Hayden Panettiere Wears Plunging Peach Gown to First U.S. Red Carpet Since PPD Treatment

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Hayden Panettiere is no stranger to making a big statement on the red carpet — who could forget her baby bump debut, or the time she bought her own Tom Ford? But her Critics’ Choice Awards look was especially noteworthy for two reasons: One, that it was a totally eye-popping keyhole-cutout halter, and two, it was her first stateside red carpet since entering treatment for postpartum depression.

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After welcoming daughter Kaya in December 2014, Panettiere entered treatment in October for PPD, saying “It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.” Her Nashville character, in an ironic twist, was also suffering from the same disease.

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After receiving treatment, Panettiere made her first public appearance in late November to support fiancé Wladimir Klitschko ringside during his boxing match against Tyson Fury. Shortly thereafter, she debuted a big haircut on Twitter, writing, “Chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new.”

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Sunday night (just days after she announced she’d be returning to Nashville), she officially returned to the red carpet, sporting a pale peach Maria Lucia Hohan dress that showed off her figure thanks to the seriously plunging neckline and side cutouts. Delicate silvery jewels and a small clutch were all she added to accessorize the already head-turning look, and she kept her new bob wavy and makeup (done by Amy Oresman for Neutrogena — after all, Panettiere is a brand spokeswoman) clean and fresh.

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