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An Underwhelmed Batch of Oscar Night Fluffy Awards

I’ve been chronicling the red-carpet foibles of award season divas for several years now, and in all that time it’s been rare for me to find myself as bored by the crop of designer frocks on display as I was last night. There were a few bright spots in a sea of mostly dull duds, and at least I bothered to put on my Marchesa and show up (courtesy of Photoshop, as always; Fluffy hasn’t yet finagled an actual invitation yet):

Yep, the gray stripe in my hair is real these days.  Anyway, so little was going on fashion-wise that I’m going to forgo my usual category system (except for the Special Fluffy Award, which goes to the dress most in line with my personal taste); I can’t even name a best or worst dressed, as everything was pretty staid and bland, so will instead talk a bit about why these gowns actually made somewhat of an impression on me. (I was sorely tempted to throw out the whole post out of sheer boredom, but it was the freaking Oscars, and I bothered to ‘shop myself weeks ago, so the show goes on.)

Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti

A bit on the simple side, but that’s because the fabric is the star and needs nothing else. Midnight blue velvet gets me every time. 

Emma Stone in Givenchy 

I have a sweater in almost this exact color scheme, so that’s an automatic win for me, but the fun addition of fringe seals the deal. 

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad 

Normally not a big fan of beige (or cream, or eggshell, or whatever you wanna call it), but the beading looks like fireworks and it has. A. Cape. Too cool. 

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph & Russo

Loads of visual interest in the gravity-defying bodice and mosaic pattern, and one of the braver choices here. The diamond bracelets are the perfect touch. 

Viola Davis in Armani Privé 

The brilliant red gown stood out in a crowd of mostly the same old same old. The off-shoulder design and halter neck add nice detail to a simple and elegant look. 

Kirsten Dunst in Christian Dior 

A perfectly accessorized dream of a plain black dress that’s anything but boring. The high-low hemline isn’t done much on ballgown styles, and I love it when it is. 

Halle Berry in Atelier Versace 

Fringe was kind of a thing this year, and this is one of the best examples. The asymmetrical overlay adds additional wow factor. 
Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta 

Those ruffles!  I love velvet, and this is quite the dramatic application of it, with that plunging neckline and mid-thigh split; and did I mention the ruffles?
Scarlett Johansson in Alaïa

Another standout color choice, this floaty pink print dress is made by the sparkly statement belt. Bracelets which coordinate with said belt complete the look. 
Octavia Spencer in Marchesa 

More fringe, but this time it’s made of feathers! How fun is that? Love the rich silver color and the overall look of this beautiful ball gown. 
Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé 

More beige (sigh), but at least there is a really interesting beading thing going on here. 
The Special Fluffy Award

Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo

 When I include multiple photos of a dress, you know it’s something pretty special, and this sheer, ethereal flower garden of a gown was my absolute favorite of the evening. 
There you have it; the 2017 Awards Season goes in the books with more of a ho-hum than a bang, but maybe next year will be better. One can hope. Laters…

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…

SAG Awards fashion: More Fluffy Awards

So the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards were last night, and amid the wins, losses and political statements, there was quite a bit of sartorial savvy on display as well. Here are my Fluffy Awards of Fashion for the evening. 

Category: Most Improved 

Anna Chlumsky in Elizabeth Kennedy 

This is a lot better than the green bedsheet she wore to the Globes– it fits, and I love the color. Not sure what that stray bit of navy cloth trailing the ground is about, but overall a good look. 
Category: Cutest

Naomie Harris in Lanvin

This is trés adorbs!  There were a few more jumpsuits than usual, but this one is my favorite. Love the floral and chain detailing. 
Category: The Arm Candy Award

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad 

This look is a departure for Sofia, who usually wears slightly different variations of the same mermaid dress, but check out her hottie husband Joe Manganiello and how sweet they look together. Awwww.  
Category: Best Accessories 

Amy Adams in Brandon Maxwell

Not much to say about the dress, a Generic Column™ that’s just a backdrop for those cool jewels. The matching set is by Cartier and is too faboo. 
Category: The Gold Medal 

Ariel Winter in Mikael D

It’s soooo shiny. I love it. Somehow it has the effect of mermaid scales and rushing waves at the same time. Did I mention I love it?
Category: The Blue Ribbon 

