Kate Beckinsale has such impeccable style, we’re always stunned how few times we’ve featured her on theSkinnyStiletto. Not only that, the gorgeous lady has serious brains, too – she studied Russian and French literature at Oxford University! Here she is earlier this month at a private dinner celebrating the designer Antonio Berardi. She’s wearing a monochrome dress with a racer neckline from his Resort 2014 Collection. Black and white is universally flattering, but the Brit looks lovely against the décor, too!
Today, our First Lady, Michelle Obama turns 50! She looks absolutely amazing for her age, and as one of our favorite style icons, we’ve chosen our favorite gown of hers to feature on her birthday. She wore an absolutely stunning sequined gown by Peter Soronen at the Governor’s Ball in 2009. The gunmetal color looked absolutely incredible, especially when she accessorized it with a pair of black heels, and a gorgeous Tom Binns necklace (plus having the President on your arm! 😉 ) It was the first red carpet event for the First Couple, and it certainly made an impression! Happy Birthday Michelle!
The 2014 Golden Globes began the real kickoff for winter award shows, and our favorite funny ladies, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (pictured, top), killed it – with humor and glamor. This above photo was our favorite look the two best friends donned last night: Tina wore a red bustled Carolina Herrera gown (although it photographed pink here), while Amy, who not only picked up her first award for playing Leslie Knope on one of our favorite shows, Parks & Recreation, but she also looked better than she ever has in a Stella McCartney black column gown with subtle white edging, and diamond earrings. And it seems the hostess wasn’t the only one donning black and white! Zosia Mamet, Jenna Dewan, Laura Carmichael, Hayden Panettiere, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Allison Williams, Heidi Klum, and Julia Roberts all sported the classic contrasting combo, as well. Roberts’ Dolce & Gabbana gown was a little unusual (pictured, above right) but we thought it was sophisticated. It probably would have looked better on a more mature actress, but we still liked it. It seems if you weren’t wearing the popular color combo, actresses were either wearing black, white or red – the two biggest trends at last year’s Golden Globe and SAG Awards. Even though many attendees wore similar hues, we did like a lot of the gowns at the Globes, but no one did the color red like newcomer and first time nominee Lupita Nyong’o (pictured, above left), who looked absolutely lovely in a caped, scarlet Ralph Lauren gown. It reminded us of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tom Ford gown at the 2012 Oscars. She made wearing red on the red carpet look easy, when it most definitely is not! Another newcomer, Margot Robbie (pictured, below left) turned everyone’s heads in a jewel-encrusted white Gucci gown, and emerald Christian Louboutin “Volpi 150” heels, which theSkinnyStiletto featured as a 2012 “Wednesday’s Shoe,” during “Irish Week!” The hostesses with the “mostess,” Tina & Amy, stayed with the same designers all night, and wore the exact same hues last year when they hosted the 2013 Golden Globes, but this year, the funny girls switched colors (pictured, below right). Both sported form-fitting gowns: Fey wore a burgundy Carolina Herrera silk, beaded V-neck, and Poehler chose a deep teal gown by McCartney, which featured lace panels down the side. Poehler’s political competition, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (pictured, bottom right), looked fabulous in a bright red Narciso Rodriguez halter gown (it’s unbelievable that she turned 53 today)! Our final favorite was Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad. While we’re not big on mermaid gowns or metallic, the beautiful Brit pulled off both while donning this sexy silver creation, Chopard jewels, and showing off that creamy complexion of hers. It’s hard to believe she’s 40! (Remember girls, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!) The only two dresses our editors really didn’t like were Julie Bowen’s odd red/purple velvet creation, and Olivia Wilde’s skintight green gown by Gucci. The always gorgeous Bowen looked like she was wearing a little girl’s Christmas dress from 1994, while we were stunned by how many fashion editors liked Wilde’s hideous dress. She looked like the pregnant alien Sofia Vergara dressed up as for Halloween on Modern Family. You want answers on how to flatter the pregnant form? Just ask Kate Middleton and Kerry Washington. Onto the SAG Awards!
