The Week in Celebrity Fashion, Part 2

Welcome back to your regularly scheduled red carpet programming, dear readers.

KIRSTEN DUNST at the Art of Elysium Gala
gown and purse by Louis Vuitton

Photo: Michael Williams/Startraks

We discussed the Louis Vuitton checkerboard dresses in Part 1 of this week’s fashion recap, but the stars in squares keep on coming. I loved this particular incarnation of the look, with the three-quarter length sleeves and the beautiful, flattering lines created by the neck and shoulders. Normally I can’t handle all the matchy-matchiness, but there’s something very sharp about the ivory purse and chocolate brown shoes. And the hipster-chicness of it all is right in Kirsten’s wheelhouse.

JESSICA ALBA at the Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party
dress by Louis Vuitton, shoes by Casadei

Photo: Chase Rollins/

It’s still a great look, but this is one of the more underwhelming pieces, at least with this particular styling. The red lips are obvious and distracting, and the black accessories are completely unremarkable. I also think there’s something awkward and unflattering about the length of this dress – if it hit an inch or two higher, her legs would look infinitely longer.

CAMILLA BELLE at the Art of Elysium Gala
gown by Carolina Herrera, purse by Jimmy Choo, shoes by Casadei

Photo: David Livingston/Getty

The polka dots on the layers and layers of sheer fabric are beautiful – it looks like a watercolor when you have all the layers floating on top of each other like that. Love the neckline and the sleeves, and the bodice fits her brilliantly. Sharper hair and a subtle necklace wouldn’t have hurt, though.

EMMA ROBERTS in Los Angeles
jacket, blouse, and pants by Emporio Armani, purse by Christian Louboutin, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood

Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty

The shoes are a bit much and the blouse could fit a little better, but this is a sharp, modern look. That little tuxedo jacket is just to die for.

dress by Victoria Beckham, purse and shoes by Stella McCartney

Photo: Getty

Again, I’d nix the shoes, but the dress is lovely and the purse is chic. Also, the fact that I don’t own navy stockings now seems ridiculous to me.

KATE MARA in London
dress by Christian Dior, necklace by Plukka, purse by Nancy Gonzalez, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Danny Martindale/WireImage

The dress is a gorgeous color, that unstoppably bright and fabulous yellow. I’m usually not a fan of the mullet skirt, but this one is subtle and fun and looks like if you spun around in a circle it would flare out and go WHEEEEE, which I appreciate. The shoes are painfully basic, but the boxy purple clutch is stunning and the statement necklace is absolutely fantastic.

dress by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Casadei

Photo: Axelle/Bauer Griffin

A fun, textured LBD, but that purse is painfully boring and the shoes, while sexy, are also a little bland for this look.

OLIVIA MUNN in Los Angeles
dress by Alberta Ferretti, purse by Bulgari

Photo: Stefanie Keenan/WireImage

The dress is relatively simple, and the slightly wavering lines are a little bit odd, but I think I’ve come down on the side of liking this look (if only the dress and the purse).

dress by Altuzarra, purse by Roger Vivier, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Axelle/Bauer Griffin

J.Law, I love you. Don’t ever let anyone talk you into wearing tassels on the red carpet again, okay?

FREIDA PINTO at the Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party
dress by Antonio Berardi, purse and shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Brian Lindensmith/

The iridescent multicolored beading and embellishments on the dress are terrific, but Freida had to go and destroy it with terrible styling. There’s no excuse for that hair, and the matching shoes are just painfully tacky and cheap-looking.

dress by Cue by Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, purse by Rupert Sanderson, shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Axelle/Bauer Griffin

Freida, your styling isn’t always excellent, but this terrible hair thing is a new problem and I don’t understand it at all. That clutch came completely out of nowhere, and the shoes are still too matchy-matchy (though not as hideously so as in the previous look), but it’s the hair that really terrifies me.

RACHEL BILSON at the Art of Elysium Gala
gown by Valentino

Photo: Justin Campbell/Startraks

I want to like this, Rachel; really, I do. But hot pink leopard print is over, and it should never have been a thing to begin with, at least not in a full-length gown.

KERRY WASHINGTON at W Magazine’s Golden Globes after-party
blazer by Reed Krakoff, jumpsuit by Stella McCartney, purse by Roger Vivier

Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty

Am I looking at Kerry’s reflection in a funhouse mirror? What is with the ridiculous width of those pants and the monstrous size of that laptop case masquerading as a clutch?

AMY ADAMS at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
dress by Elie Saab, earrings by Tiffany & Co., shoes by Casadei

Photo: Nancy Rivera/Splash News

She’s actively trying to bore me now, right?

dress by Vionnet, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: John Kopaloff/FilmMagic

This is one ill-fitting potato sack of a dress. The droopy bustline is hideously unflattering, but the way the skirt hangs loosely like a bedsheet and falls at that awkward place in the middle of her calf is even worse.

NICOLE KIDMAN in Los Angeles
dress by Elie Saab, purse and shoes by Bottega Veneta

Photo: Axelle/Bauer Griffin

If Nicole Kidman’s way of dressing as Grace Kelly involves looking like a four-year-old at her pretty, pretty princess birthday party, I’m already done with this press tour.

NICOLE KIDMAN in Los Angeles
suit by Oscar de la Renta, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood

Photo: Russ Einhorn/Splash News

The suit is fine, but the earrings, makeup, hair, and shoes are just so aggressively ugly. Also, serious question: are her feet purple, or is she wearing stockings with those already disastrously overdesigned shoes?

dress by Valentino, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Rex

I wish it weren’t necessary for me to make such proclamations, but such is the duty of the Democracy Diva: If your outfit would be acceptable at a tea party attended by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, it is NOT appropriate for you to wear it to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’s tea party.

KRYSTEN RITTER at the Art of Elysium Gala
gown by Alberta Ferretti, purse by Jimmy Choo, shoes by Brian Atwood


This is so poorly fit, it’s almost hilarious. She looks like she’s wearing a 1920s bathrobe, for god’s sake.

JENNIFER LOPEZ at the Weinstein Company’s Golden Globes after-party
gown by Zuhair Murad

Photo: David Livingston/Getty

Well, what else do you expect from J.Lo? She’s incapable of wearing just one super-tacky Zuhair Murad gown in a single evening, at least when that evening is as major as the Golden Globes. But I find myself wondering if the sixty-five thousand bracelets on her wrists might have been overkill.

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