The thing to to remember about the Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon is that it is a lunch, not an awards show. That compounded with the fact that it’s held in the afternoon should suffice to make it an elegant, low-key event, fashion-wise, right? Well, we’re not quite sure. This is still Hollywood. We’d like a tad more ritz to our “low-key” please. The luncheon took place yesterday at the Beverly Hilton, and the red carpet was a bit snooze-worthy. We’ll start with the floral brigade, where, surprisingly, Jessica Chastain fared far better than our style favorite, Amy Adams. Amy’s J. Mendel Spring 2013 collection long-sleeve, below-the-knee, chiffon frock totally swamped her. Even though the various purples of the dress were stunning, and it features a cut-out back, front the front, it ended up making her look mumsy. The fact that she wore block-like, nude Casadei platform pumps did not help her case.
Jessica picked a larger, more vibrant print with her navy Erdem Pre-Fall 2013 sheath. She also wore nude heels, but hers were pointed Loboutin pumps, which although not ideal, were better than Amy’s. Moving on to the lighter shades, Helen Hunt‘s ruched pewter Dolce & Gabbana totally showed off her amazing figure. Sadly, the curse of the nude heel struck again, and this time it was a pair of chunky, strappy Jimmy Choos. What was even more sad was Jennifer Lawrence‘s white Chloe Spring 2013 dress, which did absolutely nothing for her. Shin-length and weirdly draped at the bodice, and paired with a ploddy black Casadei pumps, J.Law gave gorgeous face, but the rest of her her was baffling.
We’ll end with the good stuff. The two black looks of the afternoon were worn by beauties Anne Hathaway and Naomi Watts. Anne’s was a safe, yet elegant sleeveless sheath by The Row. We love that she lightened the look up with open-toe sandals and that pop of pink lippie, not to mention her lovely Jennifer Meyer bracelets and rings. We also loved Naomi’s textured black Valentino frock, especially with the Christian Louboutin Paulina pumps she chose to wear the appropriate, yet slightly whimsical outfit with. Have a click-over our gallery to see all the looks and who else attended the big event.
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When we decided to track the awards season fashions of Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne and Emma Stone, we had no idea how much they’d fluctuate from gorgeous to meh to bleh and back again from week to week. As you can see in the graph above, these stars’ Style Points have been fluctuating madly. And since we’re basing this “race” on the opinions of esteemed experts — Glamour online style editor Nikki Ogunnaike, Yahoo! Entertainment’s New York bureau chief Breanne Heldman, MTV Style’s associate editor Maud Deitch — along with our own Ambika Muttoo and Sabrina Rojas Weiss, we don’t think this is just due to our own arbitrary moods. Last night’s SAG Awards saw an abrupt change of position as Amanda and Jennifer got their acts together and showed up in stunning (and matching!) navy gowns. Oddly enough, last week’s front-runner Kerry Washington sank to the bottom with her white Rodarte. Emma Stone was a no-show at this event — now we’re wondering if she’s skipping out on the rest of this awards season altogether, which would be a shame for us fashion voyeurs. But we have the other seven to enjoy below:
Breanne: +5. “Yes! Finally! This Zac Posen dress does everything I’ve been wanting for Amanda all awards season and then some. Extra love for the necklace.
Nikki: +4. “To say I’m obsessed with this Zac Posen dress would be putting it mildly. The dark blue color against her alabaster skin made for an amazing contrast while the mega train added an appropriate touch of drama.”
Ambika: +5. “I cannot find fault with this gown. I also want to have babies with the color. Amanda likes these structural elements in her gown, and often gets them wrong. But when she gets it right, look out world. This Zac Posen gown is the apex of those rare moments.”
Maud: +5. “I love this. Pairing that epic Zac Posen fishtail with that enormous Lorraine Schwartz pendent? Inspired styling choice. This is one of the first of Amanda Seyfried’s looks that made me totally forget that she was ever in Mamma Mia! She looks like a true movie star.”
Sabrina: +5. “Amanda was hilarious on the red carpet, telling E! she hoped Les Miserables wouldn’t win because she was scared to walk up the stairs in that gown. No matter how good Argo is, I think we were tragically deprived of that sight. Also, I want (a knockoff of) that necklace now.”
