Celebrity Fashion

Style Showdown: Ali Larter and Jennifer Lopez’s Battle of the Belly Buttons

Sometimes stars get it right, and sometimes they need another celeb to step in and show ‘em how it’s done. This week’s assaults on the eyes involve Ali Larter and Jennifer Lopez in two-piece suits with a little skin in between, Whitney Port and Rachel Bilson clashing with each other—and maybe themselves, and more of this week’s celebrity fashion hits and misses.

Trend #1: The Belly-Baring Two-Piece

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Close call: Ali Larter has a history of starring in cheap thrills, but her fashion picks are not usually as cringe-inducing as what she wore to the Bachelorette premiere. I love when stars resurrect vintage designer looks—think Coco Rocha in vintage Givenchy at the Met Ball—but this striped Oscar de la Renta ensemble could’ve just as easily been left behind. Larter’s got the figure for a midriff-baring two-piece, but it’s too bad that it was this one. The striped suit seems to be going for a nautical vibe, but ends up more jailhouse rock than rock the boat.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez was trying to prove to the world that she’s not a mom of twins by wearing a matching cropped halter and booty short combo in white lace. I think I would’ve liked either of these pieces separately (especially if the shorts had, say, an extra inch) but worn together and with the cheesy accessories thrown in, the result is just a little too Jenny from the Block.

Trend #2: Pattern Mixing

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Miss: I usually love the risks that Whitney Port takes for her personal style, but the ensemble she wore to the Magic Convention in Las Vegas didn’t do it for me. I’m all for carefully combined patterns—and I love the geometric print body-con dress paired with the chunky boots—but her bell sleeved silk blouse looks like it came from Dress Barn.

Hit: Rachel Bilson made pattern mixing look easy on a recent coffee run—so easy, in fact, that she let the designers do the mixing. Her adorable Rag & Bone dress featured two iterations of the same pattern for a subtle yet eye-catching blend. Her orange leather bag was the perfect injection of color.

Trend #3: Red Lace Dress

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Photos: FayesVision/WENN.com, Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

Miss: No one could catch a break at the Bachelorette premiere. Down the runway from Larter’s mess, actress Isla Fisher played it safe in a red lace Reem Acra and super-straight hair… a look I might’ve coveted half a decade ago for the high school winter formal dance (albeit with a less plunging neckline).

Hit: Maria Sharapova scored an ace (had to do it) at a Hamptons Magazine event in a red Valentino dress that turned up the fashion where Fisher’s left off. I love how the intricate laser-cut does the what-is-she-wearing-underneath thing without being as nude as Fisher’s frock, and the silver shoes earn a match point.  

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