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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

23 Mar

Puppies, ladysuits and the Stylist issue of The Hollywood Reporter are all on the “Out of the Box” menu this week. The latter delivers the best roundtable conversation I have seen in a while and you can also watch this below. Sound the ladysuit klaxon! Daisy Ridley looks stunning in a Sara Battaglia Pre-Fall 2018 tuxedo at the Rakuten Empire Film Awards. Full Marlene Dietrich vibes. Every time I see Vanessa Kirby out of her Princess Margaret garb it takes me a moment to realize who she is. But she is just as glamorous in 2018 as she is in 1950s attire, including this super moody floral Erdem ensemble. A stunning Jasper Conran A/W ’18 two-tone blue dress worn by Simona Brown at the Rakuten Empire Film Awards. Love the choice of bag to make this outfit pop even more.

I did a whole post yesterday about how much fun this Americans press tour has been so far. The caped jacket as worn by Keri Russell at the Washington D.C. premiere is another distinct look and this is one of the many lipsticks I have been coveting. Makeup artist Tina Turnbow always delivers on the BTS and beauty delights. There were some very special plus ones at an Isle of Dogs screening this week and Jeff Goldblum has coordinated his shoes with his pup. Tilda Swinton always gives fabulous and interesting red carpet. The good doggo obviously draws focus, but this is a fabulous jacket.

While I’m on the subject of Isle of Dogs; I am a Wes Anderson fan and I am looking forward to this film, but this review by Justin Chang gave me pause (and reinforced some of my concerns from aspects of the trailer). This is why diversity in film criticism is so important.

Regular readers will know how much I love a roundtable, especiallyHollywood Reporter roundtable. So I am thrilled that the annual Stylists issue also includes the first ever stylist roundtable featuring Law Roach (Zendaya, Mary J. Blige) Jeanne Yang (Kumail Nanjiani), Jason Bolden (Ava DuVernay), Tara Swennen (Allison Janney) and a woman I have mentioned countless times on here, particularly for menswear; Ilaria Urbinati (Armie Hammer, Donald Glover, Rami Malek).

This is a fascinating conversation that gets to the heart of the work a stylist does during award season and beyond. It includes having to negotiate with brands depending on who the client is, which stylist had two days to find a dress before the Oscars and how they sourced that many black ensembles for this year’s Golden Globes. A fascinating and enlightening watch that includes a range of opinions and processes when approaching this job.The Hollywood Stylist issue of The Hollywood Reporter is one of my most anticipated—see also the Emmy actress issues and the Beauty issue—and the fact that it comes just after award season means we get to celebrate the people behind the looks we have been drooling over. The hard work deserves attention.

The Black Panther press tour is going to be long remembered for how incredible it was from both a menswear and gown POV. Chadwick Boseman delivered time after time in an array of striking blazers. He appears on the front cover with stylist Ashley Weston in another standout blazer, Weston bounces off this sartorial choice in delicate florals.While I didn’t love Saoirse Ronan’s Oscar frock, she kept things interesting throughout award season and it was impossible to predict what she would wear next. Elizabeth Saltzman is behind this bold style journey and I love everything about this candy pink cover in the Swingers diner. Lena Waithe is changing the game as her Vanity Fair cover story informs us, but so is new VF Editor-in-Chief, Radhika Jones. I screamed with joy when I first saw this image because it was such a surprise. Not because Lena Waithe doesn’t deserve it (she does), but because this is a surprise for a magazine like VF (which I end up buying pretty much every month, even after I didn’t renew my subscription), which featured Jennifer Lawrence last month and Alec Baldwin for the same cover last year.

I also love that style wise they haven’t tried to put Waithe in an ensemble that isn’t her. This is a beautiful cover and I cannot wait to pick it up when it hits newsstands March 29. Looks like I might re-subscribe too if this is any indication as to what direction Jones is taking the magazine in.

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Best of the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet

4 Mar

Happy Oscars Day! But really this means Happy Day After the Independent Spirit Awards! My official favorite award season red carpet. The reason it is my favorite? Don’t get me wrong I love a fancy gown, but the ensembles at the Spirit Awards are all about having fun with fashion. These are the kind of outfits I would wear, suits have more color and the casual/fancy vibe is infectious.

Plus this is a ceremony where Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are the hosts and Timothée Chalamet wins Best Actor.

And for some Oscar weekend reading, check out my deep dive into the many eggs that feature in the Best Picture nominees for Little White Lies.

As with last year’s Spirit Awards, this was a blisteringly funny opening monologue. This time they called out some of the very bad men of Hollywood including the terrible apologies. And they don’t just limit it to Weinstein and Spacey. Mulaney/Kroll they did not drop the ball on this one and they really should host more award shows.

“Chalamet, you stay.” Especially because he gives the most adorable speech. He makes me believe that things will be okay.

For all the award speeches head here.

To the fashion! *Fires up “Crash Into Me,” starts weeping*

Both Saoirse Ronan and Beanie Feldstein look like ’60s queens. Ronan has a whole Twiggy thing going on in embellished Prada. Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani have consistently been the best dressed couple during award season and the press tour for The Big Sick. This is no different.

Here they demonstrate how you can pattern clash as a couple to the highest sartorial level. I am weak for stripes; Emily’s Whitney Mero dress is hitting all the right spots. Kumail is looking all kinds of Hannibal in ASOS plaid.

This dress also serves up so much photo drama. For their acceptance speech for Best First Screenplay.

Yesterday I found out that Dee Rees has been using Beyoncé’s stylist, this is another fantastic suit choice in a season of fantastic suit choices.

Ladysuits and Capes would be the name of my boutique (I’m sure I can think of something punny, but it is early). Dee Rees and Sarah Broom are high on the list of couple style goals. The lining of Broom’s cape and everything about this outfit is elegant af.

