Blake Lively Met Gala 2018 Afterparty
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Once the 2018 Met Gala was over, the party moved from the iconic steps to all of the Big Apple.

As is the annual tradition, throngs of Hollywood’s most famous—and stylish—stepped out of their cars and onto one of fashion’s biggest stages at the entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Monday night in celebration of the year’s theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

There was no shortage of religious allusions as fashionistas like Sarah Jessica Parker sported a crown with the nativity scene on it while Ariana Grande posed in a dress imprinted with Michelangelo ‘s The Last Judgment sceneKaty Perry and Rihanna took the theme’s inspiration once step further when they arrived as an embellished angel and pope .

But, after all of the heavenly celebrity sightings on the way into the gala, the night had only just begun. Once the clock struck midnight, stars said goodnight to this ball and headed for the nearest bathroom to swap their couture creations for something worthy of the night’s second party shift.

Blake Lively Met Gala 2018 Afterparty
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For Blake Lively , that meant a colorful tartan ensemble with knee-high boots for  Rihanna‘s late-night bash at NYC hot spot Up&Down with gal pal Gigi Hadid donned a blush metallic pantsuit.

Gigi Hadid Met Gala Afterparty 2018
Gigi Hadid Met Gala Afterparty 2018/ Pap Nation/ Splash News

Kim Kardashian opted for a sexy bondage look after sporting a Versace chainmail gown to the main event.

Kim Kardashian Met Gala 2018 Afterparty
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Needless to say, the gala may have been over, by the divine style soirée had only just begun.