Style Icon~ Kate Beckinsale

British-born actress Kate Beckinsale stole our hearts in the film Serendipity as Sara Thomas, the young woman who believed in fate to find her true love. Since then, Kate has gone on to find her own true love in husband Len Wiseman and daughter Lily (her father is actor Michael Sheen) and resides in Venice, California because it reminds her of her beloved London.

The Oxford-educated beauty has landed many successful film roles, such as Selene in the Underworld series and Nurse Evelyn Johnson, the love interest of Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett's characters in Pearl Harbor. This month alone, Beckinsale has two movies hitting the silver screen including Underworld: Awakening and Contraband, where she plays Mark Wahlberg's wife, both which are now currently in theaters.

Kate has said of her personal style that she is a big fan of old Hollywood stars' classic looks, such as the sultry and curvy Ava Gardner, whom she portrayed in the film The Aviator. Her favorite designer is Gucci, remarking, "I always feel glamorous wearing a flowing Gucci number, no matter what kind of day."

Beckinsale loves to be comfortable as well, admitting she's a Levi's jeans girl all the way. Kate's had a plethora of stylish moments on and off the red carpet over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best look's ever.

In 2010 Kate walked the red carpet at Cannes for the premiere of Biutiful in this striking, long-sleeved, beaded Balmain gown with daring thigh high slit. Chopard jewels and platform pumps completed her sexy, sophisticated look. The British beauty wore this gorgeous, emerald Andrew Gn draped gown to the MOCA 30th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles in 2009.

 

For the 2009 Golden Globes Kate turned heads on the red carpet in  this curve-hugging, white, J. Mendel custom gown paired with dazzling Fred Leighton gems including radiant ruby chandelier earrings. For the Il Gattopardo premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Beckinsale stunned in this glittering Gucci Premiere gown featuring beaded bow and belt details. She accented her look with Chopard diamonds.

 

At the 2009 Met Gala Kate wore this show stopping, midnight blue Marchesa embroidered gown featuring a dramatic ruffled skirt. She added Lorraine Schwartz gems to complete the look. For the LA premiere of Going the Distance in 2010 Kate wore this white hot in this Versace shift dress accented with polka-dot detailing on the pockets. Sleek black satin pumps, Baccarat jewelry and a Jimmy Choo clutch finished her ensemble.

 

Cannes 2010 was definitely the Kate Beckinsale Show, the actress looked sensational in this swirling, single-shoulder Marchesa confection paired with sparking Chopard diamonds to the red carpet premiere of Robin Hood. Just one of the actresses many casual looks, spotted here shopping in LA in 2009 wearing a navy tank. paired with J. Brand jeans, square framed sunnies and an over sized wool beanie.

 

During the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, Kate wore this breathtaking, silver Dior crystal gown and Sergio Rossi blush satin platform slingbacks amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS gala. At the Oscars Vanity Fair Party in 2010 Kate mixed modern flare with Old Hollywood glamor in this slinky, silver Kaufmanfranco gown.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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