We love it when our favorite actresses appear on the red carpet for an event because we get to see what they are wearing. We have this insane wish to want to wear what the stars wear. And we love them on the red carpet because the stars tell E!News or People who created their gowns. Is Natalie Portman wearing Dior? Was Beyonce's gown created by Falguni Shane Peacock? Who's wearing Jimmy Choos and Judith Leiber?
For many of us the allure and sparkle of the red carpet for most high-profile events like the Met Gala, the Golden Globes, and the Academy Awards, among many others, is the best part of the show. It's not just finding out who wore what.
On the red carpet, we envy the famous Hollywood couples because they look like they share a bond that feels larger than life. We look to these famous couples to entertain us through the parts they play in movies or TV shows, but sometimes it’s their real-life roles as married partners that capture our hearts the most.
In particular, we've zeroed in on Hollywood wives. They are the ones who make the red carpet shiny and bright. We're letting you in on which Hollywood wife wore what at the Oscars or the Emmys. We've gathered together the best red carpet looks for them, the ones who look stunning, amazing or absolutely beautiful. We put them on a pedestal because we wonder how they can handle motherhood--most of the stars on our list have children--while also having a successful career. So, here's what our favorite Hollywood wives are wearing on the red carpet.
In Los Angeles, At the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2017, actor, model and producer Jessica Biel looked ethereal as she stepped on the red carpet in a beautiful gown that fans are still talking about. The dress was by Ralph & Russo couture from their fall 2017 collection. The silver sequined gown appeared on one side of Biel's shoulders and also was shown below the waist. Draped in chiffon, it also had a gossamer pink overlay and a simple but stylish slit that revealed her toned legs. The overlay stretched down onto the carpet, a train that made the gown even more sophisticated. We don't know if this was the look Biel was going for, but the dress had a boudoir-like feel to it. And always fashion-forward, Biel's silver-sequins coordinated with many other female celebs who also wore some kind of metallic material that sparkled. As for accessories, Biel wore Forevermark jewels and a Judith Leiber Couture clutch.
"In the car on my way to premieres and awards shows, I'll sit with tissue paper under my armpits so I don't soil the delicate dress fabric. The whole time, I'm telling myself, 'Please don't sweat, please don't sweat.' I throw the tissues out right before I step out of the car, and nobody ever knows! I just put on a smile and fake it." (Source: Cosmopolitan)
Blake Lively’s stunning Versace blood-red gown, which she wore to the 2018 Met Gala, had a jewel-encrusted gold corset with a very long train that was gold embroidered. It was spliced with sheer panels on both sides. There was so much beading on the gown that "it took 600 hours to embroider the bodice alone," Vogue reported. The fashion mag also added that "there was no chance that Lively's entrance would go unnoticed."
And so she did. Especially because Blake arrived by a party bus (!!!), as Vogue said, because her train was so massive. A party bus? For just one person and her dress? Okay, fine, we'll stop. This is about fashion!
So the Versace gown had a regal and opulent look to it. To complete that look, Lively, a Hollywood wife to Ryan Reynolds, wore a towering gold headdress that turned a lot of heads. And it just so happened that it nearly matched the red carpet at the Met Gala, which was a cream color with a red border. As Blake's sister Robyn pointed out on Instagram, “Even the FLOORING was smart enough to color coordinate with the queen of the night.” And Blake added, in a comic comeback when fans thought the train resembled window drapes, “When you dress like drapes, you must match the carpet."
Lively's over-the-top outfit was in keeping with the gala's theme, which was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
At the 2018 Met Gala, Kim Kardashian stepped out onto the red carpet in a gold gown that hugged her curves, once again displaying her famous figure. According to People, "West's custom chainmail Versace gown" had well-placed golden embroidered crosses on it in keeping with the gala's theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. To complete her look, she wore "double cross necklaces, super long extensions and a Cleopatra-like makeup look featuring a smoky blue cat eye." The skin-tight gown was a head-turner, but Kim kept it clean by not wearing a slit or a plunging back, for example. Channeling a "Catholic" look, Kim was obviously on the way to being a sinner wearing something so tight.
