Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~Coco Chanel
Y’all, I’m keeping this Oscars post short, sweet, and to the point. Because I’m tired, cranky (more than usual), and tired.
Did I mention I’m tired?
OK then. My Best Dressed picks:
Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive
Call me crazy, but I like to see movie stars actually looking like movie stars. During awards season in particular, I want “glamour” with a capital “G.” Clearly Jessica is eager for my approval and dressed accordingly.
Naomi Watts in Armani Prive
Naomi is serving up sparkly space-age realness. And I like it! That gown fits her perfectly, and she kept the hair and makeup simple. Wise move.
Stacy Keibler in Naeem Kahn
I’m impressed with Ms. Stacy. She could play it safe when she’s making the rounds on George’s arm.
I mean, she’s just girlfriend no. 504. But Stacy brings it every time she walks the red carpet. Others (Amy Adams, I’m looking at you) could learn from her sterling example.
That’s all I got, folks. I’d love to hear your best (and worst) dressed picks. Tweet at me! My handle is @Mel_McIntyre.
I lurve awards season. Starlets gussied up in dresses and jewels worth thousands of dollars on several occasions? For a judgey fashion blogger like myself, it’s the closest thing to heaven on earth.
I didn’t write a post about this year’s Golden Globes (I was under the weather. Boo.), so I was über excited for last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. As I took in E’s red carpet coverage
on mute, I couldn’t help but notice that midnight blue and black-and-white gowns were very popular with the ladies.
If I had to identify a common thread between my favorites last night, I’d say it’s simplicity. None of these beauties reinvented the wheel or anything, but they all looked lovely. And recognizable. And in Hollywood, that’s sayin’ somethin’.
OK, my Best Dressed picks (in no particular order):
Amy Poehler in Zuhair Murad
Look out, sexy momma comin’ through! Makeup and hair are soft and pretty, and that dress is doing you major favors, girl. Not crazy about the purse, but it’s not detracting from the overall look so I’ll let it slide. A personal best, in my opinion.
Elizabeth Moss in Dolce & Gabbana
Oh, Lizzy. I saw you and I squealed. Your hair and makeup are perfect. (Sometimes you look a little washed out on the carpet, dear.) And kudos for going short. Show off those gams!
Kiernan Shipka in Oscar de la Renta.
Kiernan, you little doll you. Hollywood tarts, take note: THIS is how it’s done. She looks pretty, fashionable, and age-appropriate. Someone was raised right.
Coming up with my Emmy Awards best-dressed list was not hard at all. It’s not that anyone looked especially heinous. It’s just that there were so few standouts. Boo.
OK, I’m done whining. Ladies and Gentlemen, my top three…
Lucy Liu in Versace
"Lucy is incredibly beautiful, so it really bothers me that she usually looks like crap on the red carpet." ~Me at brunch yesterday
I’m not making that up. I really said that. Because I’m a psycho and tend to talk about celebrities like we’re besties or something.
Well Miss. Liu showed me, now didn’t she?! She is making chain mail look chic, y’all. And that ain’t easy. A personal best on the red carpet, for sure.
Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli
I recently lamented a lack of prints on the r.c. Thank you, Julianna, for showing the ladies how it’s done.
Zooey Deschanel in Reem Acra
That ice blue suits her complexion to a T. The sweetheart neckline looks great. Hair and makeup are very pretty. Brava, Zooey.
Now, the not-so-hot looks.
Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa
Points for getting your hands on Spring 2013 merch, Hayden. However, this belongs on a taller gal. Sorry, but this is too much dress for you, dear.
Zosia Mamet in Bibhu Mohapatra
There’s SO much going on here. I don’t even know where to begin…
Glenn Close in Christian Dior Couture
Oh, Glenn, I just want to hug you. Because you’re a lovely lady and a talented actress, and this was doing you no favors. Tell Melly who told you that gown was a good idea. I’ll smack ‘em real hard for ya.
New York Fashion Week: Spring 2012 and the 2011 Emmy Awards were held back-to-back, and I’m experiencing digital image overload. But I like it. So much to see!
Since fashion week preceded the Emmys, it might seem odd to offer up my my red carpet critique first but, frankly, the former requires less thought. So without further ado, my top 3 picks for best and worst dressed ladies at the Emmys.
Christine Baranski in Zac Posen
This could have looked a tad matronly on a younger woman, but on 59-year-old Baranski it looks chic and sophisticated. Midnight blue is a great color for her and the accessories are pitch perfect.
Cobie Smulders in Alberta Ferretti
This azure gown certainly set Smulders apart, as the red carpet was an endless parade of crimson colored dresses. She looks beautiful.
Martha Plimpton in Zac Posen
This gown fits her like a glove. A+
Kate Winslet in Elie Saab
Not a bad dress, but it’s way too tight. Just look at the way it’s pulling at the hips and bust.
Olivia Munn in Carolina Herrera
Actually, all three of my worst dressed picks are wearing gowns that don’t fit properly. Fabulous color, weird things happening in the bodice.
Diana Agron in Roksanda Ilincic
Again, a fabulous color and a poor fit in the bodice. Plus, the design is too mature for her.
Photos: Tom & Lorenzo