The Leftovers Final Season Promo: The End is Near

17 Feb

A trip to Australia is pretty much all we know about the final season of The Leftovers and this new trailer doesn’t reveal a whole lot more than that. What it does do is ramp up the mystery elements of the series mixing what looks to be some fantasy sequences with ones grounded in reality.
Most of the season 2 cast appears in one way or another with Kevin and Nora at the airport providing the main thread. Nora looks pretty chill going through customs checks with only a flash of her smoking suggesting the tension that is clearly on Kevin’s face; he sure does not look pleased in the final shot.There’s also more religious imagery, Tommy as a police officer, what looks to be an alarm sounding on submarine (how very Lost) and a safety announcement voiceover suggesting the end of the world is nigh. Just your average Leftovers behaviour then. Sadly no Kevin singing for survival this time.
The is one season I am eager to see and not just because Justin Theroux with a beard gives me all the feelings.

The Leftovers returns Sunday, April 16.

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

16 Feb

February is very much like September in that this is the time of year when there is A LOT of stuff going on and it can be hard to keep on top of everything. Over the last week there have been multiple big award shows (and some smaller one), New York Fashion Week and the new magazine cover cycle is kicking into action.

So we have a little bit of all that. Enjoy!ruth-neggaRuth Negga scores another cover and her hot streak continues. I will definitely be picking up Another Magazine this weekend (they give 10 reasons to get this issue and it turns out I only need one) and as my friend Whitney pointed out on Twitter there is a whole Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8 vibe to Negga’s cover styling.marhershala-aliAlso soaking up the award season success is Mahershala Ali and he is giving great sweater posing on the cover of this week’s Hollywood Reporter. There’s also a whole lot of suit wearing to go with this in-depth and thoughtful interview that is definitely worth a read.michelle-williamsThe amount of conversations I had about this dress which pretty much started “Is that a face?!” were numerous and Michelle Williams wore a very fun custom Louis Vuitton mini sparkle frock to the BAFTAs at the weekend. It also had me questioning exactly what my eyes were seeing and I like that she mixed it up here. Plus there are no potentially dangerous neck adornments on this one.

What this is missing is a strong red lip and maybe Michelle Williams needs to head to Riverdale to borrow some of Betty’s Seduce Scarlet.emily-bluntThe bodice really makes Emily Blunt’s Alexander McQueen gown at the BAFTAs and it definitely feels like the kind of dress that deserves a dramatic dance scene. The dragonfly ring is also pretty damn great on the whole accessory front and would be the perfect partner to a Diane Lockhart brooch.viola-davisViola Davis’ winning streak for Fences continued at the BAFTAs and she looked stunning in three blue tone Jenny Packham.issa-raeAt the NAACP Image Awards Issa Rae shook off everything winter in floral Stella Nolasco. I might still be wrapped in knitwear, but as I write this the sun is shining and the effect of this dress means I’m already feeling warmer.yara-shahidiMint green and iridescent frills and pleats for Yara Shahidi wearing a Blumarine gown that makes me wish she was in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.riz-ahmedRiz Ahmed gave a brilliant performance on the season 6 premiere of Girls as a super chill surfer bro and at the Elle Style Awards he switches out the shorts and tee for yet another fantastic suit.

Showing he can go classic or mix it up; super stylist Ilaria Urbinati has such a good eye for suits that go there and this stars and flowers Valentino is another big hitter.amanda-peetAt the Michael Kors show Amanda Peet gives great day wear in a shiny belted shirt dress. My only concern is how cold her feet must be in the New York weather. A spare pair of boots is required.

The same goes for Keri Russell in her peep toe gold Louboutins (which I love) and this outfit manages to mix super comfy with a knitted super t-neck Celine sweater and bold floral Dries Van Noten pants. Expect more Keri Russell appearances on here over the next few weeks as we get nearer to the season 5 premiere of The Americans.

img_0615The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has seen an uptick in ratings recently and he is crushing the political chat right now; it is really lovely to see Colbert mixing the bite of his former show with the traditional late night format and we really need it right now.

This week has also included some top notch guests with Christine Baranski lighting things up in a very dazzling number:

And then Tatiana Maslany also got in on this sparkly act:

Last week we also found out when the last season of Orphan Black will return; mark your calendar for Saturday, June 10.

