Top 10 Best Dressed: Met Gala 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pretty much the most important fashion event of the year took place last night in New York City: The Met Gala. If you don't know what it is, it's a glamorous event in the fashion industry that celebrates the newest exhibition in the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each year, there's a new theme where the attendees of the Met Gala dress up something related to said theme. This year's theme was: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

If you've been following my blog for a while, I was pretty stoked about this year's theme and wrote a blog post of what I was hoping to see on the red carpet. So for this post, I am showing you my top 10 best dressed for the Met Gala. I'll be showing my top 5 who followed the theme and top 5 that didn't. I remember last year's Met Gala, I was reading through publications' best dressed list but a lot of the people didn't even follow the theme at all so this year I'm making my own list. They don't even need to follow the theme literally but incorporate it somehow.

I was pretty much looking through the Met Gala hashtags just hoping for some sneak peeks and even made a separate stream on Hootsuite to keep an eye on everything. I will admit that I was disappointed in a lot of the outfits. I felt that this year's theme had so much potential for innovation and creativity and people associated technology with silver mainly. I was anxiously waiting for Iris Van Herpen 3D printed designs but THERE WAS NONE OF THAT. So it was really hard to put together a best dressed list for the "followed the theme" section.

5) Karlie Kloss

  • Okay, I know she didn't follow the theme with her dress but her clutch seems like it lit up so I mean, give me a break. I wasn't feeling the cape but I did love the cutouts. It was revealing but compared to past looks, it seemed more covered up!
  • A photo posted by @karliekloss on

    4) Freida Pinto

  • COLOUR CHANGING CRYSTALS. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the dress initially but once I found out the crystals changed colours, I definitely started to like it more. It only changes from white to deep blue but hey, still pretty awesome nonetheless.
  • A photo posted by Tory Burch (@toryburch) on

    3) Thalia

  • When the arm is lit up, Thalia looks like a total bad-ass. Out of all the silver/metallic looks, Thalia definitely had the best one in my opinion.
  • 1) Claire Danes and Karolina Kurkova

  • CLAIRE WAS THE MYSTERY GIRL IN ZAC POSEN'S DRESS. I knew Zac Posen wouldn't disappoint. I mentioned the dress he made with Made with Code before! He had an LED dress that Coco Rocha worn but he took it to the next level with his Met Gala gown for Claire. Radiant. Stunning. Flawless. Honestly a Cinderella meets Technology moment. As for Karolina, once I saw her tweet a photo, I fell in love! It was a subtle way to incorporate the theme but it was absolutely stunning. I knew immediately she'd be on my best dressed list. They were tied in my books. I couldn't choose which one I loved more; Claire's look went above and beyond with having fiber optics but Karolina's was like a fairy tale as well. So Claire, Karolina, Zac Posen, Marchesa and IBM, you guys killed it (not like they'll ever read this though ahah)
  • A video posted by @zacposen on

    Now for the people who didn't follow the theme (or at least I couldn't tell that they did) but still looked incredibly gorgeous are:

    5) Nicole Kidman

  • I loved the black starry night vibes I get from this dress
  • 4) Blake Lively

  • She just always looks stunning.
  • A photo posted by Burberry (@burberry) on

    3) Emma Roberts

  • Love love love the ombré effect. Although Emma's dress was designed by Tory Burch (like Freida's), hers didn't have colour changing crystals sadly. The geometric designs were lovely though!
  • A photo posted by Tory Burch (@toryburch) on

    2) Naomie Harris

  • I didn't know who Naomie was before the Met Gala but once I saw her tweet a photo of her dress, I fell in love! It's a gorgeous Burberry design and she looks incredible in it!
  • A photo posted by Burberry (@burberry) on

    1) Nina Dobrev

  • She looked like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I always look forward to her red carpet looks because she never fails to amaze me!
  • Overall, I was quite disappointed that there was a lack of creativity and innovation in the designs for most of the attendees. The possibilities for this theme were really endless so it was a shame that 'fashion x technology' meant metallic and silver for a lot of people. Hopefully I'll get to see the costume exhibit myself this summer and be truly inspired by the theme that way!

    PS: If I ever went to a Met Gala, IBM, Marchesa and Zac Posen, can you please style me?

    Who was on your best-dressed list at the Met Gala? Leave your blog link below if you wrote one or just a comment telling me who you loved :)

    8 comments on "Top 10 Best Dressed: Met Gala 2016"
    1. Blake Lively what a beauty! Every year there are some really nice looks on the Met Gala.
      Madonna on the other hand was omg...
      Stella from a Looks & Travels

      1. For sure! You can always count on questionable looks haha

    2. Claire Danes dress is fairytale goals STUNNING! I can't get over it so gorgeous! and I heard that Karolina's dress responded in different colours depending on comments she got from social media how epic?!
      I love your pics for top 5 non-theme'd as well all wonderful dresses! :D

      Rai |

      1. YES IT DID! She posted a video on Instagram saying how the LED lights on her dress will react to the comments she gets on social media. It was amazing. Both of them were easily the best dressed overall!

        Thanks Rai :)

    3. Claire Danes was my absolute favorite! But I was also disappointed no one really stuck with the theme. I'm excited to visit the exhibit though! I know I'm going to be in awe!

      You can check out my review via

      1. It was unfortunate since the theme had so much potential. I'm still so upset about no designs from Iris Van Herpen :( I really hope I'll be able to visit the exhibit! I'll definitely be reading your review Keyonna :)

    4. The Zac Posen dress though ... :) That one was my absolute favourite!

      1. It's stunning! Cannot believe how incredible that design was. I've always loved Zac Posen but that dress took it to the next level 😍


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