This was another eclectic year on the red carpet featuring missteps, spectacular gowns and attention-grabbing entrances. Award shows were a prime spot for eye-catching looks with celebs embracing everything from over-the-top costumes to skin-baring ensembles. Punk was given the unique opportunity to go hand-in-hand with glamour, while peplums and sheer accents still managed to find traction. Here's a stylish look back at the past 12 months.
Jennifer Lopez at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards
Channeling Angelina Jolie from last year's Oscars, Jennifer struck a daring pose at the Grammys courtesy of Anthony Vaccarello. Her black Spring 2013 asymmetrical dress was appropriately finished off by a pair of metallic heels and an extended top knot.
Jennifer Lawrence at the 85th Academy Awards
Jennifer's Christian Dior Couture strapless gown with tiered skirt impressed on the red carpet, but it's what happened inside the venue that helped the actress secure a spot on this list. No one will soon forget the star's stumble up the steps and her stylish recovery as she went to collect her Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook.
Kristen Stewart at the 85th Academy Awards
Crutches aren't a common way of accessorizing, but Kristen hobbled her way down the press line with and without extra stabilization. Her Reem Acra Couture embroidered gown and Fred Leighton diamond necklace took some of the focus away from the unknown injury.
Anne Hathaway at the 85th Academy Awards
Anne wore Valentino, er, we mean Prada to this year's ceremony. The Valentino press release was sent out before celebs even graced the red carpet and long before it was realized that the actress had elected to switch to a Prada gown for fear of too closely resembling her Les Misérables co-star.
The 2013 Met Gala
Punk got a bit of a makeover for the annual gala with Miley Cyrus going all out in a mesh Marc Jacobs dress and spiked hair, while January Jones worked an other-worldly vibe in a Chanel Spring 2009 Couture creation accented by hidden eyebrows. Sarah Jessica Parker topped everyone, though, when she rounded out her paint-splattered Giles gown with an elaborate Philip Treacy headpiece.
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Nieves Alvarez at the 66th Annual Cannes International Film Festival Premiere of Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)
The model and TV host received some much-deserved recognition at the festival after attending the premiere in Ralph & Russo Couture. It was the dramatic gazaar bustle that really set this custom berry-colored gown and Nieves apart.
Angelina Jolie at the Berlin Premiere of World War Z
After announcing she underwent a double mastectomy, no one was sure when Angelina would be seen out in public again. She managed to stun at several stops in support of Brad Pitt's sci-fi film with this crisp custom white Ralph & Russo strapless peplum dress serving as a real show-stopper.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Introduce Prince George
George's worldwide debut was big news, but Catherine's decision to show off her post-pregnancy belly caused its own buzz. The royal's blue Jenny Packham polka dot dress was capped off with sensible ivory wedges.
Jaimie Alexander at the Los Angeles Premiere of Thor: The Dark World
Jaimie's black Azzaro long sleeve gown was either deemed too revealing or sheer genius. It may have been a pretty calculated move because how many of us were really talking about the star before this premiere showing?
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Lady Gaga at the 2013 American Music Awards
A horse is a horse, of course, unless it’s ridden by Lady Gaga. The outlandish singer arrived looking like Donatella Versace in the fashion house's lilac gown aboard a man-made white steed.