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Nicole Kidman Goes Brunette: Are You Loving Her New Look?

Apr/02/2014 at 11:18 AM ET

Nicole Kidman brunetteJohn Shearer/Invision/AP; INF

Nicole Kidman has famously been a curly redhead and a glamorous blonde (just check out her latest Jimmy Choo ads). And now the actress has just changed her mane again, transforming into a brunette for her upcoming film.

Kidman debuted a rich dark shade on set of her new movie Strangerland, which she’s busy filming in Sydney. We highly doubt it’s permanent since it’s for a role — even if you’re loving this look on her, we wouldn’t get too attached. But we’re curious to see how she’ll style her deep brown tresses if she hits the red carpet at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday with husband Keith Urban. (That’s a big “if” since, of course, since she’s shooting her movie across the world.) Read More

Nicole Kidman Skips Pants, Bra in Latest Sexy Jimmy Choo Ads

Mar/31/2014 at 02:52 PM ET

Nicole Kidman Jimmy ChooCourtesy Jimmy Choo

We know Nicole Kidman‘s ads for Jimmy Choo are meant to be all about the accessories, but we’d say that her rocking bod is at least tied for top billing. She shows it off (again!) in a thigh-grazing blazer — and nothing else — for her latest round of ads for the designer label.

The ads, shot by Will Vanderperre, echo the rocker vibe of the boots she’s wearing (there’s lots of smoldering glances and climbing on motorcycles in heels here). “It was fun to embrace a more rebellious spirit for Jimmy Choo,” Kidman said in a statement. “We listened to a lot of great rock music to get in the mood for the shoot.”

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The actress, 46, has done “glamorous sexy” for her ads before, but in the latest ones, she pulls out all the stops, giving model face and legs for days that would make Barbie jealous.

What do you think of Kidman’s ads? Anything surprise you?

–Alex Apatoff
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Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Dark Florals, Neck Bows and the Accessory that Couldn’t Hold On

Mar/28/2014 at 04:40 PM ET

Trend report: dark florals, neck bowsSipa; AP; Getty

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we saw some super-romantic prints, unusual new neckwear and statement jewelry that wasn’t making as much of an impact this week.

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Neck Bows Are Happening. Are You In?

Mar/27/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

House of HarlowInvision for The Weinstein Company/AP;Ben McMillan

We are huge fans of menswear in the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices, especially when it looks as good as it does on Emma Watson. And we’re equally big fans of fashion risk-takers. This week, those two worlds combined on three very different stars, all of whom accompanied their suit ensembles with noteworthy neck bows of varying sizes. Let’s discuss, shall we?

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Oscars Gown Final Showdown: Anne Hathaway vs. Nicole Kidman -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/28/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Anne Hathaway, Nicole KidmanFernando Allende/Broadimage; Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo



The Showdown: Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé (2009) vs. Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga (2007)
The Editor’s Pick: Anne Hathaway
Who Made the Call?: Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director
Why She Chose It:

I’m on Oscars Gown Bracketology strike. Allow me to explain. Yes, both final contenders look stunning in their respective gowns but I’m still reeling from the early elimination of Michelle Williams in that yellow Vera Wang. This is worse than when the Bachelor sends home the fan favorite mid-season.

I suppose I have to choose between Anne Hathaway and Nicole Kidman, but before I do, I’d like to take a few minutes to highlight what our editors said about Michelle’s gown in previous rounds:

Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: Michelle Williams’s striking marigold number has made countless best-dressed (and best-ever) lists since the moment she walked onto the red carpet … 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.

Brittany Talarico, Associate Editor: 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.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

OK, now I’m ready to accept Michelle’s defeat and move on. I was surprised when Nicole’s dramatic red Balenciaga beat out Gwyneth’s now-iconic white Tom Ford (two equally polarizing dresses, but Gwyn’s was such a moment), but I was downright stunned when it also kicked Charlize Theron’s Dior-clad butt. For a minute it looked like Sandra Bullock’s Marchesa would break her winning streak, but with 52% of the votes, Nicole was victorious once more.

The success of Anne’s iridescent Armani Privé gown was easier to predict. It’s glamorous, it’s elegant and even though it weighed 15 pounds, she made it look effortless. “Anne is so lovely and ethereal — she reminds me of the great actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age,” Giorgio Armani said of the look he created for her. “For this reason I dressed her as a type of fairy-mermaid, pure and sparkling … She looked truly breathtaking.”

