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Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Off-the-Shoulder Dresses, Full-Finger Rings and Showing a Little Too Much Bra

Oct/04/2013 at 04:30 PM ET

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In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we noticed off-the-shoulder dresses continuing to rise in popularity, one piece of jewelry stars are loving for fall and a decline in peekaboo bra action.
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Jennifer Hudson's Short Hair: Are You Loving It?

Aug/27/2013 at 11:36 AM ET

Jennifer Hudson haircutLionel Hahn/Startraks; John Shearer/Invision/AP

Looks like Beyoncé isn’t the only diva with a big hair reveal this month. At the VMAs Sunday night, Jennifer Hudson took the stage in a cute, asymmetrical crop.

After walking the red carpet in the long, banged do she most often wears for special occasions, the star switched it up for her surprise appearance with Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert to help sing the chorus to their hit “Same Love.” And she’d traded in her long, flowing hair for a punkier chin-length bob with a deep side part, which was longer in the front and shorter in the back.

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Jennifer Hudson: Cookies Can't Do Any Harm If I Share Them!

Apr/01/2013 at 10:30 AM ET

Jennifer Hudson skinnyCraig Barritt/Getty

For Jennifer Hudson sharing is caring — for her body, that is. The Oscar and Grammy winner, who has lost 80 lbs. since 2010, has found a healthy (and friendly!) way to indulge her cravings.

“I had these butter cookies at Starbucks the other day [and] I said to everyone I was with, ‘Do you want a cookie?’ That way it can’t do any harm if we share it,” Hudson, 31 told PEOPLE at Weight Watchers’ 50th anniversary celebration in N.Y.C. “You have your portion and share the rest.”

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At the event, the company’s ambassador showed off her svelte figure in a shimmery gold Donna Karan pencil shirt and black tee, and confessed that sometimes, her sharing policy sometimes means she’s sharing with the trash.
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See the Oscars Dress Jennifer Hudson Almost Wore Instead

Mar/05/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Jennifer Hudson Oscars gownKevin Mazur/WireImage, Courtesy Versace

Anne Hathaway wasn’t the only star making Oscar dress decisions down to the wire: Jennifer Hudson also was choosing between two looks she loved up until the last moment, her stylist Eric Archibald tells PEOPLE.

From 12 dresses, Hudson and Archibald narrowed it down to the shimmering, textured navy Roberto Cavalli Couture gown she ended up wearing and an architectural pale gray Versace with sheer lace inserts at the legs.

“We saw the Versace on the runway in the fall couture 2012 [shows], but it didn’t transfer as well as we would have liked.” Archibald said of making the dress decision. “We really loved [the dress], but in the end, those alterations didn’t work out.”

And when Hudson stepped into the blue Cavalli, “We all stopped and there was a pause and there were a bunch of emotions running through the room,” Archibald said. “We knew at that moment that her favorite was our favorite also.”

Archibald, who says that Versace and Cavalli give the star “first pick of the litter,” thought the final result (down to the Naomi Campbell-inspired “supermodel” hair and makeup) couldn’t have been better. “I thought the dress really showed off all of her curves and she felt comfortable in it,” he says. “At the end of the day it’s all about her confidence.”

Tell us: What did you think of Hudson’s finished look? Would you have liked to see the Versace gown?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Jessica Herndon

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There's a Pretty Crazy Story Behind Jennifer Hudson's Oscars Manicure

Mar/01/2013 at 04:30 PM ET

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We know we’d said that Oscars talk was over, but then we heard this pretty amazing tidbit, and just had to share.

It turns out that Jennifer Hudson‘s Oscars nail polish was created by none other than David Boreanaz. Yep, that David Boreanaz, of Buffy, Angel and Bones fame.

The actor tells PEOPLE that his wife, Jaime, and her friend, Melissa [Ravo, and her husband Aaron], developed their Chrome Girl line about a year ago, aiming to make a product that was “trendy, affordable and most of all, safe. Having a daughter who loves painting her nails — this really struck me,” the actor says. “I was behind it all the way.”

Though Boreanaz is busy with his day job, he’s helped in the nail polish process, choosing colors, names and packaging. “It’s a challenge, and I’m loving that,” he says.

So how did the star get his Hard to Get polish into — er, onto — Hudson’s hands? “We actually share the same agent, who has been so supportive of this launch,” he reveals. “She suggested Jennifer, and we loved the idea. She’s stunning and smart and fashionable and bold, and that’s the type of woman to whom our brand is geared toward.”

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Jennifer Hudson's Oscars Transformation: Dowdy to Diva

Feb/24/2013 at 09:15 PM ET

Jennifer Hudson Oscars 2013 & 2007
Kevork Djansezian/AP; Kevin Mazur/WireImage

In the six years since Jennifer Hudson won her Academy Award, her style has become as polished as the Oscar itself.

Hudson has done a complete style 180 since nabbing a Best Supporting Actress trophy for her role in Dreamgirls. For her big moment she selected a simple (and sort of frumpy) brown taffeta gown, topped off with a polarizing metallic python bolero jacket.

Fast-forward to tonight: Hudson hit the carpet in full-on diva mode, working a sparkly blue Roberto Cavalli creation with a high-slit, coordinating Jimmy Choo peep-toe pumps and blunt bangs.

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And even a now-seasoned red carpet pro like Hudson admits that looking this good doesn’t come easy. “It took three days of fittings, three hours each day to make my decision,” Hudson told Ryan Seacrest on the E! pre-show. “It’s a serious decision. My stylist cried tears of joy [when I finally decided].”

Tell us: What do you think of Hudson’s transformation?

–Jennifer Cress

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Beyoncé's Jaw-Dropping Jewels & More Inauguration Day Diva Style!

Jan/22/2013 at 12:00 PM ET

Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia KeysSipa; Taylor Hill/WireImage

Michelle Obama‘s elegant Inauguration outfit had everyone buzzing, but when Beyoncé took the stage to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” — wearing 130 carats of emeralds that could be seen from the back row in the crowd of 800,000 – she practically broke Twitter.

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