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.