Met Gala: Burberry's High-Tech Garden Party
Designer Christopher Bailey dreamed up futuristic florals for Blake Lively, Naomi Watts and Naomie Harris.
For the "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"-themed Met Ball, Burberry's team used high-tech materials to make classic English florals fresh and innovative for actresses Blake Lively, Naomi Watts and Naomie Harris as well as British model Edie Campbell, a face of Burberry.
The brand’s chief creative and CEO Christopher Bailey, in town from London, walked the Met Museum stairs with Lively, who looked radiant in a pleated technical silk organza and chiffon corseted gown. The expectant star’s dress included a detachable cape, accented with hand-dyed and laser-cut flower petals.
"We’ve had a great time interpreting this year’s theme. For the girls, we wanted to capture their individual attitudes and styles in each of the designs," Bailey tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Their looks, whilst very different, are united by a shared theme centered around British flowers, be it through delicate hand-sewn applique or giant floral prints, each of them finished by expert craftsmen using our latest technical fabrics."
True to form, Watts delivered megawatt glamour in a futuristic-looking silver technical silk organza gown made entirely of chain-mail sequins, accented with handmade metallic yarn blossoms with glass beads (paired with vintage Fred Leighton diamonds); Harris smoldered in a plunging metallic jacquard gown with a red, blue, green and yellow floral print that had an almost iridescent effect when the flashbulbs popped. And Campbell oozed cool and sexy in a metallic tuxedo with hand-embroidered sequins that created a bold, oversize flower motif.
Burberry also dressed VIPs James Corden, Hugh Dancy, Ben Whishaw and Mario Testino for the evening.