written by Hanna PhamLeah Dolan, CNN
The 2022 red carpet circuit—full of experimentation, self-expression, and play—was one to remember.
The year saw a significant uptick in celebrities dabbling in archival fashion, with some moments — like Kim Kardashian’s Marilyn Monroe gown at the Met Gala — proving more controversial than others. Meanwhile, many red carpet attendees seemed to embrace an “anything goes” approach — from Brad Pitt’s sexy linen skirt suit to Julia Roberts’ playful digs at co-star George Clooney.
But amid the clothing mayhem (Heidi Klum’s worm costume deserves an honorable mention) there were many stylish and idiosyncratic fashion moments.
Scroll down to see a selection of the top 10 red carpet looks of 2022.
Zoe Kravitz wears Oscar de la Renta at the New York premiere of The Batman
At the New York premiere of The Batman in March, Zoe Kravitz’s gown included a playful cat image as a wink to her onscreen character, Catwoman. credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
The world press tour for The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kraftiz, was full of nods to the film’s characters. But the pinnacle of the red carpet, which spanned three countries, had to be Kravitz’s Oscar de la Renta gown, which was worn to the film’s New York City premiere. The column gown featured gothic corset detailing along with a two-paneled cat silhouette in homage to Kravitz’s role as Catwoman.
Blake Lively in Versace at the 2022 Met Gala
Blake Lively’s custom Versace dress was an homage to the iconic New York architecture of the Gilded Age. credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
In May, celebrities interpreted the Met Gala’s theme, “Gilded Glamor,” in a variety of ways, with some opting for more historical accuracy than others (Kim Kardashian’s controversial Marilyn Monroe dress was taken from another era entirely). Meanwhile, Blake Lively’s gown was an undisputed triumph and a symbolic tribute to New York City’s gilded architecture. The Versace custom debut is gathered into an oversized satin bow, which is pulled back to reveal a long, draped skirt across the stairs. In addition to the color of the dress, in homage to the Statue of Liberty’s motif, the collection included details of some of the city’s most famous landmarks from the Empire State Building to Grand Central Station. Even her crown was a nod to Lady Liberty, with 25 stones to represent the 25 windows of the iconic statue’s crown.
Emma Corinne in JW Anderson at the BFI Film Festival
For the BFI Film Festival in London, Corinne arrived in a JW Anderson Goldfish dress. credit: David Fisher/Shutterstock
This year, after rising to fame in 2021 while playing Princess Diana in the fourth season of the Netflix drama “The Crown,” Emma Corren has cemented herself as a red carpet stunt. Whether it’s the zany Loewe airless bra worn at the 2022 Olivier Awards or the 19th-century Dandy-inspired Miu Miu ensemble for the Met Gala (complete with top hat), Corin has consistently shown how to prioritize fun and fantasy above all else. another thing. At the BFI Film Festival in London, Corinne arrived in a new JW Anderson comic look from the Spring-Summer 2023 runway. The Goldfish Dress, a one-shoulder mini dress with a bubble shape and a sparkly finish, is printed with an orange goldfish.
Jada Pinkett Smith in Jean Paul Gaultier at the 2022 Academy Awards
Jada Pinkett Smith wore Glenn Martens for Jean Paul Gaultier at the 2022 Academy Awards. credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images
While Jada Pinkett Smith’s red carpet look was somewhat overshadowed by her husband’s infamous slap, the sparkling emerald green gown was one of the most eye-catching outfits of the night. The dress, designed by Glenn Martens for Jean Paul Gaultier, was revealed on the runway at Paris Haute Couture Week in January and featured a bodycon bodice, a high, flared neckline, and a sculpted flowy skirt.
Timothée Chalamet backless bodysuit by Haider Ackermann in Venice
Chalamet caused a stir in a backless Haider Ackermann jumpsuit in “Bones And All” during the Venice Film Festival. credit: Maria Moratti / Getty Images
“Call Me by Your Name” actor Timothée Chalamet graced the red carpet at this year’s Venice Film Festival in a backless red halter-neck jumpsuit designed by French designer and close friend Haider Ackermann to promote his new cannibal film “Bones and All.” The bold went viral, adding to Chalamet’s growing list of boundary-defying menswear.
Schiaparelli corset by Taylor Russell in London
Later on the press tour in London, Russell donned a glamorous Schiaparelli look when promoting the same film. credit: Abaca Press/Sipa USA/AP
During the same press tour, Taylor Russell took part in the film’s premiere at the BFI Film Festival in London, where Taylor Russell appeared at the film’s premiere at the BFI Film Festival in London in an equally eye-catching costume. Russell’s dramatic head-to-toe Schiaparelli look, featuring a long, fully lined bodice, was designed by the luxury house’s creative director Daniel Rosebery. It took more than 150 hours to design Russell’s jacket by hand in his Paris atelier.
Anne Hathaway’s “The Princess Diaries” moment by Armani Privé at Cannes
During the “Armageddon Time” premiere in Cannes, an Armani Privé gown designed by Hathaway reminded fans of her stint as Princess Mia of Thermopolis. credit: Gisela Schober/Getty Images
At the Cannes Film Festival in May, Anne Hathaway reminded us of all her roots as the Genovian Royalty in the Princess Diaries franchise in the 2000s. The actress looked ethereal on the red carpet in an all-white Armani Privé gown, complete with dazzling sapphire jewelry for the screening of the new “Armageddon Time” movie.
Lil Nas X’s Harris Reid looks at the MTV Video Music Awards
Lil Nas X wore Harris Reed’s sculptural design to the MTV Video Awards. credit: Dia Depasobel/Getty Images
Rapper Lil Nas X has redefined menswear with the help of Harris Reed. Lil Nas X turned heads at the MTV Video Awards in an elaborate black ensemble featuring a feathered circle headpiece, a feather-embellished circle skirt, and leather leggings underneath.
Zendaya’s classic Valentino dress at the Emmy’s
Zendaya chose a strapless classic black Valentino dress for the Emmy’s dress. credit: Fraser Harrison/Getty Images
With the help of longtime stylist Law Roach, Zendaya, who regularly pleases onlookers on the red carpet, stole the show once again at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards in September. Nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for her role in “Euphoria,” the star looked radiant in a strapless black Valentino gown.
Schiaparelli’s otherworldly doja cat look at the Billboard Music Awards
Doja Cat for her album “Planet Her” nominated the celestial theme by wearing pieces from “Planet Schiaparelli” – Daniel Roseberry’s couture collection from January 2022. credit: Scott Kirkland/Kick USA/AP
At this year’s Billboard Music Awards, Doja Cat designed her outfit around her highly nominated album “Planet Her.” The other look, featuring a gold Saturn-shaped purse and a corset sculpted with two vertically protruding horns, was from Daniel Rosebery’s sci-fi-inspired “Planet Schiaparelli” collection—which debuted at Paris Haute Couture Week in January.