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Metallics reign on Met Gala red carpet

Associated Press Associated Press 3/05/2016 By Leanne Italie And Jocelyn Noveck

The Met Gala red carpet gleamed with sparkly metallics and shiny, futuristic-looking fabrics as stars paid homage to this year's technology-center ed theme.

The annual gala, a fundraiser for at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, celebrated the new exhibit opening Thursday, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which considers the relationship between the human hand and the machine in creating fashion.

As always, guests included stars of film, music, television, sports, politics and of course fashion. And one of the biggest was Beyonce, who provided the finale to the red carpet show, just like last year.

The pop superstar - with husband Jay Z nowhere in sight - wore a peach-hued, puffed-sleeved latex gown by Givenchy.

Asked how difficult it was to get into the gown, the singer replied that it was "a lot easier than last year," referring to her barely there look from last season, also by Givenchy.

Another show stopper: Lady Gaga, in towering purple platform shoes, fishnet stockings and a silvery Versace bodysuit paired with an equally silvery short jacket.

Katy Perry, like Gaga not shy about her red-carpet looks, wore black Prada with clunky gold embellishments and a long train, an old-school Tamagotchi digital pet on her belt as what she called her "tech contribution," and her hair done in a high black beehive.

Madonna was none too shy either, flaunting her exposed buttocks in lacy Givenchy, with her breasts only covered by lace and tape.

Nicki Minaj walked the carpet with Jeremy Scott, wearing the designer's creation of a sheer black gown highlighted by rhinestone buckles, straps, and a daring amount of cleavage. Scott, too, wore all-black with a liberal dose of sparkle.

Taking the exhibit's theme to the next level was Homeland actress Claire Danes, who wore a tech-driven garment - a "fibre optic" organza Cinderella down in dove grey by Zac Posen. Her husband, actor Hugh Dancy, happily explained to onlookers the science behind Danes' illuminated dress, which Posen said was made "from fibre-optic woven organza which was sourced from France."

Fashion's doyenne Anna Wintour, the powerful Vogue editor who was running the Met gala for the 18th year, kicked off the red-carpet proceedings in a fringed, white body-hugging gown by Chanel.

The strong show of silver, copper and other metallic looks - emphasising the machine part of the evening's equation, as well as referencing technology - included Poppy Delevingne in low-cut silver tiered spangles and jewels on a Marchesa gown.

And Bette Midler was resplendent in a black-and-silver metallic gown by Marc Jacobs, who accompanied her on the carpet, and a whimsical wiry headdress and collar by Suzanne Bartsch.

Also in sparkly silver were Naomi Watts and reality TV star Kim Kardashian who conjured a "blingy, sexy robot" with her look.

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 number.

Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander took the idea of "machine" to a new level in a bold, multicoloured Louis Vuitton mini. It, too, had a gladiator feel with a bright red bustier effect over armour-like copper and a loose skirt, paired with short Louis Vuitton combat boots.

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

Lupita Nyong'o donned a custom Calvin Klein Collection jade sequin dress with velvet straps, her hair standing high in a conical hairdo.

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

There were some attention-getters among the men, too. Idris Elba, one of the evening's co-hosts, wore a white tie and black tails from Tom Ford.

Kardashian's husband, Kanye West, wore a silvery Balmain jewel-embellished denim jacket to match, along with ripped jeans.

E! asked him to explain his look.

"Vibes," was all he said. And that was enough.

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