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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.

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Best of the Pre-Emmy Parties

17 Sep

The pre-Emmy events really kicked off last night at the Variety and Women in Film’s celebration and we have some of the best looks of the night. Expect more to be added before the main event tomorrow. tatiana-maslany-and-tom-cullenLots of super sparkly detail on nominee Tatiana Maslany’s frock and strappy sandals satisfying my inner magpie and boyfriend Tom Cullen crushes both the beard and suit game.laura-carmichaelThat time of year for actresses from Downton Abbey to grace these pages and this is their final Emmys; Laura Carmichael gives great print dress which kinda looks like it has a dolphin on it, but I suspect that is actually a rock by a river image. Regardless it is rather serene and different from the usual patterned affairs.michelle-dockeryA jumpsuit with pockets and a jacket giving a caped effect is always going to please me. All Michelle Dockery needs is a bold red lip to really set this Elie Saab ensemble off.laverne-coxLooking radiant in white Yusef Sanchez and Laverne Cox has gone for classic simplicity with just the right amount of sparkly accessories to complete this party outfit.constance-zimmerShowing off her naughty side with a clutch that also reads nice in a super chic look and Constance Zimmer is also wearing with the best lipstick of the night.sarah-hylandSarah Hyland’s leaning a little figure skater in Elisabetta Franchi, but the combination of sparkles, feathers and sheer works as a party frock.donald-gloverDouble breasted suit perfection for Donald Glover and the no tie thing is working like a smart/casual charm.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

4 Aug

After last week’s power dressing convention heavy “Look of the Week” we’re back on schedule with the TCA press tour dishing up the usual amount of cool/casual to slightly fancier looks. As this is the summer session it means there are plenty of floaty and floral numbers on display. Plus we’ve got a couple of other red carpet events including two TV spies infiltrating the White House.Mr Robot ladiesRami Malek and Christian Slater are great and all, but it was a really smart idea to focus this year’s Mr Robot panel on the women of this show shining a spotlight on newbie Grace Gummer, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday and Stephanie Corneliussen as they are currently the most interesting aspect of season 2.

At TCA there are often just sitting down shots so you don’t always get a good look at the whole outfit (but you do get to see the shoes) and as with talk shows it is better to pick something that looks good seated. Pretty much don’t go too short. All four women look great and I particularly like that they are all smiling/laughing as this is something we rarely get to see on Mr Robot.Mr Robot TCANow for the stand up shot which highlights the mix of outfits including collared/blazer highs – even with the sheer aspect Stephanie Corneliussen has my fave look of the quartet – and textured frocks. Basically I am so ready for a lot more of these ladies on Mr Robot and this panel and this week’s episode is very encouraging.Issa RaeI’m really looking forward to Insecure (premieres Sunday, October 9) and star/creator Issa Rae looked fabulous at the HBO panel in a black dress with a colorful patterned trim. Plus Rae is giving me new glasses frames to covet. Sharon HorganWomen are leading the way with fall comedies at HBO and Sharon Horgan was there to discuss Divorce (also on my highly anticipated list) while giving me so many Sharon from Catastrophe vibes with her attire. Yeah things get a little confusing name wise as Sharon Horgan plays Sharon on the excellent Catastrophe and typically I want everything in her wardrobe, as I do in life it would seem.SJPIn a patterned Etro frock delight is Divorce leading lady Sarah Jessica Parker and this ideal Summer TCA wear is perfect for a post panel cocktail. Michelle DockerySometimes sitting down shots obscure what makes a great looking outfit take a turn for the worst or as Samantha Powell puts it the “sheer skirt surprise.” Case in point; Michelle Dockery at the Good Behavior panel in a lovely floral Self Portrait dress, which looks great sitting down. Michelle Dockery and Ana GasteyerAt the TCA Turner summer party Michelle Dockery switched her outfit out and the collar detail is enough to make me ignore some of the other aspects I am less keen on. Ana Gasteyer is every level of casual great with a pair of fantastic stacked shoes/red toenails.Ali ShawkatAlso at the TCA Turner summer party, Alia Shawkat is pretty much rocking my whole party aesthetic; drink in one hand and plate of food in the other. Love her very cute striped knotted shirt for extra casual vibes.America Ferrera and Ben FeldmanTwo weeks in a row for America Ferrera on “Out of the Box” and this is a much more casual setting as she promotes Superstore with co-star Ben Feldman. Both have got the casual/smart ratio down and I am especially into Ferrera’s geometric detailed pumps and pink blazer.Keri Russell and Matthew RhysNow for the fancy end of the scale as stars of The Americans Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys attended a state dinner at the White House; doing so in style and insert your Russian spy jokes here.

