Monday, February 28, 2011

Academy Awards Red Carpet

I love award season. Alright. Top 15 best dressed first followed by 10 worst dressed.

1. Anne Hathaway in Valentino (left) and  Givenchy Haute Couture (right) - That night was HER night. In all fairness, girlfriend got to wear 9 different outfits but managed to look fabulous in all of them. She started the night on the red carpet in a gorgeous Valentino dress in classic Valentino red. I think this was probably her best look of the night. She then slipped into the dreamy Givenchy number which she looked like an ethereal goddess in.

Then we saw Miss Hathaway in a custom suit by Lanvin (left) with Swarovski encrusted pumps. Next dress change was into a Vivienne Westwood (middle) multi-tiered gown. She then vamped it up in an Oscar de la Renta fringed number.

My second favorite look was the deep red Atelier Versace gown (left). Jewel tones are definitely hot this season and she looked smoking hot in the garnet hued dress. Next was an electric blue Giorgio Armani dress (middle) that she looked quite regal in. She ended the show in a bedazzled Tom Ford dress (right) which was probably my least favorite look just because she was completely covered from head to toe, which is a bit matronly for her age. All in all, she was easily the best dressed diva of the evening.

2. Camila Alves in Kaufman Franco (left) and Dolce and Gabbana (right) -  Mrs. McConaughey was an absolute knock-out in the Dolce and Gabanna lace number that she wore to the Vanity Fair after show party. I know most people think lace is played out, but I think it's a classic sexy look that is timeless.

3. Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier - Little Miss Mandy Moore has grown up right in front of our eyes into a fashion-forward young woman. The singer/actress wore two different stunning Monique Lhuillier gowns. Although I prefer the blue dress she wore during her performance, she looked lovely on the red carpet as well. But that blue dress was what put her in the top 3. Absolutely gorgeous.

4. Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein - Well, that's one way to make a name for yourself. This blonde bombshell is a new-comer to Hollywood but she made sure we wouldn't soon forget her. She looked smoking in this dress.

5. Cate Blanchett in Givenchy - I love that Cate takes risks. She's always on my best dressed list because she knows how to be both daring and chic at the same time. I especially loved the yellow bead detailing on the back of her gown. She rarely ever gets it wrong.

6. Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang - I love Sandy. Who doesn't? She's so lovable. And looked absolutely radiant in the ruby red gown.

7. Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa - Another new-comer to Hollywood, the True Grit break-out star looked very age-appropriate and lovely in this Marchesa gown.

8. Halle Berry in Marchesa - This woman is eternally flawless. Love. Love. Love.

9. Scarlett Johannson in Dolce and Gabbana - Scarlett took a risk by wearing a floor-length purple lace gown but she most certainly pulled it off. She looks sexy without looking trashy which is quite an accomplishment with all that lace.

10 - Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott - I loved this dress when I saw it on the runway at NYFW and I LOVE it on Amy. The color looks fabulous on her and the styling with the hair and jewelry perfectly complimented the dress.

11. Hilary Swank in Gucci - I love this look. There was just the right amount of detail with the feathers and sequins without it being overwhelming.

12. Penelope Cruz in L'Wren Scott - This is her first red carpet appearance since delivering her baby a month ago and she looks absolutely stunning. She definitely has the new-mommy glow. Her and Javier are my absolute favorite couple in Hollywood. They are darling.

13. Mila Kunis in Elie Saab - Ever since she's been hitting all of the red carpets to promote Black Swan, Ms. Kunis has been on my radar for one of the best-dressed young stars in Hollywood. This lavender gown is no exception.

14. Georgina Chapman in Marchesa - I couldn't find anywhere to confirm that she's wearing one of her own designs but this dress screams "Marchesa" so I'm going to assume she is. Love this dress. Love Marchesa. I'm obsessed.

15. Natalie Portman in Rodarte - I love this jewel-toned dress on Natalie and it is probably her best pregnancy look  yet.

Time for the Worst Dressed......

1. Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer - Melissa was just a complete hot mess that night. First of all, is she wearing a floor-length doily to the most important red carpet event of her life? Really? Fire your stylist. Now. He/She basically ruined your name in the fashion world.

2. Marisa Tomei in Charles James Couture - Marisa is eternally on my worst dressed list. She is a lovely girl with a terrible sense of style. This dress is hideous to begin with but also doesn't fit her at all.

3. Busy Phillips in Douglas Hannant - Busy was on some best dressed lists for this dress but I personally think it's a disaster. There is way too much going on here. It's too "Busy". See what I did there? Puns are great. No, but really. This is not a good look.

4. Helena Bonham Carter in Colleen Atwood - HBC is basically a permanent member of my worst-dressed list. But that doesn't change the fact that I worship her. She's probably my favorite actress of all time. So even though she dresses like a crazy person I still love and respect her for doing her own thing.

5. Sharon Stone in Dior - Is it just me or does she look like Cruella Deville?

6. Helen Mirren in Vivienne Westwood - My problem with this dress is the color. Not the most flattering. With all that fabric a jewel-tone would've been ideal. Although, I have to say, she looks stunning for 65.

7. Aishwarya Rai in Armani - Again my problem with the dress is the color. Brown? Really? Gross.

8. Florence Welch in Valentino (left) and Roksanda Ilinic (right) - It pains me to put her on my worst dressed list since she was on 2 of my previous best dressed lists. The layering and lace was just too much on the Valentino dress and the color was also off. The Roksanda Ilinic copper dress was an improvement but still didn't make up for her unfortunate red carpet choice.

9. Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior Couture - She is always hit or miss with me. She is a statuesque beauty that looks amazing in clothes but she doesn't always make the best choices. This dress has too much going on here. Simple is better. I would've preferred either the interesting layering or the beading but not both.

10. Michele Williams in Chanel - Although this is a vast improvement from her Golden Globes look, she still missed the mark with this ill-fitting gown. I actually like the dress but not on her. It washes her out. I don't know what to do with you, Michelle. Hire a new stylist? Or at least just pick a dress that's not beige or white next time? K? Thanks.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

London Fashion Week: Disappointing as Usual

I painfully sat through all of  the shows at London Fashion Week because I had hope. Hope that the next collection wouldn't be as atrocious as the last. There is no way the next one could be worse, right? Wrong. It was all terrible. Just terrible. Maybe I just don't understand the London look. Maybe it's genius and I'm just incapable of grasping the artistic message. Well, after sitting through all the shows, I was able to gather 10 shows that I enjoyed. Just 10. The rest were either uninteresting or grotesque. I will review the 10 shows I liked and show you, my beloved readers, the worse show I've seen in a long, long time. Ready? Ok. Let's do this.

Burberry Prorsum - This is Fall/Winter perfection. Bright and bold overcoats. Textured sweaters. Platform booties. Burberry consistently delivers practical and chic clothes.

 Clements Ribeiro - There was a wonderful mix of patterns and printed tights with solid black pieces. Something for everyone.

David Koma - So half of this collection was brilliant. I enjoyed the modern take on polka dots in the black and white outfits but the rest of the collection with the colored polka dots and random placement of bright fur accents was a disaster.

House of Holland - I loved the crocheted dresses and scarves mixed with the bold colors. The 70s theme was fun and the colored striped socks were an adorable finishing touch.

Julien Macdonald - Goth chic heaven. Love it ALL. Especially dig how he ended the show with colorful and feminine dresses to contrast to the heavy black pieces in the earlier part of the show. Well done.

Mark Fast - This is a hot goth mess. Take notes from Julien, Mark because this is not acceptable. No girl wants to wear leather overalls. I guarantee it.

Paul Smith - How cute are these menswear-inspired outfits? Adorable.

Sass and Bide - A lovely arrangement of colors, prints and textures.

Temperley London - Yes. Yes. Yes. Miss Alice Temperley makes me not hate London for the 20 minutes it took me to watch her show. The hooded sweater dress and boots combo was my favorite look. So funky and sophisticated at the same time.

