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A diva, and a diva in training both step out wearing the same all metallic everythang look courtesy of Gucci. Who rocks it best? Old school or new school?

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Beyoncé, who’s never been one to shy away from a flashy ‘fit or two (on stage or off), donned her Gucci head-to-toe metallic ensemble during an outing to see A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway.

Bey wore an oversized lamé jacket and matching lamé wide-leg trousers ($2900) paired with classic heeled sandals.

Over four months ago, Zendaya was the first to rock the all metallic Gucci look during Grammy Awards weekend events.

Zendaya wore the same Gucci Resort 2014 ensemble that Beyoncé would eventually wear months later, except Zendaya took her styling direct from the runway.

As with the runway look, Zendaya paired her metallic blazer and slacks ($2900) with a matching loose fit tank. She even went so far as to add a pair of rose tinted aviator sunglasses just like the runway model.

Not to let the all metallic everythang party end there, Zendaya completed her outfit with a pair of matching metallic open toe booties.

By the very nature of being metallic lamé suits, Beyoncé and Zendaya’s Gucci ensembles are automatically attention grabbing. That said, which woman takes complete ownership of the outfit? Which woman wears the hell out of her suit, versus letting the suit wear her?

Who wears their metallic Gucci suit best?

  • Zendaya (87%, 20 Votes)
  • Beyoncé (13%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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[ photos: beyonce.com.pl, zendaya-coleman.com ]

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Who said rompers (or playsuits as they’ve come to be known) can’t be properly dressed up for date night or an after five event?

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Belle leading lady Gugu Mbatha-Raw proved rompers can indeed be red-carpet worthy at the film’s London premiere.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s poised to become a big name in Hollywood, seized the opportunity to show off her fab gams at the London Belle premiere wearing a playsuit from the Martin Grant Spring 2013 collection.

With its origami detailing at the bust and full overskirt, Gugu’s playsuit is given the illusion of a chic little black dress, so it’s easy to see how she and her style team were able to transform the romper into a red-carpet look.

Carolina Bucci ‘Mirador’ drop earrings ($675) and Christian Louboutin ‘Follies’ lace pumps ($841) added chic finishing touches to Gugu’s ensemble.

To get Gugu’s look for less, try the above pictured ‘Adelyn’ peplum detail playsuit ($45) from Missguided. Featuring the same silhouette and even the same bustline detailing as Gugu’s Martin Grant piece, the ‘Adelyn’ playsuit is a great, lower end alternative.

[ photos: zimbio, missguidedus.com, style.com ]

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Beetlejuice she’s definitely not! Zendaya Coleman fabulously wears black and white vertical stripes at the MaxMara And W Magazine Cocktail Party To Honor The Women In Film MaxMara Face Of The Future, Rose Byrne.

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Zendaya, who’s sticking to her Disney roots with a new show on the network called K.C. Undercover, was among a number of Hollywood ‘It’ girls to attend the MaxMara and W Magazine cocktail party, but she was a standout red-carpet star.

With slicked back hair and a deep red lip, Zendaya added spice to a black and white vertical striped Sportmax ‘Molveno’ dress ($407) with a pair of hugely oversized gold hoop earrings, and dual armfuls of gold bangle bracelets.

Finishing off Zendaya’s outfit were a pair of Guiseppe Zanotti suede lace-up pumps ($925).

What I love most about Zendaya’s overall style, is that she and stylist Law Roach aka @LUXURYLAW manage to craft looks for Zendaya that are as different as they are fashionable, yet they all ‘scream’ Zendaya.

She goes from Nicci Hou ballgowns (chick loves her b&w stripes), to Chanel and cutoff denim shorts, to head-to-toe Gucci metallics like it ain’t no thang, and it all believably works for her.

That’s a rare fashion gift, indeed.

[ photos: zendaya-coleman.com, matchesfashion.com ]

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Last time we checked in with Scandal actress Kerry Washington she was due to give birth to her first child. And even when rocking a baby bump that was about a third of her body weight, Kerry still werq’d the red-carpet like no other (I mean…the woman had the moxie to make ‘maternity crop tops’ a thing).

Without skipping a beat, Kerry Washington made a high fashion post-baby red-carpet return, attending the Women In Film Los Angeles presentation of its 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards.

Kerry, who was on hand to receive the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television from Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes, wore a look from the Sportmax Fall 2014 Collection to accept her award.

Kerry’s Sportmax dress featured a black top with a low plunging neckline and cap sleeves, and a fun, multi-color skirt finished with a paint splatter like motif.

Orange is on trend this summer season, and Kerry wisely chose to pull from the orange accents in her dress to complete here look.

