I am so excited the new year is here! 2019 was a rough year and I'm so glad to have it behind me. I'm back to blogging with my best dressed picks from the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards!
I love seeing Helen Mirren on the red carpet! She always looks stylish and comfortable while having a blast and wearing this burgundy Dior gown was no different. This look proves that off the shoulder styles can look great at any age. The 3/4 length sleeve keeps the style from looking too formal and the contrasting underskirt was a fun reveal when she twirled.
Last, but not least my favorite look is Joey King in this amazing dress by Iris Van Herpen. I love the optical illusion created by the print of the fabric and the shape of the dress. What's even trickier is the curvature of the lines beginning at the waist and extending down into the hips that create a flattering silhouette verses a bulky one. I also love the unique sleeve/cape piece as well.
Since one of my 2019 resolutions is to make myself new clothes I joined the 12 Patterns Plus Sewing Challenge on Facebook.
For the month of March the challenge was the Audrey Jean Jacket by Seamwork.
It's a bit disappointing as I've been wanting a jean jacket for awhile. Also, I made it. I didn't just go out and purchase a jacket I later regretted, but there's no point in holding on to something I know I'll never wear, even if I did put a lot of time and effort into making it. It's better someone else can get some use out of it.
However, I still want my jean jacket. I found a similar pattern that I'm currently in the process of making a mock-up and it's going much better. I'll post that to the blog soon!
For those of you who don't know my day job is as Wardrobe Attendant for the Cirque du Soleil production "O" at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Our theatre hosted this year's One Night for One Drop production on March 8th. I was fortunate enough to work on the Sirens costumes for the three aerial pole artists and two of the synchronized swimmers. It was a lot of work and invisible zippers are no friend to spandex costumes, but it was worth it! I loved how they turned out and I think the performers looked fierce! A huge thank you to Rachel Willis for helping me decorate and embellish these costumes!
Check out the photo gallery below:
While visiting LA I had the chance to see the Dolly Parton exhibit at the Grammy Museum. She has graciously lent many of her iconic costumes to the museum and I am so happy I got to see them.
Growing up I admittedly was not a big fan of Dolly Parton, however my mom was. As I've grown older not only have I become a fan of Ms. Parton's costumes, but her music and persona, as well. Visiting her exhibition made me feel closer to my mom, too, as she passed more than twenty years ago.
Photography was allowed, but the glass cases everything was in made pictures difficult. Enjoy tho and don't mind the reflections. ;)
Last week I took a quick trip to Los Angeles and I took in FIDM's (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) exhibit showcasing the costumes from many of 2018's movies. The exhibit is free (just $5 for parking) and I highly recommend you check it out if you can, but hurry as it's only around until April 12. All of the Academy Award nominated films for Costume Design were featured, as well as many other fan favorites. Throughout the exhibit were many video screens featuring behind the scenes of the costume designs, too. The best part is that photography is allowed. Check out some of the photos in the slideshow below:
The celebrities did not disappoint on the red carpet at the Academy Awards and the same is true for the Vanity Fair After Party.
I love this gold, metallic Dundas dress worn by Vanessa Hudgens. It's fitted and draped beautifully with the unexpected cutout at the torso. I love the flower at the neckline creating balance with the high slit of the skirt.
This black and blue Zuhair Murad dress worn by Jennifer Lopez is so fantastic. The fabric is colored and pleated to mimic feathers, perfectly accentuating Ms. Lopez's curvaceous figure.
You all know I'm a sucker for feathers so I adore this Oscar de la Renta dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o. I love the airy quality of the ostrich feathers, adding to the fun and lightness of the garment. The black belt synches Ms. Nyong'o in so she's not drowning in feathers, too.
My favorite look happens to go to one of my favorite actresses as well. I'm so happy to see Caitriona Balfe top my list in this gorgeous Dundas dress. I love the unexpected heart-shape cutouts in the midriff of this metallic gown, as well as the shoulder pads changing the silhouette. I also love these Ana Khouri earrings which are so chic and so unique. Fantastic look overall!
My apologies for the delay between blog posts. I've been working 60 hour work weeks recently, but thankfully that's over for now.
The 91st (or as Tina Fey joked the millionth) Academy Awards was held recently. Between the red carpet and the Vanity Fair After Party there were so many fantastic looks I had to split the list into two. So first off my picks for best dressed at the show!
Sarah Paulson wore this bright and beautiful Brandon Maxwell gown at the show. While pink was the color for this year's Oscars, this dress is quite unique. It's quite voluminous and could easily overwhelm the wearer, but the cutouts are perfectly sized and placed to show off Ms. Paulson's figure.
I love this lilac Balmain gown worn by Emilia Clark. The structured bodice paired with the drapey skirt out of this slinky metallic material is perfect for this Game of Thrones star. The color, while similar to the pinks worn on the carpet, was different enough to stand out.
