The Oscars 2015: Red carpet

I think I have the Oscars all wrong. Yes, they’re the pinnacle of awards season, the big ones that finally tell us who is truly the winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress et al.

But, if the past couple of years is anything to go by the Oscars are not the climax of the red carpet.

In my imagination as a celebrity I would pick three dresses each one better than the other, a risky but amazing look for the Golden Globes, something outstanding but edgy for the SAGs, then the absolute jaw dropper for the Oscars.

I fear this is not really how it works and obviously the women who are walking the red carpet to attend these events pick the look they feel happy and sexy in for that night. They all look beautiful in their own way and are really dressing for themselves and not for the media to pick them apart.

This was brought up by Reese Witherspoon this year with her social media campaign to #AskHerMore. She felt that actresses were being reduced to just clothes horses in pretty dresses and wanted to be asked questions about what they had achieved in their careers for which they were at the awards for.

For the record, I am totally on board with this. Why should women only get asked about what they are wearing yet men get asked about their craft and how they achieved success?

The thing is, as many pointed out on Twitter when Reese pretty much skipped the interviewers on the red carpet, those dresses they are wearing are given to them for free. In exchange for a dress, sometimes custom-made for that attendee if you’re a big enough star, designers who put in the hard work creating something special and unique expect a credit.

So yes, #AskHerMore but also ask her who the 25 people were that spent 987 hours (that’s 41 solid days!) creating a custom Chanel gown for Julianne Moore.

For this year’s red carpet, I didn’t really feel there was a clear standout. There are only two dresses that I measure my WOW moments on and incidentally they are both red (but I’m not opposed to yellow…)  – Nina Dobrev in her red Donna Karan Atelier dress from the 2011 Emmys and Lupita Nyong’o‘s red-caped Ralph Lauren that she wore to the 2014 Golden Globes.

So, if no dress matches the reaction I had to seeing both these dresses (gasps, slight screams and applause) then I’m not going to award you my top spot.

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The excitement was palpable on Twitter when Lupita Nyong’o appeared on the red carpet, she was returning as an Oscar winner and she oozed beauty and glamour in her pearl-adorned Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection gown. Some said she was wearing all of her Grandma’s pearls, I think she rocked something unusual, modern and unique.

I hate reading this and also the amount of times it was said on E! etc but Rosamund Pike just had a baby and her body looked amazing. That red lace Givenchy flattered in all the right places, and her beauty game was absolutely on point.

Another woman who has just had not one, but two babies, was the only one of the whole night I actually did go WOW. As much as I am trying to stay away from judging skinny actresses, I personally thought Zoe Saldana was a tad too on the skinny side, so her pregnancy has given her boobs and curves and she still looks as gorgeous and fills out that Atelier Versace to perfection.

Oscars best dressed 3Emma Stone arrived at possibly the last minute. She was the one I wanted to see the most because she has worn so many different styles throughout awards season she was guaranteed to pick something unlike anyone else. It was difficult to work out the colour of her Elie Saab gown at first, some say gold some say green, but there’s a name for that and it is chartreuse. I loved this gown and in all honesty I would never pick this colour, but with her hair it’s a match made in heaven.

I was wondering how many times Jennifer Lopez has been to the Oscars, she even said on the red carpet it was too many times to remember. You can always count on Jenny from the Block to go big and normally its in skintight Zuhair Murad with lots of boobage and leg. But this year she went all princess on us in a blush Elie Saab Couture dress adorned with encrusted jewels and beads, with just a little boobage.

Dakota Johnson has been holding out on us for like, ever. She’s just finished her press tour for Fifty Shades of Grey and throughout that I felt a little bored by her picks, but then she appeared on the Oscars red carpet looking like that! Her Saint Laurent column gown is pretty simple but that one shoulder silver snake-like strap elevated the look to a whole other level. I do still have an issue with that hair though, the fringe is still a little meh.

Oscars best dressed 4I loved how simple Reese Witherspoon’s Tom Ford dress was. The black off-the-shoulder strap and matching black sash against the dove grey colour was chic and glamourous.

