Sunday, March 11, 2018

The 90th Academy Awards

The ceremony for Oscar's 90th year was an unfortunate let down. The only speech that moved me at all was Frances Mcdormand, the musical performances were forgettable at best (at worst they were off key), and worst of all, there wasn't a single dress that really wowed me. It seemed like in the wake of #metoo and #timesup everything was very restrained. The Golden Globes were much more lively and impassioned, but it seems like Hollywood has lost their steam. Or maybe they just lost their way without Oprah there. Either way, the ladies on the red carpet still had to wear something, so I will now dissect it.

Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive

I know this look topped a lot of best dressed lists, but I am not a fan. The fabric looks very stiff to me, which gives the dress a bit of a dated look, and all I can think of when I look at her chest is a pair of Mickey Mouse ears. I am not and never have been much of a fan of the deep sweetheart neckline. As well, I am not into bows. This one is particularly offensive. A hard pass for me.

Margot Robbie in Chanel

This is one of my favorite looks of the night. Impeccable fit of course, and I really like how this is bit of a different take on the off the shoulder trend. The trailing crystals really make this a special dress. I also just LOVE her bag!

Lupita Nyong'o in Atelier Versace

I really wouldn't have minded this dress at all if it weren't for the horrifying black shoulder sash thing. It looks like she ran out of time and just swiped something from the costume department on the set of her new superhero movie. Someone involved in the design of this was like " really needs something extra." Well it didn't need anything extra and in adding it, the whole thing fell apart. Sometimes more is not more.

Gal Gadot in Givenchy

This is one of my favorite looks of the night. I love some sparkle and fringe, and this is the right way to do it. We all know how wrong sparkle and fringe can go (think Vegas showgirl), but this has more of a vintage vibe. The key to pulling this look off, aside from impeccable tailoring, is having a small chest. The lariat necklace (Tiffany, and valued at more than my condo probably), which is simply stunning, perfectly compliments the gown. This is a winner!

Sandra Bullock in Louis Vuitton

I really like this dress with the high halter neckline and ombre scattering of gold sequins, but her hair and makeup made me really sad. The flat long hair takes away from the dramatic neckline of the gown. I would have loved a high ponytail, and the eye makeup is way too heavy. Hair and makeup can really make or break an outfit, so this is very disappointing.

Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace

YAAASSS! This might be the best that Jennifer Garner has ever looked! Sexy, classy and timeless perfection. The colour of the gown is simply stunning and her hair and makeup are on point. Although this gown is nothing we haven't seen before, I love the classic Versace Greek goddess vibe we're getting here, and the shoulder scarf accent adds the perfect amount of dramatic effect.

Zendaya in Giambattista Valli

I truly hate this dress. Brown might be the ugliest possible colour choice for a red carpet gown. In fact, brown is a pretty ugly colour overall. Aside from the hideous colour choice, the cascading piles of fabric almost swallow this poor girl up!

Emily Blunt in Schiaparelli Haute Couture

This is not a good dress. For starters, the colour is terribly unflattering on her and completely washes her out. What completely ruins this dress for me though, is the little pouffy cap sleeves. Why were those even part of the design? Take those away and it's a cool halter style. Another gown ruined with too much pouf...

Jennifer Laurence in Christian Dior

Jennifer Lawrence usually tops my best dressed list, but this was a miss for me. Something about this look reads as a bit trashy to me, and I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it is. The makeup for sure is a bit heavy, and I think it would have come across better if her hair was up. Something about the hair is off. I think it's too soft and casual looking for this dress. While I don't hate the dress itself, I do think it would be better without the line of darker sequins across the hips and the tiny spaghetti straps.

Salma Hayek in Gucci

Worst dressed alert! Yikes. This looks like the result of a drunk trip to Fabricland and Michaels followed by unsupervised access to a glue gun and/or Bedazzler. There is far too much going on in one dress and all of what is going on is pretty tacky. Her tiny stature combined with her enormous bosom does not create a canvas conducive to tiered layers of lilac sequins and a crystal harness. This is just a terrible terrible mess, and a true red carpet tragedy.

