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Best of 2011: The 50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of the Year

Dec 10 2011 - 5:01am

With all the award shows, movie premieres, and fashion events that occurred this year, it was only natural that the glitterati would bring out the big guns. There were countless hot ensembles that graced the red carpet this year — stylish stars channeled a mix of old Hollywood glamour and '80s video vixen in bright, bold hues, leather minis, plunging necklines, backless gowns, and thigh-high slits, proving that even the tiniest sliver of skin is enough to set the red carpet on fire. We've rounded up 50 of the sexiest red-carpet looks of 2011 — click through to see them all now!

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow [1] hit a high note at the Bambi Awards in November, wearing a gorgeous green Elie Saab [2] gown with a plunging neckline.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Camilla Belle caused quite the stir in this sexed-up take on menswear, pairing a black Jason Wu [3] pantsuit with a nude-toned, ruffled silk bra for the premiere of From Prada [4] to Nada in January.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Miranda Kerr [5] joined the sexy cutout crew in this curve-hugging Michael Kors [6] dress at the CFDA Fashion Awards in June.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Few women are able to channel that effortlessly sexy vibe better than Jennifer Aniston [7]. She dazzled in a low-cut sequined minidress at the Elle Women in Hollywood event in October.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Amanda Seyfried [8] turned heads at the March premiere of Red Riding Hood, wearing a pretty purple Lanvin [9] minidress with pin-thin nude pumps and a statement necklace.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had many hot red-carpet moments this year, including the sexy, sheer-skirted Gucci [10] gown she wore to the Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiere in June.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

With promotion for Breaking Dawn in full swing in November, Kristen Stewart [11] pulled out all the stops — she attended the film's Hollywood premiere in a super-sexy sequined J.Mendel dress, complete with a thigh-high slit.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Mila Kunis [12] was the picture of subtle seduction in a painterly Alexander McQueen [13] gown at the SAG Awards in January.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Karolina Kurkova showed off her impressive figure in a black cutout Pucci [14] gown at the de Grisogono event in May.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Lea Michele [15] hit a red-carpet high note in this sleek, draped-back Marchesa [16] gown at the Emmys in September.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Reese Witherspoon [17] shed her "America's Sweetheart" persona at the UK premiere of Water For Elephants in May, showing off her shoulders and decolletage in a navy blue Stella McCartney [18] sheath dress.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Charlize Theron [19] promoted her film Young Adult in November, wearing a sexy, low-cut Gucci [20] two-toned dress and strappy bronze heels by Tom Ford [21].

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Pregnancy hasn't slowed down Beyoncé's signature sexy style — the mom-to-be rocked this sequined minidress to the launch of her Pulse fragrance in September.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Nikki Reed [22] was hard to miss in this highlighter-hued cutout dress by Michael Kors [23] — the actress was sexy and chic while attending a Breaking Dawn screening in November.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Diane Kruger [24] channeled an old Hollywood screen siren — and showed some serious leg — in a Jason Wu [25] gown at the Met Gala in May.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Selena Gomez [26] oozed sex appeal at the American Music Awards in November, wearing a metallic, champagne-colored halter gown by Giorgio Armani [27].

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

A newly single Bar Refaeli [28] stunned at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala in May, wearing a fierce, feathered Roberto Cavalli [29] gown.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Angelina Jolie [30]'s stunning emerald Atelier Versace [31] gown may look conservative, but the back hides a sexy surprise — the low-cut, drapey details complemented Angie's slight frame and made for a shining Golden Globes moment in January.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Eva Mendes [32] kept things short and sexy in a bubble-hemmed lace Valentino frock at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards in January.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Anne Hathaway [33]'s champagne-colored, backless Armani [34] gown at the Golden Globes in January had us all at hello.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Jennifer Lopez [35] dazzled at the Grammys in February, rocking a super-short, super-silvery Pucci [36] gown that showed off her enviable stems.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

