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

 

Best Looks of 2016

The best. Most memorable. Faves. However you want to say, here is what tops my list for 2016! Enjoy!!!

Karolina Kurkova at the Met Gala

Jaimie Alexander at the Golden Globes Awards

Blake Lively at Cannes

At the Slack Bay (Ma Loute) premiere.

Jourdan Dunn at Cannes

Kristen Bell at the Emmys

Hayley Orrantia at the CMA Awards

Cate Blanchett at the Oscars

Nina Dobrev at the Met Gala

Poppy Delevigne at the Met Gala

Ana de la Reguera at the Golden Globes Awards

Kate Beckinsale at Critics’ Choice Awards

Cara Santana at the UNICEF Ball

Alicia Vikander at the SAG Awards

  • sleek sequin patchwork-print Louis Vuitton gown, actually head to toe LV

Priyanka Chopra at the SAG Awards

Kate Bosworth at Oscars AfterParty

Kate looked statuesque and quite exquisite in this slate Ralph & Russo gown, with a feather embellished neckline. Her other look details included —

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead at the Tony Awards

Cassadee Pope at the CMT Awards

Hailey Baldwin at the Video Music Awards

Hilary Rhoda at the CFDA Awards

Sarah Drew at the People’s Choice Awards

Nicki Minaj at the Video Music Awards

2016 Golden Globes AfterParties — Best Dressed

After such a stunning initial red carpet review for the 2016 Golden Globes, it’s hard to imagine there were even more gorgeous looks that evening! But alas, at the various afterparties of the evening, namely the InStyle and Warner Bros. event, there were indeed plenty more looks deserving of a Best Dressed nod!

Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder

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Nikki looked like a golden goddess in this intricately detailed Naeem Khan gown. Her other marvelous look details included —

Ian kept it classy and debonair in a classic black Dior tuxe. His other look details included —

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Victoria Justice

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Red hot! Wow, love, love this stunning fiery red Bao Tranchi gown that Victoria is wearing. Great choice! She also rocked —

Vanessa Hudgens

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There is nothing negative I can say about this mesmerizing CD Greene gown that Vanessa is wearing. It has so many interesting facets and she looks so beautiful. Her other look details were inclusive of —

Halston Sage

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Halston looked radiant in this fully embellished, golden Michael Kors gown. Her other style details are —

 Lea Michele

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Lea always looks beautiful, but especially so in this lovely minimalist, all-white Michael Kors gown. Full look details are as follows —

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Amanda Crew

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I am a huge fan of Yanina Couture, so of course I had to include Amanda as she is donning one of there glorious creations! To complete her look —

Alexandra Daddario

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Gold & shimmery are definitely a trend on my Best Dressed list. And Alexandra is right there in this amazing Reem Acra gown. Complimenting here look are some lovely pieces of Buccellati jewelry.
Alyssa Milano
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Alyssa looks remarkable in this fitted marsala Zac Posen dress. Complimenting her look are —

Jamie Chung

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Hard to go wrong in black & white! Jamie looks great in this gorgeous number. To top off her look —

Olivia Holt

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Olivia looks like a living doll in this bold fuscia Marchesa gown, with lovely details around the neckline. She paired with her look some stunning pieces of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Rumer Willis

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Rumer went super sexy in this immaculate white gown by Michael Costello — what a knockout! Paired with her look, beautiful Parade earrings.  

Sarah Hyland

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Sarah went the minimalist route, but looks effortless and elegant in this black Amanda Wakeley gown. And no other to better add some needed sparkled to this all black look than Lorraine Schwartz.

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Becca Tobin

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Not sure of the designer details for Becca, but this is a great look for her. She looks ravishing and is really working this bronzed look!

Katharine McPhee

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What an enticing detail this dress offers! Katharine picked it right with this Badgley Mischka dress — intriguing design and perfection with the cutouts. Other look details —

Cara Santana & Jesse Metcalfe

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This is a very dynamic red carpet pair. They are knocking it out of the park with this pale palette. Jesse is looking good as ever in his Maison Martin Margiela suit. And Cara too looks very foxy in this Thai Nguyen look. Her look was styled by Annabelle Harron.

Paul Wesley

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Paul is looking very handsome in this all black Theory suit.

Jussie Smollett

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Jussie opted for a traditional black tuxe by Calvin Klein. Grooming was by Nil Muir Beauty.

Trai Byers

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Golden Globes 2016 — Best Dressed

So many stunning dresses to choose from! I was vastly impressed by this red carpet lineup for the 2016 Golden Globes. Check out my Best Dressed contenders below!!

Amber Heard

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Amber looks flawless in this rose hue Gucci gown with a floral neckline. Her other radiant look details include —

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Jaimie Alexander

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Instantly eye-catching is Jaimie in this deep emerald green Genny gown. Her other look details color-coordinated nicely —

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Jennifer Lawrence

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J. Law was red hot in this Dior number, complete with side cutouts. Other look details were inclusive of —

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Amy Adams

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Amy was too in the crimson wavelength, her choice though, a striking Atelier Versace fitted gown. Other look details included —

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Felicity Huffman

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Felicity was full on glam & elegance in this shimmering marsala Lorena Sarbu dress. She paired with her look, stunning Martin Katz diamons.

Sarah Hay

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Sarah looked ethereal in this mesmerizing Marchesa gown. The details on this dress were so beautiful! And to add just a tad more sparkle, Chopard diamonds.