The Americans Season 5 Key Art and Dining in Disguises

15 Feb

The Americans returns next month and talk has already centered on the very different political landscape we’re now experiencing than when the show debuted in 2013. Season 5 might be set in 1984, but right now The Americans seems more and more relevant and it will be interesting to see how/if this alters the viewing experience and how the creative team/stars will discuss these aspects while promoting the new season.

For now we can let the series of trailers FX has released focusing on “Best Show on TV” aspects (I concur) speak for themselves, about what we can expect from season 5 and if they are any indication then somehow the tension and stakes are going to be raised even further.

The first full promo focuses on Paige and how she is being brought further into the family business with self defense classes from her mother and the boyfriend who happens to be the son of Philip’s FBI Agent bestie. And here’s another of Philip and Elizabeth in full disguise playing a different couple at dinner discussing how they got together.

You will never suspect them. Beware of #TheAmericans when the new season premieres March 7 on @fxnetworks.

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Now for the key art and every season takes on a new color palette. This is no exception and it is as bold as it is fabulous.img_0606A color scheme that will standout on billboards/taxis/buses/subway stations and as per co-showrunner Joel Fields the inspiration behind this season 5 poster comes from Rosie the Riveter.

Yellow is such a striking and often ignored color when it comes to marketing unless there is something that points to the sun in the title; see It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindLittle Miss SunshineOr if the main characters are also this color; see Minions.

Combining it with two other primary colors is an immediate way to take notice and it is also somewhat jarring visually using such a cheery palette for a show that is this steeped in darkness. But it is also super effective and like a lot of Americans artwork it does read as propaganda and techniques from both countries have been utilized over the last five years (hence Rosie).

There is a sense of unity here and it is impressive that the FX marketing department has found ways of bringing out something different each year – season 2 is still my fave – even though it is always just Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys that feature on these posters.

This also strikes me as a smart idea as rather than throw in Paige training or Stan lurking there is always a sense that at the center of The Americans it is Philip and Elizabeth as spies and husband and wife.

Guns tend to feature making sure you never forget the nature of their work and there is always a sense of unity between them. Here in his hand clasped around her wrist – wedding band clearly on display – which could read as an act of control, but we know this to be sign of togetherness/partnership and their unbreakable bond. Plus Elizabeth is the one holding the gun.

To hammer (accidental USSR related pun) this point home they are dressed in matching blue and the blue of their eyes has been enhanced to complete this mirroring/togetherness. And even though they were physically apart in the final scene of the season 4 the look they share and everything that came before it reinforces just how strong they are as a unit. As does this poster.

The Americans returns Tuesday, March 7 on FX.

 

 

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

10 Feb

Awards season continues to dominate all things style with the big luncheon and DGA Awards taking place over the last week. Plus we’ve got the premieres for The Good Fight and Big Little Lies (both starting next Sunday), Berlin Film Festival jury highlights, on set with Broad City and partying with Madewell. Plus New York Fashion Week kicks off with a blizzard.

Also the TV Ate My Wardobe newsletter is back! Subscribe here.ruth-neggaAt the Oscar nominee luncheon Ruth Negga continues to dominate sartorially by pairing a super cute pastel sweater with a leather skirt; mixing sweet with edgy in Miu Miu. The whole look is fantastic including her lipstick and cool hand in the pocket posing.

I saw Loving at the weekend and her performance is amazing; understated and unshowy in a way that doesn’t always get recognized. isabelle-huppertIsabelle Huppert gives off every level incredible in a stunning print and sequin Armani Privé Spring 2017 look. Trying to avoid using the word ‘chic’ when talking about Huppert – because I don’t want to sound like a cliche – is hard.viola-davisThe prints they keep on coming and Viola Davis in Bottega Veneta is a perfect daytime event ensemble.emma-stone-and-ryan-goslingAt the DGA Awards Emma Stone manages to make me like fringe in Stella McCartney and her shortened tux jacket blends menswear inspiration with a super feminine gown. I also dig the mid-rolling up of the sleeves. Oh, hey Ryan Gosling.christine-baranskiMore sparkles for Christine Baranski at the premiere for The Good Fight and she looks as fabulous and classy as ever. Now how to score an invite to her lake house.good-fightVery much looking forward to having these ladies back on my screen and together again.

