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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…

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!

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…

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…

 

 

 

Just One More Before The Oscars: Independent Spirit Fluffy Awards 2016!

The finishing touches are on my Oscar dress and its emergency backup (Thank You Photoshop!). I’m all prepared. Hopefully the award hopefuls are, too. And welcome to my very first Independent Spirit Awards carpet report! It’s a blue carpet rather than a red one, so forgive me if I lapse because this is only the second blue carpet event I’ve ever covered. If I call it red, well, you know what I mean. 

Category: Most Improved 

Marisa Tomei in Stella McCartney 

 Last time I saw Marisa on a carpet, she was wearing a floral tragedy. Well, she’s still on the florals, but this little embroidered chemise is a big step in a better direction. 

Category: Cutest

Emilia Clarke in Michael Kors  

 It’s so sparkly!  Emilia looks like a hot schoolmarm in this short dress and understated styling. 

Category: The Blue Ribbon 

Jessica Chastain in Elie Saab

 

This sapphire-blue stunner is absolutely gorgeous– no danger of blending into he carpet here! The necklace is eye-catching as well. 

Category: Most Intricate 

Brie Larson in Chanel 

 The beading on this halter dress is crazy ornate. Also I’m not sure if those are waist cutouts or the dress is actually a two-piece. Loving it– Brie is on her A-game yet again. 
Category: The Effortless Award

Lauren Cohan in Alice+Olivia 

 Halters are a major trend this award season, and one of the best ways to casual up your look. Lauren looks fresh off the beach and so pretty. 

Category: Most Brilliant 

Jessica Biel in Roland Mouret

 The exotic scarlet print on this cobalt gown is a delightful contrast, as is the yellow beading on the shoes. Just perfect!

Category: Not-So-Basic Black 

Rooney Mara in Hugo Boss 

 Rooney keeps up the good work in this little black dress and strappy sandals, a very Parisian look that recalls mid-century Audrey Hepburn glamour while remaining completely modern. 

Category: Most Dramatic 

Nikki Reed in Etro 

 

The crazy print works here, and its juxtaposition with the dark hunter green main color is such a standout. Add pleats and a split-front bodice and you’ve got visual interest for days!

Category: A Short Story 

Frieda Pinto in Bibhu Mohapatra 

 This little dress is so cute! A periwinkle skirt color-blocked with a black bodice and pastel iris-print halter, paired with the awesomest black-and-yellow pumps. This is one of those dresses I could literally wear anywhere and I love it!

Category: Worst Dressed 

Dree Hemingway in Chloe  

 There’s looking like you just stepped off the beach, and looking like you just stepped off your four-wheeler at the beach. This failed attempt at Boho just hangs there, with its warring pastels creeping through shirred trenches and explosions of hideous tassels. Ratty trainers complete the mess, and the poor cute Leiber clutch just looks out of place. 

Category: Best Dressed

Rachel McAdams in Solace London 

 Yes!  This is pure win. It’s a literal tangerine dream. From the vivid vermilion bodice to the coral-colored belt, to the peaches-and-cream skirt, she looks like a beautiful tiger lily unfolding into the sunshine. Love love love it!

Special Category: The Fluffy Award 

Cate Blanchett in Gucci  

 Gucci has some super-cute cartoony designs this year, and I love this one with its peacocks, koi fish, and bright flowers. This award is for the look that most closely hews to my own personal aesthetic, or which I’d have chosen for myself. I’m not a beige person at all, but here the beige is more of a naked backdrop for the colorful artwork. Cate wins again!

See you guys tomorrow for my Oscar roundup!  Excited yet? I sure am…


An Awards Season Pit Stop: Fluffy Awards At The Grammys

While not a part of the Oscar race, the Grammy Awards are an MVP of awards season. This is a red carpet that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which can lead to lots of randomness and unintentional hilarity. Let’s check out some sartorial moxie and madness.

Category: Most Improved 

Kaley Cuoco in Naeem Khan

From Sad Candy Cane to shiny star, Kaley is back in fine form once again. Geometric beading and cutouts make this jumpsuit a fun, memorable look. 

