2017 — Best Dressed Round-Up!

Lots of red carpets over the past few weeks — Emmy’s afterparty, Venice Film Festival, Diamond Ball, Harper’s Bazaar Icons Party, AmFAR LA, NYC Ballet, Met Opera, and various premieres. Here are some of my fave looks!

GEORGINA PAZCOGUIN

MADISON HEADRICK

JULIANNE HOUGH

VANESSA MARANO

LAURA MARANO

BRITTANY SNOW

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

REBECCA HALL

JANE FONDA

AMANDA SEYFRIED

  • a folksy black lace Alexander McQueen dress, with midi-length gown with a handkerchief hem and floral crystal embroideries
  • Chopard jewelry — drop earrings that featured 20.16-carats of amethysts, 22-carats of topaz and 3-carats of blue sapphires set in 18k white gold
  • a glamorous red lip courtesy of makeup artist Mary Greenwell
  • a textured ponytail styled by Giannandrea

WINNIE HARLOW

HAILEY BALDWIN

JENNA DEWAN-TATUM

CARDI B

NIGEL BARKER, and wife, also sister in law, Kimmy & Crissy

MANDY MOORE

PR’s Super Sweet Sixteen!!

Excited that once again, it is Project Runway time! We were able to see many previews for this upcoming season — looks to be a dramatic, 16th season! The designers met each other during their welcome session, sipping on some Grey Goose “Espresso” martinis. Tim & Heidi soon joined, entering in super big style, specifically in a super gigantic RV. Heidi reminded the designers to expect the unexpected, and with that, we were in store for our first surprise!

This season, the models being used range from size 2 to size 22. The models also will get some airtime thru the use of a confessional mirror. Each week, the models rotate. Tim & Heidi wasted no time getting right into the first challenge. Each designer had to create a red carpet look, demonstrating their point of view as a designer. This was a 1-day challenge, with a $300 budget at Mood.

Huge sponsors for this season — PILOT, with the use of Friction erasable pens for sketching; Brother sewing & embroidery studio; JC Penney accessory wall; Avon for makeup & hair. Prizes for this season include the chance to collaborate with JC Penney to create a limited edition capsule collection; $40k prize pack thru Brother Sewing, including 2 industrial machines; a 2018 Lexus; all expense paid trip to Japan; a spread in Marie Claire; $100k, and more!

The Tim Gunn save is in play this season. And rounding out this week’s judging panel of Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Zac Posen was actress Olivia Munn. The judges raved about the 1st runway. I thought there were some highlights, but I saw that many had an upwards trajectory for improvement ahead. Additionally, I don’t think some hit the mark on creating for the red carpet. But all in all, still an excellent runway!

I’m still wavering on my final top 3, but it would have been very different than the judges. But ultimately, I was 100% in agreement with the winner of the week, Deyonte. I could see his bold aesthetic coming thru in this look. Would this look be loved by everyone? No! But I could guarantee seeing it on red carpets now and it would make many best dressed lists.

Deyonte said Cannes, but I could see more. The flower placement perfection comment was spot on. This would be a look for a strong, confident woman.

Avon SHOUT-OUT — not for the hair, little matronly, but the makeup was beautiful!

 

Here are my other faves of the week, giving them a little shout-out!

So I actually know Shawn & Claire’s label and had no clue they would be on this season! I was not impressed this week with Shawn, but Claire’s look was gorgeous! Little more of a departure from the work I am used to from this design team, but if this is her solo voice, I LOVE IT! AVON SHOUTOUT — all around for beauty here, perfection!

I was surprised Amy impressed me this much on Week 1. I know she is known for quality and I saw that in this look. But I wondered what would set her apart from other minimalist designers? The ability to transform this look sold me! With more money and time, perhaps the top bra could have been a bit more elegant or sophisticated, but overall, job well done! AVON SHOUTOUT — love the bun, gorgeous makeup as well

A stand alone photo for Kentaro’s look doesn’t do it justice, but the movement here, the fascination attained as it walked the runway, deserves accolade! His previous work with drama and feminine beauty was a clear read in this first piece.

