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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

20 Apr

After last week’s pink suit extravaganza, Look of the Week and spring fashion is a bit more eclectic. Lots of bold patterns, some fabulous ladysuits and sequin delights. Behold! Regular (or even not so regular) readers will not be surprised to see me kick off this week with Busy and Michelle. At the I Feel Pretty premiere, Busy looks incredible in sparkly Christian Siriano. Siriano, as Busy shared on her Stories also provided the dress for her sister.

Meanwhile, I wish Michelle’s Louis Vuitton was a jumpsuit rather than a witchy dress. The collar is reminiscent of this LV dress she wore at the SAG awards last year, but I like this detail more on this occasion even if the sequin SAG frock is better.

Also while I’m on the subject of I Feel Pretty, this by Alison Herman is an interesting look at Amy Schumer’s career trajectory.
I am never not going to love a sequin mini dress, especially when Natalie Morales is the one in it. I just finished season two of Santa Clarita Diet, this show and Morales are so much fun. I liked season one, but it has really found its weirdo voice. I hope there is more to come.Evan Rachel Wood is Queen of the Ladysuits; she does not disappoint in this very beige, very ’70s looking Altuzzara ensemble. Also opting for a vibe from my fave style decade is Thandie Newton in patterned and peplum Osman.

Really looking forward to see these ladies tear show shit up on season two of Westworld.Hello, handsome. James Marsden is coordinating with the carpet and showing how to pattern clash in style.Carrying on the crush theme with Jimmi Simspon; I adore him and those clear frames. This is also a fun and different suit choice for spring.I finally saw A Quiet Place and I am thankful for Krasinski’s beard/knitwear in this movie, as it gave me something to focus on instead of the intense dread levels. What a movie. Emily Blunt delivered reactions to destroy me on every level and it is nice seeing them having a lovely time on the red carpet.

This is at Variety’s Power of Women‘ event, where Blunt was being honored. Blunt wears floral Prada, which has a surprising touch of sequins on the shoulders. Also getting honored was Viola Davis, wearing her fave shade of pink (it looks great on her) in Pamella Roland; more peplum and it would appear that 2012 is making a comeback. I’m not sure how I feel like this on the whole, but Davis looks fabulous. Sandra Oh gives great casual outfit heading into Jimmy Kimmel Live! I am a little obsessed with sweats like this at the moment. In fact I would wear this entire outfit.And now for what Sandra Oh wore on the show. This is a great jumpsuit; Oh looks chic as hell (sorry, Reynolds Woodcock). This also reminds me that I still need to watch Killing Eve.

Get yourself someone who can do both casual and fancy. It was the Scandal series finale last night (things were handled, great clothes were worn), but earlier this week Kerry Washington attended Eva Longoria’s Star ceremony in a killer outfit.

Houndstooth appeared from time to time in Olivia Pope’s wardrobe, but she would not have worn something as colorful as this Oscar de la Renta frock. Sunglasses give it a daytime glam feel and I am head over heels for this look.

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

30 Mar

A quieter week for “Out of the Box,” but a very good one for magazine content including gasp worthy covers and a reunion that warmed my soul. It was exactly what I needed to see on Wednesday when I was knee deep in work. So, thank you for that.

There are also ladysuits, animal print, kitties and some very good costume design. This is from last week at a FYC event (Emmy season is coming!), but I missed it and I can’t not include Cody Fern demonstrating that leopard print makes for a perfect button-down shirt choice. This is how you add sartorial flair to a black suit.

Fern plays David Madson on American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and was a revelation. Here he looks nothing like his ACS character; the hair wave he is serving up is fantastic. Sound the ladysuit klaxon! At the A Series of Unfortunate Events season two premiere, Allison Williams gives great menswear in Gabriela Hearst.

Timeless continues to be the most fun and delightful show that also has me wanting to know more about the historical events they cover. This cast also continues to be the most fun and delightful as evidenced on Abigail Spencer’s Instagram.

The most recent episode, “Hollywoodland” paid homage to Queen Hedy Lamarr and also featured some stunning ’40s costumes. And the Timeless lipstick game is so strong right now. This Gucci jumpsuit has recently graced these pages, but it is definitely worth a second look on Holly Taylor. This is from Anna Silman’s profile of Taylor for The Cut and Silman is one of my favorite interviewers at the moment . In the piece they talk about Taylor’s background growing up in this industry and what she plans on doing next.

