In the Hours Before the Met Gala This Is the Starriest Hotel Lobby in the World
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In the Hours Before the Met Gala, This Is the Starriest Hotel Lobby in the World

Irina Shayk struts out to her sprinter van in Yohji Yamamoto and a pair of flats from The Row. (“This is my first time wearing flats to a red carpet. I’m excited,” she says on her way out.) Ashley Graham poses for photographers in a pink and black gown by Harris Reed, who is soon by her side. He took inspiration from a 1987 Chanel haute couture show, featuring peplum hems and bustle-inspired lines, for his design for Graham: “It gives the camp, the va-va-voom that I am while also playing [homage] to Karl,” he says. “I’m getting lots of wow, wow, wow. . . the only thing I can’t do is pee,” jokes Graham.

At 6:57, Anne Hathaway, Donatella Versace, and Lily James have come down, inciting a swarm of people in the process. The lobby calms down just in time for Paris Hilton to exit the elevator: “Luvs ya!” she tells the photographers as they snap away. It’s started to lightly drizzle outside, but the moment an umbrella appears, the paparazzi boo. It ruins their shot.

Cardi B is the last big name to exit. She’s wearing a billowing pink taffeta creation by Miss Sohee that requires multiple people to help her out of the lift. The rapper is ready for the attention, however, jutting her elbows and pouting her lips the moment a lens pops into view. Her energy is undeniable.

Just like the rest of them, she waltzes out into the street to the explosion of flash bulbs. Finally, her sprinter van pulls up and she climbs inside; for blocks, people will scream her name.

By the time she arrives at the Met, however, the pink dress is gone. Instead, she walks up the carpet in a Chen Peng black and white dress with pearls. Cardi B just wanted to have her big Mark moment.