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Blake Lively In Isabel Marant – 12-12-12 Concert

Blake Lively made her second appearance on the red carpet as Mrs Reynolds last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the 12-12-12 Concert Benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund To Aid The Victims Of Hurricane Sandy.

Proving being married hasn’t changed her style, like it has done in the past with some actresses, the ‘Gossip Girl’ actress wore an Isabel Marant Spring 2013 mini dress.

Her studded stretch-leather dress features a high round neck, short sleeves, darting at the bust and an A-line silhouette.

It’s rare that Blake has ever stepped on a red carpet without wearing Louboutins and this occasion was no different. Her nude caged ankle boots wouldn’t have been my first choice, but they do surprisingly work well with the look.

My only disappointment is the Carrie Underwood hair. It feels a bit too twee for such a sexy, edgy dress, which I can picture on Kate Moss.

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Rihanna In Balmain – ‘Wetten dass…?’

Style-savvy songstress Rihanna performed her new single, ‘Diamonds’ on the popular German TV show, ‘Wetten, dass…?’ on Saturday evening.

RiRi brought a sense of subtle sex appeal to a modern Balmain Spring 2013 ensemble which featured a tiny white cropped halter and baggy leather pants, to which she added a chunky gold Chanel belt, which was a fabulous mixture of Euro-trash opulence and haute-couture sophistication.

The midriff-baring star’s finishing touches were Manolo Blahnik killer heels.

We love that Rihanna is always true to her unique sense of style – both on-stage and off.

She is one of the few singers able to totally transform a look just by the way she wears it while performing to a captive audience.

Her short hairstyle looks especially chic paired with the softness of the outfit’s top.

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Cheryl Cole In Balmain – Jingle Bell Ball

To kick off the holiday season, Cheryl Cole turned heads as she took to the red carpet at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball in London on Saturday evening.

Dressed in a Balmain Pre-Fall 2012 look, Cheryl left little to the imagination in a satin-trimmed jersey jumpsuit bedecked with twinkling gold buttons.

The menswear-inspired look took on an air of feminine sophistication when paired with chic oxblood-and-black heels and with Cheryl’s slicked-back locks and bold burgundy lipstick. The dark tones – offset by the gold details – gave off a distinctly wintery vibe.

Skin-tight, one-piece ensembles are often hard to pull off – even for the trimmest stars. But given that Cheryl not only wore the look on the red carpet, but also gave an inspiring musical performance in the daring ensemble, we give her a stylish tip of the hat for rocking a look that is both theatrical and sexy.

You can buy Cheryl’s Balmain jumpsuit from Net-A-Porter US

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Gwen Stefani In Balmain – 2012 American Music Awards

Gwen Stefani joined her No Doubt band mates on the red carpet for the 2012 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in California on Sunday evening.

She wore a Balmain Fall 2012 black velvet fully-embellished blazer with leather pants and a black bralet.

Black pumps, a silver crucifix and a pearl necklace accessorised her look.

While this is another good look for Gwen, she’s yet to excite me during this comeback. Everything has been OK, with little to no wow factor.

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La La Anthony In Balmain – BET’s Black Girls Rock 2012

La La Anthony joined Ciara on the red carpet at the Paradise Theater in New York City on Saturday night for BET’s Black Girls Rock 2012.

She wore a luxe green devoré-velvet mini dress from the Balmain Pre-Fall 2012 collection.

The mini dress not only had peaked, padded shoulders but also a high neckline.

Opting for minimal accessories, La La added an emerald ring and studded diamond earrings.

Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle’ black pumps, a quiffed updo and kohl-rimmed eyes completed her look.

You can buy La La’s Balmain dress from Net-A-Porter.com, farfetch.com US and farfetch.com.

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Balmain Spring 2013

Bold and graphic was the key to Olivier Rousteing’s Spring 2013 collection for Balmain.

The highly bedazzled pieces the house is known for were replaced somewhat by bright harlequin patterns plus heavy crocheted and embroidered pieces.

Oliver was inspired by Cuba and its ‘Latin sensuality’, but I have a feeling he was also inspired by Dynasty’s Krystle Carrington and Alexis Colby-Carrington judging by the shoulder pads which were bold, supersized and wide.

Linebacker wide, which will look great in editorials, on the models who wear Balmain religiously off-duty and the editors who borrow the pieces from their office closet.

Anna Dello Russo will of course rock the hell out of this collection, but will celebs be snapping up these bold shouldered pieces for the red carpet?

Time will tell. Whoever she is, she will be a type who likes to take risks.

Crop-tops, leather pants, matador style-jackets, mini-dresses, fitted pants, leather jackets, and a selection of denim pieces took to the runway.

Key accessories included oversized belts, perforated open-toe booties, patent pumps and harlequin cut-out ankle boots.

Front Row: Dree Hemingway, Anna Dello Russo, Rachel Zoe and Anna Wintour

Favourites: Tuxedo jacket with leather pants and white halter crop top and leather pants

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Anna Dello Russo, Fan Bingbing, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana and Lady Gaga

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