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2017 VMAs — Best Dressed

My top looks from the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards!!

HAILEY BALDWIN

JULIA MICHAELS

  • Dior sparkling ombre blue gown

OLIVIA MUNN

DEMI LOVATO

LORDE

Wearing Monique Lhuillier

makeup artist Amber Dreadon

FIFTH HARMONY

CHRISTINA MILIAN

LAURA MARANO

AMBER ROSE

Dress by @yousef_aljasmi
Styled by @sethchernoff
Hair @philonhair
Makeup 💄 @bryanmendez
Nails @nailedbylexi

Hearts on Fire rings & Butani earrings

ANDREA RUSSETT

Wearing Steven Khalil

PARIS JACKSON

AMBER PORTWOOD

JURNEE SMOLLETT-BELL

FALL OUT BOY

LUDACRIS & EUDOXIE AGNAN

For Eudoxie —

SHAWN MENDES

Wearing Armani

ASHAD KHALED

Wearing Gucci

TYLER POSEY

 

PR — Budgets, Wabi, Tsunamis Oh My!

I feel as if Project Runway, season 16, is going to be one super dramatic season! And starting off on that note, episode 2 brings us the first team challenge, which almost always brings some drama! The designers woke to safety gear — vests/helmets — and were off to meet Tim at the Royal Waste Services, a recycling & waste facility.

Joining Tim to lay out the challenge details was Anne Fulenwider, Editor in Chief of Marie Claire. For this challenge, there would be 3 teams. Each team would be creating a 5-piece mini collection. Each look would be made out of recyclable materials. So yes, not only was this a team challenge, but also unconventional materials. Each team would be recycling, reusing and restyling to create a high fashion transformation! The winning look from the winning team would be featured in Marie Claire for a piece on sustainability.

Team 1, aka “Wabi Sabi” — Kudzanai, Kentaro, Margarita, Michael, Deyonte — focus on structure, texture, and origami techniques

Team 2, aka “Ballin’ on a Budget” — Aaron, Batani, Brandon, Kenya, Ayana

Team 3, aka “Tsunami” — Sentell, Samantha, Amy, Claire, Shawn — translucency, seaglass focus

Tim reminded the designers that cohesion would be required. And this would be a 1-day challenge. Guest judges for the week were Anne Fulenwider and actress Maggie Q.

My ranking of the teams was different than the judges. I actually did not care for Ballin’ on a Budget. So for me, a toss up on them versus Tsunami for safety. But given the editing of the show, I think we all knew Tsunami was landing in the bottom! Since Wabi Sabi didn’t receive any accolade on the show, I will devote my attention to them here as they were my winning team! And Deyonte, Kentaro, or Margarita would have had the final win for me!

Loved Margarita’s silhouette here and the bottom portion was nicely detailed.

SHOUTOUTS FOR THE TEAM — JC Penney, love the red heels & Avon for gorgeous beauty look and I love the chic ponytail!

Simply stunning & beautiful work by Kentaro — love this guy!!

Love the volume and something different by way of silhouette than the repetition seen by some of the other designers. Another great job by Deyonte. He was clearly not resting on his laurels and relying on immunity!

Kudzanai’s look — nice show piece for the runway!

Probably my least fave of the collection, but the bodice detail embellishments were nice — Brandon

Team Wabi Sabi had a cohesive collection, but each designer still had their own POV. The judges, however, loved Ballin’ on a Budget. I thought the pieces read more arts and craft than recyclable fashion. The group said this was meant to be fashion on a budget, but all I saw was the budget part. I agreed with the judges naming Ayana as the winner of the group though.

Ayana’s look

I was too happy to see that Batani did better than last week!

But it was Tsunami who landed in the bottom. There was very little transformation. Example, trash bag dresses still looked like trash bags. I liked the color palette though. And there were some positives here. Amy’s look did not fit in as much with the rest of the collection, but I loved her look.

Amy impressed me week 1 and so did this look.

Also, shout-out for the group here. Loved all the choices, JC Penney’s heels, braided ponytail, gorgeous makeup from Avon.

