The Week in Celebrity Fashion, Part 2

There’s no rest for the red carpet weary, dear readers.

OLIVIA PALERMO in New York City
gown by Valentino

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty

Olivia Palermo is our goddess of the harvest, ringing in autumn in a fabulous floral Valentino gown with wine-colored nails and accessories. The hair is a bit pedestrian for such a stunning dress, but overall, it’s an incredibly dramatic look.

CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE in Malaysia
gown by Alexander McQueen

Photo: Rex

I guess the multipurpose goddess gown is officially back, because Duchess Kate is looking divine in her McQueen. The sleeves are particularly gorgeous.

ANNA KENDRICK in Los Angeles
gown by Elie Saab, purse by Rauwolf, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

This was my Fall 2012 red carpet prediction for Kate Winslet, but I’m obsessed with it on Anna Kendrick. It’s a bit long for her tiny frame, but if she’s not in something Marchesa and overembellished, we’re all happy, right?

KERRY WASHINGTON in Beverly Hills
dress and purse by Christian Dior

Photo: Tony DiMaio/Startraks

Killing it in that color like no white girl ever could. God, do I love this on her. The purse is fab, but I’m truly obsessed with the delicate little watch she’s wearing. Too delicious.

HAILEE STEINFELD in Hollywood
skirt by Mary Katrantzou, purse by Rebecca Minkoff, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Joe Scarnici/WireImage

Booby-glasses aside, Hailee is so refreshingly fun on the red carpet that I can’t help but like this. That toenail polish is atrocious, but I’ll forgive it for her age. The skirt is tough to pull off, but she wears it beautifully, and I think a black tee was the perfect pairing for this (just not this black tee.) Fun purse, fab shoes, stunning necklace. She’s adventurous without trying too hard, and that’s a tightrope that very few starlets can walk.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS at the Creative Arts Emmys
gown by Jenny Packham

Photo: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

The flowers at the bottom are just too fucking huge – also, are there faces in there, too, or am I just hallucinating? Anyway, I at least love the top half of the gown – giant shoulderpieces like this are often stupid, but when you’ve got tits to spare like Christina, they can sometimes counterbalance that double babyhead effect a bit. Love the hair, makeup, and the cream-and-black colors against her skin.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS in Los Angeles
dress by Tadashi Shoji, purse by Jimmy Choo

Photo: tomandlorenzo.com

Fab dress. I’d dig the shoes more if they weren’t a peep-toe, and the purse is only okay. But it’s the first time I’ve seen her with straight hair and liked it, so that’s something.

COBIE SMULDERS in Hollywood
dress by Temperley London, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: MBBImages/BEImages

The dress is an absolute stunner, but the hair is a mess and this desperately called out for more styling. (I actually just typed “mall styling,” presumably because I was subconsciously channeling Robin Sparkles.)

ZOE SALDANA in Los Angeles
dress by Stella McCartney, shoes by Tom Ford

Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty

Perfectly chic, but I expect a little more from Zoe. A funkier shoe, a wild clutch – something to show that she’s more than just gorgeous, she’s stylish.

GWYNETH PALTROW in London
dress, purse, and shoes by Tom Ford

Photo: Xposure

You could go a size up and allow yourself to take a deep breath for a change, Gwyneth. Also, we’ve talked about the stick-straight platinum hair, haven’t we?

LEIGHTON MEESTER in New York City
dress by Giambattista Valli, shoes by Jerome C. Rousseau

Photo: Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage

Maybe I’m reading too much into the pleased look on Leighton’s face, but this outfit is so desperately by-the-book, it’s like she’s expecting someone to congratulate her for “inventing” animal print accessories with little black dresses. She looks perfectly fine, of course, but I always expect so much more from the woman who plays Blair Waldorf, even though sadly none of the Gossip Girl actresses seem to live up to their characters’ wardrobes.

CAMERON DIAZ in London
jumpsuit by Emilia Wickstead

Photo: Exposure

I love a 70s moment as much as the next girl, but I would have nixed either the Wonder Woman bracelet or the white platforms or the giant clutch. It’s approaching “middle-aged actress at Studio 54,” and that’s not a great place to be.

OLIVIA WILDE in New York City
dress, belt, purse, and shoes by Alexander McQueen

Photo: Amanda Schwab/Startraks

There were too many little black dresses this week, dear readers. I’d have been kinder to some had they been more spread out, but Olivia gets the brunt of my anger because I’ve seen every piece she’s wearing about a hundred thousand times before – usually paired together, too. What do you pay your stylists for if not to make you look fashionably memorable, starlets?

