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Best of InStyle and Entertainment Weekly TIFF Party Red Carpet

11 Sep

As mentioned in last week’s “Out of the Box” there is A LOT going on right now in terms of fashion — film festivals, NYFW, fall TV and the Emmys — and this calls for a Monday morning TIFF party showcase. And because fall is here, bold color and patterns that dominated the summer are a tad muted. But there will always be floral.

To kick-start this week, we’ve got a rundown of our favorite looks from the HFPA & InStyle TIFF Party and Entertainment Weekly’s Must List shindig. A playful spin on the ladysuit from Evan Rachel Wood in pinstripe Dolce & Gabbana with floral lapels and accents. Looking forward to seeing what she will be wearing on Sunday at the Emmys. Tatiana Maslany won the Emmy last year for Best Actress in a drama series and while Orphan Black was not eligible, there is still plenty of Maslany to look forward to as her performance in Stronger is getting quite the buzz.

I am a fan of Maslany’s red carpet approach and she crushes both fancy and the more casual approach.

At the InStyle party she opted for the latter and this look is the most ’90s. Yes, I love it. For more Maslany sartorial triumphs with bonus Jake check head here and there will be more later in the week. Serving up power shoulder goals in Saint Laurent Fall 2017 and Margot Robbie looks like she is playing the villain in an ’80s drama. Drinks will be thrown.And Emma Stone is giving some witchy vibes — much to my joy — in Chloe Resort 2018. Just add a berry lipstick.Imogen Poots in an iridescent dream of a frock and this is giving me so many retro space age feelings. The most Nicole Kidman look in a beautiful embroidered Valentino and if it ain’t broke…Frances Ha was my favorite film of 2012 and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for Lady Birdif you follow me on Twitter you will already know.

Giving great floral ladysuit is Laurie Metcalf and Greta Gerwig’s Sophie Theallet frock looks like fancy wallpaper I’m decorating my imaginary drawing room with. Tracy Letts sadly switched this tee for a button-down.Idris Elba put a bird on it in Bruta and move over flamingos as ducks are what I want on my clothes right now. Idris as always, looks amazing.Also, Jake got to meet Idris and this is delightful. Someone make a movie with them as the leads. Please and thank you.The best hangout that I will never get invited to.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

7 Jul

A relatively quiet week because of the 4th of July celebrations (giving me a good reason to wax lyrical about the 1970s sartorial treasure trove that is Jaws), but thankfully Paris Couture Week means some stars were out in the sun in their designer finest. Plus some movie premieres and more magazine highlights.

Elsewhere you can read my thoughts about why Tulip from Preacher is one to watch for summer fashion inspiration and this fun rendition of “Wannabe” courtesy of TV stars and W Magazine.Starting with Dior and this is a really great look on Kirsten Dunst. It is very much in her style wheelhouse; embroidered hearts and stars combined with the tulle and polka dot sheer aspects give off a romantic dreamy vibe.  Celine Dion is living her best life at the Dior show and it makes me very happy to see her like this.Aziz Ansari goes casual at Chanel and this looks perfect for Master of None. If/when we get a third season. Part of the reason I picked this photo of Julianne Moore at Chanel is because of the pockets and they really do make a lot of dresses (especially daytime frocks) so much better. I am thrilled Netflix has got into the movie releasing game because it makes projects such as Okja and The Incredible Jessica James (available to stream July 28) so much more accessible. Yes, I would always prefer to see a new release in the cinema, but sometimes that isn’t an option with how far wide something gets distributed.

At the premiere for The Incredible Jessica James, TV Ate My Wardrobe fave Jessica Williams keeps it simple, but bold in Tibi. Such a strong summer look.

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There was no Taylor huge shindig this year, but who needs that when we get the best Instagram material from Laura Dern. My only concern here is how close Justin Theroux’s hot dog – insert dirty sounding cackle here – to those white jeans.Fall fashion in magazines, even if it is super hot and no one does a coat editorial better than Idris Elba. The whole Esquire shoot is fabulous and the interview covers his extensive TV and film career with input from The Wire creator David Simon. It is an interesting chat that looks at his past, family and body of work while nodding toward those Bond rumors that will no doubt continue until the next actor is chosen for the iconic part.

