Rooney Mara, Beyoncé, Marc Jacobs and More Play Peek-a-boo at the Met Ball

Rooney Mara wears Givenchy Haute Couture by Ricardo Tischi at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rooney Mara wears Givenchy Haute Couture by Ricardo Tischi at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Beyonce wears Givenchy Haute Couture by Ricardo Tischi at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Beyonce wears Givenchy Haute Couture by Ricardo Tischi at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

While the Met Ball’s exhibit on Schiaparelli and Muiccia Prada served as the kickoff for the evening, the fashion, as usual, took center stage. Flashbulbs from the photo pit were focused on the celebrities, models and designers (or, as it so often is, celebrity designers) that walked the red carpet. And though we admit there were some missteps (Kirsten Dunst, we’re looking at you) and some breathtaking successes thanks to ingenue Nina Dobrev and always radiant Emily Blunt, we saw right through the masses and spied sheer overlays, lace and cutouts as the top trends that trumped the rest.

The roster of attendees that wore Givenchy Haute Couture by Ricardo Tischi included Rooney Mara and Beyoncé among many others. Both wore gowns that showed skin and trailed yards of sheer fabric behind their every step. While Mara’s all-black gown showcased her legs and porcelain skin, Beyoncé’s gown showed her curves to their fullest potential with strategically placed lace overlays and sparkling embroidery.

Marion Cotillard in Dior at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Marion Cotillard in Dior at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Marc Jacobs at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Marc Jacobs at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Two other guests who demonstrated that skin was in included, Marion Cotillard, who wore a floor-grazing sheer skirt from Dior, and Marc Jacobs who also wore a sheer floor-length, lace number. Ever opinionated, Jacobs told Elettra Wiedemann on Vogue.com’s live feed that he didn’t want to wear a “boring tuxedo.” That, he definitely managed.

Christina Ricci and Thakoon Panichgul at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Christina Ricci and Thakoon Panichgul at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Virginie and Claire Courtin-Clarins at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Virginie and Claire Courtin-Clarins at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

For the more demure set of guests that didn’t opt for leg-baring sheer skirts or altogether see-through dresses, hints of skin revealed while overlays concealed. Chrstina Ricci, who wore a Thakoon gown with a bow on the back that was large enough to make Marc a full three-piece suit, showed a peek of her midriff through intricate lace. And the Courtin-Clarins sisters — who all wore Mugler — had dresses with cutouts so precise it looked like a surgeon had gone to them with a scalpel.

Jason Wu and Karlie Kloss at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jason Wu and Karlie Kloss at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ivanka Trump wears Peter Pilotto at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ivanka Trump wears Peter Pilotto at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a one-two punch, model Karlie Kloss and jeweler/First Daughter of New York Ivanka Trump wore lace, cutouts, overlays and sheer simultaneously. Schiap pink crisscrossed Kloss’ lace bodice while Trump’s Peter Pilotto gown had overlapping strips up top, sheer side panels and a curve-hugging skirt.

Anja Rubik wears Anthony Vaccarello at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Anja Rubik wears Anthony Vaccarello at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Anja Rubik wears Anthony Vaccarello at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Anja Rubik wears Anthony Vaccarello at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the most striking ensemble of the night? Model Anja Rubik, who wore a lot of, well, nothing, baring shoulder, chest and her entire right leg in a white Antony Vaccarello gown. Why pile on the trends when you can take one and go all out? Judging by the blogosphere’s reaction to the dress, the leg and the miles of skin between, Rubik’s edging out Angelina’s right leg as the limb to beat.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.