2016 Golden Globe Rundown

Jennifer-Lawrence-23saorise-ronan-1We 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 alicia-vikander-1favoriteCate-Blanchett-7 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!taraji-p-henson-1

2014 Oscar Rundown

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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.  lupita-nyong'o-3The 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 Amy-Adams-9Cruz 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!matthew-mcconaughey-5-camila-alves-1

Look-of-the-Day

jennifer-lawrence-21Jennifer 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.

2013 Met Gala Rundown

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…

2013 Oscar Rundown

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!

Look-of-the-Day

We’re extremely biased when it comes to this year’s Best Actress race – we’re rooting for Jennifer Lawrence for her hilarious role in Silver Linings Playbook.  Here is our girl crush wearing a plunging neckline on an emerald green pre-fall Calvin Klein dress for the New York premiere of her other huge film of 2012, The Hunger Games.  She certainly looks sexy in her pleated frock and Jimmy Choo sandals – we hope she wins tonight!  <3

Look-of-the-Day

The Hunger Games will be released on DVD this coming Saturday, so we’re featuring the film’s three stars at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie earlier this year for today’s “Look-of-the-Day.”  Here are Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale).  Lawrence looked lovely, as always, in a seductive gold cutout gown by Prabal Gurung, while her two leading men looked quite handsome in their respective suits.  Hutcherson wore a three-piece charcoal suit by Z Zegna, while his romantic competitor in the movie donned a dark Dolce & Gabbana number.  To celebrate The Hunger Games DVD, we’re hosting a competition featuring a pair of Peeta Bread Earrings by Christine Tyler!  Please email the editors at theSkinnyStiletto what your favorite piece of jewelry is and why, along with a photo.  We’ll feature your favorite accessory and story on our site, and mail you a brand-new pair of Peeta earrings as your prize!  Submit all entries by August 20th to caitlin@theskinnystiletto.com! <3

