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Teen Choice Awards: Fashion winners and losers

August 12, 2013|By Booth Moore | Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
  • Singer Miley Cyrus, actress Lily Collins and actress Kerry Washington attend the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.
Singer Miley Cyrus, actress Lily Collins and actress Kerry Washington… (Jason Merritt / Getty Images…)

When it comes to dressing up in Hollywood, the Teen Choice Awards ceremony, held Sunday night at Universal City, is a strange beast.

If you’re a star older than the show’s Clearasil demographic, you want to look young and hip. If you are a star close to that demo, like every teenager, you want to look 30. Or even 40.

Exhibit A: Miley Cyrus, just 20, who wore a black leather bra, sheer top and buckle-front miniskirt that I'm guessing was Saint Laurent. Yikes. It was shocking all right, which is no doubt what she wanted.

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The Teen Choice Awards fashion conundrum may also help explain the Mrs. Robinson, retro cougar hairdos on Cher Lloyd, 20, and Lily Collins, 24. I thought 16-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz’s Christopher Kane bandage dress aged her, as did 16-year-old Hailee Steinfeld's heavy-handed makeup.

The biggest trends on the event's red -- or rather, blue -- carpet? There was a crop-top pile-up with Collins, Lucy Hale, Chelsea Kane, Cher Lloyd and Ashley Benson all exposing their midriffs. If you've still got it, flaunt it I guess.

Jumpsuits, as well as matching pants and tops, were another popular choice. Nina Dobrev wore a plunge-front print top and matching pants by J. Mendel, Shay Mitchell was in a black-and-white Jenni Kayne jumpsuit and Erin Andrews in a black jumpsuit.

Combined with the cougar hair and giant heels, Collins’ crop top by Malibu native Katharine Polk of the label Houghton, and her high-low skirt in a palm-tree print by Fausto Puglisi was a little over the top. She could have toned down her beauty look and accessories and this would have been a fun choice.

Anna Camp’s peekaboo lace down-to-there Emilio Pucci confection looked a little trashy for the occasion.

Lea Michele, who dedicated her award to her late boyfriend and “Glee” costar Cory Monteith, struck the right note in lace, a pink lace tank top and short skirt by Oscar de la Renta. 

But Kerry Washington’s Stella McCartney print shift dress was my pick for the perfect Teen Choice, its hearts-and-lips print a love letter to the crowd.

When it comes to style, Washington always has a sense of time and place.


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