Get Off My Red Carpet
Olivia Wilde wearing 2013 pre-fall Gucci at the L.A. premiere for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Love this neckline on her. And that inset at the bust is just the right amount of peek-a-boo loveliness without being gratuitous. Pity she didn’t bother with her hair. Aren’t we over this dark-roots-ombre bit yet? I am.

Olivia Wilde wearing 2013 pre-fall Gucci at the L.A. premiere for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Love this neckline on her. And that inset at the bust is just the right amount of peek-a-boo loveliness without being gratuitous. Pity she didn’t bother with her hair. Aren’t we over this dark-roots-ombre bit yet? I am.

{Fashion Critique}: Oscars 2013, The Icing on the Red Carpet Cake-Walk

And this brings me to the very best. The icing on the cake, the cherry on the top, the whipped cream on your hot cocoa, the…okay I’ll stop.

Halle Berry, Versace 

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Some thought it too Dynasty, I thought it Versace fabulous with a hat tip to Adrian. After being bored for, something along the lines of THREE HOURS of red carpet coverage, I was thrilled to see someone take a risk. And it’s a risk that paid off.

Charlize Theron, Dior Haute Couture 

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And my personal favorite of the evening. If you’re going to wear white, this is how to do it. (anyone recall Gwynneth’s white show stopper last year?) It just goes to show you how important fit is. If this was too long, gaped at the bust, or puckered along the hips, it would have been just another white dress in an evening of colorless gowns. But there isn’t a bit of fabric out of line anywhere. Everything is in it’s place and as it should be.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zuhair Murad
This should work but it doesn’t. She looks … different. Like a man dressed in drag and came to the Oscars as Catherine Zeta-Jones. 

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zuhair Murad

This should work but it doesn’t. She looks … different. Like a man dressed in drag and came to the Oscars as Catherine Zeta-Jones. 

Kelly Osbourne, Tony Ward, hair by Jelly Belly
Listen, when your hair is the color of a marshmallow Peep and you have ill-advised tattoo placement, it’s really hard for me to take you seriously as a fashion correspondent. And the bondage straps on an otherwise nice dress doesn’t help your case.
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Kelly Osbourne, Tony Ward, hair by Jelly Belly

Listen, when your hair is the color of a marshmallow Peep and you have ill-advised tattoo placement, it’s really hard for me to take you seriously as a fashion correspondent. And the bondage straps on an otherwise nice dress doesn’t help your case.

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Jessica Chastain, Armani Prive 
No doubt this was everyone’s favorite red carpet look. And therein lies the issue for me. I know it before ever reading anyone’s favorites. Amazing fit, color, hair, makeup…and it’s formulaic. Don’t get me wrong, she looks beautiful; even more so in close-ups. But something about it comes off as expected and that is why it’s not my personal favorite.
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Jessica Chastain, Armani Prive 

No doubt this was everyone’s favorite red carpet look. And therein lies the issue for me. I know it before ever reading anyone’s favorites. Amazing fit, color, hair, makeup…and it’s formulaic. Don’t get me wrong, she looks beautiful; even more so in close-ups. But something about it comes off as expected and that is why it’s not my personal favorite.

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{Fashion Critique}: Oscars 2013, What She Should Have Worn Edition

Amy Adams, Oscar de la Renta 

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This is a beautiful dress. It’s Oscar de la Renta, of course it’s beautiful. But when the dress looks like it’s wearing you instead of you wearing it, well, you need to choose a different dress. And she did. For the Vanity Fair after party:

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THIS is the Oscar de la Renta dress you should have worn. Such delicious fringe should never be a second dress. This dress deserves to be worn on the red. That makeup and hair, however, do not. You tidied it up a bit for the party but it’s still reminiscent of a turn of the century house maid.

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Kristen Stewart, Reem Acra 
Obviously she spent more time practicing her disinterested face than styling her hair and choosing a dress. The fact that she has more money than talent is why I have on my disinterested face as a type this.
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Kristen Stewart, Reem Acra 

Obviously she spent more time practicing her disinterested face than styling her hair and choosing a dress. The fact that she has more money than talent is why I have on my disinterested face as a type this.

