If you’re the kind of person that loves to travel the world and explore what this wonderful planet has to offer, you’re probably constantly on the lookout for cheap ways to do so. Of course, traveling isn’t exactly the cheapest thing in the world, and this is especially true if you want to travel by plane. However, it seems as though more and more people are now opting to get involved with hidden city ticketing.
What Is It?
Although more and more airlines are now providing passengers the option to embark on non-stop flights around the world, that doesn’t mean that another airline also has stop-off points before they reach their final destination. This could be to re-fuel, or it could be to give their staff a break. Although most people simply get off the plane and head to the airport to have a drink or grab some food, this could actually work in your favor. That’s because you could use this stop-off as your chance to explore a new city for a cheaper price. After all, a flight from NYC to LA stopping in Chicago may cost you just $200, when a non-stop flight from NYC to Chicago may cost $400.
What Are The Positives?
Of course, the main positive with hidden city ticketing is that you can travel to the destination of your choice without having to pay out the big bucks. You can normally get your tickets cheaper than if you were to buy non-stop flights.
What Are The Negatives?
One of the negatives of hidden city ticketing is that flights are often unreliable. Due to bad weather or other flight issues, many non-direct flights are often diverted to other destinations when needs be. This means that you could find yourself in a sticky situation.
Fancy giving hidden city ticketing a try?
A large part of celebrity life is getting glammed up and strutting down the red carpet. However, not everyone is a fashionista, and it can be difficult to stay on top of each season’s new trends. We’re not quite sure what went wrong when these celebs picked out their red carpet outfits, but clearly there was a problem (or two). Whether it was a rogue stylist, a creative idea gone wrong, or just bad taste, these stars wore some seriously disastrous looks on the red carpet.
Demi Moore’s Bike Shorts
Check out one of those truly bizarre and terrible red carpet outfits. Here we have actress Demi Moore on the Academy Awards red carpet in 1989 wearing her own creation. Yes, that’s right – Demi Moore made her own outfit for the Oscars. This isn’t the VMAs, Demi!
As you can see, Moore’s outfit consisted of black bike shorts, a corset, and a Renaissance-styled bodice fashioned out of embroidered material. The press went wild over it, but at least Moore seemed to enjoy her look.
Bjork’s Swan Dress
Of all the red carpet disasters in history, Icelandic singer Bjork’s swan dress is usually high up on that list. Personally, we admire the quirky singer’s bird-themed look, but we also understand that it isn’t exactly red carpet chic.
The “It’s Oh So Quiet” singer wore the swan dress – by Marjan Pejoski – to the 2003 Academy Awards. Though it’s long been mocked, the swan dress is undeniably part of fashion history. In fact, Valentino paid homage to the gown in its 2014 couture show.
Faith Hill’s Rainbow Gown
Country artist Faith Hill decided to match her outfit with her performance for the 2002 Academy Awards. The singer took to the stage to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” dressed head to toe in rainbow appliqué.
The gown itself was a gradient rainbow lace Versace dress, and might not be all that offensive to modern audiences. However, against the sea of formal gowns and tuxedos at the Academy Awards, this dress was just a little too bright.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s Matching Denim
It’s pretty undeniable that Britney and Justin’s 2001 look for the American Music Awards was a crime against fashion. Seriously, it’s been several decades and we still haven’t recovered.
The ‘It couple’ of 2001 rocked up to the AMAs wearing matching head-to-toe denim ensembles, including a denim cowboy hat, a denim suit, a denim gown, and a denim purse. Lest we forget, Britney also popped on a rhinestone choker necklace to tie the whole thing together. Y2K!
Sarah Jessica Parker’s Poppies
Understandably, actress Sarah Jessica Parker has long been associated with her most famous character, Carrie Bradshaw – the fashionista New Yorker who would choose a pair of Manolo Blahniks over breakfast. Despite this fictional fashionista pedigree, SJP still makes the occasional fashion faux pas, like this outrageous outfit.
