*This article was written by Guest Writer Katie M.
Our East Coast hometown is also called home by some of Hollywood’s most prominent celebrities. And those stars and starlets sport the highest fashions, especially on the iconic red carpet. So, we were interested in analyzing and recreating these fashionistas’ red carpet looks.
Alecia Beth Moore, better known as the pop-rocker Pink, was always extreme in all respects. Throughout her childhood, Pink went through multiple personality phases, with early rebellion stemming from the divorce of her parents. Ultimately, she found a lasting love and career in music, in which the unique personality and style she grew into was praised and admired. She is the quintessential edgy tomboy of the pop scene and stays true to her personality in all that she says (or sings), does, and wears.
For the 2006 Video Music Awards Ms. Moore sported a chic, all-black outfit. She paired a high-wasted, wide flare pinstripe pant with a ruffled, V-neck chiffon top. The sheer blouse showing off her sexy undergarment was not only rebellious, but surely sent the message that she may have been wearing menswear-inspired pants, but she’s still a lovely lady through and through. You can find a similar look like this at Wholesale7.
Kat Dennings, born Katherine Litwack, has been a devoted actress since a young age. More recently, she’s landed leading roles and garnered much attention with her curvaceous physique and her acting prowess. She typically plays characters with a wayward personality and sarcastic sense of humor, delivering doses of dry wit in an impassive manner. In her actual reality, Kat embraces her fair skin, sultry voice, and busty figure. You’ll often see her in dark shades of lipstick, which contrast her complexion, and extenuate her full, luscious mouth.
True to form, Kat amazed all with her look for the 2012 Emmy Awards. Her super low-cut ruby red J. Mendel gown looked stunning, sophisticated, and sexy at the same time. The neckline highlighted her best feature(s) and clung tight to her waist—that smallest part of a woman’s midsection, which when accentuated, makes you appear thinner. The ruched, flowy material and perfectly fitting shape made this dress a perfect fit for her form. To replicate this stunning look, look for the dress at Prom Dress Mode.
American model, recording artist, and actress, Amber Rose, was known not only for her many undertakings and successes, but for her unique style and former relationship with Kanye West. Since then, she’s dated, married, and gave birth to a child with rising rap star Wiz Khalifa. This South Philly native has a distinctly modern look about her and a signature nearly-shaved, dyed blonde hairstyle. Of course, this gorgeous former exotic dancer of mixed decent has a rockin’ bod too—even after the birth of her son!
Amber chose to go with a form fitting mermaid gown for The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards back in 2011. This dress, like Kat Dennings dress from the 2012 Emmy’s, featured a neckline that extenuated her bust and a form that played up her curves. Mermaid dresses are practically symbolic of confidence and poise, while at the same time being highly alluring. Having chosen a black, ruched gown, paired with gold jewelry and a bright lip, Amber Rose stayed true to her roots of pairing edge with elegance. You can walk into a room and have all eyes on you with a similar style found at David’s Bridal.
Kelly Marie Monaco is one of five daughters in a large Italian family. Before her rise to stardom, she lived rather low-key, growing up in Philadelphia, then the Poconos, and attending college in Northampton and working as a lifeguard. But mediocrity could only be used to describe Kelly’s life for so long, since at the mere age of 20 she sent a portfolio of photos to Playboy. Shortly after, in April of 1997, she was named “Playmate of the Month”. Throughout the 90s, Monaco remained a “bunny” until securing a role on Baywatch, where her tightly toned figure caught everyone’s attention. She continued on with her acting career, starring in soap operas including Port Charles and General Hospital—for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award! In addition to other acting gigs, Kelly won the first season of Dancing with the Stars and later returned for the all-star series.
In our opinion, Kelly Monaco is the definition of the “girl next door”. She has a warm heart and good roots, but is tactfully seductive. She showed off this alter Playboy-esque ego in August of 2011 at the NBC Universal TCA Press Tour All-Star Party wearing a charcoal, figure-hugging, single-shouldered bandage dress. Kelly opted for a clean, simple look with the monotone dress, glamming up her overall look with a cocktail ring, smokey eyes, and beachy waves—these can easily be recreated by spraying damp hair with a salt spray product and either scrunching or curling with a wide, ceramic iron. Show off your curves with this inspired dress from Herve Bandage Dress.
This next Philadelphia-born celebrity is the queen of Casanova, Lauren Cohan. Prior to launching her acting career though, Cohan was a model—not so surprising considering her natural beauty. Lauren graduated with a BA in Drama and English Literature before touring with a theatre company to pursue her acting passion. She split her time working in both Los Angeles and London (where she picked up an English accent), balancing multiple films and even some non-commercial projects. She’s a hard worker both in the professional and fitness sense, taking boxing classes as part of her workout regiment to maintain her model body.
At AMC’s Walking Dead Season 3 Premier, Lauren exhibited her fashion sense in a gorgeous, orange leather Lorena Sarbu peplum dress. Paired with a neutral Rebecca Minkoff clutch, Prada shoes, and Melinda Maria jewels, she was simply dressed to the nines. Peplum is the current trend in fashion right now and rather than the norm, try an asymmetrical cut as Lauren did. Her outfit could not have been more fitting, conservative and classy in the most modern, refreshing way. Try mixing neutral accessories with a bright, solid, yet textured dress like Lauren! Bare in mind, if the neckline is higher, an up-do looks best. With Spring right around the corner, this peplum look from Forever21 will be a great outfit to stunt in.
It’s safe to say that Philadelphians know how to style, whether it is on the red carpet or the sidewalks of Center City. Breaking down these high-fashion looks from top to bottom in order to recreate them for your own affairs starts with knowing what works for your body type. Figure that out, and then have fun with it! Find some your favorite celebrity looks, as we’ve done here, to draw inspiration for your own wardrobe.
*This article was written by guest author Katie M.