Mudbound won the Robert Altman Award and here is Dee Rees’ speech.Last night, I mentioned on Twitter that Aubrey Plaza always looks great at this award show and this is another dress I am coveting hard. Peter Pan collar and the contrasting sleeves on this Miu Miu frock elevates it. While I don’t love the sheer parts of Elisabeth Olsen’s Zuhair Murad dress, I am thrilled Ingrid Goes West won Best First Feature.If I could have any ladysuit it would be a green velvet ladysuit. Sarah Silverman is living out my dream in Hottie + Lord.Pleats, beautiful green pleats. Allison Williams looks a vision in Andrew Gn.Ava DuVernay is another Independent Spirit Awards repeat style queen. This time in puffed sleeves custom Greta Constantine.Patterned slip dress sexiness for Betty Gabriel in Tadashi Shoji. It’s almost animal print, without being animal print.Leaning into the leopard print trend is Margot Robbie in Louis Vuitton. This is what I mean when I say how much fun can be had on this red carpet.

The Independent Spirit Awards is an event that encourages good suits. A bold suit for Chadwick Boseman isn’t just for the Black Panther press tour; this Burberry polka dot look is incredible. And we’re in luck as Boseman has posted a lot of good photos to his Instagram, also featuring Black Panther co-stars Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya. Get Out won Best Feature, Jordan Peele won Best Director. Peele also won Best Jacket in red double-breasted Calvin Klein. Patterned button-down shirts feature a lot on the new series of Queer Eye; the Fab Five would definitely be into everything Mike Colter is doing here. The turtleneck/suit jacket combo is winner, the sneakers work at this event and my Jay Ellis swoon levels are high.I’m still not quite over how terrifying Barry Keoghan is in The Killing of a Secret Deer, but this is adorable.Feeeeeeeeelings. So many CJ and Josh feeeeeeeeelings.A photo of a photo being taken and I love everything about this. Also Allison Janney looks flaming hot in hot pink Pamella Roland.Be still my Lady Bird loving heart. Why yes I am watching this again today.

Movie Team-Up: ‘Lady Bird’ and the Teen TV Legacy

1 Mar

Almost six years ago I was paired up with a writer I knew from Twitter to talk Teen TV over at This Was TV. We started with Angela Chase and ended with Rory Gilmore. Now I am back with YA author Julie Hammerle to discuss the latest teen girl sensation; Lady Bird. This is the first time we have deep dived into a movie, but even with the much shorter run time there is a lot to unpack. And a lot to talk about in relation to those previous shows. Join us as we get into the relationships, our own experiences, why the early ’00s were bad for fashion and who Lady Bird would hang out with from those other shows. Emma: One reason I really wanted to talk to you about Lady Bird in our format reserved for the best in 90s/00s teen TV is because this film feels so perfectly suited to the shows we have discussed in the past—My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, Felicity and Gilmore Girls. Obviously we spend at lot less time with Lady Bird than Angela, Lindsay, Felicity and Rory, but even in that short time I think we find out so much about the complex life of this character and the world she inhabits. This is a testament both to Greta Gerwig’s writing/directing and Saoirse Ronan’s performance.

Now a quick bit of background in terms of my high anticipation levels for this film. This was the film I have been long been waiting to see, before it started getting all the awards love. I am a self-proclaimed Greta Gerwig stan. Frances Ha was my favorite film of 2013 and it impacted me on a deeply personal level. I love Mistress America and Twentieth Century Women. Knowing that this was Greta’s first solo writing project and that she was directing only made me want to see it more. Plus Saoirse Ronan is good everything, so that was another bonus. Then it started winning things and my envy at everyone that had seen it grew.

I had that worry that I had maybe over hyped the film and I would end up disappointed. This was not the case and it managed to not only live up to, but surpass those expectations.

Coming-of-age films are completely in my wheelhouse, one that centers on a teen girl even more so. Lady Bird is set in 2002, which was the year after I graduated high school so there is a lot about her experiences that felt very personal right down to the very bad jeans we all wore then. We’ve talked a lot about the transition between high school and college on here, but most of the shows we talked about dealt with one or the other, Gilmore Girls being the only one that did both. And before we get into plot specifics I want to ask you about your experience watching this film, did you have high expectations?Julie: I’m on the exact opposite end of the Greta Gerwig spectrum from you. I honestly haven’t seen much of anything she’s done/has been in. No Frances Ha, no Mistress America, no Twentieth Century Woman. I hadn’t been actively avoiding them; I just missed them. Absent any first-hand knowledge of Gerwig’s work, but also kind of knowing that she was a bit of an internet darling, I had CONCERNS that I wouldn’t like this movie. My husband told me he thought it’d be my favorite movie of the year, but I worried it’d be too precious, too “indie” for me, too “Hollywood’s idea of what it means to be a teen girl.”

It was none of those things. I loved Lady Bird.

I know we’ll get into this as we go along, but this film felt so authentic. (Other than Lady Bird’s obsession with Dave Matthew’s Band, which felt a little anachronistic to me–DMB would’ve been big with people who graduated high school when I did in 1997. By 2002, I feel like everyone had moved on to Ryan Adams or David Grey, Sad Bastard Music-wise. Maybe I’m wrong, though.)

Anyway, this movie exceeded my expectations, and totally fits into our series on high school/college women. How does Lady Bird fit with in Felicity, Rory, and the like? Who would she have been friends with?Emma: Wow! We really are coming at this film from different angles, much like our other teen TV convos when only one of us had seen the show during its original run.

And with regards to DMB, I remember seeing Greta on one of the late night shows talking about this song and “Cry Me a River” being super important to her when she was in high school (she’s a year younger than me), so I guess he was still a thing in 2002 for teens. DMB never really did much this side of the pond and most of my knowledge comes from Mouse Rat on Parks and Rec. This song (which I don’t think I had heard before) felt like the ideal song to cry with your BFF to. And for how awful JT is, that album and particularly that track are so, so good. The first time I heard it was at a party. I did not hook up with a douche that lied about his virginity though.

