Sometimes, basic isn't the equivalent of boring or bland. After all, where would any fashionista be without her basic skinny jeans, basic black blazer, or basic patent leather pumps? The Critics' Choice Awards red carpet provided little in the way of revolutionary design, but the simple, streamlined, and timeless designs were basics in the most positive sense of the word.
Rosamund Pike in Valentino
Rosamund Pike’s Valentino gown grew in complexity the closer one looked, thanks to a paneled, multilayered skirt and mock neck top.
Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture
Marion Cotillard’s Dior Haute Couture gown simply demonstrated that sometimes, the most streamlined designs have the most impact.
Michelle Monaghan in Elie Saab
The Best Of Me actress struck a dramatic note in a black lace Elie Saab stunner with a thigh-high slit.
Jamie Chung In Yanina Couture
The Believe actress walked the carpet in a subtly sultry nude and black Yanina Couture gown with petal embroidery and.. black pointy-toe pumps.
Felicity Jones in Dolce & Gabbana
A somber Dolce & Gabbana gown nevertheless lent Felicity Jones a sophisticated appearance on the red carpet.
Emily Blunt in Emilio Pucci
A crimson keyhole halter gown by Emilio Pucci lent winner Emily Blunt extra vivacity on the red carpet.
Reese Witherspoon in Lanvin
A subdued Reese Witherspoon selected a fuchsia and ebony Lanvin gown for the awards show. Perhaps the blushing shade is the actress’s new favorite shade for 2015 based on her favoritism of pink this season?
Jennifer Aniston In Gucci
An invigorated-looking Jennifer Aniston chose to showcase more than her acting talent at the Critics’ Choice Awards in this slim, Gucci tuxedo.
Angelina Jolie In Versace
Angelina Jolie shocked no one when she selected this lightly shimmering silver Versace number for the red carpet. However, the actress and director’s activity level was off the charts in 2014, so perhaps she simply didn’t have time to coordinate a look.
Jessica Chastain in Antonio Berardi
Beads and embellishment lent MVP winner Jessica Chastain extra sparkle on the red carpet thanks to her Antonio Berardi gown.
Genesis Rodriguez In Reem Acra
A transparent, slit aqua gown by Reem Acra suited Genesis Rodriguez perfectly.
Jenny Slate In Miu Miu
The comedically gifted Jenny Slate appeared in a bead-embellished Miu Miu gown with a plunging neckline.
Carmen Ejogo In Saint Gil
Actress Carmen Ejogo selected a flowing Saint Gil gown in a delicate coral hue for the red carpet.
Keira Knightley In Delpozo
A pregnant Keira Knightley sported a Peter Pan-collared, metallic bead-embellished Delpozo gown for the Critics Choice Awards.
Rosario Dawson in Vivienne Westwood
Rosario Dawson looked timeless in a streamlined single-shoulder black Vivienne Westwood gown.
Diane Kruger In Naeem Khan
Diane Kruger was pretty in prints at the Critics’ Choice Awards in a floral Naeem Khan gown.