Jane Wu

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Jane was evoking such strength and confidence in this full on metallic look by Theia.

Carly Chaikin

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There is just something about this gown that I can’t take my eyes off of — the color scheme, the fabric — it’s just all so captivating. Carly is donning a Juan Carlos Obando look. And her other look details are —

Jenna Dewan Tatum

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Jenna looks amazing in fully embellished, midnight blue Zuhair Murad gown. Her other coordinating details included —

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Rooney Mara

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Rooney went with a softer side of Alexander McQueen and I love it! To top off this fabulous look —

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  • The hairstyle Adir Abergel gave Rooney Mara made us back into braids all over again,
  • and oh those dramatic lashes and brows (credit goes to makeup artist Kate Lee).

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Olivia Wilde

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Olivia went with last year’s hue for Pantone Color of the Year, a shimmering Michael Kors Marsala. Complimenting her look —

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Ana de la Reguera

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I am not sure who Ana is, but this is A+ red carpet styling. She is wearing a deep purple, fully embellished, Carolina Herrera gown. Additional look details —

Barbara Meier

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Every red carpet needs a princess feel, a bit of fantasy, and that is what I get from Barbara’s Cinderella blue Georges Hobeika ballgown. It’s extremely magical and I’m sure she felt like a princess all night!

Heidi Klum

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Heidi went fringe-tastic in this metallic Marchesa look. Other look details were as follows —

Kate Hudson

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Kate was ab-tastic and super sexy in this shimmery molten, 2-piece, Michael Kors look. To add additional sparkle to her look —

Eva Green

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Eva too rocked a molten, golden look, but her choice was a little more on the lacy side, a gorgeous Elie Saab Haute Couture creation — high neck embroidered tulle and lace gown with an open back and gold chain detail paired with a matching belt. Her makeup artist for the evening was the official and talented Charlotte Tilbury.

Kate Bosworth

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Kate was sparkling from head to toe in this faded crimson Dolce & Gabbana gown — very rich & luxurious! Her other look details included —

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Sophia Bush

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Sophia went with a black dress, but it was simplistic minimalism at it’s best — a stunning Narcisco Rodriguez gown. And to complete her look —

Lily James

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Lily was another ethereal look for the evening, her choice, a multi & lightly hued Marchesa gown — soft mint, dusty blue, and light purple Grecian hand-draped tulle gown with over-the-shoulder cape detail. Her other radiant look details included —

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Helen Mirren

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Not sure of Helen’s designer look details, but I do know she wore a few lovely pieces of Harry Winston jewelry!

Maria Menounos

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Maria is always a stunner, this time in a slate, fitted Roland Mouret dress. To finish her look —

Laverne Cox

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Laverne was dressed all in white, and she looked fantabulous! She is wearing Elizabeth Kennedy. Her other look details are as follows —

Bryce Dallas Howard

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Amazed that Bryce actually picked up her beautiful navy blue Jenny Packham gown at Neiman Marcus. With shopping skills like this, who needs the one on one designer bookings! Other look details —

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Terrence Howard & Mira Pak

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Not sure of all the designer details for this stunning duo, but Terrence is rockin’ some Louis Leeman shoes!

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leo is decked out in a full Giorgio Armani traditional black tuxe, with black Jimmy Choo shoes.

Michael B. Jordan

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And to complete my list, the handsome Michael B., in head to toe Dior Homme with a Piaget watch.

 

My Fave Fashion Nexus Posts of 2015

Wow, what a year 2015 has been for Fashion Nexus. I wrote almost 140 individual posts. Updates and creations of various site pages and features. I attended 2 seasons for NYFW, probably with invites to well over 150 shows, attendance at near half. And what I love is knowing that there is still more to come. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for my fashion blog!

It was so hard to pick a few faves of the year, but I selected 12 fave features of mine throughout 2015. But, right here are the top 4 posts of 2015 — What’s Hot for Prom, 2015; Best Dressed at the 2015 Golden Globes; various Project Runway postings; and Best Looks 2015 Golden Globes AfterParty.

Onto the top 12, ENJOY!

DRAMATIZON MAKEUP’S ICE KING & QUEEN SHOW

I love attending fashion shows, specifically thru Dramatizon Makeup, which I was introduced to about 2 years ago. This show is all about creative makeup looks and fierce inventive hair stylings. And on a side personal note, this show really helped to make 2015 all the more better for me. 2015 would have been very different had I never attended this show, not meeting some very special people, one in particular, that night.

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PRODUCING MY OWN FASHION SHOW

Actually producing my show and then writing about it, very much a highlight of my year!

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FORDHAM’S ANNUAL FASHION LAW SYMPOSIUM

I wrote a few posts on the Fashion Law Symposium, but I selected this particular one because of the riveting sessions I featured and it was so great being able to meet top model Coco Rocha!

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THE RED CARPET TRENDS OF THE 2015 AWARD SEASON

Inspired from collaborative work with Mac Duggal, I went back thru all of the recent red carpets, highlighted trends, and then identified looks from the Mac Duggal catalogue of dresses.

Take for example a gorgeous go-to for any red carpet, a sizzling, bold red look —

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And then, here is a stunning Mac Duggal look to match —

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2015 INDEPENDENT HANDBAG DESIGNER AWARDS

Such a pleasure being able to attend the IHDAs, being in the presence of such great talent — definitely looking forward to more award shows to come!

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ALL THINGS LAUREN CONRAD

Huge fan of LC, so being able to dedicate this #WCW feature on this fashionable icon was so much fun, such a pleasure!

