Sunday, January 25, 2009

FASHION REWIND: 15th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards®

(Los Angeles, CA) The 15th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards® recognizes the "best of the best" of Hollywood's elite on the big screen and on the "not-so-little" television screen. What is suppose to be a preview of the Oscars next month might excite audiences by the nominations & winners, but the fashion was a total miss. Golden Globes would be walking away with Best Fashion on the Carpet, thus far, out of all of the award shows this year.

Just days after inaugural celebrations, red, white, and blue played an intricate part of the red carpet runway for SAG. Who dazzled? Who should have took another look in the mirror? We already knew that white would sashay on the carpet, but what we didn't know was who would make it work and who would wish white stood for "white out", as in please forget that my stylist chose this dress for me!

So, let's get to it, . . .the 5 Best Dressed Celebs on the SAG Red Carpet are, . . .(drum roll, please)

1. Kate "Best Dressed & Best Supporting Actress" Winslet, was absolutely stunning in Narciso Rodriguez's electric blue gown that hugged her sensational curves and made her a winner on and off the red carpet. She was iced appropriately, with decadent diamonds on her ears and wrist. Since the first award show, Kate hasn't skipped a beat with her fashion choices. Definitely look for this fashionista on the Oscar carpet to wow us again!
2. Anne "Haute" Hathaway, was "white" hot in Azzaro. She never does any wrong in my book. The jeweled neckline and waist detailing makes her a divine Grecian goddess. Her radiant energy multiplied in magnitudes as she floated down the red carpet runway. I believe that even the Devil herself would be proud of Anne's fashion accomplishments.

3. Claire "My So-called Fashionista Life" Danes, shocked most of Hollywood with her sleek ravishing red Nina Ricci number that showed off her amazing shape. The neckline was clean and silhouette was elegantly draped to perfection. This Tinseltown darling has come along way since her unfashionable flannel days and we applaud her new sophisticated Hollywood style.

4. "Ammmaazzing" Amy Adams, can really wear almost anything, but was sultry in this vivacious violet Jean Baptiste Cavalli sinfully strapless gown. Just the right amount of detailing on the front while still accentuating her tiny waist. Keeping it polished and simple with just the right amount of bling! Simplicity is oh-so chic!

5. Taraji "P. for Posh" Henson, was angelic in a white Herve Leroux fitted gown that criss-crossed and captivated her svelte body. Taraji has made her "beauty" mark on the carpet this award season and we can't wait to see what's to come. Plunging bare-neckline and the bold statement bracelets were the precise compliment to this sensational silhouette.

Most Improved: Marisa "Thank you for reading the reviews from the Golden Globes" Tomei, graciously improved on her red carpet routine, by dressing in a buttercream colored gown with one-shoulder soft ruffle detail definitely made up for the fashion faux pas from a few weeks ago. She went from pirate-secretary to Hollywood starlet.

Ok, and now for the FASH-tastrophes, . . .the Wow! Why! Whoa! Whoops! And What was she thinking?

WOW. America "the Not-So Beautiful" Ferrera, at least in this Vera Wang ensemble. I am a huge fan of the actress who is only one letter off from my last name and I am an even bigger fan of Vera. As I learned this weekend, "You do not alter Vera to fit yourself, you alter yourself to fit Vera." The fullness of the drape at the hips only created width and wasn't very flattering. Fit wasn't the only thing that was wrong for this gown; can someone please tell me why there is one strip of tulle tacked onto the "putty" colored strapless gown which washed out her skin color completely.

WHY. Angelina "I simply don't care" Jolie, was very obvious that she simply doesn't care to impress us anymore on the red carpet. Max Azria is a dream designer, but this dress is so Mother Theresa-safe instead of the "drop-dead gorgeous" we are accustomed to. Yes, Ms. Jolie-Pitt we get it, you are a humanitarian, a mother, and People magazine's "Most Beautiful Woman in the World", but we do miss you in the "Best Dressed" world. Even mommy's can be fashionable, please review Reese Witherspoon, Kate Beckinsale, and Nicole Kidman.

3 "Very Disappointing Desperate Housewives", Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria-Parker, and Nicolette Sheridan truly disappointed us this year.

WHOA. Teri, Teri, Ter-rible, we know that you want to get married again, but wearing your wedding dress to the red carpet isn't going to get you to the alter any sooner. Sorry, Monique Lhiullier has so many exquisite gowns, but this dress pretty much swallowed you up and didn't do you justice.

WHOOPS. Ms. Longoria-Parker, you should know better, you did so well in Reem Acra at the Golden Globes, did you bump your head? Peach, really? I adore Jenny Packham's designs, but you did realize this was the SAG awards and not your Quinceanera!

WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? Nicolette, although January is for "Aquarians", the "Age of Aquarius" one bell-sleeve disaster was not groovy baby, I am sorry. We know that you are a sexy single girl, but please do not let David Spade pick out your award gown ever again! And if you really want to be on Dancing With the Stars, I hear they are still casting! You are a gorgeous woman, we'll give you a "redemption card" if you can recover from this fashion nightmare.

