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Monday, March 3, 2014 by Belle

Academy Awards 2014: Belle’s Best Dressed List


The trends on last night’s Oscar red carpet were nude-colored dresses with embellishments, dresses with deep necklines and large, drop earrings.  Finger waves and sideswept locks were the hairstyles of choice, even in the drizzly conditions.

While there were some lovely choices on the red carpet, most of the gowns failed to inspire.  Charlize Theron looked great, but the dress just felt off.  Anne Hathaway wore the same silhouette as last year, and while the dress looked nice the gleaming crystals did not play well with the stage lighting. Viola Davis’s gown was the perfect color, and her hair and makeup looked phenomenal, but the dress was unflattering around her mid-section.

At one point, I toyed with the idea of only putting Kevin Spacey on my best-dressed list since his midnight blue tuxedo was the only ensemble that spurred noticeable adoration.  But that hardly seemed like a fair solution, so here are my picks for best-dressed.

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Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab

Many of the dresses on the worst-dressed list earned their spot due to poorly coordinated accessories and ill-chosen hair and makeup.  EVW took a gorgeous gown and created a near flawless ensemble.

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Olivia Wilde in Valentino

Wilde continues to teach a master class in how to wear formal attire while pregnant.  This sleek, black-and-white Valentino makes Natalie Portman’s pink- and red-flowered gown from a few years back look even more laughable by comparison.  I also love her accessories, those bracelets will have me searching for a black and white stack of my own very soon.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

While this year’s flame-red Dior cannot match the glamorous perfection of last year’s Dior, Lawrence has redeemed herself for the bed comforter she wore to the Golden Globes.  This is, by far, her best hairstyle of the season.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

What? Lupita wasn’t your favorite?  Lupita was everyone’s favorite!

Don’t get me wrong, the girl looked awesome.  The dress is divine, this DuJour Media shot proves that, but I thought the earrings were a bad choice. I don’t care for the shape of them, and frankly, I found them distracting.  However, the Gucci gown she wort to the SAG Awards is still my favorite gown of the season, it might even make top-5 all-time.

So who was my best-dressed woman?


Camilla Alves in Gabriella Cardena

This is a lot of dress.  With yards of ballet-pink material covering her every inch of her body and swatch of draping to boot, it would be hard for almost anyone to make this gown look good.  It would swallow up any mere mortal who tried to wear it, but Alves makes it look effortless.

Plus, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a stickler for creating a cohesive look.  I want the hair, the makeup, the jewelry, the bag, the shoes and the gown to all fit seamlessly together.  In this case, the updo is sublime.  The makeup is a vision of perfectly contoured softness.  And the accessories melt perfectly into the look, ensuring that they don’t add weight to the already heavy dress.

So who was your favorite?  Anybody who really failed to live up to expectations?

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Belle

Academy Awards 2014: Belle’s Worst Dressed List


What is there to say about this year’s red carpet except: what.a.snoozefest.  Lackluster gowns, no shows from A-list celebrities, rain that crushed every hairdo and turned every T-zone shiny.  I was so bored that no amount of Prosecco could boost my interest.  But mostly, I just wanted to shove a sock in Ryan Seacrest’s mouth…so, no different from any other year.

Pink rocked it out in ruby slipper red.  Liza Minelli discovered her own blue period.  Jennifer Lawrence falls more than Gerald Ford.  The mother from HIMYM showed up in desperate need of teeth whitener, no word on why she was invited in the first place.  As always, the In Memoriam tribute generated some controversy.

But let’s get to the real stars of the show, the gowns that made you wonder whether the wearers need glasses, dresses so unappealing they make leggings as pants look like a good idea.  Without further adieu, my worst-dressed list from the merely meh to abominable:


Amy Adams in Gucci Premiere

Let’s start with the controversial selection.  I want to like this tuxedo-inspired dress, but the whole look feels off.  The flat, oddly styled hair and the too dainty jewelry ruin the dress for me.


Emma Watson in Vera Wang

23-year-old Watson is about 15 years too young for this matronly get up.  The hair is a mess–plastered to her forehead in the front, a messy gym-ponytail in the back.  But I love the rings.


Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

Veronica Mars goes to the prom circa 1998 complete with tendrils.  If Amy Adams’ look was under-styled, this ensemble is stuffier than a congressional hearing room during the dog days of summer.  But if you want to win the gold medal in the over styling Olympics…


Lady Gaga in Versace

I almost prefer the meat dress.


Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

With a hairstyle reminiscent of a bad perm, a dress straight off the rack at 5.7.9 and a hot pink chain clutch, this is the perfect dress to wear to the Bayside High prom and the after-party at the Max.

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Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel

Dearest Anna, popping a knee ala Angelina is so 2013, but doing it in a dress from the clearance rack at Vanity is just insulting.  Sheer, daisy-printed embroidery, really?

Anna’s look wasn’t exactly pitch perfect, but my worst-dressed starlet of the night was…


Margot Robbie made a big splash at the Golden Globes, a vision in Gucci.  But just weeks later at the Oscar’s, all of the ripples have disappeared.

This Saint Laurent gown and the dark purple makeup palette ages the 23-year-old actress by a decade at least. While the darker hair color may look fine on its own, when paired with the dark lip color and the heavy plum blush, the look is too gothic for words.  It takes some work to make a woman this beautiful look bad, it doesn’t happen accidentally.

So who was your worst-dressed?  Most of the looks this year were merely lackluster, but the collection as a whole was deeply uninspiring.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 by Belle

Academy Awards Liveblog 2014–5:30PM EST



Monday, January 13, 2014 by Belle

Golden Globes 2014: It Was The Best of Times…


There weren’t many gowns on the carpet that excited me.  Most left me disappointed, confounded or queasy, but a few of the frocks drew a positive reaction.  So let’s all take a moment to revel in the splendor of dresses that cost more than our monthly salaries.