I was wondering what Ayana would, working with her cultural influences with each given challenge. I was impressed. A woman who wanted to don a head covering could really be a stand-out on the red carpet in this look. But additionally, even if this look was sans head covering, it would be super gorgeous. The floral embellishments were captivating.

Moving on to the judges’ faves. I was not surprised Kenya was in the top. I was surprised to see her more shock value aesthetic tamed in this challenge. Overall she did well, but it was not my fave. There was an elegance to this, but I had 2 reasons for keeping this out of my top, both of which the judges mentioned oddly enough! The bodice was a little wonky. And then something with the fabric choice perhaps, wasn’t making this dress look super high quality. But job well done for the 1st challenge!

Brandon struggled this week, so color me shocked that he was in the top. This was more on the bottom of my list! I think you could see it in his face he was confused on making the top as well. I wasn’t sure what red carpet I would see this on and really, this just lacked sophistication for me. Since he is safe, landing in the top, maybe this will give him confidence to forge ahead and impress me in future weeks.

The bottom 3 made more sense than the top. It seems as if Shawn & Claire will get much airtime this season, so I knew she wouldn’t be going home week 1. But this was disappointing to see from Shawn given her experience. She is all about being bold and modern, so I am hoping for more from her in weeks to come. The shorts were such a throwaway here, not making this fit for any red carpet. One of the judges said “club-by” and that was a good label for this.

Leaving ChaCha and Batani in the bottom 2, I was happy Batani was safe. I was so impressed with her previous work as well, so seeing this trainwreck was very disappointing. Even despite the mistakes seen/made, why was this her goal for the week. The color, the use of lace, doesn’t really seem like her forte or aesthetic. The back was worse than the front. And why did she lie about the hidden mistake/tear/hole!

This sadly left ChaCha out first, which anyone leaving first is always sad! He had such a great spirit. And with a wacky, interesting aesthetic, I would have enjoyed seeing a little more. Not sure he would have had the ability to stay for the long-haul, but seeing the fun exuberance wouldn’t have been bad for another week or two! But this look was not that exciting, very much a hot mess!

Until next week……

Best Dressed — 2017 Cannes

There are so many stunning looks that grace the red carpets and photocalls during the Cannes Film Festival. Here are my faves of the past weekend!

Coco Rocha

Andie MacDowell

  • a black Roberto Cavalli Couture black sheer gown embroidered with crystals, glass beads, black velvet tigers and flowers
  • at the premiere of The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Elle Fanning

  • a Gucci gown with a floral hemline and a deep plunging neckline
  • Tiffany & Co. jewelry
  • for the premiere of How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Wearing Dior

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

  • Ralph & Russo tiered red gown
  • screening of ‘120 Battements Par Minute’

Anna Schafer

Olga Kurylenko

Tallia Storm

 

 

Eva Longoria

Sara Sampaio

  • accessories of 31 carat diamond Chopard earrings for the Chopard Space party
  • Elie Saab gown

Lady Victoria Hervey

  • a nude tulle 3d Flames column dress embellished with Swarovski crystals & sequins by Khosla Jani
  • Neuhas earcuff
  • Styling by CLD

Jourdan Dunn

  • at the screening of The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Wearing an Elie Saab gown

Arya Hargate

Izabel Goulart

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Mary J. Blige

  • at the premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories
  • Reem Acra sheer and black long-sleeve gown

Isabeli Fontana

  • simple diamond Chopard choker made with over 19 carats of sapphires at the Chopard Space party
  • Elie Saab jumpsuit
  • L’Oreal Makeup

 

Met Gala 2017 — Best of the Best

Each year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art puts on an annual Costume Institute exhibit and this year’s exhibit focuses on designer Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garçons, and “the art of the in-between.” It pays tribute to Rei Kawakubo, the legendary designer behind Commes Des Garçons. Kawakubo is known for her risk-taking, out-of-the-box aesthetic, and attendees channeled that with a stream of crazed beauty looks and extreme gowns/dresses. Here are my top pics!

