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

2017 Oscars — Best Dressed

I guess it is safe to say that nude-toned gowns, or ones with sheer effects most caught my eye! Here is the best of the best though in my book!

HAILEE STEINFELD

  • Ralph & Russo gown with ruffle neckline and watercolor floral print with metallic details
  • Neil Lane jewelry, total value in fact $750K, including a 10-carat diamond-and-platinum studs, a 10-carat diamond-and-platinum line bracelet and a 25-carat oval link diamond-and-platinum bracelet worth $250,000.
  • smoky eye by makeup artist Mary Phillips
  • use of Essie nail polish

SOFIA CARSON

EMMA STONE

EMMA ROBERTS

NICOLE KIDMAN

  • custom pale apricot Armani Privé gown with arabesque embroidery
  • nude Stuart Weitzman heels
  • Harry Winston jewelry, total Carat count, 119 — including 30.60-carat cluster diamond-and-spinel drop earrings (valued at $235,000), 44.03-carat vintage cluster diamond bracelet, a 31.59-carat splash diamond bracelet and 13.58-carat pear-shaped diamond ring
  • Omega watch

In an exciting swap from her usual nude lip, Nicole Kidman went for a bold, crimson hue that makeup artist Jeanine Lobell creating using Giorgio Armani lipstick in #402, followed by a dab of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine in Deep Cherry.

HALLE BERRY

GEORGINA CHAPMAN

SARA BAREILLES

CHRISSY TEIGEN

ROBIN ROBERTS

JESSICA OYELOWO

ZURI HALL

ROSALIND ROSS

Mel looks okay too!

CHRIS EVANS

 

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

People’s Choice — Best Dressed

So early in 2017, and we have already had some pretty epic red carpets! Here are my fave looks from the 2017 People’s Choice Awards, enjoy!

VICTORIA JUSTICE

KELLY McCREARY

CHELSEA KANE

PEYTON LIST

SARAH DREW

KARINA SMIRNOFF

JORDANA BREWSTER

FIFTH HARMONY

SOFIA VERGARA

CHRISTINE KO

WILMER VALDERRAMA

TOM HANKS

JOEL MCHALE & SARAH WILLIAMS

Globes AfterParties — Best of the Best

The Golden Globes main red carpet was phenomenal, but so too were the various looks from the whole Golden Globes weekend, the Art of Elysium Gala, W Mag’s It Girl luncheon, and afterparties from HBO, InStyle & Warner Bros., and Netflix. Enjoy!

Angela Sarafyan

Lucy Hale

Nikki Reed

Naomie Harris

Maya Henry

Constance Wu

Sophia Bush

Kristen Bell

Amanda Crew

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Halston Sage

Zoey Deutch

Mandy Moore

Vanessa Hudgens

Lisa Rinna

Shanina Shaik

Hailey Baldwin

Caitriona Balfe

 

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

 

Proj. Runway — The Finale!

Alas, another season of PR has come and gone. So let’s see how season 15 played out, from the final runway prep to the announcement of the winning designer.

After the judges’ preview, with 2 days until fashion week, the designers were back to work. Tim came in to announce a final trip to Mood with an additional budget of $500. Upon return and a little designer re-working, Tim then came by for a critique.

He urged Rik to open his work up, both literally & figuratively — don’t be afraid to show some skin. For Laurence, he advised on reworking a few pieces. He instructed Erin to avoid being too arts and craftsy. And for Roberi, it was all about lessening the confusion.

It was soon the day before fashion week, which hosted for the day some making of new garments and model fittings. Also as a part of the day, it was Tim’s emotional final round-up with the designers. The morning of the runway too had a lot of stirred emotions. Rik was done, all ready for the runway. But other designers were having some final issues, Roberi with a missing model and Laurence with a garment rip.

It was time though for the final runway during NYFW. Guest judge for the show was Zendaya. This was my 2nd time attending the final runway show and it was once again, another surreal experience. It was great seeing the collections live and also being a part of it with other fans. So here are my thoughts on the final runway and my ranking of the final 4.

I 100% agreed with the judges naming Erin as the winner of season 15 of PR. Project Funway was the WAY to go!

I saw such quality in her very well-made pieces. Right from the start, with the very first look, that top, I was blown away! Erin started the season making a bunch of coats and I was half expecting to see many in her final collection, but gladly that was not the case. But with missing coats aside, I still saw Erin’s aesthetic and touches come thru. I saw embellishments galore and I was in love with her uniquely creative prints. This was artsy, but certainly not arts and crafts.

The attention to detail and all of the tiny little erin-nisms, like the bananas, I just loved. I saw a modern, fashion forward collection and I was proud of what Erin sent down the runway. I’m glad the judges too loved the kookiness of her collection. Zendaya pointed it out perfectly by mentioning the balance of kook & chic!

