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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

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.

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Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra on the 2013 Oscars Red Carpet.
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If you're just arriving to the party, Oscar night is in full swing and we're already singing the praises of how killer young Hollywood is looking on the red carpet. One of our all time faves, Kristen Stewart, looks so slamming in a Reem Acra pale blush gown. Guys, it's hand beaded! It's got pleated tulle inserts! It's got translucent details! Isn't it the dreamiest? It's no secret Kristen is a fan of sheer 'fits for the red carpet and we're so psyched she's continuing to rock the super sexy trend. The Oscar presenter has always been a star but her glam game has been extra inspiring as of late. How great is the vintage Fred Leighton necklace she's wearing? But even with all that sparkle, the accessory of the night isn't the jewelry...it's the crutches.

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Kiernan Shipka, Zooey Deschanel

Kiernan Shipka and Zooey Deschanel channel Cinderella at the 2012 Emmy Awards.
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We may be sitting around in PJs eating ice cream while we watch the 2012 Emmy Awards, but we know for the pretty little ladies gracing the night's red carpet, awards shows like this make for HUGE fashion fairytale moments. So huge, in fact, that some PYTs even take it a bit literally. Enter Kiernan Shipka and Zooey Deschanel. The TV starlettes both stepped out wearing markedly Cinderella-esque ensembles, but each interpreted the look in her own way.

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It's official, y'all! This Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week hath decreed it: warm-weather leather is officially a thing. While it seems impractical given the material's luxurious thickness and the season's sticky humidity, when has that stopped us before? Like, when was the last time any podiatrist cosigned a pair of HEELS? And yet, year-round fashion staple right thurr. *dusts hands off* The recent surge in the use of this fabric versus those more breathable, like, say, cotton, raises a few questions, namely whether it has anything to do with the price of cotton and/or consumers being more willing to spend a premium on leather over other materials. But we can't deny that it also just looks reeeeeally badass. The dudes, I guess, have known that for a while (remember Kanye West's debut Paris Fashion Week show? That makes a LOT more sense now), but this past week has confirmed that the leather (or leather-look!) steez is a definite do in MULTIPLE iterations for the coming spring and summer.

LEATHER DRESSES

Leather, New York Fashion Week

Leather on the runways of Jason Wu, Mandy Coon, and Alexander Wang at Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week.
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The easiest way to get away with the leather trend is probably in the form of a leather dress. Our girl Joan Smalls gave it the stamp of approval, wearing a quilted Balmain version for her House of Style co-host announcement, and now we've seen it on the Spring 2013 runways of Jason Wu, Mandy Coon, and Alexander Wang. In dress form, you get the epidermal freedom of an open shoulder, arms that can breath, and depending on the cut, maybe even a little ventilation from an A-line skirt. The Wang version is especially ideal because the cut-outs provide that much more air circulation.

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It's getting crazy in Gossip Girl Valentine Land (aka NYC on Feb. 14). As you know from last week's episode, Blair (Leighton Meester) got married to the newly evil Prince Louis (Hugo Becker) in order to save her family from bankruptcy. Sadly for lovestruck Lonely Boy, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), this means no dice for him in the unrequited Blair-love department, or does it? Blair's back home in the city with a royal handler in tow, and she decides to throw a party to help get Dan and Serena (Blake Lively) back together, thinking that they're both still in love with each other. The problem is while Serena has her heart set on Dan, and Dan has his heart set on Blair, there's Chuck (Ed Westwick) floating around in the Empire ether ready to shake things up.

And where is "Gossip Girl," er, we mean the current replacement, Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg)? Oh, she's there stirring up trouble. Not only does she force Dan to bring Blair to Nate's (Chace Crawford) Valentine's Day party, she blackmails him into kissing her at the party too, which he does (GASP!!!!), but only because he really wants to. And since we're on the subject of Nate, the party was thrown in order to hire cater-waiter Charlie "Lola" Rhodes (Ella Rae Peck), whom he still has a massive crush on, not knowing that she's a van der Woodsen (she doesn't know yet either). But wait! Out of the blue, the other Charlie Rhodes (Kaylee DeFer), aka "Ivy" the con artist, returns with an urgent message, and we find out that both Charlies know each other. Where is this all going?! We have no clue, but if you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!