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MAXI DRESSES GALORE

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I am a huge fan of maxi dresses. I had such fun looking thru maxi dresses for my fave designers and brands, and then being able to highlight some very unique finds for the season!

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NYFW — REEM ACRA

Reem Acra is a designer brand I often feature on my own best dressed lists. It’s worn by such gorgeous ladies of Hollywood. So to be in attendance amongst some of the elite in the fashion industry — this is a true pleasure!

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NYFW — TADASHI SHOJI

Tadashi Shoji is an amazing designer, with looks always on the red carpet, and it was such a thrill, a true honor, to attend this show again!

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NYFW — DESIGUAL

This show is always a fave of mine during NYFW; it’s lively, vibrant, and exciting!

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NYFW — LEANNE MARSHALL

Leanne Marshall was the first NYFW show I went to ever, way back when I first moved to NYC. Now that I am so in with my blog, it’s been great to witness Leanne’s journey thru several fashion weeks. I will always be happy to be in attendance.

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NYFW — IDAN COHEN

This was my first time being introduced to this talented designer — wow, so many gorgeous, red carpet worthy looks — a new and instant fave!

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Top Red Carpet Looks of 2015

So many highlights in 2015 on the red carpet for various events, whether it was awards shows or premieres. Here are my top 25 ladies’ fashionable red carpet moments of 2015, plus top 4 mens’ moments to dapper up the list just a tad! ENJOY!!

Eva Longoria — Cannes Film Festival

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  • gray lace sheer-paneled Gabriela Cadena gown, which features a plunging neckline and mini train
  • accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and
  • gorgeous make-up look was courteous of L’Oreal Paris.
  • Eva was attending the Inside Out premiere.

J.Lo — Oscars

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Kate Hudson — Golden Globes

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  • severely sexy white Versace gown,
  • Makeup artist Christian McCulloch calls Hudson the “ultimate golden California goddess” and opted for varying shades of tan, bronze, and gold from Dolce & Gabbana’s makeup line
  • She added some sparkle to her look with some beautiful diamond pieces from Forevermark.
  • Colorist Cassondra Keeding added babylights to Hudson’s blond strands to further emphasize the sun-goddess effect, while ghd Brand Ambassador, David Babaii, created a modern day chignon using the ghd Eclipse Flat Iron.
  • The details at the side are embellished with Swarovski crystals, and
  • a white Jimmy Choo clutch.

Greer Grammer — Miss Golden Globe

Jamie Chung — Oscars

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Naomi Watts — Cannes Film Festival

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  • the Sea of Trees party hosted by Grey Goose
  • intriguing tiered Armani Prive look
  • wearing Bulgari jewelry.

Giuliana Rancic — Oscars

Danielle Bradbery — CMTs

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Eleanor Tomlinson — BAFTAs

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Blake Lively — Age of Adaline Press Tour

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley — Met Gala

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Jana Kramer — CMAs

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Katie Stevens — VMAs

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Danica McKellar — AMAs

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Nina Dobrev — TCAs

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Sophia Bush

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Cassadee Pope — CMAs

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Katie Cassidy — Oscars

Nina Dobrev — Women in Television Celebration

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Julie Bowen — SAG Awards

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  • embellished floral Georges Hobeika gown
  • caramel Rauwolf clutch
  • perfect jewelry accessories from EFFY, specifically these pink ice earrings.
  • Jill Crosby/hair stylist (chic sideswept bob-do, with help from Neutrogena styling products) &
  • Heather Currie/make-up artist (great copper smoky eye & soft pink lip), also Neutrogena beauty products. All products came from the ever-convenient Walgreens.

Jhene Aiko — Grammys

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Maria Menounos — Grammy’s AfterParty

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Odette Annable — Oscars AfterParty

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AnnaLynne McCord — Golden Globes AfterParty

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  • all black Gemy Maalouf number with sheer lace detailing at the neckline and on the sides

Ellen Pompeo — People’s Choice Awards

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Nick Jonas — Tony Awards

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  • Nick is looking quite handsome in his all black tuxe, courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

Hunter Hayes — ACM Awards

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Common — Grammys

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James Maslow — Golden Globes AfterParty

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The Best Looks you Didn’t See From the 2015 Golden Globes

Yes, yes, the Golden Globes is generally all about the red carpet when it comes to fashion. But hey, after looking over my Best Dressed List for the looks not on the red carpet, you will think twice! Golden Globes & fashion extends to the pre-parties and the after parties!

So you now know the places to be, but here are the looks that stunned!

NINA DOBREV

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Nina looked magical & radiant in this black lace & beaded Zuhair Murad gown, complete with a full silk tulle skirt from the Resort 2015 collection. All of the details of this look are truly captivating, from the gorgeous open back

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to the lovely sheer lace neckline.

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I start with this first image above to make sure you get to see how beautiful this white Kaufmanfranco dress is, especially from the open back! But from the image below, clearly it’s amazing all-around. I included so many images of Selena really just have a blast while rockin’ this classy, yet sexy look.

She’s accessorizing with a metallic Lee Savage clutch and diamond Jennifer Meyer jewelry.

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Greer Grammer

Greer is 2 for 2 on this Golden Globes night of red carpets. She looks just as mesmerizing here in a light blue Charbel Zoe Couture fit and flare dress. She matched her look with nude Jimmy Choo heels. Kelly Johnson worked wonders here; Greer was a vision!