Russell wore an elegant draped Stephane Rolland black dress with a gold panel and it is her accessories that have caught my eye including the gold hand cuff. Going classic in a black tux and a strong hiatus beard is Matthew Rhys and for more BTS getting ready (beyond Instagram) check out People’s makeup rundown with TV Ate My Wardrobe fave Tina Turnbow.

Here is Keri Russell on The Tonight Show talking about that dinner and a white dress disaster near miss. 

And for a slice of adorable and utterly charming check out their joint interview over at The Hollywood Reporter, which is pretty much, my new favorite thing. They talk their terrible ideas for how The Americans should end, why it is so great to have a character like Elizabeth Jennings, how The Wine Show came into fruition, Matthew Rhys guest starring in the final season of Girls, sex scenes on The Americans and Felicity’s hair. It is really good. Zosia MametMore black dress and strong eye makeup this week and Zosia Mamet is crushing it at the 2016 ACE Awards. And at an event celebrating accessories she has picked well on the jewelry front.Gina RodriguezBlack dresses for all in our non-TCA portion of “Out of the Box” and Gina Rodriguez goes super sexy in an off the shoulder BCBGMAXAZRIA at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet in Beverly Hills last night. Love the silver pumps too.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

4 May

Continuing on from yesterday’s Met Gala highlights we’ve got some getting ready and Gala hangout offerings. Plus more from the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner and the Girls ladies get back to work for their final season.

What a night! #metgala #zacposen #clairedanes Thank you to my incredible team and #Atelier! #metgala2016

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Still the dress moment of the evening and it is worth seeing Claire Danes in all her glowing glory once again.

 

And here it is in the early stages.

A rare photograph of three female homosapiens in the bathroom at the <MET BALL 2016>

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I have so many questions about the bathroom situation considering the size/constricted nature of some of the gowns (going short seems like a wise choice) and as somehow who has talked about how much they love the use of bathrooms particularly in teen shows, I am so here for this.

As with this Lady Gaga in the background facial expression I am also obsessed with what Jemima Kirke is thinking in this moment.

On the way to my first #MetGala. Here I go! @giambattistapr

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This was another favorite look of the night and Danai Gurira is a spectacular force on the red carpet, as Michonne on The Walking Dead and as a writer. There is another reason for Gurira to celebrate this week as her play Eclipsed received six Tony nominations including writing and for best play.

 

One thing I love about Instagram and fashion posts is the detail you get to appreciate that wouldn’t normally come across in red carpet shots. Case in point the parts of SJP’s Hamilton inspired look.

Nighttime cobblestone dance. Post Met shindig. X, sj #manusxmachina

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This is also magical.

Daaaaaaamn Met Ball… Back at it again with the 6 inch jimmy Choos!!

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That is definitely a stacked shoe and a whole lot of woah from Mindy Kaling’s footwear.

 

Peering behind the getting ready curtain with Allison Williams.

 

Now for her day job and after its best season yet, the Girls team are back to work.

When Marnie and Hannah were young and photoshopped into one photo.

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More from Girls and I do love a good use of photoshop with actual old photos of the actors involved.

Headed to #nerdprom2016 🇺🇸 #whcd #joy

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Now for more White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner including this delightful shot of Michelle Dockery on her way to the event. I adore her yellow Cushnie Et Ochs gown.

