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.
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.
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!
My apologies for the delay of my latest post. I've been on a doctor prescribed metabolic detox diet and it has zapped my energy, but now I'm at the tail end of it! So without further delay, let's get to it!
The awards season is in full swing now and I have narrowed down my choices for the Best Dressed at the 2019 Critics Choice Awards.
Kristen Bell showed off her slender physique with this Pre-Fall 2019 Indigo Silk Sleeveless gown by Cushnie. I love the deep V mesh neckline that meets the upside down V trim, creating a lengthening effect for this petite actress. I also love the rich blue color and weighty drape of the fabric.
In a see of blue, black, and white Michelle Yeoh stood out in this crimson gown. It too has a lovely drape, especially for that train from the one shoulder. The flower is the perfect accent to this minimalist look, too. (I have looked high and low on the internet for the name of the designer and can't find it, so if you, dear reader, know please message me! I'd love to give credit where credit is due!)
Another minimalist, but spectacular look, is this Michael Kors gown worn by Mandy Moore. The sexy cutouts at the sides show off her tiny waist and are balanced with long sleeves. (Show skin, ladies, but the right amount!) The dazzle is upped with the all over sequin fabric. Love this look! Bravo!
Julia Roberts is becoming the pants queen of the red carpet (well, in this case blue). She rocked it in this Louis Vuitton ensemble. I love the combo of svelte tuxedo suit and floor-length ball gown with this look. It's so unique! I'm hopeful she's gearing up for a similar look at the Academy Awards, but with multiple layers or tiers of ruffles on the skirt!
I love this Armani Privé gown worn by Nicole Kidman. It's somehow a minimalist look meets avante garde. Extremely unique, and I love how the silhouette unexpectedly changes depending on the angle you look at it.
This Givenchy gown worn by Charlize Theron is one of my favorites! It's very unique compared to everything else worn at the event, plus it has a reverse ombre effect, something not everyone, but statuesque Ms. Theron could pull off. I love the pleating of the fabric as well! It's draped beautifully, accentuating her frame.
I can't really declare one favorite look at this event as I love so many, but this Prada dress worn by the lovely Emily Blunt is definitely high up there! The silhouette is simple, but with all the embellishments and Ms. Blunt's beautiful figure, it can be. The white fabric combined with the crystal rhinestones gives it a very angelic look. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the piece monte costumes I assisted making for the Las Vegas show, La Reve. The jewel encrusted neckline could have been too much, but the lines are thin and simple and just right.
Last, but certainly not least, is Betty Gilpin in this gorgeous gown by J. Mendel. First, I love this silhouette, as it reminds me of the Black Swan-esque gown I designed for Circus Couture in 2013. I love that from farther away this dress seems simple, but when you get closer you see all the rows of ruffles on the skirt. I do believe, though, the designer missed an opportunity for pockets in the side seams. I do love pockets on dresses, but that's me. It's still a fantastic dress and I love i!
Hello, everyone! and Hello 2019!!!
I am back to blogging and I am oh so happy to share my thoughts on the fashion at last weekend's Golden Globes! There were SOOO many fabulous garments to pick from that it's taken me a week to narrow down my favorites! So let's not delay any longer and get to it!
You can't go wrong with a big puffy, tulle skirt at an awards show! They are often a safe choice so they can become a dime a dozen, but that is not the case with this Monique Lhuillier gown worn by Heidi Klum! I love the unexpected sheer-looking bodice and the flowers adorning the skirt! It's a very fresh look for the red carpet!
Judith Light's Christian Siriano gown was part angel, part Greecian goddess! That fabric is gorgeous and drapes beautifully! I love the layered pearls as accessory, too!
Sandra Oh made history at the 2019 Golden Globes as the first Asian host and of course as hostess she had multiple costume changes, but this Versace look is my favorite! While the skirt has a similar silhouette to Judith Light's gown, it stands out thanks to the draping detail across the torso, the asymetrical neckline, and the big bow at the shoulder. I love that her hair is up to show off the top of this gorgeous gown.
I love this 4 piece custom couture ensemble worn by Billy Porter! It's so refreshing to see a new take on a typical men's suit. Randi Rahm and his team took 6 months to complete this look! The embroidery and embellishment detail is delicious and I love the unexpected hot pink lining! Gorgeous work!!!