This is Sarah Jessica Parker’s outfit for the 2015 Met Gala, which had the theme of “China: Through the Looking Glass.” We’re perplexed by the number of poppies on show, never mind the cape and headdress combo.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Punk Look
At the 1999 Academy Awards, actress Gwyneth Paltrow wore a pink satin Ralph Lauren gown and took home an Oscar. Several years later, at the 2002 ceremony, the actress arrived looking more punk than princess.
Paltrow decided to wear an Alexander McQueen gown that year, along with smudgy eye makeup and an updo. Looking back, Paltrow still admires the dress, but wishes she had worn “simple beachy hair and less makeup.” It’s a shame to see something so colorless on such a stunning actress!
Kate Hudson’s Hair
It’s hard to believe that the gorgeous Kate Hudson could ever make herself look so drab – and strange – but here she’s done it. The actress attended the 2011 Academy Awards when she was just 21 years old and was excited to wear her first Stella McCartney red carpet look.
Kate revealed that when she saw herself on so many worst-dressed lists, she called the designer and they laughed about it. Apparently, McCartney told Hudson, “Look babe, it was the hair wasn’t it?”
Kim Basinger’s Wild White Creation
Yet again, with Kim Basinger, we have another celebrity that decided to design their own Oscars look. Can someone please tell Basinger and Demi Moore that fashion designers exist and can be trusted to come up with their own designs?
Actress Basinger wore this wild and white one-shouldered gown to the 1990 Academy Awards, and we just can’t get our heads around it. The gown has one long glove, half of a jacket, and white shiny fabric. Get it away from us!
Uma Thurman’s Pirate Goddess Gown
Is it just us or does actress Uma Thurman look like she’s on her way to a fancy dress party? And is it just us or does it look like she’s dressed as a cross between a Grecian goddess and a pirate on their wedding day?
Thurman rocked up to the 2004 Academy Awards red carpet wearing this Christian Lacroix couture creation. The gown itself was white tulle with a high-low silhouette and lots of fabric. On top, Thurman wore a bizarre vest to match the bizarre bottom half.
Céline Dion’s Backwards Tuxedo
No matter how many times we look at Céline Dion’s outfit at the 1999 Academy Awards, we can’t quite believe what we’re looking at. The legendary Canadian singer showed up to the Oscars red carpet wearing a backward, all-white, John Galliano for Christian Dior Tuxedo, with a fedora and diamond-studded Ray-Bans.
Yes, this is one of the weirdest ensembles we’ve ever seen in any context, but because it was worn by Céline Dion, this look is now legendary too.
Dolly Parton’s Red Ruffles
Up next is a more recent red carpet disaster, courtesy of country queen Dolly Parton. The “9 to 5” singer is known for her outlandish sense of style, her giant blonde bouffant, and her fondness for cosmetic procedures. For the Grammy Awards in 2019, Parton stepped out in this bedazzled and ruffled red dress.
As far as Dolly Parton goes, this isn’t even that wild of an outfit. However, the red dress does have embellishments, beading, jewels, ruffles, an asymmetrical hem, and a plunging neckline.
Jodie Foster’s Taffeta Bustle
In the early days of Hollywood, costume designers made sure that stars were dressed in style both on stage and off. Nowadays, stylists and glam squads make sure that celebs are photo-ready at any opportunity. However, in between these two periods, celebrities were showing up to red carpets having dressed themselves. Can you imagine?
In 1989, actress Jodie Foster won the Best Actress award at the Oscars. She wore a blue strapless ruched taffeta dress with a bustle style train and white tights. This gown was no example of her win that night!
Freida Pinto’s Silky Suit Dress
Actress Freida Pinto’s outfit for the 2011 Met Gala is a great example of designer names being irrelevant. Sure, a couture piece is bound to be well made, and a model may have looked good wearing it, but that doesn’t mean the item will make sense in another context.
The theme of the 2011 Met Gala was “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” and Frieda Pinto wore this couture Chanel gown. Sorry, even though it’s Chanel, we can’t get past this black and white monstrosity.
