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Style Icon~ Charlize Theron

When we think about the most glamorous actresses in Hollywood, Charlize Theron tops that list. Award-winning roles in films like Monster, North Country and Young Adult have put Charlize at the top of best dressed lists for years and noted her as a serious fashion force. The South African beauty started her career as a model and her youthful good looks and glamorous demeanor landed her the gig as the face of J'adore Dior fragrance.

On the red carpet, Theron has a tendency to experiment with lust worthy heels and sandals, not to mention showing off her physique with edgier minis and daring necklines and slits. Moreover, the Prometheus star consistently finds balance between utterly sexy and totally sophisticated silhouettes.

Wearing designers like Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Gucci and Rag & Bone allows the 36-year-old to go from red carpet starlet to casual cool effortlessly. Her off-duty style of tailored jackets paired with skinny denim jeans and go to trendy accessories serves as a fabulous style look book for any fashion forward and classic fashion lover.

Charlize has had a plethora of stunning red carpet looks over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best looks ever.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Style Icon~ Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is now more than ever a household name brand. She has gone from fly to fabulous -- her relationships, philanthropic work, movies, albums and fashions keep her in the headlines constantly. Currently you can see Jennifer in the much anticipated comedy film, What To Expect When You're Expecting.

For the past two seasons of American Idol, Lopez, 42, has been in our living rooms on a weekly basis. Rumor has it that this year was her last time sitting on the judges panel of the popular reality show. However, the latin beauty is never too far from the spotlight as her world tour kicks off July 14th in Montreal. 

It's no secret that Jennifer loves fashion. Her favorite brands range from Marchesa to Louboutin. During her career, Lopez has launched a few fashion lines including J. Lo by Jennifer Lopez and Sweetface. In 2011 she and then husband, Marc Anthony, launched a joint fashion line with retailer Kohls. Since launching her first perfume, Glow by J.Lo, in September of 2002, 17 scents have followed. This includes her most recent perfume, Glowing, which launched this past spring and is a tribute to her inaugural scent. In addition to representing her own brands, Jennifer endorses a handful of products and brands including: L'Oréal, Gillette Women's products, FIAT and TOUS jewelry.

Knowing and understanding trends in fashion is what makes Jennifer a style icon. She effortlessly keeps her look on the cutting edge while maintaining a timeless signature style. J.Lo has had a plethora of stylish moments on and off the red carpet over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best looks ever.

 At the 2007 Oscars, Jennifer was a vision in this dreamy, lavender, Marchesa gown with a crystal beaded neckline.  Jennifer looked stunning in this sparkling, silver, Emilio Pucci mini paired with Swarovski crystal clutch and spiked Louboutin heels at the Grammy Awards in 2011.

 

In November of 2010, Lopez announced her collaboration with Kohls in this white Gucci sheath dress paired with python print heels and Neil Lane jewels. For the 2011 Met Gala, Jennifer looked stunning in this floor-sweeping, fuchsia, Gucci gown. A miniaudiere and H. Stern gems completed her look.

 

 Lopez made quite the entrance at the 2012 Oscars in this breath-taking, ivory, Zuhair Murad gown with a sexy plunging neckline. Lorraine Schwartz gems, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Jimmy Choo heels complete her sensational look.  At the 2009 Golden Globes, Lopez flaunted her curves in this glittering, gold Marchesa gown with a daring neckline. The singer added Lorraine Schwartz jewelry to complete her sultry look.

 

For the Miami screening of her movie The Back Up Plan, Lopez wore this striking, Georges Chakra minidress embellished with Swarovski crystals. Jennifer dazzled in this curve-hugging, bronze, Gianfranco Ferre dress with a plunging neckline for a benefit concert at the Apollo Theater. Sergio Rossi heels, an embellished Etro clutch and sparkling Roberto Cavalli gems completed her gorgeous look.

 

Jennifer hosted an American Music Awards after party in this sexy, Emilio Pucci feathered minidress. She added Jimmy Choo pumps and sparking roll clutch to complete her look. For the 2000 Grammy's, Lopez turned heads in this jungle print, Versace gown. This is the look that made Jennifer an instant icon, and people still talk about this dress.

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Style Icon~ Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt is best known for her films Young Victoria, The Adjustment Bureau and of course her role as the snooty, yet stylish, Emily Charlton in The Devil Wears Prada. Although her co-stars, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway claimed most of the attention, the British beauty proved she was equally memorable being nominated for several awards herself for her work in the film and quickly became a celebrity style favorite.