We weren't nervous at all while waiting to meet @BarackObama and @MichelleObama @theladydockers @TherealLeech

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This also makes me very happy.

End to a fever dream of a night.

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Elevator magic from Abbi and Ilana.

Hanging with my @BroadCity broads @IlanusGlazer and @AbbiJacobson at #WHCD

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They also found recent Broad City guest star Tracee Ellis Ross gifting us with this selfie.

Behind the scenes JJ crew!!!! @carrieannemoss @rachaelmaytaylor

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Jessica Jones cast hangouts courtesy of the Netflix screening event last night. Also reminding me that I still have over half a season of Daredevil to watch.

Scott Speedman in Calvin Klein at the premiere of his new show Animal Kingdom – styled by yours truly

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If you only follow one stylist on Instagram make it Ilaria Urbinati for lots of dudes in suits treats such as this Scott Speedman delight and plenty of ladies looking amazing (including Krysten Ritter from the event in the previous photo).

Youre Welcome America! I love you #MikeShannon #TakeShelter #legendactor & #talldrinkofwater

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This is wonderful and bizarre. Thank you, Jessica Chastain.

YES! Surprise DC visit from #JudySmith – the REAL fixer!!!! The best. The one and only. #Scandal @scandalabc

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A very special visit from the woman who inspired Olivia Pope.

Stevie came to see #thecruciblebroadway last night and bless our band of witches 🌙

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While I’m on the subject of very special visitors; the cast of The Crucible were graced with the presence of the one and only Stevie Nicks.

Sooooo….This rabid theater fan came to #DryPowder last night.

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Other significant post-play important hangouts of the week and now I have all the feelings.

Best of the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

2 May

A busy few days for the red carpet with President Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday and the Met Gala tonight; I have a feeling we might see some repeat faces. We’ve got patterns, print, bold color, black frock delights and everyone’s favorite dog. Gugu Mbatha RawSimply stunning from Gugu Mbatha-Raw in this striking blue and purple floral Lela Rose gown. Even the sheer aspect is not enough to detract from how much I love this dress. Constance ZimmerA funky pattern that gives off 1960s hypnotic vibes and more sheer that in shocking news I don’t hate from Constance Zimmer. While you don’t get to see all the leather aspects; this angle does show off the fun mix of materials that make up Zimmer’s Gomez-Gracia frock.Michelle DockeryI am a sucker for all things yellow particularly on the mustard end and Michelle Dockery’s Cushnie Et Ochs hits all those sweet spots. Plus bonus lipstick points.Karlie KlossAnother style high from Karlie Kloss this week and it wouldn’t surprise me if we see Kloss gracing these pages tomorrow. Here she is in Derek Lam mixing things up in different white tones and fabric textures. Also red lipstick points are awarded. Tracee Ellis RossTracee Ellis Ross is serving up pure 1970s inspired black gown sexy in Jovani and the gold clutch/earrings are super strong accessories choices. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana GlazerAbbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer opt for a more recent decade with the 90s continuing to have its moment and while I have complicated/mostly negative feelings towards the choker resurgence it is working for me with Ilana’s overall look. Carrie Fisher and Tom HiddlestonGenerally if Tom Hiddleston is in anything approximating a suit then he will be the focus of the shot; this is not the case when posing with Carrie Fisher and a nonplussed by the cameras Gary Fisher. The perfect way to close out this red carpet post.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

5 Dec

Award shows and end of year celebrations are upon us which means fancy frocks aplenty. This week’s “Out of the Box” also includes a magazine editorial with someone who is making the style round up for an immense fourth week in a row.

Amy RyanAmy Ryan looks delightful at the Gotham Awards doing the black and winter florals thing with aplomb. Major red lipstick points and her shoes are fantastic.

Jenny SlateAsymmetric peplum is not the easiest of looks to work, but Jenny Slate is killing it in this Roksanda skirt and top. Black nail polish was on trend at the Gotham Awards and there’s a whole ’40s vibe to this look. Imagining Janet Snakehole’s pillbox hat and cigarette holder as accessories (I pretty much always want Janet Snakehole’s hat).

