Fashion Flashback: Zendaya’s Most Gorgeous Green Outfits & Dresses for Her 26th Birthday!

Zendaya is the ultimate style chameleon, appearing confident, innovative, flawless, strong, & feminine all at the same time always! It’s not an easy feat, especially at 26 years old! The Euphoria actress’ style easily ranks among top A-listers, like Diane Kruger, Blake Lively, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, & Sarah Jessica Parker! However, in lieu of a lengthy gallery of all of Zendaya’s glorious red carpet looks, I picked out some of my favorites, which have a common factor of being green, which is definitely the Emmy winner’s most flattering & boldest hue to wear. From a bright kelly green to olive to mint & everything in between, the Dune star makes a fashionable & memorable statement!

What’s even more special about Zendaya’s green palette is that the pieces in green she wears highlight her natural beauty & create a conversation about wearing what makes you feel good versus what is expected. Whether it’s a print, pant, head-to-toe look, fabulous coat, or gown, green isn’t going away any time soon, nor is it only for holidays!

Which green look on Zendaya is your favorite? Are you inspired to go green for your next important occasion? Do you prefer a bright green or something softer? For more fashion flashback posts, check out: Keke Palmer, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Lawrence, & Cara Delevingne! Happy Styling!

Fashion Flashback: Happy 50th Birthday to Sofia Vergara!

If there’s any celebrity wardrobe, for their red carpet looks & street style, that I’d want to steal, it’s Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara’s…EVERYTHING! She’s confident, feminine, sultry, & glam ALL. THE. TIME.

In honor of her 50th birthday today, let’s take a walk down style memory lane for the fashion designer, America’s Got Talent judge, & four-time Emmy-nominee’s best red carpet & street style appearances, celebrating her favorite go-to trends, including a mermaid gown, sweetheart or strapless neckline, peplum details, dramatic jewels, towering platforms, regal sparkles, cut-off denim, gorgeous day dresses, & effortless poise. Not to mention, her megawatt smile.

What do you think of Sofia’s style? Do you prefer her red carpet glamour or high fashion street style? Which look is your favorite? For more stylish celebrity posts, check out: Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink in Miu Miu for TODAY, The Crown’s Emma Corrin as the first non-binary cover star of Vogue, Natalie Portman & Tessa Thompson at the U.K. Thor: Love and Thunder premiere, & Kim Kardashian’s blonde look for Allure! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Zac Posen’s ‘House of Z’ Documentary Trailer!

Summer is a great time for fashion, especially when it comes to scoping out what our favorite celebrities are wearing in their street style on vacation & for blockbuster movie premieres on the red carpet. It’s August & we’re basking in the post-Met Gala glow of the finest in fashion, preparing for Fashion Week in September, all for the harried & sparkly zen that is keeping up with awards season. One name among all the frenzy that is constantly impressing in the world of fashion is designer Zac Posen.

In the newest trailer for the fashion documentary House of Z, fashion lovers catch a glimpse of Posen’s career triumphs, devastating struggles, & return to fame. There’s nothing I love more than a fashion doc, which is why I’m super excited to learn more about Posen’s creative process & journey. The Project Runway judge / creative director of Brooks Brothers is an unstoppable force whose story teaches viewers that if you have a dream, you must go on & continue creating.

In the video below during an interview with BUILD Series, Posen discusses the documentary’s development, his familial strain, his favorite red carpet moments, & how the film served as therapy when revisiting his past troubles in the industry.

Zac Posen’s impact on the red carpet continues to make waves, especially on celebrities like Heidi Klum, Claire Danes, Reese Witherspoon, Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, January Jones, Eva Longoria, Lena Dunham, Amanda Seyfried, & Sofia Vergara

House of Z premieres on on September 6th. I know I’ll be watching! What is your favorite Zac Posen red carpet moment? Are you going to watch the fashion documentary? How do you express your creativity? Happy Styling!

#RedCarpet Review: #Oscar’s #BestDressed Gallery, Including Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, & More!

 Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Lupita Nyong'o, & Gwyneth Paltrow.

The long-awaited 87th Oscars ceremony is under way & the web is buzzing over the glamorous red carpet, featuring a slew of gorgeous gowns from nominated actresses & fabulous looks from presenters & performers. One of the biggest trends of the night was sparkle & color, as well as some surprises from favorite A-listers who have taken some risks & stayed true to their consistently celebrated style.

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Some of the night’s best dressed include Emma Stone (in Elie Saab), Reese Witherspoon (in Tom Ford), Jennifer Aniston (in Versace), Rosamund Pike (in Givenchy), Lupita Nyong’o (in Calvin Klein Collection), Jennifer Lopez (in Elie Saab), Anna Kendrick (in Thakoon), Jessica Chastain (in Givenchy Haute Couture), Jennifer Hudson (in Romona Keveza), & Kerry Washington (in Miu Miu).

Glowing & sparkling in white were Marion Cotillard (in Christian Dior Couture), Julianne Moore (in Chanel Couture), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (in Zuhair Murad), Lady Gaga (in custom Azzadine Alaia), & Zendaya (in Vivienne Westwood). Also, taking a cue from the paler hues were Chrissy Teigen (in Zuhair Murad), Felicity Jones (in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton), Gwyneth Paltrow (in Ralph & Russo Couture), Karolina Kurkova (in Marchesa), Nicole Kidman (in Louis Vuitton), Octavia Spencer (in Tadashi Shoji), Oprah Winfrey in Vera Wang), Viola Davis (in Zac Posen), & Zoe Saldana (in Atelier Versace).

Some of the bolder looks came from model Behati Prinsloo (Armani Prive), Cate Blanchett (in Maison Margiela Couture with a statement necklace), Chloe Grace Moretz (in Miu Miu), Dakota Johnson (in Saint Laurent), Keira Knightley (in Valentino), Lorelei Linklater (in Gabriela Cadena), Giuliana Rancic (in Mireille Dagher), Louise Roe (in Monique Lhuillier), Naomi Watts (in Armani Prive), Scarlett Johansson (in Versace), & Solange Knowles (in Christian Siriano). Going for metallic statements were Anna Faris (in Zuhair Murad), Catt Sadler (in Charbel Zoe), Cheryl Hines in pewter, Faith Hill (in J. Mendel), Jamie Chung (in Yanina Couture), Katie Cassidy (in Julien Macdonald), & Laura Dern (in Alberta Ferretti).

Lastly, those donning black & other classic, tried & true looks include America Ferrera (in Jenny Packham), Gina Rodriguez (in Suzy Amis-Cameron), Kelly Osbourne (in Rita Vinieris), Margot Robbie (in Saint Laurent), Melanie Griffith in a black column gown, Meryl Streep in a menswear-inspired look, Patricia Arquette (in Rosetta Getty), Rita Ora (in Marchesa), & Sienna Miller (in Oscar de la Renta).

Who wore your favorite look of the night? Which celebrity did you think surprised or disappointed? What were the hottest trends on the red carpet that you loved most? For more Red Carpet Review posts from this awards season, check out complete galleries from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, & Critics Choice Awards! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Complete Coverage Of The 85th Annual Academy Awards, Featuring Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Saldana & More!

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The 2013 Oscars are just starting & there’s so much to talk about from tonight’s red carpet, including the anticipation behind the performances from the cast of Les Miserables, as well as the tribute to the James Bond series. Some of my favorites so far include Naomi Watts‘ high fashion look from Armani Prive, Reese Witherspoon‘s classic old Hollywood Louis Vuitton cobalt gown, Zoe Saldana‘s two-tone fishtail gown by Alexis Mabille, & Sandra Bullock‘s lace-detailed Elie Saab gown.

Other notable hits include Jessica Chastain (in Giorgio Armani), Nicole Kidman (in L’Wren Scott), Jennifer Garner (in Gucci), Kerry Washington (in Miu Miu), & Charlize Theron (in Dior Haute Couture). Not to mention that I predicted Jennifer Lawrence‘s Dior Haute Couture gown as an Oscar pick in my recent post, which is nothing short of fabulous when it hit the red carpet!

