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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

18 Aug

This has been quite the week and not in the way I normally open “Out of the Box” with a list of what has been going on in the sartorial world of TV, magazines and red carpets. Writing about the frivolities of fashion when such horrific events are going on can feel futile and pointless; having a respite while staying informed about the big picture can also be helpful.

So here are some of the style highlights from this week including the Teen Choices Awards, more magazine covers and Emmy FYC events.Zendaya in formal pajamas at the Teen Choice Awards is pretty much perfect and Ashish menswear pajamas at that. Looking effortlessly cool and this is the perfect event to mix things up on the red (blue) carpet.

A big shout out to Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach, for yet another solid outfit choice.From formal bedwear to formal track pants and again this is the ideal award show to switch out the usual frock for something slightly more fun. Yara Shahidi mixes athleisure with a sparkly top, heels and a Fear of God jacket and looks fabulous. Much to my delight the Emmy FYC campaign events continue because I love all things about the awards season circus. Especially when you get IRL besties Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry getting to hangout on the red carpet, as the This is Us push continues.Another big drama contender is The Handmaid’s Tale and they are also out in force with their Emmy campaign. Cast members Samira Wiley, Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel are joined by director Reed Morano and they are crushing it with their panel attire. Prints, pussy bow blouses, pants and killer red dresses are all winners.Amandla Stenberg’s 2016 Teen Vogue cover was one of my favorites from last year and her September issue appearance is another hit. This is such a good mix of textures and the direct gaze is once again full of self-assured confidence.

The interview is conducted by another TV Ate My Wardrobe fave, Janelle Monáe and they talk about her new project Everything Everything, the current volatile political climate and why Stenberg has ditched her iPhone for an old school flip phone as a way to disconnect and preserve her mental health.More from Teen Vogue and Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown giving great pattern clashing (with some more stripes to covet here). Brown is interviewed by former child star Drew Barrymore and they talk about the E.T. comparisons and working in this industry at such a young age.For Mr Porter, Justin Theroux gets to look moody in denim and knits. Pretty much the ideal fall fashion combo and he’s still rocking the Kevin Garvey beard.

He also gives good career that also doubles as life advice, “The key to continuing to work is don’t be a jerk. Because you’re infinitely replaceable.” And this excellent romantic nugget “Why would a man be intimidated by a funny woman? In a perfect world, a relationship is two people laughing together.”

 

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

11 Aug

Florals are here to stay — much to my delight — and this is the final week of the summer TCA press tour, which means more panel attire and some fancy awards threads. TCA is not the only celebration this week as there is also Black Girls Rock! and Variety’s ‘Power of Young Hollywood’ event.

Plus the excellent magazine covers continue. It is September (in magazine terms) after all.

Unrelated, but check out my interview with Defenders costume designer Stephanie Maslansky here.At the American Horror Story: Cult panel, Sarah Paulson looks stunning in a watercolor adjacent lace Monique Lhuillier frock (as always tipping my hat to Karla Welch) and I’m happy to kick off this week’s “Out of the Box” with something this bold.

As always I am intrigued by the new season of AHS, but I tend to lose interest halfway through a season and the only one I have made it to the end of was Coven. And that isn’t even the best one. So there is a high chance this will happen once again. But the cast is always very good and I am here for all the promotional time with Sarah Paulson. One of my best makeup purchases last year came courtesy of Aya Cash (also at TCA) and once again Cash is the lipstick queen of TCA. Yes I have shamelessly asked her on Instagram what shade it is (as she is sadly no longer on Twitter).

This Christine Alcalay top is also another fabulous take on the floral trend and I cannot wait for You’re the Worst to come back. Even if that season 3 ender was a full on heartbreak.Sterling K. Brown is a man of many talents — and surprise cameos — and at the TCA Awards he sang For Good” from Wicked with former Wicked star and host of the TCA Awards, Kristin Chenoweth. So many swoons. Also a great sparkly mini frock from Chenoweth.

