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!
Since theSkinnyStiletto was an a bit of a hiatus last year, we missed one of our favorite events – the Met Costume Gala! The theme last year was “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” He was considered America’s first couturier, so many attendees showed up in, what else, couture! One of our favorite girls, the legendary Sarah Jessica Parker, showed up in a show-stopping black and white ballgown. Created by Oscar de la Renta (check out his signature in red on the back), the gown features a fitted black bodice adorned with white buttons, a full gleaming skirt and a geometric black and white windowpane train. SJP accessorized the look with white evening gloves, and a big, glamorous up-do filled with flowers! Sadly, the 1st anniversary Mr. de la Rena’s death passed earlier this week, and we found a touching tribute Sarah wrote about her dear friend. Fun Fact: It was Sarah’s idea to put Oscar’s signature on the back of the dress! She improves everything!
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!
Today’s “Look-of-the-Day” also happens to be our 2014 Grammy Rundown, because it’s the only dress we liked at this year’s music awards. In years past, we’ve mentioned that the Grammy Awards are our least favorite red carpet event, since it seems stars just try to outdo each other in the trashy department. Too low, too short, too shiny, and usually way too see-through, this year’s outfits were probably the worst in a very long time, considering last year was actually not that bad. While Taylor Swift isn’t our favorite celeb, she was certainly the girl with our favorite dress on last night. The pop star donned a short-sleeved silver Gucci mesh gown that E! said resembled “chainmail.” The dress was both edgy and sophisticated, while her glamorous ponytail and makeup topped off the whole look.
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!
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!
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…
We’ve mentioned in the past that we thought the Grammy Awards always brought out the trashiest outfits in the past, so we were stunned to discover this year an actual dress code was instituted! CBS Standards and Practices sent a memo to attendees and performers describing what kind of dress was inappropriate, including “buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered,” as well as the “bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack.” The memo obtained by Deadline.com, also prohibited sheer clothing, exposed genitals and any kind of printed obscenity. Many speculated that stars have attempted to outdo each other ever since Jennifer Lopez wore her barely-there, green and blue Versace gown in 2000. We’ve agreed that celebrities have just gotten more and more ridiculous with their outfit selections for the music ceremony with every year. Starting with J. Lo (who looked just even more ridiculous this year in a slit up to there, and her favorite tacky slicked-back bun) and then most notably, Toni Braxton in basically just white straps tied together in 2001, and Pink copying the theme in 2003… Rhianna looking like a toilet cleaner in 2011, while Lady Gaga showed up in an egg… And last year, Fergie showed up in black underwear and a see-through orange lace monstrosity, while Victoria’s Secret model Anne V wore a dress that was probably attached to her crotch… So, our editors were kind of looking forward to the fashion after hearing about this dress code! But honestly, the red carpet was a little boring, and again, there was a lot of black and white, which seems to be a huge theme this red carpet season. Our editors are constantly irked by the fake good girl act Taylor Swift is always putting on, but we just couldn’t resist – she was the best dressed at this year’s Grammy’s (pictured, top). The country pop star sported a sexy, cream chiffon gown by J. Mendel adorned with crisscrossing silver straps, and a slightly messed-up German girl braid. Maybe little Taylor is also sick of always trying to be a cute and innocent, because since her last break-up, her clothing has significantly improved. We didn’t give her due credit in her backless, eggplant Donna Karan frock at this year’s Golden Globes, or for her revealing, deep V-neck Ralph Lauren stunner at the People’s Choice Awards. (Then again, giving Adele the stink-eye and not laughing at Tina Fey’s jokes kind of automatically puts you on our Shit List, so we’re not feeling that guilty about it…) Oh, Taylor, you can’t even sing live, and your daddy bought you all your fame – you can’t glare at the musical revelation of our generation for beating you! Wake up! Anyhow, our other favorites included two-thirds of Destiny’s Child – Kelly Rowland wowed us again in a sheer, black diagonal gown by Georges Chakra (pictured, above left) that definitely violated the CBS memo, and Beyonce throwing everyone a curve-ball by showing up in black and white graphic pantsuit by Osman (pictured, above right). The other biggest blonde in country pop, Carrie Underwood, also looked lovely in two shades of silver (pictured below). Her red carpet look was by Roberto Cavalli (pictured, bottom left) and accessorized with 380 carats of diamonds around her neck, while her strapless stage outfit (which showed a projected light show of sorts) was created by Don O’Neill (pictured, bottom right). We haven’t featured the American Idol star before, but we must admit – her makeup is always flawless, and we adore it! It’s kind of ironic we were a little bored for the 2013 Grammy’s, but at least everyone – well, almost everyone – looked a little classier this year!
What’s black and white and boring all over? The 2013 SAG Award dresses on the red carpet. Don’t get us wrong – we LOVE black and white, it’s actually this editor’s two favorite colors, like Reese Witherspoon’s 2011 Oscar gown, or the Marchesa gowns sported by Viola Davis and Stacy Keibler at last year’s SAG Awards. We thought red was unusually popular at the Golden Globes two weeks ago, but it seemed all anyone was wearing this time around was black, white and navy… And not too many of these runway frocks were particularly thrilling. Our favorite dress of the night was Marion Cotillard, who was also very sick, but arrived anyway in this gorgeous white and blue Dior Haute Couture number (pictured, above). She never disappoints us. Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried, Nicole Kidman, Busy Phillips, and Jessica Lange all donned not-so-exciting navy gowns. Anne Hathaway, Jenna Fischer, Michelle Dockery, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jenna Elfman, Angela Kinsey, Elisabeth Moss, and Kelly Osbourne all wore pretty boring black gowns – many also had sheer detailing. Dockery’s frock had a flash of some sexy side boob, but her dark makeup and pale skin made her look like a vampire seductress, and not the lovely little Brit that she is. Sofia Vergara, Jayma Mays, and Kerry Washington all wore white, but Washington looked the best in Rodarte (pictured, above right). And we love Sofia, but come on lady- pick another dress shape! Julie Bowen, Clarie Danes, and Julianne Moore all wore ill-fitting black and white gowns, which was surprising, since they all looked stunning at this year’s Golden Globes. Julianna Marguiles made a complete 180 from her last appearance, and looked amazing in black and white by Chado Ralph Rucci and a pair of Christian Louboutin cutout sandals (pictured, above left). January Jones also sported a stunning black and white gown by Prabal Gurung (pictured, bottom left), but her David Bowie hair (which is apparently falling out) ruined it for us. Jessica Chastain and Kaley Cuoco sported two lovely red gowns, but we were kind of sick of them after everyone wore shades of scarlet two weeks ago. We did like Chastain’s Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow’s flattering long-sleeved bow gown (they’re pictured together, bottom right). She looks incredible for 61-years-old! Well, here’s hoping the Oscars are more exciting than this!