Best Dressed — 2019 Golden Globes

Here are my fave looks from the main red carpet and all of the various afterparties — Netflix; Hollywood Foreign Press Association; NBC Universal Golden Globes; Amazon Prime’s Video; InStyle and Warner Bros.; Fox celebration/Hulu/FX; HBO.

LUPITA NYONG’O

ALISON BRIE

LILI REINHART

CONSTANCE WU

FELICITY HUFFMAN

-Wearing a Laura Basci dress & Martin Katz jewelry; Dave Stanwell for Hair; Austin Evans on glam; Linda Medvene for styling

CAMILLA BELLE

MARIA MENOUNOS

TORREY DEVITTO

ISKRA

IRINA SHAYK

SKYLER SAMUELS

SAOIRSE RONAN

DAKOTA FANNING

STEPHANIE BEATRIZ

FIJI WATER GIRL — KELLETH CUTHBERT

VANESSA MORGAN

1st look — Marc Bower gown; Stylist — Maeve Reilly; Norman Silverman diamond hoops; Hair — Santoy Dorsey; Rock Her ring; Edie Parker Clutch; Patrick Ta — makeup, use of L’Oreal makeup

2nd look — Redemption gown; Rock Her earrings; Norman Silverman rings; Jimmy Choo clutch

  • at InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

LESLIE BIBB

REGINA KING

EMMA STONE

PENELOPE CRUZ

XENIA TCHOUMI

EMILY OSMENT

CHRISHELL HARTLEY & JUSTIN HARTLEY

Justin is wearing a Brunello Cucinelli suit, Montblanc cufflinks and shirt pins, an IWC watch and Christian Louboutin shoes. Chrishell is wearing a Romona Keveza dress, Jimmy Choo clutch, and Neil Lane jewelry.

MOLLY SIMS

Marchesa dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

JAMEELA JAMIL

a Monique Lhuillier gown with matching coral earrings by Ricardo Basta Jewelry

JAMIE LEE CURTIS

an Alexander McQueen dress, Cathy Waterman jewels, and a Zaha Hadud for Perrin purse

KEN & TRAN JEONG

The All-Stars are Graduating

With no designers being eliminated last week, and 2 new designers coming on board, this week was sure to be an interesting challenge! Georgina joined Alyssa on the runway to lay out the challenge details.

Georgina first introduced a charity she works for in India, Magic Bus. Also joining these 2 lovely ladies on stage was a student of the Magic Bus program, Parvati Pujari. Parvati was the first person in her family to graduate high school, and she is now close to being finished with her Masters. This led to the theme of the week — GRADUATION!

Each designer would create a sophisticated party look that could be worn for a graduation celebration. It could be spring or summer. The winning look would be up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to Magic Bus. Since Dmitry won last week, he was able to choose his colors first and he assigned colors for everyone else.

Since this all was laid out right after last week’s runway, this challenge began on the next day, with the sketch session at Mood. This would be a 1-day challenge, with a budget of $150. As work began, we saw some instant complaints about color palettes for some, while others were quickly working away with their more appealing color combos.

Anne soon came in for her check-ins, with positives for some, but for others, she had more of a harsh take. She pointed out some tacky looks and to not fall into the skating costume realm. Probably her most choice words were to remind the designers that last week nobody went home, but that this week, someone was absolutely being eliminated.

Evan finished up his day with an early nap since his look was completed. But many designers still had lots to do and that spilled over into the next morning. It was nice to see some camaraderie amongst the designers in the workroom. The runway came quickly, and guest judges this week were actress Sofia Carson, and model/activist Kiera Chaplin.

I understood the judges’ assessment of the top and the bottom. I hated seeing Irina in the bottom just because I do love her as a designer, and her work. But I think a few others lucked out that Sunny didn’t adhere to the challenge guidelines. A few of the safe looks read matronly to me, so hopefully we don’t continue to see that trend. I still don’t think Anya did a huge step up from her work last week, and she would have been in the bottom on my list. I love Jasper, especially with his model ways in the workroom, but I haven’t yet connected with his work. And I ‘ve heard lots of impressive comments on Juli, but her work this week did not match those positive statements.

But enough on the negative, let’s transition to the top 3 and the positive work for the week. This was absolutely the top 3. My winner would have been Sean, I think had this work been a shorter length, maybe Isaac would have jumped on board. From what I heard, it seemed as if Isaac kept this from being the winning look. But Sean’s work was AMAZING in this purple & white color combo!!

