The last 12 months saw a mob of new trends that none of us at Fashion Glamour were really anticipating. From the tremendous takeover of illusion dresses that had Stella McCartney’s attached to it, to the wedge sneakers that brought Isabel Marant to the global fashion spotlight; it really was a year of innovation and creativity. This year, we were also forced to accept the reality that neoprene dresses (and shoes) have slowly but surely permeated our style choices. While necklines got terrifyingly lower, hems too were shaken up to keep pace with the riskier 2012 aesthetics.
Looking at the hundreds of posh soirees that captured our attention throughout the year, there was only one thing to be learned: red carpet fashion definitely took a huge leap. From pantsuits (even Taylor Swift caved in) to lace dresses that left nothing to the imagination (tomboy Kristen Stewart surprised us in this department), we saw it all this year.
To say that 2012 was a year of sartorial successes alone is an unfathomable lie. While there were more disasters to go around—Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Jessica Biel and more–stars keeping up with the dreamy magnificence of the spotlight managed to tighten the rope that had us—women, in particular—attached to fashion.
Remembering that fashion has always been about naturally driving (an irony, to be frank) onlookers to lose and catch their breaths, we went through only the most glamorous red carpet events of 2012 to curate 50 of our absolute favorites. From Zoe Saldana’s sultry Prabal Gurung cutout gown she wore at the CFDA Awards to Jessica Chastain’s breathtaking gold-and-black Alexander McQueen gown at the Oscars, our edited gallery is proof that the year 2012 wasn’t short of red carpet glamour, brilliance and opulence.
Be still if some of your bets did not make the list. This is, after all, a matter of personal style, taste and preference. Click on the image above to see 50 of our favorite red carpet looks–in no particular order–in full screen.
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