Sarah Jessica Parker Defends Met Gala 2016 Outfit to Critical Fashion Blogger

She follows the rules! Sarah Jessica Parker defended her Met Gala look on Tuesday, May 3, after a fashion blogger wrote that the star missed the point of the theme, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”

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The blogger, Ivy Marshall, posted photos of Parker, 51, Diane von Furstenberg and Madonna via Instagram. “The 2016 Met Gala Theme was ‘Manus X Machina; Fashion in the age of technology’ and this trio didnt get the memo,” she captioned the three-way split. “@sarahjessicaparker @dvf @madonna #fashionforward #Metgala #fashionblogger #ivymarshall.”

Parker, who was tagged in the post, was quick to respond. In fact, she was one of the first people to comment.

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“Got the memo. Always welcome thoughts but I’m a stickler for the theme and pay close attention to what it means. Every year with great consideration, research and conviction. The understanding of man and machine, how they intersect, when and why is what we considered,” Parker wrote. “Perhaps you weren’t aware of the technology used in the details and embellishments of the design. Or perhaps you simply didn’t like what I wore which is completely fine but you can’t accuse me of not paying close attention and adhering to the theme. With respect and warmest regards, sj.”

Parker is a regular at the star-studded affair and was a cochair in 2014. This year, she chose to wear a Monse suit that was inspired by the Broadway smash Hamilton. (The musical made history on Tuesday when it was nominated for 16 Tony Awards.)

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Parker opened up about the design in The New York Times on Tuesday. “I’ve seen [Hamilton] a few times now, so I can look at singular pieces of the show rather than focusing on the bigger story. I was looking at the costumes and, in particular, the men’s suiting of the period. All of a sudden, I was like: Oh, that’s it,” she wrote in a story for T, the New York Times style magazine.

“It was such a specific time, and I was curious how we could use technology with that. What would the technology part of the idea be? Fernando [Garcia] introduced us to these embellishment artists in Brooklyn called Le Studio Anthost, who take the idea of old-fashioned couture embroidery and, with technology, apply it to fabrications using paint,” she continued. “It was the perfect marriage of technology and the hand of man. Together, we were able to really collaborate and meticulously look at the period and redefine what it was that we were trying to achieve.”

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