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New York party of the year kowtows to China

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Ball pays homage to China's influence on Western fashion

On a musical aside at the The Met's Ball, Jennifer Lopez's hit song Booty may have ruffled feathers of the couture variety with a number of stars from Beyonce (centre) to reality TV star Kim Kardashian (seen with husband, singer Kanye West) eager to boost their bottom lines.

(Above) Some of China's biggest names in film and fashion arriving at the red carpet for the MET Ball.

(Above) US Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has raised more than US$125 million for the centre since becoming a trustee in 1999.

(Above) Chinese actress Li Bingbing in a demure, ivory-white number.

New York

CHINA'S march towards global ascendancy has taken another leap forward - at least when it comes to New York high society and its most glittering fashion extravaganza, the MET Ball.

The city's party of the year, attended by A-list film stars, singers and models, the richest

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