How does it feel to be on the International Best-Dressed List?
JC: That was a big shock. When I think of the red carpet, I don't think, "Look at me! Take my picture!" A dress, for me, is like a sculpture. It's a piece of art. I feel so lucky that I get to wear them.
Do you have a favorite dress?
JC: My absolute favorite is my Oscar dress-the Alexander McQueen one that Sarah Burton created. My whole life I imagined, "What would it be like to go to the Oscars?" So what she created for me was as special and emotional as being at a wedding dress fitting because it was the culmination of my dream.
On the opposite note, have you ever suffered for fashion?
JC: Oh, yeah! [Laughs] I believe in boning in dresses, very, very high heels, very tight skirts and plunging necklines. When I look for an outfit, I don't look for comfort. I look for the drama. It's always worth it in the end.
What's the most uncomfortable thing you've ever worn?
JC: A corset, because when you first put it on, you're like, "I can do this." But there was one time where, after I'd been wearing a dress for four hours, I kept going to the bathroom every 15 minutes with someone, and they'd undo the back of my dress and I'd massage my ribs for like five minutes. Then we'd jimmy it back up and go back out. I did that three times throughout the dinner. And when I'd come back out, I'd be smiling—like, no problem!
Jewelry Trend STATEMENT EARRINGS
ADDING THESE BOLD BAUBLES 'BRINGS OUT YOUR FEATURES,' SAYS JEWELER LORRAINE SCHWARTZ
in Lorraine Schwartz.
KELLY OSBOURNE in Jacob & Co.
in Lorraine Schwartz.
in Lorraine Schwartz.
Did You Know...?
THE FUNNY CONNECTIONS BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD AND THE STYLE WORLD
MELISSA McCARTHY has been best friends with shoe and accessories designer BRIAN ATWOOD since high school.
Actress LENA DUNHAM'S babysitter was designer ZAC POSEN.
In Les Misérables
, ANNE HATHAWAY
's hair was cut by stylist PAUL GOOCH, who was dressed to look like a woman.
Style 101 with QUVENZHANE WALLIS
THE BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
STAR-AND BEST ACTRESS OSCAR NOMINEE-SHARES HER RED CARPET RULES:
Rule No. 1
Keep It Colorful
"I don't like just black by itself. I like colors: pink, purple and blue."
Rule No. 2
Mom Knows Best
"I don't pick out the things I wear," says Wallis, 9, who has a deal with her mom, Qulyndreia. "My mom picks them, and I have to agree to it."
Rule No. 3
Apply the Spin Test
"I like when a tutu dress flares so I can spin around," she says.
Rule No. 4
Along with her favorite animal-shaped Pucci & Company purse ("I have two dogs and two cats"), she loves "headbands, bows and little heels."
Rule No. 5
Wallis makes sure her dresses aren't too long so she doesn't trip. "I don't want to humiliate myself."
TO LOOK FAB IN FRONT OF THE FLASHBULBS, THESE PROS HAVE GO-TO MOVES!
LEFT HAND TO HIP
in Chanel Haute Couture
in Chanel Haute Couture
LEFT LEG POPPED
in Stella McCartney
in Zuhair Murad
in Stella McCartney
in Dolce & Gabbana
in Ani Lee
in Roberto Cavalli
THEY BUSTED, THEY RIPPED, THEY EVEN DRIPPED! THESE SNAFUS UPSTAGED THE STARS WHO WORE THEM
When the actress lifted her Dior Haute Couture gown on the way to accept her SAG Award, she exposed a layer of tulle.
It took 10 minutes-and two seamstresses-to repair Vergara's Zuhair Murad gown after it burst at the Emmys. "These things happen," she says.
Wear & Tear!
She hit the Golden Globes afterparties intent on bustin' loose! After ripping her Jenny Packham gown, she confessed on Instagram, "I think I may have danced too hard."
EMMA WATSONThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
star (in Giorgio Armani) learned the pitfalls of wearing pasties at her L.A. premiere.
While the comedian was all smiles on the red carpet for the 2012 People's Choice Awards, her skin's apparent adverse reaction to her bracelet was no laughing matter.
Spray-tan fans beware! Aguilera discovered an unfortunate side effect to her faux-glow when her tan reportedly ran down her leg during her tribute at Etta James's memorial service.
