Hayden Panettiere Wears Plunging Peach Gown to First U.S. Red Carpet Since PPD Treatment

01/17/2016 at 08:11 PM ET

Hayden Panettiere is no stranger to making a big statement on the red carpet — who could forget her baby bump debut, or the time she bought her own Tom Ford? But her Critics’ Choice Awards look was especially noteworthy for two reasons: One, that it was a totally eye-popping keyhole-cutout halter, and two, it was her first stateside red carpet since entering treatment for postpartum depression.

Hayden Panettiere cleavageJordan Strauss/Invision/AP

After welcoming daughter Kaya in December 2014, Panettiere entered treatment in October for PPD, saying “It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.” Her Nashville character, in an ironic twist, was also suffering from the same disease.

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After receiving treatment, Panettiere made her first public appearance in late November to support fiancé Wladimir Klitschko ringside during his boxing match against Tyson Fury. Shortly thereafter, she debuted a big haircut on Twitter, writing, “Chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new.”

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Sunday night (just days after she announced she’d be returning to Nashville), she officially returned to the red carpet, sporting a pale peach Maria Lucia Hohan dress that showed off her figure thanks to the seriously plunging neckline and side cutouts. Delicate silvery jewels and a small clutch were all she added to accessorize the already head-turning look, and she kept her new bob wavy and makeup (done by Amy Oresman for Neutrogena — after all, Panettiere is a brand spokeswoman) clean and fresh.

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–Alex Apatoff

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Marsha on

Wow – she looks FANTASTIC! Keep up the good work girl – and kudos for sharing your story of struggle with PPD – so many women suffer and will not feel so alone because of people like you <3

Kathy on

My, doesn’t she look cheap.

Danielle on

Its a nice dress overall but her boobs are going to fall out

Just Me on

She looks absolutely stunning! Kathy, what are you, her great grandmother or something? Loosen up your turtleneck granny!

jayleen on

She looks like a Greek goddess–gorgeous!

rubyovertherainbow* on

Her smile looks like the old Hayden. Glad she’s back.

Kpc on

Im all for cleavage, but that was just way too much boobie action. Why do women feel the need to show their boobs to get attention. Rachel McAdams looked way better than her and her boobs were not hanging out.

Geminismom on

H.O.T. 🔥 Hot! This dress in black would’ve knocked it out of the park! The twinkle in her eye n smile, makes the whole look come together. It’s a little vampy n $exy, but Mom’s can be all of those things and more! Congrats to her for feeling well enuf to come out, and make a statement while doing it.

Mike Strahan on

Can I put my face, oh never mind!

spowalla on

Kathy, Danielle, and Kpc: ditto.

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