Manus x Machina

All the interweb is abuzz with the talk of the 2016 Met Ball, and like everyone else I was all too excited to see the red carpet looks. Manus x Machina is an interesting theme given the growing influence of technology on how most of the world’s fashions are created – with the dawn of 3-D printing, and print productions. etc.

As always the gala’s theme is based around the year’s Costume Institute’s theme for the Spring Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York City. This year’s theme ” Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of Technology” (open from May 5th through August 14th” focuses on how designers are incorporating  handmade and machine-made fabrics and prints in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. It feautures :

“…more than 170 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear, dating from the early 1900s to the present. The exhibition addresses the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of industrialization and mass production.”

With designs from the likes of: Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Giles Deacon, Christian Dior, Alber Elbaz (Lanvin),  John Galliano (Christian Dior, Maison Margiela), Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton), Hubert de Givenchy, Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton), Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons),Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Helmut Lang, Issey Miyake, and several others.


Anna Wintour in Chanel, Idris Elba in a Tom Ford tuxedo, Miuccia Prada in Prada athleisure and Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton. – Getty Images

Much like the fanfare surrounding the exhibit, this year’s gala did not disappoint. Co-chaired by Anna Wintour, Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive and Taylor Swift, alongside honorary chairs Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada, the evening was one filled of amazing looks, fine dining and entertaining – and let’s not forget writing big checks!

But don’t take my word for it. Have a look at the red carpet stunners yourself.

Olivier Rouesting and House Balmain made a name for themselves dressing practically everyone on this year’s carpet – including the Kardashian-Jenner-West Clan.


Clockwise from top: Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian-West & Kanye West, Kylie Jenner, Tyga – note there was no shortage of intricate bead-work and embellishment.


Clockwise from top: Models Doutzen Kroes, Joan Smalls, Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn, Alessandro Ambrosia – cutouts and metallic details were also major players.

Other major fashion houses gracing the red carpet were amongst those featured in this year’s exhibit.

Alexander McQueen


From left to right: Bee Shaffer, Jack Hurston, Nicole Kidman – looking regal in that encrusted cape and gown.



Clockwise from top: Jemima Kirke, Kristen Stewart, Lily Roe Depp, spokeswoman Willow Smith, Louise Parker.

Dolce & Gabbana 



Clockwise from top: Zoe Saldana, Colin Farrel, Kate Bosworth, Tabitha Simmons.

Giambattista Valli


From left to right: Adriana Lima, Danai Gurira – who commited to the theme, Lauren Santo Domingo.

Giles Deacon


From left to right: Ellie Bamber, Kim Kassel.



From left to right: Bella Hadid in Givenchy and beau The Week’nd, Queen B sans Huby, Irina Shayk, Madge – no judgement but totally not appropriate!

Louis Vuitton


Clockwise from top: Lea Seydoux, Michelle Williams, Miranda Kerr, Selena Gomez, Alexander Skarsård, Alicia Viksander, Grimes, Jennifer Connely, Jaden Smith – did anyone notice those combat boots!


Marc Jacobs


From left to right: The designer and actress Bette Midler and Kerry Washington and her adorable baby bump.



Clockwise from the top: Elizabeth Debicki, Emma Stone, as a brunette!, Jessica Chastain, Katy Perry, showing hwo to work goth make-up, pointers Poppy, Taylor…, Orlando Bloom, Mia Wasikowski, Mia Goth.

Proenza Schouler

Brie Larson



Clockwise from top: Lily Collins (who also sported some truly bizarre makeup work), Lorde – in color *gasps!*, Queen Rania of Jordan – working the sequin trim and tulle, Zoe Kravitz serving mysterious and alluring and Rachel McAdams simply stunned – ‘nough said.

As well as looks by Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha and Paco Rabanne.


From left to right: Chloe Sevigny in Simone Rocha, Saoirse Ronan in Christoper Kane and Kate Mara in Paco Rabanne.

Several American designers were also on display alongside the likes of European and Asian power players Gucci, Burberry, Marchesa, Thakoon and Proenza Schouler.

