I watched the Teen Choice Awards…yeah I did. I may have not been a teen for a few years now, but I have no shame. While the awards were as expected nothing to fan-girl over, the clothes were! There was a wide variety of the same ‘ol-same ‘ol red carpet looks, but I did notice a few ladies really bringing their A-game, others continued their streak of fabulous, and some gave me a fresh look.
Below is the run-down of my favorites that you might agree with or you might want to tell me I’m insane for my choices. It is what it is. I may not be a teen anymore and therefore should probably have avoided watching the show all together, but fashion called my name. It’s funny how none of the ladies who made my ‘Best Dressed’ list are teens either, so maybe they should re-name this award show.
1. Nikki Reed in Etro
The bohemian look is huge this summer, but unfortunately it’s not for everyone. There’s a fine line between trying out the look, being true boho, and abusing a trend. “Twilight” star Nikki Reed opted to test la vie bohème last night and pulled it off with flying colors. The actress chose a printed halter-neck handkerchief dress from Etro‘s spring/summer collection that she paired with an over-sized gold hammered cuff and onyx drop earrings – which are also Etro. I love that she went simple with her jewelry and left out a necklace to let the dress neckline stand out, but the gold enhanced the boho vibe and her sun-kissed skin. Nikki kept her accessories simple with a Salvatore Ferragamo black metal leather minaudière.
Nikki’s make-up was soft- but pretty, and her hair was perfectly tousled up with a delicate headband of her own hair braided. Adorable Giuseppe Zanotti E10205 005 mirrored nude sandals completed her look. I wish I could find a clear photo to show them off!
2. Nina Dobrev in D&G
This was something I wasn’t expecting! I could have sworn Nina Dobrev would arrive in a brightly colored outfit and while that would have been fine, I was pleasantly surprised with this well use of gingham print on the red-erm-blue carpet. Stylist, Ilaria Urbinati, hooked “The Vampire Diaries” star up with an adorable navy and white D&G dress and played up the colors with her accessories which included a white Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and navy satin double platform pumps also by Ferragamo. The look was obviously thought out but looked effortless; it was perfect for a low-key award show, but an option for someone wanting to replicate a red carpet look for a date night of their own. A high ponytail and jewelry from Ippolita completed Nina’s look.
3. Fergie in Dolce & Gabbana
The stars love Dolce & Gabbana‘s stars! The fall/winter constellation print from the beloved fashion house has been a red carpet staple for the past several months, but I had yet to see my favorite look until Fergie hit the blue carpet last night for the TCA’s. Although the length was definitely reduced, it didn’t look trashy and it was event appropriate. I can’t help but think Fergie-Ferg was sweating in the hot California sun in those long sleeves though…I hope she had enough sun-block on or else she definitely had something to rival the almighty “farmer’s tan”. This lightened blonde hair actually compliments the Black Eyed Peas which is rare because it can be quite harsh on others.
A black clutch and studded “Pigalle” pumps by Christian Louboutin completed her look.
4. Blake Lively in Gucci
It seems that the recent ‘scandal-that-shall-not-be-named’ Blake Lively has been toning down her sultry red carpet staple style. Long gone are the strapless up-to-there mini dresses, they have since been replaced by knee-length sheath dresses, gowns, and last night our eyes were greeted with a short sleeve, knee-length, decolletage-covering belted tangerine leather dress from Gucci‘s latest resort collection. I loved it! We know Blake has legs a short girl like me could only dream of, but they can be covered from time to time and this time it was done so well. Blake played up the color theme of the award show with silver and turquoise jewelry from one of her favorite designers, Lorraine Schwartz. Surprisingly the “Gossip Girl” actress made her shoe of a choice a pair of animal print “Pigalle” pumps by Christian Louboutin. I wonder if her pal Christian helped her pick them out!
My only problem with this look was the hair. This is one time I was hoping for loose waves instead of the chosen bone-straight and pinned back bangs style.
