Ladies and gentleman, unleash your hoop skirts! Big ball gowns, super-long tailcoats and a return to formalwear were on full display at Monday night's
The Met Gala honored the late mid-century couturier Charles James, an English-born American designer known for his structured wiring and lavishly heavy gowns, and it attracted a mosaic of Hollywood heavyweights and fashion industry favorites. The benefit's guests had to channel James' formal aesthetic using a dress code (or dress suggestion) of gowns for ladies and white tie (with decorations) for men.
The annual affair's latest exhibit, "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," focuses on the so-called Great American Couturier and emphasizes technology. One section highlights the hat designs from his early work as a milliner. James' work is said to have influenced numerous modern-day designers, including
This year's exhibit was co-chaired by Vogue's Anna Wintour, "Sex and the City" star
Here are a few of our favorite things, and a couple that we wouldn't necessarily classify that way. As always, there were several hits, many misses and numerous "What dress code?" moments:
Is that a window on the back of your dress, SJP? Parker opted for a black and white Oscar de La Renta gown with white elbow-length gloves. And if you didn't know that her petaled gown was by the famed American designer, a large lattice pattern down the back of Parker's train pointed directly to his emblazoned red signature to clear up any confusion. Hey, at least there wasn't a mohawk headdress.
Red carpet darling
Kim and Kanye redeem themselves: Sartorially, anyway. Both in
Janelle Monae, caped crusader: The Grammy-winning singer wore a crimson Tadashi Shoji cape over her signature white blouse and black trousers.
Lake Bell shows off her baby bump: The "Million Dollar Arm" star showed off her baby bump in a red gown by
Hello, legs! Kardashian,
Sandra Lee is a fairy godmother. Or Cinderella. Or a freakish exploding love child from both. The "Semi-Homemade" host must have been channeling Cinderella's stepsisters in a gown that had tulle in the back, ruched and billowing satin in the front and mess all over. Seriously, this is the stuff wedding gown nightmares are made of. Now contrast that with...
The Beckhams -- back in a big way: Designer and former Spice Girl Victoria
Bradley Cooper and
Michael Kors makes red carpet calls: The designer and "Project Runway" judge rushed to the hem of actress
Kate Upton can't make this medicine go down: The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model had some weird "Mary Poppins" thing going on with her black trumpet gown and inexplicable headpiece from
Brie Larson is a risk-taker: Not everyone can pull off a heavily beaded golden tunic and matching pants quite like she can. The look came via Prada.
Katie Holmes: Marigold banana, or Belle from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"? That is all.
Top o' the mornin', Carmelo Anthony: The basketball star, accompanied by wife Lala Vazquez, donned a topper and tails and we must say, we fancy the look.
Crop tops galore:
Who are you wearing? She's right next to me! Stars often pose at the gala with their costume designer, and British designer
Also setting off cute-couple alerts: Actress
Karolina Kurkova brings the 'tude. And the volume: The model wore a voluminous, structured floral gown by
Rosie Huntington-Whitely didn't get the memo: Or so we think. The "Transformers" actress was one of the few who wore a short dress on the red carpet. To be fair: The leather, leopard and gladiator-like pleats definitely made a loud statement. Lena Dunham, Lea Michele, Michelle Williams and
The red carpet parade also included
Someone who was noticeably absent?