Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie attend the 1st annual Baby2Baby gala at Book Bindery on November 3, 2012 in Culver City, California. Click for more photos

Best red carpet dresses of 2012

Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie attend the 1st annual Baby2Baby gala at Book Bindery on November 3, 2012 in Culver City, California. Photo: Jason LaVeris

As it's coming into Christmas party season, we thought we'd take a look back at some of this year's best red carpet dresses for a little inspiration.

While you may not emulate the dresses entirely (hot tip: you're going to look a little overdone if you wear one of the frocks from the Costume Institute Gala to your office drinks), the colours, styles, shapes and accessories may give you a little inspiration for the party season.

Click through the image gallery above to see who sparkled on the red carpet this year.

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