2019 Met Gala Fashion Critique

2019 Met Gala Fashion Critique

2019 Met Gala Fashion Critique

Susan Sontag’s essay “Camp: Notes on Fashion” gave the Met Gala it’s theme this year. And what does that mean exactly? Think ‘Campy’ - not tents and s’mores. Over the top. Exaggerated. Artificial. Outrageous. For women, think Jem & the Holograms meets Cher meets RuPaul. Camp fashion is a very broad theme which allows for a lot of personal style. So for this year, while fashion is important, styling is even more so. We’re going to see couture on the pink carpet regardless, but who is going to get Anna Wintour’s seal of approval?

The Best

Cardi B

How does she manage to wow us after wearing the wild Mugler vintage piece from the Grammys? By wearing this dramatic quilted and sequinned gown that forces everyone else out of the picture. This is how you make an entrance at the Met. From the feathered trim to the matching gloves and cap, this Thom Browne dress was absolutely everything!

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Lady Gaga

While I think Cardi B’s dress may have won my heart, Mother Monster stole the show with her outrageous 15 minute strip performance. She started off in a hot pink parachute dress with matching bow. After working herself up and down the steps, she shed her skin down to structural black dress…then down to a slinky pink gown and finally down to her bra and panties. I guess when you’re the co-chair of the event, you can do what you like. However, as one of the first to arrive, Lady Gaga set the bar crazy high for the rest of the attendees. 

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Ciara

Not only is this emerald green color incredible on Ciara, but all the details were spot on with this Peter Dundas gown. The feather train, the sexy cut-outs, and all the sequins. But the real stunner was that head-turning Afro. The whole look was giving me vintage Cher vibes. 

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Zendaya 

You really need to see this to believe it. This Tommy Hilfiger dress transformed Zendaya into Cinderella right on the pink carpet. The use of fibre optics makes this dress really magical. But the look doesn’t stop there - I loved the glass slippers and the hair style. Apparently the dress also had the capability to change shape as well…but hopefully not into a pumpkin at midnight!

Jennifer Lopez

JLo looked gorgeous in this Versace outfit with matching cap - however, I was a bit underwhelmed. Knowing what a true fashionista she is, I really expected a bit more from her. This look did remind me of Bob Mackie outfit from the 70s but we’ve seen this style of outfit on her a bit too often for it to have any novelty. 

Kylie Jenner

This Versace number was so spot on that I don’t have a single complaint. The plumage is fun and the matching wig ties it all together. The Versace gown is scandalous but in all the right ways. The silhouette is a knock out. I don’t think she has ever made my ‘Best Dressed’ list before - but this is pretty stellar. 

Janelle Monae

This Christian Siriano dress was killer on Janelle. Drawing inspiration from the surreal, I love that this dress kept with her personal style of black and white while still being playful. I loved the Madhatter-esque hat and the blinking eye. Gotta love the exaggeration. 

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Katy Perry

When we think of modern camp performers, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are the first to come to mind. Katy is always a favourite at the Met - so I was actually expecting her to steal the show tonight. While it was hard to top Gaga, she certainly looked luminous in this Moschino crystal dress. Oh yeah, and the attached fully functional chandelier! She looked gorgeous - but to have a bit more fun, she changed into a cheeseburger outfit later on. And no, you didn’t just misread that. 

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The Worst

Billy Porter 

Now before you get upset, I loved his entrance and I love the concept he was going for. Apparently he was inspired after watching Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra. Cool. But for me, thats where it ends. His outfit, designed by The Blonds, was too costume-y and not enough fashion. The body suit was ill-fitting and the straps were distracting. And while Elizabeth Taylor was camp, I don’t feel like an Egyptian Sun-God necessarily is. Did you get your years mixed up? The 2018 theme was Heavenly Bodies - and maybe this would have been more appropriate. Finally, Katy Perry rocked the wings last year…give it a beat before copying. 

