Fug File: Met Ball

Met Gala Technologically Played: Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa


This dress was a very intriguing gimmick.

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It’s embedded with IBM technology that lets it react to social media emotions — “joy, passion, excitement, encouragement, and curiosity.” The idea being that it would scan Karolina’s social media accounts and change color based on the reactions it detects there. They call it a “cognitive dress,” but unfortunately, the only other color I saw was on her Instagram earlier in the night and then green here:

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I don’t know what color is meant to match which emotion, but I personally think they should have gone for stronger ones. The lines between joy, passion, excitement, encouragement, and curiosity are murky. The gimmick needs really easy, visible results to drive engagement. They should’ve gone whole-hog with happy, horrified, bored… if you’re going to have a cognitive dress, don’t be afraid to plug it into the WHOLE human experience, even if at some point it glows red with the Internet’s disapproval.

Not that it necessarily would have. It’s a perfectly nice dress. Not the dizzying highs we’ve experienced before from Karolina, but honestly, how often in one lifetime does a person scale that kind of mountain?

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Met Gala Well Played: Zendaya in Michael Kors


She is selling this.

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Met Gala What The Fug: Irina Shayk in Givenchy


Can we get Riccardo Tisci on charges of desecrating the flag?

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Not that I’m so protective of the flag; I just want to get this dress arrested on any grounds I can, due to Random Acts of Heinousness. And I am pretty sure Betsy Ross just raided the angels’ brass band so she could play some Sad Trombone. There is a very long list of visual atrocities committed by Givenchy in the last few years, and The Inglorious Ass Window of the Thirteen Original Colonies is rocketing speedily atop that list.

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Met Gala Fug or Fab: Karlie Kloss’s Three-Part Outfit by Brandon Maxwell


I was so confused yesterday to see Karlie Kloss in two different things. “Karlie Kloss CHANGED AT THE MET,” I said to Jessica. And then I blinked and was like, “OR IT’S CALLED A COAT.” Sigh. I blame it on the vertigo I had yesterday.

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Met Gala Masked Carpet: Zoe Kravitz in Valentino


Talk about not phoning it in.

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Met Gala Fug or Fab: Demi Lovato in Moschino


On one hand, this is striking and seems to mix a lot of hand-work with a printed fabric. So it’s on-theme, at least.

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But I can’t escape the sensation that she’s dressed as what you’d see if you dropped acid and then toured Buckingham Palace.

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Met Gala Fug or Fab: Kate Bosworth in Dolce and Gabbana


Kate Bosworth making sure that her headpiece is on straight makes me giggle:

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My favorite part of big events like this, where celebs are all jammed into the same space for two hours and cannot escape the cameras, are these little human moment from celebrities who so often don’t want to look human. Fixing their headpiece, making faces in the background, trying not to fall down the stairs. It humanizes them; it is appealing.

ANYWAY. Kate:

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She sort of looks like an Edwardian robot, which under any other circumstances might be a problem, but on this night may have been exactly what she was going for.

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