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Fluffy Awards Super Post: Grammy AND BAFTA Fashion!

When there are red carpets on both sides of the pond, it makes for a long day for yours truly, but the two events in question are so very different that I’m going to handle them separately within this post. The Grammys are kind of an award season anomaly, having nothing to do with the Oscar race and decidedly different in tone from events of that sphere, while the BAFTA Awards in the U.K. often feature faces less familiar to those of us stateside along with the stalwart Oscar hopefuls and tend to get lost in the award season shuffle. Anyway, let’s dive into the Grammy looks first…

GRAMMY FLUFFY AWARDS 

Category: Most Improved 

Rhianna in Armani Privé 

Last time RiRi appeared at the Grammys back in 2015, she wore what can only be described as a dead pink jellyfish. This two-piece ensemble is so much better that there is no comparison. Serious Bollywood vibes here. Love it. 
Category: Cutest

Carrie Underwood in Elie Madi

Carrie is always adorbs, but there’s something about this dress that makes her look like she’s a little girl playing dress-up in big-girl clothes. Maybe it’s the sleeves, which fall a bit long, but the result is just too cute. 
Category: The Fairy Princess Award

(Tie)Kelsea Ballerini in Ines Di Santo

Elle King in Teuta Matoshi

 These dresses are both so ethereal and lovely, Kelsea in ice blue and Elle in blush pink. 3D florals are very trendy right now, and both ladies look like they stepped straight out of a fairy tale. 
Category: The Gold Medal

Solange Knowles in Gucci

I just love this liquid gold, one-shoulder look with its statement ruffles and teeny tiny pleating. Solange is absolutely radiant, and I’m all about those near-invisible shoes too. 
Category: Red Royalty 

Charli XCX in Vivienne Westwood 

Charli is feeling the Valentine groove in this plunging sweetheart neckline and floral jacquard fabric with matching satin pumps. Awesome!

Category: Gothic Glam 

Chrissy Teigen in Roberto Cavalli

Look. At. All. Those. Laces!  This gown is serving up a healthy dose of bondage-inspired gorgeousness.  Wowza!
Category: The Dare-To-Bare Award

Laverne Cox in Bryan Hearns

The Orange is the New Black star shows a lot of skin in this smoking hot chain-embellished custom number and strappy sky-high heels. 
Category:  The WTF Award

Girl Crush in ???

There is worst-dressed, and then there is another level of tacky that you only see at the Grammys and their like. Are they balloons or gum balls? And who the heck is Girl Crush anyway? I guess that’s the whole point. Ummm. Okay. Moving on. 

 Category: The Divalicious Award 

Demi Lovato in Julien MacDonald

Check out this very sheer and statuesque look on a beautiful Demi Lovato. Sexy yet elegant, and a complete win. 
Category: The Goddess Award

Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo

Nobody does a red carpet quite like J-Lo, and this slinky lilac gown is just kept from best-dressed honors by the dubious virtue of the large chiffon shoulder doodad. Otherwise a great look, with the Best Shoes of the evening. 
Category: The Shining Star

Hillary Scott in Jenny Packham

Quite literally in this case, as Hillary’s gown is bedecked with hundreds of beaded stars. So pretty!
Category: Most Intricate 

Lea Michele in Roberto Cavalli 

There is just a crazy amount of detail in this two-piece ensemble, which looks to be all embroidered rather than beaded. With a fresh, minimalist makeup and hair look, the dress speaks for itself. 
Category: Wildest

Katy Perry in Tom Ford

This is certainly an odd look, isn’t it?  I want to like it, but there’s a weird wrongness about it. It can’t decide what it wants to be. The dichotomy between the sequin bodice and the fringe skirt is somewhat jarringly executed. Well, it is a Tom Ford, and his designs are often meh, so maybe awkward is a sign he’s trying to do something different. Anyway, it’s a bold choice and Katy otherwise looks flawless.  
Category: The Prom Queen

