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Met Gala 2014 – White Tie Dress Code Optional

Met Gala 2014 – White Tie Dress Code Optional

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art throws a party, you go [if you're invited, of course]. The annual Costume Institute gala was the place to be Monday night for the entire fashion industry and an impressive list of celebrities. This year, the gala took place in honor of British-born designer Charles James and celebrated the unveiling of the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

In sharp contrast to the previous year’s punk theme, Met Ball 2014 guests were asked to dress in white tie for the event. Many followed the one rule of the evening, but it wouldn’t be a fashionable affair if a few rebels didn’t arrive out of dress code. It’s not easy to get a man to wear tails these days and some women just have to rock a crop top.

Below, some of our favorite…

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

Kendall Jenner in Topshop

Kendall Jenner in Topshop

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

Dakota Johnson in Jason Wu

Dakota Johnson in Jason Wu

Charlize Theron in Dior

Charlize Theron in Dior

Blakely Lively in Gucci Premiere

Blakely Lively in Gucci Premiere

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

and not-so-favorite looks. Come on, girls! You had one job!

Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Rita Ora in Donna Karan Atelier

Rita Ora in Donna Karan Atelier

Rihanna in Stella McCartney

Rihanna in Stella McCartney