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Not quite the usual hotel corridor pose from Elisabeth Moss, but just as fabulous pre-TCA Awards and another amazing Vampire’s Wife pick from Karla Welch. This color is stunning.Issa Rae was honored at Black Girls Rock – airing on Tuesday, August 22 on BET — and I am digging this whole ’70s vibe. Oh hey, Jay Ellis. Loving the choice of pants/jacket.

The video for Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” — directed by Master of None’s Alan Yang — is now available for non-TIDAL subscribers to watch, so that portion of pop culture FOMO is over and it is just as good (if not better) than the clips suggested it would be. Yara Shahidi once again proving she is a Magical Fashion Unicorn in a very hard to pull off Philosophy peplum floral jumpsuit at the ‘Power of Young Hollywood’ Variety celebration.If you know how I feel about ’70s styling — strongly positive — you will not be surprised to hear that I yelped with joy when I first saw this Zendaya cover for Variety, which leans hard into the whole disco vibe.

As with her recent Vogue profile, I read most of it pretty much nodding along and saying “fuck yeah” out loud. She’s great and I’m so glad she continues to get a large platform to speak out to fans both old and new.

She articulates why her Spider-Man character was so interesting and I hope this continues in the second movie “It was nice to play a character who wasn’t a damsel in distress but actually very smart, quirky, different and outspoken.” And on her fashion line she notes the importance of not having specific plus size sections “I don’t think thicker, curvier women should have to shop on a different section on my page or feel excluded.” Zendaya is the best and a solid choice from Variety for their ‘Power of Young Hollywood’ issue. Donald Glover wasn’t there to pick up the Atlanta TCA Award on Saturday as he is still shooting the new Han Solo movie, but it is clear he is having a very good year. And as this Hollywood Reporter cover notes he is quite the multi-hyphenate. A good use of millennial pink, aviators and the Gucci tiger collar here and inside the issue.

In the piece Glover discusses the success of Atlanta — which I’m gonna do a rewatch of soon —and what it is like starring in an iconic franchise as the younger version of an iconic character (and some of the behind the scenes bumps that have occurred). There’s some great additional quotes from Tina Fey, Dan Harmon and his brother Stephen (who is also a writer on Atlanta) and the whole profile is a fascinating insight into Glover’s process while also remaining enigmatic when it comes to his personal life.The September issue of Nylon used to be their TV special and there is still that element, but I’m not gonna be too mad about the lack of TV star cover when forever fave Kirsten Dunst is here. And she is wearing the same amazing polka dot Alessandra Rich number — minus the black belt — that Beguiled co-star Nicole Kidman wore to the Veuve Clicquot Polo event.

I haven’t bought Nylon in ages, but I will definitely pick up this issue as both the shoot and interview are great. This profile is written by one of my favorite culture writers, Molly Lambert and while this piece is about Woodshock, it also acts as a great career retrospective of an actress who has been around for what feels like forever and has done a number of very different projects. Plus what she looks for now as “A lot of the choices I make are director-driven. I’d rather do a tiny little whatever in a good film.”

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

12 May

After last week’s pattern extravaganza we’re not backing away from print; in fact there’s a lot of mixing textures and the newly titled MTV Movie and TV Awards delivered in a big way on this sartorial front. Plus fabulous suits and more putting a bird on it.Happiness in one photo and a sequin spectacle of the highest order. Dripped in rose gold Emilio Pucci is Taraji P. Henson and a super colorful patchwork Rosie Assoulin number has me smiling as much as Tracee Ellis Ross.

Tracee Ellis Ross and Congresswoman Maxine Waters presented Taraji P. Henson with the award for Best Fight Against the System and this continues Henson’s hot streak of delivering super passionate speeches about important matters.Yara Shahidi can make any outfit work even when it is doing as much as this Gucci skirt and top number is. Shahidi is not overwhelmed by these two pieces and I’m particularly in love with the mirrored skirt which is giving me disco ball adjacent feelings. Also with a talent for making any look work for her is Zendaya and off the back of this stunning Met Gala gown she is now making me like something sheer; there’s something very ethereal about this Zuhair Murad embroidered dress.