Who wore your favorite looks? Which nominees are you rooting for? Are you excited to see performances by Adele, Norah Jones, & Jennifer Hudson? For more from this year’s awards season, check out more from Red Carpet Review including the Golden Globes, Grammys, BAFTAs, & SAGs! Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Top 10 Most Stylish Films of 2012, 35 Winter Outfit Ideas, Tina & Amy Talk Golden Globes, & More!

Haute Headlines

As we begin our very stylish 2013 (I know I’ve been lacquered up with sparkling nails, new eyeshadow shades, & my favorite heels), it’s time to pay attention to what’s going on around us in the worlds of fashion, entertainment, & pop culture.  I’m happy to share the stories that have raised an eye brow & keep me clicking away to stay in the know.  What stories are you following this week? Which movies have you seen or sales have you shopped? Happy Styling!

*My Top 10 Most Stylish Films of 2012 list on Movie Buzzers*

*Glamour’s 35 winter outfit ideas to keep your look chic this season*

*Emma Stone talks about Vogue naming her best dressed of 2012*

*VOTE for your favorite beauty products for Women’s Health Magazine‘s Beauty Awards*

*Kristen Stewart lands the cover of V Magazine*

*Get inspired by Fab Sugar‘s 160 best street looks*

*Victoria’s Secret’s 2013 Swim video to Bruno Mars‘ latest single featuring Candice Swanepoel & Doutzen Kroesz*

*Lena Dunham & costume designer Jennifer Rogien talk about GIRLS style*

*Tina Fey & Amy Poehler talk about their latest hosting gig for this year’s Golden Globes*

*Check out the latest images of StyleMint‘s newest collection*

*indieWIRE’s Oscar predictions for Best Suporting Actress*

Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: Penelope Cruz & Cameron Diaz’s Oscar Gowns Knock-Offs!

It’s been a number of weeks now since the Oscars & Style Darling eagerly featured a red carpet gallery, which showcased stunners like Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive & Cameron Diaz in Gucci. It was probably one of the most gorgeous turn-outs on the red carpet in a long time.  Fashion critics are still talking about Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom FordJennifer Lopez’s cleavage, Stacy Keibler in gold, & Angelina Jolie’s right leg!

It was only a matter of time before knock-offs of their incredibly beautiful gowns were created for the masses.  As usual, these look-alikes can be found @EDressMe! We recently featured Golden Globes looks worn by Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie, & Charlize Theron!

However, if you loved the way Penelope & Cameron looked & are in need of a show-stopping red carpet-esque evening gown, check out the Penelope Cruz-inspired Oscar dress by Faviana ($318.00) & the Cameron Diaz-inspired dress by Faviana ($398.00).

Of course b/c these gowns are so elegant & perfect for many ages, both are currently sold out, but according to the website, they will be able to ship in August.

Until then, check out more from Luxury Look-Alikes, including Alicia Keys in Stella McCartney & striped dresses from Michael Kors & Calvin Klein.  Happy Styling!

.com Darling: Gwyneth Paltrow Talks About The Tom Ford Oscar Dress With Stylist Elizabeth Saltzman & More!

The following post is not written by me! It comes straight from one of my favorite .com Darlings, Gwyneth Paltrow, from her own site: goop! I read this on the train on the way home & happily rejoiced in my decision to sign up for goop’s super informative & fabulous newsletters.  If you’re into style, healthy living, celebrity access, & lifestyle trends, then goop is definitely a site worth checking out.  Do you really need me to endorse this? It’s Gwyneth-effing-Paltrow! Enjoy the read & Happy Styling!