Calvin Klein


Clockwise from top: Amandla Stenberg –  not feeling this oversized suiting – miss!, Diplo, Emma Watson, who stuck to her usual ensemble of skirted slacks, Lupita N’yongo – loved the dress not too sure how to feel about the hair, albeit traditional Africana inspired – Rose Bryne with Bobby Cannavale and Margot Robbie – who stunned in cut-outs (Look at that back).

Diane Von Furstenburg


From left to right: The designer – who wore her hair adorned with huge butterfly clips, (*side eye) Dylan Penn, Riley Keough – also in variations of one of the night’s larger themes.

Micahel Kors


Clockwise from top: Mama -to-be Emily Blunt, Lily Aldridge, Michelle Monaghan, Ming Xi, Zendaya Coleman and fellow mama-to-be-Olivia Wilde.

Ralph Lauren


Clockwise from top: Amber Heard, Ivanka Trump, Jason Stratham in Ralph Lauren Purple Label and fiancée Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Tom Hiddleston in Ralph Lauren Purple Label.

Tom Ford


From left to right: Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford, David O. Russel, Lara Stone – who coupled a blend of two fun looks with a shimmering black number.

Tommy Hilfiger


From left to right: Aziz Ansari, Hailey Baldwin, Uma Thurman

Tory Burch


From left to right: Emma Roberts, Freida Pinto, Mindy Kaling, and the designer herself were all in attendance.

Alexander Wang, Brandon Maxwell, Chrisitian Siriano, DKNY, J.Crew, Public School, Rag & Bone, The Row, Vera Wang, Zac Posen.


Clockwise from top: Amy Schumer in Alxander Wang – with no chaffe (laughs, checkout her pre-gala vid on insta’), Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell, which she had the designer chut for an after party look, Alex Morgan in Christian Siriano, giving me droid in that embelleished arm, Halsey in DKNY, Jenni Konner, Jenna Lyons and Lena Dunham “twinning” in J. Crew.


Clockwise from top: Nas in Public School, Wiz Khalifa in Rag & Bone, Ashley & Mary Kate Olsen in The Row, Rita Ora in Vera Wang Collection, Claire Danes & Katie Holmes both in Zac Posen – fun fact Claire’s dress lights up!



Clockwise from top: Blake Lively, Naomie Harris, Naomi Watts – who all stunned in some of Spring’s hottest trends and colors!



Clockwise from top: Dakota Johson, Florence Welsh, Jared Leto, Princess Charlotte Cairaghi, who along with Dakota Johnson provided bursts of vibrant colors in a sea of metallics, Sienna Miller, Will-I-Am who stuck with one of this spring’s biggest them with the floral embroidered blazer.



Clockwise from top: Georgina Chapman, Karolina Kurkova,Nina Dobrev, Poppy Delvigne – who I barely recognised under the heavy gothic makeup much like Taylor Swift – definitely a miss.



From left to right: Alexa Chung, Elle Faning



Clockwise from top: FKA Twigs alongside fiancé Robert Pattinson in Dior, Gigi Hadid alongside beau Zayn Malik in Louis Vuitton, Kate Hudson, Kendall Jenner, and the old Ladg Gaga made an appearance – pantless of course.

Also on the scene were looks from retailers like H&M and Topshop/Topman.


Clockwise from top: Amber Valetta, Ciara, Hailee Seinfeld, Jennifer Hudson all in custom H&M pieces displaying intricate use of both mad and machine made elements playing up the night’s theme.


From left to right: Nick Jonas in Topman, Kate Upton, Stella Maxwell, kept up with the night’s trend in glimmering gowns while Taylor Hill opted for a fail-proof Black gown in an elegant silhouette. 

The evening was also a night of stunning surprises. Kate Upton revealed her recent engagement with her new bling on hand  – pun intended.


It was also the night of the mommy-to-be, with Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Emily Blunt, and Kerry Washington showing of their best accessories – couture clad baby bumps! (There must be something in the water!)


I couldn’t believe the amazing looks this year although I was anticipating more avant-garde and over the top theatrics.

However Sarah Jessica Parker, Solange, sister trio Haim and Julie Macklowe gave me my fill.


I can say I am truly excited to go check out the display! Hope you guys enjoyed the review!

Hugs and Sunshine,


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