Smart ladies love fashion, Met Gala 2016, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”


We’ve been covering past Met Gala’s for over a week and the fun never get’s old (well the baggy suits and shiny dresses of the aughts have gotten moldy they are so old but in general the fun never stops) so going into this year we were super stoked and so excited about the theme, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” Per informative press release on The Met’s website:

Manus x Machina features 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. It explores this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions this relationship and the significance of the long-held distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

Gowns I wanted to see last night were, hand/machine embroidery, embellishments, 3D printing, laser cutting, and anything that really showed the dichotomy of hand versus machine with a look to the future.

Alessandra Ambrosio

This is silver (which is definitely the color of the night) and has tons of embellishment. I also don’t love it. -K

MY theme of the night is that I hate Balmain! -M

LaLa Anthony

I like this but it also kind of looks like she forgot her top. Maybe in the future the breast is free! -K

How did she make her boobs DO THAT? If this had fuller coverage I probably would have loved it. -M

Caitriona Balfe

This is interesting, I would have liked a snazzier shoe. -K

I think this is the wrong event for this dress. Her face is gorgeous. -M

Ellie Bamber

The embroidery pieces on this gown are darling. -K

I like the embroidery too but ball gowns are not my thing. -M


Embellished rubber–only Bey could make me like this. -K

Her clutch looks like my glasses case. In the future maybe all clutches will be made by Warby Parker. Also her eye makeup is THE BEST. -M

Emily Blunt

This is a pretty color and it’s probably machine made lace so I guess it’s on theme. -K

It’s only B and I am already nodding off. This is adequate. -M

Kate Bosworth

Bosworth is always on theme. I love that she went for ultra embellishment rather than “robot.” -K

Super incredibly gorgeous. She looks regal. -M

Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr, Herizen F. Guardiola, Justice Smith, and Shameik Moore

These kids are adorable. The suit second from left is my everything. -K

I love these suits!!! The green dress is ok. -M

Rose Byrne

I love this but I think “silver” and “shiny” are the obvious example of futuristic. Again she looks amazing. -K

I really wish she had worn this to a different event and had worn something weirder here. -M

Charlotte Casiraghi

The colors of this dress are epic. -K

Though the top is a little strange, the colors make me so happy that I don’t care. -M

Jessica Chastain

I am super meh on this gown. -K

Compared to all the bright silver and white she looks BLAH. -M


Embellished robot. -K

The hair is REALLY cool. -M

Jennifer Connelly

I love the bead work and irregular hem. -K

Her makeup is a little heavy but I particularly like the boots. -M

Lily Collins

This is NOT my favorite dress of the evening. I am not a fan of the bandeau with pleated sack dress. -K

I do not understand this. It’s trying too hard. -M

Misty Copeland

She is very pretty and this fits well but as per usual I need it to be weirder –I live for a theme! -K


Elizabeth Cordry

This is very on theme, as it is a dress that would have been hand sewn back-in-the-day and yet that dress was most definitely machine made. It’s also fun. -K

So spring-y! I always pretend I know who these people are but I don’t even feel like looking her up. Is she related to Rob Cordry? -M

Claire Danes

Claire Danes never disappoints. The precision hem on this is so very machine. She is one of the few people who can really pull off Zac Posen fussiness. Also this dress fucking glows! -K

I didn’t like this until I saw it glowed and then I realized Claire Danes (ok, and maybe Zac Posen) is a genius. -M

Mackenzie Davis

Sliver, shiny, cape! We are going to see a lot of robot metal. I wish her lips were deep red. -K

For a dress like this, I like it very much, as it seems more futuristic and not like nude silver knit (god I HATE BALMAIN). -M

Elizabeth Debicki

Fun color and machine embroidery. It’s been a long night so I might just shout out how things are or are not on theme. -K

So pretty. And her make up looks very doll-like here. I generally enjoy her. -M

Poppy Delevingne

And more robot metal this time with fringe. -K


Lily-Rose Depp

This is so not my favorite of the evening. It might be down in the hate column. -K

