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This Flashback Friday Photo Roundup Will Get You Really Excited for the Oscars!

Feb/28/2014 at 12:45 PM ET

Oscars Flashback Friday StorifyCourtesy Vera Wang

You already saw some throwback moments from the Oscars that have editors buzzing. Now it’s time to see what golden Academy Award memories stars, designers and beauty experts are reminiscing about in honor of Flashback Friday!

From the best Vera Wang red carpet moments to Julia Roberts mega updo in 2001, this roundup will definitely get you psyched for Sunday. Make sure to also check out what gowns our editors are predicting for this year’s nominees (as well as the best beauty moments of the award season). And share your favorite Oscars memories in the comments below! Read More

Oscars Gown Showdown: Hilary Swank vs. Sandra Bullock -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/24/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Hilary Swank, Sandra BullockAFP/Getty; Steve Granitz/WireImage



The Showdown: Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche (2005) vs. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa (2010)
The Editor’s Pick: Sandra Bullock
Who Made the Call?: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor
Why She Chose It:
Two gorgeous ladies in two truly striking dresses that were perfectly picked to showcase their strengths (in Sandra’s case, her radiant face; in Hilary’s, her ridiculous figure). So how am I supposed to choose a winner from this evenly matched pair?

I agonized over this decision – and no matter who wins, I won’t feel despondent the way I did during my last gown showdown. But ultimately I had to give it to Sandra.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

That’s because her glittering golden Marchesa column is so closely associated in my mind (and the minds of others, I think) with her big golden moment: triumphantly hoisting her Oscar with a big smile on her face, perfect pink lipstick and glossy waves shining to perfection.

Not too fussy but just glitzy enough for a defining life moment, Sandra’s dress is the epitome of a great Oscars gown –- which is why she gets my vote. But I’m happy to entertain other opinions in the comments!

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

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Oscars Gown Showdown: Hilary Swank vs. Jennifer Lawrence -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/14/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Hilary Swank, Jennifer LawrenceAFP/Getty; Frazer Harrison/Getty



The Showdown: Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche (2005) vs. Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection (2011)
The Editor’s Pick: Jennifer Lawrence
Who Made the Call?: Catherine Kast, Writer-Reporter
Why She Chose It:
Today is totally the battle of the bold, yet minimalist. No frills allowed, no sparkles, no nothing. And it’s awesome. I had even forgotten about how amazing Hilary looked in this dress because, like many people, I have Jennifer Lawrence tunnel vision.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

Though Jennifer ultimately wins for me, Hilary’s midnight-blue Guy Laroche dress brings back memories … to a time when actresses knew how to show off their box office toned bodies sans super-sheer paneling. Hilary was in the gym over four hours per day for her role in Million Dollar Baby and gained a whopping 19 lbs. of muscle. This look was the perfect way to show off that transformation without taking it too far.

The low, asymmetrical back with a train that’s arguably the perfect length — manageable yet stunning? Phenomenal. In 2009, The Office even devoted an episode to figuring out if Hilary Swank is hot or not. This look totally begs off that question. Hot, yes, but definitely refined.

Still, I go for Jennifer’s 2011 Baywatch babe Calvin Klein Collection moment. Ah yes, it’s basically prehistoric times — we might as well call it “2011 BC.” That’s Before Christian [Dior] for all those keeping a timeline on J.Law’s fashion, which obviously I am. Sometimes when I need to remember a time before our staff could predict which Dior dress she was going to don, I Google “Jennifer Lawrence Calvin Klein First Oscars” and I feel instantly rejuvenated.

After her nominated role in Winter’s Bone called for exclusively oversize tees, bombers and beanies, stepping out in this body-con (but not banal) dress made everyone wonder, “Who is that girl?” This is the look that gave us the confident movie star we know and love today, and for that reason, Jennifer gets my vote.

Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Cameron Diaz vs. Sandra Bullock!

How Celebs Are Stylishly Supporting Ghana's Needy Kids

Feb/08/2012 at 03:00 PM ET

Rachel Roy Purse
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Inset: Courtesy Rachel Roy

There’s no limit to the number of charities celebrities seem to support, but at the moment, many are taking a stand for OrphanAid Africa, a charity championed by Rachel Roy. The designer recently created a handbag — the Rachel Roy OrphanAid Ghana clutch — designed to raise awareness about the non-profit and honor the West African nation at the same time.

“Clutches are one of my favorite shapes of handbags to carry, and when I work on product to sell for charities I want to create something that is refined, effortless and beautiful to look at … like the children that inspired the effort,” she explains to PEOPLE.

The colors in the bag — which retails for $49 — are taken from the country’s flag and washed “for a softer effect,” Roy explains. “The fabric is natural and raw; love the balance of the two.”

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Hilary Swank Gets Sporty With an Athletic Clothing Line

Dec/27/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

Hilary Swank Gets Sporty With Her Athletic Clothing Line
Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic

Clear some room in your closet: Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank is stepping up as the newest celebrity clothing designer. The actress and former gymnast is revisiting her sporty roots by collaborating on an athletic clothing line with DMA Designers Management Agency, WWD reports. “Our platform is a contemporary, outdoor, athleisure brand,” DMA co-founder Marc Beckman explains to the publication his company’s aesthetic, adding that the fit and fashionable Conviction star originally planned to launch a T-shirt line that would inspire people to hit the gym, but the concept soon evolved into an entire collection. Since Hilary shows off her fit form even on the fanciest of red carpets (remember her back-baring Guy Laroche gown at the 2005 Oscars?), she seems a perfect choice for a line of stylish sportswear. Check back for more on the actress’s collection as details roll in. Tell us: What do you think about Hilary Swank turning athletic wear designer?Jessie Goldberg
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