This Red Carpet Sort Of Kicked The Golden Globes' Butt

Much has been written about the current state of red carpet dressing, especially after the Golden Globes' lethargic lineup. Celebrities employ Old Holly tricks far too often. Worst dressed lists have wiped out experimentation. The red carpet, as an institution, is bad for fashion. Here's the thing: not no to all of that. While runways, and then street style, and then the styles in our own closets have gotten more adventurous, the red carpets for major awards shows are looking as vanilla as ever. So, bless the less heralded events, like last night's Critic's Choice Awards, and the stars that don't miss the opportunity to finally show some sartorial personality.
From a no-shirt blazer look that a certain Rachel Green would totally endorse to a dress silhouette like an upturned wine goblet given the Tim Walker treatment, the range of styles was notably interesting. When's the last time a red carpet was described as such? Click through to see what we think has been the best dressed group of women representing Fashion-with-a-capital-F this season so far.

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Jennifer Aniston
No, Jennifer Aniston isn't wearing a shirt. Yes, that is a body chain nestled between her bosom. And yes, she looks comfortable and happy and cool in a way we haven't seen her in years. What gives Aniston's look a slight leg up from Rita Ora's is that the Gucci suit is slightly boxy, which makes that peek-a-boo allure all the more striking.
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Andrea Riseborough
This double-breasted turquoise suit from Escada has landed Andrea Riseborough on a few worst dressed lists, but whoever put those together missed the point entirely. It's a boxy, retro silhouette with strong David Lynch vibes, and it's an imaginative two-piece that's as captivating as it is practical. That upturned collar is the icing on the cake.
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Patti Smith
Black jacket, white shirt, black pants, black boots — all classic, except no one pulls it off as coolly as Patti Smith.
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Jamie Chung
The long-sleeved, floor-length "nude" gown is a trend that's becoming a red carpet staple, but Jamie Chung's dress is a whole different breed. It's demure and ladylike, but still fantastical in a fairy-princess-by-way-of-Tim Burton sort of way.
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Keira Knightley
Since she announced her pregnancy, Keira Knightley has been opting for looser-fit dresses. This blue Delpozo gown is ethereal and lovely, and has got that forest-woman vibe of her Chanel gown (without the side of Pierrot).
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Carmen Ejogo
We mentioned that up-and-coming designer Emilia Wickstead was going to soon become a red carpet staple, and this peach-hued gown on Carmen Ejogo really cements that prediction. The color is a daring one (it toes the line between nude and pastel, which makes Ejogo basically glow in it), and it's a streamlined shape with cheekily casual touches (pockets, box pleating, a simple bodice) that's still dramatic.
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Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard's contract with Dior is still going strong, and good on them both, because the lady looks good in those dresses. This ballooning washed-silk skirt turns Cotillard into a rose blossom.
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Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger's red carpet game is strong, and she always manages to look both completely elegant and utterly surprising. This strapless dress with a voluminous train is from Naeem Khan, and that strip of stripe on the bottom does a lot to give this traditional blue toile print a modern spin.
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Jenny Slate
Miu Miu is starting to become a red carpet heavyweight, and Jenny Slate absolutely slays in this prussian-blue dress. The specific ankle length and belt lend the quirk-factor, and the dramatic collar of embellishments lets her go easy on other accessories.
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Rosamund Pike
No one does lace quite like Valentino, and this all-white concoction with a vintage-look skirt and a future-look bodice is a mash-up that really, really works.
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Leslie Mann
Sparkly dresses are a dime a dozen during awards season, but the subtle striping and shorter hemline of Leslie Mann's Reem Acra frock give it an edge that sets it apart. Plus, we love how those shoes and clutch don't quite match (which is how all the cool girls are doing it these days).
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Jessica Chastain
This Antonio Berardi dress won't be everyone's cup of tea, but that Joan-Collins-meets-Wu Zetian Dynasty vibe is just what we love most about it. It's ostentatious but still restrained.
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Reese Witherspoon
We like it when Reese Witherspoon goes dramatic, like in this Lanvin dress with a giant bustle train. It's a less daring variation on Emma Stone's Lanvin look from the Golden Globes, but fits Witherspoon's vibe perfectly.
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Genesis Rodriguez
It's easy to wear cut-outs in a way that makes you look like you're headed straight to Vegas, and then there's a way to do it where you look like the goddess you truly are. In ice-blue Reem Acra, Rodriguez is certifiably the latter.
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Angelina Jolie
Nothing comes between Angelina Jolie and her clingy goddess dresses, but this particular Versace style in this particular shine was undeniably stunning.