Hollywood has its Oscars  each Winter, but the fashion community must wait for Wintour for its ultimate night of glamour. And nothing announces Spring's annual arrival like the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Tonight was certainly well worth that wait when stars like Sarah Jessica Parker , Zoe Saldana , Naomi Watts , Lupita Nyong'o, and Taylor Swift  gathered to pay homage to legendary American designer Charles James . And with a dress code this strict , our expectations going into tonight's gala were at an all-time high. Fortunately, the stars didn't disappoint us (or Anna!).
Naomi Watts at the 2014 Met Gala
A Givenchy Haute Couture custom degrade silk tulle gown was a standout choice for Naomi Watts .
Anne Hathaway at the 2014 Met Gala
Anne Hathaway  showed more than one hint of skin in her scarlet Calvin Klein Collection design that she styled with Gianvito Rossi pumps and Vhernier jewelry.
Claire Danes at the 2014 Met Gala
Claire Danes  looked ultrarich in Oscar de la Renta's velvet bustier gown.
Kate Mara at the 2014 Met Gala
Kate Mara made a regal arrival to the Met Gala in Valentino.
Taylor Swift at the 2014 Met Gala
Taylor Swift  looked pretty in Oscar de la Renta's pink.
Lupita Nyong'o at the 2014 Met Gala
Lupita Nyong'o once again wore Prada, this time opting for a custom emerald green net dress studded with glass beads, crystals, chandelier drops, and feathers.
Zoe Saldana at the 2014 Met Gala
Going against the grain and opting not to wear a gown, Zoe Saldana  turned up in a custom Michael Kors cashmere halter bodysuit and the designer's floral lace sculpted taffeta skirt.
Kristen Stewart at the 2014 Met Gala
Kristen Stewart  wasn't afraid of a little texture when she walked the Met Gala red carpet in an embellished, feather-trimmed Chanel dress.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2014 Met Gala
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley didn't miss the opportunity to show some leg when she arrived in a wild Balmain style.
Charlize Theron at the 2014 Met Gala
Charlize Theron  brought the Old Hollywood glamour to the carpet in Art Deco Fred Leighton jewels and a dynamic Christian Dior strapless gown.
Elizabeth Olsen at the 2014 Met Gala
Elizabeth Olsen also went short in her off-the-shoulder Miu Miu cocktail dress that she paired with unexpectedly bright sandals.
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady at the 2014 Met Gala
Gisele Bündchen's best accessory of the night? Tom Brady ! Though the Balenciaga extras she paired with the label's custom black silk and velvet gown weren't half bad either!
Amy Adams at the 2014 Met Gala
Amy Adams  slinked into the Met Gala in a sleek silver Oscar de la Renta gown and clutch to match.
Marion Cotillard at the 2014 Met Gala
No surprises here — Marion Cotillard wore Dior Haute Couture, naturally.
Reese Witherspoon at the 2014 Met Gala
Reese Witherspoon  added clusters of Fred Leighton diamonds to her hot pink Stella McCartney gown.
Katie Holmes at the 2014 Met Gala
Katie Holmes  lit up the red carpet in Marchesa's saffron gold silk faille hand-pleated gown.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the 2014 Met Gala
Kim Kardashian  paired her high-slit teal Lanvin gown with Lorraine Schwartz, and Kanye West , naturally.
Nicole Richie at the 2014 Met Gala
Nicole Richie  set off her lavender locks with a steely Donna Karan backless velvet gown that she paired with Christian Louboutin heels and jewelry from House of Harlow 1960 and Catbird.
David and Victoria Beckham at the 2014 Met Gala
David and Victoria Beckham  had date night at the Met Gala in coordinating white ensembles. The designer took the opportunity to wear a gown from her collection and her personal jewelry.
Shailene Woodley at the 2014 Met Gala
Newly minted style star Shailene Woodley was every bit the high-fashion dresser in her Rodarte gown.
Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2014 Met Gala
SJP made an early arrival in a graphic black and white Oscar de la Renta gown that had a surprise reveal when she turned around: the designer's signature.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds at the 2014 Met Gala
Blake Lively  and Ryan Reynolds  did Gucci proud when they arrived arm in arm at the Met Gala.
Lea Michele and Dianna Agron at the 2014 Met Gala
Lea Michele  and Dianne Agron were in sync in plunging gowns. Lea opted for a gold Altuzarra number while Dianna sparkled in Miu Miu's black and purple.