The Oscar Dress

I don’t normally address false reporting in the media but this week I would like to clarify something. Last week, The New York Times inferred that I used a ghostwriter on my cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, which to me means someone else wrote the recipes and the text. That is not the case. My Father’s Daughter  was a three year labor of love, a collection of the food I make and serve loved ones, an ode to my dad. I had lots of tremendous assistance with things like note taking, recipe testing, logistical planning, but the recipes and words are all mine and come from my heart. Now, on to the fun stuff…

It’s always nerve-wracking to pick a dress for The Oscars, as it’s one of the (if not the) most scrutinized red carpets in the world. Getting the dress, the jewelry, the hair and the makeup requires a lot of work from stylists and designers who prepare months in advance for the event. Today we interview stylist Elizabeth Saltzman on her process and take a look behind the scenes at the prep for the big day.

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The Process of Finding a Dress

I’m lucky enough to work with stylist Elizabeth Saltzman who did an extra stellar job finding such a wonderful Oscar dress this year.  Ordinarily, in preparation for an event, she’ll work with no more than four  specific designers to gather several viable options for the event.  This requires months of work, of phone calls, meetings, and many long conversations just for this particular evening. This year, she called me up and said there was only one dress and it’s true; this white gown, with its long white cape by Tom Ford was just right.

Today, she’s kind enough to let goop pick her brain on how and why she chose this dress, and more generally how anyone can find the right look for any occasion.


How did you come across this Tom Ford gown?

A:              After looking at what Gwyneth wore last year, I called each designer that I wanted to work with and looked at their sketches first.  These are usually designs that they create specifically for The Oscars.  This particular time, I went to meet with Tom Ford at his studio about a week before the event.


Why did you pick this dress for Gwyneth to wear to this year’s Oscars?

A:This dress screamed OSCARS to me. It simply was ‘the one’. The dress was composed of all the elements that I look out for for Gwyneth: supreme elegance, grace, royalty, extreme modern luxury, simplicity without lacking intense skill and risk. It had a positive edginess to it as well. Also, being such a fan of Jackie Kennedy through the years, I thought the dress channeled some of her iconic style, but this is my opinion.


Can you tell us a little bit about the process of finding gowns for events like this one?

A:It’s a long process that begins the moment when the nominees are announced and doesn’t end until the moment she steps onto the red carpet.  The process consists of a lot of extremely late nights, when there are no phones ringing, no horns beeping, no children or husband needing attention. It’s the calm glow of a computer and lots of long-distance phone calls, discussions, FedEx’s to go through.

First I call certain designers that I know I’d like to work with for the event and find out if they have something special that might work. I ask all the necessary questions… If they are dressing anyone else. If so, what color and style are the other people’s dresses?, etc. After that initial conversation, they send sketches, and I gently try to make tweaks that I know will work for my particular client. I generally work with two or three designers from the beginning until there’s a finished dress to try.

We might Skype, email, and photos are often used so we can get a better idea of how the dress is taking shape. The best is if I can go see the dress in person, but I’m not always that lucky in terms of time or location. I always ask to see swatches (big ones) of the material – you never know… it might not show up well on a photo, it might be completely see-through, it might be rough to the touch or wrinkle prone. All of these need to be considered as it is my job to make sure there are no whooper mistakes on the evening. Once all is agreed, the dress is made.

The next step is the first fitting. This is a moment of excitement, as you want your client to feel great and body language says it all. I look at the fit, we find the shoe that gives the right height and that is wearable for such a long evening. Fittings happen quickly, so I take tons of pictures from all angles so that I can take them home and digest. If I’m lucky, I get a second fitting in, to try the dress we’ve chosen with full accessories and get an idea about hair and makeup. On the day of, I’m there with the makeup artists, hair stylists, everyone, discussing every decision in minute detail, every step of the way. When she gets in the car, I make sure that the dress won’t get wrinkled on that long drive to the event.


Are there politics involved in getting the right dress?

A:Oh yes, the politics, especially when it comes to this event, can be rough if you don’t know the players.  It’s hard because getting the right celebrity in the right dress can mean huge, and I mean monumental, publicity for a designer as well as the client. The advantage I have is that I’m not new in the industry and I’ve built relationships that are not about screwing anyone else over.  It’s about being honest with the designers and the other people involved, listening to what they’re hoping for, and striking a compromise between their vision and the client’s needs.