Jennifer Aniston didn’t wear black, but she wore her other failsafe colour – nude. I’ll give her the sparkles and the pattern of her Atelier Versace dress of course showcased her yoga-toned body, but it’s what we’ve seen before from JenAn and I like it but I don’t love it.

I don’t think Gwyneth got enough love for this Ralph & Russo creation. The designers who often dress Angelina Jolie are so talented, the creations they have sent down their couture runway are breathtaking. I agree that this isn’t Gwyneth’s best look, and some seem to be put off by the floral applique on the shoulder but I still like it.

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Anna Faris is another great plus one, often going unnoticed in her dress choices, she looked every inch the princess to her superhero Chris Pratt in Zuhair Murad. This is how you do Zuhair with sparkles and no leg slits and boobage…

Ahem Chrissy Teigen. She’s like the JLo of her time and she can easily get away with doing the double boob and legs on the Osars red carpet. She was plus one to Oscar winner John Legend after all.

Selma actress Carmen Ejogo kept it simple in her Houghton bejwelled dress which I adored. The hair, the dark lip and that necklace make this the perfect modern take on Old Hollywood beauty.

Do you agree with my picks? Do you think I missed anyone off my list? Let me know!

You can see the best of the rest from Awards Season 2015 over on my Pinterest board

Images from Zimbio

Red carpet: Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015

Awards season is lacking in wow this year. While there has been many, many beautiful dresses I’ve not experienced that feeling I did when I saw Lupita Nyong’o’s red Ralph Lauren at the 2014 Golden Globes or like when I saw Gwyneth Paltrow in the white Tom Ford at the 2012 Oscars.

I measure red carpets by these moments, just because they’re the looks that stick in your mind and that you will be remembering for years to come.

For the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015, the red carpet had plenty of television talent and not enough major movie stars for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, as we know the trend for movie celebs to gravitate towards television is becoming more popular and the success is just as prevalent – case in point Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Matthew McCoughnahey, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton just to name a few.

But I need majah moments and the only person who provided me with vaguely that for the SAG Awards was Emma Stone, followed very closely by Camila Alves.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Emma Stone, from her amazing Gucci look that she wore to the 2012 Spiderman premiere to her amazing knack for menswear inspired looks like last week’s Golden Globes Lanvin look. Her Dior tuxedo dress with a sheer skirt was perfect for Emma, glamorous with an edge and of course wearing the French fashion house better than its muse Jennifer Lawrence. In all honesty I would have loved to see JLaw in a look like this rather than sticking to the safer options.

Emma Stone Dior both

Camila Alves must be the best plus one ever. For years she has played the role of Matthew McCoughnahey’s supporting wife with the past year being absolutely stellar for her. She knows how to work the carpet and she always manages to shine especially next to a star that is a bright as her husband. Her jewel purple Donna Karan Atelier is simply beautiful, the structure of the bodice and the way it flows into the dramatic skirt just works in all ways and is the perfect complement to Matthew’s metallic blue Brioni tux jacket.

Camila Alves Donna Karan

Now to my second favourite colour (after yellow) on the red carpet – electric blue. Whenever I see someone in this colour I’m instantly drawn to it and Julianna Marguiles in her Giambattista Valli dress was no exception. The fit and shape of the bodice is so flattering and Julianna has the legs to pull of the unusual voluminous shape of the skirt with ease.

I’m getting slight fatigue at the Julianne Moore and Givenchy red carpet relationship, but I can’t really complain when she looks this amazing. Red hair and jewel green is like one of most perfect colour combinations and the jewels on the dress simply elevate the look, but it is very similar shape and style to her Golden Globes look – I’m hoping she’ll bring something different for the Oscars.

Juliianna and Julianne

It’s the opposite of Emma Stone’s dress in colour, but Laura Carmichael’s all-white dress is just as stunning (one for you Maria Menounos). Her halterneck Vionnet with a zebra inspired striped sheer skirt was the right look to stand out on the SAG Awards red carpet, it’s all about working enough of a balance you don’t want to go too edgy that you will be placed on the worst dressed lists but you want to be unique enough that you don’t blend in. Love the bravos for wearing this and from a Brit too!