That shrug/coat/??? is fug as shit. -M

Zoey Deutch

The hair and jewelry are so complimentary to the prettiness of the dress. -K

Very beautiful! -M

Nina Dobrev

Way to move out of your comfort zone Nina –snooze. -K

GOD she could at least have TRIED. -M

Idris Elba

Perfectly fitted suit and one foxy fella. -K

Wow those hems are perfect. -M

Anna Ewers and Jason Wu

Out of all the shiny silvers this is the most meh (I don’t actually know that for sure there are a lot of competeing meh silver dresses). -K

It would be cool as a skirt with a really weird black leather top. -M

Dakota Fanning

This looks kind of like a bedazzled nightie. -K

I thought this event would be nightie-free. I was so very wrong. -M

Elle Fanning

I think the top needs to fit better and this is NOT on theme and the theme is not hard to follow. -K

She’s just… there. Booo. -M

Diane von Furstenberg

DVF’s head piece is amazing. -K

I love this lady’s brand of kooky. -M

Lady Gaga

This is so Lady Gaga it’s boring. -K

I particularly love the jacket, it’s beautifully made, but the crotch is so weird and I can’t stop staring at it. It should have been red or something to really make a statement. -M

Tavi Gevinson

I love that dress and her face but it is something I would wear to work. -K

Yeah it’s not perfect for this event but I like her so much IDGAF. -M

Selena Gomez

A lot of ladies are wearing boots and I kind of like it. I also love futuristic polka dots. -K

I saw this on TV and it confused me and now I love it. I hope to see more leather tops. -M

Mia Goth

I love the color of this dress and all of the sparkly bits. -K

Way to be on theme! Way to have boring hair! -M


This is not my jam but it’s very Grimes so I’m cool. -K

Not my jam either but it’s more interesting than silver Balmain gowns. -M

Danai Gurira

I love the high neck and sleeves so much. This is by far the best white dress. -K

I am so obsessed with this. She looks like she could be in Gattica or something (note: I did not see Gattica). -M

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik

Zayn’s metal arm is very Winter Soldier (I wonder if Marvel paid for his attendance as subtle marketing for Captain America: Civil War). -K

Her: YAWN. HIM: Ummmm, way to be weird. -M

Zuri Hall

I am not a fan of the hi-lo hem when it is this obvious. I also wish this was a fun color. -K

Everything about this is a bore. -M

Naomie Harris

The detail on this gown is beautiful. -K

I don’t know if this needs the necklace–I love a deep V on its own. -M

Amber Heard

Ugh no. -K

She is so predictable. -M

Katie Holmes

I wish her hair was pulled up so we could see the neck of this dress. In one of our previous Gala posts her hair was in a bob and it was so cute. I love the bottom of this dress. -K

I like this but, yeah, her hair needs to be up. I get that it is very sci-fi to have long straight hair but we need to see the DRESS, lady! -M

Jennifer Hudson

Ugh no, part 2. -K

This also fit her poorly. -M

Kate Hudson

This is on theme and her face is pretty. -K

This looked GREAT on TV. It reminds me of that January Jones dress I loved that no one else did. Both are Versace. -M

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Snooze. -K

I can’t even with this crap. -M

Jack Huston

Another foxy dude in a suit. -K

I don’t like this non-commital facial hair. Have a beard or don’t. -M

Kendall Jenner

I like the periwinkle parts? -K

The colors are nice but everything else is TERRIBLE. -M

Kylie Jenner

Kylie and Kim are almost dressed the same –just think about that. -K


Dakota Johnson

I love the colorfulness and the subtlety of this dress -K

Perfect for a child’s birthday! -M

Mindy Kaling

Mindy has so much fun with clothes on The Mindy Project but she is kind of boring on the red carpet. This does fit her really well. -K

She could have been so much better. Sadness. -M

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim is wearing the shiner twin to Kylie’s dress I wonder if the had a huge fight about it. Kanye wore silver contacts (he is still not as robot as the lady in the silver jumpsuit). -K

Another steaming pile of Balmain trash. Kanye looks a mess. -M

Kim Kassel

Her dress is growing. -K

It looks like a virus. -M

Anna Kendrick

This makes her bust look weird. -K

I like it though and for a plain dress it’s good. -M

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman looks amazing. When she is on she is all on. -K

