Best Dresses of the Year

This year's gowns were all about drama – bold colors, edgy metallics and dramatic silhouettes. By Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

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BEST ONE SHOULDER

JENNIFER LOPEZ
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Forever glamorous, Jennifer Lopez gave the Golden Globes red carpet the cold shoulder in her beaded Marchesa.

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BEST VOLUME

KATE HUDSON
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Kate Hudson was radiant in a billowing Dior by John Galliano at the Dior Haute Couture show at Versailles.

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BEST TIERED

BEST TIERED
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Cameron Diaz got layered up in her dramatic raspberry Dior by John Galliano gown at the Costume Institute Gala in N.Y.C.

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BEST RUCHING

ELLEN POMPEO
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Ellen Pompeo added curves to her slim figure with a Michael Kors glittering gown at the Costume Institute Gala.

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BEST DETAILING

BEST DETAILING
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What looked like feathers from a distance turned out to be a multitude of tiny pieces of shredded chiffon – lending an ethereal quality to Penélope Cruz's Oscar gown.

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BEST VIVID COLOR

BEST VIVID COLOR
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Liv Tyler matches her aquamarine eyes to her draped Calvin Klein Collection dress at the Costume Institute Gala.

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BEST CURVES

BEST CURVES
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Va-va-voom! Halle Berry shows off her flawless figure in a plunging Roberto Cavalli at an L.A. awards show.

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BEST GRECIAN

BEST GRECIAN
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Looking every bit the modern goddess, Jessica Alba is golden in her Gucci gown at a London premiere.

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BEST METALLIC

BEST METALLIC
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Ever the trendsetter, Cate Blanchett is simply stunning in her platinum Ralph Lauren.

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BEST YELLOW

BEST YELLOW
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Kerry Washington blooms in her bold Oscar de la Renta gown at an L.A.

premiere.

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BEST NECKLINE

BEST NECKLINE
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Heroes star Ali Larter saves the Golden Globes red carpet in her

sexy v-neck Reem Acra gown.

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BEST HALTER

BEST HALTER
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Model-turned-actress Joy Bryant is still a stunner for the cameras in her

vintage Hervé Légér gown at a Beverly Hills

gala.

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BEST STRAPLESS

REESE WITHERSPOON
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Reese Witherspoon showed that single is sexy in her yellow Nina Ricci dress

at the Golden Globes.

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BEST RETRO

KATE BOSWORTH
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Kate Bosworth is the bee's knees in this '20s-inspired Prada at the Costume

Institute Gala.

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BEST BLACK

BEST BLACK
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No one does the little black dress like Jennifer Aniston – in this

case, a shimmering Chanel at the GLAAD Media Awards in Hollywood.

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BEST RUFFLES

BEST RUFFLES
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Drew Barrymore is the lady in red – Ferragamo, that is – as she

enters a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman.

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BEST BELTED

BEST BELTED
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Fabulous at 49, Michelle Pfeiffer shows how it's done in her white

Jenni Kayne at the L.A. premiere of Hairspray.

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BEST GREEN

CHARLIZE THERON
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Showing off her dancer's legs, Charlize Theron is gorgeous in a green silk

Stella McCartney minidress at a Beverly Hills luncheon.

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