2016 Met Gala Stand-Out Looks

Red carpets aren’t really our thing. They can be flashy, narcissistic and, well, pretty predictable. But the Met Gala red carpet? Well, we suppose we can make an exception.

As we’re sure you know, the Met Gala is the fashion event of the year that everybody who’s anybody attends wearing the absolute best outfits. The gala celebrates the official launch of the museum’s Costume Institute spring exhibition, and it does so in style.

The theme of this year’s exhibit and the 2016 Met Gala is Manus x Machina, which “explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.”

Some attendees took the machine-made, technology aspect of the theme very literally, sporting robot-like attire and metallic makeup. Our favorite looks from this year’s gala, however, were thoughtful, innovative and, above all, represented the theme in a smart way that wasn’t so in your face. Here they are…

1. Kate Bosworth

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Kate Bosworth in Dolce & Gabbana // Source: E!

Kate Bosworth’s elegant Dolce & Gabbana look subtly payed homage to the best of handcrafted fashion and technology. Featuring intricate embroidery, handwork as well as an armor-like bodice and crown, this looks is ethereal in the best possibly way.

2. Emma Watson

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Emma Watson in Calvin Klein Collection // Source: E!

Emma Watson’s Calvin Klein Collection look was amazing for a lot of reasons. But what really made it stand out is the fabric, which was made entirely out of fibers created from constructed from recycled plastic bottles. This outfit demonstrates the intersection between sustainability, technology and fashion, which is certainly an interesting way to interpret this year’s theme.

3. Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer in Alexander Wang // Source: E!

The lack of color on the 2016 Met Gala red carpet was astonishing. Sure, Manus x Machina may evoke images of colors that are more muted, metallic or neutral, but with an eye for design and a penchant for creativity, Alexander Wang knew how to make a bold red work. Along with its bright red hue, Alexander Wang’s exquisite attention to detail and modernity is what really made this dress one-of-a-kind.

4. Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner in Versace // Source: E!

The simplicity and complexity of this Versace dress is what really makes it a stand out. While the silhouette isn’t particularly innovative (high neckline, side split – been there done that), the exact placement of the cut out fabric is quite impressive and really nods to the intricacy that designers are now exploring when crafting by hand and using technology to pull a garment together.

5. Karolina Kurkova

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa // Source: E!

 It’s not surprising that Marchesa can make a gown fit for gala. But by utilizing “cognitive” technology, the brand was able to make this specific gown perfect for this year’s gala. This data-drive dress allowed LED lights embedded in the hand-sewn flowers to change colors based on the feelings of users who were making comments on the gala on Twitter.

6. Beyonce

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Beyonce in Givenchy // Source: E!

With its plastic-like texture and often unflattering sheen, latex isn’t typically used in elegant or classy designs for good reason. However, if anybody can pull it off, Beyonce can. Her 2016 Met Gala look, designed by Givenchy, featured an interesting and modern latex fabric in a vintage silhouette. Using such a new fabric with old-school embellishments and structure certainly resulted in a unique look that was out-of-the box for the performer and icon.

7. Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart in Chanel // Source: E!

Somehow, Kristen Stewart managed to represent both Chanel and the the 2016 Met Gala theme while looking completely at ease. Transforming Chanel’s typical old school, feminine vibes into something more modern and edgy, this look is all about the details with an interpretation of theme that doesn’t get too literal.

8. Claire Danes

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Claire Danes in Zac Posen // Source: E!

The literal belle of the ball, Claire Danes channeled Cinderella with her 2016 Met Gala look. As impressive as her Zac Posen gown was on the red carpet, the look was even more impressive in the dark as small LED fibers in the fabric allowed the dress to literally glow.

What’s your favorite look from the 2016 Met Gala? Let us know in the comment section! 

Header image source: Forbes 

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.


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