The Best and The Worst: Celebrity Style 9-16/11/2014

Impact Style takes a look at the best and worst celebrity fashion had to offer this week.

This Week’s Best Dressed Celebrity: Elizabeth Banks


Elizabeth Banks takes the title of ‘Best Dressed’ celebrity this week in this ethereal Elie Saab gown at the premiere for the highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in London. The actress’s dress, with its abstract floral pattern, fades beautifully from rich red to an icy blue: it’s probably one of the only times that England’s characteristically windy weather has come in handy, creating a flight-like floaty effect of the luxurious, ombre-inspired fabric. Elizabeth completes the look with a simple up-do and smokey eyes; with a dress like that, you really don’t need much else.

Emily Ratajkowski


Emily Ratajkowski, the model best known for her appearance in Robin Thicke’s infamous ‘Blurred Lines’ video, shows that she’s not just a pretty face: this girl has serious style credentials. Emily makes the perfect transition from swimsuit model to Hollywood actress at the premiere of Gone Girl, wearing a sexy, sleek black jumpsuit with side cutouts teamed with a matching black clutch, glamourous side-swept hair, and, of course, those sultry, statement ruby red lips. Definitely one to watch.

Jessica Alba


How does she always manage to get it right? Arguably one of the world’s most beautiful women, Jessica Alba, looks stunning as ever in this Andrew Gn gold-leaf topped ball gown at the Baby2Baby event in California. The dress, featuring a grecian-style gold bodice and a floating, full-length white skirt, forms the perfect contrast to her caramel-coloured skin. She leaves her hair loose and makeup polished, accessorizing with matching gold earrings and clutch.

Hailee Steinfeld


Hailee Steinfeld hits the premiere of The Homesman during the AFI Fest 2014 in Hollywood wearing this purple strapless Monique Lhullier gown. The deep purple silk bodice is set off by the floral brocade skirt in similar, silvery tones and paired with barely-there nude heels. The absence of a clutch meant that Hailee could tuck her hands into this pocketed dress, allowing the teen star to give a playful vibe to this majestic gown. Finish that off with loose waves, smokey eyes and a big smile and you’ve got a winner.

Reese Witherspoon


Reese Witherspoon brings fun back to the red carpet with this shockingly bright fuschia Ralph Lauren Collection dress at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in Hollywood. Keeping accessories to a minimum, Reese lets her dress do the talking: matching it’s bold colour perfectly with a pop of pink on the lips. Harkening back to her Legally Blonde days, this outfit proves Reese is still very much our well-loved girly girl at heart.

This Week’s Worst Dressed Celebrity: Lorde


Good Lord (and no, the missing E is not a typo). Singing sensation Lorde makes it to the top of worst dressed list this week in this oversized suit at The Hunger Games premiere in London this week – quite a coincidence that both our best and worst dressed celebrities were at the same event.

Now, there are ways to rock a suit- we’ve seen many a woman pull off the androgynous look – however, Lorde is unfortunately not one of them. Not only is the suit about 20 sizes too big for the star, but the ultra-wide leg trousers signify a weird and definitely not wonderful fusion of suit material and hareem pants, making her look like a cross between a businessman and genie: a contradiction in itself. She attempts to add some feminine touches to her look with pointed heels, red lipstick and that rather limp looking bow, however this outfit was way past the point of savior, sorry Lorde.

Lena Dunham


Lena Dunham makes it onto our worst dressed list again this week wearing a V-neck pleated floral Thakoon dress to the Literary Awards Festival in Beverly Hills. Sadly, despite all of her accomplishments, Lena just can’t seem to get her style right. This outfit does nothing for the Girls star: it’s frumpy and ill-fitting, plus her clutch, which features an odd image of fingers on it, doesn’t work with the busy pattern of the dress. Don’t worry Lena, we still love you. (just please don’t wear anything like this again. Ever)

Natalie Dormer


Hunger Games actress Natalie Dormer adds an extra dose of star to the already star-studded premiere of the film in London this week in this Nicholas Oakwell Couture gown. However, we can’t help but think that there were two distinct pieces involved in the construction of this outfit: one child-like, bright blue, star embroidered slip and a more mature, slightly vampy black silk dress. The sense of disjunction between the two very different styles is furthered by the discrepancy in hemline, making it look as though she couldn’t decide which dress to go for and thus decided to wear both, piling one on top of the other. With neither being particularly nice, this outfit proves that two is definitely not better than one: stick to one look next time, Natalie.

Drew Barrymore


Oh dear Drew, this outfit really isn’t doing you any favours. Drew Barrymore pays homage to her friend Stella McCartney at the Women’s Leadership award honoring the designer in New York this week, decked out in Stella gear. We know it’s cold this time of year, but Drew’s oversized winter coat completely swamps the star and hides her (potentially pretty) flower-embroidered black shift dress, which we would have really liked to see. Additionally, her asymmetrical boots have a strange, Robin-Hood-esque element to them which just isn’t working.

Sarah Hyland


There is a way to do preppy, and there is a way not to do it. Sarah looks like she’s just stepped out of class at some American High School during the fashionably questionable days of the 2000s: we know we’ve all been there, but the whole school girl vibe is something we definitely don’t want to relive. Sarah layers a denim shirt under a drab grey sweater and skirt, finished off with black Toms flats.  Being a Target launch this was a casual event, but it’s no excuse for bad style.

Tara Bell

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