Ruth WilsonThe final of the three Gotham Awards looks is one that could be a big ball of huh, however I am all in and Ruth Wilson’s Dior ensemble with the oven mitt front pocket and crinkly top; I just really like the color combination. Soft pink lipstick with this updo and the silver metallic shoe goodness sets the whole thing off.

Michelle Dockery British Fashion AwardsMichelle Dockery continues to make style choices that go way beyond English Rose blah and at the British Fashion Awards she wore this foliage fantastic Erdem while presenting Erdem Moralioğlu with the Womenswear Designer of the Year accolade.

Gillian Jacobs FlareMoving on and it is the fourthOut of the Boxin a row for Gilliam Jacobs. Covering the new issue of Flare Jacobs once again gives good quote and pose. After Bust’s ’60s inspired shoot this is very much in the present and the Timo Weiland skirt and top combo paired with super funky Alexander Wang shoes is already giving me ideas for spring. Jacobs discusses the two TV shows she successfully landed in 2009 and why she choose Britta “It was a real Sliding Doors moment. My character on The Good Wife was sort of peripheral, Community was more central.” I adore Britta and even more I adore how much Jacobs loves this character “It’s more interesting and fun to be flawed. I also love that Britta bounces back no matter what.” Jacobs also briefly discusses her forthcoming Girls appearance with little detail aside from asking costume designer Jenn Rogien to steer clear of the very Britta stripes and leather. 

Best of the 2014 Emmy Red Carpet: Bold Color

26 Aug

The 2014 Emmy Red Carpet coverage continues and now we’ve addressed the stunning black and white frocks from the evening it is time to revel in all the vibrant colors that were on display.

Teyonah ParrisI wanted to use a photo of this dress in posed motion as Mad Men’s Teyonah Parris takes what could be an awkward dress by Christian Siriano and has fun with it. The chartreuse skirt and candy colored bodice make this a standout look and one Parris wears well.

Claire Danes and Hugh DancyLet’s take a look at the red gowns of the night of which there were many. Claire Danes is wearing my favorite with an embellished Givenchy frock including lace cut outs, belting and foliage looking collar. All of these factors combined could be a bit much, however Danes looks elegant. Good lipstick choice too. Bonus Hugh Dancy with added conflicted ‘lack of facial hair’ feelings.

January Jones EmmysYou can always count on January Jones to wear something dramatic and she does just this in this patterned and pocketed Prabal Gurung delight. A terrific shade of lip color for this dress, but what was up with her hair?

JLDMoving from bad hair to amazing with Julia Louis-Dreyfus (another attic painting candidate) in a raspberry colored Carolina Herrera and like Claire Danes she has a thin belt to accentuate her silhouette. The buckles don’t stop here as the straps also use this detail and JLD shone on the night for smooches, speeches and her gown.

Keke PalmerAnother dramatic and stunning Rubin Singer frock with Keke Palmer showing how to wear a whole lot of dress with simple accessories and makeup/hair. This cobalt blue is striking and Palmer is a standout.

Allison Tolman EmmysAlso making an impression in an arresting color is Allison Tolman in an emerald Romona Keveza one-shouldered frock. Such a good choice for the first time Emmy nominee.

Natalie DormerNatalie Dormer strikes an almost Wonder Woman like J. Mendel orange topped delight – if it looks familiar it’s because Michelle Monaghan wore something from the same collection on Saturday – and Dormer’s hair deserves a special mention for distracting me from some of the terrible styles on display.

Kerry Washington EmmysAnother orange frock and Kerry Washington’s Prada getup is one that I keep changing my mind on, so I’m including it while I sit on the fence. I like it in motion and the sparkly mini skirt element is really appealing; I’m just not sure if it is trying to do too much and failing to tie it all together.

Anna GunnAnother of the dramatic leg slit trend and Anna Gunn’s Jenny Packham frock is a color block and patterned beauty. Digging her Edie Parker ‘Lara’ clutch and gold sandals too as she celebrates the last Breaking Bad Emmy outing.

