It’s finally here! Tonight’s annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala kicked off with a generous serving of gorgeous gowns. This year’s exhibit will showcase the work of Anglo-American couturier Charles James, whose influence could be seen in many of the show stopping dresses celebs wore this evening.
Let’s get into all the looks!
Anna Wintour was in a springy mood, choosing a blooming Chanel couture dress for the night.
E! News Correspondent Alicia Quarles was one of the first to light up the proceedings in a navyZac Posen creation.
Rihanna took the red carpet in optic white Stella McCartney separates, showing off her toned tummy in a crop top with strong shoulders. Digging this look on Rih! And the messy high ponytail added some edge, which just worked.
Churning out another perfect Met Gala moment is Beyoncé, in a black beaded Givenchy haute couture gown, complete with a veil that would have been right at home in her “Partition” music video. The girls? Oh, they can’t come to the phone right now…they’ve been slain. As to be expected, Jay Z also looked effortlessly dapper in Givenchy.
Firmly avoiding any possible couch-related internet memes was Kim Kardashian, who looked beautiful in a navy blue strapless Lanvin dress with Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Kanye West made sure not to upset his new ally Anna Wintour, and came dressed according to the rules.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen both donned Ralph Lauren. John complied with Anna’s strict white tie dress code while Chrissy’s slinky silver piece showed off her form. A few Instagram followers alluded to a baby bump. Hmm, what do you think?
Kendall Jenner looked every bit the model in a form fitting Topshop gown.
Elaina Watley and Victor Cruz made an appearance, with Elaina in a pool blue strapless sweetheart Naeem Khan gown. Adorable!
Rashida Jones‘s Tory Burch dress was nice… needed a little oomph, but the actress looked gorgeous all the same.
Cara Delevigne, Kate Bosworthy, and Reese Witherspoon all posed with Stella McCartney in ensembles of her design.
The evening definitely called for a little Oscar de la Renta gorgeousness, no? Sarah Jessica Parker went with this black and white gown from the designer, serving Old Hollywood glamour perfection. But check the train…
A fantastic modern take. Loved this!
Claire Danes also opted for Oscar in a strapless frock mixing berry tones and blush pinks.
Lupita Nyong’o‘s Prada dress was definitely one of the more polarizing looks of the night. The actress shirked the dress code in a feather, beaded frock from the Italian fashion house, topped off with a sparkly headband and a pompadour. I applaud her for taking a risk, but this isn’t my favorite look from Lupita. But, she looks out-of-control beautiful, so carry on, queen!
Hailee Steinfeld absolutely nailed the theme in this black and white Prabal Gurung monochrome dress, clearly inspired by Charles James’s work. Look of the night? This is a possible contender…
This ruffled mustard Marchesa frock did nothing for Katie Holmes, skewing more broke-down Belle than bodacious Met Ball beaut.
Olivia Munn got the citrusy tone right in a custom Diane von Furstenberg gown and a Fall 2014 Flirty Minaudiere in Champagne Foil Metallic Leather.
Givenchy‘s Riccardo Tisci blessed Adriana Lima with this Queen of the Damned-esque gown.
Kirsten Dunst‘s Rodarte gown played on the Star Wars theme that permeated the label’s Fall 2014 collection.
Lena Dunham should have known to pull her shoulders back when she’s wearing a beautifulGiambattista Valli couture dress! That said, I actually really like this combination.
Displaying what a perfect marriage of menswear and womenswear looks like was Charlize Theron in a stunning Dior ensemble.
Nicole Richie‘s textured Donna Karan piece was a bit of a punky departure from the night’s theme.
Repping Italia to the fullest was Giovanna Battaglia, who went with a black sheer Dolce & Gabbana dress sprinkled with pink floral appliqués.
Drama, anyone? Karolina Kurkova served up a generous helping in this floral-painted greyish-blue Marchesa piece.
Rita Ora served budget Swan Lake realness with an antique matte gold sequined silk tulle asymmetrical Donna Karan gown. There seems to be way too much tulle here, and the customCasadei gold leather embossed gladiator boots just read too ballerina with that ribbon. And just because you’ve got fabric left over doesn’t mean you need to use it… I’m looking at you Mr. weirdly-placed arm band!
Bradley Cooper‘s beard was a little on the scruffy side, but his Tom Ford tux gave his look some polish. Can’t go wrong with a man in a suit!
Of course Tom Ford looked dapper in a tailored tux of his own design.
Poor Giuliana Rancic was betrayed by her makeup, but tried anyway in this furry black Zac Posennumber. It’s a great dress, but her makeup could have been softer.
Emmy Rossum promised bright colors, and delivered in this blooming Carolina Herrera piece.
There are tons more pictures coming down the pike!
Keep refreshing as we update throughout the evening!
Until then, who do you think is best dressed thus far?
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