Award season continued last night at London's Elle Style Awards. It was another star-studded turnout, after last year's celebration attracted the likes of Kristen Stewart and Carey Mulligan. Rumored new face of Lancôme Emma Watson donned a pale pink Hakaan dress to accept the top honor for Style Icon, just one day after she wore another fabulous gown, a Valentino, to the BAFTAs. Emma accepted her statue from designer Vivienne Westwood and said from the stage, "It feels amazing. Fashion is something that I love. I try not to think about it too much. I try and block all that off and I just do what I love and just have fun with it. I’ve definitely been feeling the pressure a bit more recently but it’s just fun for me." Joining Emma were other fashionable ladies like an Emilio Pucci-clad Blake Lively, who traveled from NYC to pick up the Best TV Star statue during a break from filming Gossip Girl. A fresh from Fashion Week Alexa Chung looked ladylike in Yves St. Laurent on her way inside, while Thandie Newton arrived in a printed purple Louis Vuitton.
Dining with the Fab faces of Paris Fashion Week or making a statement at Sundance demands a certain amount of style. Clearly, our celeb favorites were up for the challenge, making styled appearances at both major events — and everything in between. Among the standouts this week: Minka Kelly getting glam for her premiere, Diane Kruger donning Chanel, Kate Bosworth balancing cozy and cool in Sundance, and Thandie Newton looking chic in London. Of course, these ladies are just a handful of the fashion pack; click through to see the rest of the top 10.
Victoria Beckham heated up a chilly London evening in a sexy, slit-to-there gown of her own design at this evening's British Fashion Awards. Stylish stars including Alexa Chung, Naomi Campbell, and Emma Roberts also stepped out for the hot red carpet. Victoria was a nominee for the Designer Brand Award, though Mulberry ultimately took home the honor — find the full list of winners on FabSugar UK. Victoria made the trip from LAX to Heathrow on Sunday, following David's stint in Europe last week, during which he helped Prince William publicize England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup. The sexy couple were able to spend last weekend together, since David returned to California on Friday in time to take over care of their boys while she is off on her latest adventure.
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There have been rumblings that For Colored Girls is director Tyler Perry's best work. If that's true, then I fear for what that says about his career as a filmmaker. The movie is based on the Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which first hit the stage in 1975. Perry's adaptation is a sloppy effort, as he has foregone any sort of updating or modernization of the 35-year-old production, choosing instead to exploit timeworn clichés to portray the dramatic lives of several African American women living in New York City.
It's a shame, because Perry has many fine actresses in his cast, like Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Kerry Washington, and Whoopi Goldberg. The movie follows them over the course of a few days, as each character endures a horrific ordeal (think rape, abortion, and physical abuse). Perry is going for a powerful, extravagantly theatrical feeling, but each story plays out like an after-school special.
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At the New York premiere of For Colored Girls last night, Thandie Newton stood out from the other lovely ladies on the red carpet by going extremely subtle with her makeup. It was surprising for a gala event, but I loved the palette, and it's easy to replicate. Start out with cream black eyeliner like Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner ($14) along your upper lash lines, then follow with a soft peach blush like Paul & Joe Face Color in Peach Melba ($24), and finish up with a nude pink lipstick like Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Lilac Pink ($24) or
Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Ruby Nude ($6).
Tyler Perry has a reputation for formulaic films, but will he fare better working off someone else's material? In his ambitious For Colored Girls (an adaptation of the play), the director rounds up his go-to actresses (Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson) along with a few newbies (Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton) for a harrowing look at love and abuse. It's promising, though somewhat overwrought. Watch when you read more
It was a good weekend of manjoyment in Canada, with a handful of Hollywood's hottest touching down to promote movie projects at the Toronto Film Festival. Josh Hartnett had a busy Saturday at the premiere of his Bunraku before moving on with his cast to the afterparty. Scott Speedman looked good in his denim shirt with his costars like Minnie Driver at a press conference for Barney's Version. Matt Damon, meanwhile, kept the good times going at a screening of Hereafter with Bryce Dallas Howard and their director, Clint Eastwood. Freida Pinto and Dev Patel upped the festival's cute factor by making an adorable and PDA-filled cameo supporting her new Woody Allen project, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton stuck together for their red carpet debut of Vanishing on 7th Street. Ryan Reynolds arrived late in the afternoon to prep for his upcoming press duties on behalf of Buried. The cinema event is in full swing following a star-studded few days, in which the highlight was Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's appearance to show off his The Town — stay tuned for lots more news and photos as TIFF continues!
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New York Fashion Week kicked off this week, and the Venice Film Festival continued, so there were lots of delicious red carpet looks to munch on. Here are three appetizers: Thandie Newton in Stella McCartney, Shannyn Sossamon in Louis Vuitton, and Heidi Klum in mega sparkle. Step inside for the rest: Rachel Bilson, Jenna Lyons, Selita Ebanks, Michelle Williams, Eva Mendes, and more.
Gwyneth Paltrow was decked out in tight pants to attend London's version of Fashion's Night Out yesterday. She and pals like Claudia Schiffer, Thandie Newton, and model Natalia Vodianova gathered to celebrate the evening at Stella McCartney's shop in the city. In NYC, things kicked off on Tuesday with Anna Wintour's first-ever FNO runway show. Gwyneth's in England with her family after they were together in the Hamptons enjoying a beachy vacation while her daughter Apple competed in an equestrian competition. Gwyneth will be back to work again Friday, when she joins her fellow A-listers at the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon.
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Haven't seen enough apocalyptic thrillers? Vanishing on 7th Street is banking on that. The new horror film stars Hayden Christensen as a man who wakes up one day to find the world mostly devoid of human life. After a permanent darkness sets in, he finds a few folks to stick with, including Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo. It's not just the fact that the lights are out that makes Vanishing on 7th Street creepy — predictably, there's something lurking in the dark, hunting our protagonists. While it bears a resemblance to 2007's I Am Legend, I wouldn't write it off — director Brad Anderson was also the mastermind behind The Machinist and has helmed a handful of episodes of Fringe.
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