Kate Hudson Has Gone to the Dark Side

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and that certainly seems to be the rule of thumb with the always-gorgeous Kate Hudson. The actress has a knack for perfectly timing her infrequent red carpet appearances in a way that doesn’t make us all forget she’s a total red carpet queen, but in a way that makes us realize how much we’ve missed her amazing style the second we see it. (I'll just pretend that the whole sparkly Armani jumpsuit at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week didn’t exist though, okay?)

Take the 2014 Academy Awards, for example. After largely avoiding the red carpet for nearly two months, the actress hit us with not one, but two amazing gowns: First a plunging and caped Versace dress at the actual ceremony, and then a stunning illusion-netted Zuhair Murad Couture gown at the Oscars after-party — both of which easily made her one of the best-dressed stars of the night.

And now the blonde beauty has done it again. Taking time off after the Oscars, Hudson is promoting her newest film — Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here — and she’s already looking unbelievably good doing it. Attending Monday evening’s New York City screening in a darkly sexy Michael Kors number, Hudson definitely brought the drama and glamour to the red carpet.

With its strapless sweetheart neckline, sequined bodice, seductive keyhole cutout, and sleek column skirt, this gown is an instant A+ in the style department, playing up both Hudson's insanely sexy body and her refined fashion sense.

But it's the styling of the ensemble — from the hair and makeup to the minimalist accessories — that really makes this look stand out. With her silky, stick-straight strands slicked back and her bronzed makeup given a little dramatic flair thanks to an ultra-dark lip, this may be the sleekest and vampiest we've ever seen the star look (at least for quite some time).

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While I, for one, love it when Hudson dons her sunny hues, trademark wavy tresses, and barely there makeup, her dark-glamour vixen look is definitely something I could get used to (on those rare occasions when she decides to grace us with her presence, that is).

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