The 16 Best Red Carpet Dresses of 2016
Sequins and feathers and cutouts, oh my
Today, you could read a think piece about social media’s effect on the presidential election. You could read a meandering interview between two tech entrepreneurs. Or you could scroll through 16 of the most gorgeous, swoon-worthy and over-the-top red-carpet dresses from 2016 and get swept away in unattainable glamour for, like, five minutes. (That’s what we’re doing.)
Sarah Paulson in Prada at the Emmy Awards
She won a statue for her role as Marcia Clark and won the night for looking like a jewel-toned goddess.
Naomie Harris in Monse at the Gotham Independent Film Awards
Ahem, 2016: the year we (belatedly) became obsessed with the Moonlight actress and her cutting-edge style.
Rachel McAdams in Atelier Versace at the Premiere of “Dr. Strange”
This architectural gown is the epitome of fetch.
Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen at the BAFTA Awards
Floral embroidered bodice? Check. Feathery skirt? Check. Place on our eternally best-dressed list? Duh.
Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad at the Academy Awards
We’re normally not huge fans of mermaid gowns, but we’ll make an exception for this sheer stunner from Quantico’s most fashionable FBI dropout.
Cynthia Erivo in Roberto Cavalli at the Tony Awards
This in-your-face gown could swallow other celebs, but Broadway star Erivo has just the sparkling personality to pull it off.
Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham at the SAG Awards
This woman is 71 years old. Let that sink in for a second.
Laverne Cox in Elizabeth Kennedy at the Golden Globes
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton at the SAG Awards
Despite how uncomfortable this column dress looks, Vikander makes it seem like she was born in sequins.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Burberry at the Britannia Awards
The Miss Sloane and Beauty and the Beast actress is pretty much the definition of regal.
Adele in Giambattista Valli at the Brit Awards
Hello? It’s us, and we think Adele (one of our favorites ever) has never looked better.
Gabrielle Union in Sophie Theallet at the Toronto International Film Festival
You can’t tell from this picture, but in addition to a cape, this dress has pockets. Goals.
Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen at the Met Gala
Cape goals, part deux.
Julianne Moore in Givenchy at the Cannes Film Festival
Moore proves that Givenchy doesn’t just look good on 20-ish Hadids and Jenners.
Zoe Saldana in Gucci at the LACMA Art + Film Gala
Never thought we’d want a bubblegum-pink gown with snakes and butterflies on it, but here we are.
Naomi Campbell in Brandon Maxwell at the CFDA Fashion Awards