Besides staying busy with movies, last year Emily added spokesperson to her resume as she was named the face of YSL Opium. Blunt admitted that she had been asked previously to do a couple of things, but the YSL perfume sponsorship was the perfect fit for the actress. "I have huge admiration for the House of Yves Saint Laurent and feel that this House has always truly understood the expression of elegance — its mystique and its indescribable power." Blunt said of the famous French design house.

Blunt, who is a red carpet favorite known for her classic and poised style, has been making quite a statement on the red carpet while promoting Salmon Fishing in Yemen one of four films she has coming out this year. Currently Emily is promoting two films: Your Sister's Sister and the much buzzed about comedy, The Five Year Engagement which she stars opposite Jason Segel. The film is set to make its debut in theaters on April 27th. 

Some of Emily's favorite brands and designers include, Elie Saab, Christian Dior, Lorraine Schwartz and Sergio Rossi. She has had a plethora of stunning red carpet looks over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best looks ever.

Emily floated down the red carpet at the 2010 Emmy Awards in this breathtaking, lavender, single-shoulder, Christian Dior gown with floral appliqués. For the Crystal and Lucy Awards in June of 2010, Blunt made quite a statement in this sheer lace and chiffon Elie Saab cocktail dress. She added a diamond headband by Neil Lane, satin Sergio Rossi pumps and a Laura Merkin clutch to complete her look.

 

Blunt was pretty in pink for the 2010 Golden Globes in this gorgeous, Dolce & Gabbana strapless tulle gown. The British beauty added Lorraine Schwartz jeweled cuffs to complete her look. For the 2010 amfAR Cinema Against Aids Gala, Emily looked radiant in this sleek, red Edition by Georges Chakra column gown. Louis Vuitton gems and a Swarovski clutch completed her sensational look.

 

Emily attended the NYC premiere of The Adjustment Bureau wearing this lovely, blush Elie Saab Haute Couture dress featuring intricate floral details. She added nude Brian Atwood pumps to complete her look. Emily Wore this sensational, sequined Elie Saab gown with a plunging neckline to the 2011 Emmy Awards. Dazzling Lorraine Schwartz diamond jewels, Brian Atwood heels and a Kelly Locke clutch added to the beauty of her dramatic look.


 
Channeling her inner Greek goddess for the Los Angeles premiere of The Wolfman, Emily wore this single-shoulder, Kaufmanfranco gown featuring a beaded Matthew Williamson belt. Irit Design and Ippolita bangles, a feathered headband and Sergio Rossi gladiator heels complete her look. Emily dazzled on the Oscars red carpet in 2007 wearing this sleek, strapless, sapphire Calvin Klein Collection column gown.


In 2008 Blunt wore this slim-fitting, cream colored, Juicy Couture belted sweater paired with a bold, green, Henley to Sundance and immediately sparked a must have frenzy for the cozy sweater. In January, Emily walked the red carpet at the SAG Awards in this stunning, single-shoulder, emerald Oscar de la Renta silk chiffon gown. She added a Swarovski clutch, dazzling Lorraine Schwartz gems and ankle-wrapped Jimmy Choo platforms to complete her look.

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: InStyle, People, Zimbio

Style Icon~ Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks has been making us laugh for years in films like The 40 Year Old Virgin, Zach and Miri Make a Porno and the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer. You might also remember her as JD's love interest, Dr. Kim Briggs, on the hit TV show Scrubs and her reoccurring role on 30 Rock as Avery Jessup. Her role on 30 Rock earned her an Emmy nomination in 2011.

We will be seeing tons of fashionable red carpet looks from Banks this year as the blonde beauty has several films coming out including the comedy What To Expect When You're Expecting. Currently Elizabeth is in the middle of promoting her latest film, the highly anticipated Hunger Games, which hits theaters Friday March 23rd.

Elizabeth grew up in a house where she admits the September issue of Vogue was "like the Bible." She loves designer shoes such as Prada and Valentino, but just as much enjoys a great bargain. Banks is happy to not pay retail prices and loves shopping online with Gilt Group and Net-a-porter and in stores like H&M and Forever 21. She says "I'm not a girly girl", but you wouldn't know it from her red carpet style, where Banks continually impresses dressed in beautiful and elegant designer ensembles.

Some of Elizabeth's favorite brands and designers include Versace, Jimmy Choo, Irene Nuewirth, Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior. She has had a plethora of stunning red carpet looks over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best looks ever.

For the 2010 Academy Awards, Elizabeth turned heads in this grey, Versace gown with sweeping train. She completed her look with Sergio Rossi, grey, platform pumps, a Ferragamo clutch and Fred Leighton diamonds. In January for the N.Y.C. screening of her film Man on a Ledge, Elizabeth wore this single-shoulder, Versace, embellished minidress. She added H. Stern earrings, a gold Ippolita cocktail ring and black leather booties to complete her sexy look.