I do agree that Anthony Ryan was leaps and bounds better than his work last week. I almost felt that might have been why they gave him the win, but nonetheless, kudos on making those 2 colors (blue & orange) work, and creating a youthful, celebratory look.

Seth Aaron rounded out the top 3. I liked his look, not loved though. I wish I had seen more of the red wine color he was given. All of the white, in the lace overlay format he used, kind of read doily to me?? The look didn’t knock my socks off and I think the judges felt the same. It was in the top though because it was a good look, just not a winning look.

As for the bottom 3, let’s start with Christina. I was surprised given how much I loved her work last week. She has lots of great ideas and that was her downfall here. She had too much going on in this red & navy look. The work she was doing didn’t connect and the look read way too mature for a graduation theme.

The bottom 2 consisted of Irina and Sunny. I was so happy Irina stayed. It would be a shame to lose her so early on! I understood what the judges said for her. I think had she done this look in a one-length dress or not had the front part so short, she would have been safe.

It is a shame to see such a beautiful look be in the bottom and to send a designer home, but each week there is a challenge, and the designers must follow the guidelines. I would understand a bit more had Sunny at least understood what he did wrong, but I don’t think he did. Even while waiting for the judges to deliberate, he discussed about the guidelines mentioning nothing of equal proportions. He clearly didn’t listen to the judges because they said nothing about the color combos being equal in usage, just that you had to use both colors. If he had maybe, deep in the skirt or bodice, used one blue overlay, he would have been fine. I actually don’t think using a little blue would have made the look horrible at all. It’s just a shame he didn’t even try!

Project Runway Winners’ Season

Project Runway All-Stars is back, one last time on Lifetime, and this go round, the show decided to pull out all of the stops. This is the first ever all winners season, with winners from the US version of the show, but also winners from across the world, from the global counterparts of the Project Runway franchise. Let’s call it as the show is, a World Championship!!

Alyssa Milano is back as the host, with Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman joining again as the judges. JC Penney will be sponsoring this season’s accessory wall. Additionally, the winning design for each week, will be sold in a limited edition online thru JC Penney. Another perk for the weekly winner, a $5000 cash prize, courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Alyssa met with the designers on Governor’s Island, looking right at the Statue of Liberty. Their first task, to let us discover more about each designer, specifically their roots. Each designer would create a high fashion look inspired by the culture of the designer’s country of origin. Lyft was providing travel services to Mood, where the budget this week was $200. And there would not be much downtime as this was a 1-day challenge.

With not much time to spare, the designers were eager to begin work in their very impressive workroom, and of course the even more impressive Brother sewing room. The designers were also looking forward to their first mentor sessions with returning mentor, Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire. Anne was not holding back! She urged designers to step it up, and to not go for a disney princess or school marm.

Anne also brought in a special guest, Anne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder of 23 & Me. This was a fun surprise for the designers, where they each received kits to learn more about their DNA history. But no time for too much surprise fun, as looks were being quickly created, and the first runway was right around the corner.

Sponsors for the runway day will include Butter London, makeup & nail studio, and then for hair, Umberto Beverly Hills salon. This is of course worth repeating closer to the end of the show, but here are the very amazing prizes for this season’s winner —

  • Creation of a JC Penney capsule collection
  • Photospread in Marie Claire
  • Guest editor position for 1 year with Marie Claire
  • Inspiring trip for 2 to London, courtesty of Butter London, as well as the chance to create a signature nail color for the brand
  • A selection of Brother sewing machines, valued at $40,000
  • And for further brand development, a $100,000 cash prize

This week’s guest judge was the phenomenal actress Debra Messing. This was a standout first runway. Choosing a top and bottom 3 I found to be very difficult. With a couple of exceptions, for the most part I agreed with the judges. I do have a few quick mentions. For Jasper, this was a pretty look, but it read very much off the rack for me. I think Seth Aaron focused a bit too much on styling, versus the creation of his look. Styling should compliment or amplify the look, but not overtake or overshadow it. For Michelle, I loved the sparkle, but the look didn’t go anywhere for me, the rest kind of fell flat. And then for Django, this seemed like a hodge podge of fabrics that lacked a connective thread.

I thought Christina did a great job on a modern blazer creation. This look was sexy, but also chic, with lots of great design elements, including a pop of surprise on the back.

I also really loved Sunny’s black dress, a well-made, quality LBD, but with that pop of gold on the neckline, I was in love!

