Men killed the red carpet at the Grammys last night. The personal style, tailoring, accessories and made the men of music much more interesting than their male actor counterparts. Ne-Yo looked very dapper but also hip. I love the lapel pin he is sporting and the hat. I’m not a fan of sunglasses in doors for people. It always looks like you’re trying too hard to be like “I’m a celeb.” Otherwise, one of the best dressed men of the night. Aloe Blacc’s look is tailored to perfection. I think he had on some of the most fab shoes of the night, while Nick Jonas showed up super sexy strutting in the red carpet in thjs plaid suit. I didn’t really love the sneakers, but it’s not bad either. And can I say again how same hot he is. Sheesh!
Missed Glamourtunity offenders on the Grammys red carpet, meaning worst dressed, are Madonna, Charlie XCX and Helen Lasichanh (model and partner to Pharrell Williams). Madonna straight up wore a costume on the red carpet. Yes, it was Givenchy, but ma’am this ain’t Halloween. And you can’t see from this photo, but her ass was all out. Mother Madge, we know you still sexy and serving up fierceness in your 50s, but you must give us something more for fashion, dear heart. You too legendary for gimmicks. Charli XCX arrived dressed as a performer on one of those shows you see at amusement parks or family cruises. I’m always here for a Le Smoking suit moment a’ la’ Yves Saint Laurent, but it needs to be well fit, well accessorized and give beauty on make-up and hair. None of that is happening here. I also say lose the dreadful fur pelt darling. Lastly, Helen. You didn’t even try. This takes the athletic wear as evening trend too far. Yes, you have body for days, but the hair and the attire look way too casual. Also, she and Pharrell Williams must stop the couples dressing alike thing. It’s corny.
We have eight, EIGHT “Glamourtunists of the Night” at the SAG Awards. Here they are no no particular order.
Marisa Fumero in an elegant blue and black gown, kept young by her slicked back do and make-up. Julianne Moore is getting her second “Glamourtunist of the Night” of the awards season (she killed it at the Golden Globes too), again wearing custom Givenchy. Clearly Givenchy works really well for her, and it’ll be interesting to see if she wears them to accept what looks like will be (finally!!!) an Oscar win for “Still Alice.”
Our next three SAG Awards “Glamourtunists of the Night.” Julianna Margulies shut the red carpet down in this blue Giambattista Valli. Jared Leto is my favorite man of the awards season. He always gives us something beyond s basic black tuxedo like other guys on the red carpet, and he gets it right. And he also works in interesting hair and accessories from time to time too, such as his pink flower lapel pin, pinks socks, and the buckle on his shoes here. And last, but not least, Danielle Brooks of “Orange Is the New Black” was stunning in a navy Christian Siriano. Her hair is particularly delicious giving elegance and glamour. Love!
Our final trio of “Glamourtunists of the Night” are Jennifer Aniston, redeeming herself from that horrid Golden Globes look, looking so sexy, stylish, and youthful at the SAG Awards in this smoking hot vintage John Galliano. I was so happy to see her in a color other than black, dark blue, or her other usuals. Reese Witherspoon killed it in a white Armani. She looks amazing. And Ethan Hawke gave Jared Leto a run for his money in an olive green Calvin Klein suit. I loved seeing a different color for men’s wear in the red carpet from him. And he’s just as handsome as ever.
Missed Glamourtunities were less in number on the SAG Awards red carpet than at the Golden Globes. No surprise, because we are at halfway through awards season by this point and folks figure out how to come correct or not at all. Well, some … Here are the five who had a “Missed Glamourtunity” at the SAGs: Lorelei Linklater,Kelly Macdonald, Eller Coltraine, Selenis Leyva and Aleysia Reiner. Let’s start with “Orange is the New Black” stars Leyva and Reiner.
