200 Celebrity Looks We Love
200 Celebrity Looks We Love
To celebrate our 200th issue, InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein handpicked 20 of Hollywood’s best-dressed women, each in 10 quintessential looks. Yes, that’s right-200 iconic fashion moments, from Beyonce’s straight-off-the-runway turn in Balmain to Natalie Portman's stunning Givenchy. Check out our 200 favorites, starting with our current cover girl Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney, 2008
“Paltrow gives the illusion of giving something away, while still having a kind of ladylike reserve," says InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein. "This sexy mini, by pal Stella McCartney, plays up her best assets and shows off her killer body.”
Gwyneth Paltrow in Donna Karan, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT "This gown was custom-made for Gwyneth," says Donna Karan of her design. "It's so ethereal and perfect with her coloring."
Gwyneth Paltrow in Lanvin, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT Leave it to Mrs. Chris Martin to give Lanvin's goddess dress a rocker edge with Balmain gladiator heels.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney, 2005
WHY WE LOVE IT This Stella McCartney seems fit for a 21st-century princess, worn with deco-inspired diamonds and a structured clutch.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Marni, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT In Marni at an event in Milan, she changes up her natural beauty routine with red lips, dark nails, and an angled bob.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Valentino, 2002
WHY WE LOVE IT Sleek equals stunning: At the Venice Film Festival, the star wears this Valentino number with straight hair and a leather cuff.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Alice + Olivia, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Unafraid to try out new trends, Paltrow combines two cool ones in an Alice + Olivia metallic trench and Christian Louboutin cage heels.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein, 1996
WHY WE LOVE IT In this Calvin Klein gown at the Oscars, she shows a "love for sensual simplicity" that "makes this woman a classic," says Klein.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Balenciaga, 2005
WHY WE LOVE IT Her choice of Balenciaga's long military coat, ruffled top, and cropped pants is just the right mix of masculine and feminine.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Elie Saab, 2010
WHY WE LOVE IT With minimal jewelry and her hair pulled back, the mom of two lets this crystal-embroidered Elie Saab take center stage.
Julia Roberts in Valentino, 2001
“Instead of using a stylist to pick a gown for her Oscar-winning night, Roberts turned to her niece, Emma. This Valentino number gave a huge boost to vintage," says InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein.
Julia Roberts in Giorgio Armani, 2004
WHY WE LOVE IT The mom-to-be glowed at the Oscars in a simple yet stunning Giorgio Armani satin gown and Cathy Waterman earrings.
Julia Roberts in Lanvin, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Cartier jewels gave a luxe touch to her Lanvin gown, but she kept it casually chic with her loose, wavy hairstyle.
Julia Roberts in Vivienne Tam, 1999
WHY WE LOVE IT At the London première of Notting Hill, the Georgia native set off a vibrant Vivienne Tam sheath with black accessories.
Julia Roberts in Calvin Klein, 1999
WHY WE LOVE IT Roberts showed that understated doesn't have to mean boring in this sleek Calvin Klein dress. A pink shawl adds punch.
Julia Roberts in Isaac Mizrahi, 1998
WHY WE LOVE IT The actress wore Isaac Mizrahi to accept her sixth People's Choice Award, finishing the look with a ladylike updo.
Julia Roberts in Georgio Armani Privé, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT For the Costume Institute Gala, the co-host opted for full-on glamour in a Giorgio Armani Privé gown. Love the brooch!
Julia Roberts in Giorgio Armani, 2002
WHY WE LOVE IT Her black Giorgio Armani Oscar gown was anything but basic thanks to an up-to-there slit and two well-placed cutouts.
Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood, 2012
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kruger was dripping in (rose) gold as she walked the red carpet at the Cannes premiere of Amour in a Vivienne Westwood draped gown, matching clutch and diamond drop earrings.
Julia Roberts in Todd Oldham, 1998
WHY WE LOVE IT Though she once said "I'll never be a risk taker in fashion," Roberts sparkled in this look-at-me Todd Oldham creation.
Julia Roberts in Yves Saint Laurent and Esther Chen, 2002
WHY WE LOVE IT The secret newlywed hid her ring at a film première with the help of a bell-sleeve YSL blouse and Esther Chen pants.
Kate Moss in Dior, 2005
“On the one hand this Dior couture dress is lingerie-inspired and sexy, yet the shape is quite simple. Finishing off the look with tousled bed-head proves that Moss’s instincts are always right," InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein says.