Category: Cutest

Madison Beer in Alexander McQueen 

This itty bitty floral minidress is so cute I want to hug it. And then steal her shoes. I have never heard of this kid, but she has managed to snag a great stylist. 

Category: The Gold Medal

Giuliana Rancic in Jani & Khosla 

Wow.  Giuliana is channeling her inner Cleopatra in this beaded creation with a grommet-adorned skirt, accessorized with gilded sandals, cuff bracelets, and slicked-back hair. Love it. 

Category: Best Menswear 

Zendaya in DSquared2

Zendaya slays the androgynous look in this cool, casual-chic suit, and she makes a mullet look fly. Loving the rings stacked up on her hand, too!

Category: The Cinderella Award

Lianne la Havas in Vivienne Westwood 

Such a gorgeous ball gown in such an amazing color! This peridot/chartreuse hue is a rarity on the red carpet and always pops when it appears! Bonus points for the sparkly platforms.

Category: Red Royalty

Ariana Grande in Romona Keveza 

Ariana is flawless in this fitted corset-styled dress with a dramatic train and about a bazillion buttons down the back (a couple hundred in front, too). Best smoky eye of the day, and jewels on point!

Category: Best Homage

Lady Gaga in Marc Jacobs

Gaga performed an amazing tribute to David Bowie during the program, but her red carpet look also paid respect to the late legend, featuring hair, makeup and costuming inspired by his glam-rock days, complete with mega-platforms. Let’s have a brief moment of silence.

Category: The Circus Circus Award

Manika in ARThur Christine

Not sure if this outfit belongs under the big top or on a Vegas stage, so this award (created specifically for this outfit) gives it credit for both. It’s wacky, not in a particularly good way, but is pushed into the realm of People of Walmart by the all-too-visible granny bra she’s wearing with it. Who is this chick anyway? She doesn’t even go here!

Category: Wildest

Ciara in Alexandre Vauthier 

Crazy dress. Well, almost a dress; it’s more like a combination onesie/loincloth. The top isn’t well fitted, and the bottom is an impending wardrobe malfunction. On the plus side, her hair and makeup are on fleek and I love that diamond ring.

Category: Just Suit Me

Bonnie McKee in Bullet Apparel 

This suit is definitely not menswear-style AT ALL. But it is cute, sparkly fun. Also have to award Best Hair of the evening for her perfect pink waves.

Category: Most Intricate 

Diamond White in J Pelarsky 

The strategic filigree embroidery on this sheer dress is gorgeous. Manika should take a cue here: sheer can be all good, but it’s for showing off your bod, not your drawers.

Category: The Shining Star 

Florence Welch in Gucci 

Quite literally, in this case: the stars are sequined, or beads. I want to dislike this dress so much, but I find I cannot. There is something so self-aware and humorous at work in this look, not to mention it’s just so retro I could die. Plus, YELLOW MOONS! ORANGE STARS! And… Bronze dragonflies?? I don’t care if it’s half a bowl of Lucky Charms, it’s cool, and I like it.

Category: The Technicolor Award

Kacey Musgraves in Armani Privé 

Not sure who this girl is either, but I read that she records in a Genre That Must Not Be Named, and that is one bright dress. I’m also not sure why it’s… I dunno…squiggly. The colors are beautiful, she’s well-styled, and in the bizarro version of the previous category, I want to like this so much, but find I cannot. It reminds me of those popcorn shirts that were trendy in the early oughts, themselves not a good memory.

Category: The Effortless Award 

Adele in Givenchy 

This is a great look for Adele. At first the dress looks really simple, but then the details start to stand out, and you realize what a beautiful work of wearable art it is.  And she looks like she just got out of bed looking like that. It isn’t fair.

Category: Little Miss Sunshine 

Vanessa Simmons in Jean-Louis Sabaji 

How awesome is this? I’m like stunned. I love yellow on the carpet, and this is just an incredible use of one of my favorite colors. Slayyy. 

Category: Gothic Glam

Jazmine Sullivan in Michael Costello 

And a serious contender for the Extra-Special Fluffy Award for the dress I would have chosen for myself. This mermaid gown is built for curves, and those sleeves. I heart this in every way possible and need this dress in my life.

