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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

2 Mar

Oscars weekend is here! But before this blog becomes awash with super fancy gowns there are a number of other events including the star-studded premiere for A Wrinkle in Time, the Essence Women in Hollywood luncheon, more fashion week and some stunning magazine covers to enjoy.Janelle Monáe sartorially dominated awards season last year. Now she is back with new music to dance to and this stunning hot pink Wolk ladysuit. The black and white touches are still present, but Monáe is very good at changing things up. A beautiful Vionnet gown for Gugu Mbatha-Raw that is part Grecian, part rainbow dream. Angela Bassett looks like a disco queen in sequin Greta Constantine. Take me to Studio 54.The cast of A Wrinke in Time went to Disneyland as part of the promotional train. And Mindy Kaling wore polka dots without looking too Minnie Mouse. In excellent TV casting news; Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira are reuniting for the mini-series adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.  The pair attended the 2018 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Oscars Luncheon yesterday (it was also Lupita’s birthday) where Gurira was honored.

There’s a fun ’80s twist to Lupita’s Ronald van der Kemp floral and snakeskin print mini. And Danai Gurira’s gone for an ethereal Loewe frock, but it is her stacked heels that I am coveting hard.Two very different ’70s style inspiration points, two outfits that look fabulous. Rainbow tassels for Tiffany Haddish, all the sequins for Yvonne Orji.

Also this video is from last week, but it is worth watching again.So many amazing ladies at this event and so many TV Ate My Wardrobe faves. The pattern and bold color of these outfits makes me so happy. At Paris Fashion Week, Isabelle Huppert leans into a classic look at Dior. This is an outfit I would wear, but I would not exude this level of cool.

I also stopped myself from using chic because now all I can hear is Reynolds Woodcock’s disdain for this word.It has been over a year since Westworld graced our screens, but the season two April 22 return date has snuck up on me. Well, there is still over a month to go and yet Entertainment Weekly is getting the hype machine going early with this new cover. Perhaps there is a need for a longer promo window to match the time it has been off screens.

Dolores and Maeve were the standout characters from season one so I am thrilled they are the chosen cover stars. And that Maeve has ditched her gowns for pants. The Teen Vogue print edition is no more, but that doesn’t mean the end of the Teen Vogue cover; the first digital only cover takes the big group shot that magazines like Vanity Fair and The Hollywood Reporter often deliver and makes it awesome.

So who is on the cover? Bria Vinaiti (The Florida Project), Sasha Lane (Hellboy), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Ellie Bamber (The Nutcracker), Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) and Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8).

One thing I always end up talking about with the THR drama actress cover is what color scheme they go for with pastels being a go to palette choice. There are pastels here, but it isn’t bridesmaid leaning (thanks Kirsten Dunst for that comment). A mix of bold color, pretty dresses, ladysuits, flats, heels; there is a through line even if there are many different styles at play. I would love to see THR take a page out of Teen Vogue’s style book for the next roundtable season. I want to frame this cover. And for all things Lady Bird, I was joined by long time Teen TV collaborator Julie Hammerle to discuss the movie, how it relates to the Teen TV we have previously discussed and our own experiences. It is really fun.

Best of the 2018 SAG Awards: Bold Color and Florals

22 Jan

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

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

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

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

Exhibit B. Great lipstick too, Winona.

 

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

19 Jan

January continues to be the month where everything happens. This week we have the NAACP Awards, more TCA and Sundance kicks off. Sundance is one of my favorite style events of the year because of the levels of knitwear, coats and boots. Fancy gowns are one thing, but give me boots and tights any day. Expect much more of this next week.Tracee Ellis Ross gazing at her NAACP award is how I am looking at this photo. Sparky Narciso Rodriguez paired with this jacket (I don’t know if it is faux or not) gives such strong Studio 54 vibes. I wore my vintage faux fur jacket out of the first time last weekend and it is an experience I will be detailing in the newsletter soon. Grown-ish is so far living up to everything I hoped it would be and more; performances, storylines and the costumes are all amazing. On the red carpet Yara Shahidi continues to impress and at the NAACP Awards, this Vera Wang looks a little Western tavern and I am here for it. Especially that collar. Not only is Yvette Nicole Brown’s Öfuurë gown an absolute stunner, but Brown wore it to make a bigger statement. Here’s what Brown said on her Instagram:

“I chose to rep the beauty of Africa and its beautiful countries for this special event. Being a descendent of the kings and queens brought here to America and enslaved, I don’t know what (per the “president”) sh*thole country I’m originally from but I know pure EXCELLENCE comes from the mighty continent of Africa. Proud to be a descendant of that legacy.”Kerry Washington goes classic in Michael Kors and her accessory game is next level.