How much of your pick depends on what is simply a gorgeous gown versus the personality of and what will work specifically for your client?

A:The client always comes before the gown. You have to think about the person, their body, their confidence, their coloring, their wishes, their needs and what will be successful for them.


What advice would you give to anyone looking for the right dress?

A:Think about what looks best on you, not which dress you like on the hanger. Think about your posture. Look at yourself in the mirror with how you would naturally stand, not in pose, as you’re usually not posing. Think about where you are going and how much you can relax knowing you are safely, securely, happily dressed.

Oscar Prep

Once we had the dress decided on that week, everything else fell into place. Here’s a quick look into my day preparing for The Oscars and how we picked hair, makeup and jewelry to compliment my gown.

10AM: Pre-show workout

I did an intensive cardio workout with Stacey McDermott from the Tracy Anderson Method and tried out my partner, Tracy Anderson’s new mini Trampoline workout for the Metamorphosis series.

1PM: Arrive at the Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills

I get to the hotel for a shower and then get my roots done with Tracy Cunningham, who I always call when I’m in LA. She’s got my particular color down to a precise science.

My kids come for a visit and we all go hang out at the pool for a little bit.  I have my traditional pre-show turkey burger and fries before hair & makeup.

2PM: Hair & Makeup

Adir Abergel, who did my hair, initially goes for a tousled bun.

Meanwhile, in keeping in line with the simplicity of my gown, makeup artist Leslie Lopez emphasizes my eyes with some black liner while keeping everything else pretty natural. Stop me if I’m boring you…

We all decide that the dress requires even simpler hair. The straight, long ponytail mimics the straight, clean lines of the dress and cape.

Final product.

It’s more fun when you get ready with one of your best friends.

2:45PM: Dressed and trying on jewelry

First, I try these Anna Hu cuffs, as I was asked to represent her brand on the Red Carpet. They’re incredible. The one on the left is inspired by Van Gogh’s painting, Irises, and is made up of garnets, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds in the same colors as those of the painting. The orchid cuff on the right was inspired by Monet’s color palette and designed while listening to Chopin.

I also try some of Anna Hu’s amazing, statement Fire Phoenix earrings, which are made with pear-shaped cabochon rubellites, if you know what I mean…

            They’re gorgeous, but this double hoop diamond and purple sapphire ring and the amazing rose-cut diamond cuff that Anna made fits best with the dress. Maybe I’ll borrow the other ones for another time…
Here’s Anna Hu herself, helping me with the cuff.

Final touches as I leave.

3:45PM: In the car and on my way!

4:30PM: Red Carpet

Stephen Huvane, my publicist of 20 years, fixes my button right before I walk down the Red Carpet for pictures and interviews.

I stop to chat with a member of our Armed Forces.

5PM: One of my favorite red carpet moments

I snapped this on my Blackberry so it’s a bit blurry, but there’s someone holding up Sandra Bullock’s train, and Sandra Bullock holding up soon-to-be Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer’s train.

6:30PM: Robert Downey Jr. and I get on stage to present the award for “Best Documentary Feature”.

Robert helped write the funny mock documentary sketch for presenting the award to Undefeated.

The green room, where all the presenters go right before getting on stage for a snack and refreshments, was designed by Architectural Digest this year. Juniper Books made stunning custom-made book covers based on classic cinema especially for this year’s event.

6:45PM: After presenting, I duck out to meet friends at the famous annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

The event was at the Sunset Tower Hotel and I may have had the best french fries ever there.

9:30PM: As ever, Jane Fonda is totally punk rock.

Fashion Flashback: Grace Kelly- The Iconic Oscar Winner & Elegant Star of ‘Rear Window!’

