Celeb's style at the red carpet

From class to crass, here’s what the year’s red carpets at home and abroad have offered so far. Celebrities might have an impeccable sense of style, but if they can’t nail the red carpet look, there’s no place for them in fashion’s hall of fame.
Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf, Priyanka Monga, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2012 01:16 AM IST

Celebrities might have an impeccable sense of style, but if they can’t nail the red carpet look, there’s no place for them in fashion’s hall of fame. A Versace or a Valentino might help them blend in the swathes of billowing gowns and glittering jewels, but the ones who stand out are the ones who push the fashion envelope, defying the rules.

It’s easier said than done, as some stylish
A-listers are led to the ‘hall of shame’ the moment they step on the red carpet. Fashion designer Rina Dhaka explains how. “The biggest fashion disasters take place when actors try to be somebody they are not, while the ones who take the red carpet by the storm are those who work out an individualistic style that is in sync with their age and body type,” she says. In our round-up of a few recent national and international red carpet events, we tell you whose style was an eyesore and who got the critic’s vote for their stylish looks.

Those who impressed
Lea Michele
At the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 all eyes were at actor Lea Michele. Designer Namrata Joshipura says, “Lea’s look is classic, young-Hollywood that loves to show off the body. The dress’s drape and colour add a nice textural feel, and is very sexy.”
emma stone
Actor Emma Stone stole the show at The Golden Globe Awards 2012 in her plum Lanvin gown with raspberry panelling side insert and an eagle motif belt. Designer Rina Dhaka says, “The colour is good and the sleek silhouette suits her frame. The belt is very interesting.”

Kareena Kapoor
Actor Kareena Kapoor looked gorgeous in a white off-shoulder Paule Ka gown at the Apsara Awards 2012. “It’s a simple, yet elegant dress and her no-accessories look enhances the gown. The strappy black heels and red lips are also looking very nice,” says Dhaka.

Kalki Koechlin
Actor Kalki Koechlin’s classic black gown at the 17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2012 was not just a safe bet, but also a great pick. “Her dress’s neck detailing makes it classy. The overall silhouette accentuates her height and linearity,” says Joshipura.
Those who disappointed

Busy Philipps
American actor Busy Philipps in a beachy SIMONE by Katie Nehra dress got it all wrong at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards (SAG) 2012. “It’s a bad choice. Neither the boho print, nor the cut of the gown works for the lady,” says designer Rina Dhaka.

Shazahn Padamsee
Actor Shazahn Padamsee’s Nachiket Barve gown at the Star Screen Awards 2012 is being called cute by fledgling fashion bloggers, but we beg to differ. “The dress doesn’t suit her. She is petite and needed something sexy, and the dress is too large for her,” says Dhaka.

Kelly Osbourne
British TV actor Kelly Osbourne’s alien-inspired look didn’t work at The Golden Globe Awards 2012. “The dress starts off with promise as the shoulders look interesting, but it goes downhill with the tulip hem that’s all crushed,” says designer Namrata Joshipura.
Black is back
It’s reliable, it’s classy, it hides the flaws, and it’s back on the red carpet. From actors Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone to singer Ashlee Simpson, a number of Hollywood stars were seen in black gowns at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) 2012, unlike the Golden Globes and the People’s Choice Critic awards, where pastels, muted and bright hues ruled the red carpet. “Black gowns are as classic as the colour, which is sexy and empowering. They can never go off the fashion radar,” says designer Leena Singh.

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