The Little Black List: Best of 2015

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:

1. Gone Girl Rosamund Pike is Glorious in Givenchy rosamund-pike-22. blake-lively-17Blake Lively Continues to Prove She’ll Never Need a Stylist

3. Lupita Nyong’o is Crowned Queen of Cannes & Master of the TwirlOpening Ceremony & "La Tete Haute" Premiere - The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

4. Reese reese-witherspoon-6Witherspoon is Anything but Basic in Black & White

5. Rihanna Demonstrates the “Art of Couture” in Guo Pei at the Met Galarihanna-1

6. Zendaya’s Unreal Cuteness Results in a Recreated Barbiezendaya-17. Sienna Miller Sports “Oscar” to the Oscarssienna-miller-2

8. Charlize Theron is Divine in Diorcharlize-theron-9

9. Kate Middleton Hints at Baby’s Gender in Last Outing before Charlotte’s Arrivalkate-middleton-47 10. Caitlyn Jenner Proves to be the Best Dressed Lady in the Kardashian Clancaitlyn-jenner-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

diane-kruger-10-joshua-jackson-2Last night, after the Academy Awards end, stars head to the famous post-Oscar party thrown by Vanity Fair.  Off come the ballgowns, and stars change into shorter, edgier and usually more casual frocks (as casual as you can get in designer clothing…)  Our best-dressed pair from Sunday’s party was one of our favorite Hollywood couples, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson.  Kruger is always on the forefront of fashion, but she and Pacey looked amazing last night!  She sported a black lace cape dress by Valentino couture from the Spring 2014 line.  Very few people on the planet can pull off this look, but she did it seamlessly and wore twisted braids in her hair, a great homage to her German heritage, while Jackson looked modern and handsome in his chocolate Berluti tuxedo.  Who says black and brown don’t go together?  It certainly works for this pair. <3

Look-of-the-Day

helen-hunt-4Tonight, the 86th Academy Awards will air, and our final “Look-of-the-Day” from an Oscar-nominated film is Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets.  Hunt won Best Actress for her portrayal as Carol Connelly, a single mom who works as a waitress, and ends up romantically-involved with an high-maintenance, best-selling OCD author named Martin Udall (played by Jack Nicholson).  It’s one of this editor’s all-time favorite movies.  Here, Carol enters for their first date in a lovely, patent leather-belted red shirt dress with white polka dots and matching buttons.  Ali Basye of On This Day in Fashion references costume designer Molly Maginnis’ comments about the outfit from the book Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, “Jim Brooks told me repeatedly that this was the most important costume in the movie… It was important that the dress have the feel of a housedress and yet make Helen’s character feel like she looks great.”  Martin, always charming, takes the wind right out of her, by commenting, “I don’t get this place. They make me buy a new outfit, and they let you in with a house dress.”  Carol is ready to walk out on him, but he convinces her to stay, by revealing the best compliment of all. <3

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

Yesterday at the Oscars, Kristin Chenoweth performed a little musical number with Seth MacFarlane, but her gown at the Vanity Fair party afterwards was the real showstopper!  Chenoweth donned a strapless black Giorgio Armani gown with a peekaboo wrap in the back exposing a train of pale pink silk.  With a sophisticated ponytail, a Normal Silverman necklace, and a Christian Louboutin cluth, she had us singing high notes, too!

The Little Black List: Best of 2012

Well, we guess the assumptions about that pesky Mayan calendar were off, because it’s 2013 and we’re all still here!  Our editors counted down their favorite looks of 2012, and noticed several themes: This year our list included our three beloved K girls (NO, not the Kardashians) but Kate Middleton, Kate Beckinsale & Keira Knightley in some sophisticated frocks!  Those Brits are always beautiful and classy.  Coincidentally, we chose the three Oscar-nominated actresses of The Help, and if there’s one thing we learned about that group, it’s that they don’t need any “help” getting dressed!  And, finally, we noticed we really like neutrals.  Here are our Top Ten favorite looks that caught our eye this past year:

