With the longest red carpet ever, the beautifully dressed, coiffed and perfumed divas got more exercise than planned, I'm sure, at last night's Metropolitan Opera season kick-off gala. Helen Mirren was an unexpected treat and I blurted out, "Thank god you came!" to her amusement. Martha Stewart was looking and feeling her best in Ralph Rucci. Christie Brinkley, we were told, was delayed by the UN General Assembly traffic. Flashing a thousand-watt smile, Christie finally came, posed and conquered!


Helena Christensen and Zac Posen


Helena Christensen and Zac Posen

Martha Stewart

Faye Dunaway

Hamish Bowles

Austin Scarlett

Jane Fonda

Cecilia Dean

Christie Brinkley

Christine Baranski

Blythe Danner

Rufus Wainwright

Henry Kissinger

Parker Posey

Andrew Andrew

Taylor Momsen

Barbara Walters

Helen Mirren