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Best of the 2017 Met Gala: Go Big or Go Home

2 May

Award season has been over for long enough that I’m once again clamoring for big gowns and fancy attire. The Met Gala is here to answer this call and this year’s exhibit is a celebration of all things Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and the Art Of The In-Between.

My Comme des Garçons experience is the wedding Cons I wore for the dancing portion of the reception and are now less pristine than they used to be. Walking around New York on honeymoon will do that. But here at the Met it is all about celebrating fashion and as with every theme there are those that get it and those that just want to wear a dress suitable for would the Oscars. The former are far more fun and part 1 of this rundown is focusing on those attendees who are doing just this.Everyone was waiting for Rihanna to show up and before she’d even turned up it was clear that she would win this extravagant event. Wearing a Comme des Garçons creation that is actually in the Met exhibit is one way to be very on theme and this is how you do the Met Gala.

Also a good reminder that Ocean’s 8 is coming in 2018 and its setting is this annual event.Also in Comme des Garçons is Tracee Ellis Ross and everything about this look is incredible; the color, shape and texture is a showstopper. Thank you for coming to play, Tracee.One more Comme des Garçons and co-host Caroline Kennedy wears a creation from the same collection as Rihanna’s giving a snapshot of what other attendees should be aiming for. Priyanka Chopra brought the trench dress drama in Ralph Lauren giving super sexy Columbo vibes. Love the pop sock super stacked heels combo.Like Rihanna, Solange is someone you can count on to lean into the theme and while she’s probably a little on the warm side there is no one else on this red carpet that looks like her. Wearing a custom Thom Browne puffer coat creation complete with train and teetering ice skate platforms.

One of the best things about the Met Gala is the stair posing (as you will see across both posts) and this is an incredible photo showing why Solange is one of the best at this.

Related because she always gives good Met, but where was SJP? More evidence of the stairs being a vital part of posing at this event and Zendaya brings it in Dolce & Gabbana; she put a bird on it.I am not a fan of the deconstructed shirt trend that is as prominent as that Fendi sweater and yet I am here for Claire Danes in Monse. This is likely a mixture of the Claire Danes goggles I tend to wear and because she is another attendee who pays attention to the theme; remember her light up Zac Posen last year?! Yeah you do. Diddy stole the show with his super casual staircase posing and Cassie looks great in On Aura Tout Vu.Sticking with her signature black and white palette and once again delivering something different is Janelle Monáe in custom Ralph and Russo. I’ve gone for a close-up shot because the detail of the gown and feathered neckline is too good to see from afar. Stunning hair styling from Nikki Nelms and she had a busy night crafting looks for Monáe, Solange and Zoë Kravitz.Thandie Newton works the theme with a floral headpiece and while I am not in love with her Monse gown (and red was very much on trend in a somewhat obvious way) her accessorizing is on point.I’m always going to be in love with a sparkly Chanel ladysuit and Cara Delevigne’s super metallic look would’ve been perfect for last year’s “Manus x Machina.” But as with Thandie Newton she has gone for it head wise and the whole silver painted hair is mesmerizing.

Cara also always gets Met bonus points for my fave ever Reese video.Kerry Washington in Michael Kors could also be remiss for looking to last year’s Met, but the patchwork element is great and she is serving Comme des Garçon influenced hair.Everything about Cynthia Erivo’s Thom Browne ensemble would’ve been perfect for the French portion of Outlander and this is the level the Met Gala needs too.I was going to lament that Ruth Negga wasn’t there as somehow she didn’t show up on my TL last night and I have no idea why as this Valentino is another Negga stunner.

(Oh hey Dominic Cooper standing off in the background. BTW I am excited for season 2 of Preacher)Particularly when you factor in the print on the back. She gets it.