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The Olsen Twins

This is likely the most un-camp outfits out there. You girls should have just stayed at home and read about Auntie Lori likely going to jail. The are dressed for a Blade movie marathon. Perhaps that can convince Anna Wintour to have next year’s theme be Vampire chic. Then they can wear these hideous lil trench dresses again. 

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Serena Williams

I understand what Serena was going for with this dress, but it failed. Is she wearing the dress or is the dress wearing her? This yellow Versace gown did no favours for her athletic frame and I think the colour was a bad choice. I don’t mind that she is wearing her collab running shoes and at least they match. Just too much going on here and not enough of it is working for me. 

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Kim Kardashian 

Well…I like this dress. Not on Kim Kardashian. It borders on obscene with how tight it is. I’ve never heard of anyone being corseted into a latex dress. It’s actually a custom Mugler - who came out of retirement to design this for her. BUT…tonight she revealed that they have been designing it together for over 8 months. The theme for the Met Gala was only announced 7 months ago. So I feel like she just wore it because it’s fashion and not on theme. And her husband should have been denied entrance in his $43 Dickies jac. If a man isn’t going to dress in theme, he is still expected to dress black-tie for this event. Then again, Kanye would have to be a man. So…

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Jordan Roth

Well the man owns a theatre. So he decided to dress himself as one? Lame. Where is the fashion to this? How is this campy exactly? Is this actually an oversized kaftan? Fail. 

Celine Dion

I was so torn on this. I love Celine and I actually love the Oscar De La Renta dress, even if it does weigh over 25 lbs. My major issue is with the styling. The headdress should have been filled with lush plumes and instead they look bare. Is the bird sick? Dead? It pulls a lot of attention and not in a good way. The makeup is a bit severe and she doesn’t look her best at all. However, if we cut her head out of the pic, she has never looked better. 

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2019 Academy Awards Fashion Critique

2019 Academy Awards Fashion Critique

It was the biggest awards night of the year for show-business. This year we saw lots of common trends in what the celebrities wore: capes, sparkle, shades of pink, the return of pants and men in velvet tuxedos. More than any other awards show I’ve seen, the celebrities came dressed well. Some played it safe, but lets take a look at who shone bright (and the few who didn’t).

BEST

Awkwafina -  She looked badass in this perfectly tailored DSquared2 sparkly pink tuxedo. The oversized bow at the neck gave it some interest. The tossled hair and light makeup were perfection. Chopard jewelry was the perfect icing on the cake. 

Awkwafina in DSquared2

Awkwafina in DSquared2

Melissa McCarthy - Melissa never looked better than in this feminine take on a tuxedo. The white and black satin caped outfit with tuxedo pants hits all the right notes. If I was going to be picky, I would have gone with a slimmer cut on the leg, but now I’m knit-picking. She looks elegant and gorgeous and very on-trend.

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Octavia Spencer - Octavia was glowing in this glittering blue Christian Siriano gown. The colour was perfect on her. She looks relaxed and ready for a win. Her hair and makeup are great. Loves it!

Octavia Spencer in Christian Siriano

Octavia Spencer in Christian Siriano

Michelle Yeoh -She looks exquisite in this nude and metallic gown by Elie Saab. The dress has so much detail that I could look at it for hours and it moved so lovely on the red carpet. Jewelery was the best of the night - the Chopard drop diamond earrings were mesmerizing and her cuff was monumental.  Make-up beautiful, hair was meh. Clutch by Roger Vivier. 

Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab

Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab

Angela Bassett - Angela wowed in this hot pink Reem Acra gown with dramatic bow detail. The “Black Panther” star brought plenty of drama to the red carpet. Pink was certainly the colour of the night. The oversized bow would usually bother me, but because its far enough away from her face, it doesn’t distract from the look. The rest of her styling was on point.

Angela Bassett in Reem Acra

Angela Bassett in Reem Acra

Jennifer Hudson - Seriously - she looks better and better everytime I see her. Jennifer looked fantastic in this asymmetrical red Elie Saab couture gown. Wearing red on the red carpet is always a risk but the colours are different enough that it photographs well. The ruffle and scallop details give the look a romantic feel. Hair and makeup flawless.

