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The 2016 Met Gala: Our Favourite Looks + What You Need To Know

The Met Gala is fashions night of nights. It’s the party with the looks to be, people to see and guest list everybody wants to be on; and if you thought it couldn’t get even more interesting than that it does! Because what happens inside the Met Gala, stays inside the Met Gala; as beginning last year, posting on social media was banned after the red carpet. 

Damn.

Anyway, officially the Met Gala is called the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit and is held every year on the first Monday of May to raise money for the Costume Institute (the only one of the Met’s departments that has to fund itself) and it started way back in 1948.

Also; tickets cost $30,000 to get in. Tables $275,000. (Just FYI.)

It’s all sponsored though, so all of the money raised from the ticket sales goes back to the Met and naturally, not everybody has to buy one to get in. Brands at the gala often invite celebs to be their guests, while Anna Wintour, the Editor US VOGUE/artistic director of Conde Naste and chairwoman of the event usually invites up and coming designers, who might not be able to afford their own tickets as well.

Plus Ms Wintour has final say on every guest and their invitees (including what time they should arrive) so even if you do have the money to get in, if she says no, you wouldn’t be able to go. (And whether you get the big tick of approval to attend is usually based on achievements/beauty… equally).

Each year guests are also encouraged to dress in the exhibition theme, which is what makes this fashion night of night’s red carpet, THE most interesting celebrity/power cocktail/fashion/beauty mix to watch.

This year, the exhibit theme was the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” Last year, the exhibit was “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

In saying that though, if you are a guest invited by a brand, you’re usually required to wear that brand (like a walking ad) hence why designers usually have celebs hanging off their arms as their date and also why the red carpet has today turned into one giant marketing event. WHICH WE LOVE.

Soz. It’s a sad reality, but a true one.

Anyway, this year guests really outdid themselves and we couldn’t stop our stalking. The technology-based theme was on fiyaaaah and not many went wrong with their futuristic looks.

Metallic accents mixed with sleek, slicked back beauty looks reigned supreme. Ponytails were ripe (and very easy for us to copy at home) and at one point we were even debating whether we should bleach our eyebrows too.

Emma Watson made a statement rocking up in her Calvin Klein gown made of recycled plastic bottles, while Margot Robbie and Lupita Nyong'o had sustainable components in their Calvin Klein dresses too. 

Although the babe that made the crowd go ooooooh was Claire Danes who rocked up in a powder blue Disney princess-esque dress (by Zac Posen), which very much looked cute walking in, but it was after the red carpet that it truly shown - as it literally glowed in the dark. Kind of like Elsa from frozen. 

The Met Gala 2016 was all very artificial intelligence chic and we loved every minute of it...(now if only we could find out what goes on behind the scenes).  

Images: VOGUE, Elle, Getty; Words: Yadira Galarza Cauchi

Tell us, which one of these Met Gala looks is your fave?

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