I’ve been sadly remiss in updating the blog lately, but now that awards season is upon us, I’ll be around a lot more for the next few weeks. It’s too soon to tell who the style stars of the year are going to be, but let’s check out 2016’s first major red carpet and see if we can make any predictions…
Category: Most Improved
Felicity Huffman I’ve never been a huge fan of Felicity’s red carpet look. She has tended to play it safe with plain silhouettes and matronly colors, but this sequined Lorena Sarbu is a complete turnaround from the past. This is the dress equivalent of the Ruby Slippers: sparkly, glam, and magical, with sexy lace details. Loving the new darker hair too!
Melissa Benoist Supergirl looks totes adorbs in this strapless Monique Lhullier confection, adorned with a very feminine floral vine print and simply accessorized with strappy heels, statement earrings, a sugar-pink clutch and loose, wavy hair.
Category: The Arm Candy Award
Jenna Dewan Tatum Jenna’s shimmery Zuhair Murad ballgown looks like an incredible midnight tornado, but it has to play second fiddle to her gorgeous hubby, Sexiest Man Alive Channing. Can we say HOT???
Category: Gothic Glam
Caitriona BalfeThe Outlander star is a vampy vision in this Alexander McQueen number with sheer accents. Naturalistic makeup, sleek center-parted hair and a deep-red manicure complete the look.
Category: The Prom Queen
Maura TierneyShe just needs a lil’ tiara and a sash. The traditional updo, frosty lipstick, pale mani, and choker necklace all scream teenybopper, as if the two-tone Elizabeth Kennedy dress didn’t already.
Category: The Silver Medal
Malin Akerman This Reem Acra peplum dress is just too cute and fun. Metallic filigree lace makes a statement out of a classic shape, and minimal accessories allow the design to speak for itself.
Category: On the Fringe
Cate Blanchett Cate enjoys unusual styles that a lesser being could probably never pull off. This pale pink Givenchy is exactly what I’m talking about. Strategically sheer, embroidery-embellished, and trimmed in long, silky fringe, it’s a stunner that might look a mess on anyone else.
Category: Best Accessories
Emmy Rossum The Armani Prive column is pretty enough, and a great color on Emmy, if a bit simple. What’s going on here is that necklace!!! OMG I love it. The dress is just a backdrop, and a reason to wear a beautiful matching lipstick. Awesome!
Category: Dare to Bare
Kate Hudson This three-piece Michael Kors ensemble doesn’t leave much to the imagination, and I’m sorry to say I’m not a fan. It might be cute at the AMAs or Teen Choice, but its funkiness is a)dampened by its dull beige color and b)entirely out of place here. The top scares me a little– it looks like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.
Category: The Blue Ribbon
Gina Rodriguez Gina’s sapphire-blue ballgown is classic Zac Posen, both structured and flowing in perfect balance, and sporting a major trend on tonight’s carpet: skirt pockets. Gorgeous coordinated bracelets and earrings add the perfect finishing touch.
Category: The Superheroine
Regina KingThe dress, designed by Krikor Jabotian, is eye-catching and odd (in a good way). The cape perplexed me at first, but Regina looks like she’s having so much fun with it that I can’t complain. I’m also in total love with the shoes.
Category: Retro Cool
Amy AdamsAmy’s orange Versace gown evokes the style of the seventies with a modern flair. Sequins accent the waist and cascade down to the skirt, which ends in a flattering sweep train. Long beachy waves and a smoky eye complete the retro vibe.
Category: The Dazzle Award
Viola DavisIt’s a supernova! OMG. Love this starry Marchesa so, so much. Sheer midnight-blue overlay studded with sequins brings the constellations to the carpet for a huge wow factor. Shine on!
Category: The Gold Medal
Brie LarsonAnother simple silhouette made fab with the addition of metallics, Brie’s Calvin Klein twisted halter dress resembles jewelry translated into clothing. Understated makeup and hair are on trend this evening, and perfect with this look.
Category: Most Dramatic
Giuliana RancicThere is nothing understated about this Alex Perry creation, on the other hand. Its bright orange color, mega-sleeves, shoulder pads and waist cutouts are all the elements of drama, and while I’m on the fence about the dress in general, I definitely dig the sleeves.
Category: Pretty in Pink
Kate Bosworth Kate is wearing a sequined Dolce & Gabbana sheath gown with contrasting bodice designs. Very shiny, very slinky, and very, very pink, it gives Kate the look of a statue made of candy.
Category: Not-So-Shy Violet
Joanne Froggatt The Downton Abbey star looks super sweet and seriously sexy in this exquisitely draped, plunging Reem Acra gown. The color is a standout and the accessories are minimal because they aren’t even needed. Brava!
Category: A Rose By Any Name
Eva Longoria This embellished Georges Hobeika dress has almost too much visual interest. The floral beading and appliqués are lovely, but there’s like one too many of the bow motifs. The neckline cutout or the belt- not both. Otherwise a charming choice.
Category: Red Royalty
Jennifer Lawrence Dior likes to play with shapes, and JLaw’s pretty column dress is one of their best efforts I’ve seen- they always do right by her. Symmetrical cutouts beneath a tiered empire bodice bring the oomph, and the chain link necklace brings the bling.
Category: The Goddess Award
Taraji P. HensonSuch a streamlined, white sheath dress ought to be boring, but its minimalist chic is just right for the beautiful Empire star to stand out in, drawing the eye to the wearer rather than the gown. And check out that cute handbag!
Category: Most Brilliant
Jaimie Alexander Another ballgown with pockets, in a lush shade of green on black. This ultra-low-cut geometric creation by Italian designer Genny is amazingly gorgeous and perfectly styled, with matching earrings and an unfussy updo. Lurve.
Category: Worst Dressed
(Tie) Jane Fonda, Natalie DormerJane’s Yves St Laurent dress is… Well, she looks like a giant, OLD baby head poking out of a frilly bassinet. On a stick. Natalie is a red-carpet risk-taker, which usually pays off for her, but this J Mendel gown is neither edgy nor dramatic; it would be boring and inoffensive but for the inexplicable gimp collar which made me facepalm as soon as I saw it. It’s all the more disappointing when it turns out your style crush has feet of clay. Le sigh.
Category: Best Dressed
(Tie) Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya JLo rocks a canary yellow Giambattista Valli wrap gown with a coordinated cape, bringing her A game as always; she’s a true style legend. Up-and-comer Zendaya slays in a ruby brocade tiered Marchesa, proving she’s already a standout in her own right. What else can I say? Just perfect.
Special Category: The Fluffy Award
The Very Special Fluffy Award goes to the outfit that best exemplifies my own personal aesthetic; in other words, the dress I would have picked for myself. Carly’s amazing halter dress, covered in black, green, and blue sequins, is designed by Juan Carlos Obando, and it needs to live in my closet. So that I can wear it to the grocery store and whatnot because I feel like being a mermaid.
So there we have it… Agree? Disagree? Let me know!
Note: I have given up on my positive format in which I try to say nice things about every dress, even the worst one. It is not my truth. If I can’t handle how awful something looks, it goes without saying that it’s not about bullying the wearer but calling out a designer or maybe a stylist that should know better, and I’m not going to sugarcoat. Fluffy must be honest. Anyway, peace out and see you at the next awards event!