news that's not a national nightmare– we started shooting a very elegant season 4!! 😘

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Broad City S4 excitement is as high as these gowns are fancy. Very much need these ladies back in my life.

maggie-gyllenhaalMaggie Gyllenhaal is on the 2017 Berlin Film Festival jury and long sleeve florals paired with boots has been her go to style choice for both photo calls; it is really working for her. The pink bow is a cute touch here and this is very much in her cool, hippy mom wheelhouse.julia-jentsch-and-maggie-gyllenhaalAt the press conference this leans more ’90s and I love it. German actress Julia Jentsch paired a blue sweater with the most fabulous pants complete with colorful piping and silver pumps. I am looking forward to seeing more from both these ladies.

Conversation turned to politics at this event including asking fellow jury member Diego Luna about the wall and Gyllenhaal (who attended the Women’s March in Washington D.C.) said “I feel like I want to let the world know that there are many, many people in my country who are ready to resist.”withertwinsOne way to feel old is seeing kids of actors all grown up (see also Gillian Anderson and Ewan McGregor) and considering Reese Witherspoon was pregnant with Ava when she shot Cruel Intentions (teen movie fave) I feel oooooooold. The whole looking so much alike thing is also eerie and cool.

And of course they both look great at the Big Little Lies premiere in matching – but not really – style frocks. Haney gold floral for Ava Phillippe and gold heels, with Reese in sparkly Elie Saab.

Trench coats and gold shoes kind of Wednesday.

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From gold pumps to gold flats and things have been super emotional on every Jane the Virgin cast member’s Insta this week for obvious reasons. Thankful for this very soothing and fabulous casual look from Gina Rodriguez.

Much to my delight (but maybe not my bank balance) Madewell has launched a new collection of intimates and this range looks equal parts sexy and comfortable. A good ratio when it comes to underwear. Madewell is a brand I adore as it caters to my casual classic sensibilities and they do really great stripe T-shirts (like I need anymore).

Both Jenny Slate and Zoe Kazan are in outfits I would wear/probably already have at the Madewell party they hosted. Great lipstick too.

New York Fashion Week begins with a whole lot of snow and at the Rag & Bone 15th anniversary and F/W ’17 event Keri Russell went all in on the cold weather clothing with her choice of hat; I’ve watched a lot of Fortitude recently and have been marveling over their very similar looking headwear to protect against the elements. It also very much nods to her show The Americans and the style of winter attire from Elizabeth’s homeland, which also happens to be back next month.

The rest of Russell’s outfit matches her casual cool vibe and I am very much feeling those boots. Walking in heels this high in the cold is something we have seen Russell do before, but it is probably a good thing that she had co-star and IRL boyfriend Matthew Rhys with her as this photo from the official Rag & Bone Instagram shows.

The Americans Season 5 Trailer: Gonna Need a Training Montage

8 Feb

The Americans returns for season 5 next month and somehow things look tenser than ever before. I don’t know how they manage this every year, but the threat levels look higher and also there is some training to be done.

After seeing her mother take out two dudes – including killing one of them – at the end of last season Paige has even more questions about what her parents do and she’s ready to help with the family business. This includes her relationship with Matthew Beeman in The Americans version of Romeo and Juliet and getting self-defense lessons from her mother.

The net continues to close in around Philip and Elizabeth and there is concern that their position is more precarious than ever. Here is the trailer and the ticking clock does a very good job of setting my frayed Americans nerves on fire. Great music timing with the punches too.

Prepare for the all new season of TV's most acclaimed drama. #TheAmericans returns March 7 on @fxnetworks.