Category: Most Brilliant 

Taylor Swift in Atelier Versace 

Taylor is always beautifully put together, but this look is more about fun. She genuinely seemed to be having a great time all evening in these mismatched separates that somehow work. Plus, she’s debuting a new hairstyle that’s really cute on her, and I love that multicolored necklace.

Category: Pretty in Pink 

Ellie Goulding in Stella McCartney 

I love this shade of pink; it reminds me of rose quartz or pink champagne. It’s a simple design that feels a little seventies retro. Ellie also inspires major Hair Envy and makeup goals.

Category: The Major Award (aka Fragíle)

Carrie Underwood in Nicolas Jebran 

If you don’t know what this new award signifies, or why it’s called that, you and I can’t be friends. Anyway, all that’s missing is a fishnet stocking and a wall outlet.  Sorry!  I had to do it!  Lol forever.

Category: Best Accessorization 

Demi Lovato in Norisol Ferrari

I don’t know if that’s a body chain or part of the jacket, but I love it either way. Also, those insanely detailed rings are gorgeous, and those pointy patent platform pumps (dear god, try saying that ten times fast!) are ah-mazing. Oh, the dress is cute too.

Category: Green Goddess 

Tori Kelly in Gauri & Nainika 

Love, love, love this structured, asymmetrical emerald gown (is it just me, or does this label out-Posen Zac Posen?), accented with pink accessories which harmonize nicely with the bright green.

Category: The Oddball Award

Elle King in Christian Siriano  

Not that Elle is an oddball; Elle is lovely. She has a serious Mae West thing going on here. But the dress is eating her alive. Fringe and feathers?!  One or the other, but never together!  It’s just too much. Love the beaded lily appliqués, but they’re lost in all the extraneousness. This is why I have issues with Siriano. He keeps adding stuff until it’s a mess.

Category: The Blue Ribbon 

Ashley Monroe in Georges Hobeika  

Another new face to me, Ashley is rocking the hell out of this turquoise, keyhole-bodice Grecian column. So ethereal. I don’t know why this strikes me as something Luna Lovegood would wear to the Yule Ball (and look brilliant in), but it does.

Category: The Midnight Special 

Meghan Trainor in Michael Costello  

All aglitter like a night sky, this is a beautiful look on Best New Artist Meghan. I miss her blonde hair, but will comfort myself with her adorable shoes.

Category: The WTF Award 

Janelle Monae in Jean-Paul Gaultier 

The top of this is really cute. The skirt looks like a whoopie cushion. Does it make fart noises when she sits down? It’s a skirt that’s forgotten how to skirt. You had one job, skirt! (Insert random flatulent sounds). Omg, brb, roflmao.

Category: Twinsies!!!!!

Bella Hadid in Alexandre Vauthier, Allesandra Ambrosio in Versace

  

These two gowns come from different designers, but are so much alike it’s scary. Maybe there really isn’t anything new under the sun. The cutouts and necklines are identical.  While Bella’s has long sleeves and is accented with pearl beads, and Allesandra’s is accented with panels of different fabric, the patterns are just too similar and I’m a leetle creeped out.  Oh well, at least Allesandra wins Best Shoes. 

Category: Worst Dressed 

Dencia in… Sanrio, I guess?image

No.  Just no.  What did those poor kitties do to deserve this?

Category: Best Dressed

Selena Gomez in Calvin Kleinimage

We have here a whole bunch of Wow and some Whoa thrown in for good measure.  CK has really stepped up their game this award season, and while this design may exhibit their usual streamlined silhouette, it’s far from dull.  The deep cobalt blue color is ah-mazing on Selena, and it’s just so shimmery and mermaid-y and cool.  (Selena later inexplicably changed into a slightly less-cute-but-still-cute red dress, but this is the one that does it for me.)

Special Category:  The Fluffy Award

Diana Gloster in Tarik Edizimage

The Fluffy Award goes to the night’s best representation of my personal sense of style– in other words, the dress I’d have picked for myself.  I am categorically unable to resist any item with musical scores printed on it, and if said item is a ball gown, I am literally dead.  This dress has killed me with its crowning awesomeness.  Yet another artist I have never heard of until now (is Fluffy getting old or something?  I never had this problem till this year), but she has my everlasting goodwill.

