire satin Prada number makes her red hair even more brilliant while also flattering her figure with its classic ball gown silhouette. The black embroidery gives this look a Gothic edge, contrasting against Chastain’s fresh hair and makeup in all the right ways.
Megyn Kelly //
Megyn Kelly proves that classic dresses are always red-carpet appropriate, playing up her figure in a Badgley Mischka mermaid gown. Among the extreme couture looks around her, Kelly stands out in the sleek black look. Her bold hair choice and oversize jewelry give her an extra edge, and we’re into it.
Emma Roberts //
The embroidery continues with Emma Roberts’ ombré Tory Burch gown, a more bohemian look that separates her from the rest. The modern geometric patterns evoke the machine-made vs. handmade theme, while the classic fit and bright colors make Roberts look like a red carpet princess.
We are getting some serious Cleopatra vibes from Zendaya’s custom Michael Kors gown. Zendaya fully embraced the man vs. machine debate in her stark look, but she had her own classic spin on the futuristic theme. The sleek, form-fitting bronze column gown flatters her figure and her skin tone—now that’s a win-win.
Adriana Lima //
We have to admit—we were a little surprised by Adriana Lima’s choice in a fit-and-flare Giambattista Valli gown, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t in love with it. The contrasting textures and prints make for a playfully juxtaposed frock that flatters Lima in all the right ways. The on-trend high neck and fluffy A-line skirt offer a classic throwback to the days of Grace Kelly, and we are so about it.
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