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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

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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

Proof That Fall's Wine Lip Trend Can Work For You - Promise!

Oct/10/2013 at 03:45 PM ET

Ashley Madekwe, Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Hough lipstickAdMedia/Corbis; Splash News Online

Bold red lip shades are all over the red carpet. And yes, the look can be intimidating (especially if you’re on a strict gloss diet). But if you’re like us, you totally have the itch to try out different deep red lipsticks. So we rounded up three degrees of wearing the trend, from beginner to advanced. Read More

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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.

RELATED: Ten hair products we just can’t leave the drugstore without!
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Jennifer Hudson: Cookies Can't Do Any Harm If I Share Them!

Apr/01/2013 at 10:30 AM ET

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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.”

RELATED PHOTOS: Seven easy ways to look even sexier in your clothes!

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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