Okay, we have concluded this brief stop in the music industry and will return to our regularly scheduled Oscar race.  See you next go-round!

 

 

 



A Small Set of Fluffy Awards… Producers Guild Edition

The Producers Guild of America’s annual awards ceremony is possibly the lowest-profile event of Oscar season, and consequently the red carpet is rather sparsely attended, and wildly variable; evening gowns share space with more casual attire, and it’s like pulling teeth to find out the designers for most of the outfits. I’ve spent the better part of the day scouring Google and Twitter, but discovered the makers of only six of the outfits, so if there’s not a designation, trust that I tried and failed. Boo me. ☹️ Also, I didn’t see anything that truly bothered me enough to denote it as Worst Dressed, so this is a fairly positive batch of Fluffies. 

Category: Red Royalty 

Suzanne Cryer 

 This is a really simple design made memorable with shimmer fabric. Could not find a maker; as with all the anonymous designs, if anybody knows, let me know in the comments. 

Category: The Gold Medal 

Kelly Lynch 

 I’m not crazy about the belt here, but I do love me some lamé, and this wrap dress really stands out. Who made it? 

Category: The Blue Ribbon 

Jennifer Jason Leigh 

 This sapphire Roland Mouret is so cool!  Love the textured fabric and structured strapless neckline, not to mention how beautifully dimensional the color is. 

Category: The Goddess Award

Viola Davis 

 I may not know who made the dress, but Viola looks incredible in it!  Accented with rows of rhinestones which swing free at the ends, it’s a real stunner. 

Category: Cutest

America Ferrera 

 Repeat win in this category for America, who’s slaying this award season! This awesome little polka-dot creation is by Alexia Maria. 

Category: Best Accessorization

Nischelle Turner 

 Another dress that I couldn’t turn up a designer for, it features a striking leather bodice contrasting with a flowing skirt. The real eye catcher for me, though, is the awesome necklace, and the coordinating sparkly cuff bracelet. 

Category: The Effortless Award

Amanda Seyfried 

 I love this entire look– so unfussy and ethereal. Does she fall out of bed looking this good?

Category: The Dazzle Award 

Kat Kramer 

 This whole ensemble is just so over-the-top that I’m more than a little in love with it, but as I can’t find the designer, it’s a doomed love. That rich blue-violet color, the crystal-studded bodice, the dramatic train, the shimmery shawl, the statement earrings. Just. Wow. 

Category: A Short Story 

Cheryl Hines 

 This gorgeous lacy Romona Keveza is trés flattering, and I am loving the peep toe sling back platform stilettos too!  So cute!

Category: Best Retro

Shonda Rhimes  

 This is just beautiful! This Tiffany-blue dress with silver flower accents has a definite Mad Men vibe, carried through in the pointy-toed pumps, vintage-inspired handbag, filigree bracelet, and glittery cardigan. 

Category: Monochrome Award of Merit 

Marcia Gay Harden 

 Oliver Tolentino designed this textured black and white trumpet dress, a streamlined and statuesque look. 

Category: Not-So-Basic Black

Frances Fisher 

 This LBD is the perfect backdrop for a statement necklace, a gleaming gold bangle, and seriously cute shoes. 

Category: Best Dressed 

Lady Gaga 

 This palest-blush-pink Carolina Herrera gown, embellished with black rhinestones on the spaghetti straps and sweetheart neckline and accessorized with bright Chopard diamonds, looks absolutely perfect on Lady Gaga as she takes the stage to perform her song Till it Happens to You. Breathtaking. 

Special Category: The Fluffy Award 

Sarah Paulson 

 The Extra-Special Fluffy Award goes to the dress I would have chosen for myself and which best represents my own style. This lovely Prabul Gurung with its draped strapless bodice and brush strokes of warm sunny color is a great antidote for my winter blahs. So original, and so me!

As I said earlier, if anyone knows the designer behind the unidentified dresses, please drop me a comment so I can edit the post. Sorry for the brevity, but there just wasn’t a lot of coverage for these awards; hopefully the next post will be more extensive and easier to research!