This year’s Fashion Institute Ball was themed ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,’ exploring the relationship between clothes created by hand (or ‘manus’) versus the machine. As usual it was an A-list affair and the stars literally shone in a flurry of silver and metallic.
Pop queen Beyoncé wowed in a full latex gown by Givenchy; Katy Perry was black and gold in Prada, adorning her outfit with a retro digi-pet Tamagotchi; and Lady Gaga went full-futuristic in a mirrored blazer, bodysuit ensemble by Versace. The belle of the ball though, was actress Claire Danes. Wearing a Zac Posen gown that lit up, the Homeland star was a real-life Cinderella as she sashayed down the red carpet.
The event, which marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition, is chaired by American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and is a chance for designers to step out from the shadows and showcase their work with celebrities often attending as the dates of the designer they are wearing. Lenny Letter co-founders Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner took the concept one step further and dressed up as J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons. Posing together on the red carpet, the three were photographed sporting slicked back hair, tuxedos and Lyons signature black-framed glasses.
As of last year, posting on social media is banned once guests are within the ball. We can only assume then, that the night was a fashion extravaganza like no other and featured at least one celebrity doing the robot.
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