Lady Bird is completely her own character of course, but there are elements that made me think of Angela, Felicity et al. There’s the dyed hair, liking the band douche (he reads!), falling out with a bestie to hang with the cool crowd, wanting something more. And really these are part of the teen experience. I have done all of these. Again this is part of the reason why this movie resonated.

Someone on Twitter mentioned how they thought Lady Bird was in the same universe as Felicity (brb gonna write some fanfic) and if their paths crossed at NYU (or the University of New York in the Felicity-verse) I could definitely see them hanging out. Felicity is more straight laced than Lady Bird, but she does have her more adventurous side. If only Lady Bird had moved in during season 3 and not British Molly. I thought I had erased that arc. I had not.

What Gerwig captures in the writing and Saoirse Ronan in her performance is the wild swings between seemingly endless confidence and feeling like you’re incredibly worthless. Something still experienced as an adult, but adolescence magnifies these things. At times Lady Bird looks like she could take on the world, but then her first love turns out to be a lie (Danny obviously cares about her, but not in that way) and she’s also embarrassed about where she comes from. And she doesn’t entirely fit in with one specific high school group trope. She’s a theatre kid for a bit, she tries hanging with the band, but she falls between the nerdy and the cool characters. And I think this is how a lot of groups are at school rather than the neat classification. The relationship with Julie is the anchor to the movie and the focus on female friendships is a theme that runs throughout Gerwig’s writing, this is far more important than either boy. What did you make of this portrayal?

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Julie: Are you talking about “Crash Into Me,” as the DMB song? That was a big one around these parts, but I’m thinking sophomore year of college, which probably would’ve been Greta’s freshman or so year of high school, so I guess it all checks out.

(Actually, fact check, “Crash Into Me” was on their 1996 album. I was definitely in high school. So, what do I know? Also, that song is a great “sob with your BFF” song, no doubt. I remember it being a big thing here because it’s a pretty love song, but its lyrics are also kind of dirty in a way that made us all feel grown up to be singing them.)

I will not abide any positive JT talk.

I want to live in a new universe were Felicity met Lady Bird (CHRISTINE) in college instead of that British Molly! I think the big difference for me between Felicity and Lady Bird is that Felicity went to college thinking she had it all figured out. She was going to be pre-med and she was going to make love happen with Ben. Then…things fell apart. Lady Bird/Christine showed up in New York a hot mess. She’d been a hot mess for most of high school, while Felicity was the perfect kid. In a lot of ways, Christine is poised to handle college better than Felicity was. She’s done more. Her parents have very low expectations for her, ha-ha.

Julie was the best. I actually want to see a movie all about her. We obviously share a name, but I just felt so hard for her. I was the overweight girl watching my friends kiss boys. I was the one with the unrequited loves and the out-of-reach crushes. (And I was the one who got good grades and knew I loved theater/music.) And, like you said, groups in high school are never just the “theater kids” or the “swimmers.” There’s a lot of overlap. Friends have varying interests. I liked how this movie portrayed that.

Also, I went to Catholic high school and spent my freshman year at an all-girls’ school. I loved how right this movie got Catholic school. We were friends with the nuns and joked around with them. We wore uniforms (my freshman year), but people did manage to individualize their looks. You could tell who was cool by their Birks and wool socks. We were so classy in 1994. And we were always trying creatively to meet boys–on the bus, at basketball games, through friends. What did you make of Lady Bird’s school life?

Emma: I am talking “Crash Into Me.” And here is Greta talking 2002 and music on Seth. It includes the letters she wrote to Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews and JT. Did I already mention how much I love her? Because I love her.

And you are so right, Lady Bird (and yes Christine by this point) and Felicity arrive at very different points in their life and with very different parental expectations. I have a lot more parental thoughts, but first I want to discuss Julie because I would also watch a movie called Julie. Their friendship feels very lived in and it is a testament to the film how much it hurts when Lady Bird ditches her. It is the kind of teen moment that makes you feel like shit when you think back to when you did this to someone and when it happened to you. It is something we discussed at length with regards to Angela Chase and Lindsay Weir. It is a rite of passage that doesn’t get discussed as much as the other big teen moments (probably because the nostalgic feelings are anything but warm and fuzzy).

Just as important as love interest chemistry is best friend chemistry, Saoirse Ronan and Beanie Feldstein (sister of Jonah Hill) are amazing together. When Lady Bird goes to Julie after hearing “Crash Into Me” it was better than most climatic kiss moments. They dance around the kitchen eating cheese on crackers (sounds like heaven) and get baked together. I like that she keeps her crush to herself because sometimes you don’t even share this stuff with your bestie. And I love that she thrives in theater, whereas Lady Bird is stuck with the chorus and made up roles (“It is the titular role” made me laugh so hard). I was always in the chorus because I got such bad stage fright, but I really like the whole doing the school play thing.

I did not go to Catholic school, but I did wear uniform for the entire time right though sixth form (senior year). A tie and everything. I never wore my tie properly, for a brief period I wore it as a stumpy length, we’d pull the threads out, put pin badges on it and I wore the thin side for my last two years. And when I could I would wear sneakers and not my proper leather shoes. Such a rebel, ha. My husband did go to Catholic school and he found all of that to be both very funny and also accurate.

The parts that really rang true include falling for the guy in the band. The guy that likes to read and has ‘progressive’ ideas about cigarettes and phones. I have definitely heard both of those conversations a lot. I smoked roll ups so I’m pretty sure I spouted some of those points about fiberglass. It is good to be able to identify the pretentious things we thought made us so superior and acknowledge how eye roll inducing they are now. What did you make of the boys Lady Bird fell for? Have you seen Call My By Your Name? Timothée Chalamet manages to play two very different sides of the precocious coin.

