I was up at 4:30 this morning and I’m writing this from 30,000 feet in the air, dear readers, so let’s not parse words.
JESSICA ALBA in New York City // dress, purse, and shoes by Narcisco Rodriguez
Narcisco Rodriguez and Jessica Alba make a truly impeccable team, time and time again. His sporty-chic aesthetic suits her style and fits her body like a dream. Love the simple but stylish accessories, and the two-tone shoes are to die for, but it’s the graphic colorblocking on the dress that makes this such a fresh, fun look.
DITA VON TEESE in Beverly Hills // dress by Hervé L. Leroux, purse by Gosha Atelier for Bracher Emden, shoes by Christian Louboutin
The dress: a perfect silhouette in a mega-gorgeous color. And the studded shoes and long clutch are fab accessories, working very nicely with her statement old Hollywood hair and makeup. And is that purse hiding a peplum? Methinks so!
EMMY ROSSUM in Beverly Hills // dress by Zuhair Murad, purse and shoes by Christian Louboutin
I am a hundred different kinds of in love with this dress. It’s perfect on her. Black accessories would be fine with this (though a little unimaginative), but I wish she’d gone a bit more fashion-forward with her styling choices. I could also go for lipstick that’s a little less red and eyeshadow that’s a little less conjunctivitis, but the hair is Disney princess perfection.
MICHELLE OBAMA in London // top and skirt by J. Mendel, shoes by Manolo Blahnik
FLOTUS hit the Olympics and made America proud with her fabulous J. Mendel ensemble. She’s always stunning in white, and the structured top and gorgeous silky skirt contrast beautifully. I’d ordinarily quibble with the gold shoes, but it’s the Olympics – go for the gold, Michelle!
ANNE HATHAWAY in London // dress by J. Mendel, shoes by Casadei
Annie opted for the same print as the First Lady, and rocked the hell out of this little shift. A look this simple cries out for some jewelry, but she still looks fan-fucking-tastic.
MIRANDA KERR in New York City // dress by A.L.C., purse by Alexander Wang, shoes by Balenciaga
I love every single thing she’s wearing. The dress, that amazing leather messenger bag with the gold studs on the bottom, the gorgeous Balenciaga sandals, and her flawless sunglasses: it’s unreasonable how good this woman looks just to take a stroll down the block.
KATY PERRY in Rio de Janeiro // gown by Dolce & Gabbana
Fun and dramatic and tight and shiny, the Katy Perry special. It’s not the most original thing on earth, but it’s tried and true, and let’s face it – the girl looks good.
KATY PERRY in Rio de Janeiro // dress by Versus, shoes by Brian Atwood
This dress would be so adorable if I didn’t have to look at that strange, strange sternum cleavage. So let’s focus on the shoes, which are truly fantastic:
I think I speak for all of us when I say, yum.
RACHEL WEISZ in New York City // dress by Christian Dior, purse by Charlotte Olympia, shoes by Christian Louboutin
This is the second look from Raf Simons’ debut couture collection for Christian Dior, and it’s quite stunning. The proportions don’t work perfectly on Rachel – I think the hemline could be just a smidge higher – but the slit is sexy and the bodice looks phenomenal. She topped it off with a fierce purse and those delightful Louboutins, which deserve a second look:
I know the Perspex invisible shoes seem a bit trashy and stripper-esque to some, but I love the naked foot illusion it gives, like your foot is just covered in little bows! I am aware of how insane that sounds, but I stand by the cuteness of these and similar shoes.
CATE BLANCHETT in New York City // dress by Preen, purse by Jason Wu
This was my Resort 2013 red carpet prediction for Kirsten Dunst. It’s great on Cate, but I wish she’d worn it with some more interesting accessories. The cross-body bag and weirdly shaped shoes aren’t quite enough for me, not with a dress that beautiful and a print that interesting.
CATE BLANCHETT in New York City // top, skirt, and purse by Givenchy, shoes by Roger Vivier
The skirt is gorgeous, but I’m not sure I can get behind that strange poncho-shirt. What tiny matador did she steal that from? And though her purse is to die for, it’s too big and too busy for that already overdesigned look. Throw in those over-the-top Roger Vivier monstrosities, and it’s just too much for me.
CATE BLANCHETT in New York City // dress by Givenchy, shoes by Roger Vivier
The shoes look better here, but I don’t understand why Cate’s stuck on these strange dresses that make her look as if she tripped into bucket of fabric swatches. It’s not a good look on anyone.
JAIME KING in Beverly Hills // top and skirt by Stella McCartney, purse by Kate Spade, shoes by Jason Wu
Is there an actress out there with worse hair and makeup instincts than Jaime King? Her platinum, black-rooted hair has never once looked anywhere approaching attractive, her red lipstick is always the wrong shade, and she’s another starlet who believes pink eye is the last word in makeup trends. While the sleeves on this blouse are a little poofy and don’t quite fit, this is one of the more stylish McCartney ensembles I’ve seen. But I would definitely not have chosen black accessories for this look.
VICTORIA BECKHAM in London // dress and purse by Victoria Beckham, shoes by Lanvin
Probably my favorite Beckham look in ages. Obsessed with the dress, loving the shoes, and weeping tears of envy over that fabulous bowling bag.
CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE in London // dress by Hobbs, shoes by Pied a Terre
Wear more prints, Kate! It’s amazing how chic she looks in any print because I’m so accustomed to seeing her in solid shifts. And those can be delicious as well, but I like to see the Duchess step outside her comfort zone once in a blue moon.
CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE in London // dress by Stella McCartney, shoes by Prada
Probably the chicest plain blue dress-and-heels combo she’s worn thus far, but that doesn’t make it particularly innovative or interesting. Give us something to talk about, Kate!
LUCY LIU in Beverly Hills // dress by J. Mendel, purse by Judith Leiber, shoes by Casadei
The dress itself is interesting and on-trend, though I’m not sold on bustline. Something about the proportions don’t quite work for me here, and the accessories are painfully dull.
JESSICA BIEL in Los Angeles // dress by Oscar de la Renta, shoes by Brian Atwood
Dip it in color, it’s a beautiful outfit. But in this sad, dingy grayish-taupe color, it’s a plain old misery. Also, the berry lipstick and dirty blonde hair extensions are becoming really tired styling tropes. Let’s mix it up a little, in a way that’s stylish and proves you’re worthy of marrying the infinitely more fashionable Justin Timberlake.
ASHLEY GREENE in Los Angeles // dress by Emilio Pucci, purse by Christian Louboutin, shoes by Casadei
America’s Dullest Dresser hit the red carpet in – no surprise here – a nude dress, nude purse, and nude shoes. And it’s as boring and unremarkable as the rest of her wardrobe.
SOLANGE KNOWLES in New York City // dress by Diane von Furstenberg, shoes by Balenciaga
The shoes are super-interesting, and that coat-dress thing could be cool in another context, but it is just not possible for me to take Solange seriously with that hair. Pair it all together and she’s giving off some serious crazy-vibe – I’ll take that as my cue to sign off and attempt to sleep through the remainder of my flight. Happy weekend, dear readers!
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2 responses to The Week in Celebrity Fashion, Part 1
I would sell my soul to raid Dita’s closet. Not to mention her shoe collection.
And Solange, lose the braids. They’re nothing short of ridiculous with that length.