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(Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the 2014 Met Gala)

Every year, Vogue‘s queen b-tch Anna Wintour handpicks the fashion elite who will get all gussied up for the Met Gala. The party is meant to celebrate the Costume Institute’s exhibition of fashion history at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but in reality…the exhibit (an incredible display of vintage pieces) is something separate and serious. The party is just an excuse for a self-celebratory orgy of red carpet posing. Remember Kim Kardashian‘s all over print pregnancy dress? And Kanye‘s performance of “I Am A God”?
Last year, the theme of the show was “Punk.” Which was mostly bungled by the gala girls and boys. Tonight’s theme will be easier to get right….the exhibit honors 1920′s designer Charles James, who was famous for his incredibly glamorous floor length satin ball gowns and tailored wool suits with wasp-thin tucked waists. But seeing as how each year Anna invites some of her favorite celebs, and everyone is always competing for clicks and likes…there might be some struggle to follow tonight’s “white tie” formal dress code. It’s gowns for the ladies, and top hats and coattails for the men. Rick Ross in a penguin suit? This should be good…

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(Beyonce and Rihanna…slaying.)

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Check out photos from the ongoing red-carpet arrivals…
It’s Met Gala time…
After the jump…

Beyonce Met Gala 2014

(Beyonce arrives at the Met Gala with her stylist Ty Hunter)

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(Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America)
Thank god for Kimye, Beyonce and

Rihanna for swooping in on the red carpet at the last minute…killing it. Even if Rihanna didn’t follow the gown theme at all, at least she looked amazing…cuz…

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(Photo Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

Seriously….what is happening here? It’s like Rita Ora got toilet-papered and then got sprayed with silly-string. This is horrific.

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(Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America)

(ASAP Rocky and his girlfriend Chanel Iman arriving at the 2014 Met Gala)

 

(Future, Frank Ocean, a tragic Chloe Sevigny, Solange Knowles, an also tragic Maggie Gyllenhaal, supermodel Karen Elson who nailed the theme best, Kristen Wiig with Alexander Wang, and ugh and eek….photos via Getty Images North America, Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

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Lupita Nyong’o basically just said, f- your stuffy floor-length dress code, Anna. So I guess this is her ode to the 1920′s flapper instead? Very Josephine Baker…what say you?

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Nicole Ritchie. Nope. No.

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(Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America)

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen. She’s a pretty gal but I’m pretty sure Charles James never designed for Bebe’s “Falcon Crest” Couture Line. Oh and there’s major side-boobage that you can’t see in this photo. Come on.

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(Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America)

Bradley Cooper…looking like he’s got half a burrito stuffed in his face. But he pulled off the formal wear.

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Gabrielle Union, Janelle Monae and Diana Agron: Gabrielle, like Lupita, is also channeling 1920′s flapper chic. But Janelle Monae…thought she was going to the “Game of Thrones” Gala.

 

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(Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America)

NY Giant Victor Cruz and his lovely wifey Elaina Watley. Anna has a few favorite athletes.

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(Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America)

(Zoe Saldana arriving at the 2014 Met Gala with designer Michael Kors)

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Kim Kardashian’s sister Kendall Jenner wearing a custom dress from Topshop. It’s lovely but I’m sure that means she’s going to be getting some kind of capsule line. Great.

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Sarah Jessica Parker (da Gawd) climbs the red carpet stairs (in Oscar DeLa Renta)

(Photos via Vogue, Getty Images North America, Axelle/Bauer-Griffin, E!, Rihanna Daily, Glam.com, and more)

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