Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron: I'm Just Coming Into My Sensuality

Aug/27/2014 at 12:07 PM ET

Charlize Theron has a lot going on in her life right now: She’s settled into a romance with Sean Penn (with engagement rumors swirling), she’s got a huge blockbuster movie (Mad Max: Fury Road) coming out next year and she’s happy as a mom to Jackson, 2. And, of course, she gets access to some incredibly glamorous clothing as the face of Dior (and her latest fragrance ad is launching next week — no more air-kissing Marilyn Monroe on the astral plane, for those of you tired of that commercial!). She touches on beauty standards, feeling gorgeous at 39 and what she does with all that incredibly glamorous clothing in an interview with WWD.

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Charlize Theron Goes for the Gold, Wins This Week's Best Dressed

Jul/12/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

“And the Oscar for Longest Legs on a Leading Lady goes to…” That is the exact phrase that went through our heads when we saw Charlize Theron arrive in her gold metallic mini at the Dior Fall 2014 Haute Couture fashion show. And with more than 15,000 votes from our readers on our Most Loved Looks page, the actress swept the competition and won the Academy Award (oops, we mean PEOPLE’s best dressed — it’s roughly as prestigious).

Charlize Theron best dressedGetty; Courtesy Ashley Madekwe

Typically, we associate high-shine metallic minis with New Year’s Eve, but after checking out Theron in her Dior short-sleeved dress (with a pair of legs that go on into 2015), we’re seeing the summery appeal.

The actress complemented her gold statement-making frock with a pair of nude sandals and an Anita Ko ear jacket — which you can get here if you don’t mind dropping a couple thou. Her makeup and hair were flawless (naturally) with a simple nude lip, smokey eye and wavy pompadour-esque updo.

Theron wasn’t the only Dior ambassador at the show that stole a top spot on our Most Loved Looks page. Marion Cotillard came in second place, donning an architectural top and coordinating asymmetrical bottom with a sleek updo. Jennifer Lawrence was also in attendance and took our number five seat in a printed silk top and high-waisted skirt combo that showed off some major assets from the side.

Though she’s not a face of Dior, that did not stop our favorite street-style star, Olivia Palermo, from showing some love to the brand — and getting some major likes from readers. She showed up to the event wearing a green printed blouse, black mini skirt and leather vest with a chic orangey-red lip to complete her look.

Do you think Charlize earned the top spot in her metallic mini? Should one of the other Dior ambassadors have taken the win? Who else has been sporting a look you loved this week? Let us know!

–John Soper

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Jennifer Lawrence Dares to Bare, Charlize Shows Lots of Leg and More Major Star Style Moments at Dior

Jul/07/2014 at 05:05 PM ET

Dior may surprise us with their offerings on the runway season after season, but one thing never changes: Their front row is always more star-studded than most. And this most recent affair, for Dior’s fall/winter Haute Couture offerings, didn’t disappoint. Check out the high-wattage front row and tell us who had your favorite look in the comments!

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Charlize Theron Beats Out Some Stiff Competition in This Week's Best Dressed Race

May/31/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

If you were a) a star and b) promoting a movie this week, then chances are you had a shot at nabbing this week’s Best Dressed title. From Emily Blunt’s whirlwind promotional tour to Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried’s A Million Ways to Die in the West premiere looks, there were a lot of great outfits — but only one can take home the prize.

That honor went to Charlize, who appeared at the London premiere of her film wearing a black mini with bell sleeves and ankle-strap heels. She skipped the jewelry and kept her hair in a simple updo, which let her bold red lips (and those toned legs!) take center stage. Read More

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Met Gala 2014: The Night's Hottest Couples (We're Looking at You, Blake and Ryan!)

May/05/2014 at 11:35 PM ET

Sure the Met Gala, is all about the fashion, but it’s also all about the love. (Sorry, we had to.) And some of Hollywood’s hottest couples hit the carpet together and literally made us sigh out loud at our desks, because they looked so freakin’ amazing. So take your time and scroll through all the best dressed Met Gala duos below. Read More

#TBT, Oscars Edition: The Killer Red Carpet Moments You May Have Forgotten -- But Have to See

Feb/27/2014 at 07:08 PM ET

The Oscars are mere days away at this point — and while celebrities are getting their spray-tans and teeth whitened, we’re planning our snack picks for Sunday night and reminiscing about our favorite Oscar moments from years past. Everyone knows which are the best dresses (and the most horrifying style moments) from the past decade or so, but what about those major moments that somehow get overlooked in everyone’s roundups? This Thursday, PEOPLE StyleWatch editors are giving special shoutouts to the most memorable moments — in our minds, anyway — and that you should add to your “Remember when?” Oscars nostalgia tour.

