After weeks of anticipation the first Monday in May arrived, and with it the annual extravaganza that is the Met Gala.
The most exciting red carpet of the year, the event is renowned for its ability to encourage even the most modest on its guestlist to take a sartorial risk. And with this year's Gala dedicated to Rei Kawakubo and her forward-thinking and experimental fashion brand Comme des Garçons the event looked set to play host to its most visually innovative looks yet.
So when the evening kicked off with the ever-resplendent supermodel Gisele Bündchen stepping out in an elegant, backless, silver Stella McCartney gown, those with their fashion goggles poised for wild creativity couldn't be blamed for fleetingly feeling short-changed.
However, temporarily ignoring our eagerness for the theme - as many attendees seemed to do too - Bündchen was admittedly the very embodiment of red carpet glamour in the exquisite piece, wearing her famously tousled blonde tresses tied back into a high ponytail and keeping her make-up to a minimum.
Another of the evening's guests who seemingly side-stepped the event's expectation for a dramatic silhouette was Kendall Jenner, who arrived in an uncharacteristically risqué piece by La Perla.
Slashed from the shoulder to her navel, the gown's black mesh overlay draped over her backless high-leg bodysuit which gave photographers an unexpected eyeful from behind.
But while Jenner's and Bündchen's looks weren't typical of Kawakubo's avant-garde aesthetic, their open disregard of the theme - and therefore the suggested style guidelines for the evening - were perhaps entirely in-keeping with the honoree's penchant for off-piste dressing.
One star who stuck entirely to the dress code however was Rihanna, who wore an architectural masterpiece by the brand of the evening.
A structural minefield, the Comme des Garçons piece - which was originally modelled by Anna Cleveland on the Paris runway - consisted of floral-patterned segments pulled-apart and layered together like petals.
Joining Rihanna in her loyalty to the theme was Katy Perry, who wore a custom Maison Margiela gown by John Galliano with sheer panels and a red organza veil disguising her recently-debuted buzz cut.
Also taking wardrobe risks - albeit not quite so radically - were the Hadid sisters, with Gigi's gold Tommy Hilfiger gown featuring a structured tuxedo-like bodice and flowing tulle skirt the perfect fusion of tough tailoring with femininity that epitomises - and almost exactly translates to - Comme de Garçons. Bella's black jewel-encrusted catsuit by Alexander Wang encapsulated a similar sense.
More of the evening's well executed red carpet risks included Lily-Rose Depp in fuchsia Chanel, Lily Aldridge, Jourdan Dunn in H&M, Kate Bosworth in Tory Burch and Adwoa Aboah.