The Met Gala was in full bloom with Kerry Washington, Colman Domingo, Zendaya among the standout stars

NEW YORK (AP) — The Met Gala and its fashionista A-listers on Monday included Kerry Washington, Colman Domingo, Cardi B, Zendaya and a parade of others in a swirl of flora and fauna looks on a green-tinged carpet lined by live foliage.

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Domingo slayed in a black and white suit and Zendaya was all vamp and fantasy in a rare double appearance on the steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zendaya and Jennifer Lopez were co-chairs of the annual fundraiser, and both received cheers from the crowd of fashion enthusiasts packed behind barriers outside.

Taraji P. Henson. Photo credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/The Associated Press
Taraji P. Henson. Photo credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/The Associated Press

Zendaya put on her fashion face in peacock hues of blue and green, with a head piece to match and leaf accents. The look was Maison Margiela by John Gallliano. She walked again to close the carpet in black Givenchy Haute Couture gown also by Galliano with a head piece stuffed with flowers by Alexander McQueen.

It’s been five years since Zendaya last attended the gala.

Flowers were everywhere, in line with this year’s theme: “The Garden of Time,” inspired by J.G. Ballard’s 1962 short story of the same name.

Usher held a single red rose in a dark and eery black suit and cape, a wide-brim black hat on his head and a black brooch on one lapel. The look was Alexander McQueen by Seán McGirr.

It was the first Met Gala for Ayo Edebiri. She showed out in a youthful white look fading into a garden full of colorful flowers at the bottom by Loewe.

Serena Williams took metallic gold to another level in a shining one-shoulder statement look. Ariana Grande was all Glinda the Good Witch, making the most of her pale-colored strapless Loewe look with 3D eyelashes at the side of each eye. She arrived with her “Wicked” co-star Cynthia Erivo, dressed in black with pink petals in a darker, edgy look by Thom Browne.

Cardi B., who has THE most fun at the Met Gala, struck a pose or three in a statement black gown with a huge tulle train. It was by Windowsen. She paired the look with green jewels and a high black turban. She needed multiple helpers to move her dress up the stairs.

“Zendaya came out swinging for a second time in a finale look to close the carpet but overall, the whole red carpet experience felt like it was stuck in some odd time warp, somewhere between the Met Gala’s glory days and the now, a moment when the camp of it all and social media vitality tend to override fashion for the pure love of fashion,” Bobb said.

Colman Domingo. Photo credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/The Associated Press
Colman Domingo. Photo credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/The Associated Press

Colman Domingo donned a white jacket with a cape and extra-wide trousers, holding a bouquet of white calla lilies, while Tyla chose a Balmain gown made to look like sand using actual sand on fabric molded to her body. She needed help with the hourglass she held as she made her way up the museum stairs. Domingo’s designer was Willy Chavarria.

Nicki Minaj also went out of the box in a bright metallic yellow dress with large flowers dangling and bobbing as she moved.

Danielle James, beauty director for, said top trends of the night also included bold blush and baby bangs.

“I loved seeing Ayo Edebiri’s berry cheeks, taking the strawberry makeup trend to another level. Nell Diamond gave us a flush of poppy-red on her cheeks. Gigi Hadid’s gave us an eye-catching look with bold red cheeks and a bold red lip that we’ll be sure to see on many nights out this summer. After seasons of no makeup makeup and minimalist looks, color is here!”

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