2019 & 2020 were whirlwinds of years for me personally. But I still took note of fashion moments I loved on various red carpets throughout 2019. It might take a few posts, but I am now set to share some of my faves, and then get onto 2020 looks and into 2021!
Well not literal help from family members, but help from family histories. The episode actually began with a little Victoria segment. Hearing her faux guilt on making the top so much, it was quite laughable! Because in actuality, the judges are overly obsessed with her, and that’s about it. She is a good designer, but she is not the best in this bunch, and even her montage of looks shown prove that her work is very derivative, not overly innovative.
My shade aside, back to the challenge. The designers were tasked to think of their family histories and channel those stories, that background, into any look of their choosing. With such an unlimited amount of options here, Delvin was seemingly nervous. I get this show sets boundaries, but in the real world of fashion, designers always have that freedom, so I was a little surprised Delvin was struggling. Another point of nervousness for some designers was that this would be a 1-day challenge. Sha’Vi was clearly not excited as the last 1-day challenge was hard for him.
The designers were give tablets to research their backgrounds and sketch. All of the designers received calls from their family and it was a touching moment to see. It was then time to head to Mood with a $300 budget. I think Christian was feeling a little underappreciated on this shopping trip. Chelsey was not asking for any advice, and Victoria was ignoring Christian’s thought on her color choice. After shopping, the designers were back to work. Dayoung was feeling feverish so decided to put a scarf over her face and warned the other designers to steer clear.
Next up were Siriano Sessions. He urged Dayoung to not be as shy with her designs. Sergio at first didn’t want to show Christian what he was working on. But he later decided to show his political statement piece to Christian. I applaud Sergio for making a statement with his work. The rest of the day included model fittings. Delvin wasn’t ready for his, going from Mr. Finish Early to Mr. No Clue What is Going On. Christian was still not overly enthusiastic with Victoria’s work, especially the ice blue color choice. Before he left though, he did announce to the designers that this would be a flash sale challenge. Dayoung was still not feeling well. Shavi had so much to do, but decided to tackle it all in the morning.
The morning of the runway was filled with last minute rush drama. Sergio had a couple of the models helping him with his work. Brittany was upset by this, but the situation here was hardly a first occurrence on this show. Most of the designers were working up until the last minute! This week’s guest judge was fashion designer Fernando Garcia, who has worked with both Monse & Oscar de la Renta.
This was a pretty decent runway. Most of the designers were strong, and the ones who weren’t, they were correctly in the bottom. As a huge Nancy fan, I will give her a shoutout — I loved the jacket she created. It was super cool, very chic. I continue to be impressed with her work.
I did not care for Marquise’s work the past couple of weeks, but this was a big step back in the right direction for him. I would have much preferred seeing him, Nancy, or even Brittany in the top 3 over Victoria. Brittany probably not as much. Her look was okay, not her best, but it was good. I thought she was kind of pouting about not being in the top, but I did at least understand her frustration over Victoria being undeservedly in the top again.
The top 3 were Chelsey, Dayoung and Victoria. Thankfully Victoria didn’t win! I really don’t understand how this look ice blue eye-sore was in the top. The judges were split, and this was probably one of her worst looks. I just don’t get certain judges infatuation with her. The judges’ commentary regarding her actually is making me question their taste level. And the fact that her look had nothing to do with the challenge, she should not be rewarded for not following the rules!
Dayoung would have been my winner. I thought her look was gorgeous. Such a great color palette, clear story of heritage. But it wasn’t a costume. I felt it was a modern interpretation of that type of cultured look. Elaine asking about the color palette choice, and how that tied to her heritage, I was laughing that this needed any clarification. These judges certainly had me scratching my head at times during this episode.
Chelsey’s look was very cool, but to me it was just a letterman jacket. I didn’t mind her being in the top, but not on board with the win. I just didn’t find it overly innovative, or really set apart from other similar looks I have seen in this style of work. So when Karlie said it was fresh, needless to say I was scratching my head again!
