Met Gala: The Jewels We Can’t Stop Talking About

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A head-spinning array of star-power gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 2 May for the Costume Institute Gala. Hosted by Vogue's Anna Wintour, New York’s most exclusive fundraiser celebrates the Met’s annual fashion exhibition. This year’s show is Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, a brainy and gorgeous meditation on clothing sewn by hand (namely, couture) with machine-made garments and the frequent blurring of those techniques. The fusion of the two was striking on the red carpet, observed our jewellery expert Frank Everett. The evening's looks frequently juxtaposed handmade vintage jewels with high-tech fabrics: an Art Deco cuff on the arm of an actress wearing custom Louis Vuitton, for example. "It was a great night for jewellery," remarked Everett. Click ahead for Frank’s favourite looks.

Met Gala: The Jewels We Can’t Stop Talking About

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    Anna Wintour
    Reigning Tsarina of fashion and the gala’s chairwoman, Wintour is rarely seen without at least one vintage rivière necklace (usually with coloured gemstones), but this one is special. Old-cut diamond florets in silver-topped gold add he perfect vintage touch to her simple fitted Chanel gown.

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    Margot Robbie
    The Australian actress kept it simple with a timeless design by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany. The Bone cuff (always best worn in pairs) looks as modern today as it did when it was introduced 40 years ago. A testament to its enduring popularity, this piece has been featured on a Vogue cover at least once in every decade since then. 

  • Naomi Campbell

    Continuing with the cuff trend, the supermodel chose sunburst cuffs by Verdura, once favoured by fashion doyennes like Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland and Carrie Donavan. With Campbell's cut-out Roberto Cavalli gown, it was a powerful look.

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    Elle Fanning
    The eighteen-year-old Fanning nailed it in a Thakoon dress with a Diamonds by the Yard necklace by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. These long strands are a great way to wear important jewels with casual flair, and the style makes them age-appropriate for this young star.

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    Michelle Williams
    Williams's oversized diamond cuff by Cartier, from circa 1934, made a bold statement, juxtaposed with her petite figure, Louis Vuitton tunic and mini skirt – not to mention her chic new baby bangs haircut.

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    Nicole Kidman
    A Fred Leighton tiara: perfect, regal and anything but ironic. Among so many beautiful dresses that evening, her celestial caped Alexander McQueen gown stood out with its whimsical star pattern. I loved this look.

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    Uma Thurman
    Her statement piece by Cartier, from 1948, proves once and for all that the Brooch is Back. She wore it with confidence, perched high on the shoulder of her ivory Tommy Hilfiger gown.

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    Hailee Steinfeld

    In a one-of-a-kind dress by H&M, she rocked gold and black David Webb jewels with a 1980s vibe. 

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    Saoirse Ronan

    Feathers and butterflies? Somehow, the Oscar nominee managed to make this look simultaneously sweet and chic. I loved the placement of the Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie butterfly brooch at the waist of her Christopher Kane gown. Sleek hair and makeup kept it modern.


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