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Oscars Gown Showdown: Penélope Cruz vs. Charlize Theron -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/18/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Penelope Cruz, Charlize TheronGilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo; Jeff Kravitz/FilmM


The Showdown: Penélope Cruz in Atelier Versace (2007) vs. Charlize Theron in Dior (2013)
The Editor’s Pick: Penélope Cruz
Who Made the Call?: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor
Why She Chose It: For me, the Oscars red carpet is no time to go understated. It’s the one event a year where you can pull out all the stops, choosing the most enormous, most beautiful ballgown around. Don’t get me wrong — I’m all for elegant, modern minimalism, which Charlize Theron’s Dior gown has in spades. But for the biggest night in movies, Penélope Cruz totally gets that “red carpet royalty” feel down to a science — which is why I’ve got to give this win to her.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

Her spun-gold Atelier Versace gown was the epitome of what an Oscars gown should be: glamorous, elegant, timeless and deeply dramatic. And it achieved all those things while still being exciting and unexpected, which is what sets it apart in the pantheon of killer Oscar dresses. Any star can put on a metallic gown with a big ol’ train and call it a day. Penélope’s dress was special thanks to all the unique details, from the carefully constructed silk chiffon bustier to the feathery organza and tulle skirt that had heads turning in her wake. She smartly played off the dress’s drama with a simple updo and some gorgeous diamonds.

We’re bound to see some sweeping ballgowns at this year’s Oscars, but it will take a whole lotta dress to compete with Penélope’s memorable Versace moment.

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

Chic Clicks: Watch Penélope Cruz's Racy Lingerie Commercial; Plus, See Zara Phillips' Couture-Clad Royal Bump

Aug/02/2013 at 03:30 PM ET

–This clip is pretty NSFW, but uh, maybe it’s super casual Friday at your office? If so, you must check out Penélope Cruz’s super-racy directorial debut for her L’Agent by Agent Provocateur collection, Cruz’s husband Javier Bardem and model Irina Shayk [YouTube]

–Another star-studded, fashion-packed video you’ll want to watch today: This romantic short film for Free People’s “Roshambo: Paper-Scissors” collection starring former Girls star Christopher Abbott [Free People]

–Even if you skipped the first two videos, this one is an absolute cannot-miss: Real girls get the claws out at Alexander Wang’s “Free For All” giveaway extravaganza [Racked]

–If you are going through withdrawal over Duchess Catherine’s royal maternity style, Zara Phillips should give you your fix [Huffington Post Style]

–Leave it to Carine Roitfeld to make a $9.50 pair of disposable coveralls from Home Depot look like $950. You won’t want to miss these photos [The Cut]

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Chic Clicks: Jamie Chung Joins American Eagle's Denim Party; Plus, See Kate Upton's New David Yurman Ad

Jul/30/2013 at 04:30 PM ET

–Today, American Eagle Outfitters is kicking off its Fall 2013 “Rock Your Walk” initiative, allowing fans to join celebrities like Jamie Chung and others in creating the longest-ever denim runway across America — and we’ve got a first look at the cute “runway” snippets [American Eagle]

–Your daily dose of cute: Check out Burberry’s new kids’ campaign modeled after adult looks from the brand. The prices are a little less adorable, but still … [Daily Mail]

–From itty-bitty bikinis to big-time baubles. Catch a sneak peek at Kate Upton’s new David Yurman collaboration shot by David Lindbergh [Twitter]

Heidi Klum goes all Charlie’s Angels in new TV spot for Astor Boom 24-hour mascara (but it’s only available in Germany) [Huffington Post Style]

Penélope Cruz is a director! The hot Hollywood mom has directed a short film (starring husband Javier Bardem, sister Mónica Cruz and model Irina Shayk) to coincide with the upcoming launch of her new lingerie line for Agent Provocateur, L’Agent [WWD]

–MAC’s new Antonio Lopez collection enlists star power from ’70s supermodels Jerry Hall, Marisa Berenson and Pat Cleveland [PopSugar BEAUTY]

Jessica Biel's Married Style Is 'More Confident,' Says Her Stylist Estee Stanley (Plus: Stanley's Oscar Scoop!)

Feb/22/2013 at 03:00 PM ET

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Justin Timberlake has been getting lots of notice for his “Suit and Tie” style lately, but his new wife Jessica Biel has been making quite a fashionable impact herself these past few months.