For the judges, let’s start with the top 3. I wasn’t super clear that Biddell was even in the top 3, but the judges eventually noted some positives. I didn’t get top 3 here. Other than volume, the look didn’t offer much. It was too on the nose for the inspiration and bordered costume more than a high fashion look.

I was happy Irina made the top 3. She didn’t rest on her laurels, and put forth so much effort with this first look. I don’t know that the hood was needed, but I loved the detail, the volume, the bold color — the look definitely read for a bold, confident woman.

And finally, the well-deserved winner, Dmitry. The cultural inspiration was immensely present. There was a lot to grab the eye here, prints, silhouette, and sheer areas, but it was not too much, and it all connected. As a maxidress fan, I would wear this in a heartbeat.

For the bottom 3, let’s start with Cynthia. I don’t believe this was a bottom-worthy creation. She styled the look perfectly. And yes, the lace felt a bit mismatched to me as the judges pointed out, but if this had been executed a tad better, this look would have been awesome.

As we later found out, no elimination occurred this week. Had there been one though, it would have been Anthony Ryan or Anya cut. My gut is saying it would have been Anthony Ryan though. He clearly wasn’t in the best headspace with his grandmother recently passing. He knew it too though, this was a very bad look. I can’t think of much to say that would be super positive. I didn’t see direction or concept, but what I couldn’t get past the most were the technical issues.

I was surprised that Anya was in the bottom 3, not so much because of her look, but just because she received such rave reviews the season she won, and I don’t recall her creating much more than what she did here. I get that she has a great eye for prints, and can create a very wearable dress. But this is a design competition, where each week, you have to create and sew incredible looks. For someone who can’t sew, Project Runway is not the show for them. She skated by her season and didn’t deserve the win if you ask me. We will see if the criticism here calls for her to step it up somehow, or breakdown.

Even though there was no elimination, the end of the show did hold a surprise. Two new designers would be joining the group, Sean Kelly & Juli Grbac. I guess since there was no elimination this week, it’s not too unfair these designers got to skip the first task! I’m guessing we will be in for a couple of double eliminations. And we of course saw a preview of the season, which looks dramatic, with lots of great guest judges and a few top models who might be walking on some of the runways?

Best Dressed — End of 2018 Round-Up

So many red carpets from the latter part of 2018, and here are my top faves!

ARIA MEHTA

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

2nd look — Gold gown

Various jewelry for the night —
@jacqnerguizian @anabelachan @annesisteron @saraweinstockjewelry @loreerodkinofficialjewelry @jaredlehrjewelry @grazielagems @ldezen @Pheresofficial @dena_kemp

Next onstage look

SHAY MITHCELL

LESLIE MANN

PATRICIA ZAVALA

VANESSA HUDGENS

ELEANOR TOMLINSON

2nd look

ARIADNE ARTILES

WANG YUAN KE

VICTORIA JUSTICE

2nd look

NICOLE KIDMAN

HOFIT GOLAN

KATE BECKINSALE

PAOLA TURANI

BLAKE LIVELY

  • at the Dior show wearing Dior

2nd look

TONI GARRN

JUDITH LIGHT

MEGAN WILLIAMS

ERIN FOSTER

LAUREN JAUREGUI

RACHAEL FINCH

NEVE CAMPBELL

LILY COLLINS

2nd look




Earlier Faves of 2018

Throughout 2018, I have missed a few red carpets, but there are some stunners on here that are still worth that look back!

DAKOTA FANNING

  • Wearing Georges Hobeika
  • at the Venice Film Festival — Jaeger-LeCoultre Gala Dinner

AMANDA HOLDEN

LAURA MARANO

RAFFEY CASSIDY

PRIYANKA CHOPRA

GEORGINA CASTLE

ELLE FANNING

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2nd look — the #deauvillefilmfestival

AMBER HEARD

MARIAH CAREY

LAUREN JAUREGUI

JENNA DEWAN

LEA MICHELE

2nd look — at Andy Cohen Live!

SOFIA VERGARA

REESE WITHERSPOON

CAITRIONA BALFE

LADY KITTY

ASHLEY PARK

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2nd look

3rd look

4th look

RACHEL ADEDEJI

OLIVIA HOLT

XIN ZHILEI

KATHERINE MCNAMARA

ZANNA ROBERTS RASSI

MICHELLE SMITH

CHRISTINE EVANGELISTA