Category Archives: Red Carpet

The 2014 Met Ball, or the Event where the Red Carpet is the Event

You know how for most (not me, but most) people the Oscars is the “main event” and the red carpet telecast is the “pre-show”? The Met Ball is the opposite. The Red Carpet is the main event and the “afterparty” is a beautiful gala inside a resplendent Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The annual Costume Institute gala has a theme and honoree and this year it was classic evening wear in honor of British-born couturier Charles James, who revolutionized American couture, and determined by British-born editor Anna Wintour, who revolutionized American Vogue, fashion and trend.

Here are the superlatives of the night:


Best Model: Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa


Best Texture: Lily Allen in Chanel


Most Head-Turning: Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen


Most Seemingly True to Self: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Valentino


Best Crop Top/Most Appropriately Youthful: Emma Stone in Thakoon


Best Brand Positioning: Victoria Beckham, own design


Most Improved: Kim Kardashian in Lanvin


Best “I’m Still the Biggest Star on this Carpet” Moment: Beyonce and Jay-Z in Givenchy

What do you think?  Agree, disagree?  Other favorites?

Photos from the NY Times

A little lippy…

I’m a gloss girl.  Call me “chicken” for avoiding the chic stain of merlot, but to finish off the makeup and food analogy, chicken and red wine aren’t really a perfect match anyway.

I’ve thought about trying it, going all Snow White with my makeup inspiration, but would it work?  

Let’s turn to the beautiful Margot Robbie for guidance…  Exhibit A, Vanity Fair Red Carpet and Exhibit B, Academy Awards Red Carpet.  Same night, same hair, same clothing color.  Striking on the right, for sure, but I think she’s radiant on the left.



What do you think?  And, more importantly, would you kiss this trend?

Red Carpet: Oscars Edition

The Academy Awards, last night’s grand finale of the awards season, was it exactly what I wanted it to be.  Like dessert, it was fun, sweet and everyone looked great!

Here are some of my favorite looks and details of the night:

Best texture in an updated classic: Calista Flockhart in Andrew Gnandrew gn


Best Use of Sparkle and Shine: Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Rentaoslr

Best Supporting Wife: Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khannaeem khan

Best Classic Beauty: Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueenmcqueen


Best in Show:  Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab (Brad Pitt in Tom Ford)elie saab

Who were some of your favorites?

Red Carpet to Real Life: Golden Globes Edition

This weekend’s Golden Globes provided lot (LOTS!) of style inspiration that could go from red carpet to real life.

Here are some favorites and inspiration for your own major event:

Many of the actresses wore beautiful metallic gowns – Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. The style was simple, clean and classic.Halter

In jewel tones, a popular trend was two tone dresses. The look worked for Taylor Swift, Sandra Bullock and others. The balance of black and bold keeps it fresh and unexpected.two tone

A big night requires big sparkle. Kate Beckinsale was a favorite of mine, but similar styles were worn by Mila Kunis and Michelle Dockery.sparkle

Who were some of your favorites?

Shop: Two Tone/Sparkle/

Runway Inspiration: Wedding Edition

Ever since Halle Berry walked the Red Carpet in 2002 in a swishing cranberry ballskirt and strategically embroidered sheer top, the name Elie Saab has been cemented into the Fashion Design Hall of Fame.  (*There isn’t a FDHF, but you know what I mean…)

I have featured beautiful Elie Saab collections before, but this latest one for Fall 2013 has really caught my eye.  It has all the standards that I love about the brand – delicate detail, perfect fits, extravagant beadwork, gowns you’d love to own.

Here are a few that could go from Red Carpet to White Aisle.

For the super glamourous bride:MARC047.450x675

Dresses even a bridesmaid would love:MARC009.450x675MARC038.450x675

And for the fabulous Mother of the Bride:MARC010.450x675 MARC029.450x675

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Ladylike Brights

Cannes is over and the Queen of Ice, Nicole Kidman, became the Queen of the Red Carpet!  (I wish that Cannes took place in Nice for that rhyme to have worked, but c’est la vie!)

Anyway, back to Kidman at Cannes – she pulled out the expected Ivory gowns, touch of sparkle, bit of black, but it was this dress that was a show-stopper!

neon laceNicole Kidman in Christian Dior

A strapless confection, with swirled lace, splashes of bright, a faux-hawk ponytail and neon pumps.  Go on with your bad self, Nic.


Fall Trends: Ladylike Leather for Fall

The runways for Fall 2012 featured several shows with leather clad models.  The look, while typically personifying an edgy sex kitten character was ladylike and sophisticated.  Slim shapes, flattering seams, longer hemlines offset the sleek leather for a feminine style.

Jessica Alba got an early jump on the leather trend and proved you can rock (studded!) leather in the summer and look just as flawless.

Now make the look your own, for a lot less!

Images: Kors/Versace
Shop: Dress/Clutch/Pump

The 2012 Met Ball – The Good and The Bad

On Monday night Hollywood and Fashion royalty came together for the annual Vogue Met Ball.  The evening celebrated a new fashion exhibit that compares and contrasts the designs of two Italian women: Miuccia Prada and the late Elsa Schiaparelli.

If there is a Red Carpet to go big on, this is it.

Let’s get to the good first:

Awesome Old Hollywood – Milla Jovovoich in Prada

The Best Bold Color – Solange Knowles (and Rachel Roy) in Rachel Roy

Best Tribute – Coca Rocha in Elizabeth Taylor’s Givenchy

The Most Fiercely Fabulous – Rihanna in Tom Ford

The winners in the “too much” category:

Too Short or Too Long – Jessica Biel in Prada

Too Old – Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney

Too Much Hunger Games – Elizabeth Banks in Mary Katrantzou

Too Much Beyonce (even for Beyonce?) – Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

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2012 Academy Award Red Carpet Recap

Last night was the 84th Academy Awards.  I have a few take away notes after teh 3+ hour telecast: the show, like Oscar, felt pretty old; plastic surgery, especially on a man (I’m talking to you, Billy) rarely works; the “used to be fat” jokes for Jonah Hill feel really mean-spirited and cheap; and one montage is usually enough, I counted 4-5.

Now, on to the important stuff, the Red Carpet.

I have to say, I didn’t have an out and out favorite.  Some looks were pleasant surprises, and other were slightly disappointing.  But there were no show stoppers, or major risk takers on last night’s carpet.

Best in Red: Michelle Williams has the ingenue look down, and this night was no different.  In any other awards season Emma Stone wouldn’t have ended up on the worst dressed list, however, this style is so similar to the Gucci dress that has been worn to death it didn’t feel fresh or fun for this major event.

Best in White:Gwyneth Paltrow and Rooney Mara both wore white modern updates of classical styles.  However, on Hollywood’s biggest night Gwyneth Paltrow looked like the grande dame of “the industry” and Rooney Mara looked like she was playing in another star’s dressing room.

Best Mint:Berenice Bejo and Missi Pyle both wore a springtime hue of mint.  Berenice looks lovely, ethereal, and like a star.  Missi looks kind of messy.

Best in Nude:Cameron Diaz and Kristin Wiig both wore gowns with a fitted bodice and tiered delicate skirts.  However, in this showdown Diaz gets Oscar gold.  If I had a favorite dress of the night, it was this peachy nude Gucci gown with cascading skirt and beaded details.

Best in a Cinch:This one is hard for me to do, as you know I do love Jennifer Lopez.  However, on the Red Carpet and during the show her beaded and sheer Zuhair Murad gown read more Vegas glam than Hollywood glam.  I thought Octavia Spencer looked lovely, regal and glamorous on her big night.

Which dresses were your favorite?  Tell me in the comments!

2012 Golden Globe Fashion Recap

Last night was the Golden Globes, Hollywood’s biggest party of the year, and the host for the party was none other than perhaps a little sloppy (and maybe a little stiff) Ricky Gervais.  The winners weren’t overly surprising, and either was the telecast, or the Red Carpet.

There were some winners: George, Meryl, the Descendants… and then there were some real winners…. on to the carpet!

Best Dressed:  I can’t recall the last movie that featured more than Salma’s voice, but she was a welcomed addition to the Red Carpet.  She shined brightly in beaded Gucci.

Salma Hayek, Gucci, Golden Globes 2012

Maybe their Daughter Picked their Dress, but Still Best Dressed:  Jessica Alba, the mother to two daughters, was beautiful in a lavender hued Gucci dress.  I am sure her stylist picked it out, but this is the dress of every little girl’s dreams.

Jessica Alba, Gucci, Golden Globes 2012

Rumor has is Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr’s daughter did pick out this dress, and I love it.  SMG wore Monique Lhuillier for a triumphant and bold return to the Red Carpet.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Monique Lhuillier, Golden Globes 2012

Best Color Story: Better in Red

Angelina (Versace), Natalie (Lanvin), Emma (Lanvin), Viola (Emilio Pucci), Tina (Oscar de la Renta)

In varying degrees these leading ladies chose red for the Red Carpet moment: the look was modern, glamorous, deco-dent, sweeping and glamorous.

Now, it’s time to get into the more uncomfortable portion of the review, the ladies whose dresses made them look uncomfortable:

These stars are all mega-watt or at least on their way to becoming so, and their dresses were either a little too tight, a little too loose, or way too loose.  Can someone find a stylist?

Kate Winslet, Jenny Packham, Golden Globes 2012

Shailene Woodley, Marchesa, Golden Globes 2012

Jessica Biel, Elie Saab, Golden Globes 2012

 Rounding out the bottom, the worst fits and the worst dressed:

I get that Reese was supposed to be va-va-voom in this dress, but instead it was somewhat dead on arrival, poorly fitting it missed the Jessica Rabbit mark.

Reese Witherspoon, Zac Posen, Golden Globes 2012

I am terrified of Lea Michelle’s dress – the whole look is so severe and attack of the Spider Woman.  She is rather lovely when paired down, and this whole ensemble overpowers her from bouffant head to toe.

Lea Michelle, Marchesa, Golden Globes 2012

What did you think of the show?  And what did you think of the ceremony?  Who were your best dressed?