Capitol Hill Style: Award Shows

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Sunday, January 12, 2014 by Belle

Golden Globes 2014 Live 4pmET

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Monday, September 23, 2013 by Belle

Award Shows: Emmy Awards 2013

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I missed the Emmy’s yesterday, but what would this blog be without award show fashion roundups?

As usual, all images are from Just Jared, check out that site for full Emmy coverage.  Here are my best and worst from the 2013 Emmy Awards.

The Worst Dressed List

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Michelle Dockery in Prada

Who knew Lady Mary was a Virginia Tech fan?

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Connie Britton in Naeem Khan

Tammy Taylor fished this one out of The White Queen costume department’s reject pile.

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Lena Dunham in Prada

A hideous print in a shape that doesn’t nothing for her body with eye makeup more suited to Halloween, Lena Dunham hits all the wrong notes, again.

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Julie Benz in Zac Posen

Just say no to shoulder bows.

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Sarah Hyland in CH by Carolina Hererra

Not sure what happened to Sarah Hyland.  She looks like she consulted John Boehner on the best places to get a spray tan for her Corpse Bride-themed prom.

And the worst red carpet look of the night was worn by…

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Julianne Hough in Jenny Packham

I love Jenny Packham (this look was a favorite from her recent NYFW show), but this dress was made for a woman of considerable height with legs like a crane.  In other words, the model who wore it on the runway, and almost no one else.

The dress makes Julianne Hough, a petite woman with slimmer than average thighs, look painfully pear-shaped paunchy.  Creating imperfections that are not there is not what you want from a gown.  Not to mention that the whole half-of-a-dress thing doesn’t work, and is made more awkward by the fact that her brother was her date.

However, I will say this for her: Post-Seacrest break-up, if she was looking to get noticed without pulling a full Miley, she definitely succeeded.

Catch the best dressed looks after the jump…

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Monday, February 25, 2013 by Belle

Academy Awards 2013: Gowns I’ll Actually Remember Tomorrow

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I’ve been watching the Oscars since I was young enough to need training wheels, and over the years, I’ve been wow’ed by several gowns.  Even in recent memory, there have been spectacular looks on the red carpet.

Michelle Williams in yellow Vera Wang.  Halle Berry in Elie Saab.  Reese Witherspoon in vintage Dior.  Cate Blanchett…in anything.

People occasionally ask how I choose my best dressed list, because it’s usually a bit different than the ones you see elsewhere.  And the truth is, that I have just one guiding principle: Which looks do I remember fondly the next morning?  Because if I’ve forgotten about your gown by breakfast, that is not a good sign.  Here are the gowns that I couldn’t stop thinking about.

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Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

I love Jessica Chastain, and I always look forward to seeing her on the red carpet, but her gowns are usually a disappointment.  However, this coppery Armani fits her beautifully, complements her alabaster skin without washing her out and her hair and makeup are flawless.  She may not have won an Oscar, but she definitely burnished her fashion street cred.

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Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan

Stacy Keibler has a lot of shade thrown her way, but no one can deny that she looked amazing last night.  The beading on this dress is incredibly intricate and stylish, the tailoring is impeccable and everything else is just right.  I would have liked a hint of color on the lips, but that’s a small matter.  Good job, Brad Goreski.

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Jennifer Garner in Gucci

This violet column gown with a ruffled train is stunning.  I especially love the shallow sweetheart neckline.  And while I am usually averse to lots of jewelry, her necklace, bracelets and rings are all perfectly curated.

Who else joined Mrs. Affleck on the best dressed list?  And which gown will Belle be dreaming about well into 2014?  Find out after the jump.

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Monday, February 25, 2013 by Belle

Academy Awards 2013: This Is Why We Drink

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(If you find Joan Rivers-esque fashion commentary offensive, this is not the post for you, however, some of your fellow readers look forward to this post all year.  So come back tomorrow when things will be less snarky.)

Watching the Oscars this year was even more painful than usual.  It was like an awards ceremony produced by Sybil, an erratic compilation of parts that made up a Kafka-esque whole–a Bond tribute, “Chicago”, “Dreamgirls”, “The Sound of Music”,  a vulgar, CGI-Teddy Ruxpin in a tuxedo, a FLOTUS appearance and a song about “boobs.”

But on the bright side, no James Franco…except in every other commercial break promoting “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

Sadly, the red carpet was no better.  Between E!’s lackluster coverage and ABC’s jumpy pre-show that had more hosts than our nation has had presidents, it was tough to get a good look at the gowns (which are why these shows exist in the first place, right?).  Luckily, Just Jared provided me with all the photos I needed to create this list of dresses that made me want (another) drink.

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Kristen Stewart in My Great Grandmother’s Lace Table Runner

Twilight is mercifully over (apologies to those who love it, but for those of us who don’t, it causes an unpleasant burning sensation), but Kristen Stewart still managed to snag an invite to the Oscars.

As for the gown, we have visual evidence  that lace and tulle is not her best look, but alas, here it is again with a case of unkempt bed head to match.  Add the fidgeting, the lip biting and the shy, low talking, and you begin to wonder if there wasn’t another B-list actress who wasn’t more deserving of a presenter spot.

Also, I know she injured her leg and that she’s trying to blame that for her uncomfortable performance, but what is her excuse the rest of the time?

