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NICOLE RICHIE AT THE CFDAS
Andrea Lavinthal, Style Director: This slinky backless bronze-y gold dress is proof that you don’t always need sequins and beads to shine on the red carpet. And not only is the Marc Jacobs design pure perfection, but the way styled the look – with gold Christian Louboutins, delicate Jennifer Meyer jewels, a sleek updo and red lips – makes it feel even more unbelievably chic.
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RIHANNA AT THE GRAMMYS
Zoë Ruderman, Senior Style Editor: When the Grammys wardrobe memo asked stars to cover up, I assumed would rebel and go half-naked. I mean, isn’t showing skin a hobby of hers? But she surprised everyone by wearing this beautiful Alaïa gown with a train and crisscross neckline, plus enough sheer paneling to remind everyone RiRi wasn’t, like, entering the sisterhood.
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NAOMI WATTS AT DIANA LONDON PREMIERE
Brittany Talarico, Associate Editor: I was so excited for to start promoting Diana because I knew her wardrobe would be amazing. And she certainly proved me right in this stunning white Versace gown. The asymmetrical neckline and thigh-high slit play up her body in all the right ways. And those blinding Chopard earrings aren’t bad either.
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JENNIFER LAWRENCE AT THE OSCARS
Jackie Fields, Writer-Reporter: She won a statue for her acting, but also deserves an award for this Dior Haute Couture dress. I was so blown away by the stunning silhouette of this voluminous, Cinderella-like gown. If I had a Pinterest board called “Future Wedding Gown Options,” this would be the only photo on it.
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MILEY CYRUS AT THE MET GALA
Storm Heitman, Contributor: It may sound crazy to use the words and “best dressed” in one sentence (as opposed to Miley and “undressed,” which feels totally normal). But this mesh Marc Jacobs gown looked phenomenal on her. She was covered up, but gave the illusion of nudity thanks to the flesh-colored underlay. It’s risqué, but just the right amount. Unlike some of her other looks. Ahem, MTV VMAs …
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CHARLIZE THERON AT THE OSCARS
Pamela Edwards Christiani, Style and Beauty Editor: My jaw dropped just one time the night of the Academy Awards and that was when arrived in Dior Haute Couture. Between the structured bodice, beaded peplum and slinky train (not to mention her buzz cut, flawless makeup and the Harry Winston bracelet!), the whole look was just perfection.
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SCARLETT JOHANSSON AT THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Annie Daly, News Editor: What I loved most about Versace gown was the fit. The off-the-shoulder neckline made her cleavage look amazing and the ruching at the waistline is so flattering. It takes a lot to steal the spotlight from a new engagement ring, but this dress managed to do it.