And for all things Americans season six as Paige falls further into the spy biz here is my review of the amazing premiere and my interview with costume designer Katie IrishGrown-ish star and TV Ate My Wardrobe fave gives great cover on Essence. And for Grown-ish style tips, here is where you find a lot of the costumes; this is a show that mixes aspirational and affordable. This made me gasp in the best way. It has been a very good week for Christina Aguilera including this Drag Race moment.

Paper continues to do very interesting things and this is beautiful (song title ref intended). But this isn’t an indictment on makeup because as Aguilera mentions in the interview “I mean, I’m a girl that likes a beat face, let’s not get it twisted.” We can do both.
Entertainment Weekly excels when it comes to WB reunions—first Felicity, then Buffy—and this Dawson’s Creek issue hits all those sweet nostalgia spots. It is always heartening when a cast comes back to celebrate the show that made them famous and they do this in spades.

There is a 55-minute reunion show which delivers on the feeeeeeelings and fun including Michelle Williams seeing the Crying Dawson meme for the first timeI yelled with joy about this on Twitter because there is nothing better than Michelle Williams opting for a cover with Busy Philipps over a solo shot. As Joanna Robinson put it “Let’s all enjoy the fact that Michelle Williams clearly has a Busy rider.” Yes this is now my lock screen image. Yes I am extra when it comes to this friendship.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

12 Jan

Last week felt like a busy “Out of the Box,” then the Golden Globes and so many other events took place. Coverage of the very different Golden Globes can be found across three posts including the activists that attended and why it is important to credit designers. Being a feminist and caring about fashion are two concepts that don’t have to exist separately.

Post Globes parties, other awards, premieres and looks from TCA panels are featured. For the Critics’ Choice awards—which were held last night—there will be a rundown post soon. Busy Philipps is usually Michelle Williams’ award show date. But after discussing using her place of privilege in respect to what has been going on in Hollywood in her Harper’s Bazaar interview, Williams came up with the idea of bringing activists as guests. Williams was accompanied by Tarana Burke, the woman who created #MeToo over a decade ago and seven other A-list actresses followed suit.

Don’t even get me started on the shit Marky Mark pulled with regard to the reshoots.

Later in the night the pair did hangout, Busy’s Stories included the ridiculous question a paparazzi dude asked Michelle “What’s next for women?” But if Busy did decide to put this Q on a tee or sweatshirt and donate the money to #TimesUp I would be first in line.

Blurry mirror selfie with my bb.

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Black iridescent Jeffrey Dodd looks great on Busy, but I am also very much a fan of their day after outfits. This is such a fun spin on the ladysuit by Sonequa Martin-Green; cropped/high-waisted Vitor Zerbinato suit with high ruffled collar Elisabetta Franchi shirt. The latter is making me feel like my Alienist as a style influence prediction isn’t totally off.Amy Brenneman looks cool af at the HBO Golden Globes after party and I am still mad Leftovers got no love. I never thought I would be this enamored with a sheer turtleneck, but holy wow is Tessa Thompson working another fabulous twist on menswear inspiration in Alexandre Vauthier.

And after calling out Lena Dunham for doing the most Lena Dunham thing, Thompson got embroiled in an apology/not apology news cycle. She handled it well and with eloquence, even though her first statement didn’t need explaining or walking back as it sounded pretty accurate. But, Hollywood. Or as Ira would say, “Keep It” (check out his new podcast, which is also great).Including this photo mostly because of how great Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Keery are together in season 2 of Stranger Things. Also because I just remembered Keery was in Molly’s Game. His hair was just as impressive. Gillian Anderson got a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. Her new shorter, blonder do has been getting quite the workout this week, much to my delight. This silver number by Sophia Kah is my favorite of the three dresses she has worn this week. The specs with the glitz are excellent and X-Files co-star Annabeth Gish is also crushing the style stakes.

Oh, and this week’s episode of The X-Files was incredible, especially in comparison with last week’s mythology mess. So many fun Mulder and Scully scenes. Their chemistry is still off the charts and enough to make me feel like I am fourteen again. Lots of giggling.  There’s been a lot of dressed up Greta Gerwig this week, but here she is at a SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversation event in a super cozy sweater just to mix it up.