Lady Gaga shined as bright as the $30 million Tiffany & Co necklace she wore with this Alexander McQueen gown by Sarah Burton. I love this look from head to toe. It's incredibly elegant with the voluminous skirt and train, but with modern twists perfect for Lady Gaga, like the drop waist and sculptural hips.
My favorite look goes to this Christian Siriano ensemble worn by Billy Porter. This design is so innovative and when I look at it I wonder why did we have to wait til 2019 to see it? The look was versatile, too. While Billy Porter was hosting red carpet interviews for the ABC Network he had a slimmer skirt and a skinny tie, which he changed out for the ballgown skirt and bowtie when he walked the red carpet. While many have worn their take on the men's suit on the red carpet, none have blurred the lines of gender identity quite like this one and Billy Porter was the perfect person to wear it. He is confident, loves fashion and always has fun at these stuffy award shows. And thank you to Glenn Close for perfectly responding to this fantastic ensemble!
The BAFTA Film Awards were this past Sunday and the stars did not disappoint when it came to fashion. Here are my best dressed picks!
Letitia Wright lit up the night in this sleek Stella McCartney suit, of course her win for the EE Rising Star added to her glow, too! I love that the simplicity of this look doesn't detract from its beauty. Bright white fabric always stands out on the red carpet and the addition of the impeccable tailoring of this look nab it a spot on my best dressed list.
Last, but certainly not least as it tops my list is Cate Blanchett in this gorgeous Christopher Kane gown. This dress is very unique with the jeweled neckline. I like the thigh high slit to give a flash of leg. This dress shows a lot of skin, but it's designed well giving a very balanced look overall.
On Thursday, January 31, I drove up to Lindon, Utah for the Monthly Dress Tour exhibit by the extremely talented Leanne Barlow! It was the opening night of the exhibit and it began with a speech by Ms. Barlow herself. It was a long drive up there from Las Vegas, but totally worth it. I have found myself in a bit of a creative rut recently, and Ms. Barlow's speech and exhibit was incredibly inspiring!
There were so many fantastic gowns at the SAG Awards that I can't choose a favorite! I honestly, equally love ALL of these picks!
Julia Garner wore this gorgeous aquamarine gown by Zac Posen. I love the scattered flower design on the fabric to add texture and the Victorian-esque silhouette. It's both elegant for the awards show and chic for this up and coming actress.
Sandra Oh picked up a SAG Award for her work in Killing Eve while wearing the Ophelia gown by Jenny Packham. I love the combination of fabrics, the embellished main dress with the crepe drape that cascades into an attached train. It's very elegant and unique.
This Ellie Saab gown worn by Michelle Yeoh combines two of my favorite designs - a feather skirt and jeweled bodice! This sophisticated gown is only enhanced by Ms. Yeoh's grace.
Susan Kelechi Watson was a ray of sunshine in this fun and flirty Christian Siriano gown. Not everyone can pull off yellow, but Ms. Watson does it beautifully. I love the second photo, showing just how fresh this dress was in a sea of black suits and backdrops.
I love love LOVE this white Dior couture gown worn by Lady Gaga! The fabric color and floaty skirt are angelic while the attached shorts and deep v frayed neckline are edgy - very Gaga!
Laverne Cox dazzled in this stunning crimson Zac Posen gown! I love the silouette with the drapey sleeve. I think I need to incorporate this sleeve in my own creations! The attached necklace is a lovely surprise in the back with the sleeves coming to a knot and creating a train. Beautiful pattern design!!
While some critics compared this Michael Kors gown to female anatomy I think it's fantastic! Emily Blunt is so lovely and graceful she could rock a paper bag to an awards show, but I love the uniqueness of this dress. I've never seen a ruffle like this on an evening gown and I love the unexpected open back.
Shangela wore my favorite Christian Siriano look of all time! All of the rows and rows of ombre ruffles are just gorgeous! I can't imagine the work that went into this gown, but it was definitely worth it!
While pink was a popular color choice at this year's SAG Awards, all the gowns were so unique like this fabulous Oscar de la Renta frock worn by Gemma Chan. The Crazy Rich Asians actress shared on her instagram page that it took 100 hours of handstitching and 30 yards of silk to create this gown AND it went from sketch to red carpet in less than a week! Kudos to the entire team! I love the feather 'look' and it's even more amazing when it's created by something other than actual feathers.
And the feathers just keep coming! I adore this Ralph & Russo gown worn by Danai Gurira. The entire look, along with the jewels and her hairstyle are incredibly sophisticated. Feathers are so often used to adorn skirts so it's refreshing to see the entire bodice covered in feathers with the skirt kept simple in this look. Just beautiful!
Fashion & costumes.