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Best and worst dressed at the People's Choice Awards 2016

The red carpet has become a strange place. Afraid of Fashion Police style judgement by the world, everyone ends up wearing variations of the same benign dress. Or, like many celebrities did at this year's People's Choice Awards, skip the red carpet and its accompanying scrutiny completely.

Still. Amidst a sea of standard, there are still stand-outs, for better or for worse.

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People's Choice Awards: Best dressed

Which celebrity wore it best and who failed to impress on the red carpet at the 2016 People's Choice Awards?

Embellished metallic monochrome was the look of the night, with Claire Danes in an intricately embroidered, gun-metal grey Burberry dress both elegant and avante-garde.

Clean, simple hair and make-up with a cheeky red lip, completed the look perfectly.

Winner on the red carpet:  Actress Claire Danes.
Winner on the red carpet: Actress Claire Danes. Photo: Todd Williamson

Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt also nailed metallic. Her Alice and Olivia dress was a classic design, but the perfect fit, the beautiful beading and the shimmering colour made it really special.

Paired with a smattering of unfussy, black jewellery, shiny black pumps and soft hair and make-up, like Danes, given the spice injection with a deep red lip, Brandt looked smashing.

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Although one accessory for the night was a pre-show burger, there was no wiggle-room for Julianne Hough, who literally had to be manhandled into her serpentine off-the-shoulder black sequined dress by KaufmanFranco.

The Robert Palmer-esque look demanded simplicity and Hough stayed en pointe with a slick top-knot and smoky eyes. The mid-riff cut-out in the dress gave it that little extra something, something and we were addicted to Hough.

Psych's Maggie Lawson was white-hot. The softly swept-back 60s-style ponytail was a perfect fit for the high-neck, daisy-embroidered 60s-style dress. The slick pleats, the thigh-high split, the black stilettos and nails transformed the look from pretty to pretty amazing.

Award-winner Maddie Ziegler, best known for being Sia's mini-me and dancer, is just 13. Maddie, who won the Seriously Popular award, beat Kylie Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Bella Thorne, and Ruby Rose.

Maggie Lawson.
Maggie Lawson. Photo: Steve Granitz

She also won on the red carpet. Maddie was perfectly pretty in a pastel Michael Costello mini-dress with cut-outs and cool cap-sleeves. 

Mad Men's Alison Brie was perfect in peppermint on the red carpet. Loose, perfectly formed locks, soft peachy make-up to compliment the subtle colour of her dress, the edgy cut-outs - another theme for the night, the form-fitting dress and the silver stilettos: perfect.

Maddie Ziegler.
Maddie Ziegler. Photo: Todd Williamson

Not so perfect, but equally as outstanding was Carly Rae Jepsen, whose rocker-cum-goth look was aiming for edgy but fell into unflattering. 

Her ill-fitting, super-tight halter neck leather dress , pointy, silver spandangled shoes and a pitch black David Bowie-channelling mullet. Too much. 

Betsy Brandt.
Betsy Brandt. Photo: Jason Merritt

We hate to put her in the worst dressed list, because we love her. Plus her hair and make-up were divine. 

BUT.

Julianne Hough.
Julianne Hough. Photo: Steve Granitz

It looked as though she was wearing a sheer skivvy beneath her black Roland Mouret jumpsuit which flattened her breasts. She looked constricted. It was so close and yet so far.

Blue, metallic and white were the fashion themes on the red carpet and TV personality Frankie Grande tried on all three for size... With the peroxide tips and the heavy-handed eye and brow make-up it was all a little OTT for us, but points for pizzazz.

Props to host Jane Lynch for wearing an old Australian Olympic team official outfit. We love her for that, yet...

Last, but never least was singer and reality star Christina Milian in lavender. Two-tone lavender sequins. With busy purple shoes and a two-tone purple bag. And a thigh-high split and cleavage spilling out. 'Nough said.

What were we saying about bland?