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Julie: I recently went through a whole bunch of stuff from high school and found some notes from friends, basically calling me out for being a dick. I don’t think their words hit me as hard then as they did when I reread them as an adult. Though, I was going through my own stuff at the time, and my friends hadn’t been very understanding of that either. When you get to adulthood, you (for the most part) know who you are, things don’t change very quickly. But in high school, relationships, self-discovery, all of it moves so fast. We all think we’re in the center of things, even though we’re not. And as much screen time is given to romantic relationships on TV and in film, friendships are truly what high school is all about. Toxic ones lead you to make poor choices. True blue ones (like Lady Bird and Julie) can bring out the best in you.

I loved how this movie explored Lady Bird with Julie and Lady Bird with the other girl (what’s her name?). It was kind of like Lady Bird having a Sliding Doors moment. Her life was one way with Julie, and something totally different with the other girl. In high school, people buddy up pretty quickly. By the end of freshman year, your place in the hierarchy is pretty much set. But Lady Bird tested that in this movie. She got to see what life was like on the other side, and…it wasn’t that great.

Timothée Chalamet is a delight. He’s the best worst kind of guy in this film, and he totally said she’d be his first time, too, right? John and I argued over that point. I definitely heard what Lady Bird did. I did see Call Me By Your Name, and he has such an interesting way of using his body–so gangly and awkward but smooth. This guy is going places, but we all knew that already.

He was totally the guy I would’ve been too scared to crush on in high school. He was way too edgy for me! I would’ve been chasing the gay dude or crushing on the teacher, like Julie.

Would you have fallen for the band dude?

Emma: One other thing I want to mention about the school scenes before moving on to boys in the band is the moment that gets Lady Bird suspended. We also had someone that was pro life speak to our class, but there was also a doctor present and suffice to say that no one was afraid of letting their opinions be heard. Not that any minds were changed, but imagine 20 precocious liberal 17/18 year olds presented with someone telling us abortion is a sin and yep we were all Lady Bird in this moment.

So boys in the band. I both dated and crushed hard on this kinda guy both at high school and university. My first proper boyfriend (relationship lasted 3 months) was the drummer in a local band; a lot of my long (and short) crushes were on lead guitarist, bassists and singers. Someone of these guys I am still very good friends with. So I definitely get the Kyle thing. And they all had great hair and liked to read. I am that teen cliché.

And Kyle definitely said “me too” when Lady Bird mentioned she was a virgin. Although considering how quick he was in the bedroom, I do wonder if he was lying about how experienced he was. Also the nosebleed link between Lady Bird and CMBYN. You’re right about how Chalamet moves. One thing that stood out to me clothing wise in CMBYN is now his Levi’s shorts hang off his waist. That he keeps hoiking them up.

I saw a tweet comparing Kyle to Jess from Gilmore Girls, which I get because the reading and the smoldering, but Kyle is way cooler. But at least Lady Bird sees through his shit immediately. Score 1 for Christine over Rory.

What did you make about the Danny relationship? Were you as devastated as I was when he broke down sobbing into her arms?Julie: That abortion speaker took me right back to high school. I remember being a freshman and being persuaded to the pro-life side of things for a brief period during that time. So young and impressionable! I would’ve been the one tsking Lady Bird. I was trying to remember if I remembered anyone getting suspended in high school, and I *think* one of my good friends was, but I don’t remember what she did. Cutting class? I never got so much as a JUG (Justice Under God), AKA detention. I nearly got one senior year for my skirt being too short, but I ducked into a bathroom before the teacher could catch me.

Kyle would definitely not have been my crush in high school. He would have been way too cool for me, and I would’ve known it. Also he’s much too skinny for my taste. I see the Jess comparison, but I have “concerns” about Kyle growing up to be the good guy Jess grew up to be. I see many years of douche in his future.

Danny would’ve been way more my speed, for sure. MY first “official” boyfriend was a theatre nerd. He wasn’t gay, though, and I was the one who ended up being a dick to him, but that’s a story for another day. I loved the moment where Danny opened up to her. It was my second favorite “understanding straight(ish) person shows great compassion” moment after Michael Stuhlbarg’s amazing speech at the end of CMBYN.

(Wow these movies have a lot of parallels. I guess they’re both coming of age movies, so that makes sense!)Emma: Most of the band guys were also theatre guys so they were part Kyle, part Danny. The douche levels were not high, well with the exception of a few. I crushed hard on one of the guys in the year (grade) above, but ended up going out with his friend because I am terrible. I also treated him badly. I ignored him to the point of him breaking up with me. Ghosting before ghosting. And part of the reason I signed up to do the school play was this crush. But also because I really enjoyed doing them. The crush was just a bonus.

The going into the men’s bathroom when the queue for the women’s is so long is definitely something we would do a lot at uni. Luckily I never caught my boyfriend cheating. This moment is so painful for both Lady Bird and Danny, because he definitely cares about her. Just not like that. The red flags went up when he said he didn’t want to touch her boobs because he respected her too much. And I also loved the scene where he opens up to her. Her anger is understandable, but this deceit was not out of malice.

Danny isn’t the only one that breaks down, there’s also the priest that cries on cue without having to even try. It’s one of those “holy shit my teacher is a real person” moment that is awkward for everyone. This examination of mental health was really subtle I thought. Also heartbreaking. What did you make of this storyline? The coach that replaced him was one of the more overt gags in the film (and reminded me of Mean Girls – why yes I do always mention this film, haha) but I think it worked well against some of the more nuanced jokes.

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Julie: That’s one thing this movie captured really well–how mean we are (intentionally or not) to each other in high school. Those four years bring us some of our most intense first relationships (friendships and romances), and most of us were not equipped with the tools for positive conflict resolution.

The Danny stuff was so painfully real. I had a HUGE crush on one my friends during senior year. (Actually I probably liked him before that, too.) But senior year we were in a bunch of classes together, we hung out all the time. People assumed we were dating. I wrote him a pathetic love letter that he never mentioned to me. Then he started dating a girl (his Lady Bird, I guess). They were a thing for several years before he came out. I suppose I dodged a bullet…?