READY, SET, DAZZLE! CELEBS REVEAL HOW LONG IT REALLY TAKES TO GO FROM ZERO TO FABULOUS
in Pavoni at the IN STYLE and Warner Bros. Golden Globes Party.
"I like to take breaks."
in Emilio Pucci at the 2013 BET Honors Gala.
She can do her own makeup!
in Bottega Veneta at the National Board of Review Awards Gala.
"I'm clueless with what to wear."
in Zuhair Murad at the Golden Globes.
"I'm quick! You have to be when you have a baby." -MIRANDA KERR
in Versace at the Twilight Breaking Dawn-Part 2
"That's my max."
Who's That Girl?
Hometown: New Canaan, Conn.
How you know her: The actress plays prim Marnie on the HBO hit Girls
. Plus her dad is NBC newsman Brian Williams!
Fashion cred: She had head-turning red carpet moments in Oscar de la Renta (above) and Joseph Altuzarra and landed front row seats during New York fashion week.
Her new style mantra: "I used to be afraid of color, but I learned that it can send a message."
LOOKING FOR FRESH, FIERCE AND FASHIONABLE DESIGNS? THE LONDON RUNWAYS ARE THE ONES TO WATCH
Known for BOLD PRINTS
"It's not about a generic print," Katrantzou, 30, said of her collections. Instead the designer favored by Sarah Jessica Parker
digitally imprints everyday objects-think lamp shades and china bowls-onto her dresses to create what British Vogue
calls a "feat of trompe l'oeil fantasy."
Known for SEXY SILHOUETTES
When stars like Cate Blanchett
step out in Berardi's designs, they're wearing a piece of him. "My aesthetic is a product of who I am," says the U.K.-based designer, 44, who grew up in Italy. "It's part British, very tailored. Then it worships the female form, which comes from the Sicilian side."
Known for PLAYFUL PATTERNS
When Peter Pilotto, 35, and partner Christopher De Vos, 32, started to collaborate, "we realized we like the same things but different aspects within them," says Pilotto. That ethos is reflected in their work, which Olivia Munn has worn. "We like similar yet clashing shades close together."
Getting the RED CARPET TREATMENT
JUST IN TIME FOR AWARDS SEASON, CHECK OUT THE SERVICES THAT LEAVE CLIENTS FEELING LIKE A CELEBRITY
Red Carpet Cleanses
WHERE: redcarpetcleanses.com or (866)409-1367
WHAT YOU GET: Three-day delivery of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, packed in a convenient stay-fresh container.
COST: $90 per day of juices
CELEB FAN: Gwyneth Paltrow
Red Carpet Facial
WHERE: Tracie Martyn Spa in N.Y.C.
WHAT YOU GET: An hourlong visit that includes oxygen mist, amber LED lights and wrinkle-reducing enzymes that lead to a "nonsurgical mini face-lift."
CELEB FAN: Kate Winslet
Red Carpet Blowout
WHERE: Prive Salon in L.A.
WHAT YOU GET: After getting your hair washed and conditioned, leave the salon with glamorous and bouncy waves.
CELEB FANS: Kate Bosworth
and Emma Roberts
Ready for the Red Carpet Manicure
WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills
WHAT YOU GET: Pamper your hands and feet in a private suite with choice of champagne or custom juice.
COST: Mani is $50; Pedi is $85
CELEB FAN: Juliette Binoche
Red Carpet Experts Package
WHERE: Warren-Tricomi L.A.
WHAT YOU GET: After a consultation, sit back on the big day for makeup done by celeb fave Kristie Streicher and hair styling. Then a fashion pro will provide dress options.
CELEB FAN: Lea Michele
is a salon client.
Oscar Glow Treatment
WHERE: St. Tropez tanner Fiona Locke does house calls!
WHAT YOU GET: Head-to-toe exfoliation followed by a spray tan that ranges from subtle to bronze.
COST: $420 for 2½ hours
CELEB FAN: Kim Kardashian
is a client.
Cold blasts of liquid nitrogen reinvigorate the skin for 10 minutes.
THE PLACENTA FACIAL
Stem-cell-infused creams are applied for hydration.
