The 2012 Golden Globe Awards were Sunday night and the ladies & gents did not disappoint. Join me.
One of the most talked about looks of the night was Angelina Jolie in cream & red Aterlier Versace. Whether you're a fan of hers or not, its hard to argue that this isn't a striking, head-turning look.
I love dramatic black and white gowns and I absolutely adored the sequin embellished open back of this J. Mendel dress. Such a great choice for her.
Nicole Richie was an art deco goddess in Julien Macdonald. Loved the dress. Loved the stacked bangles. Loved the stand out clutch. Would kill for the ring and earrings. Kill.
Shailene Woodley was by far the most well-dressed of the starlets her age. Her strapless Marchesa was a beautiful fit and color, I just wish she's added some bright jewelry or a flashy clutch.
The drama queen of the night was Evan Rachel Wood in a knockout green Gucci gown. Say that three times fast! The cut, the sequined embellishments, the feathery train... Fabulous.
If you'd shown me this gown prior to the red carpet, I would have assumed she was the wearer, so it is very much sticking with her style of late. Something dramatic and out of character is always nice at these more important awards shows, but I have to admit that she looks striking. No faults here!
The high in the front, low in the back hems are not my favorite, but this Christian Dior gown is breathtaking. She looks phenomenal, from her diamond encrusted headband to her strappy cream sandals. Bravo!
Haider Ackermann has been Tilda Swinton's go-to designer for the last few years and you have to admit that this combination gown/blazer suits her unbelievably well. And the fit is absolutely perfect. Love the double cuffs.
Nicole Kidman was quite a sight in studded Versace. She's been a fan of the pale, almost bridal looking gowns the last few years but I have to say that I like this one best of all of her choices lately.
Helen Mirren held her own in Badgley Mischka, outshining stars half her age. Proof that aging gracefully is where it's at!
Jessica Alba always chooses eye-catching, flattering gowns for the red carpet, but one of her real strengths is her accessories. She always has AMAZING jewelry. And these earrings and cuff are just as gorgeous as expected.
There were lots of neutrals and sequins on this year's Golden Globes red carpet and I found Miss Natalie's dress all the more striking for how much it stood out from her peers. Similar cut and style to Angelina's, but in a much more striking color combination.
This wasn't the most loved gown of the evening, but personally I couldn't take my eyes off of her. The color was divine with her skin tone and hair color, the cut suited her extremely well and it was a head turning look overall.
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Ready for some yummy men in tuxedos? Me too.
Swoon. Mr. Darcy.
Bradley Cooper looked dapper in a strandard bowtie tux & some questionable facial hair.
Personally I'm a big fan of ties over bowties with a tux so Channing Tatum's look really did it for me.
First, I have to say that I was devastated that two of my all time favorites didn’t appear to be in attendance for the Golden Globes. SOB. But in Diane and Zoe’s absence Evan brought the glamour.
- Best jewelry – Nicole Richie
- Best hair – Charlize Theron (LOVED the jeweled headband)
- Best dress – Couldn’t decide on just one. Top three: Tilda Swinton, Evan Rachel Wood and Emma Stone. With Charlize Theron & Angelina where right on behind them though.
- Best tux – Colin Firth. Of course.
Afterparty pictures later today…
Ready for some glitz and glamour? The Critics’ Choice Awards were the latest stepping stone towards the Oscars, and the style was a step up from the People’s Choice Awards. More gowns and less cocktail-length frocks. Brights, dark hues and neutrals all made appearances and the men even pulled out their suits.
And Brad Pitt pulled out a cane.
Confusing, no? I like the white tie though.
Anyway, back to the pretty dresses on pretty girls. Prada, Gucci and Valentino – Oh my!
I've missed you Evan!!! Evan Rachel Wood looked phenomenal in a strapless Valentino column gown. The lace and intricate detailing of the fabric kept the dress from being boring and her fresh makeup and adorable updo made her look ethereal.
