(From left) Maria Sharapova, Lady Gaga and Madonna at the Met Ball.
(From left) Maria Sharapova, Lady Gaga and Madonna at the Met Ball.

Manus, Machina and the Met Ball

How the 2016 edition of the Met Ball, the annual gala of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New Yorkbilled as fashion's Oscarscombined sci-fi costumes, racy sequins, mesmeric metallics, bizarre outfits, latex, lace and feathers

The Met Gala coincides with the Andrew Bolton curated exhibition titled Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology. It traces the intersection between machine made fashion and haute couture. It will be thrown open to the public from the 5th of May.

Beyonce

Most waited for, most watched, most WhatsApped too? Bey busy with the Formation tour whose attendance (or not) at the Met Gala was the stuff of fashion and glamour blogs till last night came in a custom-made latex Givenchy gown by Ricardo Tisci in nude-salmon pink colour. Her straightened streaked hair was nice. Her rubbery gown didn’t exactly scream environmentally sensitive. Ugh.

Taylor Swift

Bleach blond hair, maroon-black lipstick, stilettoes with knee length zip ups and a Louis Vuitton dress with silver scaly patterns, singer song writer Taylor Swift gave the Met Gala theme of this year a full throttle with her look. Upscale and silvern but we aren’t swept off our feet with this.

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik

It is not easy to hold an armoured metallic uneven sleeve. Especially if your beau is wearing his heart on it too. But that’s what the stunning supermodel Gigi Hadid had to do as she walked with Zayn Malik who wore metal plates by Versace on the arms of his tuxedo. Gigi’s gunmetal Tommy Hilfiger see-through gown worked well for the theme but Zayn went with it too literally. Ha-ha.

Kim Kardarshian and Kanye West

Kanye West’s light blue lenses worn with shredded jeans may be good reason for film producers to give him a starring role in a horror movie titled manus murders machina. Only, the horror is already out there. Kanye’s partner, Kim Kardarshian’s metallic Balmian dress, nude lips and gelled, slicked back hair was glamourous maybe but not our favourite either.

Madonna

It didn’t take long for fashion websites to put rock star, the one and only Madonna into the worst dressed list at the Met Ball. Wearing a black lace dress (no underwear as made obvious by the strategically placed see-through patterns) by Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy, which the UK Telegraph explained as one inspired by the therapeutic kinesiology tape worn by athletes at the Olympics, Madonna looked jumbled up. Stacked up rings, braids in her blond, wavy hair, a head piece and multiple necklaces, Gothic but too effortful. More like Khichdi (an Indian word for soggy, rice mixed with lentils) couture. Nah, baba.

Katy Perry

Total OMG. Katy Perry’s scant eyebrows, black lipstick, large keys on her necklace, an embellished Prada gown and an elaborate hair do that looked like a low stool created by a wool artist with tassels falling off it that were her bangs, she looked, well, the machine that Manus may not always be proud of.

Lady Gaga

Queen of crass costumes, and bold chart busting music, Lady Gaga was our favourite worst dressed. Vertiginous heels (oh, as tall as a full sized doll), black fishnets, a high waisted corset-jacket combo, white blond hair looking like a mess, she was a nightmare that both Manus and Machina should start worrying about.

Sarah Jessica Parker

The Sex and The City icon, a Met Ball couturina and haute princess Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Hamilton inspired white outfit, a backless military coat, with sheer ruffles at its wrist hems, a matching tank, loose cropped trousers and blue pointy pumps from her own line. She looked like a disaster except for that sparkle in her eyes that never misses the mark and the way she reveres fashion.

Cindy Crawford

You ain’t a supermodel for nothing. Cindy Crawford, reigning queen of the Nineties ramp owned her style in a glittering, hugging, shaping silver dress by Balmian with peekaboo details on the shoulders and nude vertical panels. Straight ironed hair, no fuss, a snazzy smile.

Maria Sharapova

A figure skimming red slip dress by Juan Carlo Obando, with a sexy slit, taut taupe heels, a long dangling gold earring on one ear and a stud on another, the tall, slim, athletically blessed, tennis star Maria Sharapova made the Met Gala red carpet green with envy.

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