When Time Magazine throws a gala to celebrate the 100 Most Influential People in the World, you know it's going to be a star-studded affair. As expected, this year's event saw no shortage of talented celebrities across a variety of industries, known for their remarkable work and, moreover, their impressive ability to impact society. However, there's something else honorees deserve acclaim for: their style. Considering the fact that Beyoncé, was the cover girl on Time's corresponding issue on influential people, it's no surprise that attendees really went all out with their attire and accessories this year. While Bey didn't make it to the gala, which was held at Jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York City, there were still plenty of jaw-dropping outfits on the red carpet.
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The best way to describe Underwood's ensemble? Garden glamour – and her floral-detailed, floor-length gown was perfect for spring. The dress, which featured a plunging neckline and glimmering details on the bodice, had an unusual mesh overlay with pink and white blossoms scattered throughout. With her tumbling blonde waves and soft pink lipstick, the overall look had an impossibly feminine and fairytale-like vibe. Since the gown was pretty ornate, Underwood opted for minimal accessories. Though she didn't don a ton of jewelry, her intriguing black drop earrings, which almost resembled dark ferns, added just the right amount of edge. The honoree, who sang at the event, proved that often all it takes is a bold pair of statement earrings to give a flowery frock a dramatic twist.
Sometimes the best way to stand out at a red carpet event is a shimmering dress. Lakshmi nailed it in a knee-length three-quarter sleeve number with an ultra-simple silhouette. The gleaming finish on the dress surely turned some heads, as it caught the light in such a way that it seemed to illuminate the entire room. A plain pair of black suede pumps helped to tone the outfit down, while her shiny and sleek gold clutch complemented the metallic fabric of her attire. She was also smart to keep her jewelry on the subtle side, sporting a white bracelet with metal studs and a simple pair of sparkly post earrings.
One actress that certainly still has it is Susan Sarandon. The star showed up in a distinctly different ensemble than other attendees, choosing black pants and an ordinary white top instead of a gown. With pointy black flats and a textured clutch, the outfit was impossibly sophisticated, but that doesn't mean Sarandon didn't have a little fun, too. Her iconic red hair was styled into a sultry wavy 'do, and her cropped coral blazer added a playful element. As far as accessories went, the A-lister only needed one thing to complete the look: a pair of drop earrings with a large pearl hanging from each.
It was impossible to miss Couric when she arrived at the gala. The TV personality went for a fashion-forward sleeveless maxi dress in a wild tribal print. Though the piece features neutral colors, its eye-catching pattern was enough to make a statement. Couric's tousled waves and natural makeup added to the boho feel of her ensemble, but her jewelry definitely made the look. She slipped a black bracelet on one wrist and, on the other, an olive green bangle that perfectly matched the hues in her gown. The real highlight, though, was the long necklace she wore, which had alternating clear and green beads, and created a stunning effect hanging against the bodice of her dress.