Gold stacked heels were all the rage at the MTV Movie and TV awards much to my delight and I think Zendaya’s Le Silla sandals are my fave. One of the best dressed characters on TV right now is Insecure’s Issa and off screen Issa Rae delivers too. This Off-White frock is a really fun play on leather mixing edgy with feminine textures like pleating and boob ruffles. Great styling from H to T.While we’re on the subject of Insecure and fabulous style; here is Rae’s co-star Yvonne Orji crushing it in matching printed Dries Van Noten.This Jonathan Simkhai gown looks like something you would find in a fancy drawing room of an old manor house and I mean that in the best possible way.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead also adds drama with a berry lip color. She’s the best and also hair goals for if I ever let mine get slightly longer.

Bonus Mary Elizabeth Winstead as this is pattern clashing to perfection.

At a screening/Q&A for I Love Dick, Kathryn Hahn put a bird on it and paired it with plaid. And it works! I have new and yet to be worn pants that look similar so this is giving me ideas.

Also in things I have already written about; Lucy Liu also wore this Alice + Olivia blouse on Elementary recently.Harry Styles is on the promo train for his new album and he is already killing it with his suit choices working his way through the color spectrum. Performing on Today and giving me so many Beatles vibes with that guitar. Pink looks great on you Harry and I can’t wait to see what he’ll be wearing next.

 

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

21 Apr

Bold print and florals dominate this week’s best style moments and despite the grey sky view I’m currently being treated to, it feels good to know spring has sprung. Fashion seems to agree and it is print central here at TV Ate My Wardrobe.

There’s a lot of different projects on the promotion train including smaller indie fare and probably the most anticipated blockbuster of the year. The latter being a franchise that sartorially delivered on its world tour two years ago. Plus all things TV including the premiere of HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and a TV Ate My Wardrobe fave that is appearing on two shows at the moment. Plus a couple of fabulous Time covers and some TV stars at Coachella, because of course.While promoting Colossal – a film I’m very excited for – Anne Hathaway wore this very lovely floral frock to Good Morning America and it didn’t come from a high end store/designer as you might expect. Hathaway explained that she is trying to be more sustainable with her fashion choices and wear vintage when she can; this $15 flea market find is an excellent start.The Star Wars celebration included a panel for The Last Jedi where they unveiled the new stunning teaser poster, a teaser trailer and a new cast member; Kelly Marie Tran is joining the Resistance and will play mechanic Rose.

Because this event was streamed worldwide it meant we got to see just how delightful Tran is and because you know I love good panel attire I was thrilled to see this mix of casual with dressy. A dress that infuses frills and layering in stunning cobalt with stacked sparkly shoes already puts Kelly Marie Tran on the Star Wars promo tour style list.Daisy Ridley is no longer the newcomer and she’s still making daring fashion choices including this block color orange and red Stella McCartney number, which I’m sure shouldn’t work but does. Tony Award winning Hamilton star and long suffering Good Wife ASA, Renée Elise Goldsberry is starring in the HBO movie The Immortal Life as Henrietta Lacks, which airs tomorrow (Saturday 22). At the premiere she looked stunning in bold Rosie Assoulin floral dress and while I’m not wild about the puffy shoulder detail it doesn’t detract from the rest of the ensemble. Great shoe choice too.

 

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Everything about Rose Byrne’s look on Live with Kelly (and on this occasion Jussie) is ideal as she also chats about The Immortal Life as Henrietta Lacks from the polka dots to the lipstick. Also Kelly Ripa frock is hitting all those spring notes and I would very much like it please. Coachella time and scrolling through the endless shorts and bad boot choices there are a couple of outfits that stood out for the right reasons. There’s something a little 80s and couch material about Yara Shahidi’s floral take, but she looks good and my only concern is she might be a little on the toasty side for daytime desert wearing.Sophie Turner leans more edgy in a very festival way and it is working for her and I love a star print tee. Even if I’m having Ross Geller in super tight leather pants concerns for Sophie when she goes to the bathroom because the toilet situation can be perilous at these kind of outdoor events (though probs not for the celebs attending).