When I first saw this next look I was admittedly not a fan. However, it's grown on me and frankly I love it! Caitriona Balfe absolutely rocked this unusual Moschino dress! Not everyone could pull off this silhouette, but Caitriona's statuesque physique wears it beautifully.
I love this Alexander McQueen dress worn by Emily Blunt! It's a great ratio of elegant and sexy. I'm not usually a fan of crochet lace as it often looks like a doily on your grandmother's couch, but the thread and lace detailing used were a fantastic choice. And the peak-a-boo look through the lace isn't scandalous with a nude color bodice and grey skirt. The asymetrical hem has a wonderful organized chaos to it, too. Overall a wonderful choice!
Of course Gemma Chan is like a clothes hanger - everything looks good on her! This deep blue Valentino gown was one of my favorites tho. It's basically a sleeveless romper with an oversize skirt including a long train. I love that because a) it was no doubt comfortable and b) it's completely unexpected!
And last, but definitely not least - my absolute favorite look - Danai Gurira in a custom Rodarte gown! This dress design was inspired by Zimbabwe's national flower, the flame lily. The simple silhouette of the dress is the perfect choice to not over power the texture of the fabric. Red can be a difficult color choice for the red carpet, but pairing it with orange makes this dress pop! Her updo was a perfect styling choice to show off the asymmetrical neckline and bow, too! Bravo!!
Now that school is over I have time to get back to blogging and what better way to jump back in than the Met Gala! As someone who often straddles the line between fashion and costume, I LOVE the Met Gala every year! This year's theme "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" brought about many spiritual and religious inspired designs. The following are my picks for Best Dressed of the evening.
Amanda Seyfried was part Juliet and part golden goddess in Prada. There is a ton of fabric in this flowy gown, but it's synched in all the right places for a flattering fit.
Hailey Baldwin traded in her typical sporty style for this ethereal Tommy Hilfiger gown. I love the structured bodice paired with the drapy sleeves, skirt, and train. The American model completed her look with sky high platform stilettos, pastel pink hair, and a crown of roses.
Stephen Colbert joked around with Jimmy Fallon striking Zoolander poses while rocking this gorgeous suit coat by his Late Show wardrobe guy, Antonio Zayas. I'm not usually a fan of men's suits made out of prints, but this one was great, even if Colbert himself joked it looked like Grandpa's couch cushion.
Winnie Harlow looked like an angel in this Tommy Hilfiger ensemble. The dress itself was quite simple in design, but effective. I especially love the ornate headpiece!
Donald Glover had a fantastic weekend - hosting SNL, releasing his new music video "This is America," and he finished it off with this fantastic mauve suit from Gucci at the Met Gala. I love the color of his suit and the unexpected embroidery detail on the back of his suit jacket.
Irina Shayk was golden goddess meets Egyptian Queen with a modern twist in this Versace gown. I adore the ornate detailing in both the bodice and skirt. She accessorized fantastically with boyfriend, Bradley Cooper, too.
Scarlett Johansson caused controversy with the label she wore to the Met Gala. She rocked this beautiful magenta gown by Marchesa, a label co-run by Harvey Weinstein's estranged wife, Georgina Chapman. I, for one, am happy she chose to wear the label, and not just because this dress is lovely front and back (look at how the neckline incorporated her back tattoo). While many want to blast Chapman for her estranged husband's behavior, the Time's Up movement is about supporting all women, and Johannson did that in her own way.
Amal Clooney stood apart from the other looks at the Met Gala. Her navy, satin pants were an unexpected touch in this Richard Quinn ensemble.
Katy Perry has never been one to shy away from making a bold fashion statement and the Met Gala was no exception. I'd say her look was more costume-y than most, but it was great for the occasion. Her natural stage presence kept her from being dwarfed by these bejeweled and feathered wings by Versace.
Zendaya rocked the evening with this custom battle armor gown by Versace. She gave serious Joan of Arc vibes as she walked the carpet. I can only imagine how heavy the ensemble was, but Zendaya handled it like a pro.
While it didn't win my Best Dressed pick, Jourdan Dunn's ethereal gown by Diane Von Furstenberg came in a very close second. This angelic look was spectacular in its simplicity and made the supermodel look like a goddess floating down the carpet.
My favorite look of the night goes to Blake Lively who wore Atelier Versace. There were many stunning looks, but this one's incredible embellishment wins top honor. This gown reportedly took more than 600 hours to create and was so massive Lively took a party bus to the gala! The time and effort was worth it as this gown is beyond spectacular!!
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.
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