Teen Choice Awards
Short hemlines had a major presence on the blue carpet (certainly for this story, anyway!), but Lauren Conrad went the opposite direction and wore an of-the-moment maxi dress of her own design. Her overall look could have delved too deeply into the sixties (patterned floor-length frock plus the center-parted twisted hair), but Conrad kept it modern by adding a skinny belt at her natural waist. Unfortunately the dress will not be available for purchase (it's a one-of-a-kind item and Conrad's donating it to charity).
One of the best looks at the event came from Kristen Bell, who wore a nude silk Oval Tank ($185) and a high-waisted fuchsia silk organza Pleat Front Mini ($385) from Jenni Kayne's Resort 2009 collection, both of which will be available in Kayne's Los Angeles boutique shortly. While her shell and skirt combo are certainly not your standard event attire, Bell totally pulled off her non-frock. We also love how she accessorized her look with a fantastic long Turquoise, Onyx, and Mother of Pearl Amrapali Necklace and two excellent fall pieces from Jimmy Choo: the Clue Nude Nappa Platform ($645) and the Char Clutch in Brown Eel ($1595).
We couldn't have created this story without at least one Gossip Girl and Leighton Meester made the cut! She also chose a belted dress, though Meester's is from fashion editor favorite, Lanvin. Miss Meester wore nearly $60,000 in Cartier jewelry-not bad-including a yellow gold and diamond Panther head ring with peridot eyes and a pair of Jimmy Choo's Isis Platforms ($775).
The always-refreshing Rachel Bilson chose an icy blue Brian Reyes dress from the designer's pre-spring 2009 collection. She extended the line of her leg by selecting a nude pair of platform sandals by Lanvin. It's a smart move in general, as strappy sandals can cut off even the longest pair of legs and a genius idea when you're petite like Bilson. Always on point with her accessories, Bilson chose an oversized pair of gold Amrapali Earrings and slim Marni bag to finish her look.
We were pleased to see Scarlett Johansson depart from her usual old-Hollywood style and embrace a more youthful look. The actress wore nude (but didn't look subdued) on the blue carpet, turning up in a short Beaded Chiffon Dress ($1700) by Matthew Williamson (we found it in gray online). The romantic frock got some additional glamming up via a Sonia Boyajian Necklace and a hot purple eel pair of Jimmy Choo Gloss Platforms ($1110).
Finally, we have Jessica Stroup (who will be known around the WhoWhatWear.com office by her new 90210 name, Daphne Silver, any second now), who showed up in a summery and succulent orange Strapless Gathered Mini Corset Dress ($595) by D&G. Stroup smartly kept the focus on her tangerine frock by choosing a simple pair of cracked metallic leather Jimmy Choo Elipse Heels ($695) and understated gold earrings. We think her completely chic look would have made Brenda Walsh, Kelly Taylor, and Donna Martin proud.
Photos courtesy of SplashNews.