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Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: Remember that time a bow almost ate Charlize Theron‘s head on the Oscars red carpet? I didn’t either until I came across this photo of the actress at the 2006 Academy Awards. The bow in question was attached to Theron’s forest green Christian Dior gown, designed by John Galliano. This was right before Twitter launched, or Theron’s extra appendage would no doubt have been immortalized with its own handle and account. (By the way, can you imagine an award show without Twitter?) While I’m all about a “Wow” factor, I think the ginormous embellishment was just a bit too over-the-top. (I’m more in favor of the tie on Nicole Kidman’s famous Balenciaga design.)

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Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: The year was 2003. 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” was the hot jam, Juicy Couture sweatsuits were so on-trend and there was only one celebrity couple that mattered: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Between his cameo in “Jenny From the Block” and her massive pink diamond Harry Winston engagement ring, the world couldn’t get enough of Bennifer.

The ill-fated couple had one of their most memorable moments at the Academy Awards where she arrived in a stunning mint green vintage Valentino gown inspired by a look Jackie Kennedy Onassis wore in 1967, and he sported self-tanner. All of it. Yet, all the bronzer, body glitter and hair pomade in the world couldn’t keep Bennifer together.

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Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style and Beauty Director: While looking back at old Oscars photos, I was struck by two things: One, Jennifer Lopez has attended a lot of Oscars for someone whose biggest movies are Maid in Manhattan (not nominated) and Gigli (also snubbed). And two, there was a period of about four years in the ’90s when almost every woman on the red carpet wore one of those oversize silk shawls draped over the crook of their elbows. I had almost forgotten this was a thing! And not just at the Oscars, but at proms, too.

Kate Winslet, in a pre-Titanic 1996, wore approximately 80 yards of a deep-pink fabric that matched her scoopneck princess gown and certainly didn’t match her red hair. In PEOPLE StyleWatch magazine, we have a feature called “Everything Old Is New Again,” but somehow I don’t think Kate — or any other star — will show up this year carrying that ’90s fabric swath.

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Bronwyn Barnes, Senior Style Editor: This is the look that proved Cate Blanchett was a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet. The actress’s bespoke knit John Galliano for Dior gown — which she helped design — featured an intricate back panel with hummingbird and floral design done in Lesage embroidery. She could easily have overdone it with the hair and makeup, but instead went with artfully mussed bedhead and a red lip and came out looking effortlessly cool. That’s why she’s the best-dressed badass in Hollywood.

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Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: Do you know who else has scored a ton of invites to the Oscars despite also being cruelly overlooked for films including Honey and Good Luck Chuck? Jessica Alba. Not that I’m complaining — she always brings it, big time, on the red carpet, sometimes even more so than the nominees.

Case in point: This ridiculously delicious plum Marchesa gown, worn with Cartier jewels and that radiant mom-to-be glow (yes, this is what she looks like in her third trimester) in 2008. And of course, that braided hairdo set the gold standard for formal braids long before it became a Thing — I’m pretty sure this is still getting pinned to bridal hair inspiration boards. We may never see Alba holding one of those golden statuettes, but I’m willing to keep awarding her “best dressed” trophies as long as she keeps going.

What’s your favorite overlooked Oscars style moment? Which of these gets your vote for best TBT? Tell us below!

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Oscars Gown Showdown: Charlize Theron vs. Nicole Kidman -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/25/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Charlize Theron, Nicole KidmanJeff Kravitz/FilmM; Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo


The Showdown: Charlize Theron in Dior (2013) vs. Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga (2007)
The Editor’s Pick: Charlize Theron
Who Made the Call?: Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style & Beauty Director
Why She Chose It:

Phew. I’m really glad that you guys chose Nicole over Gwyneth Paltrow in the previous round, because I would have needed to take a personal day to spend some serious time alone with my thoughts to decide between Charlize and Gwyn.

But back to the showdown at hand…

I’m not saying this choice was super-easy (it was no Cameron vs. Sandra showdown, which, ahem, most of you didn’t agree with me on!) — I just didn’t need a whole day to mull it over. But I did find myself belaboring the call a bit so — just like when I couldn’t decide at age 7 which crush I should eventually marry — I made a list. I’ve assigned points to each of the positive attributes. (Picture this written in my Lisa Frank diary.)

Charlize:
-the bright-white color +5 for unexpectedness and how it flatters her skin, +2 for offering up fresh wedding gown inspiration to brides everywhere
-the unique neckline +3
-brings the drama without a major voluminous skirt +2
-does the peplum thing before every dress, top, skirt and bathing suit bottom had one +7
-stole everyone’s attention without a single cutout, sheer panel, Swarovski crystal, floral embroidery or view of underboob +10

Nicole:
-red (my favorite color to wear) +5
-also dramatic without being ballgown-ish +2
-also nabbed attention without all those extras +7 (because I don’t think it got quite the buzz Charlize’s Dior did)
-neckline competes with hair down over her shoulders -1 (only 1 because her hair does look very pretty)
-coordinating lip color +3

It’s simple math, people. Nicole earned 16 points and Charlize comes out on top with 29.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Anne Hathaway vs. Michelle Williams!

 

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