If watching Friday’s Hollywood Film Awards wasn’t part of your weekend plans, it should be. Angelina Jolie, Robert Pattinson and Johnny Depp are all expected to attend. Plus, other big-name stars always show up to the event — which kicks off award season — wearing big name designers. And in honor of this year’s show, we’re looking back at the best red carpet moments from 2013. Read More
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Sandra Bullock is no stranger to blonde hair. The natural brunette sported a light shade for her Oscar-winning role in The Blind Side back in 2009. Then in 2011, she lightened up again for her role in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. And now the star is sporting a blonde hue that has editors divided on whether it’s real or faux. Check it out and let us know where you fall in the great wig debate!
While we’re sure there were many close races at the Oscars, no competition was stiffer than this week’s Most Loved Looks. Every star brought her fashion A game to the Academy Awards red carpet, and as of press time the winner was ahead by only 90 votes. And, to no one’s surprise, Lupita Nyong’o emerged victorious.
Was there anything not to love about the Best Supporting Actress’s "Nairobi blue" Prada gown? Between the yards of flowy fabric, the plunging neckline and that Fred Leighton headband (which one editor called “the best accessory of the year so far”), the look was flawless, top to bottom. (And by the way, this is her fourth best dressed title from PEOPLE readers — count ’em 1, 2, 3, 4! — of 2014.)
But readers were equally smitten with the ladies in navy: Sandra Bullock, in a draped Alexander McQueen gown and side-swept curls, and Amy Adams, in a strapless peplum Gucci Prèmire dress that was custom made to hug her frame in all the right places. Read More
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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.
(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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The Showdown: Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche (2005) vs. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa (2010)
The Editor’s Pick: Sandra Bullock
Who Made the Call?: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor
Why She Chose It:
Two gorgeous ladies in two truly striking dresses that were perfectly picked to showcase their strengths (in Sandra’s case, her radiant face; in Hilary’s, her ridiculous figure). So how am I supposed to choose a winner from this evenly matched pair?
I agonized over this decision – and no matter who wins, I won’t feel despondent the way I did during my last gown showdown. But ultimately I had to give it to Sandra.
That’s because her glittering golden Marchesa column is so closely associated in my mind (and the minds of others, I think) with her big golden moment: triumphantly hoisting her Oscar with a big smile on her face, perfect pink lipstick and glossy waves shining to perfection.
Not too fussy but just glitzy enough for a defining life moment, Sandra’s dress is the epitome of a great Oscars gown –- which is why she gets my vote. But I’m happy to entertain other opinions in the comments!
Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Charlize Theron vs. Nicole Kidman!
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How are these things supposed to start? This was such a hard decision! They both look perfect! But aw shucks, I’ve just got to pick one! Well, sorry, Sandy, but this was an easy choice for me. Cameron wins by a long shot. And if the majority of you don’t vote in agreement with me, I’m going to be very, very surprised.
The phrases “breath-taking” and “jaw-dropping” are severely overused in my opinion, but both apply to Cameron’s dazzling strapless Oscar de la Renta gown. The champagne hue, the scattered paillettes and the vintage-inspired vibe made the dress such a showstopper. It was Rachel Zoe, the actress’s stylist at the time, who spotted this number on the Fall 2010 runway, and I think the confection on Cameron is the most amazing thing Rachel has ever conceived (no offense to Skyler and Kai Berman).
Sure, Sandra’s Marchesa gown was a similar color and also had the Old Hollywood thing going on, but the silhouette of her dress doesn’t even come close. When Cameron walked down the red carpet, it was almost like she was floating thanks to that full skirt.
Come on, people, isn’t the choice easy? Okay, fine, if you disagree with me, I can respect that (but please defend your choice in the comments since I’m curious to know what you’re thinking!). And if you’re a swing voter, let the hair be your tie-breaker (how amazing do Cameron’s side-swept waves look?).
Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Penélope Cruz vs. Charlize Theron!
When we heard Sandra Bullock won this week’s Best Dressed race, we weren’t surprised, considering the star hit both the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice red carpets in head-turning gowns. We were, however, surprised to see her most-loved look of the week was a neutral ensemble at the AFI Awards.
The beige top and coordinating Burberry Prorsum skirt, which earned a 72% approval rating, would make for a fantastic workday outfit, and Sandra’s skin is basically glowing. That being said, we are much more into her custom Lanvin gown from the Critics’ Choice Awards. Between the beautiful maroon tiers and curve-hugging fit (not to mention that fabulous blowout!), she totally hit it out of the park. And of course we have to applaud her risk-taking Globes look: a pink-black-and-blue Prabal Gurung color-block dress.
Rounding out the top three were two looks from the InStyle Golden Globes after party: Vanessa Hudgens in a slinky Giorgio Armani gown, and Julianne Hough in a backless lace Emilio Pucci design that is a “Better From the Back” home run.
Tell us: Which of Sandra’s three looks was your favorite? Or do you think someone else should have taken this week’s crown?
— Whitney Little