From the runways to the red carpet, patterns are seriously in play this year. Lately, we’re seeing more actresses eschewing clean whites and basic blacks for outfits that incorporate a lot of bold, bright colors and complex prints—and this week, fab patterned frocks were the look of choice for many a young Hollywood fashionista. Whose Rorschach test of a dress made us mental for her savvy style? And whose busy head-to-toe look went awry just past the ankles? Check it!
Considering the cast, it’s no surprise that this week’s Style Superstar turned up at the premiere for “In Time;” with so many stylish people in one place, we were bound to find a winner. And check out Amanda Seyfried, who looks like a star—literally!—in this Prabal Gurung dress, which features a plunging deep-V back and nebulous purple print that looks like something photographed by the Hubble space telescope. This is a bold choice of frock for any actress; a fabric like this can sometimes make it look less like you’re wearing the dress, and more like the dress is wearing you. But Amanda is more than fierce enough to pull it off, finishing off her look perfectly with smokey eye makeup, simple black platform heels and a similarly uncomplicated black bracelet. Plus, those pleather accents at the waist and collar are a nice nod to the sci-fi/futuristic role she’s playing (because, as we all know, fashion in the distant future consists exclusively of black latex catsuits.)
And Amanda wasn’t the only one rocking a wild pattern on the red carpet this week; Hailee Steinfeld showed up at a British Fashion Council event in this sleek Mary Katrantzou sheath, featuring a colorful confetti floral print offset by twin panels of abstract blue and amber. This is a more grown-up silhouette for the teen actress, and it looks great on her—as does her sleek, super-long ponytail and minimal jewelry. But below the knee, there’s something not quite right here. Not only are Hailee’s shoes a deep, dark, reddish-brown patent leather—an odd choice considering the palette of her dress—but they didn’t photograph well, leaving this bright and whimsical look anchored by a dark, clunky finish. Hopefully she’ll wear this dress again, but paired with a lighter shoe. (Personally, we’d love to see a pair of suede, peep-toe ankle boots matched to that pop of purplish-blue up by her collarbone. Girlfriend is 14! She should be having fun with her footwear!)
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