Just one day before the 86th annual Academy Awards, celebrities headed to the beach to honor those recognized for independent filmmaking at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. For the laid-back event, stars ditched their formal attire in favor of less fancy designs. Cate Blanchett went for a funky Roksanda Ilincic dress, Lupita Nyong’o showed up in an unusual choice for her — a textured jumpsuit by Stella McCartney, Shailene Woodley chose a trademark midriff baring top by Lyn Devon, and Paula Patton brightened things up in a Lorena Sarbu mini dress. For an up close look at what everyone wore, take a look through our gallery.
After the 2014 Golden Globes earlier this month and last night’s Grammys, it’s clear which red carpet trends are here to stay. Stars like Miranda Lambert (in a custom Pamella Roland) rose to the top in shades of fiery red while the quintessential color combo, black and white, dominated once again in stand-out prints (see: Paula Patton in Nicolas Jebran).
A handful of A-listers , from Sarah Hyland (in Emilio Pucci) to Sara Bareilles (in Blumarine), eschewed the usual floor-sweeping gowns in favor for shorter lengths, baring legs for days. And let’s not forget about the blinding high-shine metallics that lit up the red carpet, like Taylor Swift‘s metallic chain-mail Gucci design. From high contrast to statement accessories, see which celebrities rocked the five major fashion trends last night.
There weren’t any shades of gray at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Instead, the black-and-white combo once again made a reappearance on the red carpet, but this time in unexpected forms. Madonna sported the contrasting colors in a menswear-inspired look (courtesy of Ralph Lauren and hand-picked by son David), donning a black cady double-breasted tuxedo jacket, complete with a crisp optic-white button-down and black double-faced wool pants.
Katy Perry stood out in her ethereal Valentino Couture gown—an all-white frothy tulle creation that doubled as a music sheet sprinkled with a medley of notes. Paula Patton took advantage of the statement-making shades with a fierce look in a body-hugging zebra-print number. With a string of award shows left of the season, we’re definitely expecting to see more of these classic colors.
It was date night for Paula Patton and her husband Robin Thicke at last night’s Baggage Claim premiere at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles. The actress blurred some lines with her sheer and strategically placed embroidered Rhea Costa frock, while her supportive husband accompanied her on the red carpet looking suave, as usual. In the film, Patton plays Montana Moore, a flight attendant who is on a mission to re-visit every one of her ex-boyfriends located in different parts of the country to charm them into being her fiancé — all in the one month before her little sister’s wedding. The romantic comedy also stars Adam Brody, Taye Diggs, rapper Trey Sonz, Christina Milian and Tia Mowry-Hardrict. Catch Patton’s new film in theaters everywhere September 27.
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The music industry gathered in Los Angeles for a weekend filled with festivities in honor of the 2013 BET Awards! White House Down co-stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum helped kick-off the celebrations at the three-day BET Experience concert at the L.A. Live complex in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. Janelle Monae and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child kept the festivities going at the second day of L.A. Live where they chatted in a live broadcast at the Radio Remote Room, and for Sunday’s main event Gabrielle Union (in Monika Chiang) and boyfriend NBA star Dwyane Wade cozied up in the audience as they waited for the stars like Robin Thicke, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, and more to take the stage at the Nokia Theatre. Click the photo above to check out more pictures from the BET Awards, and to go inside all of the star-studded parties from the weekend.
It’s off to the races for the Kentucky Derby this weekend, and we’re just as excited for the parade of festive hats as we are for the actual race. If past is precedent, the stars are aligned to show up in creative takes on the southern belle headpiece, a tradition that’s believed to bring good luck. Check out a few of our favorites from years past in the gallery.
— Jennifer Merritt
One of Hollywood’s most powerful publicists threw a private soiree in her home on Wednesday, and InStyle had exclusive access to the event! Ashlee Margolis co-hosted the bash with scarf label Theodora & Callum, Coach, Shoshanna Swimwear, MyLine Clothing, Beyond Yoga, and shoe designer Matt Bernson, and the party was filled with stars like sultry Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks (in Temperley, Moschino, and Theodora & Callum’s scarf), Hilary Duff (who snuggled up to Paula Patton in Shoshanna), and Anna Kendrick (working Coach’s crossbody), who was the first to arrive. “It is 80 degrees in Los Angeles, so it feels like summer, and this feels like a summer party,” Hendricks told InStyle.com of the event, which allowed stars to try on some of their favorite designs from the popular brands. “Today’s been fun. I’ve just been seeing a bunch of friends. It’s always nice to come to these parties and see the girls you’ve worked with or wanted to work with!” Hendricks proved to be the life of the party, staying for the entire evening and splitting her time between a cozy couch by the pool and mingling with all the guests. What fun!
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— Lindzi Scharf
“It looks gorgeous!” exclaimed the Dolce & Gabbana-dressed Paula Patton when she walked into the InStyle and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 13th annual Toronto International Film Festival bash, held at the Windsor Arms Hotel. Celebrities including Abbie Cornish of Seven Psychopaths (in Emilio Pucci), Mary Elizabeth Winstead of Smashed (in Tucker), and Patton’s Disconnect co-star Jason Bateman echoed her reaction throughout the night, as the main ballroom had been transformed into an amber dahlia garden thanks to Forget Me Not Flowers’s mastermind Frank Rea. The beautiful backdrop matched the beautiful crowd of filmmakers and stars—many bedecked in gold jewelry thanks to host, The World Gold Council—as they freshened up at Sephora’s touch-up station, sipped on custom Patron tequila drinks, snacked on crispy soba noodle cakes and mini-sliders, and kept the InStyle Sweet Treats candy barista busy refilling jars of M&Ms and sour gummies. “This is an amazing moment,” Patton added. “It’s fun to come to this party because it makes me feels like I’m back in film school again, where you’re celebrating the art of filmmaking.” Click through the gallery to see more stars at the InStyle and HFPA fête!