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EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

BRIE LARSON

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SOPHIE TURNER

  • a white-and-silver lace Louis Vuitton gown with gold panels on the bodice

ANNA WINTOUR

SELENA GOMEZ

  • makeup artist Hung Vanngo — one of the most eye-catching makeup looks of the evening: An electrifying, hot pink smoky eye created by makeup artist Hugo Vanngo. “The twist was the bright pink Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeliner I came across while sorting through colors”
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • cream Coach gown

KYLIE JENNER

CASSIE

KERRY WASHINGTON

RILEY KEOUGH

BEE SHAFFER

REESE WITHERSPOON

KRISTIN CAVALLARI

FELICITY JONES

  • a periwinkle Old West-inspired custom Erdem gown with a bustle, ruffles and high neck

LILY COLLINS

a base of Lancôme Le Crayon Khol in Black Ebony (yep, that’s an eyeliner) then layer Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in 397 Berry Noir on top. (makeup by Fiona Stiles)

FRANCES BEAN

LALA ANTHONY

ZENDAYA

HAILEY BALDWIN

KATIE HOLMES

  • deep teal off-the-shoulder Zac Posen

NICK JONAS

  • jacquard tux and smoking slippers by Ralph Lauren Purple Label

 

2017 Grammy Awards — Best Dressed

Lots to see from the 2017 Grammy Awards, but also the 2017 BAFTAs. Here are my faves —

CAMILA CABELLO

KELSEA BALLERINI

LAUREN DAIGLE

KATHARINE MCPHEE

KRISTIN CAVALLARI

JANE ZHANG

HILARY SCOTT

LITTLE BIG TOWN

ENYA

BROOKLYN & BAILEY MCKNIGHT

  • Trying out the So Lashy Mascara by CoverGirl

KRIS JENNER

JULIA STILES

PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE

EMILY BLUNT & JOHN KRASINSKI

EDDIE REDMAYNE & wife HANNAH BAGSHAWE

CARMEN EJOGO

  • Emanuel Ungaro gown

2017 SAGs — Best Dressed

A little late on this, but I do love my best dressed lists! Here are the looks that stood out most to me —

TARAJI P. HENSON

KALEY CUOCO

GIULIANA RANCIC

NICOLE KIDMAN

  • Gucci — emerald sequin gown featuring multicolored feather and beaded parrot embroidered sleeves, plunging neckline and skirt with black tulle cascading ruffles
  • a Kotur clutch
  • an Omega watch
  • Fred Leighton jewels

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

TERESA PALMER

MISSI PYLE

JULIE BOWEN

FELICITY HUFFMAN

EMMA STONE

  • Alexander McQueen mixed floral & lace gown, symmetric draped dress
  • Tiffany & Co. jewelry, including a $90,000 bracelet in 18k white gold with diamonds, $25,000 earrings in platinum with chrysophrase and diamonds and a $9,500 diamond ring
  • Alexander McQueen clutch

GINA RODRIGUEZ

TALULAH RILEY

SANIYYA SIDNEY

JAMES MARSDEN & SON, JACK

Best Dressed of Cannes 2016

A film festival event like no other — the 2016 Cannes!! But as any true fashionista knows, this wonderful film event is truly very big in the fashion realm as well. It produces so much stunning fashion that I had to devote 2 features to showcase it all! Here is Part One!

ANYTHING BLAKE LIVELY WORE!!

The BFG Screening During the 69th Cannes Film Festival

Blake is at the premiere of BFG.

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At the Slack Bay (Ma Loute) premiere.

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  • for various looks, including this one above, Rod Ortega for hair

'Cafe Society' premiere and opening ceremony, 69th Cannes Film Festival, France - 11 May 2016

At the premiere of Cafe Society

  • again, wearing a gorgeous, sparkling Versace gown

May 13, 2016 - Celebrity Sightings At The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

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at a CAFÉ SOCIETY EVENT

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KENDALL JENNER

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At the From the Land and the Moon premiere.

  • Roberto Cavalli gown, long t-shirt dress in silk tulle all-over embroidery with black velvet and gold lurex snakes intertwined.
  • Chopard earrings — 43 carats of diamonds
  • black Gianvito Rossi heels

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MISCHA BARTON

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At the Loving premiere.

