Red Carpet: amfAR Gala

I always love the amfAR Gala – typically populated primarily by models – because I usually pick up a few new fun model names. This year I learned of the existence of both Sharam Diniz and Larsen Thompson. Unfortunately, I was also reminded of the existence of Hailey Baldwin. You win some, you lose some.

Heidi Klum in Zuhair Murad

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Following Heidi Klum’s sartorial choices will give you whiplash. One day she looks like Big Bird, and the next she’s a convincing Supermodel. This really is super – although I miss the belt from the original runway version.

Taraji P. Henson in David Koma

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I’d be making that face too if I knew I looked this good *insert clapping hands emoji*.

Sienna Miller in Christian Dior

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I like the dress – the fabric is fascinating, I’ve been staring at it for 10 minutes and I can’t tell if it’s printed fabric or strips of some kind of grommetted material. It’s très trompe l’oeil. The hair I can see very clearly and it’s very silly.

Hailey Baldwin in Roberto Cavalli

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Sigh. I don’t get it about Hailey. I just don’t – there’s no there there. This might be the best she’s ever looked though, it’s neither sheer nor a convoluted mess, so I’ll take it.

Alexandra Daddario in Salvatore Ferragamo

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This is fine, although those straps look like they’re working a little too hard. Alexandra has these incredible, hypnotizing eyes, but her makeup is so overdone she looks slightly mad.

Rachel Brosnahan in Carolina Herrera

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Carolina Herrera, perhaps my all-time favorite designer, is stepping down as Creative Director of the brand she founded 37 years ago on Monday after a final show. It’s a real loss, and I hope the transition to new leadership isn’t as rough as it was at Oscar de la Renta. That being said, this is one of her rare creations I do not like. The sleeves are completely overwhelming Rachel. Perhaps someone with a bit more red carpet experience could have pulled this off better.

Joan Smalls in Dolce and Gabbana

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I covet this suit. I want to wallpaper my bathroom with it. I want to upholster chairs with it. I want to wrap all future gifts in it. I LOVE it.

Andreja Pejic in Oscar de la Renta

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I really love the top of this gown, so I am disappointed she covered it up with fur. I also wish someone had steamed her skirt before she walked the red carpet.

Larsen Thompson in Ong Oaj Pairam

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This Thai born, British designer had two looks on the red carpet for this event (see below for the other, a repeat of one of my favorite looks from 2017). I love his work and am happy to see him getting some play. This is fantastic.

Sharam Diniz in Ong Oaj Pairam

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Skai Jackson wore this first back in 2017, and made my best dressed list. These impossibly pointless tiny sunglasses cement the fashion face-off win for Skai.

Sara Sampaio in Armani Privé

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This is a solidly good dress elevated by GREAT accessories.

Hailey Clauson in Dundas

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This had promise from the back…but the front is giving me major early-2000’s peasant blouse flashbacks.

Sailor Brinkley Cook in Brandon Maxwell

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Sailor is an aspiring model, and Supermodel Christie Brinkley’s 19 year old daughter. She doesn’t look 19 here. The color is wonderful, but something about this is majorly aging her.

Lucy Hale in Jenny Packham

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In every picture, Lucy looked scared to move. I guess I would be too if my dress was 25% sequins carefully glued into juuust the right places.

Coco Rocha in Greta Constantine

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Coco is 7 months pregnant and is using some kind of dark magic to make this blue sack with fisherman’s netting work for her.

Serayah in custom Michael Kors

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Beautifully made and excellently accessorized.

Ashley Graham in Vivienne Westwood

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Ashley gets it wrong more often than she gets it right unfortunately. I can’t really muster up any feelings on this. It’s not falling off her, it’s properly fitted…it’s fine?

Elsa Hosk in Jonathan Simkhai

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I have been shouting from the rooftops for the sheer trend to die over the last few years, and I have a feeling my next soapbox will be “pajamas aren’t couture”.

Poppy Delevingne in Dundas 

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Oh god this is bad. This is embarrassing for both designer and wearer. Was the original little black dress that sheer and THAT bad that it required a bolt of haphazardly wrapped Chartreuse fabric to fix it? But, suprrisingly, it’s not the worst thing from the night. I have saved the worst for last…

Sonia Ben Ammar in Miu Miu

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What on gods green Earth is THIS!? It’s like Little Bo Peep strode out of her house in her petticoats and went straight to a Hot Topic for some shoes and socks. Oof.

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