The bottom 3 was abundantly obvious, Sergio, Sha’Vi , and Delvin, with the bottom 2 being Sha’Vi and Delvin. Sergio had such a strong story behind his look. I would have been really surprised if they had sent him home. Story aside, the look still needs to be great fashion, and this look was not that. The names were hard to read, the entire bottom portion was messy. At least Sergio finally seemed to be accepting of criticism.
Sha’Vi & Delvin both have done good work this season, but I do feel Delvin has stronger potential and was glad he stayed. Delvin got lost entirely in this challenge. This was probably his only shot at that level of mistakes, so hopefully he gets it together and bounces back.
Sha’Vi ‘s look was just not that great. And I do feel badly he messed up this poorly and had to go home. You could tell he felt bad and was truly upset for letting the ball drop on this one. I wondered if Christian was contemplating using his save, but ultimately, it might have just been too early to use it, not knowing what the many weeks to come would have in store.
With so many red carpets going on, it’s hard to devote one feature to each event. So that means sometimes I must combine, but I still pay the most attention and highest regard to my most fave looks! From the 2016 CFDA Awards, the 2016 CMT Awards, and the 2016 Tony Awards, here are my top looks!
I am all about some florals for this best dressed list, especially Vanessa in this vibrant printed floral Naeem Khan gown. Paired with her look, a glittery gold Rodo clutch and Norman Silverman jewelry.
Jennifer looked stunning in this stark white, lace Zac Posen fitted gown with feathers adorned on the hem. Her Glam squad details are as follows — Vanessa Heshima for both hair & makeup and Danielle Levy for styling.
Not sure who Patricia is wearing, but with another bold floral look, I couldn’t resist in adding her to my list. I love the contrast of this shortened black dress with the lively, crimson red rose print.
Elisabeth too donned some florals, her choice, a fitted white Oscar de la Renta gown with multi-colored flowers embellishing the bodice.
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: Elisabeth Moss attends the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Kristin was shimmery and shiny all over in this metallic silver Zac Posen gown, fitted to a tee and with a slight train. Deb Watson was her stylist for this look.
More flower action from Leanne with this dark grey, mixed media, Randi Rahm dress. I am usually not a fan of florals and polka dots mixed, but here, it works! She paired with her look. Oscar Heyman earrings. And for her overall look details, we have Dessange for the gorgeous updo and makeup from L’Oreal Paris.
The UnREAL actress floated down the carpet in a floral crop top and a matching full skirt by Leanne Marshall. It must be the summer in the air, but I am really just loving all of the bright, colorful floral looks!
Jaimie went ultra-understated, but also ultra-chic with this ombre slate Halston Heritage strapless dress. Her accessories were all perfection, a Pasquale Bruni diamond bracelet, a metallic Halston clutch, Doves ring, and black Kurt Geiger heels.
And to complete my list, a final vibrant look from Cat, a tangerine Azzaro Couture, chiffon halter dress, embellished with feathery, navy embroidery.
Fashion and the Cannes Film Festival red carpets certainly go hand in hand. These gorgeous gowns are right up there with the likes of other major red carpets we see throughout a given year — Oscars, Grammys, Met Ball, etc. So here are my top picks from the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. ENJOY!!
There are almost no words to express how stunning Eva looks in this gray lace sheer-paneled Gabriela Cadena gown, which features a plunging neckline and mini train. It’s perfection! She accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and her gorgeous make-up look was courteous of L’Oreal Paris. Eva was attending the Inside Out premiere.
Diane, while attending the premiere of The Sea of Trees, donned a pale blue Prada gown, embellished with crystal appliqués and featuring a long silk scarf that trailed dramatically from her halter neck bodice.She looked magical! Paired with her look are beautiful Harry Winston jewels. And her pulled back wavy hair look was courtesy of Perrine Rougemont.
Emma was seriously on point with 2 of her Cannes looks. First, she attended the red carpet premiere of Irrational Man, wearing a sleeveless slate Dior Couture gown, covered in lace which included an elaborate train and open back. And to complete her look with some lovely jewelry, she wore a Repossi necklace and rings, and Jennifer Meyer stud earrings.
Shimmery and glittery all over, and I love it! Melanie looks exquisite in this completely beaded, cap sleeve Zuhair Murad gown with flowing train at the Inside Out premiere.