This was the second time that Kim's husband, Kanye West, didn't attend the event. So Kim flew solo. The reason why Kim's been looking so stylish over the years is due to her husband's input.
On KUWTK, she said, “Kanye’s definitely inspired me to be a little bit more of an individual. I think my style is just evolving and changing and I think it should.”
It was Kanye who told Kim to get rid of "the pattern-heavy, colorful pieces from her closet to create a more refined aesthetic." Kim said, “He is giving me a full clothing makeover.”
Kim also said her husband has taught her “how much cooler it is just to be a little simpler,” which she followed since every idea Kanye has had turns into gold.
Human-rights attorney Amal Clooney and her husband George Clooney, were also at the 2018 Met Gala, where Amal raised some eyebrows with her attire. The style icon, who always looks chic, wore a gown by upcoming British designer Richard Quinn. The two-piece consisted of a strapless shiny metallic topic and boasted the most luxurious detachable train, which consisted of a red flower and green leaf print on a porcelain blue background. But the cascading floral train was just the tip of Clooney's outfit. She also wore--wait for it--form-fitting navy pants! Pants on the red carpet! To top off her look, she wore her hair in a high ponytail, gems by every star's favorite, Lorraine Schwartz, as well as floral statement earrings.
Richard Quinn launched his eponymous brand only two years ago, but he's already been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Clooney's ethereal outfit was a representative of Quinn's signature style, evening wear bedecked in bold florals, mix-and-match prints and dramatic silhouettes. Having outfitted Clooney, he's now going to get a lot of exposure.
After the Academy Awards ceremony this year, Isla Fisher had a festive night at the Vanity Fair after-party, and she looked stunning. We haven't seen much of her on the red carpet, so we've been wondering where she's been. The 42-year old Australian actress has three children with husband Sacha Baron Cohen. She charmed us in the funny Confessions of a Shopaholic where she's seen in the film googling "What does finance mean?" Besides starring in Wedding Crashers, we're hoping that we haven't seen enough of her because Hollywood might have downgraded her to a B-list star after a string of box office bombs. From Great Gatsby to Bachelorette, her resume is a list of back-to-back misses.
But this Hollywood wife, no matter her blemished background, looked ravishing at the Vanity Fair party, which she attended with her husband Sacha Baron Cohen. She wore a floor-length red gown that was fitted at the waist and also had a low cut neckline. The nearly out of the woods gown designed by Alex Perry, was said to have been channeling old Hollywood glamour, and she owned that look wearing her hair with a side parting, and styled in classic loose curls. She also had on a pair of "diamond and jade drop earrings" from Irene Neuwirth and even her tiny red clutch matched her gown. Meanwhile, her husband played it safe wearing a classic three-piece tux.
Sarah Jessica Parker hasn't been at the Golden Globes awards since 2007. It's actually been 10 years since she attended the ceremony. But when Parker returned to the 74th annual Golden Globes on January 2017, she returned in a big way.
The dress was a little controversial because Sarah was actually wearing a voluminous white wedding gown. Yep, a wedding gown as if she was going to get married, or remarried to husband Matthew Broderick. But this is a special wedding gown, as it was created by the most respected designer of our times, Ms. Vera Wang. The ivory gown has a plunging V-neck, sleeves, a draped skirt, and cut-outs at the shoulder.
Fashion icon Parker said this to The Knot about the dress: “I saw a picture of this dress and was completely haunted… [I] fell madly in love with it.”
Wang told Vogue, in a separate interview, “This dress represents a modern, minimal, and more architectural interpretation of the gowns in Franco Zeffirelli's film Romeo and Juliet."
In another interview with Vogue, Wang said of the gown: “I’d like to imply that because this silhouette originated from our bridal collection, there was a deliberate nod to Parker’s new series [Divorced], but not intentionally … I’d like to think it had more to do with the exaggerated shape and proportions of the dress.”