Kate Moss in Kate Moss for Topshop, 2007
WHY WE LOVE IT The budding designer works the crowd in a shift with glittering fringe from her Kate Moss Topshop Collection.
Kate Moss, 1998
WHY WE LOVE IT Smitten by Julie Christie's dress in Shampoo, Moss dons a striking replica for the CFDA Awards in New York City.
Kate Moss in Chanel, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT "Never a fashion victim and the ultimate modern girl," says Karl Lagerfeld of the model, here in his Chanel Haute Couture gown.
Kate Moss in Siwy and Alexander McQueen, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT Siwy jeans and a feathered Alexander McQueen vest with a Renee Lewis pendant are casual cool personified.
Kate Moss in Fendi, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT At the Fendi O' party for singer Beth Ditto, the trendsetter is a silver stroke of genius in a Fendi dress, fur and shoes.
Kate Moss in Chanel and Marc Jacobs, 2007
WHY WE LOVE IT In a Chanel blouse, Marc Jacobs trousers and her own Topshop belt, she embodies a key commandment: Thou shalt mix high and low.
Kate Moss in Cerruti, 1997
WHY WE LOVE IT In stark contrast to the Cannes Film Festival's red-carpet glitz, Moss turns heads in a minimalist gray Cerruti sheath.
Kate Moss in Kate Moss for Topshop, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Moss dazzles in a beaded peach Kate Moss Topshop Collection dress to fête Topshop's Manhattan arrival.
Kate Moss in Burberry Prorsum, 2006
WHY WE LOVE IT "We wanted something understated but elegant," says Christopher Bailey of the Burberry Prorsum tux he created for the Costume Institute ball.
Jennifer Aniston in Burberry Prorsum, 2009
“I love the idea of androgyny," says InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein. "And if you’re going to do menswear, you have to sex it up. Aniston really played against type in this Burberry Prorsum pantsuit.”
Jennifer Aniston in Christian Dior, 2002
WHY WE LOVE IT After winning her Emmy in vintage Christian Dior, the actress donated her gown to a charity auction, fetching $50,000 for Unicef.
Jennifer Aniston in Chanel, 2007
WHY WE LOVE IT The star accepted the Vanguard Award in this seductive Chanel Haute Couture mini at a GLAAD event.
Jennifer Aniston in Calvin Klein, 2006
WHY WE LOVE IT "She makes this dress look effortless and sexy," says Francisco Costa, creative director for women's Calvin Klein Collection.
Jennifer Aniston in Rochas, 2006
WHY WE LOVE IT Our favorite accessory for the Rochas gown Aniston donned at the Oscars? Those well-toned arms, of course.
Jennifer Aniston in Valentino, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Aniston sparkled at the Academy Awards in Valentino Haute Couture, topping it off with a playful French braid.
Jennifer Aniston in Balenciaga, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT When asked why she chose this gray Balenciaga minidress, Aniston said, "I just love it! I have it in black too!"
Jennifer Aniston in Valentino, 2004
WHY WE LOVE IT She's got spot-on timing and red-hot style. The proof: a ruby Valentino dress worn to the Along Came Polly première.
Jennifer Aniston in Moschino, 2004
WHY WE LOVE IT The actress wore a sexy Moschino wrap dress to a dinner in Los Angeles, showing off her shapely legs.
Jennifer Aniston, 2004
WHY WE LOVE IT Combine a figure-hugging button-down shirt and jeans with a Bottega Veneta hobo bag and you've got Aniston's N.Y.C. look.
Beyoncé in Elie Saab, 2009
“This Elie Saab dress is perfect for her—it celebrates everything and hides nothing. She understands what works for her body," says InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein.
Beyoncé in Balmain, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Put a Balmain jacket with Anlo skinny jeans and strappy heels, and you've mastered Beyoncé's cool fashion formula.
Beyoncé in Armani Privé, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT At the Met Costume Institute Gala, the star made a statement in an Armani Privé gown with a dramatic side ruffle.
Beyonce in Elie Saab, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT For an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Mrs. Jay-Z looked demure in a soft Elie Saab dress.
Beyoncé in Oscar de la Renta, 2005
WHY WE LOVE IT The Houston native exuded casual charm in an Oscar de la Renta skirt at the designer's runway show.
Beyoncé in Atelier Versace, 2005
WHY WE LOVE IT Before performing onstage at the Oscars, the artist made an entrance on the red carpet in vintage Atelier Versace.
