Kerry Washington: Underrated Style Star

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Kerry Washington has a reputation for taking calculated risks on the red carpet, which usually pay off. The fashion-forward actress is busy working on several projects including starring in the upcoming ABC series, Scandal, from the creator of Grey's Anatomy. She’s even set to appear up on the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.

Kerry Washington 8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball New York City Nov 2011Kerry Washington L'Oreal Paris Legends Gala to Benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund New York City Nov 2011

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The star has been making notable appearances at recent events. Kerry just attended the Keep a Child Alive’s 8th Annual Black Ball in New York City earlier this month where she stood out in this white tulle Donna Karan Resort 2012 dress. Nude Christian Louboutin pointed-toe pumps and a champagne-colored satin envelope clutch served as accessories. The day before, Kerry made her way to the L'Oréal Paris Legends Gala. Her bronze Ralph Lauren Collection bias-cut gown was complemented by gold jewelry and a black textured clutch.  

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Although she may not always get the fashionable credit she deserves, Kerry has been a force on the red carpet for awhile now. Back at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, the actress wowed in an embellished Zuhair Murad Spring 2009 gown. That fishtail tulle train really added drama to the look. Already a bit ahead of the curve, she opted to wear currently trending designer, Giambattista Valli when she attended Variety's 2nd Annual Power of Women Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in September 2010. This white strapless creation came from the Resort 2011 collection and was styled with a black clutch by Bottega Veneta and a coordinating pair of satin Casadei pumps.

Kerry Washington NYC premiere of For Colored Girls Oct 2010Kerry Washington 4th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon Beverly Hills Feb 2011

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For the New York City premiere of For Colored Girls the following month, Kerry sported a printed Missoni knit maxi featuring a plunging neckline. A flashy gold clutch polished off the look. It was a belted floral printed Vivienne Westwood frock with sweetheart neckline for the 4th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon held in Beverly Hills in February. Her accessories included an Aldo clutch, earrings by Azzaro, Le Vian rings and nude heels.

Kerry Washington The 2011 Film Independent Spirit awards Los Angeles Feb 2011Kerry Washington Time 100 Gala New York City April 2011

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She decided to creatively mix Dolce & Gabbana prints when it came time for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards later that month. Roger Vivier's leopard print clutch and Sergio Rossi Lola red suede pumps finished off the look. Malandrino's vivid silk cap-sleeve dress was Kerry's selection to celebrate the Time 100 Gala in New York City this April. Satin peep-toes and a red Jimmy Choo Latoya clutch completed her colorful ensemble.  

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Escada custom made the pistachio chiffon gown Kerry donned at this year's Met Gala honoring Alexander McQueen. Those cut-out accents at the waist really popped as did that Swarovski bag and H. Stern gems. July's 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angles saw Kerry decked out in a flashy Jenny Packham Fall 2011 high neck number. Her charcoal beaded long-sleeved mini also had an open back and was paired with a metal Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, H.Stern jewels as well as Gio Diev shoes complete with a silver blade heel.