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#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.

Charlize Theron OscarsBenainous/LeFranc/Gamma-Rapho/Getty

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.)

Bennifer OscarsDan MacMedan/WireImage

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.

KAte Winslet Oscars SGranitz/WireImage

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.

Cate Blanchett OscarsJeffrey Mayer/WireImage

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.

Jessica Alba pregnant OscarsJeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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!

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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Oscars Gown Showdown: Penélope Cruz vs. Charlize Theron -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/18/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Penelope Cruz, Charlize TheronGilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo; Jeff Kravitz/FilmM


The Showdown: Penélope Cruz in Atelier Versace (2007) vs. Charlize Theron in Dior (2013)
The Editor’s Pick: Penélope Cruz
Who Made the Call?: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor
Why She Chose It: For me, the Oscars red carpet is no time to go understated. It’s the one event a year where you can pull out all the stops, choosing the most enormous, most beautiful ballgown around. Don’t get me wrong — I’m all for elegant, modern minimalism, which Charlize Theron’s Dior gown has in spades. But for the biggest night in movies, Penélope Cruz totally gets that “red carpet royalty” feel down to a science — which is why I’ve got to give this win to her.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

Her spun-gold Atelier Versace gown was the epitome of what an Oscars gown should be: glamorous, elegant, timeless and deeply dramatic. And it achieved all those things while still being exciting and unexpected, which is what sets it apart in the pantheon of killer Oscar dresses. Any star can put on a metallic gown with a big ol’ train and call it a day. Penélope’s dress was special thanks to all the unique details, from the carefully constructed silk chiffon bustier to the feathery organza and tulle skirt that had heads turning in her wake. She smartly played off the dress’s drama with a simple updo and some gorgeous diamonds.

We’re bound to see some sweeping ballgowns at this year’s Oscars, but it will take a whole lotta dress to compete with Penélope’s memorable Versace moment.

Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Nicole Kidman vs. Gwyneth Paltrow!

Top Celeb Stylist Leslie Fremar Shares Her Favorite New York Fashion Week Looks

Feb/17/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Leslie Fremar's Fashion Week PicksGetty;Wireimage;TheRow

If you’ve ever liked a red carpet look you saw on Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron or Julianne Moore (we know you have!), then you’re a fan of celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar. Fremar (who was named the No. 1 stylist in Hollywood by the Hollywood Reporter) has recently added the title of Ask.com “Style Expert” to her impressive résumé, giving insight on all things fashion — whether on or off the red carpet. So of course we wanted to pick her brain on New York Fashion Week. See which looks she can’t wait to put her clients in, and get some fun dressing tips below!
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Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Open-Back Dresses, the Topknot 2.0 and Outfit Suicide by Layering

Oct/18/2013 at 06:02 PM ET

Backless dresses, top knots, trendsJason Merritt/Getty; AdMedia/Splash News Online

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we noticed a ton (and we mean a ton) of open-back gowns, a fresh take on the popular topknot style and one really bad case of layering.
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This Week's Best Dressed: It's as Clear as Black and White

Oct/12/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Taylor Swift InStyleBrock Miller / Splash News Online

This week’s race for Best Dressed was a neck-and-neck black-and-white faceoff (we told you the color combo is really big right now), with the top three falling within a 500-vote difference at press time.

Reigning supreme was Jennifer Hudson, who proved you don’t have to wear a single pop of color to stand out on the red carpet. Her white Yigal Azrouel dress, accessorized with black pumps at the Power of Women event, was the very definition of figure-flaunting, and her fresh take on the peplum is likely what set her apart from the rest of the competition. And okay, we lied. She sported just the right hit of color via her wine-colored pout.

Giving Jennifer a run for her money was Charlize Theron, who also brought her LWD out for a spin at the Power of Women event (hers was a draped Stella McCartney mini with what we’re dubbing the “cutout turtleneck”). And Sandra Bullock rounded out the top three in a black strapless Antonio Berardi dress with white side panels at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute gala. And if you think that look is worthy of Best Dressed, you should see her other black-and-white number at the London premiere of Gravity (it’s our personal favorite of her press tour so far!).

PHOTOS: See what other stars wore on the red carpet this week!

So clearly black-and-white is back in a major way — and getting some serious love from readers. Did you like Jennifer’s take on the trend, or do you prefer Charlize or Sandra’s style? Or are you dying for some pops of color to make their way back to the red carpet?

–Whitney Little

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Charlize Theron Buzzed Her Own Hair - And Loved It

Jul/29/2013 at 12:14 PM ET

Charlize Theron shaved headZuma; Getty

Most women can’t imagine shaving off all their hair, let alone actually doing it themselves. Charlize Theron is not most women.

Shaving her head for her role in Fury Road felt “great!” she tells InStyle. “I had just finished two press tours and my hair was destroyed from heat damage, so I was glad to get rid of it. I was also a new mom and just loved the idea of not having to style my hair every morning. The timing was perfect.”

And in her enthusiasm, she took things a step further than other stars who had shaved their head for roles (think Anne Hathaway, whose stylist put on a dress to cut her hair on screen in Les Misérables).

RELATED PHOTOS: Vote on Hollywood’s biggest hair changes!
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