Could Comic-Con be fashion’s next big red carpet?

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Comic-Con, the massive pop-culture convention that took place at the San Diego Convention Center this past weekend, drew plenty of fans dressed up as everyone from Darth Vader to entire families donning costumes inspired by “The Incredibles.” But it’s also clear that this event is no longer just about Wookie outfits and Velcro capes but rather, another opportunity for a star-studded red carpet and the right attire to go with it.

We’re not exactly sure when Comic-Con turned into the Cannes Film Festival as far as the clothes go, but judging by what the growing group of celebrities in attendance wore, several Hollywood stylists must have been working overtime to plan the perfect looks for premieres, parties and panel discussions.

Olivia Wilde was there to promote her new film, “Cowboys and Aliens,” but rather than showing up in something casual or cowboy-ish, the actress was dramatic in a long, black lace dress from Dolce & Gabbana, her smokey eye makeup was courtesy of Chanel. And while she was stunning as usual, it was a whole lot of look for a convention that seems to be more loose and quirky than your typical Hollywood premier.

‘Vampire Diaries’ actress Nina Dobrev opted for black lace as well; hers was cocktail length with a deep V neckline. She paired the dainty dress with red satin Brian Atwood heels. Dobrev continued to wear sky-high Atwoods throughout the rest of the convention -- another pair in peach as well as in bright pink. Minka Kelly also teetered in Atwoods, but in a more muted tan color that went well with her earthy-colored deep green and black multi-patterned Etro dress.


Also in a dress that was more super-chic than superhero was actress Ana de la Reguera, decked out in a floor-length Gucci gown that had a sheer skirt and heavily textured fuchsia top and dramatic tie- around neck.

Calista Flockhart opted for something more light and summery, but with no shortage of a designer label. Her black and white printed strapless dress was from Armani. Also in a short length but with a giant punch of citrus color was Freida Pinto; hers was a lime green shift dress with black piping. And Malin Akerman sported a black fitted dress from Theysken’s Theory that had a cool angular design running down the front, which sort of had a sci-fi feel to it.

On the casual end was Olivia Munn, who generally goes a little more tomboy anyway, even for swanky events. Her printed blouse was from Tucker and her flouncy white skirt from Asos. The combo felt just right for this kind of affair, as did the sleek black Max Mara suit worn by Maggie Q. It fit her perfectly and the side cutouts screamed sexy superhero.

Naturally, where there are large groups of celebrities, luxury brands are usually not far behind. Armani was apparently approached to host a lounge at Comic-Con and representatives from the brand went down to check out the scene. Maybe next year we’ll be seeing even more fashion synergy at the convention. Lanvin latex suits anyone?

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Top - Olivia Wilde arrives for the world premiere of Universal Pictures’ ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ in conjunction with Comic-Con in San Diego. (Photo by Reuters/Mike Blake)

Left -Ana de la Reguera attends the premiere of Universal Pictures ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ during Comic-Con. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Right - Nina Dobrev attends the premiere of ‘Cowboys & Aliens.’ (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Right - Minka Kelly speaks at ‘Charlie’s Angels’ panel. (John Shearer/Getty Images)

Left - Calista Flockhart arrives at the premiere of ‘Cowboys and Aliens.’ (Associated Press/Dan Steinberg)

Middle - Freida Pinto attends ‘Immortals’ press line. (John Shearer/Getty Images)

Right - Malin Akerman speaks at Adult Swim’s ‘Children’s Hospital’ panel. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Left below - Maggie Q arrives at Entertainment Weekly’s 5th annual Comic-Con Celebration sponsored by Batman: Arkham City held at Float, Hard Rock Hotel. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

Right - Olivia Munn arrives at the EW Comic-Con Celebration. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)