From the carefully curated celebrity guest list to the bespoke couture gowns, the Met Gala is a party like no other.
And 2017’s edition of the famed fundraiser certainly didn’t disappoint, with a parade of the hottest A-listers strutting down the fittingly chic white carpet at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This year fashion’s new favorites took over the party of the year, with sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid and their pals Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin showing just why they are on every designer’s call back list.
Fun with fashion: Gigi struts up the stairs in her asymmetrical Tommy Hilfiger gown which boasted a dramatic train
Leggy behaviour: Gigi showed off her long pins under her designer dress, teamed with fishnets and towering heels
Walk this way: Kendall Jenner gave Hailey a run for her money, in her sheer La Perla Haute Couture gown, which left little to the imagination
The Emperor would be proud: The beauty boasted that her outfit was made without fabric – with just thread and crystals used to create the body-baring design
Belle of the ball: Kendall couldn’t help but turn heads as she climbed the stairs at the famous venue in her towering heels
The four ladies first became known for their famous parents, but have since established themselves as serious players in the modelling world.
But despite the young competition, it was clear veteran model Gisele Bundchen wasn’t ready to step aside just yet.
The 36-year-old mother-of-two showed off her perfect figure in a sparkling grey Stella McCartney dress, which clung to every curve.
In the spotlight: The cameras couldn’t get enough of the fashion icon as she worked her best poses
Working her angles: Kylie was full of confidence as she showed off her jaw-dropping ensemble for the cameras
Dressed by the best: Kylie posed with her dress designer Donatella Versace as the pair arrived at the ball
Pretty in pink: Hailey wore a custom ensemble by Carolina Herrera, a structural tiered skirt and crop top, both in a blushing pink shade, with the top showing off her trim waist
All that glitters: The blonde beauty teamed her ballerina style dress with a diamond choker and bling adorned veil
Faced with a bank of cameras flashing away, the confident beauty grabbed hold of her beefy sports star husband Tom Brady, giving a perfectly timed kiss to her amenable partner.
Not that Brady was just there for decoration.
The Patriots star was tasked with co-chairing the famed event, along with Gisele and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams.
Veteran vixen: Despite the young competition, it was clear Gisele Bundchen wasn’t ready to step aside just yet
Ready to frock and roll! Gisele kisses husband Tom Brady, who co-chaired the famed event
Born to sparkle: The handsome couple looked totally at ease, as they embraced in front of a bank of watching cameras
Gisele and Tom weren’t the only ones to put on a PDA as they arrived, with Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez sharing a kiss as they made their first official outing as a couple. The two, who have not long been dating, kissed and embraced, with wide smiles on their faces.
Pop star Selena Gomez and her new man The Weeknd were also snapped embracing as they arrived at the exclusive invite-only party.
The two were first linked last year – to the reported dismay of The Weeknd’s recent ex Bella Hadid.
PDA time! Selena Gomez and The Weeknd made the glitzy gala a date night, with predictable results
Monday mayhem: The young couple posed together as they walked the white carpet; Selena wore an embellished beaded dress by Coach, designed by creative director Stuart Vevers
I wanna hold your hand: Selena and her man couldn’t keep their hands off one another as they made their way inside
The thought of running into her former flame and his new woman may have inspired the 20-year-old’s choice of attire, a sparkling, sheer net Alexander Wang bodysuit.
But while Bella’s outfit clung to every inch of her perfect figure, it was relatively conservative when compared to Kendall Jenner’s choice of costume.
The young model’s gown was created by La Perla, the lingerie company.
Only got eyes for you! Jennifer Lopez gazes at her new man Alex Rodriguez as the pair pose; this was their first red carpet
Blue moon: J Lo looked her very best in her baby blue Valentino dress
All eyes on her! An aide rushed to help Jennifer Lopez as she made her way toward the stairs in her billowing dress
The look of love: Jennifer could barely contain her excitement as she made her red carpet debut with her beau
Predictably, for a dress designed by an undergarments specialist, the outfit showed off as much of the 21-year-old’s perfect figure as possible.
That was in no small part due to the concept behind it – with the designer boasting of using no fabric, only thread and crystals, to create the one of a kind black garment.
