The young and the fabulous of Hollywood gathered for the annual Teen Choice Awards in LA yesterday and while the winners collected the very handy surf boards, our attention was firmly fixed on the red carpet outfits. The resulting looks were hit and miss, from Hailee Steinfeld’s galactic gown to Sandra Bullock’s flattering floral frock. Here Grazia's Senior Fashion News & Features Editor Katherine Ormerod and Fashion Assistant Josh Newis-Smith give their opinion on the best and worst of the bunch…
Hailee Steinfeld In House of Holland
Katherine Ormerod: Hailee is known for her challenging fashion taste and always manages to combine the pop with the pretty. Making that tricky transition from child to adult star seems to be wreaking havoc with her beauty routine though - there is waaaay too much eye make-up going on here.
Josh Newis-Smith: Someone has been busy with their Crayola crayons - poor Hailee can barely keep her eyes open with such heavy eye shadow application. As for the dress, it's a bold attempt to make red carpet dressing young and fun with an inter-galactic star explosion, but is it a tad too much?
Miley Cyrus In Saint Laurent
Katherine Ormerod: Call me grandma, but Miley's white shoes, sheer top, leather bra and mini skirt are a touch de trop, non? Each of the pieces are independently alluring - especially that wardrobe winning skirt - but wearing them all at once doesnt scream elegant to me. Like Rihanna, Miley seems to endlessly dare to bare - I'd love to see her with some more clothes on. Now that would be controversial.
Josh Newis Smith: She may have left her trusty ‘party grill’ at home, but Miley continued her fash-volution with this Saint Laurent look. What would Hannah Montana think of this punky, reveal/conceal, leather ensemble? Probably that it needs a cowboy hat #countrychic
Selena Gomez In Cushnie et Ochs and Nicholas Kirkwood Lace Pumps
Katherine Ormerod: Selena is growing up to be quite the soigne sophisticate. Cushnie et Ochs has been a big winner on the celebrity circuit of late and the American based label has dressed Michelle Obama, no less. Their USP? Figure hugging dresses with well-placed slits and cut-outs for the confident dresser. There's no doubt Ms Gomez, who looks ridiculously comfortable in her own skin, is their perfect customer. Top marks.
Josh Newis Smith: Morphing into a sorceress seductress before our very eyes, Selena is all cut and slash in this sexy number. Who can blame her? After finally giving Justin Bieber the heave-ho, the singer is on the lookout for a new squeeze and there is no better way to attract a new man than showing off your God-given assets. However this does look a touch like it’s coming apart at the seams; one long black gown with one serious slit probably would have done the job a touch better.
Lea Michele In Oscar de la Renta
Katherine Ormerod: Lea has always played up her girly femininity, and this pink on pink dress borders on saccharine. It was doubtless a tough outfit choice, and we can presume her mind is more caught up with the tragic loss of her boyfriend Cory Monteith than on nailing the red carpet. However, there's no doubt Lea pulls it off in a wholesome and totally teen-appropriate way.
Josh Newis Smith: *Sending virtual hugs* This is a cute-as-a-button look which taps nicely into one of the key trends of autumn/winter: pink. There is nothing fussy about this look, nothing too considered, it’s just easy breezy elegance and a brilliantly brave choice for someone who's making her first public appearance since the tragic death of her boyfriend.
Lily Collins In Fausto Puglisi
Katherine Ormerod: Fausto Puglisi is the Milanese wunderkind beloved by Anna Dello Russo and recently installed as creative director at Ungaro. Puglisi is a fan of OTT colour and flamboyance and following the footsteps of Gianni Versace, he also seems to have a thing for Miami palms. The mullet skirt is certainly not one of my favourite garments, but Lily is generally a red carpet whizz, so Ill let her off.
Josh Newis Smith: Our fashion crush of the moment is not putting a foot wrong! We love this because it’s all party at the bottom but sophisticated at the top - if you can’t wear a tropical print in the summer when can you!? Plus, the mullet hem is very this red carpet season, throw the Audrey Hepburn-esque beauty into the mix and you have borderline perfection (minus that shoe issue - platform alert!).
Katherine Ormerod: Fausto has scored another fan in teen star Bella Thorne....awkward. While Lily's look is elegant, Bella has gone for a more street-chic rendition with her palm printed sweater and skirt. For me, the sweater has just to much fabric going on for Bella's slight frame - the sleeves look over-long and the deep folds of the tuck-in ruin the line. Plus a sandal would have worked better, those platform pumps are clumpy and dated.
Josh Newis Smith: From the tropical delights of Lily Collins, to the tropical tsunami that is Ms Thorne. The varsity sleeve, the contrast colours, the fringe, the hoops AND the clutch do not sit well together. Bella should have casually chopped off the sleeves en route to the awards; it could have possibly saved her. Is it a jacket? Is it a top? Is it a dress? Who knows…
Chloe Moretz In Christopher Kane
Katherine Ormerod: I'm a big Chloe fan, these days, who isn't? While I think this dress would work best on a woman with ample curves, it looks suitably poppy for the young actress. The low-key beauty is however, a bit too Kristen Stewart on a particularly resistant day, but I admire the implicit rebellious spirit.
Josh Newis Smith: Taking a step back to the Nineties with the off the shoulder neckline, Chloe looks like she has plugged some electric wires into her dress and created some serious elegant-ricity! With the whole ‘I just bunged my hair up, and what?’ look Chloe lets the dress do the talking. She is one seriously sassy sixteen year old.
Sandra Bullock In Antonio Berardi and Casadei Shoes
Katherine Ormerod: Sandra is a red carpet pro and one of the funniest women to have ever walked the planet. If you havent seen The Heat yet do yourself a favour and get down to your local multiplex, sharpish. This dress is youthful but not mutton, flattering but not eye-popping, and directional but not try-hard. If you want to know what 'sports-luxe' actually means, take a tip from Sandy.
Josh Newis Smith: Move aside youngens, Academy Award winning style coming through! Whilst many opted for garish prints and attempted to be edgy (*ahem Miley Cyrus), Sandra showed that a few extra years can give you a literal edge when it comes to the red carpet. An updated floral, some well-placed flattering panels and a sexy hemline creates one seriously sassy, figure loving frock. Plus she was the only one in the line-up to actually consider her shoe options - her Casadei strappy sandal works perfectly here.
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