Same with Danny, I don’t think there was ever any malice intended there. He, and I and everyone, was just trying to figure out who he was. People got hurt in the process, but that’s high school.

The priest was absolutely heartbreaking, and I loved that his story gave us a small glimpse into Lady Bird’s mom’s life, and showed us how little LB probably thought about what her mom was up to day-to-day. As a parent, the mother stuff really got to me–the fact that her mom was basically the person LB blamed for all her problems, and that her mom was really a badass professionally, and surely LB had no idea.

The coach thing was good for a laugh, if kind of an overdone trope. I think Saved By The Bell did something like this, too.Emma: I’m glad we’re on to Lady Bird’s mom, Marion because what a performance by Laurie Metcalf. It’s a shame Allison Janney (who I adore) is dominating the Supporting category because Metcalf crushes it (and me) during this movie. There’s a lot of great moments between the pair, but the dress shopping moments really underscore everything that can be complicated by a mother/daughter relationship. There’s an antagonism with so much love sprinkled in. They fight then switch attention back to the dress shopping mission. But the part that really hits home is the “Do you Iike me?” This love is unconditional and yet Lady Bird needs her mom to reassure her.

The whole home dynamic is an interesting one and I grew up with super rich friends in a house I didn’t always want to invite people back to. Now I know that was dumb and no one gave a shit, but at the time I was embarrassed. When Danny mentions the wrong side of the tracks comment it made me want to curl up under my chair. I was that asshole. We spend so much time comparing ourselves (especially as teens) that it is so easy to not even think about how hard our parents work when there aren’t the fancy things to show for it. And luckily when there were job layoffs at my mum’s work she got a new job pretty quick. Our parents also do a good job of hiding these things from us.

I got strong Patty/Angela vibes from Marion/Christine; it’s far more combative than a Lorelai/Rory. And just like how I came around to Patty on the MSCL rewatch, it is very easy to sympathize with Marion. Especially when they keep the college applications a secret. And I get why Lady Bird didn’t want to tell her mom, but the fact that her dad was in on it. And while I’m on the subject of her dad, Tracy Letts is so wonderful in this part. From the way he gives his son advice about the job interview (that he just tanked) to every scene with his daughter. The compassion, the subtle heartbreak. But don’t lie to your wife dude. Again I love that Danny is the one that drops Lady Bird in it.

And what about the half letters her dad saved for her? I’m feeling teary just thinking about it. What did you make of these complicated relationships?Julie: I just thought of this, but my own daughter has been asking me lately if I like her. I’m not sure what that’s about, but I definitely do! That said, I wonder how much my mom liked me during my teen years. It really comes down to potential for Lady Bird and her mom, and, I’d think, most parents. Is this kid living up to her potential? Isn’t that what we all want for our children?

I also tapped right into the money thing. I went to a private high school in a pretty wealthy suburb, but most of my friends were city kids, like me. My family wasn’t poor by any means, but we couldn’t roll with the big dogs, so to speak. It never bothered me, though, but some of my friends had a hard time–driving crappy cars while everyone else was in brand new white Eddie Bauer Trailblazers. I just thought we were kind of fun and funny in our ancient cars.

OMG the tears at those letters! I have to say, though, I’d kind of love to see a movie/show someday where the dad isn’t held up as a hero by the teen girl while the mom is a harpy. Though I loved Tracy Letts’s performance, and his character was really sweet. Oh, and that scene where the son gets the job over his dad! Plus Lady Bird did need someone in her family who was fully on her side, so I’m glad her dad was there for her, even if he could’ve made better choices.

Also, I’m a big sucker for family dynamics beyond the nuclear, so I LOVED everything happening with Lady Bird’s brother’s girlfriend. I also appreciated that the film felt no need to describe the various relationships or how this family came to be. They were all fully part of the family, with all kinds of baggage.

What else? I’m really excited to rewatch this on Saturday before the Oscars!

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Emma: Yeah I agree with you on the family dynamic stuff and now I’m trying to think of examples where the mother goes easy on the daughter while the dad is the tough one. I am coming up short. That one mention of Marion’s abusive alcoholic mother tells you everything you need to know. Greta Gerwig is very good at revealing so much about a character in such a short amount of words. I’m all about powerful speeches (see Call Me By Your

Name) but there is something to be said about this kind of economy of words.

The family set up and the lack of explicit explanation (beyond one of the letters mentioning about their issues conceiving a child) was wonderful. And it shows how unnecessary that stuff is. I love that Shelly defends Marion to Lady Bird. Pointing out that her mother has a big heart even though to Lady Bird it seems that all she does is criticize. It reveals just how caught up Lady Bird is with her own BS.

One more thing we need to discuss is the costuming. And especially the bad jeans. So many bad jeans. Why were they so baggy and shapeless? Why did we think this was a good look? During Danny’s teary breakdown I couldn’t help but notice the bad jeans. The dress Lady Bird wears to prom is perfect and I definitely had a hair band like the one she has. I miss that hair band. The super tight dress she tries on before settling on the dress is the most early ’00s awful. I loved it.

Also the level of messy in her room gave me flashbacks to the state of my bedroom. And also the pile of clothes I need to sort through in my current adult bedroom. Even after I tidy the clothing explosion will be back within two to three days.

So Lady Bird is up for 5 Oscars, I think it could win one (Original Screenplay), but if you could pick it to win one award out of the five which would it be and why?Julie: I definitely had a similar pair of jeans to the wide-legged ones Lady Bird wears a few times. I thought I looked great in them. Thanks to this movie, I now know differently. That was not a great time for fashion. But, looking back, it never is, right? Not until some designer reimagines it and we’re all like, “YES! Shoulder pads and power suits were a GREAT idea! We were all so smart in 1987!”

