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Category: Red Carpet

Feeling Blue and Looking Great

I raved last year to anyone who would listen that red was going to be THE fall color and sure enough, red is a staple for all of this coming season. But you know what? After NYFW and the Emmys, I’m convinced that blue is the new red.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m still obsessed with red to help me brave the winter months (and there was plenty of red on the Emmys carpet), but the little part of me that’s dreaming about next spring can’t stop thinking about Santorini Blue.

The hue feels like a breath of fresh air.

But, seeing as spring is a good half a year away, I’m trying to focus instead on how to embrace the color trend now. I’m obsessed with the idea of wearing sparkly blue for the holidays, in the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Peter Som and Claire Danes’ Oscar de la Renta dresses. I love a 70’s-inspired sleeved blue dress with over-the-knee boots. And a blue tank dress like Katie Holmes’ Calvin Klein Emmys dress would also go perfectly with a boxy mustard coat for a popping color contrast, or a grey leather jacket and booties for a look that’s more downtown chic.

What’s your fall color obsession?

  1. Urban Outfitters Silence & Noise Layered Tank Dress — $69
  2. Halston Heritage Jersey Crepe Tank Dress — $117.25 (at the Outnet)
  3. Paul & Joe Short Dress — $79
  4. Tory Burch Athazer Dress — $495
  5. Dillard’s Sophia Christina One-Shoulder Satin Dress — $99
  6. ASOS Wrap Dress in Metallic — $82.33 (and similar here)
  7. Elizabeth and James Chapman Stretch-Silk Dress — $365

Billboard Best Dressed: Beyonce, Keri Hilson, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift

The Billboard Music Awards aren’t the most traditional fashion event — but that’s what makes them a great opportunity for creativity.

This year’s awards included a stand-out performance by Beyonce (who looks killer in her stage outfit) and yet another lesbian Britney Spears kiss.

But what really caught my attention were some of the red-carpet outfits. Keri Hilson wore a chartreuse Rachel Roy, bell-sleeved mini dress with a turquoise belt, capturing both the 70s and color blocking trends in one night.

My personal favorite was Rihanna in a white Max Azria suit with nude Christian Louboutin heels. The low cut of her shirt and casual tailoring of her jacket and pants keep the suit glamorous, not corporate.

Selena Gomez also looked bombshell-worthy in a black cutout Dolce and Gabbana dress with red heels topped with a bow. Gomez has been a D&G regular recently, as has her tween-heartthrob boyfriend Justin Bieber.

Finally, Taylor Swift chose a sparkling gown (as always) opting for a ballerina-pink Elie Saab column gown. Though Swift looked beautiful, I’m dying to see her try something outside of her comfort zone.

Bright Spring and Summer Maxis

To say that I’m obsessed with Matthew Williamson’s S/S 11 parachute silk maxi dresses is an understatement of divine proportions. It’s like saying a Chanel bag is timeless — sure, it’s a true statement, but it doesn’t even begin to capture how deeply true it is. The romantic billowing of the fabric, the bright spring colors and the floor length are a lethal combination (see 10:40 in the video).

This got me thinking about the prevalence of bright- and neon-colored maxis this spring. Even at the Met Gala — a formal evening event — popping shades were a popular option.

Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors, Zoe Saldana and Lara Stone in Calvin Klein, Michelle Monaghan in Derek Lam

But alas, not all of us have $1,695 to spend on a Matthew Williamson dress, or an event like the Met Gala to attend. Bright maxis are a great and wearable summer option, with a little interpretation!

Look for simple silhouettes in light fabrics like jersey and silk, which also add to the flow-factor of your dress. A feminine ruffle or trendy pleat add interest to a monochromatic piece of clothing. Style with neutral wedges, flatforms or sandals and add some wooden jewelry (bangles, tribal necklaces) for the ultimate laid-back, sun-kissed style!

