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Everyone has a reliable look they love — yes, even celebrities, who have unlimited access to every pair of shoes and fancy dress in the universe. Take Keira Knightley, for example. She’s been stepping out on her Begin Again promotional tour wearing one very Keira outfit after another, and it’s evident that she’s found a style she’s happy to stick with. Read More
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When Keira Knightley stopped by Chanel fashion week in a black-and-white outfit in February, she definitely turned heads (and dropped a few jaws). The construction of the dress created an optical illusion that seemed to give her an impossibly teeny waist — and the outfit itself inspired serious debate from fashionistas, who either loved or hated it.
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The Matchup: Michelle Williams in Vera Wang (2006) vs. Keira Knightley in Vera Wang (2006)
Who Made the Call?: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor
My Pick: Michelle Williams
Hear Me Out: With all due respect to Keira Knightley’s very glamorous burgundy one-shoulder gown (and the jaw-dropping Bulgari jewels that came with it), this race was over before it even started. Michelle Williams’s striking marigold number by the same designer has made countless best-dressed (and best-ever) lists since the moment Williams walked onto the red carpet. Where Knightley’s ruched taffeta confection was perfectly pretty, Williams’s was surprising (for the low-key star), bold (that yellow color!), blinged-out (those 19th century Fred Leighton diamonds!) and best of all, memorable.
In fact, I think all starlets should be assigned this photo to study as a master class in red carpet dressing. The dress fit her like a glove, and had just enough drama in the details to make her stand out without overwhelming her petite frame. To that end, she knew to add a bold red lip to ensure that the bright hue wouldn’t wash out her pale skin. And the hair accented the entire look perfectly — it was a little bohemian, a little romantic and not a strand was out of place.
She didn’t walk away with the Oscar for which she was nominated that year, but she did manage to secure a place in the ephemeral pantheon of best red carpet moments, so I’ll consider it a win for her anyway.
Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Reese Witherspoon vs. Zoë Saldana!
If you thought Mila Kunis’s smoky eye at the Golden Globes was show-stopping, then you’re probably even more blown away by the bold eye makeup Keira Knightley wore to the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit premiere in L.A. Wednesday. Luckily, we have the breakdown for you.
The look, courtesy of Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee, was inspired by Knightley’s outfit: a Chanel navy knit dress with white bow details.
“I wanted to keep her looking more of the moment, and so we went for a navy creamy smudged eye,” Lee says.
And if you’re anxious to try this at home, here’s Lee’s breakdown. “On the eye I started out by lining the inside of the eye, upper and lower lash line with Chanel Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil in ‘Marine,’ then worked along the lash line above and below them gently blended the lines. Next, I reached for Chanel Limited Edition Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in ‘Apparition,’ which is a beautiful shimmering navy to melt away the lines and give a soft effect.” Read More