“Orange Is The New Black’s” Selenis Leyva and Aleysia Reiner. Leyva’s dress just has too much going on on top and bottom. The stitching and embellishment make it look so cheap. Aleysia Reiner’s gown looks dated. It is like every evening trend that worked a few years ago in one dress, and none of it works together for her now. A simple heart shaped top and a little less mermaid on the bottom would have helped this a bit. And now on to Linklater, Macdonald, and Coltrane.
Lorelei Linklater was wearing a costume from Jane Eyre, if Jane Eyre were about pilgrims in bondage fashionS. I just don’t get it. I’d fix this by making sleeveless, and doing something about the hair. This ages her like 50 years. While Kelly Macdonald hair and make-up are fabulous, the dress is just too simple and underdressed for the event. There was no wow about it and the bare legs and strange shoes didn’t help. Eller Coltraine finishes this all black attire trio with a black shirt, tie, and jacket. I get what he was trying to do, but I think it too looks very late 90s/early 2000s as a trend. All in all, a bit sad.
Scene Stealers are, again, folks who looked fabulous and had everyone talking about them all night. My first two are Lenny Kravitz and Julia Roberts, who both found the fountain of youth apparently. Lenny is so damn sexy. That’s all. I just don’t even know what else to say. Good, God he is fine and stylish as always. Julia looks fabulous in a custom Givenchy jumpsuit and super long locks!
Favorite Trends: Hair of the Night
Viola Davis in a white Max Mara and Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael were divine in their angelic attire. They are both scene stealers here, not for really nice dresses, but for there gorgeous hair last night. Davis’s beautiful ‘do was my favorite of the night. It reminded me of The photo shoot she did a few years back for the LA Times where she skipped the wig and went au naturale I love her with or without magic hair, but thought she looked especially fabulous last night. And Carmichael stood out for me because she was going for the effortless hair look that others do, but she made it work and looked great. I always say people want to go effortless, but even that needs some effort to really work. No shade!
Here are our six Golden Globes “Glamourtunists of the Night”: Anna Kendrick, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Julianne Moore, Kate Hudson, and Emma Stone. These are looks I thought exemplified what I mean by “glamourtunist” in that they fully met the moment of one of the biggest stages in fashion, and gave us looks that are fabulous, chic, and memorable.
Anna Kendrick in this dreamlike Monique Lhullier fantasy gown, with Brian Atwood heels and Fred Leighton gems, looked amazing. She does the princess thing at times to detrimental effects, but this looks grown up, regal, and a stand out in color. Lupita Nying’o held onto her crown as the reigning queen of the red carpet in Giambattista Valli. Her hair is marvelous, and when she presented an award in those glasses and the Valli. Yaaaasss! That’s all that needs to be said. WERK, Lupita. And the last in our trio is another red carpet favorite of many, Viola Davis. Here she is wearing Donna Karan Atelier, and clearly DK knows still knows what many women want. This gown is great at any age, skin color/complexion, sitting and standing. I love red. I love red on the red carpet. And I love Viola Davis in red.
The final trio of Golden Globes “Glamourtunists of the Night” are Julianne Moore, Kate Hudson, and Emma Stone. Moore looks so fashion forward, spirited, and fierce in custom Givenchy. Moore is in my top three looks of the night along with Kate Hudson, who made my list multiple times (see previous posts) in this look, and I think she is making a good run for Lupita Nyong’o’s red carpet queen crown in this white Atelier Versace. So, sexy. And last, but not least, Emma Stone in a Lanvin jumpsuit. Very original, very fashion forward, different than others, luxurious, sophisticated, just EVERYTHING. The bow was a bit more than I desired, but still makes for a great look.
There were definitely moments of Missed Glamourtunity on the Golden Globes red carpet. I say Missed Glamourtunity because I believe everyone has the raw materials to look amazing day to day, we just don’t always step up to the plate or make all the right choices, but we’ll get it right the next go around … I hope.
