The 12 Best Red Carpet Looks This Year
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: Pity everyone who had to follow Julianne's ridiculously strong start at the Golden Globes in January. Her custom ombré feathered Givenchy gown was fun, flattering and unforgettable, all the more so for her Chopard diamond earrings and signature red hair. I have a feeling this will still be on my “best of the decade” list in five years.
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: I love that Emma Stone was daring enough to ditch the dress at the Golden Globes. She looks so amazing in this Lanvin jumpsuit that I just couldn't choose a gown that topped it.
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: The color. The deep plunge. The floral embellishments. The twirl. (I could keep going …) Bottom line: The actress's custom “grasshopper green” Gucci gown (worn to the Cannes Film Festival) checks every high-drama, high-fashion box (so do her diamond drop Chopard earrings and crystal headband!). Red carpet moments like this are what style editors' dreams are made of.
Lauren Lieberman, Senior Photo Editor: Who didn’t fall in love with her Elie Saab gown from the Cinderella premiere?! From the sheer sweetheart neckline to the intricate embroidery, this dress practically inspires its own fairytales.
Lindy Segal, style social editor: Kravitz has always been a style risk-taker, but this edgy Alexander Wang gown at the Met Gala was, hands down, her biggest moment yet. Between the chainmail, hardware details and liquid-like perfect fit, it stood out even at the year's most fashion-forward event.
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: When it comes to Cannes, the stars tend to rely on feathers, cutouts, crazy cleavage, ball gowns or all of the above to get noticed on the red carpet. But Sienna did the opposite at this year's super-glitzy amfAR gala, choosing a (relatively) simple shimmering metallic Ralph Lauren Collection slip dress which she accessorized with not much more than red lips. And even though she was surrounded by every design bell and whistle imaginable, it was Sienna's low-key look that stole the spotlight.
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: Emma Stone never disappoints on the red carpet, and her Dior Couture design for the SAG Awards was no exception. I love the juxtaposition of her oversize, menswear-inspired blazer with a sexy sheer skirt, not to mention how easy she makes it all look.
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: Canary yellow is one of the toughest colors to pull off on the red carpet or IRL. Wearing this hue is a commitment… a commitment to being the woman everyone stops and stares at all night. Charlize was more than up to that challenge and let the Dior Haute Couture dress speak for itself— no statement jewelry or bold beauty look needed.
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: This year, body-hugging gowns were all over the red carpet. So to see Cate's Esteban Cortazar cape dress was a breath of fresh air. With the surperb fit and simple styling, she looked goreously regal like the runway-to-red-carpet queen she is.
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: With her side-swept curls and dark smoky eye, Allison Williams' look at the Golden Globes screamed classic – but the billowing fabric and detailed embellishments of her Giorgio Armani gown were just daring enough to make it totally unforgettable.
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate News Editor: This Giambattista Valli number Rihanna wore to the Grammys may have garnered her some not-so-favorable comparisons to Glinda the Good Witch, but this gown is also a full-blown little girl fantasy. The singer managed to make wearing roughly 1000 pounds of tulle look not only easy, but ridiculously cool.
Kate Hudson had many oh-so-amazing style moments this year (among them her plunging jumpsuit moment, her glittery gown moment and her MET Gala headpiece moment). But it was this floor-length, pale-pink, floral-print gown moment from the InStyle Awards that's No. 1 on my list. This Giles gown with flower appliqués and a flowy train, all topped with a tousled bun, was a beautifully sophisticated nod to her boho roots.