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GEORGINA CHAPMAN

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Hands of Stone premiere

JESSICA CHASTAIN

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At the premiere of Money Monster.

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NAOMI WATTS

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at the opening ceremony premiere of Café Society.

KRISTEN DUNST

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In Dior Haute Couture at the Loving premiere.

  • white Dior gown with lily of the valley embroidery on the straps and bodice
  • pop of Rouge Dior Brillant Red 999 on her lips

Closing ceremony of the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Chopard jewelry to the festival’s Closing Ceremony.

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  • Gucci gown with bright red rose floral prints

Kering And Cannes Film Festival Official Dinner : Photocall At The 69th Cannes Film Festival

SONAM KAPOOR

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At the Loving premiere

BELLA HADID

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At the opening ceremony premiere of Café Society

 MALLIKA SHERAWAT

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at the Opening ceremony for Cafe Society

CHARLIZE THERON

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At La Chateau de la Colle Noire wearing Dior

LOTTIE MOSS

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CHERYL COLE

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At the Slack Bay (Ma Loute) premiere

 

The 2016 Red Carpet Round-Up

In the past few weeks, there have been an insane amount of red carpets featuring so much great fashion. I still have a Cannes feature to get out, but first, here is a 2016 round-up, with looks from various Met Gala afterparties, the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards, the 2016 Radio Disney Awards, Upfronts for network TV, and the 2016 Nordic State Dinner.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

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MIRANDA KERR

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at the Nordic State Dinner

YAYA DACOSTA

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PEOPLE & ET Upfronts

ALLISON WILLIAMS

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at the Nordic State Dinner

DEVORE LEDRIDGE

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MADDIE & TAE

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LAUREN TAYLOR

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FIFTH HARMONY

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JANA KRAMER
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KELSEA BALLERINI
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SOFIA REYES
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JOURDAN DUNN

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Balmain after party at The Gilded Lily for the Met Gala —

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KYM JOHNSON

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PEOPLE & ET Upfronts

 

MTV Movie Awards & Coachella — Best Looks!!

Double fashion feature this week for Fashion Nexus — 2 series of Best Looks! (1) The 2014 MTV Movie Awards & (2) Coachella 2014. Let’s start with the red carpet extravaganza for the MTV Movie Awards.

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NICKI MINAJ

Nicki certainly knows how to play it up & have fun on the red carpet, but I have to say, I love this sophisticated & chic side with this form-fitting black Alexander McQueen gown. And rather than going bold & daring with the looks, I appreciate that Nicki saved that for her golden jewelry pieces by John Hardy — gilded cuffs, long earrings & a statement-making necklace.

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JESSICA ALBA

Fun & simplistically sexy — that screams MTV Movie Awards to me! And Jessica has really hit a home-run here. She is clearly ready for summer, as I am! The pairing of this summery bandeau top by Piece d’Anarchive &  flared skirt by Kenzo are truly a match made in heaven. And also pairing with perfection are a couple of her accessories — her printed Jimmy Choo pumps and an environmentally friendly Narciso Rodriguez for Bottletop Collaboration clutch. Lots of jewelry to discuss — earrings by Graziela Gems & rings by Rona Pfeiffer, Melissa Kaye, Derek Lam & Jamie Wolf.

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VICTORIA JUSTICE

You certainly have to see the Wow factor with the MTV red carpets — fun, sexiness, boldness — it’s the time to be daring. I appreciate all of that with Victoria’s dusty rose & lavender asymmetrical mini dress by Atelier Versace, which she paired with metallic silver peep-toe heels by Brian Atwood and a matching metallic silver Edie Parker clutch. To top off the look, Victoria wore some jewelry pieces from both Kami Lerner and ELAHN.

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ROCSI DIAZ

This is a fun look Rocsi has chosen, no bells & whistles, just again looking like someone is ready for some summer fun! The details in this white leather crop top and matching skirt combo by Monica Rose for Lovers + Friends is quite eye-catching. There are also many lovely accessories to compliment this look — nude Christian Louboutins & jewelry by Jennifer Fisher.