Beyoncé in Roberto Cavalli, 2004
WHY WE LOVE IT "She knows what works for her and always looks put together," says Roberto Cavalli of Beyoncé in his charmeuse gown.
Beyoncé in House of Deréon, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT A little black dress from her House of Deréon line has a sexy appeal with bold diamond drop earrings.
Beyonce in Emporio Armani, 2004
WHY WE LOVE IT Beyoncé understands the power of a bright palette. Witness this turn in a cotton-candy-colored Emporio Armani mini.
Beyoncé in Roberto Cavalli, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Even rainwear looks chic when she wears it—like this Jillian Lewis trench thrown over a dress by Roberto Cavalli.
In Christian Dior, 2010
At the Golden Globe Awards, the high slit in Cotillard's teal gown revealed a panel of lace detailing.
Marion Cotillard in Nina Ricci, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT Her long diamond necklace by Chopard contrasts with the soft ruffles and asymmetrical hem of a Nina Ricci dress.
Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT She mastered (musical) scales in La Vie en Rose and perfects them in Gaultier Paris's mermaid gown at the Oscars.
Marion Cotillard in Chanel, 2007
WHY WE LOVE IT This Chanel Haute Couture number is captivating, but it's the Oscar winner's eyes, enhanced with smoky shadow, that truly draw us in.
Marion Cotillard in Dior, 2010
WHY WE LOVE IT No jewelry required: The face of the Lady Dior line shines in a sequin-covered haute couture stunner with a built-in necklace.
Marion Cotillard in Elie Saab, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT "She looks very retro in this print," says Elie Saab of Cotillard in his design. "But the belt gives it a modern feel."
Marion Cotillard in Lanvin, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Mademoiselle Cotillard tweaks an elegant draped Lanvin dress with strappy sandals for a party in Paris.
Marion Cotillard in Lefranc Ferrant, 2010
WHY WE LOVE IT The actress is as daring with fashion as she is with her film roles: Witness this metallic Lefranc Ferrant jumpsuit and twisted do in Cannes.
Marion Cotillard in Dior, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT She toes the line between ladylike and hip in a pink Dior shirtwaist dress with John Galliano velvet and crystal platforms.
Marion Cotillard in Giorgio Armani Privé, 2007
WHY WE LOVE IT A diaphanous Giorgio Armani Privé gown and loose tendrils push the star into romantic territory at an event in Berlin.
Penelope Cruz in Atelier Versace, 2007
“The beautiful pink color of this Atelier Versace gown perfectly accents Cruz’s skin, while the silhouette manages to be both sleek and romantic at the same time," says InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein.
Penelope Cruz in L'Wren Scott, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT Proving a penchant for detail, Cruz matched the burgundy velvet heels perfectly with her L'Wren Scott dress.
Penelope Cruz in Chanel, 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT A fan of Chanel Haute Couture, the best supporting actress winner chose the iconic label for a trip down the Oscar red carpet.
Penelope Cruz in Dolce & Gabbana, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Dolce & Gabbana made this custom dress for a Cannes event. "It shows off her natural beauty," says Stefano Gabbana.
Penelope Cruz in Marchesa, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Cruz donned a Marchesa confection for the premiere of Broken Embraces, her fifth film with director Pedro Almodovar.
Penelope Cruz in Yves Saint Laurent, 2009
WHY WE LOVE IT Only a renaissance woman who speaks four languages can make an Yves Saint Laurent menswear look feel as sexy as any dress.
Penelope Cruz in Dior, 2003
WHY WE LOVE IT Already a star in Spain, Cruz was on the verge of international acclaim. She presented herself to the world in Dior Haute Couture.
Penelope Cruz in Michael Kors, 2007
WHY WE LOVE IT In a sunny Michael Kors mini, the Madrid-born beauty reveals style choices that show as much range as her acting skills.
Penelope Cruz in Oscar de la Renta, 2007
WHY WE LOVE IT "Poised and confident," says Oscar de la Renta of Cruz in his creation. "You don't just see the dress, you see her."
Penelope Cruz in Giorgio Armani, 2007
WHY WE LOVE IT The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star was drawn to this fiery Armani number for the designer's fashion show in L.A.
Natalie Portman in Givenchy
“Portman doesn’t look like most young stars," says InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein. "She likes to play with volume and proportion. Here, she takes a wild Haute Couture look by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy and pairs it with perfectly polished hair and makeup.”