This was the year that live events—and by extension, red carpet competition—came back in full force, bringing leading fashion designers out of hibernation, and promptly minting new icons. The result was an explosion of creativity as the artists’ goal was to talk about it at all costs, no matter how many rules had to be broken. Below, the red-carpet rebels that grabbed the most attention in 2022.
Creep guests at the Blumhouse Halloween party by dressing up like the killer doll from the studio’s upcoming horror movie M3GAN.
She teamed up with Burberry’s Ricardo Tisci for a Met Gala look that fused golden-era styles for Puerto Rican men and women.
One wore a shirtless Oscars outfit with a backless halter by Haider Ackermann in Venice.
The conversation temporarily moved away from Will Smith at Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party in a flamboyant gothic gown and a clutch that appears to be made of human hair.
She modeled the look of Emperor’s New Clothes at the Coperni show at Paris Fashion Week, with a white fiber dress sprinkled directly over her semi-nude body.
Show his primary colors in GQ Party “Men of the Year”.
Flashing calves in Thom Browne’s skirt suit Moon KnightPremiere in London in March.
Show sheer spunk with the sheer black dress that Naeem Khan wore to the wedding People we hate at the wedding the first show.
She walked up the steps to the Met Gala in one of the most iconic dresses of all time, the sparkly Jean Louis dress Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 to sing President Kennedy’s “Happy Birthday,” which Kardashian borrowed from Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Kim Kardashian (again)
She wrapped herself in Balenciaga’s warning tape at Paris Fashion Week, before distancing herself from the brand in a controversial ad campaign.
She redefined “worm work” with her unbeatable New York City Halloween costume.
Lil Nas X
He proved his modeling cred time and time again this year, but especially with his live performance at Vogue World even in New York, clad in a silver shirt and sparkly pants, complete with his favorite stuffed animal, Slush the Husky.
She embodied the “Gilded Glamor” theme at the Met Gala—which she co-chaired—in a Versace gown inspired by New York City landmarks including the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, and the Statue of Liberty.
She sailed at the VMAs in an oversized black Jean Paul Gaultier number that she later joked about on Twitter (“My designer: How much fabric do you want to wear? Me: yeah”).
Taking off a custom skirt by Hans-Nicolas Mott at the Berlin show Express train in July.
Set the internet on fire (as usual) with two Valentino pieces at Paris Fashion Week.
Sheryl Lee Ralph
She walked the Emmys red carpet for the first time in a stunning custom Brandon Blackwood dress.
She turned her baby into a display accessory until the birth of her son in May.
Stole the spotlight from her Bones and everything Superstar Timothee Chalamet participated in a look from the Schiaparelli Fall 2022 show.
She appeared at the Oscars in shorts by Chanel.
She covered the red carpet in the Gucci suit he wore to the Toronto premiere policeman.
Judy Turner Smith
Fashion lovers had it all year long, but none more so than this stunning dream dress by Christopher John Rogers, V.D Bardot Premiere in Venice.
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to subscribe.