Then we have Reese Witherspoon also in white, but radiating that modern Hollywood look that she does so well. This dress shows off her amazing physique without baring anything but a little shoulder and back. Her custom Giorgio Armani one-shoulder column dress has a scoop at the back that blends into the capped sleeve, this is one of my favourite looks from Reese this year by far. Maybe it’s a white dress thing that I love.

Laura Carmichael and Reese Witherspoon

Over to the prints, with Natalie Dormer in Naeem Khan and Rashida Jones in Emmanuel Ungaro. I’m a massive fan of Naeem Khan and as Natalie mentioned on the red carpet, for her coming over from the cold and rainy Blighty wearing something that felt like spring and warmth was what drew her towards the gown. If I was to nitpick I think she could have done something a little better with her hair, but I love the softness of this print so that’s just a minor issue.

Ahhh Rashida, you beautiful tropical fish, I adore this print and that blue trim works so well with the red lipstick. You can’t tell from this picture, but this dress is all sequinned which in my mind elevates this unique look even more. Keeping her hair simple with the trademark bangs I’m looking forward to more from my third favourite Parks and Recreation actress.

Natalie Dormer and Rashida Jones

Other celebs I felt worth a mention for their red carpet choices were Maisie Williams in the cutest red laser cut dress by Self Portrait perfect for her age without making her look too twee; 2014 Queen of the Awards Season Red Carpet Lupita Nyong’o who while i enjoyed her Elie Saab floral graffiti gown I don’t think the colours worked well enough to eclipse her other amazing looks; and Sophie Bush who always has a killer turn on the red carpet in her Vivienne Westwood burnt orange gown, I really liked this as soon as I saw her – the structured bodice and the pinned hair and the coloured jewels are all perfectly to my liking, I just preferred other dresses more!

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Keep up with all my favourite red carpet looks from Awards Season 2015 over on my Pinterest board!

Golden Globes 2015: A very mixed bag

The Golden Globes red carpet this year was a variety of different colours, textures, shapes and lengths. I have to admit I was quite impressed overall because it’s made it considerably harder to pick just one best dressed.

For me I don’t think there was a wow moment this year like there was at last year’s ceremony with Lupita Nyong’o and Emma Watson. But there were plenty of celebrities who certainly brought their A-game like Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kate Hudson, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Jessica Chastain and Felicity Jones.

Julianne Moore’s custom Givenchy gown had the designer’s trademark feather hem but with a lot of sparkle. This isn’t anything that new from the brand as we’ve seen a lot of their dresses for major events with the feathers, but I love how unique Julianne makes the look, and the high neckline is in keeping with her style.

Julianne Moore Givenchy proper

Julianne Moore in Givenchy at the Golden Globes

Jessica Chastain had an amazing red carpet game last year, her electric blue Atelier Versace dress and lilac Elie Saab gown she wore in Cannes made it into the history books. So while I did like her bronze Versace gown on the Golden Globes red carpet I felt like she’s done something similar before. But her hair looked luscious against the metallic colour and the homage to Marilyn Monroe was a great bombshell moment.

Jessica Chastain Atelier Versace proper

Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes

There always has to be someone that forgoes a dress and this year it was another Emma. The Birdman actress took a night off from performing Cabaret on Broadway to celebrate her nomination in a Lanvin jumpsuit. I’ve always appreciated Emma’s style it’s on the right side of quirky, chic and fashion-forward, and her hair looked absolutely perfect.

Emma Stone Lanvin

Emma Stone in Lanvin at the Golden Globes

Of course Kate Hudson knows how to do sexy, she also wore Versace and much like Jessica Chastain flashed the flesh. What I like about this daring dress is that Kate kept her hair slicked back and simple and a ring, earrings and a delicate bracelet were enough in the way of accessories. Basically the opposite of Jennifer Lopez.

Kate Hudson Atlelier Versace

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes

Speaking of JLo, when I first spotted her I thought she’d revisited the early 2000s with that beehive streaky highlighted hairstyle, but aside from that her Zuhair Murad gown is all kinds of epic.

Jennifer Lopez Zuhair Murad

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhaird Murad at the Golden Globes

I saw Naomi Watts in yellow and cheered a little, I always like an unexpected splash of colour and yellow is far from safe. It’s easy to go with red like Taylor Schilling did, so Naomi’s Gucci column dress with her Bulgari snake necklace was certainly at the top of the list.