  1. Bloomingdale’s Aqua Sleeveless Braided High/Low Maxi Dress — $88
  2. ASOS Maxi Dress with Pleated Skirt — $120.02
  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Cee Cee Jersey Dress — $268
  4. Charley 5.0 Go With The Flow Maxi — $178
  5. Bolongaro Trevor Lola Cherry Maxi Dress with Silk Trim and Twisted Hem — $221.58
  6. Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Silk Maxi Dress — $295
  7. Amanda Uprichard ‘Jessie’ Maxi Dress — $242

Trends from the Met Gala: 70s and Florals

The Met Gala always showcases some of the best evening fashion. But the themes and trends from the night’s event aren’t limited only to red-carpet events. In fact, with a little interpretation, they’re perfect for adding some life to your wardrobe!

By far my favorite theme — and the most on trend — was 1970s inspiration. Mary Kate Olsen channeled bohemian vibes with wavy locks and a red, long-sleeve, floor-length Givenchy haute couture gown. Eva Mendes rocked a heavily pleated, one-shoulder Stella McCartney dress that looks like it could’ve come straight out of her stylist Rachel’s Zoe’s closet. Zoe of course, is well known for her 70s, maxi-dress, wide-legged jean affinity. Finally, Cindy Sherman, Consuelo Castiglioni, Anouk Lepere and Giovanni Battaglia round out the bunch as the Marni brigade. All four women donned printed, retro-chic dresses with large, chunky, tribal-inspired jewelry. I am beyond obsessed with Battaglia’s beehive hair and maxi dress!

To get Mary Kate’s look, consider long-sleeved romantic and maxi dresses in soft fabrics such as linen, silk or chiffon, like the one her sister Ashley Olsen wore at an American Apparel charity event last year. For the Marni-inspired, look for abstract prints in simple, loose silhouettes. Nicole Richie’s Mulberry top from Coachella is a perfect example of how to interpret the look casually. Finally, if you’re loving Eva Mendes’ killer pleats, go for crinkles in bright colors and layer them for volume likeAtlantic-Pacific blogger Bee did.

  1. Free People Monarch Wings Dress — $138
  2. Free People Daydream Crinkle Maxi Dress — $169
  3. Madewell Skywriter Novella Dress — $158
  4. ASOS REVIVE Fan Print Batwing Dress — $134.48
  5. Urban Outfitters Sparkle and Fade Accordion Pleat Halter Top — $14.99
  6. ASOS REVIVE Split Sleeve Pleated Shirt — $71.72
  7. ASOS Premium Pleated Midi Skirt — $71.72

Florals, a staple for spring, are an unusual evening choice but their prevalence at the Met Gala only prove how popular they are once again. This year, however, look for small floral clusters, like Kirsten Dunst in Chanel Haute Couture or Malgosia Bella in Nina Ricci. Alternatively, go for large-sized florals like Sofia Vergara (Carolina Herrera), Kyleigh Kuhn (Erdem) or Emma Stone (Lanvin).

  1. ASOS River Island One Shoulder Floral Kimono Dress — $71.70
  2. American Apparel The Patterned Polyester Spandex Malibu Swimsuit —$45
  3. Piperlime Lush Floral Tiered Dress — $49
  4. Ann Taylor Loft Watercolor Floral Print Pencil Skirt — $69.50
  5. Forever 21 Floral Print Blouson Tunic — $22.80
  6. Arden B High Waist Floral Skirt — $29.99
  7. ASOS Floral Printed Cropped Sweater — $62.76
More trends from the Met Gala coming later…!

Met Gala – Best Dressed

The annual Met Gala is the fashion red carpet event of the year. And this year was no disappointment, with celebrities, models, designers and industry insiders looking their best.

Ashley Olsen wore a black, vintage Dior column dress with billowing white sleeves. And despite the volume of the sleeves, she manages to look sophisticated instead of pirate-inspired, opting for natural makeup and a simple updo.

Emma Watson demonstrated her maturity with a white and black one-sleeve, cutout Michael Kors dress. The dress, with her softly curled hair, reminds me of her aunt Julia Roberts’ vintage Valentino Oscars gown — and no wonder, as Watson picked it out for Roberts ten years ago.

Hailee Steinfeld, who’s only 15, has been a best-dressed list staple ever since her Oscar nomination for her role in True Grit. She looks youthful and fun in a Stella McCartney, asymmetrical hem, nude dress and Nicholas Kirkwood platform sandals.