Kirsten Dunst at the 2014 Met Gala
The force was definitely with Kirsten Dunst  in Rodarte's Star Wars-themed design.
Emmy Rossum at the 2014 Met Gala
On the Met Gala red carpet, Emmy Rossum played the role of flower girl in Carolina Herrera's garden party design.
Imogen Poots at the 2014 Met Gala
Imogen Poots walked on the sexy side in Proenza Schouler's cutout design.
Diane Kruger at the 2014 Met Gala
Diane Kruger  was a vision in her beaded pastel halter gown while attending the Met Gala.
Jay Z and Beyoncé at the 2014 Met Gala
While Jay Z lightened up in a white jacket, Beyoncé went to the dark side in her Givenchy Haute Couture crystal-embroidered, studded gown that she teamed with embroidered fishnet tights.
Allison Williams at the 2014 Met Gala
Allison Williams lit up the red carpet in an Oscar de la Renta dress hue to match when she arrived at the Met Gala in Fred Leighton diamonds.
Rihanna at the 2014 Met Gala
A Jacob & Co. choker added extra eye appeal to Rihanna 's white separates.
Kate Bosworth at the 2014 Met Gala
Kate Bosworth  didn't need a lot of volume to wow in her salmon Stella McCartney dress.
Jessica Alba at the 2014 Met Gala
Jessica Alba  glowed in her metallic Diane von Furstenberg gown and Ippolita pavé diamond ring.
Rachel McAdams at the 2014 Met Gala
As predicted , Rachel McAdams  brought the glamour to the red carpet in a pale pink silk cady Ralph Lauren evening dress.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield at the 2014 Met Gala
Emma Stone  joined her onscreen and offscreen boyfriend in a two-tone pink Thakoon look, while Andrew Garfield opted for a metallic Band of Outsiders suit.
Michelle Williams at the 2014 Met Gala
Michelle Williams  looked adorable as ever in her iridescent Louis Vuitton cocktail dress.
Leighton Meester at the 2014 Met Gala
Leighton Meester  went for the gold in Emilio Pucci's embroidered tulle long-sleeved gown.
Jessica Paré at the 2014 Met Gala
Michael Kors's custom strapless silk wool shantung bustle gown and Fred Leighton jewels ensured the Mad Men star shined.
Suki Waterhouse at the 2014 Met Gala
Suki Waterhouse brought tiers of joy in Burberry's layered chiffon gown.
Riccardo Tisci and Naomi Campbell at the 2014 Met Gala
Riccardo Tisci and Naomi Campbell  made an elegant pair while attending the Met Gala.
Lake Bell at the 2014 Met Gala
Lake Bell was among the most stylish pregnant women ever in her strapless scarlet gown.
Rita Ora at the 2014 Met Gala
Rita showed some serious leg in her ultrastrappy heels and a slit designed to flaunt her gold leather Casadei gladiator boots when she arrived in Donna Karan Atelier.
Cara Delevingne and Stella McCartney at the 2014 Met Gala
What's black and white and on the red carpet? Cara Delevingne and Stella McCartney, of course!
Brie Larson at the 2014 Met Gala
Brie Larson worked Prada's geometric paillette and bead-embroidered golden ensemble with a hand bracelet from Gaydamak.
Karolína Kurková at the 2014 Met Gala
Karolína Kurková was a sight to be seen in her dynamic sculpted Marchesa ball gown and more than $1 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds.
Hailee Steinfeld at the 2014 Met Gala
Arriving on the arm of Prabal Gurung, Hailee Steinfeld did the designer proud in his dramatic black and white look.
Anna Kendrick at the 2014 Met Gala
Anna Kendrick  stayed on the black and white theme in J. Mendel's high-contrast design.
Idina Menzel at the 2014 Met Gala
Idina Menzel had us frozen in our tracks when she arrived in Donna Karan Atelier's icy scoop-neck gown.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend at the 2014 Met Gala
Chrissy Teigen defined "sparkle" in a ruffle-embellished Ralph Lauren column.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the 2014 Met Gala
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen  borrowed from the boys at the Met Gala while wearing menswear-inspired gowns.
Dita Von Teese and Zac Posen at the 2014 Met Gala
Dita Von Teese  and Zac Posen embraced the theme of the evening in what would have been Charles James-approved evening look.
Georgia May Jagger at the 2014 Met Gala
Georgia May Jagger took the plunge in a seductive black column.
Lena Dunham at the 2014 Met Gala
Lena Dunham brought her girls to the red carpet, and by girls, we mean her legs.
