While the Met Gala is obviously all about the outlandish red carpet fashions, with celebrities opting for the most daring and surprising black tie looks they can find, what truly takes this event to the next level is that each year the attendees are challenged with an all-new theme to sartorially embody. Every star does their best to give an original take on the annual trend, but this year a handful of celebrities went above and beyond, taking Manus x Machina extremely literally.
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Kanye West went total cyborg for the evening, eschewing the fully sequined metal look for a blinged-out denim jacket and a pair of eerie blue eyes that he first debuted during his performance of “Wolves” at SNL almost a year ago, but that looked particularly robotic and apropos on this red carpet.
Will.i.Am was another surprising standout of the evening, arriving in a suit with embellished floral sleeves and a bowler hat with a built in black, eye-obscuring visor that looks very similar to the ones worn by the dancers in his #thatPOWER video with Justin Bieber and is sure to be the hot new way for celebs to escape the paparazzi unrecognized in 2016.
Emma Stone also found a unique, new way to articulate this year’s theme, wearing a white slip dress with a deep plunging neckline and thigh high slit cinched together with an ornate metal corset and shoulder harnesses embellished with a floral motif for a look that was very steampunk meets Game of Thrones.
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We already pointed out our appreciation for Zayn‘s knight in shining armor look, but he wasn’t the only gentleman taking an automaton bent to his fashion game this evening. Jeremy Scott also went full blown robotic, attending the event with date Nicki Minaj wearing a tuxedo embellished with metal grommets and crystals in the shape of a skeleton, complete with cogs and all. And Nick Jonas added a dapper watch brooch to the lapel of his self-designed Topman suit, which given the sea of boring black tuxes actually qualifies this look as one of the most on-topic of the evening.
Finally, Olivia Culpo may not have walked the Met Gala red carpet (instead attending as the host of E! News live red carpet coverage), but regardless, the former Miss USA should take home the crown for most committed to a theme, covering the back of her neck with a fake binary code tattoo. If any techies out there can tell us if these 1s and 0s actually mean anything or are just for show, we’d be forever grateful.
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