Stars Wear the New Pale Hues

Nude is the new black! Here’s how the pros make it work.
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Eva Longoria Parker

The Desperate Housewives star rocked a dress by Elizabeth and Jenny and shoes by Brian Atwood at a 28th birthday celebration for her husband, Tony Parker. The ruching adds texture to this barely-there hue and gives the look visual interest.
Photo by: Scott Harrison/Retna Ltd.

Jennifer Aniston

At the New York premiere of her film The Bounty Hunter, Aniston glowed in a beautifully draped Donna Karan gown. Its peachy tone suits the star’s skin and hair color, and she accented it with peach blush on the apples of her cheeks.
Photo by: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos

Drew Barrymore

Barrymore’s Atelier Versace gown (at the Golden Globes) was almost exactly the color of her skin. The asymmetrical neckline is right on trend, but the crystal embellishments on her shoulder and hip (which some called "porcupines") were a bit controversial.
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Penélope Cruz

At Cannes for her film Broken Embraces, Cruz wore a creamy, warm-toned Dolce & Gabbana design-and provided more proof that the to-the-knee length is the most universally flattering.
Photo by: Retna Ltd.

Marion Cotillard

This gorgeous gown from Christian Dior Couture, which Oscar winner Cotillard wore to the Met’s Costume Institute Gala, looks like water flowing down her body. Even when she’s standing still, it seems to be moving. Unusual for a red-carpet look, it has long sleeves, providing grownup coverage.
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Angelina Jolie

Jolie, in Versace at the Cannes premiere of Brad Pitt’s Inglourious Basterds, looks covered and uncovered at the same time-nude dressing personified. Her bold red lip is the only hint of color.
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Kate Beckinsale

Beckinsale’s Gucci gown, with lots of crystal beading, is a nude hue that almost goes white. The actress attended the Cannes premiere of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.
Photo by: James Eden/Capital Pictures/Retna Ltd.

Felicity Huffman

Femme meets fatale in this design by Jenny Packham, which Huffman (with husband William H. Macy) wore to the Golden Globes. The soft color, especially nice in soft chiffon, was given some edge with an encrusted neckline.
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Kristin Davis

Davis wore a vintage halter gown by Norman Norell to the Sex and the City 2 premiere in London. The banded empire silhouette flatters her body and shows off her great shoulders.
Photo by: Dudley Smith/Capital Pictures/Retna Ltd.

Drew Barrymore

Here’s Barrymore again, at the Emmys, in a pinker shade that reads younger. She accents her Monique Lhuillier strapless gown with a bright lip, which helps to play up the color.
Photo by: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Heidi Klum

This Pucci is a perfect Grammys dress-a fun, funky way to do nude, when you have the legs that Klum has. The shoes are by Jimmy Choo.
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Christina Hendricks

The Mad Men star’s dress has a slight orange tone that picks up her hair color. It was designed by Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, who said he was inspired by the hues of the Amalfi Coast.
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Victoria Beckham

Beckham (at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party) said her dress, from her own fall 2010 collection, has a pixelated print inspired by a Dick Tracy comic. Her smoky eye works well with that graphic and the garment’s grey undertone.
Photo by: Robert Kenney/Retna Ltd.

Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo wore a showstopping Roberto Cavalli creation to amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala at Cannes. The visual interest comes not from color but from the amazing manipulation of the fabric, which adds texture. Note the casual hair style, which many of these stars opt for with their nude dresses.
Photo by: Bob Cass/Capital Pictures/Retna Ltd.

Jennifer Aniston

On the German leg of her Bounty Hunter promotional tour, Aniston wore a silvery Valentino Couture design. There’s no need for jewelry-the bling is built into the fabric’s subtle embellishment.
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Nicole Kidman

Kidman, at the Golden Globes, channeled 1940s glamour in this peachy satin gown from Nina Ricci.
Photo by: Chris Ashford/Camera Press/Retna Ltd.

Eva Longoria Parker

Skin needs to glow like Longoria Parker’s to make the most of the new nudes. The star wowed the crowd at the Life Ball in Vienna.
Photo by: Willi Schneider/People Pict/Retna Ltd.

Cameron Diaz

At the Oscars, Diaz paired a glamorous Oscar de la Renta gown with the bold red lip that is her signature.
Photo by: Chris Ashford/Camera Press/Retna Ltd.

Julianne Moore

The redhead played up her paleness in an almost-white Calvin Klein design, which she wore to the Oscars.
Photo by: RD/Erik Kabik/Retna Digital

Diane Kruger

Kruger wore a Grecian-look Valentino (what else?) to the Venice Film Festival premiere of the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor.
Photo by; Camera Press/Retna Ltd.

Jennifer Lopez

At Us magazine’s Hot Hollywood Style Issue Event, Lopez made a feminine statement in Georges Chakra Couture. The patterning creates a great optical illusion, nipping in the waist, and her square, structured clutch continues the visual theme.
Photo by: RD/Kirkland/Retna Digital

Jillian Michaels

The motivational trainer (at a Golden Globes afterparty) wears a dress that would look great on many women: It offers a perfect to-the-knee length, a caramel color that goes well with her brunette hair, and a nice wave effect with the silver embellishment. Definitely a winner, not a loser.
Photo by: Jay Valena/Retna Ltd.

Kylie Minogue

Minogue’s paired Zuhair Murad’s design (with strategic embellishment) with nude Louboutin heels at DKMS’ 4th annual gala: Linked Against Leukemia in New York.
Photo by: RD/Rob Kim/Retna Digital

Demi Moore

Moore (at the Oscars) shines in a nude gown with a rose hue by Atelier Versace. The luxurious use of fabric adds richness to the design.
Photo by: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos

Halle Berry

Leave it to Berry (at the Jenesse Silver Rose Gala & Auction) to show how nude for day is done. Put a black jacket over this Anna Molinari design and you’re ready for anything.
Photo by: Sara De Boer/ Retna Ltd.

Sarah Jessica Parker

The casual style of this Halston Heritage design (which Parker wore to the Met’s Costume Institute Gala) is glammed up with shimmer. Parker is now the label’s president and chief creative officer.
Photo by: Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Cheryl Hines

The Curb Your Enthusiasm star (at the Writers Guild Awards) sports a warm nude hue, which blondes generally need to keep from looking washed out.
Photo by: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos

Gwen Stefani

The black underlayer in Stefani’s silver-white gown (from her own L.A.M.B. collection) gives it a little edge that suits this rocker. She looked a tad more naughty than girly at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala.
Photo by: RD/Dziekan/Retna Digital

Sofia Vergara

The Modern Family star plays her famous curves just right in this asymmetrical Emilio Pucci design, worn to the American Music Awards. TO SEE THE STARS LOOKING THEIR BEST IN DENIM, CLICK HERE.
Photo by: Mike Giro/Retna Ltd.

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