By Jennifer Davis
Dec 05, 2012 @ 10:09 am
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We saw thousands of dresses at hundreds of events this year, so it was hard to narrow down our favorites to just 12—but we did! Our picks include Jessica Alba’s feminine Valentino gown, Emma Stone’s red-hot Lanvin mini, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s ethereal but bold Jenny Packham dress, and more. Click through the gallery to see the statement-making dresses that topped our list! 

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