The Best Red Carpet Dresses Of 2011
PALE PEACH POWER
If there was one dressthat truly exemplified fresh this year it would have to be Emma Stone and her dusty peach Calvin Klein Golden Globe dress. Yes, 2011 was a very good year for Miss Stone, but when she hit the crimson carpet in this totally unexpected pastel ASSAULT of minimally structured, 1960s-era muted loveliness, she truly arrived. We can remember OMGing with crazy, stupid, love at the audacity to not only go with such an abnormal color but to take it a step further by pairing it with pale makeup, lipstick, and hair. In our humble opinion, she was the best dressed of the night in this ladylike silhouette and will be the one we measure everyone else up to this awards season
This was also a very good year for Demi Lovato. Aside from her major music comeback, she had a style transformation, too. From running around town in animal hats to glamming it WAY up for the carpets, we couldn't get enough of the "Skyscraper" of a singer this year. But if we're playing favorites, we were big fans of the fuchsia Roland Mouret dress she wore to the Latin Grammy Awards. Not only was it cut wayyyy down to the navel region exposing an enviable, mega-tanned décolletage, it happened to be worn BACKWARDS. We love this bright color with her skin tone, the rivers of brunette rivulets cascading down her shoulders, and the strong eyes and dark lips she paired with the dress. Seriously, though, who's idea was it to wear this thing the other way around? It's GENIUS, and Demi pulled it off to gorge effect
ROCK AND ROLL ICE CAPADES
It's hard to do a red carpet roundup without including Selena Gomez. The girl turns it OUT every single time she steps out for the cameras. But there's something particularly especial going on beyond the baby, baby, baby gloooow of Justin Bieber's eternal BF devotion, and that something is a stellar sense of red carpet style. Again, we had a debate-a-thon in our deliberation chamber as to which Selena dress reigned supreme this year, and the one we couldn't stop discussing was the Marchesa dress she wore to the EMA. A white lace confection with a high neck, sawed-off hem, and layers of wispy tulle underneath, this cocktail-ish number was a cutting edge Ice Capades fantasia complete with flawless side-pony and hand-on-hip figure-8 stance. Add a totally adorbs smile, and this look scores a perfect 10
THE VAMPY RED DIARIES
Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev turned it out this year, too, and did so in the—excuse us—vampiest of ways. She wore a KILLER fire engine red Donna Karan dress to the Emmy Awards and caused a total flashbulb frenzy with all of the body hugging heat it gave off. I mean, look at this thing. It's classic lady-in-red with a cinched, strapless bodice that sculpts everything to perfection before fanning out into a giant inverted rose. This dress is drop-dead, va-va-va-voom VAMPTASTIC. Period
Florence Welch paired her lovely flame-mane with a bright white Yves Saint Laurent dress at the Met Gala. Um, can we just go ahead and call this White Swan Song Angelic Perfection? Because that's what it is. Look at this billowing marabou cape casually thrown over the shoulder for a bit of nonchalant red carpet insouciance. Florence is known for her love of vintage, and this dress is all about '70s Studio 54 glam with the batwing sleeves, mega-maxi length, and naturally wavy hair. Her hair really makes it modern. That and a been-there-done-that countenance that says drama without all the dramz
Kristen Stewart made a STYLE STATEMENT this year with her MTV Movie Awards safety pin Balmain dress. Totally bedazzled in what we can only describe as Sid Vicious-inspired sartorial over-pinnings of the highest Parisian chic order, this dress put K-Stew on the map for us and proved she's just as fearless with her style as she is with her on-screen performances. Her hair and makeup were kept simple, her shoes were appropriately spiky and black, but the entire focus of this look was Kristen's confidence in the SICKEST of mini dresses. In our most bad-ass of dreams, we're wearing this exact ensemble.
We saw a whole lotta Rihanna this year, and also a whole lotta Ri-Ri in her see-through Stella McCartney Met Gala dress. OK, we might as well get it out in the open just in case you're not aware of this important fact: Rihanna has an INSANE bod. Girl can wear anything and make it look like it was molded to her covetable shapeliness on purpose. We're bah-ZONKERS over this look which is total class-act black lace with a strategically see-through nude panel that runs along the whole side of her figure. Add a side-slit, strappy sky-high platforms, and that bright red side braid, and we're officially in a red carpet coma from the sheer IMPACT of this utterly perfect moment.
Hailee Steinfeld wowed the critics for her turn in the Oscar-nominated True Grit but she also transfixed the fashion elite with her multiple red carpet wins this year. The one dress that really set the Hailee style-train in motion, though, was the striped Prada runway dress she wore to the SAG Awards. At first glance (and if you squint), this tropical getaway dress seems both perfect for the Copacabana dance floor and for a lady three-times Hailee's age; however, Hailee makes it work with natural hair, simple makeup, and a bright smile that seems to echo the sunniness of the pink and orange stripes. While we're not always huge fans of a fitted column with mermaid hemline combo, this dress works. But maybe that's because Hailee knows how to werque the dress? Either way, it's a WIN, and makes us forget that sad face Miu Miu train tracks moment.