5. Emma Stone in Christian Dior
The “Crazy, Stupid, Love” actress skipped the carpet, but she didn’t hold back her style! Emma Stone presented during the show and practically walked out in slow motion according to me because all I could focus on was her gorgeous Christian Dior resort dress. The asymmetric silk flowing fabric was long-sleeved but lightweight, a drop waist, with a colorblock style consisting of white, black, and dazzling dark blush sequins. The back-to-red-headed star complimented the sequins of her dress with matching Lanvin peep toe sandals, and Irene Neuwirth jewelry.
I still don’t know which award she presented.
6. Khloe Kardashian in Roberto Cavalli
If you’re surprised that Khloe Kardashian found her way onto one of my ‘Best Dressed’ list, do not be alarmed – I’m an animal print fanatic and this lady did me proud on the blue carpet last night. ‘Goodbye’ skin-tight bandage dresses and ‘Hello’ to the long flowing, mixed animal print gown by Roberto Cavalli from the designer’s pre-fall collection that the Kardashian sister chose for the event. Ever-present were her long dark locks and trusty Yves Saint Laurent pumps, but that gown was a knock-out. Kim usually takes center stage whenever she and her sisters are at one of the many, many award shows they attend each year, but I believe all eyes were on Khloe last night. Rawr.
7. Zoe Saldana in Lanvin
This is a dress meant for twirling! “Colombiana” actress Zoe Saldana attended the TCA’s last night to pay tribute to the “Harry Potter” franchise – in case you were wondering – but she worked her own magic in this multi-tone metallic strapless dress from Lanvin‘s resort collection with an added leather belt and gold metallic Alexander McQueen platform sandals. Because the dress was glitzy enough, obviously the need for heavy jewelry was low but not non-existent as Zoe wore Jamie Wolf bangles, Lana earrings and a Carla Amorim ring.
8. Rachel Bilson in Chloé
I almost didn’t recognize the dress Rachel Bilson wore last night until I saw a close-up of the detail and realized it was a shortened version of a gown presented during Chloé‘s resort 2012 collection. I guess the “Hart of Dixie” star loved it so much that she needed to wear it despite her tiny frame, as fellow shortie I can understand. Rachel paired the soft dress with the ‘Cohen Borchie’, a wicked pair of super-studded ankle boots with a skinny needle heel by Brian Atwood. Some thought the shoes were too edgy for the dress, but I thought opposites attracted and they were adorable on the actress. I also loved that she pulled back most of her two-toned hair, I was growing tired of her constant center part and dull waves.
9. Lucy Hale in Cengiz Abazoğlu
Va-va-voom! Lucy Hale of “Pretty Little Liars” was a head-turner last night in this fully sequined light pink asymmetric mini dress with a black abstract design and cutout detail at the neck by Cengiz Abazoğlu. You can’t tell from the photo, but her entire back was exposed to the point that if she wasn’t encased in sheer fabric, she could’ve given the person sitting behind her an eye-full when she took her seat at the ceremony. The dress was sassy and I loved it, but I think I loved her Giuseppe Zanotti mega platform peep toe pumps more. They had a minor wedge but were basically heel-less!
Twitter was buzzing with fans trying to find where they could get her couture dress, but unless you have an extra twenty grand laying around, you should continue to dream big.
10. Ashley Benson in Alice + Olivia
When I first saw “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson on the carpet, I mistook her high neck printed dress as an Alexander McQueen creation I had never seen but it was actually by Alice + Olivia! Like Ashley, I am a fan of the Stacey Bendet collection as well as this hot yellow and black mini! The dress called for black accessories to play up the edgy feel of the dress and Ashley didn’t pick just anything, but an acrylic clutch from Jimmy Choo and deco “ART” pumps by Ruthie Davis. The platforms look like a wedge halfway before they turn into a stiletto heel – insane!
I had to give a shout out to Kim Kardashian because her Givenchy ostrich cady dress was gorgeous and you know I can’t hate on a standard patent Christian Louboutin “Pigalle” pumps.
Unfortunately, I don’t like the hair.