Ellie Kemper in Wai Ming

Ellie is a consistent style hero of mine, and this velvet one-shoulder gown in royal blue continues her winning streak. Beautiful. 
Category: Pretty in Pink

Rashida Jones in Vivienne Westwood 

This elegant, toile-inspired print chiffon is pure perfection. With tousled hair and minimal jewelry, it’s a deconstructed look that feels effortless. 
Category: Little Miss Sunshine

Salma Hayek in Gucci 

I’m starting to really love Gucci lately. Their designs can be somewhat hit or miss, but this one is a big hit. It looks like an actual flower. 
Category: The Rose Garden

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Lela Rose

See what I did there?  I need to leave off the bad puns. All kidding aside, this is a great dress on the Veep star. Eye-catching, well-accessorized, and well-played. 
Category: The Goddess Award 

Viola Davis in Vivienne Westwood 

Extraordinary. It’s quite a plain dress, but the structured bodice and gorgeous necklace take it into Wow territory. Seriously. Wow. 
Category: Most Intricate 

Emily Blunt in Roberto Cavalli 

Check that out. It looks like a medieval tapestry. Just magnificent. Also a runner up for the Arm Candy Award, as Emily and hubby John Krasinski are just so cute together. 
Category: The Fairy Princess Award 

Kaley Cuoco in Marchesa

An ethereal, gauzy number from my favorite ethereal, gauzy designer. Love the ombré colors and leafy details. 
Category: The Candy Cane Award

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Formerly known as the Sad Candy Cane Award, but this dress isn’t as sad as it could have been. It’s saved by a healthy dose of glitz and a sophisticated take on the choker trend. 
Category: The Bridal Show

Kerry Washington in Roberto Cavalli 

It’s the best wedding gown I’ve ever seen on a red carpet. That’s not a bad thing. I would love to walk down an aisle in this bejeweled, bell-sleeved confection. Love. 
Category: Back in Black 

Gwendoline Christie in Vivienne Westwood 

Wowza. Another of my fave jumpsuits of the evening, this sparkly biker-chic ensemble is both memorable and as badass as can be. Slay. 
Category: The Divalicious Award

Taraji P. Henson in Reem Acra

This is so stunning. Both sweet and racy, with the just the right amount of sparkle. Just ah-mazing. Best ballgown of an evening somewhat short on ball gowns, but one this cool makes up for the lack. 
Category: Worst Dressed

Nicole Kidman in Gucci

Oh, Gucci, Gucci. When you do right, it’s SO right, but when you mess up you REALLY mess up. This dress could have been awesome, if you had only resisted the sick urge to cover this perfectly reasonable green sequined dress with dead parrots. Okay, not actual dead parrots, but just because no birds were harmed in the making doesn’t make it all right. Just NO. 
Category: Best Dressed

(Tie) Maisie Williams

Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen

I couldn’t decide between these two lovely ladies.  I always have trouble finding the designers of Maisie’s dresses, and this time couldn’t find out at all, leading me to believe it may be an original creation of her stylist; either way, it’s a vision and so is she, emanating Old Hollywood glam. Emma is breathtaking in a black gown that’s like two dresses in one: a sheer lacy one blooming out of a pretty floral. 
Special Category: The Fluffy Award 

Thandie Newton in Schiaparelli 

If you’ve visited this blog before, you know that the Special Fluffy Award goes to the dress I’d have picked for myself. I love this sparkling design, with an asymmetrical neckline and carnival-esque print. So unusual and pretty.  So me!
So there you have it. See you next go-round!

(Late) Golden Globes fashion roundup: Some More Fluffy Awards

Yes, as usual, awards season snuck up on me and took me by surprise. The Golden Globes were nearly a week ago. I was aware of them the night they happened. I didn’t write about the red carpet until now. Why? Well, a number of reasons. One, Fluffy is a procrastinator. Two, I’ve been conflicted about the critique of fashion rather than the work of the artists wearing it. But guess what? I’ve decided it’s all for fun anyway. Actresses get asked about their dresses because they look great, in a wide variety of clothing that is vibrantly expressive and fun. Actors, the guys, get asked about their work instead not because anyone really cares more, but because they’re all wearing the same damn thing (which is why I don’t critique tuxedos), so what else would you discuss, the weather?  So, I’m gonna keep doing this. 

