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2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards: Winners and Red Carpet

21 Feb

The Costume Designers Guild Awards shines the spotlight on those behind the camera; this is always one of my favorite celebrations of this time of year. Instead of one costume design category with period, contemporary and fantasy up against each other, these awards separate the different styles ensuring that period doesn’t dominate. Contemporary costume is often overlooked, but is just as vital to storytelling.The Shape of Water is one of the Oscar front runners; Luis Sequeira won for his incredible work on this film. Director Guillermo del Toro was on hand to receive the Distinguished Collaborator award. Wonder Woman was one of my 2017 highlights—both from a costume POV and in general—and Lindy Hemming won for Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. And I, Tonya (which I am seeing at the weekend) took the Contemporary award. The part of me that worries about the ’90s being so long ago is glad that 1994 counts as contemporary and not period.

This is now the fourth win in a row for Michele Clapton’s work on Game of Thrones and I can’t argue with this. Especially as there was an entire new winter wardrobe for Daenerys and everyone started wearing black. Clapton also won for The Crown last year and it was another win for this show with Jane Petrie at the helm. Very pleased to see Ane Crabtree receive the Contemporary award for The Handmaid’s Tale, Crabtree’s work on Masters of Sex was one of the first shows we focused on here at TV Ate My Wardrobe and we’ve been longtime fans.

Gina Rodriguez hosted the celebration and Kerry Washington received the Lacoste Spotlight Award.  In Washington’s speech she noted about costume and acting, “I don’t know who a character is until I know what shoes she wears.”

Below are some of the designers getting fêted and the stars supporting them.As with the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards, a lot of attendees wore black in support of #TimesUp and #MeToo. When accepting her award, Michele Clapton exclaimed, “I’m proud to wear black and I’m proud of the movement.”

Michele Clapton’s all black look is also in line with the most recent season of Game Thrones and I love the simplicity here. Plus I need those boots in my life. And of course there are pockets. Long-time Ryan Murphy collaborator Lou Eyrich was nominated for Feud: Bette and Joan, adding a touch of sequin glitz to proceedings. I have a feeling we will see Eyrich at next year’s awards for her stunning creations on American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.Ane Crabtree wore black and the #MeToo/#TimesUp message loud and clear. During her acceptance speech she said “It’s a great time to be a woman and it’s a great time to be a multicultural woman… to every brown skin little girl or boy, if you have a dream, dream big.”

Updated to include Ane Crabtree’s speech.Sally Field took a break from trying to set her son up with Adam Rippon to present Joanna Johnston with the Career Achievement Award. Field was joined by Kathleen Kennedy. Johnston has an impressive resume and along with her collaborations with Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, she has worked on recent costume design spy faves The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.Props! Sally Field is prepared for this moment including the pink sweater she wore in Forrest Gump and a blanket with fabrics from her Lincoln costumes.Doug Jones pulls out the fancy coat stops to present Guillermo del Toro with the Distinguished Collaborator Award. And costume designer Luis Sequeira was a surprise, but deserving win for The Shape of Water. Eva Longoria and Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo presented Kerry Washington with the Lacoste Spotlight Award; Paolo and Washington are nicely coordinated in green (Dolce and Gabbana florals for Washington).

When I spoke to Paolo a few months ago she mentioned the strong bond she shares with Washington, this was something she emphasized in her introduction:

“I have had a great seven seasons with Ms. Washington. You would all be blessed to work with her if you get the opportunity…  I’m sad it’s over. Your love of costumes and the process of storytelling, all that is self-evident in your body of work…I can’t wait to see what you do next.”

And here is part of Kerry Washington’s speech where she talks about the importance of standing by Lyn Paolo when ABC said they were going to make a Scandal inspired clothing line, “Not without us.” It is all in the details and Maggie Schpak was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. Schpak is a jeweler and metalworker and you will have definitely seen her creations on screen including Rocky’s championship belt, Vulcan pieces for Star Trek and tiaras in Black Swan and The Princess Diaries. This article goes deep on Schpak’s work and is well worth a read. And it isn’t surprising to see Schpak wearing some amazing accessories to this event.Someone get Gina Rodriguez a part in the next Star Wars.

Here is the full list of winners and nominees.

