Manus x Machina: Let's Talk

Met Gala Nicole To many, this year's Met Gala theme (and corresponding wardrobe requirements) were confounding (much like the invitations people send out for their weddings). I think the idea of Manus x Machina was to explore the different methods of creating fashion - Manus (by hand) and Machina (machine made) and how, over the years, those lines have blurred.  For instance, ready-to-wear these days often features hand sewn elements and, by contrast, haute couture sometimes features machine-made elements. But it seems that many of the attendees either punted and wore whatever they damn well pleased or interpreted this year's theme quite literally as in "I"m going to dress like a machine (or a robot) which is chrome.  So I'm going to wear silver and call it a day."  Witness:

Met Gala Kylie

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Personally I preferred the folks who had more fun with the idea and focused on what can be produced when both hand sewing and machine sewing unite. Nicole Kidman (featured in the lead photo) is a perfect example.  Her Alexander McQueen is exquisite and, to me, a perfect interpretation of the theme.  There's clearly a ton of hand-beading on that dress but the sides are laser-cut which is done by machine.  Here's another shot of the dress and its (and HER) wondrous beauty:

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And here's Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana (GLORIOUS!!) doing the fashion equivalent of a mic drop:

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I don't think Katy Perry's Prada look is GORGEOUS, per se, but this is a COSTUME party at its core and no matter what you think of Katy, girl knows how to DO a costume.  This one is incredibly on theme:

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I'll have one of what Stacy Martin (in Miu Miu) is having:

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And then there's Claire Danes in Zac Posen which, for me, was one of the most thrilling and unexpected interpretations of the night:

met gala claireNow for the pièce de résistance!!  This is what happened with the dress when the lights went low:

met gala claire 2NAILED IT!