While the description may sound reminiscent of the plot for Hans Christian Andersen’s fable Emperor’s New Clothes, Kendall’s fantastic figure meant she had every confidence in her look, as she strutted her way inside the venue.
Just another casual night out: Rihanna didn’t hold back in her fabulous Commes des Garçons gown
Red alert: Katy Perry, gala co-chair , covered up in chiffon – her Maison Margiela Artisanal look was designed by John Galliano
Witness! The pop star covered her face with a veil, however the conservative nature of her outfit was deceptive, with sheer panels showing her figure
Stealing the show: The fashion fan stood out among the understated vibe adopted by most celeb guests at the 2017 gala in the tulle and wool number, which featured a lengthy veil, and a polished chrome headpiece
Meanwhile Kendall’s younger sister Kylie Jenner wore a bespoke Versace gown, arriving with the label’s vice president Donatella Versace.
Like her sister the teen put her figure on display. Her flapper-style dress sparkled and glittered with plenty of embellishment, while in keeping with her 20s look, she wore her hair in a chic bob.
Surprisingly, for once Kendall and Kylie’s big sister Kim Kardashian chose not to compete with her younger siblings when it came to baring her body.
Those boots were made for walking! Lily Aldridge dazzled in a very daring Ralph Lauren outfit that was made up of scarlet thigh-high boots, a cut-out white gown, and a pink veil across her face
Red red Rose: Byrne looked majestic in her eye-catching Ralph Lauren ballgown which featured a plunging neckline and a full red skirt, matching her daring hairstyle, which also added plenty of volume to the overall feel of her look
Mom’s the word! Pharell, Gala co-chair, with his wife Helen Lasichanh; the couple, who welcomed triplets back in January, were both wearing unique Commes des Garcons outfits. Helen’s onesie came straight off the Fall 2017 runway
Hollywood Royalty: Emma Roberts kept in classic in her red satin, figure-hugging Diane Von Furstenberg gown, while popstar Rita Ora was all tied up in a bow dress by Marchesa
Red hot! Turning heads as she arrived at the calendar highlight, Rita, 26, who was born in Kosovo, but considers herself to be British, stepped out in a woven silk red ribbon Marchesa dress which tied in an oversized bow at the shoulder
Hands in pockets: Doutzen Kroes smiled for the cameras in her ’80s style- off the shoulder scarlet gown by Brock Collection. But although the color suited her perfectly, the fit of the baggy frock left a little to be desired
Instead, the 36-year-old mother-of-two chose a simple white Vivienne Westwood dress, which despite a low neckline was relatively – and uncharacteristically – conservative.
Kim left her jewelry at home, going bling-free – a deliberate choice in reaction to her devastating robbery in Paris last year.
While the big names turned out in force, there was plenty to delight the more sartorially minded.
Flower power: Lace, chiffon and tulle came together in a fairytale moment to create Chrissy Teigen’s Marchesa ball gown
Date night: Chrissy, who was joined by her singer husband John Legend, coordinating with his wife in white, showed off the full train of her dress while ascending the lengthy set of stairs to the Costume Institute’s annual ball
Bleached and beautiful: Kate Hudson was majestic in her white Stella McCartney gown, which clung to her curves and showed off her long neck thanks to the asymmetric design
Girls’ night out: Kate joined her pals, Naomi Watts and designer Stella McCartney on the red carpet, all sticking to a monochromatic theme in dresses created by the British designer
All eyes on her: Next representing blondes in white was model Stella Maxwell, who put on a seriously saucy display in a daring plunging custom gown by H&M, which featured a semi-sheer skirt and plenty of tassel detailing
Reliving her youth! Gwyneth Paltrow rocked the 90s look in a pale pink Calvin Klein dress, created by the brand’s new designer Raf Simmons as a tribute to the slip-style dress she wore to her first Met Gala in 1995
Unlikely pair! Gwyneth Posed with ASAP Rocky who contrasted the stunning star in all black, which was also created by Raf Simmons at Calvin Klein
Having a blast! Julianne Moore was certainly enjoying herself; she wore a pink Calvin Klein feathered dress, accessorizing with matching earrings, a pair of white strappy heels and a chic box clutch
Totally grammable! Ashley Graham made her Met Gala debut in a custom H&M creation, featuring bold red ruffles, white bodice and a fishtail skirt that hugged her hourglass figure perfectly
Vintage find: Claire Danes wore a laced up black and white outfit by Monse that left fashion critics totally divided, thanks to its somewhat over-the-top, disheveled appearance
That was surely due to the night’s theme, with ground-breaking Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakuboas chosen as the inspiration for the gala, and the accompanying exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum Of Modern Art.