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Kip Zachary also did a fantastic job on both her hair, a chic up do, and make-up looks (fresh, and vibrant). He made use of L’Oreal Paris products.

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THE MCCORD SISTERS!

First up, AnnaLynne McCord, an elegant look, very much loving this all black Gemy Maalouf number with sheer lace detailing at the neckline and on the sides. She looks AMAZING!!

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But rest assured, I have plenty of designer details for her just as gorgeous looking sisters, Rachel & Angel! So on the far right, Angel, an up & coming actress, is looking super chic & fashionable in her Mac Duggal gown, which features a bateau neckline, sheer illusion cutouts, and open back. All along the neckline, the sequins sparkle in a swirling pattern. Lines of sequins wrap around the bodice and sheer illusion skirt. The final element of Mac Duggal Style 4116A is the high-leg slit that looks super sexy on the red carpet!

derek-hough-golden-globes-2015-party-15And finally we have Rachel, a fashion blogger for The McCord List. She is wearing Mac Duggal Style 4154A from the Cassandra Stone Collection. Iridescent sequins are the main features. The plunging sheer illusion neckline dives into the fully sequined dress. Sequins wrap around the dress from front to back and then a high-leg slit is featured in the front. As Rachel shows off perfectly in her pictures, the bateau neckline falls into a scoop open back with elegant Grecian draping.

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BAR REFAELI

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Bar’s Kaufmanfranco gown is showcasing true versatility, refinement from the front & total sexiness from the back! She was making use of some major bling from Lorraine Schwartz.

Jen Atkin did a superb job with Bar’s hair, beachy waves! Next up, makeup, naturally beautiful, simple & understated, all by Lauren Andersen.

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CHANEL IMAN

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Chanel looks gorgeous in this mixed media, crystal-embellished Zuhair Murad gown. She looks red hot!

SARAH HYLAND

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Recently, Sarah has been on fire when it comes to the red carpet. Here she is rockin’ a super chic Emilio Pucci leather crop top and sequined column skirt. She has coordinated perfectly with Lorraine Schwartz necklace and rings, as well as an Ofira Jewels ring. Brad Goreski did an amazing job styling this look; it’s perfection! Ryan Richman did a lovely job creating her up-do. And finally, Allan Avendano created a stunning beauty look for Sarah, love the nude lip!

TAYLOR SWIFT

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Taylor looks elegant & classy in this strapless, canary yellow Jenny Packham silk chiffon gown, from the S/S 2015 Collection.

She is accessorizing with a gold Jimmy Choo clutch, gorgeous gold Lorraine Schwartz earrings & rings, as well as an Ofira Jewels gold pave band.

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NATHALIE EMMANUEL

Nathalie Emmanuel_MacDuggal(2)Nathalie is wearing a MacDouggal dress, specifically Style 4152M, a sequin two piece. The crop top features a high neckline, sheer cutouts, and cap sleeves. Throughout the top, gorgeous light-catching sequins sparkle to perfection. The skirt follows the same sequin pattern as well. Beginning with chevron stripes at the top and then falling into a sheer vine pattern on the bottom, the skirt is just as stunning as the sparkling crop top!

She has perfectly accessorized with diamond Sabine G jewels and a sparkly black Modo clutch.

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Lea looks red hot in this Grecian-inspired, tomato red Emanuel Ungaro deep V-neck silk jersey gown. Everything about Lea’s look is perfection, the styling by Estee Stanley, understated make-up by Melanie Inglessis, straight chic with hair, from John D.; and nails by Jenna Hipp.

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Digging this killer Charlotte Olympia heels!

And finally, some stunning sparklers with Lorraine Schwartz earrings.

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Not sure of the designer details for Amanda’s all black dress, with a lacy bodice, but I love it regardless! She looks classy & elegant.

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RACHEL ZOE

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Another Grecian-inspired look, and Rachel is rockin’ hers as well. Actually, Rachel Zoe’s rockin’ in Rachel Zoe! This look, one-shoulder, chains, and all white, gotta love those details! Coordinating perfectly with her look are some gold jewelry pieces from David Webb.

Joey Maalouf created some magic here for Rachel’s glammed up look!

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Salma picked the perfect gown here, Gucci! It’s draped immaculately and provides a much needed pop of color in deep purple. She looks great!

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ALISON PILL

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Nothing over-the-top here, just a beautiful, understated Kayat LBD, with a deep, sheer V-neckline.

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Bryan Greenberg and Jamie Chung

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A perfect pair — Bryan looking handsome in an all black suit, and Jaime in a royal blue fitted gown with a criss-crossed bodice.

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IAN SOMERHALDER & NIKKI REED

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Ian & Nikki look great together, Ian sportin’ a classic black tuxe, while Nikki was beaming in a strapless white, lightly rose printed Katharine Kidd from the Resort 2015 collection.

She has accessorized well, diamond Anita Ko earrings; silver Edie Parker clutch; and a diamond Le Vian cuff.

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Derek Hough

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Derek, looking very dapper in his classic black tuxe with skinny tie! Super handsome and suave!

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Lots of males in all black suits, including James, and I love it!!!

Paul Wesley

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Paul looks debonair in his all black Emporio Armani suit!

Miles Teller

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Miles opted for black pants, but a navy blue jacket for his suit, specifically Ermenegildo Zegna jacket, pants, and pocket square. And with his look, black Christian Louboutin shoes.

Scott Eastwood

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Mr. Eastwood is all about the charcoal grey for his very dapper suit. He looks great, no surprise there!