Todd Lynn - I loved that the furs covered the girls' mouth. Very Neighbor Wilson. Let's call it Neighbor Wilson chic.

Central Saint Martins - Let me start off by saying, that this show had over 200 looks. You read that right. 200. While most collections have anywhere from 30-50, this show seemed to drag on for an eternity. Central Saint Martins is the most famous fashion school in London. Kind of like the Parsons of the UK. The graduates from the program showcase their work each season and for the Fall/Winter 2011 show, they displayed over 200 hideous, poorly constructed, disasters. These clothes are not wearable. It looks like they took sheets and scraps from other projects and glued them all together just for the hell of it. Ugh. They all get Fs if you ask me. But I guess I'm not a teacher at Central Saint Martins.

Friday, February 18, 2011

NYFW Highlights

The Fall/Winter 2011 shows at New York Fashion Week wrapped yesterday and I have to say, I am extremely pleased with what the designers sent down the runway. All of the designers stepped up their game and it was refreshing to watch all of the shows and not particularly hate anything. There were several trends that were prominent including lots of furs, bright jewel tones and plenty of leather and lace. Unfortunately, the mullet dress still hasn't died and a few collections managed to squeeze in the fabric-wasting garments in their shows. Oh well. I'm sure it will go away eventually. *fingers crossed* Since there were so many brilliant collections, I'm going to start with my top 10 favorite collections this season and then comment on 20 other stand-out collections that deserve recognition.

1. Marchesa - Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are the two most talented female designers of our generation.  Period. Chapman said she was inspired by Miss Havisham from Great Expectations for this collection. She made the statement that "decaying opulence" is so Marchesa. I'd have to agree. Loved literally every piece in this collection. Bravo, ladies.

2. Monique Lhuillier - Monique is another insanely talented woman who can make one hell of a dress. The collection started off with mostly all black lacy dresses and ended with strong bursts of deep reds. Her dresses are consistently exquisite, delicate and feminine. I don't think I've ever seen any of her collections without wanting to own every single gown. 

3. Jason Wu - Can  you believe that he has only been in the fashion game for 3 years? Wu has such a distinct vision and I believe that he is sincerely gifted. He is so young and so fresh yet finds a way to make elegant garments that are fit for the First Lady or the girl next door.

4. Prabal Gurung - This collection to me had a little bit of everything. There were edgy pieces you could mix and match. There were cocktail dresses, sophisticated separates and lovely gowns. The juxtaposition of the soft, feminine dresses with the edgier bandage tights was quite interesting. I MUST own a pair of those tights.

5. L'wren Scott - She said she was inspired by the Gauguin painting Tropical Conversation and although I don't really see how that painting translated to this collection, I don't really care because it was a fabulous show. Her use of the striking patterns and colors made her garments stand out. After viewing dozens of collections, I certainly remembered hers at the end of the day. 

6. Marc Jacobs - You know why this main is a genius? Because he starts his collection with polka dots, adds a few lacy numbers, and then jumps to an entirely new print. And just when you think there is no way he can tie this all together, he ends with an outfit that included a polka dot top and a printed skirt. And it worked. Genius. 

7. Naeem Khan - Ostrich feathers, sequins, and intricate beading. The devil is in the details.

8. Michael Kors- The classic American designer celebrates his 30th anniversary in the fashion industry with this collection. And what a celebration! This is easily one of his best collections in the past few years. From the fur coats to the perfectly polished separates and dresses, this collection reminded me why he is a legend in American fashion.

9. Alice + Olivia - What I love about this designer is how youthful and fresh she keeps all of her collections. This is one line that I can see myself wearing now as a 20 something gal.

10. Anna Sui - Another youthful and funky collection from Ms. Sui. Honestly, those cat hats are what did it for me. Adorable.

The rest of the collections I enjoyed will be reviewed in alphabetical order.