ROSE BYRNE
gown by Michael Kors

Photo: Justin Campbell/Startraksphoto.com

That gown is eighty feet too long on you, honey.

NAYA RIVERA at the ALMA Awards
suit and shoes by Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: tomandlorenzo.com

If she didn’t look like she was packing Jon Hamm-level sausage in those pants, I’d be in love with this outfit. But unless Naya actually has a massive dong (in which case, you go, girl!), I’m going to have to say that these pants are kind of a disaster on her.

EMMA WATSON in New York City
dress by Brood, shoes by Prada

Photo: Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic

Emma, you know I love you more than life itself. You are the two-time defending champion of March Fabness for a reason, after all. But you cannot throw on some buttoned-up dinner napkins and expect me to applaud. You can sow your wild oats, just don’t hand-sew your own dresses, okay?

LEA MICHELE in Los Angeles
gown by Versace

Photo: Tammie Arroyo/AFF-USA.com

You’d think even Lea would be tired of her sternum, bangs, and ombre hair by now, but apparently, that’s wishful thinking.

KATE HUDSON in Los Angeles
jacket and pants by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Thank you, Kate, for teaching us all an important lesson: No matter what you pair with a white baggy pant that has a black racing stripe, you will look like you’re wearing gym clothes.

NICOLE RICHIE at the ALMA Awards
gown by Mathieu Mirano, purse by House of Harlow, shoes by Yves Saint Laurent

Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty

Too long, too embellished, too sheer, too cut-out-y, too everything. And that truly looks like a dangerous amount of eyeliner. I’m afraid if she sneezes, she’ll go blind.

SALMA HAYEK in London
dress by Roland Mouret, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Richard Young/Rex/Startraks

Those shoes might be the worst thing to happen to red carpet fashion since before the Kardashians were household names.


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10 responses to The Week in Celebrity Fashion, Part 2

  1. stacyblaise

    Wowzer. Boring dresses this week. But I do love princess Kates dress. I love the Kardashian comments.

    Miss Blaise

  2. molly

    Im not feeling any of these looks. Usually I agree with your top three, but Olivia looked like a hot mess, Kate is boring and the dress is slightly tacky (once again, I demand that Sarah Burton admit that Kate is wearing Sarah Burton and not McQueen), and Anna is, well, Anna.
    I like Lea’s gown the most, but you are so on about her constant need to show off her sternum. I also hope that the people over at L’Oreal require that she get a new hairstyle now that she is represting their brand, because if my hair is going to end up looking like that after I use their products, no thank you.

    • democracydiva – Author

      Fully agreed that it was a slow week in fashion, but somebody’s got to be at the top of the list! And I was waiting for you to comment re: Sarah Burton vs. McQueen. As soon as I saw this dress, I thought the same thing – Kate’s wearing Burton, not McQueen.

      And yes, L’Oreal needs to do a serious makeover on Lea’s hair if they expect her to be a freaking spokeswoman for beauty products.

  3. Some of these women really need to get a damn tailor. I mean seriously, if I can get the hem of a bridesmaid gown fixed on at 10 pm on a Thursday down near Richmond, VA, you bitches can get your gowns fixed too. It’s really not tricky to get someone to hem your dress.

    I feel like Kate M. is wearing these older, more boring gowns to try and distract people from her “scandal” that really shouldn’t have been a scandal.
    And Kate Hudson just looked like hell. Get your roots fixed, dammit! It’s like all the Glee stars here were rocking bad hair.

    I’ve given up on Gwyneth. She’s just too boring and pretentious too often. I skim magazine articles about her, never read goop, and declined the goop birchbox this month. But what were those white streaks under her eyes? Badly blended makeup?

    • democracydiva – Author

      Kudos on getting that tailoring done! You’re living proof that celebs have zero excuses for ill-fitting looks.

      To be fair, that picture of Kate is actually a couple weeks old, so I’m not sure whether it was taken before or after the photo scandal. But I think your comments will turn out to be true either way.

      Glee – the show where proper highlights go to die. And I’ve always thought Gwyn was so incredibly boring, which makes her uber-pretentiousness even more unbearable.

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. Vanashree

    In my opinion, I would have liked Olivia Palermo to have lined the dress fully rather than above the knee…
    Had soo much fun reading!!
    Never noticed teh faces on Christina’s gown till u mentioned..
    Also, Robin Sparkles!! Had totally forgotten about that…loved it

    • democracydiva – Author

      I couldn’t agree with you more re: the lining of Olivia’s gown. One of my biggest red carpet pet peeves is when stars look like they’re wearing cocktail dresses under their gowns! Thanks for reading & commenting. 🙂

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