The Best Dressed Of The 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Tonight’s 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards marks the second event in a flurry of awards shows that began with last night’s People’s Choice and will continue through to the Academy Awards. Winter doldrums be damned, this January-February one-two punch provides some of the most spectacular fashion that any stylette could ask for. The CCAs proved to be exemplary, showcasing some of the canniest style decisions, the best of which we’ve rounded up right here. Check ’em out.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS IN CHANEL

Michelle Williams at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
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Michelle Williams was a vision of clean Karl Lagerfeld tailoring in this stark black and white Chanel gown on the CCA red carpet. The dramatic panels are modern, but the color palette and banded waist keep the look classic and timeless. Her wispy flaxen pixie and natural peachy makeup help to complement and not compete with the bold silhouette.

ELIZABETH OLSEN IN EMILIO PUCCI

Elizabeth Olsen at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
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Elizabeth Olsen has a knack for making luxury vestments actually appear to be accessible to those of us outside of the Olsen clan. Somehow, this long-sleeved bodycon Emilio Pucci mini looks both impressive – what with a grip of saffron beading and delicate raw hem details – and like something we could pull off without looking like we’re headed to a stuffy benefit gala. Or our junior prom. Plus, we love her pared down beauty routine and the frock’s symmetrical bohemian print.

KIRSTEN DUNST IN CHRISTIAN DIOR

Kirsten Dunst at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
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We’re enamored by this onyx Christian Dior number that Kirsten Dunst stepped out in for this year’s CCAs. The idea of satin bows and tulle may evoke all sorts of saccharine images of pretty, pretty princesses and sugar plum fairies, but executed in black with asymmetrical tiering on the skirt, the dress is anything but fussy. And when styled with a neon pink lip and twisty low ponytail, the end result is actually notably edgy.

ELLE FANNING IN RODARTE

Elle Fanning at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
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Elle Fanning takes bold fashion risks with this floor-length Rodarte gown. Admittedly, it is a lot of fabric for the fawnish girl’s svelte frame, but the pale aqua and vibrant yellow play beautifully with Elle’s fair complexion and hair. The floaty layers, smattering of sunflowers and even the natural-looking crimpy hair are all so age-appropriate yet ’70s, that we can’t help but be impressed at the interplay.

EMMA STONE IN JASON WU

Emma Stone at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
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Per usual, Emma Stone kills another red carpet in this Jason Wu gown. Her loose scarlett updo is offset by the patterned navy and blue of her dress, and the color palette is mirrored in her eyeliner and shadow. All-over prints can be tricky, especially for formal events, but the teardrop keyholes across the neck and the wide black leather belt define the silhouette and accent the dress while preventing it from looking like wallpaper. It’s all in the details, ladies.

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