neon red carpet dresses

About a year ago, we rounded up “10 fashion trends that need to die right now”--and arguably our biggest vendetta was against then-hugely popular neon (well, and fucking sneaker wedges). Since then, the look has definitely lost its ubiquity on the streets–now, we see the occasional Fluro and that’s about it.

…Maybe because it’s not everywhere anymore, tiring eyeballs wherever it goes, we’ve softened a bit on our stance. Here are 12 red carpet looks that make a surprisingly compelling argument for not banning the shades outright.

Also. Some of the looks here are more neon than others. This was hard.

39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Arrivals

Chloe Moretz at the Peoples’ Choice Awards this year.

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Emily Blunt at last year’s SAG Awards.

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Pale brunette Ginnifer Goodwin looks great in orange at the Emmys.

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Another unexpected fan of bold colors, Helen Hunt, in 2012, at a premiere for The Sessions.

"Django Unchained" Rome photocall at Hassler Hotel in Rome

Kerry Washington in neon-accented Peter Pilotto.

The big gowns, ahead…

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

Hailee Steinfeld wearing Prada at the SAG Awards in 2011.

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Marion Cotillard in Dior.

 Julianne Moore arrives at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)One of our favorites, Julianne Moore at the Emmys, also in Dior.

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room

In what is perhaps the single most successful example of a neon red carpet dress: Julie Bown in Monique Lhuillier.

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ArrivalsAnd, perhaps our favorite in the blindingly bright red carpet looks of recent memory: Leslie Mann looking like human sunshine at the Emmys.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 - Official Coverage - Best of Runway Day 2BONUS: While we’re on the subject of massive bright yellow dresses, here’s Aymeline Valade on the Spring 2012 Jason Wu runway.

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