Without further ado, my roster of very, very tardy Fluffy Awards. 

Category: Most Improved

Sarah Jessica Parker in Vera Wang

Sarah knows how to weird up a good look with kooky accessories, and she does it often. Here she wisely refrained. Her ball gown is just gorgeous. 

Category: Cutest

Millie Bobby Brown in Jenny Packham

Could this sweet tea length dress be more adorable? Loving this beautiful and age-appropriate look. 
Category: Gothic Glam

Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan

This sheer stunner channels Mandy’s inner Morticia in the best possible way, with loose hair and sparkling jewelry to keep the look just short of full-on vamp. Well played. 
Category: The Gold Medal

Simone Biles in Alexis Monsanto 

See what I did there? The Olympian shines in a textured gown with a scaled bodice in the same bright tone as her medals.  
Category: The Silver Medal

Gina Rodriguez in Naeem Khan 

Beaded fringe!  Good lord, I love beaded fringe. It’s just freaking magical. 
Category: The Fairy Princess Award

Hailee Steinfeld in Vera Wang

It’s just so ethereal. She looks like a pretty purple cloud. 
Category: Red Royalty 

Brie Larson in Rodarte

A classic look in a flattering shade, with added sparkle and perfect fit. 
Category: Little Miss Sunshine

Reese Witherspoon in Versace

This is just saved from Generic Column™-hood by its buttery, eye-catching color and simple detail. 
Category: The Blue Ribbon

Jessica Chastain in Prada

So floral, so sparkly, so awesome! Despite the signature Prada bust darts that make their designs look a bit, um, chilly, this one is a winner. 
Category: Purple Passion

Nancy O’Dell 

Lately I’ve been having difficulty finding the designers of Nancy’s frocks, but I think the reason is that she’s designing her own. If so, mad props!
Category: The Monochrome Award of Merit

Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton 

An unusual look that somehow stops short of weird and is instead just really cool. 
Category: Tickled Pink

Felicity Jones in Gucci

This is quintessential Gucci. Quirky and cute without becoming tacky. And I love pink and black together; that should happen more often. 
Category: The Goddess Award

Gwendoline Christie in Vivienne Westwood

Simply put, Greek-statue perfection. 
Category: The Shining Star

Emma Stone in Valentino

“It’s pink and it has stars on it.”  Emma’s tongue-in-cheek answer was the source of my initial ambivalence this week about fashion commentary. But she looks fab. 
Category: The Dare-to-Bare Award

Kristin Bell in Jenny Packham

This black gown, with its sparkly, tux-inspired bodice, leaves little to the imagination, but she’s rocking it!
Category: The Little Mermaid That Could

Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa

I love a shimmery mermaid gown, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Slay. 

Category: Wildest

Janelle Monae in Armani Privé

This is so fun!  And those shoes are amazeballs!  The pearls in her hair are just the right touch too. I love it!
Category: The Cinderella Award 

Giuliana Rancic in Rani Zakhem

Ooh. What a gorgeous garden of a ball gown. It’s a little retro, a little modern, and a lot classy. 
Category: The Sparkle Award 

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

And the shiniest dress of the evening is this intricate column, simple in design but awe-inspiring in detail. 
Category: The Divalicious Award

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace 

Does anybody out-glam Blake? Incredible as always (check out those bracelets!!! And pockets!!!!)

Category: Worst Dressed

Anna Chlumsky in Roland Mouret

 I’m letting this speak for itself. Ugh. 
Category: Best Dressed
Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad

Wow. This rosy ball gown is fit for royalty. This was a tough call, but Lily edges out Blake only because I’m a ball gown kind of girl. Anyway. Just look at it.  

Special Category: The Fluffy Award

Olivia Culpo in Zuhair Murad 

The Extra-Special Fluffy Award goes to the dress that best embodies my personal aesthetic– that is, the dress I’d have chosen for myself. Check this out. We’ve established that I love ball gowns, but that skirt. It looks like an amalgamation of the best parts of Klimt and Van Gogh, in convenient wearable form. Yaaas. 
So there we have our seriously late Fluffies. See you next time– I promise I won’t procrastinate again!

