It’s the first Monday of May, and you know what that means: It’s time for the Met Gala. Known to many, with good reason, as the “party of the year,” the soiree celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual show, and has become famous for the red carpet fashion—some of the most unique looks we see all year.
This year, the exhibit is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” It explores how fashion designers use handmade and machine-made processes when creating haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear clothes. With that being the theme, we knew to expect a number of tech-y looks on the red carpet. Tonight’s party hosts include Anna Wintour (who serves as chairwoman of the gala), Taylor Swift, Jonathan Ive (the chief design officer of Apple), and actor Idris Elba.
While we saw a range of looks, sparkling silver seemed to be the hue of the evening—with ladies such as Taylor Swift, Poppy Delevingne, and Brie Larsen rocking the look, in sequins, embellishments, or metallic snakeskin. However, even without any sparkle, the HAIM sisters absolutely killed it, looking like total goddesses in matching black and white Rodarte gowns.
Still, the red carpet looks of the evening varied. While we saw a ton of almost-casual short dresses, there were also a number enormous gowns with colossal trains (just ask Zoe Saldana) on this evening’s red carpet.
Click through the gallery below to check out our favorite looks from the Met Gala 2016.