This is a VERY infrequently updated blog, but I’ve taken a season-long sabbatical while I went somewhat insane, so it’s been awhile even for me. However, there’s nothing that gets Fluffy’s critical juices flowing like a major red-carpet event, and the Emmys are the official kickoff of award season, so it’s time to fire up yet another edition of the Fluffy Awards!
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
Amy’s red carpet choices have, up until now, been rather matronly and dull, but I knew there was a Goddess of Awesome hiding under those dowdy dresses. This Stella McCartney gown makes Amy look years younger than anything I’ve ever seen her wear to an event, and she gets extra coolness points for wearing a kiddie ring her little one picked out instead of the usual rented bling. Does becoming single again always yield such great results? Message me, Amy– I really wanna know.
CATEGORY: THE “BITE ME” AWARD
Okay, it’s official: ditching the dude does result in crowning moments of win. Here, the also-newly-single Heidi flaunts it in a daring, super-slit Alexandre Vauthier dress with matching earrings and shoes I would murder someone for. Take that, ex-hubby!
CATEGORY: LADY GAGA CALLED, SHE WANTS HER DRESS BACK…
January, as usual, is trying too hard to stand out. This odd Zac Posen number would look more at home on Gaga or Nicki Minaj, not Betty Draper. Of course, if either of those ladies wore it, it might look a tad understated.
(Tie) Sarah Hyland and Kiernan Shipka
These young ladies have it goin’ on, in the best, most adorable way. Sarah channels her inner Titania in this custom Marchesa, while Kiernan shines in a shimmery Zac Posen tea-length dress. Aren’t they both just precious?
CATEGORY: MOST DRAMATIC
(Tie) Hayden Panettiere and Lena Headey
Here we see two very different, very eye-catching looks, but these gorgeous girls rock them both. Hayden’s dramatically draped Marchesa is definitely goddess material– the juxtaposition of colors is unexpected and really pops. Lena’s Giorgio Armani brings the drama in a more gothic way, but leave it to Cersei Lannister to pull it off without looking like a Hot-Topic mess.
CATEGORY: DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
Christina Hendricks and Edie Falco
Make no mistake, both of these ladies look amazing. The problem? Been there, done that. Christina always seems to wear variations on the same dress. While this Christian Siriano number (one of her go-to designers), as always, accentuates her curvy figure and the slightly deeper, pink-undertoned ivory is a better match for her coloring than some of her past paler picks, it feels like we’ve seen her wear this dress a million times. Edie is wearing a dress that we have, in fact, actually seen a million times. I’ve seen it on Gwyneth Paltrow and in subtly different iterations on Kate Winslet and Kate Moss. The Stella McCartney design is both flattering and glam, but it’s time to move on.
CATEGORY: THE SILVER MEDAL
CATEGORY: THE ARM CANDY AWARD
I love Nicole’s Antonio Berardi gown, which for its simple lines has loads of structural interest and one of the loveliest colors I’ve seen on the red carpet. That said, the real treat for the eyes here is Nicole’s tres gorgeous hubby Keith Urban.
(Tie) Ginnifer Goodwin, Julianna Margulies, and Lena Dunham
This is the first time that a three-way tie has occurred in the category of worst-dressed, but I found all of these dresses equally offensive. Ginnifer’s Monique Lhuillier garb has it all. Burnt orange? Check. Looks like bad macrame? Check. Mullet skirt? Check. Mismatched bag, off-color belt, weird seventies vibe? Check, check and check. You poor, poor pretty girl, fire your stylist. You can do better. The shoes are this outfit’s only saving grace. Julianna has assaulted my sensibilities before, so I can’t say I’m disappointed in her Giambattista Valli number, but suffice it to say: Granny’s tacky floral slipcovers. You know the ones. They make a crinkling noise when you sit on them. I can hear this dress, and that ain’t good. As for Lena’s Prada, it looks like the doilies on the backs of those slipcovered chairs.
(Tie) Julianne Hough and Sofia Vergara
I’m speechless. Both Julianne and Sofia are wearing traditional, old-Hollywood style mermaid gowns, in similar hues, and while their looks are completely different, both hit it out of the park. Julianne’s Georges Hobeika is a softer green with a more sweeping train, a structured bodice and an insane amount of sequins/beads, while Sofia’s emerald Zuhair Murad boasts a peekaboo bodice, halter straps and an even more insane amount of sequins/beads. I can’t decide which I like better– both are just perfect.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
(Tie) Zooey Deschanel and Emilia Clarke
This is another first: a tie for the Very Special Fluffy Award. This award, as my blog readers know (all 5 or so of you), goes to the dress (or in this case, dresses) that I would have chosen for myself– the best representation of my fluffy sensibilities. Occasionally, the winner is also in actuality fluffy. Zooey’s beautiful Reem Acra ball gown is certainly that– a voluminous swirl of baby-blue with a cute twist neckline. In contrast, Emilia’s Chanel is more tailored, with demure tank straps and a paneled skirt, but that pop of purple makes it a statement piece like no other.