Celeb Style: 2012 Award Season's Best Dressed

Celeb Style: 2012 Award Season's Best Dressed
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 04, 2012

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Rihanna stunned us at the Grammy Awards in the sexiest, sleekest gown to date, which she co-designed with Giorgio Armani. She emphasized her less is more look with minimal gold accessories.

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Corrinne Bailey Rae brought unexpected drama to the Grammy Awards. The song bird wore a Christian Siriano dress overflowing with ruffles, and paired it with chunky Christian Siriano for Payless platforms. The black impact is what makes this look amazing.

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At the NAACP Image Awards Tracee Ellis Ross’ Jovani tea-length dress was simply angelic. The scattered sequins contrast over black tulle was ballroom chic.

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At the Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson hit the stage for a Whitney Houston tribute in an Alexander McQueen stripe knit fishtail dress that hugged her curves nicely. Her Neil Lane jewels and Swarovski pumps added the perfect sparkle.

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A ray of sunshine let in at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party when Rashida Jones stepped on the carpet in this Elie Saab plunging number and Jimmy Choo pumps. She looked gorgeously golden.

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Loyal Tadashi Shoji fan Octavia Spencer hit a home run when she wore the designer’s aqua gown to the NAACP Image Awards. The wrapping, ruching and cinched waist were the key design details that made this look work perfectly for her.

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Although many sported brights at the NAACP Image Awards, Keke Palmer was the brightest young thing on the carpet. In Naven’s hot pink floor-length gown, simple hanging earrings and a clutch she let the color shine on its own.

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This lemon yellow asymmetrical Versace gown made Amber Rose radiant. The key — this shade of yellow brightened her up instead of making her appear washed out.

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At every award show this season the world anticipated what Viola Davis was going to wear, and the Academy Awards was the grand finale. “She did right by me,” admitted Davis about designer Vera Wang’s pleated emerald green gown. And her Lorraine Schwartz diamond and emerald jewels, Judith Leiber clutch and Jimmy Choo shoes made the look complete.

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Academy Award presenter J.LO gave us old-Hollywood glam in a plunging art-deco Zuhair Murad beaded gown, mirrored Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, and Jimmy Choo shoes.

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ESSENCE’s ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ event gathered a ton of brown beauties under one roof, but one look that stood out most was Kerry Washington. Her long sleeved, white leather Cushnie et Ochs peplum dress was unlike anything we’d seen on the carpet all season. And the accessories added the right dose of color.

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Lynn Whitfield also killed the carpet in a graceful sheer, one-shoulder dress at ESSENCE’s ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ event. The natural shade balanced out the busy but beautiful design.

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At The Writer’s Guild Awards, Spencer gave us sheer beauty in an embroidered Tadashi Shoji dress paired with a Judith Leiber clutch, Neil Lane jewels and pewter Stuart Weitzman pumps.

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Vanessa Williams gets more gorgeous with age. At the NAACP Image awards she sashayed in a striking antique gold and black strapless gown, showing some of the pretty young things how to work the carpet.

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Rihanna’s second red carpet hit of the season was in sparkling head to toe Givenchy Haute Couture — halter gown, leather gloves, and ankle strap sandals. This plunging front and back design showed this bronze beauty’s sexy skin.

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Taraji P. Henson wore her metal shining armor to the Image Awards and looked absolutely brilliant. This Randi Rahm fluid sequin halter gown flowed off her frame and onto the carpet beautifully.

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Amber Riley picked up on the metallic trend as well. At the Image Awards we were the ones filled with glee when she did it up in a navy sequin Theia gown. Hot!

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Nicole Richie attended the Golden Globe awards literally in heavy metal. Her intricately beaded Julien MacDonald gown made her a rock star.

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At the Grammy Awards Melanie Fiona went wild and it worked in a printed Luca Luca gown, Charles Albert jewels and Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps.

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Zoe Saldana’s legs were the main attraction in this Balmain floral print mini. The soft colors and nude platforms sweetened up a spicy look and made it a fresh feel for the carpet.

