A year goes by so fast! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was giving you the fashion run-down for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, but here we are again. The awards last night were so unexpected and although that’s usually the case with any MTV event, I don’t think many were prepared for some of the ceremony antics. I won’t mention anything specific, especially not about two particular dudes kissing — and that those dudes were Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Gasp!
Let’s talk about fashion. I never expect major gowns or outstanding looks at the Movie Awards, which is good because that made the shockers of last night all the better. Check out my “Best Dressed” list of some seriously fabulous ladies below — some may even surprise you.
1. Kristen Stewart in Balmain
I’m a huge fan of the fashion house Balmain and the edgy/rock-chic creations by former head designer Christophe Decarnin. As a fan of the brand, I was very excited that Kristen Stewart, star of “The Twilight Saga” films, showed up in one of Decarnin’s designs, but it was an amazing short red leather strapless dress that was heavily embellished with safety pins, stars, and studs. This hot number was from the spring 2011 collection, but wasn’t seen on the runway so that made it even better. I knew instantly that despite all of the other dresses I had seen last night, this would be my favorite.
Kristen left her hair in a tousled signature bed-head style and she had legs for days with the black calf leather “Chiara” pumps by Christian Louboutin. Her make-up wasn’t overwhelming but the smokey eyes played up the dress as did her nail polish! Manicurist, Ashlie Johnson did Kristen’s nails in “Midnight Blue” by Essie. No jewelry was necessary as Kristen’s dress was stand out all on its own.
I’ve been waiting for three years to see Kristen finally step out in Balmain, and boy was it worth the wait.
2. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Dolce & Gabbana
I think it’s pretty much a fact that if you want to show up in a sexy animal print dress, it’s Dolce & Gabbana that you go to. “Transformers 3” star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attended the MTV Movie Awards in a long-sleeve tight tiger printed dress, it was shown on the runway in the recent fall collection presentation and she had it altered to raise further up her legs. Of course she did. I’m a huge fan of natural color leopard print but this is probably my most favorite tiger print I’ve seen on a dress.
Sometimes there’s a fine borderline with animal print on clothing, one small wrong move and you could end up looking trashy. Rosie looked anything but last night. I loved how her hair was only partially pulled up and her matching accessories, which included a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Sergio Rossi “Totem” wedges, were the perfect additions to complete her look.
3. Elizabeth Reaser in Elie Saab
This only dress from my favorite designer that was worn last night, but I can’t complain because the quality of Elizabeth Reaser in this fall 2009 black cabochon-embellished mini by Elie Saab made up for the lack of quantity. The “Twilight” hot mama knew how to work it in this dress and obviously knows how to accessorize as well…including how much is needed. Not much was because, like with Kristen’s dress, this look is so eye-catching.
I loved her loose vixen waves as they were so effortless. Elizabeth completed her look with sky-high black platform peep toe pumps and a serpent ring by Jack Vartanian.
4. Leighton Meester in Balmain
A classic MTV awards look! If you can’t “bring the bling” at an MTV event, then you can’t do it anywhere. Leighton Meester was high voltage last night in her mirrored, silver embellished, long-sleeve super mini dress from the fall collection by Balmain. The neckline is crew and the whole dress is embellished so Leighton was able to leave her lightened locks long and flowy while not disturbing the look of the dress.
Leighton was good to go with a few jewels by Bulgari and a pair of black and silver multi-strap sandals by Pierre Hardy.
5. Mila Kunis in Balmain
I may have not gotten a lot of Saab on the carpet, but Balmain was very good to me last night. After being blown away by both Leighton and Kristen, I was thrilled that Mila Kunis also chose the fashion house as her choice for her awards ensemble. Opting for a two piece look rather than a dress, the “Friends with Benefits” actress wore a multi-colored metallic mini skirt with a loose fitting long-sleeve black top that she rolled the sleeves of. This is definitely a look you can wear anywhere! The MTV Movie Awards are a place where you can keep it low-key while still being glam and that’s what I felt Mila did.
Mila kept her gorgeous dark locks pin straight with dewy make-up and smokey eyes. She completed her look with pink and gold “Dolly” pumps by Charlotte Olympia that matched the colors in her skirt perfectly.
6. Emma Watson in Marchesa
Emma Watson is too cute! The “Harry Potter” star arrived in a gorgeous hand embroidered silk white dress by Marchesa and a pair of metallic silver leather pumps by Brian Atwood. The look was sophisticated, playful, and sassy all at once which I felt suited the personality of Emma as well as her figure and her sense of style. Look at the neckline and cap-sleeves on that dress – it looks like a huge glamorous necklace!
