At the Annual Last Friday In April, Friends of Vogue Put on Their Party Pearls for Karl

Inside the storied dining room, beneath Richard Smith’s crimson mobile (one of many artworks on site), the party unfolded, with bowtied waiters passing around trays stacked with skewers of Mr. Chow’s chicken satay while over at the bar Tequila Don Julio Rosado cocktails were being made. Karen Elson shimmied through the crowd; Carolina Herrera designer Wes Gordon sipped martinis with Ivy Getty (in a sheer and pearly Givenchy mini); and Michaela Coel (giving Grace Jones with her look) could be spotted on the dance floor with Richie Shazam. More bold-faced guests included director Baz Luhrmann, artist Chloe Wise, and dancer Harrison Ball (on the arm of his husband, designer Zac Posen).

“Everyone keeps on asking me if I’m nervous. Should I be?” joked Derek Blasberg, who is one of the four hosts for this year’s Met Gala livestream, alongside La La Anthony, Chloe Fineman, and Emma Chamberlain. “It’s going to be epic!” said Jordan Roth, who never fails to deliver a fashion moment, of his Met Gala ensemble. (His look last night consisted of coordinating pancake hats with designer Harris Reed.) Other guests also dished on their red carpet ensembles, but those will just have to remain a secret until Monday.

At one point in the night, waiters swapped serving cocktails for handing out black fans—a nod to one of Lagerfeld’s favorite accessories, as omnipresent at his public appearance in the 1980s as his white powdered hair was later in life. Guests plucked them off trays, and no matter the individual, their look was instantly taken to the next level. Lagerfeld was on to something.