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Monday, January 13, 2014 by Belle

Golden Globes 2014: It Was The Best of Times…

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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.

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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

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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…

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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?

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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