We don’t know why, but lately the Golden Globes have started to become theSkinnyStiletto‘s favorite red carpet! Maybe it’s because it’s the first major red carpet event of the new year and stars are looking make an impression, or because they’re not trying as hard as they would at the Oscars, but lots of our favorite gowns from the past few years have been at the Globes! This year, the running theme was WHITE (fittingly enough, that also seems to be the controversial theme at the Oscars, too…) In this instance we mean white dresses, of course. Our editors’ favorites were Saoirse Ronan (pictured, top right) in Hedi Slimane’s couture work for Saint Laurent, and Alicia Vikander (below, left) in subtly sequined and ruffled Louis Vuitton. One of our favorite new actresses, Vikander has been taking Hollywood by storm, and she looked like she scoffed up the sexiest Little House on the Prairie apron ever created! Other ladies sporting the hue were Laverne Cox, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eva Longoria, Jane Fonda, Lily James, Judith Light and Taraji P. Henson (pictured, bottom). Ms. Henson took home a Golden Globe for her performance on Empire, and although we’ve never seen the show, her caped creation by Stella McCartney was showstopping! The other color of the night was mustard – we loved everything about Jennifer Lopez’s dress, except that color… Lola Kirke and America Ferrara also sported the shade of yellow, but it didn’t do them any favors. Melissa McCarthy and Julianne Moore both sported shiny, blue metallic and we didn’t like it on either of them. It’s a hard material to pull off, and it didn’t flatter either of the lovely ladies. Our other favorites were Jennifer Lawrence (pictured, top left) in clearly her favorite color – red (Dior, of course) and Cate Blanchett (pictured, above right) in pale pink fringe by Givenchy. Both were unusual choices, but these two leading ladies always sport high fashion in an understated way, it’s hard not to take notice! Great start to the season!
The last 365 days flew by, but the following ladies proved they knew how to rock a dress! Here are our editors’ favorite fashion looks of the past year:
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This “Tuesday Twosome” is a “Tuesday Trio,” and who better to feature during a week dedicated to witches than the Witches of Eastwick? In the 1987 film, the beguiling ladies are played by everlasting beauties Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. They play Alexandra Medford, Jane Spofford, and Sukie Ridgemont, respectively – three friends who are drastically different, but all face the same issue: men trouble. While lamenting and bonding one night, the women accidentally and unknowingly form a coven, and conjure the “perfect man.” Unfortunately, the so-called perfect guy happens to be Satan! And who better to play him than devilish Hollywood bad boy, Jack Nicholson? Here, the three ladies play around in some gorgeous frocks. Cher looks stunning in a black evening gown, with a subtle sequined detail; Michelle Pfeiffer’s character is sporting a slick black hat and a large-printed pajama set; and Susan Sarandon’s character, Jane, goes from nerdy music teacher to a voluptuous redhead in a gold lamé gown. The film’s costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers mentioned in a 1990 article in the LA Times, she’s featured jewelry of her late mother in all of her work. (Fun Fact: Rodgers is also the costumer from Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, who designed our favorite black-and-white striped pattern the lead character wears!) The witches look absolutely lovely here playing around, but things take a dark and dangerous turn, and they have to figure out a way to get rid of the once perfect boyfriend they all use to share! (P.S. If you couldn’t tell from the details mentioned already, this movie is super weird!)
