Rihanna, Kristen Stewart: 8 Celebs who Dared to Bare Their Bellies (GALLERY)

Move over stem-showing side slits and plunging necklines. This season’s sexy new style doesn’t involve leg bombing or taking the plunge.

After season after season of legs and cleavage dominating the red carpet, a new body part has been taken out of hibernation and thrust into the spotlight in time for the holiday season. Yes, you’d better get serious about those crunches, because baring your belly is no longer just for bikini season.

Midriff-baring styles were all over the Spring 2013 runways at shows like Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff and more, and it didn’t take long for Hollywood’s fashion stars to start showing off their taut tummies.

Crop tops have been cropping up all over the red carpet recently, with everyone, from Rihanna and Kristen Stewart to Christina Ricci, flaunting their midriffs.

Toned abs are certainly a prerequisite for this daring trend, but unlike the belly-button baring crop tops of the ’80s, the latest stomach-showcasing incarnations offer a more subtle and sophisticated (and more forgiving) glimpse at your middle (think: a slit, not a big gaping hole).

The easiest way to pull off this trend is to sport a dress with a center cutout like the Peter Som frock Ricci wore to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.

But if you’re bold enough to bring the crop top back, keep in mind, it’s all about balance: Counter the sexy top with a more conservative hemline and looser fit on bottom, like the three-quarter skirt Rihanna wore on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show red carpet or the tailored trousers Stewart sported for the On the Road premiere.

Keep the look modern by sticking to a simple and sophisticated palette. Black and white is ultra chic (bonus: black bottoms will have a slimming effect).

If you want to venture outside crisp neutrals, look to Ricci’s jewel-toned Peter Som dress again for inspiration. The dark navy offers a slimming non-black base, and subtle maroon and emerald color-blocking livens up the look without sacrificing its sophistication.

Check out all the stars who dared to bare their bellies on the red carpet in our gallery.

Are bare midriffs a trend to try or pass by? Weigh in on the trend below.

Get our take on more daring red carpet styles in the video below.

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‘Gossip Girl’ Star Penn Badgley Featured in New Alexander Wang Campaign (PHOTO)

The cast of Gossip Girl isn’t new to the fashion world. Almost every cast member has been featured in a clothing or beauty campaign since the show’s beginning.

Penn Badgley, 25, is the latest star to be tagged as the face of a major fashion house. He stars in Alexander Wang’s Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear video alongside rappers A$AP Rocky and Diplo.

Penn’s girlfriend, Zoe Kravitz, 23, is very close with the designer and sat front row at his spring show last February. Unfortunately, both were at the Toronto Film Festival and were therefore unable to attend Wang’s Fall 2012 show.

Which other Gossip Girl stars has found success in fashion campaigns?

Newlywed Blake Lively, 25, has a roster of fashion campaigns up her sleeve. Her debut was for none other than Chanel, where she posed for Karl Lagerfeld’s camera and posed with handbags and accessories. Her latest campaign, however, is for the Gucci fragrance, Premiere.

The blonde stunner channels old Hollywood glamour in the shots.

Next up is Leighton Meester, 26, who appeared in Vera Wang’s fantastic fragrance, Love Struck. The singer-actress looks gorgeous in the romantic ads and claims she’s been a longtime fan of Wang’s.

Ed Westwick, 25, is a full-blown fashionista. He walked in the Philipp Plein fashion show in July 2012, was featured in Plein’s ad campaign, and also starred in the Kswiss print ads in 2011. It looks like Westwick is taking cues from Chuck Bass himself.

Both Jessica Szohr, 27, and Taylor Momsen, 19, have also been in advertisements for major fashion brands – OP and Madonna’s Material Girl line respectively.

Launch the gallery — above — for more Gossip Girl stars in fashion campaigns.


What do you think of Badgley’s new campaign? Sound off in the comments section below.

Harry Styles: Live One Direction Webchat Tonight!

Harry Styles: Live One Direction Webchat Tonight!

Harry Styles is all smiles while hanging out with Kevin Mchale, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Jessica Szohr on Tuesday (September 4) at a tattoo parlor.

“Uh, oh! Tattoo time?!” Jenna tweeted. “#Dr_woo_ssc is the master!”

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Harry Styles

Harry and his One Direction bandmates have been keeping themselves really busy lately. They even recently signed an advertising deal with Pepsi!

Tonight, 1D will also sharing some exciting news with their fans at 5 PT via Twitcam.

ARE YOU EXCITED for One Direction’s announcement?

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Miley Scan for People.com’s 100 Most Beautiful List

People Magazine just announced their new list of the World’s Most Beautiful people the issue that hits stores on Friday, but we have the list for you here now! Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lopez, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Isaiah Mustafa, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry, Amanda Seyfried, Julianna Margulies, Jessica Szohr, Ryan Reynolds, Johnny Depp, Justin Bieber, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin McKidd, Kim Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson, Dianna Agron, Adam Lambert, Christina Hendricks, Gabourey Sidibe, Kelly Osbourne and Miley Cyrus,Vanessa Hudgens, Blake Lively, Megan Fox (no hot list is complete without her!), Freida Pinto, America Ferrera, Anne Hathaway, Beyoncé, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Kate Hudson, January Jones, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, Eva Mendes, Jenny McCarthy, Taraji P. Henson, Gwen Stefani, Lucy Liu, Kate Walsh, Cindy Crawford, Marisa Tomei, Mariska Hargitay, Demi Moore, Sheryl Crow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michelle Pfeiffer, Annette Bening, Christie Brinkley and Meryl Streep.

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