Call it the party before the party. While this weekend saw the jet set head westward to Las Vegas for the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, those on the East Coast were bracing themselves for Monday night’s Met Gala. And what better way to get in the spirit of this year’s exhibit, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” than with a traditional dinner at New York City’s oldest dim sum parlor, Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Vogue’s Sally Singer hosted the evening which brought together an eclectic crew consisting of models Bella Hadid, Constance Jablonski, and Xiao Wen Ju; designers Alexander Wang, Erdem Moralioglu, and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez; and front row staples Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, and Emily Ratajkowski.
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The dress code? Pearl River–fabulous acting as an homage to the soon-to-be-closed Chinese emporium on lower Broadway. And the guests delivered—Phoebe Collings-James looked runway-ready, but stealing the show was the sensational Chloë Sevigny. Between bites of pan-fried noodles and vegetable dumplings, sips of St. Germain and Bombay Sapphire East cocktails—the custom gin and tonic bar proved to be a popular offering—and the jeroboams of Moët & Chandon sparkling with the Vogue logo in Swarovski crystals, Banks, Miguel, Aziz Ansari, Alison Brie, and Grimes took in the charming setting and delectable cocktails on offer. After dinner and a champagne toast, guests including André Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles, Lisa Love—with daughter Laura—and Ladyfag flocked to the street to take in a spectacular lion dance performance by Chinatown Community Young Lions. Consider Saturday’s activities training for Monday night.