She Leads, You Follow: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Edition

While celebrities often get to dress up in gorgeous gowns, it’s not every day that they get to wear a gorgeous gown in Saint Tropez, France. But the stars got that chance on July 22 when Leonardo DiCaprio hosted the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala at the Domaine Bertaud Beliey Vineyard In Saint Tropez. The gala featured an auction to benefit DiCaprio’s charity which People reports “works to protect Earth’s last wilderness habitats and the tigers, rhinos, mountain gorillas and other rare creatures that live in them.”

The event raised an incredible $40 million, and while that is an impressive sum for a worthy cause, THL was equally impressed by the tremendous fashion the gala showcased.

Nina Dobrev was the first to wow us in her white and gold gown by Reem Acra. InStyle reports that Dobrev completed her Grecian goddess look with a Charlotte Olympia box clutch and metallic Stuart Weitzman sandals, while keeping her hair in a chic top knot and her makeup simple.

Contrasting Dobrev’s all-white ensemble was Kate Hudson‘s black gown by Julien Macdonald that featured a sheer skirt and sexy cutouts. She paired her shimmery look with a black clutch and and black platforms, while letting her hair fall into sultry loose waves.

Model Irina Shayk followed suit in an equally sexy, yet slightly ethereal gown by Atelier Versace Couture, says The Daily Mail. Shayk let her stunning gown speak for itself, carrying only a small clutch and wearing no jewelry.

Even if you don’t have a posh charity event to attend in the near future (or ever!), there are some things we can take away from the ladies’ gala style and apply in our everyday lives.

  1. It’s all in the details – Nina Dobrev’s white and gold gown was pretty simple, but she created a cohesive, interesting look by pairing with accessories that went well with her look. While she chose a gold clutch, she didn’t pick one that was the same intensity of the gold on her dress. Instead, she opted for a much lighter metallic that played off the the gold on her dress, but didn’t match it exactly. Playing off details like this in your outfits can create a really thoughtful, put together look, just remember that your accessories don’t have to perfectly match colors in your outfit, they have to go together; this means picking colors in the same color family or with the same saturation.
  2. Let some things speak louder than others – Kate Hudson wore a very over-the-top sexy gown to the gala, but she kept her accessories, her makeup and her hair simple, which let her dress be main focal point. If she had paired the dress with more severe makeup and hair, the look would have been too busy and overdone, and we wouldn’t know what to focus on more: the dress, the makeup or the hair. When putting together an outfit, decide ahead of time what you want to be the focal point; if you are going to wear a dress with a lot of details (like Hudson’s sparkly, sheer dress with cutouts), be sure to tone down the rest of your look. But if you are going to wear something more simple, you can play around with hair, makeup and accessories to add visual interest to your outfit.
  3. Let the clothing do the work – Irina Shayk’s gown, while it had ethereal, delicate layers, also had a lot of structure. The whole bodice of her gown was wrought with boning to not only support her bust but to also create shape in the dress. The boning creates lines running from her bust to the center of her torso, which is accentuated by a seam encompassing her waist. All of the lines created by the boning, and even the lines created by ruching of material on her hips, converge to emphasize her natural waistline. Features like boning and ruching end up doing most of the work in emphasizing your body’s shape or creating shape on your body. Look for garments that have built in shape (which can come in the form of seams, boning, ruching or even strategic color blocking, just to name a few), so the clothing does the hard work of creating a perfect shape on your body and you don’t have to.

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