More treats from the Elisabeth Moss hangs out in corridors in fabulous clothes series in a stunning green floral Prabal Gurung number.Armie Hammer takes a dip in the Rami Malek shirt box at the Free Fire premiere and it looks great on him. There is also talk of a Man From U.N.C.L.E. sequel and make it happen Hollywood.Carrie Coon is having a moment or rather two moments with The Leftovers and Fargo both returning this week and I am quite prepared to be devastated by her performance as Nora Durst. Giving great short hair and stripe styling for Backstage where she discusses in depth both her stage and screen career. Throw all these Carrie Coon profiles at me.Time’s 100 Most Influential annual issue list was unveiled yesterday and while there are some questionable choices I am instead going to focus on the covers that fill me with joy. Starting with this great Viola Davis shot and the perfect Mary Katrantzou to make her stand out even more. As with the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, Meryl Streep delivers on the Viola Davis testimony she deserves. Riz Ahmed has graced the red carpet Best of lists on numerous occasions recently and this is another case of a fantastic suit; great color palette choice from the Time team. Words by Lin-Manuel Miranda so enthusiasm levels are high. Just like they should be.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

14 Apr

As I mentioned last week award season is never truly over and this edition of “Out of the Box” backs up this theory with the Olivier Awards and events kicking off Emmy campaign season. The latter is what I am really excited about and even though the Emmys are months away the FYC screenings are starting now. And this means roundtable season is around the corner. We’ve also got magazine covers, editorials, IRL best friends and couples.

Oh and TV Ate My Wardrobe turned the grand old age of four this week! And I am so grateful to everyone for all your support over the years. There’s not so many posts on here now because I have been writing elsewhere, but this will always be the tiny corner I have carved out to talk costuming and red carpet style. So thank you to all the TV Ate My Wardrobe readers.

And while I’m talking work in other places here’s my first piece for Racked and it is a topic that is close to my heart; henley shirt wearing on The CW and the history of this garment.
Yara Shahidi continues her red carpet domination and at the Black-ish FYC screening she not only gave great ladysuit, but also fantastic collar detail in Marnie. Two of my favorite things. This is a cool af choice and a really fun spin on this trend.The sun was shining in London at the Olivier Awards and Chewing Gum’s – a show I still need to catch up on – Michaela Coel looked stunning in a floral print black halter neck. The best thing about this dress; her mother made it for her.Serving up great drama in this glorious weather is Amber Riley in Tony Ward and Riley has all the reasons to smile as she also won for her performance in Dreamgirls.

And you can see why she did from her performance of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” at the Olivier Awards.

A really interesting Burberry frock for Cush Jumbo at the Olivier Awards and Jumbo has been a pattern queen on The Good Fight.

Cush Jumbo was also on The Late Show last month and somehow I only saw this delightful interview this week. Jumbo is bang on trend in gingham and after watching this I now want to see her perform Shakespeare with Stephen Colbert.While we’re discussing Stephen Colbert here’s this week’s Hollywood Reporter cover; my first thought is he’s gonna get street feet and also this is a fun shot. The Colbert resurgence is getting a lot of chat right now from wanting more to celebrating a return to form. I fall somewhere in the middle and I’m glad his monologues have become much more biting. However, Seth Meyers is still my first morning catch up of the daily late night shows with Colbert in second. The latter would not have been the case this time last year.

It is an interesting interview that discusses the state of things politically, David Letterman and pizza. It is this lovely story about his parents and New York that I wanted to highlight though:

“My mom and dad grew up here. My mom worked at Tiffany. This is in the 1940s; they were born in 1920. Mom would be 97 this year if she were still alive. To me this city is constantly running into locations where stories of their lives happened. Like, “Mom I’m outside the Chock full o’Nuts where you and Dad would meet after going to mass at St. Pat’s.” Or going into Tiffany and saying, “Can I go back into that back office there? My mom worked in there. I just want to stand there for a minute.” They’d see Lester Lanin or Benny Goodman at the Starlight Room of the [Waldorf] Astoria. And then they’d go to mass and then they’d go home on the 5 a.m. train.”This is a really great cover from Good Housekeeping and a good use of pink that isn’t sickly sweet. Tracee Ellis Ross is making lace and frills work; the Sandro top is a splurge item, but I love that the lipstick is the super affordable Rimmel.

