Katie Cassidy’s Melrose Place character Ella is that show’s heir apparent to Heather Locklear's Amanda Woodward: conniving, short-skirted, and snarky (but, mercifully, without Amanda's affinity for wearing mules). She's the best thing about the Melrose reboot — you know that's true when barely anyone talks about how she's David Cassidy's daughter — and as such, Katie is inching her way toward red-carpet omnipresence. But an "It" girl is nothing without her wardrobe, and refreshingly, Katie appears to understand that, eschewing leggings and pasties in favor of frocks that display actual old-fashioned effort. Dive into the slideshow to check out her sartorial handiwork.
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This might be a tad on-the-nose considering Katie's Melrose Place character is a cunning go-getter with a fierce catty streak. But we don't care, because — even with the pointless single strap — it's such a cute, sassy take on animal print. The purse gets lost a bit, though, which must be why she forgot to fish around in it for her blotting papers.
In Style's Summer Soirée
Someone loves herself some animal print. Again, the makeup feels like overkill — there’s just too much of it — and the purse looks like something Katie bought out of a car trunk, but the dress itself is a hit. It’s toeing the line between “awesome” and “the eighties called; it wants its wardrobe back,” but the otherwise simple cut and fun short sleeves save this from disaster.
Television Critics Association Party
To be honest, we fear this may be a romper, but since we can’t tell for sure, we’ve decided to fully embrace denial and just pronounce it an extremely short dress. Somehow the ample ruffles manage to distract from what otherwise might be a too-expansive display of rib cage, and the print is charming. If we must pick a nit, the gold clutch feels unnecessarily formal with such a summery look, but the nice thing about a handbag is that you can put it down and no one will be the wiser. Other than the dude who steals it.
Judith Leiber Boutique Opening
Katie is standing in front of an array of sparkly Judith Leiber clutches and one seriously fluffy fur jacket, but we still can't tear our eyes away from her deep-green Grecian minidress. Okay, so her hair looks a little like she styled it using sweat off the spinning bike, but somehow it neither distracts nor detracts from the overall look. We wish we could pull off that trick.
Entertainment Weekly's Pre-Emmy Party
You don't get to be a starlet in Hollywood without being shoehorned into a Hervé Léger bandage dress — it's seriously somewhere in the Interstate-10 Commandments, right between "Thou shalt not flaunt thy natural skin color" and "Thou shalt go blonde at least once." But we like that Katie sassed this one up with interesting shoes — and ones with cuffs that don't give her cankles. If she ever reveals how she did that, we’re pretty sure we'll be one step closer to world peace.
Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party
Everything was going so well! They say you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and when it comes to Katie’s wardrobe, this one feels like yolk all over the floor. We commend her for continuing to take risks, but while this skirt is fun and flirty, the bodice looks like it came from an entirely different — clashing — outfit. Better luck next time, honey.
CW Fall TV Preview Party
We have nothing against a little black dress, but this is a relative snooze compared to some of Katie's other outfits — especially because the different texture in the middle doesn't render well on-camera. Maybe that was the point, so that the real star of the show would be her body oil. In that case, mission accomplished.
Melrose Place Premiere Party
This dress is perhaps a bit more sheer than Katie anticipated when she was at home in front of the mirror — we think we see nipples — but it’s also a miracle that she’s actually managed to pull off the one-sleeve/giant-shoulder-pad trend without looking like a jackass. Our theory is that the sparkly fabric negates whatever other problems exist with this dress. We are like magpies: We cannot resist the sparkle.
CW Network Upfront
While we like the idea of where this look was going, the execution is a bit of a miss. The pants are Hammer-lite, and the hairdo is Kate Gosselin after a three-day bender of drinking heavily and burning Jon's Ed Hardy shirts. This is also where we wonder if Katie will ever regret that oddly placed leg tattoo. It looks like she cut herself awkwardly while shaving.
Hollywood Style Awards
Another bold choice. We actually love Katie’s beehive, and the dress is cute — if slightly over-the-top — from the front. But the bare back, paired with shoes that appear to contradict the laws of physics, place this firmly into the Too Much category. But you can’t win 'em all. Sometimes, you just have to settle for a winning record.
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