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The red carpet softens up as these stars step out wearing pretty party dresses in pale purple shades
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in Gucci in New York City.
BRITTANY SNOW in BCBGMAXAZRIA in N.Y.C.
in Hugo Boss in Beverly Hills.
NEWPORT NEWS Pleated Knit dress, $39; newport-news.com
Woven clutch, $43; baghaus.com
Leather peep-toe pump, $29; spiegel.com
DIANE KRUGER was a modern-day goddess in a Chanel dress and Fred Leighton earrings at the Bambi Awards Nov. 27 in Offenberg, Germany.
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As a British aristocrat thrust into the outback in Australia
, Nicole Kidman
's Lady Sarah Ashley "is a fish out of water," says costume designer Catherine Martin. But her carefully researched wardrobe was pitch-perfect for 1939—and can be modernized for 2008's fitted, feminine trends. So much so that Ferragamo (whose shoes were featured in the film) and A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz have created Australia-inspired pieces available now.
A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz dress, $398; 800-232-1854
Ferragamo limited-edition black velvet pump
SASHA'S FIERCE NEW DO
's latest look? A '50s inspired pompadour to promote I Am . . . Sasha Fierce
. "We wanted to come up with something tough for Sasha," says her hairstylist Kim Kimble. Here's how she does it:
1. Flat iron the hair to give it a sleek look.
2. Use a large-barrel curling iron at the top of the head and curl backwards at the roots.
3. Separate the top layer and tease the layers underneath, setting with hair spray.
4. Lay the top layer over the teased roots and finish with shine serum for a smooth look.
Kimble Retrospective Workable Hairspray, $18.50; kimblehaircare.com
HOLIDAY DRESSES ALL UNDER $50
Party on, Recessionista! Six chic styles that won't break the bank
Sassy Sequin & Mesh Dress, $27.80; forever21.com
Off-the-shoulder satin dress, $39; newport-news.com
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Braided one-shoulder dress, $39.50;alloy.com
Strapless brocade dress; $29.80; forever21.com
Flirty purple fringe cocktail dress, $49.99; unique-vintage.com
Front cross strap dress, $25.50; wetseal.com