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The idea of staying up with your closest friends and loved ones until the stroke of midnight (or ACHEM too long past it...anyone else STILL super tired and broken? *raises hand feebly*) to ring in the new year is so fecund with glamour and anticipation and sparkle magic jubilee that New Year's Eve is one of those holidays that DEMANDS a fabulous outfit to properly celebrate it. It's just something that will always be true no matter how many eons pass. As always, a few of our favorite fashionistas took the idea to heart, breaking out their glitziest outfits for the occasion. From Lady Gaga's slinky silver gown to Rihanna's chic sheer overlayed frock, here are our five favorite gowns from the grand kickoff of the new year.

LADY GAGA

Lady Gaga celebrates New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square.
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Lady Gaga was a vision of updated glamour in a silver floor-length satin dress. The gown featured a figure-flattering boned bodice draped with fringe (very roaring '20s meets 18th century burlesque) and an hourglass silhouette. Mother Monster sparkled as bright as the Times Square ball with an inspired circular masked headdress, embellished gloves, and a web of rhinestone roping used to accentuate the gown's lines.

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That headline seems almost head-smackingly "DUHHHH," right? I mean, if I were attending, let alone performing for, an event with "DIVAS" in the name, a word so fecund with high-maintenance, red-clawwed, femme dominance, OF COURSE, I'd bury myself in yards of metallics, fur stoles, and the world's butteriest leathers. Florence Welch, Jessie J, and Mary J. Blige are already, day-to-day, three of the most show-stoppingly clothed ladies of late, so we expected nothing short of being totally floored by their VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul outfits. Much to our delight, the trifecta did not disappoint, pulling out all the attention-commanding stops for their red carpet and (*cough* multiple) performance looks for an ascent to ear-poppingly dramatic FASHUN.

RED CARPET

Florence Welch, Jessie J, and Mary J. Blige hit the "VH1 Divas" red carpet.
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Florence Welch glittered down the red carpet in a sequin-drenched white-nude dress from the Antonio Berardi spring 2012 collection. As if being steeped in shimmer were not enough, her long-sleeved mock turtleneck dress also featured an eye-catching full mullet hem. Jessie J dared to wear one of Falguni & Shane Peacock's notoriously provocative creations from the spring 2012 line. The black and gold gown is panelled with sheer black fabric of varying degrees of transluscent and emblazoned with ornate and *achem* strategically placed gold embellishments. Originally a midi-length, Jessie added the lower black ruffle to extend the dress to floor-length. Mary J. wore head-to-toe fall 2011 Michael Kors, pairing a slinky ruched nude gown splattered with rhinestones under a MASSIVE blonde fur jacket.

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Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars clean up at the Grammy Awards nominations concert.
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Do you smell that? Those notes of celebratory effervescence, salty tears of joy, and the unmistakable scent of heavy metals? It's the subtle trace of "awards show season" wafting through the air, bubbling up our anticipation of the glittering red carpet parades to come after the new year. Last night's ceremonious Grammy Nominations Concert Live may have just been a prelude to February's actual Grammy Awards, but it has sufficiently whet our appetites for all the ensembles set to hit the step-repeat in just over a month. Chief among the night's stylish stars were Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars, all of whom ALSO cleaned up with big-ticket nominations.

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Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, and Stella McCartney at the Stella McCartney store in London.
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OK, holiday party people, the season is officially in full swing! What does this mean? Oh, just a number of party photos of celebrities wearing fancy Santa hats, street-style shots of peeps in their cutest woolen coats, and retailers shining light on their stores by actually holding events that involve shiny lights. Stella McCartney kicked off the fashionable holiday season in London-town with her own store-lighting ceremony that drew the likes of Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, and (ZOMG, GASPING FOR AIR AT THE MOST AMAZING OF AMAZING CRAW-FACE HOLIDAY BALLSNESS EVAH) Miss Edina Monsoon, aka Jennifer Saunders in character as Monsoon from the hit British TV show Absolutely Fabulous (aka one of the best shows ever in the history of television). Apologies for the ALL CAPS and super emosh effusiveness but, you guys, have you seen this show? We need to discuss this as well as the insane amount of lights Ms. McCartney used on the front of her store's building.