After Lady Bird won at the Golden Globes, Gerwig was asked about her position on Woody Allen as someone that has worked with him in the past. She fumbled with a non-answer; it was disappointing even if I could recognize that it was once again a woman being asked to justify another man’s abuse. But, she did follow up with a response that is far more definitive on her position and also acknowledges why it is important to speak up.At the 2018 Film Society Of Lincoln Center & Film Comment luncheon, Greta Gerwig got daytime dressed up in this fabulous pop of floral color. Get Out’s Lil Rel Howery took the suit/turtleneck pairing to new levels in this amazing color combination. At the National Board of Review Awards, Gal Gadot wears an Elie Saab dress that is reminiscent of her blue frock from Wonder Woman. Minus the giant sword of course.The Black Panther press tour is approaching and I am so ready. Lupita Nyong’o looks in command of a space ship in a sparkly Balmain ensemble.I finished Maureen Orth’s Vulgar Favors this week, the book the new American Crime Story is based on so my anticipation levels for the show are now even higher. Penelope Cruz gives Versace-adjacent vibes in velvet custom Stella McCartney.Queen Judith Light has been cast in the perfect part for her and she lights up the red carpet as always.As far as I can tell, Anna Chancellor is not in American Crime Story, but I wish she was. But I do love this patterned frock and ankle boots combo even if it looks more Sundance attire.

This is also a good time to mention how much I miss The Hour. If any show deserves another season it is this one.TCA is still going, but it is the FX panels from last Friday that I am mostly interested in. Including Edgar Ramirez wearing a lovely sweater while discussing American Crime Story. I would love to know what Darren Criss is reacting to. The last TCA panel for The Americans and Keri Russell brought out the polka dot pussy-bow blouse big guns. I’m still in denial that it is ending. And their TV family was rather well coordinated, all getting the black/grey/white memo. I mentioned this on Twitter, but Keidrich Sellati looks like he should be hanging out with the Stranger Things teens in star collared Givenchy. Holly Taylor’s long jacket/legs out is the perfect spin on panel attire and I am still super impressed with how The Americans broke the teens in a prestige drama curse.Atlanta returns for season 2 in March and I am so ready. At the TCA panel Zazie Beetz brought all the floral ensemble glory, while Donald Glover and Brain Tyree Henry worked the more casual versions of their red carpet style.At yesterday’s HBO session, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams were there to discuss 2 Dope Queens. And Phoebe is offering up another fun take on the ladysuit including a faux fur sash. I am very much looking forward to these specials.

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).

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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.

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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.

Michelle Williams Covers Harper’s Bazaar: Talks Reshoots and “Quiet Rage”

4 Jan

Typically I am not one for writing down any New Year’s resolutions; in part because September is when I look to making goals/figuring out things, in part because I think there is often a lot of pressure to better yourself as soon as January hits. My fridge is still full of cheese, there are still countless chocolates left over for Christmas for me to go full clean living as soon as the bell chimes. When I quit smoking eleven years ago, I waited until February and used the return of Lost as my goal to give up. And I haven’t had a cigarette since.

But in 2018 I decided to write things down. One of my Christmas gifts was a BB-8 Moleskin daily diary, this is all part of my attempt to be better organized. So I can plan pitch ideas better and don’t miss opportunities because I didn’t realize an anniversary of a pop culture moment was approaching. Some of these goals are big work related things, others are much smaller. What this long intro is saying is one resolution is to not buy a new issue of a magazine, until I have read the previous one. The stack on my coffee table with issues going back as far as November (so bought in October) was rather sobering, so I spent Tuesday afternoon making my way through it.

Three issues of Harper’s Bazaar later—I’m so impressed with all the 150th anniversary pieces from 2017—and I figured I wouldn’t buy this magazine this much in 2018. And then I found out who was on the cover.Regular readers will know that I stan hard for Michelle Williams, other than Gillian Anderson this is my longest relationship with an actress I adore. Haircuts have been influenced both way back when and in my adult life. The reason I plan on seeing The Greatest Showman at the weekend is Williams.

