John Varvatos 9th Annual Stuart House Benefit

Posted on March 12, 2012

Darlings, the stars came out to shine at the John Varvatos 9th Annual Stuart House Benefit! And now we want to shoot ourselves in the heads for using that crusty old “the stars came out to shine” phrasing! Next thing you know, we’ll say that celebrity couples are “canoodling.”


Emmy Rossum

This is pretty, but it’s just a little on the “church clothes” side of things and she seems awfully overdressed for the event. Great shoes, though.


Ian Somerhalder



Joe Manganiello

Not quite so douchey. Although the dirty Wonder Woman gym towel around the neck was an interesting touch.


Leslie Mann

Love the belt and the dress. Don’t love them together. The belt overwhelms it.


Maggie Grace

Cute enough.

Nina Dobrev

Super-cute – and totally put together, if a little tone-on-tone.


Tom Felton

Clearly, someone told him they were handing out meth.


Zoe Saldana

There’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s nothing to write home about from a style perspective. What we love is that she’s working that red carpet like she’s in couture. That’s how it’s done.

[Photo Credit: David Gabber/PR Photos]

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  • Ian Somerhalder, you used to be cute. *sigh*

    • tired_mommy

      He looks like Rick Springfield here.

      • NinaBoo

        I thought “Rob Lowe”. 

        • alyce1213

          Rob Lowe.  Explains the douchiness.

        •  Totally Rob Lowe, but from about 20 years ago.

      • MilaXX

         Who’s more than twice his age.

      • Farthingale

        yeah, I clocked a Rick Springfield as well.

      • Cathy S

         I thought Rick Springfield too.

      • carpediva

        TOTALLY.  And if that’s the case, then based on that pic, thank god I’m JESSE’S girl.

    • BeeBeauNYC

       He needs to be showing those piercing blue eyes!

  • I thought Emmy Rossum was Jessica Alba for a moment there.

  • DeborahLipp

    Tom Felton just finished painting my living room.

  • janetjb

    From Winter to Summer and casual night out to going to church on Easter Sunday: that’s a nice array of outfits

    • CatherineRhodes

       My thoughts exactly. Just what was the dress code for this confusing event?

    • alyce1213

      I’d only change that to say:
      From laundry day to church on Easter Sunday.

  • jw_ny

    Oh…I think Joe looks douchier than Ian due to that ridiculous star scarf, flipped collar, henley collar shirt and shades hanging from his v neck.  Don’t get me wrong, Ian looks majorly douchey too! 

    Zoey just washed her hair and couldn’t do a thing with it.  Killer shoes would have really amped up her look. 

    Emmy looks so pretty…but yes, looks like she’s off to a tea party or bridal shower. 

    Are we sure Tom Felton didn’t crash the RC?  Who is he?  (who cares….)

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      He’s Draco Malfoy, yo.

  • Jasmine Moten

    Zoe maybe should have worn a bra. The seems really thin. Otherwise I think she looks cute.

    • kolokOlchik

      yup, a bra would have been a nice touch 🙂

  • S_Swift

    “Clearly, someone told him they were handing out meth.”

    Brilliant! Can we get Tom Felton on Breaking Bad?

  • SapphoPoet

    I really don’t know who any of these people are (except for Zoe Saldana), but they all look like they’re attending different events. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Joe Manganiello, you are no Lenny Kravitz.

  • AthenaJ

    Apparently Emmy’s been touched by an angel. This outfit is way too pure and white… perhaps without the matching white cardi, it wouldn’t have looked so overly precious. Shoes are cute though, but I dig purple in general.

    Ian, Christian Slater already patented that look 20 years ago.

    Leslie looks like she’s ready for the CMT awards… way too down home wholesome for my taste, but whatev.

    Maggie, you look adorable in that color and dress- albeit it’s in desperate need of de-wrinkling. Almost there, dear!!

    Are Nina and Zoe going to the mall later or something?

    Tom Felton, what happened??? I knew things might get tough after HP, but come on!

    And last but not least, praise be to T & L for giving me a much needed dose of Joe Manganiello!! I literally sat up straighter in my seat when I scrolled down to his pic. Am ignoring the dirty stars n’ stripes scarf in favor of everything else. *sigh* time to fantasize about being flung on a bed and ravished by Alcide (again)!

    • OMG, speaking of Christian Slater.
      I accidentally watched about the first 3 minutes of his (newish) TV show, and he literally started the episode by smirking into the camera and saying “Greetings and Salutations”. I thought, “OH, you did NOT just say that”. Couldn’t get the channel changed fast enough.

  • mjude

    TLO said Clearly, someone told him they were handing out meth.

    LMFAO…love you boys

  • gdougs

    Zoe Saldana could wear a trash bag and make it look fabulous.

  • birdhead

    Kinda nice to see Ian Somerhalder and Maggie Grace at the same thing, right? (Yes? No? remember, they were on that shitty show together, what was it called, oh yeah, “the only good season of Lost”.)

  • Better overdressed like Emmy than slouching in from a backwoods camping trip like Tom Felton.

