Miley Cyrus performing at the World Music Awards.
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While we've become accustomed to seeing Miley Cyrus in leotards and sequins, we love to see her sophisticated side step forward every so often. Remember the gorgeous vintage Jean Paul Gaultier dress she wore the the Bambi Awards last year? That's what we're talking about. Welp, we got our wish (again)! At the 2014 World Music Awards last night, our girl covered up and glammed out in two different gowns—and she looked better than ever.
Miley wore a strapless Giambattista Valli dress to perform her hit "Wrecking Ball." She looked SO ethereal and ladylike in the floral-print frock, we can hardly even remember the song's completely nude music video (JK, #neverforget).
Just as its name suggets, the Film Independent Spirit Awards—an annual precursor to the Academy Awards which doles out trophies for artier, smaller-budget films—is also a night when Hollywood’s starlets feel free to do their own thing on the red carpet. In terms of fashion, it’s like the Oscars’ cool younger sister (the Skipper to Oscars' Barbie, if you will). Set in a tent on Santa Monica beach, the chill atmosphere usually makes for more interesting semi-casual attire, a departure from the ball gown parade. From rompers to cocktail dresses, here are our favorite looks.
SHAILENE WOODLEY IN LYN DEVON
Shailene Woodley at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.Photo: Getty Images
Shailene Woodley is case in point of the stark contrast between the Oscars and Indie Spirit Awards, where stars wear real clothes—or, at least, clothes most people have a better chance of wearing IRL. The Spectacular Now nominee serves as a tutorial on how to wear a crop top on the red carpet, keeping the trend strong. Her Lyn Devon outfit perfectly balanced out her bare midriff with a tasteful maxi skirt, and majorly complemented her new pixie cut. Best of all: Shailene didn’t look too precious or fussy.
Katy Perry at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and at the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend.
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If you want a guidebook for how to do spring dressing right, look no further than Katy Perry. The singer has transitional dressing down pat, and her recent weekend in Washington for the White House Correspondents' Dinner is a perfect example. For the big night, Katy wore a luminescent green Giambattista Valli gown with natural, branch-like detailing at the waist. The color reminded us a lot of Katy's mint green Gucci Grammys dress, and has us wondering if we're going to be seeing the singer in more leafy hues as the warmer months progress. The strapless gown looks almost to be made of acetate, with the green giving way to brown in places, lending the whole look a very fairy-like vibe. In keeping with the natural tone, Katy wore her makeup neutral, with a pink lip and subtly-lined eye taking no shine away from the dress. Her hair was also loose and natural, pushed to the side in thick curls.
Jaime King, Katy Perry, Emma Roberts, and Mandy Moore at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event in L.A. on Oct. 25.
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Well, we're officially jealous of the West Coast. Yesterday, celebs, designers, and artists gathered together for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event at the Chateau Marmont in L.A. looking as if winter weren't just a month away (or mere days if you count the Frankenstorm coming our way. Yipes!). Jaime King, Katy Perry, Emma Roberts, and Mandy Moore all showed up sporting super summery graphic print frocks that are seriously making us miss those warm summer days. Jaime wore a crimson red paisley print peplum Giambattista Valli Resort 2013 dress with a brown Valentino clutch and matching shoes. She finished her look with a killer gold cuff, bold red lips and soft, blonde waves. PERF!
Selena Gomez, Hailee Sternfeld, and Kristen Stewart worked it out on the 2011 Movie Awards red carpet.
HAHAHAHHAHA. Ugh. You know that thing where you hear your own voice and it’s octaves deeper and scads more alien-sounding than you suspected even with the allotted margin of error because you know that it’s a thing? Seeing yourself in video is that times a million. So gross! Whose bloated, animatronic, pie-face is this exactly? Also, who decided to go out the night before and eat all the sodium in the world and quaff entirely too much carbonated alcohol despite knowing they had on-camera duties the morning after? GAH. So yeah, ignore the looming, foreboding forehead but do listen to the words because we are talking MTV Movie Awards red carpet fashion.
Emma Stone seeing red at the 2010 'Friends With Benefits' premiere (left), The 2012 Academy Awards, and the 2012 Met Gala.
