*Celebrities from music, film and the fashion world swarmed the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday evening for the annual Costume Institute gala, the main event on New York’s fashion calendar.
Whereas last year’s theme was colorful punk, this year was all about flowing gowns and white tie attire under this year’s theme: “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” James, who died in 1978, was a mid-20th century designer who specialized in spectacular, sculptured gowns made with intricate draping techniques.
It’s the inaugural exhibit of the new, $40 million Anna Wintour Costume Center, named for the Vogue editor. It opens to the public on Thursday.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o, the fashion star of awards season, wore a short brown sheath covered by a beaded and feathered overlay in bright green, with a matching headband and a bright green clutch. She went for it in “divisive Prada,” as one critic noted.
Beyonce wore a dark, sheer, low-cut beaded black Givenchy ensemble with a veil.
Although “white tie” technically involves a black jacket with tails, Jay Z sported a white tuxedo jacket, sans tails, also by Givenchy.
In midnight blue and black, Kim Kardashian, walked the red carpet in a belted Lanvin with a very high slit in front, accompanied by her fiancée, Kanye West.
In all white, Rihanna wore a sleek, midriff-baring McCartney design, with a high jeweled neck and pointy padded shoulders, worn with a matching long pleated skirt that had a foldover at the rear.
Zoe Saldana sported a boldly shaped Michael Kors dress.
Actress Rashida Jones in a lavender Tory Burch gown said, on the red carpet, “If I stop moving, I might fall.”
Erykah Badu wore a trouser-and-trench outfit from Givenchy, accented with a hat that put Pharrell’s to shame.