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PR — The JC Penney Challenge!

JC Penney is the accessories sponsor for Project Runway this season, aka the JC Penney Accessory Wall! And with that, we thus get a JC Penney challenge! The designers met Tim at JC Penney to get the challenge details. Along with him was Design Director of Contemporary Brands, Monica Dalton. This week’s challenge was not menswear, but to use menswear fabrics and menswear in general to create an inspired, fashion-forward fall look. The designers, well most of them, were relieved to see this was not a menswear challenge!

Each male model for the display had 2 designer cards with all of the corresponding fabric for their look. After each design duo received their fabric, they then learned this would be a team challenge. And out came the button bag! The only stipulation was that the chosen partner could not have the same fabric selection that you had. Each design team was responsible for 2 cohesive looks. Kentaro, as the winner from last week, chose first, his “bro” Brandon.Then, randomly, the next names were drawn from the button bag — Amy/Kenya; Claire/Shawn; Margarita/Batani; & Ayana/Michael. The winning look chosen from the winning team would be reproduced and sold by JC Penney.

Each team would have $100 for Mood, to be used on notions, trims, and truly supplemental fabric. Only 1 team member would need to go. While at Mood, we also learned it was Swatch’s birthday!! Super funny watching Claire & Michael in the sewing room, Clarie yapping away and Michael just left. Outside of the normal twin drama/scandal accusations, we did see Kenya & Amy have a bit of drama. Nothing over the top, but I did wonder why Kenya was working on back-up pieces and not her actual look??

This week’s guest judge was actress Asia Kate Dillon. So with 5 groups, this would leave 2 in the top, 2 in the bottom, and one safe. The judges named Ayana & Michael safe, but I actually would have put them in the bottom. I didn’t love these 2 looks. I actually didn’t fall head over heels for much of anything this week and I find that was because of some poor fabric options. I would think for a JC Penney look, being sold for mass consumption, that we would have some better fabric selections!

The top 2 teams, per the judges’ picking was correct, however my top duo would have surprisingly been Brandon & Kentaro. And I say surprisingly because I usually don’t care for Brandon’s work. I get the judges were gaga over Margarita’s look, which ended up winning the week, but the stronger duo was Brandon & Kentaro.

They did have the best fabric, this pink plaid. It was also the most cohesive duo. You could see each designer POV clearly. And yes, while it was heavy-handed as athletic wear, it too had hints of menswear inspiration. I also loved, as Nina pointed out, the separates — lots of versatility!

Margarita & Batani were in fact the winning duo, with Margarita’s look taking the top prize. Of the 2, this was the correct choice! Both dresses were cute. I again, didn’t love the fabric selections here. The bodice on Batani’s look was also a little wonky.

AVON SHOUTOUT FOR MAKEUP & HAIR — BATANI

Amy & Kenya would have been safe for me, but did land in the bottom for the judges. I am glad they were not in jeopardy! Kenya’s look was not bad, rather boring, and certainly not unique. But it was wearable! Amy was the weaker link for me, with this crazy throwback suit. The color, the suit, just overall too much.

This leaves the twins, Claire & Shawn, in the bottom. This was the right decision for the week. And I think for the sake of either twin doing better in the competition, it is best for only one to remain. For Claire’s looks, the pants were not too bad, but the top was a little too cute-sy. For Shawn’s dress, I didn’t mind this so much, as far as the silhouette, but I didn’t care for the ribbons. She had a full-sized model and did not dump fabric on her, making her look boxy or swallowed up. She gave her something to show off shape, and for that, I appreciate it.

The judges however didn’t eliminate either this week. We have seen it in season’s past, when the judges can’t make a conclusive decision, that they have a 1-hour design session battle. Yes, it’s dramatic! But for here, it also makes some level of sense — to see what each can do, solely on their own, and see who comes out on top. Eager to see next week’s decision!

 

2017 CFDAs

The Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (otherwise known as the Academy Awards of the fashion world) took place this pat week at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The 2017 CFDAs, in partnership with Swarovski for the sixteenth year, was hosted by funny man Seth Meyers, who previously hosted the award ceremony in June 2012.

There were some notable presenters including Karen Elson and Amber Valletta, as well as Jon Bon Jovi’s giving the first-ever Swarovski Award for Positive Change to his good friend, designer Kenneth Cole.

According to Council of Fashion Designers of America’s site, the awards, which began in 1981, are the “highest honor in fashion and recognize the outstanding contributions made to American fashion in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as journalism, creative vision, personal style, and lifetime achievement.”

Sprinkled throughout this post are all the winners of the evening, as well as my top red carpet looks for the night!

Menswear Designer of the Year
WINNER: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein
Nominees: Robert Geller; Thom Browne; Tim Coppens; Todd Snyder

Meg Ryan

Kate Bosworth

Accessory Designer of the Year

WINNER: Stuart Vevers for Coach

Nominees: Irene Neuwirth; Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel; Paul Andrew; Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Diane Kruger

Lily Aldridge

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent

Nominees: Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection; Gabriela Hearst; Virgil Abloh for Off-White; Sander Lak for Sies Marjan

WINNER: Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse

Olivia Munn

Joan Smalls

Womenswear Designer of the Year

WINNER: Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Nominees: Marc Jacobs; Joseph Altuzarra; Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler; Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

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Sailor Brinkley Cook

Elizabeth Chambers & Armie Hammer

Jac Jagaciak

Elsa Hosk

Alexi Ashe

The Founder’s Award: Pat McGrath

Board of Directors’ Tribute: Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem and Janelle Monáe

Fashion Icon Award: Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue editor-chief, posthumous

BMAs & Network Upfronts 2017

The Cannes red carpets have been hosting some stunning looks, but in the midst of the glamour abroad, there has also been some across the U.S. — the 2017 Billboard Music Awards & various network TV upfronts. Here are my faves!!

