The Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards brought out the channel's hottest young stars to the bright orange carpet at the USC Galen Center last weekend. The show was notably more casual than, say, the Oscars or Golden Globes -- knowing there is a distinct possibility you may get "slimed" may be a contributing factor -- but the attendees managed to look appropriate and stylish without the floor-length gowns or tuxedos.
Actress-singer (and Justin Bieber's girlfriend) Selena Gomez and actor Carlos Knight stood out in the crowd of mini-dresses and slacks in looks that were fresh and playful. Gomez, who took home the award that night for favorite television actress, stars on the Disney channel's "The Wizards of Waverly Place," while Knight plays Owen Reynolds in the Nickelodeon show "Supah Ninjas."
Gomez chose a cropped bustier and skirt, both from the Dolce & Gabbana spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection; orange and pink studded stilettos by Cesare Paciotti; and jeweled hoop earrings by Ippolita jewels. Gomez's bustier could easily transition from awards show attire to appropriate wear for next weekend's Coachella music festival, with cut-off jeans and maybe a flower in her hair. For a similar top, get the new romantics woven bustier by Free People for $78 or the textured foil crop bustier by Free People for $38 or Silence and Noise denim bustier from Urbanoutfitters.com for $39.99.
Gomez chose a jewel-embellished, mixed-pattern skirt to pair with her bustier. For a versatile style you can wear with any top, try the Rare metallic PU skater skirt from Asos for $69.83. Add an extra pop of color in the Pablo pointed court shoes from Topshop.com for $140, and accessorize with the Hemetite crystal hoop earrings from Windsor for $12.90.
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-- Jenn Harris
Top photos, from left: Singer-actress Selena Gomez and actor Carlos Knight attend Nickelodeon's 25th Kids' Choice Awards held at Galen Center on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.
Bustier photos, from left: New romantics woven bustier, $78 / Freepeople.com; Textured foil crop bustier, $38 / Freepeople.com; Silence and Noise denim bustier, $39.99 / Urbanoutfitters.com.
From left: Navy Marl and white stripe T-shirt, $32 / Topman.com; American rag jacket knit blazer from Macys.com, $79.50 / Macys.com; 1969 denim washed garment dye khakis, $59.95 / Gap.com.
[Updated at 9AM April 8, 2012: An earlier version of this post stated that "The Wizards of Waverly Place" was on the Nickelodeon channel. It's on the Disney channel. ]