Washington appeared on stage as a representative for the #TimesUp movement along with Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Waithe, Jurnee Smollett Bell, Angela Robinson and Laverne Cox. This is not just for the Golden Globes.
Costume designer June Ambrose shows how to really work a cape on the red carpet in Michael Costello.  Draaaaaama. Another stunning va-va-voom gown from Niecy Nash, switching florals for metallic Mac Duggal. So many sparkles this week as this continues to be the trend. At the NACCP dinner and ceremony, Tessa Thompson puts a glitzy spin on the ladysuit in Jonathan Simkhai. Lena Waithe looks great in the mix of smart/casual in suit, polka dot shirt and classic Vans.Team Insecure go for three very different looks; Jay Ellis in a standard tux that is anything but, Yvonne Orji in a romantic Patricia Bonaldi frock and Issa Rae nails the sequin ’70s vibe in Marc Jacobs.Also looking like a fun group hang at the NAACP awards with plenty of sartorial grace. This is Us fave, Susan Kelechi Watson’s beautiful patterned Phuong My dress is a standout. Danai Gurira in ruffled Rodarte and Chadwick Boseman in Prada reminds me how excited I am for the Black Panther press tour (and the movie). Back to TCA—which is now over—and this very fun artsy frock as worn by Kelly Macdonald. Appearing during the PBS session to talk about her new show The Child in Time, Macdonald nails the sit down look. Even if I am not wild about the scrunchie top boots. Stripes! I am officially on a stripe buying ban (because I really have too many, if such a thing can exist), but that doesn’t mean I can’t long from afar. This is a great sweater from Supergirl* star Melissa Benoist as she talks Waco. And regular readers will know how much I adore Julia Garner. I am excited for this mini-series.

* For all things Supergirl style check out my column over at The Observer where I go deep into where to find the costumes from the CW superhero shows.Sundance! Where boots and black tights are in abundance, much to my delight. At the “An Artist at the Table” kickoff event Dominque Fishback wears the platonic ideal of an outfit for this festival. Hopefully she has a heavy duty coat for venturing outside. While we’re on the subject of outwear; Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal give great coats at the world premiere of Blindspotting, one of the most anticipated films screening at Sundance. Initial reaction to the Diggs/Casal film—which they co-wrote and star in—is good. Gold shoes also up the style stakes for Diggs.

The 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet Part II

8 Jan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for Part III!

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

8 Dec

This column has recently turned into more than just the ‘Look of the Week’ and is part rundown of my week in pop culture. There are of course still plenty of sartorial moments featured; this time of year is always a very fun and busy one. Award season continues, the Last Jedi press tour is in full swing and magazine covers continue to deliver.

This week I wrote about the shift in season between summer and winter on Broad City including where to get similar (and affordable) outfits.This was the first year I partook in the Fug Girls ‘Guess the Vogue cover star game’ and I got 2/12—Zendaya and Daisy Ridley—a pretty bad strike rate. I did not guess Lupita Nyong’o, but I do love this cover shot. And I am more than impressed with Lupita’s balancing act in that dress.

I cannot wait to see the Gina Rodriguez article and Rodriguez’s Instagram Stories are super inspiring on the fitness front. Yes I tried the walking up the wall/push ups thing. No it did not go well. Sarah Paulson in sequins is alwayswinning combination, this cover of The Edit featuring a dress by Ashish continues this trend. The all-red editorial is a stunner and I was particularly taken by this quote from Paulson

“I am a woman of a certain age who chose not to have children, and who has made my career my priority. I am the captain of my own ship, and I’ve never looked to anyone else to validate that, or tell me it’s okay.”

I am very much looking forward to seeing Paulson alongside other TV faves in The Post.Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now less than a week away. The promo tour continues and pretty much all of the core cast appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last Friday. Daisy Ridley has turned the backstage area into her own personal catwalk and looks stunning in Carolina Herrera and super sparkly Louboutins—giving me wedding shoe flashbacks.

The talk show preamble often features the outfit a guest is going to wear on the show. Something that Star Wars newbie Kelly Marie Tran wasn’t aware of.

This is a delightful post (and for the record I think her casual outfit is great).Also to be filed under delightful; at the Last Jedi press conference Oscar Isaac wore a cardigan that I now want to live in. And keeping it bright in a color block jacket is John Boyega.At the GQ ‘Men of the Year’ party the Call Me By Your Name team all scrub up well. Michael Stuhlbarg looks like the dad of the group—which makes sense— and director Luca Guadagnino has toned it down from the Gotham Awards, but still has a fun collar detail. What I love is that Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet are both going for plaid in very different ways. How very Oliver and Elio of them.

