From Red Carpet to Real Life: A Sheer Paneled Dress


The Hollywood stars at LACMA's Art + Film Gala, an event honoring filmmaker Martin Scorcese and artist David Hockney, have us set on a new style to try during the upcoming holiday party season. All about seduction and decadence, the glamorous gowns of our favorite celebrities showed off sheer panels and peek-a-boo see-through overlays. We've rounded up our favorite looks of the evening, along with the more affordable and wearable versions to rock in the upcoming months.

Newly married actress Zoe Saldana stole the show in a customized Gucci gown with metallic detailing. If it looks familiar, that's because we saw nearly the same one on Gwyneth Paltrow earlier this year–the Antonio Berardi color-block dress she wore to the premiere of Iron Man 3 was designed in almost the same silhouette and style. Paltrow's gown, however, featured wider sheer panels down the sides of the skirt, a detail that caused quite the stir as she walked the red carpet.

The leading lady in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, Dakota Johnson, also chose to appear in a recognizable Gucci gown. Her extraordinary dress was one of the most memorable pieces on the Fall 2013 Gucci runway, encompassing multiple trends from the collection: sheer paneling, gold accents, edgy feathered detailing, and sequins galore. It's also the same gown that Blake Lively and Kate Upton wore for the September issues of ElleChina and Elle respectively.

The final star who styled the elegant sheer trend opted for a gown not by Gucci, a sponsor of the evening, but by Dolce & Gabbana instead. Nicole Richie, always a vision of fashionable perfection, wore a gunmetal colored beaded dress with see-through material on the skirt and sleeves. The beautiful floor-length number was both whimsical and alluring with its sheer sectioning and sparkling, floral details.

1. Adrianna Papell Beaded Illusion Bodice Mesh Gown, available at Nordstrom for $278
2. Catherine Malandrino Black Lace Paneled Silk Dress, available at for $187
3. Lace Detailed Maxi Dress, available at Topshop for $260