Tori Kelly in Badgley Mischka

First off, I don’t dislike this look. It’s a really pretty dress, but the kind of thing that doesn’t really stand out at red carpet events. I love the color, but it needs something to bring it out of high school dance territory and into the realm of high fashion. 
Category: Worst Dressed

Halsey in Christian Wijnants

And then Halsey shows up to the Grammys in her Grammy’s wrinkled old pajamas and mistakes a necklace for a top. Once again… this sort of thing happens only at the Grammys, folks! 
Category: Best Dressed

Adele in Givenchy

C’mon, how gorgeous is this? Though I was no fan of “Hello”, Adele continues to win me over with more upbeat numbers like this one. Patchwork detail is so on-point and she’s rocking it. The color and texture are just so luxe. Love. 
Special Category: The FLUFFY Award

Camila Cabello in Miri Couture 

I love me some ballgowns, and this one, chosen for its alignment with my own personal aesthetic ( i.e., the dress I’d have picked for myself), is a stunner. It’s so floaty and glam at the same time, and the purple is absolutely beautiful. Showstoppah!!
Now we move across the pond to take in the sights at the…

BAFTA AWARDS FLUFFIES 

Category: Most Improved

Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé 

After a severe misstep at her SAG appearance (in a feathery parrot dress), Nicole is back in good form in this revealing column with a plunging metallic bodice and ritzy Harry Winston jewels. Much better. 
Category:  Cutest

Daisy Ridley in Roland Mouret

This dress is just intensifying my patchwork obsession. So perfectly adorable.  A matching wrap and awesome stilettos complete the look. 
Category: The Silver Medal

Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton 

Whoa, this is smoking!  A liquid-sequin skirt and embellished top make this long-sleeved column a real standout. 

Category: Wildest

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton 

This sequined mini is hiding a scary face in its colorful details. Cute at first glance, creepy at second, and all-around cray-cray. 
Category: The Blue Ribbon

Viola Davis in Jenny Packham 

 Flowing shades of blue, from sapphire to sky, and a simple criss-cross pattern make for a beautifully eye-catching gown. 

Category: The Gilded Flour Sack

Amy Adams in Tom Ford

Note to Tom Ford:  please stop making beautiful women look like literal bag ladies. The back of this dress has a sheer drape and a bow, but it’s not enough to make up for the front looking like a sack of potatoes. Sorry, Amy; at least it’s a good color on you. 
Category: Gothic Glam

Felicity Jones in Dior

A sheer overlay and chain-mail straps make this simple A-line silhouette darkly glamorous and very memorable. 
Category: Cinderella Style

Naomie Harris in Gucci

This ruffled gown with floral details and a knife-pleated skirt is the stuff of little girls’ fairy tale dreams. So romantic. 
Category: Worst Dressed

(Tie) Caitriona Balfe in Gucci

Emma Stone in Chanel

 Caitriona’s dress is probably the saddest thing I’ve ever seen from Gucci; the scarlet skirt clashes with the pastel colors on the top, and while it could’ve been pretty (with a white skirt maybe?) it ultimately doesn’t work. Emma’s outfit is sad in that it is almost great. The dress is beautiful, the heels are perfect, and I love the ankle bracelet. The look is ruined solely but wholly by the tacked-on addition of inexplicable pantaloons underneath the dress. What? Who would do that to that innocent dress? Boo. 
Category: Best Dressed

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen 

It isn’t often that actual royalty attends an awards season event, and did you have any doubt she would steal the show? Kate is always textbook perfection, and this floral gown is a great example of the polished, elegant style the world’s most photographed woman is known for. Oh, and she wins The Arm Candy Award forever with her real-life prince. It just doesn’t get better than this. 
Special Category: The FLUFFY Award 

Emily Blunt in Alexander McQueen 

Like Camila Cabello’s dress at the Grammys above, this is the best representation of my own personal style at the BAFTAs. Just look at it. It’s so me. I would wear the hell out of this dress. It slays. 