Solange Knowles at the 2014 Met Gala
Solange Knowles accessorized her tangerine 3.1 Phillip Lim with Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Margot Robbie at the 2014 Met Gala
Margot Robbie embraced embellishment in Prada's custom powder blue silk organza tea-length dress.
Zoe Kravitz at the 2014 Met Gala
Va-va-va-voom — Zoe Kravitz vamped it up in an alluring, slinky Topshop dress.
Olivier Theyskens and Felicity Jones at the 2014 Met Gala
The duo wore black to dramatic effect while arriving to the Met Gala.
Dree Hemingway at the 2014 Met Gala
Dree Hemingway set off her retro Proenza Schouler design with Harry Winston diamonds.
Rosamund Pike at the 2014 Met Gala
Rosamund Pike looked fresh off the runway in Louis Vuitton's belted design.
Kendall Jenner at the 2014 Met Gala
Kendall Jenner stuck to the theme while wearing an elegant Topshop mermaid gown. That she paired with a sparkling choker and clutch as well as Tabitha Simmons heels.
Selena Gomez at the 2014 Met Gala
Selena Gomez  represented DVF in the designer's plunging burgundy dress that she complemented with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
Jason Wu and Dakota Johnson at the 2014 Met Gala
Jason Wu and Dakota Johnson  were 50 shades of wow in their brooding black and navy ensembles.
Alexa Chung at the 2014 Met Gala
Alexa Chung was ruched to perfection in her pastel Nina Ricci cocktail dress.
Rashida Jones at the 2014 Met Gala
Rashida Jones paired pastel hues in Tory Burch's duchess satin off-the-shoulder gown while walking the Met Gala red carpet. Brian Atwood heels, Verdura's moonstones and diamonds, and an Anya Hindmarch clutch completed the look.
Janelle Monae at the 2014 Met Gala
Olé! Janelle Monae looked ready for a bull fight in Tadashi Shoji's cape and Kwiat diamonds.
Chloë Moretz at the 2014 Met Gala
Chloë Moretz wasn't afraid to ruffle feathers in Chanel's cream embroidered top and tiered skirt.
Karlie Kloss at the 2014 Met Gala
Karlie Kloss made a dramatic entrance in Oscar de la Renta's black and gold ball gown.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the 2014 Met Gala
Quite the handsome pair! Johnny Depp  joined Amber Heard, who accessorized her long-sleeved gown with 19th Century Fred Leighton diamonds.
Zooey Deschanel at the 2014 Met Gala
Zooey Deschanel  teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger once again at this year's Met Gala and paired her gown with Chanel fine jewelry.
Hayden Panettiere at the 2014 Met Gala
Hayden Panettiere  stunned in her full-skirted Dennis Basso ball gown.
Florence Welch at the 2014 Met Gala
Florence Welch took flight in Valentino's butterfly-embellished number.
Olivia Munn at the 2014 Met Gala
Olivia Munn was an evening highlight in her marigold DVF gown and Fred Leighton diamonds.
Lily Aldridge at the 2014 Met Gala
Lily Aldridge floated into the Met Gala wearing Michael Kors's custom strapless silver lamé draped gown.
Maggie Gyllenhaal at the 2014 Met Gala
Maggie Gyllenhaal  was spotted in Valentino's colorful polka-dot gown.
Kristen Wiig and Alexander Wang at the 2014 Met Gala
Kristen Wiig coordinated with Alexander Wang while wearing Balenciaga's custom black bonded crepe dress.
Chloe Sevigny at the 2014 Met Gala
Chloe Sevigny arrived for the Met Gala in Kenzo's embroidered bustier gown, the label's printed patent leather clutch, and jewelry by Delfina Delettrez.
Kate Upton at the 2014 Met Gala
Kate Upton wore flowers in her hair and a Dolce & Gabbana gown on her body.
Michelle Monaghan at the 2014 Met Gala
Michelle Monaghan paired her fringed Altuzarra gown with Pomellato jewels.
Greta Gerwig at the 2014 Met Gala
Greta Gerwig made a statement in every angle wearing her asymmetric black and white look and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Vera Wang and Joan Smalls at the 2014 Met Gala
Vera Wang and Joan Smalls made a dynamic pair on the Met Gala red carpet. Joan accented her strapless gown with rose gold Gaydamak hand bracelets.
Anna Wintour at the 2014 Met Gala
The woman of the hour ensured her accessories got equal share of the spotlight in an asymmetric, embellished design.