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And here is my breakdown of some notable moments.img_0460Henry is still excluded from all important family conversations for obvious reasons. Costume wise Elizabeth is back to silk blouses and not worrying about hiding Keri Russell’s IRL pregnancy. Philip still does dad sweaters better than anyone.img_0488Disguise cave! It is always fun to take a sneak look at their getting ready process and even more so when they’re discussion domestic issues. Philip has concerns with regards to Paige and I don’t blame him tbh.img_0489Maybe all Stan needs is some red string to connect the dots. Or the Carrie Mathison color coding method.img_0466Mischa Jr. is coming! His voyage to the US is far from first class with the trunk of a car providing the non-luxury conditions. I had to double check this wasn’t Matthew Rhys so good casting guys!img_0486Philip and Elizabeth tend to have their most intimate conversations in the bathroom (for anyone who has read my teen TV pieces they will know how happy this makes me) and Philip is also great at miming the clusterfuck they are now in.img_0490Getting every Buffy/Alias training montage vibe.img_0491If this was 2017 Paige would probably be wearing an Ivy Park hoodie. As it is 1984 she is in ESprit. And it is also worth noting her cross necklace is still on display.img_0492A very proud mama.img_0501Stan has very strong concerns about Oleg’s safety as he is still giving the FBI information and this is probably wrapped up in the fact that he already got one informant killed. Oleg looks every level stressed. img_0478This is a tad on the blurry side as this shot is very quick, but here are two new disguises. The last time Philip wore a hat like that it did not go wellimg_0494A gentle stroll in the park or really a difference in opinion about Philip and Elizabeth; Claudia thinks that nothing scares them, Gabriel believes the opposite.

Considering how broken they were at the midpoint last season I am definitely inclined to side with Gabriel on this one.img_0495They definitely just did something bad. Bonus points for the eerie mist and pensive stares.img_0496A brief look at the new flight themed disguises which debuted in Entertainment Weekly at the end of last year.img_0498And I am always thrilled to see Elizabeth in huge frames.

The Americans returns Tuesday, March 7 on FX.

 

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

3 Feb

The SAG Awards delivered on both speeches and fashion this weekend and on this week’s “Out of the Box” we’ve got a whole lot of great outfits from the Entertainment Weekly pre-SAG party with a dash of the PGA Awards, the beginning of the end for Girls, a new campaign and a very important announcement.yara-shahidi-ewYara Shahidi was our best dressed at the SAG Awards in an incredible striped Naeem Khan frock and at the pre-SAG EW party she went in a very different, but just as fun direction. All baby blues from eye makeup to the abstract print matching Sophie Theallet shirt and pants.kristen-schaalFor all things wacky and delightful look no further than Kristen Schaal and her amazing kitty dress. I love everything about this. Also super cute gold shoes that I would like in my life.malin-akermanMalin Akerman serving up full shoulder drama in metallic striped Zhivago and this is the kind of dress you wear when you want to throw a drink in someone’s face. Or just look cool as fuck.grace-gealey-and-candice-pattonPatterned ladysuit alert with Grace Byers going full plunge in Keti Chkhikvadze and in very cute dress news we have Candice Patton in Tommy Hilfiger. That collar is everything (and now I am looking at dresses on the Tommy Hilfiger website and am very tempted by this).the-crownWhile I very much preferred both Vanessa Kirby and Claire Foy’s SAG ceremony outfits, I also couldn’t pass up this opportunity to post this picture of a much happier (and more alive in some cases) family from The Crown. Lipstick points for Kirby and Foy too.stranger-teensThe Stranger Things cast tends to be split between the kids and the teens when posing for photos; here at the EW party Natalia Dyer instead hangs with her onscreen younger brother and his friends and once again the boys look super swish in their suits. Especially Caleb McLaughlin in bow tie and waistcoat. Dyer’s super floral mini is another very cute Miu Miu and this brand is working like a charm on her.miles-brown-and-caleb-mclaughlinDancing cuties and Stranger Things meets Black-ish. Blue shoes are a must at the pre-SAG party for Caleb McLaughlin and Miles Brown.sag-dancingMore fabulous shoes and moves from the boys at a SAG after party and they’re joined by Janelle Monàe.stranger-dancingAnd now with Samira Wiley and the rest of the Stranger Things kids. Post awards dancing photos are the best.rami-malekThe night before the SAGs Rami Malek went a little more classic in his choice of Dior suit and he also appears to have adopted the signature Eddie Redmayne lean.girls-thrGoing full Friends cast shot as The Hollywood Reporter celebrates Girls with an oral history and a cover featuring the core cast. This is a really well styled shoot and I now have Lost in Translation like questions as I wonder what Adam Driver is whispering into Andrew Rannells’ ear. kenzoKenzo’s new Spring 2017 campaign features Tracee Ellis Ross, Jesse Williams and cellist/singer Kelsey Lu. A short film called “Music is My Mistress” will be released next Thursday (February 9) and if these print ads are any indication it is going to be pretty special.yara-shahidi-ivy-parkAnd in other fantastic campaign news; here is Yara Shahidi for Ivy Park and this oversized sweater/short shorts look is great. Shahidi appeared in Lemonade and re-teaming with Beyoncé for her clothing brand makes so much sense.

