LUPITA NYONG’O at the Maui Film Festival
dress by Calvin Klein
I wish I had a more eloquent reaction than “OMG YAAAAAAAAS,” but sometimes the English language fails me. Everything about this is flawless, from the colorblocking to the pop of red on the side to the matching accessories. Also, I discovered that the lightest bluish green color Lupita is rocking is called “viridian.” As if this dress wasn’t awesome enough, it also taught me a new word, and as a nerd, that makes me very happy.
KATE BOSWORTH in Singapore
dress by Giambattista Valli
Overwhelmingly beautiful. The dress is a work of art – the shoulders and the red-lined pieces of the skirt are particularly fantastic. And the barely-there styling feels light and ethereal instead of boring. I’ve never really figured out why Kate Bosworth is still famous when I can’t name any movie she’s done besides Blue Crush, but it’s outfits like this that make me not care. If her profession is showing up at red carpet events looking awesome, then she’s damn good at her job.
JANE FONDA in Los Angeles
gown by Vera Wang, purse by Smythson, jewelry by Chopard
THIS is how you receive your AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, bitches – in a dress that says, “Who, me? You must be mistaken. I can’t possibly be old enough for a lifetime achievement award! Just look at these arms!” And the diamond necklace was a perfectly divalicious touch.
ANGELINA JOLIE in London
jacket and skirt by Michael Kors
It’s appropriate that this outfit makes Ange look like the patron saint of international women’s rights, since she’s at the End Sexual Violence Conference. Simple, angelic fashion for a noble cause? I’m on board.
ROSARIO DAWSON at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards
top and skirt by Roksanda Ilincic, purse by Kate Spade, shoes by Chelsea Paris
I’m not accustomed to placing Rosario Dawson in the top half of my recaps, because this lady’s red carpet style has been quite sad recently. But she turned it around in a major way at the Spike TV event, of all places. Most ladies tend to go sexed-up at the events run by magazines and networks geared toward men, wearing simple or athletic designs that straight men favor (rather than the trendier, fashion-forward looks that the girls and gays more often go for, if you’ll pardon the over-generalizations). So I was particularly excited to see Rosario rock something decidedly non-sexy, but still elegant, chic, and beautiful. The peach/baby blue color combination really sings on her skin tone, and the crop top/skirt proportions elongate her 5’7″ frame to new heights. And the hair and makeup have never looked better.
DIANE KRUGER in Los Angeles
dress by Nina Ricci, purse by Anya Hindmarch, shoes by Christian Dior
It’s all a little bit random, but if Diane Kruger can’t make some unique styling choices work, who can? I love the way her lipstick almost-but-not-quite matches her shoes, even if such a bright pink is a little odd with her decidedly serious dress. Anyway, each individual piece of this look is beautiful, even if it all doesn’t make sense together on anyone but Diane.
JORDANA BREWSTER in Los Angeles
dress by Peter Pilotto, purse by Kotur, shoes by Jimmy Choo
I’m still unsure whether this dress is fabulous or hideous, but you know me, dear readers – if it surprises me, I’m inclined to like it. It’s certainly a great statement dress for summertime, with its bold colors and easy-breezy hemline. The accessories might be a little too evening-esque for a daytime event, but overall, I’m on board.
OLIVIA MUNN at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards
dress by J. Mendel, purse by Monica Rich Kosann, shoes by Brian Atwood
Possibly a career high for the usually forgettable Ms. Munn. I am absolutely obsessed with this deep shade of hunter green, and the juxtaposition of the draped top with the structured skirt works brilliantly. The gold accessories are sharp and chic, but I’m almost never a fan of pin-straight, center-parted hair on the red carpet. I can’t think of anything but Gwyneth Paltrow when I see it, and that’s the fastest way to make me lose interest in something.
TOM FELTON in London
suit by Burberry
For your viewing pleasure, I present Draco Malfoy in a fantastic three-piece suit. You’re welcome, universe.
RIHANNA in Paris
top and pants by Balmain
Great top, but no one should be attempting to bring back the cargo pant, not even Rihanna.
EMMY ROSSUM in New York City
dress by Stella McCartney, shoes by Stuart Weitzman
Whenever there’s a Stella McCartney fashion show, you can bet the starlets will be out in droves wearing the label’s most awkward designs. Emmy managed to stay ahead of the pack in something marginally chic, if still kind of weird. Also, the hot pink lipstick belongs with a different outfit entirely.
GABRIELLE UNION in Los Angeles
top and skirt by Dolce & Gabbana
I didn’t know it until now, but I’ve always needed a lace crop top with sleeves that stop just above the elbow. Gabrielle is selling the shit out of this look.
AMERICA FERRERA in Sydney
gown by Dolce & Gabbana, purse by Edie Parker
I’d be thrilled to never see a leopard print gown again in my life, but it’s a decent look for America Ferrera, who’s got more than a few red carpet missteps under her belt. The hair and sleeves pull this look together for me.
AMBER HEARD in New York City
dress by Stella McCartney
More Stella McCartney weirdness. Like most designs by the label, I’d like this better if it had like two less distracting details happening in it. The skirt is cool as shit, but with all the draping and fringe and whatever the hell else is happening, it’s almost hard to notice.
KATE BECKINSALE in New York City
dress by Monique Lhuillier, purse by Kotur, shoes by Casadei
Boring but pretty, like literally everything else Kate Beckinsale has ever worn.
CATE BLANCHETT in Sydney
dress by Chanel
My love for Cate Blanchett’s wardrobe knows no bounds, but this was a bit of a disappointment. The embellished bodice is awesome, but the rest of this dress is such a sad sack shape. She looks like a Pilgrim with anachronistic access to a hot glue gun.
JESSICA ALBA at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards
dress by David Koma, purse by Diane von Furstenberg, shoes by Hugo Boss
Jessica took the aforementioned route of going “guy hot” at the Spike event. It’s pretty predictable for Ms. Alba, but I don’t think I would mind it except for the shoes. They look like they’re made of rubber.
MINDY KALING in Los Angeles
dress by Marc Jacobs, purse by Miu Miu, shoes by Saint Laurent
A fun, funky, adorable dress, suiting Mindy’s personality perfectly. But honey. Fire your makeup artist. He clearly hates you anyway.
EVA LONGORIA in Los Angeles
dress by Sass & Bide, shoes by Christian Louboutin
Awkward and ill-fitting, and that braid looks like it’s made of straw.
JAIME KING at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards
dress by Emilio Pucci, purse by Edie Parker
That’s not a dress, it’s a medieval torture device. Someone help this poor woman, please.