Naomi Watts hit a golden note in an Alexander McQueen Resort '13 gown that was nothing short of bombshell-worthy. The gilded halter top and black, body-consious, floor-skimming skirt referenced a more nostalgic Old Hollywood silhouette. But, let's be clear, that jaw-dropping backless detail provided a more modern-day appeal. The Impossible actress complemented her stunning dress with a black and gold studded clutch and a multicolored-gem-encrusted collar at the neckline — a double dose of accessorized glamour. Her side-swept hair and barely there makeup rounded out her ensemble with a natural glow. Are you feeling Naomi's Alexander McQueen choice?Make sure to vote on all of our People's Choice Awards red-carpet polls here!
Jessica Chastain was spotted out and about in NYC, but instead of wearing the standard khaki trench coat, she chose a gorgeous purple one by Burberry. Underneath it, she sported black skinny high-waisted jeans and a sheer black tee. For accessories, the actress chose a brown Alexander McQueen bag — shop the black version ($2,259) — as well as Prada flower pumps and oversize vintage-inspired sunglasses. To mimic Jessica's latest outfit, look for a similar purple trench that will keep you warm and make you stand out from the crowd of khaki and black trench coats.
Fashion films often take the form of fawning moving portraits in which beautiful models languish on balmy beaches or in well-appointed mansions, but this year's best stand out for being much more than that. Below, a countdown of the trippiest, most thought-provoking videos we saw in 2012.
5. Prada's Real Fantasies Spring 2012
It should have been clear early on that there was something in the water when this video, which juxtaposes new images against visuals from the '50s and '60s — the decades that inspired Prada's Spring 2012 collection — debuted in April.
There are only two subjects in this video: an orchid and Candice Swanepoel. A quick pace is set by unrelenting jump cuts between the flower and Swanepoel's lovely face. The soundtrack of a drum mimicking the human heartbeat makes the video even more haunting.
If David Sims's almost luridly neon Fall 2012 campaign for Alexander McQueen wasn't colorful enough, his video certainly is. It primarily features a loop of model Suvi Koponen taking the oversize visors from the collection off of her face, accented by dancing geometric neon shapes and clouds of pixelated pigment that explode all over the screen.
Attempts to explain what's happening in this video are probably best left to the people who created it. From the official description: "Set within a dystopian society of machines and jagged geometries, genetically perfected clones roam digital colonies. Each scene depicts an antiquated landscape within a galaxy of characters engrossed in oblique and possibly deviant power dynamics."
Jack McCollough's sister Kate worked as the creative director for this film, which was created with the virtual world Second Life. Everything in it — from the models who levitate while doing a peculiar dance, to the purple dolphin that swims through sand — is CGI.
At The X Factor's season two finale in LA last night, Khloé Kardashian matched this pleated leather Alexander McQueen skirt ($581, originally $1,660) with this sequin Carolina Herrera blouse ($2,290). Her menswear-inspired style was right on trend and we love the edgy touch of her neon Christian Louboutin pumps ($1,195). Shop Khloé's exact pieces or mimic her look on a budget with this bow-tie ASOS blouse ($56) and this faux leather Sparkle & Fade mini ($59) for an upcoming holiday soiree.
Kate Middleton is back (to her royal duties) and serving up even more proof that she can look amazing in just about anything. At last night's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in London, she took the stage, alongside David Beckham, in a stunning floor-length, forest green Alexander McQueen gown, black Jimmy Choo pumps, and custom diamond and blue topaz Kiki Mcdonough earrings. We'd be lying if we said we weren't also on baby bump watch, but truth be told, we were equally taken with the sheer brilliance of her beautifully cut dress.From the central thigh-high slit and bell-shaped sleeves to the V-neck and trompe l'oeil waistband detail, its chic structure was a thing to behold. Whether you've got something to "hide," or you just happen to love a great green gown, we think strategic tailoring and a lush hue can go a long way. It's all about a looser fit, cut close to the body. Translation: no body-conscious silhouettes necessary to make a statement here. Consider this Kate's holiday gift to all of us — in addition to the royal baby news, of course! Opt for a long, streamlined dress in a darker shade of green, and pair it with elegantly low-key accessories. To make the process of going green that much easier, we've got our favorite Kate Middleton-inspired gowns below.
The annual Sun Military Awards in London last night showed off a plethora of stunning red-carpet looks, but there were two, in particular, that caught our eye. Amanda Seyfried took a quick break from her Les Misérables promo tour and attended the event with her costar Eddie Redmayne, wearing a gorgeous strapless lavender Alexander McQueen gown paired with a silver bow belt. Meanwhile, supermodel Elle Macpherson wowed in a strapless black mermaid gown adorned with floral detailing. You've got your red-carpet glamour two ways: Amanda's look is ethereal and feminine, while Elle took the bold, beautiful route. Time to call this fashion faceoff — which gown gets your vote?
Last night, Katie Holmes made her first appearance in Dead Accounts on Broadway, but before she got on stage, the actress walked into the theater in a fabulously bold red coat by Alexander McQueen that we can't stop staring at. Underneath her new topper, Katie wore a denim blouse, which she buttoned up all the way, and black and white heart-print pants. We absolutely adore this fresh trio for Fall, so mimic Katie's latest look by pairing your bright red coat with a denim shirt and printed pants for work and play.
Move over colored jeans and printed denim. There is a new celebrity obsession that has taken over Hollywood: tuxedo pants. Tinseltown trendsetters have been spotted donning the dapper bottoms with everything from blazers and pumps to slick leather jackets and combat boots. Gwen Stefani went edgy-chic in an orange blazer and gray tuxedo pants in LA, Miranda Kerr was prim and polished in cropped A.L.C. trousers and patent Manolo Blahnik pumps in NYC, while Jessica Alba brought florals to Fall in a blooming Stylestalker blazer and blue Current/Elliott tuxedo-stripe denim in LA. Cruise through to see what other fashionistas have been rocking these dashing bottoms, then test-drive the trend in similar, and exact pairs, for yourself.
The investment: $1,495
Why it's worth it: Remember what McQueen did for Pippa Middleton? Yeah, these dresses have that kind of effect. If you're of the mindset that only wedding dresses should cost that much, keep in mind that you won't wear your wedding dress nearly as often as you'll wear this one. It's the queen of cocktail dresses, really. The look is iconic McQueen, the silhouette is timeless, and the finish is provocative enough to evoke interest, while actually helping to slim and shape you with its artful print. While we'll usually sing the praises of an investment's versatility and all the many ways you'll wear it, that's not quite the point with this one. We won't say you can wear this one to work and then later to dinner with girlfriends, but that's not the point either. This is a real cocktail dress, an event dress that's meant to turn heads, drum up a little attention — ever so subtly, though, without a plunging neckline and a thigh-high hemline — and, like Pippa, very quietly steal the show.
We spotted several trendsetting celebs working chic ensembles this week, but there were a handful of starlets who were extra inspiring. Emily Blunt dazzled on the red carpet in an orange crystal-collar Alexander McQueen gown in London, Kim Kardashian worked a white-hot Miami look complete with snakeskin Christian Louboutin pumps, and Rihanna showcased a superior streamlined silhouette in Dolce & Gabbana and Alaia in West Hollywood. But that's not all; Mandy Moore taught us that colored denim isn't restricted to Summer, while Gwen Stefani debuted the coolest travel style we've ever seen. Get a closer look at this week's star-studded celebrity styles and find out why we were wowed by their spotlight-worthy ensembles.