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K-pop girls dazzle at Gaon Awards

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Published : Jan 29, 2015 - 14:31 / Updated : Jan 29, 2015 - 14:31

With K-pop stylists holding fast to the monochromatic red carpet trend, girl groups vied for attention with varied textures, daring cuts and lots of leg-show at the 2014 Gaon Chart K-pop Awards on Wednesday.

The annual music awards ceremony, which took place at Seoul's Olympic Gymnastics Arena, was a star-studded event attended by veteran bands like g.o.d and newer faces like Winner.

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Kara (OSEN)

Kara oozed confidence in silver-embellished black outfits, complete with patent leather lace-up platform boots. The singers also sported high-waist pants and matching silver accessories.

Kara's style team made sure to keep the all-black look interesting, dressing Heo Young-ji in mixed-textile ripped leggings and Han Seung-yeon in a one-sleeve halterneck top.

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Kara members Han Seung-yeon and Gu Ha-ra (OSEN)
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Kara singer Gu Ha-ra (OSEN)

Gu Ha-ra was dressed in a luxe fur coat over a chain-decorated leather bustier. The band won K-pop World Hallyu Star Special Award at the ceremony.

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AOA (OSEN)
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AOA members Hyejeong and Choa (OSEN)
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AOA's Yuna (OSEN)

In contrast, "Like a Cat" AOA presented a more uniform image, dressed in near-identical black oufits of high leg boots, PVC hot pants and lace tops. The group won the Hot Performance of the Year award.

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Apink (OSEN)
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Apink member Yoon Bo-mi (OSEN)
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Apink's Park Cho-rong (OSEN)

Apink, who won an Artist of the Year award, put in a modest appearance, but made sure to show as much leg as possible. Member Yoon Bo-mi raised eyebrows with hot pants that could have passed as a leotard, while Park Cho-rong wore a pelmet skirt daringly short even by K-pop girl group standards.

The "LUV" band is soon to hold their first solo concerts on Friday and Saturday.

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EXID (OSEN)
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EXID appears on the red carpet, led by Junghwa (OSEN)
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EXID member Hani (OSEN)

Discovery of the Year awardee EXID went by the same rulebook of monochromatic block colors in understated-but-revealing short dresses.

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Girl's Day (OSEN)
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Girl's Day's Yura, Sojin and Minah make an entrance (OSEN)
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Girl's Day member Minah (OSEN)

Girl's Day swung the other direction in radiant all-white dresses. The "Something" singers graced the red carpet minus bandmate Hyeri in their signature side-slit, long-sleeved sheath dresses, discarding the heavy velvet for a delicate white-on-champagne polka dot print.

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Girl's Day Hyeri (right) poses with boy group Super Junior's leader Leeteuk as hosts of the evening. (OSEN)

Hyeri appeared separately arm-in-arm with boy band Super Junior's Leeteuk as hosts of the evening, clad in a boatneck, floor-sweeping lace white gown.

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Rookie girl group Mamamoo (OSEN)

New Girl Group of the Year winners Mamamoo, who debuted in summer last year, made a more glamorous entrance in elaborate gold and silver Grecian-inspired sequined gowns.

By Yoon Sarah (sarah356@heraldcorp.com)

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