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Met Gala 2014: The Stars Who Played it Safe (Bordering on Snoozy)

May/06/2014 at 12:17 AM ET

Teens at met gala 2014AP; Landov; Getty(2)

A Charles James-themed Met Gala was supposed to mean sweeping ballgowns, architectural bodices, glamorous embellishments and elegant, feminine draping. What it doesn’t typically indicate is simple day dresses and minimalist lines. So we have to give these stars a grade of Z (as in Zzzzz) for punting on what could have been an opportunity for something super gorgeous.

From left, we’ve got Elizabeth Olsen in an ice skater-inspired Miu Miu design with illusion tulle along the neckline, fingerless wristlets, a puckering jeweled bodice and contrasting yellow-and-red sandals. Cute for a daytime photocall, but not terrible inspiring for a glamorous event like this one. Next up is Rachel McAdams in a perfectly pretty blush strapless dress and loose locks that are just fine, but not really in keeping with the over-the-top loveliness that James inspired.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore a Balmain dress (a similar style of which was recently seen on Kim Kardashian). Said the supermodel of the swingy mini, “I love leopard, I love black, I love painted and I love gold so … ” (we suppose that explains why she didn’t go with the theme?). And finally, the face of Louis Vuitton, Michelle Williams, wore a design by the line that would look equally as adorable picking her daughter up from school, plus minimal hair, makeup and accessories. Cute dress, but wrong occasion in our estimation.

Do you think these ladies should have stepped it up or are these dresses perfect?

–Alex Apatoff

Michelle William's Louis Vuitton Ads are Ridiculously Cute

Apr/10/2014 at 07:39 PM ET

Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton adsCourtesy Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams‘s first ads for Louis Vuitton were glamorous and dramatic. And her new ads for spring are just as gorgeous (those eyebrows remain our beauty holy grail) but are much sweeter and sassier. We had to share them for a fun pre-TGIF “pick-me-up.”

Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton adsCourtesy Louis Vuitton

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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: Anne Hathaway vs. Michelle Williams -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/26/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Anne Hathaway, Michelle WilliamsFernando Allende/Broadimage; Frazer Harrison/Getty



The Showdown: Anne Hathaway in 2009 vs. Michelle Williams in 2006
The Editor’s Pick: Anne Hathaway
Who Made the Call?: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor
Why She Chose It:

I’ll admit it: I’m feeling pretty cocky right now, because I picked both Anne and Michelle in previous rounds. That being said, this decision was nearly impossible. Picture me sitting at my desk making this exact face for over an hour. I feel like I’m the Academy, and I’m about to deny one of these gorgeous women an Oscar. It’s been rough. But I also want to preserve my winning record, so I have to go with my gut and pick Anne.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

Anne’s look screams glamour. Her pearly iridescent Armani Privé gown with the circular paillettes and Swarovski crystal detailing on the bodice gives nods to Old Hollywood, while still maintaining an ageless elegance. This is a gown that will never feel out of style or dated. I think we’ll still be talking about it 10 years from now, with the same admiration. It will never lose its awe. (Anne, if you’re reading this and you want to bring it back for this year’s show, we won’t judge. Promise.)

On the other end of the spectrum, Michelle’s marigold Vera Wang stuns with its vibrant color and ruffle neckline. Gorgeous, but it just doesn’t feel as strong in comparison to Anne’s timeless design.

Hey, I’d be more than happy to wear Michelle’s dress. But if I opened my mailbox the day before the Oscars and an invite to the show was in there along with both of these gowns, first, I’d chew out the delivery guy for cramming designer couture in a tiny Brooklyn mailbox. But then I’d reach for the Armani Privé and book my ticket to LAX.

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

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Oscars Gown Showdown: Michelle Williams vs. Reese Witherspoon -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/21/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Michelle Williams, Reese WitherspoonFrazer Harrison/Getty; Fernando Allende/Splash News Online



The Showdown: Michelle Williams in 2006 vs. Reese Witherspoon in 2009
The Editor’s Pick: Michelle Williams
Who Made the Call?: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor
Why She Chose It:
If this were a contest on who has the best hair, Reese would get my vote — hands down. She literally looks like she walked off the page of a Pantene ad with her crazy-shiny pin-straight strands. And those bangs were enough to make me consider reaching for the scissors. (True story: I remember bringing this photo to the salon and having a lengthy discussion with my hairstylist about getting fringe. And it’s still saved in the “maybe haircuts” folder on my desktop. What? You don’t have one of those folders?) But as you know, this isn’t about the hair. This is about the gowns. And Michelle’s marigold Vera Wang design totally trumps Reese’s Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci creation.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

I know there are probably legions of fervent Reese fans who are ready to picket outside my apartment, but let me explain. This was Michelle’s first Oscars appearance ever, and I love that she totally went for something bold and fresh. With the vibrant color, ruffled neckline and ruching at the waist, it’s no surprise this design launched the nominee to the top of best dressed lists.

Reese’s deep-amethyst gown, on the other hand (and if you’re a fervent Reese supporter, stop reading), falls a bit flat. In fact, I was slightly surprised it was chosen as one of the original gowns in the bracket. It feels like so many strapless gowns I’ve seen before, and even though I think the actress could make a burlap sack look chic, I also have to be honest with my feelings and give the big “W” to Michelle.

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

Oscars Gown Showdown: Michelle Williams vs. Keira Knightley -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/12/2014 at 09:30 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Michelle Williams, Keira KnightleyFrazer Harrison/Getty; Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Ph



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.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

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!

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The Best Way to Fill in Your Brows

Jan/03/2014 at 12:06 PM ET

Thanks to Lily Collins, Cara Delevingne and more stars blessed in the brow department, full arches have been trending since early 2013. But retiring your tweezers isn’t always enough to get thick, dramatic brows, especially if you’ve been plucking or waxing yours beyond recognition for several years. Read More

 

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