Jennifer Hudson in Elie Saab

Jennifer Hudson in Elie Saab

Constance Wu - This pleated marigold custom Versace gown was the talk of the red carpet. Constance wore this off-the-shoulder pleated dress with a light cape detail. Stunning hair and makeup. Her Atelier Swarovski jewelry were eye-catching - earrings were an incredible statement piece. 

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Emilia Clarke - I loved this purple shimmery sculptural Balmain gown. Emilia looked gorgeous in this color. Of course diamonds are the perfect touch to add a bit more sparkle and she chose the perfect lip shade. Emilia has the potential to be a fashionista and hopefully we’ll see her take more risks in the future.

Emilia Clarke in Balmain

Emilia Clarke in Balmain

Stephan James - This amazing custom Etro red velvet tuxedo set the bar for men’s fashion for the evening. While I disliked the white patent boots and would have gone with black, he is young enough to pull it off. The oversized bowtie and lapel pin made him stand out on the carpet. 

Stephan James in custom Etro

Stephan James in custom Etro

Mark Ronson - Mark looked dashing in this Maison Lancel shawl tuxedo with white piping details. The oversized velvet bowtie gave the look a bit more of a relaxed feel. And I want to steal his Roger Vivier shoes right off his feet. You a size 11 Mark?

Mark Ronson in Maison Lance

Mark Ronson in Maison Lance

Gemma Chan - Someone brought the drama to the Oscars in this hot pink Valentino parachute dress. It floated as she glided down the red carpet. The high collar and sleveless details add to the stunning design of this dress. One of the best looks of the night.

Gemma Chan in Valentino

Gemma Chan in Valentino

Helen Mirren - Helen looked sexy and playful in this vivid pink Schiaparelli gown. The hidden layers of colour gave the dress different colouring at different angles. And Helen’s diamond wreath necklace was everything!

Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli

Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli

Amy Adams - l enjoyed Amy in this Versace gown. It fit her perfectly and showed off her assets. The pattern was interesting and this is how you should do white on a red carpet. No one is hearing wedding bells with this showstopper! And I love that she was dripping in platinum and diamond jewelry courtesy of Cartier. 

Amy Adams in Versace

Amy Adams in Versace

Rachel Weisz - I was shocked to see Rachel in this red rubber Givenchy couture dress. While I love the sexiness of the dress, I thought the innocent schoolgirl styling of the headband and hair didn’t work with it. But I love the mini cape and the rubber detailing on the body of the dress. The color is perfect for her and I think its a great fashion moment, from the ears down.  Jewelry by Cartier

Rachel Weisz in Givenchy

Rachel Weisz in Givenchy

Jason Momoa & Lisa Bonet - Both in Karl Lagerfeld in couture Fendi. They looked exceptional matching in dusty pink. I think Jason outshone his beautiful wife in the tuxedo, they both wanted to pay homage to the late Lagerfeld. I loved the fact that they colour-coordinated but can someone please tell me why he is wearing a scrunchie on his wrist?

Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet in Fendi couture

Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet in Fendi couture

Emma Stone - Emma has been disappointing me at several of this seasons events but not tonight. I love this sequinned maroon Louis Vuitton column dress. The diamond pattern was unique and the shape was memorable. 

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

Jennifer Lopez - Her Tom Ford mirrorball inspired dress was beyond words. Tom Ford hasn’t been dressing as many celebs this awards season - but when he does, he does it well. This was the perfect dress for Jennifer and her figure. Her hair and makeup (as always) were flawless.

Jennifer Lopez in Tom Ford

Jennifer Lopez in Tom Ford

Allison Janney - Allison looked glamorous in this Pamella Roland velvet tuxedo-esque gown. It shows of her sleek frame and height and photographs well. Black is always a safe choice on the red carpet - especially dripping in Chopard jewelry (enough that warrants having a dedicated bodyguard alongside her). You can tell Allison fells comfortable and pretty - and what more could you ask for?

