No, not the Oscars… the annual Met Gala, where only the most stylish stars show off some killer couture on the red carpet. Yesterday, dozens of celebrities and the designers who dressed them walked the red carpet into the Metropolitan Museum of Art to fete the opening of the Costume Institute’s next exhibit, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” This year’s Met Gala theme is one of the most challenging yet, but there are ways to honor China’s heritage and its present culture on the red carpet. Often referred to as “fashion’s biggest night,” but many observers are wary to see how guests will interpret — or misinterpret — that theme. Taking a cue from the theme of the evening, guests channeled the thirties and forties elegance of the museum with an inspiring lineup of sleek center-parted hair and blunt-cut ponytails. Neat knots came in seemingly, endless variations from low and tight — to high and voluminous. When it came to makeup, sharply winged eyes and red lips, painted on in calligraphic strokes, lent a crisp architectural edge to the face. Here’s to discovering your own personal beauty statement come spring. Be sure to scroll through our slideshow of best dressed looks on the red carpet.

-Nargas Karimi