TIME 100 Gala: Taylor Swift looks every inch the pop princess in a fairy-tale pink and yellow gown6 min read

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The 15th annual TIME 100 gala celebrating TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people took place on Tuesday at Lincoln Center in New York City. 

And three paragons of style – Taylor Swift, Brie Larson and Emilia Clarke – led the luminaries as they arrived at the Frederick P. Rose Hall for the fabulous soiree.

Swift, 29, commanded attention in a fairy-tale pink and yellow gown as Larson, 29, gave fans a charge in a revealing green number and Clarke, 32, stole the spotlight in a red sheer bodice dress.

The event will feature performances by Swift and Khalid, honorary tributes from members of this year’s list and remarks from TIME Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal.

The outing is Swift’s first red carpet appearance since the pop star announced she will be releasing a new project, presumably music, on Friday, April 26. 

Swift donned a gorgeous pale pink and yellow J. Mendel gown from the Spring Collection featuring an off-the-shoulders design and billowing sleeves.

She appeared to be wearing a custom ombre yellow pair of the Chloe Gosselin Tori sandal that added height to her 5’10” frame.

Her trademark golden blonde tresses were swept back in a renaissance-style braid with a floral head band adding to her flair.

Surprise: It is her first red carpet appearance since the pop star announced she will be releasing a new project, presumably music, on Friday, April 26

Surprise: It is her first red carpet appearance since the pop star announced she will be releasing a new project, presumably music, on Friday, April 26

Hair story: Her trademark golden blonde tresses were swept back in a renaissance-style braid with a princess head band adding to her flair

Hair story: Her trademark golden blonde tresses were swept back in a renaissance-style braid with a princess head band adding to her flair

Hair story: Her trademark golden blonde tresses were swept back in a renaissance-style braid with a princess head band adding to her flair

Stunning ensemble: Swift donned a gorgeous pale pink and yellow J. Mendel gown from the Spring Collection featuring an off-the-shoulders design and billowing sleeves

Stunning ensemble: Swift donned a gorgeous pale pink and yellow J. Mendel gown from the Spring Collection featuring an off-the-shoulders design and billowing sleeves

The floral head band was created by Swift’s go-to custom jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. She also created the simple pair of studs and a yellow heart ring.

Fellow pop sensation Shawn Mendes wrote about Swift for the annual issue.

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‘It all comes from her – her belief in magic and love, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible,’ he revealed. 

Red hot: Emilia Clarke stole the spotlight in a sheer bodice dress

Red hot: Emilia Clarke stole the spotlight in a sheer bodice dress

Scarlet stunner: The Game Of Thrones actress looked every inch the small screen star in the gorgeous ethereal number

Scarlet stunner: The Game Of Thrones actress looked every inch the small screen star in the gorgeous ethereal number

Scarlet stunner: The Game Of Thrones actress looked every inch the small screen star in the gorgeous ethereal number

‘She’s the master of putting the perfect amount of thought into not overthinking, and that’s why her music connects so well.’

Swift was joined by her girl squad Martha Hunt, Abigail Anderson and Ashley Avignone.

Her boyfriend Joe Alwyn, 28, whom she started dating in September 2016, was notably absent. 

Satin stunner: Larson draped her famous figure in a shimmering light green ensemble

Satin stunner: Larson draped her famous figure in a shimmering light green ensemble

Pretty pockets: The couture gown featured unique tea pockets which Larson used with aplomb during her shutterbug session

Pretty pockets: The couture gown featured unique tea pockets which Larson used with aplomb during her shutterbug session

Pretty pockets: The couture gown featured unique tea pockets which Larson used with aplomb during her shutterbug session

Alwyn was missing the night before as well as Swift celebrated Gigi Hadid’s birthday party.

Meanwhile, Alicia Keys added her thoughts on Khalid – who was nominated in five categories at the 2019 Grammy Awards – in the TIME issue.

‘He’s a beautiful writer with the ability to take human concepts and make you understand and feel them,’ wrote Keys.  

Hell for feathers: Martha Hunt rocked a chic couture gown made of pink and black feathers

Hell for feathers: Martha Hunt rocked a chic couture gown made of pink and black feathers

Superstars: Sophia Bush took the plunge in a revealing mint dress as Glenn Close dazzled in a sparkling jacket

Superstars: Sophia Bush took the plunge in a revealing mint dress as Glenn Close dazzled in a sparkling jacket

Superstars: Sophia Bush took the plunge in a revealing mint dress as Glenn Close dazzled in a sparkling jacket

Flawless: Sandra Oh turned  heads in a fabulous black cold-shoulder gown

Flawless: Sandra Oh turned  heads in a fabulous black cold-shoulder gown

‘He has a full, powerful voice that is somehow unassuming and smooth at the same time. He’s accessible-almost like you’ve met somebody like him before, although there’s nobody else like him.’

