Met Gala 2016: The Dress Code of the Night is White

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From left: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Elle Fanning

The colorful carpet was a sea of A-listers in white.

At Monday night’s annual fashion extravaganza, the Met Gala, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, there was virtually zero black, which is rare for the stylish set that gathered. Instead, the palette was overwhelmingly metallic and white. Co-chair Anna Wintour set the tone in a white-fringed beaded number, and everyone from Karlie Kloss to Jared Leto followed suit.

The model looked to be channeling Grace Kelly in an elegant caped coat, but Kloss then stripped it off for a cutout-laden dress by Brandon Maxwell. For his part, Leto mixed cream and crisp white — plus a cane — that was designed by Gucci. Wiz Khalifa, too, showed up in head-to-almost-toe white, wearing a slim-cut Rag & Bone suit in a similar color combo with dark shoes, sans socks.

From left: Saoirse Ronan in Christopher Kane; Uma Thurman in Tommy Hilfiger; Jared Leto in Gucci. (Photos: Getty Images) 

Saoirse Ronan looked whimsical in her Christopher Kane column, festooned with a feathery collar. Jennifer Hudson channeled the same kind of feminine vibe in her train-bedecked strapless gown, and model Fei Fei Sun was elegant in her delicately detailed dress. In Thakoon, Elle Fanning managed to look both sophisticated and age-appropriate. 

Uma Thurman and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked chic and sophisticated in their long, slit-up-to-there gowns by Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, respectively. Gugu Mbatha-Raw looked like a classic beauty in her minimalistic long-sleeve sheath. Almost incognito with brunette locks, Emma Stone wore a simple gown with elaborately embellished harness and corset over the top. 

From left: Wiz Khalifa; Emma Stone; Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell. (Photos: Getty Images)

A few of the top supermodels stepped things up a notch, too. Joan Smalls stunned in beaded Versace with a bustier-like bodice, but Karolina Kurkova had a strong claim for the highest-tech dress of the evening. In keeping with the innovative theme, her white floral gown, by Marchesa in partnership with IBM Watson, changed color in response to the emotions and tones in tweets as the evening progressed.