Both of these stars are drop-dead gorgeous in their gowns, and I’d be perfectly happy to let it end in a tie. But since that’s apparently not how things work with these brackets, I’m going to give this to Anne by a very narrow margin. I think her shimmering champagne moment is going to stand the test of time for decades to come.


Do you agree with me or should Nicole Kidman win this round? Vote in the Oscars Gown Bracket and check back tomorrow to see who comes out on top!

Oscars Gown Showdown: Sandra Bullock vs. Nicole Kidman -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/27/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Sandra Bullock, Nicole KidmanSteve Granitz/WireImage; Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo



The Showdown: Sandra Bullock in Marchesa (2010) vs. Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga (2007)
The Editor’s Pick: Nicole Kidman
Who Made the Call?: Bronwyn Barnes, Senior Style Editor
Why She Chose It:
Balenciagaaaaaaaa! Sorry, I just had a Myrtle Snow moment there. (American Horror Story: Coven fans will know what I’m talking about.)

Nicole’s halter dress, created exclusively for the actress by the French fashion label, is the pinnacle of crimson-hued red carpet gowns – or at least it was until Lupita Nyong’o came along.

The look was polarizing: Some fashion critics raved, while others gave it two thumbs way down. Much of the discussion centered around that giant bow, which surely would have been the fashion meme of the night had Twitter been as popular in 2007 as it is now. The oversize knot was a little much, but I loved the way it draped into an over-the-shoulder train that cascaded down Nicole’s back, adding just the right amount of volume to the gown’s crepe silk skirt. I didn’t love the matchy-matchy red shoes, but this isn’t the Best Oscars Footwear Showdown.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

(Speaking of shoulder embellishments, there was actually a bow detail on the original Marchesa design that Sandra wore in 2010, but the actress and her stylist removed it when they reworked the dress for the red carpet.)

With its lace-patterned illusion bodice and a sterling beaded skirt that shimmered like liquid metal, Sandra’s gown was a fitting choice considering that, by the end of the night, she had picked up the ultimate accessory. Not only was the dress a fan favorite, it became a part of Oscars fashion history, marking the first time Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig had ever dressed an Oscar winner.

They’re both memorable gowns, but for me this decision came down to looking at the side-by-side photos and deciding who wore it better. It may have had nothing to do with her ensemble — it’s just as likely she was experiencing a few Oscar nominee jitters — but Sandra seemed a little uncomfortable on the red carpet. And whether you loved it or hated it, you have to agree that Nicole really worked that dress.

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

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Oscars Gown Showdown: Charlize Theron vs. Nicole Kidman -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/25/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Charlize Theron, Nicole KidmanJeff Kravitz/FilmM; Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo


The Showdown: Charlize Theron in Dior (2013) vs. Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga (2007)
The Editor’s Pick: Charlize Theron
Who Made the Call?: Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style & Beauty Director
Why She Chose It:

Phew. I’m really glad that you guys chose Nicole over Gwyneth Paltrow in the previous round, because I would have needed to take a personal day to spend some serious time alone with my thoughts to decide between Charlize and Gwyn.

But back to the showdown at hand…

I’m not saying this choice was super-easy (it was no Cameron vs. Sandra showdown, which, ahem, most of you didn’t agree with me on!) — I just didn’t need a whole day to mull it over. But I did find myself belaboring the call a bit so — just like when I couldn’t decide at age 7 which crush I should eventually marry — I made a list. I’ve assigned points to each of the positive attributes. (Picture this written in my Lisa Frank diary.)

Charlize:
-the bright-white color +5 for unexpectedness and how it flatters her skin, +2 for offering up fresh wedding gown inspiration to brides everywhere
-the unique neckline +3
-brings the drama without a major voluminous skirt +2
-does the peplum thing before every dress, top, skirt and bathing suit bottom had one +7
-stole everyone’s attention without a single cutout, sheer panel, Swarovski crystal, floral embroidery or view of underboob +10

Nicole:
-red (my favorite color to wear) +5
-also dramatic without being ballgown-ish +2
-also nabbed attention without all those extras +7 (because I don’t think it got quite the buzz Charlize’s Dior did)
-neckline competes with hair down over her shoulders -1 (only 1 because her hair does look very pretty)
-coordinating lip color +3

It’s simple math, people. Nicole earned 16 points and Charlize comes out on top with 29.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Anne Hathaway vs. Michelle Williams!

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