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Get Out — Nadine Haders
I, Tonya — Jennifer Johnson — Winner
Kingsman: The Golden Circle — Arianne Phillips
Lady Bird— April Napier
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — Melissa Toth

Excellence in Period Film
Dunkirk — Jeffrey Kurland
The Greatest Showman — Ellen Mirojnick
Murder on the Orient Express — Alexandra Byrne
Phantom Thread — Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water — Luis Sequeira — Winner

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film
Beauty and the Beast — Jacqueline Durran
Blade Runner 2049 — Renée April
Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Michael Kaplan
Thor: Ragnarok — Mayes C. Rubeo
Wonder Woman — Lindy Hemming — Winner

Excellence in Contemporary Television
American Horror Story: Cult — Sarah Evelyn Bram
Big Little Lies — Alix Friedberg
Grace and Frankie — Allyson B. Fanger
The Handmaid’s Tale —Ane Crabtree — Winner
The Young Pope — Luca Canfora, Carlo Poggioli

Excellence in Period Television
The Crown — Jane Petrie — Winner
Feud: Bette and Joan — Lou Eyrich
Glow — Beth Morgan
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — Donna Zakowska
Stranger Things — Kim Wilcox

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
Black Mirror: USS Callister — Maja Meschede
Game of Thrones — Michele Clapton — Winner
Once Upon a Time — Eduardo Castro, Dan Lester
Sleepy Hollow — Mairi Chisholm
Star Trek: Discovery — Gersha Phillips

Excellence in Short Form Design
Assassin’s Creed – “I Am”  Commercial — Patrik Milani
Elton John featuring Marilyn Manson: “Tiny Dancer,” Music Video — Sara Sensoy, Dawn Ritz
Katy Perry – “Chained to the Rhythm,” Music Video — B. Ăkerlund
“Miu Miu Women’s Tales #14: The End of History Illusion,” Short Film — Mindy Le Brock
P!NK – “Beautiful Trauma,” Music Video — Kim Bowen — Winner

Career Achievement Award
Joanna Johnson

Distinguished Collaborator Award
Guillermo del Toro

Distinguished Service Award
Maggie Schpak

Lacoste Spotlight Award
Kerry Washington


Best of the 2018 SAG Awards: Bold Color and Florals

22 Jan

More SAG Awards red carpet treats to kick-start your week. For everything that sparkles head here, below you will find a lot of florals, some strong color, plenty of couple goals and a pair that made my shipper heart all the happier. What better way to start the second part of this round-up than with Mary Steenburgen in forest green with a floral sandals peeping out from the bottom.

Why yes I did get a little teary at the end of the recent Good Place. I love that Steenburgen and Ted Danson are currently starring in two of my favorite comedies at the moment. Velvet isn’t just for suits as Felicity Huffman demonstrates in a plunging Monsoori. William H. Macy won for Shameless and this pair continues to win my heart. Everything about this shot makes my heart feel fuller. Looking great to boot; Chelsea Peretti wears Needle and Thread, Jordan Peele is in Valentino. Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe have become permanent fixtures on here during award season. From tuxedo twinning at the Golden Globes to this delicate Germy Maalouf floral bodice gown. Brown won Best Actor for This is Us and looks cool af in Armani. Check out young Randall’s amazing tux here.

And he continues to give great speeches.
This is Us won Ensemble in a Drama in what was one of the big surprises of the night. While I think at times this show can be super emotionally manipulative (as the tears stream down my face), the acting is always top notch. Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson are all in the same shade of blue, which can’t be a coincidence.

As far as speeches go this is also a very good one as Milo Ventimiglia makes sure he thanks the production team from top to bottom. Striking a stylish tone in white and matching her TV family on the sartorial scale is Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph & Russo. And Gucci continues to deliver stylish whimsy as demonstrated by Brie Larson in this pretty floral number. Thankfully Jane the Virgin returns this Friday (January 26), but in the meantime feast your eyes on Yael Grobglas in shoulder ruffles and Gina Rodriguez mixing delicate florals with a severe dark bodice in Rasario Resort. Orangy lips to match the orange flowers on Zoe Kazan’s Miu Miu dress and this is a great look from H to T (always channeling my inner Tyra). Last Jedi fave, Kelly Marie Tran looks stunning in Mary Katrantzou. There are so many ways to do fancy florals. This is a knockout.Queen Ann Dowd looking super regal in Escada. Bow down. A jumpsuit? A dress? Either way Sally Hawkins in chevron Dior Haute Couture is a wacky treat on this SAG red carpet.Big Little Lies sandwich of happiness.
Be still my shipper heart. Exhibit A.

Listen kid, your mother looks so beautiful at the sag awards tonight…

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Exhibit B. Great lipstick too, Winona.


Best of the 2018 SAG Awards: Sparkle Motion

22 Jan

Happy Monday! And now time for more awards. The SAG Awards is always a slightly more relaxed occasion than the Oscars, style choices reflect this because while it is still a fancy affair there is also less pressure to wear the gown. So what we get is bold ensembles often playing with color and texture.