The brocade jacket is Louis Vuitton (of course), Williams looks like a fancy general about to make some kind of command. And this might be my favorite cover of hers in a long time. The others aren’t bad, this is just better. The rest of the shoot is backstage glam themed, shot at the historic Musée des Arts Forains in Paris.The subscriber cover is more delicate, but just as stunning. “The show must go on…” is of course a reference to the All the Money in the World post-Kevin Spacey allegations reshoots, but also doubles as a nod to The Greatest Showman. I haven’t seen this movie yet (I will and I love this piece by Ira Madison III), but the interview took place just before those last minute reshoots with Christopher Plummer. Williams talks about watching The Sound of Music with her twelve-year old daughter Matilda,* how they have been referring to Plummer as their hero, “to be able to tell my daughter that… Captain von Trapp is going to save the day!”

*Weirdly, nothing makes me feel older than celeb kids no longer being three.

Any interview with someone in the Hollywood business right now is going to involve a discussion about the Harvey fallout. In the case of Williams it makes even more sense that this would come up, as the film she is promoting has been directly impacted by allegations against a co-star. During the interview she discusses how the focus tends to stick to the perpetrator and what this means:

“They’re the center of attention. It’s still about them. Because at the heart of every predator is a narcissist. That’s the real pity of abuse: it doesn’t stop with the event, the abuser becomes the center of things for a very long time. So here we are now. But I think this has been a very moving time. I’ve had so many emotions.”

Williams is a private person. She has no social media presence aside from guest starring in bestie Busy Philipps‘ Insta Stories. But it would seem that this big shift at the end of 2017 is making her question her position of privilege of keeping this level of privacy up:

“I’m realizing little by little that by being an actress you have a platform. I never wanted it. I would rather not say anything, ever, at any time. But there’s this strange opportunity I have, and so I struggle with these two polarities. The desire for a very private, quiet, life, and the fact that I have the opportunity to say something that more than one person might hear.”

And I can’t help but wonder (oh hey Carrie Bradshaw) if Busy’s social media profile along with this reckoning is impacting how Williams sees her role in the world. She also discusses her daughter’s reaction to the presidential election and this is one of the most candid interviews I have read with her. It has also taken ten years for an interview to not focus on the death of Heath Ledger in a overt manner.

“I think in the moment she [Matilda] realized that everything I’ve told her, everything I led her to believe, was not true. We are not equal, we cannot do or be anything we want to be. She and I have been in a quiet rage ever since, and I think the same is true for every woman I know personally.”

Again this feels like a shift as a result of the year that was 2017.

The February issue of Harper’s Bazaar is on newsstands now. You can also read the full interview here.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

17 Nov

Award season is truly here and both the Oscars and the Golden Globes hosted pre-nominations fancy shindigs in the last week. The latter was awash with color and pattern; if you want to see Armie Hammer in florals head here.

Botanics also make an appearance here and if these red carpets are anything to go by then we’re in for a treat come January. The second week in a row where I have kicked things off with Zoe Kazan and another stunning ensemble. At the Governors Awards, Kazan wore an ethereal Prada gown. This is something I have noted on a number of occasions, but one thing I love about Zoe Kazan is that she always mentions and credits her stylist Leith Clark when posting about these events on social media. The team effort that goes into the red carpet part of this business has really been made visible thanks to platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

Also I appreciate Kazan answering my lipstick related query and putting me in touch with her makeup artist Kirin Bhatty on Twitter. Because I am still preoccupied with a question from the early days of this blog.Ditching Dior for Alexander McQueen and this is my favorite Jennifer Lawrence look in an age. This is telling with regards to that Dior deal. Although I do find myself drawn to the print ads Lawrence does for the brand. It just doesn’t translate on the red carpet.Sarah Paulson is serving up witchy glam in Miu Miu and a berry lip. Reader, I am here for it.Tessa Thompson’s rainbow pleated dream from the Emmys is definitely one of 2017’s best gowns and while this Altuzarra doesn’t hit that mark, it is a beautiful gown and looks like a tapestry that would normally hang in a fancy manor house/castle/palace.

