We here at StyleCaster have been following the career of Nina Dobrev for awhile now. First gaining success on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” the Canadian beauty truly transitioned into the mainstream with her leading role on The CW’s smash-hit show “The Vampire Diaries.” Her latest is a leading role in the much anticipated film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (out this weekend).
And just like her acting career, her fashion sense has truly taken off as well. For a high profile young Hollywood star, looking your best on the red carpet is crucial — and Nina always looks killer. Along the way, she’s tried out a lot of trends, styles and designers and figured out what works best for her.
Here, we selected ten of her hottest red carpet looks ever, and she told us the story behind each one. Click through the gallery above for an exclusive look at what Nina had to say about her style evolution!
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards
"This was my first time at the Emmys and I remember thinking, 'First gown, first big event!' I was really nervous. I had two dresses, and I put on one -- then halfway down the hall, I was like 'No, not this one! I have to go back and change!' So I went and changed into this Zuhair Murad, and I'm so happy I did because it made best dressed on a lot of lists. It was very tight -- and hugged in all the right places. I loved this dress, and it was an amazing night."
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2011 InStyle/Warner Brothers Golden Globes Party
"I didn't attend the Golden Globes that year, but I went to the after party. Since I wasn't nominated for anything, I decided to go against the grain and not wear a long gown. I wanted to do something a little bit more chic and casual. This Georges Chakras dress was one of my favorites. It's fun, flirty but still sophisticated. It was an edgier look -- especially for the Globes. But it was really heavy! It was metal or something -- it was a workout just wearing it."
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2012 People's Choice Awards
"This Elie Saab dress was very different. It was a little bit more covered up and sophisticated and classy and it was a knee-length, long-sleeved dress. We joked around and called it the “Poison Ivy dress” like Uma Thurman in Batman. With Elie's dresses, you have to accessorize simply and keep things clean and let the dress speak for itself. It was a lucky dress for me because I won the award that night. I have really fond memories."
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2012 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
"This was my first Met Ball and I was in Donna Karan Atelier. They made a custom gown for me. It was really exciting and I got to be involved in the creative process. It was inspired by Great Expectations and a dress Gwyneth Paltrow wore in the film. There was one with a draping back that we loved, and we obviously took some liberties and changed it. As you can see, we made it a dripping gold color. We literally had to sew me into it because it was so tight. When you get a custom gown, everything is so last minute. I had the designer there fitting me until the moment I was walking out of the hotel room. Again, this was another heavy dress. My arms were killing me the next day!"
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2012 Like Her, Like Me Launch at Hearst Tower
"This was a daytime event. You have to be a chameleon and adapt to whatever you’re going to. It’s young, it’s fresh, and it was for Seventeen. A lot of girls were there with moms and I wanted to be light and fun. The color of the Gabriela Cadena dress was great. I always love going with bold bright colors. I'm only going to be able to do it for so long so I might as well do it while I'm young, you know?"
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2012 The CW Network's Upfront
"When I tried this Dolce & Gabbana on, I remember my stylist saying, 'Oh my God, Angelina Jolie!' This is totally something she would wear because it's very tight and nude and covered up, yet still sexy. The silk color was also very reflective and photographed really well."
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2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS at Cannes Film Festival
"It was my first time at Cannes and I was really excited. It was an out of this world experience -- and this Elie Saab dress! It's actually a funny story. This wasn't the dress that I was supposed to wear. I actually had a different one, and as I was heading into the car, it split down the back. But luckily I was with one of the Elie Saab reps and we went into panic mode and she took me to their showroom and was just like, 'Pick whatever you want!' It was like a dream come true. The color was bright and bold yet covered up and classy. My hair was already done for the other dress that I was going to wear, which was more of a ballerina look -- hence my bun. But it still worked!"
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2012 Teen Choice Awards
"There’s something about bold shapes and bold colors with J. Mendel -- and this one had a unique structure that I loved. With the Teen Choice Awards you can take a risk because it’s a younger audience and we did a cool waterfall braid at the back and it was really great. I loved this."
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