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are Hollywood's most adorable couple. They have been married since 2015 and have two children together: three-year-old Wyatt Isabelle and one-year-old Dimitri. The duo met on That '70s Show, a comedy with an ensemble cast. The show was wildly popular back in the day, and the best thing about that was, unlike other actors who starred in TV shows, the two managed to become movie stars. Kunis starred in the hits Black Swan and Bad Moms. Meanwhile, Kutcher played the lead in comedic roles, such as What Happens in Vegas and No Strings Attached. When the Fox series ended, the two friends later ultimately pursued a romantic relationship.
The fantastic duo rarely make red carpet appearances. But all that changed when Hollywood wife Kunis and investor Kutcher attended the 2018 Sixth Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony. Kunis wore Dolce & Gabbana. The outfit had a sheer black corset bodice and a voluminous skirt decorated with a pink and yellow floral motif. The ensemble channeled a feminine vibe, but the sheer corset added a naughty by nature look. Kunis wore Stuart Weitzman black sandals and her hair was pulled back in a tight bun. Kutcher, meanwhile, went traditional with a tux and bowtie. They gamely posed on the red carpet, and it looked as if they were newlyweds, the way they looked at each other!
At the 90th annual Academy Awards, Emily Blunt, who is married to John Krasinski, stepped on the red carpet wearing a pale aquamarine gown created by Schiaparelli for its Spring 2018 Couture collection. Made with aquamarine silk polka dot tulle and lace, Blunt's dress also added a little color with an embellished harness embroidered with black hand-stitched white leather petals, flowers and butterflies, clear plastic flowers and turquoise beads. The look was a little angelic and ethereal because of the sleeves and the bodice appliqué.
According to People, who detailed the details about Blunt's accessories, Blunt had on Chopard jewels totaling $250,000, among them pear-shaped aquamarine earrings to match the gown.
Even Blunt's shoes matched; she wore velvet shoes by Sophia Webster that showed some contrasting color because of their crystal heels. Blunt's stylist, Jessica Paster, told People that the glittering gems were chosen because they were "still classic but had a freshness to [them].” She added, "I selected each piece carefully to help make the overall look.” And on how the gown came to be, Paster said, “We wanted to go for a whimsical, ethereal look that had a little edge."
As for Blunt, the future Mary Poppins star, she was over the moon about the gown: “This dress felt special to me. . . It’s like nothing I’ve ever worn before!”
On January 1 of this year, the most powerful women in Hollywood teamed up to create Time’s Up, a movement to bring to light and combat sexual harassment, as well as to correct a power imbalance in the entertainment industry. At the 2018 Golden Globes, most attendees chose to wear black evening dresses to show solidarity with the movement. Two of the founders and major supporters of Time’s Up, Natalie Portman and America Ferrera, walked together on the red carpet to show their support rather than having their husbands on their arms. Portman is married to Benjamin Millepied while Ferrera is married to Ryan Piers Williams. These Hollywood wives were outspoken about Time's Up at the awards ceremony. Ferrera wrote on Instagram, “My gentlewoman of a date [Natalie Portman] came all the way to the door for me. How ladies do #TIMESUP #WHYWEWEARBLACK. ” Portman, meanwhile, shared a video where she said,
“Today I wear black to be in solidarity with all people who have suffered discrimination, harassment, abuse in the workplace. Time’s up on the imbalance of power. Let’s make our workplaces look more like our world."
Portman wore black Dior Haute Couture and America wore a custom Christian Siriano sequin gown with Stella Luna shoes. Natalie's dress seemed inspired by the 19th century, as the material on her dress was rich black velvet and the gown had long sleeves. But the low neckline and V-shaped cut-out added a more modern and sensual silhouette.
Hollywood wife and movie star Leslie Mann joined her multi-talented husband Judd Apatow on the red carpet at the 90th Academy Awards. It was a big night for Mann's husband, as he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick, which he also produced. Apatow stuck to the basics: a black tuxedo with a bow tie. But all eyes were on Mann, as she wore a red Guipure Lace gown with floral embroidery by stylish designer Zac Posen. Posen chose to go classic, and this strapless gown tailor-made to fit her like a glove looks ready for a lavish ball.
