The future seemed bright in this year’s 2016 Met Gala, hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, with the theme of a Manus x Machina: Fashion in the age of Technology. This theme has often captivated the art world, a need to marry the concept of the organic man and the technological advances that rule our lives daily. When we think technology, we often imagine sleek, silver, and shiny.
Claire Danes took it a step further in her now infamous Zac Posen gown that illuminated the red carpet. Posen constructed the hand sewn ball gown out of lightweight organza fabric utilizing fiber-optics to give Danes an ethereal sheen. Looking like a fairy tale princess, she wholeheartedly embodied the night’s theme of man x technology. A daring risk to make, a literal translation could have come off odd or bulky, but in this case, Posen’s creation truly was the show stopper. It easily trumped the repetitive silver gowns only glossing Wintour’s idea metaphorically.
These two looks were my particular favorites since they had polarizing statements to make, Posen embracing the future while Watson looks to preserve it. I’d love to see combination of these two concepts to really push fashion boundaries forward.