Alexander Wang - This Parsons educated designer launched his first collection in 2007 when he was only 23 years old. Since then, his line has been one of the most, for a lack of a better word, coolest in the industry. I'm not even going to apologize for using that word. Alexander Wang's clothes are cool. They're a little rough around the edges, interesting and hip. And they're cool.

Badgley Mischka - This is where we first start seeing one of the most prominent themes this season: jewel tones. The brilliant fuchsias and purples lit up the runway. These colors make me happy.

Betsey Johnson - If you read my blog or know me in person, you would know by now that I am an avid fan of floral dresses. My closet is filled with them and the reason I love them is for their simple femininity. What Betsey did with the simple floral dress is funk it up and give it a few modern twists. These dresses would feel right at home in my closet.

Carlos Miele - What I enjoyed most about this collection was the sharp contrast of colors and prints that wasn't overwhelming. Even though the prints didn't necessarily match, they somehow all harmonized together. 

Christian Siriano - An all black collection is difficult to pull off because it's a struggle from beginning to end to keep your audience engaged. How can you make one black dress different from the next? What I loved about this array of black garments was the exploration of different textures and volumes. No one garment looked like the other yet they all seemed to be from the same family. I think it is safe to say Christian is no longer just a reality star but a fashion force to be reckoned with.

Costello Tagliapietra - This collection to me was all about the colors. I fell in love with that brilliant orange hue and was a little obsessed with the skin-tight orange pants.

Cynthia Steffe - The very first look sent down the runway was a leather vest with fur sleeves paired with a fitted asymmetrical gray skirt over cut-out stockings. I was immediately intrigued and couldn't wait to see the rest of the collection. Although nothing else in the show as as interesting as the first look, that creativity was enough to win me over.

Diane von Furstenberg - There was something magical about pairing a teal skirt with a blue blouse and a navy fur jacket. The use of jewel tones in this collection was more subtle but those were still my favorite pieces in the show.

Elie Tahari - More lace, leather, fur and ruby red. The tan lace dress paired with brown leather boots was probably my favorite look in the show. This level of sexy sophistication is what defines Elie Tahari.

Halston - Such simple yet beautiful use of jewel tones. Lovely.

Jeremy Scott - Scott said he was inspired by the 90s for this collection and although 90s fashion is something I'd rather not reminisce on, I did the show. Personal favorite was the black mini with the yellow lightning detail. Oh and extra points for featuring Andrej Pejic in the show! Loooove him.

Jill Stuart - I really enjoyed what I want to call the "Arizona desert" theme. Everything from the colors to the desert animal prints was refreshing and innovative. The color-blocking in the first 2 looks was on point and again, those colors just blew me away.

Marc by Marc Jacobs - Because one genius collection isn't enough. I can't wait to see what he designed for Louis Vuitton.

Milly - Guava, ruby red, candy pink. These colors are making me hungry! Loved the mix of color, prints and classic black dresses.

Rodarte - The Mulleavy sisters were inspired by the American Plains for this collection and I think it's totally adorable. The periwinkle dress reminds me of Dorothy frolicking down the yellow brick road and the red sequined skirt following it are her ruby shoes. Oz has never been so fashionable.

Thakoon - I enjoyed the colors, prints and draping but the only criticism I have about this collection is the lack of cohesiveness. It didn't really feel like the clothes complemented each other. Still loved them individually though.

The Row - The Olsen twins have been designing clothes since they were tweens so it's no surprise they are insanely talented at it. The designs are soooo Olsen, meaning they have that distinct look that they've taken from their own fashion preferences and transformed it into a solid collection.

Victoria Beckham - I have to say, I wasn't a huge fan of Posh's clothing line until this season. She was able to mix it up with new colors (jewel tones....duh!), new shapes, and has subsequently made a new fan.

Yigal Azrouel - This collection to me is the epitome of menswear. This is how its done. The cuts and fit are still feminine but the influence is from what is in your man's closet. Menswear doesn't have to be frumpy or baggy. I was never personally a fan of the trend before but these looks are definitely something I'd love to rock.