Red-Carpet Fashion Worth Gawking At

The 9th Annual InStyle Summer Soiree in Los Angeles was, of course, all about the starpower and the clothes.

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Actress Amanda Righetti, running down the clock to Labor Day. With sexyface, of course.


And while the bridal-white trend has been ubiquitous to the point of creepiness, when you see something like Yaya DaCosta's, it's hard to regret it.


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Autumn Reeser, so literally Grecian she's ready for ambrosia on Olympus - or at least a production of Orpheo.


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Dylan Lauren runs a candy-store chain. Presumably, she's in Ralph Lauren. And it's the color of an apple Jolly Rancher, so.


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Candy hues were, in fact, popular: Exhibit B? Actress Tammin Sursok.


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And Jenna Dewan does grape-hued early-90s.


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When in doubt, many reach for charmeuse, a la What Not to Wear reveals. Despite the fact that, as Sanaa Lathan demonstrates, it doesn't ever do one justice on the red carpet.


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An even more compelling argument against it: Erika Christensen's blush number.


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It's like Jurnee Smollet's dress was designed to facilitate the RC "I'm a little teapot!"


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Actress Troian Avery Bellisario's bow and necklace are in a fight to the death. My money's on the rocks.


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As Michelle Trachtenberg shows, a trench always looks cool.


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Marisa Miller, in a pretty take on the feminine blush.


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Kim Kardashian in less-than-basic — but flattering — pencil-skirted black.


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Jamie Lynn Sigler in a new classic: the 40's-inflected shoulder.


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Jessica Stroup's metallic purse is a pretty counterpoint to her classic neutrals.


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Eliza Dushku shows that you don't need to go tight to be a total hot tamale. (As my grandmother would say.)


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And Keisha Whitaker, demonstrating that a classic, Roper-esque caftan is still among the smoothest of all summer options.


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Perhaps best in show? Amber Heard's exercise in retro.


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"Worst" goes, without contest, to Kelly Brook. Whose bodice looks like an animal - or at least a basketball - died very much in vain.

[Images via Getty]

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