In the piece Ross discusses everything from her mother to style and it is this bit on activism that stood out to me:

“I think that as a black woman, my beingness is a form of activism in and of itself. The fact that I am on a show called Black-ish, that I’m playing a woman who is both a wife and a doctor, a mother and a person, a partner and an individual, and that I am playing a joyful black woman on television who is not just surviving but thriving is by definition a form of activism. If I take that and ripple it out further in an amplified way, I can’t help, from my beingness, to not be a form of activism, because that is who I am.”

The show Borgen is an all time favorite of mine and I’m thrilled to see the three leads making strides especially on other TV shows now that it is over. Pilou Asbæk (or Danish Pacey as he is affectionately called in this neck of the woods) is now on Game of Thrones, which means much more exposure. In this Interview magazine chat he discusses his career from drama school to whether he will be returning to perform in his home country anytime soon. He also talks about his Borgen regrets:

“I signed on for two seasons and then they wanted to do a third one, and I thought it was a stupid idea because my character was already kind of developed—I’d finished him, I’d done him for two years, I didn’t want to do him anymore. So I said no to a third season so I could do theater, but I kind of regret it, because it was a great show. But the play was also good.”

Styling wise he’s working the pajama as an actual top look. The editorial also includes a trench coat and I really hope Asbæk gets to play a spy one day.

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Stripes, best best friends and fun novelty specs from my faves.

From power besties to a power couple. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Russell wearing pretty much my platonic ideal of a smart/casual outfit; tuxedo jacket, jeans and the all important striped tee.

They are ridiculously delightful and with a whole lot more laughter than your average episode of The Americans.

And don’t forget to check out my first piece for Racked.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

24 Mar

Spring is in the air (kinda) and there are a lot of great outfit ideas for transitional seasons thing including chunky cardigans and sweaters. It is also PaleyFest and this means panel attire! Always one of my favorite categories as it is open for interpretation and there tends to be some fun looks.

There’s also some sparkle and a great magazine cover from Allure.Kicking things casual with TV Ate My Wardrobe fave Yara Shahidi on her way into Jimmy Kimmel Live! Mustard yellow cardigans along with all things stripes is my big clothing catnip so this look is instant heart eyes and coveting.

And here is Shahidi on Kimmel switching out mustard for Marni ruffles and talking college applications including what this means for her character on Black-ish.Kiernan Shipka in stripes is an instant hit (see earlier remark) at a screening of The Blackcoat’s Daughter and this tiger emblazoned Gucci sweater is super cute. This whole look is playful including pairing bold socks with strappy shoes and it works because we have seen on numerous occasions that Shipka likes to have fun with fashion.

On this week’s Feud, Shipka gave good bad actor acting as well as showing she is her (former onscreen) mother’s daughter in the manner in which she smokes.Tatiana Maslany looks great on a super fancy red carpet (see the Emmys), but where she really crushes it is at events like SDCCSXSW and heading into talk shows where she can add some laid back flair into proceedings. The same can be said for PaleyFest and at the Orphan Black panel she mixed stripes and ruffles with metallic sneakers.

One of the first things I saw this morning was an Instagram story showing Tatiana Maslany reacting to co-star Kristian Bruun wearing Snapchat Spectacles (there’s a lot of cross branding in this sentence) and it is delightful.

