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Hollywood stars make a fashion statement in NYC

April 26, 2004
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Over-the-top glamour was the name of the game on Monday night, as Hollywood's most fashionable starlets donned their eye-catching finest for a New York gala advertised as "The Party Of The Year".

Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lopez led the roster of A-listers adding their own brand of glitz to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute celebration, this year entitled "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion And Furniture In The 18th Century".

The more than 700 guests were encouraged to dress in the opulent style of the era, and Charlize was no exception. The Oscar winner donned a bustier gown paired with a stunning diamond choker, her blonde hair upswept in a new millennium version of a 1700's hairdo.

Jennifer, meanwhile, went back to her sexy Latina roots, wearing a black, transparent, curve-skimming lace gown topping the ensemble off with a chignon and equally dramatic red lipstick.

Lucy Liu and Natalie Portman both chose skin-revealing halter-neck gowns, but liquid satin seemed to be one of the hottest trends of the night. Among the evening's satin dolls were Scarlett Johannson, in shimmering lemon yellow, the event's co-chair Renee Zellweger, who wore gold Carolina Herrera, and Sophie Dahl, who turned heads in a peach-hued, beribboned number.

Sophie was among a number of British fashion plates at the $3,500-a-ticket bash, including Jade Jagger, Stella Tennant and Stella McCartney.

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Charlize stuck to the 18th-century theme in a corseted gown, stunning diamond choker and upswept hairdoPhoto: © PAy
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Jennifer Lopez opted for drama - a transparent black gown, classic chignon and bright red lipstickPhoto: © PA

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