The ball celebrates the opening of the annual fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The ball organisation is overseen by Anna Wintour of US Vogue.
I have created an album on my Favebook page with 155 photos (& growing) of the red carpet attendees, who pay approx $25,000 per ticket to attend.
I'd love it if you could view the album and write your comments - faves, not so faves, disasters!
In the mean time, here is a quick summary of the trends.
But some background first:
This year's exhibition is Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.
(last year it was for Alexander McQueen).
So it was only fitting that the most popular designer of choice was Miuccia Prada's Prada & some Miu Miu, with a theme of silk satin and carefully placed gemstones.
Next popular seemed to be Givenchy, with alot of body con dresses with feathers on the hems.
There was also a sprinkling of Ralph Lauren Collection, Tory Burch, Alexander McQueen (& MCQ by Alexander McQueen), Zac Posen, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Rachel Zoe, Valentino, Versace & even two Topshops!
The themes that emerged:
Very dark lipstick
Frizzy hairFair skin (not everyone was sporting a spray tan this year!)
Metallics, especially gold
Black - goth &
Black - wet look
Reds & oranges
Blues, both pastel, brights & navys
Toilet roll tulle