One of the big trends so far this year has been sequins and metallics aplenty.  Check out the first part of TV Ate My Wardrobe’s SAG coverage below, which includes lots of fun pairings and group shots. Allison Janney looks like a warrior in sequined armor in custom Yanina Couture. A sleek look with dramatic shoulders to match. And in a very different, but just as effective spin on sequins is Danielle Brooks in an ombre Marc Bouwer gown.Another double delight, Lupita Nyong’o is also working the dark silver trend in Ralph & Russo complete with feathers. Yara Shahidi continues to stun in what looks like a classic black jumpsuit and tuxedo jacket.But wait! This Ralph Lauren Collection ensemble has surprise train and Shahidi is very much pulling it off. Bonus berry lipstick points too. Team Lady Bird all got the sparkle memo and have each put their own spin on it. Well, not Timothée Chalamet, but he’s got the red racing pant stripe thing working for him in Calvin Klein. Laurie Metcalf’s Sachin & Babi is the most traditional of the three and also my favorite.

Saoirse Ronan continues to switch up her look for pretty much every award show this time opting for Louis Vuitton. Studded Bottega Veneta is giving me slight ’70s vibes on Greta Gerwig, which I am of course here for.And now for another version of the metallic trend—there are so many—from Emily V. Gordon. And I really hope The Big Sick is nominated tomorrow because I would love to see a) the film get recognized and b) Emily and Kumail on that red carpet. Plaid but make it metallic. Betty Gabriel looks fantastic in Phuong My alongside Get Out co-star Bradley Whitford and his IRL gf Amy Landecker. The Stranger Things older teens (actually in their ’20s) are super coordinated with Natalia Dyer standing out in astrology inspired Christian Dior couture. Is it me or is Dacre Montgomery pulling off the pencil ‘tache? He looks like a dandy in Giorgio Armani and he managed to do up almost all his buttons.  Joe Keery keeps it classic in Saint Laurent. The really stylish member of the Stranger Things cast are the younger teens and they continue to experiment with formal fashion with aplomb. Caleb McLaughlin mixes a white Dior jacket with checked Antonio Marras pants and looks fabulous. A velvet suit is one of my favorite things, but a green velvet suit is next level and Noah Schnapp delights in Stella McCartney. And Gaten Matarazzo goes for a classic Kenneth Cole tux. *starts singing* “I believe the children are our future”

Yara Shahidi and Tracee Ellis Ross aren’t the only stylish members of the Black-ish cast; Marsai Martin in burgundy Miri Couture and Miles Brown in a MSGM tux with a floral pin tie excel at the fun formal wear. Keeping with this kids dressing better than adults theme. Sterling K. Brown is super stylish and crushes it at every event, Lonnie Chavis plays young Randall on This is Us and this Dolce & Gabbana tux might be the best of the night.Paying homage to her GLOW costuming in what turns out to not be a custom gown, but something from Dundas pre-fall 2018 collection. Brie fielded a question about allegations against her brother-in-law with grace in a moment that was unexpected from E!Rounding up the first part of this SAG rundown with the GLOW cast showing off a variety of styles; so much color and pattern. I cannot wait for season 2.

Best of the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards Red Carpet

12 Jan

Award season continues and I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I didn’t even realize the Critics’ Choice Awards were last night until the red carpet tweets started appearing on my TL. Maybe spread these shows out a bit.

But there were a lot of sartorial highs including many embracing bold color after the weekend. Greta Gerwig goes full ethereal in Fendi, this might be my favorite thing she has worn so far during award season. Saoirse Ronan continues to impress with her red carpet styling because it is never the same thing. And when you’re attending this many events it would be really easy to get stuck in a sartorial rut. Here she pairs pretty in Michael Kors shimmer with a dark lip color, giving this outfit a rebellious edge.Continuing to pick up awards and looking great doing so is Sterling K. Brown. Ryan Michelle Bathe switches her tux for a frock, those silver pumps are a fabulous touch.Feeling a wave of calm as I look at Yara Shahidi in super ’70s patterned Giambattista Valli.On the scale of best florals, Erdem are high on the scale and Natalia Dyer shows just why. More killer florals from Niecy Nash to brighten up the blue carpet. Nash took to the stage with host Olivia Munn to toast (and roast) some of the recent Hollywood headline makers including Mark Wahlburg for his recent pay scandal. Because he didn’t already make enough money *insert every eye roll ever* A super fun Eloquii dress for Chrissy Metz; this might be my fave red (or blue) carpet look of hers so far. Also coveting the plaid coat she wore on the recent This is Us.Allison Janney looks like she is having the most fun while working the I, Tonya awards love and this cobalt blue Michael Cinco Swarovski studded gown is a striking choice. Octavia Spencer in another Tadashi Shoji winner. And we have also entered the official pleats section of this post.Emerald green plus red hair is a tried and tested combination, but it never gets boring. Especially when it is Jessica Chastain in Vionnet and there’s pleats.Gal Gadot has been a repeat fixture on TV Ate My Wardrobe of late in bold pink, blue and now metallic Prada. First came the colorful turtleneck/suit combo, then this amazing green jacket for Lil Rel Howery. Also crushing it in the colorful tux department is David Harbour. All the Sheriff Hopper feelings. I know Joel is the worst on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but I find Michael Zegen super charming in everything else so I can’t help but want him to not be a dick in this show. Eggplant looks good on him. Yvonne Strahovski has just returned from the ’80s in polka dot mini Ronald van der Kemp. I love it. Thrilled The Big Sick won Best Comedy. Real Emily V. Gordon crushes it in red and Big Sick Emily, Zoe Kazan wears a dreamy Valentino.This award show has brought out my inner magpie, Rachel Bloom’s mix sequin Christian Siriano frock is another jazzy delight. More shimmery wonders with Mary Steenburgen in Cédric Charlier. Ann Dowd won Best Supporting Actress for Handmaid’s Tale and also in my mind for The Leftovers. This award season has been full of glitzy looking gowns and this is another fantastic one. I like ending awards posts with the Big Little Lies women. This is no different. While I still have qualms about a second season (because I think the first is pretty much perfect), I am excited to get more of these kind of shots in the future.




