How Models Do Red-Carpet Style

When it comes to celeb red-carpet style, the looks can be a bit hit or miss. While there are plenty of stars whose sartorial sense of adventure is just as praiseworthy as their acting chops, others tend to err on the side of caution, resistant to stray from those metallic, mermaid evening gowns. But, at the amfAR Benefit Gala last night, it was the models who ruled the red carpet. And, yes, we noticed the difference.
Love it or hate it, some of fashion's most photogenic faces went for the truly unexpected. They feared not the feathery embellishments, the avant-garde colorblocking, or serious shoulder action. In fact, there was LOTS of it. After all, these are the ladies who know what it's like to wear a designer creation even before a starlet (or her stylist) gets her hands on it. Ahead, models show us how they do the red carpet with five noteworthy looks that didn't playing it safe.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Behold Lily Aldridge's shoulders. In a dress from the up-and-coming designer Rosie Assoulin, Aldridge looks ethereal — practically magical, really. It's as if the fabric is floating from her frame. And, her understated gold choker is a perfect, minimal touch.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Despite what you typically see at such events, red carpets do not have to mean strapless silhouettes, cascading trains, and corset-style tailoring. Dree Hemingway made a demure choice with this Chloé ensemble. But, with a side-swept, perfectly messy 'do and a seriously sparkly clutch, her elegant look still had edge.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Pulling another act of magic, Coco Rocha's Jean Paul Gaultier design gave the model couture wings — less functional for flying than they are for posing.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Chanel Iman was not going to a '90s prom last night, but she was channeling a bit of the nostalgic style. Naturally, that meant this silky Calvin Klein column dress. Cue: Boyz II Men.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Poppy Delevingne also went for a statement shoulder for the amfAR Benefit — instead of bare, she went bold in this luxe, ornate Louis Vuitton frock. And, to show off every intricate detail? The highest, most badass ponytail possible.
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