I was the biggest slob in high school. One of my friends used to come over and clean my room for me because I disgusted her so. I also had bunch of song lyrics I’d printed out and taped to my door–mostly Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco.

The husband and I have been debating the Oscars thing. So much is up in the air this year, but I’m feeling them not giving it to Frances McDormand and giving it to Ronan instead. Since there’s been so much time between the last awards show and the Academy Awards, anything could happen–I also wouldn’t be surprised if Janney peaked too early. So I’m saying Lady Bird gets two–both actress awards.

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Emma: I would love to see your Oscar predictions come true! I don’t think this year will be quite as dramatic as the last. But I am very much looking forward to it.

 

Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana. Newsletter

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

9 Feb

The Black Panther press tour continues to brighten up the red carpet, talk show appearances and magazine covers. Award season marches on and New York Fashion Week has kicked off. And I thought January was a busy month. New York Fashion Week just kicked off, but Lupita Nyong’o delivered a runway style performance at Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week. Working the plastic trend in a Zeynep Arcay coat and Balmain striped top and pants; this is cool af.
More Lupita! And the Black Panther cast delivers on every continent. At the Seoul premiere, Lupita once again goes for a spin on the warrior vibe—as a nod to her character Nakia—but with added glitz and feathers in Ralph & Russo.

Michael B. Jordan does the all black suit thing and elevates it with an embossed print in Joseph Abboud, switching out slipper Louboutins for a leather pair. At the London premiere Danai Gurira put a bird on it and then some in a breathtaking Jean-Louis Sabaji Spring 2018 Couture gown. As with the LA premiere, attendees at London also celebrated African heritage with bold prints. Michaela Coel looks stunning.

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I didn’t have the dress credits earlier, but Michaela Coel has since tweeted where this dress came from. Surprise! She made it. 
At the DGA Awards, Aisha Tyler serves up super cool style, while proving that sparkly shoes and a red lip are always a good choice.I FINALLY SAW LADY BIRD.

And at the Oscar nominee luncheon—one of my fave award season events—this photo of Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig sums up how this movie made me feel.

I have a fun Lady Bird related piece coming to TV Ate My Wardrobe so stay tuned. But yes I loved it and I love Greta’s Chanel tweed.“”The way this pair is looking at each other is how I would look if either Laura Dern or Timothée Chalamet were stood in front of me. Timothée continues to make great choices and as this chat with Frank Ocean proves, he also loves fashion (see more below).New York Fashion Week regular Jamie Chung gives great gingham jumpsuit at Stuart Weitzman. And at Noon by Noor, Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung are prepared for the outside chill in fun coats (particularly Chung’s furry number). Both are also giving me shoe envy. Expect much more NYFW in the next column.

Track. Suit. Nation. Athleisure at its finest. TC on backup.

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Le Tracksuit has taken on a life of its own, starting with Adidas spreading to Hugo Boss and now Armie Hammer’s wife Elizabeth Chambers is getting in on the athleisure train. I love a racing stripe on a fancy pant. May the CMBYN shenanigans never end.
“”Speaking of which, here is Timothée Chalamet serving up great face for V Man. The interview with Frank Ocean is a delight from start to finish, even if Ocean thinks that Chalamet was in Twentieth Century Women (he does look like that actor in all fairness).  “”What a cover! This is an incredibly striking shot of Chadwick Boseman as he stares directly into your soul for Time.

And the opening of Jamil Smith’s essay on Black Panther underscores why this movie is so important:

“If you are reading this and you are white, seeing people who look like you in mass media probably isn’t something you think about often. Every day, the culture reflects not only you but nearly infinite versions of you—executives, poets, garbage collectors, soldiers, nurses and so on. The world shows you that your possibilities are boundless. Now, after a brief respite, you again have a President.

Those of us who are not white have considerably more trouble not only finding representation of ourselves in mass media and other arenas of public life, but also finding representation that indicates that our humanity is multi­faceted. Relating to characters onscreen is necessary not merely for us to feel seen and understood, but also for others who need to see and understand us. When it doesn’t happen, we are all the poorer for it.”

And for British GQ Michael B. Jordan pays homage to the Black Panther Party in a leather coat, black turtleneck and beret. Another incredibly striking visual to celebrate the release of Black Panther. Jordan also discusses why movies like Black Panther matter:

“We’re giving black people power, royalty – we don’t gotta be crackheads or gangbangers, selling drugs or robbing people. We don’t have to be comic relief. We can be superheroes. Imagine what that’s going to do to the imagination and ambition of kids watching these movies. That’s the real impact of this film.”

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

2 Feb

A week of two “Out of the Box” posts! For everything Black Panther head here.

In this rundown; the Grammys—featuring ladysuits aplenty—premieres, fashion campaigns and a very good photoshoot. The very busy January has come to an end, but February will likely be just as hectic. Oh yes, fashion week is coming.The music industry has not been good, kind or supportive to Kesha, but Kesha showed up to the Grammys and bared her soul on stage in a heart crushing performance of “Praying.” Caroline Framke nails the hypocrisy of the music industry in this article.

At the Golden Globes the #TimesUp message was delivered in black, at the Grammys the symbol was a white rose (which wasn’t as effective). Kesha’s fabulous Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors custom look includes embroidered roses and this is a fantastic ladysuit. The silver boots are the perfect touch of glitz to proceedings.  Janelle Monáe gave a powerful introduction to Kesha’s performance; the music industry has failed Kesha, but it was still incredibly heartwarming to see so many women supporting her. Monáe also opted for the floral embroidered aspect of the white rose and I have really missed her this award season.

Luckily there is a double dose of Monàe this week. What a stunning Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo. More ladysuit excellence; so many different ways to put a feminine spin on menswear. Anna Kendrick does the whole sexy thing with La Perla lace paired with Balmain plaid. Adding a dash of color with pink Casadei pumps. Sequins, sequins, sequins. This is an award season staple that is thankfully not going away and Chrissy Teigen’s YANINA Couture dress is one of the glitzy highlights from this crowded time of year.