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Jennifer Garner, Gucci and Ben Affleck 
Ben is wondering why a jellyfish is attached to his wife’s back end and quite frankly so are we. Pretty color, great fit. Lose the sea creature and we’d have a winner.
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Jennifer Garner, Gucci and Ben Affleck 

Ben is wondering why a jellyfish is attached to his wife’s back end and quite frankly so are we. Pretty color, great fit. Lose the sea creature and we’d have a winner.

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{Fashion Critique}: Emmy Awards, part 4

And my last post on Emmy red carpet fashion. You can find mini-critiques on gowns not posted here at my Emmy Awards Pinterest board

Zooey Deschanel, Reem Acra

    

Love the dress, hate the hair. Every gal needs to wear a princess dress at some point. Let her have her Cinderella moment! But I can not abide that hair. It’s very sumo wrestler with bangs. Also, could someone be a dear and teach her how to stand for photographs??

Ginnifer Goodwin, Monique Lhuillier

    

I love the uniqueness of this dress. But… I saw a close up image of her feet and those poor toes were crammed in that clear toe box like little smokies sausages. Can we say hammer toes are afoot? Ahem.

Jane Levy, Pamella Roland

    

Gorgeous color on her. Pretty hair. But not that necklace with that neckline. It completely ruins the shape of the bust area. A fabulous pair of earrings are always better for this neckline. It’s okay to leave that expansive vista of skin bare. Especially when it’s as beautiful as hers.

Julianne Hough, Georges Hobeika

    

I actually thought about cropping this image to just show her from the knees down. It’s the best part really. And it would spare you from having to look at her ridiculous hair.

Melissa Rauch, Oliver Tolantino

    

Fantastic color for her. Such a shock of green. It leaped from the television when she popped into the frame. I think she should have gone with a stronger lip color but she looks beautiful regardless.

Julianne Moore, Dior Couture

So there was tons of talk about this dress, no? Well I loved it. Yes I know I’m partial to chartreuse. And redheads in any shade of yellow. Okay, okay and maybe, just maybe I’m a bit partial to Dior. But honestly, LOOK AT HER. She’s radiant in this gown. There are some things I would change of course. Three-quarter length sleeves instead of full length are preferred. You don’t need long sleeves in Cali in September - just looks out of place. And proper support garments that don’t show through the bodice are at the top of the list. Always test your gowns and support garments, ladies! The lights on the red are much more fierce than in our homes. But you still look pretty fierce, Julianne, so hat tip to you.

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{Fashion Critique}: Emmy Awards, part 3

The Emmy red carpet fun never stops…

Kate Mara, Badgley Mischka 

    

Does she have a different expression? She’s clearly trying to cast a spell and make us all love this but it’s not working. Her hair looks like the stylist divided it up to begin working and Kate yelled out, “That’s it! Perfect.” and got up from the chair. 

Leslie Mann, Naeem Khan

    

Looks like Pebbles got Bam-Bammed. First of all, I had to find out if she was pregnant because why else would your waistline be in such a strange place? (Hey, give me a break. I don’t hang on every detail of their lives. I just trash their taste.) Speaking of trashing…who dresses up like they’re in an episode of the Flintstones?? I realize we’re getting close to Halloween but…

In all fairness, I don’t actually hate the dress. I hate the way it’s styled. A top knot bun paired with chunky stone jewelry ALWAYS rings Flintstones. Period.

Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi 

    

Anyone else think of this moment when they saw this pic? 

Elisabeth Moss, Dolce & Gabbana

    

Dear Elisabeth, this is not an appropriate dress for the Emmy Awards. An afternoon wedding perhaps? Okay. 

P.S. Not those shoes with this dress.

P.S.S. And not that hair. Ever.