Fun fact – this exact time last year, Elba appeared on Look of the Week for another flaming hot magazine shoot.The Edit is also looking to fall and everything about Lena Headey’s plaid and tweed infused highland editorial is my dream. The Game of Thrones promo onslaught is upon us and I am so ready for season 7.

Going all in with their GoT coverage at The Edit, as Maisie Williams conducts the interview with her co-star (not that they have appeared in scene together since season 1). It is pretty informal, but also touches on some serious topics including Headey’s postnatal depression that she had during the first season and the charity work they have done together. She also talks about the emotional reaction she had to a major death last season and the perils of wearing big gowns on set.   

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

22 Jul

Comic-Con is here! As I’m writing this there are still many panels to go and this is the tip of the Comic-Con style iceberg, which is a whole lot like PaleyFest and TCA in that it varies from super casual cool to the dressier end of the scale.

Today we have both in the menswear department from the open air IMAX world premiere of Star Trek Beyond kicking things off in San Diego this week. There is also a dash of politics and more movie screenings.John ChoI really miss Selfie and reading Jon Cho’s comments in this amazing and insightful interview with Vulture about this show only adds to this sense of sadness about its early cancellation:

Selfie was a chance for me to be centered, confident. There was some kind of stillness to the character that I felt was much more me than any other person I played.”

Henry was also a suits kinda guy and Cho looks great at the Star Trek Beyond premiere in this blue number.Idris ElbaNormally I might shake my head at how casual this look is for a premiere of a movie that someone is in, but Idris Elba has the best reason for shorts and sneakers as his suit was lost at the airport. Plus he still manages to crush it and look cool as fuck despite this wardrobe mishap.Christian SlaterThis week I cleaned out my closet and it was no surprise that stripes were the dominant staple; at the Star Trek Beyond premiere Christian Slater shows that dudes can do this style just as well and my only slight negative note is going sockless with loafers.  Rose McIverThe iZombie cast are taking a quick break from starting shooting season 3 and have headed to San Diego for Comic-Con and they presented at the MTV Fandom Awards last night (July 21). The split up the front of the dress is having a big revival this year and while I’m still not completely sold on this trend, I do really like the color, texture and floral print of Rose McIver’s frock and it is ideal for this event.

Looking forward to seeing more from the iZombie cast in San Diego and check back for more Comic-Con style coverage over the next few days.Danielle Brooks and Uzo AdubaCo-stars supporting co-stars in other projects is my fave and Danielle Brooks is on hand at the screening of Uzo Aduba’s new movie Tallulah (which played at Sundance and I am looking forward to seeing). Brooks looks fabulous in another floral dream this week; wearing a Fuzzi frock and ASOS silver pumps and Aduba goes classic in a black dress and strappy shoes. Stephen and JonA slightly different spin on the co-stars supporting each other format and Jon Stewart made a much welcome and needed return to late night with a couple of appearances this week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Stephen Colbert shared this photo from last night’s show on his Twitter and this brings me so much joy in this bonkers political week/month/year.

Jon’s still working his fantastic post Daily Show beard and clip on ties are dangerous to chest hair and not a great sartorial choice, but everything about the above shot is wonderful. Plus Stephen scrubs up well even when he is poking out the side of his desk.

To watch Jon Stewart’s segment click on the video below and bask in his anger and blanked out swears.