So there we have two red carpet wrap-ups in one post. Hope you enjoyed, and see you next time…

Bonus Fluffy Awards: BAFTAS Edition

The BAFTAs are sort of the British Oscars, and a (slightly obscure stateside) part of the awards season.  Here are a few quick awards for the red carpet; after the SAGs extravaganza I’m still reeling, so this set shall be mercifully brief.

Category: Most Improved 

Rooney Mara

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Yes, it’s beige, but it’s a much different, softer look for Rooney, not her usual severe/austere monochromatic, almost vampiric red carpet presence.  Yes, I bag on Rooney a lot. The romantic, textured Givenchy gown and especially the makeup let Rooney shine, instead of hiding behind ghostly Kabuki-like foundation and stark, harsh black or white gowns that don’t flatter.  This is the best look I’ve ever seen her wear, and she looks like a princess.

Category: Cutest 

Saoirse Ronan

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This Burberry column is adorable, boasting an intricate floral design reminiscent of a medieval unicorn tapestry, and accented with a statement necklace of multicolored jewels.

Category: The Divalicious Award 

Angela Bassett

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This begonia-pink, fit-and-flare dress by Galia Lahav is absolutely everything. Angela looks so radiant…and so ripped!  I totes want arms like that.

Category: The Effortless Award

Dakota Johnson

imageWhat a simple, elegant look.  A Dior gown combined with undone hair and minimal jewelry makes it look so easy.

Category: The Goddess Award

Julianne Moore

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Julianne has been killing it this year, with bolder choices than she usually goes for, like this black-and-white Armani dress. She really looks like she’s channeling some Greek statuary here, and whether it’s Athena or Aphrodite, it’s beautiful.

Category: Most Brilliant 

Emilia Clarke 

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Emilia slays in a gust of wind and a bright coral-colored Victoria Beckham design with a matching clutch and strappy heels.  A standout just from the color, it adds visual interest with the plunging neckline and shoulder cutouts that draw attention to her face rather than her décolletage.

Category: The Dazzle Award 

Alicia Vikander 

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Wow, it’s so shiny!  In my world, that’s not a bad thing. What we have here is a Louis Vuitton gown in dark leather that fits like a second skin, with sparkly chain-look details and silver fringe. I am so in love with this.

Category: Purple Prose 

Gwendoline Christie

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I am not so into Gwendoline’s partnership with Lanvin. Giles Deacon never made her look awkward in the way this dress does. It looks like a weird hybrid of an old-school Adidas tracksuit and a delia’s catalog prom dress. It’s so 90’s, and not in a good way. Poor Gwennie looks beautiful, though, rising above the sad dress with on-point hair and makeup.

Category: Just Suit Me

Rebel Wilson

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Rebel’s Maria Renaldi suit with customized skirt is unusual, but ultimately quite flattering to her curvy hourglass figure and showing off her legs while still rocking a short train. It’s a whimsical style only she could pull off. I am jealous of her gorgeous mermaid hair.

Category: Worst-Dressed

Stefanie Powers

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I wanted to like this Jacques Azagury dress, because feathers; they don’t call me Seriouslyfluffy for nothing.  But there is delightfully over-the-top and just plain overdone,  and what we’ve got here is definitely the latter.  The feathered shoulder pieces look like actual dead-bird wings, taxidermied and stitched onto an otherwise normal blue dress, creating Frankenbird.  Just no, please.

Category: Best-Dressed

Kate Winslet 

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The asymmetrical Antonio Berardi dress is far from Kate’s formerly somewhat staid style.  She’s been shaking things up this award season, and this is possibly her best look in years, sleek, sexy, yet undone enough to give an aura of fun. Brava!

Special Category: The Fluffy Award

Cate Blanchett 

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Cate is one of my absolute, all-time style heroes. This Alexander McQueen gown is the ideal illustration as to why. As we should all be aware by this point in award season, the Extra-Special Fluffy Award goes to the dress I’d have chosen for myself. We have a bejeweled, drop-waisted bodice that looks like stained glass, and a sweeping skirt made of feathers. These feathers are done correctly, though, cute, not creepy like Stefanie Powers’. I heart it so much I just can’t even!