The 15th annual SAG awards come to an end, what's to come in February for the Oscars? Only the Fashion Gods & Goddesses know (the celeb stylists & designers, that is). I pray that the celebs take the construction criticism by the Fashion Police to heart and make a quick recovery. I wish you "Best Dresssed" from my closet to yours!

Sunday, January 11, 2009


FINALLY!! Couture has made it's triumphant return to Hollywood, and the Golden Globes are just the beginning of award season and all it's fashionable glory. Some may think, when did it not ever show up on the magical red carpet? Well, with last year's writer's strike freezing Hollywood's brightest and putting a dull damper on all the festivities, this year we welcome couture with open arms!

From strapless to asymmetrical, simple and bare necklines were all the rage on the carpet. From Amy to Drew, these ladies knew how to dress to impress. Amy in Oscar Dela Renta and Drew in Galliano respectively. From muted neutrals to bright colors, every palette played an intricate part of this fashion parade.

The night's Best Dressed Newcomer would definitely go to Californication's Madeline Zima in an tantalizing tangerine
BCBG Max Azria goddess gown. The silhouette was a perfect compliment to her supermodel height. We are looking forward to seeing more of Madeline's fashion choices on the carpets to come!

And while some of Tinseltown decided to show you the sexiness of the clavicle, others felt the need to accentuate their neckline with a gorgeous statement necklace-- va va voom! Two of my favorite jeweled necklines were Beyonce and Ms. Eva Mendes.

Divine and decadent in cream, Sandra was dazzling in Dior and Salma was bodacious in Bottega Veneta, while Kate Beckinsale kept it clean, classic, and couture in J. Mendel.

Looking perfect in purple- Hayden, Olivia, and Rumor Willis all rocked this royal color in various shades from violet and plum to lavender--- absolutely stunning.

Other starlets had us seeing red. Eva Longoria-Parker left us breathless in her perfectly fitted Reem Acra and Kyra Sedgwick was ravishing in a red ruched gown by Oscar Dela Renta.

With the fashion winners, . . . there are the fash-tastrophes. And who tops my list of the 5 People who need to Fire their Stylists. Here goes, . . .the wow, why, whoa, whoops, and what was she thinking?

Wow. Heidi Klum- Cyndi Lauper called and wants her dress back! Just because you are a supermodel doesn't make you exempt from a fashion critique. There is no excuse for this eighties-nightmare! And being a supermodel if anything should almost guarantee a fashion success because of all your designer friends--- can someone say Christian Syriano? Yea, Heidi, sorry- "totally tickety-tac"!

Why. Maggie Gyellenhaal- Shakes my head, gorgeous & talented, not to mention tall and goddess-like, but the asymmetrical blue leopard number is all wrong. And, I gasp and shed a tear because after all it's Lanvin, but I think this ensemble is best suited for runway-- only! This truly saddens me because I am a fan of Maggie, but why? or why?

Whoa. Rene Zellweger- We usually applaud Rene's ode to Old Hollywood glamour-like appearance at the award shows. She typically keeps the hair soft and the gown timeless, but this Carolina Herrera was definitely a fashion-risk that DIDN'T pay off. The sheer trend is in, but the cut-out shoulders and full skirt aged this gorgeous actress too soon too fast! Bring back our beloved retro Rene!

Whoops. Jenna Fischer- Ok, Ms. Funny girl, did your stylist forget to get your gown? One shouldn't wear the same BoHo-printed halter dress that you wear to Whole Foods to grocery shop to the Golden Globes!! We know you are hysterical, but this fash-tastrophe is far from funny! Here's a simple rule of thumb for red carpet attire- BoHo is a No! No!

What was she thinking? J.Lo- I will be the first to give props for glittering gold, but didn't we see this silhouette a few years ago at the Grammys in green and it was called a Versace? You get stars for the midas color, but you get a yawn for originality. Take a note from Salma and show off those dangerous curves mamacita, because we know you can do it!

Beverly Hills was definitely raining handsome men. Although the red carpet looked like a sea of clones in basic black and white tuxes, there were only a few MAGNIFICIENT MEN that definitely did not disappoint. From Ryan Seacrest looking perfectly put together in Prada and Ricky Gervais in Calvin Klein, the men looked H-O-T! And there was one name that echoed over and over again for the guys, can we say ARMANI? Both Tom and Leo are fans!

The Golden Globes were just the appetizer of award season, . . .so watch out! We still have SAG, Oscars, Grammy's and Daytime Emmys in the next weeks to months. So while Hollywood whisks away to Sundance and gets ready for the next fashion "red" runway, one thing is for sure, be ready for a whole lot more COUTURE!

If you haven't already started re-capping this year's fashion from one of Hollywood's Hottest Nights-- it's easy to catch Fashion Police on E! or TV Guide. But just remember this one note "Oscar, J., Jimmy, John, and Christian are the only men a woman can depend on!"