Best of 2012~ Best Dresses of the Year

From leg baring sheer gowns, to sensational dresses with flowing trains, 2012 have given us a plethora of color, embroidery, sequins and lace. The red carpet was filled with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence topping best dressed lists everywhere and sent fashion editors rushing to snatch up these gowns for future trend pieces in their fashion spreads. Here's a wrap up of the twelve show-stopping dresses that grabbed the most attention on the red carpet this year! 

Which of the twelve gowns were your favorites?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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For the Los Angeles premiere of Savages, Blake Lively stunned on the red carpet in this strapless nude Zuhair Murad Couture gown featuring intricate beaded detailing. She accessorized her jaw-dropping ensemble with Lorraine Schwartz gold gems. Side-swept Veronica Lake waves and a red pout completed Blake's bombshell look.
For the Los Angeles premiere of Savages, Blake Lively stunned on the red carpet in this strapless nude Zuhair Murad Couture gown featuring intricate beaded detailing. She accessorized her jaw-dropping ensemble with Lorraine Schwartz gold gems. Side-swept Veronica Lake waves and a red pout completed Blake's bombshell look.
Actress Diane Kruger wore this breathtaking, mint green, single-shoulder, Giambattista Valli Haute Couture flowing custom gown for the opening ceremony of the Cannes film festival. She completed her look with diamond gems including an Art Deco Jaeger-LeCoultre watch.
Actress Diane Kruger wore this breathtaking, mint green, single-shoulder, Giambattista Valli Haute Couture flowing custom gown for the opening ceremony of the Cannes film festival. She completed her look with diamond gems including an Art Deco Jaeger-LeCoultre watch.
Actress Elizabeth Banks stunned on the red carpet for the UK premiere of The Hunger Games in this lemon yellow short-sleeve Bill Blass gown featuring a daring low-scooping open back. She accessorized her look with Irene Neuwrith gems and a Judith Leiber box clutch. A wavy up-do and pink pout completed her look.
Actress Elizabeth Banks stunned on the red carpet for the UK premiere of The Hunger Games in this lemon yellow short-sleeve Bill Blass gown featuring a daring low-scooping open back. She accessorized her look with Irene Neuwrith gems and a Judith Leiber box clutch. A wavy up-do and pink pout completed her look.
In May, The Duchess of Cambridge wore this breathtaking, jewel-toned, Jenny Packham floor-sweeping gown to the BOA Olympic Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

Her sensational jade green, chiffon, pleated gown featured lace cap-sleeves and bodice adorned with Swarovski crystals and a jeweled waistline.

Kate completed her show-stopping look with her favorite Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals and a bespoke clutch.
In May, The Duchess of Cambridge wore this breathtaking, jewel-toned, Jenny Packham floor-sweeping gown to the BOA Olympic Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Her sensational jade green, chiffon, pleated gown featured lace cap-sleeves and bodice adorned with Swarovski crystals and a jeweled waistline. Kate completed her show-stopping look with her favorite Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals and a bespoke clutch.
Jennifer Lawrence shimmered in this gold Prabal Gurung design at the L.A. premiere for The Hunger Games. 

She styled her look with Jimmy Choo heels, Jacob and Co. black diamonds and a Jennifer Behr headpiece. 

