With movie budgets ballooning and box-office receipts dwindling, stars have never felt more pressured to turn their red-carpet and television appearances into major fashion moments. And with flashbulbs popping overtime, a girl needs a new look for each event. (“Spider-Man 2” had at least five premieres worldwide and a globe-trotting Kirsten Dunst needed a different wardrobe for every country.) While some actresses are loyal to a single designer, this summer’s crop doesn’t seem to have an allegiance to a specific brand — which either means celebrities are only too happy to flex their fashion muscles, or, boy, are their stylists working overtime.

Christina Applegate
In Rebecca Taylor for a “Women in Film” event honoring Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner on June 18, in Chloé for the L.A. premiere of “Anchorman” on June 28, in Narciso Rodriguez for the film’s New York premiere on July 7 and in Blumarine for the ESPY Awards on July 14.

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Kirsten Dunst
In Yohji Yamamoto at the Berlin premiere of “Spider-Man 2” on July 6, in Jovovich-Hawk for the Paris premiere on July 8, in Chanel at the London premiere on July 12 and in vintage Christian Dior at the Madrid premiere on July 13.

Halle Berry
In Roberto Cavalli for the Los Angeles premiere of “Catwoman” on July 19, in Dolce & Gabbana for a David Letterman appearance on July 20 and in Dolce & Gabbana for a party at Bendel’s on July 21.

Cameron Diaz
In Alexander McQueen and Zac Posen for the L.A. premiere of “Shrek 2” on May 8, in Zero by Maria Conejos for the Tokyo premiere on July 13 and in Louis Vuitton and Abercrombie & Fitch for a screening at Universal Studios Japan on July 15.

Natalie Portman
In Miele for a New York screening of “Garden State” on June 8 and in Louis Vuitton for the L.A. premiere of the film on July 20.

Keira Knightly
In Prada for the New York premiere of “King Arthur” on June 28, in Chanel for a David Letterman appearance on June 29 and in Jil Sander at the London premiere on July 16.