For the first time ever Vogue.com kindly live streamed the red carpet for those of us whose invitations got lost in the post... It was really fantastic to be able to see those glorious couture gowns in motion, all the beauty of the design in full effect as young starlets and fashion icons manoeuvred those tricky Met steps. Also great was the hilarious running commentary from one particular red carpet photographer (unintentionally picked up by a rogue microphone) as he clamoured for the attention of each arrival. E!, if you're listening, this guy needs his own reality TV crew for New York fashion week! Make. It. Happen.
So who wore what?
Possibly my favourite of the night was Kate Bosworth in ombre Prada feathers. The dark lipstick. The simplicity. The length. Love.
Another contender for favourite of the night was my girl crush, supermodel Karlie Kloss in Jason Wu. On the arm of the designer, of course.
Yet another amazing amazing look - this is why the Met Gala is the best red carpet of the year - Chloe Sevigny in Miu Miu. And those legs!
LOVED Giovanna Battaglia in this Dolce and Gabbana look. (She tweeted Frida Kahlo was her style inspiration for this one!) Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld isn't bad arm candy either..
I like to think this is what I would have worn. Mia Wasikowska in pretty Prada.
Amber Heard looked impossibly gorgeous in this Zac Posen creation - she MUST have been sewn in.
Ok, ok, best dressed of the night definitely goes to Marc Jacobs who showed up in this black lace Commes des Garcons dress!
Guest of honour, Carey Mulligan, naturally wore glowing Prada.
Of course stylist Caroline Sieber got it right in bejewelled Christopher Kane.
Mary-Kate Olsen in her own label, The Row. Understated. Simple. Chic. Love love love.
I loved Rihanna's slinky, rubberized, crocodile-effect Tom Ford dress.
Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren. Wow.
I thought Amber Valletta was perfect in this Prada dress.
Joan Smalls in Balmain. I mean.... Sigh.
Timeless Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani in Giambattista Valli.
Gwyneth Paltrow dared to bare in a Prada creation that showed off everyone's new favourite red carpet trend, 'side boob'.
Long forgotten was Angelina Jolie's right leg, everyone was talking about Anja Rubik's hip bone in this Anthony Vaccarello number - luckily the dress was sewn around her perfect pin to keep her modesty in tact on the red carpet.
Three guesses who dressed Cara Delevingne. She wore a lovely velvet, Burberry dress that showed off her tiny waist. And I need those gloves from the runway show!
Not a popular choice but I really liked Kristen Stewart's leather Balenciaga dress.
Another less than popular dress, I quite like Florence Welch in this romantic Alexander McQueen gown. And I really love Cate Blanchett's. With McQueen designer Sarah Burton in the middle.
Stella McCartney in her own creation.
Love Gisele Bundchen in this Givenchy couture number.
Clemence Poesy was pretty in Nina Ricci.
Actress Leslie Bibb dressed for the occasion in Zac Posen.
Alexa Chung brought some London-girl quirkiness to the evening in Marc Jacobs.
Jessica Alba looked did classic Hollywood glamour in gold Michael Kors.
Amy Adams played it safe in gorgeous Giambattista Valli couture and Hollywood siren waves.
You've got to give it to her. I actually really liked Sarah Jessica Parker in this vintage Valentino.
Everyone knows the luckiest girls are those who are chosen by designers as arm candy to showcase their own designs and accompany them as their date for the evening. Here are a few dream dates...
Australian actress Isabel Lucas accompanied design dream team Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler.
Azealia Banks was on the arm of the happiest looking guy in fashion, Alexander Wang.
Emma Stone, in Lanvin, and Alber Elbaz both looked super-cute.
Chanel Iman with the dashing Tom Ford.
Lana Del Rey with Joseph Altuzarra.
Arizona Muse in Erdem, with Erdem.
And finally, here are a few disappointing efforts..
Not that she didn't look amazing but I'm a bit bored of Rooney Mara's tried and tested gothic Givenchy couture 'thing', has she not worn every look from this collection yet?
I was a bit disappointed with Diane Kruger's shapeless look as she's normally a firm favourite. Although she was of course perfectly on trend wearing feathers, purple AND Prada - a popular choice for the evening.
Another actress that is usually a favourite for me, I didn't love Jessica Chastain in this Louis Vuitton gown.
Another purple feather number, everyone got a glimpse of fashionably late Beyonce's post-Blue Ivy bootylicious backside in this sheer Givenchy couture gown.
Rumoured to have paid $25,000 for her own ticket to the event in order to ingratiate herself with the upper echelons of the fashion industry, model-slash-actress Kate Upton didn't flatter her curvaceous figure in this shimmering Michael Kors dress.
Christina Ricci looked like she might topple over in Thakoon, with a bow the size of her on the back.
As much as I love Rodarte and I love Kirsten Dunst, to me this just looks like a 1940s fancy dress costume.
Lauren Santo Domingo in Oscar De La Renta. The ex-Vogue staffer and Moda Operandi founder is usually the chic-est woman around but I just don't get this one, sorry.
I know it's part of the look but I thought the short cape was a bit too much on this Mary Katranzou dress on actress Elizabeth Banks - it reminded me of something her character in The Hunger Games might wear.
Coco Rocha in a suit once owned by Elizabeth Taylor and pink hair. Um...
Karolina Kurkova looked like a giant Oscar in Rachel Zoe.