"The biggest trend was non-crazy, Old Hollywood-inspired gowns," says personal stylist Allison Berlin, who runs the New York-based Style Made Simple. "Today, the look is almost always beautiful, but it's also very safe."
That has a lot to do with the proliferation of stylists, who became celebrities in their own right as the decade progressed. (Remember, back in 2002, we hadn't even heard of Rachel Zoe.) "When you have a whole team of stylists, it's hard to not to look good," says Berlin. Katherine Heigl's Escada stunner at the 2008 Academy Awards exemplified the trend, while Bjork, in her infamous swan dress by Marjan Pejoski at the 2002 Academy Awards, defied it.
Other memorable looks, for better or worse, include Michelle Williams at the 2006 Academy Awards in a buttercup yellow Very Wang gown and Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards in a matching denim gown and tux.
So, in the Naughts, most red carpet choices were either safe or...ugly. Yet as we move into the next decade, it seems that more celebrities are experimenting with high-fashion. Even All-American girl Reese Witherspoon has embraced the avant-garde by wearing "it" designer label Rodarte, proving style doesn't have to be boring to be beautiful.
"I think the public is yearning for a more interesting red carpet," says Joanna Manganaro, the women's editor at New York-headquartered trend-tracking firm Stylesight. "Designers like Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen are definitely influencing Hollywood." Here's to high-fashion--and fun--in 2010.
Best and Worst Red Carpet Looks of the Decade
From a style point-of-view, the naughties were all about bling, gowns, and glamour. Yet there were plenty of missteps and tawdry fashion behavior as well. Click through our star-studded gallery to find out who rocked the red carpet and who didn't this decade.
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