Some Emmy Fluffies…

I’ve been away from the blog for several months, for which I apologize. Whilst I’ve been gone, I’ve discovered that my love for the Fashion has waned. Perhaps it’s just that tonight’s Emmy red carpet underwhelmed, but not a lot stood out for me. It seemed everyone was wearing different iterations of the same dress (the Generic Column™). This has happened before, and as before I will refrain from a full slate of Fluffy Fashion Awards, as there was not enough variation to fill out the categories, or even to make me feel cheerful. Even my most reliable and stalwart carpet heroines, like Sofia Vergara, Laverne Cox, Tatiana Maslany and Ellie Kemper, looked like some more of the same old same old. So anyway, here are the looks that actually made somewhat of an impression on me. 

Sarah Hyland in Monique Lhullier

I’ll admit I’ve never been a big fan of the Fake Dress, by which I mean a pantsuit with a train. Emma Watson wore one a couple of years ago that I trashed mercilessly; It didn’t help that Emma’s looked like a traffic cone in both cut and color. That this one feels like a breath of fresh air says something about the dearth of originality tonight. 

Priyanka Chopra in Jason Wu

I love me some chiffon that swirls when ya twirls, so this candy-apple red confection is definitely a standout. So regal and lovely. 

Emilia Clarke in Atelier Versace

Yes, it’s a column, but it’s saved from the slush pile by virtue of its construction and detail. The slight shimmer as well as the shirring make this nude gown look poured onto Khaleesi’s bod like wet paint. Very eye-catching, and very well-played. 

Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

This monochromatic meringue with its hi-lo hemline and layers of ruffles is just too cute. Love the sparkly belt and textured fabric. Gorgeous. 

Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad

This one is my best of the evening. Ball gowns are my favorite silhouette, and Kristen’s has a distinctly classic, princessy vibe with the subtly twinkling flower garden pattern, as well as a modern flair with the plunging neckline and beachy hairstyle. In a word, perfect. 

The Emmys are kind of the warmup for award season, so you’ll be seeing more posts from me in the near future. Again, sorry for becoming so remiss as to new articles and such, and if you’re still following, hope you enjoyed. Tootles…

2016 Met Gala: Some Off-Season Fluffy Awards

The annual ball for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is sometimes called “the East Coast Oscars”, but with no award season affiliation, it’s, refreshingly, all about the clothes. It’s a tad ironic, then, that I’m here to hand out my own awards, but hey, they’re all about the clothes too. There were a number of highlights (some quite literal), some definite trends, some disappointments (the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan looking way too similar and kind of canceling out each other’s look) and some sad lowlights. Let’s check it out.

Category: Cutest

Alicia Vikander in Loius Vuitton 


There’s a fine line Alicia is walking here, between Totes Adorbz and Tragically Tacky, but she stays on the side of sweet in this custom Vuitton with short, twirly black-and-white-and-metallic skirt, sequins, and bright red bustier top. Her styling– braided updo and quirky, goth-inspired ankle boots– is what keeps the look young and fresh.

Category: Bondage Babe

Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton


This is really, really out there for Taylor. While Alicia managed to pull off the short leather Vuitton look, Taylor just looks a bit overdone and uncomfortable. The boots are kind of the worst (they aren’t really strappy at ALL, they have big ugly zippers down the back) and the too-dark, 90s-era vampy lipstick and overprocessed, fried-looking hair don’t help. The dress could have looked great with better styling, so it’s just sad that she comes off like a cut-rate Backpage dominatrix.

Category: Pastel Princess

Lorde in Valentino


This look is quite atypical for Lorde, as well.  Gone is the black leather, replaced by a soft, ruffled style that would be right at home on a Disney princess.

Category: Most (Surprisingly) Comfy

Emma Watson in Calvin Klein


Looks like a traditional Old Hollywood gown with its long train and off-the-shoulder cut at first glance, doesn’t it? Look again. The bodice is actually a separate bustier, and the train is not part of a skirt, but a detachable accent over wide-leg pants. Emma has long tried to make pants with a train a thing, and with this look she’s finally done it!

Category: Precious Jewels

Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Chastain, Emma Roberts, Lala Anthony, and Kate Hudson

Every precious gemstone color is represented to its best effect in these gowns. Hailee is our Emerald girl in a satin H&M column, Jessica is the princess of Sapphires in a black-lace-embellished Prada, Emma rocks the Amethyst in a flowing, ombré print Tory Burch gown, Lala is a Ruby queen in a plunging sequined Nicolas Jebran, and Kate shines like a Diamond in her cutout, mermaid-train Atelier Versace.