 

 

 

 

2015 Golden Globes — Best Dressed

Ahhhhh! The much anticipated 2015 Golden Globes aired last night on NBC, filmed at the extravagant Beverly Hilton Hotel. And needless to say, the show was great. But also, and no surprise here, the red carpet was PHENOMENAL!! It seemed quite a few trends were very ever-present on the red carpet, one such being bold, bright red gowns. Red gowns also ruled my own Best Dressed list, as well as almost every Versace gown too!

There were so many gowns that I adored. It was hard to narrow down, so actually I didn’t! Just kidding! My list isn’t terribly long considering the vast amount of dresses donned by these major celebrities, but I did have to add a few extra to my list because there were just so many amazing looks to choose from. So here we go —

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GREER GRAMMER

Greer, aka Miss Golden Globes 2015, looked like a beautiful princess in this blush Lorena Sarbu gown with gold floral embellishments. She was definitely captivating on both the red carpet and the awards stage.

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Her look was completed with some statement-making Neil Lane jewelry, including her bold dangling earrings, and then a shimmery gold Jimmy Choo clutch. Her stunning beauty look, created by Kip Zachary, encompassed a light blush on the cheek & pretty rose lip, compliments of L’Oreal Paris. All in all, styled by Kelly Johnson.

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KATE HUDSON

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There was no denying how gorgeous Kate looked in this severely sexy white Versace gown. Everything about this dress was perfection — the slight train, the amazing fit, & the intricate detailed cutouts at the sides.

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Makeup artist Christian McCulloch calls Hudson the “ultimate golden California goddess” and opted for varying shades of tan, bronze, and gold from Dolce & Gabbana’s makeup line to complement her stunning white Atelier Versace gown.

She added some sparkle to her look with some beautiful diamond pieces from Forevermark.

Colorist Cassondra Keeding added babylights to Hudson’s blond strands to further emphasize the sun-goddess effect, while ghd Brand Ambassador, David Babaii, created a modern day chignon using the ghd Eclipse Flat Iron.

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And finally, showcasing how captivating this look is from every angle, the backside is superbly stunning. The details at the side are embellished with Swarovski crystals. Also, to coordinate well with her white & silver look is a white Jimmy Choo clutch.

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Va va voom! Heidi is smokin’ in this one-shoulder red Versace gown. Perfectly coordinating are her custom red Jimmy Choo “Jane” sandal heels.

72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsLorraine Schwartz always knows how to add that right amount of sparkle, and does so well to complete Heidi’s A+ look with diamond earrings and rings.

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Heidi’s styling team has done a fantastic job here — Linda Hay for makeup, creating a daring beauty look with a bold red lip; Christian Wood for hair, with this effortlessly elegant curly side-swept do; Tom Bachik for these lovely clear nails; & of course, this all couldn’t have been accomplished without Heidi’s talented stylist, Maryam Malakpour.

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Still channeling her Cinderella character from Anna’s recent starring role with Into the Woods, she is looking very fairy tale-esque in this nude Monque Lhuillier gown with ruby beaded embellishments.

3305e349a04d4fccd513ded9ef7c27a7752f9000She was very smart to add these matching ruby red Fred Leighton earrings to top off her immaculate look.

Kendrick showed up on the red carpet looking like the movie star she is — a clean, elegant updo and highlighted, beautiful skin are all she needed to show off her true, effortless beauty. Makeup artist Vanessa Scali dusted Dolce & Gabbana’s Illuminator in Eva on the cheekbones, browbones, and down the nose to give the actress her ethereal glow.

anna-kendrick-600x450With regard to her elegant updo, the creator was Craig Gangi. And here are all of the fun details! “Anna’s dress was whimsical and fairytale-esque,” Gangi tells PEOPLE. “So to offset the dress, we decided to create a sleek, modern and sophisticated tight chignon for an elegant ballerina chic style.” To create the look, Gangi began applying his favorite “go-to product” — Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil — to the star’s damp hair. “It magically helped me transform Anna’s naturally curly hair into a silky smooth blowout,” he says. Once he finished blowing out Kendrick’s strands (using the Bumble and bumble Round Brush), Gangi used a flat iron to straighten it and sprayed each section with Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray to “lock locks into a perfectly straight but fresh and bouncy look.”

anna-kendrick-600x800After spraying down her hair, Gangi parted it down the middle and brushed it into a tight, low pony before curling it using a 1-1/2 inch curling iron. As soon as her hair cooled, he brushed out curl and braided a small section and twisted it into a bun and pinned it in place. To complete the look, Gangi says he “wrapped the braid around the bun and pinned with a few strategically placed bobby pins to secure.”

The finishing touch? A good hairspray of course. “I used Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode Hairspray to lock style in place.”

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Amy Adams

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Amy was a vision in this perfectly draped, one-shoulder, periwinkle Versace gown. And yes, I do believe every person who donned Versace made by list so stay tuned to keep seeing Versace on it! Versace was definitely the awarding winning designer brand for Fashion Nexus! She wonderfully completed her look with matching Jimmy Choo heels & a few diamond Tiffany & Co. pieces.

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As part of her beauty look, Adams donned a trend of the night, retro waves. She channeled Jessica Rabbit (only fitting with red locks like hers), with loose, romantic waves swept to the side for added impact. Hairstylist Laini Reeves achieved the look with Oribe’s Volumista applied damp hair from roots to ends. After blowing hair dry, she used a two-inch curling iron and rollers to pin-curl hair up in four sections. She sprayed the style with Oribe’s Shine Light Reflecting Spray and let it sit for 20 minutes before removing pins and rollers and brushing hair out with a Mason Pearson brush to create the softness.