The silhouette cinches the waist to show off her heavenly curves. And the sheer scarlet fabric was, as Daily Mail put it, "embellished with subtle details that were asymmetrically layered throughout the skirt."
For accessories, Mann wore multiple rings and silver hoop earrings. She coordinated her gown by carrying a dark red clutch. Her reddish hair was down and parted at the middle. Unlike other actresses, she kept her makeup minimal except for her red-painted lips that of course coordinated well with her gown.
Mann was lucky to land Zac Posen, as he's much in demand during the awards season. His ravishing scarlet gown came from the Zac Posen Resort 2018 line. As Mann said. "There is such a joy in this gown, and I simply love it. The fact that there is a print here, but it is so subtle is a really great effect."
At the 2018 Met Gala (yet again!), Gisele Bündchen strutted the red carpet with her arm candy at her side, husband Tom Brady. By Hollywood standards, Gisele and Brady have been married for a long time, since 2009. This Hollywood wife is best known for challenging the "heroin chic" look, embodied by supermodel Kate Moss. She brought forth a model who had curves and who didn't look as if she was starving. Her voluptuous look was on full display when she used to be an "Angel" for Victoria's Secret (2000-2007). She's also famous for the way she walked down the catwalk, which was called the "horse walk," "a stomping movement created when a model picks her knees up high and kicks her feet out in front," according to the Wall Street Journal.
Anyway, Gisele wore a gold Versace gown with a high neck and flowing scarf. Her husband wore a black tux with a gold embroidered lapel teamed with a black turtleneck underneath.
Gisele's look was fashion forward. According to Vogue, her Versace dress was completely eco-friendly, made from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified silk and cotton. As People noted, Gisele took to Instagram on the big night to thank the house of Versace "For working so hard to make me an eco dress. The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS."
Kristen Bell served as the first-ever host for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that took place earlier this year. The awards ceremony didn't use to have a host. But Bell was the obvious choice, as she ruled the red carpet with a gown that had a feminine but elegant look and which brought a rush of color to the ceremony, as many other actresses played it safe in more muted hues. Her gown was colored in fuchsia and embroidered with red florals throughout. It was from the J. Mendel Resort 2018 collection. The dropped-waist silhouette is what took the gown "in a fresh direction from traditional ball-gown proportions." Bell, the Hollywood wife to Dax Shepard, also had on Lorraine Schwartz and Platinum Jewelry jewels. All in all, she looked like a fairytale princess in this dress, and her matching pink box clutch was so cute but sophisticated. Her soft makeup and pulled-back updo suggested a simple touch.
Simone Siegl, the actress' makeup artist, elaborated on Kristen's look, telling ET:
"My process of creating a look always begins after seeing both the dress and jewelry choices of Nicole Chavez. For the SAG Awards [ceremony], black gowns were chosen for all three looks [Kirsten changed her look three times after her J. Mendel gown] adding color brightness through the jewels, specifically platinum, because the natural white metal will bounce light and sparkle. For hair, [we decided] the styling would be up for most of the night, something I always like as it draws attention to Kristen’s great jawline."
Jessica Alba may have not been invited to the Academy Awards ceremony in 2016, but she rocked the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills. Alba channeled old Hollywood glamour by wearing a Grecian-inspired white dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high split in the skirt. The floor-length long-sleeve gown was designed by Roberto Cavalli. The material of the dress is made out of jersey, which might seem out of place at such a high-profile party. But Alba, the wife of Cash Warren, pulled it off--and the jersey must have been really comfortable--by accessorizing with the right tools. She had on a large gold David Webb crescent statement necklace that added visual interest to the white dress, and the thick black suede belt that had gold hardware in the shape of an "O" added dimension. She paired the dress with stylish Brian Atwood pumps and a Jimmy Choo clutch. Alba's hair was done up in tight curls and she used burgundy makeup on her eyes that went well with her honey complexion. For her lips, she used her own brand, Honest Beauty.
