NEW YORK (AP) — There were stunners, snoozers and bummers at the Met Gala, the former led by Sarah Jessica Parker and Sarah Silverman in stunning princess ball gowns and the latter led by, well, many.

Black and white ruled the evening Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in honor of a new Costume Institute exhibit showing off the classic work of designer Charles James.

Sarah Jessica Parker's hair was high for her walk up the elegant staircase in black bodice, long white gloves and full gown by Oscar de la Renta. (Charles Sykes, Invision)

Sarah Silverman (with Michael Sheen) wore a classic strapless silhouette in maroon by Zac Posen. (Charles Sykes, Invision)

Erykah Badu took Pharrell's hat to new heights with a swath of added bling.


Her badass trouser-and-trench outfit was from Givenchy. (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Maggie Gyllenhaal (with brother Jake) wore dots — albeit Valentino dots. (Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty)

Lupita Nyong'o went for it in "divisive Prada," as one critic noted, dressed in parrot green flapper gear that included a jeweled cage overlay with large feathers on each side and a short brown sheath underneath. (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Kristen Stewart wasn't far behind with an uh-oh moment of her own in busy, busy Chanel that was bejeweled, befeathered, nubby and metallic, cut in the middle by a wide waist band of some sort. (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Emmy Rossum wore a floral from Carolina Herrera. (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Reese Witherspoon added some hot pink in a simple, strapless Stella McCartney. (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Rihanna's below-the-breast tattoo peeked out from under a white midriff top with a high jeweled neck and pointy padded shoulders, worn with a matching long pleated skirt that had an unfortunate foldover at the rear. (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Katie Holmes in mustard yellow, by Marchesa, off-the-shoulder and jacked from Belle in "Beauty and the Beast." (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Shailene Woodley: Puffy sleeved brown met metallic gray at the chest, with sheer floral embellishment over short shiny brown underneath, a la Rodarte. (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Beyonce (with Jay Z): Low-cut beaded black with a veil. (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Neil Patrick Harris (right) and David Burtka took the tux to a faraway place. Their cropped jackets had long tails and their trousers bared ankle. Burtka's was gray, black and white argyle and stripes. (Charles Sykes, Invision)

Kim Kardashian: No couch fabric floral this time around. She wore belted Lanvin in a midnight blue and black. Perhaps not the best fit. There was lots of fabric

Kirsten Dunst: Rodarte might just be the most misunderstood designers of the evening. The sister duo provided Dunst with a large splotch of metallic silver around the knees of her black gown and one shoulder loaded down with fabric while the other was a barely there sheer. (Evan Agostini, Invision)

Blake Lively (with Ryan Reynolds) wore Gucci in blush for a polished look that included a caped effect from shoulder to the end of her train. (Charles Sykes, Invision)

Solange Knowles: It was orangey peach. It was floppy with fabric. It was short. It was by Phillip Lim. She was without her big hair. (Evan Agostini, Invision)