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Keeping up the delightful theme at this Orphan Black panel with Tatiana Maslany and Evelyne Brochu; plus a good mix of black and white ensembles with Maslany wearing a suede/leather bomber jacket over her ruffled dress.More fun PaleyFest outfits and at the Walking Dead panel Lauren Cohan delivers on the high-waisted pants trend paired with a mix of stripes. The flash of red with both pumps and lipstick is a fabulous touch. At the Empire Awards, Ella Purnell gives great season transition awards wear in a different take on florals in a long-sleeved Chanel mini-dress with some fabulous Jimmy Choo sandals; chunky heels are in.If you’re playing the villain in the new Power Rangers movie then this super sparkly Zuhair Murad jumpsuit is exactly the way to go and once again Elizabeth Banks knows how to match her outfit to the film she is promoting (see The Hunger Games for more).Allure magazine shows how to do a diversity issue cover and this is a beautiful shot featuring models Dilone, Imaan Hammam and Aamito Lagum. Fashion magazines have not always had a good track record with diverse cover stars, but on the whole they did improve last year and this is a good sign that they are listening to readers and the very valid criticism being leveled at them.

Over at Lainey Gossip writer Kathleen Newman-Bremang goes in depth about colorism and this issue of Allure.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

23 Feb

Award season is almost at an end and there’s going to be plenty of style posts here at TV Ate My Wardrobe over the next few days including my personal favorite red carpet event; the Independent Spirit Awards and of course the big one. This week has also featured the Costume Designers Guild Awards and you can check out or rundown of the winners and sartorial highs here.

This doesn’t mean that everyone is lying low before the Oscars and there are plenty of bold looks from the Vanity Fair hosted Young Hollywood celebration, the WGA Awards, Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards, magazine editorials and more. yara-shahidiPattern clashing comes in many forms and at the Vanity Fair ‘Toast to Young Hollywood’ Yara Shahidi continues her style domination in a Chanel double; red and white striped wide leg pants and floral sparkle infused sweater.

Managing to be both casual and glam paired with a bag which looks like a hybrid version of those tiny backpacks from the ’90s. Look for more Yara Shahidi below.cynthia-erivoHow to wear pajamas at a fancy event as demonstrated by Cynthia Erivo in beautiful silk printed J. Crew. The cropped length and green heels add a dressier element making this outfit perfect for the red (or purple in this case) carpet.janelle-monae-essenceFabulous ladysuit alert from Janelle Monáe at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards and Monáe was one of several honorees including Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi and Aja Naomi King (the show will air Sunday, March 5 on OWN). The splash of yellow piping adds some bold color to Monáe’s usual black and white; crushing it as always.gabrielle-unionGabrielle Union looks the picture of elegance in embellished (and sparkly) Prada. kofi-siriboeQueen Sugar’s super handsome Kofi Siriboe gives great windowpane checks and this is an excellent suit choice. Also Queen Sugar is so good and I don’t think I have said that enough on here.jessica-st-clair-and-lennon-parham-wgaAt the WGA Awards Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair opted for two very different and successful floral dress takes. I am so very ready for season 3 of Playing House to come back already.kumail-nanjiani-and-emily-v-gordonFor the classic award show black attire look no further than Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon at the WGAs. Great lipstick choice too. And as the Independent Spirit Awards are tomorrow it is a good time to revisit this moment of Carol parody perfection from last year’s ceremony.

I am very much looking forward to what Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have in store as this year’s Independent Spirit Awards hosts.

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Abigail Spencer joins Yara Shahidi in the ‘pattern clashing we love’ category this week in leopard print, colorful geometric shapes blended with florals.

Timeless finished its first season on Monday and it has yet to be renewed; it also happens to be one of the most fun offerings this season as it is ambitious, has a strong dynamic between the three leads and incredible costuming. There was a slight uptick in the ratings for the finale so hopefully a renewal is on the cards.maisie-williamsOver this week Wonderland has been unveiling the multiple covers for their Spring issue including icon Debbie Harry and Yara Shahidi’s one below. This is prime time for magazines that look great and also weigh a tonne – let’s just say I was glad I had my totepak when I bought these two – and no doubt I’ll also be getting this one.