This was around the time that gender inequality in the industry was being challenged. As she told Cosmopolitan:
"Women don't get equal pay. There are not as many women in government positions or business positions. It's just not equal. And until there is equality, you're going to feel that, in any industry. But I was like, girls should have an equal seat at the table. Take Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, she's opening films – she's the box-office draw just as much as any guy, if not more. She should be compensated for that."
Nikki Reed married Ian Somerhalder in April 2015, after a short engagement in February of the same year. The two have a lot in common, as both played vampires on different screens. Reed is famous for her portrayal as a vampire, Rosalie Hale, in The Twilight Saga from 2008-2012. Meanwhile, Somerhalder played vampire Damon Salvatore in CW's The Vampire Diaries from 2009-2017. They made their first red carpet appearance in 2017 after they gave birth to their first daughter, Bodhi Soleli, in July 2015. It was at Entertainment Industry Foundation's event, EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
There were a lot of celebs on hand at the red carpet before the one-hour EIF telecast, which was founded to invite "the public to consider the state of high schools today and what they might be in the future."
Reed looked festive in a silky, multi-colored floral print maxi dress atop a brown backdrop. The bright florals, from red to orange, and from sky blue to white, were all over the dress. She wore her hair down loose and had a dark crimson shade on her lips. Somerhalder was more casual, wearing a crisp white buttoned down dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up and brown slacks that looked well with his shaggy hair. After the paparazzi took photos of the two on the red carpet they headed inside where Somerhalder shared a selfie of himself and his wife on Instagram. The caption read: "What if we could reinvent high school? I'm here now and on live now! Live east coast now!"
The wonderful British actress, Keira Knightley, has been a bankable star since she starred in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. There were five films and together they grossed $1.452 billion worldwide. Talk about exposure!
But critics only started to fall in love with her when she began filming period pieces that looked as if they were made by Merchant Ivory. The most famous one was Pride & Prejudice, which was released in 2005; for the role of Elizabeth Bennet, she received unanimous critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. The movies Atonement, based on the book by Ian McEwan and Tolstoy's tragic Anna Karenina, solidified her as a serious actress and she went on to become an A-lister.
Keira attended the 2015 BAFTAs in London, where she was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Imitation Game. As for fashion, Keira, Hollywood wife to James Righton since 2013, is in love with Chanel. But instead of working with the legendary fashion house, she chose to wear a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2015 dress. Keira looked both demure and festive in the black skirt embroidered with mini white flowers. Add in her strapless pinkish applique top, and she appeared both whimsical and charming, perfect for--and ready for--spring! The floral skirt also served a purpose, to conceal her baby bump. Her black shoes were from Rupert Sanderson.
Claire Danes has won many accolades for her groundbreaking roles. When the awards season began in 2010, the clear favorite was Danes' Temple Grandin, where she ended up winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie at the Emmy Awards in 2010, and Best Actress-- Miniseries or Television Film--from the Golden Globes, in the same year. For three years straight--2012, 2013, and 2014-- she won Best Actress for Homeland at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
So obviously she knows her way around the award shows. At the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, Clare looked stunning and shiny wearing a golden Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown. But while other celebs prep for weeks and maybe months searching for a gown to wear to the Emmys, Danes is a rarity, as she only saw the dress she would be wearing the day before. According to InStyle, Danes' personal stylist, Petra Flannery, told the magazine on Emmys night that Clare is very busy and that her first fitting was the day before the Emmys, so it was a good thing that the two had "a good rapport—I know what she likes and we've reached a point where we have a good groove. It's fun this way, too, because everything still feels fresh and new."
It was a tight schedule but in the end, Flannery admitted that Danes "[L]oved [the dress]. . ."She put it on and it was near perfect. The design laid so beautiful on her."
For the Cannes Film Festival, Stewart gave it a month to find a custom-made dress, and it had to be somewhat modest so as not to detract from her jury duty role at the high-profile event.
Elizabeth Stewart, Chastain's stylist for six years now, helped the actress to turn to designers with whom she had worked. "It makes fittings go more smoothly," says Stewart, speaking to the Telegraph.
