Best of 2013~ Best Dresses of the Year

From dresses with sexy slits to sensational gowns with dramatic flowing trains, 2013 have given us a plethora of color, embroidery and pretty prints. The red carpet was filled with celebrities like Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Lawrence topping best dressed lists everywhere while sending 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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It had been way too long since Rachel McAdams graced the red carpet, and in August at the world premiere of About Time in London she returned in stellar fashion. McAdams wore this elegant pale lavender, long-sleeved Roksanda Ilincic floor-sweeping gown featuring an iridescent belt. She styled her look with Norman Silverman earrings and Casadei heels. Loose tumbling waves, a poppy pink pout and kohl-rimmed eye provided the final touches to her sensational ensemble.
It had been way too long since Rachel McAdams graced the red carpet, and in August at the world premiere of About Time in London she returned in stellar fashion. McAdams wore this elegant pale lavender, long-sleeved Roksanda Ilincic floor-sweeping gown featuring an iridescent belt. She styled her look with Norman Silverman earrings and Casadei heels. Loose tumbling waves, a poppy pink pout and kohl-rimmed eye provided the final touches to her sensational ensemble.
Emmy Rossum has quickly become a red carpet favorite of mine. I absolutely fell in love with this navy and black, floral print Carolina Herrera gown featuring a sweeping train and plunging neckline that Emmy wore to the Persol Magnificent Obsessions event in New York City this past July. The Shameless star accented her beautiful look with a red satin CH Carolina Herrera clutch, Manolo Blahnik sandals and glittering Lorraine Schwartz jewels. An elegant up-do and flawless makeup added the final touches to her ensemble. The dress is a total knockout.
Emmy Rossum has quickly become a red carpet favorite of mine. I absolutely fell in love with this navy and black, floral print Carolina Herrera gown featuring a sweeping train and plunging neckline that Emmy wore to the Persol Magnificent Obsessions event in New York City this past July. The Shameless star accented her beautiful look with a red satin CH Carolina Herrera clutch, Manolo Blahnik sandals and glittering Lorraine Schwartz jewels. An elegant up-do and flawless makeup added the final touches to her ensemble. The dress is a total knockout.
At the red carpet premiere of Nebraska, during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Nicole Kidman captivated everyone wearing this  off-white, sleeveless Valentino Couture laser-cut floral lace gown with a flowing train. She styled her elegant look with Cathy Waterman jewels, including a pair of exquisite diamond and gold drop earrings. A subtle pink lip and sweeping up-do added the final touches to her ensemble.

Rumor had it this was the gown that Anne Hathaway was going to wear to the Oscars before learning it was quite similar to Amanda Seyfried's Oscar gown, but it turned out to be just that, only a rumor.
At the red carpet premiere of Nebraska, during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Nicole Kidman captivated everyone wearing this off-white, sleeveless Valentino Couture laser-cut floral lace gown with a flowing train. She styled her elegant look with Cathy Waterman jewels, including a pair of exquisite diamond and gold drop earrings. A subtle pink lip and sweeping up-do added the final touches to her ensemble. Rumor had it this was the gown that Anne Hathaway was going to wear to the Oscars before learning it was quite similar to Amanda Seyfried's Oscar gown, but it turned out to be just that, only a rumor.
Everything clicked for Zoe Saldana when she walked the red carpet for the London premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness this past May wearing this sleeveless black and white Vionnet high-low dress featuring an embellished bodice and billowy skirt. She styled her captivating ensemble with Christian Louboutin peep-toes and Tiffany & Co. jewels.

I love her hair styled in retro waves. Her bold red lips and manicure really make this look standout.