A bold orange lip, and orange Christian Louboutin ‘Geo’ spike-toe pumps ($895) were the perfect additions to finish off Kerry’s Sportmax ensemble.

[ photos: zimbio, style.com ]

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Don’t know if you’ve heard the news, but the Kardashian Clan is expanding. Eldest sis Kourtney Kardashian recently confirmed that she’s expecting her third child with long time partner Scott Disick.

Never one to let a little thing like pregnancy put a damper to her stylish ways (and let’s be real, at this point she’s a pro at dressing her bump) Kourtney was as fashionable as ever taking to the streets of Southampton, NY.

Kourtney brought a little bohemian chic to the Hamptons with a multi-print top, Balenciaga bag, and a fab pair of Stuart Weitzman ‘Aphrodite’ gladiator sandals ($485).

The Kardashian sisters are well known for their statement making footwear choices, and that definitely includes Kourtney.

She’s no rookie in the footwear game, especially when it comes to gladiator sandals, and especially when it comes to gladiators from Stuart Weitzman.

Last summer she was all about the Stuart Weitzman ‘Gladiator’ nappa leather sandals, but this summer Kourtney is rocking her ‘Aphrodite’ gladiator sandals with sass.

[ photos: kardashianpedia.com, shopbop.com ]

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A year ago Beyoncé partnered with Salma Hayek and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini to launch Chime for Change, a Gucci global campaign “to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world.”

To celebrate the initiative’s one year anniversary, Beyoncé along with the likes of little sis Solange Knowles and actress Blake Lively, took to Gucci Fifth Avenue in New York for an event hosted by Frida and T Magazine Editor-In-Chief Deborah Needleman.

Of course Bey came correct wearing a white Gucci jumpsuit that featured a very low neckline. If you’ve got it, flaunt it (ask Rihanna), and Beyoncé definitely has it.

She paired the jumpsuit with platform heels creating an ensemble that, while it won’t exactly rank among Beyoncé’s top ten outfits ever, was definitely a good look for her.

If you’d like to recreate Bey’s look for (way) less, try the above pictured ‘Makaila’ wrapover jumpsuit from Missguided for only $27.

[ photos: beyonceonline.org, missguidedus.com ]

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Sigh. First came Blurred Lines with it’s Pharrell Williams written “Good girl wants wild sex, but for whatever reason can’t articulate this for herself, and requires a manly man who can read between the lines (Get it?) and also read her mind to tell her what she’s wanting is okay, I know you want it.” trope-y lyrics.

Pharrell insisted to NPR that the the lyrics of the song are in fact liberating for women. Hmmm…okay.

Then there was that time Pharrell released his solo album GIRL, and when criticism about the skin tones of the women featured on the album cover arose, Pharrell deflected and misdirected (or was genuinely obtuse) and argued that the cover indeed featured a black woman.

Yeah…ummm…Skateboard P? You totally missed the issue.

Whatever. Just as the world moved on from the Blurred Lines controversy, the issues over the GIRL album cover were too passed over, and all (well, most) was forgiven with Pharell until…

He informed Oprah he wasn’t black, he was new black. Yeah, I don’t know what that is either. But Pharrell later explained to Channel 4 News:

You’d think at this point Pharrell would’ve decided he’d courted enough controversy for a long while, but then he went on to tell Channel 4 that it’s not possible for him to be a feminist, because…he’s a man.

I’ve been asked, am I a feminist? I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that…I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is—I do support feminists. I do think there’s injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed.

That obtuse thing reared its head again, because guess what? Men can in fact be feminists. Feminism is simply the belief that men and women are equal. Not the belief that one group better than the other, but simply that equality should exist.

I could go on, but hey, this is a celebrity fashion site. And that’s what you’re here for, right? (At least that’s why I hope you’re here.)

This recap of recent missteps by Pharrell does serve a purpose though. It’s provided to illustrate a backdrop for his latest blunder.

ELLE UK released a special edition cover for its July 2014 issue that features Pharrell Williams wearing a Native American headdress

Here we go again.

Native Americans are not an ancient race of people whose culture and cultural items are up for grabs for use as props in fashion and entertainment.

Every time one of these incidents happens, it’s explained again, and again why the wearing of the war bonnet by non natives (and even some natives) is unacceptable.

When a minority group explains why a given act is offensive, don’t be dismissive of the complaints. Don’t try to find reasons to excuse said offensive behavior. Just accept that it’s not okay, and move on.

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The fashion industry apparently is unwilling to do that.

And that brings us back to Pharrell.