Cameron Diaz’s Sheer Pleated Gown
In 2002, Cameron Diaz wore this unusual Emanuel Ungaro silk wrap dress to the Academy Awards. The gown is emblazoned with large red flowers, but also somehow looks like nightwear. One side of Diaz’s dress is sheer, while the other is pleated.
Surprisingly, Cameron Diaz actually still likes this dress. However, she has also commented that she looks like she “Just got out of bed and threw it on,” and that her messy hairdo added to the disheveled look.
Susan Sarandon’s Sunglasses
And what do we have here? Where do we begin? We’re going to go ahead and guess that Susan Sarandon’s 1996 Oscars look happened in that magic period when celebrities didn’t use stylists. There’s no other explanation for how this outfit could have happened.
Susan Sarandon took home an Academy Award at the 1996 ceremony, but her Dolce & Gabbana brown gold dress deserves absolutely no attention whatsoever. And why, oh why, is the actress wearing a pair of terrible ’90s sunglasses?
Tilda Swinton’s Trash Bag
Tilda Swinton is known for her androgynous look and bold sense of style. For the 2008 Oscars, the actress wore this polarizing black Lanvin gown and came home with the Best Supporting Actress award.
Swinton’s black Lanvin dress is rather shapeless and only has one sleeve. At the time, many outlets described the gown as looking like a trash bag, and we can sort of see why. Tilda Swinton wore this gown with barely-there makeup and her hair in a bright orange pompadour.
Lena Dunham’s Poufy Skirt
Polarizing writer and actress Lena Dunham is often perplexing people with her fashion choices. Dunham’s Girls character Hannah Horvath was known for her regularly ill-fitting hipster fashion choices, and those often spilled over into real life too.
For the 2014 Emmy Awards, Dunham showed up wearing this Giambattista Valli couture silk taffeta shirt and tulle skirt. Whilst we love the poufy skirt, the overall styling here missed the mark. Dunham needs a lengthening up-do, a prettier top, and more playful makeup.
Linda Cardellini’s Feathered Gown
Like many things, fashion is subjective. That means that some people may look at Linda Cardellini’s 2019 Academy Awards outfit and think it looks like a trussed-up flamingo, while others might admire its boldness and texture.
Personally, we’re siding with the latter group as we have a pretty big soft spot for all things pink. However, this dress ended up on plenty of Worst Dressed lists because of its similarity to a feather duster. The Schiaparelli gown certainly got people talking.
Sophia Loren’s Belle Dress
No one can deny that actress Sophia Loren is a film and fashion icon. One of the classic stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Loren was the first Oscar winner for a non-English language performance. Loren’s smoldering beauty and chic fashion are still inspiring today, but she undeniably did not deliver at the 2009 Academy Awards.
The most obvious comparison for this yellow ruffled dress is Belle’s yellow gown from Beauty and the Beast. Sadly, this one was more beast than beauty.
Kim Kardashian’s Couch Outfit
When Kim Kardashian attended her first-ever Met Gala in 2013, she sent the internet into a frenzy. The reality star had never been invited to the prestigious fashion event but managed to get in as Kanye West’s guest. A pregnant Kardashian chose a floral Givenchy gown but ended up being compared to a couch.
Kim has since revealed, “I just remember the Olsen twins came up to me and loved my outfit […] so none of the critics mattered, because the Olsen twins approved, and I loved it.”
Jennifer Connelly’s Skinny Scarf
Could this be another gown that was selected in the dark ages when celebrities didn’t rely on stylists? Surely that’s the only explanation for such a hideous gown making it to the red carpet. Actress Jennifer Connelly won an Oscar at the 2002 Academy Awards, but she certainly wasn’t dressed for the occasion.
We are outright offended at this Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga dress with its beige blandness, haggard ruffles, drop waist, and inexplicable skinny scarf. Everything is wrong with this look. Thank you, next!
Geena Davis’ Ruffled Train
We’re so used to seeing Geena Davis as an elegant, well-dressed celebrity, that we can’t even believe this is the same person. Here we have the star at the 1992 Academy Awards in an ensemble made by costume designers Ruth Meyers and Bill Hargate.