From head to toe I adore this look on Zoe, she made this look so effortless.
Everything clicked for Zoe Saldana when she walked the red carpet for the London premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness this past May wearing this sleeveless black and white Vionnet high-low dress featuring an embellished bodice and billowy skirt. She styled her captivating ensemble with Christian Louboutin peep-toes and Tiffany & Co. jewels. I love her hair styled in retro waves. Her bold red lips and manicure really make this look standout. From head to toe I adore this look on Zoe, she made this look so effortless.
Yellow was the standout color trend earlier this spring, and no one did this usually not for everyone shade more justice that Jaimie Alexander. The actress  stood out on the red carpet at the Iron Man 3 premiere in Los Angeles in this stunning strapless Marc Bouwer curve-hugging column featuring an embellished neckline with cut-out detail.

She styled her sexy figure-flattering ensemble with glittering cocktail ring and metallic peep-toes. 

Kohl-rimmed eyes and a matte nude lip added the final touches to her sensational look.
Yellow was the standout color trend earlier this spring, and no one did this usually not for everyone shade more justice that Jaimie Alexander. The actress stood out on the red carpet at the Iron Man 3 premiere in Los Angeles in this stunning strapless Marc Bouwer curve-hugging column featuring an embellished neckline with cut-out detail. She styled her sexy figure-flattering ensemble with glittering cocktail ring and metallic peep-toes. Kohl-rimmed eyes and a matte nude lip added the final touches to her sensational look.
Kate Hudson absolutely bowled me over wearing this glamorous strapless Reem Acra pastel dress featuring a sexy slit and a structured bodice at the Tiffany and Co. Blue Book Ball in April. I love the ribbon detailing off the waist. 
She styled her look with platform heels, a mirrored square clutch and diamond jewels from Tiffany and Co. Side-swept voluminous curls and flawless makeup added the final touches to her Old Hollywood inspired ensemble.
Kate Hudson absolutely bowled me over wearing this glamorous strapless Reem Acra pastel dress featuring a sexy slit and a structured bodice at the Tiffany and Co. Blue Book Ball in April. I love the ribbon detailing off the waist. She styled her look with platform heels, a mirrored square clutch and diamond jewels from Tiffany and Co. Side-swept voluminous curls and flawless makeup added the final touches to her Old Hollywood inspired ensemble.
Selena Gomez turned up the heat on the red carpet for the LA premiere of her much anticipated movie, Spring Breakers earlier this spring wearing this sleeveless red Reem Acra floor-sweeping gown featuring embellished sheer panels. She accessorized her sensational ensemble with Giuseppe Zanotti heels, a black Jimmy Choo clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. I love her drop earrings, they are so beautiful. A twisted up-do with pieces that framed her face and glossy pout completed her elegant red carpet look. This dress is undeniably gorgeous on Selena.
Selena Gomez turned up the heat on the red carpet for the LA premiere of her much anticipated movie, Spring Breakers earlier this spring wearing this sleeveless red Reem Acra floor-sweeping gown featuring embellished sheer panels. She accessorized her sensational ensemble with Giuseppe Zanotti heels, a black Jimmy Choo clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. I love her drop earrings, they are so beautiful. A twisted up-do with pieces that framed her face and glossy pout completed her elegant red carpet look. This dress is undeniably gorgeous on Selena.
We all knew Jennifer Lawrence was going to wear Dior to the 2013 Oscars this past February, it was just a matter of which gown. The Oscar winner did not disappoint in this breathtaking white Dior Haute Couture floor-sweeping gown featuring a drop waist. The Hunger Games actress styled her ensemble with Chopard jewels, including a glittering diamond chain necklace that she wore draped down her back, a high-shine Roger Vivier clutch and Brian Atwood shoes. A matte nude lip and a romantic soft up-do added the final touches to her glamorous look. Easily, this look will top the all time best Oscar gowns list.