 

 
 Banks stunned again for the L.A. premiere of Man on a Ledge wearing this gold Emilio Pucci minidress. House of Lavande gems, a metallic Jimmy Choo clutch and glittering Christian Louboutin sandals added extra sparkle to complete her dazzling look. At the 2010 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala in Cannes, Elizabeth wore this lovely, lavender, Atelier Versace mermaid gown. Chopard diamonds and a silver clutch completed her gorgeous look.

 

For the red carpet premiere of Spring Fever at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Banks was a vision in this midnight navy, Andrew Gn, sequined gown. She completed her look with dazzling, black cuff bracelets also by Andrew Gn and a Daniel Swarovski satin clutch. For the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards in 2010, Elizabeth shimmered in this white Giorgio Armani Privé, crystal embellished dress. A Judith Leiber clutch and House of Lavande jewels completed her sensational look.

 

Proving her laid back style is just as fabulous, Elizabeth wore head to toe Gucci for the N.Y.C. premiere of 127 Hours. Banks wore this pretty, pink and black, Prada dress featuring a jeweled neckline to the premiere of Our Idiot Brother last August. She teamed her look with Irene Neuwirth jewels and Prada peep-toes and clutch.

 

   
 At the 2011 Met Gala, Banks wore this stunning, single-shoulder, gold, Tommy Hilfiger glittering gown. She added Lorraine Schwartz gems, a Judith Leiber clutch and Jimmy Choo sandals to complete her shimmering look. At the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, Elizabeth opted for this sleek, citrus hued, J. Mendel leather mini. A metallic clutch and nude peep-toes completed her look.

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Style Icon~ Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is a mother, wife, philanthropist, spokes model, actress, producer and style icon. Witherspoon stole our hearts as Elle Woods, the fashionable, sorority girl turned law student in Legally Blonde. She had numerous hits that followed, including a sequel to Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, Four Christmases, and last year's romantic movie box office smash Water For Elephants staring opposite Robert Pattinson. Her career hit the highest of notes in 2006, as Reese won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in the dramatic film Walk the Line. This month her latest film, This Means War, has Reese dating to two guys, but not just any two guys -- CIA agents played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy.

As the brand ambassador for Avon and the face of Swedish clothing brand Lindex, Fall 2011 “California Denim” campaign, Reese knows a thing or two about beauty and fashion. Reese is most comfortable in a casual wardrobe rather than couture. She has said, “My personal style described in three words would probably be casual, simple and lots of color.”

Some of Reese's favorite brands and designers include Citizens of Humanity, Nina Ricci, Christian Louboutin, Jason Wu, Zac Posen, Rebecca Minkoff and Neil Lane. She has had a plethora of stunning red carpet looks and sophisticated casual looks over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best looks ever.

At the Oscars in 2007, Witherspoon turned heads in this stunning, strapless, purple Nina Ricci by Olivier Theyskens gown with flowing train. She added Van Cleef & Arpels jewels to complete her look. Reese made an entrance at the 2002 Oscars in this stunning black, Valentino beaded gown featuring cap-sleeves.

 

At the Country Music Awards in 2008, Reese wore this sensational, black, single-shoulder Marchesa lace gown paired with Bulgari diamonds. In December of 2010 for LA red carpet premiere of How Do You Know, Reese wore this fabulous strapless, black and pink Zac Posen bustier dress. She added stacked YSL pumps to complete the look.

 

   
Reese selected this classic black and white Giorgio Armani Privé strapless gown and dazzling Neil Lane gems for the 2011 Oscars.   The blonde beauty turned heads in this strapless, canary yellow Nina Ricci cocktail dress paired with red Brian Atwood heels at the 2007 Golden Globes.

 

 
At the Vital Voices 2010 Global Leadership Awards, Reese wore this strapless, cobalt blue Jason Wu peplum cocktail dress.  The actress chose another elegant Jason Wu design for the NYC premiere of her movie Water For Elephants. Reese accessorized her ladylike look with strappy Christian Louboutin heels and sparkling jewels.

 

Witherspoon makes a casual day of running errands look fabulous with her skinny jeans and black turtleneck. She completed her look with studded flats and a Rebecca Minkoff cross-body bag. Reese took home her Best Actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance in Walk The Line, wearing this dazzling vintage Christian Dior beaded gown.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Style Icon~ Kate Beckinsale

British-born actress Kate Beckinsale stole our hearts in the film Serendipity as Sara Thomas, the young woman who believed in fate to find her true love. Since then, Kate has gone on to find her own true love in husband Len Wiseman and daughter Lily (her father is actor Michael Sheen) and resides in Venice, California because it reminds her of her beloved London.