I have already told you what I thought of Alan Cumming‘s Missed Glamourtunity in his monochromatic suit, and for the women the Golden Globes were definitely a Missed Glamourtunity for Claire Danes, Patricia Arquette, Kristen Wiig, Keira Knightley, Maria Menounos, and Jennifer Aniston. Let’s start with Danes, Arquette, and Wiig.
Danes wore Valentino, and it was just too busy. Would have opted for a beautiful minimalist Calvin Klein or Narciso Rodriguez, both of which she has worn before, to complement her lovely and non-fussy hair styling here. Arquette’s Escada is ill fitting and looks wrinkled. The one-shoulder draping here also makes her look like she emerged from a time capsule from Golden Globes night five years ago. Happy for her much deserved win, however. And Kristen Wiig is giving me “Sister Wives: LA” in this look. It looks sad, ill fitting, and where are here jewels? Sorry, ladies.
Keira Knightley is in Chanel and just has too many embellishments and things happening in the dress. Hair and make-up are divine, but this garment doesn’t work for her in this context. I LOVE Chanel, but am beginning to think no one can pull it off on the red carpet. If anyone has examples of where it was done well, I’d love to see as a Chanel fan. Surely there are some. Maria Menuonos gets the “ma’am, what were you thinking?” award of the night. The color is no bueno. The beading in the pattern also no good. Looks like a figure skating costume, unfortunately. Love the hair and make-up. But no. Jennifer Aniston doesn’t really look too bad. Other fashion critics said it was bad, but I think it’s just ok. She’s on my list because I am tired of seeing her in these dour dark colors ALWAYS. I really wanted to be surprised by her last night. Whoever styles her for mag covers should style her for red carpet because she killed it on the Harpers Bazaar cover recently. This look just doesn’t work.
Men’s fashion tends to always underwhelm most fashion critics because they always do the same classic tux. I love a good classic tux, but I also like when men show up on the carpet giving different takes on classic if they go that route.
Two men’s looks on the Golden Globes red carpet I want to highlight were worn by Matt Bomer and Kevin Hart. Both are pretty close to a classic tux but make changes that riff off of the usual. Bomer, in Ralph Lauren Black Label goes for a navy tux with black lapels and black shoes, while Hart opted for a standard Black tux with white piping. Some didn’t like the piping, but I thought it looked good on him and that it was something different for a man on the red carpet that didn’t go totally awry, so that’s a win to him in my book. Bomer was my favorite man of the night, however. And both are great examples that men too can be a Glamourtunist.
Two other male standouts for both similar and different reasons were Jared Leto and Alan Cumming. Both disrupted the men’s fashion on the red carpet with style choices that were winners and losers. Both going lighter for their attire, which I appreciated the effort. Leto’s white suit looked great, and put him in the white attire gowns trend we saw in the women’s side while looking very sophisticated and fresh. He chose to wear his hair in one single braid down the back, and the has tag #ManBraid went viral in no time. I predict we’ll see man braids on the runways of Men’s Fashion weeks in Paris and Milan in at the end of January and February, respectively. Not sure I am here for that trend, but I think it is here to stay for a bit. Alan Cumming was trying it in these sneakers. I’m not a fan. The nude suit is an interesting color choice, but just too monochromatic. Still, he definitely seems to have fun with style, and at least isn’t boring us like all the other men who I refuse to write about because they all look the exact same. So, good for you Alan Cumming. I wish more men and women would take risks on the red carpet!
These four looks were what I call Scene Stealers. They don’t win the night overall, but they sure did look fantastic and memorable. Katie Cassidy in a high-slit Mikael D was saying “what is Jolie-Ning again?” Loved! Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace made an immediate impact leaving her car. I couldn’t wait for her to get to the red carpet hosts to know who made this beautiful gown. Conchita Wurst killing it in green, and serving a fabulous body-ody-ody as the chil’ren say. And Jenna Dewan Tatum in this pale canary Carolina Herrera.