Transitional dressing is hard for everyone, but for the red carpet? Not only are the stakes higher, the competition more fierce, and the flashbulbs FAR more plentiful, but there are also just so many options. Do you go dark, the way many New Yorkers purge their wardrobe of all color the minute the first leaf hits the pavement? Or do you go ultra bright, in chilly-day-warming jewel tones and little hints of the summer that has just passed? The Elle Women In Hollywood party was last night, and its red carpet had many awesome examples of both methods for mid-fall dressing. In the first camp, Emma Watson, Kiernan Shipka, and Anna Kendrick went darker (Kiernan playing with black and white), while Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, and Nina Dobrev went ultra-bright.
Emma Watson, Kiernan Shipka, and Anna Kendrick wore black to the Elle Women In Hollywood Party.
Emma Watson looked chic but still relaxed, her signature blend of laid back and edgy, in a black structured cocktail dress with a nude accent and layered construction. Paired with a pair of strappy, geometric heels and centerparted, pulled-back hair, the look was still a little light for the colder months, but just right for right now. Kiernan Shipka proved that she's growing up so fast (but not too fast) in a sweet black and white dress featuring a demure little collar and peplum. Her blonde hair, stick straight and center parted, and black pointed toe shoes looked elegant and age-appropriate. Anna Kendrick went for the vampier, more fall black look, in an ornate bustier dress and platform heels, her hair cascading around her shoulders in light waves. All three women got the delicate balance of darkness and light just right, looking October appropriate, but not at all Halloweeny.
Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, and Nina Dobrev chose to go bright at the Elle Women In Hollywood Party.
Keeping things bright and cheery, Emma Stone led the pack in a neon pink Valentino dress with sheer sleeves and a white collar. The demure cut of the dress was more than countered by the daring hue, which Emma's casual yet polished hair made look elegant without a touch of stuffiness, and there were not barbie comparisons in sight. Paired with a clamshell clutch and a pair of houndstooth heels, the look was definitely surprising, but also totally perfect. Kristen Wiig debuted new auburn hair with a floor length grass green gown, proving that the beauty look and the dress in sync makes for a truly stunning red carpet result. Finally, Nina Dobrev's bright blue number with a black lace overlay brought the drama, while still reminding us of warmer times.
What do you think, black or bright for the fall red carpet?