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How to own the red carpet: Dazzle like the movie stars

Now that all the major award show gongs have been dished out, it's time for us to take home the season's best style pointers from the stars. Katie Wright reveals how to shop your way onto the best-dressed lists.

It's a decidedly First World problem: should actresses stick with what they know and love on the red carpet and risk being labelled boring, or try something daring but face the threat of landing themselves in that seventh circle of fashion hell, the Worst Dressed List?

Increasingly, A-listers are revelling in the jeopardy and we're seeing more unusual - but still beautiful - gowns. Which is the way it should be, because awards season is about celebrating talent, after all.

It's also prime time for us to gather inspiration for our own black tie events, weddings, proms, and the like, and right now we're really spoilt for choice.

Here are the trends that have ruled the red carpet this year, and how to shop them on the high street.

A host of starlets wowed in white, but cleverly managed to avoid looking liked they'd stepped straight off the pages of a bridal magazine.

With carefully placed cut-outs and plunging necklines dialling down the 'virginal bride' vibe - Saoirse Ronan in Saint Laurent and Lily James in Marchesa were thinking along the same lines with their Grecian-inspired gowns at the Golden Globes.

Thigh splits, clingy fabrics and fringe detailing are less wedding disco, more disco queen.

The sea of red gowns was split this season, into ruffled (Fifty Shades star Dakota Johnson, and British actress Annabelle Wallis' frill-edged confections at the Baftas) and minimalist (Tina Fey and Amy Adams looked fresh and modern in bright racer back dresses at the Golden Globes).

The latter works well for slim body types, because you're going to need a strapless bra, while ruffly frocks show of an hourglass figure to perfection.

Talk about razzle-dazzle - there was a veritable explosion of sequins and shine this season, from British up-and-comer Bel Powley in rainbow striped Gucci at the Baftas and Saoirse Ronan's bottle green Calvin Klein shimmer, to Kate Winslet's black vinyl-esque Ralph Lauren at the Oscars.

A shimmering column dress is a sure-fire head-turner for any swanky do. Just make sure the silhouette is sleek and form-fitting; let the sequins do the talking.

Meanwhile, it was the most opinion-dividing trend of the year when best supporting actress Oscar winner Alicia Vikander's full-skirted lemon Louis Vuitton was perfectly pretty (even if it did attract comparisons to Belle from Beauty And The Beast).

And Jennifer Lopez's mustard Giambattista Valli Couture capelet gown definitely, well, cut the mustard.

Her golden skin tone helps - on the whole, paler yellow shades suit fairer skin tones and vice versa, but play around with different hues, from neon to warm daffodil, to find your favourite.

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