At a red-carpet event in April, Halle Berry [37] single-handedly brought fuchsia back in this low-cut Roberto Cavalli [38] frock.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Emma Watson [39] went from little girl to sexy swan almost overnight and didn't disappoint in this short, lilac-colored Hakaan minidress in February.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Amber Heard's sex appeal couldn't be contained at the premiere of The Rum Diary in October — she donned this super-sexy red Elie Saab [40] gown with a thigh-high slit and solidified her spot on our collective style radar.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Blake Lively [41] stepped out in November rocking a stunning cobalt-blue Elie Saab [42] suit, with a very Blake-esque plunging neckline.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Red-carpet newcomer Elizabeth Olsen really showed her sartorial chops this year — the actress attended the Cannes Film Festival in May, wearing a sexy, high-slit gown from her sisters' line The Row.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Michelle Williams [43] made a sexy departure on the red carpet in October, looking sweet and sultry in a floaty Dior dress.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Zoe Saldana [44] showed off her sexy sartorial prowess at the Colombiana premiere in August, showing a hint of leg in a stately sequined Balmain [45] gown.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Jaws dropped when Penelope Cruz [46] stepped out to the Academy Awards in this sparkly red L'Wren Scott dress, just weeks after giving birth to her son, Leo.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Rachel McAdams [47] wore a sexy floral Suno [48] frock with daring open sides for the premiere of Morning Glory in January.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Even after 10 years at Rimmel [49], Kate Moss [50] still knows how to work it — she wore this strapless black minidress to the brand's 10th anniversary party in September.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Jessica Biel [51] kept things flapper-chic at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in February, wearing a beaded Atelier Versace [52] gown with a multistrap neckline.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Nicole Richie [53] gave us a vamped-up dose of vintage '40s flair in February, wearing a sexy white Halston [54] dress with cutouts, paired with deep red lipstick and a slicked-back hairstyle.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Cameron Diaz [55] showed off her mile-long legs at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in February — she wore an asymmetrical-shoulder minidress by Carolina Herrera [56] that she had shortened from the runway version.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Scarlett Johansson [57] brought boudoir-inspired sex appeal to the Oscars in February, wearing a lacy plum Dolce & Gabbana [58] gown and showing off her hot tousled haircut.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Gwen Stefani [59] was a Cannes Film Festival fixture as well, wearing a jaw-dropping Stella McCartney [60] sequined jumpsuit to the Tree of Life premiere in May.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley channeled Jessica Rabbit in a red sequined Antonio Berardi [61] gown in June.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Kristen Stewart [62] went sexy-glam for the London premiere of Breaking Dawn in November, wearing a gorgeous black sequined gown from Roberto Cavalli [63]'s Spring '12 collection.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Fergie [64] was the epitome of fetish glam at the Billboard Music Awards in May, wearing a black, bondage-inspired frock by Hervé Léger.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow [65] looked like liquid silver at the Oscars in February, clad in a structured yet sexy metallic Calvin Klein [66] gown.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Gucci [67]'s colorblock confections really got around this year, but Kerry Washington may have stolen the show when she wore the brand's low-cut frock to a red-carpet event in May.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Jennifer Aniston [68] gave us another example of her cool, covetable style in July, stepping out in a sexy, black leather Celine dress and strappy heels.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

For the Emmys in September, Sofia Vergara showed off her famous curves in a form-fitting, coral-colored Vera Wang [69] gown.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Gisele Bundchen [70] showed off her covetable curves in June, wearing a sexy-meets-sweet Oscar de la Renta [71] gown with a deep-v neckline.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Kate Winslet [72] made sexy look easy at the Mildred Pierce premiere in May, wearing Stella McCartney [73]'s now-famous racerback sheath dress, artfully contoured to streamline the silhouette.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Nina Dobrev [74] stunned us all — and took top honors in Fab's Best-Dressed Emmys Bracket — in this fiery red strapless Donna Karan [75] gown in September.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Jennifer Hudson [76] showed off her newly slim figure at the Oscars in February, wearing a gorgeous, bright-orange halter gown by Atelier Versace [77].

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Christina Hendricks vamped up the Emmys red carpet in September, channeling Marilyn Monroe in a body-hugging metallic gown by Johanna Johnson.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Amanda Seyfried [78] took suiting to a sexy new level, donning this bright-blue H&M [79] short suit with sky-high black pumps at the UK premiere of In Time in October.

50 Sexiest Red-Carpet Looks of 2011

Olivia Wilde [80] had quite a fashionable year, and this low-cut, curve-hugging Gucci [81] gown in November definitely upped her style quotient.


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