Welcome to the Met-allic Costume Institute Gala, 2012... because this year the legendary New York fashion meets art event is all about who can sparkle hardest, as the celebrities slip into futuristic fabrics.
It can be a terribly tricky look to pull off, though it is one of the season's most popular trends.
The Costume Institute Gala was again held at New York's Metropolitan Museum and this year the legendary event was all about who could sparkle the hardest, as the celebrities slipped into futuristic fabrics. Among the standouts were (left to right) Lana Del Rey, Scarlett Johannson, Kate Upton, Camilla Belle, Jessica Alba, Sophia Vergara, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carey Mulligan and Karolina Kurkova.
Gold goddesses : Carey Mulligan in Prada, Jessica Alba in Michael Kors and Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City tonight
Midas touch: Victoria's Secret model Karolina Kurkova opted for a show-stopping look, designed by Rachel Zoe
Gwyneth Paltrow had no problems, paying tribute to tonight's hostess Muccia in a stunning short and backless lilac-silver dress that was probably the most elegant outfit on the red carpet tonight at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.
Sparkle seems to work best when given a slant, like Gwyneth's Barbarella minimalism or Sofia Vergara's sensational Marchesa silver lace column dress.
The colour is so subtle it allows the drama of the lace and the sexy shape of the gown to really do the talking, and the Modern Family star finished off her look with a bright, bright slick of fuchsia pink lipstick... which sealed the deal.
Silver siren: Sofia Vergara in Marchesa, Lana Del Rey in Joseph Altuzarra and Gwyneth Paltrow in an incredibly sexy and fresh Prada dress
Taking the plunge: Camilla Belle wore a daring low-cut Ralph Lauren number, and accessorised with the gothic red lipstick along which along with peach pouts
Frock star: Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev wore a black and gold confection by legendary New York designer Donna Karen