The 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet Part III

8 Jan

Now to TV Ate My Wardrobe’s third and final rundown of the red carpet. I share my thoughts on the black dress code show of solidarity here and for a menswear twist on women’s awards fashion check out this post.Viola Davis is always a red carpet fave and this occasion is no different. For Vulture, Angelica Jade Bastién wrote about the Best Moments in Black Excellence at the Golden Globes and one such moment is Viola Davis’ afro. Everyone wearing black doesn’t mean twinning all over the place. Instead it lets style personality shine; hair and accessories have power too.

And Davis’ velvet Brandon Maxwell frock is every flame emoji. Such a strong look. Tracee Ellis Ross also knows how to make a statement through what she wears; the hair wrap, Marc Jacobs halter dress, bold red lip and pearl earrings do just this. No I still haven’t seen Lady Bird (much to my dismay), but I did get emotional when both the film and Saoirse Ronan won. Metallic accents are one way to dazzle, so are dramatic shoulders as Ronan proves in Atelier Versace. Greta Gerwig keeps things simple in Oscar de la Renta, jazzing it up with a gold Tiffany necklace.

I love how breathlessly happy this speech is.
Speaking of gold, Kelly Clarkson looks like she has a fabulous bionic arm in custom Christina Siriano. From a gold sleeve to a silver one. Mary J. Blige sparkles in custom Alberta Ferretti gown.Warming my soul is this Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain reunion. We are deep in the sequin and metallic section so at some point I’m gonna run out of ways to say sparkly. Spencer is in glitzy Tadashi Shoji, Chastain wears diamante-embellished Armani Prive. Sarah Paulson loves a sequin. This is no different when the dress code is black and she looks great in Calvin Klein by Appointment. Giving strong Jolie leg is Issa Rae, in smoking hot caped Atelier Prabal Gurung. The emerald necklace is the perfect finishing touch.From the front, Dakota Johnson’s Gucci gown is simple elegance. From the back it reveals a different metallic story. New Gucci continues to deliver.The best Diane Kruger dress in an age and one that makes me think of Daenerys’ season seven look. This isn’t Targaryen, but Prada.Embellished collars are my weakness, Elisabeth Moss in custom Dior is right in my wheelhouse.

Moss quoted directly from Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale words and I’m feeling emotional just typing this (lack of sleep might be a contributing factor).Isabelle Huppert looks like she is wearing armor, sequin Chloe armor. And yep she looks cool as fuck, as per.

Gwendoline Christie often sports armor, but there is nothing metallic her. A ruffled Giles number is just as bold.Cersei would never, but Lena Headey’s gone for subtle romance in Elie Saab and I love this change up. Looking elegant as always, Ava DuVernay in Armani Prive. Also adding glitzy glamour to proceedings. Gillian Anderson icy blonde locks gives her a ’40s movie star vibe, the super caped sleeve Solace London adds a contemporary touch. I bow down to her, always.

I have a feeling Gillian enjoyed Natalie Portman’s Best Director intro.If Caitriona Balfe ever gets stuck in the ’20s she should make sure this flapper-adjacent Chanel Couture number is in her suitcase. Nothing but respect for my presidents.

And their speeches.

All of their speeches.

For more Golden Globes chat head here and here.


The 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet Part II

8 Jan

Welcome to TV Ate My Wardrobe’s 2018 Golden Globes coverage. For a broader discussion of the black ensemble red carpet statement, head here.

