Best Dressed | The Met Gala 2016 – Manus vs Machina

My favourite red carpet occasion of the year raised its stunning head and left us with a vast array of fashion at our finger tips.

The Met Gala is Anna Wintour’s night to shine and with an outlandish theme it always allows fashion’s bravest to push the boundaries and test their creative prowess. Let me begin this post by stating my 2 non-disputable rules for Met Ball attendees:

Rules for the Met Ball:

1) If you are going to attend the Met Gala then you follow the theme!

I don’t care who you are or what you do. If you are forking out thousands of dollars for a ticket to attend a fashion exhibition then you owe it to the event to at least abide by the rules. Just as important to remember is that that includes pushing yourself. Wearing a simple metallic dress does not meet my standards of following the theme… If I see you in a plain silver dress for a Manus vs. Machina theme – next!

2) If you do abstain from the theme then your outfit needs to be perfect.

If you are going to irritate spectators and be brazen enough to turn your back on the wondrous theme, that I’m sure has been painstakingly chosen for you, then you at the very least need to make sure that your off-beat outfit is absolutely flawless. If not, then why be awkward in the first place? If you’re not going to follow the theme and you wear a boring outfit then you might as well have stayed at home. This is a fashion event, darling.

That being said, the majority of stars and fashionistas alike did me proud this year and I was more than pleasantly surprised when scrolling through Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair online (where the pictures in this post were sourced from). Thus, let’s get into it.

Best Dressed Fashionistas of the Met Gala 2016:

Zendaya in Michael Kors Collection

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Lucky Blue Smith: Male Model of the Moment 2016

Lucky Blue Smith is undoubtedly the male model of the moment. From shooting campaigns for Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger to being a guest on TV shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and having garnered over 2 million Instagram subscribers by the tender age of 17, whether you know his name or not, you most definitely have encountered Lucky Blue in some manner. Scouted at the age of 10, signed at the age of 12 and joined by his 3 model sisters, Lucky Blue’s life certainly has a fairytale-esque feel to it. For instance, not only was the model signed at just 12 years old, but his first shoot was for Vogue Hommes Japan. Yes, you read that correctly – a 12 year old boy’s first ever photoshoot was for Vogue. It’s time like this where I begin to question my productivity in the past decade of my life…

12 year old Lucky Blue’s Vogue Hommes Japan shoot by Hedi Slimane:

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One could argue that he is the Jennifer Lawrence of the modelling world; one day a regular person like you and me and then suddenly plucked from the walks of normality to take his modelling field by storm. What are undeniable, are Lucky Blue’s undeniable talent and his unique looks. Beginning with his peroxide hair at the top of his 6′ 3″ stature, you need only drop an inch or two until you gaze into his enchanting ice-blue eyes and though he carries a somewhat cookie-cutter all American look, there is most certainly something intriguing about the youth, which makes him stand out from the pack.

Not only are his looks attractive, but so is his personality. Having already allotted the world with the information that he is interested in pursuing acting, Luck Blue is also a drummer, and a pretty good one at that. One fourth of the family band ‘The Atomics’, on top of ambition, looks, youth and star quality, Lucky Blue can officially add cool to his repertoire. In fact, the foursome of siblings are all pretty impressive and combined form a magnetic troop.

Lucky Blue with his sisters Pyper America, Daisy Clementine and Starlie Cheyenne:

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Though the Smith family are a powerful bunch, we are here primarily to speak of Lucky Blue, so let’s get back to business. Evidently not affecting his career thus far, one interesting fact about Lucky Blue is that he is a mormon. Obviously, not directly correlated with modelling, I find this engaging as Lucky Blue is clearly a strong role model. Self-described as a rebellious type it will be intriguing to see if his religious background will aid him in maintaining his purity in the modelling world.

More important for this post, however, is his amazing body of work so far. Though beginning his modelling at 12, Lucky Blue’s career really became busy at the age of 14 and has exploded since the beginning of 2015. Here we’ll look at some of his work that both grabbed my attention and illustrate different sides to Lucky Blue.

Lucky Blue the handsome, young model:

The high-fashion starlet:

The cheeky boy next-door:

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The modern man:

The understated cool:

As well as being a multi-faceted model, Lucky Blue has worked for multiple brands and covered an array of magazines. This, perhaps more than anything else, is what has cemented his title as a current leading male model.

Numerous models, both male and female, have a hoard of social media followers, have strutted down more catwalks than they can remember and have host a stunning shots in their portfolios. When you add television appearances and magazine covers to this, however, you are not a mere working model, you are on your way to becoming a household name. Below are some of Lucky Blue’s high-profile shoots:

Covering Elle UK:

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Tom Ford Campaign:

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GQ Turkey Cover:

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Tommy Hilfiger’s latest campaign with Hailey Baldwin:

Shoot for DAMAN by Mitchell McCormack – one of my favourite Lucky Blue shoots:

Penshoppe Summer 2016 – whose model for the female line is Kendall Jenner by the way, enough said!

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A more muted Lucky Blue for Isenberg Korea SS16:

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I feel like that might be enough Lucky Blue Smith for one post. The last thing that I would want to do is oversaturate your mind with the brilliant model! That said, it is clear from the discussion and shots about that Lucky Blue Smith is a force to be reckoned with. A triple-threat with youth, looks, talent and popularity on his side, I have a feeling that 2.1 million Instagram followers and a lucrative modelling career may just be the beginning for this starlet.

Please let me know if you like this post so that I can do more model profile posts in the future. As always, feel free to like, comment, share this post tweet, instagram, or anything else this post. For regular updates on everything Landofpod then follow my facebooktwitterinstagram and tumblr accounts.

Goodbye for now from your Irish fashion blogger… p.s. I added in some sneaky extra pictures of Lucky Blue at the end of the post!

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