STUNNING. Nicole, you are my sun, my moon and my stars. -M

Aja King

Fun colors! -K

My wedding colors! The embroidery on top looks cheap. Is that the point? -M

Jemima Kirke

I like her make-up. -K

Very old Hollywood glam. -M

Zoe Kravitz

That mask is lovely. -K

I think her cat is still attached to her shoes. -M

Karolina Kurkova

This is fun. -K

For a sheer dress–perfection. -M

Brie Larson

Carrie Mulligan did this better in 2012. -K

Her shoes are too heavy for that dress. -M

Adriana Lima

This has a nice length. -K

I like shit that doesn’t match but the top and bottom are not friendly AT ALL. -M

Blake Lively

Blake’s dress matches the carpet perfectly (I haven’t decided if this is yea or nay). -K

Her earrings though!! SO GOOD. -M


I’m thinking Lorde needs to leave the squad it’s making her kind of meh. -K

I miss weirdo Lorde. -M

Demi Lovato

Fierce? -K

Fierce Charlie Brown? -M

Julie Macklowe

This is AMAZING! She took silver and shiny and actually went full robot. -K

I am into how this is not skintight. -M


This is very naked. -K

I am not picking on her because of her age but this is just not appropriate. It would be weird and fun on the runway but then the version people wear is lined and less insane. She should have gotten that version. -M

Rami Malek

More hot dudes! -K

Hello, handsome. -M

Kate Mara

Super cute. My one desire if for a colorful shoe but at least she wore cute sandals. -K

Minidresses are my favorite! She looks adorable. -M

Stacy Martin

I love the detail on this dress. -K

60s wallpaper. -M

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

This dress is lovely on her but it is NOT on theme. -K

AND it’s boring, Katie! -M

Rachel McAdams

Great lipstick (so many beautiful dark lips) and lovely dress. -K

The pattern on the skirt is so neat. -M

Bette Midler

This woman is so badass. -K

Way to go, Bette! -M

Sienna Miller

Sienna I think you could have played with the theme better. -K

I might like the bow but overall, SNOOZE. -M

Nicki Minaj and Jeremy Scott

These two look like they are going to party. -K

A party that is not the Met Gala. -M

Michelle Monaghan

Classy trash-bags –a Met Gala staple for many years. -K

I told Katie that we could probably do a whole post of classy trash bags. There’s that many. -M

Chloe Grace Moretz

This is more fun than most of the gowns from awards season but I still want more. -K

Like some jewelry, for starters. -M

Lupita Nyong’o

Oh Lupita you never disappoint. -K

Her piece in today’s Lenny is beautiful. I just adore her. -M

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen

I’m super meh about both these looks. -K

What happened to them? We could do a Met Gala post on them and pinpoint where they started dressing like horror movie ghosts. -M

Rita Ora

When will the naked dress die? Regardless I am digging a giant feather train. -K

Stop trying to get attention, Rita! -M

Louise Parker

I want to like this but I kind of think it’s not really gala level. -K

And the collar is so business-y. -M

Sarah Jessica Parker

SJP’s shoes are da’bomb (I’m totally running out of adjectives) and you have to love a lady for wearing knickerboker pants to a gala and pulling it off. -K

I like the sleeve things. I am really tired. -M

Katy Perry

I love it when Katy goes full weirdo. -K

Her hair is STUPENDOUS. Please be like this always. -M

Freida Pinto

This reminds me of Star Wars. -K

I definitely appreciate that SW thing but I wish she had dangly earrings. -M

Margot Robbie

Your hair makes me sad. -K

Just pull it back. Anything. -M

Emma Roberts

The colors of this dress are so pretty. -K

I like her makeup a lot but it feels disconnected from the dress. -M

Saoirse Ronan

Oh man I fucking love this. She had me at light pink and feathers. -K

So classy and movie star-esque. Take THAT Balmain! -M

Liberty Ross

Nice hat. -K

Ugh the theme is not “almost show your vagina when you sit down.” -M

Catt Sadler

This is very white. -K

Kim Kardashian 2012. -M

Zoe Saldana

Woman you are my dream. -K

I would like this bedspread. -M

Allison Sarofim

Are those pants? Who cares this is amazing. She looks like she is an extra on Star Trek. -K

I love the fabric inside the coat/cape. -M

Amy Schumer

Droopy boob. -K

This is better for her but still not great. It’s ok, Lena Dunham was at this point once and now she does much better. -M