Allison Janney in Pamella Rolland

Allison Janney in Pamella Rolland

Lady Gaga - The newly single Gaga turned heads in this black Alexander McQueen with leather gloves. But its very possible that you missed the dress because you were blindsided by the 128 carat canary diamond she was wearing around her neck. The ‘Tiffany’ diamond was last worn in 1967 by Audrey Hepburn for a photo shoot and its the third time this necklace has ever been worn. While I wouldn’t have normally paired a yellow diamond with this dark dress, Gaga lightened the her look with platinum hair and fresh light makeup. An iconic look for years to come - classy and edgy. 

Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen

Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen

The Tiffany Diamond that Lady Gaga wore

The Tiffany Diamond that Lady Gaga wore

Krysten Ritter - This is how you dress a baby bump. She looked crazy beautiful in this figure hugging Reem Acra lace dress. Stunning.

Krysten Ritter in Reem Acra

Krysten Ritter in Reem Acra

FAILS

Regina King - Ok - this is a beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress but the overall look was too bridal for the red carpet. There was nice detailing along the hip over the slit. But the Chopard jewels and Louboutins weren’t enough to save this look. But please let me know where you’re registered at.

Regina King in Oscar de la Renta

Regina King in Oscar de la Renta

Tina Fey- Tina looked like she was in a bridesmaid’s dress…which is not surprising that this is custom Vera Wang. Her hair and makeup are gorgeous. The colour is lovely on her but the rest is a snoozefest.

Tina Fey in Vera Wang

Tina Fey in Vera Wang

Charlize Theron - This backless baby blue Dior couture gown could have been a hit, but it mostly looked uncomfortable. The mock turtleneck and pointed shoulders with long sleeves just seemed overdone. I can’t tell what the fabric is - but it looks poly and itchy (though hopefully it isn’t). The Bulgari necklace is fab - hair and makeup look fine. Overall forgettable. 

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture

Maya Rudolph - Dress was too big and swallowed her up. The matching dress and cape detail were just too much. The pattern is too busy. But at least I know who took my grandmothers’ old curtains.

Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph

Laura Harrier - Beautiful girl but the styling was all wrong. The baby blue Louis Vuitton dress and matching shoes derailed quickly. The ruby and emerald statement necklace and the green eyeshadow and red nails all clashed with the softness of the dress. I would have changed the shoes to a silver metallic heel to add some interest. And the dress itself, while ok, looked a bit too much like a prom dress. 

Laura Herrier in Louis Vuitton

Laura Herrier in Louis Vuitton

Yalitza Aparicio - This Rodarte dress was pretty but not what we would expect for a best actress nominee. Rodarte is an incredible designer and they should have helped her find a dress that would help her make a statement. Sadly, no one will remember this one. 

Yalitza Aparicio in Rodarte

Yalitza Aparicio in Rodarte

Brie Larson - While this Celine (by Hedi Slimane) dress is beautiful, it makes the pale Brie look like ghostly. Had the hair been darker and the makeup more prominent, MAYBE this could have worked. But if Beyonce wore this to the Grammys, she likely would have been best dressed. Sorry Brie. 

Brie Larson in Celine

Brie Larson in Celine

Glenn Close - Glenn was way over-the-top (I can’t believe I said that!) in this  Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera gold capped dress. The dress had over 4 million beads and weighed 42lbs. It also was the envy of Liberace’s ghost.

Glenn Close in Carolina Herrera

Glenn Close in Carolina Herrera

Linda Cardellini - Well who doesn’t love a mullet dress cut down to the navel?!?! This pink Schiaparelli should be burned immediately. If not sooner. It’s so bad. And before you fire your stylist, please take them for an eye examination first. Thanks.

Linda Cardellini in Schiaparelli

Linda Cardellini in Schiaparelli

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2019 Grammy Awards Fashion Critique

2019 Grammy Awards Fashion Critique

On music’s biggest night, the stars came out blazing at the 2019 Grammy awards. Some wore their best and others made us shake our heads in bewilderment. Lets take a look at some of the most notable looks of the evening. 