Naomi Watts yellow

Naomi Watts in Gucci at the Golden Globes

And then I saw Leslie Mann’s tight-fitting Kaufmanfranco gown and it tipped Naomi off the top spot, both yellow but both so different. Leslie accessorised her dress with a jewel green clutch which just made it for me. And then I spotted Jenna Dewan-Tatum in her lemon yellow Carolina Herrera dress and I was torn again, I’m not sure I could choose between them both at all.

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Leslie Mann in Kaufmanfranco at the Golden Globes

Jenna Dewan Tatum Carolina Herrara

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera at the Golden Globes

Here are the best of the rest; from Kate Beckinsale who always does Hollywood glamour to perfection, Felicity Jones looking very regal in Dior, loving Lorde’s masculine Narciso Rodriguez tux, Kerry Washington was the marmite of the night in Mary Katrantzou but I loved the colours and the risk she took, Helen Mirren working it and even beating her younger peers in Dolce & Gabbana, and so many more.

You can see all my favourite red carpet looks from Awards Season 2015 over on my Pinterest board

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Golden Globes 2011: A disappointment?

I was not impressed this year, out of all the celebrities that attended there were very few dresses that could be considered best dressed. The Golden Globes are the awards where actresses are expected to go out of their comfort zone be a bit more daring seeing as though it’s not as restricting as the Oscars, many chose to stick to styles they’d worn before, black, or plain designs. I was expecting a real extravaganza and what I got was disappointment.

I was really looking forward to seeing what Michelle Williams wore, nominated for Best Actress I thought she would pull out all the stops. In the run up to the Golden Globes, Williams has been sporting a uniform of lace, knee length 50’s skirts, and cap-sleeves, there was a break from that at the Critics’s Choice Awards where she wore a pretty white Balenciaga number. It seems she wanted to stick with the pretty and went for a daisy floral print dress by Valentino, to me its unflattering and a bit plain, more suited to a casual dinner than a fancy awards ceremony.  A big fat 2/10 because I like her hair and make up.

Michelle Williams in Valentino

Natalie Portman beat out Williams to win Best Actress for her role in The Black Swan, a deserved award as the film is absolutely fantastic. Surprisingly Portman didn’t wear Dior or Rodarte as tipped but instead chose a pale pink Viktor & Rolf gown that I really didn’t like. The big red rose at the empire line of her dress just didn’t sit well on top of her pregnant belly, but at least she was showing it off. A 3/10 for the cute baby bump but overall I don’t think the pink and red colour clash sits well.

Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf

Someone that didn’t disappoint me was Emma Stone, nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy unfortunately lost out to Annette Benning, wore a peach backless dress by Calvin Klein. Not a designer that I would think of for the fancy red carpet but works really well, a super streamlined dress with ice blonde locks and a sexy back is a good look in my books, although Emma may have gone a little overboard on the fake tan. A definite 9/10, an actress who is a strong player in the style stakes.

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein

Winner of Best Performance in a Mini Series for her work in Temple Gradin, Clare Danes also wore Calvin Klein Collection. A luminous pink halter neck gown, really spiced up the red carpet amongst a sea of black and beads. Again a really flawless look from Calvin Klein, Clare was deserving of her win. An 8/10 for pink perfection.

Claire Danes in Calvin Klein Collection

Emerald green was a popular colour with both Angelina Jolie and Mila Kunis wearing Atelier Versace and Vera Wang respectively. It has being reported that Angie laughed when she heard of her nomination in the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for The Tourist. Presenter Ricky Gervais threw down when he said of the rumour about the nominations for The Tourist, “I’d like to crush this ridiculous rumor that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so that the foreign press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That was not the only reason; they also accepted bribes.”

Angie did look stunning in colour a definite competitor for best dressed of the night, and Mila Kunis looked gorgeous in her Vera Wang gown but I can’t help feeling a little underwhelmed by her look I was expecting something a little more extraordinary. An 8/10 for Angelina and a 6/10 for Mila, maybe she’s waiting to wow at the Oscars?

