The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spring 2016 exhibition, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” probes the reconciliation of hand (manus) and machine (machina) techniques in the production of haute couture and prêt-à-porter garments. Essentially, the aim of “Manus x Machina” is to show us that while technology has significantly advanced both techniques and propelled fashion to new heights over time, we should appreciate the hard work and intricate processes that make fashion the extraordinary art that it is.
Of course, with every new exhibition launch comes a red carpet extravaganza at the annual Met Gala, featuring our favorite celebrities donning one-of-a-kind designs that are bound to turn heads. Thus, I present to you my top 10 favorite looks from this year.
1) Blake Lively (Burberry)
If anyone can stare pregnancy square in the face and say, “You can change my body, but you can’t take away my fabulousness,” it’s Blake Lively. If there is any possibility of an afterlife, I am fairly certain Blake will be the one standing there, greeting us while wearing this celestial masterpiece.
2) Rose Byrne (Ralph Lauren)
I cannot think of anyone better suited for this ruffled dress than Rose Byrne. Dripping in metallics from head to toe, the Bridesmaids star is truly rocking the cold shoulder butterfly sleeves and the bold lip to match.
3) Gigi Hadid (Tommy Hilfiger)
Along with every other basic bitch, I am obsessed with Gigi Hadid and everything she wears. So, naturally, she was destined to crack my top 10. Sleek, but futuristic, this dress is priming us for the day that, when there is life on Mars, Gigi will be queen.
4) Emma Watson (Calvin Klein)
Just when we thought one of our favorite feminists couldn’t be any cooler, she stuns in a dress made almost entirely from recycled plastic bottles! Who says saving the environment and looking glamorous can’t come as a packaged deal?
5) Beyoncé (Givenchy)
QUEEN. Need I say more? Bey is far from reckless while rocking this Givenchy dress. Elegantly draped in latex perfection, she grins knowing she has made waves after dropping the most highly anticipated album of 2016 thus far.
6) Taylor Swift (Louis Vuitton)
Taking style cues from Jenny Humphrey, are we now? Regardless of how I feel about T-Swift’s platinum blonde locks, I am mesmerized by her silver snakeskin dress and caged heels.
7) Poppy Delevingne (Marchesa)
This dress is easily one of my favorites. The plunging neckline, flapper-esque fringe detail, and gemstone embellishments make me feel like I just walked into one of Gatsby’s parties. The way I see it, Poppy would give Daisy Buchanan a run for her money.
8) Joan Smalls (Balmain)
One of my dreams in life is to own something Balmain, but dreams are so-named for a reason. More importantly, Joan Smalls is doing it big in this futuristic slit dress. The fitted, corset-like bustier is clearly the most captivating feature of the garment and a common characteristic of Balmain designs.
9) Amy Schumer (Alexander Wang)
The only thing hotter than Amy Schumer’s career is Amy Schumer working it in red. This formfitting, cold shoulder dress could not accentuate her curves more perfectly. Also, I would love to get my hands on that studded handbag.
10) Kendall Jenner (Versace)
Three words: Versace, Versace, Versace. Kendall J. is looking magnifique in this sparkly blue, white, and gold dress, featuring cutouts for days. Does anyone else think the dress creates a body mosaic, or am I alone on this one?