Miss you, Jon.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week 

8 Jul

A relatively quiet week on the red carpet front what with the holiday weekend (for candids check out “Behind the Insta-Scenes“), but we’ve still got plenty of sartorial treats from sportswear at Wimbledon, what to wear while watching tennis, patterns and another Interview Magazine editorial to salivate over.
img_3847Nike produced a boho floaty dress, which would be great for the beach or Coachella. Less great for playing tennis in. Good job, guys. Serena Williams escaped this calamity and opted instead for a look that is both stylish and practical with a very sporty top and a pleated skirt; mixing contemporary with traditional. If only the pleated skirts we wore for games at high school looked this good.img_3848Giving great style both in victory and in motion with this ballerina like shot. Serena Williams is incredible on every level.img_3846This is from week 1 of Wimbledon, but I somehow missed Kim Sears wearing a fantastic floral Kate Spade dress that featured in NYFW Fantasy Costuming last year. A departure from the first time Kim Sears graced these pages wearing the best sweater responding to a swearing ‘controversy’ at the Australian Open.img_3840Sophie Turner goes for simple chic on Day 10 of Wimbledon in a white shirt and pencil skirt.
img_3837Keeping on the Game of Thrones track with Maisie Williams at the Serpentine Summer Party killing it in a variety of green patterned pieces fit for Emerald City; a floral Milly frock and matching Louboutin shoes and clutch. I’m not crazy about the choker because of my general choker feelings, but it works with this look and Williams’ general 90s loving vibe.img_3841Janelle Monáe does a very different and incredible looking ladysuit in Giuseppe Zanotti at the Queen Sugar screening in New Orleans. It can be hard to make hats work, but every single thing about the styling from H to T (oh hey Tyra) is cool as fuck.  img_3842Interview Magazine has been very good to us recently and we’re going to end this week with some much needed Idris Elba. The photos include a variety of styling from suits to shirts to vests with the above being my favorite from the set. In the interview with Jon Favreau, Elba discusses a number of things include his desire to direct, recent projects and his TV background:

“Television is where I cut my teeth. One of my first jobs was in a soap opera, five days a week. And what I found is, although there are different directors coming in and different crews, you just lived in your character. It’s the nature of the story, the ongoing story, and it can get deeper and deeper.”

It is well worth reading the whole thing.

Best of the 2016 Met Gala: Everything Else

3 May

Continuing our rundown of the best of the 2016 Met Gala and the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology’ theme. Part 1 focused on all the sparkly and shining looks, whereas Part 2 is pretty much a smorgasbord of tech/futurism interpretations including color, white, pattern and some very handsome dudes.Zoe SaldanaZoe Saldana’s feather train stunner from Dolce & Gabbana is a show stopping moment. Katy PerryAlso serving up high drama is Katy Perry in gold embellished Prada with some added tech from the Tamagotchi she has hanging from her belt. Let’s hope she remembered to feed it while she as partying.
Danai Gurira
Danai Gurira is a TV Ate My Wardrobe favorite and she continues her sartorial hot streak in a striking white Giambattista Valli gown.Karlie KlossWe’ve got a before and after from Karlie Kloss with a two-part Brandon Maxwell starting with a demure capelet that I am giving so many heart eye emojis to.Karlie Kloss (capelet off)To this cutout stunner. It even looks like Kloss has switched out her clutch for both versions. Same fantastic red lipstick for both.

Update!

This ensemble got another dramatic style change via a pair of scissors and some booze (thanks to Sophie for the heads up).

Allison WilliamsMore red lip color excellence and cutouts from Allison Williams in a stunning floral Peter Pilotto gown. Naomie HarrisAnother Naomie in Burberry, but this is a very different interpretation to the theme and the detail of Naomie Harris’ gown is mesmerizing. Amandla StenbergMore #LadySuitWatch2016 and Amandla Stenberg’s Calvin Klein ensemble is made complete by what Amandla herself calls ‘Afro Futurism.’ Seriously excellent accessorizing and keeping with the theme.Beyonce KnowlesBeyoncé takes a brief break from her ‘Formation’ tour and general domination of everything music at the moment to slay in latex Givenchy. Jessica ChastainSome looks are harder to get the theme than others. Case in point – Jessica Chastain’s peacock blue Prada, but this is a stunning color on her so I’ll let it slide.SJPSarah Jessica Parker tends to go big at the Met Gala and this year she’s decided to go in a whole other direction with a Hamilton inspired take in Monse (and SJP Collection shoes, obvs) and I guess I have to applaud the audacity to go for something entirely different. Plus Andy Cohen looks like he is having fun here.Rami MalekNow onto the solo guys and stylist Ilaria Urbinati continues to dominate in all things fabulous menswear injecting some color with Rami Malek in Dior.Tom HiddlestonAnd going for a much more traditional look for Tom Hiddleston in Ralph Lauren; Urbinati definitely knows how to pick the perfect suit.Idris ElbaEnding this Met Gala rundown with so much handsome and the event co-chair; Idris Elba crushes it in tailored to perfection Tom Ford.

