Out of all the dramatic and not so-dramatic gown at the Golden Globes, last night, two stood out for being the most forward-thinking and outré. You may not agree with them, you may even be on the fence with them, but you have to admit that both Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman‘s gowns stand out from the crowd. And it’s a pretty hard crowd to stand out from, considering every A-lister is doing their level best to outshine the other. What makes these two gowns extraordinary is the key usage of embellishment, elevating, what would be regular black gowns to show-stoppers. Before we start, it’s also important to note that both ladies were extremely smart in leaving their hair and makeup neutral — and OMG, did their skins glow — so that their outfits took center-stage.
Kate’s black gown was a dramatic Alexander McQueen. It featured long sleeves and a little train, but the flash of skin, which was so sexy, was provided through a deep key-hole. And all that may be gravy, but the aspect we’re tripping over the most is the gold-leaf embellishment on the collar and the waist. The whole outfit has quite the impact, and is complemented by her little gold Roger Vivier ‘Boite de Nuit’ clutch, which was totally in keeping with the whole outfit. Giving her a run for her money, though, was Nicole’s gown, also by Alexander McQueen. How’s that for a synchronistic moment? The lovely actress’ gown featured some eye-catching bronze studs over the bodice, elevating her in the embellishment stakes. We usually demur from the semi-sheer trend but find the mesh detailing on her waist gorgeous. She iced up the look with Fred Leighton jewelry that was minimal enough not to interfere with her look. We’re sold on both. But who gets best embellishment, then? Which of the two McQueens will you pick? Vote, vote, vote!
Today has proved to be a day of choices. Most important on that list has been which microwave popcorn to get in time for the GirlsSeason 2 premiere later today on HBO. The first episode’s called It’s About Time, and we agree with the title, because it really is about time that the show came back, because we’ve been missing it. While, the show gave us the gift that is Lena Dunham, we’ve also been wowed by her co-star, Allison Williams, who plays Marnie, this whole year. Allison’s not only gorgeous, with this enviable mane of chestnut hair and flawless skin, we’ve also kept an eye on her only to realize that she has some serious fashion cred as well. Props to her stylist, because Allison’s turn-out through 2012, uptil the present day, at almost every event, premiere or fashion show she’s turned up at has been sartorially stellar. And we love that she’s not afraid to throw on some color!
We’ve compiled a list of our top 15 best looks in the gallery below, gathered through 2012 up till now, January 2013. Don’t worry, in case you just have to know who she’s wearing so you can do some research of your own, we’re also put down the designer and the place she’s at in the captions. A couple of staunch favourites before you delve in. We’re in love with the sea-green, shimmery Naeem Khan gown she wore to the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York, back in November. The hot pink ladylike, but sexy, Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 ensemble worn to an Emmy pre-party is another killer. Oscar seems to be her go-to designer, because she also wore an emerald green by the designer to the Emmy’s and it was one of the best gown of the night, in our opinion. A red Stop Staring! cap-sleeved sheath worn to the New York premiere of The Master is also a fantastic pick. We’ll leave the rest to you. Do let us know what your favorites are? Keep an eye out for this lady. She’s only getting better and better.
Do all famous people know each other? Do they only start business ventures with other famous people? Because this pairing — George Clooney and Cindy Crawford‘s mogul, extremely handsome husband Rande Gerber — seems perfect. The two gentlemen have been buddies and business partners forever and have just recently launched a tequila called ‘Casamigos.’ The campaign for the new spirit is jaw-dropping and involves possibly every fantasy anyone could have. It features George with his mega-hot girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, and Cindy with Randy and it gets … heavy. Which is the polite term for “everyone drinks tequila and ends up in bed with each other.” We see Rande walking in with George and Cindy in bed with other, with Cindy looking like this is a Coyote Ugly kind of situation. It’s not, Cindy. Then, George walks in on Stacy and Cindy and looks like a kid who just got his candy stolen. Lastly, Cindy and Stacy walk in on Rande and George. Relax, the video is SFW and quite hilarious. Who knew that Stacy had such perfect timing? And while the advertisement, tongue firmly in cheek, urges you to “Please Drink Responsibly” we’re just going to say that we don’t want to, if it’ll give us a shot with Clooney.
