THE MOST powerful woman of fashion, US Vogue editrix Anna Wintour, once again hosted the ultimate fashion party at the Met in New York. The theme at the Met Gala this year is Manus X Machina. The main colors that evening were silver for women and white for the men.
The exhibition itself charts the evolution of fashion, from the invention of the sewing machine to the onset of 3D printing, computer modeling and laser-cutting techniques. Fashion and technology are moving together closer than ever. Mass production has enabled fast fashion juggernauts like Zara and H&M to thrive.
This merging of fashion and technology has led to disposable one-season wonders from Forever 21, and for the very rich, traditional made-to-measure hand-sewn frocks that start at half a million dollars.
Many of the celebs from the industries of music, fashion, film and television were in attendance. Fashion designers hit the snooze button of rehashed gilded designs or fashion couture finds in vintage boutiques.
Fashion designers and stylists who chose to play safe simply clad an army of glamazons in head to toe, fully beaded sheaths. Or ’60s Space Age mini dresses by André Courrèges, Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin.
They were like sexy robots climbing the red-carpeted grand staircase of the Met where paparazzi at the side called out for a vantage stop. Like Bob Mackie’s ’70s Cher gown, all glitter and bold.
The celebs were a body count of world-class fashion victims escorted by the designers who maybe wanted to shine, too. Look at the silver bullets and silver plate—the good, the bad and ugly, by design not by choice.