I love the whole effortless style about it that is still so chic and I think her growing pixie hair cut adds to that. A pair of earrings by KumKum completed Emma’s look.
7. Selena Gomez in Giambattista Valli
I originally had envisioned this Giambattista Valli spring 2011 crop top and skirt on Ashley Greene or Leighton Meester, but when I saw Selena Gomez last night I realized that she was actually perfect for this look! Just like her choice of Christian Cota at the Kids’ Choice Awards earlier this year, Selena kept it short – white based with a hint of spring color to bring out her tan and highlight her beautiful dark hair that she left half pulled up and out of her face. They weren’t shown together on the runway, but I love how the mint and darker shades of green in the top compliment the block of nude color on her skirt and the hint on the white and the hem.
Selena complimented the colors with a matching clutch and pointed toe satin pumps by Casadei. You can’t tell from the picture, but the heels of her shoes are like needles. She really worked this look from head to toe.
8. Ashley Benson in Matthew Williamson
I was shocked that Ashley Benson was so overlooked last night! The “Pretty Little Liars” actress didn’t even have photos posted until later into the night which was so lame according to me, because she looked fabulous and was much more well put together than some of the big names that attended.
Ashley wore the ultimate party dress for the biggest party of the summer in this gold and pewter dress from the spring collection by Matthew Williamson. I love the defined bustier that blends into the tiered slightly fringed skirt and the way the metallic flecks in the embroidery give off a shine.
She completed her look with edgy black-rimmed eyes, Amrapali rose-cut diamond earrings and dress-matching pewter double platform peep toe pumps by Salvatore Ferragamo.
9. Emma Stone in Bottega Veneta
This was something I wasn’t expecting but was happy it happened. Emma Stone returned to her signature red hair and matched her entire outfit to it in a completely chic way. The black lace overlay over Emma’s orange bustier dress by Bottega Veneta allowed the hints of color to pop through and compliment the darker orange neo silk faille clutch, “The Amazing Spider-Man” actress carried. It was well thought out and while most didn’t think it was an MTV award show type look and should have been worn at a movie premiere, I thought it worked just fine.
I wasn’t completely sold on the rust-colored satin double platform pumps by Casadei because they have a waved thick heel, but I actually love it. If Emma was going to stray away from Lanvin for a night – this was a great way to do it.
10. Aimee Teegarden in Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet
Another actress that wasn’t on everyone’s fashion it-list was Aimee Teegarden – again, I don’t know why. I personally love a good black dress, but I’m also a big lover of colorful things and I especially love color for summer events. Aimee’s Alice + Olivia “Krysta” dress was not only bright and full of color, but it was a great combination of shades. I wasn’t a fan of her shoes when I first saw photos emerge and I’m still not, but my thoughts on her dress make me totally overlook them.
Hopefully this is the start of a great red carpet streak for Aimee.
Honorable Mentions: Hailee Steinfeld in Louis Vuitton and Nikki Reed in Heather
I wanted give the honorable mentions to Hailee Steinfeld and Nikki Reed because while part of me liked their looks a lot, there were a few things wrong with both — enough not to make my Top 10. I feel like you should always rock a look from head-to-toe and these two actresses almost did.
I adored the concept of Hailee wearing a tuxedo, I love women wearing awesome suits. I love dresses, but I don’t always like wearing them myself and lately some of the top actresses in Hollywood have been showing me that you really don’t have to and you can still look just as chic. When I heard Hailee went for it, I was dying to see how she looked…and then I did. Don’t get me wrong, I love her Louis Vuitton tuxedo and how it’s embellished with sequins on the lapel and thick strips down the leg, but I don’t love that it doesn’t look tailored to her body at all. Considering she has red nails and red lips…I would have also preferred a red or hot pink – yes hot pink – clutch. I was trying to figure out what she could’ve replaced the white tee with and not make it look trashy…but I couldn’t. Even still, I don’t like the white t-shirt. Maybe if Hailee had matched the clutch with green shoes popping beneath her pants it would’ve helped. But she didn’t… so it didn’t.
As for Nikki Reed, I am so torn. I think her dress by Heather is cool, definitely cool enough for the awards, but it’s everything else that is just not working for me at all. The shoes need to go for sure, and they need to be replaced with something shiny. A metallic shoe would’ve changed the entire look for the better. Especially a silver pair like Emma Watson’s or in rose gold — even a neon shade. Her hair in a high ponytail would’ve added edge and drama…and no clutch at all so that she could’ve thrown those hands on her hips and worked it. Her Loree Rodkin jewels were fabulous and I wouldn’t have changed that, but I don’t think some bangles would’ve done any harm.
Both of these actresses were just…soclose.