Red-Carpet Trends at American Music Awards 2012 (Pictures)

Shimmer, Shine, and Embellishments — Par For the Course at the AMAs

Shimmer, Shine, and Embellishments — Par For the Course at the AMAs

If ever there was an argument that metallics and embellishments are this season's answer to sheer and cutouts, the starlets in attendance at the American Music Awards made the case in spades. There was no shortage on shiny details, beaded accents, and all-out gold disco-ball finishes, and we've got to say: the gilded effect only improved upon the eye-catching ensembles. High on the list of shimmery trendsetters? Carrie Underwood stole the show in a purple lace Abed Mahfouz gown that was dripping in intricately embellished patterns, Taylor Swift nailed the minidress look in a metallic gold Zuhair Murad number that just happened to up the wattage with beaded floral appliqués, and Stacy Keibler showed off her enviable legs in a ultrashort — and very bejeweled — Collette Dinnigan mini. If girlier embellishments on dresses aren't your statement-makers of choice, then look to Gwen Stefani's just-as-cool sequined Balmain jacket for edgier inspiration. There are at least eight more shining examples inside, so click through to see how these celebs wore the evening's standout trend.

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