A loose bun with pieces that framed her face, sultry kohl-rimmed eye and shimmering pink lip added the finishing touches.
Jennifer Lawrence shimmered in this gold Prabal Gurung design at the L.A. premiere for The Hunger Games. She styled her look with Jimmy Choo heels, Jacob and Co. black diamonds and a Jennifer Behr headpiece. A loose bun with pieces that framed her face, sultry kohl-rimmed eye and shimmering pink lip added the finishing touches.
Actress Charlize Theron was a vision in this black, Dior Haute Couture sheer gown. She accessorized her look with a satin clutch and Solange Azagury-Patridge jewels for the London premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman. A sleek up-do and deep smokey eye added to the drama of her sultry look.
Actress Charlize Theron was a vision in this black, Dior Haute Couture sheer gown. She accessorized her look with a satin clutch and Solange Azagury-Patridge jewels for the London premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman. A sleek up-do and deep smokey eye added to the drama of her sultry look.
Actress Jessica Chastain floated down the red carpet at Cannes for the premiere of Lawless in this stunning, ivory, Giorgio Armani strapless gown featuring an embellished bodice. She teamed her look with Jimmy Choo heels and Chopard gems. Retro side-swept waves and a bold red lip provided the finishing touches.
Actress Jessica Chastain floated down the red carpet at Cannes for the premiere of Lawless in this stunning, ivory, Giorgio Armani strapless gown featuring an embellished bodice. She teamed her look with Jimmy Choo heels and Chopard gems. Retro side-swept waves and a bold red lip provided the finishing touches.
Kate Hudson walked the red carpet for the premiere of The Reluctant Fundamentalist at the 69th Venice Film Festival in this glittering, nude, curve-hugging Atelier Versace single-shoulder gown.

She teamed her look with Versace heels, an Edie Parker box clutch and Fabergé jewels.

A chic wavy updo, pink lip and kohl rimmed eyes completed her flawless look.
Kate Hudson walked the red carpet for the premiere of The Reluctant Fundamentalist at the 69th Venice Film Festival in this glittering, nude, curve-hugging Atelier Versace single-shoulder gown. She teamed her look with Versace heels, an Edie Parker box clutch and Fabergé jewels. A chic wavy updo, pink lip and kohl rimmed eyes completed her flawless look.
Gwyneth Paltrow added drama with a touch of Old Hollywood glamour on the 2012 Oscars red carpet in this sensational, white, Tom Ford, column gown featuring a floor length cape.

She styled her look with Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie gems and Jimmy Choo heels. 

A chic ponytail, barely there makeup and a subtle pink pout completed her look.
Gwyneth Paltrow added drama with a touch of Old Hollywood glamour on the 2012 Oscars red carpet in this sensational, white, Tom Ford, column gown featuring a floor length cape. She styled her look with Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie gems and Jimmy Choo heels. A chic ponytail, barely there makeup and a subtle pink pout completed her look.
Gabrielle Union looked sensational in this sunny yellow Bill Blass pleated gown with a sexy plunging neckline for the Atlanta red carpet premiere of her new movie Think Like a Man.

She added a gold, Judith Leiber box clutch, Liv Haley, Giles & Brother and Caleo jewels and Gianvito Rossi heels to complete her flawless look.
Gabrielle Union looked sensational in this sunny yellow Bill Blass pleated gown with a sexy plunging neckline for the Atlanta red carpet premiere of her new movie Think Like a Man. She added a gold, Judith Leiber box clutch, Liv Haley, Giles & Brother and Caleo jewels and Gianvito Rossi heels to complete her flawless look.
Kate Beckinsale looked stunning at the Total Recall Dublin premiere wearing this structured, fuchsia Donna Karan strapless column gown.

The gorgeous brunette teamed her look with sensational drop earrings, Jimmy Choo platforms and a beaded Judith Leiber clutch.

A wavy bob, a dark manicure and pink lip completed her glamorous look.
Kate Beckinsale looked stunning at the Total Recall Dublin premiere wearing this structured, fuchsia Donna Karan strapless column gown. The gorgeous brunette teamed her look with sensational drop earrings, Jimmy Choo platforms and a beaded Judith Leiber clutch. A wavy bob, a dark manicure and pink lip completed her glamorous look.
Rachel McAdams attended the red carpet premiere of To The Wonder at the Toronto Film Festival in September wearing this emerald green, high-neck Elie Saab floor-length gown featuring draped bodice detailing and a single sleeve.

She accessorized her ensemble with Elie Saab heels and Tiffany and Co. jewels.

A classic French twist and glossy pink lip completed her look.
Rachel McAdams attended the red carpet premiere of To The Wonder at the Toronto Film Festival in September wearing this emerald green, high-neck Elie Saab floor-length gown featuring draped bodice detailing and a single sleeve. She accessorized her ensemble with Elie Saab heels and Tiffany and Co. jewels. A classic French twist and glossy pink lip completed her look.

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