So, we’ve got definitive best-dressed and worst-dressed lists at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night, but the biggest list for the night are the fashion in-betweeners. Some serious A-Listers showed up to the event and they were almost quite there on the most-fabulous round-up, had there not been some sartorial slip-ups. We hate including Emily Blunt on this list because her cream Miu Miu dress was stunning especially with the crystal neckline. We loved the retro curls and the red lips. But we just can’t reconcile with her Prada heels that feel far too clunky. They even make the length of the dress feel wrong. Nina Dobrev wore a turquoise metallic, fully embellished Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 cocktail dress with amazo Brian Atwood ‘Evie’ heels, which we love. But the frock feels like something Lt. Uhura would wear to a Star Trek mixer. Then there’s Jessica Chastain‘s Prada gown with the crystal neckline worn with Jimmy Choo ‘Tease’ sandals and Harry Winston jewels. The bodice seems ill-fitted, plus while the gown is meant to pop, she somehow tones it down to a more vanilla vibe. Amy Adams is gorgeous in her Vionnet gown but the ruffles at the waist just don’t do it for us. The same applies for Eva Longoria and her Monique Lhuillier. She wears the designer so often that it’s just too safe now. Pretty, but wholly unremarkable. While Leslie Mann‘s Honor Spring 2013 pink frock is lovely and girly … there’s just too much pink in this look. Pink lips, pink Tiffany clutch, pink Jimmy Choo ‘Fitch’ ankle-strap heels — too, too much for us. Even though the frock is a lacy dream. Octavia Spencer is rocking the navy Tadashi Shoji dress. But those bangs need to go, or be swept aside. A more adventurous shoe — hers matched the dress too perfectly — would be appreciated. And lastly, Emmy Rossum’s Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2013 gown feels far too princessy and saccharine. We think Emmy retreats into this style bracket too often, and the odd now and then that she busts out is freakin’ fabulous. So we’re not going to encourage safe Emmy anymore — but only because we love her and don’t want to be enablers!
Now that the worst-dressed list is out of the way, time to rejoice in our happy, best-dressed roll-call from yesterday’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. It’s a small list, but packed with heaps of flavor. To begin with, we’re clapping our hands with joy at Anne Hathaway‘s minimal, shimmery, Oscar de la Renta gown. That smile, the cropped hair and the perfectly creamy makeup are the right accompaniments proving that sometimes, less is definitely more. Another absolute favorite is Marion Cotillard‘s frothy, applique Zuhair Murad Couture dress that is girly, fun and hit that line between playful and fashion forward. The Jimmy Choo “Tahi” heels have us squeeing too. Marion’s got serious style chops! Jennifer Lawrence‘s Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2013 gown brought grown-up glamor and drama to the carpet. The draping, the dual-fabric and the train are fantastic features and don’t overwhelm her, and the Chopard jewels, Jimmy Choo ‘Vamp’ sandals and a Roger Vivier clutch add the right amount of hardware. Naomi Watts was sexy as hell in a black strapless Emilio Pucci Resort 2013 gown with a sheer key-hole with turquoise Irene Neuwirth jewels and a silver Edie Parker clutch that provided the right hits of color and metal. Jaime King gave a Naomi a run for her sexy money in a strappy Jason Wu Pre-Fall ’13 semi-sheer gown with flashes of gold accessories and a black belt cinching her tiny waist. The side-swept curls and red lips are happily noted, as well. Rounding off the list is a surprise entrant — Helen Hunt. We bow down to her in that red Philip Armstrong Atelier column gown with those crystal and lace panelled cut-outs. Perfectly styled, and impeccably turned out with a hit of gold accessories — gold Rene Caovilla sandals, Martin Katz jewelry and a Lauren Merkin ‘Lucca’ clutch.
We thought we’d serve you with the bad news before the good news. The worst-dressed list before the best-dressed, that is. The event we’re discussing is the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which went down in Santa Monica, California yesterday. Lot’s of foot-falls on the red carpet, some great, some not-so-great, but three stand out as really not great. Not that these three ladies aren’t absolutely lovely, but we’re hoping they do better next time. We’ll start with Famke Janssen, who is smoking hot, but that John Galliano Fall 2012 gown was not the right match for her. It seemed better left on the runaway. Perhaps if Famke had committed more to the look, it would have worked? A dress like that needs drama and a certain carriage, and he actress just let her makeup and hair fall flat which did not give the ensemble a necessary boost. Then we have Elle Fanning in the middle. We get that the young actress likes taking risks, but her youth and inexperience is revealed in her footwear choices. She’s wearing Chanel Spring 2013 from top-to-bottom, but the shoes just don’t fit here. Something lighter would have uplifted the floral, strapless shift. We love her and her smile, though. Another fashion-forward star made a misstep here — Amanda Seyfried. She often takes on avant garde outfits on and we give her props for trying. But she is not, in any way, working that cornflower blue Marios Schwab Spring 2013 gown. The black Roger Vivier sandals leave us cold as well. Until next time, ladies.