Samara Weaving in Schiaparelli Couture

This was one of my favorite looks of the night. The soft chiffon-y fabric is perfectly offset with the metallic belt. I love the orangey red colour, and the flowy seventies vibe. It reminds of a dress that Lauren Hutton wore to the Oscars in the seventies, but hers was done in pastel shades. I would lighten up her eye makeup a little though, less black and maybe more gold shimmery eye shadow would look prettier.

Taraji P. Hensen in Vera Wang

This is just completely wrong and heinous on all levels. Especially compared to how fantastic she looked last year! What could have gone so wrong with her taste level in one short year? Too sheer, too many awkwardly placed cut-outs, too much of a slit, and when I saw her being interviewed, I am 99% sure that I saw a nipple. the shape isn't even flattering and I loath the weird arm bands. Vera Wang should be ashamed.

Viola Davis in Michael Kors Collection

This was a miss for me. The Pepto Bismol pink is really tricky to pull off in a gown, and it is especially tricky when it is done in a sequined fabric. It just looks cheap to me, and the seaming under the boobs doesn't help. I am not a fan of the neckline and the thick shoulder straps either. Adding to overall effect is the poor choice of hairstyle. Viola Davis usually looks really good, so this is a disappointment.

Allison Janney in Reem Acra

Definitely one of the best of the night. I am really loving red right now, and the shade looks great on her. Of course, the impeccable fit and tailoring is key. The simple diamond necklace and coordinating clutch are perfect finishing touches, because with an epic sleeve like she has here you don't need much more. I am getting strong Morticia Addams vibes and I love it!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Screen Actors Guild Awards

I missed doing a post on the Golden Globes this year, but everyone knows the main take away was Oprah's speech, which overshadowed everything else including everything on the red carpet. So instead, I will begin awards season with the SAG awards. I will save the best for last, so lets get right to the worst of the night, and wow, were there some real eyesores.

Kate Hudson in Valentino
I think that this is the first time that Kate Husdon has been on my worst dressed list. In fact, she is often on the best dressed list! To start, the haricut is not good, but we can't blame her for that since she had to shave her head for a movie role. A severe and less feminine hairstyle really looks best when offset with a sexier and sleek look. However, this Victorian-esque ensemble that Kate chose looks TERRIBLE with her new pixie cut. Somehow this gown manages to look both extremely dowdy and like it was meant for a six-year-old. Kate's 72 year old mother had a more youthful look for the evening.

Sally Hawkins in Dior Haute Couture
I am all about a good jumpsuit on the red carpet. However, this is not good. To me this seizure-inducing ensemble is only good for one thing: a clown costume. I cannot believe that this came out of the Dior atelier, it looks more like it came from somewhere called Bozo's House of Clowns. Be really careful not to look at this for too long, because I do strongly feel that it could permanently damage not only your retinas, but your brain too.

Saorise Rownan in Louis Vuitton
This looks like reject from Princess Leia's closet. It's ill-fitting, unflattering and unfashionable. A major miss, especially from an actress who is nominated.

Kristen Bell in J. Mendel
This is so bad. It's dated and uninspired. How many times have we seen something like this? A better question is why would we ever want to see again? It wasn't any good the first fifty times. The dress she wore for her hosting duties was 1000% better:

Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph and Russo
She somewhat resembles a silver mermaid and I love it. The gunmetal colour is gorgeous on her, and the fit is flawless. A straight across strapless style is tricky to get a really good fit, and so usually I don't like this style, but it really works here.

Mary J. Blige in Jean Louis Sabaj
This is so cool, it looks like Morticia Adams being caressed by an angel wing. I love the graphic black and white and the ombre effect in the feathers. The only things I would change are her hair and earrings. I think a really sleek and simple updo and minimal earrings would have been better with such a statement gown.