 

Also thank you Beyoncé for giving us something to be happy about this week. And I love that her underwear is not matching. Also where can I get that bra?

Christine Baranski Talks ‘The Good Fight’ with Zac Posen for Interview Magazine

1 Feb

Spin-offs in TV can be very hit (Frasier) or miss (Joey) and it makes sense to use characters who still have plenty of story to tell. With The Good Wife it became very clear in the final season that there wasn’t much more to say about Alicia Florrick and when they announced the seventh would be the end of the road during last year’s Super Bowl it felt like a relief.

Now comes The Good Fight which will see the continuation of characters that do have more story to tell such as Diane Lockhart and Lucca Quinn; I couldn’t be more thrilled especially with each new promo and interview. christine-baranskiSpeaking to Zac Posen for Interview Magazine, Christine Baranski goes into depth about what we can expect from the new show as well as her feeling about playing a character like Diane Lockhart for such a long period:

“I said to my manager, because I was in my fifties, “It would be really great to do a dramatic role and play someone elegant and intelligent. There aren’t that many roles out there, but …” I have a kind of remarkable ability to, for want of a better phrase, get what I want. I kind of project. I guess it’s called dreaming.”

In terms of the current political climate/shitstorm* the pilot for The Good Fight was written before the election and they had filmed some of the pilot prior to this; including lines as if Hillary Clinton had won. Like a lot of us the Kings and Baranski thought this was a given “In fact, they wrote a line in the first episode where I announce that I’m retiring to the entire law firm at this beautiful, huge circular table, and I say that there are no more glass ceilings to break. I think that we’re going to have to loop it and they’re going to have to amend that line.” And Baranski reveals some details from the changed pilot (light spoilers ahead) explaining that we will see Diane watching the inauguration and how she feels distraught, but she is moving on with her life and then she loses everything financially. Her reputation also takes a very big hit.

*The Good Fight seems set up to tackle what is going on right now in this nightmare and I wonder how many rewrites they have done in the last week and a half. 

This parallels with Alicia Florrick’s story at the start of The Good Wife and how she is finding it hard to get hired (as we saw with Alicia in “A Few Words“). Baranski explains that the only place that will hire her is Chicago’s only African-American firm “So this show will have the opportunity to address not only the feminist issues, ageism, and sexism, but it’s going to address racism in the workplace.” I view this latter aspect with caution as The Good Wife had a habit of exploring racism in the workplace on a very surface level and then dropping it. Hopefully the Kings have learned from experience and will go deeper. And I also hope this is a sign that Lucca Quinn will be just as front and center.

It is not surprising in an interview conducted by Zac Posen that fashion is a topic that comes up especially as Diane Lockhart is one of the best dressed characters on TV (the statement necklaces!) and Baranski always great IRL style.

“The power of fashion, and the power of what you present visually. Women would come up and ask me about a piece of jewelry, a brooch. People are really watching. And Michelle [King] came by. She loves fashion. She will wear Nina Ricci, and she just loves Alexander McQueen. She said, “The one thing we’re not giving up, even though you’re going bankrupt, is the way you dress, because that’s what women expect.” My first fitting was fantastic. Her fashion evolution—there aren’t a lot of power suits, there are a lot of dresses.”

Interview Magazine always gives great photo shoots and this is no exception. From the sequins and sunglasses rooftop delight in the first photo above to the leopard print charms of this one.christine-baranski-interviewWith The Good Fight there will be a slight change in style “because of her evolution where she’s about to retire, there’s a whole softening of her look.” As long as there are still brooches, necklaces and blazers I’m all good.

How Baranski escapes in real life is to head to her house on the lake and how do I get an invite to this?!