Indeed one of the most flamboyant outfits on the carpet was that of Rihanna – who wore a hot off the runway Comme des Garçons design, one of the few celebrities to pick an ensemble created by Rei Kawakubo, who was being honored at the event for her daring avant-garde creations.
The fabulously over-the-top gown was certainly perfect both for the theme of the evening – showcasing the designer’s flare for the dramatic – and for the unconventional pop star, who is known for pushing the boundaries.
Bold in blue: Reese Witherspoon wore a stunning custom Mugler dress with Tiffany & Co. jewelry and a vintage Mugler clutch. The asymmetric silhouette flattered the actress’ figure perfectly
Couple goals: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds pose together as they make their arrival, Blake dazzling the crowds in her gold Atelier Versace dress, which featured beautiful blue and gold feather detailing on the train
Lights, camera, action! Blake posed patiently for the hundreds of cameras who wanted to get the perfect snap of Blake in her ornate dress
Blue Elle! Fanning looks pretty in a chiffon Miu Miu gown, accessorised with a sparkling head piece, making her look like a Disney princess as she made her way down the carpet and into the event
Green goddess: Serena Williams flashes her diamonds, and that bump, in a figure-hugging Versace number, which showed off her growing belly to full effect
So yellow: Jessica Chastain looked breathtaking in very pale yellow chiffon by Prada, while Natalia Vodianova was dressed by Diane von Furstenberg, who also wore her own design, opting for a vibrant yellow palette
The elaborate design verged on art, featuring delicate circles of red, pink, purple and floral fabrics, stitched together to form a sculptural-like creation.
Speaking to Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley on the red carpet at the event, Rihanna noted that the outfit – although it looked incredibly complicated – wasn’t actually all the difficult to wear, or put on.
‘It’s just booty shorts and then you buckle some snaps…’ she explained.
But Rihanna certainly didn’t stop at the dress itself, finishing off the ensemble with a pair of thigh-high lace-up heels, which she joked took her ‘an hour to get into’.
Tokyo-based designer Kawakubo has been deemed worthy of the solo focus of this year’s gala – which inaugurates the museum’s eagerly-awaited accompanying exhibit, Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between.
Known for bold, experimental clothing, Kawakubo’s designs have an austere aesthetic and a cult following.
Fit and flare! Like many of her model friends, Candice Swanepoel opted for a custom Topshop number; the black gown highlighted the model’s tiny waistline
Major girl power: Candice Swanepoel, Sofia Richie, Sistine Rose Stallone, Behati Prinsloo, and Joan Smalls were all dressed in custom Topshop, and took the time to show off their coordinating designs together by posing for a group picture
Bold and beautiful: Katie Holmes posed with her dress designer Zac Posen, who created a stunning deep teal number for the actress. The gown, which was fitted to her waist, showed off her figure to full effect
Beauty in black: Dakota Johnson wore a gown created for her by the Italian designer Alessandro Michele. The unique gown featured several black straps across the top part of her body, as well as some large floral embellishments at her shoulders
Late debut: Celine Dion wore Versace as she attended her very first Met Gala, showing off some leg in the design, which featured a thigh-high split in the full black skirt, as well as some unique buckle detailing at the waist and shoulders
Photo pose: Actress Brie Larson got experimental in a sequined Chanel with a dropped waist and full skirt, while Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris, who just signed with IMG, leaned toward a classic look in a full-skirted Calvin Klein midi dress – that surprisingly flaunted a hint of underboob with a cut-out in front
Keeping it classy: The super-slim Kate Bosworth pulled off a voluminous Tory Burch gown with fanned fabric along the sleeves and hem
Her often repeated comment ‘red is the new black’ had obviously inspired many of those in attendance, from Katy Perry in her dramatic veiled gown, to the more revealing dresses chosen by stars such as Rose Byrne and Emma Roberts.