Best of the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet: Dudes in Suits and Couples

28 Feb

Now for the guys and the Independent Spirit Awards delivers on more than just your average black tuxedo with a variety of suit styles and colors. Plus we’ve got some very well dressed couples.

For a look at the many amazing bold and patterned dress plus a new #LadySuitWatch2016 entry head here.Kumail NanjianiAs co-host, Kumail Nanjiani has gone the mostly traditional route, but switches out black for navy and looks dapper as fuck.Jacob TremblayIf you’d told me 6 months ago that a 9-year-old boy would be one of the best dressed stars of this season I would have probably scoffed at the notion. Cue present day and Jacob Tremblay has been showing all the adults how it is done; from sports jackets to tuxedos and now he is nailing the colored suit/bold tie combo.Abrahamm Atta and Cary FukanagaAbraham Attah is also crushing it when it comes to sartorial choices of younger dudes and the 15-year-old Beasts of No Nation star and Best Actor winner delivers in the polka dot bow tie and cool suit department. Oh hey there Cary Fukunaga! Working the lighter suit/dark shirt styling with aplomb. I do miss his glasses/longer hair.Idris ElbaThe hat isn’t completely detracting from all the wonderful things about Idris Elba’s ensemble, but it certainly isn’t doing it any favors. Gonna give him a pass though because he is Idris.

Rami MalekRami Malek continues to kill it on every red (or blue) carpet and this burgundy Calvin Klein suit is multiple heart eye/flames/100 emoji levels of amazing. Shout out to stylist Ilaria Urbinati for the amazing suits she picks for him.Mark Duplass and Katie AseltonA couple of couples and Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton are regular Independent Spirit Awards attendees and they have the whole super cool aesthetic down. Also very much into Duplass’ salt and pepper beard.Zoe Kazan and Paul DanoLast month Zoe Kazan gave an interesting insight into the whole award season process and gave high praise to the talented stylists who give us so much to talk about during this fashion heavy time. Leith Clark has picked out another fantastic dress that is giving me 1960s wedding vibes and as this is the final event on Paul Dano’s nomination calendar this season it makes sense to go out with a super cute bang. Excellent suit choice for Dano too.

To take a look at more Independent Spirit Awards 2016 red carpet highlights head here.

Best of the 2016 SAG Awards Red Carpet Part 2

31 Jan

We’re back with more SAG Awards style highs including menswear, the Orange is the New Black cast and even more bold color.

For part 1 head here.

Idris ElbaThe man of the hour and double SAG Award winner Idris Elba (in both TV and movie categories) looking cool as fuck backstage with his two trophies.Jacob Tremblay9 year-old Jacob Tremblay is a tuxedo wearing expert by now and this three piece is another hit to add to every other one he worn so far. The adorable factor also remains strong.Rami MalekRami Malek is another repeat customer to these ‘best of’ awards posts and he ditches Dior for double-breasted Ovadia & Sons. Terrific pocket square pattern detail too. Stylist Ilaria Urbinati continues to do stellar work.Laverne CoxLaverne Cox goes full Grecian in a wine color Prabal Gurung and this side shot gives an excellent view of the dramatic caped element (always a fave).Uzo AdubaThe color looks great on Uzo Aduba – winning again for Best Comedy Actress – and I am always in the bag for pleats so this Zac Posen gown definitely does it for me.OITNBI love everything about this group shot of the Orange is the New Black cast on stage together after winning Best Comedy.Ellie KemperOne of the standout pattern gowns comes courtesy of Ellie Kemper in Peter Pilotto. Once again I do think this would benefit from a bold red lip.Claire Danes and Hugh DancyI will never get bored of these two at these things even if I do miss Hugh Dancy’s Will Graham curls. The block blue Stella McCartney gown is a little flattening, but the color is great on Claire Danes. Gonna change the record and suggest a hot pink lip to set the look off.Anna FarisA different play on red for Anna Faris in Naeem Khan looking super hot with a contrasting demure neckline and high leg slit.