Average score: 4.8
This is totally ruining our high over the SAG Awards best-dressed list, but it has to be done. Also, how is it possible that Anne Hathaway swings so wildly between getting it so right, and so wrong — nothing in between. Sadly, she got it so wrong at the awards show last night wearing a twee, frothy, half-sheer Giambattista Valli Couture dress that just didn’t do anything for us apart from making us say, “Why, Anne?” We do love her accessories in the form of her Jimmy Choo ‘Kalpa’ heels and her black Edie Parker clutch. We may be a tad harsh on Jessica Chastain as well — but it’s only because her people never seem to get fits right on her. The red McQueen gown maybe a beautiful, but it looks like it wants to crush her breasts, and to add insult to injury, it looks rumpled. We really don’t like the Harry Winston diamond necklace on her, either. It’s the wrong piece for the dress. Also, twee and in the same color, was Kaley Cuoco whose red lace Ramona Kaveeza dress made her look like a doily, even though her red velvet Giuseppe Zanotti heels gave her cred. Does anyone else think the new haircut with the bangs looks like a wig?
Rose Byrne was the wrong woman for her Valentino Resort 2013 gown because the fabric and the ruffles made her look matronly. And while her hair and makeup were sweet and retro, Claire Danes went in the opposite direction with deep maroon lips that just looked incredibly harsh on her. They put us off, and her black Givenchy didn’t exactly impress either. Neither did Julianne Moore‘s Chanel Couture Fall 2011 gown, which like Jessica’s, had a major fit problem as well. Let’s just say the bodice took its cues from the name of the awards show and made her look like she was sagging. There’s more on the list, so carry on to the gallery to have a look.
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We’re in a rare down week of awards season, and while most editors are breathing a sigh of relief and/or eyeing the bundled-up fashions of the Sundance stars, we decided to keep going with the VH1 Celebrity Style Points awards season competition. In lieu of an actual event to judge, we had our panel — Yahoo! Entertainment’s New York bureau chief Breanne Heldman, MTV Style’s associate editor Maud Deitch, Glamour online style editor Nikki Ogunnaike, and our own Ambika Muttoo and Sabrina Rojas Weiss — look back at an outfit each of the eight contenders wore to a movie premiere in the past year. Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence were delightfully unpredictable at these events, and we love how that shook up the results a bit.
Kerry Washington, Rome premiere of Django Unchained
Nikki: +4 “Consider Kerry my newest style crush. She killed it on the Django press tour, and this Peter Pilotto dress was just the beginning. There are so many things going on with this dress that it could be considered a don’t, but I think she pulls it off with aplomb.”
Maud: +3 “While my first reaction was to rub my eyes and say, ‘Wait, what?’ to this dress, I really love the way it fits her. I love how willing she is to step over into the whimsical. That said, it’s wearing her a little bit.”
Breanne: +3 “I know many people hated this dress — it was featured in our ‘What Were They Thinking?!’ column — but I kinda dig it. It’s got such a fun sense of whimsy. We’re so used to seeing Kerry in power suits on TV; I love seeing her be so playful on the red carpet. Love it or hate it, I dare you to name anyone who would be able to pull off this Peter Pilotto number as well.”
Ambika: +2 “This Peter Pilotto is SO cray I begrudgingly like it. It takes cojones to wear something like that, so while it is truly nuts … I applaud her.”
Sabrina: +3 “This looks like a parody of crazy red-carpet style. Which is why I am blown away by how good Kerry looks in it. Don’t try this at home.”
Average score: 3
We bet Eva Longoria was pretty pumped that no one seemed to notice her nipslip on the red carpet of the Golden Globes a few days ago. Well, sorry Eva, we hate to do this, but…you know how it is. Miss a wardrobe malfunction on a hot A-lister? NOT ON OUR WATCH! So here it is in all its (in)glory, albeit a few days late. Please accept our apologies.
We kind of had our money on Jessica Chastain being the one most likely to suffer some kind of wardrobe-related mishap as the result of her gorgeous but daring gown. But as Eva leaned down to fix the bottom of her dress as she posed with hair stylist to the stars Ken Paves, she tempted fate and…(insert boob-related “Golden Globe” pun here). Ever the profession, she laughed off the episode. The show must go on, after all. Head on down to the gallery below for more!
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Now that all the glitter has settled from the Golden Globes, it’s time for us to take a good hard look at how our eight contenders for the VH1 Celebrity Awards Season Style Points Race performed on the red carpet Sunday night. Our panel of judges — Yahoo! Entertainment‘s New York bureau chief Breanne Heldman, MTV Style’s associate editor Maud Deitch, and our own Ambika Muttoo and Sabrina Rojas Weiss — scrutinized their gowns, separates (!) and tuxes and came up with some interesting results. As you can see in our fancypants graph above, Les Miz stars Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried, plus Silver Linings charmer Bradley Cooper fared pretty well; while poor Jessica Chastain earned universal boos. Here our detailed assessments, in from best to worst.
