And the Oscar for the Best Dress at the 2014 Academy Awards goes to... Ugh, bear with me. This seal is stuck. Man, this thing is REALLY on there. Does anyone happen to have, like, an envelope opener or something? I JUST got this mani and really don't want to ruin my nails. Anybody? Bueller? OK, well, in that case, we're just going to have to give you our top 10 because TBH, we didn't want to pick a favorite anyway.
LUPITA NYONG'O IN PRADA
Lupita Nyong'o at the 2014 Academy Awards.
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OHHH, LUPITA. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways! JK, nobody has time for that (our list is LONG). But seriously, we are obsessed with Nyongo's "Nairobi blue," deep-V custom Prada gown. Paired with a delicate gold Fred Leighton headband, diamond leaflet earrings, and her adorable "family totem" frog-shaped ring, the Best Supporting Actress winner proved, yet again, why she's fashion AND film's newest "It" Girl. She just. Can't. Lose.
KATE HUDSON IN ATELIER VERSACE
Kate Hudson at the 2014 Academy Awards.
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Just when we thought we couldn't love a gown on Kate Hudson more than that slinky, yellow satin number she wore at the end of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (GAH. SO GOOD!), she swoops in from left field with this beaded, belly-grazing Atelier Versace gown, complete with shrouded cape.
Lady Gaga for 'V' Magazine.
Photo: V Magazine
Remember how we kind of off-handedly pointed out that Lady Gaga was almost topless on that first V Magazine cover from earlier this week? All that cleavage blending into underboob was just an afterthought because we were so caught up in the CUSTOM Saint Laurent draped on top of it. And we also kind of noted that she wasn't really wearing much more for her inside shots. Welp, let this be the day we learn to never underestimate Gagaloo's commitment to nakedness. V has just unveiled all four of Lady Gaga's limited edition covers AND spreads, and girl is barely wearing any clothes.
Listen, sometimes we just want to see some of our favorite musicians and actresses decked out in THE coolest couture duds, OK? Like, is that so much to ask? Apparently not! Former Vogue Paris EIC Carine Roitfeld made our dreams a reality in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar by choosing 20 ladies to be featured in her "Singular Beauties" spread. Basically, she rounded up some of our faves (think: Dakota Fanning and Lily Collins) as "an homage to the diversity of women," which was photographed by Mr. Karl Lagerfeld himself. One of our top looks was definitely from Grimes who mixed high and low fashion in the best way possible. She sported a floral Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane frock with furry Fendi shoes and a backward purple snapback. She turned up her beauty game by wearing a dark burgundy lip against her bright red hair. Rapper Angel Haze worked it OUT in a killer menswear-inspired ensemble. She wore a Giorgio Armani shirt and overalls (!!!) paired with Lanvin oxfords. Oh, and that yellow fur jacket she's standing on? That's Versace.
Christian Bale wears Giorgio Armani for Bruce Wayne in 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani
We can't BELIEVE it's been nearly four years since The Dark Knight hit theaters (time is flying, y'all!), but now we're anticipating the third and final *sniff sniff* installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises, more than ever. And what's the best way to get amped up for a film that we are sososo excited for? By discussing all things fashion, obvs! We got the scoop, and it turns out Giorgio Armani partnered up with acclaimed costume designer Lindy Hemming (her laundry list resume includes Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Casino Royal, just to name a few) to create custom Made to Measure suiting under the Giorgio Armani for Bruce Wayne label. Oh la la!
Giorgio Armani's sketches of Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way Ball' tour outfits.
Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani
And the countdown begins! Just one more week until Lady Gaga's Asia and Europe "Born This Way Ball" tour begins, and she'll be back in the limelight for all of us to "ooh" and "ahh" over once again. Lucky for us, we got hit with a Gaga-goes-on-tour present a little early—Giorgio Armani released sketches of her on-stage ensembles (!!!) so we can peep what Mother Monster will wear over the next few months. The obvious winner in all of Giorgio's looks is the keyboard and guitar mash-up headpiece. According to the press release, it's made out of "transparent Plexiglas, black crystals, and luminous studs" which creates "a Cubist composition of abstract guitars." Dang, Giorgio ain't playin, y'all. Her thigh-high boots are black vinyl (of course), but we only have one question: Where does her hair go? The second ensemble is an equally-interesting long, nude latex tunic which features "PVC elements [that] create flashes of synthetic light inside the garment." Wuuttt. The press release also said, "The same avant garde lighting is featured on the triangle decorating the chest, on the headpiece, and on the platform of the matching latex ankle boots." OMG, is Gaga giving Daft Punk's light-up helmets a run for their money?