Is that Nicki Minaj or the Barbie version of Nicki Minaj? Literally every photo we saw of the singer had the same or a combination of poses and facial expressions that you see above. These were taken at the American Idol Season 12 premiere event held at Royce Hall, UCLA yesterday Westwood, California. It’s like she was trying to totally out-dress that other AI female judge (*cough* Mariah Carey *cough*) because you know those two aren’t exactly BFF. Forget the hair and the neon lips — it’s the dress we’re shielding our eyes from. It’s so neon that we need sunglasses? It’s a bandage dress so our first thought is that it’s possible Herve Leger because he’s the king of bodycon bandage dresses. And then there are the crazy black-and-white platform, ankle-strap shoes. We see a tell-tale red sole we’re guessing these have to Christian Louboutin? It’s all very … Nicki. Is that a good thing, we don’t know? All we’re thinking is how much Spanx had to be worn underneath that dress to keep everything in place. Also, and this is a very serious question — how does anyone sit down in a dress like that without splitting a seam?
Hello, gentlemen! We could not with a clear conscience ignore the proliferation of extremely handsome men at the People’s Choice Awards because they really brought their A-Game. So many sharply-cut suits! Eddie Redmayne and Giancarlo Esposito already made it to our best-dressed list, but we’re talking about you, Ian Somerhalder, all sexy in your classic black tie combination. J.D Pardo did the same in the best fitted blazer and suit we’re see in a long time. Jensen Ackles actually pulled off a deep maroon suit with a black shirt — but it’s impossible to make that man look anything other than gorgeous. Chris Colfer ditched a jacket completely and opted for skinny trousers and a skinnier tie and worked the whole thing like a pro. We’re also giving out props to Jesse Williams who added a little something’ extra to his suit by adding a pair of purple suede shoes. The impossibly good looking Matt Bomer added a little texture to his deep navy suit with a grey pocket square and a Madras-checked shirt. We’re counting The Wanted as one unit — one very hip, way cool unit. Their stylists need a raise. But we’d like to hand the best-dressed trophy to our number one guy, Robert Downey Jr. That grey suit, that pizazz and those metallic sneakers? Take a bow, sir.
It wasn’t only onstage. Lots of gorgeous celebrities either whizzed through the red carpet super quickly at the People’s Choice Awards last night, or chose to skip it entirely, only to appear on stage to accept an award or two. We picked our top 10 from this list and plenty of your favorites are included. Jennifer Lawrence to begin with in a Valentino Fall 2012 Couture dress with Nicholas Kirkwood black satin pumps and Cartier jewels. Love J.Law, but not so enamored by this dress. This is the photograph she’s most working it in, but in others, it ages her and swamps her frame. Then, we have Sandra Bullock in a blue custom Vera Wang strapless bodice and pencil skirt, but what really got us excited, were her hot pink pumps matched with her hot pink lipstick. Jennifer Aniston in Christian Dior surprised us, because even though her dress was her usual black, it was quite playful and featured a flounced skirt. She paired it with Tom Ford black ankle-strap heels and Fred Leighton jewels. Emma Watson wore a jazzy, kaleidoscopic Peter Pilotto with strappy Tabitha Simmons ‘Bailey’ sandals, while Katy Perry was the most toned down we’ve seen in a while, in a demure Valentino Fall 2012 dress with Jimmy Choo suede pumps, Jennifer Behr headpiece, and Sylva & Cie earrings. Hits of gorgeous yellow were provided by Brittany Snow‘s pale daffodil draped Maria Lucia Hohan three-quarters dress and Melissa Rauch‘s bright sunflower Junko Yoshioka gown accessorized expertly with Stuart Weitzman gold heels and a gold Vincent Camuto clutch. Shout out to Ellen Pompeo for busting out some Lanvin as well! Check out all the looks in the gallery below.
Ed. note:After the leaked pic went viral, GQ finally gave in and posted the official version of the cover.
Move over, Rihanna. Step aside, Kate Upton. Because their brand of sexy just paled in comparison to what Beyonce is bringing to the table. Earlier today, this new GQcover of the singer that was supposed to be revealed as the magazine’s February lead leaked online and is in the process of going completely viral. What can we even say about this picture (that for legal reasons, we can’t show you anymore)? Steamy doesn’t even begin to cover it. We’re just amazed at the Beyonce-body that seems to defy genetics, considering she had baby Blue Ivy just last year. Not a hint of mummy-tummy because that stomach is as washboard as it can get. This is also one of the sexiest photographs we’ve ever seen of Bey, who, as we all know, can werk it like it’s never been werked before, but never looks anywhere close to trashy. So to see miles of skin and a purposeful hint of under-boob is a bit jaw-dropping. Her face and that tumbling hair looks beautiful and she’s got curves that makes those leopard-print briefs look better than they actually are. But we want to know what your reaction to this shot is? Do you think she looks hot or is it too over-the-top and in-your-face? Let us know in the comments section! And check the bigger version below: Read more…