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

31 Mar

On the “Out of the Box” menu this week we have more PaleyFest panels, lots of floral inspiration for spring, a good dollop of shimmer and a reunion that’s making me feel a lot of things.By now you will probably know how I feel about Evan Rachel Wood in a ladysuit – strongly positive – and this Cavalli is no different. The ruffled shirt is a fun twist and this overall vibe is a killer look that never gets old.Erdem florals for Thandie Newton mixing delightful levels of print (she put a bird on it) with a good level of shimmer and sparkle. This is a hard level of whimsy to work without falling into the too twee trap, but Newton is doing just that. Excellent PaleyFest panel attire from my fave Westworld robots.More botanicals and both Kirsten Dunst and Charlize Theron are in Gucci at CinemaCon; they’re different enough prints to not feel like they’re matching and yet there’s an element of coordinating (especially when you factor in the strappy heels). Kirsten Dunst also went to a Britney show this week and this Instagram post is everything. This week’s column includes a whole lot of the TV Ate My Wardrobe style ultimates and Jessica Chastain is ticking the rocks a lot of polka dots box in Givenchy with added ruffles. The real bonus here is the yellow pumps, which are fabulous.Uzo Aduba gives great black and white ensemble at the 2017 Garden Of Laughs Comedy Benefit; her clutch is very cute, but I would love to see Jessica Chastain’s yellow pumps with this look instead.A very busy time for Alison Wright at the moment as she’s crushing it (and me in the process) on Feud, making surprise appearances and performing on Broadway. At the Sweat opening night party she looks incredible in a Balmain mini dress and continues to give me so much eyebrow arch envy.Wednesday afternoon involved a whole lot of feelings when Entertainment Weekly unleashed their Buffy the Vampire reunion cover story and this shot of Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan and Seth Green is too much to handle without taking a moment.

The general styling for this shoot was different variations on black attire and each ensemble did a good job of matching the character they played without falling into any Bad Buffy Outfit traps. #Slay

Best of the 2017 SAG Red Carpet: Sparkle, Color and Texture

30 Jan

Award season continues and on the E! coverage last night it very much felt like there was an elephant in the room throughout the interviews. That elephant being the political climate and the immigration ban for certain countries that has brought about demonstrations at airports across the U.S. The actual SAG award show didn’t keep quiet on this matter though and Kerry Washington kicked things off with a pointed explanation as to why actors can have political opinions and with every speech there were calls for inclusion and the repeated assertion that this will not be a quiet fight.

Before we get to the usual dress rundown I just want to highlight a few of the many speeches to check out. First up was Julia Louis-Dreyfus and she set the tone, Mahershala Ali gave an important, beautiful and emotional speech and David Harbour of Stranger Things delivered some super impassioned words that took both us and Winona Ryder on a journey. I’m also so excited Hidden Figures won and Taraji P. Henson got to talk about the heroes they played and the importance of unity. And like Sarah Paulson I would suggest donating to the ACLU. For more speeches check out both the SAG and TBS YouTube channels.

And now for dresses and this red carpet was awash with bold color and sparkles; two of my favorite things. For part 2 including a lot of suits head here.yara-shahidiYara Shahidi’s Naeem Khan super colorful and striped frock is my number one look of the night; everything about this is making me smile. Shahidi told Glamour that she was excited to wear this designer as he is a Michelle Obama favorite. michelle-dockeryKeeping on this theme with Michelle Dockery in Elie Saab and another stunner. I’m not going to miss Downton Abbey clogging up the drama nominations, but I am going to miss Dockery’s regular appearances at these things as she always delivers. busy-and-michelleBest best friends and this Louis Vuitton frock is so much better than Michelle Williams’ Golden Globes number. And more stripes to add to the mix; this time dipped in metal. The jury is out on the scarf – it is a little too mid ’00s combined with the Isadora Duncan danger aspect – but it is good to see Williams stepping outside her usual twee box (which you know I love).

Busy Philipps is also keeping with the all things shiny theme in a fabulous purple Jeffrey Dodd dress.taraji-p-hensonSheer can often be the thing that turns a great dress and ruins it; not so in the case of Taraji P. Henson in Reem Acra and the rare occasion where I like this fabric choice. Loving the undercut too.tarajiPlus look at the fabulous drama on display as she moves. janelle-monaeNow this is how you do floral to the max and Janelle Monàe’s Chanel midi frock is another example of how she keeps in the black/white palette zone without it getting stalesaniyya-sidneyAll the dress points to another Hidden Figures star and Saniyya Sidney is every level of adorable. Sidney is also in Fences making that two award season movies.thandie-newtonI’m currently reading The Devil in the White City so the Ferris wheel on Thandie Newton’s Schiaparelli gown instantly makes me think of that, but this also is an incredible dress which is full of sartorial whimsy. It tells a story and is sparkly to boot.claire-foy-and-matt-smithClaire Foy and Valentino are a perfect match and this is another case of preferring this to her Golden Globes frock. Onscreen husband Matt Smith scrubs up nicely and unlike the character he plays I don’t feel the need to tell him to shut up.vanessa-kirbyAnd now for Foy’s onscreen sister and pleats make for the best twirling/shimmying material so I am all over Vanessa Kirby’s Luisa Beccaria silver halter neck. Plus Margaret is my favorite on The Crown and I am so excited that Matthew Goode has been cast to play Lord Snowdon in season 2.

