Most Daring Dresses
Whoa, mama-Halle Berry went for the gusto in a Versace gown with an elaborately detailed back. The expectant star walked the red carpet at the London Film Festival in the bright cobalt gown. It's no wonder she told us: "I have nothing against maternity clothes. I love fashion. I just want to keep my sense of style while I'm pregnant."
Always daring, Mary-Kate Olsen donned a feathered Lily et Cie dress, cinched with an Alaia belt at this year's Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At least she was wearing a dress. "I run around my house naked with heels all the time," she told Harper's Bazaar. "All my friends will tell you I love running around in kimonos and jewelry or naked with jewelry."
Babel star Rinko Kikuchi strutted her stuff at the Golden Globes in a delicate Chanel gown festooned with fabric flowers. "I've always loved the brand, but it was completely beyond my reach," Kikuchi told Fashion Week Daily. "And now I wear it all the time." The Japanese actress tried on more Chanel as the face of the label's Cruise 2008 campaign.
Membership has its privileges. Cate Blanchett chose her green and black satin Armani Prive dress while sitting ringside at the summer couture shows in Paris. "It was fantastic-so rock," Blanchett told the International Herald Tribune of the collection. The dramatic gown camouflaged a little secret-the actress's recent pregnancy.
It takes a major personality to pull off a major dress and at this year's Daytime Emmy Awards, Tyra Banks proved that she has both. The doyenne of America's Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show told USA Today that the Roberto Cavalli dress reminded her of another major lady, "the Statue of Liberty before she tarnished to green!"
Perfectly Posh! Victoria Beckham spiced up Marc Jacobs' life when she sat in the front row of his Spring 2008 show in a vintage Herve Leger bandage dress. The dress was wild enough to draw eyes away from the catwalk-which featured deconstructed lingerie designs that left little to the imagination.
Who's afraid of curves? Not Miss Bootylicious herself, Beyonce Knowles. "I have curves-most women do-and I'm happy with them," she has said. She showed off her hourglass figure at the B.E.T. awards in a sparkling Dolce amp Gabbana gown cinched at the waist with a wide metal belt.
Talk about from runway to red carpet! Jennifer Connelly's avant-garde Balenciaga dress had barely made it off the catwalk when she wore it to the L.A. premiere of Reservation Road. How'd she score the dress so quickly? She's the new face of the luxury line. "Jennifer is just inspiring because she is an amazing beauty and a lovely actress," Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere has said.
Christina Ricci made jaws drop when she walked the red carpet at the Versace Rodeo Drive Walk of Style induction in February. "I love Christina's dress-it's so sexy," said Drew Barrymore. The Atelier Versace sheer gown with the plunging neckline played up Ricci's curves to perfection. "People are going to look at you if you're in Versace," the actress said. "You might as well go for it."
Charlize Theron sure knows how to make an entrance! The actress attended the premiere of In the Valley of Elah at the Venice Film Festival in a dramatic gown by Atelier Versace. "Being a fashion icon was never her focus," her stylist Lisa Michelle Boyd has said. Really? Could have fooled us.