This outrageous red carpet look features a tiny white bodice waist with a voluminous, overflowing, high-low, ruffled train. To make things even worse, Davis wore black tights with this wild ’90s look and slapped on a pair of long white gloves.
Lady Gaga’s Red Gloves
Compared to some of the looks on this list, we don’t think Lady Gaga’s 2015 Oscars look is that wild. However, the popstar’s Azzedine Alaïa look did stir up a decent amount of attention and eventually became the subject of numerous online jokes and memes.
Gaga worked with the designer on this gown, resulting in a crocodile textured, sculpted gown with exaggerated shoulders and bright red gloves. By the end of the night, Gaga had been photoshopped in front of numerous piles of dishes.
Sharon Stone’s Bridal Ballgown
We’re surprised by the number of celebs on this list that have worn white gowns to red carpet events. Considering just how bridal these gowns look, why risk showing up at an awards ceremony looking like you’re on the way to a chapel?
Here we have actress Sharon Stone attending the 1995 Academy Awards in a shiny white gown and matching jacket. The puffball skirt and strange neckline of the jacket just scream ’80s to us, even though that decade had already passed.
Hilary Swank’s Gauzy Overskirt
My oh my, what do we have here? Actress Hilary Swank is a striking woman with a strong bone structure and a winning smile. However, in this ensemble, she looks like a 12-year-old who doesn’t know anyone else at the birthday party.
The Oscar-winning actress wore this pale pink Dior minidress with an ombre pink gauzy overskirt to the 2003 Academy Awards. The dress’s silhouette is simply too square for Swank’s muscular frame and makes her look far more childish than she is.
Whoopi Goldberg’s Lime Green Lining
It would be another four years until actress Whoopi Goldberg would play Queen Constantina in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s remake of Cinderella. However, you wouldn’t know that from looking at the outfit she wore to the 1993 Academy Awards.
The actress, comedian, and singer hosted the ceremony wearing an embroidered, silky, purple and green jumpsuit, and finished the look with a purple gown lined in lime green. The star’s hair was teased into an oversized up-do, and she wore gigantic earrings too. Whoopi, what were you thinking?
Rachel Weisz’s Latex Capelet
So far on this list of the worst red carpet looks, we haven’t seen very much latex. But fear not, because with Rachel Weisz’s 2019 Oscars outfit, we’re about to get some. The actress wore this two-piece Givenchy Couture look, which includes an embroidered red gown and a matching latex capelet.
For an extra touch of glam, Weisz had two silver Cartier feather pins sewn into her hair, and accessorized with a metallic clutch. We admire the boldness, but this just doesn’t look good.
Kate Winslet’s Beading
Back in 1998, Kate Winslet was nominated for Best Actress at the 1998 Academy Awards. For the occasion, the actress agreed to wear Givenchy, but only if the couture house didn’t dress anyone else. This costume-like dress was designed by the renowned Alexander McQueen and reminds us a little too much of Titanic.
This gown had a horseshoe neckline, draping, long sleeves, and lots of beaded embellishments. We reckon that Winslet looks like she’s off to spend the day at a medieval fair.
Tyra Banks’ Prom Dress
Everyone’s favorite supermodel Tyra Banks went to the 2000 Academy Awards looking like she was going to prom. Banks’ poufy purple Vera Wang gown overshadowed her striking looks and made her look more princess than poised.
This gown’s drop waist is confusing to the eye, and its tulle ruffles add volume where none is required. Thank goodness the noughties are over!
Cher’s Feathered Headdress
Armenian-American Goddess of Pop, Cher is known for her wild outfits, both on and off stage. The singer and actress wore this outrageous Bob Mackie ensemble to the 1986 Academy Awards partly to stand up to her critics. At the time, it had been suggested that Cher hadn’t been nominated for an award because of her fashion sense. Her response? This outfit.
For this look, Cher combines a huge feathered headpiece, a two-piece bedazzled set with a harness neckline, and some sort of cape. As you can see, this was no one-time faux pas, she is no stranger to dressing to the extreme!