For lack of style news to talk about today (it’s been a rough week), I thought I’d post a little something that I found on YouTube.  This video isn’t even a minute long, but shows (in black & white) Grace Kelly accepting her Oscar for Best Actress in The Country Girl. The American Princess of Monaco hit it big as an actress in the 1950s, but left her career for royal & family life. Check out the quick view of her pale blue Edith Head gown.  Her signature white gloves & classic style are what makes her a timeless icon of style.

Also, I love the Alfred Hitchcock movie Rear Window.  There’s something about it that I haven’t been able to shake since I saw it for the first time this summer.  It would make a really fantastic play (if anyone wants to try & write it with me!).  However, part of what I love about it, besides the story & cinematography of a small apartment complex is the one & only Grace Kelly, who stars with James Stewart in the thriller.  She’s every bit of glamorous with an ease & effortlessness that’s hard to come by now.  So take a look a revamped trailer for the movie & get a good look at Grace’s flawless costumes which make the movie all the more worth seeing!

Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Anne Hathaway’s Fabulous Oscar Costume Changes!

While the Oscar telecast may not have been the success that the Academy was looking for, there’s no doubt that Anne Hathaway failed to wow the audience in her eight different looks throughout the course of the night.  She began on the red carpet, on the arm of Mr. Valentino himself, wearing the designer’s bustled red strapless creation which makes the Oscar nominee’s skin glow like pearlized porcelain. You can even pre-order a knock-off of the red Valentino gown here on EDressMe for $375.00! The actress sparkled in designers like Tom Ford, Lanvin, Armani, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Oscar de la Renta, & of course, Givenchy.  Thanks to her super celebri-stylist Rachel Zoe, I would have to say that Anne’s entire collection of looks stole the show.  Of course Natalie Portman looked like a goddess of a movie star & everyone was talking about Reese Witherspoon & Mila Kunis the next day, but it’s no surprise that Anne’s fashion star rose infinitely that night. This electric blue off-the-shoulder Armani number was probably my favorite, showing off Anne’s sophisticated & sometimes underestimated bombshell style.  We usually see her in red or soft creams, but this was a magical hue that I think some fashion critics should look back on.  Nobody, in my opinion, has pulled off a powerful blue like this in a long time.

For a full dossier on Anne’s red carpet highs & on-screen fashion, check out In Style,, & Celeb Style! Which look was your favorite of Anne’s during the Academy Awards?  Leave some comments!  Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: My Favorite Past Oscar Styles!

It’s Oscar night & I’m dying over darlings like Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, & Reese Witherspoon‘s dresses on the red carpet.  Keeping it classic & timeless, effortlessly glamorous, & oh-so gorgeous is what a night like this is all about.  I decided to take a quick look back at my top ten favorite looks from previous years at the Academy Awards.  Among my favorites are designers Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Valentino, & Carolina Herrera.  I have a thing for some glitter, but also frills & clean lines are always amazing trends to show off at an elegant occasion such as this.  Take a look (at these, of course which are in no particular order) & lemme know which are your favorites?

Last year Cameron Diaz wowed in this gold princess gown by Oscar de la Renta.  She usually goes a little more eccentric, having worn a red Alexander McQueen gown for the Globes just weeks before, but thanks to her famous stylist, Rachel Zoe, this dazzling gold confection of elegance stole the red carpet.  Gold was a big theme at the show as winner Sandra Bullock showed off her embroidered Marchesa column gown.

Kate Hudson showed off some serious sparkle power at the 2003 ceremony in this Atelier Versace hand-sewn gown.  This look is listed among In Style’s 10 Best Oscar Dresses ever & is probably one of my favorite worn by the actress. She is also a client of Rachel Zoe’s, who has taken more risks in recent years on the red carpet, like for last years Globes in a white feathered Marchesa & her teal Gucci number at the 2009 People’s Choice Awards.

Keeping with the glamorous glitter theme so far, Diane Lane appeared at the 2003 ceremony in Oscar de la Renta.  Having seen the feathers for tonight’s show with Hilary Swank & Sharon Stone, I have to say that the gown is one that transcends time.  At the 2009 ceremony in ruched black Chanel & her white Azzaro gown at the 2004 show were just as gorgeous in the truest movie star fashion.

