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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!

Top Celeb Stylist Leslie Fremar Shares Her Favorite New York Fashion Week Looks

Feb/17/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Leslie Fremar's Fashion Week PicksGetty;Wireimage;TheRow

If you’ve ever liked a red carpet look you saw on Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron or Julianne Moore (we know you have!), then you’re a fan of celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar. Fremar (who was named the No. 1 stylist in Hollywood by the Hollywood Reporter) has recently added the title of Ask.com “Style Expert” to her impressive résumé, giving insight on all things fashion — whether on or off the red carpet. So of course we wanted to pick her brain on New York Fashion Week. See which looks she can’t wait to put her clients in, and get some fun dressing tips below!
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Best Dressed of the Week: All Reese Witherspoon Needs Is an LBD to Take Out the Competition

Feb/15/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Reese Witherspoon best dressedTheo Wargo/Getty

PEOPLE.com readers really can’t resist a good LBD. Proof: This week’s best dressed star. Reese Witherspoon trumped two celebs in floor-skimming gowns for the title, and we’re not sure how we feel about it.

Don’t get us wrong: The actress looks amazing in the long-sleeve Valentino design (worn to the Great American Songbook event in N.Y.C.) featuring an on-trend scalloped neckline. Our favorite part of the look is her textured waves and sexy smoky eye, but in general we felt it was a safe move for the star who earned close to 23,000 “Love It Votes” (a 90 percent approval rating!) to beat out the competition.

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Trailing Witherspoon’s stylish footsteps, Elizabeth Hurley nabbed the No. 2 spot in a slinky dove-gray halter with interlocking rings at the neckline at the London Royal Portrait Gallery event. She completed her glam look with a white fur coat and earned an 81 percent “Love It” rating from readers. And rounding out the top 3 was our personal favorite this week, Diane Kruger, who stunned in a white Elie Saab gown with a sheer skirt at the Better Angels premiere in Berlin.

We want to know: Did Reese deserve the top spot? Or were you hoping for a more formal look like Diane’s white gown? Share your thoughts below!

–Brittany Talarico

Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop On Mixing Prints, New Cutout Placements and the Skirt Silhouette That's Dragging (Literally)

Feb/14/2014 at 06:30 PM ET

Trend report: metallic heels, sheer insertsAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty; Jason LaVeris/Filmmag

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we saw plenty of patterns, a fresh twist on an old favorite and a skirt that’s taking up too much room on the red carpet.
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Oscars Gown Showdown: Reese Witherspoon vs. Zoë Saldana -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/13/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Reese Witherspoon, Zoë SaldanaFernando Allende/Splash News Online; Kevin Mazur/W



The Showdown: Reese Witherspoon in 2007 vs. Zoë Saldana in 2010
The Editor’s Pick: Zoë Saldana
Who Made the Call?: Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director
Why She Chose It:
Before I launch into all the reasons why I picked one of the most polarizing gowns to ever hit the red carpet, I need to confess that I changed my mind like seven times before I finally made peace with my decision. And by “made peace” I mean that I was about to miss my deadline so I was forced to choose one and move on.

What made it such a tough call is that I think Reese’s deep amethyst gown, designed by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci, is the best thing she’s ever worn. The actress collaborated with Theyskens to create “something really fitted through the bust and hips,” the designer told PEOPLE back in 2007. The two worked out the details by phone (she was in Los Angeles and he was in Paris), with the help of sketches Theyskens sent to her. And here’s another fun fact: He had two mannequins with the actress’s petite proportions custom made. Two, because he actually made two dresses for Reese in case she changed her mind the day of the Oscars.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

She (wisely) chose the bustier gown with a cascade of ruffles that faded in color from dark eggplant to pale lilac. Reese’s makeup artist Molly Stern told PEOPLE the decision was an easy one. “She said that it was the most beautiful dress she felt she’s ever worn.”

So what can trump 40 meters of purple silk jacquard from Switzerland constructed into a show-stopper just for Reese? Another purple ombré gown. Zoë Saldana’s Givenchy Couture (made by Riccardo Tisci) was straight off the runway and featured everything: sparkles, ruffles (upon ruffles) and a stunning color gradation. For some, the bold design catapulted Zoe to the top of the best dressed list. For others, it was a high-fashion disaster (many compared the ruffles to heads of cabbage). I loved that she took such a big risk at such a major event. She knew the dress would be polarizing, but she wore it anyway and because of her style cojones I’m giving her my vote.

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. Jennifer Lawrence!

NYFW 2014: The A-Listers Finally Brave the Cold for Hugo Boss and Michael Kors

Feb/12/2014 at 05:38 PM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow Hugo BossPaul Zimmerman/WireImage; Gregory Pace/BEImages

Whether it’s the cold (they’re all on their yachts in the Caribbean), the grueling pace of awards season (they’re all lying down somewhere with wine nearby) or some other mysterious reason, the stars haven’t been shining as brightly at this season’s New York Fashion Week. There are the stalwarts, like Solange Knowles and Anna Kendrick, who bravely attend every show (sometimes bare-legged!) but it’s been a long time since a February front row looked like this.

We were starting to wonder if the high-wattage stars were going to be staying indoors until the Oscars, but that ended Wednesday, as Michael Kors and Jason Wu (showing his first collection for Hugo Boss) lured some Hollywood heavyweights back from their private islands to take in the shows in N.Y.C.

RELATED PHOTOS: All the stars at New York Fashion Week!
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Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Metallic Heels, Sheer Inserts and Sleeves Only Stevie Nicks Could Pull Off

Jan/31/2014 at 05:59 PM ET

Trend report: metallic heels, sheer insertsGetty (2); Startraks

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we saw shiny soles, sexy sheer inserts and a dress with sleeves to sweep off the red carpet.
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