Fluffy sincerely apologizes for being late to the party not once, but twice already this awards season. The Screen Actors’ Guild Awards snuck up on me. I truly forgot that this event was held on a Saturday instead of a Sunday. However, there is good news. In the spirit of my improved, kinder and gentler Fluffy Awards, I honestly didn’t see any outfits I truly hated on the red carpet. (Worst Dressed is still here, but it’s a very relative category this time out, and even the “winning” gown of said category has redeeming qualities.) So, with further apologies for the lateness of the post, I now present the Fluffies.
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
Everyone ooh’ed and aah’ed over Lupita’s Golden Globes dress, but Fluffy was unimpressed– it was a bold, pretty color, but design-wise, it did so little for me it didn’t even make my fashion roundup. (Cue a fluffy yawn and a mouse click– “Next.”) This turquoise crepe Gucci, however, is an entirely different story– absolutely electrifying. (Cue a fluffy jaw-drop and a blurted “Me likey!”) It’s a simple design that usually doesn’t call out to me, but it is thoroughly MADE by that beaded floral detailing– this dress NEEDS nothing else. Coordinating eye makeup and minimalist jewelry make this a look to remember.
Kerry is one of my fashion heroes. Even her rare missteps aren’t overly egregious, but her custom Prada ensemble seen here is definitely no misstep. Instead of swathing her pregnancy in yards of unflattering, curtain-like fabric as many celebrities are wont to do, Kerry dares to rock a hot-pink beaded crop top with a voluminous black satin skirt and gorgeous, lace-trimmed shoes, and she looks just adorable!
CATEGORY: THE SILVER MEDAL
Can we say WOWZA, boys and girls? Sofia’s metallic Donna Karan gown is slinky, sexy, and showy, but in the very best possible way. She quipped on the carpet that she felt like “Jessica Rabbit” in this dress, and with those dangerous curves, the loose wavy hairdo, and flawless jewelry and makeup, that’s a really great analogy. In fact, I’m coining a new word just for this look: it’s sparkletastic.
CATEGORY: THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
I wasn’t too thrilled with Julia’s button-up shirt and evening gown combo at last week’s Golden Globes– it seemed to be trying too hard to be quirky– but this coral-pink Valentino number is about seventeen kinds of awesome. Did you notice it’s not a dress? Yeah, it’s a jumpsuit! Only Julia could get away with saying “Eff it, I’m wearing pants” and then still look this fab. When you’ve got it, you’ve got it.
CATEGORY: THE DIVALICIOUS AWARD
This geometric, cobalt blue Antonio Berardi gown is in a class all by itself, and Amy stuns in it. Perfect Old-Hollywood hair and makeup, killer heels, just the right amount of bling– it’s an incredible, unforgettable look.
CATEGORY: MOST DRAMATIC
Sandra is owning the carpet this year, and she nails it again in this metallic emerald Lanvin creation. It’s a mere slip of a dress, but it is pure marvelosity anyway. With only a bangle and the best shoes of the night for adornment, it’s a study in simplicity that is anything but.
CATEGORY: THE BLUE RIBBON
(TIE) KELLY OSBOURNE AND ARIEL WINTER
Kelly hasn’t looked as if her heart was in it on the carpet for awhile, despite her always-adorable lilac hair and always-polished makeup. However, she’s back on form in a major way in this Zac Posen gown with detailing to die for. It’s a textural masterpiece, the tiny pin-tucked pleats accentuating her figure perfectly, and the color– so blue it’s nearly purple– is just right for her. And check out that Colette knuckle-buster! Love it! Ariel is wearing a blue floral watercolor Badgley Mischka with a crisscross bodice which is absolutely flattering and beautiful– it was a serious contender for the Fluffy Award. Dramatic without being overdone, it’s simply perfect.
CATEGORY: MOST BRILLIANT
I can’t believe the looks Claire is able to pull off. This Vionnet dress just shouldn’t work, period– despite the beautiful sapphire hue of the textured metallic front panel, the rest of it just doesn’t look like it should be part of the same dress. But somehow Claire pulls it all together and looks amazing, in that cool-girl way she has, making what could have been a disaster on someone else look like what everybody else ought to be wearing.
CATEGORY: THE GODDESS AWARD
I’m not generally a Calvin Klein fan, but this mauve-toned liquid metallic, single-shouldered column gown is anything but the usual boring CK design! With only a cuff and a ring to accessorize, Emilia looks like she just stepped off Mount Olympus to show us mere mortals how to do it right.
The Marios Schwab gown, with detailing that stretched from front to back like a chain-mail shrug, wasn’t the most attention-grabbing part of Natalie’s appearance– her half-shaved hairstyle attracted the most stares. The new ‘do is for her role in Mockingjay, and instead of trying to hide it, she ran with it, braiding half her hair out of the way to further expose the shaved surface and rocking a huge, punk-inspired ear cuff. Love it or hate it, it is a self-assured, gutsy style.
CATEGORY: WORST DRESSED
I actually LIKE the print. I love me some butterflies, I love me some monochrome, and usually I love me some Lanvin. What’s not thrilling me is the silhouette. Not quite 20’s Flapper, not quite 80’s mullet dress, it’s a bit puzzling. But I like the jewelry and I LOVE the shoes, so all is not lost. It could have been better, but it’s not a disaster.
CATEGORY: BEST DRESSED
It seems lately that my best-dressed picks have gotten some bashing from the media, and with Cate’s singular sense of style, that’s bound to happen. I am seriously in love with this petal-pink Givenchy, though, and nobody’s talking me out of it! With its candy-pink liquid sequin detailing, scarf bodice and halter neckline, this dress wouldn’t work for just anyone, but Cate can FORCE a look through sheer chutzpah alone, and not only survive but thrive. Pure, unadulterated AwesomeSauce.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
The win-win combo of J-Law and Dior has captured my best-dressed honors on numerous occasions, but this is the first time they’ve come together to nab the Very Special Fluffy Award, which is granted to the dress so perfect I’d have picked it for myself, the culmination of my fluffy aesthetic. This simple, fitted column is anything but mundane– check out those jewel-tone sequins in every color of the rainbow, set against that midnight-dark background like stars. It’s just amazing– the “wow” factor is off the charts. Girl on Fire, indeed. I NEED this dress, and somewhere to wear it.
Well, this set of Fluffies is a wrap– see you at the Grammy Edition!