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Perhaps these looks were better in concept.

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Emilia Clarke

No one wants to anger the Mother of Dragons, but we've gotta do what we've gotta do: We like preciously 75 percent of this Valentino ensemble. Black lace is very on trend. So are capes. But even a khaleesi should be wise and pick only one. Otherwise you're overdoing it, no matter how royal you are. That said ...

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The bracelet's OK

We're not mad at her Neil Lane jewelry.

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Katy Perry

We're not mad at the Elvis Presley child-bride look ... in theory. However ...

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Elvis would not approve

In practice, though, Katy Perry's teased-up look (which was achieved with the help of one of these) is probably best left back at Graceland.

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Giuliana Rancic

Face it: Rancic has pulled off some of the biggest fashion risks the red carpet has ever seen. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. The dramatic sleeves and a coral color (care of Alex Perry) are both more than enough. But ...

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... throw in a gold metallic shoe and over-the-top drop earrings in a clashing color, and you've officially gilded the lily.

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She's undeniably gorgeous, and the deep-ruby color works wonders on her. But ...

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... the triple-lampshade effect of this Marchesa gown means that even the tallest, most Amazonian figure is gonna get swallowed up. Call it sartorial science.

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Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett usually owns a red carpet, but this year, we're not so sure ...

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Too much, too blush

The larger-than-life star seemed overwhelmed by the shapeless cut of this Givenchy, and the blush color didn't do the fair star any favors either.

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Caitriona Balfe

Sometimes there's a fine line between best and worst dressed, and you're looking at someone who's sitting just on the wrong side of that line ...

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Bedroom or ballroom?

Caitriona Balfe, we adore you, and we adore this black lace trend going on. But we can't say we love a dress that seems to evoke a moody boudoir jellyfish.

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Jane Fonda

Film veteran Jane Fonda has earned the right to wear whatever she wants, wherever she wants. But even Hollywood royalty can get it wrong. Points to Fonda for taking a risk with this Yves Saint Laurent Couture number, but ...

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Does it double as a wedding cake?

... that's a lot of sequined ruffles.

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Regina King

Regina King's floor-length, golden Krikor Jabotian gown makes her look like a queen. Her cape reminds us that she's our hero. But there is no such think as a quee-ro, Regina. See our earlier notes on lily-gilding.

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Bryce Dallas Howard

Love the Jenny Packham dress. Love the actress. But together, these two seem to just swallow each other up.

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Natalie Dormer

We love an actor who takes a chance on a red carpet. But there's just too much going on with this J. Mendel selection.

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Eva Green

Eva Green is definitely a stunner, but it's tough to tell just how much of a stunner when her dress color is so close to her skin tone.

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Jill Soloway

When it comes to women in suits, let's be clear: We love 'em. But ...

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Save it for the sunshine

... timing is everything in fashion, and this look is definitely more let's-do-lunch than red carpet.

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Kate Hudson

Hudson poured herself expertly into this two-piece Kors number, but it's that third piece -- the matchy-matchy choker-- that makes the ensemble a little desperate-looking.

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Rooney Mara

Again, there's nothing wrong with this dress or the woman wearing it ... but please see our notes on Eva Green.

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Amanda Peet

It's another case of a disappearing actress! A bit of contrast could have done this Hollywood beauty a lot of good.

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Judith Light

Make no mistake: Light is a lion in the world of acting. But ...

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Steam is a good thing

... this lion's suit could use a date with an iron.

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Michaela Watkins

Mermaid silhouettes rarely work out, especially when paired with an in-your-face color like this one.

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Viola Davis

Sure, a talented actress deserves an equally theatrical gown. But there is a thing as too much drama, and we can't help wondering if this gown could've looked a lot better without the sleeves.

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Leslie Mann

The color is lovely. The actress is terrific. But ...

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Too much fabric?

... this top-heavy Monique Lhuillier dress looks all kinds of unbalanced here.