It’s the first Wednesday in May, which doesn’t mean much except that two days ago it was the first Monday in May, otherwise known as Met Gala day. The red carpet was (and always is) a union of celebrity and fashion. The E! News coverage made it feel much more about the former, more about Hollywood’s stylistic choices rather than idea — that “fashion is art” — on which the entire event is built around.
The buzz around the year’s Met Gala is probably directly correlated to the documentary (The First Monday in May) about the making of said gala, released last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. Just as Grace Coddington became a household name in her own right after a particular September issue, the film documenting fashion’s most exclusive social event was designed to perpetuate the Gala’s surrounding buzz.
Because we all want what we can’t have, right? The fact that hardly anyone except the 600 attendees handpicked by Anna Wintour knows the events of the Gala beyond the red carpet has us wondering and wanting more information. The forced social media silence during the Gala was especially ironic considering this year’s theme, Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, and it being sponsored by Apple.
But at the end of the day, it comes back to the “best” and “worst” dressed of the night. The ballgowns and tuxedos are underwhelming when guests are encouraged to dress according to theme. Solange, Claire Danes, and Zayn Malik showed their take on fashion and tech, while the Kardashian’s predictably came decked in Balmain, the Olsen’s stayed true to their grandma-chic, and Lady Gaga regressed to the 2010 version of herself.
The best Met Gala 2016 red carpet meme I’ve seen so far? The rumored metamorphosis of Taylor Swift into Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl circa 2009.