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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…

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…

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. 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. Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad I…

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…