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5 Truly Bizarre Trends We Saw on the 2016 Met Gala Red Carpet

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If there’s one thing we know by now about the Met Gala, it’s that many — if not most — celebrities tend to get a bit confused when it comes to dressing for the event’s theme. Sometimes, the results are downright offensive (China: Through the Looking Glass, anyone?); others, they’re just flat-out funny. Thankfully, the looks on tonight’s Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology-themed red carpet fell into the latter category. While the vast majority of this year’s attendees understandably took the easy way out and opted for silver dresses (because technology!), a handful of truly bizarre microtrends also emerged throughout the evening — ones we could’ve never, ever predicted. Read on for a few of our favorites:

The Human Chandeliers

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Kate Bosworth (in Dolce & Gabbana), Poppy Delevingne (Marchesa), Kylie Jenner (Balmain), and Ciara (H&M) all did Sia proud, opting for bejeweled ensembles that shimmered and swayed with every step they took.

The Brides

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For reasons unknown, Mindy Kaling (in Tory Burch), Uma Thurman (Tommy Hilfiger), Jennifer Hudson (H&M), and Lorde (Valentino) all opted for wedding wear tonight.

The Birds

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To be fair, Zoe Saldana (in Dolce & Gabbana), Rita Ora (Vera Wang), Saoirse Ronan (Christopher Kane), and Allison Sarofim were probably all just going for a sartorial salute to Twitter, right?

The Coachella Crew

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Face it: It's only a matter of time before Field of Dreams: A Celebration of Festival Fashion is chosen as a Met Gala theme *shudder*. And for Kendall Jenner (in Atelier Versace), Jessica Hart (Azzedine Alaïa), Irina Shayk (Givenchy), and Emma Roberts (Tory Burch), at least, that inevitable Indio-inspired Costume Institute exhibit can't come soon enough.

The Halloweeners

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Between Katy Perry's Elvira-esque Prada, Madonna and Nicki Minaj's strikingly similar spooky bondage attire (the work of Givenchy and Moschino, respectively), and Lady Gaga's apparent ode to Rocky Horror (by way of Versace), there were a puzzling number of ghoulish getups at tonight's gala. That's not even including Kanye West's creepy colored contacts.