Behind (almost) every A-list celebrity, there’s an A-list stylist who scours the runways for the most coveted pieces. Case in point: every single Rachael Zoe client. So while we patiently await TV’s biggest night, we’re taking a look back at some of 2014’s best dressed – and hoping for repeat greatness.

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Couture Emmys 2014The Unconventional Ball Gown
The chicest princess we’ve ever seen? Fact. The Girls starlet owned the red carpet in Giambattista Valli Couture. Simple, yet full of impact (that colorblocked bodice!), this pick won her fashion darling of the evening.

Claire Danes in Givenchy Emmys 2014The It-Girl Outfit
First worn in white by Kim Kardashian at her wedding, this Givenchy dress made headlines for the second time when the Homeland actress donned it. True, she doesn’t need any further accolades, but we give her major props for making the ensemble, complete with a beaded dragonfly collar and lips to match, all her own.

Jessica Paré in LANVIN Emmys 2014The Old Hollywood 2.0 Dress
Sure, we’re already missing Mad Men, but we’re excited to see what’s next for the former Mrs. Don Draper. With an easy Old Hollywood vibe, her LANVIN version of the classic LBD was to D.I.E. for. And her sculptural necklace? The icing on the cake.

Matt Bomer in Tuxedo Emmys 2014The Classic Tux
A (fashion) curveball can be refreshing, but we’re always onboard for the traditional. This Chuck actor proves all you need is a fresh cut, shined shoes, and a little black and white to turn heads.

Ready to work the step-and-repeat? Our Get the Look: Style as Seen on the Red Carpet and Awards-Show Style for Men: Win Best Dressed Boutiques open Sunday, September 20, at 11AM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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September 20, 2015

The wedding invite has been haphazardly stuck to the fridge for weeks now. But that call for cocktail or black-tie attire? You know you’ve been completely ignoring it. And now it’s officially time to prepare. So relax and read on – we’re going to tell you how to nail it.


Cocktail: When the dress code requests cocktail attire, you have some room for creativity. Opt for a dark suit (think navy or charcoal), then have some fun with your shirt-and-tie combination. Try a solid color or a subtle pinstriped dress shirt with a punchy silk tie in a paisley or diagonal-stripe print.

Black Tie: This sounds intimidating, but embrace the ease of what is essentially a fancy-wedding uniform. Grab a black tuxedo – with silk lapels and a trim fit for a slimming, modern vibe – then add a crisp white dress shirt, black tie or bow tie, and shined-up black dress shoes. Voilà, done. 

Ready to get dressed? Our Best (Dressed) Man: Style for Late-Summer Weddings Boutique opened Thursday, August 7, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 7, 2014