Fashion Forecast: Sky-High Slits


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Angelina Jolie's right leg has started a revolution. It's only a matter of time before people flock to gowns with up-to-there slits to get in on the sexy (but oh-so-tasteful) trend. Getting to flaunt your quads AND your fancy footwear while still looking like a classy high-fashion baller? Genius.

Let's delve into some runway inspiration and check out how queens of drool-worthy style like JLo and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are getting a leg up on the red carpet.

Angelina+Jolie in 84th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
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Let's start with the revolutionary herself. Angie's velvet Atelier Versace number at the Academy Awards was easily the most talked about gown from the occasion, mostly due to her permanently extended leg. Hey, she just wanted to make sure no one mistook this for an ordinary back dress.

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2012, Elie Saab
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No one capitalizes on the power of a high slit like Elie Saab. In fact, it's difficult to select only one of his designs to showcase the impact of a revealing slash. The double-slit action on this marigold gown, though, is hard to beat. This would be perfect for modern day Bianca Jaggers like Vanessa Hudgens or Chanel Iman.

Jennifer+Lopez in 21st Annual Glamour Women Of The Year Awards - Arrivals
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Jennifer Lopez redefined the slit with that unforgettable tropical Versace gown from the 2000 Grammys. It's no surprise she reworks the sassy leg-barring element with styles like this glitzy petal masterpiece (another of Donatella's creations).

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012, Monique Lhuillier
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Monique Lhuillier's fiery chiffon gown was one of the highlights of New York Fashion Week. We can't wait to see which star smolders in this look on the red carpet. Perhaps Olivia Wilde or Kerry Washington can take the heat.

Kristen+Stewart in The Premiere of 'Breaking Dawn'
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You wouldn't expect tomboy Kristen Stewart to turn on the sultry glamour like she did at the LA Twilight premiere, but that's what makes this look all the more awesome. The J. Mendel number delighted fans by showing off Bella's porcelain vampire leg.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012, Jason Wu
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Jason Wu's Fall 2012 collection was inspired by different elements of Chinese culture. As if his rich brocades and embroidered designs weren't compelling enough, his Old World motif was given a modern spin with provocative cuts like this open front velvet dress.

Rosie+Huntington-Whiteley in Red Carpet of the Costume Institute Gala celebrating Alexander McQueen in New York
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It's not exactly a difficult task to make Rosie Huntington-Whiteley look sexy, but a thigh-high slit to show off her killer stems certainly doesn't hurt. This Louis Vuitton silk magenta gown at the Met Gala catapulted her into a year of style stardom.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012, Prabal Gurung
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Old Hollywood was given a futuristic edge with this striking cutout number from Prabal Gurung. If this gold lamé looks familiar (and not just because of MC Hammer's haunting wardrobe) it's because Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence wore this statement piece to the movie's world premiere in LA.
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