I’m sure it wasn’t his idea to switch out his now signature Vivienne Westwood mountie hat for a Native headdress.

In fact, according to ELLE UK themselves, it was all their idea.

Although they’ve since removed that admission from their website.

Sucks for them that nothing is ever truly erased from the internet.

(Thanks, Washington Post for the cached screencap posted at right.)

The issue with Pharrell specifically, is that he’s too established, too successful, too well known, too in charge of his own career, to walk into a photoshoot and accept this.

Pharrell is an artist who’s in the rare position of being able to say ‘No’. He’s at a point in his career where he can make demands, and whether he’s a demanding kind of guy or not, sometimes you have to take a stand and make a choice.

Unlike his previous controversies though, at least Pharrell is willing to accept the error of this one. He released the following statement through his publicist Wednesday morning:

“I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.”

[ photos: ELLE UK ]

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After a seemingly endless winter, the seasons have changed and summer is finally here. Of course that means the celeb set is taking advantage of the warmer weather, pulling out their best warm weather looks to start the season off fashionably right.

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To kick off the summer season, the seventh annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic took place in Jersey City and a few of Hollywood’s best and brightest were on hand to strut their stylish stuff.

Newly announced Star Wars: Episode VII cast addition Lupita Nyong’o was there, attending the event on the arm of her cutie patootie brother Peter (recall, he nearly stole the show during that epic Academy Awards selfie moment).

She was decked out in a black and white, laser cut, grid patterned cotton dress ($3,224) from the Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection.

It was the perfect dress for the occasion, and Lupita and her style team upped the fashion factor with a Janessa Leone hat, oversized sunglasses, jewels from Dannijo, and Christian Louboutin ‘Cataclou’ wedge sandals ($695).

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Also taking in the sights at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic event, also wearing a black and white fit-and-flare outfit, and also rocking a hat, was Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson.

Dakota wore an ‘Avalon’ diamond print corset top ($159) and matching ‘Amelia’ diamond print flared skirt ($238), both from the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection.

As for her accessories, Dakota added a straw hat and completed her look with a pair of Tabitha Simmons ‘Heart’ bi-color flats ($945).

Where Lupita’s look was chic and polished, Dakota’s had a hint of fun and playfulness.

Two extremely similar looks, but styling choices and the attitude each woman brings to her outfit are subtle changes that lead to different fashion outcomes.

But the question remains, who wore their black and white look best? Are you a fan of Lupita’s timeless style, or Dakota’s quirky flair?

Who wears their black and white Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic look best?

  • Dakota Johnson in Diane von Furstenberg (62%, 8 Votes)
  • Lupita Nyong'o in Alexander McQueen (38%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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[ photos: lupita-nyongo.net, zimbio, style.com, alexandermcqueen.com ]

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Sure Jourdan Dunn is a model, and yes it’s kind of her job to look great. But the newest face of Maybelline New York outdid herself at amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala, completely owning the ‘red’ carpet in Balmain Fall 2014 ready-to-wear.

Jourdan chose a mustard colored dress from the Balmain collection, a midi-length number that featured ropes of a braid-like material that was intricately woven throughout.

The direction of the weaving combined with the obvious heft of the fabric create quite the hourglass silhouette for Jourdan.

Side-swept loose curls, and a deep matte red lip serve to further strengthen the ‘Contemporary meets Old Hollywood’ image Jourdan is serving.

[ photos: bellazon, style.com ]

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Love them or hate them, but the Kardashian/Jenner clan is here to stay. And they’re multiplying.

No longer are sisters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian the only headline makers in the family; younger siblings Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been steadily establishing themselves in the industry, too.

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Kendall’s on track to becoming quite the runway model having walked some major shows last season including Givenchy and Chanel.

With such high profile gigs comes a high profile, jet-setting lifestyle that Kendall’s taking to like a fish to water.

After attending the opening ceremony of the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival, Kendall took in the city wearing a chic summer ensemble.

Kendall wore a linen playsuit from the Longchamp Spring 2014 collection paired with Chanel lace-up espadrilles, a bright red lip, and oversized sunglasses.

It’s a perfect summer look that’s both casual and stylish, and there are several wallet friendly alternatives to Kendall’s pieces that make her outfit accessible to almost anyone.

The ‘Dishita’ sleeveless playsuit ($45) from Missguided is one such option, and when paired with the above pictured VS Collection black lace tie-front espadrilles ($50) from Victoria’s Secret, you’ve got a warm weather ensemble that’s just as chic as Kendall’s.

[ photos: kendall-jenner.net, missguidedus.com ]

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