2016 year in review: Prettiest red carpet moments of the year


If there’s one thing to be thankful for in 2016, it’s the red carpet style. Celebrities did not hold back when it came to making bold statements at premieres, award shows and more this year, and it was nearly impossible to choose the best of the best.

From Lily Collins wearing a gilded Amanda Wakeley dress that looked like liquid gold to Zoe Saldana’s incredible Dolce Gabbana gown at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the best style moments of 2016 range from slinky and sexy, fabulous and fashion-forward, to gorgeous and glamorous. It was a year of incredible style, and our favorite stars did not disappoint.

Lily Collins looked so gorgeous in this gilded Amanda Wakeley gown at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’  Governors Awards in November.

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Catherine, the Duchess Of Cambridge made a leggy statement in Self Portrait at a film premiere in November.

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Claire Danes had the most incredible moment at the Met Gala in this glowing Zac Posen gown. And that was just it — it literally glowed, lit up with thousands of tiny LED lights. See it in action here

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Naomie Harris has incredible style (which is why you’ll see her on this list twice) and this Zuhair Murad gown was a total hit for us at the Duke of Edinburgh Award Diamonds are Forever Gala in June.

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Could she look any more divine? Jessica Chastain was positively glowing in this marigold Armani Prive gown at the screening of ‘Cafe Society’ during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in May.

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Naomi Watts shimmered at the Academy Awards in this colorful ombre Armani Prive gown in February.

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Lupita Nyong’o was a vision at the premiere of Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ wearing lavender Elie Saab in September.

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Diane Kruger always makes our “best of” lists when it comes to the red carpet, and this custom Jason Wu was one of our favorite looks of the year, worn to the premiere of ‘The Infiltrator’ in July.

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Brie Larson was dazzling in deep blue at the Academy Awards in February, wearing Gucci.

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Zoe Saldana looked so lovely at the premiere of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ in July, wearing a powder blue Givenchy dress.

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Emma Watson set the mood in this dark sheer Dior gown at the Harper’s Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards 2016 in October.

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Rachel McAdams was pretty in pink at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February, wearing a sparkling Naeem Khan gown.

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George Clooney and Amal Clooney were the couple to see at the ‘Money Monster’ premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, with Amal stealing the show in a gorgeous canary yellow Atelier Versace dress.

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Kate Bosworth‘s style is to die for — it’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite! We loved this voluminous Jason Wu dress from a skincare event in June.

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We loved this cutout black Brandon Maxwell dress on Nicole Kidman at the Critics’ Choice Awards in December.

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Naomi Watts made a statement at Cannes Film Festival for the screening of ‘Cafe Society,’ wearing this sparkling gown by Armani Prive in May.

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Kate Bosworth looked positively divine at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February, channeling Grace Kelly in a lilac Ralph and Russo gown.

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Naomie Harris looked edgy and gorgeous in Stella McCartney at the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards in December.

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Zoe Saldana made the ultimate statement in Dolce Gabbana at the Costume Institute Gala in May.

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Jessica Chastain is impeccable in Alexander McQueen at the ‘Money Monster’ Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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Viola Davis will always be one of our favorites on the red carpet, and this stunning Zac Posen dress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January was gorgeous.

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Karolina Kurkova wore a Marchesa gown to the Costume Institute Gala in May that lit up to the public’s reactions and feelings about the dress. (so cool, right?)

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Emilia Clarke was a beautiful English rose in Ulyana Sergeenko at the London premiere of ‘Me Before You’ in May.

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Charlize Theron is basically a perfect human, and her custom red Christian Dior gown at the 88th Annual Academy Awards in February is further proof.

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