It might be cold outside but awards season is definitely heating up! I’m not talking about the winners– you know I’m all about the clothes! As we race towards the Oscars, the ladies have been stepping up their fashion game at the lead-up ceremonies, showing off an array of elegant looks on the red carpet, and the Fluffy Awards are a celebration of stellar style. So let’s get it started!
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
Marion was a sorry sight at the recent Golden Globes, garbed in an orange potato sack. She had nowhere to go but up, but this time she nails it in this Dior gown. The deep teal color of the skirt really pops against the carpet, and the asymmetrical hemline is too subtle to be in mullet territory. The white bodice adds contrast and interest, and I’m loving the pleated detailing.
Isn’t she absolutely squee-worthy? Ariel is wearing a princessy Alex Perry with jeweled floral detailing, a flattering sweetheart neckline, and sheer sleeves. I just wanna hug her, she’s so freaky-deakin’ adorable!
CATEGORY: SIMPLICITY ITSELF
Giuliana is a vision in cobalt Max Azria. I’m usually underwhelmed by the plainness of most column dresses, but this one needs nothing else. The incredible color and simple fluid lines speak for themselves. Anything more would be overkill.
CATEGORY: THE DAZZLE AWARD
Kerry is back on form and shining bright like a diamond in this ah-mazing Rodarte creation. The bustier-like bodice shimmers with silvery beading and the perfectly flowing skirt ends in a swirl of lace. Dramatic smoky eyes, beautiful earrings and cute clutch complete a sparkling, gorgeous look.
CATEGORY: THE SILVER MEDAL
Julia brings the charm in this fantastical Amen Couture dress. There is something so ethereal and faerylike about the gown, like stars glimpsed through the branches of a mystical forest. I’m not loving her hair and makeup with this look– she needed to go a little more “woodland sprite” and less “old Hollywood” on the styling– but the dress itself is so wonderful that I forgive her.
CATEGORY: THE LITTLE MERMAID THAT COULD
Ellie’s Reem Acra gown looks fresh from the sea, and I love it! The bodice is a work of art in itself– look at all that beading, even on the barely-there overlay which makes it look as if jewels are shining on her actual skin. I just love love love it. Add a flowing sash the color and texture of an ocean wave, and a sequined skirt that gives the impression of a lovely coral reef seen through clear water (OMG, I keep expecting little fish to swim through it!), and it’s just perfect! Did I mention I LOVE it?
CATEGORY: DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
I’ve been unable to discover who designed Carmen’s dress, but when I saw it, I did a double take– “Haven’t I seen this dress before?” It turns out I hadn’t– it looked enough like Sarah Hyland’s Golden Globes dress to give me pause, however. Not that I don’t like it; it’s a killer awesome dress. If anyone knows the maker, shout-out in the comments, please!
CATEGORY: THE AVANT-GARDE AWARD
Red-carpet interviewer Nancy rocks an unusual turquoise Mark Zunino frock. On a night when most of the prettiest dresses were black or white, this color stands out, and the asymmetric detail gives it plenty of visual interest. I’ve never seen a dress quite like this one; it’s like modern art, but wearable. Well-done, Nancy!
CATEGORY: OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAM SLAM
Amanda is wearing an incredible, structured Zac Posen dress that oozes with the glamour of Hollywood of yore, but the long statement necklace gives it modern appeal. Perfect hair and makeup finish off the style superbly.
CATEGORY: DANGEROUS CURVES
SOFIA VERGARA AND AMY POEHLER
This awards season, these two have been doing everything right! Sofia shines in a satiny Donna Karan with an asymmetric neckline– a bit understated for Sofia, but gorgeous and tasteful, while still displaying her great figure. Amy has been showing off a rockin’ bod we’d never have suspected in awards seasons past; she’s really come into her own fashion-wise this year. This Zuhair Murad number is deceptively simple, its great lines playing up Amy’s curves.
CATEGORY: TRAIN IN VAIN
Pity poor Jen. At the Golden Globes, she came away with my best-dressed honors, looking absolutely perfect in red. At tonight’s SAG’s, Jennifer was nursing walking pneumonia, but still managed to look amazingly beautiful in this midnight blue Dior… from the knees up. The lower half of her skirt looks like swaddling clothes. The train is too bulky for the rest of the gown and has a serious case of the wrinklies. Jennifer almost manages to pull it off, but damn, that’s just too much train for anyone.
CATEGORY: GOTHIC GLAMOUR
I am in love with Naya’s Donna Karan gown! She looks like a goth angel, or a young Morticia Addams, in the best possible way. The sheer panel gives it a definite “oomph” factor, and the way the structured bodice flows into the fishtail skirt is nothing short of awesome.
(TIE) ANNE HATHAWAY AND JULIANNE MOORE
Oh, Anne, Anne, Anne. You disappointed me at the Globes, and have thoroughly disenchanted me today. This Giambattista Valli mess of a dress wouldn’t even look cute and quirky on Helena Bonham Carter, the queen of all things black and frilly. It looks like Valli was thinking of how to costume Holly Golightly if Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a ballet– it’s a passable LBD done in by a freakish tutu bottom. As for Julianne’s Chanel… dear God. It looks like Granny did some needlepoint all over the skirt (in approximately 1973), and the top just does not fit. Ugh.
Nicole’s beautiful, midnight-blue Vivienne Westwood gown shimmers like a constellation-happy night sky. The whole dress just FLOWS, and it does so perfectly. From the tasteful sheer panels to the sexy skirt slit to the just-the-right-length train, everything just harmonizes. I’m loving the strappy shoes and straightened, slightly tousled locks, too. The best look I’ve seen on Nicole in ages– and that is saying a lot, because she always looks great.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
As you know, the Very Special Fluffy Award goes to the dress which best displays my personal aesthetic– the dress I would have picked for myself. Rose’s Valentino is certainly that– it needs to get in my closet, stat! I am loving (most of) the floral prints I’ve been seeing on the red carpet this year– I liked Lucy Liu’s Golden Globes dress too– but this one is just a sort of watercolor perfection. I love the warm color palette, the sparkly belt, and the way the ruffles just kind of cascade down the length of the dress without being too obtrusive. I’m an unapologetic girly-girl, and this is just the perfect dress for that!
Well, that’s all, folks– these Fluffies are in the history books! See you next time!