Cover your eyes if you're questioning your commitment to Sparkle Nation, because this year's best gowns were a blinding bevy of sparkles, sequins and stars. And yes, they were good.

Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

I'll admit it: I was never sold on Anne Hathaway as a woman of style, but her pure glam Armani Prive, at this year's Oscars, made me a believer. And how.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

There was a lot of Glinda this year. Rose Byrne's Valentino Emmy iteration was among the best - "fairy princess" as a compliment, for a change.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

More pure pretty? Olivia Wilde's Reem Acra confection at January 10th's Golden Globes.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

People were sharply divided over Rihanna's November 23rd AMA frock - I thought it was a triumph for both the singer and Marchesa, both sweet and spiky.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

I couldn't choose a favorite betwixt Natalie Portman's triumphant Rodarte, at the Oscars...


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

...or her more casual November 24th Vena Cava at the New York City Ballet. So I added both!


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

There was no arguing with Penelope Cruz's vintage Balmain, worthy of her Oscar win.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

More stunning vintage? Thandie Newton, at the Baftas on February 7th.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

In the sea of bugle beads that was 2009, Liv Tyler's May 4th Met Costume Institute Ball Stella McCartney stood out as classic, sexy, and fun.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

Gabourey Sidibe had a number of amazing looks this year, but I particularly loved this vivid empire-waisted gown, at September's Toronto Film Festival.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

Another example of a trend done perfectly: Leslie Mann's absurdly slinky screwball bombshell (by Pamella Roland) at the Oscars.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

I loved Ashley Olsen's minimalist chic at the 5/4 Costume Institute Ball. A grown-up take on quirk! (By The Row.)


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

In the same school, Amber Valletta earns a place on this list for the second year in a row for her simple column at November 12th's NARS 15x15 launch.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

And speaking of quirky elegance, how could I not mention Tilda Swinton, looking typically chic and idiosyncratic at Cannes, May 17th.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009S

If I had to name a favorite? Probably Chloe Sevigny's Isaac Mizrahi Resort at the 2009 Emmys. As pretty as anything we saw but, on her, also totally fresh and pitch-perfect.


Good Witches' Brew: Best Red Carpet Outfits Of 2009

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