Stars embraced romantic style in this week’s edition of Style Watch, with red-carpet events that offered fashionable celebrities many chances to flaunt jewel-toned dresses, sensual silhouettes, and uber-feminine fabrics. The red-carpet looks seemed to alternate between warm and cool, with Reese Witherspoon setting the scene in a blazing hot-pink dress that fit her curves like a glove and Keira Knightley on the other end of the spectrum favoring a dreamy white creation by Giambattista Valli.
Enjoy the best looks from this week’s VIP red-carpet events by clicking through the photo gallery.
Keira Knightley wearing a Giambattista Valli dress at the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards
Why it works: Bishop sleeves and a long hemline lend a sense of classic modesty to Knightley’s look.
Elizabeth Banks wearing an Elie Saab Couture gown at the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 premiere
Why it works: Banks stands out from the competition in a dramatic, billowing gown that catches the eye with its movement.
Emily Blunt wearing a Michael Kors gown at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2014 Governors Awards
Why it works: Hot pink becomes a surprising forerunner in winter red-carpet fashions for its ability to look sensational but classic at the same time.
Julianne Moore wearing a Balenciaga dress at the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 premiere
Why it works: Moore always works tricky looks with ease, and smartly opted for a well-fitting dress with lots of visual interest.
Michelle Monaghan wearing a J. Mendel gown at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2014 Governors Awards
Why it works: This goddess gown is incredibly flattering with draped and ruched tailoring that create a perfect fit.
Rooney Mara wearing a Givenchy dress at a Cartier event
Why it works: Although this look is reminiscent of a ballerina’s ensemble, Mara’s moody palette makes it more Black Swan than Swan Lake.
Reese Witherspoon wearing a J. Mendel dress at the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards
Why it works: Bold color blocking is always an eye-catching choice for the red carpet.
Jennifer Aniston wearing an Antonio Berardi dress at the Horrible Bosses 2 premiere
Why it works: Aniston’s cutout bodice adds modern, sculptural edge to her LBD.
Hailee Steinfeld wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress at the AFI FEST 2014
Why it works: Steinfeld is as cute as a cupcake in a jewel-tone dress fitted with a ball-gown skirt.
Amber Le Bon wearing a Toujouri dress at the Toujouri dinner
Why it works: Toujouri’s signature embroidery details add a humble quality to Le Bon’s hot-pink dress.
Nicole Richie wearing a Tadashi Shoji cape, H&M dress, and Christian Louboutin pumps at the 2014 Baby2Baby Gala
Why it works: Richie is regal and severe in an all-white dress-and-cape ensemble, which she enhances with a fantastic power pose.
Jennifer Lawrence wearing a Dior gown at the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 premiere
Why it works: Lawrence is a statuesque figure on the red carpet in a teacup gown that looks like a modern update on Old Hollywood style.
Keira Knightley wearing a Nina Ricci dress and Jimmy Choo pumps at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2014 Governors Awards
Why it works: Knightley prefers her LBDs to be interesting, which is why she opts for a paillette-scattered dress by Nina Ricci with a cross-body halter neck.
Olivia Wilde wearing a Michael Kors dress at the Horrible Bosses 2 premiere
Why it works: Although this floor-length gown offers full coverage for Wilde, the cutout side is a sensual addition to the look.
Michelle Monaghan wearing a Roksanda Ilincic dress and Christian Louboutin pumps at the 10th Anniversary Heroes Gala
Why it works: Monaghan’s grown-up look is a sophisticated choice for the red carpet.
Kate Hudson wearing a Stella McCartney gown and Jimmy Choo clutch at the 2014 Baby2Baby Gala
Why it works: Hudson shows off her toned physique in a revealing, fuchsia gown by Stella McCartney.
Jennifer Aniston wearing a Zuhair Murad dress at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2014 Governors Awards
Why it works: Aniston’s lacy slip dress leaves little to the imagination, but when you have a body like hers it’s best to flaunt it.
Julianne Moore wearing a Balenciaga dress at the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards
Why it works: Moore is the picture of grace and sophistication in this ivory dress.
Jessica Alba wearing an Andrew Gn gown at the 2014 Baby2Baby Gala
Why it works: Jessica Alba glows in a frothy gown by Andrew Gn, which is topped with an incredible gold-plated bodice.
Jennifer Aniston wearing a Bouchra Jarrar top, black pencil skirt, and black pumps at the Horrible Bosses 2 premiere
Why it works: Aniston pulls out her best “boss” look for the premiere of Horrible Bosses 2 in a ruffled peplum top by Bouchra Jarrar and a classic pencil skirt.
Keira Knightley wearing a Chanel Couture dress at the The Imitation Game screening
Why it works: Knightley’s modern skater dress is topper with eye-catching sequins and embroidery that draw attention to her fantastic face.
Reese Witherspoon wearing a Ralph Lauren dress at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2014 Governors Awards
Why it works: Witherspoon packs a lot of heat in this fitted hot-pink dress and balances the bright look with a pair of subtle nude pumps.
Alessandra Rich gown, AED 9,073/SAR 9,263, Net-a-Porter
Thakoon gown, AED 8,264/SAR 8,438, Kirna Zabete
Temperley London dress, AED 6,545/AED 6,682, BySymphony
Antonio Berardi dress, AED 15,996/SAR 16,332, Moda Operandi
Camilla and Marc dress, AED 1,515, Matches Fashion
Jason Wu dress, AED 22,589/SAR 23,064, Net-a-Porter
Marni dress, AED 6,630/SAR 6,769, Moda Operandi
Altuzarra dress, AED 5,731/SAR 5,852, Montaigne Market
Charlie Brear dress, AED 7,309/SAR 7,463, Avenue 32
McQ Alexander McQueen dress, AED 2,923/SAR 2,985, MyTheresa
Carven dress, AED 6,207/SAR 6,338, Moda Operandi
Prabal Gurung gown, AED 36,712/SAR 37,483, Moda Operandi
Peter Pilotto dress, AED 11,790/SAR 12,038, Net-a-Porter
Versus dress, AED 3,436/SAR 3,508, Browns
Fendi dress, AED 8,081/SAR 8,250, Net-a-Porter
Mason by Michelle Mason dress, AED 2,151/SAR 2,196, Intermix
Mason by Michelle Mason dress, AED 2,151/SAR 2,196, Intermix
Victoria Beckham dress, AED 9,921/SAR 10,129, FarFetch
Notte by Marchesa gown, AED 5,975/SAR 6,100, BySymphony
Antonio Berardi top, AED 3,465/SAR 3,538, BySymphony
Alexandre Vauthier dress, AED 10,123/SAR 10,335, FarFetch
Matthew Williamson dress, AED 3,119/SAR 3,184, Stylebop
Madiyah Al Sharqi dress, AED 5,750/SAR 5,871, BySymphony