Mandy Moore in Ralph Lauren
This is my top look of the night. She manages to make the trendy slip dress look timeless and classic. The colour is stunning and I love that it has some shimmer to it. I like the coordinating clutch and her hair and makeup are perfect. The only thing I would change is to do more of a statement earring.

Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph and Russo
I love a good cape and this all white ensemble does not disappoint. Keeping the whole look monochromatic save for a bright red lip really makes the whole thing pop.

Allison Brie in Dundas
I absolutely love that this gown is a bit of an homage to her role on GLOW as a professional wrestler. Red with a metallic lighting bolt applique could look like a literal wrestling costume, but instead she somehow manages to look edgy and sophisticated.

Yara Shahidi in Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren wins the night! I lied before because this look might just nudge Mandy Moore out of the top spot. As I said before I love a jumpsuit on the red carpet, but a jumpsuit with a train?? It's the best of both worlds. The big hair and earrings and bold lip perfectly compliment this high fashion look. She nailed it 1000%.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Favorite Spring Trends

Ah yes, spring is in the air. Some days the coming spring that is in the air is mingled with snow, but it is coming, sooner or later. With a new season comes new fashion of course! This year's spring trends have me really excited for warmer weather on the way. So, here are my favorite trends for spring 2017!

The New Dress Shirt
The classic dress shirt has been reinvented and taken to new levels this season. Traditionally a basic (boring, if you ask me) worn under suits, the Gordon Gekko classic has become a fashion must have. Rather than a straight forward borrowed from the boys style, the new dress shirt often features a classic blue and white stripe, but with a feminine twist.
Last year's off the shoulder trend continues and is now being incorporated into the shirt trend. Exaggerated sleeves are also a big trend and tie details either at the waist or on the cuffs.

A cute striped off the shoulder style from Zara.

A classic dress shirt from Nordstrom is updated with tied waist and contrasting cuffs.

Blogger Blair Eadie wearing an adorable striped top with exaggerated bows on the shoulders from Shopbop.

The ultimate shirt, this style has everything: off the shoulder, stripes, flared bell sleeves, and a tied waist. Why not go all out and just get all the shirt trends in one?

Pearls are always a classic that never go out of style. This spring though, they are trending in a major way. Chanel has helped to cement pearls as a timeless part of any woman's wardrobe, but sometimes the classic strand of pearls brings to mind some more grandmotherly connotations than one would like. For spring 2017 pearls are having a major moment that leaves granny out of the mix. Or, if you are lucky like me brings her back into the mix when you can wear her old pearls that you inherited! The newest way that pearls are being incorporated into spring's fashions are with embellishments. Pearls on shoes, bags, dresses, jeans...anything and everything really.

Stuart Weitzman's Morepearls sandal is a perfect way to bring some pearls into your life. The black suede with white pearls is very Chanel-esque as well as being a versatile choice for your wardrobe. I got these myself in a soft pinky nude!

I am absolutely loving pearl embellished denim! A mix of ladylike pearls and edgy denim is the perfect juxtaposition. This will work best if the denim is a lighter wash and for jeans, if the fit is a bit slouchier. I love how this pair are cuffed and ripped, keeping the pearls from making the look a bit too precious. While I am not usually one for DIY fashion projects (I would rather leave that to the pros), this is really making me consider trying my hand at some pearl bedazzling! Word of advice though: please only sew on your pearls, no glue gunning, this will not look cute.

A beautiful beaded clutch from Zara.

The Statement Earring

Statement earrings are back and bigger than ever! Both literally and figuratively. For this trend look no further that Samantha Jones of Sex and the City for your inspiration. Really anything goes with this trend as long as it's big! You can choose to hit to birds with one stone and nail both the statement earring trend and the pearl trend in one. I have also seen a lot of tasseled earrings, as well as more geometric style. Keep in mind that you should not try a statement necklace and earrings together, as this will just be too much.