Gossip Girl Fashion

Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester).
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BLAIR WALDORF (LEIGHTON MEESTER)
+ Coat: Red Valentino Wool Blend Coat
+ Clutch: VBH Manila Sparkle Clutch
+ Dress: Reem Acra Resort 2012 Silk Gown

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Talk about Golden GLOBES, y'all. *Violates EVERYONE'S personal space with aggressive elbow nudging and winking* We don't think we're alone in saying that tonight's red carpet showing could kiiind of be described as a "Night of the Living BOOBZ." Meaning that a grip of stunning starlets aired out their cleavage in a big way for the special event. From the plunging navel-grazing necklines of Rooney Mara and Evan Rachel Wood to the high-drama décolletage of Madonna and Reese Witherspoon, having your lady lumps in plain view was a definite sartorial theme for the night.

STRONG STERNUM

Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Lea Michele, and Evan Rachel Wood bare their sternums for the 2012 Golden Globes.
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Low-sloping necklines ruled the red carpet tonight. From Rooney Mara's edgy latticed Nina Ricci to Charlize Theron's WIDE open ballerina pink Christian Dior, from the sequined, sheer overlay décolletage of Lea Michele's Marchesa gown *deeeeeeeeeeeep breath* to the Gucci-draped glandulars of Evan Rachel Wood, sternums were a big star on this year's Golden Globes red carpet. Check out these lovely lady clavicles, too. Extra points abound for looks being left unfettered by any superfluous necklaces. Pro status.

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We look forward to each year's American Music Awards as a place where breath-taking and outrageous fashions mix, mingle, and outright COLLIDE, and tonight's show was no disappointment. From the bubblegum pink-ness of Katy Perry to the many outfit changes of Justin Bieber, stars turned it OUT in both their flashiest and finest. With so many ladies and gents bringing their fashion A-game, repping so many styles, it's never easy to pick just one favorite, so we picked our top TEN looks of the night.

TAYLOR SWIFT IN REEM ACRA:

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Taylor Swift at the 2011 American Music Awards on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Taylor Swift cleaned UP tonight, raking in an armful of awards including the top honor, Artist of the Year. She also looked drop-dead and way mature, might we add, in this champagne-colored Reem Acra column gown. True to Swift's signature style, it was decked out in sequins.

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Many of the high notes at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night were hit pre-show. On the red carpet celebs showed up in an array of ensembles that ran the gamut from super-sexy to far out. Still, there were a handful of fashion themes that repeated over and over again. Here are our faves:

GOLD STREAK: All that glitters must be gold because there were SO many gilded gowns at this year's Grammys. Kim Kardashian wore a glittering Kaufman Franco gown with a deep V-neck and sexy slit. Selena Gomez wore a pale gold J. Mendel dress with a pretty pink pout. And LeAnn Rimes glistened in a sequined gold Reem Acra cinch-waist gown.

Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, and LeAnn Rimes at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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ANIMAL INSTINCTS: The Grammys red carpet was where the wild things were last night. Teen queen Miley Cyrus wore a metallic tiger-print Roberto Cavalli dress, while Katy Perry's Giorgio Armani wings took her look over the edge. Nicki Minaj and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) both wore Givenchy--Nicki teamed her poufy 'do with a leopard print ensemble, and Florence went all Swan Lake in a bird-appliqued gown.

Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Florence Welch at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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SLITSVILLE: Svelte celebs, including Heidi Klum, Lea Michele, and Ciara, were giving us a little (er, A LOT) of leg on the red carpet. Heidi wore a gold Julien Macdonald gown with a center slit. Meanwhile, Lea and Ciara both wore Emilio Pucci dresses with sexy slits-to-there.

