2012 Year in Review: Top 15 red carpet moments

From Angelina to Gwyneth, here's a look at the year's top 15 moments on the red carpet, brought to you by FLARE magazine.

GWYNETH PALTROW

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow was goddess divine at this year's Academy Awards in a crisp white column of a dress designed by Tom Ford. Hailing Jackie O's 1961 inaugural ball gown (and matching cape coat) as the impetus for her decision to wear the dress, it was indeed the floor-grazing cape that set her statuesque look above and beyond the rest.

Natasha Poly

Natasha Poly

Natasha Poly wore a dress worthy of Cannes' immense red carpet. The Gucci-clad model looked ravishing in what was arguably one of the best looks on the label's fall/winter runway: a leopard print emerald green dress with a plunging neckline and thigh high slit. Sexy was most definitely an understatement.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

The jury is still open as to whether Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson are back together solely to promote the final film of the Twilight series, but the starlet had no reservations about baring all during the L.A. premier of Breaking Dawn Part 2. Clad in a nude sheer and lace inset Zuhair Murad dress, she looked utterly confident from every angle.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

After a slew of relatively modest red carpet appearances in promotion of her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie showed us a hint-make that a leg-ful-of her erstwhile provocative self at the Oscars in an alluring black velvet Versace dress. Her right leg went viral overnight.

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

The unusual pairing of pale lime pastel green with floral embroidery is just the sort of strange combination we've come to expect from Erdem Moralioglu. Who better to wear his creations than Anna Karenina star Kiera Knightly, whose talent for embodying the women of her period films manifests itself in a similarly unusual yet modern interpretation of each role.

Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles

Ever the peacock, never the wallflower. Beyoncé Knowles, who is to release an intimate tell-all documentary about her life come February, dazzled in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala. The electric violet-feathered train was enough to turn heads, let alone the remainder of the intricately designed and revealing bodice.

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Every public moment for Diane Kruger is inevitably a 'Best Dressed' moment-truly the star can do no wrong. Cannes was her oyster this year, and in lieu of choosing her best outfit we opted for her last and undoubtedly most dramatic gown of the festival, an extravagant, voluminous Dior Couture dress from spring 2012.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

An avid and long-time devotee of Valentino (the retired designer himself designed her wedding dress), Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway donned a wildly romantic sheer and floral embroidered gown from the house's couture collection to attend the New York City Ballet Gala. Coupled with her pixie 'do, the look was worthy of a midsummer's night dream.

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Blake Lively has screen siren appeal down to a science (her announcement as the new face of Gucci seemed all but a given), but surprised us anew when she stepped out in a fiery monochrome red power suit courtesy of Michael Kors while in New York to promote her most recent film, Savages.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Emma Stone sported a wicked, wine-stained grin on par with the gothic edge of her darkly gilded, sheer black Gucci dress at the Paris premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man. This was no next-door neighbour friendly Gwen Stacey, but rather a cheeky wink at her upcoming role as a femme fatale in soon-to-be-released Gangster Squad.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

From The Hunger Games to Silver Linings Playbook and back again (she's in the midst of filming the second of the trilogy), Jennifer Lawrence has had a very busy year. While most appearances involved sexy, sparkling body conscious dresses, for TIFF she wore a gorgeous Dior Couture gown whose flared skirt and water coloured print evoked an enthrallingly demure elegance fitting of one who is to be the next face of Miss Dior.

Kate Middelton

Kate Middelton

With the world's eyes perpetually trained on her every move (and now baby bump), Kate Middelton never looks less than picture perfect. The digital floral printed Prabal Gurung shift she wore while in Singapore for her Diamond Jubilee Tour was her edgiest yet.

Leelee Sobieski

Leelee Sobieski

It's fitting that actress Leelee Sobieski, who only earlier this year wore a luminous white poplin dress from Raf Simon's penultimate collection for Jil Sander, would don a vibrant poppy red coatdress from his debut Christian Dior Couture collection-it made for an exquisite and resounding 'welcome back'-and to attend his first spring/summer 2012 ready-to-wear show for the house, no less.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara

Give any woman a tough-as-nails makeover and she's sure to attract attention. But every time The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara walked the carpet, her vampy lips, bluntly cut jet-black hair, and studiously poised mien were offset by her delicate, soft yet structural gowns. Needless to say, she wore a lot of Givenchy, and the frothily whipped, swan-like Givenchy Couture gown that she wore to the Oscars was the knockout.

Ulyana Sergeenko

Ulyana Sergeenko

Russian street style regular and rising designer Ulyana Sergeenko's outfits are known for their doll-like and coquettish sensibility, so her departure from typically full-skirted lacy frocks to a casual but no less captivating look caught our eye. Worn during Paris Fashion Week, the denim on denim outfit was a standout, and made more so by her feather trimmed black cape-apparently the very same one worn by Catherine Denevue in the 1968 film, La Chamade.