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Fashion photos of the year: the gorgeous, the sexy and the bizarre

So many runways, so many outfits - it's hard to pick our favourites. But we did. In five completely arbitrary categories: bizarre, colourful, sexy, gowns and hats

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Undoubtedly, the most fun photos to look at are the ones that are completely wacky. Like this modern tin man. If he only had a shirt...

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This year's hot accessory: a creepy floating body.

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They say it's better under the sea.

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This is so quirky I can't bear it.

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And this, by far, was the the best fashion photo of 2011.

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And then there are the pretty clothes. Oh so pretty. Even Simon Cowell would look like a million bucks in this number.

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Stunning. Even without the slit.

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Imagine if Kate had worn this Alexander McQueen design on her wedding day?

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Shiny. Bright. Flowing. It's the dream gown trifecta.

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This dress is so gorgeous, doesn't it just make your eyes hurt?

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So there's pretty, but then there's sexy. Like this.


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And this ... dress? Lingerie? Costume for the next Bond girl?


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Charlize Theron needs to buy this ASAP.

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Even at 41, Naomi Campbell can still kill it on a runway.

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Ah winter: Time to put on a cozy sweater, hat, boots and run around in the snow. Without pants. It's a hoser's fantasy.

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This outfit is just one strong breeze away from being banned at the Super Bowl.

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Another thing that makes an outfit pop on the runway: colour. These Pierre Cardin pieces look like works of art.

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Admittedly, not everyone could pull this one off. But somebody out there should really give it a try.

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Love the design, hate the hair.


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Pow! Now that's how you do chartreuse.

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You can never go wrong with a knockout red dress. Especially if it's by Oscar de la Renta.

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This was also a year of silly headpieces - on and off the runway. Like this. Well, at least she doesn't have her head in the clouds.

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Oh, he's loving it.

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This one is actually kind of fun. And far better than any headgear Princess Beatrice has worn in recent memory.

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Just to jog your memory.

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What? What are you looking at? Is there something on my face?

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I think I know why she's grumpy.

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