Guys. She keeps asking and I keep telling her, I'm ALREADY MARRIED! ❤️

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Michelle Williams was at the Governors Awards while Busy Philipps attended the Baby2Baby fundraiser on Saturday night. Later they found each other and news that will not shock you, I yelped with delight when this photo popped up on my Insta feed. See also when Michelle made an appearance in Busy’s Saturday night Stories. Serena Williams has had a very busy week; she attended Glamour’s 2017 Women of The Year Awards and looked stunning in a Versace mini-dress. Then she got married yesterday to Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans. And I cannot wait to see the photos. The party favors alone are incredible. Congratulations! Zazie Beetz puts a really fun spin on the ladysuit trend. I now want to see her starring in a 1920s-set vehicle. Mr. Robot has got really good again and while season 2 was hit and miss, the women were super compelling. Portia Doubleday’s ability to switch from super steely to eyeliner smudged shakiness has been a pleasure to watch. On the show I am enamored with her high-neck white blouses, but it good to see an injection of color IRL. And I am a sucker for all things pleated skirts.This Dolce & Gabbana dress feels like the embodiment of the design aesthetic from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and Anne Hathaway looks great in it.Dior sponsored the Guggenheim International Gala Pre-Party and Rebecca Hall escapes all things sheer that this brand has been indulging in recently. I do appreciate a tuxedo inspired frock and the star ankle boots are a strong contender for the covet list.

I saw Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman at the weekend and Hall gave a blistering performance (as she always does) in a film that I thoroughly enjoyed. There was a high level of drooling over Donna Maloney’s costume design—especially the jackets—and that both Wonder Woman featuring movies (not including Justice League in this) were directed by women, warms my soul.  

The Get Out cast is working the pre-nominations circuit and it would please me no end if this movie was to get recognized. Allison Williams notes that there was some accidental outfit coordinating with co-star Daniel Kaluuya. Both are crushing it on the stripes front. GRETA! This Bust cover is every heart emoji.

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Feeling all the things.
It does look like the #OscarsSoWhite tag will sadly not be retired if this Hollywood Reporter cover is anything to go by and Mary J. Blige gets put to the side of all the group shots. Optics wise it is hard not to notice.

The interview itself gets to the heart of the topic that has dominated entertainment news for the last six weeks and they don’t back away from the conversation. It is important and a topic that will surely be the first question on any of these roundtables going forward.

As a headline, this one is striking and the extract below gets to the heart of the ‘difficult actress’ label:

LAWRENCE Sometimes — I’ve had this happen: I finally made the decision to stand up for myself, and then I went to go to the bathroom at work and one of the producers stopped me and was like, “You know, we can hear you on the microphone, you’ve been really unruly.” Which was not true, but basically my job was threatened because the director said something fucked up to me and I said, “That’s sick, you can’t talk to me like that,” and then I was punished, and I got afraid that I wasn’t going to be hired again.

STONE Yeah, you were “difficult.”

LAWRENCE Yeah, I was called difficult and a nightmare. I think a lot of people aren’t coming forward because they’re afraid they’re not going to work again. You need to be able to say, “This is wrong” and have somebody do something about it instead of saying, “Oh, it’s wrong? Well, you’re fired.”

Read the whole thing at The Hollywood Reporter.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

6 Oct

Film festival season continues and this week’s “Out of the Box” includes looks from both London and New York. Pattern continues to dominate and even though summer is over, florals are everywhere. Plus magazine covers continue to make me swoon and there’s a little something from Paris Fashion Week after this bumper post mid-week.

Oh and something I went to in person. I really like the Gucci bow collection and it reminds me a little of the Valentino gowns from last year (also at LFF).

At the Breathless premiere Claire Foy lets the dress do the talking, opting for a smoky eye and no accessories. This continues to be a very busy year for the soon-to-be Lisbeth Salander. More Gucci and Carey Mulligan’s gone Grecian goddess in gold and green at the Mudbound premiere. It is a beautiful look that ditches her usual twee styling choices.
Mudbound director Dee Rees tux jacket game is strong and pairing this botanical print with burnt orange is perfect for fall. It is still early doors, but there is Oscar buzz surrounding this movie and it is definitely on my most anticipated list. It will premiere on Netflix next month (November 17).Also on the highly anticipated list is Call Me by Your Name and at the NYFF both Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet have added pattern to their looks. Chalamet’s gone subtle in Prince of Wales check and Armie’s embracing the floral trend. Results are good.

