Best of 2008 – Red Carpet Gowns

by Profashionelle on January 1, 2009 · 1 comment

It’s officially 2009. We waved 2008 good bye and welcomed a new year. Can you believe it’s already 2009? I feel like 2000 is just one or two years ago. Anyway, 2008 was a great year fashionwise. We had lots of beautiful gowns and many memorable red carpet moments. Everyone loves Top 10-lists so we are the last to disappoint you. Enjoy our 10 Best Gowns of 2008.

It was really hard to narrow down my initial selection of about 30 dresses and discard 2/3 of them, but it had to be done and now I’m quite proud of my choices. These are the best of the best. I surely may have missed out on a few dresses, but it’s simply impossible to catch up on every event. So please bear with me if you should feel I have forgotten a must on this list. Just drop me a note and let me know about it.

Expect more “Best of 2008“-lists to follow soon.

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

Cate Blanchett in a pale pink Armani Privé gown at the Cannes Film Festival 2008

Queen Cate makes sure not to be missed out on this list of the “Best Gowns of 2008“. She was a vision in pale pink Armani Privé at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

Everyone knows Cate loves Giorgio Armani and often wears his designs, but who are we to blame her when she looks so svelte in his clothes? She will always be my number one, fashionwise and as an actress. I ♥ you, Cate!

Camilla Belle in Armani Privé

Camilla Belle in an aqua Armani Privé Spring 2008 dress at the 2008 Costume Institute Gala

Camilla Belle was absolutely breathtaking in an aqua one-shoulder Armani Privé tiered silk gown.

Naomi Watts in Thierry Mugler

Naomi Watts in a white Thierry Mugler dress at the 2008 Costume Institute Gala 2008

The 2008 Costume Institute Gala brought us some of the most beautiful and stunning gowns of the year, another one which was worn by Australian actress Naomi Watts.

Naomi wore a white pleated halterneck vintage dress by Thierry Mugler with the company’s logo – a star – at the waist, fire-red lips and wavy locks. She’s quite the glamorous Marilyn Monroe here, but oh how good she looked!

Bee Schaffer in Nina Ricci

Bee Schaffer in an eggplant Nina Ricci gown at the 2008 Costume Institute Gala

Bee Schaffer, the daughter of editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, wore one of the most amazing & most beautiful gowns I’ve ever seen. She attended the Costume Institute Gala in a strapless aubergine Nina Ricci gown.

I am still mesmerized at the mere sight of this beautiul fairy tale dress and do not tire of looking at it. The gorgeous amethyst colour, voluminous skirt and all the sparkling embroidery spiralling down the bodice. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! But it’s not all about the dress – Bee in it is pure perfection and so is her hair, make-up and accessories.

Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra

Olivia Wilde in a pearl grey Reem Acra satin chiffon gown at the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards

Olivia Wilde was an ethereal beauty at the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards wearing a delicate pearl grey satin and chiffon Reem Acra gown with jewel-encrusted cap sleeves. Simply divine!

Mila Kunis in Matthew Williamson

Mila Kunis in a white Matthew Williamson dress at the Max Payne Los Anegeles Premiere

Mila Kunis was yet another stunner wearing a shimmery Matthew Williamson draped gown with a plunge-neck and floral appliqué at the waist when she attended the Max Payne LA premiere back in October. She’s oozing laid-back sexiness from every angle. LOVE IT!

Amy Adams in Proenza Schouler

Amy Adams in a green strapless Proenza Schouler gown at the 2008 Academy Awards

Amy Adams was beyond gorgeous in her green strapless Proenza Schouler gown at the Oscars 2008. Green on a redhead is a match made in heaven.

Zhang Ziyi in Armani Privé

Zhang Ziyi in a blue ruffled Armani Privé gown at the 15th Annual Elton John Oscar Party 2008

Zhang Ziyi was ruffled perfection in her blue strapless Armani Privé gown. Beautiful!

Reese Witherspoon in Marchesa

Reese Witherspoon in a black lace Marchesa Spring 2009 gown at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards 2008

Reese Witherspoon brought some serious glamour to the 42nd CMA Awards wearing a dramatic black lace gown from Marchesa’s Spring 2009 collection. Reese was a feast for the eyes in her asymmetrical dress and the fire-red lips. She knows how to work the red carpet.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Nina Ricci

Sarah Jessica Parker in a grey metallic strapless Nina Ricci gown at the Sex and the City Movie Premiere in New York

So obviously we can’t finish this list without having Sarah Jessica Parker on our mind. SJP strut the red carpet in a gorgeous strapless Nina Ricci Spring 2008 gown which had a sweetheart neckline and a metallic pleated taffeta overlay. Carrie Bradshaw would approve.

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Red Carpet Fashion Awards – Best Dressed 2008

Fashion Critic, the girl who runs celebrity fashion blog Red Carpet Fashion Awards also has a Top 10 list for 2008. We both agreed on Cate Blanchett and Camilla Belle looking divine in Armani Privé (didn’t surprise me as we both love Queen Cate & Armani Privé).

Apart from these two beautiful ladies, I most admired her for putting Carine Roitfeld in that red animal print Balmain Fall 2008 number on her list. I totally missed out on this one.

The dress I liked least on her list was Kate Bosworth‘s silver Chanel Couture Spring 2008 dress. Though I generally love everything Kate wears, I really disliked this one. Maybe if the dress was longer and hadn’t this strange hemline, I would have loved it, but that way it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Oh, her blog’s readers also have a Top 10 for “Best Dressed in 2008“. Go check it out!

Fabulousness – Best Dressed 2008

Chris who runs Fabulousness, also a great blog I frequently read to hook up on celebrity fashion, published her Top 25 red carpet appearances. We also have some choices in common (4 to be exact – Cate Blanchett, Camilla Belle, Olivia Wilde & Amy Adams).

The best dress she featured which I don’t have on my list is Diane Kruger in Valentino Spring 2007 Couture. Diane never fails to impress.

I least liked Michelle Williams in the purple tiered YSL dress on Chris’ list. While I admit that it is a beautiful dress, I do not agree that it deserves to be in the Top 25.

We want more… Best Dressed 2008

If you’re still hungry for some more 2008 red carpet coverage, here are some more “Best Dressed in 2008“-lists. Which gowns were your favorites? Write a comment and let us know.

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