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The Good, The Glam & The Good Lord Mama…What Were You Thinking?
I promise, stack of bibles promise, that I will create a fashion blog especially for the Academy Awards Sunday Feb, 24th for us to evaluate the nominees and attendees dress selections (my web team is snickering right about now and taking bets as to whether this will actually happen). BUT we already have ton of fabulous silk shantung rope to hang ourselves with thanks to the red carpets from the People’s Choice Awards, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. So I don’t want to waste another precious moment without cattily (Oh cool that’s a word? Awesome, spell check didn’t fire off) categorizing the frocks we’ve eyeballed thus far!

The Good:
  • Amy Poehler & Tina Fey (Golden Globe Hosts) Tina’s black/white L’Wrenn Scott strapless was one of her best looks ever and Amy’s Stella McCartney Tuxedo with um…nothing under it was…jaw dropping but quite fabulous. If Amy was sending a sending a subtle message to Will Arnett, I got it. And I “bat” for the boys, one boy actually, my finance so if I got it, Willy Boy must have too.
  • Chloe Moretz (People’s Choice) Wearing a neon yellow, Simone Rochas mini. It was age appropriate, fun, fresh and right off the couture runways.
The Glam:
  • Taylor Swift at both the People’s Choice & Golden Globes rockin’ Ralph Lauren & Vera Wang respectively. The stark simplicity, excellent tailoring and long lines on both gowns complimented her height and figure fabulously. Clearly the message to ex boyfriend Harry was “Looking HOT is the best revenge!” Amen Sista!
  • Jennifer Lawrence (at Golden Globes) In her dark pink or was it red? her Dior Haute Couture accented with the metal belt. The fitted bodice that melted into a full skirt exuded simple glamour and that feel of “Yep, I always wake up looking this fabulous!” And “no” the dress’s structural boob thing didn’t bother me one bit! Love, love!
  • Naomi Watts (at Golden Globes) in her burgundy red Zac Posen gown and Lorraine Schwartz diamonds also shined. She showed the least amount of cleavage…bared the least skin. But, I love how she left something to the imagination which translates into both a sexy and timeless look.
  • Lena Dunham (at Golden Globes) In her Zac Posen, off the shoulders, plum tone gown. Girls with curves take note of the figure flattering design that played up Lena’s beautiful collar bone, cleavage and neck. It drew attention away from her hips and mid section where she tends to carry her weight. Plus great makeup and an even better hair cut were the prefect accents to her look. I think lots of bling would have overpowered the look and I applaud her and her stylist for keeping it so classic and simple.
  • Amanda Seyfried (SAG Awards) In navy blue, strapless Zac Posen was divine. It fits her correctly, the “girls” aren’t over exposed, the tailoring on this gown is spot on. The longer necklace is a nice touch, unique…unlike all the other jewelry we saw on the red carpet
Good Lord Mama…What Were You Thinking?
  • Helen Bonham Carter (Every award show she has ever attended) How any one soul can think wrestling with an flock of angry birds is an appropriate pre award show activity that leaves her looking disheveled and discombobulated every single time she hits the red carpet? Clearly this is beyond my realm of comprehension. Or maybe she an Tim Burton get it on in the limo on the way to every award party and that’s why she look like the cat dragged her in. But that’s T.M.I. come to think of it, so I’m going back to my flock of angry birds visual.
What are some simple ways to recreate these looks at home?
  • Reinvent the plethora of bridesmaid dresses hanging in your closet! Why rack up more charges on your credit card until you’ve explored this option!? Hem floor length gowns to tea and above the knee length, add a beaded belt to cinch in the waist, play up the neck line with a statement necklace, find a gorgeous pair of shoes to accent your look. Have the dress dyed a new color. You can never go wrong adding another “LBD” (Little Black Dress) to you collection.
  • Shop for a new gown w/out needing to take a second mortgage out on your home: surf web sites and for affordable gowns, many of which resemble red carpets looks we’re seeing during this award show season.
  • Host a “Dress Exchange Party” for you and your closest friends: Plan a night for you and the girls. Each bring 2 dresses: one your willing to loan and one you’re willing to trade. Hopefully you’ll walk away with some new gowns and style inspiration.
  • Hit the vintage stores in your neighborhood: Another person’s cast off might be your new affordable red carpet look.
What were some of the major fashion trends from award show season we’re about to buy knock offs of & emulate?
  • Dresses were the new bling: I was amazed how many actresses kept necklaces to a minimum which really put the “wow” factor and focus onto their gowns. Think Lena Dunham (Golden Globes) and Amy Adams (Golden Globes)
  • Dress Cutouts: Think Kristin Wiig’s Micheal Kors, Kate Hudson’s Alexander McQueen, Naomi Watt’s Zac Posen played “peak-a-boo” with fun, playful cut outs on their gowns.
  • By the Numbers…Black was the go-to color at both the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards: Kate Hudson, Sofia Vegara, Katharine McPhee rocked the LBD at Golden Globes. While over the SAG Awards we saw a sea black again on Michelle Dockery, Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Jenna Fischer and Elizabeth Moss.
  • Cream and White gowns were also popular as seen on: Michelle Dockery in Alexandre Vauthier Couture, Julianne Hough in Monique Lhuillier, Anne Hathaway in Chanel Haute Couture And Kerry Washington and Naomi Watt’s Marchesa (at the SAG Awards)
  • Spring 2013 Runways shows all loved Black & White Combo: We’ll be seeing lots of this chess board combo look in the coming weeks and months as designers have embraced this look. Think Julianne Moore in Tom Ford & Chanel (Golden Globes & SAG Awards respectively) and Tina Fey in L’Wrenn Scott (Golden Globes).
  • Red Carpet Red: Such a beautiful color as seen on Claire Danes in her Versace Couture, Miranda Kerr in Zuhair Murad, Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood at the Golden Globes. And Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen at the SAG Awards.
  • Old Hollywood Glam: Side swept hair with finger waves made popular once again by Jen Lopez, Nicole Richie & Amy Adams at the Golden Globes.  Pops of color on lips with minimal eye shadow seemed to dominate. Think: Naomi painted her pucker with a wine lip stain at Golden Globes and deep red at the SAG Awards, while Jessica Alba sported a coral, peachy lip to accent her coral Oscar de la Renta Gown at the Golden Globes.