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If there's one time of year to try out the world's riskiest fashions, it would certainly be the annual Met Gala. For undeniable proof, see: last night. The 2014 Met Gala brought us tuxedos and tails, ball gowns the size of cars, and enough crazy hair and makeup trends to last us until next year. One such crazy hair trend? The braid.

I know, I know. Braids have been trendy for a while, but the hairstyles we saw last night were of an innovative, glammed-up generation of plaits. Check out our favorite looks from the House of Braids 2.0:

KRISTEN STEWART—THE MESSY FISHTAIL BRAID

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Kristen Stewart at the 2014 Met Gala.
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In addition to giving her red hair its red-carpet debut, Kristen Stewart also picked the Met Gala to rock a messy yet fabulous fishtail braid. The casual feel of the braid contrasted beautifully with the deep '40s wave in the front—perfect for K-Stew's complex personal style.

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While at the Met Galas of the past attendees tended to bring designers as their dates, this year a number of IRL couples hit the carpet together. Between Beyonce and Jay Z pretending to get engaged to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian serving some real old school glamour vibes, this year's Met Gala was full of stylish couples who deserve our attention. Let's give it to them!

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Beyonce and Jay Z at the 2014 Met Gala.
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Beyonce and Jay Z matched in Givenchy–she in a plunging sheer gown, he in a black-and-white tux. Bey accessorized with a sheer veil and dark lipstick, while Jay accessorized with a sparkly ring. JK, he merely picked it up for Bey when she dropped it. What a gentleman.

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Emma Stone

Emma Stone at the premiere of 'The Amazing Spiderman 2' in New York.
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You might have noticed we're a teensy bit obsessed with Lupita Nyong'o 'round these parts. TBH, it's hard NOT to be when faced with someone as beautiful and talented as she is. Well, it turns we have a new person to invite to our fan club meetings—Emma Stone. At the Thursday night premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the actress said of her Prada gown, "I keep calling it my Lupita dress because I go like that [twirls]. Like Lupita." She then added, "God I wish I was Lupita." SO DO WE, EMMA.

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Emma Stone on the cover of 'Vogue.'
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After running one of the magazine's most controversial covers ever (more like #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOVER, amirite??), Vogue is playing it a little safer with their May issue. Of course, safe doesn’t mean boring, especially in the case of two-time cover star Emma Stone. The 25-year-old actress opens up about everything, from never having watched Easy A to referring to herself as “that bland basic b****” after a Google search of herself yielded that description. Basically, she confirms her reputation as someone you’d want as your BFF. Emma is also down to earth when it comes to her style—she doesn’t even think she’s influential in that respect. But, umm, Em, we politely disagree with you. Case in point: any time she hits a red carpet and, obviously, her two Vogue covers.

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Ryan Lochte

Is Ryan Lochte officially launching a fashion line?
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With the impending hysteria of the Fall/Winter 2013 collections, it's high time we remember that fashion ain’t all that serious!

+Ryan Lochte inked a reality series deal with E! this week, prompting whispers on the street that his fashion line is, jeah, a real thing. It's set to consist of shoes and "glitzy" accessories. Jawesome.
{via Entertainmentwise}

+Even with unparalleled red-carpet game, Emma Stone thinks it's hilarious that Vogue named her the best-dressed gal of 2012. It's all about the LAWLS.
{via Coco Perez}

+Jerry Seinfeld sacrifices his trademark white sneakers for the dear Mrs., who finds them "jarring."
{via The Cut}

+Check out this tri-colored Jason Wu bag that totally looks like a Poké Ball. Chalk it up to coincidence, but for $1700 it better come with a Charizard and Mewtwo!!
{via Refinery 29}

+Model David Gandy launched “Blue Steel Appeal" this week as a part of the UK charity Red Nose Day 2013. His announcement came complete with a screening of Zoolander and plenty of pouting.
{via Elle UK}

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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling at last night's 'Gangster Squad' premiere.
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Finally! After months of counting down, Gangster Squad is finally here! And with the movie's highly anticipated release comes something EQUALLY anticipated— for us, anyway. We're talking about its totally amazing, totally talented, and totally stylish costars. Serving up a double dose of major eye candy last night, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling stepped out at the film's Los Angeles premiere looking predictably gorge. Emma worked the carpet in a bright red strapless frock by one of her favorite designers, Lanvin. With a sweetheart neckline, floral embellishment, and a sleek, knee-length cut, THIS is a showstopper if we ever saw one.

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Emma Stone on the cover of Glamour UK February 2013 and Glamour US May 2011.
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I think it's pretty safe to say that Emma Stone is one of the most universally loved young actresses in the game right now. She's beautiful, talented, sartorially adventurous, and hilariously adorably down-to-earth. With a volatile combination like that, it's no wonder the magazines of the world are all clamoring to feature her in their pages and on their covers, and in turn, people are nabbing up issues fronted by the Gangster Squad star left and right. Miss Stone has racked up another international glossy cover for her CV this month with Glamour UK featuring her as their February 2013 cover girl. Thing thing is, though, being avid watchers of her every move, we totally recognize this cover shot, and it's from — wait for it — almost two years ago.

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Emma Stone shows off her killer beauty game.
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Emma Stone always has THE best beauty game, so when Refinery29 sat down with the actress to talk all-things makeup we knew it was gonna be good. As it turns out, Emma, who also is the new face of Revlon, blew our MINDS with her beauty-related quotes, and now we love her even more (if that's possible). We decided to pull out our 5 favorite things we learned from the interview because, um, there are some things that are just TOO good to not share. Spoiler alert: You'll be smitten by Ms. Stone by the end. We promise.

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Yep, it's true—2012 is almost over, and, gosh, what a fashion-filled year it has been! From the breathtaking magazine covers to the oh-so-shocking haircuts to the incredible red carpet dresses, there certainly wasn't a dull fashion moment over the past 12 months. So sit back and relax as we reminisce about all our favorite style moments of 2012.

The hyper speed instant gratification of the Internet is awfully nice, but there's also something to be said for closing that laptop and cuddling up with your favorite glossy's new issue. There's the satisfaction of feeling the pages in your hands, that half paper half perfume ads fashion mag smell, that's the perfect combination of comforting and indulgent. I mean, until you get a paper cut, that is (we still work on the internet, after all). But seriously, we love fashion mags for many reasons, not least of which being their COVERS. Seeing our favorite celebs looking amazing, and often going out of their comfort zones. taking risks, and revealing new looks is something we look forward to every month. This was a big year for our fave mags AND our fave stars, which made picking our faves SO. HARD. But we did it, you guys. Just for you.

One Direction On Wonderland

One Direction (and puppies! on the November December cover of Wonderland.
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One Direction and puppies. There's really nothing more to say, this cover speaks for itself. It's like Wonderland magazine has concocted a secret love potion that should never have been secret. It's a no brainer, right? You combine perfectly coiffed young pop stars, crisp collars and soft cashmere with snuggly, squirmy little white lab pups and what do you think is going to happen besides a collective gasp-swoon-faint combination.

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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.
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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.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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