May 08, 2007 09:00 PM

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While there was no shortage of head-turning fashions walking up the Metropolitan Museum’s red-carpeted steps last night, these three leading ladies stood out for their unsually bold looks. We’re not sure how, but Jennifer Garner gracefully managed her ascent in this vivid red vintage Valentino Haute Couture gown. Lucy Liu popped in her purple Zac Posen dress, and Liv Tyler played up her creamy pale skin in a turqouise sheath paired with bright red lips. While many other stars opted for black (Mary Kate Olsen, Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan) or metallic (Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson) we love this bright trend and hope it continues into fall. What do you think? Tell us: Would you dare to wear a bright color to a red carpet event, or play it safe in a less attention grabbing shade?

Click here to see all the looks from the 2007 Costume Institute Gala.

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