Finally, Gisele stuns in a jaw-dropping, bright red McQueen gown. Though the dress is one of McQueen’s less fanciful pieces, it still demonstrates his immaculate tailoring skills and penchant for drama.

Met Gala – “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”

This year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala paid homage to a designer that has made a permanent mark on the fashion world: Alexander McQueen. Known for his flair for the dramatic and fantastical, McQueen continues to be a staple of red carpets and inspiration boards everywhere.

The Met’s exhibit, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” features some of the designers most iconic works. “All of McQueen’s collections were fashioned around elaborate narratives, and the exhibition is intended to evoke a gothic fairy tale, a fairy tale that is pushed forward by McQueen’s imagination,” said Andrew Bolton, the exhibit’s curator.

“I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil,” McQueen once said.

I don’t believe there’s anyone in fashion who isn’t familiar with McQueen’s work. From the skull scarves, to the tartan dresses, to the dancing Kate Moss hologram, to the armadillo shoes, McQueen’s aesthetic is pointed and unique.

See images from the exhibit — which you must see if you’re in New York — below.

Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Daphne Guinness and Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Oscars — Serving Up Fashionable Entertainment

Let’s be honest — the best reason to watch the Oscars is for the clothes.

Sure, sometimes the host cracks some good jokes and the thank-you speeches can be inspiring (Sandra Bullock for Best Actress last year? I didn’t even want her to win but found myself fighting back tears). But frankly, the show is long. Most of the awards are for things we don’t understand (what’s the difference between sound editing and sound mixing?). Everyone thanks way too many people. And the tributes and performances aren’t that exciting.

Oh, but watching the red carpet arrivals. Now there’s my drama, there’s my entertainment.

Even though the Oscars tends to showcase more conservative fashion tastes, the beauty of the gowns is undeniable. And it’s always interesting to see who made what choices — especially those who are expected to win. No one will ever forget Julia Roberts’ vintage Valentino dress, because she looked stunning and we all got a great, long view of the dress when she accepted her award. Everyone wants to look “classic” and “timeless,” which totally understandable, but that’s why I love it when celebrities take a little bit of risk.

Best Dressed

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture

By far my favorite Oscars gown was Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture. In fact, I was hoping someone would wear this dress! The unexpected pop of color, the intricate beading, the cross-back — it’s divine and Cate wears it so well. She has the right amount of attitude and grace to pull of this feminine but structured dress, and her natural makeup and elegant hair add just the right simple touch to let the dress really shine. The understated beauty of this dress is overwhelming.

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Spring 2011 Couture

This Elie Saab dress is so beautiful. The back-and-forth of the delicate lace and the goddess draping make it severely sexy, but the lilac color keeps it regal. Mila Kunis has been hitting home runs lately on the red carpet, but she needs a little more oomph and confidence to really carry these designer gowns. A couple more awards shows and I’m sure she’ll have it down.

Michelle Williams in Chanel Couture

I love Michelle Williams because she doesn’t do your typical Oscars dress. And she just emanates class. She’s really been liking the sleeved options lately but that doesn’t take away from how breath-taking this Chanel Haute Couture dress is. Even though Natalie Portman was the favorite to win Best Actress (and did indeed take the award home), think about how great Michelle would’ve looked holding the golden man in her hands, giving her thank-you speech, in this dress.

Reese Witherspoon in Armani Privé

I had to throw this in because 1) who doesn’t love Reese Witherspoon? 2) this dress reminds me so much of the aforementioned Julia Roberts vintage Valentino and 3) it also reminds me of Angelina Jolie at the 2009 Oscars because of the green earrings — and let’s face it, that’s a pretty unbeatable combination. This dress is timeless and is a look Reese will be able to look back on for years and think, “Man, I really looked good.”

Favorite Risk Taker

Scarlett Johansson in Dolce and Gabbana

Scarlett Johansson’s dress was different but as a presenter it’s just the right amount of fun and pretty. Newly single after a split from husband Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett’s fuchsia lace frock is playful and goes great with her shorter ‘do.