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File this one under: TOTALLY AWESOME BREAKING NEWS. Even though the MTV Movie Awards don't happen until next Sunday, Emma Stone has already scored a coveted golden popcorn. How, you might ask? The actress has won MTV's first-ever 'Trailblazer' award, an inaugural honor given to the star with the most diverse and genre-hopping performances. Thanks to roles in The House Bunny, Easy A, Crazy Stupid Love, and the upcoming blockbuster The Amazing Spiderman, the 23-year-old has been all over the movie map (and nabbed a couple of golden popcorns along the way, including last year's Best Comedic Performance win). Since she's already being celebrated for her versatile acting chops, we figured it was about time she gets a shoutout for her equally trailblazing style, as well. Although her fashion sense has evolved in a huge way since her Superbad days, Stone knows which colors, cuts, and trends work best for her- and she's stuck with 'em over the years.
Our favorite time of year is here! We're talking about the 2012 Oscars, aka the Academy Awards, also known as the closest thing fashion stylists get to competing in the Olympics. Watching the nominees and Hollywood royalty waltz down the red carpet in all their fairy-tale princess glory is our sport of choice, and we've been glued to the pre-show proceedings ready to decree the fairest of them all. We were captivated by giant crimson bows, voluminous blood orange confections, lace trains, and a particular prince who broke the black tuxedo spell with some swoon-worthy velvet panache. It wasn't easy *wipes sodden brow* but here, without further ado, are our Best Dressed looks of the night.
EMMA STONE IN GIAMBATTISTA VALLI COUTURE
Emma Stone at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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Dear Emma Stone, YOU WIN. In the category of Best Vivid Oscar Dress of Classic Feminine Delight, you get the imaginary MTV Style golden button statue. Not only was this crimson Giambattista Valli gown a triumphant choice due to the gargantuan halter neck bow, elegant silhouette, and undulating floor-grazing hem, we were particularly taken with the poise in which you wore it. Look at the relaxed arms anchored by that single diamond bracelet, the subtle makeup that highlights the skin yet doesn't detract from the gown, and the side-swept hair that is at once classic and crowning in a complementary strawberry hue. We're smitten, bowled over, and utterly transfixed by this ensemble. BRAVO to one of the most stunning gals of the night.
Kristen Stewart in the November 2011 issue of "Vogue Italia."
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You may be used to spotting Twilight's Kristen Stewart in sneakers and dresses, jeans and tees, and other comfy-cozy ensembles, but when KStew gets dolled up, she gets DOLLED. UP. And by that we mean, she freakin' blows us away with her gorgeousness. She's already a mysterious smoldering beauty without a lick of makeup on, but in the November issue of Vogue Italia, she goes ALL OUT spooky chic in heavy smoky eyes, an imperfectly spiky French twist, and modest black, white, and silver gowns. There's not an ounce of color jumping off these pages, but we're OB-SESSED with KStew's bewitching look—and Miss Stewart herself even said she wishes she wore more feminine clothes. Aw, KSTEWWWW. You can! Look at how well you wear these ladylike pieces! In her first ensemble (top left), she layers three Roberto Cavalli leopard pieces (a scarf, blouse, AND vest) for a goth-y Victorian Era beauty vibe, and (on the right) she WERKS it in an Alexander McQueen lace and fringe gown paired with cut-out Diego Dolcini booties.
Olivia Palermo attends Macy's launch of designer Giambattista Valli's Impulse collection.
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There are so many designer diffusion lines these days it's hard to keep track of what's actually worth purchasing and what deserves a pass. Often products can look super cute in photos but of poor quality in person, making that lower price tag not so appealing anymore. But such is not the case for the new Giambattista Valli for Macy's Impulse collection, which is exploding with all kinds of vibrant dress confections that are well-priced, well-tailored, and absolutely PERF for the holidays. At the recent launch event, City alum and glitterati fash-queen Olivia Palermo wore the Strapless Velvet Burnoout Tulip dress ($99) that she layered with a cropped, military-style black blazer, silver pendant, and the CUTEST have-to-have-them-now silver menswear oxfords. Not only is this look screaming relaxed glam, it looks totally comfortable and party-friendly, too. In fact, we're so taken with this capsule collection, we've picked out our MUST-HAVE faves…