Bee Shaffer

Man this is so dainty and pretty. -K

She looks like a queen. -M

Maria Sharapova

I love red with gold jewelry. I also love matte satin. -K

I like the shape of this so much. -M

Tabitha Simmons

Some people went full robot and Ms. Simmons went full on military and I like it. -K

Maybe too heavy for May but whatever. -M

Rachel Smith

I appreciate the gold but I want more. The fit is amazing. -K

I am falling asleep at my desk. -M

Willow Smith and Jaden Smith

These two look cute and comfy. -K

I like their style, it’s very contemporary and sleek without being boring. -M



Can anything ever be this good again? -M

Hailee Steinfeld

The dark lipstick tonight is fabulous. I also love green and gold. This is the best she has looked in a while. -K

True story: my gym plays this Music Choice station of pop hits and every day they play Ms. Steinfeld. Her PR team is working really hard. I don’t know what happened to her style, I hate this. -M

Amandla Stenberg

I love her head-piece and the color of this suit is so pretty. -K

This is great except the belt/tube top thing. No, the second one. -M

Kristen Stewart

KStew do what KStew do. -K

This looked GREAT on TV. I like this look very much. -M

Emma Stone

I dig the belt, a lot. -K

I need her to go away and come back. -M

Lara Stone

I like long sleeves and sparkles but there are so many better silver dresses in this post. -K

Her hair is very 1980s Playboy bunny. -M

Fei Fei Sun

This is very pretty. -K

And she wore great earrings and fabulous makeup!!! -M

Taylor Swift

I love the black lipstick TSwift. Vikander’s dress which is very similar is more edgy fun BUT this is a perfect execution of theme. -K

I like this TSwift so much. The bleached blonde is my everything. -M

Juno Temple

I’m not going to lie I love this for the twee. -K

This is very her and I love it but it feels off for the event. -M

Uma Thurman

This is not my favorite but it fits her. -K

I need something else going on at the Met Gala. This is nothing. -M

FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson

RPats I can NOT with those baggy fucking pants! FKA Twigs deserves better, so is beyond lovely. -K

See this is the same color as Uma’s dress but it’s so rad. -M

Kate Upton

Zendaya wore this same dress in gold. I hope they get into a non-violent battle. -K

She looks like she’s in a Brock shampoo commercial. -M

Amber Valletta

Oh Amber you never disappoint. The bottom of this skirt brings me immense joy. -K

She committed from her head to her toes and I love every bit of it. -M

Lilliana Vazquez

Fun color and length. -K

The fabric is so futuristic! -M

Alicia Vikander

This is wackadoo in the best way. -K

Again, this looked better on TV. In the picture I don’t like the skirt but I loved it on TV. -M

Kerry Washington

Ugh no, part 3. -K

I do like her hair at least? -M

Mia Wasikowska

I think I am in gown overload. This is okay. -K

I am definitely in cutouts overload. -M

Emma Watson

This is interesting. -K

I might need to see this more. Right now I hate it, but I usually come around on what she wears. -M

Naomi Watts

Naomi can rock a dress, even if I’m bored with silver I still think this is great. -K

I like the bottom very much! -M

The Weeknd and Bella Hadid

I like Bella’s dress in theory I just wish it had more whimsy. I would have loved it at the Oscars. -K

Yes I would have preferred this at a stuffy awards show. Here, SHE looks kind of stuffy. -M

Olivia Wilde

This is great. -K

Thanks for being you, Olivia. -M

The hat and jacket are on point. -K

At least he did something different. -M

Allison Williams

I don’t hate this! -K

Me either! Besides the cut out. JUST STOP. -M

Michelle Williams

I kind of dig the boot thing Michelle and Alicia are selling me. I also love this navy mini. -K

More minidresses! I can definitely say her bangs are awful but I love the rest. -M

Anna Wintour

Anna is queen of the gala. I love the long fringe. -K

The top looks like coral. Very cool. -M


I kind of love Zendaya’s hair here. The dress fits well but is similar to many other dresses (see Kate Upton). -K

Her hair is perfect and I love the dark nails but she is usually better. -M

Melissa’s favorites: SOLANGE, Saoirse Ronan, Danai Gurira, Nicole Kidman, & Kate Bosworth.

Katie’s favorites: Claire Danes, Zoe Saldana, Lupita Nyong’o, Zoey Deutch, & Amber Valletta.

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