Style Spotlight: Lily Collins

Learn her name and face now, dear readers, because Lily Collins is the best thing to happen to the red carpet since ladypants. 

gown by Houghton

Photo: Nicole Springer/Everett

Lily has been traipsing all around the globe to promote her new movie impeccable personal style. I couldn’t care less about her film, but she’s been showing up to premieres, photo calls, and press conferences all around the world looking all different kinds of fabulous every damn day of the past few weeks, so it’s high time we paid some attention. She absolutely kills it in her white lace gown by Houghton, a New York designer she’s bringing into the spotlight with her by wearing the label endlessly. I love everything from the wispy, ethereal hair and glowing makeup to the way those elongated sleeves stop at the middle of her hand.  Of course, the view only gets better from the back:


Breathtaking. The dark nail polish is perfect – it keeps this a little more high fashion and a little less bridal.

top by Paper London, skirt by Halston Heritage, necklace by Pluma Italia, cuff by Movado

Photo: Lester Cohen/WireImage

Girlfriend can rock a smoky eye and a crop top like nobody’s business. There’s a lot of volume happening on that skirt, but I think she wears it surprisingly well. And the chunky pink-gold jewelry gives this relatively simple look a youthful and funky vibe.

dress by Zuhair Murad, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Getty

Zuhair Murad dresses tend to be a little overworked for me, but Lily was smart to keep things simple with relaxed wavy hair and simple black pumps. The lace-fishnet combination looks fantastic in some areas, and a little over-the-top in others, but the beautiful collar is selling me on this dress.

LILY COLLINS in Los Angeles
dress by Thakoon, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Rex

Have we had an in-depth discussion about Lily Collins’s eyebrows yet? Because while the world remains obsessed with Cara Delevingne’s thick brows, I’m busy weeping over the beauty of Lily’s. Those things are a work of art. I like her little black Thakoon dress, but I’m not sure the proportion works well with those shoes, which look part-fabulous, part-torture device, but kind of in a great way.

LILY COLLINS in Los Angeles
dress by Cushnie et Ochs, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Tony DiMaio/Startraks

Of course, Lily couldn’t spend so many consecutive days on the red carpet without paying homage to the Summer of the White Pump. I’m not as sold on the slashed cut-outs of her Cushnie et Ochs little white dress – they’re just a little awkwardly placed, and this slick, side-party hairdo makes her look kind of bald. But that dark wine lipstick is absolutely delicious.

pants by Whistles, purse and shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti


Would that we all had a teensy little belly that looks awesome in crop tops, and we could all look as cute as this. The shoes are a little dull, but the pants are strange in the best possible way, and the purse brings the look together perfectly.

dress by Stella McCartney, shoes by Brian Atwood


I’m not even going to pretend to like this very odd Stella McCartney dress – I mean, what ARE those saddlebags hanging off of her?! – but it’s actually amazing how chic Lily makes this look. It’s those perfect eyebrows again, paired with her pretty, pretty princess hair. And though I’m not a fan of animal print, those shoes are fabulous and manage to distract from the awfulness of that dress.

dress by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: PA

Chokers and giant-toed platforms are two of my biggest red carpet pet peeves, and this dress is a little too “grandma’s couch” to make up for those egregious errors. As per usual, the hair and makeup are lovely, but they can’t quite save this look.

dress by McQ by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Saint Laurent

Photo: Getty

This double-breasted vest-dress really only works if it fits absolutely perfectly, and this does not. It’s also crying out desperately for more interesting accessories.

gown by Houghton, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: FameFlynet

I’ve got a lot of problems with this look, but you know someone’s having a good red carpet run when this is the worst thing they’ve worn recently. The Chantilly lace is exquisite, of course, but I find the high-low mullet skirt tacky and cheap-looking, especially when paired with the exposed bra-top. The matching shoes and lips are altogether too much for me, and whoever did that to her hair needs to have their stylist license revoked as soon as possible, before they wreak further havoc upon the locks of fabulous starlets. All in all, Lily’s spent the last few weeks proving herself a red carpet force to be reckoned with. Bow down, mere mortals – there’s a new diva in town.

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