Where to begin with last night’s red carpet? (Okay, so we started with Kanye. But that’s only natural.) Beyond “vibes,” there were silver dresses galore (hey, Taylor Swift), lush floral prints, and more white than we've ever seen before Memorial Day.
But we’re not here to talk about florals, for spring. Instead, let’s look at some of the more unexpected trends to emerge at the Met Ball. Will we all be decked in feathers this summer? You decide.
1. Light-Up Dresses
The dress code was “tech white-tie,” and some stars rose to the challenge. Karolina Kurkova’s Marchesa gown, for example, lit up in different colors to correspond to Twitter mentions. Talk about a modern mood ring.
Claire Dane’s light-up dress by Zac Posen was basically Cinderella IRL. It’ll take us a while to get over this one.
Staying right on '90s trend, Katy Perry nodded to retro technology in her Prada gown, which she accessorized with a vintage Tamagotchi toy. (Cuteness: Boyfriend Orlando Bloom carried one, too.)
2. Menswear for Women
Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg wore a cranberry-hued, satin suit from Calvin Klein Collection.
Lena Dunham appeared with pals Jenna Lyons and Jenni Konner. All three wore sharp, custom suits by—you guessed it—J. Crew. Dunham just sported a J. Crew look as a bridesmaid... do we sense a budding celeb-brand romance?
Buzzy brand Monse designed SJP’s look, which was inspired by the musical Hamilton. Let’s take in all the fabulousness of this jacket, which is backless with ruffled sleeves.
Brooklyn star Saoirse Ronan wore a custom Christoper Kane gown with some very feathery embellishments. All hail that exotic mini-train.
With the help of Vera Wang, Rita Ora showed the sexy side of plumage. We call this look: "Future Bird."
4. The Gothic Warrior Princess
We’re not quite sure how to describe the dramatic look that was trotted out by several big-name stars, so we’re sticking with “gothic warrior princess.” Exhibit A: Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture. (p.s. A reporter asked Madge: "What's the best part of the Met Ball?" For the record, it's "the breadsticks.")
Nicole Kidman had a mysterious, mythological vibe in her caped Alexander McQueen gown. She looks like the most glamorous fortuneteller we’ve ever seen—and we mean that in a very good way.
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