This post will be more in line with our usual red carpet chatter from award season.My favorite outfit of the night was in no big shock news, a ladysuit. Claire Foy gives off so much DGAF attitude in slouchy Stella McCartney. The bold red lip adds to the impact and it certainly looks like Foy has shed Elizabeth for Lisbeth.Golden Globe winner (that sure feels good to type) Sterling K. Brown in a velvet Isaia tux looks fabulous, but wife Ryan Michelle Bathe steals the show in another great ladysuit; this one is by Dolce & Gabbana.

His opening word is perfect.And to Brown’s onscreen wife, Susan Kelechi Watson. There are many ways to do black. A super sequin Monsoori jumpsuit is a knockout choice. Plus, pockets! Surprise pants were a repeated theme of the night including nominee Laurie Metcalf in a fabulous Sachin & Babi ensemble.Good Girls is on my most anticipated list of the new 2018 shows, Christina Hendricks was on hand to promote this show and also work the surprise pants courtesy of Christian Siriano. What I really love about this look is how it is so Christina Hendricks (that velvet bodice), but then it swerves in an unexpected direction.Former Mad Men co-star, Alison Brie also successfully does the ball gown to pants scroll down, in dramatic Vassilis Zoulias.And a totally different take on the pants/dress hybrid is Maggie Gyllenhaal in sequinned Monse. There’s something dancer adjacent about this. Though definitely not in those heels.Gal Gadot adds a menswear twist to a super feminine frock in Tom Ford. More great lipstick inspiration too. In super disappointing news Call Me By Your Name didn’t win anything (except our hearts).

There’s not a lot to be said about the men in black. It isn’t a stretch from their usual attire, but there are a few guys to highlight. The texture and flower detail on Armie Hammer’s Armani jacket makes it stand out. Timothée Chalamet’s Berluti look is pretty standard, but they look cute here so *shrug emoji* Ewan McGregor looks super sharp. Plus he has the ideal beard/hair length thing going on.

He also shows how to sincerely thank your ex and current gf without making it sound complicated. Chris Hemsworth also does something slightly different in brocade Etro and velvet Louboutins. Oh, hello Taika Waititi. Silver Fox alert. The Stranger Things teens always have fun with fashion. This doesn’t stop when there is a black dress code. I am particularly fond of Noah Schnapp’s Balmain bold tux buttons and Elizabetta Boutique scarf and Caleb McLaughlin’s Ports 1961 tux and turtleneck combo.

Gaten Matarazzo is in Suit Supply and Finn Wolfhard keeps it classic in Saint Laurent. Sadie Sink looks like she is wearing the Miu Miu version of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season finale frock and it is fabulous.On Twitter I noted what a bummer it was that Millie Bobby Brown didn’t to walk the carpet with the other Stranger teens, but I am glad to say she looked like she was having fun with them later. The best entrance award goes to Norman Lear and Rita Moreno. The best Matador inspired leather jacket goes to Rita Moreno.

Stay tuned for Part III!

The 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet Part I

8 Jan

The 2018 Golden Globes red carpet was a far different affair than what we have come to expect; this was in direct reaction to the Reckoning that has been taking place in Hollywood since October. The black dress code was spearheaded by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements as a symbol of support for those, not just in the Hollywood industry that have experienced sexual harassment and abuse.

The merits of using fashion as a visual to show solidarity and as a way to use their position of privilege in this manner, has been much debated over the last week. It was incredibly striking seeing star after star wearing a take on a black ensemble.

And I will turn it over to Samantha Powell as she explained so eloquently on Twitter why the black outfit choice is a strong visual.

What became clear early into the E! coverage is how they seemed to think that by not asking “who are you wearing?” they were helping solve the bigger issue at hand. Instead this makes it seem like the designer is complicit and that we can’t be feminist AND care about fashion. Designers deserve to be credited for the hard work they have done. This is why I will make sure I do that here (where I have the information available). Updating to link to the excellent piece by Alyssa Vingan Klein for Fashionista on this matter. 

There has been a lot of smart writing about this red carpet prior to the event including the Fug Girls talking to Vox—which I mentioned on here yesterday—and this piece by Leah Chernikoff about why Elle is still covering the red carpet. The Cut explains why they won’t be ranking the red carpet and this is also a valid take.

I am covering the red carpet because I believe that fashion has the power to tell a story, to mark a moment in time. At first I was a little dubious about how the whole black dress thing would work, but on the whole I think it was a success. Less striking was E! asking women about #MeToo and #TimesUp, while throwing soft ball questions about the projects the male attendees had been working on. Even though they were wearing #TimesUp pins.

