Shiny stars at Met Gala

Kate Hudson (far left) and Lady Gaga are two of the night’s most superbly dressed celebrities. Gaga honours 1980s “hair metal” with her teased hair and beaded bolero jacket, while Hudson’s fantastic plastic gown pays tribute to sci-fi.
Kate Hudson (far left) and Lady Gaga are two of the night’s most superbly dressed celebrities. Gaga honours 1980s “hair metal” with her teased hair and beaded bolero jacket, while Hudson’s fantastic plastic gown pays tribute to sci-fi. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • The theme of the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Anna Wintour Costume Center this year was fashion and technology. This meant that people like the museum's head curator Andrew Bolton, along with Apple's chief design officer Jonathan Ive - who served as a sponsor - spoke in lofty tones about the dichotomies of man versus machine, haute couture versus ready-to-wear, hand-sewn versus mass-produced.

For laypeople, it meant an exhibit of wild designer gowns and a gala celebration on Monday night, at which the bulk of celebrity attendants wore metallics.

Rapper Kanye West wore a loose metallic jacket and contact lenses that turned his eyes iridescent blue. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, wore metallic, beaded Balmain.

And Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o donned a celerygreen, metallic Calvin Klein dress, her hair in an updo that seemed to recall both Star Wars and Nina Simone.

At most major red-carpet events, choices like these would be referred to as misfires. Here at the Met, they imply merely that the attendants took the theme to heart and paid fealty to the queen, whom even the most famous women in the house still approach with trepidation.

"She doesn't speak to me," said pop star Madonna, when asked whether her black lace Givenchy dress by Riccardo Tisci that showed almost the entirety of her bust and backside had been approved by Vogue editor Wintour. "She does speak to Riccardo, though."

The evening began on the red carpet just before 6pm, when Wintour arrived in a simple, cream Chanel gown.

Singer Lady Gaga ascended the stairs in a bustier-like top with platform shoes, along with fishnet stockings and no pants. Actress Kate Hudson was inches away from her, wearing a white dress that seemed to have been constructed entirely from shards of plexiglass. In came Claire Danes, in a baby blue dress with a train so long, it took a bus to get her there.

As in years past, the last major celebrity arrival was singer Beyonce, who walked onto the red carpet at 8.40pm in a nude- coloured Givenchy dress.

Arriving fashionably late seemed apropos this year, a week after the release of her new album Lemonade, which hints strongly at possible past infidelity and discord in her marriage.

But she was not here to talk about that, or why her husband Jay Z was not on her arm. The only question she answered was about how long it took to get ready. "It was actually a lot easier than last year," she said.

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Did Beyonce put a condom on
herself? Actually, the star looks good
in her tight latex gown, and although
the Internet is joking about it, it is
still a triumph in an age of
technology.


Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s more fashion-forward sister, is a visitor from the future when designers have discovered how to weave sunshine and lemonade into dazzling, corrugated waves.


Rihanna’s 25kg egg-yolk dress last year has a worthy follow-up in Zoe Saldana’s gown. Even if Saldana’s train looks like a feather-duster, it sure is one amazing, head-turning feather-duster.


Lupita Nyong’o lets Star Wars go to
her head, literally, for a wondrous,
gravity-defying hairstyle.


Please stand back while Nicole Kidman does her magic
and transforms herself into an intergalactic sorceress.


Punk rock is not a look for Taylor Swift (above), however hard she tries to tousle her hair and darken her lips. Her
rumoured rival Katy Perry wears the style with aplomb, though, like she was born to be a punk queen.


Punk rock is not a look for Taylor Swift, however hard she tries to tousle her hair and darken her lips. Her rumoured rival Katy Perry (above) wears the style with aplomb, though, like she was born to be a punk queen.


Poor Gigi Hadid. When your boyfriend is Zayn Malik,
upstaging you by wearing a robot’s metal plates over his
tuxedo, you become just some girl draped on his arm.


These two are mind-boggling. Why does Kim Kardashian
West have a protruding alien forehead? Is the guy with
her Kanye West? Did he get pale blue contact lenses to
go with his jeans? How silly. PHOTOS: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY, REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2016, with the headline 'Shiny stars at Met Gala'. Print Edition | Subscribe