The Metropolitan Club was at its most stylish this past Friday. 

The occasion? The White Cross Ball

Held in support of The Order of Malta's amazing international humanitarian efforts, the charitable soirée was a welcome return to high society's most beloved pastime: black tie. 

Guests including The Order of Malta patron HSH Prince Charles-Henri de Lobkowicz, Event Chairs Mercedes de Guardiola and Jason Pelletier, Francesca Vuillemin, Lizzie Asher, Jessica Markowski, Julia Kananovich, Casey Kohlberg and more stepped out in their most fashionable ensembles, favoring bold formal frocks and statement making jewelry ornaments.

Following a buzzy cocktail hour, guests sat down to a grand dinner featuring the ultimate treat - a lively auction of enviable luxury items and travel experiences. A gorgeous Mikimoto diamond and pearl necklace? A custom fitting and dress design session with Danarys NYC founder Natasha Das? A 5 night stay for 6 at an Oscar de la Renta-designed ocean villa in Punta Cana? Like, who wouldn't feel the urge to place a bid!?

Post-dessert, the party continued with music and dancing and lining up on the venue's iconic staircase waiting to grab the perfect photo.

Curious to see who wore what?

Click through for an inside look at the sophisticated affair!

[Photos by BFA]