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Rihanna in Comme des Garçons
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I always applaud Rihanna for fully committing to an avant-garde look when she attends the Met Gala, but this year, her dress left me speechless. She not only stuck to the theme (the event honored Comme des Garçons's designer Rei Kawakubo) but she made a voluminous confection of 3D floral-print spheres look amazingly chic and dare I say, sexy? Only Rihanna!
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Blake Lively in Marchesa
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: Months after Blake attended the TIME 100 gala to support honoree and hubby Ryan Reynolds, this Marchesa dress still stands out as one of my favorites of the year. There's something about the mix of fun elements (that rainbow-colored fringe!) with the sexiness of the lace material and scalloped, plunging neckline that just works. And there's no one who could pull off such a polarizing design better than Blake.
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Mila Kunis in Cushnie et Ochs
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: I get more and more obsessed with this look every time I look at it. I love that it has a touch of embellishment, yet it is so clean with the high slit, pointy black pumps and blunt lob cut. Overall, it's just so simple, so flattering, so fitting on her petite frame that there's no better way to describe it other than perfect.
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Nicole Kidman in Calvin Klein by Appointment
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: There were a lot of beautiful gowns at Cannes, but this two-tone design by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein really blew me away. The volume of the skirt paired so well with the refined elegance of the black bustier and the little touches of flair, from the diamond bangle and earrings to the red lipstick to the d'Orsay pumps turned the whole look up a notch. My whole approach to fashion is simplicity rules and this look really proves it.
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Selena Gomez in Rodarte
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: Rodarte designs tend to be intricate, but on Selena, this gown looks downright classic — not to mention stunning. For a star who bounces between sexy and minimalist on the red carpet, the embroidered lace dress at The Business of Fashion 500 Gala was a nice change of pace — and, I think, her best look ever.
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Jennifer Lawrence in Atelier Versace
Lindy Segal, Style Social Media Editor: We often see Jennifer in dramatic Dior confections, so this super-sheer, super-sexy number for the London premiere of Mother! was a surprising choice for the star. As soon as I saw it, I realized channeling a Kardashian truly may be J.Law's truest self (and considering her recent night with Kim and Kris Jenner, she'd probably agree).
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Amy Adams in Tom Ford
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: To present at the Oscars, Amy walked onstage looking like a total goddess/bombshell/major movie star all at the same time in this striking bugle-beaded Tom Ford gown, worn with Cindy Chao jewelry. She rarely goes this sexy, but I thought it looked killer on her, and was a fun departure from the more Old Hollywood gowns other stars sported on the red carpet.
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Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein by Appointment
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: Her Oscars red carpet look was a little risky, but her afterparty outfit was pure glamour. Designer Raf Simons whipped her up a Grecian-inspired pleated gown with a twist, which looked beautiful enough to pose in and comfy enough to dance (and eat!) in - my requirements for a perfect dress.
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Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo Couture
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: In my opinion, Hailee saved the best dress for last at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party. Her embellished Ralph & Russo Couture gown featuring a sheer cape dazzled from every angle, and it felt a little more polished than the romantic Ralph & Russo Couture gown she chose for the actual Oscars ceremony.
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Halle Berry in Atelier Versace
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: “Everyone else go home!” was my immediate reaction when I first saw Halle Berry step out on the Oscars red carpet in this sweeping, figure-hugging, asymmetrical Atelier Versace gown which she paired with $160 Vince Camuto heels and Forevermark jewelry. Berry said the dress was "romantic and feminine and made me feel good," adding that she was celebrating her natural hair by "letting it be wild and free." The only thing sexier? Watching her take it all off for a late-night swim.
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Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: Last year I was absolutely obsessed with Alicia's style and desperately missed her during this year's awards season. So when she hit the Oscars red carpet again (this year a presenter) I was over-the-moon to see her feminine, yet fashion-forward style return with her custom Louis Vuitton cap-sleeve high-low lace dress.
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Thandie Newton in Schiaparelli Haute Couture
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: This Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown is such a perfect choice for someone as avant garde as Thandie for an event as grand as the Vanity Fair Oscar party. It has those fun party look must-haves (a down-to-there neckine and sheer accents) with the elements perfect for a black tie affair (those blindingly sparkly paillettes!).
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Ruth Negga in Valentino Haute Couture
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: Every time I look at Ruth in this custom gown, I fall a little more in love with it. She may be a newcomer, but she's a red-carpet icon in the making — and I love how she's already making a statement with both her film and fashion choices, as she was one of many stars to wear a blue ACLU ribbon for the Oscars.
