Fuck the front rows – the most fabulous fashion of the week happened outside New York Fashion Week.
DIANE KRUGER at the Venice Film Festival
gown by Valentino
In case you were wondering what heaven looks like, here is Diane Kruger in the most exquisitely delicate, romantic pink gown the world has ever seen. AND IT HAS POCKETS. What, I ask you, is better than a ridiculously fancy dress that has pockets? And look how the fabric is so sheer that you can see her hand through the pocket. I don’t know why I love that detail so much, but I do. And we can spot a bit of a fuchsia purse tucked under her arm, which says “there’s nothing I can’t pull off.”
DIANE KRUGER in Munich
dress by Jill Stuart, purse by Charlotte Olympia
I didn’t love this dress when Rose Byrne wore it during the last New York Fashion Week, and I don’t love it now. But that clock purse is a hundred fifty thousand different kinds of awesome.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY at the Venice Film Festival
gown by Valentino
Gorgeous Valentino gowns were abundant on the red carpet this week. Keira’s gown is a damn work of art, though maybe ever-so-slightly overdesigned. But with no accessories save for the world’s fiercest glare, she keeps the complicated gown clean and chic.
EVA RICCOBONO at the Venice Film Festival
gown by Armani Privé
The gown itself is breathtaking, but that snake necklace is INCREDIBLE. I’m so glad the Venice Film Festival brought Eva Riccobono to my attention, because life has been much more fabulous ever since.
ANNA MOUGLALIS at the Venice Film Festival
gown, purse, and shoes by Chanel
The cut of this dress is absolutely spectacular, from the neckline to the sleeves to the layers and layers of lace. It’s supremely flattering and just a joy to look at. The heavy black shoes don’t bother me as much as I thought they would (probably because they keep this from going bridal), but I still don’t love them.
OLIVIA WILDE in London
tuxedo by Gucci, shoes by Jimmy Choo
Sometimes all you need to look fantastic is a Gucci suit. And not even the shirt that goes with it.
EDDIE REDMAYNE at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
suit by Gucci
Sadly, Eddie did not go shirtless under his Gucci suit, but it’s a phenomenal look all the same.
CLAIRE DANES in Washington, DC
gown and purse by Valentino, shoes by Stuart Weitzman
Since we’ve already seen so much beautiful Valentino on the red carpet, this feels a little bit ordinary. In a slow fashion week, this could have shot to the top of my list, but it lacks the originality and intrigue that the other gowns have in spades.
CLOTILDE COURAU at the Deauville Film Festival
gown, purse, and shoes by Christian Dior
Major points for risk-taking, because that is not an easy thing to wear on the red carpet. I don’t think the loose fit is working as well as she’d like, and I think that purse is comically huge. But I respect a woman who dares to wear such a gown, and who picks the world’s most fabulous shoes to pair it with.
DIANNA AGRON in Los Angeles
skirt by Oscar de la Renta, purse by Louis Vuitton, shoes by Christian Louboutin
By far the best she’s ever looked. Why she can’t always look this put-together and chic is beyond me.
DIANNA AGRON in New York City
top and skirt by Osman, jewelry by Fred Leighton, shoes by Christian Louboutin
Yeah, it’s a little awkward, but that’s sort of the point. I like the strange crop top and the conservative skirt with it, and the sexy shoes and fabulous earrings keep this from becoming boring.
KAROLINA KURKOVA at the US Open
blouse by Dion Lee
Probably pretty silly on anyone else, but leave it to Karolina to make this look extraordinary. Also: The Summer of the White Pump will never die.
GRETCHEN MOL in New York City
dress by L’Wren Scott
I love the delicate texture to the dress, and that strawberry, pinkish-red hue, but I’m not sure the matching shoes were the way to go.
ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
dress by Versace, shoes by Christian Louboutin
Sexy but boring. Which makes sense, given that it’s a GQ event.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
tuxedo by Tom Ford
Usually I love his shtick, but he looks like a grumpy old rich man in this outfit. Something about the tightness of the textured jacket combined with the fat bow tie screams, “I have four ex-wives and millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts,” doesn’t it?
EMMA WATSON at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
top and pants by Balenciaga
I get what she was trying to do here; unfortunately, she failed miserably. I think Emma is just too petite for those pants, which sag around her ankles like she’s a little boy wearing his dad’s suit. And the top – there is nothing palatable about that top. Emma, you have the tummy to wear whatever crop top you choose, so why choose one that is so aggressively hideous?
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS in New York City
top and skirt by Dolce & Gabbana
Christina’s love of giant florals is a problem; too often, they age her terrible. Mix them with polka-dots and peachy-nude shoes, and she looks about sixty years out of style.
ALEXA CHUNG at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
dress by Carven, purse by Chanel, shoes by Jimmy Choo
No. Get out of here with that stupid aluminum foil dress. I will not stand for this absurdity.
ALEXA CHUNG in London
dress by Carven, purse by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Manolo Blahnik
Hugh Hefner called – he wants his slippers back.
RITA ORA at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
gown by Etro
I want to like this for being surprising, but I could live without the surprise of that flash of side-underboob. Also, it’s absurdly long on her, in the length and the sleeves. I get that she’s one of those starlets who needs to go out every day of the year in ten different ridiculous outfits – seriously, if you could see my March Fabness spreadsheets where I track everything everyone wears EVER, you would not even be able to comprehend how many different insane things this woman has worn in the last six months – but this is just an unnecessary eyesore.