Awards Season 2015 is here at last, and with it a brand new batch of Fluffy Awards! I have never had much of an interest in the awards themselves, just the glam on display. I’ve been blogging the red carpet looks all Award Season long for a few years now, and as is usual, the Globes underwhelmed me a bit. Last year I began a new tradition of less snark and more positive commentary, which began to wear a little thin as the season progressed. I’ll strive to do better this year. Anyway, if an outfit did not catch my eye in some way it’s not included here… so if some lauded swath of fabric that made me yawn and say “NEXT” is not here, be assured it was beneath my notice. As I said, not much impressed me at the Globes, which is sort of a warm-up carpet; however, there were some attractive looks on display, despite the absence of Jennifer Lawrence and her Dior excellence. So here we go…
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
Jessica has rocked some lovely looks in the past, but for the most part she has relied on that dull sartorial staple, the Generic Column Dress™. This year, she shakes things up in a bronze metallic Atelier Versace halter dress. It’s a 70’s-inspired disco-glam masterpiece. Keep up the good work, Jessica, you look fabulous!
In keeping with her latest role as Cinderella in Into the Woods, Anna has chosen a sweet Monique Lhullier princess gown in blush tulle with candy-pink sequin accents. Her hairstyle is a bit severe for the dress, but the overall look is tres adorbs.
CATEGORY: BEST ACCESSORIES
I know that Naomi is a Serious Actress now, but to me she will always be Jet Girl (and that’s kick-ass awesome). Her Gucci column dress just steers clear of generic by virtue of the sunny color and the draped detailing, but the real star of this ensemble is that Bulgari diamond snake necklace! Love it!
CATEGORY: THE BLUE RIBBON
CATEGORY: RED ROYALTY
TAYLOR SCHILLING AND VIOLA DAVIS
Both of these ladies look incredible! Taylor is wearing a flowing, backless Ralph Lauren with a keyhole cutout and a wide ballgown flare, while Viola glows in Donna Karan Atelier with a mermaid train and plenty of sparkle. Hand it to these ladies for rocking the reds without blending into the carpet!
CATEGORY: THE ARM CANDY AWARD
Chrissy’s better half, crooner John Legend, is the perfect accessory for her intricately beaded Zuhair Murad dress in pale pink. Even if her emotional “cry face” during her hubby’s acceptance speech did become an instant meme, girl looks awesome.
CATEGORY: THE DIVALICIOUS AWARD
Also in Zuhair Murad, JLo takes yards of fabric that would be incomprehensible on anyone else and turns it into major drama. Werk it!
CATEGORY: MOST BRILLIANT
Lupita was my fashion hero last year, and it looks like she’s holding her own this year as well. Critics were divided about her Giambattista Valli gown’s sculptural flower detailing, but Lupita makes it work and the bright purple is a beautiful color on her.
CATEGORY: THE SILVER MEDAL
This Givenchy creation is the best thing I’ve seen on Julianne in ages. The ombre feather train is the right kick to keep it from being too safe and adds a lot of fun to what could have been quite a staid design.
CATEGORY: THE GODDESS AWARD
This was Joanne’s big night, picking up an award for a harrowing performance as Anna Bates on Downton Abbey, and looking absolutely gorgeous in Marchesa! While some floral patterns just don’t work well on the red carpet, this one is a major exception– a midnight blue background graced with jeweled flowers like a rich medieval tapestry. Coordinating accessories and a braid crown make this one a perfect look.
CATEGORY: THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
Joanne’s costar Laura manages to make a minimalist outfit look so pulled together and polished. She’s wearing a vintage one-shoulder James Galanos gown with a beaded star detail and a simple updo that is so unfussy and lovely that she looks as if she just rolls out of bed this way. Just beautiful!
CATEGORY: MOST DRAMATIC
I’ve seen a lot of online hate for Kerry’s textured, two-toned Mary Katrantzou gown, but while the color juxtaposition is jarring, I think she pulls it off. In any case, it is a memorable choice and Kerry, as always, looks gorgeous.
CATEGORY: WORST DRESSED
I should probably cut Keira some slack as she is pregnant and looks really happy with her husband
Jimmy Neutron James Righton. OMG did I just say that. (It is quite late as I write this.) But this Chanel shower-curtain-from-your-grandma’s-house is doing no-one any favors.
CATEGORY: BEST DRESSED
Kate’s plunging, cutout Versace is a picture of simplicity, but is a winner in every way. What else can I say about something this awesome?
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
In a major bucking of tradition, the first-ever Very Special Fluffy Award that is not a dress. Some jumpsuits just don’t work (see: Emma Watson’s prison-orange one at last year’s Globes), but this Lanvin is worthy of the award for the outfit I’d have picked for myself. Everything going on here is just perfect. The black is so classy and flattering, but the strapless sequined bodice and whimsical sash train make it pure fun. Add understated makeup and hair and a pair of towering Louboutins and this is just. the best. ever.
So there you have my opinions. Agree? Disagree? Comment!