There were so many gorgeous looks on the red carpet at the SAG Awards this year it was hard to narrow down my favorites!
Awards season is definitely upon us! After the blackout at the Golden Globes it was nice to see color galore at the Critics Choice Awards 2018. Below are my favorite looks from the event.
Wonder Woman shined in this gorgeous silver Prada gown! It's elegant and powerful, perfect for our heroine to accept the award for Best Action Film!
For some reason Angelina Jolie in Ralph and Russo has shown up on both worst and best dressed lists. Perhaps this is a love it or hate it dress. In that case, I love it! I love designing with feathers and the asymetrical hem gives a flirty, modern feel.
Some worst dressed lists out there have called out celebrities for being too casual for a black-tie affair. Sorry, but the Critics Choice isn't the black-tie affair the Globes or Academy Awards are. Laura Dern's Balmain ensemble perfectly straddles the line of formal and casual chic. The peak of her lace bra takes a deep v-neck from vampy to flirty.
This dress by Oscar de la Renta and Tyler Ellis didn't grab me at first, not until I saw a better photograph of it. After digesting it a little I really love it! It's really fun and flirty with the sheerness of it, and sophisticated at the same time. The Critics Choice Awards is a fun and more light-hearted event than the Globes and this dress captured that perfectly.
I love the ethereal quality of this dress, but with the punch of pink. The uneven hem and color lends to a youthful and adorable dress up vibe, but the fitted bodice and perfect styling make it mature and refined.
Sarah Hyland's look here makes me think of Carrie Bradshaw in the opening credits of Sex and the City. The Naeem Khan look is simple, but fun.
I've never considered Laurie Metcalf a style icon, but here she is looking ultra glamorous. I love this look from head to toe. She nailed her look for the Golden Globes and she did it again here. I also love that she's wearing designers on the rise. Shout out to her stylist, whoever you are! I can't wait to see what she wears next!
My favorite look of the night goes to Jaimie Alexander in this Georges Chakra dress. The train of the dress makes it elegant while the shorter hem in front shows off Jaimie's great legs. The deep v neckline and nude underlay of the dress gives the illusion of showing a lot of skin, but that gorgeous train balances it out.
Getting over my post-holiday cold has allowed me time to make my choices for my favorite 2018 Golden Globe looks! I wondered how limiting the designs may be this year as most everyone chose black to stand in solidarity for all who've endured harassment, discrimination, and assault. However, the designers really upped their game! There were soooooo many amazing looks, but I've narrowed it down to my favorites below:
I love the way Gaultier plays with the stripes of the fabric in this dress. The uneven hem in the back gives the look a gothic feel while remaining elegant.
When I first saw this look I wasn't crazy about it. As a designer I would have lengthened the top a bit, just simply to bring the lace farther down to incorporate it into the skirt more. However, at second glance the disjointed part actually makes me really love it as it's unexpected. The peplum not only balances out the shoulders, but gives volume to go with the Victorian era walking skirt.
Presumably due to the way the Hollywood Foreign Press packs the nominees and presenters like sardines, you don't see a lot of fuller skirts at the Golden Globes. This silhouette plus the pink/peachy tones stood out in the sea of black. This look was elegant and modern at the same time.
I love the perfect draping on this Prabal Gurung frock. As a costume technician I'd love to see the inside of the dress, particularly the structure of the bodice. It looks effortless, but I know the craftsmanship was particular. The shimmery fabric choice was perfect to make this look stand out.
This Solace London look worn by Gillian Anderson proves design does not have to be complex to still be effective. The long right sleeve offers a Grecian goddess quality while the lack of sleeve on the other side shows off Gillian Anderson's unbelievably toned arms.
There were a lot of lady tuxes at the Globes this year, but Gal Gadot wore it best. Pairing her cropped tuxedo jacket with a sexy and sophisticated dress, Gadot perfectly embodied the TIME'S UP movement with her look. I loved so many looks this year, but if I had to choose a favorite - it would be this one.
Sometimes I don't sew and I venture out into other crafting areas.
My husband and I love Nutcrackers. We collect them. Every year it's tradition to add another one to our collection.
This year I decided to mix up our collection a little by painting one. I bought one of the Paint Your Own Nutcracker kits from my local Joann store. Yeah I know it's for kids ages 4+, but whatever.
It just so happens my husband is a big fan of Drum Corp International (DCI) and one of his absolute favorite performances is by the Bluecoats in 2012. They performed "Love Dance," which is from Cirque du Soleil's KA, a show my husband and I both have worked on the Las Vegas strip. I googled the Bluecoats 2012 to find some source images, gathered the correct paint colors, some blue glitter, and got to work!
I had to mix some white paint into the gold the kit supplied to create the flesh tone and thankfully I had some blue glitter I could use for the drum. I bought a silver paint pen to create the straps and trim. The paint pen was a bit unruly so I had to cover the mistakes with the acrylic paints. The kit came with a sticker sheet so I didn't have to paint the eyes. I coated the nutcracker with Polycrylic Protective Finish from Lowes. It's a large can, but the top can be hammered down to keep for future uses. (Thank you to Jen Bush & John Gallagher for their recommendation on Polycrylic!)
Once the second coat of the protective finish was completely dry I glued the white "hair" from the kit on. I found a black feather boa at Michael's Craft Store that I cut down and glued on to mimic the Bluecoats plummage in the hat.
Now back to sewing.
Fashion & costumes.