Beyonce, Emma Stone, and More Best Dressed at the Met Ball

Is it just us or does this year’s Met Gala seem more star-studded than ever? And when we say star-studded, we’re talking about A-listers from everywhere: the fashion world, Hollywood, even sports (hey, Tom Brady and David Beckham). Of course, we can’t forget about First Lady Michelle Obama presiding over this morning’s very exclusive ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit and introduce the newly named Anna Wintour Costume Center. In other words: MAJOR.

Considering that this year’s theme celebrates a legendary American couturier, you’d think that only sublimely elegant ball gowns would fill the red carpet. But did that happen? No. This is fashion, people. So without further ado, let’s get started on the best-dressed list for this year’s Met Gala. Hold tight—this is going to be a long one.

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Event co-chair, multi-award honoree, and always-Carrie Bradshaw to us Sarah Jessica Parker wore a magnificent black-and-white (and logo-ed) Oscar de la Renta ball gown. And requisite gloves, of course.

In case you weren’t sure who made the gown.

The queen of the evening (and, no, we’re not talking about Beyoncé just yet), Anna Wintour, presided over the festivities in fall 2013 Chanel Couture. (No gloves!)

Fashion Week-approved semi-Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, mixed high-low in a Topshop mermaid gown and Chopard diamonds.

Hailee Steinfeld donned a rise-fall custom dress courtesy of Prabal Gurung. The pink lining is a thoughtful detail.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley kind of looks like she’s a year late for 2013’s punk-themed Met Gala with her leather-trimmed, leopard-print, chain-embellished, mini Balmain dress. (And definitely no gloves). She looks hot nonetheless.

It model (and cochair Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend) Suki Waterhouse was a vision in this beautifully layered Burberry gown and Anita Ko earrings.

Jessica Paré nailed edgy meets black tie elegance in a graphic, bustier Michael Kors confection.

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Victoria Beckham matched hubby David (again!) in elegant white. Her dress is a Victoria Beckham, naturally.

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Now, that’s a ball gown (by Marchesa), Karolina Kurkova. The flowers on the silk organza are hand-painted!

Michelle Williams decided to flout the black-tie dress code too with a short Louis Vuitton sparkly number.

Model Liu Wen brought some Old World glamour to the red carpet in a seafoam green and sculptural Zac Posen gown.

Ditto fellow model Arizona Muse, also in Zac Posen.

Emmy Rossum clearly got the dress-code memo in this beautiful floral Carolina Herrera gown.

Jessica Alba stunned in champagne lace courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg and glimmering gold accessories.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen definitely gave Posh and Becks some competition for Fashion Prom King and Queen. Sorry, ladies, but Tom stepped out of this frame so his supermodel wife could wave to her adoring fans in Balenciaga.

Blake Lively smoldered per usual in Gucci. No wonder Ryan Reynolds can’t keep his eyes/hands off her.

Looks like Taylor Swift’s pink Oscar de la Renta wasn’t ravaged by Karlie Kloss’s cat. Whew!

And Karlie looks majestic in a black-and-gold brocade gown and leather gloves.

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen took an elegant fashion risk but within the ball gown genre in coordinating vintage Chanel.

Emma Stone made lots of leg and crop-topping ball-gown-worthy in Thakoon.

Well done in Lanvin, Kim Kardashian. Cheer up, Kanye. The red carpet is almost over.

And closing out the red carpet: Queen Beyoncé in custom Givenchy Couture.

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