The Most Over-the-top Red Carpet Looks Ever

Part of celebrities’ jobs is attending galas, premieres, award shows, and launch parties. And while it’s undoubtedly fun (at least sometimes), there’s also certainly a work component to these events. Nearly all of them include a red carpet or otherwise being photographed by official press photographers, paparazzi, and, of course, fans.

Celebrities have to pick out the look they think is perfect for the event, which, after many of these events each year, can undoubtedly get challenging. Not only that, but there’s a lot of pressure on them to make regularly published “Best Dressed” lists, impress fans and critics alike, and take fashion risks with the hope that they’ll wow.

Some celebrities, however, take things a little bit (or a lot) too far. Here, some of the most over-the-top red carpet looks ever.

Solange Knowles at the 2016 Met Gala

As Teen Vogue reported, Solange Knowles rocked a bright yellow dress on the red carpet at the 2016 Met Gala. The gown, designed by David Laport, was suggested by some to be a tribute to her sister Beyoncé after she released the smash-hit, “Lemonade.” Knowles paired her gown with yellow latex leggings and lucite heels. Chic, but over-the-top at the same time.

Z LaLa at the 2016 American Music Awards

American singer Z LaLa, who is sometimes compared to Lady Gaga, went a little bit too over-the-top when choosing her outfit for the 2016 American Music Awards. She landed herself on EW’s “Worst Dressed” list for her latex and mesh outfit and gelled, sculpted hairstyle. The look was a little bit Maleficent, which earned perhaps more than her fair share of criticism.

Elena Lenina at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Elena Lenina, a Russian socialite and television star, attended the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, one of the year’s most notable events, decked out in hot pink and with her hair styled into a blond and pink-streaked heart piled high on her head, as reported by Mirror. Lenina paired the over-the-top hairdo (for which she’s famous — each year she turns heads at Cannes for her fantastical hairstyles) with a relatively understated silver sequined handbag. Wait and see how she wears her hair next.

Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala

Rihanna absolutely stunned in her marigold-colored over-the-top 2015 Met Gala gown. As Cosmopolitan reported, the gown took over two years to make from start to finish. The brocade, embroidered, fur-lined frock is undoubtedly a little bit excessive, but is also one of her most beautiful Met Gala looks ever.

Rihanna told Vanity Fair that it was designed by Chinese designer Guo Pei, which fit the theme of the event that year, which was “China: Through The Looking Glass.” And on top of it all? Rihanna finished her look with a golden headpiece, which was the perfect pairing with her scene-stealing gown.

Kendall Jenner at the 2017 Met Gala

Kendall Jenner attended the 2017 Met Gala in, well, mostly underwear. Her glittery slip was designed by La Perla, in whose early 2017 lingerie campaign Jenner starred, as reported by Vogue. Other than the slip, Jenner donned a black thong, and that’s about it. The slip included an asymmetrical cutout across the front, the back was entirely open, and there was some darker fabric to ensure that she didn’t reveal too much of herself. The look was fairly well-received by critics, which goes to show, sometimes the over-the-top looks that might seem like they’re major fashion risks end up paying off.

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