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China took over New York’s Upper East Side on Monday night as the well-heeled guests of the 2015 Met gala donned Chinese-inspired dresses and suits.
The annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute this year celebrated the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition, about how the Asian country’s aesthetics have influenced Western fashion.
The entertainment industry insiders who made the scene Monday night were likely already familiar with China’s increasing influence over their business.
CAA co-founder Mike Ovitz said he thinks China’s growing role in Hollywood is “great.”
“I think it’s great that they’re coming around so that we can make content,” Ovitz told The Hollywood Reporter. “They’ve got a lot of population. We have fantastic people, and I think it’s good for everybody.”
Ovitz added that he’d been visiting China since the early ’90s and says his fondest memory of a trip there was when he was received by then-Chinese president Jiang Zemin.
The former Disney president was accompanied by his Jimmy Choo co-founder fiancee Tamara Mellon, who was sporting a large engagement ring.
Fellow executive Dylan Lauren, founder of her eponymous Dylan’s Candy Bar, said she too can see China having a growing influence in her industry.
“Definitely, with candy there’s some great stuff that they design, so it’s exciting,” she told THR, adding that she’s been to China on both family and business trips.
Tony nominee Ruth Wilson, also known for her Golden Globe-winning role in The Affair, paid tribute to Asia with her fuschia and navy Oscar de la Renta dress, accented by a chartreuse tie in the back. Wilson accessorized her dress with Vhernier earrings and a ring.
She told THR that she hadn’t yet been to China but quickly added “I wish. One day.”
Meanwhile, George Clooney and new wife, Amal, made their first trip to the Met gala, with the power couple stopping to talk to Katie Couric before going inside. Couric spent a fair amount of time on the red carpet Periscoping the proceedings but was overheard saying she couldn’t do that to the Clooneys.
After the Clooneys were safely inside, Rose Byrne, walking hand-in-hand with boyfriend Bobby Cannavale nearly had an accident when someone stepped on the train of her Calvin Klein gown. The actress was pulled backward a bit before recovering.
Earlier Larry David made a surprise appearance. The Seinfeld co-creator and Fish in the Dark star, dressed in head-to-toe black with what looked like formal black sneakers, wasn’t on the list of expected guests handed out to reporters and didn’t stop to talk to the press, despite cries of “Larry,” as he strode confidently into the museum. Bradley Cooper was also spotted swiftly walking inside.
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Later Reese Witherspoon ran over to greet Usher on the last landing before the final set of steps leading up to the museum, where she embraced Stella McCartney, who was waiting at the top of the steps, and walked in with Cara Delevigne, the two of them playfully smacking each other on their rear ends. Witherspoon’s Hot Pursuit co-star Sofia Vergara earlier lingered outside of the museum entrance with fiance Joe Manganiello, looking affectionate while they chatted with each other.
Beyonce and Jay Z were the last couple to arrive, with the pop superstar stunning in a sparkly see-through gown when the duo finally made their eagerly anticipated entrance, after keeping reporters and photographers stationed on either side of the steps waiting for roughly an hour after the previous guests had arrived.
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