Category: The Shining Star

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen 


Wow, this wizardry-inspired gown, with its sheer, padded-shoulder cape, celestial motif and millions of spangles (topped with a tiara, no less!), is just jaw-dropping magical.

Category: The Goddess Award

Beyonce in Givenchy 


Only Queen Bey could pull off a latex dress and look this amazing. This floral-detailed, long-sleeved, extremely body-conscious gown in the perfect shade of peach is nothing less than stunning.

Category: Pretty in Pink

Blake Lively in Burberry

Loving this sweeping, appliqué train and Blake’s whole look in general. Red shoes matching the floral patterns, an organza skirt panel, a bright red lip and fun earrings make this a memorable style. 

Category: Flower Girls

Zoe Saldana and Bee Shaffer 


Zoe brings the best kind of drama in the 3D flower garden that is this Dolce & Gabbana ball gown. Just amazeballs. Anna Wintour’s daughter Bee wears a more understated, but equally beautiful, take on the look from Alexander McQueen.

Category: Most Brilliant

Demi Lovato in Moschino

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Gold baroque swirls, silver sequins… This is a beautiful look, crazy intricate and statuesque.  It needs no other adornment.  What’s wrong with being confident?  Nothing, that’s what.

Category: The MVP

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein 


This is what high fashion looks like. Lupita has continued to amaze us with her bold choices that only work for her. She is a true original, a consistent stunner, and outshines almost everyone with just the force of that radiant smile. As always, perfect, balancing the elegant with the fun to slay.

Category: The Silver Medal

Rita Ora in Vera Wang

I’m not usually a fan of Vera, but this silver feathered creation is pure genius. Whether Rita is “Becky with the good hair” or not, you have to admit she looks really, really hot.

Category: Most Dramatic

Katy Perry in Prada


Wow. A regal Royal blue velvet gown, accented with rows of gold beading, lock-and-key motifs and contrasting deep green trim, with high neck and cap sleeves, accessorized with studded leather belt and opera-length gloves, topped with an impressive beehive updo. This is one of Katy’s best looks ever, but it is robbed of perfection by whatever is going on with her eyebrows.

Category: Worst Dressed

Solange Knowles in David LePort


How are Beyonce and Solange related? I mean, both sisters are strikingly gorgeous, but while Bey wins at the fashion game, poor Solange always looks like she lost a bet. Banana-yellow rubber stirrup leg warmers?? Two cupcake liners pretending to be a dress?? Uh, no. At least the shoes are cute.

Category: Best Dressed/The Fluffy Award

Claire Danes in Zac Posen

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I can’t even. Omg.

This is a first. Best-Dressed and the Extra-Special Fluffy Award (for the dress most representative of my own personal style– the dress I’d have picked for myself) are one and the same.

It lights up. It is fiber-optic. It is a ball gown. It is everything. I can’t speak. I can’t write. I bow down before Zac Posen and Claire Danes. I am so unworthy. I believe I shall call this look Electric Cinderella, and worship at its incandescent hem.

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I love this. I weep tears of joy.

Oscar Night Fluffy Awards (And a General Award Season Hangover)

It’s been a long award season.  Maybe it’s only seemed long because I’ve covered it more exhaustively here than in any year in the past, or maybe it’s felt like a slog in the absence of a reliable style darling a la Lupita Nyong’o to anticipate at each ceremony.  Red carpet stalwarts like Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett have been around, but in all it’s been kind of a low-key year sartorially speaking, so I was pleasantly surprised by the A-game the Oscars brought out last night. Anyway, Fluffy has been geared up for this carpet for months with a bitchin’ dress I stole from some rando at Cannes.  image

I’m looking good if I do say so myself.  The ballgown is by Gyunel Couture, makeup by yours truly, hair and styling by Photoshop.  No, I was only there in spirit.  I do this every year, so I can feel more a part of Oscar night, and finding my red carpet gown is always a small highlight of my award season blogs.  Anyway, as Bugs and Daffy would say, on with the show, this is it.