We all knew Jennifer Lawrence was going to wear Dior to the 2013 Oscars this past February, it was just a matter of which gown. The Oscar winner did not disappoint in this breathtaking white Dior Haute Couture floor-sweeping gown featuring a drop waist. The Hunger Games actress styled her ensemble with Chopard jewels, including a glittering diamond chain necklace that she wore draped down her back, a high-shine Roger Vivier clutch and Brian Atwood shoes. A matte nude lip and a romantic soft up-do added the final touches to her glamorous look. Easily, this look will top the all time best Oscar gowns list.
Taylor Swift walked the red carpet for the 2013 Brit Awards in February wearing this sensational sleeveless, black Elie Saab floor-sweeping gown featuring a gold belt and sheer panels on the skirt and shoulders. The young entertainer styled her look with Neil Lane jewels and Giuseppe Zanotti strappy heels. Sleek straight tresses, dark manicure and a smokey eye completed her sultry red carpet ensemble. Taylor really won me over with this look. It was a sexier side that we hadn't yet really witnessed. This dress is simply smashing.
Taylor Swift walked the red carpet for the 2013 Brit Awards in February wearing this sensational sleeveless, black Elie Saab floor-sweeping gown featuring a gold belt and sheer panels on the skirt and shoulders. The young entertainer styled her look with Neil Lane jewels and Giuseppe Zanotti strappy heels. Sleek straight tresses, dark manicure and a smokey eye completed her sultry red carpet ensemble. Taylor really won me over with this look. It was a sexier side that we hadn't yet really witnessed. This dress is simply smashing.
At the Grammy Awards Rihanna triumphed on the red carpet in this jaw-dropping red Azzedine Alaia floor-sweeping gown featuring sheer paneling details on the bodice. She accented her ensemble with dazzling ruby and diamond Neil Lane jewels and Manolo Blanik heels. Gorgeous tumbling tresses, red lips and manicure added the final touches to her vibrant red carpet look.
At the Grammy Awards Rihanna triumphed on the red carpet in this jaw-dropping red Azzedine Alaia floor-sweeping gown featuring sheer paneling details on the bodice. She accented her ensemble with dazzling ruby and diamond Neil Lane jewels and Manolo Blanik heels. Gorgeous tumbling tresses, red lips and manicure added the final touches to her vibrant red carpet look.
For the London premiere of Django Unchained, Kerry Washington wore this breath-taking printed, winter white Giles puffy ballgown featuring a fitted bodice and modified hi-low hemline. Kerry accented her stunning ensemble with white Christian Louboutin heels, a silver box clutch and a brilliant Solange Azagury-Patridge ring.A wavy up-do and berry lip color provided the finishing touches. Who would have thought a ballgown featuring horse print would be so amazing?
For the London premiere of Django Unchained, Kerry Washington wore this breath-taking printed, winter white Giles puffy ballgown featuring a fitted bodice and modified hi-low hemline. Kerry accented her stunning ensemble with white Christian Louboutin heels, a silver box clutch and a brilliant Solange Azagury-Patridge ring.A wavy up-do and berry lip color provided the finishing touches. Who would have thought a ballgown featuring horse print would be so amazing?
While this look that Blake Lively wore to the 2013 MET Gala was not at all fitting with the "Punk" theme, it is nothing short of captivating. Opting for a sensational strapless pale green Gucci Premiere gown embroidered with silver and black feathered details on the bodice and layers of black organza on the skirt, which cascade into a dramatic train, Lively turned heads on the red carpet. She styled her bombshell look with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Christian Louboutin heels. A tousled ponytail and flawless makeup added the finishing touches to her ensemble. Just a beautiful gown on a beautiful woman.
While this look that Blake Lively wore to the 2013 MET Gala was not at all fitting with the "Punk" theme, it is nothing short of captivating. Opting for a sensational strapless pale green Gucci Premiere gown embroidered with silver and black feathered details on the bodice and layers of black organza on the skirt, which cascade into a dramatic train, Lively turned heads on the red carpet. She styled her bombshell look with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Christian Louboutin heels. A tousled ponytail and flawless makeup added the finishing touches to her ensemble. Just a beautiful gown on a beautiful woman.

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