A Tribute to The Hunger Games

As long as you can find yourself, you’ll never starve.”  Katniss Everdeen is the iconic heroine of The Hunger Games, both a wildly popular and groundbreaking book and movie.  Author Suzanne Collins seamlessly weaves politics, history, philosophy and social commentary into a young adult action-adventure novel about a dystopian society, so it’s no surprise she also has a lot to say about the role of appearance in this horrifying future. Oscar-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (for her stunning work in Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) was given the herculean task of bringing the style of The Hunger Games to the silver screen.  For the past week, we’ve highlighted some of the film’s most memorable moments, looks and costumes.  The Hunger Games begins in the home of Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) in District 12 – a depressed mining area in former North America.  Katniss spends most of her time hunting with her best friend, Gale (played by Liam Hemsworth, pictured, above left) and providing sustenance for their families, since their fathers were killed in the mine.  Makovsky told Vogue, “We looked at a lot of photographs of coal mining districts from the turn of the century to the 1950s, because we wanted it to have a very American feel.”  The people of Katniss’s district are starving and struggling to survive, so they’re not very worried about looking good.  Makovsky continues, “We wanted to make a very serious impact, and color was very important – to keep it mostly gray or blue… very cold because coal leaves a black dust everywhere.”  The lack of color throughout District 12 certainly gives it a bone-chilling look, and makes the over-the-top publicist Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks, pictured, above right) stick out even more when she comes to collect the male and female tributes for the games.  While the children of District 12 appear in fifty shades of grey, like Katniss’s sister, Primrose (pictured, above left), Effie appears in bright magenta, crazy makeup and a powdered wig.  Makovsky was inspired by the Elizabethan era, John Galliano, and Alexander McQueen, to create the frivolous and frightening citizens of the Capitol.  She told Vogue, “I just thought it would be funny if these people, who have such a vicious streak in them, are sort of covered in flowers and ruffles.”  When Katniss sacrifices herself by volunteering to take the place of Prim, she and the male tribute of District 12, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), leave for the capital city of Panem.  They make their first impression on the Capitol by arriving in a glorious chariot ride, hand in hand (pictured, above).  Along with Effie, Katniss and Peeta are accompanied into hell by the only living victor from District 12, Haymitch Abernathy (played by the fantastic Woody Harrelson).  Haymitch (pictured, below left) is a drunk, and is living proof happiness doesn’t always come with winning… Makovsky told EW, “He had won the game, he had money… We didn’t want him to be the cliché filthy, dirty drunk. There’s a bit of a dandy about him. He puts on a bit of a front so you don’t really know who he is… he knows how to play the games. He’s done it before. And we thought he would dress for the capital. So he has a little bit of Edwardian cut to his clothes.”  In the days before entering the arena, Katniss and Peeta have to show off to the Capitol, too, to gain sponsors, who can pay for items, like food and medicine when they’re in the arena.  They also face several days of “training,” which might as well just being a showing-off session to their competitors… Each tribute wears a black tracksuit with grey and red piping and their district number adorned on their sleeves (pictured, above).  Following this physical training, they also take part in televised interviews with TV host Caesar Flickerman (played by Stanley Tucci).  Waiting to meet with him, the future killers are lined up in different shades of pastels, like lethal Easter eggs.  Katniss and Peeta stand out, once again, in a coordinating gown of flames and a dark suit – just like coal and fire.  But it turns out, there is a burning passion inside of Peeta Mellark, too.  Sexy duo Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson weren’t the only men who got to wear significant costumes.  Katniss’s stylist, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) makes her come alive through clothing, but he dresses pretty simply, himself, in a black Lurex Prada sweater and his famous gold eyeliner.  Stanley Tucci is completely redone as TV host Caesar Flickerman (pictured, below left), with false teeth, bright blue hair and a sparkly suit to match.  And according to the Washington Post, even President Snow (played by the highly under-appreciated Donald Sutherland, pictured, below right) had costumes with deep secrets.  If you notice, he wears a white clergy shirt underneath his suit made of sharkskin – it’s obvious why he’s wearing clothing made of a vicious animal, but that’s certainly saying something about religious oppression/manipulation by putting him in a clergy collar…  When Katniss and Peeta are finally thrust into the Games, it seems their getups match, once again.  In the book, all of the tributes wear identical outfits in the arena, but that didn’t work on film.  Makovsky told EW, “It was my problem to find a look that looked good on boys and girls, and from kids that are age 12 to age 18… All the jackets were specifically dyed – that took forever just to find colors that would read in the woods.”  Apparently, the jackets read quite well – because they’re now available to purchase online!  Between Katniss’s bow-and-arrow skills, and the upcoming Pixar film, Brave, we’re sure archery lessons are going to go through the roof, but that isn’t the only thing from The Hunger Games that is catching fire… Not only are the arena jackets for sale, so are the training uniforms, backpacks, makeup, and numerous mockingjay accessories on Amazon, Etsy and Cafe Press, among many other outlets.  Despite the fictional novel’s futuristic element, Suzanne Collins has created one of the most realistic female characters of all-time.  This is a strong girl who knows herself, and isn’t ashamed of who she is – a rarity among many “heroines” that Hollywood and publishers seem to churn out.  Katniss Everdeen is a hunter, sister, daughter, tribute, rebel, friend, soldier, symbol, survivor – she IS the mockingjay.  And this bird isn’t going to stop singing any time soon…

Look-of-the-Day

What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction.”  It seems the color of the sun will forever play an interesting role in Katniss Everdeen’s life… Here she is with fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in The Hunger Games.  The two make quite an attractive pair in a bright blue suit, and a soft, non-threatening yellow dress – nothing like what Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has worn prior to this moment in her young life.  Without revealing too much about the series or the film, this seemingly happy moment will only be short-lived… Let the countdown to Catching Fire begin!

Look-of-the-Day

She’s a survivor, that one. She is.”  In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen has to fight for her life, along with 23 other tributes, when she enters the arena.  The costume Jennifer Lawrence wears might seem simple, but let’s be serious – this character is an icon in the making.  Katniss sports her famous brunette braid, a black t-shirt, leather boots and a black jacket with grey piping.  Costume designer Judianna Makovsky told Entertainment Weekly, “The main conversation that we had was that it would be practical… We were shooting in North Carolina in 90 degree, 100 degree weather – and humid. So we didn’t want to kill the kids! With Katniss, we started out not having a black jacket and ended up just like the book, having a black jacket.”  Katniss’s stylist, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), finishes her look off by attaching her mockingjay pin to her lapel.  The odds certainly aren’t in Katniss’s favor, but we know the “girl on fire” isn’t going down without a fight…