The only negative I can come up with in Erin winning was that Roberi had to lose. I was glad he at least came in 2nd, very close to winning because I too loved his collection.

I saw fun, something different, and it was great to see. He used such beautiful colors. The full on purple look, to die for! I do feel as if some of his pieces didn’t quite fit in with the collection as a whole, like the denim pants look. I also felt like every time he was asked about his collection, he kind of said something different each time.

But overall, I saw his looks being imaginative. The second to last look, the more formal gown, it was stunning! And the very last look, going back to his threading technique, it was so impressive. I was mad that Heidi was hating on the gown I loved, and Nina of course liked the one look I didn’t care much for. But again, Zendaya was spot on in discussing the light versus heavy quality to this collection, how well it mixed or blended together.

The judges pretty much put Rik in 4th, but I thought he should have came in ahead of Laurence. Her collection was a yawn, but at least with Rik’s Bandits collection, there was some excitement.

I loved the leather pieces, especially the ones in black and white. But the denim pieces were just not my style. It was a risk for me, a love or hate type factor, and I unfortunately just wasn’t a fan. I kind of felt that way with Rik throughout the season. I would really love a piece of his, or not at all. There wasn’t much by the way of middle ground. And I guess I didn’t really get the connect between the leather and denim pieces.

I did appreciate his eyewear creations. I think the judges were too still on the same page though about the overall cohesiveness of the collection.

And finally, there was Laurence’s work. She was really working down to the last literal second on these looks. To be so minimal, not much by way of bells and whistles, I’m not sure what was taking her so long to do, but working away she did.

I know she spent a lot of time reworking the “potato sack” looking dress, but I was still not a fan. When I was there watching the finale, before I realized there were no decoy collections, I thought this one was. There were some lovely small details to appreciate with the collection, when you could see the looks up close. But from afar, it was a basic, RTW collection, and with no “Wow” pieces, it sort of seemed very bland.

On the day, seeing this come down the runway first, and seeing the more exciting collections to follow, it was just apparent that this one was lackluster. Zac too pointed out about the lack of runway impact. There needed to be a wow factor. I wondered why during the many Tim critiques or the judges preview that this was not pointed out!

Zendaya kind of made a plea, saying that seeing the collection, it kind of made her want to see more, wondering what else she had to show. But this is not a good thing to say at this point! You need to show what you have now, not leave us all to wonder! I missed the cool-girl factor we saw during the season. This was lacking in the collection. And it was the main reason she didn’t fair well.

What a season — can’t wait to see the next one!

 

Proj. Runway — NYFW Prep!

As per PR tradition, the finale was divided into 2 parts. The first being the road to fashion week — the preparation, the changes, Tim Gunn consults, all concluding with a special judges’ preview presentation. Sometimes during the judges’ preview, one designer is eliminated right before fashion week. But luckily for this final 4, that was not the case. All 4 would show at fashion week! And so the mini-presentation would be the chance for the designers to get some vital last minute feedback in hopes of being the final one standing!

But before all of that, we start with Tim & Heidi sending the final 4 off to begin work on their collections. Each designer would have 6 weeks to work on a 10 look collection, with a $9000 budget. And with that, each designer was off and soon, Tim would be too for his visit and check-in with the designers.

SHOUTOUTS — Mary Kay & Sally Beauty fresh faced & easy going

He started first in L.A., 2 weeks until fashion week, with a visit to Laurence’s studio. Laurence’s collection was about the story of her life, going thru some rough times, starting dark and finishing with light. She had 7 pieces made and Tim was all on board. I think he could have stood to give her some real words of wisdom though. I was seeing some very wearable, minimalist pieces. But I was worried how this type of collection would standout above the rest? What was the draw?

Around the same time, while also in L.A., Tim met with Rik next. They started with some bowling fun, but then it was on to his work. Rik’s inspiration was a 70s vibe, Sgt. Pepper feel. It was a mix of denim and embroidery, unique artist collaborations and optical illusions. He had a lot made, even some cool accessories, like eyewear. Tim saw what I saw, too much! He worried about cohesion and seeing more than one collection.

Next up, with 10 days until fashion week, Tim was in Boston, visiting Erin. She lucked out being able to use MassArt studios. What wasn’t quite so lucky for her was that she didn’t have a single garment made. She had been busy creating textiles and fabrics. Her inspiration was all about positive vibes, thinking of her friends. She had a lot going on as well, embellishments, sequins, plexi-glass, bananas and more! For her though, Tim saw rule breaking and encouraged her to go with it!

SHOUTOUTS — Sally Beauty & Mary Kaystunning, gorgeous beauty looks!

