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It has to be difficult living the celebrity life sometimes. With paparazzi shots a Hollywood reality of life, if you’re a celeb that cares anything about your image you have to always be dressed for a photo op, even if you’re running errands.

It’s these candid moments that separate the celebs who have great stylists from the ones who have great style.

Actress Emmy Rossum, who recently completed a standout season of her hit Showtime series Shameless, is a celeb who stays ready for a candid closeup.

On this occasion Emmy was spotted leaving the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood wearing a Spring appropriate ensemble focused around a pastel blue Rebecca Taylor patch lace top ($350).

Pairing her lace top with with a matching crossbody bag and matching robin’s egg blue ballerina flats, Emmy proved that you can keep it extremely casual and be stylish, too.

[ photos: zimbio, shopbop.com ]

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At the Hollywood screening of her latest film From the Rough, actress Taraji P. Henson hopped on the bold stripes trend taking the look to new lengths in a midi-length dress from the Charlotte Ronson Fall 2014 collection.

We’ve seen these bold stripes on the red-carpet before as worn by Taylor Swift. And they even made it onto the small screen during an episode of VH1′s Single Ladies.

But we’ve never seen stripes elevated to such a premiere worthy level.

Taraji’s Charlotte Ronson frock featured a long-sleeve sheer striped overlay with a solid black lining beneath.

The dress was eye catching enough on it’s own, but Taraji completed her ensemble with a couple of boldly hued Jimmy Choo accessories including a pair of ‘Lance’ heeled sandals ($725) and a matching ‘Reese’ clutch ($650).

[ photos: zimbio, style.com ]

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There’s no denying the beauty (both inner and outer) of Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, but it’s refreshing to see a beauty like hers celebrated on an international stage.

For their annual Most Beautiful issue, People Magazine has named Lupita Nyong’o this year’s most beautiful woman in the world.

On receiving the accolade from People, Lupita said:

“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” adding, “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”

We’re only four months into the year, but 2014 is already Lupita’s to own. With an Academy Award win under her belt, ad campaigns with both Miu Miu and Lancôme Paris, Lupita is changing the way the Hollywood game is played one major achievement at a time.

Now if only we knew what was next on the big screen for this certified star.

Until then check out this behind the scenes video from Lupita’s People cover shoot, and be sure to pick up the mag when it hits newsstands this Friday.

[ photos/video: People ]

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Think of it as holiday season for budget conscious fashionistas. There comes a time every year when retailers offer customers the discounts they typically reserve for the friends and families of employees.

It’s always exciting when Shopbop.com holds their annual event, as the e-tailer of celebrity fave brands like Alice + Olivia and Clover Canyon rarely offers discounts of any kind.

The sale ends on the 17th, so head over to Shopbop and use code INTHEFAMILY14 to get 25% off full price and sale items!

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There was a point during awards season when it seemed as if we were getting amazing red-carpet looks from Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o everyday.

She might have been new to the entertainment scene, but Lupita took to red-carpet fashion like a fish to water, making few (if any) style missteps.

Following her big award win and extended press tour, Lupita has been laying low taking a much deserved break.

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She’s rightfully earned the time off, but that doesn’t mean her fans haven’t been craving their daily dose of Lupita fashion.

Luckily for us Lupita came out of hiding to attend Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces Party where she served as the belle of the ball, having snagged the mag’s May 2014 cover.

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was all smiles (as usual) as she mingled with guests and her fellow Marie Claire cover girls Elle Fanning and Kate Mara.

Opting for a fit-and-flare dress silhouette we haven’t seen from her before, Lupita wore a Giambattista Valli frock from the fashion house’s Fall 2013 Couture collection.

The intricately detailed dress featured an array of hand embroidered blue flowers that spread out from the waist into both the bodice and the full circle skirt.

The only quibble to be found with Lupita’s look is her choice of footwear. As great as Lupita’s style is, she seems to almost always get it wrong when it comes to shoes.

This time it’s a pair of silver glitter Christian Louboutin ‘Elisa’ pumps ($625) that let Lupita down. Paired with such an amazing dress, the relatively plain heels leave a lot to be desired.

Nonetheless, the shoes are a minor complaint, and everything from the ankles up is pure perfection.

[ photos: zimbio, style.com ]

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Yes, hunty! Jourdan Dunn you betta werq those Rupert Sanderson London for Antonio Berardi lace-up thigh high boots like the rent is due!

Model Jourdan Dunn was in attendance at The Vogue Festival 2014, an annual event sponsored by Vogue UK where some of the biggest names in fashion unite for a weekend of interviews and industry discussion.

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On day two of the fest, Jourdan joined fellow models Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, and Edie Campbell for a What’s It Really Like to be A Model? panel discussion.

Post talk, Jourdan slipped into a Louis Vuitton Resort 2014 sweater and black leather skirt, before throwing on a light grey jacket from Fay.

It’s a great, supermodel worthy outfit and everything, but what really steals the style show are Jourdan’s Rupert Sanderson London for Antonio Berardi lace-up thigh high black leather boots.

Straight from the Antonio Berardi Fall 2014 Collection, these Rupert Sanderson London designed gladiator boots could easily overwhelm an outfit.

By pairing the attention demanding heels with understated pieces though, Jourdan shows us how to make a flashy piece work with a daytime look.

Gladiator shoes have been on trend for several season now, as have thigh high boots. So it was only a matter of time before the two trends came together to become one.

It might be a little dominatrix-y for some, but Jourdan proves it can werq!

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Anyone who has even the slightest interest in fashion is familiar with the trendsetting style of Solange Knowles. She’s a fashion industry darling who’s always shining a spotlight onto emerging designers (like Boxing Kitten).

From the moment she burst onto the music scene rocking dog-tags and a floor length headwrap in her video for On & On, Erykah Badu has continuously pushed the boundaries of fashion, breaking barriers while she’s at it (see: Erykah Badu for Givenchy).

And then there’s singer/songwriter Ledisi. Her fame might not be as widespread the other ladies, but the eight-time Grammy nominee has had a long and storied history in the industry, with a personal style that’s as strong and vibrant as her vocal ability.

Together the three women— Ledisi, Erykah, and Solange— complete the cover girl trifecta of the May 2014 issue of ESSENCE, the mag’s annual Beauty issue.

She’s known for her headful of amazing dreadlocks, but Ledisi is quick to let ESSENCE know that she doesn’t take her hair too seriously:

“I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.”

Erykah Badu has been doing her own damn style thing since the day she entered the entertainment scene. Afro wigs, a shaved head, gold lipstick, red lipstick, six inch heels, sneakers…Erykah has worn it all.

Considering her soulful vibe and creative energy, it’s no surprise Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci found a muse in Erykah, saying she was one of the inspirations behind his Spring 2014 Givenchy Collection.

With her high fashion status officially certified, Erykah tells ESSENCE that her hair and style are about more than just looks:

“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”

Solange is another who constantly switches up her look. Her natural fro has become something of a signature look, but she’s just as quick to wear waist-length box braids, Senegalese twists, or to even straighten her hair on occasion.

She makes it clear to ESSENCE that her eclectic style is no accident. It’s a definite choice:

“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”

Each of the ladies ESSENCE chose to front their beauty issue have their own distinct looks and styles, but a common thread is that they all are secure in their fashion choices, dressing for themselves and not for others.

[ photos & quotes: Essence ]

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Continuing to prove she’s a young fashion icon in the making, actress/singer Zendaya Coleman bucked current trends and did her own stylish thing on the orange carpet of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2014.

With a perfectly coiffed high bun paired with heavy bangs hairstyle, and the most beautiful shade of deep matte red on her lips, Zendaya had the foundation set for what would be the most unique, fashionably risky look of the night.

The Dancing With the Stars runner-up went high end, low end, and back to high end with her outfit which included an Oscar de la Renta pearl embellished knit top ($1890), Free People denim cutoff shorts ($68), and a pair of Chanel patent leather and cotton sock high boots from their Spring 2014 collection.

Considering the event was the KCAs where celebs are regularly slimed, and the atmosphere is all about bright colors and kids having fun, Zendaya’s quirky ensemble was decidedly appropriate.

Zendaya joins a string of starlets including Elle Fanning and Kylie Jenner who are proving Young Hollywood knows how to have fun with fashion.

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She came. She saw. She slayed. Nikita actress Maggie Q showed off her gams (and more!) in an Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2014 dress that was business on the right and party on the left.

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Anyone who’s ever watched a single episode of the CW’s Nikita can attest to the fact that star Maggie Q has a figure worthy of her status as a hardworking action star.

And anyone who’s followed Maggie’s career over the years knows that she’s no stranger to showing up and showing out on the red carpet in fab designer frocks.

So of course when the time came to premiere her latest big screen endeavor Divergent, Maggie shut it down in a way that very few others could (Rihanna comes to mind).

Maggie’s Anthony Vaccarello dress ($3,055) features a single long sleeve on one side, and a wide strap on the other.

What steals the show though, is the body revealing ladder-like strap detailing that begins at the hemline of the dress and snakes up the thigh, around the hip, and ends in an open back.

Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle’ pumps ($625), and a gold box clutch complete Maggie’s look.

When you’ve got it like Maggie, this is how you flaunt it. It’s a daring, attention grabbing outfit that completely steals the show.

[ photos: zimbio, stylebop ]

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She started out in the industry as one fourth of girl group Destiny’s Child. That gig naturally lent itself to the next phase of DC member Kelly Rowland’s career as a solo artist.

And now the Kisses Down Low singer can add a new title to her ever expanding portfolio— Celebrity Caress Fabulista.

A Caress Fabulista knows the importance of enjoying everyday experiences in a fresh way, and Kelly says she’s excited to inspire women everywhere to start their day feeling fabulous by using the new Caress Fresh Body Wash Collection.

Kelly’s favorite scent from the new collection? Emerald Rush, as evidenced by her tonal green on tonal green ensemble.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the new Caress Fresh Body Wash Collection, which should be hitting shelves soon.

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