Samantha too did a standout job here. The bodice of this dress was super sexy and the belt detail was a great touch. It was not enough to save the team though. I was confused on the bottom 2, except for knowing that there was no way PR was letting go of one of the twins this early. And seeing Shawn with Sentell in the bottom, I knew Sentell would be going.

The reason I stated confusion on the bottom 2 was because even though Shawn did not fair well under pressure this week, it was Claire’s look (above) that was one of the worst. I did love her look so much though last week, so glad she was not at risk in the bottom 2.

I guess Shawn was not feeling the vibe of the collection, but had she focused a bit more on this, it could have been much better!

But sadly, Sentell’s uninspired garbage bag dress was the loser of the week. Sentell did stand up for himself by stating what he did for Shawn’s look. But truth be told, each designer is responsible for their own individual design and final look. But another truth, even another hour on this was not going to to save it. I then remembered his look from last week and it was too unimpressive. I am just not sure Sentell was quite ready for the challenge of Project Runway!

 

Until next week…..

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……

2017 TCAs — Best Dressed

Faves from the 2017 Teen Choice Awards!!

LORI LAUGHLIN

LUCY HALE

VANESSA HUDGENS

KATHERINE LANGFORD

KATHERINE MCNAMARA

ISABELA MONER

Styled by @luxurylaw
Hair @yiotispanayiotou
Makeup @makeupbysamuel
Henna @artevisto

Vince Camuto Heels & Sophie Theallet look

CHLOE LUKUSIAK

KAITLIN OLSON

VANESSA & VERONICA MERRELL

Styling for both by @jazminwhitley and @melissa.hurkman for hair and makeup

Vanessa, on the left, wearing Guess. Veronica, on the right, wearing Steven Khalil.

Veronica, on the left, wearing ShowPo. Vanessa on the right, with a skirt by ShowPo, top by Wow Couture

JANEL PARRISH

PARIS JACKSON


CAT DEELEY

CARTER JENKINS

 

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

Haim

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

Cannes 2017 — Part 2

So many stunning looks for the Cannes, I had to do a whole 2nd post. Check out these AMAZING faves of mine —

Elle Fanning

At The Beguiled screening, Elle Fanning wore a custom lilac Rodarte gown

Nicole Kidman

  • at the Beguilded premiere
  • silver fringed sequined gown —  Michael Kors collection

Izabel Goulart

Karolina Kurkova

Gizele Oliveira

Victoria Silvstedt

Mallika Sherawat

Razane Jammal

Fan Bingbing

Hofit Golan

Wearing Labourjoise, styled again by Samuel Sohebi

Irina Shayk

Kirsten Dunst

  • at The Beguilded premiere
  • sparkling Chopard 18 karat white gold stud earrings that featured 47.61 carats of sapphire stones
  • Shiaparelli periwinkle gown

Kimberley Garner

Jasmine Tookes

Diane Kruger

  • Dior Haute Couture, the label’s “Dior grey” lace tiered ball gown
  • a black Dior ribbon choker
  • a Dior astrological clutch
  • at the 70th anniversary celebration
  • a diamond Chopard necklace
  • makeup by Bedot Regine
  • Hair by Perrine Rouge

 

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

screening of The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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

 

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

 

Other Fave Oscars Related Looks

The Oscars is not all about the main red carpet, there is the Vanity Fair afterparty, the Elton John AIDS Foundation party (aka the Oscars viewing party), The Weinstein Co. afterparty, and the Independent Spirit Awards, all part of the Oscars weekend. What does this mean? There are so many more looks to fall in love with and here are my top picks!

KATE BOSWORTH

HAILEE STEINFELD

EMMA ROBERTS

SAVANNAH CHRISLEY

KATE HUDSON

SOFIA VERGARA

HEIDI KLUM

DEMI LOVATO

PETRA NEMCOVA

LEONA LEWIS

PORTIA DOUBLEDAY

LILY COLLINS

NINA AGDAL

THANDIE NEWTON

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

RASHIDA JONES

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY

FELICITY JONES

  • a dark eggplant sequin short-sleeve Erdem gown with floral motif

NAOMIE HARRIS