Today we continue with my 50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER list. I did my research. The looks in this list are all based on looks that stars wore on red carpets all over the world. Now while some might think of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, and Twiggy when they think of iconic fashion moments. That is true, but you won’t find any of them on these lists. If you’re ready to ask me why I have an answer. Mostly their iconic fashion moments all were created for them by the costume designers contracted by the studios they worked for. I wanted to include only the looks that weren’t planned in conjunction with the studio for their impact. They might have been pulled together by high paid stylist, but not in a way that a studio would craft a look for their star based on the image they wanted them to have. Now this look is only ranked from the oldest to the newest and not based on how iconic I think that the look is. So let’s get into it.6) Sharon Stone in GAP and Vera Wang at the 1998 Academy Awards: When it comes to Sharon Stone’s style we typically think of sex appeal. While that is the case typically the one look from her that I am including in this list is much more conservative, but still oozes sex appeal in a different way. When she attended the 1998 Academy Awards Sharon decided to take a crisp white GAP button down out of her husband’s closet and paired it with a lavender satin evening skirt it was a new way to give us sensuality. The act of wearing your husbands shirt is so sensual and hot. It was the first time on a major red carpet this was done, and for that it earns a spot on this list of iconic red carpet moments. 7) Liv Tyler & Stella McCartney in Stella McCartney at the 1999 Met Gala: The theme of the 1999 Met Gala was “Rock Style.” So princess of Rock and Roll Liv Tyler (Daughter of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler) and Stella McCartney (daughter of Beetles front man Paul McCartney) walked the red carpet together giving us rock glamour. Stella was in her early years as a fashion designer and for this red carpet the pair rocked custom one shoulder t-shirt tops studded with crystals and emblazoned with the phrase “Rock Royalty.” The pair is definitely that. It was a true embodiment of the theme and I feel like these two giving us this moment was worthy of a spot on my 50 Most ICONIC Red Carpet Moments Ever list. 8) Jennifer Lopez in Versace at the 2000 Grammy Awards: I mean come on could I really create a list of iconic red carpet moments without including Jennifer Lopez’s ICONIC green Versace “Jungle Dress.” The answer is absolutely not. This gown is literally the reason why Google Images exist. It has been parodied on the Oscars red carpet by South Park creator Trey Parker. Jennifer has worn an iteration on tour several years ago and last September she and Versace almost broke Instagram having her wear the “modern” version of the gown to close the Versace Spring 2020 RTW show. This dress has spurred a million knockoffs and is one of the red carpet moments that people think of when you ask them what’s an iconic fashion moment. So yea it had to be included in this list. 9) Naomi Campbell & Iman in Dolce & Gabbana at the 2001 Met Gala: It pains me to include anything Dolce & Gabbana in any list be it a wish list or an iconic list, but the brand has been ever present for decades. Their first appearance on my 50 Most ICONIC Red Carpet Moments list comes from Naomi Campbell and Iman at the 2001 ‘Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years’ themed Met Gala. Obviously Naomi & Iman decided to go full Dolce instead of sticking to the theme. These looks definitely ushered in 2000’s style where it was all about the sex appeal. These looks are what made Dolce & Gabbana famous. They turned underwear into outerwear in a super glamorous manner. It sparked a decade of sex following the extravagance of the 80’s and minimalism of the 90’s meshing the two together in a major way making this fashion moment iconic. 10) Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards: I have to say not all the looks I’ve chosen as my 50 most iconic moments list are things I’ve liked. Case and point? Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wearing their matching custom patchwork light wash denim at the 2001 American Music Awards. Do I think these looks are good? Hell no. These looks are UGLY. But they continue to be talked about. They continue to inspire fashion. Denim still isn’t a fabric than can be used for formal occasions very well, but these looks paved the way for designers to continue to try.
Read Part 1 here.