Each year, the glittering and glamorous flock to the Metropolitian Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, where the one sartorial rule seems to be “go hard or go home.”
Here are some photos that for me the best dressed at the 2012 Costume Institute Gala.
Beyonce Knowles in Givenchy
Beyonce Knowles showed up to the party with her own personal shag rug ruffling around her ankles.
Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana
Scarlett Johansson looked like someone torn from the cover of a bodice ripper in an opulent jewel-encrusted gown with a romantic tulle skirt.
Rihanna in Tom Ford
Rihanna looked decent to his sexy black gown.
Emma Stone in Lanvin
Emma Stone matched the playful vibe of this paillette and jewel-encrusted piece with a bouncy updo and a bright blue manicure.
Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen
Cate is very beautiful and stunning in his long feather black gown.
Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney
Even the dress weighed 30 pounds, she still proud to wear on his silver beaded gown.
Renee Zellweger in Emilio Pucci
Renne surprised us in his black backless gown. The dramatic gown featured sheer sleeves and train made up of rows and rows of tiny ruffles.
Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan
Nina wisely let her gorgeous gown be the star of the show, pulling back her brunette locks into a simple updo and forgoing all jewelry other than a pair of sparkling star earrings.
Jaime King in Topshop
The model-turned-actress expertly draped her glittering Bulgari necklace to drape down the center of her spine.
Jessica Alba in Michael Kors
Jessica Alba played Grecian goddess for the evening in metallic Michael Kors.
Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera
Dianna Agron got her emerald on in a diaphanous gown by Carolina Herrera, which she cinched at the waist with a chic green leather belt.
Ivanka Trump in Peter Pilotto
Ivanka Trump’s snug-fitting Peter Pilotto gown was anything but expected: Rarely does velvet make an appearance this close to Memorial Day, and never in the form of saucy formal harness.
Hilary Swank in Michael Kors
Hilary Swank looked perfectly pretty, but also somewhat dull in a dark red turtleneck gown by Michael Kors.
Kristen Bell in Tommy Hilfiger
Bell’s tangerine Tommy Hilfiger halter had a keyhole cutout and a gathered waist, which showed off the actress’ slim figure. Her stick straight blond locks were a little too fresh-from-the-beach for such a formal event, but overall, the look is a win.