ANNA FARIS

72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsAnna just finished up hosting the Peoples Choice Awards, looking even more stunning with each new look she donned. And I’m happy to report she didn’t lose any fashionable steam here. I loved how breathtaking she looked in this nude embellished Reem Acra gown. And her accessories were spot on as well, coordinating nude Jimmy Choo heels and diamond earrings & a ring from Lorraine Schwartz.

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS 

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Julia went for simplistic minimalism with this white, one-shoulder Narcisco Rodriguez. And I love it! The dress was amazing, just the right amount of sparkle on the bodice. It’s not always about the bells & whistles! She also kept it classy with her accessories, a few diamond pieces from Irene Neuwirth jewelry.

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I love this matching ivory & silver Edie Parker clutch she has used to accessorize her look. And below, you can take a look at some of the makeup Julia used to achieve her beauty look — slight brown smoky eye & nude lip, inclusive of some Chanel make-up.

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I am loving all of these solid silver gowns, very disco ball-esque. And this is certainly inclusive of Reese’s strapless, fitted Calvin Klein custom dress. Reese has said this stunner took over 80 hours to make, but every hour was clearly worth it; this dress is simply amazing! And to add just a little more silvery shine, she accessorized with Tiffany & Co. jewelry, specifically a stunning diamond bangle, totaling about $1.5 million with all she was wearing!

reese-witherspoon-@reesewitherspoonReese’s beauty look was breathtaking. Her rosy flushed cheeks were courtesy of Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Abundance, a pretty pink pout, thanks to Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Merlot, and champagne and bronzy shimmer eyeshadows (also by Laura Mercier) were all showstopping. And finally, her tousled sideswept waves were courtesy of John Frieda.

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KATE BECKINSALE

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Kate always looks radiant. And she is of course shining like a bright star in this mixed media metallic & taupe Elie Saab greige gown. It has such a chic feel about it from the glittering bodice to the muted draped skirt. She is also coordinating perfectly with her accessories — silver Jimmy Choo heels, Rauwolf clutch, and diamond Lorraine Schwartz jewelry (bangles & dangling earrings).

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ALLISON WILLIAMS

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Allison was another lovely lady in fiery red. Her choice, an ombre beaded Armani Prive strapless gown with fitted bustier. She completed her look with Cartier diamonds, specifically a stunning diamond bracelet.

imageRetroglam for beauty looks was a very popular trend on the Golden Globes red carpet, mainly the hair. So here, makeup pro Gianpaolo Ceciliato wanted to “add a rock-’n’-roll edge to Allison’s Old Hollywood hairstyle and glamorous Armani Privé gown” with a bold smoky eye. He used St. Tropez’s One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion to give her a luminous, bronzy glow, and applied Giorgio Armani’s Eye Tints ($38) in #1 and #7  to create shimmery smoky eye. He rimmed the entire eye with a black pencil, and then layered the lid in black and gunmetal using Armani’s new liquid eye tints. “Then, I added a light beige to the inner corner and on the browbone to make the eye pop.”

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KATIE CASSIDY

Katie is another lovely lady going with a super sexy look and it works. She perfectly struck the delicate balance of pulling off just the right amount of sexiness with this black Mikael D. dress. The details are superb, love the thigh high slit, starburst side cutouts, and silver touches. Black & silver continued on with her accessory choices — a black Rodo clutch and diamond Harry Kotlar jewelry.

TAYLOR SCHILLING

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Taylor opted for another crimson red hue on the red carpet, her choice, a criss-cross strapped halter gown by Ralph Lauren. She looked very elegant. Matching perfectly with her gown were a crimson red Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and ruby Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

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Taylor Schilling’s Grace Kelly-inspired beauty look featured lips that perfectly matched her Ralph Lauren gown. Makeup artist Tina Turnbrow used Nars Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for lasting color. Her hair was also styled elegantly and very chic. Her hairstylist Ryan Trygstad, for Matrix, created a stylish chignon bun. He created the classic red carpet look with help from plenty of volumizing and anti-humidity products to ensure the twisted chignon would hold up all night.

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LESLIE MANN

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Yellow is a hard color, in my opinion, to pull off. Leslie made it work though with this fitted, strapless Kaufmanfranco number. It shines & shimmers all over and is the perfect shade for her. She paired it with a dark green Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Kimberly McDonald jade earrings and gold bangles.

Her beauty look was radiant! Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Marigold paired perfectly with lit-from-within peachy glowing cheeks.

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ELLIE KEMPER

Ellie KemperSupposedly this dress weighs 500 lbs! I’m not sure how she could wear this fully embellished silver Naeem Khan so well then, but needless to say, she does! It’s eye-catching and not in a bad way. I also love these gorgeous diamond jewelry pieces from Neil Lane — bracelets galore!

DAKOTA JOHNSON

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Another disco ball-esque dress for me and yes, I love them all! Dakota looks amazing with her own take on this embellished type of dress, here a couture Chanel, strapless and with a high slit. It’s as if it was earmarked just for her! She is also donning some fine Chanel jewelry, namely a beautiful diamond ring. Silver is definitely the name of the game for her and it coordinates well, including her silver Jimmy Choo heels and Rauwolf clutch.

