Last night New York played host to its glitziest bash, the annual Costume Institute Gala.
With a guestlist to rival the Oscars, name any celeb and they were most likely in attendance - from music's biggest stars Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez, to Hollywood's A-list Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Katie Holmes.
Traditionally in style terms the event raises the bar for red carpet dressing with designers pairing up with their favourite star to create a custom made gown that will knock the competition out of the park and score a few headlines.
Every year the gala is based around a theme - tied to the opening of the Met's newest fashion exhibition. This year's was China: Through The Looking Glass.
But it is by no means a costume party - well not by usual standards. Interpretations on the dress code are wide ranging and often rather tenuous.
We'll start with flesh flashers as this was by far the biggest trend of the evening; with Beyonce in Givenchy with just a few strategically placed jewels to cover her modesty, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian in Peter Dundas' first creation for Roberto Cavalli white embroidered gown with a feather train.
Worst dressed contenders include Sarah Jessica Parker who went down the fancy dress route with a custom made gown by H&M and oversized Philip Treacy headpiece, Rihanna was uncharacteristically covered up in a yellow caped creation and Lady Gaga channeled a sports luxe geisha in Alexander Wang.
Finally by far the smallest category is those who got it right - Jennifer Lawrence resplendent in Dior couture, Carey Mulligan opted for an elegant black Balenciaga gown and Emily Blunt dazzled in an embellished Prada creation.
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