What I really like about this Maisie Williams cover is how much she looks like a regular 19 year-old, well a regular 19 year-old who can afford Chanel. But between the Cons and the minimal makeup she is giving off a whole lot of low key vibes.img_0736Keeping with the floral theme and soaking us in springtime is Yara Shahidi for her second appearance this week and wearing the much more affordable Topshop (Shahidi is now a face of Beyonce’s Topshop Ivy Park brand). Fabulous lipstick and shimmery eyeshadow.janelle-monaeAnother double on “Look of the Week” and award season can feel long especially when it is a lot of the same faces, but one person who always manages to keep things fresh is Janelle Monáe and this is the case in both editorials and public appearances. For L.A. Confidential magazine she works both frills and sequins taking a step away from her signature black and white palette; it’s hard to make this much frills work outside of an ’80s homage and yet she is doing just that. Magical Fashion Unicorn status always and one of my most anticipated for Sunday.

Just look for Monáe getting food at Hot N Juicy Crawfish after the show in her fancy attire as she explains in the L.A. Confidential piece:

“Like, I’m literally in a ball gown, a custom black-and-white ball gown, straight from the People’s Choice Awards or the Golden Globes. And I go into this place, sit down, put on a bib, and eat. And that’s what I love about LA, that you can come straight from a red carpet event and go to a place like that.”danai-gurira-and-andre-hollandOne of Janelle Monáe’s Moonlight co-stars Andre Holland appears alongside longtime friend/collaborator and TV Ate My Wardrobe fave Danai Gurira as part of new “When They Met” New York Times feature. The interview shows the depth of their relationship (they are currently working on a screenplay together) and regular readers will know how much I love this IRL background stuff.

Their outfits are both simple and striking in the accompanying photo shoot and I particularly love Andre Holland’s excuse for not watching The Walking Dead:

“I have a very weak stomach and a very vivid imagination.”

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

16 Feb

February is very much like September in that this is the time of year when there is A LOT of stuff going on and it can be hard to keep on top of everything. Over the last week there have been multiple big award shows (and some smaller one), New York Fashion Week and the new magazine cover cycle is kicking into action.

So we have a little bit of all that. Enjoy!ruth-neggaRuth Negga scores another cover and her hot streak continues. I will definitely be picking up Another Magazine this weekend (they give 10 reasons to get this issue and it turns out I only need one) and as my friend Whitney pointed out on Twitter there is a whole Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8 vibe to Negga’s cover styling.marhershala-aliAlso soaking up the award season success is Mahershala Ali and he is giving great sweater posing on the cover of this week’s Hollywood Reporter. There’s also a whole lot of suit wearing to go with this in-depth and thoughtful interview that is definitely worth a read.michelle-williamsThe amount of conversations I had about this dress which pretty much started “Is that a face?!” were numerous and Michelle Williams wore a very fun custom Louis Vuitton mini sparkle frock to the BAFTAs at the weekend. It also had me questioning exactly what my eyes were seeing and I like that she mixed it up here. Plus there are no potentially dangerous neck adornments on this one.

What this is missing is a strong red lip and maybe Michelle Williams needs to head to Riverdale to borrow some of Betty’s Seduce Scarlet.emily-bluntThe bodice really makes Emily Blunt’s Alexander McQueen gown at the BAFTAs and it definitely feels like the kind of dress that deserves a dramatic dance scene. The dragonfly ring is also pretty damn great on the whole accessory front and would be the perfect partner to a Diane Lockhart brooch.viola-davisViola Davis’ winning streak for Fences continued at the BAFTAs and she looked stunning in three blue tone Jenny Packham.issa-raeAt the NAACP Image Awards Issa Rae shook off everything winter in floral Stella Nolasco. I might still be wrapped in knitwear, but as I write this the sun is shining and the effect of this dress means I’m already feeling warmer.yara-shahidiMint green and iridescent frills and pleats for Yara Shahidi wearing a Blumarine gown that makes me wish she was in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.riz-ahmedRiz Ahmed gave a brilliant performance on the season 6 premiere of Girls as a super chill surfer bro and at the Elle Style Awards he switches out the shorts and tee for yet another fantastic suit.

Showing he can go classic or mix it up; super stylist Ilaria Urbinati has such a good eye for suits that go there and this stars and flowers Valentino is another big hitter.amanda-peetAt the Michael Kors show Amanda Peet gives great day wear in a shiny belted shirt dress. My only concern is how cold her feet must be in the New York weather. A spare pair of boots is required.

The same goes for Keri Russell in her peep toe gold Louboutins (which I love) and this outfit manages to mix super comfy with a knitted super t-neck Celine sweater and bold floral Dries Van Noten pants. Expect more Keri Russell appearances on here over the next few weeks as we get nearer to the season 5 premiere of The Americans.

img_0615The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has seen an uptick in ratings recently and he is crushing the political chat right now; it is really lovely to see Colbert mixing the bite of his former show with the traditional late night format and we really need it right now.

This week has also included some top notch guests with Christine Baranski lighting things up in a very dazzling number:

And then Tatiana Maslany also got in on this sparkly act:

Last week we also found out when the last season of Orphan Black will return; mark your calendar for Saturday, June 10.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

3 Feb

The SAG Awards delivered on both speeches and fashion this weekend and on this week’s “Out of the Box” we’ve got a whole lot of great outfits from the Entertainment Weekly pre-SAG party with a dash of the PGA Awards, the beginning of the end for Girls, a new campaign and a very important announcement.yara-shahidi-ewYara Shahidi was our best dressed at the SAG Awards in an incredible striped Naeem Khan frock and at the pre-SAG EW party she went in a very different, but just as fun direction. All baby blues from eye makeup to the abstract print matching Sophie Theallet shirt and pants.kristen-schaalFor all things wacky and delightful look no further than Kristen Schaal and her amazing kitty dress. I love everything about this. Also super cute gold shoes that I would like in my life.malin-akermanMalin Akerman serving up full shoulder drama in metallic striped Zhivago and this is the kind of dress you wear when you want to throw a drink in someone’s face. Or just look cool as fuck.grace-gealey-and-candice-pattonPatterned ladysuit alert with Grace Byers going full plunge in Keti Chkhikvadze and in very cute dress news we have Candice Patton in Tommy Hilfiger. That collar is everything (and now I am looking at dresses on the Tommy Hilfiger website and am very tempted by this).the-crownWhile I very much preferred both Vanessa Kirby and Claire Foy’s SAG ceremony outfits, I also couldn’t pass up this opportunity to post this picture of a much happier (and more alive in some cases) family from The Crown. Lipstick points for Kirby and Foy too.stranger-teensThe Stranger Things cast tends to be split between the kids and the teens when posing for photos; here at the EW party Natalia Dyer instead hangs with her onscreen younger brother and his friends and once again the boys look super swish in their suits. Especially Caleb McLaughlin in bow tie and waistcoat. Dyer’s super floral mini is another very cute Miu Miu and this brand is working like a charm on her.miles-brown-and-caleb-mclaughlinDancing cuties and Stranger Things meets Black-ish. Blue shoes are a must at the pre-SAG party for Caleb McLaughlin and Miles Brown.sag-dancingMore fabulous shoes and moves from the boys at a SAG after party and they’re joined by Janelle Monàe.stranger-dancingAnd now with Samira Wiley and the rest of the Stranger Things kids. Post awards dancing photos are the best.rami-malekThe night before the SAGs Rami Malek went a little more classic in his choice of Dior suit and he also appears to have adopted the signature Eddie Redmayne lean.girls-thrGoing full Friends cast shot as The Hollywood Reporter celebrates Girls with an oral history and a cover featuring the core cast. This is a really well styled shoot and I now have Lost in Translation like questions as I wonder what Adam Driver is whispering into Andrew Rannells’ ear. kenzoKenzo’s new Spring 2017 campaign features Tracee Ellis Ross, Jesse Williams and cellist/singer Kelsey Lu. A short film called “Music is My Mistress” will be released next Thursday (February 9) and if these print ads are any indication it is going to be pretty special.yara-shahidi-ivy-parkAnd in other fantastic campaign news; here is Yara Shahidi for Ivy Park and this oversized sweater/short shorts look is great. Shahidi appeared in Lemonade and re-teaming with Beyoncé for her clothing brand makes so much sense.

 

Also thank you Beyoncé for giving us something to be happy about this week. And I love that her underwear is not matching. Also where can I get that bra?

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

30 Jan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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