Lily Rabe

    

I absolutely adore this dress. However, I do not adore her in it. This dress is for someone with a long neck, dark hair, and fair skin - the Rooney Mara’s of the world. But not you my dear. I do applaud your taste, though. 

And because we simply must end on something stunning…

Jessica Pare, Jason Wu

    

Isn’t she Ava Gardner fabulous? 

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{Fashion Critique}: Emmy Awards, part 2

And now we’ve arrived at the “what the f were they thinking” post of the series…

January Jones, Zac Posen

    

This is a superb dress. Incredible structure; quite sculptural. But it all goes to hell with the finishing. And that is what completes a look. The dress alone simply isn’t enough. When I saw her last night the first image that came to mind was a skeleton. I realize we’re close to October but did she have to Halloween it up just yet? It looks like she’s wearing a costume. Everything is so severe. Black eye makeup? Check! Oil slicked hair with one wispy fly away? Check! Shoes that make your feet resemble hooves? Check, check!! God, I’m exhausted looking at her. 

Ashley Judd, Carolina Herrera

    

That is some seriously teased pampadour hair ya got there Ash. That you tweeted about having to sit on the floor of the car because your hair is so big should have been a clue that this hairstyle is a resounding no. 

Edie Falco, Stella McCartney

    

Your hair looks as if you jogged to the red carpet, honey. The dress is pretty fierce though.  

Emilia Clarke, Chanel

    

Chanel? You break my heart with this Gunne Sax circa 1989 ensemble. And those shoes? With this dress?

Did someone slip Babhu Mohapatra a rufi? Based on the next two gowns, it sure looks that way:

Glenn Close, Babhu Mohapatra

    

Claw marks are never a good look.

Zosia Mamet, Babhu Mohapatra

    

This dress is schizophrenic. And Babhu must be too if he sent this garbage down the runway on purpose. 

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{Fashion Critique}: Emmy Awards, part 1

How thrilled were you to see the start of the awards season last night? In the midst of wedding planning (less than 2 weeks!), it was nice to sit down and see what the starlets were wearing. I’ll admit to being disappointed. There was nothing so fabulous as to make me swoon with delight. We can only hope they will improve as the season progresses.

So last night I noticed there to be a lot of repetition. To the point where I found myself saying “ANOTHER tucked/folded taffeta/satin dress in a solid color?” Take note starlets and let’s not repeat:   

Allison Williams, Oscar de la Renta 

    

If you follow me on twitter you know what a devoted ODLR fan I am. I do love the color and the peplum (praise God at least for that design detail) but some banging accessories and better makeup and hair could have made her stand out from the rest of the crowd wearing their version of the same look. 

Cat Deeley, Tadashi Shoji

    

More tucks and pleats this time in red. You know how I feel about red on the red. Hey, if you want to blend into your surroundings, well, you’re doing a fine job. 

Betsy Brandt, David Meister 

    

Apparently David Meister attempted a version of Rita Hayworth’s “Put the Blame on Mame” gown…and missed. Rita’s gown was the same slippery satin but it had structure - they knew how to do such things back then. The woman was inseparable from the gown. Try harder, David. And Betsy, try harder with your hair and makeup next time will you love? Your eyeliner looks like it was applied with a sharpie marker.

Kathy Griffin

    

She never fails to remind me of a drag queen trying to do the red carpet thing. Emphasis on “trying”. 

Anna Gunn, J. Mendel 

    

After donning a gown made from scraps of material on the pattern room floor, she hopped in a convertible to ride over to the Emmy’s. Because why else would you PURPOSEFULLY wear your hair like that?

Julie Bowen, Monique Lhuillier

    

Of the tucked and folded gowns, this one was my favorite. The shape is flattering and the color is quite divine. I tweeted last night that her hair looked like she had a squirrel nest in it and I stand by that remark. Save for the hair debacle, better accessories would have made this. Plum would have been a beautiful option. It’s fabulous paired with chartreuse for the transitional season from summer to fall.

Believe it or not, this is but a sampling of the tucked and folded taffeta-esque numbers to come down the red. I’ll spare us the rest. 

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