People Magazine Presents: Best Dresses Of The Year

  1. Best Dresses of the Year
    This year's gowns were all about drama – bold colors, edgy metallics and dramatic silhouettes.

    By Melissa Liebling-Goldberg








    BEST VOLUME

    Kate Hudson was radiant in a billowing Dior by John Galliano at the Dior Haute Couture show at Versailles.





    BEST TIERED

    Cameron Diaz got layered up in her dramatic raspberry Dior by John Galliano gown at the Costume Institute Gala in N.Y.C.





    BEST ONE SHOULDER

    Forever glamorous, Jennifer Lopez gave the Golden Globes red carpet the cold shoulder in her beaded Marchesa.





    BEST RUCHING

    Ellen Pompeo added curves to her slim figure with a Michael Kors glittering gown at the Costume Institute Gala.






    BEST DETAILING

    What looked like feathers from a distance turned out to be a multitude of tiny pieces of shredded chiffon – lending an ethereal quality to Penélope Cruz's Oscar gown.
     
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  2. BEST VIVID COLOR

    Liv Tyler matches her aquamarine eyes to her draped Calvin Klein Collection dress at the Costume Institute Gala.





    BEST CURVES

    Va-va-voom! Halle Berry shows off her flawless figure in a plunging Roberto Cavalli at an L.A. awards show.





    BEST GRECIAN

    Looking every bit the modern goddess, Jessica Alba is golden in her Gucci gown at a London premiere.





    BEST METALLIC

    Ever the trendsetter, Cate Blanchett is simply stunning in her platinum Ralph Lauren.





    BEST YELLOW

    Kerry Washington blooms in her bold Oscar de la Renta gown at an L.A. premiere.
     
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  3. BEST NECKLINE

    Heroes star Ali Larter saves the Golden Globes red carpet in her sexy v-neck Reem Acra gown.





    BEST HALTER

    Model-turned-actress Joy Bryant is still a stunner for the cameras in her vintage Hervé Légér gown at a Beverly Hills gala.





    BEST STRAPLESS

    Reese Witherspoon showed that single is sexy in her yellow Nina Ricci dress at the Golden Globes.





    BEST RETRO

    Kate Bosworth is the bee's knees in this '20s-inspired Prada at the Costume Institute Gala.





    BEST BLACK

    No one does the little black dress like Jennifer Aniston – in this case, a shimmering Chanel at the GLAAD Media Awards in Hollywood.
     
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  4. BEST RUFFLES

    Drew Barrymore is the lady in red – Ferragamo, that is – as she enters a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman.





    BEST BELTED

    Fabulous at 49, Michelle Pfeiffer shows how it's done in her white Jenni Kayne at the L.A. premiere of Hairspray.





    BEST GREEN

    Showing off her dancer's legs, Charlize Theron is gorgeous in a green silk Stella McCartney minidress at a Beverly Hills luncheon.
     
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