Metallics, feathers reigned on Met Gala red carpet

Leanne Italie and Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press

New York — Gladiator-worthy metallics and sparkly embellishments, along with a show of feathers and chunky boots, swept the red carpet at the Met Gala on Monday night.

The event celebrates the Met’s new exhibit opening Thursday, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which celebrates the convergence of man and machine.

Who better to take on that vibe than Lady Gaga, in towering platform shoes, fishnet stockings and a silvery Versace bodysuit paired with an equally silvery short jacket.

Grande dame Anna Wintour was the first to arrive, in a fringed, white body-hugging gown by Chanel. She acknowledged her life is not a great example of the evening’s theme.

“Me? I can’t cook. I can’t do anything with my hands,” the editor-in-chief of American Vogue told reporters, kicking off the huge night of fashion and celebrity at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The annual gala, organized by Wintour for 18 years, brings in millions for the museum. The carpet — red, beige and pink this year — wends up the museum’s grand staircase and is always a blinding display of A-listers from film, music, sports and fashion.

Jennifer Hudson arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday in New York.

The strong show of silver, copper and other metallic looks, perhaps to emphasize the machine part of the evening’s equation, included Poppy Delevingne in low-cut silver tiered spangles and jewels on a Marchesa gown, her platinum hair hanging loose.

Also in silver: Rita Ora in a Vera Wang gown with a full train of feathers and sheer reveals at the side of her thighs and Tony-winning actress Sophie Okenedo wearing Tome.

Taylor Swift, one of the evening’s co-hosts, wore a short silver sequined Louis Vuitton gown with high black gladiator sandals. Cindy Crawford wore a classic long metallic silver Balmain.

Others, including Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer, chose to celebrate floral elements in Bolton’s exhibit. Shaffer accompanied her mother in an elegant black gown with a spare floral design and a long train, from Alexander McQueen.

Actress Alicia Vikander took the idea of “machine” to a new level in a multicolored mini. It, too, had a gladiator feel with a bright red bustier effect over armor-like copper and loose skirting, paired with a tough-girl pair of Louis Vuitton combat boots.

Idris Elba, another of the evening’s co-hosts, wore a white tie and black tails from Tom Ford. So how does he get ready for the Met Gala?

“Take your time. Make sure your shirt’s down and the whites of the cuffs are out,” he said.

Uma Thurman paired her creamy Tommy Hilfiger gown with a huge vintage brooch from Cartier pinned to one shoulder strap.

On the eve of the Tony Award nominations, Sarah Jessica Parker honored the anticipated big winner “Hamilton” in a white coat that had goldish buttons paired with knickers, all based on the look of Hamilton himself in the first act.

The look is by Fernando Garcia from the brand Monse. Her blue shoes came from her closet, with brooches sewn on.

Kylie Jenner arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kylie Jenner wore Balmain for an Old Hollywood gown in silver, while her sister Kendall killed in a slinky Versace gown with a blue and white geometric design and sexy side cutouts.

Zayn Malik walked the carpet with Gigi Hadid in a suit tricked out with Knights of the Round Table metal arms.

Lupita Nyong’o donned a custom Calvin Klein Collection jade sequin dress with velvet straps, her hair done high in a conical-shape ‘do.

Ivanka Trump, meanwhile, chose a red Ralph Lauren jumpsuit-dress combination.