May 18, 2009 12:00 PM

FANCY DRESS!

Stars took risks in looks that were more runway than red carpet at the Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4

JESSICA BIEL
In Versace Atelier

Co-host Justin Timberlake‘s girlfriend accessorized her asymmetrical red gown with platinum-and-diamond jewelry by Fred Leighton and Christian Louboutin shoes.

RIHANNA
In Dolce & Gabbana

For her first public appearance since February, the singer went for full-on, menswear-inspired drama in a puff-sleeve suit and cropped locks.

ANNE HATHAWAY
In Marc Jacobs

Sporting dramatic teased hair and bold Van Cleef & Arpels jewels with her purple minidress, Hathaway worked a ’60s Park Avenue princess look.

MADONNA
In Louis Vuitton

Really chic … or ridiculous? The star models an attention-grabbing ensemble in her ruched minidress, thigh-high boots and bunny-ears-like headpiece.

LEIGHTON MEESTER

In Louis Vuitton

Playing it much less safe than her preppy Gossip Girl alter ego, Meester goes for a straight-from-the-runway look paired with Fred Leighton jewelry.

KATE HUDSON
In Stella McCartney

The star went for all-out sparkle, gilding a slinky gold dress with Fred Leighton diamonds and rubies and Brian Atwood heels.

THE MET GALA

Hosted by Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs and Anna Wintour, this year’s benefit celebrates “The Model as Muse,” an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

SUN AND STARS

THESE CELEBS KNOW HAPPINESS BEGINS WITH SHADES AND A SWIMSUIT

ALOHA, JULIA!

Kauai, May 3

A stunning Julia Roberts keeps up with daughter Hazel, 4, during their family beach day.

SHE DIDN’T GET THOSE ABS ON THE LOUNGE!

Miami, May 3

Kelly Ripa, celebrating her 13th wedding anniversary with Mark Consuelos, kicks back poolside.

NICE BALANCE!

Maui, April 29

A stoked Lindsay Lohan catches some waves while vacationing with her little sis Ali.

BABY LOVE!

RAINY DAY PLAY

New York City, May 3

Naomi Watts helps 21-month-old son Sasha hang on to his umbrella.

RUNAWAY

Santa Monica, May 3

Marcia Cross pounds the pavement with one of her twins.

THAT’S MY BOY

New York City, April 28

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz totes baby Bronx, 5 months, on a sunny afternoon out.

WOW! SHE LOST 40 LBS.

DON’T SAY CHEESE

New York City, May 2

Nia Vardalos, wearing Nili Lotan, reveals her svelte new figure at the My Life in Ruins premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. What’s her secret? Vardalos told PEOPLE: “I broke up with cheese!”

THEN

FEB. 22, 2007

TABLE FOR TWO

Venice, April 28

Charlize Theron and longtime boyfriend Stuart Townsend, in town for Salma Hayek‘s wedding to François-Henri Pinault, look lost in their own love story.

MEL’S NEW LOVE

Hollywood, April 28

Two weeks after his wife filed for divorce, Mel Gibson hits the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine with girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. “Mel has been single for almost three years,” says his rep. “It’s nice to see him getting out and enjoying himself.”

POOCH PATROL

Miami, April 30

How to walk your dog and look great doing it … A buff John Legend strolls with his bulldog Puddy.

BRAD, THE VALET!

New York City, April 29

Brad Pitt at your service? The actor plays an assistant, filming an ad for a Japanese cell phone company.

HER NEW ROLE

Scranton, Pa., May 4

Michelle Williams on the set of her new drama Blue Valentine.

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