“I have had many famous actors on my dock, because we put wood in the fire pit and bottles of wine, and Cherry Jones and Allison Janney and Mark Rylance and his wife and lots of nude swimming. I got Meryl there.”

Circling back to the kinds of characters you get when you hit a ‘certain age’ and how she thinks this is changing in terms of both her career and others:

“I’m really having my cake and eating it, but what I mean by beauty as a shelf life, in terms of a woman’s life in front of a camera, you can be that beautiful woman. I do think the rules are changing. Witness Isabelle Huppert and her amazing career and this latest movie, but what I’m getting at is if your career is not predicated on just your physical beauty, you’re able to project a sophistication. You can take sophisticated to your grave. You can be that worldly woman, that woman who looks beautiful dressed up. Diane Lockhart walks in a room and she commands space.”

Read the whole interview here and The Good Fight premieres Sunday, February 19 on CBS All Access.

Best of the 2017 SAG Red Carpet: Suits, Velvet and More

30 Jan

Now for part 2 of the TV Ate My Wardrobe SAG coverage. For speech highlights and all things that sparkle head here. On the menu we have plenty of suits, a whole lot velvet, the kids from Stranger Things and some classic style. maisie-williamsMaisie Williams looks like a 1940s movie starlet in a light pink satin Charlie Brear dress and now I want to see her in something set in this period.

Also, thanks to Racked for this lipstick post which includes details of how to get Maisie (and Evan Rachel Wood’s) killer lip color. evan-rachel-woodMore ladysuit goodness from Evan Rachel Wood and this time she has opted for a midnight blue double-breasted velvet by Altuzarra. This kicks off the big velvet trend of the night and I am all for this material making a comeback.judith-lightQueen Judith Light also taking in the blue velvet (*cue song*) and crushing it in Tom Ford.kirsten-dunstNewly engaged Kirsten Dunst (sadly no Jesse Plemons on the red carpet) looks like she might have wedding dresses on her mind and this Dior would work down the aisle, but isn’t so bridal that it is out of place here. The combination of the statement necklaces and metallic straps works like a charm.sarah-paulson-sagSarah Paulson has been all about the sparkles of late, but for the SAG awards she went classic in a black strapless Vera Wang dress and an amazing ivory cape. Red lipstick and big earrings are the way to go here.

I mentioned it in the first post already and yet it is worth repeating that in Sarah Paulson’s speech she mentioned donating to the ACLU and you can do that here.mahershala-aliAnother speech I highlighted in part 1 of this SAG coverage was Mahershala Ali’s, which is both emotional and important. Ali continues his super suave domination and this time he wears a Ermenegildo Zegna Couture white tuxedo.michiel-husimanMore velvet and all the swoons because Michiel Huisman.rami-malekAn Ilaria Urbinati double bill coming your way and first up Rami Malek in a Dior suit that stands out and works because he is Rami Malek.riz-ahmedA touch of velvet is sometimes all you need as Riz Ahmed shows with the lapels on his Zegna tux.glen-powellFor delightfully classic in his tuxedo choice there is Glenn Powell.simon-helberg-and-jocelyn-towneThe most overt political statement on the SAG red carpet came from Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg and wife Jocelyn Towne who wore her feelings across her chest. Kudos to them for not keeping quiet and using this very public opportunity to demonstrate. It feels weird to bring fashion into this moment, but Helberg is also doing the velvet thing and it looks great on him. transparentLeopard print ladysuit! And Amy Landecker wasn’t the only person wearing this bold St John number and leopard continues to dominate. More blue velvet too from the Transparent cast and Alexandra Billings’ feather touch is fabulous. Oh hey Jay, you look lovely too.stranger-teensBarb got to come play! Stranger Things teens (well one of them is still a teen in this case – looking at you Shannon Purser) and the height of Joe Keery’s hair is maybe bigger than Jean Ralphio’s and I don’t know how that is possible. Natalia Dyer’s custom Miu Miu is both delicate and bold and I love that Shannon Purser has gone full black gown and red lip.stranger-kidsStranger Things kids continue to have the most fun and somehow it is still super charming. They’re also still some of the best dressed people on the red carpet in brands that are affordable (see Finn Wolfhard’s teal Topman suit) and on the splurge end with Millie Bobby Brown in red Armani.