For the first red carpet experience, Chastain wore "a delicately floral and bird embroidered black column dress by Alexander McQueen," according to the Telegraph. Since Chastain and Stewart have a "very long history" with Sarah Burton, the label's creative director, it only seemed natural to wear the brand. Stewart said, "She made Jessica’s first Oscar dress. She just understands Jessica’s vibe completely."
In March 2018, Beyonce and Jay-Z and their adorable daughter Blue Ivy, attended the 2nd Annual WACO Theater Center's Wearable Art Gala. Beyonce was being honored for her humanitarian work at the event. The theme of the evening was "From WACO to Wakanda," and guests were expected to wear outfits inspired by Black Panther, which has already had a major effect in the world of fashion and pop culture. Specifically, stars were asked to dress up as characters from Wakanda, the fictional world that embodied Black Panther. It's no surprise, then, that Beyonce and her daughter showed up looking like gold queens.
The fashion house, Falguni Shane Peacock, created Beyonce's dress specifically for her. The designers told Elle that once they discovered that the theme for the event was WACO to Wakanda, they were instantly inspired by the Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto and created a statement piece that the queen would've worn.
As the designers, Falguni and Shane said to Elle: "Amanishakheto was a powerful woman who led the Nubian people as their warrior queen." Since the queen would've been properly armored, the dress had to have been designed with metallic cutouts that looked like armament. They were placed strategically to imitate its shape. And the gold panels lining the sheer bodice and the sleeves of the dress were made to resemble the armor worn by Nubian armies. They told WWD: "Between the metallic cutouts to the gold dramatic train--which was meant to emphasize "royalty--"we attained an artistic statement while respecting the Nubian inspiration.” The duo agreed that the dress--which took 35 workers about 1o days to complete--had to elevate itself as a work of art, otherwise "the perfect inspiration when designing for such a strong woman like Beyonce" would've not worked.
In 2013, it took just one day for Emily Ratajkowski, an obscure model, to become a rising star. We're talking about how long it took her to film her scenes in her head-turning presence in Robert Thicke's video for his song Blurred Lines. The popularity of the song and the way Emily looked was why she was suddenly cast in David Fincher's hit Gone Girl. She has since appeared in Entourage, We Are Your Friends and I Feel Pretty. But about becoming a star because of the video, Ratajkowski told GQ:
"It’s a weird thing, though, getting famous this way—associated with a song. . . that I didn’t write or sing. A song I’m going to deal with for the rest of my life, even though the video was a one-day job."
In any event, this Hollywood wife--Ratajkowski married Sebastian Bear-McClard this year--was the hit of the night while attending the 2016 Vanity Fair party held after the Oscar awards show. She wore a very suggestive strapless black wool bustier bodysuit, as well as an Italian embroidered sheer tulle skirt that showed off her very toned legs. The designer of the dress was created by Australian Steven Khalil. The 26-year-old wore a diamond necklace and kept her hair and makeup simple; light waves for hair and soft makeup on her visage.
The theme for 2017's Met Gala was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons.” The exhibit included over 1oo Comme des Garçons designs by Kawakubo, dating back to the label’s first runway collection in 1981, all the way to her most recent shows. According to Vogue, Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Andrew Bolton, said:
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years. By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
Model and Hollywood wife Behati Prinsloo--she's married to Adam Levine--made heads turn at the gala not only because she looked like an angel (she is, after all, a Victoria Secret's Angel) but also because of what she wore. While the rest of the stars wore custom-made couture, Behati wore something affordable, not unattainable. She wore a dress from Topshop--yes, that Topshop, where you can snag a dress for under $100--in a fitted, pale pink look with a delicate, strappy neckline that hugged her curves. And while the British chain had the budget-friendly outfit fitted just for Behati, Behati mixed high with low, wearing Harry Winston diamonds and Manolo Blahnik Estro Ankle Tie Sandals, which costs $745. “I absolutely love my dress. It was a nice collaboration with the designers at Topshop,” Behati told Refinery29. “It’s uber chic: I’m in love with the color, and the intricate details are exceptional.” She also said, Topshop’s prices make fashion and style enjoyable for everyone." Next year Behati is going to be styled by the Gap.