And thanks to Instagram we get to see the detail of her braided updo by Adir Abergel and the beautiful hair accessory he used. This is why I love social media; finding out these extras and getting to celebrate the people behind them.

angela-sarafyan You don’t tend to see a whole lot of paisley on the red carpet and this is a shame. Thankfully Westworld’s Angela Sarafyan is bringing it back in Zac Posen.gwendoline-christieGwendoline Christie has long worn Vivienne Westwood and she mentioned Westwood’s “activist mindset” when discussing why she’s such a fan. This sequin jumpsuit is incredible and I also love that those heels are not small; Christie might be super tall already but you can always add inches. Fantastic lipstick too.viloa-and-bryceViola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard deliver on the super fancy jewels which is an instant way to give an outfit an instant oomph. Davis also made another inspiring speech this time honoring Fences writer August Wilson. annalise-bassoOne very good reason to wear caped sleeve wings is because they give great drama as Captain Fantastic’s Annalise Basso demonstrates.captain-fantasticTeam Captain Fantastic are a delight.lily-tomlin-and-dolly-partonAll the sparkles and joy I need.

Best of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards: Sequins and all that Shines

9 Jan

The Golden Globes red carpet highlights started with a few of my favorite things – ladysuits, yellow, capes, IRL besties – and now for a trend that is also on this list and dominated the night; sequins, sparkles and all things metallic.ruth-negga-ggRuth Negga looks like she has been dipped in liquid Louis Vuitton gold and has come to save us from it all.emma-stoneWhen describing this Valentino dress Golden Globe winner Emma Stone mentioned that it is pink and has stars on it. Two very correct observations and a dream of a gown. kristen-bellSequins, sequins, sequins in all colors and styles with Kristen Bell giving great drama (and sternum) in black Jenny Packham.amy-adamsAmy Adams looks like she might be ready to go into a very stylish battle in a strapless Tom Ford. So many Cersei feelings (if Cersei ever chose to switch to sequins).claire-foyI don’t quite love this Claire Foy Erdem gown as much as I love her pre-party look, but is super pretty and I’m not even mad she beat Keri Russell. Well not a whole lot mad as I think she’s great in The Crown.regina-kingRegina King is a sparkling dream in Romona Keveza and this strapless dress might be one the best things she has worn on the red carpet.naomie-harrisNaomie Harris looks like she has come from the future to team up with Ruth Negga in a futuristic looking Armani Privé gown.priyanka-chopraFrom silver to gold and Priyanka Chopra never fails to bring it; the Golden Globes is no exception and this Ralph Lauren gown is a stunner.sarah-paulson-and-amanda-peetMore IRL BFF goals with Sarah Paulson shining in Marc Jacobs gold as she picked up yet another well deserved award for her incredible Marcia Clark performance.

Amanda Peet also looks fabulous here and I’m still sad Togetherness is no more. And that my DVD of Igby Goes Down is missing.felicity-huffmannNow for something different and Felicity Huffman’s white and gold George Chakra is a fabulous take on formal jumpsuits.gina-rodriguezA getting ready shot of Gina Rodriguez from Instagram had Twitter all a fluster for good reason:

 

And this Naeem Khan gown looks perfect for twirling and shimmying in at the after parties.thandie-newtonSometimes sequins are here to add a touch of drama and in the case of Thandie Newton they look like flames at the bottom of her Monse gown.sterling-k-brown

Sterling K. Brown didn’t win much to my surprise/sadness, but he looks cool as fuck here and his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe is stunning in David Meister.

Ready for the @goldenglobes with the hottest chick in the game @ryanmichelleb

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Sterling K. Brown shared this pre-Globes stunner of photo on Instagram and I am so happy we get to see these getting ready shots. trace-lysetteTrace Lysette is giving me so many art deco vibes in this beautiful Charbel Zoe gown; ready to party with F. Scott Fitzgerald. judith-lightQueen Judith Light, always.tracee-ellis-ross-and-anna-chlumskyThis photo is pure magic and the perfect way to end this post.

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