Pale yellow, bright yellow and grey? Only Diane Kruger could make this work. And on a red carpet (grey, actually) sadly lacking in accessories her pink clutch and bracelets were a welcome sight.
Clearly after the success of her green Gucci suit at the People's Choice Miss Emma decided to stick with what works. This belted maxi-style Jason Wu dress is perfection on her. I especially like her cat-eye makeup and simple pave hoops.
Kirstin Dunst's layered tulle & ribboned Christian Dior confection was completed with vintage earrings and bright pink lipstick. This was one of the few black dresses and I like that she chose something dramatic and unusual.
Gotta give credit where credit is due. A white gown is HARD to pull off and Stacy Keibler looks great here. The bangles and sparkly clutch are nice, but obviously Mr. Clooney is the best accessory a girl can have!
Viola Davis couldn't have picked a more striking color for herself than this gown. I like the simplicity of it paired with the gold tassel earrings.
You're got to respect a woman who wears pants on the red carpet! Leave it to Tilda Swinton to pair a dramatic open black and white coat with white pants and a black pussy bow blouse. Tres chic!
I wasn't sure if I loved or hated this black and white Chanel gown, but ultimately I decided that it worked for her. She has a fun, quirky personal style and I think that a dress like this highlights her petite stature without overwhelming her.
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Have a great weekend!
Welcome to Part II of MCLV’s reviews of the Pre-Fall 2012 shows, you can catch up on Part I here.
The Burberry Prorsum show was full of clean lines, dark hues and great details, for both men and women. There were beautiful purses, hats, gloves, shoes and belts in yellows and reds, and of course to die for coats and jackets. This was one of my favorite of the Pre-Fall shows, not only could virtually everything transition directly to the street, most of the pieces are timeless and could be worn season after season. (See what Tom & Lorenzo have to say about this collection here).
This 40's style dress is flattering on a lot of body types and the contrasting belt and suede booties are a great touch. And while the slim fitting suit that he's wearing is hard for most men to pull off, the jacket is divine.
A beautiful double-breasted coat with a fun yellow bow belt, fur collar, tights and moccasin inspired booties - A perfect fall look. I can absolutely see someone walking down Park Avenue in this!
Quite the chic couple! I love his sweater layers in chocolate and tan with almost a Peter Pan collar underneath, and her belted puff coat with dramatic shoulders over a rust colored sheath dress.
Giddy up y’all! There was a distinct Southwestern flare in Michael Kors’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, which took Nan Kempner as its inspiration. While some of the looks may not be the most practical, there were a lot of great, classic pieces in the show.
This is a great white dress with interesting zipper details. The belt and strappy boots add just enough flare to keep things interesting.
This is what Mr. Kors does best, creates a fun, "themed" look, composed of fairly basic pieces. A beautiful black, capsleeved dress is taken to a whole new level by adding a leather bustier, thick belt and dramatic gladiator-style platforms.
My favorite style of jewelry is, without a doubt, art deco, so I was thrilled when I read that it was Rachel Roy’s Pre-Fall 2012 theme. The collection was colorful and eclectic, showcasing separates, dresses and outerwear in silks, knits, leather and wool. The minimalistic styling for this show was really well done, double strap, round toed heels, colorful belts and chain link necklaces.
This coat is just the sort of thing that I've come to expect from Rachel Roy, clean lines, flattering cut and ready to be worn.
Talk about versatile, this belted, black & white tuxedo-inspired dress has a touch of sparkle that would easily take it from day to night with a change of shoes. Just add tights and a blazer for work!
Pringle of Scotland is an iconic British house and this Pre-Fall 2012 collection was oh-so-British in its composition. Skirt and pants suits in dramatic colored knits, patterned menswear inspired separates, minimalistic mini dresses and thick-heeled boots with splashes of red, orange and yellow.
This simple sleeveless black shift is anything but boring with slashes of burnished yellow at the hem and beautiful boots. Can't you just picture Tilda Swinton wearing this when she runs errands?
