Actors, musicians, designers, socialites, photographers, editors, it’s a glittering guest list of celebrities from any number of fields at the MET Gala. The range of jewelry on the red carpet this year was almost as varied. The museum’s exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology inspired high tech looks and vintage styles that showed off handmade craftsmanship. All of the best jewels were as individual as the women who wore them.
While Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing had his highly touted “army” of goddesses in gowns, Lorraine Schwartz bejeweled her squad of beauties. Blake Lively stunned in the designer’s rose gold diamond and coral shoulder dusters that matched her glamorous Burberry dress to perfection. Kim Kardashian’s foil colored Balmain creation lit up even more with Lorraine Schwartz diamonds including a 20-carat ear cuff and stud. Beyoncé put on an $8-million handful of Lorraine’s diamond rings with her latex Givenchy dress.
An epic diamond Bird brooch made by Cartier in 1948 perched on Uma Thurman’s shoulder strap as she strolled up the MET’s red carpeted stairs. The big bird measuring almost 8-inches high flew in just for the occasion from the Cartier Collection in Paris. While the piece has been on view in exhibitions and published in books this was its red carpet debut.
After a couple of years attending the MET Gala in scene stealing gowns and major headpieces, Sarah Jessica Parker surprised everyone when she arrived in a low-key Monse outfit inspired by the Broadway sensation Hamilton. An antique agate and turquoise cameo from Fred Leighton gave her white knickers, jacket and corset a splash of color.
Margot Robbie and Gigi Hadid both went for modern or Machina looks. Robbie added major metal to her white Calvin Klein cut-out dress with a pair of Tiffany bold gold cuffs by Elsa Peretti. She carried the designer’s bean clutch made of Japanese hardwood and lacquer. Hadid finished off her specially designed Tommy Hilfiger creation with eight custom made gun metal Armor rings by Lynn Ban