Welcome to another edition of the Fluffy Fashion Awards! The Critics’ Choice Awards are not as well publicized as a lot of other awards programs leading up to the Oscars, and this is the first year I caught them in time to blog them. Huzzah, me! Let’s do this!
Category: Most Improved
(Tie)January Jones and Maura Tierney
January has, in the past, been a standout for the wrong reasons: at every carpet event she would show up in something distinctly odd, spacey or weirdly shaped, stuff that looked like it was wearing her instead of the other way around. However, this pale blue Altuzarra dress with its boho beading and half-sheer skirt is a breath of fresh air. At the Golden Globes Maura wore a tu-tone prom dress, so this Max Mara design, featuring a voluminous hunter green skirt and streamlined black top, is also a major upgrade.
(Tie) America Ferrara and Leslie Mann
These looks are both so freaking adorable it hurts! America is wearing a whimsical tea length INGIE Paris charmer and sky-high heels by Brian Atwood, while Leslie sparkles in a tulle Monique Lhullier that looks like a sartorial firework, and t-strap Louboutins.
Category: Red Royalty
(Tie)Rachel McAdams & Krysten Ritter
Ruby red rocks this season, and where better to show off the shade than on a blue carpet? Rachel is in a mostly sheer Elie Saab with gold chain straps and belt, and Krysten is a shining star in a beaded and pleated Zuhair Murad. Well played, ladies!
Category: The Sad Candy Cane Award
Category: Pretty in Pink
Category: Gothic Glam
Bryce Dallas Howard
And a huge shoutout for buying her Balmain dress online instead of doing the haute couture thing. She looks better than a great many of her more traditionally styled contemporaries, sleek, polished and darkly sophisticated in black.
Category: The Lingerie Award
It’s ethereal! It’s wispy! It’s cut up to there! It’s Saint Laurent channeling Victoria’s Secret! It looks too much like a (rather plain) undergarment, and I can’t figure out what color it is. Boo Jen. Not up to your usual standard.
Category: The Blue Ribbon
(Tie) Constance Wu and Saoirse Ronan
Pale blue is a dominant color tonight, and cape dresses are becoming a dominant silhouette. Constance is wearing a Peter Langner fit for a fairy princess, and Saoirse rocks a more structured Antonio Berard column with embellished shoulders. Both look ah-mazing!
Category: The Gold Medal
What’s not to love about this gleaming, roaring-twenties-inspired Chanel confection? Every detail, from the gilt sequins and beads to the tiered shape, the satin bow-back heels, retro jewels, bobbed ‘do and red lips, is perfectly Flapper and seriously awesome.
Category: Just Peachy
(Tie)Hayden Panettiere, Gina Rodriguez
Peach is one of my reliably favorite colors, which looks great on every skin tone and is a superior alternative to beige without the brazenness of bright orange. Hayden is wearing a plunging Maria Lucia Hohan in a pale shade, while Gina sizzles in a brighter hue from SAFiYAA. Both designs rely on simplicity, with the color as their statement. Bravissima!
Category: The Effortless Award
Calvin Klein has not historically been a favorite design house of mine. To me, all their dresses look the same: a Generic Column Dress™ in your choice of a) halter straps or b) spaghetti straps in any solid color. However, a plain Calvin Klein dress can make a deconstructed statement, as Amy has styled it, or rather, not styled it. No complicated hairdo and not a jewel in sight, just an awesome star being awesome.
Category: The Dazzle Award
As she did at the Globes, Regina is wearing Krikor Jabotian, this time in bright white with an intricately beaded crop top and a flirty high-low skirt. Add jeweled heels, upswept hair and sparkling accessories, and you get a whole lot of wow.
Category: The Divalicious Award
Helen Mirren is a style legend, pure class with a healthy dose of fun. She makes a black floral print work for her, and that in itself is a rare and amazing quality, but she really owns the carpet in this lace-trimmed Dolce & Gabbana gown.
Category: The Midnight Special
Dior is very hit-and-miss to me, but Emmy’s calf-length LBD with silver sequin skirt panel (try saying that three times fast!) is a solid hit, straight out of the park. She completes the look with strappy Jimmy Choo sandals. Just perfect!
Category: Renaissance Woman
Carly wouldn’t look out of place at a Ren Faire in this Chloe dress, but I kind of dig it. The loose fishtail braid is the right ‘do for the look, but I’m not crazy about the Brian Atwood platforms with it– while heels are de rigeur for carpet events whether red or blue, I’d have gone with a flat, possibly with straps up the calf.
Category: Worst Dressed
(Tie) Marisa Tomei and Alicia Vikander
There’s fun, and then there’s tacky. Marisa’s Zuhair Murad would be a cute little black lace number, but it’s been viciously attacked by Granny’s shower curtain. Alicia’s Mary Katrantzou has entirely too much going on: cheap-looking allover rhinestones, heavy beaded swirls, metallic bow detail, contrasting burgundy trim, knife-pleated chiffon mermaid tailfin skirt with lurex threads– omg, get rid of any three of those things and it might just work, but as is, it’s tragic.
Category: Best Dressed
(Tie) Kate Beckinsale and Sarah Hay
I just couldn’t decide between these two for the top honors. Kate shines in a metallic Monique Lhullier, intricate without being overdone, sexy but still fun. Sarah’s black Lorena Sarbu with gold vine detailing is pure glam, and the gold shoes and clutch play up the dark fabric’s contrast with her porcelain complexion.
Special Category: The Fluffy Award
Joanne FroggattJoanne looks absolutely radiant in this sparkly cobalt Roland Mouret column. As we know by now, the Extra-Special Fluffy Award is all about MY personal style and which dress represents it best. The dress I’d want for myself, basically, and this one is the most eye-catching of the evening. Love!
That concludes this chapter of the 2016 Award Season Fluffies. Agree? Disagree? Let me know! Be back soon with more fashion trashin’,so till then, revel in your awesome!