 

Best of the 2017 SAG Red Carpet: Sparkle, Color and Texture

30 Jan

Award season continues and on the E! coverage last night it very much felt like there was an elephant in the room throughout the interviews. That elephant being the political climate and the immigration ban for certain countries that has brought about demonstrations at airports across the U.S. The actual SAG award show didn’t keep quiet on this matter though and Kerry Washington kicked things off with a pointed explanation as to why actors can have political opinions and with every speech there were calls for inclusion and the repeated assertion that this will not be a quiet fight.

Before we get to the usual dress rundown I just want to highlight a few of the many speeches to check out. First up was Julia Louis-Dreyfus and she set the tone, Mahershala Ali gave an important, beautiful and emotional speech and David Harbour of Stranger Things delivered some super impassioned words that took both us and Winona Ryder on a journey. I’m also so excited Hidden Figures won and Taraji P. Henson got to talk about the heroes they played and the importance of unity. And like Sarah Paulson I would suggest donating to the ACLU. For more speeches check out both the SAG and TBS YouTube channels.

And now for dresses and this red carpet was awash with bold color and sparkles; two of my favorite things. For part 2 including a lot of suits head here.yara-shahidiYara Shahidi’s Naeem Khan super colorful and striped frock is my number one look of the night; everything about this is making me smile. Shahidi told Glamour that she was excited to wear this designer as he is a Michelle Obama favorite. michelle-dockeryKeeping on this theme with Michelle Dockery in Elie Saab and another stunner. I’m not going to miss Downton Abbey clogging up the drama nominations, but I am going to miss Dockery’s regular appearances at these things as she always delivers. busy-and-michelleBest best friends and this Louis Vuitton frock is so much better than Michelle Williams’ Golden Globes number. And more stripes to add to the mix; this time dipped in metal. The jury is out on the scarf – it is a little too mid ’00s combined with the Isadora Duncan danger aspect – but it is good to see Williams stepping outside her usual twee box (which you know I love).

Busy Philipps is also keeping with the all things shiny theme in a fabulous purple Jeffrey Dodd dress.taraji-p-hensonSheer can often be the thing that turns a great dress and ruins it; not so in the case of Taraji P. Henson in Reem Acra and the rare occasion where I like this fabric choice. Loving the undercut too.tarajiPlus look at the fabulous drama on display as she moves. janelle-monaeNow this is how you do floral to the max and Janelle Monàe’s Chanel midi frock is another example of how she keeps in the black/white palette zone without it getting stalesaniyya-sidneyAll the dress points to another Hidden Figures star and Saniyya Sidney is every level of adorable. Sidney is also in Fences making that two award season movies.thandie-newtonI’m currently reading The Devil in the White City so the Ferris wheel on Thandie Newton’s Schiaparelli gown instantly makes me think of that, but this also is an incredible dress which is full of sartorial whimsy. It tells a story and is sparkly to boot.claire-foy-and-matt-smithClaire Foy and Valentino are a perfect match and this is another case of preferring this to her Golden Globes frock. Onscreen husband Matt Smith scrubs up nicely and unlike the character he plays I don’t feel the need to tell him to shut up.vanessa-kirbyAnd now for Foy’s onscreen sister and pleats make for the best twirling/shimmying material so I am all over Vanessa Kirby’s Luisa Beccaria silver halter neck. Plus Margaret is my favorite on The Crown and I am so excited that Matthew Goode has been cast to play Lord Snowdon in season 2.

And thanks to Instagram we get to see the detail of her braided updo by Adir Abergel and the beautiful hair accessory he used. This is why I love social media; finding out these extras and getting to celebrate the people behind them.

angela-sarafyan You don’t tend to see a whole lot of paisley on the red carpet and this is a shame. Thankfully Westworld’s Angela Sarafyan is bringing it back in Zac Posen.gwendoline-christieGwendoline Christie has long worn Vivienne Westwood and she mentioned Westwood’s “activist mindset” when discussing why she’s such a fan. This sequin jumpsuit is incredible and I also love that those heels are not small; Christie might be super tall already but you can always add inches. Fantastic lipstick too.viloa-and-bryceViola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard deliver on the super fancy jewels which is an instant way to give an outfit an instant oomph. Davis also made another inspiring speech this time honoring Fences writer August Wilson. annalise-bassoOne very good reason to wear caped sleeve wings is because they give great drama as Captain Fantastic’s Annalise Basso demonstrates.captain-fantasticTeam Captain Fantastic are a delight.lily-tomlin-and-dolly-partonAll the sparkles and joy I need.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

