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Claire Danes' Dress Required Its Own Car, and Other Red-Carpet Moments You Didn't See

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Claire Danes in Zac Posen

All the butt grabs (looking at you, Lady Gaga) and celebrities obsessing over one another (who knew Kris Jenner was such a fan of the Smith kids?) that fashion's biggest night had to offer.

The theme of the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center is fashion and technology (man versus the machine). Earlier in the day, curator Andrew Bolton and Jonathan Ive, the chief design officer of Apple (a major sponsor) spoke at length about haute couture versus ready-to-wear, driving home the point that technology, too, requires a sort of thoughtfulness.

So how would stars interpret the concept hours later when walking the most notorious carpet of the year? Well, with extravagant sparkle. There was silver, tons of it: Taylor Swift, one of the gala's co-chairs, in Louis Vuitton; Mackenzie Davis in a silver Altuzarra dress with (you guessed it) a silver cape; Lauren Santo Domingo in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture; Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler; and Naomi Watts in Burberry. Olivier Rousteing had his Balmain army almost exclusively outfitted in silver, too: Cindy Crawford, Joan Smalls, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (who sent Twitter into a frenzy with a pair of blue contacts).

Jenner, who wore black Balmain, made a B-line for Willow and Jaden Smith. “My favorite piece of technology? The washing machine,” she said before ascending the stairs to them. “Oh my god, how cute are those two?" Other fun run-ins included Lady Gaga, dressed in fishnets and a robotic-like Atelier Versace jumpsuit, who held hands with Kate Hudson and then grabbed the actress' rear.

Old-school romanticism also had its moment. Kate Bosworth dazzled in her Dolce & Gabbana look complete with a sparkling tiara. There also was the Valentino worn by Christine Taylor and husband Ben Stiller, who said he “wasn’t in Blue Steel mode, Zoolander has retired,” before momentarily breaking into the iconic pose.

“You had to really think about what you were going to wear for this one without going for something that has LED lights in it,” said Sarah Jessica Parker who opted for an unconventional, 18th-century-inspired pantsuit by Monse (a look drastically different from last year’s). 

There were, of course, those who erred on the more literal side of wearable tech. Claire Danes, with husband Hugh Dancy and designer Zac Posen on each arm, looked like Cinderella in a powder blue princess gown that actually lit up in the dark. Like Jennifer Hudson, who joked she didn’t “know how long the train is but I know no one could ride in the car with me," Danes needed her own vehicle to fit the dress.

Zayn Malik, who wore Versace, looked as though his suit's arms — which were wrapped around girlfriend Gigi Hadid — had been borrowed from C-3PO. The only person who perhaps received as thunderous a reaction was Beyonce who, arriving shortly before 9 p.m., did what she sang she would: rocked a Givenchy dress.

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