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Joe Zee's A-list style hits

Published 09/11/2015

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Joe Zee has given a rundown of his all-time favourite red-carpet looks.

Joe Zee thinks Jennifer Lopez's revealing Versace dress at the 2000 Grammy Awards could almost be classed as conservative these days.

The Jenny from the Block singer proved she was anything but your average female when she donned the plunging blue-and-green creation, which skimmed her nipples with a neckline that fell below her belly button. She attended the music bash with her then-boyfriend Puff Daddy, and got everyone talking with the daring design.

Yahoo Style editor Joe laughs the look is tame in comparison to today's flesh-flashing stars.

"To this day you remember how much shock went through the industry, like, 'Oh my gosh, she's naked!'" he giggled to People magazine. "I remember pulling up that picture the other day to reference something. I'm like, 'That was shocking?' Today it's almost conservative: It had long sleeves! It was a game changer."

Joe styled everyone from Angelina Jolie to Reese Witherspoon during his time as creative director of US Elle, a position he held until 2014, but there are a few looks he didn't create that he still lusts over. Gwyneth Paltrow accepting the Best Actress Oscar at the 1999 Academy Awards is one of them. She stunned in a powder-pink Ralph Lauren floor-length gown.

"Whether people were critical of it or not, it's something that you'll always remember because she did have that Grace Kelly moment," he noted. "She looked so radiant when she won for Shakespeare in Love."

Pop legend Cher is also on his list, with Joe singling out her 1986 Oscars get-up. The 69-year-old has never shied away from outrageous outfits, and her Bob Mackie Academy Awards look, complete with feather Mohawk, was no exception.

"When she showed up with the Bob Mackie headdress?" Joe smiled. "It was different—it made people look, and it made a difference in terms of what the red carpet was about. It started a conversation."

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