MET GALA 2016 Manus x Machina: Magnificence and Madness

(Vintage Met Gala footage):

 

(Met Gala 2016)

In its fanciest Latin translation [for] “Man Versus Machine,” [dubbed] the annual “fashion Grammy’s,” “party of the year,” and “Oscars of the east,” in great majority, over the few who kept it black tie/formal; Tinseltown’s finest Met Gala guests certainly took on this [2016] year’s theme dubbed: “Manus x Machina Fashion in the Age of Technology”—focusing on the dichotomy of handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion. Translation: (metallics and threads)

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Hussein Chalayan, Spring 2007 Photo credit: Catwalking / Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In case you didn’t know, every year, what seems like a big celebrity fashion costume extravaganza is really a charity event held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art—to raise money for the Costume Institute. Each year, a costume theme is decided upon which typically follows all fashion weeks from Paris to New York, in conjunction with popular culture and voila! The theme and invitations are rolled out like a red carpet.

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Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Fall 2013 Photo credit: Catwalking / Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Meta Gala Red CarpetThis year however, unlike all previous years, (we’ll brush our shoulders off and go on and toot our horn and humbly state Meta Gala Red Carpet 2016that considering OtherSideoftheFame’s PC/Laptop/Desktop view of our notorious red carpet backdrop recognized as the site’s staple, lol) the Met Gala switched up its traditional, red carpet entrance/backdrop and went for a quirkier, spring-y, pastel carpet for Tinseltown’s faves to strut their stuff on.

 

 

 

Straight out the gate were the fashionista no-shows like JLo

JLo Met Gala 2015
JLo Met Gala 2015

..and Rihanna-who put egg on the faces of those that expected her to show up in something topping the extravagant gown clowned (and egged) on social media at last year’s gala (but given top honors in the fashion world by the likes of Vogue editor André Leon Talley).

 

Missing this year was non other than Beyoncé’s right hand man and arm piece: