Twilight brought in some big bucks! Breaking Dawn – Part 2 grossed $141.3 million in its opening weekend—making in the eight biggest opening weekend opening of all time—as well as $199.6 million internationally. The mega-appeal is due in part to the cast, including Kristen Stewart, who embarked on an around-the-world tour to promote the finale movie in the series and worked with stylist Tara Swennen to pack some of the boldest, brightest, and best outfits we’ve ever seen her wear. In Berlin, she shined in a gold Elie Saab dress; in Madrid, she glowed in sunny yellow Christian Dior; in London, she wore a black lace and sequin jumpsuit by Zuhair Murad; and in Hollywood, she dazzled in an illusion Zuhair Murad gown. Which look is your favorite? Vote in the poll below! More
“This is unreal!” Taylor Swift said when she accepted her Favorite Female Country Star award at tonight’s 40th Annual American Music Awards, a show that featured 17 performances, broadcasted in 198 countries, with one mega-tribute to the legendary Dick Clark. “I’m really, really happy right now.” And that was just one of the happy moments of the evening, which kicked off with a red carpet that would make any fashion-lover smile with its mix of intricate embroidery and high-shine sparkles. Taylor Swift ditched her Red theme in favor of golden Zuhair Murad, Heidi Klum showed off her supermodel legs in a gilded Alexandre Vauthier mini, Carrie Underwood rocked her country charm in an electric purple Abed Mahfouz gown, and breakout star Carly Rae Jepsen played to her girl next door appeal in a sequin Gomez-Gracia halter. Click through to see what everyone wore to the AMAs!
— Sharon Clott, with reporting by Lindzi Scharf
Our Look of the Day top picks this week were all about nudes, black and white (or both!), and green! Taylor Swift arrived for MTV’s Europe Music Awards in an embroidered silk chiffon gown from J. Mendel, Kristen Stewart hit the Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Los Angeles premiere wearing a sheer corseted Zuhair Murad dress, Emma Stone lit up the CFDA Fashion Fund Awards with her jewel-tone Burberry look, Keira Knightley premiered Anna Karenina in a gorgeous embroidered Erdem design, and Jennifer Aniston honored Ben Stiller while wearing a strapless Valentino number. Which one is your favorite? Tell us by voting in the poll below!
Look who played peekaboo! This week, red carpets were full of very sheer looks, with Kristen Stewart, Christa B. Allen, Teresa Palmer, and Ashley Greene all wearing see-through styles in a 48-hour time period. Stewart chose Zuhair Murad for Twilight’s London premiere, Allen worked Catherine Malandrino at GQ’s Man of the Year Awards, Palmer went bare in Emilio Pucci for Twilight’s screening in Hollywood, and Greene tried lace Wes Gordon for the CFDA Fashion Fund Award ceremony. While these looks dare to bare, the look is actually something many women can pull off. So you don’t expose too much, look for pieces with built-in coverage, like double-layer pockets and panels or strategically placed prints. Most importantly, this isn’t a grab-and-go shopping venture—the fabric has little hanger appeal, so you must try it on!
Plus, see another trend we love, black and white!
Zuhair Murad is the designer to turn to for look-at-me gowns—he’s close with Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, and Taylor Swift, for example—which is why were pleased to see Kristen Stewart choose one of his pieces for her last Hollywood Twilight premiere this week, a nude strapless gown with lace and chiffon paneling and a corseted bodice. “I’m a big fan of Kristen, and was very happy to see her in this particular gown for her Twilight premiere,” the designer told InStyle.com exclusively. “The mysterious and daring aura she exudes in the film matches the design inspiration behind this gown perfectly.” It’s amazing how her style has grown since the Saga’s beginning in 2008!
Plus, see more Twilight transformations.
Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio gave birth to her second child, Noah Phoenix, in May, and has been getting back in shape ever since so she can walk the catwalk at this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which tapes next month. “I started working out two months after I had him,” the model told InStyle.com at last night’s third annual amFAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, where she showed off her svelte figure in a Zuhair Murad gown. “I’ve been trying to work out four times a week, but for the show, I’ll be at the gym twice a day [for the] week before.” While she’s there, she likes to mix things up. “I love going to Pilates, I love doing spinning classes, I love doing everything that I do,” she said. “What I don’t love is to wake up early to work out.” We second that! The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on CBS December 4th at 10/9c.
Plus, see highlights from last year’s show.
While many stars shined bright at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, our biggest “wow” moment came when we saw the super-sized diamonds Modern Family star Sofia Vergara paired with her green beaded mermaid-style Zuhair Murad gown and Nancy Gonzalez handbag. The jewelry, courtesy of Neil Lane, weighs in at more than 175 carats: Vergara’s pear-shaped drop earrings are 45 carats, the marquise cut diamond and platinum bracelet come to 25 carats, a ring with two center stones is 20 carats, her serpent bracelet, 10 carats, and—here’s the keystone piece—a whopping 75-carat cuff bracelet. That’s a lot of ice—enough to keep the actress cool in the 90-degree Los Angeles heat! Get all the details on her jewels in the gallery.
Emmys fashion isn’t just about Sunday’s big red carpet arrivals—the whole weekend is filled with fun parties to dress up for. And one popular look that leading ladies love is lace in eye-popping hues. ”I’m really feeling lace at the moment,” Revenge star Ashley Madekwe (in Kain) told InStyle.com at the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea. “I told that to my stylist, Joey Tierney, when we pulled looks, and she came up with this.” Her teal dress fell in line with other vibrant designs, like Nina Dobrev‘s white lace Zuhair Murad, Taylor Swift‘s red French Connection looks for the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and Girls star Allison Williams‘s neon pink floral lace tank top by Oscar de la Renta for the Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Event. “I love to wear color because I wear black all day every day when I’m at home,” Madekwe added. “So when I go out, it’s nice to wear some color.” Perhaps we’ll see more bright lace looks on the Emmys red carpet. Plus, check out more stars who love lace by clicking through the gallery!
— Sharon Clott, with reporting by Carita Rizzo