This suit is expertly styled with a fur scarf, burgundy velveteen belt, knit turtleneck and burgundy suede booties.
The Donna Karan Pre-Fall 2012 collection was sleek and tailored to perfection, just the way Karan likes it. There were a few pieces that really stood out in this show though - black, white and navy two-piece looks with white tops and dramatic skirts and wide leg pants, decorated with oversized bows and paired with ladylike pumps.
This look is ALL about the drama. The dramatic color pairing, the dramatic bow-belt, the dramatic A-line silhouette of the skirt, the dramatic deep v-neck blouse. While the bow might be a little much, one can't help but think that this would be a great holiday party look!
This belted navy and black pleated silk dress was classic Donna Karan. Chic and minimal, ballet-style crisscross patent leather heels completed the look.
Zac Posen, back in New York, gave us a dramatic show full of dichotomies. East versus West, embellished versus simplistic, high versus low. His collection included sheaths, suits, separates and outerwear that any woman I know would wear to work, all paired with gloves, fur shawls and gorgeous art-deco jewelry. The other half of the collection showcased intricate gowns with yards of train, layers of tulle, elaborate shoulder embellishments and skin-tight Chinese printed silk.
This sheath is the definition of perfection, I can't imagine a more beautifully made, perfectly fitted work-dress. I'll take one in each color please!
Old school glamour with a modern twist. You would have trouble getting me out of this once I had it on. And that bracelet would never come off. Ever!
This combination is so Zac. A conservatively cut, well-tailored grey blazer paired with a bright blue, ribbon covered puffy A-line skirt.
Fendi was all about separates in their Pre-Fall 2012 collection - beautiful, exciting separates. To quote style.com’s Matthew Schneier: “Ziggy Stardust goes to the office Christmas party.” Yup, that pretty much sums it up! Daywear and workwear pieces for a woman who not only wants to make an entrance, but who probably has amazing plans for the evening. Mouth-watering bags and multi colored strappy pumps finished off the looks.
The styling of this look is pure Fendi. A demure tan pussy bow blouse paired with a navy pencil skirt with circle details, with what else, a gorgeous handbag with flames on it.
This look is sort of "ladies who lunch" meets "school-girl." I love that the tan accessories are separate from the black and white of the central pieces.
Harper’s Bazaar continued their highlights
from the Pre-Fall shows and FabSugar added to their collection of pictures and reviews here
Stay tuned for the third and final post on the Pre-Fall shows later this week!
At the 64th Cannes Film Festival, as per usual, the red carpet was watched almost as closely as the films. I feel like the red carpet at Cannes can be summed up as the Oscars with a splash of Sundance, lots of high-end designers and floor length gowns, but with a healthy dose of artsy funkiness. I think that women take more risks when they’re in France than they do when they’re close to home, they try something more unique and original.
Uma Thurman looked statuesque in feathered Versace with stunning emerald earrings
Rachel McAdams also looked gorgeous in white, donning a fitted white sheath with embellishments.
While Bianca Balti's tiered Alberta Ferretti gown is beautiful, it was her emerald jewelry that made this look so spectacular.
Luckily Sarah Jessica Parker was on hand to give us a healthy dose of color with this gorgeous Eli Saab number.
Zoe Saldana had a couple great looks, but this Vionnet gown is by far my favorite. I love the completely mix & match belt!
While the hair may have been a touch on the large side, Karolina Kurkova's Armanie Prive gown was right on target.
Diane Kruger looked stunning in a shimmering gold Calvin Klein gown. Wow. Life is not fair!
Tilda Swinton looked long, lean and regal in navy Haider Ackermann. I love the mix of colors and the interesting draping and folds.
Astrid Berges-Frisbey looked beautiful and demure in cream lace on the Pirates red carpet.
While I'm not certain whether I'd label this look 'Loved It' or 'Didn't Understand It,' but Giovanna Battaglia in vintage Stephen Sprouse was without a doubt the most standout look of Cannes.
Overall, I’d say the red carpet looks this year were even better than last! What did you think?