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MTV’S NEWEST SERIES “FAKING IT” NEWCOMERS — RITA VOLK & BAILEY BUNTAIN

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These somewhat red carpet newbies are killing it for me — very topnotch looks! 1st up, Rita looks super confident & sexy in her black & white # with an asymmetrical hem. Bailey is opting for a fun & flirty look with her metallic silver Alice + Olivia dress with matching silver Aldo heels & clutch.
Moving onto Coachella………… So Coachella is a widely known music festival. While known for the music, it’s also known for some pretty standout & trendy styles — perfect for spring & summer. Let’s have a look-see at some amazing looks from the music-filled fest!
Let’s start w/ the Coachella queen because if there ever was one, it would be VANESSA HUDGENS!
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Here, V is wearing a Voodoo “Tiny Tri” bikini top & Pharoah Bandit cutoffs, both by OneTeaspoon.
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Here, opting for a few minutes sans sandals, Vanessa is wearing a black & printed Mara Hoffman top & black fringed For Love & Lemons skirt, also paired with a black Cleobella backpack. The jewelry is all from Spell & The Gypsy.
Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler match their hats at Coachella
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Multi-printed & multi-faceted Camilla kaftan
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Attending Soho Desert House w/ Bacardi & Spotify — Let’s take a look at the great accessories to compliment this flowing maxi — Yosi Samra sandals, white fringed Patricia Nash satchel, Doloris Petunia bracelet, & Phylis + Rosie earrings.
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Ashley looks super trendy & effortlessly so in this nude Cleobella “Nora” dress with detailed cutouts. For accessories — she is sporting The Giving Keys necklace & grey Isabel Marant’s “Dicker” boots
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This is a bit more Coachella upscale, but still lovely nonetheless. Rosie is wearing a white off-the-shoulder Kenzo dress, paired w/ jewelry from JewelMint.
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Hanging out at Guess Hotel — wearing Armani Exchange white top, Rebecca Minkoff shorts, grey Rag and Bone hat, Guess sunglasses.
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EMMY ROSSUM
Attending an Alexander Wang and H&M event — wearing a stunning blue printed H&M maxi dress, paired w/ Salvatore Ferragamo sandals
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Fruttare Hangout — wearing Mara Hoffman‘s cut-out Tea-length dress; Tory Burch Amalie sandals — looking great in this bold print maxi, perfect for an easy breezy day!
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JULIANNE HOUGH & LOUISE ROE
Julianne’s nude shorts are N/TICE
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KATY PERRY & LEA MICHELE
Both ladies look amazing! Katy is wearing a floral Palm Jacquard pencil skirt & Robert Clergerie platform sandals. Lea opted for a light pink lace-tiered shift dress & Topshop “Romy” padded strap sandals.
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Taking a quick break at the Guess Hotel
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ASHLEY BENSON — Bootsy Bellows estate, using a black Donatienne bag.
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PARIS & NICKY HILTON
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SELENA GOMEZ & KENDALL AND KYLIE JENNER — Selena is wearing a see-thru lace dress by Free People, which is paired w/ Steve Madden “Troopa” black boots. 1st pictured, Kylie, is wearing a Rock Refinery “David Bowie” tank, Karen London gypsy ring & Mr. Kate lattice ring.

PRAS Designers Are all About Some Cocktails — Cheers!

So this week, the designers were toyed with just a little! They were all so excited, as I would be too, because they were going to Jay-Z‘s hot NYC club, 40/40. It was supposed to be all about fun and enjoying a relaxing night. But hey, this is All-Stars, so haha, the joke was on them! Although, at least they got to enjoy 1 drink, even if it was for their challenge this week.

pras03-ep3-episode10                                 pras03-ep3-episode2Alyssa was of course at the club to hand down the designers’ marching orders for this week. There was a list of cocktail beverages and each designer would choose one. This cocktail would serve as the inspiration for, drumroll please, a cocktail dress! The designers could take inspiration from the ingredients, the mixing process, the color, etc. They sketched at the club, but then were off to Mood with only a $100 budget for their 1 day challenge. Wow, kind of rough!

