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12 Style Rules From The Met Ball

One of the hottest tickets in the A-List calendar, the Met Ball 2014 showcased a sea of styles, celebrating the opening of the museum's new exhibition dedicated to 'America's First Couturier', Brit-born fashion designer, Charles James. A marked departure from 2013's 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' dress-code, this year erred on the side of glamour with a 'White Tie and Decorations' theme - left suitably open to stylistic interpretation. 

From new takes on classic floor-sweepers to the edgier end of the style spectrum, scroll through our edit above of the best dressed of the night.

The Fitted Silhouette

1. Diane Kruger in Jason Wu for Hugo Boss: Mix minimal modern with vintage beautyThe style pro gave her pared-down gown an old-school edge with a classic chignon and '40s style winged-eye. 

2. Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney: A statement neckline doesn't always need a necklace. Showing off her stunning décolletage, Reese went for subtle sparkle from diamond earrings instead.

3. Blake Lively - in Gucci: Trains are back. The face of the Gucci Premiere fragrance gave a lesson in red carpet dressing with this exquisite blush silk gown - complete with chiffon trains cascading from each shoulder.

4. Victoria Beckham in her own design: The all-white trend is still going strong. Working this iced ensemble, Mrs B even opted for frosted jewelled accessories too.

The Fashion Forward

5. Beyonce in Givenchy Couture: Sheer layering adds a daring edge. Playing off opaque against barely-there, Bey did alluring glamour - without revealing too much.

6. Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney: Trousers can be red carpet appropriate. We can always count on Cara to push the fashion boundaries, and her styling of crisp white trews, a strappy black bandage top were a more playful take on the dress-code, while her vintage side-swept 'do delivered on glamour.

7. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Balmain: Hike up the hemline. Red carpet doesn't always equal floor-sweepers and RHL proved why, in this glamazon mini-dress showing off her major pins with fierce anklet-sandals.

8. Emma Stone in Thakoon. The midriff is the new décolletage. Crop tops are a huge trend this season and Ms Stone nailed modern glamour in this pretty pink combo.

The Ballgowns

9. Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta. Monochrome makes for high drama. Taking the dress-code and running with it, SJP won the flash-bulb moment of the night, going all-out with her dramatic look, even adding a double chignon complete with striking monochrome floral headband.

10. Suki Waterhouse in Burberry. Do romance with an edge. Every girl's dream dress, the model took the saccharine edge off this ruffled blush confection with a deep red lip and a tousled up-do.

11. Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors. Add a modern edge to a fuller silhouette with a layered skirt. The actress put her own spin on the dress-code letting the stand-out print and voluminous bustling of the skirts do all the talking.

12. Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrara. Clashing florals can be oh-so chic. Not a hint of chintz in sight, florals enjoyed a modern makeover in a bouquet of vivid shades blossoming across this gown. 

See all the best beauty looks from the night with our Met Ball Beauty guide and Side-Swept Hair trend.

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