MEGA-CATEGORY:  THE HOSTESSES WITH THE MOSTESSES 

Every year, the entertainment press covering the arrivals interview attendees, provide commentary, and ensure a better experience for viewers, all while dressed to rival the nominees themselves (they often snag best-dressed honors too).  This category is for these tireless ladies who are here to work, and look great doing it.

Stephanie Bauer in Portia & Scarlettstephanie-bauer-a10d5da8-cc68-4fd1-a3e2-931e70cfde65A pretty sculptural trumpet gown in forest green looks like formal wear for Tinkerbell.  (That’s a good thing, btw.)

Kelly Ripa in Dennis Bassoimage

I’m not crazy about the fit of this mermaid dress.  The dress itself is a little too high-school prom for me.

Louise Roe in Christian Sirianoimage

Siriano is always a bit of a mixed bag to me, but this is one of his better pieces.  The detailing turns a Generic Column Dress™(albeit one in a lovely shade of peach) into something that looks like the interior of a nautilus shell.  Very nice.

Heidi Klum in Marchesaimage

The Project Runway host would look lovely in this lilac chiffon confection were it not for That. Sleeve.  The whole thing, from the enormous flower thing on the shoulder to the, uh, smaller flower thing on the wrist (Thing One and Thing Two?), has got to GTFO.

Zuri Hall in Portia & ScarlettimageA very simple design meant to showcase the woman wearing it rather than the other way around, accented with a very cool necklace.

Giuliana Rancic in Georges ChakraimageI don’t have enough good words about this dress, it’s so cute.  The floral theme carries onto the attached train and features a backless look.  Am in love with it.  Want to take it home with me.

Maria Menounos in Christian SirianoimageSiriano is batting 1000 so far.  Love the glitzy geometric look here; she looks like a sparkle angel.

Tracey Edmonds in Lorena SarbuimageThis would make a stunner of a wedding dress.

Liz Hernandez in Michael CostelloimageOn the fence about this one.  Is it fun, or just overdone?  I like it, but yet I can’t commit to that liking wholeheartedly, so I will move on before I overthink things.

Keltie Knight in Lucian MatisimageAnother one I’m ambivalent about.  Asymmetric ruffles are making my head hurt.  Cute ruffles, maybe a smidge too big.  Gaaahh.

Nancy O’Dell in CD GreeneimageWhoa, blue velvet.  That always makes me happy, especially when paired with lots of crystal beading.

Robin Roberts in Badgley MischkaimageThat is some serious beading.  Is it green?  Is it gold?  Is it both?  Either way, it’s a showstopper.

CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED

PATRICIA ARQUETTE IN MARINA RINALDIimagePatricia doesn’t usually get included in these roundups because I can seldom think of anything to say about what she’s wearing, aside from “meh”.  However, I am quite fond of this royal blue gown with its architectural neckline.  Pretty cool, accessorized with a match (the clutch) and a contrast (the earrings).  Well played, you.

CATEGORY: CUTEST

THREE-WAY TIE!

CHRISSY TIEGEN IN MARCHESAimage

HANNAH BAGSHAWE IN ALEXANDER MCQUEENimage

EMILY BLUNT IN PRADAimageI literally could not decide which one of these expectant moms was the most adorable, because all of them are radiant and have gorgeous dresses, though each is styled quite differently.  Chrissy is Chrissy, and as such is a flawlessly real goddess in ruby red, while Hannah goes for a dramatic look in black and gold and Emily plays up the feminine in her blush-pink, crystal-embellished style.  Which is your favorite?

CATEGORY: THE CINDERELLA AWARD

SOFIA VERGARA IN MARCHESAimageThis midnight blue ballgown, accented with ruffles, beading, and coordinating sapphire jewels, is pure magical, princessy goodness.

CATEGORY: THE SILVER MEDAL

LILY COLE IN VIVIENNE WESTWOODimageLily’s dress is made entirely of upcycled plastic bottles.  While the ecofriendly message is laudable, the execution is a bit tinfoily.

CATEGORY: PRETTY IN PINK

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH IN RODARTEimageThis dress, with its dimensional floral pattern and minimalist ruffles, is super-cute, but Jennifer looks slightly awkward in it, as if she feels it’s not exactly her style.  Own it, sweetie!  You look fine.

CATEGORY: MOST BRILLIANT

AMY POEHLER IN ANDREW GNimageThe bold butterfly garden on Amy’s dress is a departure from her usual style, but it’s a head-turner and I like it. On another note, I’m seeing this hairstyle a lot today; not sure how I feel about that yet.

