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PEOPLE Editors' Picks: Our Favorite CFDA Looks From Recent Years

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The CFDA awards are tonight, when style stars and the designers they love come out to toast the best, most trend-setting designers of the past year.

Fitting for a gala designed to honor forward-thinking fashion design, celebs really turn up the wattage on their outfits for the night. Below, we picked the looks we loved from years past — and hope to see topped tonight.

Kate Bosworth CFDA
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Associate Editor Brittany Talarico: I really appreciate a good fashion risk taker. And who could be more daring than Kate Bosworth in this printed Altuzarra dress with a belly dancer-inspired chain at the waist and a huge cutout at the stomach?

The fashion-forward actress totally ditched an expected ballgown for this head-turning confection, which she topped off with black ankle cuff pumps (also by Altuzarra) at last year’s CFDAs. It’s stunning and makes a major statement. Isn’t that the point?

Sophia Bush CFDA
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Style Director Andrea Lavinthal: Not only was this David Meister design my favorite look from last year’s awards, but it was also one of my top dresses of 2012.

The bright orange hue was so on-trend (“Tangerine Tango” was the Pantone Color of the Year) and I loved the sexy draped neckline and high slit (it also had a dramatic open back). Sophia styled it to perfection with multicolored metallic Louboutins, a gold clutch and eye-catching hoops. Plus, her soft makeup and highlighted beachy waves felt so fresh and pretty.

Blake Lively CFDA
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Style News Editor Alex Apatoff: I know the CFDA Awards are supposed to be all about honoring the most avant-garde and trailblazing designers, and for that reason my top pick is totally lame.

But there’s just something about Blake Lively in this incredibly simple (yet incredibly impactful) Michael Kors dress that I just can’t shake — and this photo is from 2009! On anyone else this fluorescent dress would have been exhausting, but against Lively’s California girl glow and beachy waves, it was effortless perfection.

Tell us: Who had your favorite CFDA look from years past?

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