1. Viola Davis is #1 in Our Hearts

2. Stacy Keibler is Sexy at the SAG Awards

3. Gwyneth Paltrow of 1998 Returns

4. Princess Kate and the Luck of the Irish

5. Camilla Belle Epitomizes her Surname6. Jessica Chastain is the New Golden Girl

7. The Duchess of Cambridge in Lady Grey8. Keira Knightley is Dangerously Sexy9. Octavia Spencer is Always Sophisticated

10. Kate Beckinsale Brings Sexy Back

 

2012 Oscar Rundown

It’s the biggest red carpet event of the year… the Oscars!  Honestly, after seeing some great gowns at the SAG Awards and Golden Globes this year, we were a little disappointed with a lot of the fashion at the Academy Awards.  We’ll start with our favorites (as always!)  Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured, top left) was bringing it like she did back in the day in this caped Tom Ford creation.  Newcomer and first-time nominee Jessica Chastain (pictured, top right) looked glorious in a gold-embroidered black gown by Alexander McQueen with $2 million worth of Harry Winston yellow diamonds to go with it!  Chastain looked just lovely with her red locks half-up, half-down, which perfectly complemented her strapless dress (just like Blair’s prom gown!)  Penelope Cruz (pictured, below left) looked like she was straight out of 1950s Hollywood in a custom lavender Giorgio Armani gown, perfectly coiffed curls and 114 carats of Chopard diamonds!  E! anchor (and star of one of our own guilty pleasures Giuliana & Bill) Giuliana Rancic (pictured, below right) looked better than most of the people she interviewed in her stunning Tony Ward Spring 2012 couture gown!  She looked phenomenal, especially considering she just recovered from a double mastectomy.  New mom Natalie Portman (pictured, bottom right) looked adorable in her polka-dotted Dior Haute Couture dress (she is the face of Miss Dior), and one large diamond necklace from Harry Winston.  Octavia Spencer (pictured, bottom left) stayed faithful to Tadashi Shoji, wearing a beautifully-embroidered gown and 50-carat Neil Lane diamond earrings that looked like mini chandeliers!  While these girls looked just great, lots of our other favorites disappointed us.  We were bummed Viola Davis didn’t win Best Actress (although Meryl does get robbed nearly every year…), but we were equally disappointed with her ill-fitting Vera Wang gown, after looking gorgeous all season.  Kristen Wiig looks awesome as a brunette, but not in nude; Rooney Mara’s bangs and bondage dresses have got to go; and Emma Stone, take a cue from fellow gorgeous ginger-haired girl, like Jessica Chastain: avoid colors from the red family!  The color of her hair and gown was too close.  We would have preferred black, hunter green or navy on the funny lady.  And from our not-so-favorites?  Angelina Jolie… wow, you picked black again?  Shocking!  While we love the color black probably more than most things on Earth, we get it… so do you.  We did not like the thigh-high slit, red lips and constant posing.  We get it.  You love yourself more than life itself.  Stop shaking your hair like there’s a fan blowing it back.  Jennifer Lopez looked ridiculous with the skin-tight dress, slicked backed hair with a bouffant, and a nip slip to boot.  Otherwise, not much excited us fashion-wise last night other than these fashion stunners.  Better luck next year!  At least the show was entertaining!

Look-of-the-Day

Our favorite Hollywood couple – well, not exactly… Neither are actors, so not exactly a Hollywood couple, but definitely our favorite celebrity couple looked gorgeous, as always, at the Vanity Fair Oscars party last night.  Victoria Beckham looked glamorous in one of her own creations – a belted gray strapless gown from her Fall Collection, a large emerald cocktail ring, dark nails and the sexiest accessory ever – David Beckham in Dior!  Posh Spice posted a home picture of her getting ready on Twitter before the event in her own bathroom (which includes some sexy black and white photos of her husband on the right!)

Look-of-the-Day

The queen of American television (a little-known woman by the name of Oprah) turned 58 today, and in her honor we’ve named her sparkly dress at the 2005 Academy Awards the Look-of-the-Day.  Designed by Vera Wang, this layered, glittering gown looked spectacular on TV’s golden girl.  The dress was made of tulle and embroidered in metallic thread.  On her website, Winfrey stated it was her favorite gown Wang has ever created for her – “You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t cute!”