Michelle Dockery EmmysMichelle Dockery is always a red carpet favorite and as with her Roland Mouret outfit at the weekend this Rosie Assoulin is working a fancy table cloth look. I realize this doesn’t sound like a positive, but I really love this frock and the colors on Dockery.

Allison JanneyVelvet in August is a bold choice from Allison Janney and even though it bears a resemblance to a Quality Street, Janney is working it like a double winner in one year should.

 

Best of the Variety and BAFTA Pre-Emmy Red Carpets

24 Aug

August has been a relatively quiet month with most of the red carpet action coming from film projects filmed while on hiatus. Get ready for an influx of dresses as the Emmys are on Monday and the parties have already begun. Below are the best looks from the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea 2014 and Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nomination Celebration. With several pulling double duty at both events a couple of faces pop up twice. On trend is a mixture of all-black ensembles and super colorful affairs (with some showcasing both thanks to the two events). There are a lot of bad shoe choices and somehow three jumpsuits make the list (insert Home Alone cat face here).

Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington has been hitting style highs recently and this is another to add to that list. Going short in Michael Kors and fresh faced before the fancy frock night is understandable. This is striking in its simplicity and there’s a slight hint of sparkle when the flash hits the embellishments.

Samira WileyAnother short take and the pre-Emmy parties are all about having fun before the big event and Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley is doing just this in a blurred effect number.

Julianna MarguliesJulianna Margulies is always one of my most anticipated on the red carpet come award season and while she is playing it pretty safe; it is also a classic J-Marg look. Digging the bold lipstick too.

Michelle Dockery VarietyMichelle Dockery’s peplum Elie Saab black jumpsuit is also in the simple chic category at the Variety party.

Michelle DockeryHowever, earlier in the day Dockery has done the color splurge in a Roland Mouret crop top and skirt. The Teen Choice Awards don’t have the monopoly on crop tops (there is another coming up) and even though the skirt looks like a fancy table cloth Dockery pulls this off. Despite the matchy matchy shoe/skirt of it all these Christian Louboutin pumps are a footwear highlight.

KS and ASIf Kiernan Shipka’s Instagram is anything to go by these teen stars are set to takeover the world while having brunch and here she is once again with Sleepy Hollow’s Amandla Stenberg. Both manage to look super cute and slightly edgy at the same time in their dark attire.

KsKiernan Shipka also attended the BAFTA Tea in a summery Giambattista Valli cocktail dress and she will be one to look out for tomorrow as she continues to hit all the right sartorial notes.

Joanne FroggattDownton Abbey’s Joanne Froggat does color blocking in Altuzarra mixing bold red and orange with grey. Black sandals are a popular choice on both red carpets (not in the bad shoe category) and it is still summer after all.

Ashley MadekweAt first I thought this was a dress, instead it is a Christian Dior jumpsuit with one leg much wider than the other and Ashley Madekwe pulls off Dior’s latest attempt to wrinkle our brains (remember JLaw’s half skirt/pants number?!). One reason this works is because it’s all one color and a striking shade of blue at that. Plus the pockets, always the pockets.

Anna ChlumskyKeeping in the jumpsuit/pocket territory and Anna Chlumsky’s Veronica Beard outfit reminds me of the Hannibal bathroom location from season one (they’re not even that similar, but that’s where my brain jumped to). This is not a bad thing as those tiles are gorgeous as is this pattern.

Lizzy Caplan BAFTAAnother BAFTA/Variety double! Lizzy Caplan is wearing a bold chartreuse Cushnie et Ochs frock and works this difficult shade by pairing it with scarlet pumps. Sheer tends to cause a wrinkled nose effect and part of me would love to see this as a strapless gown.

Lizzy Caplan VarietySwitching things up and the Wes Gordon houndstooth pencil skirt and long sleeve crop top makes me think of a Virginia Johnson outfit shifted from 1956 to 2014. Paired with burgundy Christian Louboutin ‘Bootypump’ ankle boots – which I am now coveting – makes this a sophisticated and fun take on office to party chic.

