The Most Out-There Red Carpet Looks of 2016

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

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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.

<p>The hallmarks of darker, 2016 Katy Perry: goth-baroque styling and corsetry. Lots of corsetry. </p>
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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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<p>Bowie tribute #1. </p>
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Lady Gaga

Bowie tribute #1.

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<p>Say what you will, but she's made the Maleficent-on-acid aesthetic her own.</p>
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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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<p>Bowie tribute #2. </p>
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Sandy Powell

Bowie tribute #2.

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<p>Miu Miu is synonymous with "weird beauty," which is exactly what this is.</p>
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Rihanna

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

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<p>Disco Dolly Parton.</p>
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Katy Perry

Disco Dolly Parton.

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<p>Weirdest of the Year = Best of the Year in our book.</p>
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Solange Knowles

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

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<p>More buckles than a Pilgrim convention.</p>
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Nicki Minaj

More buckles than a Pilgrim convention.

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<p>Still unconfirmed: If she squeaked gliding up the Met stairs.</p>
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Beyoncé

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

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<p>Also unconfirmed: If will.i.am. gave any interview with a voice modulator. </p>
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Will.i.am.

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

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<p>One hundred percent confirmed: It's a no-pants policy for all Stefani's alter egos. </p>
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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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<p>Same goes for Madge. </p>
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Madonna

Same goes for Madge.

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<p>The beehive isn't even the strangest bit—that would be <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/g3694/met-gala-nineties-fashion/?slide=1" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">the Tamagotchi</a>. </p>
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Katy Perry

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

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<p>Really pretty, especially with the technical fabric that reads a bit more like trash-bag plastic. </p>
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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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<p>Part bathing suit, part black-tie sarong, all woman.</p>
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Laetitia Casta

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

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<p>What can we say? The woman knows what she likes. </p>
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Z LaLa

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

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<p>Dress on dress. </p>
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Cate Blanchett

Dress on dress.

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<p>When you like the <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Winged Victory</em> so much you wrap it around your neck.</p>
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Beyoncé

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

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<p>The tangled-up-in-your-shower-curtain meme done right.</p>
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Fan Bingbing

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

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<p>Life-size macramé. </p>
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Hailee Steinfeld

Life-size macramé.

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<p>Between the train and the elastic hem thingy, this is a puzzle.</p>
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Anna Chlumsky

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

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<p>Mark my words: Fashion sleeves are about to blow up. </p>
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Zendaya

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

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<p>How many pregnant ladies would wear a drop waist ending in a cascade of parachute? ::curtsies in admiration::</p>
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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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<p>Yes.</p>
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Z LaLa

Yes.

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<p>Any dress that prompts the phrase "<a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a23761/chrissy-teigen-apologizes-for-showing-her-vagina/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">apologies to anyone harmed mentally or physically by my hooha</a>" deserves a place in the red-carpet HOF, for sure. </p>
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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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