One of the best features of clothing and accessories is that you can create a dramatic and lasting statement without uttering a single word. It's what separates a good look from a memorable and possibly even transformative one - and this week stars like Nicole Kidman, Lupita Nyong'o and Olivia Wilde were all about fashion with a capital 'F'.
Nicole kicked off a week of statement-making glamour in a floor-length Alexander McQueen gown embroidered with painterly swirls. The Australian beauty, 48, accompanied her musician husband of almost a decade, Keith Urban, to the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
All eyes were also on style star Lupita Nyong'o. The Oscar winner, 33, paired a custom chartreuse J. Crew bodysuit with a sequin-embellished slashed skirt at the premiere The Jungle Book in Hollywood. She finished the look with pink metallic Stuart Weitzman sandals and a colourful Fred Leighton necklace.
Sometimes being bold exists in the subtleties. Glee star Lea Michele was an understated yet sweeping vision in a white lace Elie Saab number at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. The sweetness of this dress was offset by its plunging neckline and sheer detailing, making the Scream Queen actress a total red-carpet star.
Sartorial stunners hit every level of drama on the spectrum this week, with fashion favourites like Olivia Palermo in Diane von Furstenberg and Diane Kruger in magenta Hugo Boss leaving lasting impressions on the red carpet. Kate Bosworth was transfixing in a Christian Dior gown topped with a feminine bow, while Olivia Wilde proved that bold could also be eco-friendly in an H&M Conscious Collection column dress made from organic hemp and featuring a print of a Gustave Moreau painting - a total style win-win.