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.
Let’s face it, we’ve all seen a couple of real fashion doozies this year. Whether they were at any one of the major award ceremonies, premieres or just disasters spotted on the street, our celebrities have made some grade-A worst-dressed choices in 2012. As always, as we look back at it all, we thought we would compile said bad sartorial decisions into one big, bad list. A top 20, to be precise. We’ve also compiled the looks in a gallery for you to pore through. We’re going to break it down for you from number 20 right up to numero uno. Feel free to let us know if you agree with the list, and if we missed anyone.
13. Lindsay Lohan: Too much blush, way fake hair extensions, a cheap-looking satin gown, diamond cut-out with red tear-drops … oh, Lindsay. She could have done so much better to the premiere of Liz & Dick.
Are you the sort of person who scrolls down to see what shoes celebrities are wearing when you see an outfit that interests you? Then this is the list for you. Even if you aren’t a shoe fanatic, this is still a fun exercise, to be honest. We’ve compiled together our list of the top 25 most drool-worthy heels, platforms and boots spotted on celebrities in 2012. And to make it even more interesting, when you visit the gallery below, we’ve put pictures of the shoes first, with the celebrity reveal right after, so you can have a go at guessing who the gorgeous heel, platform, pump, bootie or boot belongs to! The caption on each celebrity reveal will also tell you what brand the shoe is and where and when it was worn. All our favourite celebrities are in there: Beyonce, Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone and a whole host more.
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A couple of spoilers, though. We won’t tell you the color of the shoes so you can still have a guess when you look through the pictures. We adore Mila Kunis‘ Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle’ and Miley Cyrus‘ Jimmy Choo ‘Tippi” pumps, respectively. Bella Thorne‘s Miu Miu platform booties are to die for, as are Rooney Mara‘s YSL ‘Tribtoo’ slingbacks. Have a blast figuring out which is which. We wish you a happy and well-heeled rest of 2012!
The British Independent Film Awards took place in London last night, and some familiar faces showed up. It was the pastels vs. black with this list, comprising Elle Fanning, Felicity Jones, Andrea Riseborough and Noomi Rapace. Elle’s sartorial maturity actually scares us. How is this girl only 14-years-old and picking out savvy taffeta and tulle Oscar de la Renta gowns? That’s what she wore to the show, as you can see above and right, and it’s so effing pretty. The beige pumps are a boring choice, in our opinion, but who cares because we live in a world that still has ballgown cuts! Felicity complemented her perfectly in a demure , textured white dress with sheer neckline and black pumps, before the evening took a dark turn …
Thanks to Noomi and Andrea’s outfit choices, we mean. Someone should have given Noomi a hairbrush that evening but the strappy shoes are hot, even though the dress doesn’t look inspiring from this angle. But do we spy a rather long slit in her skirt? That should have spiced things up. As did Andrea’s gown’s neckline. Holy cleavage, Batman! How much double-sided tape did it take to prevent a wardrobe malfunction? She does pull it off, though, so s’all good. We wouldn’t dare!
We know that all celeb kids are cute. Obviously. We have eyes with which to see. It’s just that some celeb kids have a preternaturally developed sense of style, while the rest of us are wearing old soccer t-shirts with grape juice stains. As adults. So while we are more than happy to squee over the most shabbily dressed bundle of joy, we’d like to give props to the Best of 2012 celeb kids and babies, from Moroccan Scott Cannon to Suri Cruise, who will be dictating what America will be wearing in five to ten years. Or right now. We already feel compelled to wear short pants, bow ties and pull-ups. Don’t tell us we can’t because we already stopped listening!
If you think a lady needs to be able to vote or buy alcohol in order to kill it on the red carpet, you are of course mistaken. While there’s no doubt that Kristen Stewart slayed at tonight’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere, what with her auburn tendrils and nude gown, the girls who really brought the fashion heat were all years away from being able to legally operate a motor vehicle. For our money, Hunger Games‘ Amandla Stenberg was the strongest contender among the middle school set, pairing her florescent patterned dress with jelly sandals. Oh, how those sandals bring us back. Breaking Dawn‘s Mackenzie Foy and Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka also looked equally put together and adorable. So is the ultimate red carpet secret having a mom to fix your hair and rub dirt off your face before you leave the house? We’re starting to suspect the answer is…yes. Read more…
If the end of the Twilight franchise doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, might we suggest checking out Elle Fanning‘s platform sandals at tonight’s Breaking Dawn – Part 2 premiere red carpet? What. Are. Those. Monstrosities. Elle seems to be totally thrilled with her kicks, but they scream Spice Girls knock-offs to us. Fivel Stewart also went bold tonight, pairing a dark lip with a wispy First Communion lampshade dress of some kind. If Fivel wanted us to speculate whether she’s pregnant, mission accomplished! We’re assuming it’s just the dress though!
