While AFL enthusiasts were focused on the points tally, we were focused on the most important factor on the Brownlows – who landed on the best dressed list. Lace, illusion panels, and playful volume were the standout trends, with both red carpet veterans and newcomers alike taking the trends on the carpet. We count down our top ten favourites!

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Looking stunning in black lace was Rachael Finch, wearing Paolo Sebastian. The illusion paneling made the lace look perfectly painted on her body, and the dramatic split in the skirt rivalled Angelina Jolie’s Oscar moment.

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Nadia Bartel also subscribed to the monochrome note in a custom made ivory gown by OneDay Bridal. The silhouette was perfect for conveying old Hollywood glamour, and the hardware of the buckles added an unexpected edge to the feminine look.

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Gary Ablett Jr.’s partner Jordan Papalia opted for Signor Mont Couture for her red carpet look. The off the shoulder sleeves and choker added a little sex appeal, and the sheer train was a modern touch to a traditional silhouette.

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Jessie Habermann also took the sequin and sheer trend memo for her look by Oglia-Loro. The sheer panelling kept the look youthful, and the mermaid-esque lace and sequin detailing showed a beautiful take on the trend.

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Belinda Riverso shone in an embellished golden gown by Julie Simonelli. The classic silhouette was the perfect foil for the rich texture of the beading and was accessorised minimally, leaving the attention strictly on the gown.

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Also in Julie Simonelli was Alex Davis, in a spectacular navy sleeved gown. The dress was sophisticated, impeccably fitted, and was perfect against her blonde waves.

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Jesinta Campbell opted to go minimalist chic in a Steven Khalil cut out gown. The colour was completely on trend, and with minimal accessories and a bold red lip (plus boyfriend, Buddy Franklin), was allowed to shine on its own without any fussy styling.

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Renee Enright caused a stir on the carpet, enshewing a gown in favour of a  white jacket and beaded pant combo by Debra Fisher Couture. Suiting has been a huge trend on the red carpet this season, and the feminine fabrication breathed new life into the trend.

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Emma Clapham stood out from the crowd in a plunging wrap dress by Aje. The different silhouette was refreshing, and was perfectly fitted to her while the colour palate was a luxe touch.

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Queen of the WAGs, Rebecca Judd was easily the best dressed on the night in a stunning sculptural tiered gown by J’Aton Couture. The pale pastel against the print gave a brilliant contrast, and the unique silhouette was breathtakingly beautiful.

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