While attending the premiere of Carol, Rooney wore a cream colored, ruffled Rochas gown with a halter neck and key-hole slit. What a classic and ladylike look, great choice for Rooney.
I love that Salma added a bold splash of color to the red carpet with this radiant orchid Gucci gown. It had such a great fit and you can’t miss this stunning, plunging neckline. She was too attending the red carpet premiere of Carol.
Michelle was another gorgeous gal for me with 2 amazing looks. While attending the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere, the actress sparkled in a flesh-toned Zuhair Murad gown, embellished with intricate designs and lace. She completed her look with deGrisogono jewelry.
For the Irrational Man premiere, Michelle stunned in a short-sleeved black Elie Saab gown, featuring dainty (and sexy!) lace cut-outs. Here, she went with diamond jewelry by Avakian.
While attending the Sicario premiere, Irina sizzled in Versace, specifically this high-slit, gold embellished gown.
For the opening ceremony of Cannes, La Tête Haute, Naomi went with a powder-blue, cap-sleeved Elie Saab gown from the spring 2015 collection, featuring an embroidered sequin and pearl bodice with a plunging neckline, against a long feathered skirt. Her well coordinated accessories were all from Bulgari, diamond jewelry & a black and white clutch.
At a later event, the Sea of Trees party hosted by Grey Goose, Naomi chose a intriguing tiered Armani Prive look, again wearing Bulgari jewelry.
Andie looked radiant at the Sea of Trees premiere in this white,all over lacy Ralph & Russo gown, complete with a slight train. Her stylist was Michael Angel, with makeup by Stephan Lancien for L’Oreal.
Petra looked red hot while attending the Chopard Gold party, wearing this fiery red Elie Saab gown, with lace cutouts, and of course, Chopard jewelry.
Emily was feeling a disco-ball-esque look with this custom silk Stella McCartney gown, and I’m all for it. Paired with her look were statement making, emerald Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie earrings and jewelry. She was attending the Sicario premiere.
And to cap off my list, one more Emily Blunt look, this time simplistically minimalistic in a nude Calvin Klein Collection dress and Sutra jewelry. Here, she was attending the IFP/Euphoria Calvin Klein/Women in Film party.
The fashion community and industry has certainly been in mourning this past week with the passing of acclaimed and renown fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. It’s such a shame that a lasting and long-lived career, surpassing the 50-year mark, has now sadly come to an end. The list of his many fashion achievements could go on and on. And his work will not soon be forgotten.
He has dressed numerous 1st ladies, Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, to name a few. He was highly sought after by A-list celebs for various red carpet events, including Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift. High profile brides wanted their special day to include a de la Renta gown, such as Amal Clooney, Huma Abedin & Kate Bosworth. His work is certainly deserving of tribute and the highest accolade.
He did it all, from stunning and breathtaking dresses/gowns, of a more formal or eveningwear capacity, to that of daywear/RTW. Even his more day-type looks were of the highest luxurious quality. Oscar de la Renta built his legacy on a commitment to a value system constructed and maintained over time. He believed in hard work and the importance of appearance. He believed in beauty, not for beauty’s sake, but because he understood confidence could arise from merely wearing a garment.
In paying homage to this phenomenally talented designer, here are some of my most fave looks from de la Renta, past to present, many images above & below!
EMMA WATSON — 2011 Premiere for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
SARAH JESSICA PARKER — 2014 Met Gala aka Met Ball
AMY ADAMS — 2013 Oscars
CARRIE UNDERWOOD — 2012 Billboard Music Awards
MICHELLE DOCKERY — 2014 Golden Globes
NICOLE KIDMAN — 2013 Omega Event in Vienna
AMY ADAMS — 2013 Academy Awards Vanity Fair Afterparty
ISLA FISHER — 2014 SAG Awards
CAMERON DIAZ — 2010 Oscars
TINA FEY — 2011 SAG Awards
LEA MICHELE — 2010 Emmys
EMMA WATSON — 2014 Noah Premiere — NYC
JESSICA ALBA — 2013 Golden Globes
PENELOPE CRUZ — 2011 Met Gala
MICHELLE WILLIAMS — 2011 — Screening for My Week with Marilyn