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The Week in Dresses

By Carla Challis

Spotlight on: Blake Lively
This was the week she wowed. The 24-year-old went from old school Hollywood to demure to honeyed beach babe in the flick of her golden mane. On the promo trail for her new movie Savages, she started the week in an absolutely jaw-droppingly, second skin sex siren worthy Zuhair Murad couture gown, ramped up with Veronica Lake curls and striking red lips. Her next appearance may have seemed much more conservative but the ivory Marchesa gown she chose for a taping of the David Letterman Show was anything but – the cape detail gives it an unexpected and hot right now edge. Note how she matched her Lorraine Schwartz jewellery to her crystal encrusted Louboutins. And she showed us all just why Gucci chose her as the face of their fragrance Premiere in a buttercup yellow custom made gown from the Italian powerhouse, topped off with turqouise drop earrings and a stack of bracelets. For this girl, it’s the details that count.

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Look Lively with these Blake-worthy gowns…

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From left: BLANK Uraya Sequin Dress,  ACNE Darling Silk Dress, Elliot Claire Yellow Pleated Gown

Spotlight on: Elizabeth Banks
Form fitting seems to be the buzz word for actress Elizabeth Banks this week, who’s been spotted out and about in a plethora of fun and flirty dresses. Colour is a big deal for Elizabeth and she isn’t afraid to experiment – her House of Holland zig-zag printed dress errs on the right side of the rainbow whilst her floral Jill Stuart tea dress uses contemporary colours to reinvent a classic shape. But just as we think we’ve got her signature style in hand, she surprised us all with a nude and gold embellished Elie Saab halterneck dress. Luckily one thing we can bank on with Elizabeth is that colour matching shoes; imagine her shoe closet…

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Follow Elizabeth’s lead with these fancy frocks…

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From left: Roberto Cavalli Floral Print Jersey Dress, Thakoon Silk Floral Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim Halter Fringe Dress

Spotlight on: Emma Stone
Would her alter-ego Gwen Stacey approve? The Spiderman 4 star has been showcasing her chameleon-esque red carpet style on the promo trail for the forthcoming epic. Debuting her new blonde locks, Emma Stone has become one of the most unexpected and exciting stars to watch when it comes to fashion; she’s cute and covered up in Chanel one minute, goth in Gucci the next. But it’s her played down off-duty looks that really show her true style credentials – one look at the electric blue hue of that knotted Carven dress and you’ll be caught in her wonder web too.

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Try some of Emma’s looks for yourself…

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From left: Carven Knotted Shirt Dress, Carven Jacquard Puffball Dress, Omar Mansoor Beaded Gown

The Week in Dresses – 15th June 2012

By Carla Challis

The trend:
 Shoulder show-off
King Charles II would have loved the seemingly accidental, almost innocent off-the-shoulder trend, as though a dress would just fall off at the slip of a hem. Salvatore Ferragamo’s designs are poster pin-up for this trend, with Leighton Meester and Fan Bing Bing wearing his peasant inspired designs. Chloe Moretz structured MaxMara LBD is more eighties working girl, soften by ruffled lines and a girly alice band. Melanie Griffith would be proud…

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Give other looks the slip and push these wide necked dresses off the shoulder…

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From left: 3.1 Phillip Lim Ballerina Dress, Dina Bar-El Sophia, Roberto Cavalli Floral Print Jersey Dress

The trend: Sheer genius
Give the illusion of nude, Rubenesque flesh with this daring favourite of the A-list brigade. Naked they are not, the intricately designed lace or embroidery covers their modesty and gives a killer finish – just look at Malin Akerman‘s stunning gilded Marchesa dress. We love how Catherine Zeta Jones looks as though she’s been caught in a web of ivy whilst Sheryl Crow does demure in navy Marchesa.

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Show a little skin with these lace and sheer creations…

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From left: Alice and Olivia Heidi party dress, By Malene Birger Moliano Lace Dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs Dahlia Dress

The trend: Gothic Girls
Style’s savviest players are shunning neons and brights, pastels and candy hues for a much darker, devilish palette. Wine red, burgundy, plum and aubergine shades rocked the palest of skintones; from Florence Welch in ruffled Gucci to Lady Gaga in futuristic David Koma (with matching shoes, clutch and sunglasses, natch). But it’s Emma Stone‘s schoolgirl-esque Rochas puffball who gets the goth award for overall cuteness.

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Show your dark side with these deliciously dark dresses…

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From left: Jasmine Di Milo Cross Strap Dress, Alice and Olivia Goddess Dress, Jasmine Di Milo Draped Dress

Get the Oscars look

The Oscars 2012 were not only a triumph for The Artist (congrats!) but for the dresses too. From peplums to polka dots, lace to laser cut, this year’s style certainly didn’t disappoint. And you can get the look of some of the most awe-inspiring dresses right here; take your inspiration from these leading ladies.

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Gwyneth’s Tom Ford caped gown has a minimalist, simple quality to it which is accentuated by an unexpected cape. Choose this simple dove grey Alexander McQueen mini for an edgier version.

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A bejewelled, sequin dress never goes out of fashion and Rose Byrne‘s Vivienne Westwood  is updated with barely-there accessories. Apply the same ethos to our Marchesa Notte evening gown – less is more.

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It’s all about the neckline and bright shade of Emma Stone’s Giambattista Valli dress – we love! For a similar look, simply create your own extra-volume neckline on this Halston Silk Column dress by tying a piece of fabric in the same shade in a loose, looped bow around your neck. Think of it as a glammed up neck scarf!

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Push this Dina Bar El off the shoulder a la Stacey Kiebler‘s Marchesa gown to show off this year’s sexiest body part – the shoulders.

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Kristen Wiig plays down her tiered J Mendel gown with loose, beach waves but the key to this look is to complement your dress to your skin tone – hers is the perfect shade of caramel. Ooze the same sex appeal in this nude Zimmerman maxi.

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We like to think Meryl Streep was sending subliminal messages by dressing as the Oscar statue! Lanvin‘s gold lame wrap dress may err on the tacky side for some, but by shortening both the length and the sleeves, Halston’s version veers into stunning territory.

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