Semi-related, but this piece about maternity wear over at Racked is one of the best things I have read this week.In custom Gucci, Lana Del Rey goes full ’30s starlet with an overt nod to actress and science pioneer Hedy Lamarr (yes I do have Karina Longworth’s voice saying her name in my head) with the crown of stars. A breathtaking look.

//Beyoncé in Birkenstocks// Who's watching #grownish

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Grown-ish continues to do some very fun and interesting things. Plus it is strong in the style stakes. Including this brief homage to Lemonade.

Yara Shahidi’s ditched the heels she wears in the scene for comfier Birkenstocks. 2 Dope Queens makes its podcast to TV special leap tonight on HBO (February 2); Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson have been making the talk show round this week much to my Instagram Story watching joy. Both women make consistently fun fashion choices and at their premiere it was no different.

Williams wears a velvet belted MISA frock, Robinson’s gone burnt orange Free People pants and halter. Both have a ’70s vibe without looking like they’re matchy matchy.

And because I can’t resist the DVF suit version of Danai Gurira’s frock. Another ladysuit winner. Celebrity pregnancy confirmations range in the same way it does for a regular person to announce (or not). There are so many tacky ways to talk about a pregnant celeb and the official bump unveiling discussion is one of them. Anyone who has seen a recent photo of Kirsten Dunst knows she is pregnant, but this Rodarte S/S ’18 campaign apparently counts as her official word on the matter (there is no accompanying statement).

The photos by Autumn de Wilde are beautiful, as is the whole famous person filled lookbook.

And yes I am very happy about this news because while I can be grossed out by ways certain publications discuss the baby bump as if it is its own being (“showcasing their baby bump”); I am also very fond of this celebrity couple. Contradictions and multitudes.

collection featuring a lot of amazing women including Danai Gurira in ruffled polka dots. I’m not going to read this conversation between Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet until I have seen Lady Bird (on Monday!), but I really wanted to bask in the sweaters. The Good Place season two finale was indeed very, very good. There are not enough words to describe what a wonderful show this is. Thankfully we have Manny Jacinto talking to GQ about Jason, Blake Bortles, the phenomenon that is this show and his parents. The accompanying photos are also part of the good place.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

26 Jan

Coats, boots and sweaters are all on the “Look of the Week” menu and Sundance taking place during award season is my fave kind of style whiplash. It is also a sartorial highlight for me because I cannot resist that slouchy (but often super cool) winter fashion. For all things fancy and fun gowns check out our SAG Awards coverage.

Plus Paris Couture Week, public appearances to promote things and some more amazing magazine covers. January, you keep on treating us (and keeping me very busy).Obsessed with Tessa Thompson’s Belstaff skirt and jacket, Cos turtleneck and silver Alchimia di Ballin silver ankle boots. Sorry to Bother You co-stars Lakeith Stanfield and Armie Hammer are also crushing their respective Sundance looks.

Mafiosos in transit

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Armie has had a very busy week. Sadly there was no Oscar nomination (though I am more bummed out for Michael Stuhlbarg), but he has been promoting Call Me By Your Name in Italy in Paris with co-star Timothée Chalamet and director Luca Guadagnino. Lots of great Instagram Stories content. Traveling in double Adidas style.

And there is also this delightful interview on French talk show Quotidien. Bringing many screencap delights to my Twitter TL this morning. There’s no English subs on the second part (so far), but it is worth watching even if you can’t understand everything. Zineb Bayad recreated scenes from CMBYN with photos and she is in the audience, ending up in a Hammer/Chalamet sandwich hug. Back to the fabulous coats and boots of Sundance with Steven Yeun, also starring in Sorry to Bother You. I am very excited to see his post-Walking Dead career. A stunning Gabriela Hearst leopard print coat on Elizabeth Gillies; I wouldn’t expect anything less from someone that has been wearing all manner of extravagant costuming on Dynasty over the last few months. Sensible boots and fabulous coats are not mutually exclusive. Got to love a fancy hat too. Gillies’ Arizona co-star Rosemarie DeWitt also got the leopard print memo, much to my delight. I too have indulged in this pattern this week, hopefully the cardigan I have ordered from Topshop arrives tomorrow while I was writing this I got a text to say it has arrived. A day early! Check my Instagram for pictures when it does.Super excited for the 2 Dope Queens HBO specials and the promotion of this has also got me hyped. Great ’70s inspired looks from Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. Issa Rae gives good Sundance sweater. At the A Boy, A Girl, A Dream premiere, Insecure’s Jay Ellis looks just as stylish as Lawrence. Looks like camo print is making a bit of a comeback. As also seen on Priyanka Chopra at the Burden the Park premiere. A fun mix of smart/casual that makes me glad that I am a hat and red lipstick person.

 

 

For something slightly more glam; Maggie Gyllenhaal in one of my brand faves with another Vampire’s Wife dress that I want in my closet.And a dash of ladysuit fabulousness from Aubrey Plaza in pink Rebecca Minkoff at “An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin.” A #TimesUp red beanie to promote the movement and because keeping your head warm is important (my mother drilled this into me, which might also be why I am a hat person).  Double Aubrey Plaza because I like this dress and Michael Shannon has paid attention to my mother, it would seem.From Utah to Paris; at the Berluti Menswear F/W 2018 show Isabelle Huppert continues to exude everything cool and Timothée Chalmet dips his toe back in the velvet suit well. While promoting Waco, Taylor Kitsch bundles up in a leather jacket and scarf combo refueling the crush that has never really gone away.Sequins are everywhere at the moment and I am very much on board with this trend. At Jimmy Kimmel Live! Viola Davis leans into this with a pair of gold sequined pants; everything about this look is fantastic.