With the Oscars trailing not far behind the Winter Olympics, it seems that the ladies of the evening donned shades of our nation’s beloved red, white, and blue! Hollywood’s “It” Girl Jennifer Lawrence (pictured, top right) sported her favorite hue in Dior Haute Couture. Three of our favorites chose to wear different hues of blue. Sandra Bullock (pictured, top right) seemed to be everyone’s top choice of the evening in her stunning sapphire Alexander McQueen gown. With her sweetheart neckline, draped waist, and side swept curls, Bullock rocked old Hollywood glam with a touch of modern (notice the blue nails) and positively glowed in her custom Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Ever the classy lady, Lupita Nyong’o (pictured, below) was show-stopping in her pale blue Prada gown, that deserved an award all its own. Nyong’o has been hitting the red carpet in anything but pastels this awards season, but Sunday night she was a modern-day princess. The double-plunging neckline on the front and back was beautifully balanced with that full, gathered skirt. From her head to her hands, she was adorned in multiple yellow gold and diamond Fred Leighton pieces ranging all the way back to the 1800s. Amy Adams (pictured, below left) kept it all about the dress when she chose that deliciously dark royal blue Gucci Premiere number. Adams swept her beautiful curls up into an interesting take on the French twist and pulled it off seamlessly. She chose to keep the jewelry as delicate as her sheath with color coordinated Tiffany & Co. earrings and minimalist rings. Kate Hudson (pictured, below right) looked fabulous in glamorous white, a matured and improved version of her other stunning look by Atelier Versace in 2003. Other popular looks of the evening were nude or pale pink gowns with either metallic accents or an asymmetrical design. Both Jessica Biel and Penelope Cruz failed to pull off these trends. With Biel’s enviable body, her dress choice should have been more detail-oriented. Her Chanel Haute Couture nude and metallic number ended up looking cheap and like a last-minute decision, which is very hard to do in Chanel. Cruz chose to wear a pastel petal pink Giambattista Valli dress which looked more like she was chaperoning a prom in the suburbs, rather than attending the Oscars. Being a one shouldered frock, adorning a tiny black bow around the waist, and excess material at the other arm, this dress looked unfinished and like it didn’t know what it wanted to be. But our final favorite was stunning couple Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves (pictured, bottom). America’s favorite Texan wore a winter white Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo, while his lovely wife, Camila, wore a pale pink Gabriela Cadena half-caped gown, which was the best one-shouldered look we’ve ever seen! And just like the Olympics, McConaughey took home gold!
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, where the union votes on one another’s performances. While the hosts weren’t out favorite funny girls like the Golden Globes, it’s still a pretty fun show. Let’s talk about the dresses! One of our favorites happened to be widely disliked by critics, but we still adored the way Julie Bowen looked in her graphic Carolina Herrera gown (pictured, top left). The orange and brown hues were reminiscent of the 1970s, but it looked spectacular when Bowen walked the carpet – like an optical illusion. Definitely a fashion-forward choice. Speaking of a Golden Globe host, Tina Fey donned a black column Oscar de la Renta gown with sheer mermaid panels. An unusually sexy choice for the funny lady, and we liked! Her outfit was made by her cute sidekick though – her daughter, Alice, who is basically her mini-me, was incredibly cute in a black floral dress with a white accordion skirt. She stole the show though with her funny faces. New Red Carpet darling Lupita Nyong’o looked stunning in vivid teal Gucci (pictured, above left). The beautiful color looked gorgeous against her skin, and the pop of blue eye-shadow was very visually stimulating. Lady Mary from TV’s Downton Abbey, better known as Michelle Dockery certainly looked sexy by showing off that porcelain skin of hers in a black and white J. Mendel dress. Her bright red lipstick certainly made a cool contrast to the monochrome of the gown. New Girl star Hannah Simone (pictured, bottom right) looked sophisticated in a very pale lavender gown by Marchesa (do they ever disappoint?) But the night’s coolest accessory went to Anna Gunn who showed love for her career-making show, Breaking Bad (pictured, above right) by carrying a clutch with the show’s periodic element logo on it. There must have been some luck to it – the cast won for Best Ensemble in a drama. Most of the other gowns were shades of blue or metallic – nothing too exciting or terrible to report on… Next!
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!
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.)
