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Lorde, Bianca Jagger & “Le Smoking”

April 23, 2015

Went to bed reading comments about Lorde in the Narciso Rodriguez suit at the Golden Globes Red Carpet.

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Woke up wih Yves Saint Laurent’s pioneering “Le Smoking” suit in ’66 (depicted in Helmut Newton photo below, right) and also the iconic Bianca Jagger, the 70s “it girl” and tastemaker always taking advantage of any Glamourtunity presented to her in “Le Smoking.” I love a good photographic fashion history field trip!

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Golden Globes Red Carpet Wrap-Up: “Glamourtunists of the Night” (Best Dressed)

February 20, 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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Golden Globes Red Carpet Wrap-Up: “Missed Glamourtunity” (Worst Dressed)

February 20, 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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Golden Globes Red Carpet Wrap-Up: Men’s Fashion & Style

February 13, 2015

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.

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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.

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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!

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Golden Globes Red Carpet Wrap-Up: “Scene Stealers”

February 12, 2015

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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.

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Golden Globes Red Carpet Wrap-Up: Favorite Trend and Favorite Fashion Houses

February 11, 2015

It’s hard to believe the Golden Globes have come and gone already. Here we recap our favorite trend and favorite fashion houses on the red carpet Golden Globe’s night.

Favorite Trend: White Gowns

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White was a major trend on the GoldenGlobes red carpet, and came with lots of variations. Here are three looks that employed the trend successfully. Sienna Miller in Miu Miu. Loved the embroidery and beading on this gown, as well as her fabulous bob. Salma Hayek in an off-white Alexander McQueen with a dark belt at the waist. And last, but not least, Kate Hudson in this sexy Atelier Versace. Kate wins the trend for the night in my book.

Fashion Houses of the Night: Zuhair Murad & Atelier Versace

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On a red carpet night as big as this one, Fashion houses battle it out for who put the best looks on the RedCarpet in a single night. There are two houses I thought shared that distinction. The first was Zuhair Murad, who dressed Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen in these gorgeous gowns. Zuhair Murad always seems to have the looks that effortlessly combine glamour with sexy.

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In the battle of the fashion houses, Atelier Versace gave Zuhair Murad a run for their money by dressing the largest number of women well on the red carpet in a single night. Here are three examples, all in Atelier Versace: Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams, Kate Hudson and others.