On the show Davis also discussed the Scandal/HTGAWM crossover. Those sequined pants also look great on screen.Black Panther is less than a month away, which means we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this cast. I am excited about all of this. Lupita scores another stunner of a cover and the accompanying Hollywood Reporter shoot is just as beautiful.

In the interview she talks about the piece she wrote for The New York Times about her own horrifying experience with Harvey Weinstein:

“I felt uncomfortable in my silence, and I wanted to liberate myself from it and contribute to the discussion. That was just what I felt I needed to do, quite viscerally. I couldn’t sleep. I needed to get it out.”

Earlier this week I spoke to costume design icon Ruth E. Carter about the Black Panther costumes and I cannot wait to share what we talked about. Look out for that nearer the release of the film.  A VERY good week for magazine covers. This is also sparkly gown perfection.

Best of the 2018 SAG Awards: Sparkle Motion

22 Jan

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

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

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

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

Best of the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards Red Carpet

12 Jan

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

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

 

 

 

The 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet Part III

8 Jan

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

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

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

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

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

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

And their speeches.

All of their speeches.

For more Golden Globes chat head here and here.

 

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

5 Jan

Happy New Year! And welcome to the first “Out of the Box” of 2018. Strap in as it is a long one.

The first week in January is not a time to quietly slip into things because award season is well and truly here. The Golden Globes are this weekend, but before that we have sartorial highs from the NYFCC Awards and the Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala, among other shindigs.

It is also Winter TCA! So much TV news to digest. Plus new magazines are hitting newsstands. For a deep dive into the super candid Michelle Williams conversation with Harper’s Bazaar head here.

But first watch Tiffany Haddish give an amazing 17-minute speech at the NYFCC Awards as filmed/uploaded by Buzzfeed’s Alison Willmore.

Golden Globes, this is what you are missing out on. Oscar voters please consider your options carefully. Haddish’s Girls Trip performance deserves celebrating.The Armie/Timothée interesting outfit tour continues. And once again they are playing off each other in much the same way that Elio and Oliver do in Call Me By Your Name; in one scene Elio wears horizontal stripes while Oliver is in vertical. Complimentary, but also at odds.

At the NYFCC Awards Chalamet opts for pinstripes while Hammer goes for purple check Etro. Looking forward to more from this pair throughout this awards cycle.Get Out’s Betty Gabriel leans into a ’80s rom-com vibe in pink ombré Pamella Roland. Let’s also take this moment to rage over how dumb the SAG Awards rules are when it comes to the ensemble category. So, so dumb. As part of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Jessica Chastain attended Variety’s Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors to Watch, in day event Givenchy dress perfection. Plus it has pockets. I saw Molly’s Game this week and whoa was this is a good reminder of the bandage dress and super cleavy trends of the mid to late ’00s. And there those bandage dresses should stay.

Chastain is incredible in this film, but the last act is a mess. As I mentioned on Twitter, when there is good Sorkin there comes bad Sorkin. And that bench therapy scene is definitely the latter. I know I should hate the cropped palazzo pants aspect and beige strappy sandals, but I love the overall bold pink/red combo. The scarlet bustier is fabulous and Wonder Woman adjacent. Gal Gadot looks effortlessly cool in this Oscar da la Renta ensemble that would threaten to swap others. A whole lot of swoon at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards from both Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney. Janney is crushing it in green Lela Rose.
How to do sophisticated and comfy elegance the Jessica Paré way. Megan Draper would definitely approve.  Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon featured on our Best of 2017 “Out of the Box” rundown and they are already kicking the new year off in style. Mustard plus a cape element makes this a dream dress and I’m all for a plaid dinner jacket. Going for gold in Dolce & Gabbana. Tick. Another strong look for Armie Hammer courtesy of Ilaria Urbinati.

At the Palm Springs after party Saoirse Ronan in striking pink and gold Gucci caught up with her Lady Bird co-star, Timothée Chalamet. This photo is delightful.An early contender for best airport style. The only thing I would change about Emilia Clarke’s outfit is those shoes. Switch them out for the Adidas sneakers would really make this look. Coveting this blazer hard.Fox kicked off Winter 2018 TCA yesterday including a panel from new show 9-1-1. Aisha Hinds is giving great pattern clashing and bold lipstick. And people rarely work a pair of specs as fun as these. The thing to remember about TCA is to pick an outfit that looks great sitting down and Hinds does just this. Matt Czuchry is back on TV in The Resident and now he has facial hair! Because he is a doctor with no time to shave. Also a dream chunky knit sweater and leather coat is giving me strong feelings. Bruce Greenwood is working those silver fox vibes, but is Shaunette Renée Wilson in beautiful velvet that is really drawing my sartorial drooling. Not going to get bored of seeing these two. Nope. Never. This is great cover; simple and striking.W’s Best Performers of the Year issue is always super fun. This cover has me writing a script for an ’80s set movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Andrew Garfield, where they play rich siblings who start off as assholes but then have an important lesson to learn. There will be a dance scene.

This also might be the first time someone has appeared in three separate shots on “Out of the Box.”Warming my soul and causing me to write a rom-com starring Tom Hanks and Mary J. Blige, in a second chance at love scenario. Glamour needs to stop with this coverline design. It is too much and not in a good way. What they don’t need to stop with is cover images like this one and I love everything about this shot of Tracee Ellis Ross.

Ross also has some super wise words, particularly on the discussion that is happening and not just in Hollywood, after the Harvey fallout:

“Yes, it is so simple. Of course people want to be complimented, but you want to be complimented in a way that respects who you are—maybe you don’t want to be complimented on your clothing. You have that right to say to your coworker, “That’s not a thing that I enjoy.” “Oh, no problem. I won’t do that anymore.” It is all about respect and giving people a choice about how we are touching and talking about their body. Historically, women have not had ownership of our own bodies. And it is enough. It is enough. You do not get to touch my body or comment on my body as you please. Period.”

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