Tassel earrings from Banana Republic.

Quite the statement from the Balmain x H&M collection.

Some beauties from J.Crew

All of the styles that I included are costume jewelry at moderate price points, because unless you are Samantha Jones and plan to make this a signature of your look, you might not want to make a big investment. As for me, I have recently started wearing an old pair of enormous ones that I could never let go of, so maybe from now on I will release my inner Samantha and just rock those massive shoulder dusters regardless of how the trends shift. Bottom line is if you love one of these trends rock it! And if you own that trend sometimes you can make it work long after the fad has passed. This is that moment when a trend becomes style. So, with Samantha and her enduring earring style as our muse let's go forth and be stylish,

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The 89th Academy Awards

My favorite Oscar dress of all time is Cate Blachett wearing Armani Prive at last year's awards. So this year I wondered (but strongly doubted) if anyone could beat this stunning look, pulled off by my fashion favorite, Cate the Great. I have to say that in my opinion, the answer is a resounding no. Below is Cate in her breathtaking red carpet gown from the 2016 Oscars.

Nobody at this years ceremony even came close to looking this flawless, but I will give my rundown on the 89th Academy Awards, and you can tell me if you think anyone can touch Cate the Great.

Jessica Biel in Kaufman Franco
She is giving me strong Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra vibes and I LOVE it. Usually, I find Jessica Biel to be pretty basic on the red carpet, but she really brought it this year by {hiring a new stylist} dressing up as an actual Oscar. Some may say that the necklace is too much but personally, I think it's just enough.

Scarlett Johansson in Alaia
While I have to give her credit for wearing a studded belt on the red carpet, it still did not manage to hold this look together. I don't mind the print, although it is a little casual for the Oscars, but other than that this whole looks is a big mess. The amount of excess fabric around her chest is slightly alarming to me. Was she perhaps keeping some snacks in there? It really makes me think of the type of dress that misguided stylists put "big" girls in, and then say "belt it to give her a waist." This approach doesn't flatter fuller figures, and it certainly does nothing good for poor Scarlett.

Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti
This is red carpet perfection. Velvet is such a big trend, and this is the way to do it. The neckline is so beautiful, and the necklace is a perfect choice. Hair and makeup are both on point. She definitely gets my vote for one of the best dressed of the evening.

Halle Berry in Atelier Versace
Halle's hair was definitely a topic of conversation, and while I am definitely not a fan, her dress is for more offensive to my senses. For starters, similar variations of this style have been seen on many red carpets for the past 10 years. I do appreciate the rose gold fringe on the train, but the bodice looks like she got tangled up in a pair of pantyhose while she was getting ready. This look goes on my worst dressed list.

Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture
This is not my favorite look that I have seen Emma in. I do love the top half of her dress and I think that if the design continued and gave way to a bit of a dramatic train rather than the layers of fringe, I would have loved it. Instead, I am getting a bit of a tacky lampshade vibe, which I doubt was what she was aiming to be remembered as when she took home her first Oscar statue.

Emma Roberts in vintage Armani Prive
Armani Prive is definitely a red carpet favorite of mine, and this does not disappoint. I love the combination of black and white with a red lip. The only thing I would change is that the "boob triangles" should be slightly wider to be more in proportion with the cumberbund.

Charlize Theron in Dior
For a woman who probably needs to put in some effort to look bad, I would say she was trying pretty hard with this look. Normally Charlize is a red carpet favorite of mine, but somehow her supermodel good looks are practically vanquished with this frightful frock. Most people are trying to look tall and thin, but the genetically blessed Charlize already is both of these things. This mess of a dress makes her appear to be shorter and wider, truly not something anyone would want from a couture gown.

Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph and Russo
This is definitely one of my favorite looks of the evening. I am a sucker for appliqued flowers, so this one really does it for me. The pale shades of the gown compliment her skin perfectly and while I would have preferred slightly softer makeup, the overall effect is quite stunning. The very romantic feel of this gown is kept modern with the high neckline. I had to include a picture of this dress from the back, because talk about party in the front and an even bigger party in the back!

Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab Couture
I am slightly torn, but I think that this absolutely glorious confection just inches out Hailee Steinfeld for best dressed of the night. Despite the fact that this look only made it to the after party and not the main event, I would argue that a dress this good IS the main event. I mean, there's appliqued flowers, gold beading, a belt, and jewel encrusted exaggerated shoulders! What more could one possible want in a gown?

Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Golden Globe Awards

Sarah Jessica Parker in Vera Wang
I feel that SJP has slowly morphed from a style icon into your crazy aunt. She was known as the ultimate fashionista for her portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw, but I think by now we can all say that Carrie's style was pretty much a mess. This dress looks like a cast off from one of Vera Wang's bridal collections. Like "no bride will wear this, let's give to an actress for the red carpet. She'll think it's so fashion forward, haha!" The Heidi hairstyle isn't helping matters.

Keri Russell

This is a lot of look happening here. The ruffles, the mixed animal prints, the bat-wing sleeves, and the choker all combine to equal an assault on the senses. This look is giving me strong Real Housewives of New Jersey vibes.

Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra
If you are going to skip the gown and wear a tuxedo, wear one like this. The tailoring is impeccable, which is absolutely the key to pulling off a look like this. I am not a big fan of this hairstyle, though. Something more modern would work better with this look.

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
I love the glamorous combination of black velvet and gold. Blake Lively is definitely a red carpet favorite of mine, who rarely misses the mark, and this look is no exception. Normally, I am not a big fan of pockets in gowns, but I actually really like these ones, since they are clearly more for fashion than function. I look forward to seeing what other looks she brings to the various red carpets this awards season.

Janelle Monae in Armani
This is one hot mess. At this point I really think that the high-low hem looks a bit dated, and the crazy Dalmatian print reminds of a dress I loved when I was five. This ensemble is really not fit for a grown woman. It looks like a bad Cruella DeVille Halloween costume. However, the shoes are definitely on point!

Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier
This look is the perfection combination of glamorous and bohemian. Perfect for the Queen of Boho herself! I love the off the shoulder style with the pleated sleeve cascading down her arm. The deep V works here because her boobs are not all squished up and in your face. The loose hair perfectly compliments the gown and I love that she finished the look with a deep burgundy nail polish. The whole ensemble looks as though it has come together so effortlessly.

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
Normally I love McQueen on the red carpet, but I cannot get around these confounding puffy sleeves. To me they look like an after thought that was slapped on at the last minute. The whole dress would be better off if the entire sleeves were removed. The silver colour is really flattering against her alabaster skin, and I love the combination of the glittering sequins with the soft feathers on the train. Unfortunately, I really feel that the sleeves ruin the whole look.

Jessica Chastain in Prada
Normally I find Prada to be mess on the red carpet, but I actually really like this one. The colour is simply stunning her, and perfectly compliments her red hair. I love the pink embellishments that are scattered down one side of the gown, adding just the right amount of sparkle. She is wearing one of my favorite style of necklaces, the bolo-inspired necklace, which I love. The fit of the dress is almost perfect, but it really needed to be let out in the bust and have a couple of extra inches of fabric. I know that the plunging neckline is very trendy right now, but the boobs are going into a very trashy territory for me, and I think that on the red carpet things should be kept classy and boobs should not be squished.

Emma Stone in Valentino
This is my favorite look of the night. Often nude shades can wash out pale skinned ladies, but the stunning embroidered stars that cascade down the length of the gown provide enough contrast. The shape is beautiful and the slowing train is perfect. I like the deep V here as it elongates her body and her boobs are not completely on display. Overall, a perfect look to take home a Golden Globe in!