27 Jan

Coats, coats, coats are on the “Out of the Box” menu as Sundance continues and Paris Fashion Week also delivers in the outerwear department. Currently I am cocooned in knitwear so anything intended for a cold climate is a welcome sight. And with the winter weather this week comes a whole variety of black attire; both classic and somber in places. This makes sense, all things considered. kirsten-dunstGreat coat, sunglasses and red lipstick (and engagement ring, which can be seen here) from Kirsten Dunst at the Dior show on Monday during Paris Fashion Week. It might be cheesy to use the word chic here, but eh I’m gonna dive into the fromage as she looks chic af. rami-malekIn Paris a few days earlier at the Dior Homme Menswear show new face of Dior Rami Malek also gave great coat. Malek is one of the guys who features most on these pages because of his style and this brand pairing makes so much sense. Rami also crushes the patterned sweater/shirt look.abbi-and-taviI said there would be more Sundance coats and at the Vulture Sundance Spot Abbi Jacobson and Tavi Gevinson dropped by in some great outerwear while promoting Person to Person. Long and slightly oversized coats have been on trend this year and it is a great mix of effortless with smart. Gevinson’s scarf game is also top notch.

And over at Elle and Bustle they have interviews with Jacobson (Bustle gets Gevinson too) that are very relevant to my interests including how Broad City will address this current political climate.

Starting with his much needed moment of comic relief from “Hack into Broad City” from last Friday.issa-raeThe coats they keep on coming and at the ‘Power Of Story: Art Of Episodic Storytelling’ panel Issa Rae also sartorially delivers on the outerwear with plaid crossed with what looks like the inside of a beehive.hannah-simoneHannah Simone goes classic at the Band Aid premiere in Alice + Olivia off the shoulder dress. I’m excited for Band Aid and not just because it makes me instantly think of Almost Famous and it was written/directed by Simone’s New Girl co-star Zoe Lister Jones with an entirely female crew. Plus it sounds like it is a lot of fun, which is always welcome.zoe-lister-jonesZoe Lister Jones also stars in her directorial debut and she stopped by the IMDb studio in an ensemble which continues to add to my theory that Sundance has my ideal wardrobe. Another black dress but getting an oomph of color with a bold red collar. Also black patent shoes that give me so much envy as I was never allowed this style when I was a kid. The reason; I would scuff them and considering the state of all my shoes, my mother was right. But I can but dream.connie-brittonA black turtleneck sweater dress is another classic closet must have and Connie Britton is all over this while promoting Cast Change. Manicure and earrings are also fabulous.chloe-sevingyContinuing her patterned dresses with a late ’60s/early ’70s vibe and Chloë Sevigney adds a bit of sequin sparkle to the Beatriz At Dinner premiere and I love everything about this.morgan-saylorMorgan Saylor is flying into outer space in very cute Miu Miu at the Novitiate premiere and this is another case where I get to sing the praises of black tights. Although I do worry her arms are cold. I have a black pair of shoes very much like the burgundy ones Saylor is wearing and now I am coveting this color too. Bonus lipstick and manicure points.armie-hammerOne of the most talked about movies coming out of Sundance this year is Call Me By My Name and it is one love story that I cannot wait to see. Star Armie Hammer is all slinged up due to a torn pectoral muscle and he’s ticking all the sweater boxes in fuzzy stripes.naomie-harrisNow for something more formal in the black dress department with Naomie Harris at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards in Dior that looks super cozy (if not a little chilly in the arm department). Adding a splash of pink and gold makes this so much more than just a safe choice. And this is in part why Harris graces these pages so often; there’s always something that stands out.kelly-and-ewanFull ’90s nostalgia feelings right down to Ewan McGregor’s Adidas trainers and Kelly Macdonald’s silk dress at the Trainspotting T2 premire. Great lipstick choice from Macdonald too.

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