Kate Beckinsale

Various Looks from Vanessa Hudgens

Wood spritzed her damp strands with TONI&GUY — Hair by Chad Wood

Olivia Munn

Madison Beer

Lea Michele

Josh Duhamel

Forever in Your Mind

BTS

UPFRONTS

Lili Reinhart

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

MTV Awards 2017 — Best Dressed

There is a new format for the MTV Movie Awards, it is now the MTV TV & Movie Awards. New format, but there is the same ole’ amazing red carpet! Here are my faves!

HAILEE STEINFELD

MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD

JORDANA BREWSTER

AJIONA ALEXUS

GAL GODOT

EMMA WATSON

  • silver sequin embellished Kitx dress with an asymmetrical hemline and a sheer sleeve
  • Forevermark diamond earrings
  • black Susi Studio shoes

NATALIA DYER

at the Netflix FYSee Kick Off Event at Netflix FYSee Space on Sunday (May 7) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

TREVOR NOAH

DYLAN MINNETTE

  • Topman look

 

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!

BLAKE LIVELY

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

BRIE LARSON

Larson’s hairstylist Mara Roszak misted her hair with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Strand Smoother Serum-Spray for the intense shine.

HALLE BERRY

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 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

Golden Globes 2017 — Best Dressed

At the end of 2016, I had such joy in looking back at all of the red carpets throughout the year. So it seems only fitting that one of my first posts of the new year is a best dressed list, the 2017 Golden Globes Awards to be precise. I think some of these looks will be remembered all year long!

GIULIANA RANCIC

LILY COLLINS

  • rosewood pink floral Zuhair Murad gown adorned with cape and showered with beads

EMMA STONE

PRIYANKA CHOPRA

CHRISSY TIEGEN

  • Marchesa metallic lace fishtail gown with halter neck, sculptural peplum, and floral embroidery from the recent Spring 2016 line
  • Jimmy Choo Carmen clutch
  • Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

KRISTIN CAVALLARI

OLIVIA CULPO

GINA RODRIGUEZ

SOFIA VERGARA

KELLY PRESTON

BRIE LARSON

AMY ADAMS

  • Tom Ford anthracite sequin strapless gown
  • sparkly Cartier earrings and bracelet

THANDIE NEWTON

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN

FELICITY HUFFMAN

TRACE LYSETTE

JANELLE MONAE

LOLA KIRKE

JESSICA CHASTAIN

Sistine, Scarlet, and Sophie Stallone

BLAKE LIVELY & RYAN REYNOLDS

For Ryan…

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

 

Latter 2016 — Best Dressed Round-Up

In the past month and a half or so, there have been a ton of red carpets, not all award shows, but events where stunning looks were nonetheless on display. Check out some of my faves from the LACMA Gala (aka the Met Ball of the West); Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards; L’Oreal Women of Worth; Baby2Baby Gala; Hollywood Film Awards; Governors’ Awards; MTV EMAs; the Netflix premiere for Gilmore Girls; & InStyle Awards.

Nikki Reed — Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards

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Karlie Kloss — L’Oreal Women of Worth

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Miranda Kerr — Baby2Baby Gala

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Kate Hudson — Baby2Baby Gala

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Also at the Hollywood Film Awards —

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Nina Dobrev — MTV EMAs

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Attending the 2016 Governors’ Awards

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Rachel Bilson — Baby2Baby Gala

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Salma Hayek — LACMA Gala

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Lucy Hale — Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards

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Alexis Bledel — Gilmore Girls Netflix premiere

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Jourdan Dunn — MTV EMAs

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Erica Pelosini — LACMA Gala

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Jordana Brewster — 2016 InStyle Awards

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Skyler Samuels — InStyle Awards

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Vanessa Hudgens — Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards

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Alessandra Ambrosio — LACMA Gala

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Kristen Bell — Baby2Baby Gala

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Selma Blair — Baby2Baby Gala

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Petra Collins — LACMA Gala

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Best Dressed 2016 — All Over the Place

With so many red carpets going on, it’s hard to devote one feature to each event. So that means sometimes I must combine, but I still pay the most attention and highest regard to my most fave looks! From the 2016 CFDA Awards, the 2016 CMT Awards, and the 2016 Tony Awards, here are my top looks!

HILARY RHODA

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MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD

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KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN

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ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO

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ZANNA ROBERTS RASSI
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BEBE NEUWIRTH

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LAURA BENANTI

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CASSADEE POPE

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EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

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MEGAN HILTY

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FIFTH HARMONY

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For all, the styling was by Zoe Costello, makeup was probably done by Carlene K, and hair by Giannetos.
Each lovely individual lady —

JULIANNE HOUGH

2016 CFDA Fashion Awards, Arrivals, New York, America - 06 Jun 2016

JESSICA CHASTAIN
2016 CFDA Fashion Awards, Arrivals, New York, America - 06 Jun 2016

NICOLE MILLER & MICHELLE HICKS

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Both wearing Nicole Miller

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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Magnum Doubles Party - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

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