For more SAG Awards red carpet action head here.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

7 Aug

TCA continues and so do the cute patterned frocks on this week’s “Out of the Box.” a dash of a couple of other events and magazine covers.

Kerry WashingtonThis kind of reminds me of a colorful version of the wallpaper in Sherlock’s 221b Baker Street, which doesn’t necessarily sound like the compliment it is meant to be. Kerry Washington looks great in Mary Katrantzou at the ABC day at TCA.

Viola DavisViola Davis was also part of the TGIT panel at TCA and she switched out her heels for far more comfy looking flats for the photocall. They might not completely go with this patterned cocktail dress, but I’m all for her continuing this trend.

Elizabeth HenstridgeThere is a lot going on here with Elizabeth Henstridge in House of Holland and yet it manages to stay this side of psychedelic experiment. It feeds into everything I love about a very 70s sleeping bag I once had (but with less orange/brown). Once again this doesn’t sound like the good thing I was intending it too.

Camilla LuddingtonThis outfit is super cute and Camilla Luddington’s lipstick blouse gets added to the list of clothes I need with a makeup motif. Maybe I need to change this to “What Lipstick Top is She Wearing?”

Chace Crawford and Ed WestwickYou know you love me. xoxo

P.S. This really making me want to start that Gossip Girl rewatch that I am always talking about and have no time for right now.

TransparentAt the Transparent panel they announced the season 2 premiere date (December 4!) and Jay Duplass ditched the top button done up styling of his character Josh, while Judith Light is a vision in white.

Joanna FroggattThe Downton Abby cast are starting their final hurrah and Joanne Froggatt stood out at the TCA photocall in Ermanno Scervino’s fun take on houndstooth adding a pop of color with red strappy sandals.

Taraji P HensonAt the Empire panel on Thursday Taraji P. Henson went for simple chic in a long sleeve Cushnie et Ochs teal dress adding oomph to this look with embellished Alaïa sandals.

Christina BaranskiMoving onto the Ricki and the Flash premiere with Christine Baranski killing it off screen as much as she does when she is Diane Lockhart.

Laverne CoxA very fun twist to the standard mini dress from Laverne Cox in Elizabeth & James paired with studded white Louboutins. This blue is really great on her as is the vampy shade of red lipstick.

Christina ApplegateChristina Applegate goes for 70s inspired plunging glam in a stunning Naeem Khan at the 5th Annual Celebration of Dance Gala presented by the Dizzy Feet Foundation.

Idris ElbaIdris Elba is the first guy to appear on the cover of Maxim (this fact surprised me) and boy did they pick a very striking cover image. Never before have I considered buying this magazine, but they might have me with this fantastic editorial including Idris wearing so many good coats.

Jenji KohanThere’s no mistaking who the cover star of Variety’s female showrunner issue is this week with Jenji Kohan’s recognizable specs and colorful hair. This quote from The Affair’s Sarah Treem really resonates “This is not about rah-rah girl power. This is about advice on how to literally run a show and adapt to what you’re given in a way that can make it work. “It’s helpful to have people tell you you’re not crazy to be struggling with it, and also helpful to have people tell you you have to adjust the way you’re working.”

Kirsten DunstA couple of week’s ago I mentioned how my teenage love for Kirsten Dunst was likely to resurface as a result of Fargo season 2 and as if on schedule upon seeing her editorial in the September issue of Town & Country I clapped with glee upon seeing the photos. There’s a little 70s styling in the woodland shots which is entirely appropriate given the setting. In the interview Dunst mentions how she got some helpful advice regarding the TV transition:

“TV is a lot harder than film. A lot harder. When I got the part, my friend Lizzy [Caplan], who is on Masters of Sex, said, ‘Be sure to get B12 shots to get you through the week.’ I was like, ‘Really? That sounds very dramatic, Lizzy.’ By the third week I was all over the B12. It was one of the best roles I’ve ever played—the writing is spectacular—but by the end I was tapped out.”

Dunst also briefly discusses her Fargo character Peggy Blomquist “She is very much like me at ​my craziest, my mother at her craziest, my grandma at her craziest. I could really combine the nutsiest parts of the women in my family.”

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