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Julia Louis Dreyfuss in Narciso Rodriguez

Petite ladies often have a tough time on the red carpet.  Too often, they choose gowns that wear them instead of the other way around.  But this perfectly tailored halter-style gown proves that being petite is no barrier to being fabulous.

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Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad

I love the cut of the gown and the art-deco beading.  It reminds me of the Chrysler Building (in a good way).  Sadly, Kate has some of the worst Botox I’ve seen since Cameron Diaz.

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Julianna Margulies in Andrew Gn

Black dresses with metallic embellishments were all the rage at the Globes, but nobody rocked the baroque look better than Julianna.  Her frock was perfectly tailored and suited to her shape.  I also loved her styled, but undone hair.

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Margot Robbie in Gucci

If you’re a fairly unknown actress with only one serious movie under your belt, you need to make a splash in anyway that you can.  So good on Martha Robbie for diving right into the pool with this plunging neckline and thigh-high slit.  She’s guaranteed a spot on several future fashion mag covers as a result.  That should keep her in the public eye for awhile.


Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive

The front of Cate’s dress was pretty, ethereal and just fashion-forward enough.  But the back…oh, baby, the back.  Good thing she was nominated in the drama category.

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Olivia Wilde in Gucci

There were several pregnant ladies on the red carpet.  Drew Barrymore fumbled in a Valentine’s Day-inspired frock, and the usually stylish Kerry Washington drew raised eyebrows with a vest-peplum hybrid.  Looking chic with a baby bump can’t be easy, but Olivia made it look easy.  The color is sublime and the accessories are perfection.

But my favorite dress of the night was…

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Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren

The rising star from Golden Globe winner 12 Years a Slave has a real Gwyneth Paltrow meets Grace Jones thing happening.  The gown is perfectly tailored with a striking silhouette and bold color.  I also love that she kept the hair, makeup and accessories minimal.  The whole look is just stunning.

Monday, January 13, 2014 by Belle

Golden Globes 2014: Wrapping Up the Worst of It


What a weird night!  None of the winners had prepared remarks, because when you have a 1 in five chance of winning something, why bother to scribble down a few thank yous?  Brooklyn 99 and American Hustle both beat out the competition, though I don’t know how. I mean, I knew that you could bribe the Hollywood Foreign Press Association into nominating you (ahem, Hayden Panettiere, The Tourist, etc.), but I didn’t realize that they also sold wins.

In addition to the show’s hijinks, from a drunk Diddy to Alex Ebert’s not-so-manly updo, there was a lot of strangeness on the red carpet as well.  Oddities and fashion faux pas of all sorts, committed by both men and women, so let’s take a moment to wrap up the worst of it.

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The Speaker John Boehner Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring the Best Performance by an Actor in Bronzer, goes to…


Modern Family co-stars Sarah Hyland (23 in Georges Hobeika) and Ariel Winter (15 in Mikael D) decided to go all Freaky Friday and switch gowns for the night.

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Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

If Tinkerbell attended the Neverland retirement home’s spring formal, this is what she would wear.  Zooey looks completely washed out in skeins of boring beige, and slouching certainly isn’t helping her pull of this look.

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Julianne Moore (circa 2013) and Hayden Panettiere, both in Tom Ford

Can’t find a dress to suit your petite frame?  Just take a pair of scissors to a gown from last year and make it look like a prom dress from Dillard’s.  And don’t forget to slick your hair back like an extra from a 90s music video.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

It hurts me to put her on my worst-dressed list, but JLaw looked like someone wrapped electrical tape around a bridal store mannequin.  Looking at the jewelry, her stylist seemed to be going for an art deco theme but fell short by a mile.

I do congratulate her on her award, however.  She was so good in American Hustle, she almost made the movie watchable…almost.


Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen

As my friend Barb Martin put it, this bib necklace is “90% bib, 10% necklace.”  All it’s missing is the phrase “Grandma Loves Me.”  (And on a related note, maybe Vergara could try a dress style besides sweetheart strapless. You know, for variety’s sake.)


Paula Patton in Stephane Rolland 

Paula’s wearing this dress in support of her next film, “When Toilet Paper Attacks!”.  As Washingtonian editor Kate Bennett pointed out on Twitter, some looks are best left to the runway models, mere mortals cannot pull them off.


Usher in Calvin Klein Collection

While I dig the oxblood tuxedo, I have to ask: What’s up with the brooch?

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Elizabeth Moss in J Mendel

Zoe Bartlett won a Golden Globe! Why she did it dressed in this emo-goth get up that shows more leg than a burlesque dancer is beyond me.  I also spent the entire evening wanting to assault her with a hair brush.

But the award for the Worst Dressed of the Night was a tie between…

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Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung and Heidi Klum in Marchesa

These dresses are so hideous that I almost find myself at a loss for words.

Zoe’s known for taking fashion risks, but this dress is like jumping into the lion’s pen at the zoo on a dare.  The variation in texture isn’t so much a mix, as it is a jumble.  It’s a strange patchwork of satin, lace, sheer and sequins that overwhelms and disappoints.

As for Heidi, she apparently decided to channel Bo Derek circa 1979 with a feathered hairstyle and a dress that could charitably be described as boho-chic-sans-chic.  And don’t even get me started on the hippy-dippy lariat.

So who were your worst dressed of the night?  I heard a lot of complaints about Emma Watson and her inability to conjure up a decent dress, and many people felt that Lena Dunham‘s canary-yellow dress hit a sour note.  Who were your most-disappointing?

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