But wait. Guys? THIS IS WHO I AM NOW.

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Busy gives A+ Paris posing and also I would like this entire outfit, please and thank you. In Busy and Michelle Stories updates; they dyed Michelle’s hair pink and there was definitely a lot of wine consumed.Yesterday, I went to a the LFF Jake Gyllenhaal ‘Screen Talk’ event and this is less about what he was wearing (pretty standard daytime promotion outfit) and more about getting to attend.

I do plan on writing something a bit longer (probably via TinyLetter), but for now enjoy the video above of Jake discussing his Brokeback Mountain audition.

I’m glad to get a close-up look at Edith Bowman’s Altuzarra floral frock as it looked amazing from our third row seats. And while this is the first time I have been to an event like this IRL, I have watched a lot of these kinds of talks online and Edith is one of the best prepared interviewers I have seen; she asked interesting questions, kept the conversation flowing and had done her research.  In more Jake news; he is now the face of Eternity by Calvin Klein alongside model and advocate Liya Kebode and four-year-old actress Leila. We are officially in fragrance season and this is both a print and TV campaign, expect those towards the end of the month. Yes, I will be swooning every single time.

Not sure what this shot of Lupita is for (magazine or otherwise), but I am in awe nonetheless. Double Claire Foy this week and she’s got two big projects coming out in quick succession; Breathless and season 2 of The Crown. It isn’t surprising to see her on the cover of British Vogue and I love that they didn’t go for something that mimics her Queen styling. Instead opting for a stunning and simple Christian Siriano gown. Green makes for a striking background and Samira Wiley’s Stylist cover image is incredibly captivating. And in good news for your bank account the sweater she is wearing here is from Uniqlo with an Urban Outfitters turtleneck below.

And for more turtleneck inspiration; check out my Outlander knitwear inspiration piece.

Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu Star-Studded Paris Fashion Week Shows

4 Oct

Paris Fashion Week finishes today! Marking the end of this very hectic Spring/Summer ’18 season and some of my favorite looks from those attending occurred over the last few days. Louis Vuitton has quite the set of brand ambassadors; pretty much all were there for both the runway show and the boutique opening the night before.

There’s a lot of leopard print infused in these outfits on both days and this is only adding to my desire to finally indulge in this style.

Over at Miu Miu the front row was a mix of newcomers and fashion week veterans. It feels like organizers for both shows reached into my brain and picked out some of my faves. So rather than making “Out of the Box” overstuffed, here is a rundown of the best looks from these Paris Fashion Week events.Michelle Williams has been part of the LV family since 2013 and for the Paris show she brought along bestie Busy Philipps. The trip lived up to the Busy brand and was well documented on Instagram Stories—much to my delight—including dancing to Will Smith and featuring a cameo from another TV Ate My Wardrobe regular.

Both of these outfits also look super wearable and I am particularly eyeing up Michelle’s jacket and Busy’s skirt. I also spent yesterday writing about turtlenecks and while I personally wouldn’t wear a cropped version, I am excited to see this kind of sweater doing the rounds.

Find yourself a BFF that looks at you the way Michelle looks at Busy.

And there are some fabulous accompanying Insta photos, which unlike Stories, stick around for more than 24 hours. Louis Vuitton, you really should.

All of me.

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This is also amazing. After the very low turnout at Dior—where were all their ambassadors?—Louis Vuitton did not have this problem. A front row of Oscar winners and nominees. More coats to covet and Ruth Negga at the Louis Vuitton opening is everything goals. She’s even making the white boots work. Another lipstick brand/color to add to the forever list of cosmetics I am on the hunt for.Pattern clashing at its best and Alicia Vikander is looking the most ’90s. Now these are the LV boots I would like to stomp about in this winter.Maggie Gyllenhaal continues to do amazing things on The Deuce and on the sartorial front; giving off ’50s elegance vibes at Miu Miu with a dash of ’70s style platforms. I want her to star in screwball comedy after seeing this outfit. Or a sequel to The Secretary.It is a cliché to use the word chic when someone is in Paris, but Naomie Harris is chic af here. It is really nice to see Elle Fanning in something non-pastel and floaty; this jumpsuit didn’t picture so well while sitting down, but looks great here. More platforms from Miu Miu for Dakota and this color is stunning on her. I feel very protective toward Julia Garner and no doubt this is because of the character she plays on The Americans. I also really like how fashiony she is (as well as being a terrific actress) and Miu Miu feels like entirely the right brand for her style. This is slightly edgy, but with a playful side.Clemence Posey is another regular Fashion Week attendee and this sweater/skirt pairing is what I want to wear to the office. If I worked in an office. After starring in the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, It star Sophia Lillis continues her cute as hell fashion domination. Sparkly collar and kitten print are delightful. As is this cat number from Miu Miu’s online store. Gonna go get lost in this pattern dream of a RTW collection.

