Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Hudson Rock The Met Gala in H&M

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Hailee Steinfeld leaving the Carlyle on the way to the Met gala. Photo by: Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com -MS317064 Editorial - Rights Managed Image - Please contact www.startraksphoto.com for licensing fee Startraks Photo Startraks Photo New York, NY For licensing please call 212-414-9464 or email sales@startraksphoto.com Image may not be published in any way that is or might be deemed defamatory, libelous, pornographic, or obscene. Please consult our sales department for any clarification or question you may have Startraks Photo reserves the right to pursue unauthorized users of this image. If you violate our intellectual property you may be liable for actual damages, loss of income, and profits you derive from the use of this image, and where appropriate, the cost of collection and/or statutory damages.
Hailee Steinfeld leaving the Carlyle on the way to the Met gala. All photos by Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com

No, you don’t have to wear Alexandra McQueen couture to look fab at the ultra-glam Met gala.

You just need to go to….H&M!  The trendy brand collaborated with such fashionables as Ciara, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Hudson, Lucky Blue Smith, Pyper America Smith, and Amber Valetta for this year’s Met benefit— always the most photographed and reported on night in fashion.

Taking its cue from this year’s exhibition theme Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, H&M’s atelier created one-of-a kind looks for its special guests using both hand-crafted dressmaking traditions, like embroidery and feathering, and such new-age techniques as crystal pleating and laser cutting. 

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Ciara on her way to the Met ball.

Singer Ciara’s intricate and daring dress looked as if it might have been crafted by a jeweler. Pendants of Swarovski crystals hung from a diamond grid of leaf-like metal chain, with a choker neck and sporty racer back.

Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld wore an emerald green gown that had a cool, clean-cut glamour: its corseted bodice was designed with navette sequins overlaid with silk organza, while the floor-length silk crepe satin skirt showed off  a high central split. 

- New York, NY - 05/02/16 - Celebrities Leaving The Carlyle Hotel Wearing One Of Kind H&M. -PICTURED: Jennifer Hudson -PHOTO by: Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com -MS317115 Editorial - Rights Managed Image - Please contact www.startraksphoto.com for licensing fee Startraks Photo Startraks Photo New York, NY For licensing please call 212-414-9464 or email sales@startraksphoto.com Image may not be published in any way that is or might be deemed defamatory, libelous, pornographic, or obscene. Please consult our sales department for any clarification or question you may have Startraks Photo reserves the right to pursue unauthorized users of this image. If you violate our intellectual property you may be liable for actual damages, loss of income, and profits you derive from the use of this image, and where appropriate, the cost of collection and/or statutory damages.
Jennifer Hudson 
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- New York, NY - 05/02/16 - Celebrities Leaving The Carlyle Hotel Wearing One Of Kind H&M. -Amber Valletta, Teddy Charles -
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Amber Valletta, Teddy Charles

“As a personal fan of H&M’s contributions to the fashion industry, I was especially proud to collaborate on a design that marries our tastes and highlights the theme of this year’s Met Gala,” said Steinfeld.

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson wore a white bodice silk dress that showed the beauty of hand-embellishment with 3D bugle beads, French knots, and hand-melted sequins. The dress was finished by a four-foot train, which Hudson said made her feel “so glamorous.”.

Model Lucky Blue Smith looked sharp in an off-white Italian wool slim tuxedo blazer and white silk shirt, both fastened with Swarovski buttons. Model Pyper America Smith’s iridescent dress brought together machine and man-made techniques with laser-cut vinyl feathers and fringing, all hand-sewn onto a silk tulle base with a sequin bodice.

Model Amber Valletta wore a sleek gown made from sustainable materials. The deep blue silk taffeta dress was embellished with over 1,000 hand-cut and sewn organic silk petals and recycled plastic sequins. Her husband Teddy Charles wore a black wool tuxedo with silk satin wide lapels.

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