BEST

Camila Cabello - While I might be over her hit song ‘Havana,’ this look is pure perfection. The glitzy frosted pink Armani gown fits her perfectly. I like the high neck and backless combination. Sexy but not overdone. Her hair and make up couldn’t be better. Standing ovation. 

Camila Cabello in Armani

Camila Cabello in Armani

Cardi B - I’m as shocked as you are that Cardi B made the best dressed list. This daring archived Mugler (fall 1995) is high fashion but fits Cardi’s persona perfectly - head to toe.  She looked like a cartoon character - but in a good way. And lets face it, besides a Kardashian, who else could pull this off. I loved it and it made me smile. 

Cardi B in Mugler

Cardi B in Mugler

Kacey Musgrave - This soft billowy tulle Valentino was the perfect contrast to Kacey’s dark shiny hair. The pale dress moved beautifully on the red carpet and Kacey looks radiant in it. 

Kacey Musgraves in Valentino

Kacey Musgraves in Valentino

Due Lipa - Wow. Wow. Wow. Due Lipa looks stunning in this silver strapless Versace. But who can get past her Bvlgari necklace with over 100 carats of diamonds and emeralds. Possibly the best look of the night!

Dua Lipa in Versace

Dua Lipa in Versace

Bebe Rexha - Bebe took to social media after being turned away by several designers who refused to dress her size 8 frame - claiming she was too big for couture. The fashion world quickly came to her rescue and some of the biggest names (Jeremy Scott, Christian Siriano and Karl Lagerfeld all personally offered to dress her) came to her rescue. However, Bebe chose middle eastern designer Monsoori to design this beautiful cherry dress with a dramatic abundance of ruffles. Her jewelry was by Chanel and David Morris jewellers. So beautiful. 

Bebe Rexha in Monsoori

Bebe Rexha in Monsoori

Shawn Mendes - He may be young but he proved to be a leading man on the fashion front in this standout Paul Smith blue tuxedo. The tux fit perfectly and Shawn stood out from the crowd. He looked relax and cool but so hot. 

Shawn Mendes in Paul Smith

Shawn Mendes in Paul Smith

Anna Kendrick - Anna looked like she brought the party in this adorable feathered and jewelled Ralph & Russo mini dress. Anna’s tiny frame pulled this pretty lil dress off so well. She kept the hair and make up simple. Her metallic silver heels finished the look perfectly. 

Anna Kendrick in Ralph & Russo

Anna Kendrick in Ralph & Russo

Miley Cyrus - This could have gone either way. I don’t love the oversized jacket, but I do like how she wore the Mugler tuxedo. Going bare chested (which seems to be her signature look lately) and pairing with a flared and cropped pant really worked. The strappy sandal was the right way to add a feminine touch to the menswear look. I also loved Miley’s long hair. 

Miley Cyrus in Mugler

Miley Cyrus in Mugler

Janelle Monae - Only Lady Gaga or Janelle could have pulled this Jean Paul Gauthier dress off. The angular dress could easily be a disaster but it looks great on Monae. I don’t love the hat BUT the angles and colours work with the lines of the dress. Her makeup is flawless (as usual). Also, Monae usually wears white and black on the red carpet - and I love the fact that she traded black for this deep wine colour.  

Janelle Monae in Jean Paul Gauthier

Janelle Monae in Jean Paul Gauthier

Lady Gaga - Speaking of Gaga, I liked her dress but felt she played it a bit safe. Perhaps because she has so much on the line this awards season and she doesn’t want to rock the boat before the Oscars. However, she looked like a couture disco ball in this Celine gown - which for me, is fitting for Lady Gaga. Shoes by Jimmy Choo and jewelry by Tiffany. 

Lady Gaga in Celine

Lady Gaga in Celine

WORST

Jennifer Lopez - She rarely ends up on my worst dressed list but…grrrrr. The Ralph & Russo dress was ok at best…but it didn’t fit properly and wrinkled the entire midsection and bunched at the back. The hat was bad. Real bad. You’re not Pharell and this ain’t Ascot. However, all is forgiven since your performance was incredible and your performance outfits were so much better than this. But can you please burn A-Rod’s dye-tie Tom Ford jacket please?

Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo

Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo

Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo, Alex Rodriguez in Tom Ford

Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo, Alex Rodriguez in Tom Ford

Maren Morris - Initially I was torn with this Galia Lahav dress as it photographed alright from a few angles. But the more I looked at it, the less I liked it. While the flower embellishment was likely inspired from Sex & the City, even Carrie Bradshaw wouldn’t approve of this. The train was too long, the day glow shoes are too much and the sheerness of the fabric take away from the look. The pattern screams more curtains than red carpet. Sorry Maren…I really wanted to love this.

Maren Morris in Galia Lahav

Maren Morris in Galia Lahav

Kylie Jenner - This Balmain number made me laugh. It’s not everyday we see a pepto-pink pleated pantsuit on a 21 year old fashion model. Oh and lets add matching gloves. The fabric seems to swallow her but thank goodness for the bedazzled belt. *shakes head* This look is much more ‘mom-ager’ than ‘model.’

Kylie Jenner in Balmain

Kylie Jenner in Balmain

Heidi Klum. Hey Heidi. Back on the worst dressed list again eh? My first impression was this Stephane Rolland dress was a Halloween costume as a feminine hygiene product with wings…and crystal embellishment. Seriously, enough of the wacky costumes. You’re on a supermodel. Any decent designer will dress you. For free. Let them help you. And while you’re at it, a quick come through the hair wouldn’t hurt. Kisses. 

Heidi Klum in Stephane Rolland

Heidi Klum in Stephane Rolland

Katy Perry - Well well. You’ve been compared to a cupcake but I really think you look more like a knitted toilet roll cozy. This Balmain dress is just too much. While I think the bodice is cool, the ruffles and shape kill it. On the plus side, your hair and make up are gorgeous. 

Katy Perry in Balmain

Katy Perry in Balmain

Toilet Paper Cozy by Grandma

Toilet Paper Cozy by Grandma

Charlie Puth - Puth looked putrid in Prada. I’m not sure who thought that a bright red shirt would save this look. It looks like he dug the entire look out of his grandfather’s basement. 

Charlie Puth in Prada

Charlie Puth in Prada

Andra Day - While she may be incredible talented, she looked like a coquettish grape in this feathered mini-dress. And I don’t love the exposed matching stockings. But if I’m trying to find a nice thing to say, I don’t hate your Sophia Webster shoes? Yeah - that’s all I got.

Andra Day

Andra Day

There were also a few ‘costumes’ that were BAD but weren’t fashion. And I didn’t want to give them the attention that they were so thirsty for. 


2019 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Critique

2019 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Critique

2019 Awards Season has begun and now we get to see the best and worst looks on the red carpet. This year the celebs did a great job and there were some beautiful looks. But there were also some boring and disastrous outfits. So lets review how our favourite actors dressed to accept their big awards last night.

Best

Regina King wowed in this rose Alberta Ferretti cocktail dress. The strapless sparkly gown accentuated her curves perfectly. The dress itself could have been styled sweet or overly sexy, but as a mother, Regina kept it on the classy side. Her hair and makeup are flawless. This double nominee is certainly one of the best dressed of the night.  

Regina King in Alberta Ferretti

Regina King in Alberta Ferretti

Sandra Oh brought the Hollywood glamour in this bright white asymmetrical Atelier Versace gown. The ruche detailing on the shoulder brought enough drama to make the look memorable and modern. Sandra’s vintage-inspired side-swept hair and bright red lip go so well with the look. Her final touch included ethically sourced Forevermark diamond earrings and bangles. Such a beautiful look. 

Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace

Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace

Kristen Bell looked pretty in pale pink with this Zuhair Murad gown. I love the detailing on the shoulder that tied in well with the diamond bracelets. The dress, the hair, the makeup, the jewelry. All perfection. 

Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad.

Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad.

Emily Blunt & John Krasinski are possibly the best dressed couple on the red carpet tonight. Emily wowed in this silver lace Alexander McQueen gown. Her fresh face and swept up hair gives her an effortless look. John looks dashing in his navy tuxedo and matching Louboutin Alpha Male flats. It doesn’t get much better than this. 