Kawakuboas, 74, officially founded her cerebral design house in 1973 to critical acclaim – and was dubbed ‘anti-fashion’ for challenging the notions of beauty with her innovative aesthetic.
Feeling blue: Mindy Kaling ticked off several trends in her Prabal Gurung gown, which had a sequined bodice, off-the-shoulder neckline, and fringed skirt. Salma Hayek, as always, played up her hourglass figure in a cinched-at-the-waist Balenciaga halter, adding bold blue boots by the designer for an unexpected pop of color
Golden girl: Halle Berry’s Jimmy Choo shoes perfectly mirrored her fantastic Atelier Versace creation
Icon: The actress’s beaded jumpsuit was custom made by Atelier Versace
Spot the star: Madonna went camo, with a grille and plenty of bling, in an unusual choice of dress
Declaring war on fashion: The music and fashion icon went all out with her theme, layering up bling necklaces with gun holsters and a camo flask
Helping hand: Madonna shared a joke with a very helpful Sarah Paulson as she gave a bit of assistance with the star’s train
Designer date: Bond girl Monica Bellucci vamped it up in black velvet and lace as she arrived with designer Valentino
Work of art: Zendaya slayed in a painted silk her Dolce & Gabbana gown
In the pink: Laura Osnes wore a long ruffled skirt in a dazzling pink, teamed with a barely-there top
Oh this old thing? Priyanka Chopra needed a team of assistants to look after her train, which took over the red carpet
Anyone needs a parachute? The khaki fabric of her Ralph Lauren Collection Custom Trench Coat Evening Gown flowed out
Staying afloat! Solange wore an eye-catching Thom Browne coat, complete with a matching dress
Leggy lady: Nicki Minaj shows off her curvy figure in a cloak like gown
Curve appeal: Nicki flashed plenty of leg in the daring bodysuit teamed with a long cloak
Fluffy little cloud: Janelle Monae’s Ralph and Russo gown was heavenly
Conveyor belt: When Janelle was done, Miranda Kerr in Oscar de la Renta was waiting her moment in the spotlight
Fashion’s new favorites: Presley Walker Gerber, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, Sofia Richie, Jordan Kale Barrett, Sistine Rose Stallone, Joan Smalls and Behati Prinsloo
Comme des Garcons has been showing collections in Paris each season since 1981. Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, told AP that Kawakubo is considered the world’s ‘most important and influential designer’ of the moment and ‘has consistently defined and re-defined the aesthetics of our time.’
It is the first time the gala and accompanying exhibit has focused on one living designer since 1983, when it highlighted the work of Yves Saint Laurent.
The Metropolitan Museum in New York is displaying 120 Comme des Garçons womenswear designs by Kawakubo, spanning the past 35 years, since her first Paris show.
Those Girls! Both Lena Dunham in Elizabeth Kennedy and her former co-star Jemima Kirke in Chanel were at the bash
Fashion no no! Lena joked around on the white carpet as she clocked Joe Jonas in a very similar look to hers
Sister sister: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen wore lace and beads
Gothic in pink: Lily Collins made a fashionable appearance in her black and pastel Giambattista Valli Couture gown, while Zoe Kravitz chose the same shade, with a Oscar de la Renta gown
In train-ing! Bee Shaffer’s dramatic gown trailed behind her as she made her way along the white carpet
She’s all white! Kristin Cavallari in white chiffon; the form The Hills star was presenting from the carpet
En Vogue! The magazine’s Director of Special Projects, Sylvana Ward Durrett, shows off her bump in a maroon gown, while presenter Keltie Knight wears rose ruffles
Her opinion counts: Vogue’s Anna Wintour is co-chairing the gala
Date night: The Crown star Matt Smith made the gala a date night with Downton’s Lily James while The Americans couple Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys coordinated to perfection
Glam couple: Elizabeth Chambers and Armie Hammer wowed in their head-to-toe black looks
The look of love: Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne couldn’t take his eyes off his gorgeous wife Hannah
In awe: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs took a moment to admire a stunning Cassie in her dramatic dress
Model looks: Brit runway star Jourdan Dunn looked sensational in pinstripe ruffles as she posed with Future
Now that’s a plus on! Jaden Smith bought his newly shorn dreads as his ‘date’ to the star-studded gala