Another high point was seeing activists accompanying A-list stars as their dates to the Golden Globes. In my post about Michelle Williams’ super candid interview in Harper’s Bazaar, I mentioned how she was trying to figure out how to use her privileged position for good and it wasn’t long before we found out how. Williams was the one who started the ball rolling on this, contacting #MeToo founder Tarana Burke about being her date for the show. Burke tells Elle, that in response to this she suggested getting more women involved instead of it being about one person.

So for my first post (there will be two more after this) I am focusing on the activists on the red carpet. They are the reason we are talking about this. They are the reason change can come about.One aspect that stood out when Williams was being interviewed with Tarana Burke is that every time Williams was asked a question she made sure that it went back to either Burke or the big topic of the evening.

Michelle is wearing Louis Vuitton (of course) with a simple, but elegant floral detail. I don’t have the dress credit for Tarana Burke’s fabulous sequin number; if/when I do I’ll make sure to update this post (which applies to all dresses I don’t have the credits for).

#ijltp @rumerwillis @taranajaneen @blackpuertoricanphd 🖤🖤🖤🖤

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By the end of the night both Burke and Williams are barefoot, which is so relatable. Thanks Busy for this shot!

With Meryl Streep is Ai-Jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an organization that is the “nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women.”

Streep’s Vera Wang gown shows how striking an unfussy black frock can be while Ai-Jen Poo adds sparkle. Something that was a big trend of the night. Billie Jean King has been a big presence during the Battle of the Sexes press tour and I’m pleased to see her with Emma Stone at this event. It is a shame this movie fell out of the broader conversation because I thought it was pretty great. The final act was incredibly emotional for me.

And four very different approaches to black showing just how versatile it is; Billie Jean King takes the suit option, Emma Stone wears lace Louis Vuitton, sparkly Christian Siriano for America Ferrera and velvet Christian Dior Couture for Natalie Portman. Oh and Portman also did this.


Damn Natalie! Cue everyone (myself included) adding gifs from the Natalie Portman rap to their Twitter. Saru Jayaraman is the co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United; ROC’s mission statement is “To improve wages and working conditions for the 14 million people who work in America’s restaurant industry.”

Jayaraman accompanied Amy Poehler, Poehler had one of the funniest moments in Seth Meyer’s opening monologue.

I can’t resist a caped sleeve. Plus Jayaraman nailed her statement earring choice.
Emma Watson has been working with Imkaan director Marai Larasi on a project for the past year. Imkaan is a UK-based organization that is “dedicated to addressing violence against Black minoritised women and girls i.e. women which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME).”

I love Larasi’s buckle flats. Watson goes for ruffles in custom Ronald van der Kemp.“To unify the struggle to promote farm worker women’s leadership in a national movement to create a broader visibility and advocate for changes that ensure their human rights” is the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas mission. Board President, Monica Ramirez was the guest of Laura Dern at the Golden Globes.

Dern also goes for black with a sparkle twist in Armani Prive, Ramirez’s adds a bold touch with her lip and pedicure color. Ashley Judd was one of the first people to break the Harvey silence that had been destroying careers and hurting women for decades. Seeing her on this red carpet where Harvey was once king is a welcome sight. Salma Hayek wrote a blistering op-ed for The New York Times about her own painful experience with Harvey.

A bold red lip and Elie Saab for Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek wears elegant long sleeved Balenciaga.To one of the moments of the night and the way to energize a room is to hear Oprah speak. Winfrey was this year’s recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award and you can watch (and then rewatch) Oprah’s speech below.

Crushing it in every way conceivable in custom Atelier Versace.

Best of the Pre-Golden Globes Parties: The BAFTA Tea Party

7 Jan

Happy Golden Globes Day! This is set to be a very different kind of awards as it is the first big film/TV awards ceremony to take place since the Harvey Weinstein allegations first came to light at the start of October. What has followed has been a reckoning in this industry, but this isn’t just a Hollywood problem.

Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, aka The Fug Girls, spoke to Constance Grady from Vox to discuss what we can expect to see tonight, why you can care about fashion and still be a feminist (I hate that we even have to justify this, but of course we do) and the movement—with #MeToo and #TimesUp—that is taking place.

I will be covering the Golden Globes red carpet tomorrow, but will be mindful of the bigger conversation that is taking place. Racked tried to get comments from any/all stylists about what they planned on doing with their clients outfits and they didn’t get a single reply. Playing it close to their chests in case anything changes late in the day.

Before tonight’s ceremony, there are the pre-parties. The BAFTA L.A. Tea Party is an annual fave and here are the best looks from this day event. There’s been a lot of bold color on the red carpet this week, I wonder if in part this is to show a big contrast to the black frock statement.

