The Most Daring Gowns Worn On The Red Carpet In 2018
The women of Hollywood are brave and when the red carpet rolls out, they go bold. Sometimes it’s the seemingly impossible cuts that strike a chord: how is that gown even staying on?? Sometimes the dress speaks for itself, literally, as in the case of Connie Britton. Whether they took it too far, or the style hit the spot, here are the daring gowns that have walked the red carpet in 2018. Anna Kendrick’s Las Vegas look was a spicy surprise.
Andra Day, the First Woman to Lay on the Red Carpet in 90 Years of Oscars History
Music artist Andra Day showed up at the 2018 Oscars and made sure you saw her gown. Designed by Zac Posen, Day decided to get a little extra on the red carpet to flaunt her romantic floral dress. In fact, people were saying in 90 years of Oscars history, no woman has ever laid on the red carpet.
Although she was laying down on the carpet she encouraged the audience to “Stand Up for Something” while she took the stage with Common and 10 activists that night. She said, “I am truly honored to share the stage with such powerful people. People who work, sacrifice and have fought through their personal pain to make the world a better place.”
Lots of Cute, Lots of Color: Kiernan Shipka
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When actress Kiernan Shipka attended the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2018, she pretty much threw all the rules of the red carpet out the window. The fresh-faced 18-year-old wore white and blue pants that appear mermaid inspired, paired with an ornate babydoll pink top and teal tutu.
Although her outfit isn’t exactly a gown, it does have a train, that kind of looks like a tail, and is bright neon green. Overall Shipka’s outfit includes some fads, some flair, and a whole lot of funk.
Red, White, and Extremely Tailored: Blanca Blanco
We’re guessing actress Blanca Blanco had several fittings for this gown she wore to the 2018 Oscars. At the previous year’s event, Blanco had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction wearing a dress that showed too much in the front. Nevertheless, she persisted with another high-cut gown.
Atria Couture designed the dress and included Blanco’s input. While other women chose to wear black for the event, Blanco went with white and red, saying, “The colors I selected were important to me because those colors symbolize equality, new beginnings, and passion.”
The next star on this list wore something surprising to an event.
Connie Britton: Talk to the Sweater
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When actress Connie Britton walked the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globes, it wasn’t the cut, the color, or the designer that caught photographers’ attention. Britton wore long sleeves with a silver-stitched message on her sweater: “poverty is sexist.”
Designed by Lingua Franca, Britton wore the sweater to back the Time’s Up blackout many of the women participated in at the Golden Globes. Britton also supports One Campaign, which uses the phrase as one of their initiatives.
Kate Hudson’s Golden Globes Gown
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Valentino designed this fishnet and sheer black gown for Kate Hudson to wear to the 2018 Golden Globes. Channeling old Hollywood, Hudson paired the dress with vintage Harry Winston diamonds.
A few months later, Hudson announced that she is expecting her first daughter with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa. It will be Hudson’s third child, due sometime in fall 2018. The actress and fitness wear designer will be staying off the red carpet with her feet up until then as she nears her due date.
See who showed up covered in gold, next.
Pure Gold: Hailey Baldwin at the Billboard Music Awards
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At 21 years old, Hailey Baldwin is an A-lister that has everyone interested in what she’s wearing next. On July 7, 2018, the supermodel and Justin Bieber announced their engagement, which means we’ll see the beauty in a wedding dress soon.
At the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas Baldwin donned a gold flowing dress with a plunging neckline. The gorgeous gown was designed by Alexander Vauthier and featured long sleeves with a twist in the front.
J. Lo Nailed the 2018 Met Gala Theme
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J. Lo isn’t known for making safe style choices (who can forget that plunging green Versace dress she wore to the 42nd Grammy Awards?) so we weren’t surprised when she and boo Alex Rodrigez showed up to the Met Gala looking fierce as ever.
Jennifer donned this glittery Balmain gown bedazzled with multi-colored gems which perfectly fit the Gala’s theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Between the cobalt blue cross across her chest, thigh-high slit, and lengthy train, we could not keep our eyes off of her!
Heidi Klum Returned to Her Lingerie Roots at the Grammys
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Heidi Klum has been gracing our eyes and ears since she became the first German Victoria’s Secret Angel in 1990. Since then she’s strut her stuff on catwalks around the world and even transitioned to other projects like hosting America’s Got Talent and Project Runway.
Klum went back to her lingerie roots, though, when she attended the Grammy Awards in January 2018. The star donned this stunning black lace gown by Ashi Studio, which showed off her killer bod. She finished the look with a pair of strappy black heels and her signature beachy waves.
Kim Kardashian Wowed In This Custom Skirt Made From Gunmetal
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It’s not hard for Kim Kardashian to look stunning — the woman could wear a burlap sack and look gorgeous. Still, Kim made our mouths drop when she arrived at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London wearing this insane outfit.
Kim’s skirt was custom-made for her by Ralph & Russo, who crafted the garment out of gunmetal. Her latex bodysuit was made by Atsuko Kudo and truly ups the va-va-voom of this look. She finished the look with a pair of Tom Ford heels and casual beachy waves.
Bella Hadid In That Red Dress
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This look predates 2018, but it’s too iconic not to include. When Bella Hadid arrived at the Cannes Film Festival in this red satin gown, she went down in red carpet history.
Hadid donned this daring number with a thigh-high slit for the premiere of The Unknown Girl. A relative newcomer at the time, Hadid wanted to wear something both beautiful and memorable, according to her stylist Elizabeth Sulcer. Hadid and Sulcer turned to Alexandre Vauthier to help create the red carpet look. While the mile-high slit, low back, and deep-cut neckline might seem like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, Vauthier made sure to include a built-in silk bodysuit for good measure.
St. Vincent’s Dress Isn’t All There
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Artist St. Vincent has a musical sound that’s all her own so you might expect her fashion style to be unique, too. She won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album and was the first female solo performer in 20 years to claim it.
When she took to the red carpet at the 2018 Oscars the singer-songwriter selected a black bodysuit. A big sleeve on one side and a bow tied around her other arm gave an asymmetrical look to her edgy outfit. While it wasn’t an expected style that night, fans on Twitter loved it.
Anna Kendrick’s Little Black Fierce Dress
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If we could select a star that we’d like to grab drinks with then stuff our faces with pizza together, it would be actress Anna Kendrick. In an interview with Ellen, Kendrick said, “I’m trying to work out and eat some vegetables. It’s awful, I hate it.” We feel you, girl.
She may not glam up for the red carpet often, but we couldn’t help but notice Kendrick’s outfit at the CinemaCon presents The 2018 Big Screen Achievement Awards. The little black dress has gone fierce.
Camila Alves Is a Vision in White
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It’s not rare for the Brazilian-American model and designer Camila Alves to be seen wearing white. She’s often spotted in white outfits alongside her husband Matthew McConaughey, but this one pumps up the volume.
Alves’ gown at the Oscars could be worn walking down the red carpet or the aisle. Vivienne Westwood designed the white gown with an asymmetric hemline that flaunts the layers of tulle underneath. Maybe the dress came with a bit of luck, as McConaughey took home an Oscar that night.
Mary J. Blige’s Flattering Strapless Gown
Not everyone can pull off this look, that’s why Mary J. Blige made the list. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul wowed in this gown designed by Vivienne Westwood at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January 2018. The multi-colored sequined gown was a fun and flattering choice for Blige, who at age 47 is in incredible shape.
This wasn’t her first appearance on the red carpet, clearly, as Blige has won an incredible nine Grammy Awards and a nomination for the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress.