Tag Archives: Red Carpet

Met Gala 2012 Rundown

The Met Gala is a red carpet event known for dramatic entrances and extreme ballgowns.  But this year, it seemed the overall tone was “less is more.”  Which is usually a great thing, but not at a costume ball!  It’s the one time of year when glamor girls can wear high-fashion other than on a runway!  It seemed many stars were in simple and steam-lined frocks.  Our favorite was Camilla Belle (pictured, top right) in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren, swept-back hair, delicate accessories and dark lipstick.  She was both sexy and oozed old-world sophistication.  Neon was definitely the trend of the night – one of our favorite girls, Emily Blunt wore hot pink Calvin Klein, and husband John Krasinski also sported the same designer.  (We can’t believe that this was the first outfit we’ve ever featured of hers… especially since she’s on our inspiration page!)  Ginnifer Goodwin, Kristen Wiig, Eva Mendes, Katherine McPhee, and Kristen Bell (pictured, bottom left in Tommy Hilfiger) all sported bright orange; La La Anthony wore electric blue; Beyonce’s baby sis, Solange Knowles, January Jones, and Emma Roberts all wore extreme yellow; Allison Williams had neon purple Ralph Lauren on; and Coco Rocha had a bright yellow Givenchy pantsuit on with a hot pink top and matching highlights in her hair!  There was one trend we definitely did not love: see-through skirts. Beyonce, Rooney Mara, Heidi Klum, Leighton Meester, and Marion Cotillard all managed to make their sexy gams look strange through sheer bottoms…  A couple of young girls we love were sporting some ill-fitting frocks, including Shailene Woodley, Kristen Stewart, Lena Dunham, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Jessica Biel.  And finally, cutie-pie Carey Mulligan, Jessica Alba, Mad Men star Jessica Pare, and Victoria’s Secret model Karolina Kurkova wore some strange shades of gold that did not shine… Our other favorites were Hilary Swank in a sweeping, scarlet Michael Kors gown (pictured, above), and Ashley Greene (pictured, bottom left) in a draped, white Donna Karan creation.  (Although we hate the lackluster hair…)  Looks we liked and disliked, most of these ladies played it safe.  Next year girls, bring on the drama!

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2012 Oscar Rundown

It’s the biggest red carpet event of the year… the Oscars!  Honestly, after seeing some great gowns at the SAG Awards and Golden Globes this year, we were a little disappointed with a lot of the fashion at the Academy Awards.  We’ll start with our favorites (as always!)  Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured, top left) was bringing it like she did back in the day in this caped Tom Ford creation.  Newcomer and first-time nominee Jessica Chastain (pictured, top right) looked glorious in a gold-embroidered black gown by Alexander McQueen with $2 million worth of Harry Winston yellow diamonds to go with it!  Chastain looked just lovely with her red locks half-up, half-down, which perfectly complemented her strapless dress (just like Blair’s prom gown!)  Penelope Cruz (pictured, below left) looked like she was straight out of 1950s Hollywood in a custom lavender Giorgio Armani gown, perfectly coiffed curls and 114 carats of Chopard diamonds!  E! anchor (and star of one of our own guilty pleasures Giuliana & Bill) Giuliana Rancic (pictured, below right) looked better than most of the people she interviewed in her stunning Tony Ward Spring 2012 couture gown!  She looked phenomenal, especially considering she just recovered from a double mastectomy.  New mom Natalie Portman (pictured, bottom right) looked adorable in her polka-dotted Dior Haute Couture dress (she is the face of Miss Dior), and one large diamond necklace from Harry Winston.  Octavia Spencer (pictured, bottom left) stayed faithful to Tadashi Shoji, wearing a beautifully-embroidered gown and 50-carat Neil Lane diamond earrings that looked like mini chandeliers!  While these girls looked just great, lots of our other favorites disappointed us.  We were bummed Viola Davis didn’t win Best Actress (although Meryl does get robbed nearly every year…), but we were equally disappointed with her ill-fitting Vera Wang gown, after looking gorgeous all season.  Kristen Wiig looks awesome as a brunette, but not in nude; Rooney Mara’s bangs and bondage dresses have got to go; and Emma Stone, take a cue from fellow gorgeous ginger-haired girl, like Jessica Chastain: avoid colors from the red family!  The color of her hair and gown was too close.  We would have preferred black, hunter green or navy on the funny lady.  And from our not-so-favorites?  Angelina Jolie… wow, you picked black again?  Shocking!  While we love the color black probably more than most things on Earth, we get it… so do you.  We did not like the thigh-high slit, red lips and constant posing.  We get it.  You love yourself more than life itself.  Stop shaking your hair like there’s a fan blowing it back.  Jennifer Lopez looked ridiculous with the skin-tight dress, slicked backed hair with a bouffant, and a nip slip to boot.  Otherwise, not much excited us fashion-wise last night other than these fashion stunners.  Better luck next year!  At least the show was entertaining!


2012 Grammy Rundown

The Grammy Awards are our editors’ least favorite red carpet event of the year, usually because it seems each artist is just trying to outdo eachother (or Lady Gaga, in recent years.)  This year was no different with Katy Perry matching her dress to her outrageous hair color; Fergie sporting one hideous see-through orange lace number; Nicki Minaj dressed up like a Catholic cardinal; and even though Russian singer Sasha Gradiva had fake machine guns attached to her sleeves, and songwriter Bonnie McKee had yellow fringe dragging on the floor, the worst-dressed award surprisingly goes to a Victoria’s Secret model.  Maroon 5 front-man Adam Levine’s girlfriend, Anne V, almost showed a body part that shares the same initial as her surname… Seriously?  Where is that piece of fabric attached?  But there were a few classy ladies in the crowd who we’d like to name.  While Paris Hilton (pictured, top left) is far from what we’d call a musician, the socialite did look quite grown-up in her gold-embellished Basil Soda silhouette.  The “Woman of the Night,” also known as Adele (pictured, top right), wore a custom-made sparkling black Giorgio Armani gown, jewelry from De Beers and Harry Winston, with a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps.  All those Grammy Awards went quite nicely with her glittering gown!  Kate Beckinsale isn’t a musician either, but she was a presenter for the ceremony (they really choose a lot of random attendees), and looked gorgeous, as always, in a one-shouldered draped cream dress with a black bow by Zuhair Murad.  Finally, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland demonstrates exactly who should wear nude – girls with her lovely mocha complexion!  She looked very refined in her Alberta Ferretti gown with silver floral embroidery.  The Grammys are still our least favorite award show, but at least these girls knew how to bring their A-game!


2012 BAFTA Rundown

The British are elegant and friendly people, so it’s no surprise their film award ceremony is as delightful as they are.  This year, not too many gowns wowed us, but there were several excellent choices on the London red carpet.  Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) shocked everyone by showing up in this sophisticated black and white silhouette from… H&M!  While you won’t find this gown at your local mall, Williams still looks adorable with red lipstick, dark nails and the accessory of the season – an Arthur Miller book clutch from Olympia Le-Tan.  (Fun Fact: Arthur Miller was married to Marilyn Monroe, who Williams was nominated for playing!)  Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig looked especially beautiful in a gathered white Alberta Ferretti gown and new brunette locks.  Our final favorite was created by Valentino – the perfect designer to feature two days before Valentine’s Day!  Best Actress nominee Viola Davis decided to take part in the Green Carpet Challenge (where celebrities sport environmentally-sound digs on the red carpet), wearing a one-shouldered light pink gown made of eco fabric and… recycled plastic bottles!  Going green never looked so good!


2012 SAG Rundown

Hello, SAG Awards!  Where have you been all of our lives?!  Yes, slightly dramatic, but for just another red carpet event where actors pat themselves on the back, this year’s girls were bringing their A-game!  So many stunners this year, that we’ll honestly probably forget some of them!  Much improved over the last few award seasons.  First, let’s name our favorites: the luminous Viola Davis (who took home Best Actress) looked drop-dead gorgeous in a flowing, white strapless Marchesa gown with an embroidered bodice (pictured, top left), and George Clooney’s newest girlfriend and former WWE star (yes, really – that acronym means she was a “professional” wrestler at one point) Stacy Keibler (pictured, top right) was head-to-toe elegance in black lace, also by Marchesa.  (We usually do not include award attendees who aren’t actually part of the craft they’re supporting, i.e., Heidi Klum at the Oscars, or Kim Kardashian at… well, any ceremony, but Keibler was just too incredible to leave off the list.)  Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara of Modern Family play stepmother-and-daughter of the same age on the hit comedy, and made one bright and beautiful pair last night.  Bowen (pictured, above right) wore a bold purple Grecian number by Temperley London, while Vergara (pictured, above left) sported a pleated magenta gown by, who else?  Marchesa!  (Hmm… do we sense a pattern here?)  Modern Family‘s junior-set was also dressed quite appropriately for their ages – Ariel Winter, 14, looked adorable in a gray Collette Dinnigan dress, and Sarah Hyland, 21, matched her onscreen-mom by also wearing a classy Temperley gown.  Without sounding like ageists, it seemed like the night truly belonged to the “seasoned” actresses of Hollywood.  Besides Viola Davis (who is a shocking 46, although she doesn’t look a day over 35), the best-dressed of the night were women in Davis’s age-range.  Kyra Sedgwick, who is the same age as Davis, was notably the most jaw-dropping attendee in an extremely sexy Emilio Pucci cutout gown (pictured, bottom right).  Jane Lynch and Diane Lane looked ravishing in royal blue.  30 Rock costars Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski (pictured together, above) looked sophisticated in black gowns with beaded bodices by Versace and Antonio Berardi, respectively.  Octavia Spencer (who won for Best Supporting Actress) wore a very classy lavender-gray Tadashi Shoji chiffon gown (pictured, bottom left).  On the flip side, some of the younger attendees really missed the mark.  George Clooney’s gorgeous costar in The Descendants, Shailene Woodley, looked a little disheveled in a Hawaiian print L’Wren Scott gown; Busy Phillips was far too casual in a floor-length beach frock that could have been used as a coverup; and Zoe Saldana looked like a modern Barbarella in a shiny white and silver mess from, shockingly, Givenchy.  The cast of GLEE was all over the place again.  Heather Morris, Jayma Mays and Amber Riley all wore ill-fitting black dresses, Jenna Ushkowitz sported one weird outfit, and Lea Michele was, as ALWAYS, extremely over-the-top.  I don’t know how many times we’ve said it… Or how many times Joan Rivers has to say it…  She’s ridiculous.  We just hope the upcoming Oscars are as sumptuous and splendid as the SAG Awards were!


Look-of-the-Day

We don’t know why Megan Fox got flack from some fashion critics for wearing this Armani Privé gown to the 2011 Golden Globe Awards… theSkinnyStiletto thinks she looks divine in this delicate rose gown.  The bodice is adorned with crisscrossing satin ribbons and an interwoven strap of Swarovski crystals.  Fox accessorized her look with Brian Atwood platform peep-toe pumps, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz and a 1940s Veronica Lake hairdo.  The gown definitely has a young feel, which is why it made sense the 24-year-old was able to pull it off.


Crazy Look We Love

This is a brand new segment where our editors pick out their favorite unusual looks!  As fashion and beauty trends change practically everyday, it’s no surprise that people, cultures and fashion-lovers constantly disagree on what’s attractive and what isn’t.  Here is Camilla Belle at the Prada to Nada premiere sporting a sleek and sexy black tuxedo pantsuit with smoky eyes and her lovely tousled chestnut locks.  But instead of a blouse or button-down shirt, she decided to go with a ruffled bra top of raw silk by Jason Wu.  (Or Wu did, as the outfit was part of his Spring 2011 line…)  But the decision to wear this on the red carpet instead of a sparkly gown or tight dress is very daring.  The Cartier jewelry put a nice accent on the black and tan look.