The Oxford-educated beauty has landed many successful film roles, such as Selene in the Underworld series and Nurse Evelyn Johnson, the love interest of Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett's characters in Pearl Harbor. This month alone, Beckinsale has two movies hitting the silver screen including Underworld: Awakening and Contraband, where she plays Mark Wahlberg's wife, both which are now currently in theaters.

Kate has said of her personal style that she is a big fan of old Hollywood stars' classic looks, such as the sultry and curvy Ava Gardner, whom she portrayed in the film The Aviator. Her favorite designer is Gucci, remarking, "I always feel glamorous wearing a flowing Gucci number, no matter what kind of day."

Beckinsale loves to be comfortable as well, admitting she's a Levi's jeans girl all the way. Kate's had a plethora of stylish moments on and off the red carpet over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best look's ever.

In 2010 Kate walked the red carpet at Cannes for the premiere of Biutiful in this striking, long-sleeved, beaded Balmain gown with daring thigh high slit. Chopard jewels and platform pumps completed her sexy, sophisticated look. The British beauty wore this gorgeous, emerald Andrew Gn draped gown to the MOCA 30th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles in 2009.

 

For the 2009 Golden Globes Kate turned heads on the red carpet in  this curve-hugging, white, J. Mendel custom gown paired with dazzling Fred Leighton gems including radiant ruby chandelier earrings. For the Il Gattopardo premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Beckinsale stunned in this glittering Gucci Premiere gown featuring beaded bow and belt details. She accented her look with Chopard diamonds.

 

At the 2009 Met Gala Kate wore this show stopping, midnight blue Marchesa embroidered gown featuring a dramatic ruffled skirt. She added Lorraine Schwartz gems to complete the look. For the LA premiere of Going the Distance in 2010 Kate wore this white hot in this Versace shift dress accented with polka-dot detailing on the pockets. Sleek black satin pumps, Baccarat jewelry and a Jimmy Choo clutch finished her ensemble.

 

Cannes 2010 was definitely the Kate Beckinsale Show, the actress looked sensational in this swirling, single-shoulder Marchesa confection paired with sparking Chopard diamonds to the red carpet premiere of Robin Hood. Just one of the actresses many casual looks, spotted here shopping in LA in 2009 wearing a navy tank. paired with J. Brand jeans, square framed sunnies and an over sized wool beanie.

 

During the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, Kate wore this breathtaking, silver Dior crystal gown and Sergio Rossi blush satin platform slingbacks amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS gala. At the Oscars Vanity Fair Party in 2010 Kate mixed modern flare with Old Hollywood glamor in this slinky, silver Kaufmanfranco gown.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Style Icon ~ Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

The 24-year-old UK native was first cast by Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey back in 2008, replacing fellow Brit Agyness Deyn. Huntington-Whiteley would soon rise to fashion fame, walking the runway for Prada in Milan and scoring the cover of British Vogue.

In 2009, Huntington-Whiteley gained household fame by becoming a Victoria's Secret Angel (after modeling for the company since 2006).

Since then, she has teamed back up with Bailey as the face of Burberry's new fragrance collection, "Burberry Body." Huntington-Whiteley expanded her resume this past summer, starring in the blockbuster flick Transformers: Dark of the Moon, replacing Megan Fox.

Huntington-Whiteley isn't donning her Angel wings for the latest Victoria's Secret show, telling the press she is working on "another acting project."

Huntington-Whiteley's Top 10 Looks

Hungtington-Whiteley wearing Burberry for the launch of the "Body" fragance collection.

Mint skirt, a gauzy tank, and a Chloe hobo bag for a lunch out with friends in New York. 

A Richard Nicholl corset and pencil skirt for a party earlier this year in Milan.  The look was called "daring" by fashion publications across the globe.

A Burberry gown for the British premiere of Transformers:  Dark of the Moon. Huntington-Whiteley always shows off her stunning figure.  She tends to keep the accessories understated as well.

A simple look with a white t-shirt and animal print skirt for a day out in Los Angeles. 

Huntington-Whiteley opting for Dolce & Gabbana elegance for a Transformers: Dark of the Moon press event in Shanghai. 

Again opting for Dolce & Gabbana for the MTV Movie Awards. 

She again chose the clothier that made her famous, wearing a Burberry cocktail dress for the "Burberry Body" Bash in London.