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Rihanna stunned us at the Grammy Awards in the sexiest, sleekest gown to date, which she co-designed with Giorgio Armani. She emphasizes her less is more look with her minimal gold accessories.

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Corrinne Bailey Rae brought unexpected drama to the Grammy Awards. The song bird wore a Christian Siriano dress overflowing with ruffles, and paired it with chunky Christian Siriano for Payless platforms. The black impact is what makes this look amazing.

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At the NAACP Image Awards Tracee Ellis Ross’ Jovani tea-length dress was simply angelic. The scattered sequins contrast over black tulle was ballroom chic.

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At the Grammy Awards Jennifer Hudson hit the stage for a Whitney Houston tribute in an Alexander McQueen stripe knit fishtail dress that hugged her curves nicely. Her Neil Lane jewels and Swarovski pumps added the perfect sparkle.

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A ray of sunshine let in at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party when Rashida Jones stepped on the carpet in this Elie Saab plunging number and Jimmy Choo pumps. She looked gorgeously golden.

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Loyal Tadashi Shoji fan Octavia Spencer hit a home run when she wore the designer’s aqua gown to the NAACP Image Awards. The wrapping, ruching and cinched waist were the key design details that made this look work perfectly for her.

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Although many sported brights at the NAACP Image Awards, Keke Palmer was the brightest young thing on the carpet. In Naven’s hot pink floor-length gown, simple hanging earrings and a clutch she let the color shine on its own.

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This lemon yellow asymmetrical Versace gown made Amber Rose radiant. The key — this shade of yellow brightened her up instead of making her appear washed out.

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At every award show this season the world anticipated what Viola Davis was going to wear, and the Academy Awards was the grand finale. “She did right by me,” admitted Davis about designer Vera Wang’s pleated emerald green gown. And her Lorraine Schwartz diamond and emerald jewels, Judith Leiber clutch and Jimmy Choo shoes made the look complete.

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Academy Award presenter JLO gave us old-Hollywood glam in a plunging art-deco Zuhair Murad beaded gown, mirrored Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, and Jimmy Choo shoes.

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ESSENCE’s ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ event gathered a ton of brown beauties under one roof, but one look that stood out most was Kerry Washington. Her long sleeved, white leather Cushnie et Ochs peplum dress was unlike anything we’d seen on the carpet all season. And the accessories added the right dose of color.

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Lynn Whitfield also killed the carpet in a graceful sheer, one-shoulder dress at ESSENCE’s ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ event. The natural shade balanced out the busy but beautiful design.

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At The Writer’s Guild Awards, Spencer gave us sheer beauty in an embroidered Tadashi Shoji dress paired with a Judith Leiber clutch, Neil Lane jewels and pewter Stuart Weitzman pumps.

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Vanessa Williams gets more gorgeous with age. At the NAACP Image awards she sashayed in a striking antique gold and black strapless gown, showing some of the pretty young things how to work the carpet.

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Rihanna’s second red carpet hit of the season was in sparkling head to toe Givenchy Haute Couture — halter gown, leather gloves, and ankle strap sandals. This plunging front and back design showed this bronze beauty’s sexy skin.

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Taraji P. Henson wore her metal shining armor to the Image Awards and looked absolutely brilliant. This Randi Rahm fluid sequin halter gown flowed off her frame and onto the carpet beautifully.

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Amber Riley picked up on the metallic trend as well. At the Image Awards we were the ones filled with glee when she did it up in a navy sequin Theia gown. Hot!

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At the Grammy Awards Melanie Fiona went wild and it worked in a printed Luca Luca gown, Charles Albert jewels and Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps.

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Zoe Saldana’s legs were the main attraction in this Balmain floral print mini. The soft colors and nude platforms sweetened up a spicy look and made it a fresh feel for the carpet.

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Taraji P. Henson wore her metal shining armor to the Image Awards and looked absolutely brilliant. This Randi Rahm fluid sequin halter gown flowed off her frame and onto the carpet beautifully.

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