Actress Judi Shekoni didn’t far much better with her odd bi-level frock, and Alexandra Patsavas opted for a look that was more Hey Arnold! than high fashion. Obviously there were plenty of stunners on tonight’s black carpet, but unfortunately there were just as many near misses. If only Nikki Reed‘s gown didn’t have the weird boob detailing! If only someone had hemmed Willow Shields dress or fixed her hair! If only 90210‘s Trevor Donovan had remembered to change his pants or shirt or shoes! As for AJ Michalka, Mayim Bialik, Stephanie Meyer and Jacqueline Emerson…well, we’ll let you see for yourself.
I grew up thinking that Chanel was the epitome of elegance that I had to inspire to. The day I bought my first Chanel lipstick, I also bought a cake to celebrate. The day I got my first Chanel bag, I went home and pretty much fainted with joy. Thats the thing about the brand — you think tweed, and pearls and couture that makes the world go round. So when I heard about the do celebrating Chanel Fine Jewelry’s 80th anniversary of the ‘Bijoux De Diamants’ collection in New York City, I knew we were going to hit the fashion jackpot. Instead, we hit the crackpot. But first, the least offending looks. Blake Lively, you are f— gorgeous so what is your deal with bad dresses. I do not understand why she wore something that resembles a night-gown? The dress is from Chanel’s Fall 2012 Couture collection and she wore it with pewter Christian Louboutin pumps. But she still looks amazing right? I keep looking at her face and hair and can’t help but sigh. My big peeve is that satin wrinkles horribly and this outfit has fallen prey to some major creases. As did January Jones‘ gown. Love the red lip and the Chanel braclets, but her black-and-white gown needs a serious iron. Jessica Paré rescued us from creasing hell with a suit that looks tweedy and demure enough to be Chanel’s steez, so thank you Jessica. Anyone else here thinks she could have done something more exciting with hair and makeup?
Now let’s get to the more …. experimental looks. Diane Kruger’s black-and-blue metallic strapless shift is from the Chanel Spring 2013 collection. But it’s ill-fitting and her breasts look like they’re being squeezed to death. No harm in more alterations, guys. Then we get to the crazy that is Rose Byrne. I can’t even. What is that? Three-quarters, sheer, fringes … just, NO, Rose. And Elle Fanning, you are adorable. But you aren’t Amish.
You have to admit that Sarah Jessica Parker is looking pretty fierce on this November cover of Elle. Love her or not-so love her, you still have to admit that SJP really has the goods! That very sexy cut-out dress in Calvin Klein and the spectacular, almost tribal looking necklace is by House of Lavande, FYI. This cover story has also piqued our interest. It’s a “Women In Hollywood” section filled with stars like Emma Watson, Octavia Spencer and Elle Fanning, apart from Sarah Jessica, talking about their experiences in the industry. All styled to the nines of course! Emma, for instance, talks about her Harry Potter history, stating, “I just knew, from the moment I read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” that I was meant to play that role…I put one of the Potter films on the other night. And it was amazing to me that I had done all of that. I have to remind myself every now and then.” Octavia’s story is a juicy one, as she talks about standing up to a powerful producer in H-Town, revealing, “Early on I had to stand up to a producer – I won’t say who, but he is famous, famous. He dressed me down in a crowded office. I told him right there in front of a hundred people, ‘You don’t know me well enough to use that tone’…And then I ran to the bathroom and cried like a baby. But he never addressed me that way again. And he is known as a yeller.”
As for our cover celebrity, SJP brings up playing the character of “Carrie” on Sex And The City for so long. While wearing a gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress and Casadei heels, of course. She says she doesn’t want to repeat the same role in the future, with, “I don’t love the idea of playing another woman who loves fashion and is slightly flawed in New York City. I loved Carrie, and I don’t want to do the poor man’s version of her. And while those are often the lucrative things to do, it’s more reason to look in the other direction.” Apparently, there’s going to be a “Women in Hollywood” event mid-month too, so we’re going to keep our eyes peeled for that one.
We like Elle Fanning around these parts, but we’re a little mad at her right now. Sure, she seems like a sweet and massively talented young lady and all. But this epic three minute long commercial she made for Lolita Lempicka fragrances kinda creeps us out. A lot. Why? Well, imagine if Fiona Apple directed a Sesame Street clip. It’s kind of like that.
We’ve stared at our screens for almost an hour trying to describe the many ways that the 14-year-old’s performance rubs us the wrong way. Sure, there’s the overused-yet-still-unnerving trope of pitting child-like innocence against sexual awakening. That’s unsettling in the best of occasions. But then the video takes a turn as Elle gets back to nature and starts doing things with sticks that we’re still trying to figure out. After a while, we realized it would be easier to just show you. Come take the journey with us.
1. The Wood Allen-style opening credits.
It’s a promo to shill scented water, folks. Let’s not get too arty here.