Allison TolmanEmmy weekend also reminds me which shows I need to catch up on and Fargo is top of this list. I’ve heard so much about Allison Tolman’s performance and she looks lovely on the BAFTA Tea red carpet in a lace blue frock. A more colorful shoe choice (basically anything but beige) would have been preferable.

Rachelle LefevreMore beige shoe sadness with Rachelle Lefevre, however her dress is enough to distract and looks like the clothing version of sediment layers. This also doesn’t sound that great I realize, but trust me it is. So much hair envy.

Michelle MonaghanColor blocking with a dotty twist and Michelle Monaghan’s red and orange J. Mendel frock is another striking take on this trend.

Charlotte Rampling’s NARS Fall Campaign

5 Aug

It might still look like summer, but fall campaigns are being unveiled at a rapid rate with September issues hitting newsstands soon (in some cases they are already out) and NARS is celebrating 20 years in style. The first ad in this campaign features the stunning and iconic Charlotte Rampling in a super sultry black and white shot. Showcasing the Audacious Lipstick Collection through a black and white image might be an unusual choice; however the second panel’s giant lipstick does the trick. And when you look as good as Rampling (in this photo taken by François Nars) it kind of sells itself.

Lipstick isn’t the only thing this ad is selling as I now want to find a black lady tux (I pretty much always want a lady tux jacket so this isn’t the greatest of leaps for me).

Charlotte Rampling NARS campaignAnything to wash away the memories of anyone who was involved in the final season of Dexter. If you want to see Rampling being a badass in a recent TV series may I offer up Restless (also starring Hayley Atwell and Michelle Dockery), which is a two-part spy drama spanning several decades starting during WWII. You get to see Lady Mary in a whole lot of ’70s attire and Hayley Atwell plays a young Charlotte Rampling in a role that is very much suited as prep for Agent Carter. I think there could be a Restless costuming post in the near future.

 

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

25 Jul

The TCA Summer Tour is over and Comic Con is in full flow; this edition of “Out of the Box” features a lot of the former and a hint of the latter.

Diane Kruger TCADiane Kruger is stunning in at The Bridge panel wearing Roksanda; a designer that always brings a pop of color and intrigue (Lizzy Caplan was a highlight in Roksanda last week). The color-blocking of the dress using an array of shapes makes it feel like the dress version of a toddler learning game and it is pretty mesmerizing.  Bold strappy two-tone pink and black Dior sandals add to yet another Kruger standout.

Michelle DockeryMichelle Dockery always brings her A game when promoting Downton Abbey and this Victoria Beckham Fall 2014 ensemble is delightful. Dockery manages to work the classics without falling into cliche “English Rose” territory by keeping things contemporary; the gold chain adds something to the simple navy top while not detracting from the abstract print of the skirt. Cool dark denim heels complete this look.

Mindy Kaling TCAAt the Fox All-Star party Mindy Kaling stands out in a jade green Tadashi Shoji dress and you can always rely on Kaling to wear something that will add a dash of color to proceedings. That or at least some sparkles. The cut is great on her and the minimal accessories/striking lipstick sets it off.

Michaela ConlinAnother super colorful outfit at the Fox All-Star with Bones’ Michaela Conlin pairing an electric blue sleeveless shift dress with a pair of bubblegum pink pumps. Hey, it is a summer party after all.

Caroline DhavernasWhen doing the promotional thing Comic Con is a little different outfit wise as while there is a huge audience, it is a much more casual attire affair and so it can be a tricky one (particularly for woman as dudes turn up in jeans and tees for regular photo calls as opposed to the much more put together female attire, I’ve ranted about this in the past).

Caroline Dhavernas’ Hannibal panel ensemble is cute and the seersucker shirt/patterned skirt has the hint of Alana Bloom if Alana was on vacation and drinking a cocktail. I also have worn the reverse of this outfit recently. While some information was revealed about Hannibal’s third season, there was no word as to what role (if any) Dhavernas will play. I’m hoping her presence at SDCC is a hint that she will be back.   

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