Danai Gurira in Giambattista Valli at the Met Gala: pretty or misses the theme?

There were so many women in crisp white gowns last night, I get the impression that it’s the new color for spring and summer. Danai Gurrira was in this stark white Giambattista Valli gown with flutter sleeves and a crocheted v-neck inset. I like how effortlessly this falls on her, how she went with a full coverage dress and how just a section of her hair is gray. Usually Gurira looks so different on the red carpet than she does on Walking Dead, but here she’s got Michonne’s expression, like some heads are about to roll. I love it. It’s hard to tell how this fits the theme (“Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which you’ve heard countless times now) but someone commented with the fact that the designs could have machine made elements. I think that’s a stretch, but maybe it makes sense to fashion people.

Halsey was in this DKNY dress which looks like a suit jacket that leads to a tight skirt. I like that she committed to the white with those thick rubber soled boots. This is like 80s retro futurism and I actually like it, it’s kitschy.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw had on a white Gabriela Hearst gown which would have been forgettable except for the silver stripes running down the arms. I would have liked to see her in something more daring. It’s a lovely gown it’s just a bit plain for the Met Gala.

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  1. QQ says:

    hm.. Kill me but I actually like everyone here, no snark I mean nothing to call the news about but is all modern/clean spare interesting enough

  2. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    There should be some kind of rule where if you don’t wear something in line with the theme you get turned away at the door.

    I know some celebs are basic and others don’t know how to step out of their comfort zone but this felt like one of the worst Mets in terms of seeing anything I wouldn’t see on a regular red carpet.

    I mean Halsey? Gugu?

    • Bridget says:

      If you think about it, it’s a theme that could pretty much encompass all high fashion – either handmade or machine made. Though I too prefer it when the fashion is crazy at the Met Gala and not the usual red carpet standards.

    • Miss Grace Jones says:

      Gugu is gorgeous obviously but I was shaking my head at how dull this dress was. I feel like celevs rarely get the theme

    • DIRTNAP says:

      Thank you @The Etetnal Side Eye. I am so disappointed with the fashion choices many of the attendees made that did not connect with the theme at all. This event is crazy expensive to host and a nightmare to coordinate, is top-tier exclusive, and provides amazing publicity for attendees and designers alike, but many of the guests acted like they couldn’t be bothered to be creative in their dress as it pertained to the theme. I feel it is poor manners to not acknowledge the theme with your attire if that is what the host requests. I was really hoping to be inspired by innovative materials and gravity-defying construction and ideas that I might see my child’s children wear one day. Instead, people wore their Plan B Oscar dress choices. I thought the Met Gala was supposed to inspire how we perceive fashion. What happened?

      • Bridget says:

        I would have loved to see more interesting materials as well, and I’m disappointed that so many interpreted it as “robots”.

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        You. Said. It. All.

        This is supposed to amaze the sense and make me think if it’s possible or something we’ll actually see people wearing in the future.

        Different applications and types of technology.

        Instead we got white suits and dresses. Oh. Yay.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      This whole evening makes it abundantly clear this is no longer the fashion event it had been before. The guest list is lacking some fashion knockouts and style.

      • Bridget says:

        If Kylie Jenner is at your event, they’ll truly let anyone in.

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        Seriously. Even the co-chair Taylor Swift went as bold as…a metallic dress.

        Come on. This is the only fashion event I ever get excited for.

    • Jayna says:

      I was thinking the same thing. If you don’t meet the requirements of the theme with effort, turn them away. Too many didn’t bother this year or made a very barely there try.

      • Bridget says:

        Well, it is a fundraiser. I hear it’s bad form to turn people away from a fundraiser that want to give you money.

  3. Miss Grace Jones says:

    I think Danai is STUNNING and just emits this queenly regal quality about her. Not sure how exactly it fits the theme but I love white and this is one of my favorite looks of the night next to Claire Danes, Willow Smith, Lupita and Zendaya’s. Has anyone been able to see her and Lupita’s Broadway production?

    Everything about Halsey I find annoying particularly whatever this pout is but Gugu is very pretty face wise if boring dress wise

  4. AlmondJoy says:

    Love Danai! The silver in her puff looks gorgeous.

    Gugu is very safe so this outfit doesn’t surprise me… I always can’t help but stare at how great her face is 😍

    • ichsi says:

      Gugu is SO freaking beautiful and I don’t understand why she always is playing it safe. She easily could give all the other ladies there a run for their money.

  5. AlmondJoy says:

    CB: y’all are puttin in that WORK today, aren’t you?! Thanks for churning out the posts and covering so much in just one morning.

  6. Sisi says:

    hand v. machine
    crochet v. weaving
    domestic v. commercial
    geometric v. organic (a contrast within a contrast since you’d expect the hand part to look organic)

    old technique – modern look.
    it’s a lovely blend.

    Seems to fit the brief perfectly in my opinion.

    • Mia V. says:

      My thoughts exactly, the theme was about the use of technology on the construction of clothes, it was not to dress like a effing robot.

    • ClaireB says:

      Thank you, that’s just what I wanted to say! I don’t see how some of the other dresses are standout examples of it, but that crochet inset certainly addresses the handwork/machine aspect of the theme.

      I think half the attendees didn’t realize that “manus” means “hand.”

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  7. Linds says:

    I was totally convinced for a sec that that was Viola Davis.

  8. Ellen says:

    I haven’t seen Danai before but she strongly resembles Viola Davis here. Both beautiful ladies!

  9. Magnoliarose says:

    This is the best page of looks so far. Still not seeing anything great yet though.

  10. Carmen says:

    I think Gugu’s dress was stunning and she looked lovely in it.

  11. aenflex says:

    Dana looks showstopping. Deadly princess. She’s absolutely gorgeous.

  12. Carol says:

    I love Danai and think she’s a striking woman but her makeup doesn’t do her any good. Its truly horrendous. The dress is fantastic though and I love her hair.

  13. kri says:

    Danai and Gugu’s dresses are cut with laser perfect craft. Not exciting theme wise but wow. Pay attention YSL. Learn how to sew.

  14. Starkiller says:

    I’m bothered by the fact that Halsey has on three different shades of white.

  15. lucy2 says:

    I like the detailing in Danai’s dress.
    Gugu is stunning.

  16. TOPgirl says:

    Holy shit is that Michonne from WD? She looks great! I’m amazed!