This is the part we hate about any awards show. In this case, we’re obviously talking about last night’s Golden Globes, of which a truly stellar best-dressed list has already been published by us. But didn’t really want to call this a worst-dressed list, because the women we’re enumerating are too gorgeous to be worst-anything. We’re just a tad disappointed in their outfits because we expect so much more from them. Like Taylor Swift, for instance. While her brown Donna Karan Atelier gown is quite nice, it’s nothing to write home about. Also wearing brown, was Lena Dunham, but we find her Zac Posen a bit prom-ish on her. Moving on to the orange bracket, perhaps the biggest disappointment is our girl crush Marion Cotillard. We have such high expectations of her. And while the color of her Christian Dior Couture dress is punchy, it doesn’t grab us. Nor does the lacklustre hair. No amount of her Frenchitude can convince us of otherwise. Also, wearing orange was Zooey Deschanel in an Oscar de la Renta ball-gown with pearls around her neck. It’s the same old, same old, basically. We need her to shake things up. Besides, is it just us, or does her outfit look … droopy? The lone pastel is provided by Julianne Hough‘s frothy Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2013 gown which looks like it has gold confetti strewn over it. Someone needs to tell Julianne that she isn’t, in fact, a Disney Princess.
On to our three blues. Rosario Dawson and Jessica Chastain wore the same icy shade. But the peplum on Rosario’s version, in pictures, made the very slim actress look rather wide. Not flattering at all. Jessica’s Calvin Klein wasn’t flattering either. The fit, especially around the bodice looked clumsy. The third blue on the least is more a teal, provided by Julie Bowen. Her one-shouldered, Halston gown looked like a bolt of fabric that had been tacked on her. We love the armful of bracelets, though. Rounding up the list are the two black dresses. The semi-sheer Louis Vuitton gown on Rachel Weisz is just — the less said the better. She still has Daniel Craig as a husband so it doesn’t matter what she wears. And then, lastly, we have Kristen Wiig in Michael Kors. Too simple? Too — those cut-outs have us iffy. Better luck next time, all!
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The biggest nail biter of the night wasn’t waiting to find out who would take home the Golden Globe for Best Actress or Best Picture. No, it was watching Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, honoring her incredible 47-year acting career. Seriously, her time on stage had us on the edge of our seat as she flirted with dropping some pretty big bomb shells. Did she just come out officially? Did she just retire from acting? Let us break it down for you.
She first got our attention by teasing us with a big announcement. “I had a sudden urge to say something that I have never really been able to air in public, a declaration that I’m a little nervous about. But I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud. So, I’m going to need your support on this.” Watching at home, we immediately told everyone around the couch to shut up. We were so certain that she was going to at last officially acknowlege her sexuality and come out as a lesbian in public for the first time. It would have defintely been a landmark moment in GG’s history, but her actual admission was a little different. “I am…single. Yes, I am. I am single.”
Awards season got into full swing this week, and we here at VH1 Celebrity were thinking that these talented actors and actresses weren’t competing against each other in enough contests. So we devised a little race of our own based on something we’re calling Style Points. Our panel of fashion experts — our own Sabrina Rojas Weiss and Ambika Muttoo, plus Breanne Heldman, New York bureau chief at Yahoo! Entertainment, and MTV Style associate editor Maud Deitch — will be grading eight key celebs after their major red carpet appearances (on a scale of -5 to +5). Who are these lucky stars? Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Kerry Washington, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Eddie Redmayne — basically, the actors we expect to wow us from now through the Oscars. We’ll track their rankings and at the end of all this madness, declare the most stylish star in all the land on February 25! To kick this all off, we decided to grade two outfits from each contestant.
Anne Hathaway at the National Board of Review Gala and the Critics Choice Movie Awards
National Board of Review Gala
“Major points for the lady-suit, but big big deductions for the early 2000′s emo hair,” Maud says, but Ambika disagrees. “This androgynous, yet romantic Saint Laurent Spring 2013 tuxedo fits her like a dream and really complements her edgy short hair.” Sabrina hearts the ruffled cuffs.
Critics Choice Movie Awards
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!
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