It’s the summer of super heroes and The Amazing Spider-Man is kicking things off with today’s release. Personally, I have mixed feelings about this film, as I was a big fan of Tobey Maguire. And even though I had lukewarm feelings about Kirsten Dunst portraying his beloved Mary Jane, I thought she played the part well. Plus, I’m just not crazy about change in general. But this new rendition of the comic book character has a new Peter Parker (The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield) and a new love interest: Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). So, in the name of style sportsmanship, I decided to pin the two spidey sirens against each other. You decide who wore the trends best: Kirsten Dunst or Emma Stone.
Initially when I set out to write this post, I thought there’d be a clear winner. But now I’d say the ladies are neck and neck! Kirsten has always taken a bohemian approach to fashion, and regardless of how stunning she can be, she often ends up looking a bit homely. But in recent months, she’s really stepped up her style game donning gorgeous gowns and polished coiffes. In the other corner is Emma– the new funny girl in town with that girl-next-door charisma guys can’t get enough of. Her style leans more toward demure with a dash of drama. Both starlets are beautiful, talented and confident– qualities any woman dating a super hero should possess. And while their senses of fashion do have their differences, there are several trends these damsels in distress have both been spotted flaunting.
We know black is always a classic choice when it comes to posing on the scarlet strip. But both leading ladies have taken this trend to the next level in recent months. Kirsten got witchy with it at the Critics Choice Awards in a short Christian Dior cocktail dress trimmed with ribbons and bows. Panels of sheer material gave this wicked number a provocative punch. Emma attended Vanity Fair’s coveted Oscar party in a Chanel Couture column gown. The see-through stripes definitely added intrigue to what could have been a very simple silhouette. Both looks are striking, but I say Round 1 goes to Kirsten. I love the A-line cut of her dress. The peplum detail on Emma adds unnecessary bulk.
Turns out white dresses aren’t just for walking down the aisle; they also make a fabulous choice for standing out on the red carpet! Kirsten looked so sophisticated and ladylike at the photo call for her upcoming movie On The Road at the Cannes Film Festival. Her ivory floral-embroidered Dolce & Gabbana dress was pure sweetness, and Charlotte Olympia heels kept this playful frock age-appropriate. Emma emitted an air of innocence in an Elie Saab Haute Couture dress at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon. The flirty skirt had a ’50s feel, while the intricate embroidery is simply exquisite. Nude Brian Atwood pumps and an equally low-key Ferragamo clutch kept the look elegant and understated. But I’m giving Round 2 to Kirsten. The fit of her frock is just so flattering and the overall effect so refined, it overrules Emma’s.
Ok, so menswear-inspired separates for women is not exactly a new trend. In fact, it’s more of a timeless trend, in that every season designers reinterpret and update it. Naturally, celebrities are the first to give it a go, and Kirsten and Emma are no exceptions. Kirsten took the literal route, wearing a Patrik Ervell tux to last summer’s CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. The tailored blazer mimicked the man’s version, but skinny pants and Prada heels made the look feel more feminine. Emma incorporated a bold burst of color into her menswear ensemble. She sported an emerald green tuxedo jacket from Gucci at the People’s Choice Awards, where she took home two trophies including Favorite Movie Actress. This jewel tone looks fantastic against her red hair and the overall aesthetic is just softer and more accessible than Kirsten’s. Round 3 goes to Emma.
BELTED WHITE DRESS
We’ve already established that these women can wear white. But this time they’ve traded delicate textures for crisp styling and emphasized their svelte physiques with a skinny belt. Kirsten took the floor-length route, pairing a cotton-colored Derek Lam dress with a Bulgari clutch and earrings in New York. The result is clean, simple and stunning. The three-quarter sleeves add an extra element of modesty. Emma kept things short and minimal with her Jason Wu dress at a photo call for The Amazing Spider-Man in Rome. Black Christian Louboutin pumps accentuated the black waistband and cool creases kept the look fun and fresh. Round 4: Emma!
PRETTY PLEATS WITH A V
It’s the final round, folks! Who’s gonna be crowned Spider-Man’s Stylish Sweetheart? Plus, we’ve finally got some color! The ocean trend came to life on Kirsten, who wore a silk pleated gown by Louis Vuitton to the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala in France. This sleek number channeled the sea with its pastel palette, flowing tiers and tropical flower-embellished belt. But even though the dress is breezy, I wish she would have done something better with her hair! Loose waves would have echoed the ensemble’s attitude; this just looks like she rolled out of bed. I’m also not crazy about the striped clutch. It may be mother of pearl, but it is distracting (oh, and ugly). Emma graced the Golden Globe Awards in a ground-grazing, pleated sensation of her own. Her burgundy tulle Lanvin gown took a plunge, and while I love the subtle sparkle detail on her shoulders, I do not care for the decorative eagle on her belt. I mean seriously – this is the Golden Globe Awards, Emma, not a Hells Angels convention. In the battle of the belts, Kirsten is victorious. But in overall attire, I have to go with Emma. Her complete look is amazing, eagle and all.
Did I get it right? Do you prefer Emma Stone to Kirsten Dunst? Or should Hollywood have left Spider-Man well enough alone?