Douglas Booth for BULLETT Media Spring Issue.
Photo: Courtesy of BULLETT Media/Grant Thomas
It is, in fact, uncomfortably difficult to tear myself away from unabashedly STARING at these images of Douglas Booth in the latest issue of Bullett Magazine. I mean, seeeeriously, the happy juxtaposition of Booth's fateful genetics and the fantastic rugged-yet-also-tailored styling of Ruben Moreira elicits the kind of slack-jawed joie de vivre that is just SO necessary on a Friday morning, AMIRITE? I know I am.
Katy Perry at the 2012 ECHO Awards.
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At last night's German 2012 ECHO Awards, two lovely American pop stars you may have heard of, Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey, graced the red carpet and the stage. Both ladies, being the notorious fashionistas that they are, turned it out for the celebratory event, decking themselves out in shimmering silver ensembles.
Katy hit the step and repeat in a metallic faceted Paco Rabanne. The body-con mini with graph-like panelling covering the entire frock was très flattering, and her rolled cerulean hair kicked the shock factor up a notch. For her performance on "Part Of Me," Katy pulled her hair back into a high pony with loooong crimped extension and slinked into a sheer bodysuit with spindly silver details, a thick metallic waistband, and large black knee guards (presumably more for function/safety than fashion).
Katy Perry at the 2012 Grammy Awards in L.A. on Feb. 12.
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We've already dished on our top red carpet dresses from the 2012 Grammys, but when we looked a little closer, we noticed something else beautiful happening with all of these ladies' looks—their spectacular nail art! Not only did they bring out their best nail game, but they all matched their tips to their frocks perfectly. First up—Katy Perry. She smothered herself in blue from her hair, to her dress, to even her nails. She sported a clear and azure blue French mani with a single rhinestone placed on each finger to complement her sparkly baby blue Elie Saab gown.
The 54th annual Grammy Awards were full of sparkle and spectacle despite the somber mood in the air with the passing of a Grammy legend. While there were no arrivals in alien eggs or dresses made out of intestinal linings (#ew), what was on offer this year was nothing short of pure red carpet class. We're talking designer dresses—predominantly in black and white—accents of gold, lace, plunging necklines, delicate appliqueé, and a giant mouse head. Here are our choices for Best Dressed of the night.
JESSIE J IN JULIEN MACDONALD
Jessie J at the 2012 Grammy Awards in L.A. on Feb. 12.
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Ladies and gentlemen, Jessie J turned it OUT. Arriving on the bright red carpet wearing a silver Julien Macdonald gown made of a cotillion of small squares, the hourglass silhouette gave her a modernized old Hollywood feel. Macdonald was the former head designer of Knitwear at Chanel, and he has a knack for creating futuristic feminine designs. This particular dress was a perfect choice for Jessie, and with her slicked-back ponytail, blunt bangs, clavicle-dusting tresses, a mermaid hem, and jet black Lulu Guinness clutch tucked into her palm, she was a shimmering triumph.
Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska on the March 2012 cover of "Vanity Fair."
Photo: Shot exclusively for VF by Mario Testino
There are few magazine covers that give us pause, render us speechless or, conversely, catalyze wild banshee screams the likes of which are rarely seen beyond the edges of a Scottish plateau, but the March 2012 cover of Vanity Fair has us doing all of that and more. Shot by renowned photographer Mario Testino, the cover is an ode to young Hollywood's finest actresses as well as to art deco fashion of the 1920s and '30s. Also, it's a three-page fold-out behemoth of brilliance featuring Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska vamping to the lens with their best glamour doll countenances. Fold this baby out and you'll encounter lounging lovelies Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Lily Collins, Brit Marling, and Felicity Jones, too. Squint at all of this pastel parfait elegance for too long and your eyes will cross, your pulse will quicken, and there's the distinct possibility that the need for smelling salts will arise. You guys, this cover is so INSANELY AMAZING that we think it might be the best Hollywood cover in the history of Vanity Fair Hollywood covers, and we haven't even begun to discuss the fashion in this dream spread yet. Just *breathe*...