Just last week Simon Doonan mentioned his high hopes for the red carpets of 2012: “I’m hoping that we reach some kind of critical period where people do let it rip…We haven’t had anything fun in ages.”
Doonan’s dreams may have been answered thanks to a slew of sartorial stars doubling as nominated actresses. This week alone saw three awards shows and enough winning red carpet looks to make us worry about what will be left come Oscar weekend. The National Board of Review Awards Gala kicked things off in New York City. Carey Mulligan shook things up in an ombre fringe belted dress from Lanvin’s resort 2012 collection, and Felicity Jones pulled off an effortless Fellini-esque look thanks to Dolce & Gabbana.
The following day, at the People’s Choice Awards, Ginnifer Goodwin stole the spotlight in a neon pink bell-sleeve dress from Brit designer Roksanda Ilincic—any celeb brave enough to rock neon on the red carpet deserves a thumbs-up. And last night, at the Critic’s Choice Awards, the ladies brought out the big guns: Charlize Theron donned a couture Alaia gown; Diane Kruger showed us all how the Prada spring 2012 collection will be interpreted into red carpet dresses instead of runway leotards (thank god!); Michelle Williams opted for an elegant black and white Chanel number from the resort collection; Elle Fanning brought a boho edge in Rodarte; Jessica Chastain complemented her fiery red hair with a coral Balenciaga; red carpet rookie Shailene Woodley proved she’s fit to be a contender for best dressed this season in a Calvin Klein collection gown, and Emma Stone proved her style prowess in a Jason Wu pre-fall look that debuted just weeks ago.
Ginnifer Goodwin in Roksanda Illincic. Photo: Getty Images
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