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Fact: you don’t dress for the Met Gala to blend in. This year alone we spotted head-to-toe sequins, Barbie doll frocks, and even textured crocodile (ahem, Rihanna)...so needless to say, anyone who’s lucky enough to score an invite tries her absolute hardest to stand out from the rest of the fashion pack. But just like any big event, there were some major trends of the night- check out the three biggest below.

DRAMATIC LIPSTICK

Camilla Belle, Lana Del Rey, Jessica Alba

Camilla Belle, Lana Del Rey, and Jessica Alba wear dramatic lipstick to the 2012 Met Gala.
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Camilla Belle reached glamazon status in her slinky beaded Ralph Lauren gown, but the real secret weapon to the actress’s ‘20s-inspired look? Her ultra-bold, wine-hued lipstick, which perfectly complemented her almond eyes and trademark full brows. She's not the only one who channeled Old Hollywood by pairing dark lips with shimmery metallic dresses; it's well-tread beauty territory, and we couldn't be happier. Lana Del Rey played up her music industry darling rep with her Altuzarra dress (and cape!), which strikingly offset her burgundy lipstick and swoop of black liner. But here's proof you don't have to retire your ruby red shade just yet: Jessica Alba looked to the brighter side with a cherry-tinted lipstick in her Michael Kors gown- just as dramatic, still just as gorgeous as the rest.

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Lea Michele, Shay Mitchell, Chelsea Kane

Lea Michele, Shay Mitchell, and Chelsea Kane wear little white dresses.
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Forget whatever you think you know about little black dresses. As temperatures climb and hems rise, spring is all about the LWD (little white dress), and in just one evening, Lea Michele, Shay Mitchell, and Chelsea Kane sported three different iterations of the crisp warm-weather trend at last night's Academy screening of Glee and the ABC Family West Coast upfront.

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Dakota Fanning, Zooey Deschanel, Ginnifer Goodwin

Dakota Fanning, Zooey Deschanel, and Ginnifer Goodwin attend the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Every year, the White House Correspondents Dinner brings the worlds of politics and Hollywood together under one fashionable Washington D.C. roof to dine with (and enjoy a speech delivered by) the President of the United States of America. Witty barbs are tossed around the room from the evening's designated host—who was Jimmy Kimmel this year—and everyone dresses up in their fanciest finery, aka black ties and gowns galore, usually of the more subdued variety. (Neon minidresses and/or jumpsuits made of wig hair should be saved for after-parties only.) This year, a bevy of beauties classed-up the evening in various shades of grey. Dakota Fanning and Zooey Deschanel both chose classic lady-gowns adorned in flowers, and Ginnifer Goodwin went for eco-friendly ruffles in the lightest, creamiest of grey.

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Camilla Belle, Poppy Delevigne, And Liv Tyler

Camilla Belle, Poppy Delevigne, And Liv Tyler at the Chanel Artist Dinner during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 24.
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What do you get when you gather high fashion, le cinema, downtown lovelies, and a gazillion roses into one stylishly spring bouquet? A Chanel-hosted party in honor of the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC! The "Artists Dinner" brought a bevy of bright young things to the Odeon restaurant in Tribeca to celebrate all things frock, film, and floral—literally—and everyone from actresses Camilla Belle and Liv Tyler to model Poppy Delevigne were there to toast a warmer season in their best flower-printed finery. What's more, these ladies rocked their girly ensembles with the freshest scents of gnarliness.

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Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, David Beckham

Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, and David Beckham wear their hair in modern pompadours.
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If you're able to sop up the drool and tear your eyes away from this lead image of Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, and David Beckham long enough to read this post, you're of stronger will than most of hot-blooded America. Somehow these three dudes are able to look both chiseled and a little rugged AND like total husband-material. How? Well, our theory is that Biebs, Zefron, and Becks all have one thing in common here: they're all rocking updated versions of the suave pompadour look.