You can read my take on the portrayal of sexual fluidity in CMBYN here.This award season has been lacking the Ruth Negga factor, so it was wonderful to see her at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards looking a dream in red Valentino.Another TV Ate My Wardrobe fave, Cush Jumbo looks suitably festive in Michael Kors. I cannot wait for The Good Fight to come back.Showing how to do formal sweater is Winnie Harlow in Brandon Maxwell. Considering I am currently wrapped in knitwear, this is something I very much appreciate. Harlow is going full ‘Jolie Leg’ but so would I if my shoes were that sparkly.What better way to spend breakfast than the Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women In Entertainment. Kathryn Hahn ticks all the fabulous ladysuit boxes, even if she has gone for beige pumps.  This is more like it in the shoe department! And Gillian Jacobs has also gone for the ladysuit option with a pink Sandro ensemble.A fun game of ‘Is this Dior?’ on Jennifer Lawrence is usually determined by how much I like it. If it is a hit then the answer is usually no. And in this case that instinct is spot on, as this dreamy frock is Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.Yara Shahidi is also wearing Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini in a dress that I would definitely spill my coffee and eggs down, but also looks lovely on the soon to be Grown-ish star.More striking white, This is Us fave Susan Kelechi Watson gives great peplum in Zeena Zaki.Gabrielle Union in a pair of pants that look a little like the French Connection pair I wore non-stop in 2000 (until they were ruined with an accidental cigarette burn of my own making) at the Refinery29 29Rooms Los Angeles: Turn It Into Art Opening Night.

This New York Times profile of Union, her book and doing a promotional tour of this raw, personal material over the last couple of months is a must read. It left me in tears and the last two months has been intense. But Union has been talking about this long before the #metoo movement and she discusses this in the profile. And now for the Time ‘Person of the Year’ issue. As I mentioned above the last couple of months have been rough. This reckoning has been coming for a long time, it is obviously a good thing that these horrific acts are coming to light and the women and men that have come forward are honored in this way. This cover is incredibly striking.

There has been much debate about Taylor Swift’s placement and I think she should definitely have been included in the piece, but someone like Kesha (if they wanted a pop person in that place) would have been a better choice for the front cover. But also I get that Time wants to sell magazines.Summing up 2017 in one expression from Nicole Kidman; the Great Performers issue of New York Times Magazine is always amazing. This year is no exception.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

20 Jan

A slightly quieter week between the big events and with everyone heading down to Sundance expect a lot more knitwear and coats from the next column; considering how cold it is right now I am so ready.

On the menu today there’s the Elle ‘Women in Television’ celebration, even more TCA and various other public appearances that deliver sartorially.shailene-woodleyA casually slung coat and one this fabulous is a style weakness of mine and throwing it over the top of pants – which do need hemming – is even better. Shailene Woodley is giving off super cool vibes and at least she doesn’t have to wear that Fendi sweater for Elle on this occasion.

All the red lipstick points get dished out here too.constance-zimmerConstance Zimmer in a St John Knits blouse that is giving me all the Joan Watson feelings and she’s giving a classic outfit choice a colorful and shiny oomph with her bold pink lip and silver Aldo pumps.zoe-kravitzA lesson in how to do matchy matchy without looking over coordinated at the Big Little Lies TCA session last weekend. Zoë Kravitz was our favorite of the Elle covers this month; she’s also crushing it here in red Alexander Wang.mandy-mooreI think you might know what I’m going to say about Mandy Moore in REDValentino at the NBC TCA day and yep I would prefer this dress if the top half wasn’t sheer. BUT I do love the super colorful pleated skirt, red pumps and light pink lipstick. Plus I am pretty much obsessed with everything Moore wears on This is Us.this-is-usStaying with This is Us and it has been renewed for not one but two seasons. This is a show I like a lot and it is nice to have something this sentimental on TV right now. Plus it gives us two more seasons of Sterling K. Brown.

Also, keeping with the bold color theme and as someone who has way too many stripes in their closet (and I bought another one last weekend) I am very much here for Susan Kelechi Watson’s sweater.And in this week’s #LadySuitWatch2017 Melissa McCarthy also takes the TCA bold color challenge and puts her very own memorable spin on it all.

naomi-harrisBefore the holidays I stumbled upon the Literary Gift Company and for all your book themed apparel/stationary it really is a treasure trove. Long story short, but Naomie Harris in this Disaya calligraphy print dress feels a little like the luxury fashion version of this, so of course I love it.

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Aidy Bryant looks fantastic in a very pretty floral Tanya Taylor frock while appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

It also turns out that I have the same glazed look drunk face as Bryant. As can be seen here.

issa-raeOkay so small disclaimer; this is not a look from this week. In fact this outfit is worn by Issa Rae in the Insecure pilot back in October and this is both a chance to make up for not including it back then (I have a good excuse in that I had only just got back from honeymoon) and shamelessly plug some work in other places.

This incredible ensemble is one I discuss in this week’s TV and Style column over at The Observer as part of an overall conversation on leopard print – which we featured a lot of recently – and this Stella McCartney wildcat collection has appeared on at least four shows now.Ending this week with Donald Glover giving full flames emoji in Gucci for this Wired profile. In the piece he talks about 30 Rock and why he wanted to write for TV

“I decided I wanted to write for television because of Tina. She was always so happy, and I was like, I want to be happy like that too.”

And FX president John Landgraf shows why so many incredibly creative voices talk so highly of their boss. There’s a level of trust here and this has definitely paid off with Atlanta.

“With Donald, he didn’t always articulate his vision in a way that we could see it, but his passions and ambition were clear. So we felt confident in the story he wanted to tell and how he wanted to tell it.”

Read the excellent profile here and for more A+ style check out his Golden Globes look

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