This isn't to say that the well-dressed men and women of the world are a dime a dozen, but when TWO sartorially savvy individuals come together in one supernova of couple FASHUN, it's hard not to sit up and take notice. Fine, celebs have other humans who concoct outfits for them and lend them all the runways' latest swag, and that makes the likelihood that we drool over their vestments that much greater. But duo looks that are both coordinated and NOT disgustingly matchy-poo? Well, that's a fashion unicorn, no matter your tax bracket. It's rare when two stars step out in a pair of looks that strike such a harmonious aesthetic chord as the following couple outfits that we've deemed the Best of 2011, so in their honor, we're glorifying the ish out of 'em. Enjoy!
SELENA GOMEZ AND JUSTIN BIEBER
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber at the 2011 American Music Awards.
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We've been all over these Lovebirds Of The Year (a title awarded just now by me, the sole judge), Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, for their adorable couple style from Day 1. But when Selieber hit the red carpet for this year's American Music Awards and turned it waaaaay out in these Gatsby-esque Old Hollywood ensembles, we just about lost it. From the pewter silk to the '20s evocative fringe, the tailored velvet to that SIDE PART, our eyes lit up like so many color-changing Lisa Frank hearts. The retro styling on pop music's latest teen king and queen created a red carpet step-and-repeat juxtaposition so refreshing that we can't imagine forgetting it next year either.
Jordin Sparks, Emily Browning, and Snooki wear purple tips.
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Katy Perry and Dianna Agron have made waves with their Return of Saturn-era Gwen Stefani-esque punky pink hair, sending droves of girls scrambling for that trusty old Manic Panic bottle. But lately we've spotted another wave of colored tresses, which skews (perhaps in light of the transitioning seasons) toward a deeper, richer hue: purple. Adventurous stylistas like Jordin Sparks, Emily Browning, and Snooki are trying out purple hair in every shade, and instead of dousing their entire 'do in the color, the trend is to keep it streaky or relegated to the tips.
Sarah Silverman at August's InStyle Party, Taylor Momsen at Lollapalooza, and Emily Browning at this summer's amfAR Inspiration Gala Paris.
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Smart move for those who miss their equestrian or over-the-knee boots in the summer: Instead of going with leather or wool, embrace your inner schoolgirl and let your hosiery creep past your knee...BUT NO MORE. Yes, ladies, we are discussing the thigh-high sock, that welcome-to-fall trend that stands in for a boot/structured shoe/nylons but is cheekier than all three. And in preparation for fall, ladies on the carpet rouge have started busting out their thigh highs, staying summer (upper thigh exposed = ventilation and cooling, plus an addition of sheer as opposed to seasonally unfriendly wool) while hinting at the coming season (knee-high sock = collegiate/incoming autumn look). And each of our trendsetters has taken their own approach, demonstrating that knee-highs do not always communicate the same thing. Except, you know, your knees are covered but your thighs can be freeeee!
Emily Browning's style evolution.
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It was 2003 when we first spied Emily Browning, alongside fellow Aussie heavyweights Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, and Naomi Watts, in the Irish-Australian tale Ned Kelly. We hardly noticed her playing the late Heath Ledger's younger sis, but then she landed the coveted role of the alluring Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, where her dreamy looks and dramatic Victorian garb stole the show. Now, not only is she winning Hollywood over with her high cheekbones and cat eyes, but her continued appearance at fashion events worldwide indicates her star is rising on the red carpets as well. (ALTERNATE REALITY ALERT: She was also considered for Kristen Stewart's role in Twilight, which might have made Bella more fresh-faced and less brooding...but what is Bella without brooding?)
On top of being breathtakingly beautiful, a young Emily once aspired to be a fashion designer, which isn't surprising given her super-curated ensembles. Her quirky outfits belie a sense of maturity beyond her 22 years, borrowing hints of vintage and retro with prints, lace (a constant Emily staple), and then a bit of cheeky flair like bold lips or ruffled socks. And though she is still young and playing girl-power roles like Baby Doll in this year's Sucker Punch, she certainly gave more "established" style stars a run for their money when she appeared at the MET Gala's McQueen Opening wearing an exquisite high-necked gown by Marc Jacobs. We went absolutely bonkers over her grown-up red carpet steez, especially since Em's a pro at more low-key, relaxed looks.
Max Irons and Emily Browning at the amfAR Gala in Paris, June 23, 2011.
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Well, isn't THIS adorable. Red Riding Hood star Max Irons and Sucker Punch cutie Emily Browning couldn't keep their hands off each other at the amfAR gala in Paris yesterday, and we LIKE IT. There's nothing hotter than a dude who's proud of his S.O., and he even gave her the *gasp* FOREHEAD KISS. AWWWWW. (Cue everyone NOT into PDA barfing right now.) This reminds us of our young and in love days where we'd completely stop hanging out with our family and friends because we were SOOOO into our new boyfriend. (Er, maybe that was just us.) And Max Irons is a cuuu-taaayy, so we don't blame Emily at ALL.
We wouldn't even be mad if they fused together into giant entity of cuteness, but we ARE kinda mad at the fact that short girls ALWAYS GET THE TALL DUDES. What's up with that?! In our tall girl rage, we immediately scoured their IMDb profiles like crazed lunatics only to find that Max is 6'2" and Emily is only 5'2"!!!! A WHOLE FOOT APART?! COME ONNNNN. Is this a joke? Every girl that's 5'7" and above is crying right now. We might actually be real-life mad if Emily wasn't such a little pocket full of sunshine, so we'll forgive her, but, HELLO. We're missing the most obvious/amazing part of these couple-y photos: Their matching ensembles!
Taylor Swift in London on March 23, Whitney Port at a 'What to Wear, Where' celebration in West Hollywood on March 10, and Emily Browning at the 'Sucker Punch' premiere in Hollywood on March 23.
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Lace is by nature girly/feminine/frilly/flirty/gamine/coquettish... sooorta gaggy. Like, we agree that it's pretty and attractive and clean-looking, but sometimes it's a little one note. Like, too much of a good thing or something. Doily chic, some would say. So to toughen it up so that you don't look like you're going to tea with the queen and wearing a teeny tiny fussy hat about it, one has to be quite the smarty pants fashion plate. BRAIN SURGEONS, really. Our girls Taylor Swift, Whitney Port, and Emily Browning must be genius people with foooiiiine motor skills then. Check out (and take notes) how they gave their frou-frou frocks the gully (LOL JK, we mean "rugged") treatment...Taylor dressed down her flippy Topshop minidress with a black belt, somewhat masculine shoes and a black full skirt/slip/whatever you call it underneath. Then there's Whitney, who whipped her shift into casual shape with a manly leather clutch and python booties (the better to STOP ass in). Finally Emily; we love how she gave her sleeveless cocktail dress a touch of goth by swiping her pout with a layer of SUPER DARK BROODING purple lipstick. Well played, ladies.