Emily Blunt & John Krasinski in Alexander McQueen

Emily Blunt & John Krasinski in Alexander McQueen

Lady Gaga made a big statement in her big periwinkle Valentino Haute Couture gown. And while it swallowed her tiny frame, she paid homage to Judy Garland’s character in the 1954 version. While I don’t love love love the dress, I do think the outfit works. Though I would never suggest someone colour their hair periwinkle, it kept it true to Gaga. She finished the look with massive jewelry from Tiffany and silver Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.  

Lady Gaga in Valentino

Lady Gaga in Valentino

Judy Garland in A Star is Born from 1954

Judy Garland in A Star is Born from 1954

Lady Gaga in Valentino

Lady Gaga in Valentino

Penelope Cruz stunned in this Ralph & Russo Couture halter-top gown. It caught the light so beautifully illuminating designs in purple and turquoise. The dress was sophisticated, interesting and pure fashion. While Penelope asserted this week that her and Donatella Versace (who she portrayed in last year’s FX Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) still have a good relationship, I’m surprised that she didn’t wear Versace for this event. Also, she just started her campaign with Chanel…so that would have been my second guess for her choice of designer. 

Penelope Cruz in Ralph & Russo

Penelope Cruz in Ralph & Russo

Nicole Kidman looks incredible in this Michael Kors’ sequinned gown. Nicole looks stunning, classy and sexy. The skintight dress is daring but works perfectly. Red is always a risk on the red carpet, but Nicole is a veteran and pulls it off. The hair and makeup are (as usual) flawless. And I LOVE the disco ball bag she chose to finish her look. WOW. 

Nicole Kidman in Michael Kors

Nicole Kidman in Michael Kors

Halle Berry brought the sexiness in this Zuhair Murad wine coloured dress. With lace and velvet inserts, she turned heads with a deep plunging neckline and high slit. Love the hair and the long pony. Halle proves that she still has it! 

Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad

Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad

Timothée Chalamet looked like a dashing Bond villain in this head-to-toe Louis Vuitton outfit. Timothée took a risk wearing this beaded and sequinned harness but he can pull it off because of his youth. He finished the look with Cartier rings, cufflinks and bracelets. 

Timothée Chalamet in Louis Vuitton

Timothée Chalamet in Louis Vuitton

Saoirse Ronan looked angelic in custom Gucci. The dress was a pure work of art. The gown was made of antique platinum beaded sheer tule with exquisite crystal embroidery. Her slicked back hair was very on trend and I loved the statement Chopard jewelry. 

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci

Constance Wu turned heads in this custom Vera Wang gown. While it was certainly a risk, this nude A-line tule gown with sheer corset and deep orange velvet bow came together for one of the most memorable looks of the evening. I love the fact that Constance wanted to work with an Asian-American designer for her look. 

Constance Wu in Vera Wang

Constance Wu in Vera Wang

Boring

Charlize Theron played it safe in this black and white Dior gown. While she looks stunning, I doubt that anyone will remember this dress next week. The bow detail is tasteful and it fits her perfectly. The major draw to this look is her hair, makeup, and all the Bvlgari jewels. 

Charlize Theron in Dior

Charlize Theron in Dior

Julianne Moore fails to deliver in this custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown. Julianne is always one of my red carpet favourites but this just underwhelmed. I disliked the large bow on the back. And in all honesty, I’m just glad that Meghan Markle didn’t walk down the aisle in this one. Julianne, go back to Tom Ford. 

Julianne Moore in Givenchy

Julianne Moore in Givenchy

Claire Foy fizzled in this yellow Miu Miu dress. The dress was poorly fit and it wrinkled along the body. The yellow colour made Claire look jaundice in photos. Even the starbursts on the fabric weren’t enough to save this look. 

Claire Foy in Miu Miu

Claire Foy in Miu Miu

Amy Adams wore this boring custom Calvin Klein dress. I am not calling it a gown because its so underwhelming. The blue-teal colour was pleasant on Amy but as a double nominee, I really expected much more. The only interesting thing to this look was the earrings and jewelry. 