CATEGORY: TWINSIES!!

REESE WITHERSPOON IN OSCAR DE LA RENTAimage

TINA FEY IN VERSACEimageOkay, these aren’t exactly the same, but you have to look twice to see the differences.  While Reese’s dress features boning and a sculptural bustier top, Tina’s features an asymmetrical wrap and shirred bodice.  Both look beautiful but I’m giving the nod to Tina for presentation; Reese’s bracelets and loose hair are cute, but Tina’s updo and ginormous sapphire-and-diamond necklace are pure glam.

CATEGORY: THE GOLD MEDAL

MARGOT ROBBIE IN TOM FORDimageWhile I’m not generally a Ford fan (he is one of the most egregious perpetrators of the Generic Column Dress™), this shimmering snake-scale dress has caught my attention in the best way.  Can I nominate Ford for Most Improved Designer?

CATEGORY: GOTHIC GLAM

JENNIFER LAWRENCE IN DIORimage A dramatic take on the naked-dress trend, with lace and tulle making the strategic statement.  Very cool.

CATEGORY: RED ROYALTY

CHARLIZE THERON IN DIORimageWow.  Cut down to there, with double-strap details and a sweeping train, this is one jaw-dropping hell of a dress.  Awesome necklace, too.

CATEGORY: THE EFFORTLESS AWARD

SOPHIE TURNER IN GALVANimageLove the unfussy lines of this design, also a sustainable one like the Westwood on Lily Cole above, but couldn’t be more different in terms of style.  Loose hair styled in beachy waves, strappy sandals and a statement necklace complete this deconstructed look.

CATEGORY: MOST DRAMATIC

MINDY KALING IN ELIZABETH KENNEDYimageThe juxtaposition of blue and black in this design takes it from simplistic to something special.  Absolutely perfect.

CATEGORY: THE FAIRY PRINCESS AWARD

ISLA FISHER IN MARCHESAimageSo ethereal and pretty!  A watercolor garden blooms across this delicate gown, and it’s giving me life.  I’d have favored a more subtle lip shade with this look, but I love the manicure and the hair.

CATEGORY: THE GODDESS AWARD

LADY GAGA IN BRANDON MAXWELLimageIt’s pants, it’s a ballgown, it’s everything.  Gaga is a shot of Old Hollywood with a modern twist in this design with its sculptural bodice and flowing train.  She oozes glamour and class for days.

CATEGORY: MOST INTRICATE 

ROONEY MARA IN GIVENCHYimageThat embroidery is just so, so detailed… like a floral labyrinth.  A keyhole cutout, buttons, and a sweep train add to the complexity.  Rooney is back to her severe hair and makeup look; the softer vibe was nice while it lasted.

CATEGORY: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

ANDRA DAY IN SAFIYAAimageAnother simple design made a standout with color, in this case a rich buttery yellow complemented with Old Hollywood styling.

CATEGORY: THE DIVALICIOUS AWARD

RACHEL MCADAMS IN AUGUST GETTY ATELIERimageAn emerald-green halter with a dramatic train , slicked-back hair and the most confident of smiles.  Slayyy.

CATEGORY: THE MONOCHROME AWARD OF MERIT

KERRY WASHINGTON IN ATELIER VERSACEimageBlack and white never looked so hot!  A leather bustier top combines with a feminine flowy train for a duality that works.  Also, those shoes.  Just… those shoes.  I need them.

CATEGORY: THE BLUE RIBBON

BRIE LARSON IN GUCCIimageWow, this dress is so pretty!  Knife-pleated tulle pleats in a dramatic sapphire train, sheer overlay on the plunging bodice, and a gorgeous belt combine for extra visual interest, as if the color wasn’t enough!  Whoa.  Love.

CATEGORY: THE DAZZLE AWARD

NAOMI WATTS IN ARMANI PRIVEimageMulticolored dark-rainbow sequins make this a sheath gown to die for, and check out that mega-necklace.

CATEGORY: THE SHINING STAR

DAISY RIDLEY IN CHANELimageThe Star Wars star is glam in a beaded calf-length dress with enough sparkle for several galaxies.  Love it. (Also, note the star tat on her left foot!)

