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Florence Welch in Gucci

So we learnt a few things about hosting a red carpet event thanks to today’s Met Gala, also known as fashion’s Super Bowl. For one, photo booths and GIFs are so 2015. Don’t understand what we are talking about? Check out the MTV-worthy short videos of guests dressed to the nines directed by filmmaker maestro Gordon von Steiner.

Our favourite moment from those videos has to be Anna Wintour’s five-second appearance. It was both a chilling-in-a-Terminator-kind-of-way and a Mafioso moment. It’s a cool reminder of this year’s theme for the Costume Institute’s exhibit “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology“, which highlights the way technology and handicraft meld. Among the curation in this year’s exhibit are fashions from Dior confections from the ’40s to Raf Simon’s couture pieces for Dior.

On the red carpet, the attendees interpreted the ‘Machina’ theme literally. Silver and metallic was the colour of the day. No brainer. As for the ‘Manus’ component (it means “hand” in Latin): Zayn Malik gets an A for effort. Here, we dissect the looks that worked the red carpet:

If ever New York City plunged into a blackout again, this Zac Posen number for Claire Danes will save the day.

 

Not even putting her hands on Kate Hudson’s behind can distract us from the fact that Lady Gaga was in Versace fishnets and bodysuit.

 

This Brandon Maxwell piece is possibly the night’s most value for money dress. Karlie Kloss arrived in it as a caped dress, then turned it into a halter dress with cut outs, and finally snipped the gown into a bodycon short dress for the after party.

 

We wouldn’t bat an eyelid at the fact that Balmain dressed Kimye. Then we saw Kanye West’s grey contact lenses.

 

How you know Lucky Blue Smith and sister Pyper America Smith are the industry’s coolest siblings: when they appear for a white tie event wearing H&M and look like a million bucks.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7Zw6VmmPj/?tagged=manusxmachina&hl=en

 

Rita Ora’s Vera Wang gown is an Internet meme waiting to happen.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7ZnKoHStp/?tagged=manusxmachina&hl=en

 

Could Emma Watson be doing a Professor Snape couture tribute with Calvin Klein Collection?

 

Lupita Nyongo is looking, um, a little top heavy in this Calvin Klein Collection piece.

 

Grace Coddington’s pajama ensemble last year might have given Alexa Chung inspiration to don a sequin-studded one of her own by Thakoon.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7ARz2l-Yc/?taken-by=thakoonny

 

Zoe Saldana played fashion peacock in this Dolce & Gabbana gown.

 

You know the inspiration behind the film The Devil Wears Prada? It’s actually Katy Perry (and yes, she’s in a Prada number).

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7Y_WdEBOE/?tagged=manusxmachina&hl=en

 

This Moschino dress for Nicki Minaj was an engineering feat of construction.

 

It takes true love on Gigi Hadid’s part to be seen with a boyfriend who dresses like a fashionable Tinman.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE8AiikgYxz/?tagged=manusxmachina&hl=en

 

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