Kristen Bell In Reem Acra – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Kristen Bell In Reem Acra - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Kristen Bell dressed to impress at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted on Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in California.

Taking a slightly more formal approach than some of the other stars, the actress wore a Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2014 strapless cocktail dress with black Christian Louboutin ‘Toboggan’ peep-toe sandals.

I always am fond of seeing this particularly saturated shade of vivid blue on the red carpet. This time, the colour was emboldened with black lace and sequin trim around the bodice and down the sides.

Lightly tousled blonde waves and a light pink lip dialled back some of the dress’s drama, adding a relaxed, youthful note.

Are you missing the thin, waist-defining belt seen in the lookbook?

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Ahna O’Reilly In Elie Saab – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Ahna O'Reilly In Elie Saab - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Ahna O’Reilly also attended the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted on Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in California.

The actress skipped a frock in favour of an Elie Saab Spring 2014 ensemble, consisting of a creamy-white top, embellished in watercolour florals, and matching high-waisted, tailored pants.

While we certainly aren’t accustomed to seeing a non-gown Elie Saab moment on the red carpet, this look had the potential to be every bit as stunning as those dresses.

However, I was missing the crisp, bright appeal that captivated me on the runway. A victim perhaps of poor styling, the chic separates were weighed down by clunky Aldo platform sandals and a garish hot-pink clutch.

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Melonie Diaz In Preen – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Melonie Diaz In Preen - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Melonie Diaz brought a burst of colour to the blue carpet at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, held on Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in California.

The ‘Fruitvale Station’ actress and nominee wore a kaleidoscope of a dress from the Preen Spring 2014 collection.

The white, sleeveless frock was emboldened with an abstract, zig-zag geometric print in a bright palette of hues.

In this case, I don’t mind the revisions from the runway design. After all, we’ve seen enough sheer hemlines as it is.

Nor I am bothered by the selection of black pumps, even if a sandal may have been preferred. The heels, along with a minimalistic black VBH handbag, allowed the boldness of the artsy dress to take centre stage.

However, her fuchsia lip was an excellent non-black accessory. W. Britt gold earrings and a bracelet topped off the look.

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Aubrey Plaza In Preen – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Aubrey Plaza In Preen - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Aubrey Plaza attended the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in California.

The ‘Parks and Recreation’ funny girl was pulling no punches when it came to her Preen Pre-Fall 2014 dark-navy frock, edged in a pop of sherbet orange.

The full-skirted dress had the chic sophistication of a vintage silhouette—this was ’50s housewife, with a fierce twist.

I loved that she infused it with a bold edge via a fantastic pair of Brian Atwood ‘Starlet’ zebra-print orange pumps, not to mention a bright red lippie and darkly lacquered manicure.

A Lauren Merkin clutch and understated Shylee Rose jewels completed the look.

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Brie Larson In Maison Martin Margiela – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

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Brie Larson also joined the chic set of starlets at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in California.

Nominated for Best Female Lead for her film, ‘Short Team 12,’ the actress looked to the progressive design house of Maison Martin Margiela for her strapless black dress from the Spring 2013 collection.

Although the silhouette was simple, it was certainly still statement-making, what with the exaggerated sweetheart neckline and front slit.

She added additional polish via a gold cage bracelet, Christian Louboutin ‘Decollete’ nude pumps and a cream-coloured Smythson ‘Soho Diary’ clutch, with a casual ponytail and barely-there makeup putting forth a beach-y spin.

While I appreciate the overall direction of the look, I still wish it had delivered a slightly more figure-flattering fit at some angles.

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Reese Witherspoon In Giambattista Valli Couture – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Reese Witherspoon In Giambattista Valli - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Reese Witherspoon made a delightfully bold entrance at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California today (March 1).

The ‘Mud’ actress dressed up in a Giambattista Valli Spring 2014 Couture design.

The abstractly printed silk beaded top and draped silk skirt combined the most engaging shade of intense blue with black, which was further enhanced with dimensional, floral-shaped decoration that climbed up the bodice.

The geometric, colour-block white and black panel that cut through the bottom of the top only contributed even more modern edge to the leggy look.

She accessorized with a petite black ladylike Dior handbag and black Christian Louboutin ‘Leonor Fini’ sandals.

Softly hued makeup and a slightly messy updo provided the perfect counterpoint to the dramatic and directional style of her ensemble.

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Lupita Nyong’o In Stella McCartney – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Lupita Nyong'o In Stella McCartney - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

As a best supporting actress nominee, Lupita Nyong’o was of course holding court at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California today (March 1).

The ’12 Years a Slave’ star has demonstrated that she’s not afraid to experiment with her impeccable style, so I’m always excited to see what she will bring to the red carpet.

Today, she yet again switched it up, utilizing the more laid-back event to debut a Stella McCartney Spring 2014 long-sleeve playsuit.

She paired the textured-print design with the sparkle of a gem-embellished Devi Kroell box clutch and Casadei grey suede pumps with cream trim and the signature ‘Blade’ heel, which may have not been my first choice here.

Capitalizing on the natural, desert tones of her ensemble, she finished the look with metallic, golden eye shadow and a terracotta red lip.

A new, fun outing from Lupita, although I found it be missing that truly memorable edge. Do you agree?

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Anna Kendrick In Christian Dior – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Anna Kendrick In Christian Dior - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Anna Kendrick was also in the mix at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California today (March 1).

Dressed in head-to-toe Christian Dior, the actress and presenter wore a crisp white, Resort 2014 frock, which had been modified from its original black runway entrance.

Cerulean and blush panels cut through the backless, asymmetrical design, which reflected the colour-blocking theme seen in much of the collection.

Nude Jimmy Choo ‘Xenia’ sandals faded into near non-existence, taking a back seat to the dress, while a ballet-pink and black Dior clutch certainly did not. It may have been a few sizes too big.

A low, wavy ponytail and petal-pink lip finished the look on a softly pretty note.

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