Golden Globes: The Three Musketeers of Louis Vuitton

Longtime Louis Vuitton devotees Michelle Williams and Alicia Vikander, and brand new sacrificial lamb Emma Stone, all donned surprisingly decent gowns from the house lately known for a wildly erratic use of sleeves. As a bonus, Michelle and Emma both brought feminist activists with them to the red carpet – Michelle with Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, and Emma with Billie Jean King, the tennis superstar she portrays in “Battle of the Sexes”.

Michelle Williams

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She looks fine in this, and it’s certainly the least weirdly sleeved garment they’ve put together lately. She usually fares better than most faces of Vuitton, but this time I like hers the least.

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Golden Globes: Kruger Wins the Battle of the Prada’s

There were three looks from Miuccia Prada on the red carpet last night, but for me there was only one winner.

Diane Kruger in Prada

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This is spectacular. Diane is one of my favorite actors and she’s never boring on the red carpet. She gets it wrong about as much as she gets it right, but when it’s right it’s so, so very right. She and Prada tend to work well together and she manages to get better stuff out of Miuccia than a lot of her regulars. This collaboration is one for the books – hands down my best dressed of the evening and one I will remember for Best of 2018 twelve months from now.

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Golden Globes: Dior Restrains Themselves

The erstwhile house of Dior managed to produce a solid roster of gowns this time around, all the more shocking since in 2017 they created my most hated dress.

Jessica Biel

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I am on the record as not liking Biel, although her self-deprecating turn as herself on this season of Bojack Horseman made me consider that she may not be as icy as she seems. As a strong supporter of whimsy, I love this celestial gown. My favorite Dior of the evening.

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Golden Globes: Big Little Women

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“Big Little Lies” was the big TV winner tonight and the cast looked universally great picking up their trophies.

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Golden Globes: Women Wear the Pants

Quite a few women took the red carpet blackout one step further and into the realm of menswear. I love a well executed suit on a woman, especially in a year when there’s a cultural discourse around the need for more women to step into traditionally male dominated spheres.

Claire Foy in Stella McCartney

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Well, I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the best things Stella has turned out in a while. I love how Claire went polar opposite from her aesthetic on “The Crown”. This look is slouchy but killer, and very well styled.

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Golden Globes: Pops of Color

The rumors of a red carpet “blackout” to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood were true and every single star this evening turned out in every single black dress stylists could find.

This red carpet is an interesting and tricky one to cover. Some people might say that focusing on clothes right now is superficial given the much more impactful conversations happening right now around #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the need for more powerful and respected women across all industries. Some might say that it’s sexist to focus on how women look, now of all times. But if I agreed with that, then I guess I wouldn’t have a fashion blog.

I don’t think I can say it better than my hero’s from Go Fug Yourself who discussed the particular challenges of covering this event, saying:

“The idea that being interested in clothing is somehow anti-woman is absurd to me. Men are allowed to be interested in all kinds of things which are patently unserious without it becoming a debate on whether or not their hobby is letting down their gender; fashion is an art form, and the red carpet is often where it gets the greatest amount of exposure to the masses. It is not a personal or intellectual weakness to like clothes and be interested in them….The wardrobe for a red-carpet event is given a great deal of thought by stylists and managers and the actors themselves — and to assume that all of those people are operating from a perspective where objectification is the primarily goal is inaccurate, in my opinion.”

With that out of the way, let’s dive into the potentially shallow waters of red carpet fashion and take a look at how stars and their stylists took the blackout and ran with it.

Thankfully, a few folks added dashes of color to their black, which helped make the parade of gowns a little less monotonous.

Allison Williams in Armani Privé

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I love this dress. She took the sartorial guidelines, but made it interesting, vibrant, and her own. The texture of the beading is so beautiful and the orange brings some joy to the red carpet.

Mandy Moore in Rosie Assoulin

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This is less effective for me, but her lipstick and earring game is on point. The silhouette is nice, but the fabric and construction looks sloppy and takes this look down a notch for me.


Royals: Christmas at Sandringham

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It doesn’t get much more official for Meghan than the annual Christmas day walk to church at Sandringham.

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Best of 2017: Gowns Edition

Soothe all your 2017 anxiety and take a look at some of the best, dreamiest, swoon-worthy gowns of the year.

May we all wear gowns in 2018!

And don’t forget to vote at the end for your three top favorites!

Kirsten Dunst in Christian Dior at the Oscars

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Kirsten was my best dressed from the Oscars, and almost a year later this still holds up. This is the kind of gown you could look at 50 years from now and still swoon over.

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Royals: Meghan and Harry’s Engagement Phohtos

Yesterday, Kensington Palace released Meghan and Harry’s official engagement portraits as a holiday gift to us all. They were shot by Alexi Lubomirski who’s done a lot of celebrity and fashion photography, at Frogmore House, Windsor. They look so happy, particularly in the third picture which was an outtake they released.

These are gorgeous and intimate, and definitely a departure from past royal engagement portraits. But then again, Harry has always done things differently – as the “spare” he has more latitude to put his stamp on things, rather than take directive from The Firm.

I like Meghan’s dress a lot, although they look like they’re dressed for two different parties, and I am also very over the sheer trend. The gown is Ralph and Russo Winter 2016, costs $75,000, and was likely lined before she wore it if the Palace had anything to say about it.

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Any good royal watcher worth their salt is of course wondering who Meghan will enlist to design her wedding dress, and Ralph and Russo is the first designer she’s worn who actually dabbles in bridal wear. They actually might be a good bet – it’s a British line, they know their way around a wedding gown, and they’re beloved by the fashion elite. If Meghan’s sending us a sign, It’s one I could definitely get on board with!

Best of 2017: Cocktail Edition

2017 has been….a year. A lot of personal highs for me, a lot of lows for America, Democracy, and basically everything else.

To cap off a mixed bag of a year, lets take a look at who nailed it on the red carpet this year. This is the first of two posts – I just couldn’t narrow it down! I tried to divide the posts by cocktail wear and red carpet gowns.

Take a look, and don’t forget to vote at the end for your top THREE looks of the year!

Ruth Negga in Oscar de la Renta at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party

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Ruth started the year off right with this adorably sparkly number from OdlR. I liked this more than what she wore to the ceremony.

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