Renee Zellweger‘s Carolina Herrera gown for her 2004 win for her performance in Cold Mountain is one of those dresses that you just look at & know that a winner is wearing it.  Recalling the vintage elegance of Grace Kelly & the star power of Marilyn Monroe, this is one of Renee’s finest appearances in fashion.  Always a fan of Carolina Herrera’s designs, 7 years later, the actress even wowed in this sparkly gown for a German awards show.

Cate Blanchett‘s 2007 Armani Prive marcasite gown was a dramatic revelation against the usually ruffled & mainstream looks that we see on the red carpet.  Always a risk taker, we even saw her on tonight’s red carpet in a pastel beaded Givenchy gown that even wowed fashion icon & Oscar commentator Tim Gunn.

Keira Knightley was nominated in 2006 for her lead role in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice & showed up in this merlot Vera Wang gown & Bulgari necklace.  She was certainly the best dressed of the night & took the trend of statement jewelry to a new level.

Kate Winslet is a consummate favorite at the Oscars, having won two years ago for The Reader, I have to say that nothing pleases me more than seeing a pistachio dress draped in such a sophisticated way over a truly beautiful talent.  This Valentino dress helped make the 2007 ceremony a memorable night, as I recalled the sari-inspired Valentino dress that Jennifer Lopez wore in a similar shade in 2003.

Penelope Cruz showed up this year’s Oscars just weeks after giving birth, but when she took home Oscar for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, she looked like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn.  This vintage Balmain bridal-inspired gown pulled at every fashionista’s heartstrings.  She looked like an absolute princess that night & this is probably one of my favorite Oscar looks ever.  In previous years, she was very elegant in Versace and forward thinking in Chanel, but for this pivotal moment in her career, she looked flawless.

2009 was also a dazzling year for Sarah Jessica Parker in this belted princess Christian Dior.  Embodying all things Carrie Bradshaw & the whimsical way that Sarah Jessica has stolen our fashionable hearts off-screen, this is one of the most quintessential princess gowns that I’ve ever seen.  Critics didn’t embrace her 2010 look for the ceremony, but she’ll always be turning heads no matter where she goes.

Demi Moore impressed fashion critics last year in her strapless silk organza ruffled gown by Versace.  Rachel Zoe was once again behind this look, which was a far cry from Demi’s 1989 shorts look that made In Style’s Most Unforgettable Oscar Looks.  Seeing this dramatic actress in such softness put her among the best dressed & was a lovely departure from her usually darker looks.

 To catch some of your favorite Oscar dresses from years of yesterday, check out In Style’s Oscar Index & the official Academy Awards website. Also, you can find some really incredible deals on celebrity-inspired gown from all of the awards shows at EDressMe, PromGirl, & SerendipityProm.  Don’t forget to check out our previous Red Carpet Review posts from this year’s awards season & our upcoming review from the 2011 Oscars red carpet.  Happy Styling!

1/25/11 Darling of the Day: Mandy Moore’s LBD & Red Heels!

So this is day two of Mandy Moore‘s fabulous fashion choices.  She brings glamour & simplicity together in a little black dress with an adorable sweetheart neckline.  While at an event for her new movie Tangled, she shows off her newlywed glow & chooses a statement necklace & gorgeous red satin platforms for some old school charm.  Her song for the film, “I See The Light,” was just nominated for an Academy Award, which surely means that the multi-talented entertainer will be hitting Oscar’s red carpet next month.  In my search for fabulous look-alikes for today’s darling, these suede bow pumps kept popping into my head, so I just had to post them.  For that price, you could even invest the black pair.  Not to mention, Mandy’s elegant & understated stud earrings are easy to affordably find & here, I’ve offered up a set of nine pairs.  If you’re like me with multiple ear piercings, this is probably the chicest way to do up your lobes without looking too overaccessorized. 



If Mandy keeps this up, I’m sure we’ll be seeing her again tomorrow!  Happy Styling!