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The 2019 TIME 100 was announced last week and included Dwayne Johnson, Brie Larson, Sandra Oh, Emilia Clarke, Glenn Close and Richard Madden.

Also on the list were Chip and Joanna Gaines, Gayle King, Hasan Minhaj, Indya Moore, Alex Morgan, Ryan Murphy, Mohamed Salah, Clare Waight Keller, Yalitza Aparicio and Lynn Nottage. 

All that glitters: Naomi Campbell looked flawless as usual in a shimmering gold gown

All that glitters: Naomi Campbell looked flawless as usual in a shimmering gold gown

Dapper gents: Khalid and Dwayne Johnson cut dapper figure in unique suits for the red carpet

Dapper gents: Khalid and Dwayne Johnson cut dapper figure in unique suits for the red carpet

Dapper gents: Khalid and Dwayne Johnson cut dapper figure in unique suits for the red carpet

Golden goddess: Martha Stewart showed off her impeccable style in a shimmering gold ensemble

Golden goddess: Martha Stewart showed off her impeccable style in a shimmering gold ensemble

Pierpaolo Piccioli, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Massimo Bottura, Tara Westover, Jeanne Gang, Emily Comer, Jay O’Nea and Marlon James made the cut too, along with others.

‘We all have teachers, some we know intimately, others who inspire from the page or the screen. This holds true even for the most accomplished people on earth. Our annual TIME 100 issue is filled with tributes from teachers to students; in many cases, the surprise is who is playing which role today,’ wrote TIME Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal of this year’s TIME 100 list.

Felsenthal continues, ‘In many ways, these connections—forged across and among industries—are the heart of the TIME 100, which now, in its 16th year, is far more than a list. It is a community of hundreds of global leaders, many of whom support and challenge one another. And at a time when so many of our problems require cross-disciplinary solutions, they are also uniquely positioned to effect change.’ 

Supermodel vibes: Petra Nemcova flaunted her svelte physique in a turquoise gown boasting a flowing train

Supermodel vibes: Petra Nemcova flaunted her svelte physique in a turquoise gown boasting a flowing train

Mother-son bonding: Ronan Farrow and mother Mia Farrow looked sensational in all-black ensembles

Mother-son bonding: Ronan Farrow and mother Mia Farrow looked sensational in all-black ensembles

Amazon Alexa, a cloud-based voice service that can help you with tasks, entertainment, general information, and more, is proud to be a first-time sponsor of the TIME 100. 

Last year’s honorees included Tiffany Haddish, Cardi B, Kumail Nanjiani, and Issa Rae.

Those who have been honored five times or more include Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Steve Jobs, and Hilary Clinton.

Athletic beauty: American soccer star Alex Morgan scored in a plunging red couture suit

Athletic beauty: American soccer star Alex Morgan scored in a plunging red couture suit

Sheer madness: Pose star Indya Moore's naked ambition was laid bare in a glamorous see-though gown

Sheer madness: Pose star Indya Moore’s naked ambition was laid bare in a glamorous see-though gown

Style mavens: Clare Waight Keller (L) and Julianne Moore proved worthy of their style-icon status

Style mavens: Clare Waight Keller (L) and Julianne Moore proved worthy of their style-icon status

The list was first published in 1999 as the result of a polling among American academics, politicians, and journalists.

TIME is a global multimedia brand that reaches a combined audience of more than 100 million around the world. 

TIME’s major franchises include the TIME 100 Most Influential People, Person of the Year, Firsts, Best Inventions, Genius Companies, World’s Greatest Places and more.  

Princess vibes: Swift donned a gorgeous pale pink and yellow J. Mendel gown from the Spring Collection featuring an off-the-shoulders design and billowing sleeves

Princess vibes: Swift donned a gorgeous pale pink and yellow J. Mendel gown from the Spring Collection featuring an off-the-shoulders design and billowing sleeves

Exit softly: Swift carefully descended the stairs as her heels were impossibly high

Exit softly: Swift carefully descended the stairs as her heels were impossibly high

Exit softly: Swift carefully descended the stairs as her heels were impossibly high

Fan love: Bystanders looked excited to see the pop star as she left her hotel

Fan love: Bystanders looked excited to see the pop star as she left her hotel

Details: The chic gown featured yellow embroidered flowers across the chest

Details: The chic gown featured yellow embroidered flowers across the chest

Details: The chic gown featured yellow embroidered flowers across the chest

Ambiance: The interior of the Hall's foyer included photographs of past and present honorees

Ambiance: The interior of the Hall’s foyer included photographs of past and present honorees

Preview: Swift tweeted a photo of her wearing her fairy-tale princess dress before the event

Preview: Swift tweeted a photo of her wearing her fairy-tale princess dress before the event