Best red carpet dresses of 2012

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.