"How wonderful life is, now that Gaga's in the world," warbled Elton John. Hyperbolic? Maybe: but red carpets are sure a lot weirder! The amfAR New York Gala is always star-studded and fab, but it's never been this...odd.

Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

John Demsey, President of MAC Cosmetics, is in the middle of an awesome sandwich. Thing is, he just wanted a reuben.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

James Gandolfini's like, "oh, shit!" Deborah Lin is clearly doing the, "It's ok, honey, we've been over this. And I dressed us both with quiet elegance."


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Alexandra Kerry's clearly in the midst of a, "oh, hey...fancy seeing you here!" Moment. "Honey, this is...um...you remember, Andy's friend...I'm sorry, I just have to run iron my skirt."


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

You know when someone writes about sleeping with Tucker Max like it's some big accomplishment, and you're like, your trophy room blows. Well, that's how I feel about wearing Jamiroquai's hats to events, like Carol Alt. (That said, she's the only onr acknowledging the blizzard conditions.)


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

I guess, for Margherita Missoni, knits are pretty much contractually obligatory.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson: strength in numbers. (And satin.)


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

I imagine being Sinem Saniye in this getup, and taking off my coat, and looking around, and having the expression of shocked dismay Debbie Reynolds gets when she pops out of the cake in Singin in the Rain and sees Don Lockwood. But that may not be how it went down at all!


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

As a stylist: Mary Alice Stephenson should really know where to find a full-length slip, even if it still confounds the rest of us and we're forced to wear that "chemise" thing from American Apparel in a pinch.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

I love it when people do prints for evening. Or, at least, when Zoe Saldana does this one.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

If I were making matches, the way people often seem to do on Valentine's Day episodes of high school dramas such as Degrassi, I would surely pair up Lady Gaga and artist Terence Koh. And hilarity would ensue.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Julianna Margulies is unquestionably elegant (even if it starts to look like chest-eyes when you look too long.)


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Julia Stiles: simple, lovely, really all anyone wants to do mid-blizzard.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Heidi Klum, following some recent sartorial bizarreness, plays it safe.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Paulina Porizkova: tattered and defiant.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

The Chloe version of the LBD: and the photographer face. Both a badass improvement, IMO.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Maggie Rizer's face says, well, yes, in this weather I do wear tights.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

And Brooke Shields? Quilting!


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

And I was all about Sigourney Weaver's practical, weather-ready getup...until I saw the feathers at the hem.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Rufus Wainwright: tortured. Possibly by his multiplicity of cravats.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

I think it's in the tradition of random royalty in America to sport a demure suit, a la Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Karolina Kurkova: yeah, my legs are bare. What? I can handle it, even if you can't.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Cynthia Nixon looks gorgeous, in that easy-breezy DK, Eileen Fisher, I-have-my-priorities-down way that only some people can rock.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Doutzen Kroes: oh, wait, this wasn't Marily-themed...?


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Iman's dress verges on the Vegas. Or would, if it were anyone else.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Eliza Dushku brings a welcome hit of softness.


Gaga Ooh La La: AmFar Gala, As Always, One Of The Year's BestS

Do not mess with Zoe Kravitz: she has an unimpeachable pedigree, studded shoes and a really big skirt.
[Images via Getty]