How superb would it be if you could score an invite to one of Hollywood’s most extravagant fashion royalty events?! Well, unless you’ve received a personal invitation from Vogue’s Anna Wintour, or you luckily purchased a ticket worth $30,000, it looks as if you will be viewing the glitz & glamour of the annual Met Gala from the sidelines (A.K.A on Instagram). Sadly, like ourselves and the millions of people who would of loved to get a hold of that precious invitation, we can only dream of how it would turn out!  

The Met Gala or Met Ball is an annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of the Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. This marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year the event follows a theme, and for 2016, it was entitled, 

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
 Chanel Haute Couture, Fall 14. Which was one of the garments that inspired the exhibition.  "It embodies both the handmade and the machine made within one garment. Initially sketched by hand, by Karl, and then it was manipulated on the computer to give a pixelated, baroque pattern. Then the pattern itself was hand-painted onto the train then transfer printed by machine and then finished by hand by Lasarge with gemstones." - Bolton

Chanel Haute Couture, Fall 14. Which was one of the garments that inspired the exhibition. "It embodies both the handmade and the machine made within one garment. Initially sketched by hand, by Karl, and then it was manipulated on the computer to give a pixelated, baroque pattern. Then the pattern itself was hand-painted onto the train then transfer printed by machine and then finished by hand by Lasarge with gemstones." - Bolton

What’s it mean? Well, ‘Manus’ = hand, and ‘Machina’ = Machine. Essentially Man vs Machine, divulging the paradox between Ready to Wear & Haute Couture.

Moving beyond the celebrity endorsements and fanfare for a moment, the show explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made, in the creation of haute couture and ready to wear. This reflects precisely what LJS is all about, combining the craftsmanship and the elegance of the bespoke tradition with the efficiencies of technological advancements (like our partnership with mPort). It certainly goes a lot deeper than that, as the exhibition aims to explore the ongoing dichotomy between ready to wear (machine) vs. haute couture (hand made), but we’ll leave it at that for now.

The event couldn’t be timelier with the emergence of SUPER FAST fashion, one that is leaving the fashion industry divided. Cue, Burberry, Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger’s decision to tear up the rule book and show both men and women clothing in one ‘seasonless collection,’ come September fashion week. Whilst on the flip side, Karl Lagerfeld stating “Direct-to-consumer runways will be the end of everything.”

 Our take on some of our favs from the night -  Nicole Kidman, Karlie Kloss & Solange Knowles

Our take on some of our favs from the night - Nicole Kidman, Karlie Kloss & Solange Knowles

Whether it’s Machine vs. Hands, the whole point of the show as put by Andrew Bolton, the Curator in Charge is that,

“People are so preoccupied with what’s coming next, that there is a lack of appreciate in the making of fashion. Part of the exhibition's intention to really to make people look at garments, and slow the fashion industry down.”

This echoes the message that was set at last week’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2016 by Eco-Age founder, Livia Firth,

 Livia Firth speaking at the renowed Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2016

Livia Firth speaking at the renowed Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2016

“Nothing – nothing – will ever change while fast fashion and its current business model stays as it is. That is, producing huge volumes of clothes, in incredibly fast cycles, very cheaply. That is, by continuing to addict us to an even crazier cycle of consumption.”

So that leaves us back to the Met Gala red carpet, and based on the pics we have seen, it seems that most celebrities chose to focus on the word ‘technology’ rather than understanding the entirety of it. Needless to say, we can’t dismiss the fact that this year’s Gala has brought us both happiness, curiosity and a lot of entertainment.

 Margot Robbie, Emma Watson and Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klien collection for the Green Carpet Challenge

Margot Robbie, Emma Watson and Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klien collection for the Green Carpet Challenge

Our tip is to follow in the footsteps of Emma Watson who dares to change the world "One dress at a time," by wearing sustainable and ethically sourced fashion. For this years Met Gala Emma challenged the team at Calvin Klein to incorporate sustainable elements into the looks for Margot Robbie and Lupita Nyong’o, as well as her own. In conjunction with Eco-Age, Emma's custom piece was created from three fabrics woven from yarns all made from recycled plastic bottles!! Cool huh? 

So if you can't afford the $30,000 entry, then just put your pennies towards designing a dress with LJS. Seek inspiration from some of the looks that caught our eye below. A mix of the daring, the questionable, and the beautiful... So you too can change the world, one dress at a time like Emma! ;) 

- Words & illustrations by Dani T

Sources: Vogue & Getty Images for Images, Eco-Age, Daily Telegraph & The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Costume Institute

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