Red Carpet Recap: Fashion’s Night Out, Toronto Film Festival, and More!

From Fashion’s Night Out to the Toronto Film Festival to your run-of-the-mill red carpet events, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

FREIDA PINTO // dress by Valentino, clutch by Roger Vivier, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: INF

The making of a fabulous look: Freida started with a blush pink, glittering Valentino dress, and added some truly genius Jimmy Choo shoes (polka-dot peep toe heels with ankle straps? A strange choice, and yet somehow, it works). That simple, incredible bracelet ups the taste level of the whole look, and the fun purse brings it to a more casual place. And okay, the hair is lazy, but the makeup is literally perfect, so I’ll forgive it.

JESSICA CHASTAIN // dress by Derek Lam, shoes by Tory Burch

Photo: Wireimage

Hair: Decent, but she may want to consider bangs. Makeup: The eyeliner is still very severe for her features. Dress: A bit like a futuristic trash bag, no? It just fits her terribly at the bust, waist, and shoulders. It’s a shiny potato sack tied with black yarn, and the shoes are a matchy-matchy shade of metallic nuclear waste.

RACHEL BILSON // skirt by Vanessa Bruno, tank by A.L.C.

Photo: John Sciulli/Getty

Not my favorite Rachel Bilson look. I love her street style more than any celebrity alive, but she doesn’t always impress me on the red carpet. This is a little too shapeless for such a petite woman. The blazer might be cool with a colored dress, but not with the black tank and sad, sad skirt.



I’d hate Nicki Minaj way less if she dressed like this more often.

ANGELINA JOLIE // gown by Vivienne Westwood, clutch by Louis Vuitton, shoes by Stuart Weitzman

Photo: Ian Wilson/WENN

Is she really still dressing like this? Or have we time-traveled back to the year 2000, when she was still wearing a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck?

LAUREN CONRAD // dress by Paper Crown

Photo: John Shearer/Getty

SUPER boring. I get that she’s trying for this laid-back California girl vibe, but that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to accessorize. Live a little, Lauren Conrad.

TILDA SWINTON // jacket by Haider Ackermann

Photo: INF

I mean, are there even words to describe the androgynous legend that is Tilda Swinton (or, as the Fug Girls call her, SWINTON)? Her style isn’t mine, but I respect it all the same. I will say that I love this color on her, and that I wish I had a close-up of those shoes, because I’m not quite sure what they are, but I think I like them.

KATE MARA // dress by Christian Dior

Photo: INF

I knew Kate Mara looked familiar, but I couldn’t figure out why, but Wikipedia informs me that she played Heath Ledger’s daughter in Brokeback Mountain. I vaguely remember her being an awesome actress, but let’s be honest – who really remembers the daughters in that movie? Anyway, I’m here to inform you that Kate Mara is 1) talented, 2) adorable, and 3)  a vaguely cool dresser. It’s not a perfect dress for, but it is Dior and it is beautiful. And the shoes are gorgeous. I think I spot a long braid, but I will ignore it because I don’t want Kate to destroy the good impression she’s making.

KATE MARA // dress, purse and shoes by Prada

Photo: Red Carpet Fashion Awards

With this dress, Kate Mara catapulted to the top of my “random C-list starlets to watch” list. It doesn’t fit her perfectly, but the color is DELICIOUS. The accessories are too clunky, but I’d prefer that to boring nude pumps and a black clutch any day of the week.

MEGAN FOX // dress by Thakoon, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Getty

Looking more terrifyingly plastic than ever before, Megan Fox also dons that mysterious color that lies between red, orange and pink. Not loving the shoe choice and not entirely convinced that this is a human being and not a mannequin.

DITA VON TEESE // dress by Elie Saab, purse by Lulu Guinness, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty

Dita von Teese takes it to a blood-red place, matching her lips to her dress to her belt to her lips-shaped purse to her shoes to her goddamn toenails. And you have to love it, because nobody brings the drama like Dita.

ROSE BYRNE // dress and pumps by Bottega Veneta

Photo: Richie Buxo/Splash

You’ll see a lot of this combination of red, pink and orange on the runway this season, so Rose Byrne is right on trend in this dress. I think the belt is too limp and weird, and the shoes are a little silly, but the dress itself is cute and her tousled hair looks adorable.

VICTORIA BECKHAM // dress by Victoria Beckham, sunglasses by Cutler and Gross, boots by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Splash

I LOVE this color, especially on Victoria Beckham, a woman known for wearing lots of black. While those boots are amazing, I have no idea why you’d need knee-high boots with a mid-calf-length dress, but this was taken in the days preceding her runway show. So she was allowed to be a little frazzled.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER // top and pants by Prabal Gurung

Photo: James Devaney/WireImage

But I draw the line at a red blouse and fuchsia bellbottoms. With stark white shoes? Is it 1973 already?

CAMILLA BELLE in Missoni for Target

Photo: Justin Campbell/Startraks

From what I’ve seen of the Spring 2012 collections so far (which is 72 shows, for those keeping score at home), contrasting stripes are also huge this season. Better yet, this dress is part of the Missoni for Target collection, so it’ll be cheap and widely available! I hate what Tom & Lorenzo call the silly putty shoes, and I’m not sure the purse or the jewelry work at all, but it’s not bad.

CAMILLA BELLE // dress by Jason Wu, shoes by Miu Miu

Photo: Justin Campbell/Startraks

Love it. The dress is fabulous, and those gray-blue Miu Miu shoes are just phenomal.

MARISA TOMEI // dress and shoes by Proenza Schouler, clutch by Stark

Photo: Gregorio Binuya/Everett

I think Tim Gunn would say this looks like design student work, don’t you?

NAOMI WATTS // dress by Cacharel, shoes by Aperlai

Photo: Getty

I have no opinion on Naomi Watts, but this dress is beautiful, the belt is perfect, and the shoes are awesome. I hate hate hate the black bracelet, which only detracts from an otherwise breezy and chic look. Hair and makeup are relaxed and lovely.

THANDIE NEWTON // dress by Giles, purse by Calvin Klein, shoes by Miu Miu

Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty

I dig the dress, even if the print is a bit tablecloth-esque. But the dingy-colored shoes and purse were not excellent choices. Blingier bracelets and hair down would have helped this look.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD // suit by Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: Dominic Chan/WENN

I really sort of hate Evan Rachel Wood. I mean, this suit is gorgeous, if a little too small on her, but then she had to put on that stupid Ashlee Simpson hat and ruin the whole chic effect. Also, she wears way too much makeup. She’s got that perma-drag-queen thing happening from looking so noticeably made up.


I like the men’s suit jackets and the fabulous shoes, even if the leather pants and shapeless nighty are a little stupid.


Photo: Rob Kim/Getty

She’s not wearing six necklaces for once, because she opted for bondage instead. But she’s still wearing at least five rings and a dozen bracelets, so I still want to punch her in the face for over-accessorizing.


Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty


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2 responses to Red Carpet Recap: Fashion’s Night Out, Toronto Film Festival, and More!

  1. Evan Rachel Wood annoys the crap out of me for reasons I can’t explain. I make a sincere effort at liking her too. I don’t know why I want to like her, but she makes it fucking impossible, so I should just stop.

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