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace // Mila Kunis in Vera Wang

Two very different actresses sported blunt fringes one was a success the other not so much. Sandra Bullock, on presenting duties this year looked great with her blunt hair cut and Jenny Packham dress, where as Olivia Wilde’s hairdo was more limp and lacklustre but at least her ridiculously over the top Marchesa princess ball gown made up for it. A 7/10 for previous big winner Bullock,  a poor 5/10 for Wilde who was clearly wishing she was sat atop a castle than presenting the award for Best Foreign Film alongside the delicious Rob Pattinson.

Olivia Wilde in Marchesa // Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham

Olivia Wilde and Rob Pattinson on stage // Rob in Gucci Made to Order

Then we have the girls with the sex factor, Halle Berry and January Jones. Both actresses not afraid to flash the flesh, they wowed with their barely there dresses. Halle in a black Nina Ricci dress, channelling the underwear as outwear trend it was daring and maybe a little trashy but totally worth it to get those column inches. And then January in THAT red Versace dress from the Spring 2011 RTW collection, she suits the dress and January definitely gets my vote as best dressed of the night.

Halle Berry gets an 8.5/10 in Nina Ricci

January Jones 9/10 in Versace

There’s always going to be celebrities who shunned their stylist, aka Helena Bonham Carter (has she ever had one?), the quirky actress wore a Vivienne Westwood  gown with mismatched shoes. Who else could really get away with it? Glamour magazine online even say “Fab rather than faux pas” pah yeh right. Then we have Christina Hendricks, maybe I have it out for her but her vivid red Romona Keveza dress with a massive shoulder ruffle made me wonder where she began and the dress ended! And Julianne Moore I have no words for your Lanvin mess, one sleeved with a necklace tucked under the collar it doesn’t even begin to make sense!

Helena Bonham Carter // Christina Hendricks // Julianne Moore

Other worthy mentions go to Leighton Meester who wore a thigh-slashed chiffon Burberry Prorsum gown with the best accessory of the night, a gold box clutch complete with a hanging tassle. Anne Hathaway in a very backless Armani Prive gold sequinned dress with power shoulders and Camilla Belle was spotted at the InStyle/Warner Bros Golden Globes after party in a silver Giorgio Armani dress. Also congratulations goes to Colin Firth for his Best Actor win for his role in The King’s Speech, hopefully a sign of what’s to be expected at the Oscars, and to David Fincher for Best Director and Best Film for The Social Network.

Leighton Meester // Anne Hathaway // Camilla Belle

It’s awards season!!

I love this time of year, awards season. All manner of celebrities come out in the latest creations hot off the runway, either to make a statement or to blend into the background. We’ll no doubt be seeing a lot of Marchesa as that is always a popular choice for the big awards like the Oscars, but I’m hoping to see some Givenchy couture and John Galliano for Dior with a bit of classic Chanel thrown in.

So far I’ve seen Michelle Williams sporting the same style of 50’s round skirt and little cap sleeves, it works although I’d like to see her mix it up a bit. I’m enjoying watching a very pregnant Natalie Portman’s version of maternity gown wear, she’s so petite anyway you would hardly notice she’s expecting. Then we have her Black Swan co-star Mila Kunis, her youthful choices are going to be perfect for the Golden Globes, hopefully she won’t succumb to the full-length gown bore that the 27 year old should avoid, although I wouldn’t mind seeing her in the mini skirt in the front maxi skirt in the back style that Gemma Arterton before her has sported.

Hopefully we’ll see something extravagant on Julianne Moore, although she’s slightly older than the young stars before her she’s willing to take risks and her age doesn’t stop her from posing naked for Bulgari. We know Helena Bonham Carter is a massive fan of Vivienne Westwood but could she venture further afield to the likes of John Galliano?

It was the 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night, here are the women I’m keeping my eye on:

Julianne Moore in Roland Mouret

Michelle Williams in Balenciaga

Mila Kunis in Nina Ricci, cute and perfect

Natalie Portman in Gianfranco Ferre

Emma Stone in Balenciaga, looking uh-mazing

Eva Mendes in Valentino Haute Couture, short and sexy

(All images from Zimbio.com)