More often than not these days, dressing for a red carpet event is all about the spectacle, even more so than the quality of the outfit. Mostly made up of over-the-top looks crafted to become viral moments, the practice of understated elegance has become something of a lost art at major events. Luckily, we can always count on Selena Gomez and her stylist Kate Young to err on the side of better, not bigger.

Nowhere was this proven more than at Variety‘s 2022 Hitmakers brunch, which took place this weekend in Los Angeles. For the event, which Dua Lipa and H.E.R. also attended, the Only Murders in the Building star chose a midi-length little black dress made of extremely seasonally appropriate velvet and formalized with a sculptural, ruffled hem. Designed by one of Instagram’s most beloved brands, Totême, the frock was gorgeous in its simplicity and only made better with the addition of patent leather By Far heels and Monica Vinader gold-and-black jewelry. 

Shop her exact Totême dress and more LBDs below. 

On Selena Gomez: Totême Ruffled Velvet Midi Dress ($810); By Far Michele Square Toe Sandal ($444); Monica Vinader x Kate Young Gemstone Bangle ($850), Bangle ($750), and Gemstone Small Hoop Earrings ($295); Aspinal of London Mini Madison Tote ($670)

If you love the naked-dress trend but aren’t quite ready to go full sheer. 

The most gorgeous slip I’ve ever put on. 

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Camille Charrière’s line for Mango is beyond amazing. 

This dress is famous for looking amazing on everyone. 

The flower detail is sending me. 

Pair this mini with tights and pumps for any and every holiday party this season. 

Clean up on aisle three—my jaw is all up on the floor. 

Sale alert.


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