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Our editors usually kind of forget about the Emmy Awards – it’s not grouped around the other popular red carpet events of the year, and it’s usually at the start of fall, so we never really sit down to watch them. Last year, we definitely didn’t pay attention, because we didn’t even write a 2012 Emmy Rundown of great gowns! But with Netflix, and cable networks developing all sorts of fantastic shows (be gone “reality” TV!), it is fun to see our favorite small screen stars get dressed up and rewarded for their hard work. Some of the best actresses on television also happened to be the best-dressed this year! The winner for Best Supporting Actress was Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad (pictured, top right) who wore a stunning two-toned, black lace Romona Keveza gown. Her character, Skyler White, is probably one of the most-hated women on TV, which we would deem unfair… She was definitely annoying, but her husband was the actual criminal! (And a lot of the hatred is actually aimed at the actress, which is just flat-out weird.) Another series we caught up with on Netflix was New Girl, which I definitely didn’t give a shot when it originally aired. Zooey Deschanel is the multi-talented star at its helm, with a bevy of terrific supporting actors. The actress sported an ice blue column gown by J. Mendel, which match those famous eyes of hers (much like her entire wardrobe in 500 Days of Summer.) Cobie Smulders (pictured, above left), the Canadian cutie from How I Met Your Mother, sported a slim, ballerina pink J. Mendel gown, as well, while Kaley Cuoco (pictured, above right) from The Big Bang Theory surprised everyone when she went against her usual casual look, and donned a very glamorous burgundy gown by Vera Wang. Kerry Washington (pictured, below), one of the best-dressed stars in Hollywood was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Olivia Pope on Scandal (who also dresses amazingly). She didn’t disappoint in a gold and white Marchesa gown that very few could pull off, considering the amount of flower appliques on it, but her makeup and hair were flawless, as always, and her beautiful complexion looked stunning against the pale hue of the dress. Nobody else really compared to these lovely ladies!
The Metropolitan Museum’s Annual Costume Gala is one of our favorite red carpet events here at theSkinnyStiletto. It’s one of fashion’s biggest nights of the year, and the gowns are usually quite dramatic. We were SO excited for this year’s theme: “Punk: From Chaos to Couture,” but ended up so disappointed in how few of the attendees actually participated in the theme! We expected high-street mixed with the classic elements of punk: plaid, leather, studs, fishnets, Mohawks, safety pins, and lots of jagged tulle. (Then again, the whole basis of “punk” subculture was meant to be low-end or discarded, so the fact that it has bled into couture is kind of bullshit.) Our best dressed choices were the following: Julianne Hough (pictured, top right) wore a strapless, gray and black spiderweb tulle TopShop dress, spiked Giuseppe Zanotti heels, and had her blond locks up in lots of black bobby pins. Edgy and adorable. Tommy Hilfiger and wife Dee (pictured, top left), were definitely the best-dressed couple in red and black tartan. Dee completed her look with leather evening gloves, studded mismatched belts, a faux mullet, and spiked heels. They looked like they walked straight out of London’s Camden Town (where this editor purchased her own favorite punk-inspired plaid and tulle dress – bought right off the street during grad school). Christina Ricci, who’s always been kind of dark, with Gothic turns in The Addams Family, Sleepy Hollow, and even Casper, rocked the theme, of course, in a Vivienne Westwood plaid gown, platform heels and a fishnet stockings, but added couture with Old Hollywood hair and Harry Winston diamonds. We saw a lot of criticism of Diane Kruger’s lace Chanel column gown, but we liked the sheer dress, dark eyeliner, and her pink hair! Two of our favorite girls – Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Jessica Parker (pictured, below), wore two awesome headpieces: Parker matched her print Giles Deacon ballgown with a “Punk Couture” Mohawk hat by Philip Treacy, while Lawrence wore a birdcage veil by Jennifer Behr that added to her retro look by Christian Dior. Although we don’t love Miley Cyrus’s haircut, she definitely went all the way with the theme! Same for Nicole Richie, and Anne Hathaway, who went much lighter and funkier with their locks. Mad Men‘s January Jones and Jessica Pare, along with Ginnifer Goodwin, wore the best makeup, by not being afraid to shun their gorgeous looks for going all the way with punk eyeliner and shadow! I don’t know how “punk rock” Blake Lively’s gown was (pictured, bottom right), but she stunned, nevertheless in a Gucci Premiere dress of feathers and organza that could have been straight out of Black Swan. Taylor Swift had another stunning J. Mendel gown on (pictured, bottom left), and shockingly, a little pink in her frizzy hairdo. Definitely a fan of