High Fashion at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala

Megawatt stars sparkled on New York's most fashion-forward red carpet of the year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute gala benefit last night, where glimmer, white hues, and retro-inspired glamour were the main trends.

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Jessica Biel wore a seriously sexy, curve-hugging Ralph Lauren dress in all white, while her date, Justin Timberlake, chose an all-black tuxedo on New York's most fashion-forward red carpet of the year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute gala benefit last night.
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No surprise, Sarah Jessica Parker wore a shimmery Halston number, since she's now the newly-installed creative director of the brand.
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Oscar de la Renta accompanied the evening's guest of honor, Oprah Winfrey, wearing a cascading navy dress of his own design.
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Gwen Stefani wore a custom L.A.M.B. dress that had an old Hollywood-meets-punk kind of glam, with lots of metallic draping contrasted with dark straps.
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Mary J. Blige's coral-colored J. Mendel gown had just enough ruffly embellishment to stand out on a high-fashion red carpet, but kept the rest of the silhouette flattering.
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Katy Perry's dress was, by far, the show-stopper of the evening, for one simple reason: It lit up.
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January Jones looked a bit too severe in her Yves Saint Laurent cocktail dress: The color and contrasting detail is truly stunning, but perhaps some softer makeup might have been in order.
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Diane Kruger wore a slinky white Calvin Klein dress that was surprisingly covered-up, accompanied by Joshua Jackson wearing, yes, an ascot.
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Rachel Zoe rocked a canary-yellow Marc Jacobs dress that actually suited her quite nicely, and looked fantastic against the red of the carpet.
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Riley Keough was head-to-toe ruffles, it seemed, in this Thakoon frock specially commissioned by the Gap. On anyone else, this might have looked ridiculous, but Keough has the confidence to pull it off.
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Kirsten Dunst wore an asymmetrical white gown created by one of her go-to labels, Rodarte, for the Gap. This dress looks like it was inspired by some of the dreamy, tattered brides in Rodarte's Fall 2010 collection.
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Rachel Bilson's printed dress seemed a bit more suited to a garden party, but her youthful persona managed to pull off the look quite handily.
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Janet Jackson wore a seriously low-cut Lanvin cocktail dress -- the single sleeve is such a cool, asymmetrical detail -- paired with a tousled updo.
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Zac Posen went completely over-the-top with the meringue of a dress he selected for model Doutzen Kroes, who looks like she's literally swimming in tulle.
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Marion Cotillard's Dior dress gives the impression that it's been rolled around in a pile of silvery sequins -- a dreamy, glamorous effect.
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Rosario Dawson's frothy pink Giambattista Valli dress perfectly suits her girly, quick-to-smile personality, even if the color seemed a bit much on the red carpet.
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Anne Hathaway looked absolutely ethereal in this gilded Valentino gown.
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Nicole Richie glittered in a Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 gown, nicely offset by her dark hair.
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Rachel Weisz's strapless Oscar de la Renta would be otherwise a bit unremarkable if not for the vivid jewel tone.
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Stella McCartney wore an asymmetrical LBD, bringing Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler as her dates, both wearing very different iterations of her design (one a goddess-y white dress, the other a black boudoir-inspired mini).
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Jessica Szohr made a major red carpet impact wearing a lacy black Versace gown.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal's bouffant updo was a nice complement to her bustled Louis Vuitton gown.
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Kate Bosworth also went for a 1920s-1930s look (with hair to match) in this backless nude-and-coral Valentino.
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Emma Watson attended wearing white Burberry on the arm of the label's lead designer, Christopher Bailey.
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Once everyone had adjusted to the idea of seeing ex-flames Sienna Miller and Jude Law on the red carpet together again, all eyes were on Miller's low-cut, asymmetrical Pucci gown.
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Blake Lively went the short route in a saturated blue Marchesa dress with a dazzling architectural shoulder.
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Eva Langoria went with a slinky ivory Marchesa gown, which stood in sharp contrast to the frilly-all-over purple Marchesa she wore to the Met's Gala back in 2008.
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Jessica Alba channeled a 1930s glamour in a specially-commissioned Gap dress by Sophie Theallet.
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Vera Wang looked the part of a bride herself, accompanied by Mila Kunis in one of the designer's more dark-and-stormy tulle creations.
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Renee Zellweger -- surprise, surprise -- rocked a slim-fitting strapless frock by her go-to designer, Carolina Herrera.
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The ever-unpredictable Carey Mulligan chose a rather unremarkable Miu Miu minidress for the upscale occasion, paired with opaque black tights (that must have been rather hot!).
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The diva of all divas on the evening's red carpet, Jennifer Lopez, chose a lesser-known designer to create her princess-y gown, Zuhair Murad.
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The lady of the evening, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, chose a shimmering Chanel two-piece ensemble for her red carpet moment.
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Zoe Saldana chose a simple black asymmetrical Calvin Klein dress that stood in stark contrast to the over-the-top Givenchy gown she wore to the Oscars, showing she can really pull off both looks.
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Kristen Stewart went for her typically edgy, dark look -- this time in leggy Chanel.
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Taylor Swift went for her typical traditionally glamorous look, in a white Ralph Lauren dress.
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Alexander Wang arrived -- wearing a t-shirt, no less -- flanked by M.I.A. and Zoe Kravitz wearing his designs.
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Model Coco Rocha went for an eye-catching, painterly dress by the man also responsible for creating the dress for her upcoming wedding: Zac Posen.
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Chloe Sevigny went for a refreshingly unconventional look: an all-lace minidress by Proenza Schouler rendered in a seafoam shade of green.
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Sean Combs hit the red carpet in the ensemble that suits him best -- a tux.
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Eve Mendes wore a floral Dolce & Gabbana dress that -- with all the ruching involved -- ended up looking rather old-fashioned.
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Jimmy Fallon took his tuxedo look to the next level with a white dinner jacket.
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Donald Trump escorted Melania Trump to the ball, who looked every bit the part of the "fierce" dame, dressed in Christian Siriano.
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Looking every bit the golden couple, Tom Brady posed with wife Gisele Bundchen, who opted to wear a fashion-forward shredded minidress by It-designer Alexander Wang.
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Designer Michael Kors arrived with actress Brooke Shields on his arm, wearing a liquid-y gold dress of his design.
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Claire Danes wore a dark metallic Burberry strapless dress, accompanied by Hugh Dancy.
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Christina Hendricks eschewed the frilly gown she wore to this year's Golden Globes (which was, incidentally, by Christian Siriano) in favor of a simple L'Wren Scott blue dress that still, alas, doesn't seem wholly flattering.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor hit the red carpet, also embracing the metallic theme for the evening.
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Joy Bryant walked the red carpet in a showy Marchesa gown with poufy, tulle shoulders and a long train.
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Kerry Washington wore another original creation for Gap, this one by Thakoon, in a head-turning shade of scarlet.
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Bar Refaeli wore a sheer bodycon minidress by Rag & Bone on the red carpet, with simple black heels. All in all, the outfit didn't quite feel "occasion-y" enough.
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Designer Tory Burch went for the white, goddess-inspired style of dressing that proved so pervasive on the evening's red carpet.
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Actor Anthony Mackie wore a skinny tie and a sharp black suit -- an elegant alternative to a traditional tuxedo.
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