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Best celebrity up-dos

With party season fast approaching, where better to find hair inspiration than the red carpet? From big bouffant beehives, to an understated chignon, to crazy plaits for a fashionable after-party, celebrities (and their hairstylists) know how to create head-turning locks for a big event. So before you start prepping for that office party, browse our pick of the best evening hairstyles, in our celebrity up-do hall of fame.

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    Scarlett Johansson wears her hair in curls pushed back off the face, and piled behind the head to dramatic effect.

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    Andrea Riseborough's Victoriana-inspired 'do will look chic with lace or a long-sleeved dress.

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    Winona Ryder's romantic curls are pulled back into a flattering ponytail.

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    Dianna Agron's low side-bun may look mussed-up, but the straightened fringe and layers keep things sophisticated.

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    A cute, retro-inspired quiff like January Jones' will look glamorous with a figure-hugging cocktail dress.

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    Intricate plaits woven into bands, like Jessica Alba's were all over the autumn/winter 2011 catwalks, and add texture to a simple up-do.

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    A side plait like Hailee Steinfeld's, when worn with a simple top and trousers, looks chic rather than sickly sweet.

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    Kate Beckinsale makes a ponytail ultra-glamorous by adding volume and lift at the front.

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    Abbie Cornish channels a twenties flapper girl with her chic marcel waves.

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    Make a simple chignon interesting like Hilary Swank with a jewelled hair accessory pinned to the side of the head.

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    Taylor Swift showcases a more grown-up look, wearing her hair curled and pinned under to the side.

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    Sarah Jessica Parker wears her hair in a classic bouffant beehive - the perfect style for cocktail hour.

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    For a more unique take on the heidi braid, wear your plait at the front of the head, like Amy Adams.

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    The ponytail is big news this season - Blake Lively shows how to make the style work for after-hours.

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    A plaited bun pulled of the face a la Jennifer Lopez, will look elegant paired with a shoulder-baring gown.

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    Kelly Rowland plays down the drama of a statement dress with a stylish, but simple low chignon.

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    Emma Stone showcases another elegant take on the ponytail.

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    Zooey Deschanel's kooky side bun and schoolgirl fringe add fun to a glamorous evening dress.

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    Rose Byrne wears her ponytail low and swept to the side for a groomed look.

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    Heidi braids can look twee, but Marion Cotillard shows how to pull them off with aplomb.

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    Sideswept hair is a major hair trend - Jaime King shows how to wear it with an up-do.

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    A top knot like Whitney Port's is elegant but not too fussy - ideal for an office party.

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    Lily Collins is a picture of elegance with her Audrey Hepburn inspired up-do.

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    Kate Bosworth's face-flattering up-do gives the illusion of shorter hair.

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    Jessica Lowndes' double-plaited up-do is bound to make a statement on the dancefloor.

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    For a quirkier evening look, try Eliza Doolittle's 'bow' effect bun.

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    Kirsten Dunst keeps her hair wavy for a more romantic chignon.

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    Camilla Belle's hair is piled high on top of ehr head for a stylish, but fuss-free style.

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    Try mixing up textures like Emma Roberts - with a curly ponytail and sleek fringe.

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    Elle Fanning tries a more unique take on the heidi braids hairstyle.

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    Keira Knightley's slicked back bun is the height of red carpet glamour.

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    Channel your inner sex kitten like Alice Eve with a Brigitte Bardot inspired look.

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    Anne Hathaway's simple centre parting is great for letting a sequinned party dress stand out.

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    Zoe Saldana;s up-do is slightly tonged at the front for a mussed-up look.

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    If you have a fringe like Felicity Jones, don't pin it back - it will make your eyes pop.

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    Olivia Wilde shows off the most innovative red carpet ponytail we've seen this year.

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    A dramatic up-do from Jessie J - we recommend pulling hair back a little looser for a softer look.

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    With a dramatic hair colour (and wardrobe) like Florence Welch's, hair can be simply worn in a chignon for a striking effect.

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    Freida Pinto always stands out on the red carpet - this softly plaited bun is so elegant.

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    Sienna Miller goes for retro glamour with a classic high bun.