her updated red carpet looks lately. And finally, the worst-dressed of the night? Honestly, anyone who didn’t at least try to honor the Gala’s theme. Our editors expected so much more from edgy girls, like Marion Cotillard, Chloe Sevigny, and Emily Blunt, who were all kind of blah. Kate Beckinsale, Zooey Deschanel, Heidi Klum, Emmy Rossum, and Dylan Lauren all wore attractive dresses, but were just so mainstream. But the worst-dressed? Possibly Kim Kardashian covered in… what was that – floral drapes? But Gwyneth Paltrow was the worst of the worst, due to her horrible attitude. She showed up in a hot pink Valentino gown, with simple hair/makeup, and was quoted as saying, “I think we’re all a bit old to dress up punk,” and that the evening, “sucked.” Real classy Goop. Until next year…
The 85th Academy Award Show was probably the first red carpet event in a while where no particular gown was extremely exciting to our editors on any of the main starlets. We’ve mentioned in the past that we don’t really like featuring outfits of people at award shows who aren’t really affiliated with the industry (like actors at the Grammy’s, or Heidi Klum at the Oscars, or Kim Kardashian at anything…) But this year our two favorite gowns were on guests of attendees! The first was Harvey Weinstein’s young wife, Marchesa founder Georgina Chapman (pictured, top left), who looked ethereal in a flowing white gown with a jewel-encrusted top by, who else, Marchesa. She’s expecting their second child in a month, and you could barely tell she’s pregnant! Absolutely stunning. It’s no wonder all of her brand’s gowns are incredible. The second was Jamie Foxx’s beautiful teenaged daughter, Corinne Bishop (pictured, top right). Since Foxx is kind of ageless, we thought she was a date at first, but we were stunned to learn that Bishop is only 19-years-old, and Jamie’s child! She wore a gorgeous blue chiffon gown with a crisscross bodice and loose waves. Future supermodel, perhaps? We thought Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck looked divine together (as they always do) in Gucci (pictured, above left). The couple that dresses together, stays together! (Not really, but we hope these two will go the distance.) Ben is sporting a Gucci tuxedo, while Jennifer wore a plum-colored gown with a ruffled train by the same designer. She is a girl whose complexion looks great in any hue. Her husband, Ben, was snubbed for a Best Director nomination, but did get to collect the Best Picture Award for his film, Argo. Les Miserables newcomer Samantha Barks looked both lovely and sexy at the same time in a V-cut black gown by Valentino (pictured, above right). The Irish beauty finished off her look with smoky eyes, swept-back hair, and a Waris for Forevermark diamond pendant. She was our favorite soloist of the film, and we were surprised she didn’t get more credit for her powerful performance of “On My Own.” Especially considering it was her first film! Zoe Saldana looked lovely in her Alexis Mabille Couture choice (pictured, below left). She wore this editor’s three favorite shades – black, white and gray, but did so in an unusual way. Her multicolored train was definitely our favorite of the night. The lace bodice was truly beautiful, upon closer inspection, but the ruffled trim, belt and ribbon were all a little much – a simple ribbon around the waist, or nothing at all, would have been more than sufficient. Her stunning waves, and Neil Lane pearl earrings were perfect – Zoe just needed a little darker lipstick. Our favorite “F.R.I.E.N.D.” Jennifer Aniston (pictured, above right) wore something a little out of her comfort zone in this bright red Valentino ballgown. We thought it looked nice on her, and while her hair and make-up look pretty, we’d like to see her California waves in a pretty updo one day… And now for the worst (although this year’s red carpet was mostly just boring, not particularly bad) – Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman did not glitter in gold, although Catherine Zeta-Jones did in Zuhair Murad. Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams and Amanda Seyfried were all washed out in their pale frocks. Cutie-pie, and new mom, Reese Witherspoon did not flatter her shape in a bright blue Louis Vuitton dress, which somehow made her bust seem low and her hips seem huge, which is not the case. But the worst-dressed of the night had to be anyone with a breast issue – Brandi Glanville (a Housewife of sorts apparently) nearly fell out of her ill-fitting beige gown, while Anne Hathaway’s nips were front and center in her Prada dress. Not cute. Our final favorite of the night was the Belle of the Ball, (and our current girl crush of the past year) Jennifer Lawrence. The 22-year-old (pictured, bottom) won her first Oscar for Best Actress wearing (and falling in) this blush Dior ballgown. It’s young and pretty, just like she is, but it actually wasn’t our absolute favorite (even though she is). We loved her smokey eye make-up and long pearl necklace draped across her back. <3 Even though the 85th Oscar ceremony, and the dresses, were just okay, we’re already excited for next year!