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Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: This. Is. A. Movie Star. The ruffles on this custom gown are full drama, the strapless neckline is all Old Hollywood and the pop of red lipstick is the perfect complement. I couldn't be more obsessed with Brie, or with this look.
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Emma Stone in Valentino Haute Couture
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: The star's star-scattered, silvery-pink gown at the Golden Globes was pretty on-the-nose for La La Land, a film that's all about stars in the making (and has a whole pivotal scene set at a planetarium). And honestly, that commtiment to a theme was half of why I loved it. The other half? How beautifully it fit her, how elegant the cut was, and how lovely and understated she kept her Tiffany & Co. accessories and beauty look.
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Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan
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Kirsten Dunst in Dior
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: There's been no shortage of Dior dresses on the red carpet lately, but Dunst's frothy cream dress made the biggest impact thus far, and was the perfect foundation for her stunning new sparkler.
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Gina Rodriguez in Naeem Khan
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: One of the reasons I love this Naeem Khan gown on Gina at the Golden Globes is because of how much Gina loved it. (She said she wished she would have stolen the dress, or even got married in it!) The sparkly, shiny, fringe gown was such a different look from her typical streamlined aesthetic, but it definitely paid off in every way.
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Viola Davis in Michael Kors Collection
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: The Fences star is known for her use of color on the red carpet, and this look at the Golden Globes was by far her most powerful of the season (without seeing the Oscars, of course). The punchy yellow hue turned her into walking sunshine—her beaming smile and some gorgeous Harry Winston diamonds only added to her glow.
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Issa Rae in Christian Siriano
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: Nothing to be insecure about here! The Golden Globes were Rae's breakout moment on the red carpet — and she nailed it in this dramatic high-collar, long-sleeve white gown.
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Ruth Negga in Louis Vuitton
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: I've been loving Negga's super modern approach to red carpet dressing, always showing up in something glittering, structured, and totally unexpected.
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Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: In my book, Blake can do no wrong when it comes to her red carpet looks. And while I love her plunging gown with chain-mail trim from the Golden Globes, it's her two 150-carat Lorraine Schwartz emerald cuffs that really stole the show for me.
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Kerry Washington in Dolce & Gabbana
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: Kerry Washington is one of my favorite celebrities to watch on the red capret. She's always stunning and not afraid to take a fashion risk (which let's be honest, is what fashion is all about!) and of course did not let down at teh Golden Globes this year. I loved her in this gold Dolce & Gabbana see-through gown with embellished details. The color was so gorgeous on her (and especially with that lip!).
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Mandy Moore in Salvatore Ferragamo
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: Sometimes the best gowns of awards season aren't gowns at all. Case in point: Mandy's perfectly-fitted Ferragamo suit, worn with Nicholas Kirkwood heels and a Lee Savage clutch to the Directors' Guild Awards. The wine lip, the peekaboo bra, the sleek and slightly futuristic accessories - everything combined to make one memorable ensemble, no train or plunging back required.
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Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad Couture
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: While the Rules Don’t Apply star walked many red carpets this season, the Golden Globes was by far the biggest — and did not dissappoint. This rose-hued couture dress paired with Harry Winston jewels, a bold red lip and an intricate updo is what the red carpet is all about — seizing the moment to do something big, grand and eye-catching. She did it all.
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Yara Shahidi in Naeem Khan
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: She may be only 17, but Shahidi proved she's a style force to be reckoned with in this multicolor striped sequin Naeem Khan dress at the SAG Awards.
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Nicole Kidman in Gucci
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: There was look more memorable this award season than Nicole Kidman's Gucci parrots—and for that, I have to give her credit. She glided down the SAG Awards red carpet in her shimmering emerald gown with a beaded birds atop each of her shoulders, which proves her willingness to be bold, daring and gutsy on the red carpet. As divisive as this look was to many, it sure was memorable, and that's what makes a really good red carpet gown.
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Penélope Cruz in Atelier Versace
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: I had never really put Penélope in that "disco goddess" category, but as soon as I saw her in this glitzy gold Grecian-inspired gown at the BAFTAs, it became so obvious it's a look she was born to rock. Her new bangs went perfectly with the louche, draped chain-mail vibe of the look, creating a wow factor with very minimal effort.
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Blue Ivy Carter in Gucci
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: Nothing says pop royalty-in-training like a baby pink pantsuit with a flouncy collar custom made for you by the hottest designer of the moment. Bow down, as her mother might say.
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Jennifer Lopez in Reem Acra
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: I happen to like it just as much when Jenny from the block covers up as I do when she strips down, so I count this formal moment as one of my favorites this awards season. But true to the star's style M.O., this black Reem Acra gown with a shimmering bodice that she wore to the People's Choice Awards still dripped with sex appeal.