Busy Philipps is My Friend: The Instagram Story Impact

28 Sep

The reason I started watching Instagram Stories was because of Busy Philipps. The reason I started doing my own Instagram Stories was because of Busy Philipps. And now Busy is getting the New Yorker ‘Persons of Interest’ treatment. Yes, I found out about this on Instagram.

Social media allows you to carefully curate what you want the world to see; there are aspirational influencer elements of brand building and giving a sneak peek into the lives of the rich and the famous mixed in with seeing a friend’s walk to work. Up to 15-second clips that last only 24-hours and can tell you absolutely nothing about what is really going on. And the amount of time you can spend watching and skipping through these videos/photos and Boomerangs (which I mostly despise, despite doing some on the odd occasion) can feel infinite. Just don’t hit the ‘Watch All’ option.

Snapchat did it first, but I found it mostly impenetrable and this is the first time an app has made me feel old. I downloaded and deleted in the space of a day.

The above photo was chosen after I came across this tweet, which is definitely on brand.

I was also always going to be susceptible to certain celebs using this format and while January Jones is still queen of Insta comments and captions, Busy had my heart in an instant with her almost daily updates. There’s the “Hey guys” greeting that adds an extra level of familiarity and because of where they take place there is a certain level of intimacy; in her bedroom, car, kitchen, while walking down the street, working out, in a restaurant.

The “Just Like Us” vibe isn’t restricted to location and the way Busy talks about her anxiety, frustrations, her skin—I too am a picker—and career ups and downs, the shit that is going on in the world and eating habits is also #highlyrelatable. See also the way she talks about the TV she watches including old reruns of Friends.

But the joy of Busy’s Stories also comes from getting access to places we are not so likely to experience; the bathroom at an award show, working on a movie set or making a music video. When else am I going to hear Michelle Williams jokingly swear after losing out on the Oscar to Viola Davis? The familiar is tangled up in the glamorous and while I have never been to the Golden Globes, I have been locked out of my house in the rain after a night out.

Busy is incredibly popular on Instagram for a lot of the reasons and if this is the 15-second equivalent to a sitcom then there is one regular guest star who I am always thrilled to see. This connection goes back almost twenty years—yeah now I really feel old—and the occasional appearance by Busy’s bestie, Michelle Williams, is an instant nostalgia trip that also points to how some relationships in Hollywood are forever.

I’ve written at length about hair influences and how much I heart this power couple and the pair couldn’t be more different when it comes to their social media habits. For starters, Michelle Williams doesn’t partake and even before personal tragedy, Williams came across as guarded. These appearances lack any kind of pretense; whether during award season or hanging out at a very Dawson’s Creek location, as they reminisce about the actors Williams kissed on the show. Sometimes actors get a little precious about where they got their start and thankfully there is no such BS here. Instead it is tales of smooching.

Between Busy at Lekfit and Gina Rodriguez’s pull up bar—another Stories fave—there is also a better living kind of motivation. Not that I have started either, but I have bought some workout clothes so edging ever so closer to this. I am nothing if not prepared when it comes to having the right outfit.

Plus there are these kind of top notch observations that you can expect as TV costuming intersects with my Insta viewing habits.

And while experiencing my own existential and career related woes there is something comforting and motivating about Busy’s own musings on these subjects. Also seeing her procrastinating when it comes to writing is perhaps the most relatable. She says while picking up her phone to see what is going on elsewhere.

You know, Kim Kelly is my friend and so is Busy.* And now I’m going to go rewatch some Freaks and Geeks and contemplate the pros and cons of buying a mini-trampoline.

*This sounds far creepier than intended

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