pras03-ep3-episode6                                        pras03-ep3-episode8Speaking of rough, let’s talk about the cocktail selection process. Mychael got to choose first since he won last week. But then, he and every other designer had to choose who to toast to, meaning who would go next. I definitely think strategy took part in this as Seth Aaron and Irina were the final 2 standing. But I don’t know how necessary that was. It wasn’t as if any drink would really not work as an inspiration. Hold on because there is a bit more roughness the designers had to endure.

pras03-ep3-episode5                                         pras03-ep3-episode7Zanna time of course consisted of her firm words of encouragement and wisdom. But this time she also added a twist for this week, no pun intended. No cocktail dress can go without a little garnish right? Of course not! So each designer had to now make an accessory to go with their cocktail dress. They could use their own fabric, another designers or somehow make something work from the QVC wall.

One other little side note from this week — what was with all of the references to copying or designer imitation this week? It was all a bit odd. Jeffrey said Korto’s look was a bit like Isaac’s resort collection from a few years back. Elena made a quip about Viktor’s dress being similar to Alexander McQueen. But maybe she was too quick with that quip since the judges referenced I think Balenciaga when critiquing her piece. I wonder what everyone else thought about this or if it even registered. Let me know!

pras03-ep3-episode15But now onto the top & bottom. This week, the judges were joined by the accessories queen, Rebecca Minkoff and renown interior designer Nate Berkus. I wasn’t entirely on board with the judges this week, but I can see their logic. I think one big surprise for me was that Irina was not in the top. I loved her shimmery gold cocktail dress, inspired by the Strawberry Fields concoction. It certainly looked luxe to me, nowhere near the $100s she spent. So how did the judges pick their winning look this week?

-project-runway-a5ll-                                                                            Strawberry-FieldsI wasn’t sure if the judges would really like Christopher’s “The Rose” inspired dress, but I’m glad they did. Alyssa handed down another twist during deliberations and said she would wear the winning look. When this happened I thought, well that means Chris is out of the running to win, but she decided to wear 2 top looks? I think he should have won this week, but I will settle for top 3!

-project-runway-al6l-                                                                   top_gwen_roseViktor actually won this week with his “Tiger Eyes” inspired look, which was a bit shocking to me. One because how did the judges tire from their Elena kool-aid, haha! I for sure thought since she was in the top again that she would win. Plus, it didn’t seem as if the judges were all in agreement over Viktor’s look, but regardless, he won. I didn’t get it because it was a bit sloppy looking to me around the hem and the slit, but he did do a divine job with the cutouts.

-project-runway-al4l-Speaking of cutouts, Elena also created a quite fetching “Sardinia” inspired cutout dress. It was well constructed and chic. The seaming detail was also eye-catching. It wasn’t a surprise she ended up on top. I thought I remembered hearing the designers talk about color as an inspiration. I didn’t see that with most of the looks. But inspiration doesn’t have to be  literal. This worked well for some of the designers. But not so much for others since I think the bottom designers went a bit more for literal inspirations.

-project-runway-al7l-                                                                  imagesKorto’s Summer-inspired cocktail dress was first up for the bottom. She went with a green and yellow print to show inspiration from her cocktail. The judges quickly took her out of the elimination running however. There focus for who to send home was on the other 2 in the bottom — Jeffrey and Melissa.

-project-runway-all3-I wasn’t sure if Melissa would get a 3rd chance. Even though she’s been in the bottom a lot, there was still a wearability factor for her pieces. Whereas Jeffrey’s dresses, who also has been in the bottom twice now, didn’t have that capability. His Le Exotique  inspired dress this week was just very dated. With a lower budget, he really should have paid more attention to his fabric choice.

-project-runway-all1-But it was Melissa’s Sunset-inspired cocktail dress that was tossed aside this week. I would have voted Jeffrey out, personally, but the judges, I guess, were out of chances for Melissa this week.

-project-runway-al2l-                                                                                jamaican_sunsetExcited for next week, can’t wait! Remember, keep up with Fashion Nexus by liking on Facebook! By liking, you are entered into the amazing giveaways I will have going on. This week’s giveaway can be seen below!

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