Well, that’s a wrap, just a small batch of Fluffies to whet the appetite for Monday’s Grammy Awards and the Oscars at the end of the month! See you tomorrow…

Fluffy Awards Galore: 2015 BAFTA’s

As if the Grammys weren’t enough award show action for one weekend (which included the midseason return of TWD), there was a big shindig going on across the pond, as well.  The British Academy of Film Awards are a thing, and a major part of the Oscar race.  Also, the red carpet is taken a little more seriously there than at the Grammys.  I was less than impressed with the Grammy fashions, and just couldn’t stand that dress that Rihanna had on.

Bad Photoshop courtesy of yours truly.

Bad Photoshop courtesy of yours truly.

I don’t mean to be mean, honestly I don’t, but ZOMG that was the worst outfit ever.

Enough about the Grammys, though;  I am here to take stock of BAFTA fashions.  Let’s check it out.

MOST IMPROVED

ROSAMUND PIKE

8dca3a52-76ed-452b-bf6f-7f131ba1f285-1349x2040Ok, Rosamund wore a cancerous black lampshade to the SAGs and anything would have been an improvement.  This Roland Mouret version of the Generic Column Dress™ isn’t particularly inspired, but at least it’s pretty, so I’m all for it.

CUTEST

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

9d363f8f-1125-4daa-8bc7-8f266a9ba718-1305x2040Keira has gotten progressively better at dressing her baby bump as award season has gone on.  This Giambattista Valli tea-length dress with pretty floral detailing over layers of tulle gives me pause;  same fashion house that produced the Rihanna travesty.  I guess everyone is entitled to an off day.  I promise I will shut up about the Grammy dress.  Alrighty then.

THE BOOBY PRIZE

GUGU MBATHA-RAW

097c1965-dd41-41d1-b481-651bcff8f2b3-1283x2040This dress is really supercute.  I love the color, the cut, everything…except… it has the Prada Problem.  Please, please, Miuccia, for the love of all that is holy, please learn where NOT to place bustline darts.  The headlights are stuck on bright.

THE GOLD MEDAL

KARA TOINTON

7d1c1271-cab7-4d2b-97a4-7e84d2272821-1360x2040Cool, huh?  I loves it.  This dress by Julien McDonald is almost too intricate;  it reminds me of stained glass.  Or fine enameled jewelry.  Either way, it’s a striking piece.

PRETTY IN PINK

OLIVIA GRANT AND NIMRAT KAUR

a30ccb56-300a-4273-b9b5-fc3177070cc4-1348x20409a1f79fc-91d1-4e62-812b-8ffc7a7d2188-1358x2040Olivia’s shimmery pink icicle of a dress is probably my favorite Jenny Packham design ever.  Nimrat’s Georges Hobeika with its embroidered capelet bodice speaks to the Disney Princess inside me in the best way possible.

AWARD OF MEH-RIT

(TIE) JULIANNE MOORE AND KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS

70b69ce1-6422-4359-b630-54d47347a24c-1353x2040f9c74bfb-a44c-450c-855d-c89d0f4f72bf-1317x2040Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if certain stars (or perhaps their stylists) have been Doing This for so long they no longer care, like that old turtle from Neverending Story.  I’m not a fan of Tom Ford generally, and Julianne’s dress is a perfect illustration as to why.  It’s a one-way ticket to Snoozeville.  I have seen more visually interesting mother-of-the-bride dresses on the rack at David’s.  And it saddens me to see that Kristin has lost all stylistic moxie;  I’m dating myself by remembering her best as Mary in Prince’s “art film” Under the Cherry Moon (as well as that Neverending Story reference), but it makes me feel old anyway to see her dressed in dull, matronly weeds like this.  Yes, it’s vintage Balmain, but this one should have stayed in the trunk.

