Manus x Machina: The top 5 trends from the Met Gala 2016 red carpet

3 May 2016

Zoe Saldana 2016 Met Gala

Last night, celebs celebrated fashion’s most pivotally important night of the year – the 2016 Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala. This year’s theme was Manus x Machina, a nod to fashion in the age of technology, summoning Hollywood’s most fashion-forward cyber queens and digital dudes to the red carpet. Though the biggest trend on the red carpet was a tendency toward the futuristic in all its forms, the theme was translated in a variety of different ways.

While some embodied the theme in head-to-toe silver, complimented by body harnesses, armour, and slinky cut outs, others rejected it all together – see the squad of pale pink, powder blue-clad women.

Relive one of fashion’s most memorable nights with Get The Look’s top 5 trends from the 2016 Met Gala red carpet.

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Regular red carpet faves Blake Lively and Zoe Saldana were among those who strayed away from this year’s Manus x Machina theme, donning extra-large trains emblazoned with feminine embellishments that favoured fairy-tale over futurism.

Lily Rose 2016 Met Gala
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Lorde Met Gala 2016
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Kate Bosworth Met Gala 2016
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Zoe Saldana 2016 Met Gala
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Blake Lively 2016 Met Gala
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SIDE CUT-OUTS

Stars on this year’s red carpet worked their side angles (literally), showing off the sides of their torsos in revealing, cut-out dresses. Many were accented with additional sparkles (see: Lily Aldridge and Brie Larson), while supermodel Karlie Kloss surprised us all with the simplicity of her cool cut-outs.

The blonde bombshell arrived on the red carpet in a Brandon Maxwell cape dress that left everything to the imagination. Moments later, Karlie shed the cape to reveal a plunging neckline and side cut-outs. Kloss needed nothing more than a simple white gown and oxblood lip to keep the attention on her.

Brie Larson 2016 Met Gala
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Kendall Jenner Met Gala 2016
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Taylor Swift 2016 Met Gala
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Lily Aldridge 2016 Met Gala
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Kylie Jenner 2016 Met Gala
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Karlie Kloss 2016 Met Gala
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METALLIC

The go-to when fashion’s feeling futuristic? Silver, which had a bevy of beauties from Naomi Watts to Lara Stone conjuring up the chicest cyborg looks we’ve ever seen. And while silver seemed the obvious choice for a fashion meets technology themed Gala, metallic was spotted in its many futuristic forms, including gold.

Futuristic femmes like Ashley Olsen, Lily AldridgeJemima Kirke, Sienna Miller, and Rachel McAdams all adopted the golden trend, giving our eyes a break from the sea of silver on the red carpet.

Zendaya Met Gala 2016
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Hailey Baldwin Met Gala 2016
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Gigi Hadid Met Gala 2016
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Lupita Ny'ongo Met Gala 2016
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Ciara Met Gala 2016
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Rachel McAdams 2016 Met Gala
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Poppy Delevigne 2016 Met Gala
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Naomi Watts 2016 Met Gala
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Mackenzie Davis 2016 Met Gala
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Lara Stone 2016 Met Gala
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Alicia Vikander 2016 Met Gala
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CHAMPAGNE

This year’s theme might have been technology, but some guests decided to be theme rule-breakers and choose looks that were decidedly more old world, in shades of blush and champagne. Blake Lively’s floral embellished blush pink gown was thoroughly romantic, while Beyonce took the trend further a few decades in dusty rose latex.

Elle Fanning 2016 Met Gala
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Doutzen Kroes 2016 Met Gala
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Amber Heard 2016 met gala
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POWDER BLUE

Like the champagne and feminine floral patterns that graced us with their presence on this year’s red carpet, powder blue – another very prominent trend – proved to be another departure from the Gala’s Manus x Machina theme.

While stars like Karolina Kurkova and Allison Williams embraced this spring-summer must-have shade in the most romantic, feminine way possible, Claire Danes added her own futuristic spin on the fairy-tale fantasy trend. The actress opted for a powder blue Zac Posen gown that literally lit up the red carpet, making Danes the ultimate robot Cinderella of our dreams.

Karolina Kurkova 2016 Met Gala
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Claire Danes 2016 Met Gala
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Allison Williams 2016 Met Gala
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