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Beth Ure

14 of the most iconic red carpet moments of 2022

2022 has seen the return of the red carpet after several years of fashion fans missing out on the chance to observe celebs in full glam GEAR.

With the return of glitzy events and therefore glamorous red carpets, so too have the controversial and memorable outfits returned to our screens and headlines.

Here are some of the most notable outfits from red carpets this year.

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14. Lady Gaga at the Baftas

Lady Gaga at the Baftas (Ian West/PA)

Never one to shy away from drama on the red carpet, Lady Gaga channelled old Hollywood glamour in a dark green gown by Ralph Lauren, with a long train and sparkling diamond and emerald jewels.

While it was a classic look, it still had some eccentric Gaga touches – including platform boots and a miniature feathered bag.

13. Jodie Turner-Smith at the Fashion Awards

Jodie Turner-Smith at the Fashion Awards (Ian West/PA)

Jodie Turner-Smith hosted the Fashion Awards in a series of whimsical outfits, starting things off with a bang in a lime green Gucci gown with trailing sleeves, emerald jewels and a blonde buzzcut.

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12. Adele at the Brit Awards

Adele at the Brit Awards (Ian West/PA)

Adele kicked off awards season with her stunning gown at the Brit Awards in February. Her sweeping velvet gown by Armani had a delicate tulle overlay and a deep v-neck, and was accessorised with statement Lorraine Schwartz diamond earrings.

But what really turned heads was the large sparkler on her ring finger – leading to speculation she was engaged to sports agent partner Rich Paul.

11. Zoe Kravitz at The Batman premier

Zoe Kravitz at The Batman premier (Alamy/PA)

As the latest actor to play Catwoman, Zoe Kravitz took inspiration from her character on the press tour for The Batman. For the New York premiere of the film she wore a sleek black Oscar de la Renta dress with a built-in corset and the silhouette of cat ears on the bust.

It could have looked costume-y, but Kravitz made it feel ultra-elegant with a slicked-back hairdo with baby bangs, along with simple make-up and a French manicure.

10. Daniel Kaluuya at the Baftas

Daniel Kaluuya at the Baftas (Ian West/PA)

Showing that men aren't confined to a plain black tuxedo on the red carpet, Daniel Kaluuya pulled out all the stops for his Baftas look. He called upon Prada for the occasion, wearing a statement blue mohair-trimmed coat, with a simple white turtleneck underneath.

9. Zendaya at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Zendaya attending the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Doug Peters/PA)

Also bucking tradition, Zendaya grabbed headlines by swapping the Valentino outfit she wore at the Oscars ceremony for a suit by Sportmax. Her Vanity Fair party outfit featured big shoulders, a cinched waist and an unusual purple shirt underneath.

8. Julia Fox at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Julia Fox at the Vanity Fair Afterparty (Alamy/PA)

Julia Fox's dramatic looks stole the show at many red carpet events this year, with her Vanity Fair Oscar Party look generating criticism from some and praise from others. She wore a black leather dress by Han Kjobenhavn with a sinister hand around the neck, and carried a black furry clutch bag, which she later revealed was made of real human hair.

7. Blake Lively at the Met Gala

Blake Lively at the Met Gala (Alamy/PA)

Outfit choices at the Met Gala always garner attention, if sometimes for the wrong reasons. The Gala has a different theme each year, with the guestlist of A-list celebs dressing to impress.

In 2022, Blake Lively was tasked with hosting the event, so unsurprisingly, her rose gold gown with a beaded bodice, inspired by New York’s art deco architecture fit the 'gilded glamour' theme perfectly.

6. Nicola Coughlan at the Baftas

Nicola Coughlan at the Bafta TV Awards (Ian West/PA)

Valentino’s hold on red carpet fashion showed no sign of letting up in 2022, with celebrities continuing to wear the brand’s voluminous outfits. One of the best of the year was Nicola Coughlan at the Bafta TV Awards, with the Derry Girls star going for a maximalist look in a show-stopping pink dress with bows along the neckline.

5. Gemma Chan at the Venice Film Festival

Gemma Chan at the Venice Film Festival (Alamy/PA)

The drama surrounding the production of Don't Worry Darling was headline news across the world, with many focused on stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles and director Olivia Wilde. However, it was Gemma Chan who managed to steal the show on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival.

She wore custom Louis Vuitton, an armour-like silver column dress given a feminine touch with 3D flower appliques.

4. Simone Ashley at the Fashion Awards

Simone Ashley at the Fashion Awards (Ian West/PA)

The Fashion Awards wasn’t short of spectacular outfits, with Bridgerton star Simone Ashley making all the best-dressed lists in a lavender form-fitting embellished gown by disco fabulous brand 16Arlington, complete with a head covering.

3. Florence Pugh at the BFI London Film Festival

Florence Pugh at the BFI London Film Festival (Ian West/PA)

Florence Pugh spent the year honing her voice on the red carpet, and has become known for dramatic gowns with full skirts and bright colours. Her outfit for the BFI London Film Festival was a prime example of this.

She often chooses Valentino, and this salmon number brought the boudoir to the red carpet with thin straps, a voluminous skirt and a feather trim.

2. Cate Blanchett at the Governors Awards

Cate Blanchett at the 13th Governors Awards (Alamy/PA)

Cate Blanchett made headlines with the outfit not because of the design, but because she wore it to the Venice Film Festival in 2020. Elizabeth Stewart posted on Instagram: “We understand that most people rewear clothes all the time, and how great this is for the environment (keeping clothes out of landfills etc) However, on the red carpet, fashion is about being exciting, making a splash, and pushing our industry forward, so the bar is high.”

1. Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala (Alamy/PA)

Likely the most controversial red carpet look of the year, Kim Kardashian wore the nude sequinned gown worn by Marilyn Monroe during her famous 1962 performance of Happy Birthday to US president John F Kennedy, on loan from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum.

The reality star and entrepreneur said she was “so honoured” to wear the dress, and some praised the vintage piece – while others suggested such a historic dress shouldn’t be worn. Kardashian also garnered criticism for saying she lost 16 pounds (7kg) in three weeks to fit into the dress.


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