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Viola Davis in Michael Kors Collection
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: The Oscar nominee never shies away from a bright-hued gown and it always pays off. While she looked incredible on practically every red carpet this award season, this custom seafoam sequin Michael Kors Collection gown is my favorite thanks to the impeccible fit. She also hit a beauty homer, coordinating her eyeshadow to her dress and keeping her lip neutral.
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Hailee Steinfeld in Custom Vera Wang
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: One of the big trends of the night at the Golden Globes this year was statement sleeves -- almost like a cold shoulder effect. I love this ultra feminine violet custom Vera Wang gown that Hailee Steinfeld wore. It was one of my favorite red carpet looks she wore this year — so fairytale!
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Emma Stone in Chanel Haute Couture
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: Dresses over pants was another huge trend on the red carpet this season, and this Chanel Haute Couture look was my favorite and I love how she accessorized the look with a pearl anklet — so chic.
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Claire Foy in Valentino
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: This delicate, ladylike floral dress helped Claire Foy solidify the SAG Awards as her night. The Crown star won Best Actress and she looked darned good doing it, not only in her gorgeous gown, but also with $800,000 worth of Tiffany & Co. jewelry. Her whole look was easy and effortless—and it truly looked like she was living a dream on the red carpet, and that's something I look at when I think about most memorable moments. So. Freaking. Dreamy.
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Paris Jackson in Balmain
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: The dressing methodology for the Grammy Awards seems to be “do you, boo" (that’s my interpretation, at least) so for better or worse, you get to see people be themselves. And if this crystal-pavé cutout Balmain gown is a taste of things to come from the red carpet newcomer, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.
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Kerry Washington in Prabal Gurung
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: The Scandal actress fears no dress: Including this Prabal Gurung number that features bell sleeves, a thigh-hith slit, train and all-over multi-color embroidery. It takes a confident woman to pull all of that off at once, but she did just that on the NAACP Image Awards red carpet. Kerry paired the look with sky-high Jimmy Choo platforms that elongated her already perfectly toned legs — just two months after giving birth to her son, reaffirming her status as “Red Carpet Kerry."
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Tracee Ellis Ross in Zuhair Murad
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: From the intricate beaded details to the length and super-structured sihlouette, I'm here for every single detail about this ankle-length dress -- and the fact that she paired it with a chic textured pony and a classic bold lip.
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Blake Lively in Elie Saab
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: After welcoming her second daughter last fall, Blake is already back on the carpet in a big way. I loved her über-glam custom Atelier Versace moment at the Globes, but in my opinion, the fringe beaded Elie Saab mini she wore to the People's Choice Awards is 100% Blake. She piled on the accessories, showed off her amazing legs and let her famous hair fall naturally. I love when she has fun with fashion.
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Janelle Monáe in Chanel
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: Janelle has been very dedicated to sticking to a black-and-white color theme throughout award season, but I think her subtle take on the trend in this Chanel flirty, frilly midi dress at the SAG Awards is when she really hit her stride. There aren't many people who could pull off a ruffled high collar and wrist bands, but I think Janelle is just that girl.
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Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: Forget about the gorgeous sequins, chic long sleeves and her glistening jewels -- the plunging, rectangular neckline of this gown adds an edgy and flattering touch that had me obsessed at first sight.
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Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren Collection
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: It was my favorite gown of the Globes and still reigns as one of my best dressed picks for all of awards season. The gold beads and sequins added just enough glitz to the design (and had me turning my head to the TV each time she camera panned to Priyanka), without looking too over-the-top.
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Naomie Harris in Monse
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: Confession: I have such a huge style crush on Naomie. I admire how she always steps out in something surprising and is never afraid to experiment with edgy trends, like the new dresses-over-pants craze. The trend is finally taking off, but only because she was the trailblazer that wore a sequin strapless dress and black cigarette pants (both by Monse) at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
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Judith Light in Tom Ford
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: Light consistently wears risky and bold dresses at every award show, and manages to make it look easy. May we all be blessed enough to look as stunning as her at any age.
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Solange in Gucci
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: When I first saw Solange's look, I was a bit overwhelmed by the color and shape of this dress. But the more I looked at it, the more it grew on me. Not only do I love the statement that the sleeve's structured ruffles, but the bright metallic tone and high slit make it fun, sexy and over-the-top in a way that only she can pull off.
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Carrie Underwood in Elie Madi
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: This bead-encrusted fire engine red gown caught my eye the second the country crooner hit the red carpet. And, I even added her smoky eye makeup look to my Pinterest inspiration board for the next time I want to go for a dramatic look.
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