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The Best Dressed at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

The Critics’ Choice Awards was the second red carpet of an awards season that is shaping up to a be a whirlwind due to a truncated schedule (the Grammys air on Jan. 26; the Oscars on Feb. 9).

This time around, there was plenty of color, a palette of highly saturated oranges, yellows, turquoise and fuchsia, the last of which was Zendaya’s hue de nuit for a Tom Ford sculptural breastplate and matching skirt. It’s a far cry from the sea of gold, silver and champagne sequin and embellishment that has populated most red carpets of recent years.

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Zendaya in a Tom Ford sculptural breastplate and matching skirt with Christian Louboutin pumps.
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But is it a better choice? Many of the colors seemed off; the wrong shades for winter skin. Kristen Bell’s lime green jumpsuit felt jarring, and the proliferation of tangerine on the red carpet merits a review of the color as fashion’s next statement hue.

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Saoirse Ronan in an Erdem gown, Niwaka jewelry and Tamara Mellon heels. 
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But there were those who wore it well, like Alison Brie who donned a fitted Brandon Maxwell gown. Awkwafina opted for a bold yellow that she pulled off thanks to the pairing of a bright red lip. And Billy Porter continued his tour de force in a turquoise jumpsuit with an angular strapless neckline and gigantic pant legs.

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Catherine O’Hara in a Romona Keveza gown, David Webb jewelry, Judith Leiber clutch and Vince Camuto heels. 
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Otherwise, the evening was a lesson in why actresses often dress in metallic neutrals and black: Because it’s quite often the most flattering choice.

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Florence Pugh in Prada with Jimmy Choo’s Talika pump and Maria Tash jewelry. 
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Anne Hathaway in Atelier Versace with Alexandre Birman heels.
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Awkwafina in Elie Saab, Irene Neuwirth jewelry, Judith Lieber clutch and Stuart Weitzman shoes underneath.  
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Julia Butters25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, Arrivals, Barker Hanger, Los Angeles, USA - 12 Jan 2020
Julia Butters in Armani. 
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Billy Porter25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, Arrivals, Barker Hanger, Los Angeles, USA - 12 Jan 2020
Billy Porter in a Hogan McLaughlin jumpsuit and jewelry by Lynn Ban, with Coach’s platform Turbo boots, customized for Porter. 
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Joey King25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, Arrivals, Barker Hanger, Los Angeles, USA - 12 Jan 2020
Joey King in a Prada gown and metallic pumps with cantilevered heels. 
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Christina Applegate25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, Arrivals, Fashion Highlights, Barker Hanger, Los Angeles, USA - 12 Jan 2020
Christina Applegate in a Christian Siriano gown with jewelry by Platt Boutique and Christian Louboutin heels underneath it all. 
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Sarah Snook in Galvan London and Asprey jewelry. 
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Laura Dern in Emilia Wickstead and Messika jewelry. The actress also carried a mini Hermès bag with her on the red carpet.  
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Charlize Theron in Celine by Hedi Slimane.
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Renee Zellweger in Dior Haute Couture and Jimmy Choo’s Anouk pump.
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