PURPLE REIGN

REESE WITHERSPOON

7930ebb2-1615-4f23-902a-79607c5c7062-1338x2040Stella McCartney is a stalwart red-carpet fave for her simple, flattering designs, and this brilliant purple sheath is a prime example.  What could have been a boring piece is given pop with the unusual color.

MOST DRAMATIC

AMY ADAMS

00b5227f-d96f-4eef-ad9f-ea4d4b71149d-1229x2040This Lanvin column is another design that’s almost the same-old same-old, but is saved by a dazzling cummerbund tied up in embellished tassels.  It’s just the right addition to take blah to beautiful.  (Note:  I have read conflicting reports that this is a Stella McCartney design rather than Lanvin.  Does anyone know the truth?  Comment if you do…)

MOST BEWILDERING

FELICITY JONES

52ae739d-58d5-4c61-bedc-8d8cafb2f158-1288x2040I have strong feelings about this Dior ballgown.  I’m just not sure what they are.  I want to love it, but cannot wholly;  I equally want to hate it, but can’t find anything to really hate.  It’s just an odd, confusing dress that truly perplexes Fluffy.  I do not like sitting on the fence, but I am not at all sure what I like about it, or what I don’t.  Before my brain explodes a la Scanners, I should just move along.

RED ROYALTY

DIANNA AGRON

b1e82779-0e7e-4922-b92e-12e5c675f206-1355x2040Lanvin is flirting with becoming a little too staid and predictable, but they keep subverting the type, in this case with an interesting bodice design and on-point draping.  And those Tabitha Simmons shoes are to die for!

THE DAZZLE AWARD 

CHARLOTTE RILEY

2b7d225c-bf61-40a7-95da-06d5eecf1ffe-1369x2040Charlotte’s Antonio Berardi gown makes a statement with some serious beaded bling.  It’s another simple design– in this case an asymmetric one-shoulder column– given major wow factor with dramatic additions.

THE EFFORTLESS AWARD

JENNA COLEMAN

jenna-coleman-baftas-2015-251551Jenna looks fabulous in a cutout floral Rochas ballgown with minimal accessories and unfussy hair and makeup.  Maybe some people are just born with it.

WORST DRESSED

HOFIT GOLAN

250d7be0-3c46-4788-86f8-7dcc78ecb2bc-1261x2040I haven’t been able to find out who the designer is on this one.  Perhaps said Unknown Dressmaker does not want to own up to it.  It’s definitely an odd piece.  While the funky bodice might have worked with a better skirt, this one just has to go.  I’m all for whimsy, but there’s a tipping point.  However, I am rather fond of the shoes.

BEST DRESSED

LAURA HADDOCK

a6f436aa-2870-4b0e-ab3e-52c76ba393df-1359x2040Laura is having her princess moment in this gorgeous Ashli Couture ballgown.  I’m in love with it.  I gotta post another picture, which I rarely do, so you know this denotes love.

hayley-atwell-sam-claflin-baftas-2015-13It’s so awesome.  It looks grey or beige-y at first glance, but it’s actually the palest green ever.  All that tulle.  OMG I love love love this dress.

THE VERY SPECIAL FLUFFY AWARD

NATALIE DORMER

d9123bbb-7de2-4c95-9434-5a86495b92ad-1427x2040Here’s Natalie winning the Special Fluffy Award again!  (She’s in very elite company; few stars repeat wins in this category.)  It goes to the dress that best exemplifies my own personal aesthetic– that is, the dress I’d be most likely to wear myself.  This Issa gown is a lovely color combo, a simple silhouette with extra attention to detail in the outlined darts and flowing lace train.  But the one thing that clinches it, for me, at least?  Those gloves.  They are too epic.  Like ’em, love ’em, gotta have ’em!

There we go, lovelies… two carpets in a day makes a very, very tired Fluffy, so I shall be wrapping this up, but remember to join me next time around!