The Most Out-There Red Carpet Looks of 2016

Outfits that deserve to be remembered, for better or for worse.

To give you a sense of how difficult it was to whittle down (or "curate," as the kids put on their résumés) this gallery to the 25 worthiest looks, we had to cut all the sheer, sparkly gowns—bare butts and boobs are not (that) weird anymore. But there are other ways fashion can still astound and entertain us, as seen ahead.

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Katy Perry

The hallmarks of darker, 2016 Katy Perry: goth-baroque styling and corsetry. Lots of corsetry.

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Lady Gaga

Bowie tribute #1.

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Z LaLa

Say what you will, but she's made the Maleficent-on-acid aesthetic her own.

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Sandy Powell

Bowie tribute #2.

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Rihanna

Miu Miu is synonymous with "weird beauty," which is exactly what this is.

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Katy Perry

Disco Dolly Parton.

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Solange Knowles

Weirdest of the Year = Best of the Year in our book.

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Nicki Minaj

More buckles than a Pilgrim convention.

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Beyoncé

Still unconfirmed: If she squeaked gliding up the Met stairs.

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Will.i.am.

Also unconfirmed: If will.i.am. gave any interview with a voice modulator.

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Lady Gaga

One hundred percent confirmed: It's a no-pants policy for all Stefani's alter egos.

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Madonna

Same goes for Madge.

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Katy Perry

The beehive isn't even the strangest bit—that would be the Tamagotchi.

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Michelle Monaghan

Really pretty, especially with the technical fabric that reads a bit more like trash-bag plastic.

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Laetitia Casta

Part bathing suit, part black-tie sarong, all woman.

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Z LaLa

What can we say? The woman knows what she likes.

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Cate Blanchett

Dress on dress.

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Beyoncé

When you like the Winged Victory so much you wrap it around your neck.

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Fan Bingbing

The tangled-up-in-your-shower-curtain meme done right.

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Hailee Steinfeld

Life-size macramé.

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Anna Chlumsky

Between the train and the elastic hem thingy, this is a puzzle.

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Zendaya

Mark my words: Fashion sleeves are about to blow up.

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Ciara

How many pregnant ladies would wear a drop waist ending in a cascade of parachute? ::curtsies in admiration::

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Z LaLa

Yes.

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Chrissy Teigen

Any dress that prompts the phrase "apologies to anyone harmed mentally or physically by my hooha" deserves a place in the red-carpet HOF, for sure.

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