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Oscars Gown Showdown: Hilary Swank vs. Sandra Bullock -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/24/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Hilary Swank, Sandra BullockAFP/Getty; Steve Granitz/WireImage

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.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

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!

Oscars Gown Showdown: Cameron Diaz vs. Sandra Bullock -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/17/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Cameron Diaz, Sandra BullockAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty; Steve Granitz/WireImage

The Showdown: Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta (2010) vs. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa (2010)
The Editor’s Pick: Cameron Diaz
Who Made the Call?: Zoë Ruderman, Senior Style Editor
Why She Chose It:

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.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

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!

This Week's Best Dressed Star Beat Out All the Gowns in a Simple Skirt

Jan/18/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Sandra Bullock skirtKevin Mazur/WireImage

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

How to Get the Perfect Red Lip

Jan/06/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

There’s a reason why red lips remain a celeb beauty favorite season after season and it’s not because they match the red carpet. Red lips are the epitome of glamour and sophistication, plus they get way more attention than their nude and pink counterparts. Read More

The Best Way to Fill in Your Brows

Jan/03/2014 at 12:06 PM ET

Thanks to Lily Collins, Cara Delevingne and more stars blessed in the brow department, full arches have been trending since early 2013. But retiring your tweezers isn’t always enough to get thick, dramatic brows, especially if you’ve been plucking or waxing yours beyond recognition for several years. Read More

This Week's Best Dressed: Sandra Bullock Reaches Perfection

Oct/26/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

white dresses, center parts, hair, short shortsSplash News Online

No arguments on who deserved the top spot in this week’s race for Best Dressed Star. The moment we saw Sandra Bullock step out at the Hollywood Film Awards in what is basically the world’s most perfect black dress, we knew we had an instant winner.

And with good reason: The DSquared2 creation (which earned her nearly 30,000 votes at press time) fit her body so perfectly it might as well have been painted on, and the lace detailing around her sweetheart neckline gave the perfect sexy counterbalance to the dress’s midi length. (Plus, it didn’t hurt that her waves and red lips were totally on point and on-trend.)

PHOTOS: See what other stars wore on the red carpet this week!

Giving Sandy a run for her money were two ladies in red: Reese Witherspoon in a simple yet stunning Calvin Klein Collection design (worn to Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event), and Kate Beckinsale in a draped Donna Karan dress (at the Pink Party).

But we really need to discuss our latest style crush, who apparently has also become your latest style crush: Lupita Nyong’o landed herself a spot in the Top 10 thanks to her yellow J.Mendel keyhole-cutout gown, selected for the Hollywood Film Awards.

Do you think Sandra’s dress deserved top honors, or are you more into Reese and Kate’s red-hot looks? And how excited are you to see what Lupita wears next?

–Whitney Little

Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on All-White Everything, the Center Part and a Farewell to Hot Pants

Oct/25/2013 at 05:58 PM ET

white dresses, center parts, hair, short shortsFilmMagic; Splash News Online; Getty

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we noticed a whole lotta white, hairstyles featuring center parts and pants that don’t actually qualify as pants.

Up: All white. Just a few weeks ago, we were seeing black and white experience a resurgence on the red carpet, and now it appears stars have simplified the trend even more, whittling it down to a monochromatic look. Kim Kardashian’s ivory turtleneck dress (at the Dream for Future Africa Foundation gala in Beverly Hills) topped off a week of white outfits, including Jessica Alba in a Wes Gordon mini at the 50 Most Fashionable Women of 2013 event in West Hollywood, and Amy Adams in an Antonio Berardi sheath at the Hollywood Film Awards.
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