The Best Red Carpet Dresses of 2010!

22 December 2010

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From awe-inspiring Cinderella moments to the just plain wacky, 2010 has seen an array of brilliant style offerings on the red carpet. Here are a few of our faves...

We begin by asking you to cast your mind back to January when Christina Hendricks arrived at the Golden Globes wearing a champagne gown by Project Runway alum Christian Siriano. Curvaceous women around the world rejoiced and at the time, Grazia Daily applauded the actress for playing up to her voluptuousness with that enormous ruffle. But some critics were less congratulatory, stating, ‘You don’t put a big girl in a big dress.’ The fact that in 2010, Christina became a style icon with the most fashionable figure in town was enough to prove them wrong.  

Ah yes, another brilliantly poofy gown on the red carpet courtesy of Katy Perry. Oh, but hang on a minute, this ain’t no regular dress! In fact, it’s packed with 3000 LED lights!

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Yep, K.Pezzle’s idea of show-stopping frocks always provides a dose of kookiness, and this light-up gown by London based label Cute Circuit did just that at this year's Met Gala. She even had the trigger buried in her cleavage – how genius! We loved it so much that Grazia Daily awarded her the Dress of the Ball crown, despite being surrounded by the fashwan elite in all their finery. And for those of you rolling your eyes at such sartorial silliness, we say lighten up (chortle!). 

We could barely contain our excitement when fashion’s favourite foursome reappeared on red carpets around the world with another dose of Sex And The City fun. Naturallement, the film’s London premiere was our highlight - not just because it was in our fair city, but also thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker’s nod to the late Alexander McQueen courtesy of her tulle and lace S/S ’08 gown, topped off with a black armband and that marvellous Philip Treacy ‘Cloud’ hat. What a tribute.

It’s no secret Louis Vuitton’s A/W ’10 catwalk changed the shape of style with its Mad Men-inspired swishy skirts and elegant silhouettes, and it was at the re-opening of the brand’s London ‘maison’ in May that we saw the creations get an A-list twist. Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Kirsten Dunst, Gemma Arterton and Pixie Geldof all showed off their fine figures in Marc Jacobs’ ladylike designs, and the result was simply spine-tingling.

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As the hostess with the mostess at 2011's Oscars, Anne Hathaway is sure to crack out more than a few stunners - and if the Pre-Fall Valentino gown she wore to the Met Ball this year is anything to go by, we're in for a real treat. Didn’t she look spellbinding? Those sparkling embellishments, the fabulously full tulle skirt, the sequinned bodice all serve to make this a girlie girl’s dress of dreams * sigh * 

2010 was the year when Emma Watson ditched the wand, wizard cloak, and sweet-girl curls for an edgier pixie crop and super sexy style. And this show-stopping Rafael Lopez number, which she wore to the London premiere of 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows', was the perfect way to prove it. By taking a cue from Blake Lively’s wardrobe with that saucy lace bodice and feather trim, Ms Watson showed herself to be a fashion force to be reckoned with.

It goes without saying that the Oscars can always be relied on to churn out a parade of stylish show-stoppers and this time round, it was Jennifer Lopez's Armani Prive number that got us gasping. Looking like she'd been wrapped in layers of polyethylene foam, J-LO was transformed her into an other worldly goddess. Jenny from the Block, who?

...And then Amanda Seyfried arrived, causing Gasp No.2. Not only is her Swarovski-encrusted frock a breath-taking creation but it's near-identical to J-LO's iridescent number from the very same S/S '10 collection. Yeekz! All together now: fash-off, fash-off, fash-off!

A new style icon landed in our net when Mia Wasikowska walked the green carpet at London's 'Alice in Wonderland' premiere last February. Her whimsical gown from Valentino's A/W '09 Couture catwalk was enough to cause a jaw-dropping moment, not to mention comparisons to mega-star Cate Blanchett. What we found particularly impressive was the way Mia prevented the dramatic look from going overboard, thanks to the lack of accessories and barely-there makeup. And with that, a star is born!

So these are the frocks that have rocked Grazia Daily's fashion world this year, but we want to hear yours! Do you have a standout gown in mind or is there one celebrity who you feel has done a sterling job on the red rug? Let us know below, and here’s to more awe-inspiring moments in 2011!

by Jessica Vince


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