For any celebrity watcher who's also into gorgeous fashions, looking at a retrospective of gowns worn by Halle Berry is like a walk down an incredibly stylish - and beautiful - lane.
The Halle Berry Mystique
The lovely actress Halle Berry has long captivated movie audiences and style watchers alike. She has starred in hit movies such as The Flintstones, the James Bond vehicle Die Another Day, Swordfish, Boomerang and the flick that earned her a Best Actress Oscar, Monster's Ball. She also won several awards for her cable TV portrayal of the late star Dorothy Dandridge, with whom she shares some striking similarities. While critics can debate Ms. Berry's acting chops, no one seems to disagree that she's considered one of the most beautiful women working in Hollywood today. Whenever she hits the red carpet, style watchers eagerly focus on what she's wearing.
Memorable Gowns Worn by Halle Berry
Through the years, Halle Berry has worn some of the most beautiful dresses while walking the red carpet. Some of the most talked about gowns worn by Halle Berry include:
- Probably one of the most memorable gowns she wore was the Elie Saab stunner in 2002 when she scored the Best Actress award for her role in Monster's Ball. This was an especially moving moment for her because she was the first African-American women to win in that category. Her emotional speech won't soon be forgotten and neither will her winning dress: it featured a sleeveless and sheer bodice with artfully placed floral appliqués. It then swept into a full and dramatic long skirt that trailed behind her beautifully as she walked across the stage. The burgundy skirt paired with the burgundy-tinged bodice and touched with green and golden floral pieces was a huge hit and garnered instant fame for the designer.
- In 2003, Halle Berry wore another Elie Saab design to the Academy Awards, this time a golden gown with skinny straps, complex neckline and deeply pleated skirt that trailed the ground in a mesmerizing way.
- Another of her Oscar dresses was the one-shouldered Versace number she wore in 2005. This taupe gown had subtle ruching on the bodice, a nipped in waist and a long, flowing skirt. The subdued color worked well with her honeyed complexion. The look was classic, elegant and not overdone.
- That same year, she wore a blue Ungaro gown to the Emmy Awards. Contrasting sharply with the Versace, this Hollywood dress was a vibrant, eye-catching blue. The strapless design showed off her shoulders and bust in a flattering way. The neckline then flowed directly into an unusual draped ruffle detail that went all the way down the center of the dress. The deeper blue ruffle was interspersed with sheer, baby blue ruffling.
- A very pregnant Berry wore another lovely blue gown to the 2007 premiere of her film, Things We Lost in the Fire. An extreme, cleavage-enhancing bodice and empire waist flowed to a full skirt with slight gathering in the center. The back of the gown was, if possible, even more interesting, with a lot of draping, straps and detail.
Get Halle's Look
While most women don't have access to the same designer style that celebrities do, you can still copy some of the hottest red carpet dresses worn by stars like Halle Berry. She always looks impeccable partly because she knows what works for her body (although there probably isn't much that won't look good on her!).
If you want to emulate some of Halle's looks, go for elegant, classic pieces. The low necklines she wears so often are flattering to many women, as are fitted waists for women with hourglass shapes; women who don't want to accentuate their waistlines can choose empire waist styles. The long, flowing skirts that look so good on Halle look good on just about anyone. With such sweeping styles, it doesn't matter what kind of legs you have.
Like many other stylish stars, Halle Berry's fashion sense can provide inspiration to any woman.