04efdc55e40249e5a4c9eae678f987980cdca70fDakota’s soft, luscious waves were simply beautiful! Hairstylist Mark Townsend gave her a “sexy and bendy” look, using  Dove’s Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray to add major volume at the roots, and R+Co’s Death Valley Dry Shampoo to get piecey texture.

To offset Johnson’s silver sequined Chanel gown, makeup artist Patti Dubroff decided to keep her face fresh, subtle, and polished. “We did flushed cheeks, bitten lips, and a subtle, defined eye in warm taupes and deep gray in the corner,” Dubroff says.  For a rosy glow, she applied Chanel’s Le Blush Crème de Chanel Cream Blush in Revelation on the apples of her cheeks.

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It’s almost as if you are in a bold crimson red, you’ve made my best dressed list! I’m not sure who Kat is wearing, but she looks gorgeous! I’m really enjoying this asymmetrical beaded gown. The fit is immaculate and Kat is exuding confidence, as well as looking great! Her accessories too are just as amazing, a coordinating red clutch and statement-making diamond jewelry.

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JANE FONDA

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More red. More Versace. Gotta love it! Jane is pulling almost any look off these days. And she’s been wearing a lot of red, but each time, it still catches my attention in a new & fascinating way. This fitted red Versace gown, with sheer side pinned detailing is no different. She has paired with her look, silver Jimmy Choo “Aza” metallic pumps and a crimson red Rauwolf clutch.

Frances O’Connor

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I will forever support the Project Runway franchise when I can. But here, there is no question former PR winner Leanne Marshall deserves a best dressed nod. This black strapless gown, with a sweetheart neckline and lace bodice, is divine. Frances made the right call here and was definitely a stand-out on the red carpet. She was also rockin’ some gorgeous diamond jewelry from Forevermark!

BEST DRESSED DUOS

I had to be a little nit-picky with making my best dressed list or it would really run on. So a few gorgeous ladies didn’t make the cut, but I couldn’t ignore how great they looked when standing next to their handsome and well-dressed men. So here are a few best dressed duos that really caught my attention. And together, their looks were amazing!

Jennifer Aniston & Justin Thoreaux

Justin Theroux, Jennifer AnistonJen is no stranger to wearing black on the red carpet, but you can never deny how gorgeous she looks. And without a doubt, next to her man, they make for a dynamic duo for sure! Jen is wearing a black YSL fitted dress, with a beaded bodice, and accessorizing with Neil Lane jewelry.

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You can read more about Jen’s chic hair below, but her natural beauty look deserves some recognition as well. Aniston’s cheeks glowed with a combination of Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Destiny, then Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation on apples of cheeks, finished with a dusting of bronzer Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in N°70. Her nude lips were courtesy of Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Mordoré-Nude and two coats of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Deauville.

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Jennifer is also rockin’ a very chic, classic updo in a very ladylike bun. “I kind of snuck it on her,” says Aniston’s hairstylist Chris McMillan. A few days ago, he showed her a picture of Kate Moss from Mario Testino’s book. “She was like, ‘Maybe…’ And if we do it up, we normally do a ponytail,” says McMillan. “So we were like let’s do makeup first and we’ll do a ponytail. She liked the shape of the ponytail, so while she was in the chair I wrapped the ponytail into a bun.” Aniston asked McMillan if it was weird that she liked it up. “I haven’t washed my hair in two days, but I love the texture,” McMillan says she said. “It was a 15 minute hairdo! We used Texture Spray by Living Proof and she was most happy when she realized, ‘I don’t have to deal with my hair all night!’”

CHANNING & JENNA DEWAN TATUM

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This is another gorgeous pair, Channing as handsome as ever in a traditional black tuxe by Dolce & Gabbana. Jenna is shining bright in this strapless draped sunshine yellow Carolina Herrera dress. She is accessorizing with a burgundy Jimmy Choo clutch and diamond Lorraine Schwartz jewelry ($5 million worth)!!

main.original.0x971cJenna styled her hair in some very elegant waves. Her hairstylist, Bridget Bager for Matrix, wanted to create texture and movement. “The gown is so beautiful and grand, so we decided to soften her hair to offset the seriousness of the dress,” Bager says. The key is use a medium barrel curling iron, wrapping each section loosely and letting the ends drop.

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend 

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Such a perfect pair, John in a classic black tuxe, and Chrissy in a long-sleeved, lacy embellished, blush pink Zuhair Murad sheath gown from the S/S 15 collection. Chrissy is accessorizing with a metallic Tyler Alexandra clutch, a Harry Kotlar radiant cut diamond ring and cushion cut pink and white diamond earrings (all in all, $1 million). as well as a diamond Suzanne Kalan ring.

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Chrissy’s hairstylist Giannandrea used Macadamia Professional’s Whipped Detailing Cream to create a beachy texture throughout her strands. All in all, creating this super chic high ponytail.

DIANE KRUGER & JOSHUA JACKSON

NBC's "72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Red Carpet ArrivalsDiane & Joshua look amazing together, a match-made in heaven! Joshua is donning a classic black tuxe with bowtie, head to toe Berluti, while Diane is shining in a light metallic Emilia Wickstead fitted lurex gown with side train. She completed her look with an Emm Kuo clutch, and Kwiat & Marina B jewelry.

MATT BOMER

Matt is the epitome of looking like a true, handsome gentleman. He is statement-making for menswear in this navy blue Ralph Lauren Black Label tuxedo, complete with a black bow tie!

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MICHAEL KEATON

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Not sure of his suit designer, but regardless, Michael is looking suave in his traditional black tuxe. He is wearing velvet Christian Louboutin smoking slippers though!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebs Buying Their Own Red Carpet Gowns — A Scandal??

NO!! I THINK NOT!

So we are in the midst of red carpet season — The Grammy’s, Golden Globes, SAG Awards & with the Oscar’s still to come. Outside of best & worst dressed lists there was one other topic that made some headlines recently — Hayden Panettiere buying her own dress for the Golden Globes. To me this sounds like “Wow, who cares, big deal!” I was surprised it was even discussed and thankfully that all seems to have subsided, I imagine because the whole issue was kind of pointless. But since it was discussed, I now have time to add in my 2 cents so here goes!

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsSo Hayden is a huge fan of designer Tom Ford. The deal with red carpets usually goes that a designer lends their gowns/dresses to a celeb to wear via their stylist; this even goes to the jewelry, the heels, and the clutch. Generally you will only see 1 designer look per red carpet. Although lately, I’ve seen a few doubles — Lena Dunham & Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen at the Golden Globes; Virginie Ledoyen & Chiara Ferragni in Alberta Ferretti at the Venice Film Festival; Selena Gomez & Shannon Bex (of Danity Kane) in Versace at the 2013 VMAs. And heck, when you get to the accessories you see Jimmy Choo heels, Lorraine Schwartz  or Harry Winston jewelry, and Edie Parker clutches all over the place! But so if Hayden wants to wear a Tom Ford dress and she has yet to have the opportunity to borrow one, it makes no logical sense why this is a bad thing.

index                                                                                 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsFirst off, Hayden didn’t do this intentionally or at least with any malice in mind. She loves a designer and wants to wear a piece from the designer. So she did what any other person in the world that could and would do — she bought a dress & wore it! She attempted the borrow method and it was not an option so she risked loss of status and having to wear a dress from last season just to show her support. And you can’t forget, she paid the big bucks, $10K to be exact!

Secondly, Mr. Ford didn’t seem all to bothered since he sent Panettiere flowers to thank her for the support, which she tweeted about. Even though, a point was made when Tom Ford’s reps said they didn’t “officially” dress the Nashville star. And Ford is known for wanting that fashion moment by usually only dressing 1 female per red carpet.

Bd84zozCMAADW0WBut how bad could it be to double up on that fashion moment? Naomi Watts was the lucky lottery winner for the Tom Ford look on the night of the Golden Globes and she certainly stunned. But it’s not like Hayden didn’t receive great comments as well. So now, Ford is getting even more recognition, and for what?? — exactly what he should want, his stunning designs and creations.

naomi-watts-2-290And yes, a designer is certainly about the creative process, but making money certainly fits into that equation too! For this situation, several parties are making money on it — the store and the designer. I think this older comment I found from “The Fashion Spot” is quite literally spot on! These dresses range from $5000 and even up to $30,000. Most gowns are on loan and so it leaves me to wonder who is buying these lavish gowns? I’m sure people are, but you have to think that number is very limited — someone with money and a place to wear it. Hayden’s dress was from last season and clearly still available so it’s not a bad thing for it to be purchased now. The longer it stays on the rack, the more money that is lost, DUH!

Kate Hudson recently discussed the issue of loaning gowns and about why she doesn’t purchase the ones she wears, simply put, it’s too expensive! Of course this was in no relation to this recent fashion “faux pas.” This again goes to show that the celebs & the Hollywood crowd are not buying these lavish gowns. So if a celeb wants to splurge once a year on a gown then perhaps the fashion world should encourage this rather than disc, shame, and pick fun at! Maybe that is why celebs haven’t done this too often before. But consider this, if it’s a big honor for a designer to loan you a dress, isn’t it just as big an honor for a person to spend $1000s on that designer’s dress?

o-KATE-HUDSON-570Also, it might be this big anointing feeling when a major designer wants you to wear their look, but you have to remember one thing, the celeb is very seldom given that dress. Yes, J.Law looks great in Dior, but she is not keeping all those dresses and that is the same for other designer/celeb partnerships — Taylor Schilling w/ Thakoon or Kristen Stewart with Balenciaga. I think if people weren’t worried about this backlash they might splurge once in awhile. Again, this boosts the economy and specifically to the fashion sector, no harm, no foul.

The major contention seems to be coming from fashion journalist Jim Shi and a tweet of his — “Hayden Panettiere BOUGHT her Tom Ford dress at RETAIL. Tsk tsk”, which is apparently the equivalent of “sorry, this seat is taken!” Although, I’ve yet to find another site or critic who was quite so harsh. It’s nice to see that most fashion critics and journalists get the logic here.

And is this all really unheard of? I didn’t go back to discover past celebs who’ve purchased items for the red carpet, but apparently Edie Falco also bought her Lanvin gown, which she too wore at the Golden Globes. Emma Roberts was also in Lanvin on the same night, but Edie’s purchase wasn’t discussed in any of the various articles on this fashion rule that was supposedly broken by Hayden, kind of odd??

Edie-Falco-GOlden-GLobes-20141I say go Hayden, go Edie, and go whomever else wants to treat themselves every once in awhile and wear what they want. If you don’t make that designer’s short list, to heck with it! No one should be made to feel that they are not worthy enough to wear a gown. If they are willing to go the distance in buying a gown, support that, don’t hate!

In the meantime, I can’t wait for fashion week and more red carpets!!