Kirsten Dunst is having an incredible year thus far. She's the stunning face of Bulgari's new Mon Jasmin Noir perfume, was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Lars von Trier's Melancholia (it debuts in the States this November), and have we mentioned that she's been killing it on the red carpet lately? The stunningly chic Patrik Ervell tux she picked for the CFDA Awards slayed us, but she also knows how to wear wonderfully feminine frocks in sophisticated ways too. Even more impressive: she's been putting these memorable looks together herself, yet another reason as to why she deserves to be in the Style Spotlight!
It really says a great deal about Dunst that so many highly in-demand brands want to work with her. In addition to having a slew of Chanel moments at Cannes--more on that in a moment--she's often photographed in the latest looks from Rodarte, Chloe, and Miu Miu. Dunst displays an equally interesting roster of styles, and vacillates between confectionery frocks, cool-girl staples, and menswear-chic ensembles. Speaking of the former, we were truly wowed by the sheer-skirted Chanel gown she wore to the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the Cannes Film Festival in May (top row, center). We love the way she paired the delicate dress, which is from the French fashion house's S/S 11 Haute Couture collection, with a bright fuchsia lip; it's the perfect combination of sweet and strong. Dunst opted for another ethereal Chanel frock, also from the S/S 11 Haute Couture collection, later that month for the Istancool Gala Dinner in Istanbul (bottom row, far right). Once again she balanced a diaphanous dress with a strong lip and pulled-back hair, resulting in a perfectly on-point party look.
Dunst's fondness for interestingly textured pieces and sheer details can also be noted in the Proenza Schouler ensemble she selected for the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles earlier this spring (bottom row, center). On this occasion, she combined a lace top and tweed skirt with a contrasting waistband (currently on sale in black and white)--both from the S/S 11 collection, and styled them with Chanel heels and a rose gold Bulgari Serpenti Watch ($29,900). Though the silhouettes are decidedly simple, the combination of intriguing materials makes this a must-try outfit.
While Dunst is definitively drawn to diaphanous materials and loves a sheer detail, she also executes sober and sleek looks perfectly too. For example, at another dinner in Istanbul, this one celebrating writer/director/actor Terry Gilliam, she picked a simple black Chanel sheath dress (top row, far right). She kept the rest of her look understated-yet-luxurious by accessorizing with a Bulgari Serpenti Bag ($2100) and a pair of Isabel Marant bow-embellished pumps. Dunst was snapped in an equally chic daytime look a few days later on a boat trip in Istanbul (far left image), this time in a pair of slim cropped pants and a structured black blazer. Of course our spotlightee added some characteristically feminine accents, including a polka-dot blouse, Chloe Triple-Strap Ballet Flats ($495), and Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses ($145), resulting in a very Parisian ensemble.
If you're feeling inspired by Dunst's mix of downtown nonchalance and fancy femininity--we're right there with you--all you need is a handful of sweetly unfussy pieces and you can emulate her look with ease. For starters, you should pick up some slim, suit-like pieces with abbreviated silhouettes, like Warehouse's Luxe Cropped Blazer ($207) or ASOS' Tailored Cropped Boyfriend Blazer ($86) and Theory's Okelina Pants ($244) or even Siwy's Hannah Slim Crop Jeans ($154) for a more casual option. Pair any of these items with a spotted blouse--we like Forever 21's Polka Dots & Lace Crop Top ($11) and Sonia By Sonia Rykiel's Polka Dot Blouse ($314)--and multi-strap flats, like RAS' Ballet Flats ($149) or Marc Jacobs' Flats With Double Ankle Straps ($333), for a very Dunst-like look.
To emulate our Style Spotlight star's fancier ensembles, you have many options as well. To create a Proenza Schouler-inspired outfit, try combining American Apparel's Stripe Lace Tee ($38) or Red Valentino's Lace Puff Sleeve Top ($295) with Tory Burch's Linia Skirt ($179). If you're searching for a LBD instead, do check out ASOS' Tulip Dress with Pleat Waist ($69) and Oasis' Pleated Neck Belted Dress ($69). Finally, for those readers who are looking for dainty white dresses, we'd like to direct you to Anna Sui's Vintage Lace and Poppy Dress ($532) and Free People's Point D'Espirit Maxi Slip ($98). The latter can be worn over a body-conscious pale slip for a sheer-skirted effect, similar to Dunst's stunning amfAR selection, albeit in a much more casual way!
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