The Most Coveted Looks of the Year
CHARLIZE THERON'S CHRISTIAN DIOR
Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: This is the ultimate party dress, and I wish I’d had it for my bachelorette party. From the metallic gold material and the fringe hemline to the dramatic low back, it’s sexy without being that word that rhymes with flashy. Yes, (at Paris Fashion Week) looks like a total goddess in it and a Fashion Faceoff with her would be intimidating, but I’d risk it.
LILY ALDRIDGE'S MICHAEL KORS
Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style & Beauty Director: When I wrote about this Met Gala look back in May, I actually said, “Lily, since you’re probably never going to wear this after tonight, send it over to the PEOPLE offices. Style editors will take turns wearing it to every single black-tie wedding we go to.” And I meant it. Well, except for the last part; I wouldn’t really want to share it with anyone.
KATE HUDSON'S ATELIER VERSACE
Andrea Lavinthal, Style & Beauty Director: I think traditional wedding dresses are beautiful, but if I ever walk down the aisle, it won’t be in a frou-frou tulle-and-lace confection. It’ll be in something slinky and sexy like what wore to the Oscars. The dramatic open back was accented by a draped bolero that covered her shoulders (like a mini-cape). And while it showed a lot of skin in the front, it still felt elegant and glamorous enough to get married in (although I’m sure my mother would disagree).
JESSICA CHASTAIN'S ELIE SAAB COUTURE
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: Sure, it’s not the most practical dress. And sure, it sort of needs to be worn in breezy weather on the Cannes red carpet for maximum impact. But this stunner has everything I want in an imaginary high-fashion closet addition: a rich hue, a flattering shape and a whole lotta drama. I’ll just also need to make sure a wind machine comes with the dress.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE'S TOM FORD
Jackie Fields, Beauty Writer: When strutted into the Vanity Fair Oscars party in this sheer-backed mini, I immediately got on board with the illusion trend. It would be my dream to wear this to a New Year’s Eve party – styled exactly as she has, with gold-heeled black sandals and minimal jewelry.
LIZZY CAPLAN'S DONNA KARAN ATELIER
Ana Calderone, Editorial Assistant: If I didn t have to wear a typical bridesmaids dress to my brother s wedding next month, I d find a way to get my hands on the gown the Masters of Sex actress wore to the Emmys. I love the color combination, plus that halter would be really flattering. And fine, I d be willing to shorten that train so I don t upstage the bride.
EMMA WATSON'S SAINT LAURENT
Catherine Kast, Writer-Reporter: I am such an impractical shopper (anyone who rides the subway every day to a standing desk in an office doesn’t need dozens of high heels), so it should be no surprise I want this suit for my closet. Will I have many opportunities to wear it? Probably not. But to be the girl who shows up at parties and weddings in the impeccably tailored Saint Laurent suit? I’ll take that happily. Do I get all her punk-slash-classic jewelry, too? And her pointy Louboutins? Cool, thanks.
SHAILENE WOODLEY'S VALENTINO
Loni Venti, Style and Beauty Editor: You know that a collection is smoking hot when tons of A-listers wear it. Case in point: the stunning butterfly-print dress seen on Shailene (plus , , Alexa Chung and Kris Jenner). This long-sleeved, flared version is the one I’d pick if it didn’t cost half a year’s worth of rent. The pattern manages to be whimsical, romantic and edgy all at once, and it’s the perfect balance of girlie and glam – especially paired with matching pink lips and Kurt Geiger pumps (which, by the way, I might actually purchase).