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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!

Oscars Gown Showdown: Nicole Kidman vs. Gwyneth Paltrow -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/19/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth PaltrowGilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo; Jeffrey Mayer/Wire


The Showdown: Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga (2007) vs. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford (2012)
The Editor’s Pick: Gwyneth Paltrow
Who Made the Call?: Michelle Tan, Senior Editor
Why She Chose It:
Truth be told, I was thisclose to just tossing a coin because, in my opinion, these two fashion heavy hitters are neck-and-neck bow. Clearly both Nicole and Gwyneth understand that one strong detail can make a seemingly boring monochromatic look stand out. Nicole’s architectural bow that trailed down to the red carpet reinvented her Balenciaga into a modern work of art. And somehow Her Goopness managed to make her Tom Ford cape look less like Superman and just super sophisticated.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

Both inspired copy cat couture (See: Emma Stone‘s 2012 Giambattista Valli at the Academy Awards and Lupita Nyong’o’s 2013 Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes) — but I have to give this one to Gwyneth. On paper her Oscars look sounds absolutely ridiculous: a white one-shoulder gown with a matching cape capped off with a low ponytail and a single cuff?! But on Paltrow, it was somehow both edgy and elegant. (Really, she deserves to win if only because she kept the gown clean and pristine the whole night. Impressive.)

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

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Nicole Kidman: 'It's Taken Me 40-Something Years, But I Embrace the Curl'

Feb/11/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Nicole Kidman InStyleCourtesy InStyle

Nicole Kidman has been gradually shaking her “ice queen” image over the past year (how could we forget these Jimmy Choo ads?) but her most recent interview, for InStyle‘s March issue, may just shatter that perception altogether.

The star is warm, candid and funny in the interview, talking about her romantic marriage to Keith Urban and their sweet daughters together. While he often visits her on set and she and the girls frequently join him on the road, they do find themselves apart for periods of time due to their hectic work schedules. And when that happens, he works to keep the spark alive. “For every single night he’s away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship,” she says. “It keeps us close.”

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She credits her family for helping her embrace certain aspects of herself, like her curly hair — famous in her Days of Thunder days but straightened for almost all of her 20-plus year career. “I almost never straighten it anymore,” she says. “It’s taken me 40-something years, but I embrace the curl. My littlest daughter has the same hair. She likes it when my hair is curly, so I wear it for her.”
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Nicole Kidman Goes Topless For Her Latest Jimmy Choo Ads

Jan/09/2014 at 12:47 PM ET

Nicole Kidman Jimmy Choo Courtesy Jimmy Choo

What do you think of the shoes Nicole Kidman‘s wearing in these Jimmy Choo ads? Don’t worry, we’ll give you a moment. We know you might be a little distracted by everything else that’s happening (or not happening, we guess) in the ads.
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Nicole Kidman: 'I've Been Known to Be the Party Girl of All Party Girls'

Oct/29/2013 at 12:21 PM ET

Nicole Kidman Jimmy ChooCourtesy Jimmy Choo

You’ll often spot Nicole Kidman doing the regal and glamorous thing, or being all mysterious and elegant. But flat-out sexy? It’s not typically her scene — until now. For her second round of ads for Jimmy Choo, the actress channels 60s screen siren Brigitte Bardot, strapping on her highest heels and teasing her hair sky-high for some sultry shots.

RELATED PHOTOS: Seven shoes you’ll see on every star this fall!

Far from the icy beauty of her upcoming role as Princess Grace of Monaco, the making-of video (below) shows Kidman warm and sultry underneath a voluminous blonde, banged wig.

In the ad, she waxes rhapsodic about the shoes she poses in and admits her friends are hitting her up for a pair of Choos. Not surprisingly, her favorite pair is named “Sunday” (just like her daughter!) and she shares she’s never been afraid to wear heels, even at her statuesque 5-foot-11.

A little more surprising? The mischief she gets up to in those heels. “I like to have the luxury of putting on something really high, because I just feel sexier,” she says, adding, “if I’m in the mood, I’m the girl that will dance on the table with a snake.”
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