Heidi Klum, Lea Michele, and Ciara at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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BLUE VALENTINE: The hottest hue on the red carpet was blue with Jennifer Hudson (in Versace) and Selma Blair (in Lanvin) both wearing navy, and Natasha Bedingfield and Keri Hilson (in Basil Soda) rocking a brighter shade of the color.

Jennifer Hudson, Selma Blair, Natasha Bedingfield, Keri Hilson at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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TAILOR MERMAID: Showing their fab figures were Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, and Mya, who all slinked into hip-hugging, mermaid-style gowns. Nicole and Rihanna both wore Jean-Paul Gaultier, while Mya rocked a Jean Fares column dress.

Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, and Mya at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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MORE 2011 GRAMMY AWARDS COVERAGE:
Top Performance Outfits
Lady Gaga: Look By Look
Rihanna: Look By Look
Katy Perry: Look By Look
Hottest Hustlers
Grammy Awards Red Carpet Live Blog

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OF COURSE there were thousands of screaming tweens decked out in sparkly tops and purple nail polish at the Tuesday night Los Angeles premiere of Never Say Never, the new documentary that hits theaters on Feb. 11 and follows Justin Bieber from childhood through his recent tour. But the celeb crowd—young (Jaden and Willow Smith) and "older" (Will.i.am)—was out in full force, too, showing their support for the boy phenom with the iconic hairdo. Here are our favorite purple carpet (it's the Biebs fave hue) looks...

OH BOYS!: Justin, the master of ceremonies, wore a purple dinner jacket with black pants, sneakers, and a button-up shirt. Meanwhile, Will.i.am looked like he just hopped off the stage at the Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl performance in sparkle shoes, dark denim and a Rhythm Nation-style leather jacket. And Chris Brown looks casual-cool in gray jeans, a gold jacket and fresh-from-the-box kicks.

Justin Bieber, Will.i.am, Chris Brown
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SHORT AND SWEET: Rumored Bieber-crush, Selena Gomez looked stunning in a purple Reem Acra cocktail dress. Cassie Scerbo and Debby Ryan chose micro-minis in classic black.

Selena Gomez, Cassie Scerbo, Debby Ryan
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THE GLITTERATTI: Kelsey Chow chose a flippy silver skirt with a large black sash, and Whitney Port sparkled in a blingy oversize top with an equally drapey black skirt. Chloë Moretz wore a gray ruched and striped Burberry dress with a wide mint green belt.

Kelsey Chow, Whitney Port, Chloë Moretz
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IN THE BLACK: Ariel Winter, Miley Cyrus and Leona Lewis dressed up basic black pieces to make them uniquely special. Ariel's blazer gets a pop of color over her multicolored minidress. Miley covered her black top with a Winter Kate fringed topper and a skull necklace. And Leona's high-waist pencil skirt gets jazzed up with a sheer lippy half shirt.

Ariel Winter, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis
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DYNAMIC DUOS: The Smiths (Jaden and Willow) and the Jenners (Kendall and Kylie) left the sibling rivalry at home—they all looked great! Jaden stood out in a cropped yellow jacket with matching sneakers, while Willow looked cute in flatforms! The Jenners looked model-esque in flowing, ethereal minidresses.

Jaden and Willow Smith, Kendall and Kylie Jenner
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+ Which red carpet look is your favorite?

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Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson at the People's Choice Awards on Jan. 5.
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Twilight's Kristen Stewart proved that being a true hustler is more about swagger than gender. During last night's People's Choice Awards in L.A., the actress was spotted with her hand placed on both Taylor Lautner's and Robert Pattinson's legs...at the same time. But do we blame her for playing both sides of the field? Not one bit! We loved how Taylor chose a dapper head-to-toe black ensemble and how Robert passed over a traditional blazer for a laid-back beige bomber jacket. And then there's Kristen, who looked stunning (as all of our hustlers do) in a glittering belted Reem Acra dress. So, what do you think—can a girl be a hustler?

+ Do you like Kristen's hustler attitude?

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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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