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Zoe Saldana in Something from the Losing Project Runway Team

This one hurts me. I love Zoe Saldana, she’s usually one of my favorites, but there is way, way too much going on here–laser-cut flowers, a side bow, a fit-and-flare, a high-low hem, a train, three colors of trim–it’s total overkill.  And I just do not understand the decision to include an industrial-looking belt.

On the plus side, I really love those earrings.  Who says I can’t find a positive note?

For a moment while watching last night’s awards, I thought I had been transported into the closet of Alexis Carrington.  Why?  Welcome to “Dynasty.”

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Jane Fonda in a Dress She Wore to the Emmy’s in 1984 but Damn, Her Body Looks Good

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Halle Berry on Her Way to Studio 54 in a Diana Ross Castoff

More dresses that disappoint after the jump, including Belle’s Worst Dressed of 2013.

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Monday, January 28, 2013 by Belle

Red Carpet 2013: The SAG Awards

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Like most Americans, I don’t watch the SAG awards.  That’s why they’re on TNT, the channel dedicated to reruns of Angel and Las Vegas, and not a network.  But halfway through the show, people started tweeting at me about how great the dresses were, so I decided to take a look.

Tis true that the ratio of good gowns to hideous monstrosities was much better.  This begs the question, are they learning from their mishaps or is this a cruel joke to make me hope for a glamorous Oscar carpet?  There’s no way to know.  So let’s treat the SAG awards to their very own red carpet rundown using reviews of three sentences or less.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

The dress fits nicely, but isn’t terribly exciting.  The hair is wilted and depressing.  More proof that burgundy lips aren’t for everyone. Just found out JLaw had pneumonia, so I have nothing but respect for her making the effort. I’ve had pneumonia, it’s horrific.

Kerry Washington in Rodarte

Perhaps the only Rodarte gown I’ve ever truly loved.  The bodice is sublime.  Would have appreciated a bit more fullness in the hairdo.

Anne Hathaway in Giambatista Valli

Oh goodie, a dress that doesn’t touch the floor (I don’t understand this trend towards tea length.).  In my opinion, it’s just another frock by Sybil that can’t decide if it’s short or long.  Her hair and makeup look really fresh and lovely.

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen

A much better dress than the Globes, and the neckline is pretty and interesting.  However, the necklace looks like it came from the prom jewelry section at Claire’s.  And any person born before 1992 will be unable to look past the obvious Jessica Rabbit homage.

Naomi Watts in Marchesa

The finger waves, the pale grey, lace column gown and the just-right pink lip are a vision.  And the cabochon stone in that ring is extraordinary.

Want to read more of my quick thoughts on the SAG Awards and see my picks for best and worst dressed?  They’re after the jump.

Elizabeth Moss in Dolce & Gabbana

If you’re going to wear a short dress, this is how you do it, with Dolce and flair.

Mayim Bialik

It cannot be easy to find red carpet attire when you’re an “aspiring modern Orthodox” Jew.  But this dress keeps her covered, looks fab and even gives the appearance of a waist on a very straight torso.  The makeup looks nice too.

Kiernan Shipka in OdlR

It’s a terrible tragedy when someone who isn’t even old enough to have a driver’s liense knows more about style and dressing appropriately than the professionals paid to dress Jessica Chastain, Kaley Cuoco and Halle Berry.

Katrina Bowden in Badgley Mischka

I have no idea who you are, but I love this dress.  The are deco applique and soft color are divine.  I hope you become more famous so you can sway the balance of ugly dresses to pretty dresses in the right direction on future red carpets.

Julianna Marguiles 

I want to like this look, I do–but the bow tied at the waist of a thoroughly modern gown is distracting me.  Plus, I’m over slits and slit-posing. Love the shoes and hair though.

Jayma Mays in Georges Hobeika Atelier

The texture on this gown, with the cascading floral applique is really beautiful.  The neckline is just right for her, and keeping everything else (jewelry, hair) simple, really works for her.

Lea Michelle in Valentino

My thoughts are in order of occurrence: Is Glee still on the air?  Dip-dyed hair is so 2011, gross.  When you’re the size of a Hobbit, you shouldn’t wear a ruffled peasant skirt.  And, Glee is still on the air, are you sure?

Ellie Kemper in Reem Acra

Mint is really her color.  With the alabaster skin and red hair, the look is ethereal and gorgeous.

Julie Bowen in Johanna Johnson

Cate Blanchett would look edgy in a leather gown.  Julie Bowen looks a bit like she’s playing dress up.  And while the eye makeup is perfectly done, the messy gym ponytail makes me want to cry.

So who was my worst dressed of the night? It was a tie between…

Claire “early-90s Goth, burgundy lip of death” Danes in Givenchy.

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Rose “Laura Ashley presents Little House on the Prairie” Byrne in Valentino and the flattest, stiffest finger waves I have ever seen.

As for my best dressed, that was also a tie between…

Nina Dobrev in Elie Saab

This dress is the definition of relaxed elegance. I love the punchy color and drop earrings, and she is wearing exactly the right cheek color for her slightly tan skin.

Amanda Seyfried in Zac Posen

At this moment, I want to be her.  The dress, the necklace, the hair, the eye makeup…it’s all positively divine.  This ensemble is on my top five best red carpet looks of all time.

All of the photos were from HuffPost and Getty.  They have dozens more on their site, you should check them out.

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