Tim’s last visit was back in NY, with Roberi. His inspiration was about a woman going to different places, in search of something wonderful, different pieces, different moments, all at those different places. Just as with Rik, he too had lots of ideas. Tim wondered if the looks were representative of the same customer. He encouraged Roberi to think of being a designer versus a mere dress-maker.

After the visits, all 4 were back to NY. Naturally, they all wanted to see what each other had been doing. With the exception of Rik who was in the sewing room, very hard at work! Tim joined to inform them of the preview for the judges. Each designer would show 3 looks to the judges on the next day, a tease, an amuse-bouche! They would also use the Brother Dream Machine to present a logo. Laurence went with her initials, Rik with a graphic signature logo, Erin’s full name, but handwritten, and finally, Roberi, Ro.Pa., but as typography.

Tim then consulted with the designers again before the preview. His thoughts were pretty much the same as the visits, happy to see pieces from Erin finally, but very encouraging, and positive words for Laurence as well. But with Rik & Roberi, he was still worried on cohesion. As we all would later see from the judges, cohesion was the main criticism!

For this special preview, Heidi was judging remotely, but to sub for her in person, they brought in former PR judge, designer Michael Kors. So who seemed most ready for fashion week, and who still had lots of work to do?!?

While this above look was my least fave of the 3, I still loved the other 2 and what I had seen in the workroom. I was actually in attendance during the finale, and now that I can put the pieces of the puzzle together, Erin’s collection was my most fave. I believe she stuck true to who she is as a designer, minus seeing all the coats we had during the season.

The embellishments were great. I think she received the least amount of negative feedback from the judges, so I am hoping that is a good thing! I’m happy they saw the sparkle in her collection, and to encourage her to stay on that track.

This maxidress was amazing though! I’m mad at the judges for the bit of hate they gave on it. The print was unique, all the little characters. I can’t wait to re-visit her entire collection during the finale.

Roberi created some debate amongst the judges, but it wasn’t so much a negative debate, just some ideas on tweaking the collection a bit. But from what I remember, Roberi’s collection was pretty close to how I felt about Erins’ — it was great! My hope is that either he or Erin will win!

I do wish Roberi had worked a bit more on shapes and innovative silhouettes, as he had done during the season. But I did appreciate his interesting use of materials, and while there might have been a lot to take in, I was impressed. Of these 3, the pant look was my least fave, but I know he has more to offer with the whole collection!

The judges’ debate was centered around excitement versus sexiness. We all know Heidi was pushing for more of a sexy feel. But I’m glad the other judges, namely Michael, was able to state it wasn’t necessary to make the collection more sexy, but just to make it a bit more exciting. There is a difference!

I feel as if the judges, as did Tim, really were all loving Laurence’s work though. I just wasn’t seeing it. I remember during the finale, her pieces showed first, and I immediately thought, oh, this was a decoy collection. Usually during the finale at fashion week, they show 9 or so collections, just so you can’t tell who ends up making it to the finale. This year was different though, they only did 4. So after that, I knew there were only 4 and I remembered being underwhelmed by this collection.

The white pearl top from above was a standout, but I don’t remember caring for much else. All during the season, we saw Laurence creating crazy cool leather jackets, designing for a modern, young, hip girl. This collection seemed very mature and just full of a lot of basics. Laurence has always been a minimalist designer, but that is hard to pull off for a runway show and achieve excitement.

I think it is safe to say Rik received the most by the way of feedback. This can either be great, in that he can make some changes to elevate himself to the top. Or it can be bad, in that he is just doomed and there is no time left.

Rik’s collection wasn’t really my taste, but there was at least some intrigue. He still had a lot going on, so I am not certain that he was able to simplify into one collection, with that needed cohesive thread. I recall seeing a lot of denim, so I think he tried to focus on that, but the denim wasn’t my favorite choice. So depending on the judges’ mood that day, we shall see if it pays off. My hope, my guess, and really what makes sense though, is that it come down to Erin or Roberi.

Best of the 2017 VS Fashion Show

The 2017 Victoria’s Secret fashion show was just upon us. I’ve had a chance to check out all of the looks, and here are my faves!

BELLA HADID

DEVON WINDSOR

SARA SAMPAIO

STELLA MAXWELL

KENDALL JENNER

JASMINE TOOKES IN EDDIE BORGO FANTASY BRA

JOSEPHINE SKRIVER

BARBARA FIALHO

LIU WEN

GIGI HADID

MARTHA HUNT

LILY DONALDSON

SANNE VLOET

ROMEE STRIJD

CINDY BRUNA

SUI HE

ADRIANA LIMA

KELLY GALE

LILY ALDRIDGE

JOAN SMALLS

IZABEL GOULART

MARIA BORGES

LAIS RIBEIRO

This year’s performers were Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd!