2017 End of Year Best Dressed Round-Up

Many red carpets and events right at the end of the year, CMAs, Baby2Baby gala, Patron of the Artists Awards, MTV EMAs, SAG-AFTRA Foundation event, BAMBI Awards, and more. Here are my faves from those various events!

KELLIE PICKLER

MIRANDA LAMBERT

MANDY MOORE

VICTORIA SWAROVSKI

RITA ORA

ALY RAISMAN

CAMILA CABELLO

JULIE BOWEN

KATHARINE MCPHEE

KARLIE KLOSS

DANIELLE BRADBERY

REBA MCENTIRE

MADDIE & TAE

MICHAEL RAY

HUNTER HAYES

2017 — Best Dressed Round-Up!

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

GEORGINA PAZCOGUIN

MADISON HEADRICK

JULIANNE HOUGH

VANESSA MARANO

LAURA MARANO

BRITTANY SNOW

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

REBECCA HALL

JANE FONDA

AMANDA SEYFRIED

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

WINNIE HARLOW

HAILEY BALDWIN

JENNA DEWAN-TATUM

CARDI B

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

MANDY MOORE

PR Goes Avant Garde

Avant Garde challenges are usually the most exciting on Project Runway, but this episode was EXTRA in that regard as the drama on the twins continued to unfold. End result, both twins are now gone. Claire was found to have a measuring tape in her room, where she measured garments, which is explicitly against the rules. I get the sense of drama around how this all happened, but as a huge PR fan, I was disappointed in seeing the unfolding. This information should have come to light sooner. For some of the designers to know, yet none of the producers, odd? And if this happened in a first instance 2 weeks before, why wait until now??

Ultimately, I am glad it is over with. And to the point Margarita was leading the bandwagon on, discussing designer copycat issues, this was quite annoying. Every designer in PR history, I can pinpoint other designer references. This is not unheard of, and it is very common in fashion. And you do not get to lay claim to techniques or basic garments in fashion! As someone who went to law school, and did a lot of studies within the fashion/IP realm, this is one of the main reasons it is hard for designers to have protection. But there is a huge difference between references/inspirations, and straight up replicas or copycat looks!

On now to some actual design, with this week’s challenge details. The designers met Tim on the runway, where lots of kids were playing! The designers thought this would be designing childrenswear, but alas, no! The kids were playing with Shopkins Shoppies characters. Joining Tim on the runway was Kotomi Nanjo, the US Marketing Director for Shopkins. Shopkins are stylized dolls, who are fun, colorful, and cute, but always with a little quirk. Each child had a different doll, each with it’s own story. The designers would each be assigned to a character, and in learning from the child about the doll, it would serve as the inspiration for an avant garde look.

The winning look would be re-created for a Shoppie character, and the winning designer would receive $5000. As the designers were meeting with the children, it was so cute to see that some of the kids had drew up some thoughts for a new look! This would be a 1-day challenge, with a $300 Mood budget. This week’s guest judge was model/actress Kate Upton.

The judges noted only 2 bottom looks this week, 4 top looks and the rest being safe. This was pretty much a clear distinction. The 2 bottom looks were just not up to par here. Kenya (Jessie Cake) & Kentaro were both safe, but I think Kentaro, with the Rainbow Cake doll, did a way better job than Brandon, for Cocolette. I am not sure how he landed in the top, yet again! I think the judges should have focused on 3 top looks versus 4. I can’t imagine that in this case, Brandon would have made the cut!

The winning look was from Michael, but I really wish it had been Ayana or Margarita. I think given the sponsor of the week, Shopkins, Ayana’s look just really fit the bill more, creating for Bubbleisha. It was fun, so imaginative, loved the dub of “surrealist bo-beep.” And just to point out something here I referenced earlier, talking about seeing references in a designer’s look from other designers, with Ayana’s look. I am not taking away from her design talent at all. But in her look, I saw a bit of Betsey Johnson, or that of Moschino. Did she copy, no! But the references are there! But again, love love love this look!

This is not to say that Margarita or Michael did not do well, because they did. I just saw more Shopkins vibes in Ayana’s look. But in terms of being avant garde, both Margarita & Michael did splendidly. Margarita, for Pineapple Lily, this look was just so pretty. The different textures, amazing. And such a beauty with the sculptured flow that the bottom portion of this garment gave off.

Michael, creating for Popette, he too did a stand-out job with sculpture. This was different and very sci-fi. I didn’t love the bell-bottoms, but I guess given this doll was about disco, the trend fit.

Sadly, compared to the rest of the looks, Batani & Amy did not measure up. Batani would have gone home the week before had Claire not been eliminated, and that would have made 0 sense to me. But 2 not so great looks, 2 weeks in a row, unfortunately, Batani was eliminated with her look for Sara Sushi. This look really did feel as if random bits of fabric were thrown together.

The surprising part of the night was the double elimination. I think it would have been hard to choose between these 2 looks, on which deserved to go home over the other. But it was clear, both did not compare at all to the other stellar avant garde looks of the night. Amy designed for Sara Sushi, and this was just so safe. Amy has had some highs, at least in my book, earlier on in the season. But when she hasn’t done top notch work, I have always found her work to be super safe. You will not win PR if you don’t push yourself!

Until next week….

Best Dressed — 2017 Emmy’s

My top looks for the 2017 Emmy Awards red carpet!!

JAIMIE ALEXANDER

JULIANNE HOUGH

VANESSA KIRBY

MANDY MOORE

RUBY MODINE

NASTIA LIUKIN

JENNIFER NETTLES

MADELINE BREWER

FELICITY HUFFMAN

GINA RODRIGUEZ

THANDIE NEWTON

SOFIA VERGARA

AMANDA CREW

ANNA FARIS

GUGU MBATHA-RAW

ZOE KRAVITZ

ANNA CHLUMSKY

ALEXIS BLEDEL

LEA MICHELE

LAURA DERN

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN

MICHELLE PFEIFFER

EMMY ROSSUM

TESSA THOMPSON

SAMIRA WILEY & LAUREN MORELLI

HILARIA & ALEC BALDWIN

JUSTIN HARTLEY

CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

JESSIE TYLER FERGUSON

JEREMY MAGUIRE

 

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

 

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

 

Tony’s & CMT Awards

Double the pleasure, double the fun, as is the case with my recent best dressed list, featuring my fave looks from both the 2017 Tony Awards and the 2017 CMT Awards. Enjoy!!

Carrie Underwood

Sara Bareilles

Liu Wen & Zac Posen

Clare Bowen

Sally Field

Wearing an elegant Christian Siriano

Denee Benton

Rachel Bay Jones

Tina Fey

Tina Fey in Sally LaPointe

Carly Pearce

Cynthia Erivo

Cristina Ottaviano

Cristina Ottaviano

Taye Diggs & Amanza Smith Brown

Amanza is wearing a stunning floral lace Jovani gown

Cobie Smulders

Amy Brown

Glenn Close

Bee Shaffer & Anna Wintour

Lady Antebellum

Ben Platt

Hunter Hayes

ASOS blazer & shirt

Jacob Davis

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

 

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