Year in Review 2012: Red Carpet Fashion Highs & Lows

2012's been filled with red carpet rock stars and frumpy fashion faux pas. Find out where your favorite celeb fits in.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Sofia Vergara arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage)
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Take a look back and see which stars brought the glamor and who floundered with fashion faux pas in 2012. At this year's Academy Awards, Emma Stone’s striking red Giambattista Valli gown was one of the boldest looks of the evening. With it's bright fuchsia color and big, dramatic bow, we'd say the red carpet risk paid off. Click to see more great looks from this year's red carpets.
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Jessica Chastain’s dramatic black-and-gold Alexander McQueen gown was one of our favorite looks of the Oscar evening, especially paired with her red hair. Plus, she also reportedly wore a whopping $2 million worth of Harry Winston jewels.
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If anyone can dress for straight-up sex appeal, it’s Angelina Jolie, whose Atelier Versace gown featured a skirt with serious volume and an up-to-there slit. The stand-out dress spawned a bevy of online memes too - how's that for staying power?
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Best Actor nominee Christopher Plummer gave the younger Hollywood set a lesson in upscale dressing with this ridiculously stylish velvet tuxedo. Well played, Plummer.
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“Bridesmaids” star Wendi McLendon-Covey looked a bit too princess-y (can you say "Ready for prom?") in this overly worked, strapless gown by Marina Rinald.
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While we wish Kristen Wiig would have sported red lipstick or a statement-making necklace, the silhouette and details of this beige J. Mendel gown are just lovely, and the overall look works well paired with her brown beachy waves.
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Normally a red-carpet rockstar, Meryl Streep hit a low note with this gown. Although the bronze color of the dress was stunning, the draping and fit of the Lanvin dress were not at all flattering.
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George Clooney knows when to keep it classic. Here, the actor sports a pitch-perfect Armani tuxedo.
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At the 2012 Oscars, everything about Octavia Spencer’s Tadashi Shoji gown worked. From the silhouette to the subtle sparkle, there's no denying "The Help" actress looked absolutely stunning.
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The stars shined on the red carpet at the 64th annual primetime Emmy Awards. With her show "Modern Family" nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, Sofia Vergara dazzled in a sparkling gown that hugged her every curve. And, the teal was a nice departure from her usual red or black red-carpet dresses.
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Elisabeth Moss showed off her recently blond hair and also went in a new direction with a custom Dolce & Gabanna, ruffled print gown.
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Ginnifer Goodwin wowed on the red carpet at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in a sleeveless Monique Lhullier nude gown with bright orange floral detailing. A daring choice well-executed.
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Kelly Osbourne looked remarkably modern and old-school glam at the same time in a one-shouldered Zac Posen Resort '13 gown that gracefully skimmed her slim figure and accentuated her ever-changing hair color.
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Heidi Klum out-Angied Angelina Jolie with not one, but two up-to-there slits in her Alexandre Vauthier seafoam-green gown. The "Projecy Runway" host accessorized with oversized matching earrings.
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At the 2012 Emmys, Maria Menounos incorporated several recent red carpet trends into a single look: high slit, a watercolor print, strapless sweetheart neckline, and a sleek ponytail.
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Zooey Deschanel can pull off almost any outfit. Although probably anyone else wearing this Reem Acra dress would look like a prom queen, the style and color looked adorable on her pale skin, dark hair and bright red lips.
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Although "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks' Christian Siriano dress may show off her shape, it's an overall unflattering fit and look on her.
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Amy Poehler radiated natural beauty in this low-cut, beaded Stella McCartney dress. And her arm candy for the night? A plastic ring from her son's toy box.
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Lucy Liu sparkled in this Versace dress, which was the perfect combination of risky and classy. The intricate shape also fits perfectly to her curves.
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There's nothing funny about Tina Fey's Emmy look. This red strapless Vivienne Westwood dress, with gold at the bustline, looked stunning.
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January Jones stepped onto the red carpet in a strappy fishtail Zac Posen gown. The geometric and multi-dimensional gown starkly contrasted her pale skintone. Love it or hate it? We'll let you be the judge.
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The red carpet at the 2012 Grammy Awards didn't disappoint either. Black-Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie wore a racy, lacy orange Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown finished off with Neil Lane jewels, Walter Steiger pumps and a Judith Leiber clutch.... but we can't say we adored the look.
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Katy Perry, who was nominated for both Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Firework,” dazzled in a sparkling backless Elie Saab gown, pink lips and a blue shock of hair.
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It wouldn't be the Grammy Awards without controversy. Songstress Nicki Minaj — decked out in a red Versace cloak — created a stir with her guest, a Pope impersonator.
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Wearing a gauzy white gown accented with a gold belt and gold embellishments, Paris Hilton gave her signature red-carpet pose.
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Let's just start at the top of the A list: Angelina. The woman is never a miss. And in a warm ivory Atelier Versace dress with a ruby red, one-shoulder cuff and a thigh-high slit, Golden Globes night was no exception. Factor in her arm candy Brad Pitt, and it's no surprise she took the best dressed title.
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In a cool periwinkle, Tilda Swinton, always looking the most refined sort of edgy, kept her look sculptural and intriguing.
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Someone throw Piper Perabo a lifesaver. Although her hair and makeup looked effortlessly ethereal, she appeared to be drowning in extra fabric from her Theyskens Theory dress.
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Girlishly flirty but womanly sophisticated in this quilted Reem Acra gown, Madonna even donned a crucifix like the ones that helped to make her famous at the 2012 Golden Awards. As for the night's accolades, she accepted the award for Best Original Song for “Masterpiece” in “W.E.”
