January 7, 2018

The Art of Elysium presents John Legend’s HEAVEN Gala

As to be expected, there was a rush of stars at the 11th annual edition of The Art of Elysium Presents John Legend’s HEAVEN was held on Saturday (January 6) in Santa Monica, California.

Ashley Madekwe: I was a bit surprised to see Ashley donning the Rodarte Fall 2017 look that Nicole Kidman wore to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. I will say the proportions of the glittery, ruffled look seemed a bit better suited to Ashley.

Rooney Mara: The actress looks to be continuing 2018 with her favoured colour palette of black and white with this Givenchy Spring 2018 lace-accented, asymmetrical dress.

Vanessa Hudgens: I like the enchanting sweep of this Alberta Ferretti Fall 2017 cape gown styled with an Emm Kuo clutch. What betrays the look a bit is the heavy-handed, rust-hued eye makeup, which is a bit too much in the red colour family.

Amber Heard: This glinting, embellished Georges Hobeika Fall 2017 Couture gown packed a seductive punch with its plunge silhouette, backless detail, and sheer effect. I don’t think there’s any denying, though, how elegantly Amber managed to wear the barely-there dress, making it her own via mismatched earrings and a dark, vampy lip.

Nikki Reed: This Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2017 gown delivered its own take on romance with its off-the-shoulder shape, black sash, and floral motif. A Tyler Ellis clutch rounded out the look.

Dita Von Teese: Dita celebrated her favoured corseted, bustier silhouette with a softer approach in this floor-sweeping, emerald-green Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2005 Couture gown that offered a relaxed sense of glamour.

Victoria Justice: The starlet added a more gothic twist to her mauve, embellished Michael Cinco gown with her oxblood lip and nails.

Shailene Woodley: This Elie Saab Fall 2017 short dress relied on sheer-lace inset panels for allure rather than the designer’s signature embellishment.

Chrissy Teigen: This blush-nude Pamella Roland Spring 2018 feathered, cape gown clothed Chrissy’s burgeoning bump with a whimsical twist.

Ali Larter: In addition to its form-fitting shape, this Hamel silvery gown relied on a plunge neckline and strategically placed cutouts for additional sultry appeal.

Madelaine Petsch: Exposed corsetry and an abundance of lace gave this Fabiana Milazzo Spring 2018 gown its boudoir-inspired romance.

Mena Suvari:
Disco fever was alive and well in this Temperley London Spring 2018 look that had Studio 54 glitz in spades. Was it too much glitz with the wide-leg jumpsuit and the matching long jacket, too?

Credit: Getty

Bellamy Young's Temperley London Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Bellamy Young’s Temperley London Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Allison Williams In Armani Privé - 2018 Golden Globe Awards

Allison Williams In Armani Privé – 2018 Golden Globe Awards

23 Responses to The Art of Elysium presents John Legend’s HEAVEN Gala

  1. Sarah January 8, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

    Dita looked so perfect for me. And her pic so close to Ambers proves you don’t have to bearing it all to be sexy. She saves it for her shows 😉 Amber and Vanessa always feel like they are trying way too hard.

  2. Crystalline January 8, 2018 at 12:53 am #

    Amber Heard really has the prowess and persona to present a sultry, sheet gown which otherwise will look rather tacky in another person.

    • Crystalline January 8, 2018 at 12:54 am #


  3. Nat39 January 7, 2018 at 11:31 pm #

    Nikki, Victoria, Amber.

  4. Pheephee January 7, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

    Victoria is lovely.

    No to Amber n Vanessa for their way too heavy makeup looks. It makes them look almost clownish.

  5. Schoolbea January 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm #

    Several makeup looks ruining the overall effect for me: Vanessa, obviously, but also Amber and Mena.

    I think the only look I like head to toe is Dita’s. That red lip and dark hair with that shade of green are simply stunning. Victoria looks very well put together, too.

  6. Fanny January 7, 2018 at 9:22 pm #

    I actually like most of them. A well dressed event. Dita, Ashley and Victoria are my favourites.

  7. weiss January 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Dita* & Ashley
    Dita’s is Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Fall 2005

    • Catherine Kallon January 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

      thanks a lot.

  8. meme January 7, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    Amber looks amazing in that dress. Hair and makeup are perfect. Vanessa would have knocked it out of the part if she didn’t have that hideous red makeup on. The rest are meh or bad.

  9. Christine January 7, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    Dita and Victoria

  10. Kimma January 7, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

    Vanessa almost hit a home run here. I hope the red eye make up trend will go away quickly.

    • anonymous as always January 8, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

      Vanessa looks great here!

      • anonymous as always January 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

        nooo I meant Victoria sorry XD Vanessa’s eye look is a huge NO for me!

  11. Alina January 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

    Vanessa should fire her makeup artist who ruined a perfect look.

    Chrissy is my favourite here.

    • Mimi January 7, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

      +1 i was prepared to say that this was Vanessa’s best look ever, bc I saw the photos from different angles online. The makeup def ruined it.

  12. Eni January 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

    Amber and Nikki.

  13. Isabela January 7, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    Amber is my favorite, she looks amazing

    • Fiona-Brasil January 8, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      + 1

  14. Caroline January 7, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

    Amber, Nikki and Victoria look gorgeous. Vanessa’s look could’ve been beautiful but the make up ruined it completely.

  15. kelly January 7, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

    dita looks beautiful! shailene’s dress might be a big aging but it is nice to see her looking polished tbh.

  16. EmmaWoodhouse January 7, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

    No one’s is exactly working for me. Love the color of Dita’s. Victoria’s maybe wins out for me? I like Nikki’s skirt, but the top is too droopy.
    And can we stop with the red eye makeup?

    • SilentVisitor January 7, 2018 at 11:14 pm #


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