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga attends the Barneys launch of Gaga's Workshop with Nicola Formichetti in New York City.
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Nothing says the holidays like LADY GAGA. Our Lady of all things Gaga-loony and Gaga-licious is doing her best to make this Turkey Day week—as well as the upcoming holiday season—as Gaga-tastic as possible. (You can add GAGA to just about anything and it sounds more interesting. Gaga-gravy. Gaga-coozie. Gaga-pie. Try it!) To kick off a week of events that includes Our Lady's television special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, which she both conceived and directed, the style icon opened Gaga's Workshop at Barneys New York last night. As you little monsters probably already know, the store is chock-full of signature items dreamt up or inspired by the Lady herself. We're talking everything from her Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson book (NOW ON SALE!) to fingerless gloves and Gaga-cookies (told you it works). We knew she'd be wearing something that would take us to the edge of glory—this being a major holiday event and all—but we didn't expect her to emerge from the monster façade outside the Barneys building in full-on Antebellum-style Chanel Haute Couture. Um, fainting couch, please!

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Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and Kaylee Defer help "Gossip Girl" celebrate 100 episodes.
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Can you believe that Gossip Girl is already celebrating 100 episodes? It seems like just yesterday we were tuning in to the relatively newly renamed CW network to give this cast of unknowns (*achem* extremely good-looking and well-dressed unknowns) a chance. It wasn't long before Blake Lively's Serena van der Woodsen and Leighton Meester's Blair Waldorf and the rest of the Upper East Side's young elite had captured our hearts, attention, and Wednesday nights. Since then, the series has experienced cameos, character appearances and banishments, and more formal parties than you can shake a stick at. The series has become a hot bed for contemporary fashion and as the years have gone on, stylistas have tuned in at growing numbers, like moths to a flame. Naturally, a celebration of the storied fash-forward show would, of course, yield a gang of exquisitely wardrobed attendees.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry at the 2011 American Music Awards on Nov. 20 in Los Angeles, California.
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If there's anyone who's become a style-slaying red carpet mainstay, it's Katy Perry. She ALWAYS kicks it out full-throttle in multiple outfits that always make us both gasp and smile. Also? She doesn't care about showing off her teeth in photos (LOVE). At this year's American Music Awards, Miss Purrrrrry dazzled in a trifecta of bright pink hair-topped looks that conjured up everything from a retro pinup to a Judy Jetson folk singer. Y'all, the looks were high-class BANANAS (like, the pricey organic variety), and they were accessorized in the prettiest of retro-glam 1940s hairstyles. Not to play favorites or anything, but Katy P rocks her décolletage like nobody's biz. Let's break this frothy strawberry milkshake action down, shall we?

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber at the 2011 American Music Awards on Nov. 20 in Los Angeles, California.
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You probably noticed it yourself, but we're going to officially give Justin Bieber's THREE different outfits AND hairstyles he sported up and down last night's 2011 American Music Awards their propers. It seems the secret to staying relevant in the world of pop music is to be in a constant state of metamorphosis. We've seen it a gazillion times—superstar artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Britney Spears shape-shifting and reinventing with each new album, single, performance. As more and more budding musicians are wising up to the tried-and-true success mantra, the stakes grow higher—artists are trying to roll out a new look between every time you blink your eyes. Though recently this is a job that's been dominated by the ladies (HAYYY, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga), the Biebs is carving out a place for himself among the other chameleons with three compleeeetely different looks in one awards show.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj at the 2011 American Music Awards on Nov. 20, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.
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This year's American Music Awards were all about amped up GLAMour, and if there was one artiste who brought the fashion both to the stage and the red carpet it was multiple AMA awards winner Nicki Minaj. Miss "Super Bass" opened the awards show with a mega mix of that very song, which began with "Turn Me On" and saw her emerge from the darkness as a sort of android princess to, literally, turn herself "on" in Small Wonder fashion by plugging a cord into a socket attached to her stomach. Not only did her pink tendrils seem electrified, so did her, ahem, bootay, which displayed speakers on each cheek—not to be outdone by the volume dials on her lady bazooms, of course—and the entire outfit seemed to suggest that Nicki M was, in actuality, SUPER BASS. She danced around the stage easily in silver high-top sneakers that matched the silver body suit and panels over her jeans. Oh, and her microphone? PINK, obvs, most likely in homage to her Best Rap/Hip-Hop winning album, Pink Friday.

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We look forward to each year's American Music Awards as a place where breath-taking and outrageous fashions mix, mingle, and outright COLLIDE, and tonight's show was no disappointment. From the bubblegum pink-ness of Katy Perry to the many outfit changes of Justin Bieber, stars turned it OUT in both their flashiest and finest. With so many ladies and gents bringing their fashion A-game, repping so many styles, it's never easy to pick just one favorite, so we picked our top TEN looks of the night.

TAYLOR SWIFT IN REEM ACRA:

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the 2011 American Music Awards on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Taylor Swift cleaned UP tonight, raking in an armful of awards including the top honor, Artist of the Year. She also looked drop-dead and way mature, might we add, in this champagne-colored Reem Acra column gown. True to Swift's signature style, it was decked out in sequins.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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