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We can always count on mermaid dresses to be a red carpet staple, and for good reason: they're sleek, they're flattering, AND they're a shortcut to instant Old Hollywood glamour...without branching too much into frilly princess territory. So while it's not exactly surprising that this flared silhouette made multiple appearances at the Golden Globe Awards tonight, the stars who sported them stood out with her own special touches.


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Allison Williams, Kelly Osbourne and Amy Adams at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.
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These three ladies took the trend to its extreme, each opting for designs with MAJOR drama. Bring it! Girls star Allison Williams stunned in a J Mendel Pre-Fall 2013 black gown, complete with a va-va-voom halter neck and showstopping cut. With a dress THIS eye popping, the actress kept the rest the ensemble appropriately minimal (read: slick bun and few accessories) for a super sophisticated result. Then there's Kelly Osbourne, who brought it big time in her pale green number by Zac Posen. It's not the first time she's rocked a mermaid dress at the Globes— remember that blue Zac Posen ensemble from last year? (hey, if it ain't broke...). With her purple hair and the frock's sweet ruffled details, it's hard NOT to compare Kelly to a modern-day (and ultra cool) Ariel. But nobody on the red carpet can really compare to the epic-ness that is Amy Adams and her pale, ballet slipper pink Marchesa gown. The top of the dress might be relatively simple, but then descends into a layered tulle skirt at the bottom. Now THIS is glamour.


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Carly Rae Jepsen, Ke$ha, Ginnifer Goodwin, Hayden Panettiere, and Taylor Swift at the 2012 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 18.
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Is it just us, or is this year's American Music Awards looking a little...sweeter than usual? Yeah, it's definitely NOT just us, and we're chalking the saccharine vibe up to the girly dresses taking over the red carpet. Right off the bat there's a MAJOR pale pink/nude/cream trend happening, with standbys like Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen rocking the look. Here's the thing, though: we're not THAT shocked to see these stars (known for their love of sugary-sweet ensembles) sporting feminine gowns, but when wild cards like Ke$ha get thrown into the mix? This is when you KNOW it's a trend worth talking about!


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Olivia Palermo at the DKNY Summer Soiree in July 2011; the Olivia-designed shoe for "Young Hollywood Cares."
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See, this we like. Instead of adding to the already-saturated celebrity-fronted clothing line hullabaloo, this "Young Hollywood Cares" collection makes a tremendous amount of sense. Not only does the Stuart Weitzman-led initiative benefit Dr. Marsha Moses' pioneering research in ovarian cancer, but it also allows four ladies with a penchant for rocking our socks off to try their hand at shoe architecture. The City style guru Olivia Palermo (whose Weitzman pumps have already debuted on the red carpet before), Scarlett Johansson, Gossip Girl Michelle Trachtenberg, and Hayden Panettiere all put their own spin on the Weitzman heel (think sky-high for Hayden, edgy for Michelle, and so on), which is rad because those girls know what goes into a good pump. They made sure their offerings stayed true to their personal style, oh...aaand contributed to a good cause. So let's see what each lady dreamed up:

Olivia went girlishly sophisticated with a pink feather-embellished wrap-heel, but kept things clean with a streamlined satin strap.


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Whitney Port in Giuseppe Zanotti on April 26, Vonzell Solomon in Senso on April 26, and Hayden Panettiere in Jimmy Choo on April 26.
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This week's Shoe Update was kiiiind of a no-brainer. I mean, when I see these ladies all in a row, my eyeballs physically cannot stray past the confines of the less-than-1-inch area between their ankles and the carpet. Just LOOK at these stompers! They're literally SCREAMING for a feature in a celeb/fashion/humor/style blog. Am I riiiiight? And the ladies totally know it, too, as evidenced by how much they downplay the rest of their ensembles. After hitting up the Lakers-Hornets game, Whitney Port pops over to the Us Weekly Hot Hollywood party on April 26 in these bright purple lace-up platforms with stacked heels by Giuseppe Zanotti. (Possibly in honor of the Lakers' win that night?) She lets the shoes shine by pairing them with an understated one shoulder mini for a cool-but-not-too in-your-face combo. In a black body-con and blazer, Vonzell Solomon from American Idol lets her pink cheetah booties (whaaaaat??) by Senso take center stage at the opening of 'Burn The Floor' in Hollywood. Hayden Panettiere braves a skinnier heel in these Jimmy Choo black platform peep toes with the BLANG-BLANGin-est ankle straps to ever walk the red carpet. Hayden streamlines her outfit with a little black-on-black-on-black, but her iced out ankles are clearly the stars of this little number. In a line-up so diverse, how can you choose a favorite?? GIMME 'EM ALL! (Summer Santa?)


