MY PICKS: THE MET GALA 2016Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Officially called the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit or rather, the Met Gala, as what it is more commonly known as, once again took place on the first Monday in May, last night in New York. Although the purpose of the event is to raise money for the Met's Costume Institute, it is largely seen as a major fashion event - and with Anna Wintour as chairman of the Gala, there is no surprise that it is treated as such - this year however, it was an affair to say the least. The theme in question, was as usual, based around the opening of the Costume Institute's exhibit which this year is: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. As always, although it is not compulsory, many incorporated the featured idea into their Met Gala looks which made for some interesting and certainly strange outfits to say the least but of course, there were also many that the theme was lost on.
The good, the bad and the ugly could just about sum up the array of looks which mostly dazzled the red carpet at the highly prestigious event. With the theme centred around technology's impact on fashion, sequins, silver and metallics were out abundance and, to mixed effect. There was definitely a fair share of the weird as last night's Met Gala perhaps brought out some of the strangest ensembles for a fashion event of such prestige. I mean - Zayn Malik and his Versace almost armour-esque, robotic arms slash suit? Just no, from me. In a way, metallics and the futuristic fashion the Gala's theme inspired can have a tendency to look tacky if executed wrongly, it is a delicate look to master and with so many opting for such shining schemes, in all honesty the red carpet did disappoint, a far cry from its usually esteemed sartorial greatness. Perhaps the best example of this was the effect from Louis Vuitton, the fashion house which regularly dresses Alicia Vikander, the amazing, beautiful actress who has recently, been a recurring red carpet favourite of mine in consistent outcome. Last night however, the streak was let down with Louis Vuitton's rather odd, out of character creations and chunky, mismatched boots. It was a shame indeed, but the best of a bad batch from the LV styled crew would have to be Lea Seydoux or, Selena Gomez. Her black bralet and cream gown would have been alright perhaps, if it was not for the overpowering black boots but I guess, that was the very essence of the mood, as such heaviness carried throughout the other, Louis Vuitton designs.
In a sense, through a holistic overview of the less favoured looks churned from this year's Met Gala, the red carpet effort was almost left looking like a defunct, late 90s/early 2000s idea of what the future could look like - dated is the feeling that radiated from some of the ensembles, through both the cuts and patterns. Although, while the bad seems to leave a more lasting effect on the overall quality of last night's red carpet deliverance, it is more than fair to say that what the Met Gala rendered this year was not all bad - especially while Sienna Miller shimmered in Gucci and in akin, shinning form, Naomi Watts glistened in silver.
Amongst the glory of the good, there were the simple, the standout and the striking in all of its sequin and shine yet, colour was rarity with metallics, monochrome and sequins dominating. The first standout ensemble I saw had to be, of course, the style marvel that is Alexa Chung who wore a stunningly fitting, black sequined Thakoon suit - just glorious, that woman can seemingly do no wrong and I think the flattering suit even upstaged last year's Erdem gown for me. Also in Thakoon, Elle Fanning was simple in an ivory silk gown, the fabric shone beautifully and was a welcomed breath of freshness between the chaos of the futuristic glow. In a similar tonal scheme, another solid favourite of mine was Rose Byrne who wore a plush Ralph Lauren lame gown which shimmered in full, ruffled effect, the cut of said dress was quite possibly my most favourite of the night, and accessorised to radiant effect too. Ruffles were in sequined, bespoke Prozena Schouler form with Brie Larson, a creation which saw sequined metallics done right.
In a differing, romantic mood, the Haim sisters stood out as a firm fashion favourite in intricate, monochrome Rodarte gowns while Lupita Nyong'o, glistened in a rare sight of emerald tone in a gown by Calvin Klein Collectio and her impressive gravity defying hair was a certainly a feat enough on its own. Lily-Rose Depp was ever the image of beauty in Chanel, a delicate ensemble which made for a classic look, 'that Chanel bomber tho' indeed. But it was Emma Watson's ensemble, although slightly underwhelming in my view, which bears a notable mention due to the sustainability factor of her Calvin Klein Collection dress. Her Met Gala ensemble was made in collaboration with The Green Carpet Challenge (the same collaboration with Lupita Nyong'o's glittering gown) and consisted entirely of sustainable cotton, satin and taffeta woven form recycled plastic yarn - if that isn't a feat which perfectly embodies technology's influence in fashion and it's future then, I don't know what is - bravo Ms Watson and Calvin Klein Collection.