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Runway to Red Carpet: MTV Glamour and a Sultry Spiderweb

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Cate Blanchett in Christopher KaneWith Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards making the move to Brooklyn this year, we saw an interesting mix of Hollywood glamour and Brooklyn’s signature pared-down look on the red carpet. For instance, Ciara shone brightly in a heavily embellished Givenchy Fall ’10 Couture stunner, and Lady Gaga arrived in a newsworthy custom Prabal Gurung gown; however, a few of our favorite looks flew under the radar. Joan Smalls opted for a simple long-sleeve white leather dress from the Viktor & Rolf Fall ’13 runway, paired with strappy black leather Casadei boots, and singer Grimes donned a Versace necklace and patterned pants with a simple black top.

Following her sexed-up VMAs dress, Selena Gomez opted for a sweet Vera Wang Fall ’13 frock with a floral-jacquard print and butterfly peplum skirt for the L.A. premiere of her new film, Getaway, on Monday night.

The following evening, Cate Blanchett walked the red carpet at the Paris premiere of her film Blue Jasmine in a Christopher Kane dress made of delicate cobweb-like lace from his Resort ’14 collection. Paired with a simple low ponytail, barely there makeup, and nude pumps, the heady look was a clear standout on this week’s celebrity circuit.

We should also note that Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, and all eyes were on Washington, D.C., on this day. While it wasn’t a red-carpet event, the ever-stylish First Lady looked smart and sophisticated when she accompanied her husband to the Let Freedom Ring ceremony in a black fit-and-flare Tracy Reese Fall ’13 frock with a red floral print.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

What Do Lady Gaga And Michelle Obama Have in Common?

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Prabal Gurung for Gaga

Prabal Gurung got the call on Friday. Lady Gaga was looking for a dress for the VMAs on Sunday night; could he put something together? A 48-hour turnaround in the middle of fashion week prep sounds like a pretty big ask to us, but not for Gurung, who is a self-described “huge, huge, huge fan” of the pop icon. “I think she is one of the most important artists of our time,” he said on the phone this morning, explaining that the gown was fit on Saturday. “I love her music and what she stands for. She is one of the most vocal celebrities on gay rights.” Gaga wasn’t Gurung’s only dressing coup of the weekend; First Lady Michelle Obama wore a blouse from his Resort collection to the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.” They are at opposite ends of the spectrum,” he said, “yet very similar in what they believe.” But what really counts for the designer: Dressing Gaga will ensure his status as the “cool uncle” with his nieces and nephew in Nepal. The black technical satin dress is a riff on a gown that will go down Gurung’s runway at the end of next week. He gave Style.com an exclusive look at the sketch. Don’t miss our complete coverage of the VMAs here.

Runway to Red Carpet: Queens of Contrast

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Kristen Wiig in Prabal Gurung, Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera,  and Milla Jovovich in Saint Laurent

Over the course of a particularly international week for flashbulb fashion, megawatt personalities turned up the world over in sophisticated, high-contrast (and high-impact) ensembles, each of which stood out against carpets red and step-and-repeats a-branded.

On Sunday, Taylor Swift arrived at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Los Angeles wearing an Hervé Léger by Max Azria Pre-Fall ’13—you guessed it—bandage dress. The peppy songstress accented her cage-like ribbing with a pair of strappy Christian Louboutin sandals.

Things picked up on Tuesday in Paris, where Milla Jovovich sported a Saint Laurent Spring ’13 pewter-sequined column dress and dramatic black chiffon cape (naturally, she looked lovely, but we kind of wish she had topped it all off with the flat-brim Hedi Slimane showed on the catwalk). What occasion could warrant such a theatrical outfit, you might wonder? It was for the Liaisons au Louvre III charity dinner—yes, the same dinner where Diana Ross took the stage. The chanteuse, however, opted for a fittingly fiery red gown. Jetting far east to Beijing, Zhang Ziyi attended the unveiling of Chanel’s “Little Black Jacket” exhibition wearing a simple blouse-and-bloomer combo from the house’s Scottish Pre-Fall ’13 collection. And looping back to the City of Light, funny gal Kristen Wiig attended the opening of her latest flick, Imogene, wrapped in a graphic, artfully draped Prabal Gurung dress—a twist on the techniques used in the designer’s cut-and-curved Fall ’13 military spectacular.

Lastly, Wednesday saw the industry’s highest-profile champion—Michelle Obama—hot-footing in a Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall ’13 number at a dinner in Berlin in honor of her husband. Noirish navy and silvery white whorls complemented the dress’ nipped waist, tulip flare, and ladylike shoulder-bows—FLOTUS appeared as turned out as ever.

Photos: Getty Images

Fashion Features on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List

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Miuccia Prada takes a bow

Forbes released its 2013 list of the world’s most powerful women earlier today, and on it were social and political movers and shakers: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Oprah Winfrey; megawatt stars: Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, and Gisele Bündchen; and one or two surprises (Shakira at number 52, for example). But fashion’s power players held their own against heads of state (Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel came in at number one), businesswomen, and celebrities alike. Miuccia Prada (58), Diane von Furstenberg (74), newly crowned billionaire Tory Burch (69), Anna Wintour (41), and Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts (52) all earned much-deserved spots on the list. Hats off to the industry’s—and the world’s—leading ladies.

Photo: Pierre Verdy/ Getty Images

Jason Wu Celebrates With His Other First Lady, Stephanie Seymour

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Publicists tend to use the phrase “intimate dinner” loosely on invitations, and you can usually take “intimate” to mean they invited just under five hundred people and twice as many photographers. But the cozy supper that Cindi Leive hosted for Jason Wu last night at The Beatrice Inn had a genuine friends-and-family feeling. That’s provided your friends and family include, as Wu’s do, Chanel Iman, Bryanboy, and Stephanie Seymour, the star of the designer’s newly minted ad campaign. Bryanboy, a fashion-show fixture these last few seasons, mentioned that he’ll be missing Milan and Paris this time around, as he’ll be busy filming new episodes of America’s Next Top Model in L.A. We imagine @stefanogabbana is breaking out the sad-face emoticon as we speak. Leive decided to throw the bash on the spur of the moment to celebrate Wu’s coup in dressing Michelle Obama for the inauguration. “I know you don’t like to bask,” the Glamour editor said, addressing the guest of honor in a brief speech before dinner. “Oh no,” Wu interjected, “I like to bask.”

Photo: Clint Spaulding / PatrickMcMullan.com