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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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Chic Clicks: Celeb Makeup Artist Pati Dubroff Shares Inside Tips; Plus, Heidi Klum's Project Runway Ad Gets Banned

Jul/10/2013 at 02:30 PM ET

–Makeup artist Pati Dubroff (who has worked with A-listers like Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron) wants to help you nail your next interview… in the beauty department. The cosmetician tells Sous Style’s Pippa Lord the best ways to apply makeup if you are interviewing for a job over Skype! [Skype]

–Catch a sneak peek at L’Wren Scott’s new collaboration with Banana Republic (warning: it’s bound to make you giddy about your winter work wardrobe) [FabSugar]

–L.A. has said “Auf Wiedersehn!” to Heidi Klum’s new Project Runway billboard, which features naked models groveling at the host’s feet. And oh yeah, she’s dressed like Marie Antoinette to boot [Too Fab]

–We’ve already gave you the lowdown on Kim Sears’s (a.k.a. Andy Murray’s boo) style. Now get the scoop on her amazing blowout [POPSUGAR Beauty]

–If you forget just how long Coco Rocha’s legs are, here’s a reminder. The supermodel is the “King Kong” of fashion in Longchamp’s new campaign [Huffington Post Style]

–In even more model news, Victoria’s Secret stunner Lily Aldridge is the new face of XOXO clothing. Watch the new video for her campaign after the click! [XOXO]

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What to Wear This Weekend, From Date Night to Brunch

May/17/2013 at 05:00 PM ET

The weather is warm, the barbeques are getting fired up and it’s time to start changing over your winter wardrobe. Below, check out three sweet, lacy looks to take you from date night to work Monday morning — no coats required.

Ashley Tisdale orange dress INF

Saturday night: This dress is like the holy grail of man attraction. It’s bright, it’s short and it’s girlie without being syrup-y sweet. Add some sexy ankle-strap metallic heels (Ashley Tisdale‘s are Schutz) and leave your hair loose, and we guarantee his eyes will be glued to you all night. This $60 Asos dress has a similarly sassy, citrus-y vibe, and these Michael Antonio heels will make your legs look miles long for less than $50. Skip the coat and borrow his jacket if it gets chilly once the sun goes down.
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