Unless you're a sucker for A-listers, couture or anything that involves the two, the first Monday of May might look a lot like the habitual eating, sleeping and working-'til-the-brink-of-exhaustion type of day. If you fall anywhere along the aforementioned spectrum, though, a day like this one is most definitely amongst your most anticipated.
The first Monday of May signifies the fashion industry's most coveted and exclusive affair: the annual Met Gala. This lavish, star-studded benefit, hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, commences to celebrate the grand-opening of the Institute's grandiose costume exhibition which is showcased in New York every spring.
The event's biggest appeal, perhaps, comes from the desginated theme by which attendees dress in accordance to. Unlike a normal black-tie red carpet, the Gala unveils an innovative yet relevant theme every year making it one of, if not the most, unique red carpet events in today's existence.
This year's theme was "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology." The subject exhibits fashion in its truest form, a deeper look into the on-the-surface perception most have for what fashion is and is not. The goal, perhaps, is to open viewers' eyes to help people recognize that fashion is far more than just an accessible trend that can be copied and purchased in-store, it is a conglomerate of the meticulously designed, wearable-art we call clothing.
In usual red–or in this year's case, white, pink and red–carpet fashion, stylists of the industry's most elite either seemed to have gotten the memo or missed it…completely, making it quite apparent that there were four distinct types of attendees last night: 1. Those who couldn't be bothered to dress according to theme yet still look stunning beyond belief, 2. Those who successfully took the theme into account and slayed the masses while doing so, 3. Those who took the theme a little too literally only to end up looking like an all-around mess and 4. Those who neither followed the theme, nor looked good… at all.
Met Gala 2016 Best Dressed: Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa
2. Emily Ratajakowski in custom Prabal Gurung
3. Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton
4. Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell
5. Anna Ewers in Jason Wu
6. Kate Hudson in Versace
7. Amber Heard in Ralph Lauren
8. Alicia Vikander Louis Vuitton
9. Joan Smalls in Balmain
10. Naomi Campbell in Cavalli Couture
11. Miranda Kerr in Louis Vuitton
12. Stella Maxwell in Topshop
13. Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors Collection
Met Gala 2016 Worst Dressed: Demi Lovato in Moschino
2. Kate Bosworth in Dolce & Gabbana
3. Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs
4. Nicki Minaj in Jeremy Scott
5. Saoirse Ronan in Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie
6. Irina Shayk in Givenchy
7. Solange Knowles
8. Emma Roberts in Tory Burch
9. Sarah Jessica Parker in Monse
10. Emma Watson in Calvin Klein
11. Kris Jenner in Balmain
12. Beyonce in Givenchy
If there's anything we know to be tried and true in the world of fashion, it's that it will always be a constant matter of ebb and flow.
Reach Staff Reporter Claudia Dayani here.