Burberry aviator shades, leather leggings, and basic t-shirt, and cable knit-cardigan for coming into Heathrow airport in London.

Huntington-Whiteley going for the stunner in this red gilded gown from Antonio Berardi.  Huntington-Whiteley wore this for the New York premiere of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.


~Devon Scott @DevonScottIndy

Breakfast at Tiffany's Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago, Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's came to life on the silver screen, and it remains a cultural phenomenon. It's hard to believe that the film has been around for half a century. Surprisingly the film has a contemporary feel, influencing the romantic comedies and fashion of today, even inspiring a hotel suite at the St. Regis in New York City.

Audrey Hepburn portrayed the famous, fun-loving call girl from Manhattan's upper crust society. Yes, it’s true most people did not know that Holly Golightly was in fact a call girl. Capote was coy about the character, he explained years later, ”She wasn't just a call girl, she had a few call girl proclivities.”  

The role was originally intended for Marilyn Monroe, but she turned it down because her acting advisor, Paula Strasberg, said Marilyn should not be playing a part that risqué.

 

 

 

 

Audrey was already a star and a household name because of films like Sabrina and Roman Holiday, but it was Breakfast at Tiffany's that defined her career and made her a cultural and style icon.  

When Holly Golightly entered our world in 1961, a star was born -- the little black dress. Few films have left a fashion impression quite like Breakfast at Tiffany's and for decades women have copied the look. The LBD has become the most essential part of any wardrobe; dress it up or down no one has gone wrong in a little black dress yet.

 

 

The look was created by Hepburn's longtime friend, French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy not only helped dress Audrey for most of her memorable film roles but also designed her personal wardrobe. In 2006 the iconic dress Hepburn wore in the film sold at auction for over $900,000.

 

 

 

Today in Manhattan, Holly Golightly wannabees will celebrate the film's golden anniversary just blocks away from the East 71st Street townhouse apartment that was featured in the movie. Later this month, a coffee table book will be released with never before seen photos including images of the “untouched” Hollywood legend. 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore 

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A Style Tribute~ Princess Diana

Princess Diana would have celebrated her 50th birthday today. It's hard to imagine what she may have looked like now, but there are a few certainties. We know Diana would have continued her charitable work, been extremely proud of her sons, William and Harry, and continued to impress with her impeccable taste in fashion and style. Diana simply had star quality and looked as beautiful in a pair of jeans as she did in a couture ball gown.

 

 

 

 Princess Diana popularized pearl chokers and designer handbags. In 1995, the first lady of France, Bernadette Chriac, gave Diana a Lady Dior handbag and almost overnight it became the must-have accessory of the time! Even hairstyle was copied across the world ladies cropped their hair and had to have the "Diana style". Princess Diana made a clear style transition through the years going from conservative and shy, to confident and sexy. Diana was loyal to her British designers, including Victor Edelstein, Bruce Oldfield and the late Catherine Walker wearing their designs all her life. As Diana grew to be an independent woman, with her divorce to Charles behind her, style evolved making her an international fashion icon. She frequently wore foreign designers such as Valentino, Versace and Ungaro. Her famous gowns were auctioned off at Christie's in New York in 1997, earning more than $5.5 million going to various charities. Upon her death in 1997, Diana was the most photographed woman in the world. She was beloved by millions and was an inspiration to many. Her former residence, Kensignton Palace, is a gathering place for mourners all over the world to pay their respects to her memory  on the anniversaries of her birthday and death. We share in the remembrance of her birthday, highlighting some of her most iconic style moments.  

The LBD that said it all! At the Serpentine Gallery event Diana wore this sexy black Christina Stambolian dress. This was the first time as a royal Diana had worn black to a public event. Symbolic? Maybe. That night on TV Prince Charles confessed he had cheated on Diana.

In 1989 Diana looked very regal in this white pearl-encrusted Catherine Walker column gown with matching jacket. She was abosolutely stunning. 

Diana wore a diamond and emerald choker, a wedding gift from the Queen, as a headband with a turquoise Emanuel designed evening gown at an event in Melbourne in October of 1985.

 

In 1982 the Princess looked stunning this this drop waisted single-shoulder blue silk Bruce Oldfield gown. It was later revealed that Diana was pregnant!

In 1997 at a London performance of Swan Lake, Diana dazzled in this Jacques Azagury turquoise sheath dress showing off her perfectly toned physique.

In 1995 at a charity concert in Italy, Diana wore this creme tank style sheath Versace sheath dress.

 

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~ Christy Pastore @christypastore

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