All That Glitters…

Halle Berry in Marchesa, Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein, Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier and Hilary Swank in Gucci Premiere

I am the ultimate girl when it comes to anything shiny and sparkly. But for some reason, I was underwhelmed by the shimmery dresses on the Oscars red carpet — and this year, there were a lot! All four of these dresses are beautiful but none of them really stand out to me.

Halle Berry’s dress, recognizably Marchesa with the romantic beading and draped tulle, is a vision but Halle’s short hair and heavy peep-toe pumps just seem too strong for such an effervescent dress. Gwyneth’s Calvin Klein is also a stunner but she looks the way she normally does at any event, just with a shinier dress. I would’ve liked to see her wear something more playful or change up her sleek hair. And Mandy Moore is such a pretty girl but the Monique Lhuillier she wore was a touch too close to her skin tone and her center-parted updo made her look years older than the youthful woman she is. Finally, Hilary Swank’s Gucci — a dress I would KILL to wear — was undeniably gorgeous but would have been more appropriate on a nominee, and I would’ve enjoyed seeing Hilary in a something more soft and draped, to give her a touch of sophisticated femininity.

Interestingly, none of the women (as far as I could tell) who wore glittery gowns took home the gold, even the ones who were nominated (like Hailee Steinfeld and Michelle Williams).

Red on Red

Anne Hathaway in Vintage Valentino Couture, Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection, Penelope Cruz in L'Wren Scott and Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang

Another trend on this year’s red carpet was the color itself. Red is a classic hue and provides a nice pop, but Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection (look at that killer bod and voluminous hair) was the only one who really wowed me. The simplicity of her dress was a departure from typical Oscars fashion and really made her stand out.

Otherwise… Anne Hathaway’s Valentino wasn’t her best look of the night (more on her later) and Sandra Bullock’s Vera Wang was pretty but seemed severe with her hair pulled back the way it was. Penelope Cruz looked gorgeous as usual, in a dress very different than what she typically wears to the Oscars — she prefers full-skirted, dramatic princess gowns — but it was an appropriate choice since she was accompanying beau Javier Bardem who was nominated for Best Actor.

And… Anne Hathaway’s One-Woman Fashion Show

Anne Hathaway in Tom Ford, Armani Prive, Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy and Valentino

I was definitely excited when I found out Anne Hathaway was hosting the Oscars because I knew Rachel Zoe would pull out all the stops — and she didn’t disappoint (although Anne and James Franco as hosts did). I cannot wait to watch the gown-picking process on next season’s Rachel Zoe Project.

It’s hard to pick a favorite but the strapless Valentino she wore (while presenting, not for the red carpet arrivals) is probably the best in my opinion. It lets Anne shine through as a vibrant, young woman and fits her body perfectly. I also love the styling with her hair in the loose updo. Overall, the only dress I didn’t really enjoy was the Vivienne Westwood, but it adds to the variety of her night’s looks.

Collection: Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture

I’ve been a huge fan of Givenchy’s couture these last few seasons. Riccardo Tisci has a flair for the dramatic (not unlike John Galliano, before him at Givenchy) but he exhibits it in a most artistic, different and beautiful way.

This year’s collection was influenced by an experimental Japanese dance technique, Butoh, and one of its most prominent dancers Kazuo Ohno. I love the contrast between the soft elements of the gowns — pleats, embroidery, feathers — and the tough, almost shell- or armor-like structure. Two of the dresses even evoke an origami feel, with their bows and folds. I call the lavender one in the middle of the photo as a red carpet gown, potentially at this year’s Oscars. How good would Michelle Williams look in that dress?

Rear view of the three looks shown above

What’s also interesting is that Tisci chose to cast the entire collection with Asian models. It’s not out of character for him, as Tisci also famously cast his former assistant, Lea T., a transgender model for his fall 2010 ads and Stephen Thompson, an albino model, in the spring 2011 campaign. But the choice is still an intriguing one: even though the Japanese influence on the design is obvious, it’s a great moment for the representation of a minority group in the modeling world.

Front view of the entire collection

Rear view of the entire collection

Favorite looks from Givenchy's Fall 2010 Couture collection

Favorite looks from Givenchy's Spring 2010 Couture collection

Ciara at the 2010 MTV Music Awards and Zoe Saldana at the 2010 Academy Awards in Givenchy