Emilia Clarke switches up the blazer I am still coveting for the perfect Michael Kors tea party floral frock.This is a lot of ruffles—which seems to be a big trend at the moment—but the color of this Rosie Assoulin dress looks great on Issa RaeMichelle Williams in a very Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton (of course) choice. You know I love it. Looking forward to Busy’s Insta Stories from tonight. More ruffles! I really wish this dress was lined, but I’m gonna give Rachel Brosnahan all the drama points in floral Christopher Kane. More ruffles and florals with Elizabeth Chambers ticking off these two trends in Giambattista Valli. Ilaria Urbinati does it again, giving Armie Hammer something fun to wear. This time more plaidEmily V. Gordon continues to deliver on the patterned frocks. This one is perfect for this setting. Kumail, you look good too.

Also, count me in with this idea.A bold suit and paisley shirt combo for Daniel Kaluuya in pattern clashing Etro.I am still mad about what happened in The X-Files premiere. I am not mad about what is going on here with Gillian Anderson wearing a geometric print Victoria Beckham.Andrea Riseborough shows the #TimesUp message is one that can be worn all weekend.Well, holy shit. This is how you do a ladysuit. Bowing down always, to Isabelle Huppert. Also Gucci continues to do the most in the suit department.

Celebrating the 75th Golden Globes with Bold Print and Color

16 Nov

It is mid-November and Golden Globe nominations are just around the corner—they will be announced Monday, 11 December—and as it is the 75th anniversary of these awards, there is of course a party.

And many of the people vying for nominations attended, because of course. A lot of them also happened to give some of the best performances of the year. Big trends of the night include bold prints and color, much to my delight. There are several late entries into the best profiles of 2017 category and Kyle Buchanan’s Vulture interview with Armie Hammer is so good that it warrants its own outtakes article. I saw Call Me by Your Name twice in the space of a week and I am still thinking about it. 

Also incredible is his choice of Paul Smith suit and floral T-shirt; this event is casual enough to eschew a collar and I love this fun red carpet take. Another Ilaria Urbinati winner.Alison Brie’s Instagram is a gift for any GLOW fan right now. There are so many good BTS moments from the set, particularly with her hair. Here she has scraped it back and gone with minimal makeup, which makes sense when you’re wearing a Hugo Boss green leopard print velvet dress.  Keeping with the Community cast theme and everything about this Yvette Nicole Brown frock is perfect winter florals.Also going with a botanical print and Tatiana Maslany mixes masculine and feminine styling with aplomb. There is a reason she is a style icon around these parts.Alias Grace is one of the best shows I have seen this year and star Sarah Gadon is a revelation. Gadon is currently doing the talk show circuit (where she is charming as hell) and hopefully she will get some awards love.

And she looks pretty fabulous in Giambattista Valli at this Golden Globes celebration.On and off screen, Yvonne Orji crushes it in the sartorial stakes. An appropriately festive dress by Phuong My and a dramatic bow that doesn’t swamp her.Insecure creator/star Issa Rae goes in a different direction to her co-star and this block color Brandon Maxwell halter neck dress is making me want an afternoon cocktail. Cute without being too saccharine is Saoirse Ronan in a girlish Teresa Helbig frock and I am still desperate to see Lady Bird.13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford in lipstick print Valentino Resort is giving off super fun vibes, but would it have been too on the nose for Langford to wear lipstick as well?I would be thrilled if Tara Lynne Barr got recognized for her performance on Casual (I still think about the stripped down rendition of “Landslide”) and season 3 of this show is probably my favorite so far.

Barr also gives great party frock and colorful pumps; I would like all of this in my own wardrobe.Director Dee Rees continues to wear some of the best jackets on the red carpet and I cannot wait to see Mudbound (which arrives on Netflix tomorrow).Jessica McNamee ticks three of my favorite style boxes; the ladysuit, heritage prints and a bold lip color. More ladysuit treats from Zoe Lister-Jones in Dion Lee and I am also a sucker for the stripe long-sleeve tee with a suit thing, which Adam Scott is doing so well.More Valentino Resort and a very different look for Aubrey Plaza as she dips her two in the Little House on the Prairie pool. It looks pretty damn good.Block color and kooky shoes for another TV Ate My Wardrobe fave. Julia Garner has had a very good year and I am already excited to see what she does in 2018. Namely the Waco miniseries and how much Kimmy will be in the final season of The Americans. I should probably also watch Ozark.Oh, hello. Turtleneck with a suit achievement unlocked and I am now currently casting Sebastian Stan in my as yet unwritten 1970s set movie. It is going to be a doozy.