This winter has certainly been a cold one, and while looking at cute cocktail dresses is a lot of fun, it’s hard to imagine wearing them when it’s 8 degrees out and/or when it’s snowing! So for this January post, we’re featuring the late Elizabeth Taylor in a cold weather coat! When Taylor died three years ago, our editors kept seeing this photo featured, but we couldn’t find who made her terrific outfit. But Liz looks just lovely in her white fur coat and leather thigh-high boots that we’re assuming was photographed during the 60’s or 70s. (Certainly with the Go-Go style of her shoes!) Stay warm this winter!
Since 2014 is upon us, it’s time for theSkinnyStiletto‘s “Best of 2013” list, where we name our ten favorite looks of the past year. 2013 included two lovely pregnant ladies, lots of white, and even Taylor Swift (she can’t take a joke, but she can certainly wear a dress.)
2. Taylor Swift’s Clothes Grow Up (Now it’s her Turn)
3. The Pregnant Princess & the Polka Dots4. Georgina Chapman Redefines Ethereal in her Own Label5. Marion Cotillard is Beautiful in French Blue6. Michelle Dockery is a Real Life Lady7. Our First Lady Michelle Obama in Real Life
Jennifer Lawrence was the “It Girl” of 2013, and it’s not hard to understand why. She became the highest-grossing female action star of all time, won an Academy Award, and charmed everyone in the process. She’s a regular girl shot to fame, who isn’t afraid of being herself (although we’re scared what the adoring public will do, once they tire of her… they are a fickle beast). Here is J.Law in Christian Dior at the Cannes premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The strapless white dress had gathered fabric with a print of Andy Warhol’s “Female Head 1958.” Lawrence matched the color in her dress with bubblegum pink Jimmy Choo “Anouk” pumps. Fresh, colorful and youthful – just like her.
This “Fancy Friday” is our very own First Lady. Michelle Obama stunned in a floor-length custom Marchesa gown at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors last month. With President Obama by her side, in a sharp tux, the two looked glamorous and happy strolling through the holiday-decorated hall. The off-the-shoulder dress showcased the First Lady’s most famous asset – those strong arms, and the emerald jewel tone looked flawless against her complexion. It’s hard to believe the FLOTUS will be 50 this month – she looks amazing!
We think it’s safe to assume Kate Middleton had a pretty good year. She gave birth to her first child, the beautiful baby George, who also happens to be a direct royal heir to the British crown. And she was back to her beautiful shape in mere weeks. Today is her 32nd birthday, so to celebrate the pretty princess, we’re featuring the lovely outfit she wore to Prince George’s christening this past year. Middleton sported a cream-colored, ruffled two-piece suit by her favorite designer, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (who outfitted her during another historic moment you may remember in 2011…) Kate’s sister, Pippa, and her mother-in-law, Camilla, also donned ivory to match the baby’s baptism gown. Kate’s accessories revealed she’s loyal to other labels, too: her shoes were her trusty L.K. Bennett nude Sledge pumps, and her pale silk fascinator is by another favorite of the Duchess, Jane Taylor, who revealed the gorgeous hat is available for sale (for a whopping £755!) The beret’s name? “Georgie,” of course. Happy Birthday Kate!
This editor usually always dons a pair of sparkly pumps for New Year’s Eve, but that is probably a little overdone for December 31st. We think a pair of tuxedo-inspired pumps would be a unique twist on a classic standby. Oddly enough, we found this “Wednesday’s Shoe,” labeled “Black & White Tuxedo Classic Pumps/Wednesday Shoes” on the site Uturn Utopia. Wednesday, as in Wednesday Addams? Possibly, or maybe just an odd coincidence! Either way, it works! A few years ago, this editor sported a tuxedo cocktail dress for the holiday, and while these would probably be too “matchy-matchy,” they would look adorable with any black or white getup! The four inch heels retail for $44.99.