ACTIVE REVERSE FACIAL
The cheeks, jawline and inside of mouth are massaged to tighten the face.
TRIPLE CROWN FACIAL
A facialist applies microcurrents and oxygen to refresh the skin.
PINK DIAMOND FACIAL
Oxygen is released into the skin with iodine from pink diamonds.
Let a Star Stylist DRESS YOU!
FROM BASICS TO BALL GOWNS, THE EXPERTS WHO OUTFIT ANGELINA JOLIE
AND CHARLIZE THERON
FOR A-LIST EVENTS ARE ROLLING OUT THEIR OWN COLLECTIONS WITH MASS APPEAL
LESLIE FREMAR FOR FRUIT OF THE LOOM
Her expertise at styling the likes of Charlize Theron
"helps elevate" these tees, says Fremar. Scoop Neck Short Sleeve Tee, $24; bloomingdales.com
JILL MARTIN FOR QVC
PEOPLE STYLEWATCH contributor Martin designed this tote, inspired by the one that will be gifted to celebs at the QVC pre-Oscars bash in Beverly Hills on Feb. 22: "It's glamour for everyday life!" Red Carpet Tote $40.75; qvc.com
KATE YOUNG FOR TARGET
On April 14 the stylist who gives Michelle Williams her It Girl allure will bring evening wear to Target: "I wanted to design standout pieces that allow women to create their own red carpet moments." $14.99-$89.99
Red Carpet Comeback Sally Field
Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field has fond memories of standing at the podium during awards season. Standing on the red carpet, however, was another story. "I haven't liked the way I looked ... ever," says Field, 66, reflecting on her fashion history. Until now: This year the Lincoln star stepped out of her hoop skirts and into custom-made gowns by luxe European labels for the first time in her long career. "It's amazing to have people like Alberta Ferretti and J. Mendel say, 'Let me make a dress for you,' " says Field, who admits that the process is "unusual" for her. For the Golden Globes, Ferretti created a navy chiffon cap-sleeve gown that Field says "looks like one of those classic Singer Sargent paintings." It also highlighted her new trim figure after she recently shed the 25 lbs. she gained to portray Mary Todd Lincoln. (When filming ended, "I began to work out like a mad fiend!" Field told Jay Leno.) And after wowing in a "romantic" lilac J. Mendel gown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, it seems Field is finally embracing her glamorous side—right down to her two-hour prep: "I now have a squad, and we're laughing a lot!"
POSH & PREGNANT
WHOA, MAMA! THESE EXPECTANT STARS BUMP UP THE STYLE QUOTIENT WHEN DRESSING FOR TWO
in her first TRIMESTER!
EVAN RACHEL WOOD
in Ralph Lauren Collection.
at 5 MONTHS!
in Jenny Packham.
at 5 MONTHS!
BUSY PHILIPPS in Alberta Ferretti.
at 7 MONTHS!
MALIN AKERMAN in Alberta Ferretti.
WEDDED TO A DESIGNER
THERE'S THE REAL SPOUSE—AND THE PAL RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY BIG NIGHTS, INCLUDING THE BIGGEST OF ALL
"He understands everything about me. . . . We've fallen in love," says the Oscar contender—not of her husband of four months, Adam Shulman, but of Valentino, whom she first met in 2005. He came out of retirement to create her pink-tinged wedding dress because "she's like my daughter."
& Giambattista Valli
For her walk down the aisle at her Italian nuptials, "I was really comfortable talking to him about something important like this," says Biel of longtime friend Valli. The result was a "romantic and different" patterned petal-pink confection. "She can wear a T-shirt or couture," Valli has said. "She's never contrived."
Designing Portman's Black Swan costumes, the gown she wore to pick up an Oscar for the role and the tea-length dress she wore to wed dancer Benjamin Millepied on Aug. 4 has made Laura and Kate Mulleavy's bond with the star solid. "It's easy for us to communicate," Laura has said.
& Karl Lagerfeld
Along with a new last name and a new baby, the star got a new wardrobe when she married Will Kopelman-son of former Chanel CEO Arie-on June 2. "I wear a lot of Chanel now," the new mom, who wed in ruffles courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld, has said. But she adds her own twist. "I try to do a little something funky and me."