CATEGORY: THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

JENNIFER GARNER IN ATELIER VERSACEimageJennifer is looking fierce in a one-shoulder, beaded-bodice gown that takes black from basic to beyond, and rocking the icy accessories.

CATEGORY: THE LITTLE MERMAID THAT COULD

SAOIRSE RONAN IN CALVIN KLEINimage
The best CK dress I’ve seen all year, bar none.  Sequined, beaded, iridescent fish scales and textured waves adorn this awesome mermaid tail of a gown.  Matching green jewels and floaty hair complete the amazing look.

CATEGORY: THE ODDBALL AWARD

SANDY POWELL IN HER OWN DESIGNimageMaybe more sort of a space oddity than a true oddball, costume design wiz Sandy created this look in tribute to the late David Bowie, but it’s a little jarring nonetheless.  We appreciate the sentiment, though.

CATEGORY: THE VELVET ELVIS

JULIANNE MOORE IN CHANELimageIt’s a lace dress, but that fuzzy trim is the literal worst.  It makes what would have been a perfectly serviceable ball gown into a goth Christmas tree.  (The title of this award comes from a Weird Al song. “Velvet Elvis, he’s so fuzzy!  Velvet Elvis, he’s so great!”  Okay.  Shutting up now.)

CATEGORY: BEST ACCESSORIZATION

OLIVIA MUNN IN STELLA MCCARTNEYimageThis streamlined one-shoulder vermilion column is lovely, but the snake bracelet is the awesome.  Simple, striking, and sensational.

CATEGORY: WORST ACCESSORIZATION

WHOOPI GOLDBERG IN THE DAMES NYimageNo problem with the dress, which is really pretty and was inspired by one worn by Bette Davis in All About Eve, I am just beyond creeped out by the squid that’s eating her hand.

CATEGORY: THE DARE TO BARE AWARD

OLIVIA WILDE IN VALENTINOimageThis pleated gown leaves very little to the imagination– can we say sizzle?  This strikes the right balance between sweet and sexy, and I love that pearl-encrusted clutch.

CATEGORY: WHITE LACE AND PROMISES

PRIYANKA CHOPRA IN ZUHAIR MURADimageThis is the award for the best wedding dress on the carpet.  Not necessarily a wedding dress, but I’d certainly get married in it if I wasn’t already.  Check out this beautiful floral garden of a gown, with the coolest belt ever and the perfect train, and tell me you wouldn’t, too.

CATEGORY: NOT-SO-BASIC BLACK

SARAH SILVERMAN IN ZAC POSENimageIt’s a very plain silhouette, but the peplum is everything.  It gives structure to the straight lines of the column and rescuing it from boredom.  Sarah’s hair and matching earrings are on point, too.

CATEGORY: WORST DRESSED

CHARLOTTE RAMPLING IN ARMANI PRIVEimageThis is just headache-inducing, like those magic-eye things from the nineties that I never could get to work.  The shoes are really cute, but they don’t make up for the dress.  Nothing could.

CATEGORY: BEST DRESSED

THREE-WAY TIE!

CATE BLANCHETT IN ARMANI PRIVEimage

KATE WINSLET IN RALPH LAURENimage

ALICIA VIKANDER IN LOUIS VUITTONimageThese three are all equally gorgeous, and there was no way I could choose one over any of the others for Best Dressed honors.  Cate looks enchanting in a floral aquamarine masterpiece; she always shows up in something dreamy that only she could make work (#princessgoals).  Kate’s black gown looks like poured liquid held exempt from gravity by magic, and it’s so cool I really just can’t even.  Alicia has a princess look going on too, and while I’ve seen comparisons between her gown and the one worn by Disney Princess Belle, I don’t see any resemblance beyond the color tbh.  It’s completely its own original thing, and it’s amazeballs.

SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD

CHLOE PIRRIE IN KARLA OTTO LONDONimageI love everything about this dress!  As we know, this award is reserved for the one look most in keeping with my own personal aesthetic– the dress I might have picked for myself.  The bodice is Art Deco inspired, which I love, and that the whole thing is electric blue is just bonus.

AAAAAND THERE WE HAVE IT.  That’s all for the 2016 awards season!  Hope you’ve enjoyed this long strange trip with me, and had as much fun as I did!  Fluffy will see you around, lovelies…