I’m always glad to see awards season start, just so I can ogle the awesome dresses on the red carpet. I am not much for watching TV, so the Emmys do nothing for me mostly, but it is my duty to present the Fluffy Awards to the best and worst looks of the night. Lots of color this year, which excites me– I hate beige as much as nature hates a vacuum. So without further adieu, shall we hand out some Fluffies?
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
(TIE) JULIANNA MARGULIES, CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, JANUARY JONES
This is a Fluffy Awards first: a three-way tie in the category of Most Improved. Julianna has never met an ugly print she didn’t like, but in the case of this Reed Krakoff column gown, she proves that she can pull off a pretty one too. Christina usually wears what looks like the same dress to every function, always guilty of beige abuse and looking tired and faded– with HER kick-butt coloring! I’m glad that her fave designer Christian Siriano finally talked her into a different color, and this black number offsets her porcelain skin and enviable figure perfectly. January frequently looks like she’s trying too hard to stand out, so this understated petal-pink lace Givenchy is a breath of fresh air.
CATEGORY: SHEER TRAGEDY
(TIE) JULIANNE HOUGH, AMANDA PEET
Okay, since this half-sheer trend started I have seen it done attractively maybe twice. Neither of these are done attractively. I’m especially disappointed in Julianne, who has previously been one of my most reliable red-carpet favorites. This bracken-hued Jenny Packham monstrosity veers between circus costume and Stripper Chic. (I see London, I see France…) And how many pairs of vintage-1987 pantyhose had to die to create Amanda’s Erdem frock?
CATEGORY: WATERCOLOR WONDER
This Honor dress stands out in the best possible way. It looks like a wearable Monet painting. If it weren’t for the oddly contrasting black (pleather?) bodice, this would have been a serious contender for best-dressed.
CATEGORY: RED ROYALTY
(TIE) HEIDI KLUM, LINDA CARDELLINI
There is nothing quite like a pop of ruby against a contrasting red backdrop. Heidi, in Atelier Versace, brings on the wow and almost goes over the top– if she had chosen a brighter shade of red it would have been too much. I love the structured ruffles on Linda’s Donna Karan Atelier gown, and the way her loose waves just seem to flow with the dress. (This one was a Fluffy Award contender.)
CATEGORY: THE BLUE RIBBON
Jessica’s structured Oscar de la Renta in a brilliant peacock blue is one of those dresses you just know makes you feel good to wear. The hi-low hemline is not mullet-like in the least, but just seems to flow naturally with the design.
CATEGORY: A TALE OF TWO SISTERS
ZOOEY AND EMILY DESCHANEL
The Deschanel sisters have very different red-carpet personas, but for the Emmys both went with their own spin on silvery blue. The usually whimsical Zooey opted for a sleeker take on the shade, in an icy J Mendel gown accentuated with a funky manicure, while Emily shakes up her often more sedate style with a lacy single-sleeved Houghton dress. There’s no clear winner here– both look fab.
CATEGORY: MOST DRAMATIC
I love the look of black and white together, and Anna’s Romona Keveza makes this classic combo eye-catching and modern. The lace trend, in this case the black asymmetrical bodice, is done just right here, while still incorporating the sweep and swish of a train that is just the perfect length.
CATEGORY: THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
(TIE) SARAH HYLAND AND KERRY WASHINGTON
OMG, both of these ladies make looking perfect seem so EASY. Sarah’s emerald Carolina Herrera, accented with on-trend black lace and accessorized with lots of actual emerald bling, is the centerpiece of a look so polished and put-together without seeming too matchy. Kerry, here wearing an incredible Marchesa, gets props for the least boring use of beige ever– the ethereal style of this gown, with its floral appliques and just the right amount of lace and beading, is the farthest thing from dull, and combined with free-flowing locks, minimal jewelry and a coordinating bag, is a show-stopping masterpiece.
CATEGORY: MOST BRILLIANT
Melissa has never shied away from vivid gowns on the carpet, and in a year where many ladies also opted for brights, several in this same shade of purple, she still stands out as the clear color winner in this vibrant Rubin Singer creation accented with pale turquoise jewels that contrast beautifully with the rich hue of the dress.
CATEGORY: WORST DRESSED
Lena is sadly no stranger to this category. By the end of last awards season, I thought she had finally found her groove, but this Prada proves she hasn’t. I mean, is she wearing these dresses ironically? It’s hard to tell. The print looks like a cheap bedsheet, the bodice looks like a 1970’s disco dress, and the voluminous ballgown skirt just doesn’t mesh with the top at all. The matchy-matchy eyeshadow appears to have been drawn on by a kindergartener, and the shag haircut, while cute and suiting her personality, needed a little more oomph for an A-list event.
CATEGORY: BEST DRESSED
Over the past few awards seasons, Giuliana has evolved into one of my fashion heroes. It’s rare for me to want to include more than one photo of a particular gown, even the night’s clear-cut winner, but this amazing, bejeweled Tadashi Shoji in sky blue and silver is possibly one of the loveliest dresses I’ve ever seen. Everything about it is perfection. Just look at how the painted-on sweetheart column flows into that gorgeous mermaid train. Check out the insane detailing. And then notice how beautiful and confident and glowing Giuliana looks in it. Wow. Just WOW.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
Kaley is not a first-timer in this category; in fact, the category was actually instituted because of a mint-green Romona Keveza dress she wore a couple of years ago. For newbies to my blog, The Very Special Fluffy Award is bestowed upon the dress I’d have chosen for myself, the best embodiment of my own personal style. What’s unusual here is the designer. I’ve been quite vocal in the past of my dislike for most Vera Wang; for the most part, her designs are uninspired and just kind of there. But this Vera is awesome, from the stunning claret color to the boned sheer bodice to the softly ruffled ballgown skirt. Just love it, and the newly svelte Fluffy would rock it like a hurricane.
There we have it, folks; with apologies for the lateness of the post, these Fluffies are a wrap! See you on the next red carpet!