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Long Printed Dresses Drew Barrymore Nicole Richie Florence Welch

Florence Welch on April 21, Nicole Richie on April 2, and Drew Barrymore on Jan. 25.
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Go big or go home! Florence Welch, Nicole Richie, and Drew Barrymore proved that more is more when they showed off their bold, all-over print maxi dresses. We're REALLY into this head-turning trend, which all three ladies sported in slightly different ways. Florence showed up to an after party in Las Vegas last night wearing this AMAZE black and forest green Tadashi Shoji fall 2012 number. Her scalloped edges add a touch of daintiness to her daring look, and she wore no accessories (save a few rings) to take away from her statement dress. She twisted back her shiny red tresses into a low chignon, and we love how her hair complements her green dress perfectly. She matched some burgundy eye shadow to her deep maroon nails for a totally put together look. Nicole Richie showed support for her dad Lionel Richie by wearing a dress from her own Winter Kate fall 2012 line earlier this month. We know bright yellow is incredibly hard to pull off, which is why we give Nicole MAY-JUH props for looking like a vintage vixen in her bold rose print dress. We also love the side swept bangs paired with a bouffant and larger-than-life lashes.

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Color Forecast

The Color Forecast shows what hues are trending right now.
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We don't usually hardcore nerd out over the latest fashion technology here at MTV Style, but this latest color forecasting invention is just TOO good to pass up! The tech-savvy minds over at Pimkie clothing created a website that tells you what color of clothing is trending in real time on the streets of major fash-forward cities. Like, you can dress according to what OTHER people are wearing at this exact moment. Whoaaaa. At the click of a button, we can see the color patterns in Paris, Milan and Antwerp even though we're miles beyond miles away, but, awesomeness aside, you probably want to know how this whole thing works, right? Well, thanks to this informational vid, we've got ALL the deets.

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Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Taylor Momsen

Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, and Taylor Momsen wear platform boots.
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We aaaaall know the '90s are back. From jumpsuits to roughed up denim to flannel shirts tied around waists to Jeremy Scott's entire 2012 fall/winter collection, the garments from the dawn of the Information Age are experiencing a revival of epic proportions, but now, thanks to Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, and Taylor Momsen, raver chic appears to be resurfacing in footwear, as well.

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Nicki Minaj wears a leather harness while out in London, England.
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About this time last week, we spotted Nicki Minaj wearing an outfit that can best be described as an arithmetic equation: sheer shirt + body harness - pants. It appears the formula has altered slightly, but the base of the sequence is still there. There remains a severe lack of pants, we're not sure what lies beneath the new addition of a squeaky looking Members Only jacket, and while there is still a harness involved, it has grown considerably. Perhaps Nicki reads the blog and really takes our trend pieces to heart which, you know, would be really flattering were it true. We just... IDK, we thought maybe we mentioned wearing these trendy harnesses with clothes underneath, not in substitution of them.

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This past weekend, bohemian music-lovers unfurled in droves upon Indio, California for this year's first installment of the annual Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. Coachella first weekend brought amazing weather, a Tupac hologram, and of course, fabulous fashions. The pretty young things in attendance and gracing the stages like Rihanna, Azealia Banks, and Kat Graham turned it out with trendy crop tops, vintage tees, and touches of sheer.

CROP TOPS

Rihanna, Azealia Banks, Vanessa Hudgens, Dree Hemingway

Rihanna, Azealia Banks, Vanessa Hudgens, and Dree Hemingway wear crop tops at Coachella.
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If you're planning on spending the weekend in a desert, chances are good you're going to get a little hot. Naturally, crop tops were everywhere at Coachella. Seen both on stage via Rihanna's "PEACE" pull-on and Azealia's Beetlejuice-striped bralette and getting down in the audience like Vanessa Hudgens and Dree Hemingway's tiny tops, we forsee a major explosion for the belly-baring separates as temperatures rise. Just be sure to wear them with something high-waisted to balance them out!

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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