The 10 best and worst Met Gala 2016 looks

This year’s bold Met Gala theme, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, allowed for some seriously creative ensembles on the red carpet.

With metallics galore, quirky headpieces and robotic arms (it’s a no from me, Zayn), this theme was everything I could’ve asked for and more.

In contrast to previous years, I loved the majority of the gowns and get-ups that the celebrities picked (it could be because I am part magpie and attracted to anything sparkly). However, there were some disasters and a few questionable choices. So, I’ll stop rambling and share the looks I loved and loathed.

Love: Kate Upton in Topshop

Kate Upton in Topshop at Met Gala 2016 Engaged to Justin Verlander

I told you I liked sparkle! This simple, but statement dress by Topshop needed almost no accessorising. Upton has completed the look with a gold clutch, a beautiful blow-dry, and one of the most talked about jewellery pieces, an engagement ring, meaning she’s now engaged to Justin Verlander!

Love: Rita Ora in Vera Wang

Rita Ora in Vera Wang at Met Gala 2016

Though I may not be her biggest fan, there’s no denying that Rita Ora looked stunning in this magical Vera Wang gown.

Love: Naomi Campbell in Roberto Cavalli

Naomi Campbell in Roberto Cavalli at Met Gala 2016

I love everything about this Roberto Cavalli number, from the sexy cut-out panels to the meticulous attention to detail in the dress’ border/hemline. In my opinion, it strikes the perfect balance between edgy and elegant. With minimal accessorising needed, Naomi kept it simple with two chunky bangles and some dainty diamond earrings.

Love: Kylie Jenner in Balmain

Kylie Jenner in Balmain at Met Gala 2016

It pains me to put a member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan on here, but I do think Kylie looked lovely at the Met Gala this year in her glistening Balmain gown. Opting for a more muted makeup and hair look than we’re used to, she kept it simple and let the dress do the talking. Dare I say, she looked quite classy?

I have noticed I’ve gone for sparkly, silvery gowns so far (sorry!), but I also loved this look…

Love: Jessica Chastain in Prada

Jessica Chastain in Prada 2

Jessica Chastain rarely fails to look elegant, and this year’s Met Gala outfit was no different. I love the striking blue hue, perfectly complimented by the black embroidery. The structured dress also fitted her figure perfectly.

And now for the not-so-great get-ups.

Loathe: Beyoncé in Givenchy

Beyonce in Givenchy

I am probably going to get some serious hate for this, but (in my opinion) Beyoncé’s ensemble was seriously tacky. Nothing about the dress was particularly flattering, and with her amazing figure, it’s a shame she couldn’t have chosen something a little nicer like she had in previous years. The poofy shoulders definitely didn’t help, and I wasn’t particularly fond of her eye makeup either, but I’m glad she didn’t go overboard with accessories.

Loathe: Grimes in Louis Vuitton

Grimes in Louis Vuitton at Met Gala 2016

I wasn’t fond of any of the Louis Vuitton creations that celebrities wore to the 2016 Met Gala, but this monstrosity was my least favourite. Everything about the look (apart from the embellished Petit Malle bag), just looked so out of place at this event. In my eyes, the Met Gala is a rather elegant and prestigious event, so going for the ‘I’m-not-too-phased-I’m-here’ (what a description) look just doesn’t work for me.

Loathe: Amy Schumer in Alexander Wang

Amy Schumer in Alexander Wang at Met Gala 2016

I love Amy Schumer, I love her figure and I find her pretty hilarious, but even she looks less-than-impressed to be in this gown here. It looks a little like she got carried away playing dress-up in Lady Gaga’s wardrobe, and then had to dash to the Met Gala. Her silhouette looks great in the dress, but the straps and cut-out panels, cheapen the look – along with the bag and matchy sandals.

Loathe: Elle Fanning in Thakoon

Elle Fanning Thakoon

I wish Elle Fanning had gone for something a little more fun than this stiff-looking number. Her hair and makeup looked perfect, but the dress looks a bit like she wrapped herself in a creased duvet that dragged behind her like a messy train.

Loathe: Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton

Selena in LV

I love clashing textures, but I think it’s gone a little far with this mis-matched Louis Vuitton ‘look’. I’m not even too sure what’s going on (especially with the shoes), to be honest, but I do know Selena has the potential to look far better.

There were many more looks I wanted to cover, but I thought I’d keep this short and sweet. I avoided mentioning outright disasters such as Madonna, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga’s looks, because they left me a little speechless.

There’s also a bonus look that I thought I’d squeeze in here. It’s safe to say Claire Danes nailed the theme in this enchanting Zac Posen dress.

I hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to share your thoughts or any other looks that caught your eye in the comments or on Twitter (you can find me here).

Thanks for reading!

Surena x


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