BEST- MR BLASBERG’S DRESSED LIST
The sartorial expert calls out the new flock of RED-CARPET darlings. By DEREK BLASBERG
Never underestimate the power of the red carpet. A killer dress and some smart posing can catapult a semifamous starlet to megawatt screen siren in the snap of a camera flash. Awards season is the Olympics of Hollywood, and the Academy Awards are the main event. My most memorable Oscar victories? Nicole Kidman’s chartreuse Dior Haute Couture gown in 1997, which took her from Tom Cruise’s plus one to international style icon, and Renée Zellweger’s 2001 spin in a lemonyellow strapless Jean Dessès number that certified her A-list status.
We’re in the middle of a new season of ingenues, and these girls have brought their A games. Let’s start with a trifecta of Emmas. Emma Stone, 23, dominated 2011’s red carpet, setting the bar high when she stepped out in a sexy yet simple peachsorbet Calvin Klein column at the Golden Globes, and she didn’t rest for the remainder of the year. Emma Roberts, 20, a Nickelodeon star who’s growing up into a saucy seductress (she filled out her Playboy Bunny costume quite nicely when I saw her last Halloween), is crafting her own brand of redcarpet glamour— perhaps readying her to follow in Aunt Julia’s footsteps. And, finally, there’s Emma Watson, 21, whose sense of selfpossession— both on the red carpet and off—belies any trace of child-actress naïveté.