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Laura Dern, who won Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy for her role on “Enlightened,” looked lovely in sparkling emerald green. She wore long sleeves, one of the night’s big trends.
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Giluliana Rancic looked glowing and beautiful in her black and white floral dress. The "E!" host came to the red carpet just a few weeks after her double mastectomy, so we’d say bravo to her even if she showed up in jeans and a T-shirt!
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Dianna Agron's bright red dress featured cool “laser-cut swans.” So, we'll give the "Glee" actress points for the risk.
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"My Week With Marilyn" star Michelle Williams won the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical at the 2012 Golden Globes. And, the indie darling did so looking sensational in this quirky Jason Wu gown. Our only word of advice---ditch the headband.
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Miley Cyrus donned a vampiric, long Pucci dress at the 2012 MTV VMAs. Her new platinum pixie was styled in a faux hawk that could even challenge P!nk's similar 'do.
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Taylor Swift traded in her typical frilly dress for a white pantsuit at the VMAs. Looking seriously sophisticated in the J. Mendel number, the outfit was perfectly paired with Tom Ford sandals and Lorraine Schwartz earrings.
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"Gangnam Style" may be a little silly, but there's nothing funny about Psy's VMA look. The K-pop star's red carpet look featured wing-tipped oxfords and a sleek, striped blazer.
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Nicki Minaj arrived on the red carpet wearing a snug Versace black, lacy bodysuit. Always one to push the fashion envelope, she paired the number with highlighter yellow hair and mismatched sparkly Christian Louboutin heels.
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Viola Davis wowed the red carpet in a Marchesa Grecian goddess number. "The Help" star later took home the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Lead Role.
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"Descendants" star Shailene Woodley just couldn't leave the Hawaiian print at home. She picked a L'Wren Scott dress with hand-embroidered bead and sequin details on its flowers.
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Glenn Close, who was up for a SAG award for her work in "Albert Nobbs," looked regal in an elegant black gown by Zac Posen.
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Ginnifer Goodwin and her "Once Upon a Time" co-star Josh Dallas looked every inch the happily ever after couple at the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner. And at only $299, her eco-friendly dress by H&M even came at a fairy tale price.
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At this year's People's Choice Awards, <i>High School Musical</i> alumVanessa Hudgens stepped out in a sheer black and metallic-detailed gown with a plunging neckline and flowing train.
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Meanwhile, fellow former Disney princess Demi Lovato showed off her curves in a peach gown by Marchesa. She performed live during the show and accepted the award for Favorite Pop Artist.
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Country musics biggest night wouldn't be complete without Taylor Swift. The superstar looked like a million bucks at the 2012 CMA awards in a show-stopping Jenny Packham number, proving once again that red really is her color.
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Lucy Hale was stunning in her beaded, cowl neck Moschino dress. Perfectly paired with red lips and House of Lavande ring, the young singer/actress looked like an Old Hollywood starlet at this year's CMAs.
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Donning a two-toned Martin Grant dress and rose pink lips, Emma Stone looked effortlessly eloquent at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. The scene-stealing Hollywood newbie also took home the first ever Trailblazer Award.
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Is that blood we see? Comedian Jeff Dye dressed in battle gear for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.
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Actress Charlize Theron was radiant in red at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.
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Apparently, the MTV Movie Awards was past their bed time...Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys walked the red carpet in footy pajamas. During the show, they also performed alongside Johnny Depp.
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Carrie Underwood knows how to make an entrance. At the 2012 Bilboard Music Swards, she took the term "princess ballgown" to new heights in this gorgeous silvery-metal hued dress.
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The Met Gala is often called the fashion world's Oscars. No wonder model Anja Rubik went full-throttle sex appeal in an Anthony Vaccarello number. With its split up to there, her look certainly challenges Angelina Jolie's much-tweeted about Academy Awards ensemble.
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Designer Chris Benz and Julie Macklowe sported matching dyed-pink 'dos on the red carpet, which provided a playful contrast to Macklowe's dazzling printed gown.
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Florence Welch was a cupcake-y confection in ivory layers by Alexander McQueen.
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Talk about wrong dress, wrong time! Kristen Stewart walked the 2012 Met Gala red carpet in this ill-fitting, color-block dress by Balenciaga's Nicholas Ghesquiere.
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Actress Leslie Bibb wore one of the biggest gowns of the evening -- a midnight-blue strapless dress with a full skirt by Zac Posen.
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Now that's a fashion touchdown! New York Jets QB Tim Tebow made a splashy entrance on the red carpet wearing a Ralph Lauren tuxedo. (Sadly, there was no Tebow-ing during the evening's festivities.)
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Sarah Jessica Parker's known for taking fashion risks. Unfortunately, her floral Valentino gown looks less Met Gala and more grandma's drapes.
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Always a red carpet stunner, actress Diane Kruger wore a show-stopping Vivienne Westwood Couture gold dress to the premiere of "Amour" at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
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Rising star Jessica Chastain paired a Giorgio Armani couture gown with Chopard jewelry. Her wavy locks and perfectly picked red lipstick take the term "old-Hollywood glamour" to a new level.
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Actress Eva Longoria looked absolutely breathtaking in this backless Marchessa gown at Cannes for the premiere of "Moonrise Kingdom." Paired with a bedazzled clutch and classic updo, the "Desperate Housewives" star definitely kept the photographers clicking.
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