Hayden Panettiere In Gucci – ‘Vanities’ 20th Anniversary Party

It’s déjà vu all over again.

At the ‘Vanities’ 20th anniversary party in Hollywood on Monday night, Hayden Panettiere walked the red carpet in a dress that we’ve already seen not once, but twice before.

Both Eva Mendes and Karen Elson have donned this bright red Gucci Fall 2011 silk chiffon gown.

This 70s-inspired dress is so gorgeous that I can understand why we keep seeing it on the red carpet.

Hayden attempted to put her own spin on the gown with a bright yellow Laura Merkin clutch and Louboutin snakeskin platforms.

Does Hayden wear the look better than Eva and Karen?

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  • bianca

    Eva Mendes is clearly the winner, here

  • Dhppy

    It’s a shame none of the women kept the original neck detail, which is one of the things I like most about the dress. I think in Panettiere’s version, either the shoes or the handbag work well with the dress, just not together. Even though I tend to detest the 70s styles, I have to admit this is a good dress since all three look quite pretty in it. However, Karen Elson has that model training that puts her over the top.

  • Clover

    Hey FC, honest question – why is it so bad for more than one person to wear a dress? I see you sometimes refer to it as a ‘rerun’, and mostly the talk I see is that it’s a negative thing. Myself, I *love* the ‘who wore it better’ comparison that comes along with more than one person wearing the same dress, and seeing someone interpret a piece differently, but it seems to be really frowned on. Shouldn’t a stunning piece be given a few chances to make an impact? I’d love to hear your thoughts, and everyones thoughts actually.

    • Fashion Critic

      I think with so many looks by so many designers, why wear a dress that someone else has worn?

    • Dhppy

      From the point of view of those of us watching the looks, I can see why repeats are either boring or a downright bad decision considering unflattering comparisons are bound to be made. However, if I were the one with the good fortune to wear a dress I truly adored (I’m thinking of you Elie Saab), I wouldn’t care if 15 celebrities wore it before me.

  • Sonya

    She’s far too petite and delicate for this dress, she’s swimming in it.

  • I don’t care for the dress. I think the Gucci name is giving its patina of cool. Looks like it came from a resale shop specializing in 70s frocks to me.

    Loathe the yellow clutch and shoes.

  • bm

    Karen Elson, of course.

  • AW

    I love this dress and she looks great but I think Eva looked better

  • robbie

    light flowy and airy dress weighed down by bricks.

  • Alina

    I think she would have won the battle with the others two, but she ruined it with the yellow clutch.

    • Nat39

      She totally ruined her look with the yellow clutch, why in the world did she choose it as the statement piece I really can’t understand, it takes all the attention away from this pretty flowy dress entirely. Bad.

  • Emi

    No, she doesn’t, absolutely. The dress should have been longer, and the yellow purse is a terrible choice.

  • EmmaWoodhouse

    The yellow clutch is horrendous, and the dress is too old for her. I don’t really like the dress, but Eva Mendes looked the best in it.

  • Carolina

    Eva, for me. But my mom had this sort of thing in the 70s. I am irreconcilably reminded of Lawrence Welk with this style.

  • Fiona-Brasil

    Eva and Karen any day!Hayden is way too young and too short for this dress.Frankly I don’t like the dress or/and the yellow clutch with the dress.

  • Jacqu

    It’s a great dress, but she looks way too young for it.

  • FC

    Eva Mendes wins.

    • Rebecca Z

      Totally! On Hayden it looks like a mother of the bride dress.

  • Linda

    I don’t like this dress at all. It’s matronly and the colour is jarring in a dress with that much fabric. That said, I dislike it least on Hayden, who tones it down with her light colouring and the yellow clutch.

  • Ade

    Does she wear it better than Eva and Karen?

    Short answer: NO, Long answer: Hell NOOO

    This dress looks like an Asos imitation on her

  • Claire

    Karen owns it

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  • Jess2

    I much prefer Hayden’s updo with this dress. I don’t like the combination of the shoes and clutch though, I think she should have gone for one standout piece not two.

  • dan

    i like the platforms they’re cool, but im not too sure on the yellow clutch???

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