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Exclusive Details on Zooey Deschanel's Met Gala Dress

May/07/2013 at 01:36 PM ET

Zooey Deschanel Tommy Hilfiger Met Gala 2013 GownCharles Sykes/Invision/AP

If the definition of punk is standing up against the establishment and being counter-culture, then perhaps the seersucker Tommy Hilfiger gown Zooey Deschanel wore to Monday night’s Met Ball did in fact fit the theme of the evening.

We chatted with Hilfiger about the unexpected choice and he says, “The dress was an original, quirky and fun take on the punk theme.” He tells PEOPLE the creation is a “special design for Zooey,” who — by the way — we hardly recognized when she first hit the red carpet. (Blame it on the fact that her until-now omnipresent blunt bangs were swept to the side.)

“She wanted to be really involved,” Hilfiger adds of the process behind creating the summery blue-and-white gown. “It was a lot of fun to collaborate with her on the design. We were inspired by the seersucker looks from our Spring 2013 collection.”

We never thought we’d see seersucker at an event focused around the words chaos and punk, but Hilfiger swears, “[It's] a perfect match for Zooey’s sense of style.”

And we will give Deschanel one thing: That hot-pink safety pin Edie Parker clutch is certainly a nod, albeit a cutesy one, to the night’s theme.

What do you think of the Tommy Hilfiger gown Zooey Deschanel wore?

–Zoë Ruderman

Red Carpet Trend Report: Surprising Slits, Stripes & the Waistline That Should Be Retired

Mar/15/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Olivia Wilde, Eva LongoriaFilmMagic; Splash News Online; WireImage

If you make it a habit to model your looks after what’s hot in Hollywood (we do!), you’re going to want to check out this week’s style prospectus, which breaks down the two trends on the rise (you’ve seen ‘em both before, but not like this!) and a dress silhouette that is on its way out. And we can’t say we’re sad to see it go.

Up: Center slits. Once a side show, slits are migrating to the front and back of dresses, providing a sexy, yet subtler touch. Olivia Wilde wore one on her sequined Gucci gown for a killer rearview. Kirsten Dunst also selected a dress with a center slit, though hers was down the front of her Proenza Schouler LBD.

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Zooey Deschanel: 'Style Isn't When You Buy Yourself the Most Expensive Things'

Mar/12/2013 at 10:30 AM ET

Zooey Deschanel InStyleCourtesy InStyle

We covet her hair, copy her nail art and now, thanks to In Style‘s April issue, we’ve got Zooey Deschanel style envy as well.

The New Girl star talks candidly about moving past the adjectives so many people apply to her and her style (think “cute” and “quirky”).

“People try to turn you into a caricature of yourself,” she says. “I change, just like anyone.” (Need proof? InStyle rounded up her most dramatic looks since she got her start in Hollywood).

But one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is her ability to put together high-low looks like a true professional.

“Style isn’t when you buy yourself the most expensive things,” Deschanel says, noting that she’s been shopping in thrift stores since she was a teen. “I didn’t have a lot of money so I got things for, like, $2, $3 and made myself look as good as I could. Limitations make you more creative.”

For lots more on the star’s style (and to try on her signature hairstyles!) visit and pick up the April issue, on stands Friday. Plus, check out the behind-the-scenes video, below! Read More

Considering Bangs? Zooey Deschanel Has Something to Tell You First

Feb/06/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

With some hair trends, it’s best to ease your way into a new look (like if you’re drastically changing your hair color), but the same doesn’t apply to bangs, according to the queen of fringe, Zooey Deschanel.

The Pantene Repair & Protect spokeswoman sat down with PEOPLE to spill her secrets on getting and maintaining the perfect bangs, and it turns out the key is to jump in with both feet. “Don’t get wispy bangs,” she says definitively in the above video. “Make sure you commit to them.”

Deschanel (who’s had bangs since she was two years old and never veered from the look!) says her current style of trim, which is heavy and dramatic, is “easy to manage.” But she’s quick to point out that heavy, non-wispy bangs don’t necessarily equal blunt bangs.”[Blunt bangs] are very difficult to style,” she says. If you’re going to go for face-framing fringe, she says, make sure to tell your hairdresser to “cut into them a little bit.”

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Hollywood's Hot New Nails Are Straight Outta the '80s

Jan/30/2013 at 10:30 AM ET

Red Nailpolish: Zooey Deschanel, Alicia KeysWireImage; Startraks; Ramey; Getty

After months of long, pointy talons, wacky nail art and glittery disco polish not safe for the office, stars are finally sporting a sassy nail polish trend we can actually try — and it’s got vintage appeal.

That’s right, the most popular nail look in Hollywood is a throwback to a simpler time, when we all wore scrunchies, craved a Barbie car and “borrowed” our moms’ bright red polish.

Obviously, red nails have never gone out of style, but it’s a specific shade of bright cherry lacquer that inspires the nostalgia trip to 1987. And we know it’s red-hot at the moment because it’s been spotted on stars as diverse as (from left) Zooey Deschanel, Emmy Rossum, Alicia Keys and Olivia Palermo. Though their style ranges from über-girlie to trendy to funky, all look equally chic in the bold hue.

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Would You Join Hollywood's Latest Cape Crusaders?

Jan/25/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Lea Michele, Khloe Kardashian JewelryGetty, Sipa, Splash News Online, Bauer-Griffin

The ridiculously cold weather in N.Y.C. this week has all the StyleWatch editors reaching for creative ways to keep warm, yet even the most fashion-forward of us have not taken the bold step of topping off our outfits with a cape. After seeing four stars in four days stepping out in these dramatic jackets, however, we’re thinking we may need to get on board this trend train.

First, Leslie Bibb bundled up at Sundance in a buttoned Coach number. Then Sophia Bush was spotted at an Inauguration party in a sweeping Mango cape. Kim Kardashian brought her usual sartorial drama in a cloak draped over her menswear ensemble at Paris Couture Week, and on Wednesday, Zooey Deschanel did her quirky-girl thing in a magenta Corey Lynn Calter creation.

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Zooey Deschanel Nails It with Another Cute Red Carpet Manicure

Jan/13/2013 at 07:00 PM ET

Zooey Deschanel Golden Globes Nails
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage. Inset: Courtesy Zooey Deschanel

Who’s that girl with the cute movie-themed manicure? It’s Zooey Deschanel!

The New Girl star one-upped her 2012 Golden Globes nails (little tuxedos), going with a camera and filmstrip theme at tonight’s awards. L’Oréal Paris consulting nail expert Tom Bachik created the continuous design — “serial nails,” as Deschanel called them while speaking to E! — using a neutral base polish plus white, black and gold hues. Deschanel wore a bold red Oscar de la Renta gown, finishing her look with a perky ponytail.

Since showing off her nails on the red carpet at last year’s Globes, Deschanel has become known for her nail art, standing out especially at the 2012 Emmys, when she wore tiny TVs on her fingers.

“I love nail art,” the actress said recently. But it’s not something she thinks too hard about when pulling together a red carpet look. “Usually, it might be inspired by something, but it might be just be, ‘Oh, that seems cool.’” Well, we think these film-inspired nails are definitely cool! Tell us: Do you love Deschanel’s manicure? 

–Kate Hogan



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