Forget about award season! The red carpet at the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York City is a visual feast for designer fashion.
This year's event followed a ceremony earlier in the day that opened the new Anna Wintour Costume Center, with Michelle Obama on hand to cut the ribbon. Then it was party on for the star-studded guest list, which had the chance to get a first look at the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" exhibit.
Here are some of Stylebook's fashion favorites and fails of the night:
Karolina Kurkova stunned in this voluminous masterpiece by Marchesa.
The look we most wanted to like -- but just couldn't
Fashion loves Lupita Nyong'o. But on social media last night the consensus was that we wanted to love this green tribal-esque Prada look, too -- but it couldn't be done. Not this time. It was perhaps her first fashion flop. It felt too risky for the glamorous Met Gala, where Lupita could have topped the best dressed list in something more elegant.
Fabulous in floral
Emmy Rossum's fashion sense was in full bloom with this wallpaper print Carolina Herrera gown. Bold -- but not overdone.
Beyonce -- we have four words: Sheer black Givenchy -- wow! This beaded gown with plunging neckline and birdcage headpiece mixed mystery with sex appeal in all the right ways. (And hubby Jay Z didn't look too shabby himself.)
Cropped and chic
Crop tops were trending on the red carpet. Some showed a sliver of skin and paired the peek-a-boo top with a matching or slightly off-color floor-length skirt. Rihanna and Gabrielle Union dared to bare more belly with tops that cut just below the bust line. Who wore it best: Emma Stone scored with this Thakoon look.
Oh, Katie Holmes. What happened? Ironically, one of the best and the worst dresses of the night were by the same designer -- Marchesa. This gown overwhelms Katie, and the loosely curled locks don't help. This style of dress might look OK on Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" but not at the Met Gala.
Lea Michele glistened in gold metallic. Enough said!
When bigger isn't better ...
Some had an issue with the "Oscar de la Renta" signature across the back of Sarah Jessica Parker's ballgown. But let's forget about that for a minute and talk hair. Hers was too much. It aged her. A simple slicked-back chignon, straight pony or loose waves would have suited her better.
Men making a statement
Keeping with the crop top trend, Neil Patrick Harris (right) and partner David Burtka wore cropped tuxedo jackets with tails and ankle-skimming pants. Makeup added more intrigue to the look. For an awards show, don't think it would fly. But something about it felt right for the Met Gala.
Woman of the hour
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour -- need we say more?
(Photos courtesy of the Associated Press/Invision)