December 15, 2015 03:52 PM

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away … (or you know, just last night in Hollywood), many stars attended the premiere of the latest Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, and they packed the red carpet with style and beauty homages to the iconic films. Get ready for a slew of overused, intergalactic puns because strong the force was with these stars.

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First, Sofia Vergara proved that Obi-Wan Kenobi may be her only hope by rocking the signature Princess Leia donut buns — though she gave hers a messy, modern twist. Instead of trying to achieve those too-perfect circles, the Modern Family star made that infamous hairdo into an undone up-do that’s pretty close to wearable. Paired with geometric David Webb earrings that look like the keys to the Millennium Falcon, she’s got a look you could totally save your home planet in.

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But though Vergara decl-haired her allegiance to the light side, her husband Joe Manganiello repped the dark side via his accesories. Nothing says “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for” quite like adding a pair of subtle, silver stormtrooper helmet cufflinks to your suit. Being on opposing teams in this epic, interplanetary battle between good and evil is enough to break up even the strongest of bonds, but thankfully, the newlyweds don’t appear to be taking their red carpet roles too seriously.


Maria Menounos also channeled Luke Skywalker’s sister last night, doubling down on Leia’s symmetrical buns with four mini versions all around the nape of her neck. Call up R2D2 because this beauty look is definitely worth capturing in holographic form.

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Janelle Monae switched things up a little, forgoing the standard Leia buns she (rightfully) anticipated would be all over the red carpet, and instead recreating the Princess’s waist-long braid from Return of the Jedi. Complemented with a modern update on that character’s Jabba the Hut gold slave bikini and a light side-meets-dark manicure, Monae’s ensemble confirms she’s now become the master (of style, at least, if not the Death Star).


Finally, it’s useless to resist John Boyega, who stars as Finn in the new film. He gave a subtle but instantly recognizable tribute to the character that spawned all of this space mania almost 40 years ago, wearing a single black, leather glove in honor of Luke Skywalker. The glove is identical to the one Luke wears after Darth Vader delivers some unfortunate news about his familial lineage and (40-year-old spoiler alert: cuts off his right hand) at the end of the first film. Let’s just hope Boyega wasn’t also confronted by any surprise paternity-related revelations last night.

What do you think of these Star Wars inspired accessories and hair? Would you ever wear a Leia bun? How would you show your Star Wars fandom on the red carpet?

–Emily Kirkpatrick

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