+ What's behind the jump? See Eva Mendes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Khloé Kardashian, and MANY MORE in our Hot Celebrity Shoes gallery, which is updated weekly. You are SO welcome.

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Hayden Panettiere at LAX in Los Angeles on April 26, Eve at Girls Night Out at Webster Hall in New York City on April 14, and Alessandra Ambrosio shopping at The Grove in Los Angeles on April 22.
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Ultra-dyed denim is hardly new, and we all know there's nothing like a pop of color in those weeks between spring and summer when the nights are a tad nipply and you didn't necessarily intend to stay out for 22 hours after you left your house yesterday morning. But, well, heck if you don't finally deserve a bit of fun and excitement after a hard, bitter winter, so everyone stop passing judgment that you're still wearing the same clothes. At least your clothes are cute.

See, the thing about colored jeans is you can definitely overthink them. Will you get enough mileage out of green jeans? Red seems to be the safer bet, especially these skinny J Brands, but oooooh, is red played out blablablablabalbala? STOP. Look it, if Hayden, Eve and Alessandra are evidence, ANYONE can wear them ANYPLACE. Think of the vastly differing physiques/personal styles/events we've got going on in these pictures. These three ladies run the gamut, and all look very, very fetch. The thing that you have to realize is that a) It's spring, and the entire world is way too egocentric about their own wardrobes to give a pshaw about what you're wearing and b) It's spring, and you should ONLY concentrate on having as much sunshiny fun as humanly possible. You can wear ANY color, and you can wear them on multiple days a week. Get 'em a little dirty. Wear them with heels. Or flats. Or clashing colors. Or NEON color blocks. Nighttime. Daytime. Early morning after a little "nighttime." Do whatever. Yes, this IS a PSA. Now go play outside. Responsibly. With sunblock. Maybe a big hat. OH! And last, of course you have free reign on complementary articles of clothing, but we would definitely advise AGAINST wearing the same colored denim jacket. Unless you can pull it off on a suiting tip because you have an impossible body with buttloads of charisma. In that case, carry on and send us a photo.

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While their dress choices were all over the map, a handful of A-listers turned to the same designer for their red carpet clutch picks over the weekend. True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld, Glee's Heather Morris, and Scream 4's Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere all toted Amanda Pearl bags (designed by Seattle native Amanda Brotman) to various Golden Globes events on Sunday evening. Coincidence? Doubt it! These clutches are beyond adorable.

HAILEE STEINFELD: Hailee Steinfeld carried an Amanda Pearl Azzuro aqua clutch with gold circle details that added a pop of color to the cream Prabul Gurung gown she wore at the Golden Globe Awards.

Hailee Steinfeld on the Golden Globe Awards red carpet on Jan. 16, 2011.
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EMMA ROBERTS: The short chiffon frock and the sparkly Amanda Pearl tube clutch that Emma Roberts teamed together for the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globe Awards post-party were a match made in fashion heaven.

Emma Roberts at the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globe Awards post-party on Jan. 16, 2011.
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HEATHER MORRIS: Heather Morris matched her Amanda Pearl Roll Clutch in Vintage Gold Duchess Satin to her bubbly Lorena Sarbu body-con gown at Fox Searchlight's Golden Globe Awards after-party.

Heather Morris at Fox Searchlight's Golden Globe Awards after-party on Jan. 16, 2011.
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HAYDEN PANETTIERE: Hayden shined in the low-cut sheer navy dress that she wore to HBO's Golden Globes after-party thanks to the glittery Amanda Pearl rectangle clutch she carried.

Hayden Panettiere at HBO's Golden Globes after-party on Jan. 16, 2011.
Photo: Mark Sullivan/WireImage

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