  • abigail3

    Why do the guys frequently feel compelled to look like they don’t want to take anything too seriously (that isn’t COOL), whereas the ladies either look great or at least appear to be trying. P.S. I think Emmy looks adorable.

    • Monabel

      My theory is homophobia.  You have to be a sloppy mess. Or, at least, dull and unimaginative.  Then no-one can call you a metrosexual.

      • save_the_hobbit

         Of all the things to blame homophobia on…

  • mike__tv

    Everyone looks high, and like they’re going to the pub. 

  • I think the way Leslie Mann looks here is how Kristin Wiig *thinks* she looks in all those super-neutral bra-colored gowns. It’s not my fave look, but it’s a better execution of that 70s, ladies of the Canyon vibe. 

  • NurseEllen

    It will never cease to amaze me that guys seem to think it’s OK to show up looking like construction workers at events where the women show up ready to be photographed.  If the press stopped paying attention to the “douchey” dressers, maybe they’d raise their sartorial aspirations.  (Even though I’m sure celebrity photographers have wet dreams involving catching their prey looking awful.)

  • nannypoo

    OK, so now we know that Zoe Saldana can look better than anyone else with a simple pair of pants and a shirt. She’s just so pretty without even trying. As for the dress/belt combination on Leslie Mann, I love it. The leaves on the belt make it lighter than a hunk of brown leather would be and it’s sort of clever with the pattern on the dress. Also, it makes the dress more casual. Great choice IMHO.

  • brokephilosopher

    did anyone else let out a little involuntary moaning sound when Joe Manganiello appeared (though I didhave to copy-paste his name…)?  I don’t care what he wears.  I would prefer nothing at all.

  • sariebee

    Does anyone else think that Leslie Mann looks like Willam in drag? My apologies to at least one of them.

  • Zoe ALWAYS looks good.  Leslie Mann’s pose in the second picture is HILARIOUS!

  • buildmeatower

    Oh Tom, sweetie, no. I know that you’re a beautiful human being, so stop making it hard for me to defend my love for you. At least shave? And brush your hair?

    For once I get some of the Zoe Saladana love, though that might just be raging shoe jealousy.

  • turtleemily

    Oh, Ian. You were a model, you can do so much better.

    Tom and Zoe are possibly on the same thing as they both look like they rolled out of bed and need to wash their hair.

  • ri_dic

    Those guys are just dripping in douchery.

    • NasserShaheen

      When did dressing like a douche become ‘cool’? Those guys look like utter tossers.

  • crash1212

    Tom Felton’s ‘outfit’ actually made me laugh out loud. Bless his heart.

  • MilaXX

    Only Nina and Zoey seem to be aware of what sort of function they are at. Tom Felton should have been turned away at the door.

  • alyce1213

    Ian and Joe are wearing the same grey henley shirt; both look douchey.

    I always enjoy seeing Nina Dobrev.  She’s one to watch.

  • I am in love with Nina Dobrev’s shoes.

  • quiltrx

    WANT Emmy’s shoes!!!

  • I dont like Nina’s outfit because it looks dead on like something i would wear like tomorrow to the mall. its not enough lol.i dont think im impressed with anyone, (maybe the disappointment smash is tonight is making me bitter)

  • Sara__B

    Except for the shoes, Tom Felton would fit right in where I live, digging for geoducks (clams) in the bay at low tide. (He might catch some flak for that hair, though.)

  • boweryboy

    What type of benefit is this?  Is it formal, casual or Devil-may-care?
    Half the women look like they’re dressed for an Oscar after-party and the the other half look like they’re about to meet their girlfriends at the food court in the mall.
    All the guys look douchey, unkempt, unbathed and just plain gross – including Mr. Manganiello whose sex appeal eludes me.

    And Ian Somerhalder looks like Rick Springfield’s son.  The resemblance is eerie (unless I’m really out of it and he really is his son).

  • Lilyana_F

    How cute is Nina again? 🙂 And this is tone-on-tone done right, imo.

  • RzYoung

    Look at Emmy’s thighs! Dang!  

  • I don’t get the love for Zoe Saldana. She’s a snoozefest.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Oh Draco, what are you doing?

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Oh Draco, what are you doing?

  • formerlyAnon

    Nina Dobrev barely noses out Leslie Mann for the win.

    What’s wrong with those boys?

  • Tom, Joe, and Ian are going to go paint houses after the event.

  • howdoilook

    From this line-up, I can’t really tell how dressy this event was supposed to be…the guys, especially, all look like they’re going to a clambake.

  • Louise Bryan

    Tom Felton looks like he just stepped off his boat.  And not in a good way.  Maybe after battling a storm at sea, leaving him icky and sweaty kind of way.

    Joe Manganiello looks yummy, goofy scarf and all.

  • Brian Parker

    I think the douchey-looking guys are all wearing Varvatos, aren’t they? Or if not, they’re doing the Aging Wannabe Rockstar look he’s known for. Which don’t get me wrong, being a douchey aging wannabe rockstar myself, I love; but it doesn’t make for good formal wear…