Thoughts on the 2017 Emmy Costume Design Nominations (Updated to Include Winners)

14 Jul

The Emmy nominations were the usual mix of joy, disbelief, bewilderment and disappointment and quite a few people from my dream picks had their name read out. But not enough. The lack of Leftovers nominations was not a surprise (oh hey, Ann Dowd representing this incredible show), but it is still maddening. At least Queen Carrie Coon did get *a* nomination.

There are already plenty of hot takes and reactions to what did and didn’t get recognized with Vox’s Caroline Framke giving my fave analysis and Libby Hill’s Leftovers article being pretty much the perfect reaction.

As is now tradition, I am here to take a look at which shows got nominated for costume design. For thoughts and previous winners from 2015 and 2016 click on those years.As with last two years there are separate categories for period/fantasy, contemporary and variety/non-fiction/reality. We also already know which episodes have been submitted and some of my favorite costumes from the year are included.

Of course there are shows/costume designers that have not been nominated, which I would’ve loved to see get recognition for costume design. Katie Irish for The Americans as she balances numerous disguises including an airline pilot and flight attendant and the Jennings at home. Irish does this all without screaming the ’80s at us. The episode Irish submitted also includes one of my favorite all time disguises and glasses influencer.  Also from the long list there is also Mari-An Ceo for the Bonnie and Clyde episode of Timeless and Laura Jean Shannon work on Good Girls Revolt. Yes I am still sad this show is cancelled. You can see the full list of shows submitted for the initial nomination process here.

I am thrilled to see Ane Crabtree up for The Handmaid’s Tale and we have been obsessed with Crabtree’s work since we started covering Masters of Sex, way back when. Also very excited to see Alix Friedberg nominated for Big Little Lies especially it is the finale with all the Audreys that has been submitted. And in finally getting recognized newsRuPaul’s Drag Race received a total of nine nominations including costume design!

Two of last year’s winners are nominated again and they are now in the same category; both are for different shows than their previous wins. Game of Thrones is not nominated this year (because it hasn’t aired yet) and Michele Clapton switches fantasy for period with The Crown. Lou Eyrich keeps with the Ryan Murphy team, but is nominated for Feud instead of American Horror Story. It is also interesting to note that both previous winners are up for projects based on real life figures. This category is truly stacked.

If Lou Eyrich does win, this will be her fourth triumph in a row.

One show that straddles categories is This is Us with both period and contemporary featuring. The episode submitted is the season finale, which does feature both flashback and present day and opting for the contemporary category obviously worked for them. But it is actually the period costumes that are my favorite.*


So the point I raised above was indeed an issue for the episode This is Us submitted and their nomination was revoked due to the rule that at least 51 precent of screen time must include contemporary costuming from a period of time covering the last 25 years. The episode “Moonshadow” had more than the allotted amount and House of Cards replaces This is Us in the contemporary category.

The full list of costume design nominations are here and congratulations to all on this list!Period/ Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series, or Movie

The Crown, “Wolferton Splash” – Michele Clapton, Alex Fordham, Emma O’Loughlin & Kate O’Farrell WINNER!
Feud: Bette and Joan, “And the Winner Is…” – Lou Eyrich, Hannah Jacobs & Katie Saunders
Genius, “Einstein: Chapter Seven” – Sonu Mishra, Martina Hejlová & Petia Krckova
The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred (Pilot)” – Ane Crabtree & Sheena Wichary
Westworld, Trish Summerville, “The Original” – Lynda Foote & Jo Kissack FolsomContemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie

Big Little Lies, “You Get What You Need” – Alix Friedberg, Risa Garcia & Patricia McLaughlin WINNER!
Empire, “Light in Darkness” – Paolo Nieddu, Jennifer Salim & Mary Lane
Grace and Frankie, “The Art Show” – Allyson B. Fanger, Heather Pain & Lori DeLapp
House of Cards, “Chapter 61” – Johanna ArganKemal HarrisJessica Wenger and Steffany Bernstein-Pratt
This is Us, “Moonshadow” – Hala Bahmet, Marina Ray & Elinor Bardach
Transparent, “To Sardines and Back” – Marie Schley, Hannah Schneider & Leslie HermanCostumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming 
Dancing with the Stars, “Halloween Night” – Daniela Gschwendtner, Steven Norman Lee, Polina Roytman, Karina Torrico & Howard Sussman
Hairspray Live! Mary Vogt & Carolyn Dessert-Lauterio
Portlandia, “Carrie Dates a Hunk” – Amanda Needham, Jayme Hansen & Jordan Hamilton
RuPaul’s Drag Race, “Oh. My. Gaga!” -Zaldy Goco & Perry Meek WINNER!
Saturday Night Live, “Host: Emily Blunt” – Tom Broecker & Eric Justian

For the full list of Emmy nominations head here.


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