The Weekend’s Best Dressed: printcesses, pretty pastels and the blonde battle

26 April 2010

As per last week’s lesson in matchy-matchy chic, not even celeb types are immune from dress-doppelganger disasters and it’s no secret that Grazia Daily loves a good fash-off. But when the catastrophe concerns the cream of the A-list crop, we would not want to come between these formidable (and allegedly feuding) fashionistas. So spare a thought for the poor, but exceedingly dapper, Robert Downey Jr who was stuck between Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson wearing near-identical dresses at the LA photo call for big blockbuster Iron Man 2 this weekend. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Oo cripes! This is bad -- although bad in a good way, of course. Because there’s no denying that both ladies look exquisite in their grey knee-length curve-clingers. Scarlett opted for a muted tone with her RM by Roland Mouret Artemis dress and Gwyneth turned to the figure flattering charms of Victoria Beckham’s SS10 collection -- both excellent choices for a sleek and svelte silhouette. But the contest doesn’t stop there. Au contraire! What of the shoes??

And here’s the clincher. While ScarJo played it safe with a pair of Christian Louboutin heels, Gwyn’s curve ball came in the form of her nude Georgina Goodman sandals, funked up with an awesome ‘LOVE’ print. And hence, we deem that La Paltrow reigns supreme in today’s battle of the blondes. Ding Ding! We cannot wait to see what delights Gwynnie will pull out the bag to retain her position as The Iron Man Babe (who could forget the extreme heels and super-short minis of the first film's campaign trail?). Bring on Round 2 we say!

Oh yes, we do love the creativity of a good print and these delectable printcesses (guffaw!) sure did us proud during the weekend's red carpet parade. The mind-bogglingly cool design on Anna Kendrick’s Emilio Pucci mini dress is a guaranteed eye-catcher, reminding us of an elfin creature from Avatar land (always a bonus). Plus, we just luurve that the pattern is made up of blue and silver crystal embellishments - v. swanky dahling! Juliette Lewis was thinking along similar lines when she brought her trademark rocker edge to the Tribeca Film Festival courtesy of a blue leopard print Dolce & Gabbana number and wisely stayed true to the moto ‘less is more’ by letting the bold print do all the talking. The ever-captivating Christy Turlington followed suit with a Zero + Maria Cornejo shift enlivened by a yellow Autumnal print for a unique yet sophisticated edge. We’ll be sure to follow in their fashionable footsteps come sunshine time.

Kirsten Dunst, how we’ve missed you. With that unfussy air and an eye for vintage charms, it’s no wonder the Rodarte twins have christened her as their muse. So how happy we were to see those adorably dimpled cheeks back in the spotlight at the Tribeca Film Festival. And what a comeback! Favoring understated chic rather than glitzy glam, Kirsten kept her signature retro vibe alive with this floral fancy by Nina Ricci decorated with quirky pleats and voluminous sleeves. We're luurving that of-the-moment orange lippy for a modern flair. The clompy black shoes are a little befuddling with such a floaty frock but that Kiki D has always been a kooky one, and that is why we love her so.

Finally, we reserve a special space on our list for another famous trendsetter stepping into spring with pretty pastels. See Whitney Port demonstrating the ideal way to stay cool in the city, thanks to her loose-fitting jumpsuit in a delicate blush pink tone. The draping is so feminine, the print is adorable and with the addition of a tweed jacket, the ensemble is perfect work wear, too. How refreshing! Thanks Whitters. Now where's that sunshine gone...?

- Jessica Vince


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