There is a reason why the Met Gala is often referred to as fashion’s biggest night. The event has become synonymous with sartorial showboating and extravagance. In recent years, it has become an opportunity for celebrities, designers, and fashion’s most influential figures to try out their most outrageous and daring style whims—which is why the biggest trend of this year may have been the most unexpected.

On Monday night, as stars and art enthusiasts gathered on the steps of the Met, it was clear that there was a common theme in many of the looks of the night: an affinity for the color beige. The neutral color showed up in many looks on the red carpet: on singer Tyla, who wore a sheath dress made with sand designed by Balmain, on Mindy Kaling, who arrived at the Met Gala in a sculptural pleated tan Gaurav Gupta Couture gown, and on co-chair Jennifer Lopez, who sported a sparkling but skin-toned Schiaparelli gown, as well as her fellow co-host Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky, who donned coordinating beige Tom Ford looks for the night.

If beige seems like a bland or vanilla choice for a night ostensibly highlighting the creativity of the fashion industry, consider this—after years of over-the-top looks and noisy, costume-esque dressing for the event, there may be nothing more subversive or even edgy than wearing a subtle shade in a tastefully considered silhouette. That or the many guests who opted to wear beige tonight may have been giving their interpretations of the night’s theme, “Garden of Time,” going for a natural, earthy, and essentially nude (very Garden of Eden) aesthetic.

With that in mind, here is a look at the beige and the beautiful from the 2024 Met Gala red carpet.

Tyla in Balmain

Mindy Kaling in Gaurav Gupta Couture

Pamela Anderson in Oscar de la Renta

Jennifer Lopez in Schiaparelli

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky in Tom Ford

Lana del Rey in Alexander McQueen

Zoe Saldana in Chloé