And her longtime stylist and friend Estee Stanley credits a certain accessory for Biel’s noticeable confidence on the red carpet: her wedding ring.

“I definitely think any woman changes after [she gets] married,” Stanley tells PEOPLE. “I feel like she feels more secure and safe on the planet having found her partner.”

Biel, whom Stanley calls “the cutest,” says this security manifests itself in less behind-the-scenes fussing: “It’s not ‘should I do this or should I do this?’ It’s like ‘Okay, great!’” she says.

And we’ve certainly noticed: just check out how gorgeous Biel looked at the Grammys!

Biel isn’t planning an Oscar dress this year, but that doesn’t mean Stanley is off the hook. Clients Lea Michele and Minka Kelly are attending Sunday’s Vanity Fair afterparty, and while she’s tight-lipped about their looks, she does share her top pick for red carpet undergarments: “The Victoria’s Secret Fabulous Bra is incredible,” she shared at an event for the lingerie superstore in L.A. “You can wear it regular, one shoulder, racer back, strapless and it gives you the lift.”

Though she won’t even dish on which of those necklines we can expect from her clients, she made some general predictions for us. “I feel like there will be a lot of bigger dresses,” she says. “Fuller, with nothing underneath, like Oscar de la Renta last season.”

And like any stylist on a big night, she’s hoping things go smoothly, without incidents like one with Penélope Cruz a few years back. “She was nominated and the dress was not what we thought it was going to be. I lost my mind!” Stanley recalls. “We ran to [everyone] who had a dress left. Thank God Versace had a secret stash.” The result? “It was the most gorgeous dress I’ve ever seen.

We have a feeling we’ll be repeating those words about a few of her clients on Sunday.

–Raha Lewis

PHOTOS: SEE MORE RED CARPET MOMENTS HERE!

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Chic Clicks: Rachel Zoe Gets a New Gig, Plus: See Penélope Cruz's Handbag Ad

Jan/08/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Rachel Zoe
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–We’re almost positive Rachel Zoe is on track to beat the Kardashians to fashion world domination: She’s landed yet another job, this as ShoeDazzle’s chief stylist [Racked]

–Check out Penélope Cruz looking gorgeous (like always) in her campaign for Madrid-based fashion house Loewe [WWD]

–Why we’re obsessed with Beyoncé reason #431: She includes a hand-written thank you note when returning borrowed designer clothes [Huffington Post]

–Another day, another collaboration: Goldsign Jeans will create a capsule collection for J.Crew [FabSugar]

–If you can’t afford Marc Jacobs clothes (we can’t either), his Sephora Beauty line will certainly be easier on your wallet [Fashionista]

Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Party Dresses, Leather & Eyelets

Oct/26/2012 at 04:00 PM ET

Penelope Cruz, Lauren Conrad, Stacy Keibler Splash News Online; Wireimage; Startraks

Who knew black leather could be ladylike? Apparently star stylists, who this week, dressed many fashionistas in feminine leather frocks. Sparkly dresses had an even stronger presence on the red carpet, too, after making their big debut last week. But somewhat summery styles seemingly had their last red carpet hurrah. Yup, you guessed it: It’s time to see what’s hot (and not) in Hollywood this week:

Up: Dazzling party dresses: We noticed lots of stars wearing metallic dresses last week, but this week, there were even more sightings — and it’s not even party-dress season yet! Penélope Cruz was wrapped up like a present in a gold, glittery L’Wren Scott gown, while Kelly Osbourne, Heidi Klum and Halle Berry also got into the spirit as silver-wearing belles. Based on these sightings, we predict that sequins, sparkles and shimmer will continue to dominate the carpet until the ball drops on Dec. 31.
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Penélope Cruz & Sister to Design (Affordable!) Lingerie Line

Oct/24/2012 at 04:30 PM ET

Penelope and Monica CruzCourtesy Agent Provocateur

Well, this is certainly a fitting job for bombshell actress Penélope Cruz: The star and her equally smoking-hot sister, Mónica, are teaming up with luxury lingerie maker Agent Provocateur to help create the brand’s first diffusion collection, L’Agent.

As reported by WWD, the line will feature bras, briefs, thongs and corsets, with the average price set at $64, which is way cheaper than the cost of an Agent Provocateur design. (Some of their pieces go for as much as $1,190!)

CEO Garry Hogarth describes the new venture as “a little younger, and perhaps less sophisticated than the main line, but very wearable, very sexy and with the handwriting of Agent Provocateur.”

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