Amy Adams in Calvin Klein

Amy Adams in Calvin Klein

Julia Roberts has me torn in custom Stella McCartney. I love the outfit but I dislike the colour of the top. The colour just is too close to her natural skin tone. However, I like the design. Her hair and makeup are incredible. She has never looked better. The Chopard jewelry is beautiful but not enough to save this look. 

Julia Roberts in Stella McCartney

Julia Roberts in Stella McCartney

Worst

Darren Criss failed to impress in this Christian Dior floral tuxedo. While I usually love a bold tux jacket, this didn’t cut it. It looked oversized and the wide lapel covered the majority of Darren’s chest. I would have styled it differently with a more relaxed feel without the bowtie. Sorry Darren…

Darren Criss in Christian Dior

Darren Criss in Christian Dior

Kate Mara looked like one of the disgruntled fembots from Austin Powers in this Miu Miu babydoll dress. The tribal ponytail looks out of place. I’m done. 

Kate Mara in Miu Miu

Kate Mara in Miu Miu

Emma Stone failed hard in Louis Vuitton. She looked like a nude fish. Fire your stylist, keep your makeup and hair team, and redeem yourself at the Oscars. 

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

Elisabeth Moss was misguided in this short Dior dress. I loved your black dress from last year so much more. Love you but this dress needs to go back on the discount prom rack. 

Elisabeth Moss in Dior

Elisabeth Moss in Dior

I loved Anne Hathaway’s shoes. The rest of it gives me nightmares. What the heck was she thinking with this Elie Saab dress? I miss the days of Anne stunning me in high fashion. I just can’t. 

Anne Hathaway in Elie Saab

Anne Hathaway in Elie Saab

Debra Messing looked silly in this Pamela Roland crystal and feathered cape dress. I love Debra and her her hair and makeup were beautiful but this dress belongs on the back of a retired showgirl. I’m disappointed. 

Debra Messing in Pamela Roland

Debra Messing in Pamela Roland

Janelle Monae always brings style to her red carpet looks. This one however fell flat to me. As much as I love Chanel, this Egyptian inspired look did not work. There is too much going on with the heavy tweed overlay, the dramatic collar, the belt, the embellishments on the hems and finally the hat. Janelle I think got trapped between couture and costume.

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Wedding Fashion Critique

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Wedding Fashion Critique

When nearly 3 billion people tune their televisions to watch a wedding, all eyes are going to be on the dress. And in the case of Prince Harry marring Meghan Markle, there were two dresses and hundreds of the world’s most fashionable guests. Meghan, who has designed her own line of clothes through Canadian retailer Reitmans, knows fashion and style. It seemed fitting to do a quick article on the fashion of the Royal Wedding that took place on May 19, 2018. 

Meghan Markle in custom Givenchy

Meghan Markle in custom Givenchy

It’s only fitting to begin with the bride. Meghan radiated in this elegant Givenchy gown designed by Claire Waight Keller. I knew it would be important for Meghan to chose a British designer - and Claire Waight Keller is originally from Birmingham. However, Keller is the artistic director of Givenchy, an iconic French fashion house. Considering that Hubert de Givenchy passed away earlier this year, having Meghan wear a dress with his label seems like quite a tribute. However, the choice was still a risk. 

Let's discuss the dress and all the facts. Meghan chose a simple 1950’s silhouette with an open bateau neckline. The dress was constructed out of double ply silk which perfectly outlined her frame. Details such as a 5-foot long train and 3/4 length sleeves gave the dress a more regal feel. Many people felt that the dress itself was underwhelming; lacking any beading, sequins, sparkle, lace, embroidery, volume, etc. I agree the dress was basic but structurally lovely. Considering the couple wanted a more simplified wedding, the dress seemed appropriate. 

Meghan Markle in custom Givenchy

Meghan Markle in custom Givenchy

The showstopper of the outfit was actually the 16.5-foot long silk tail veil. The veil was adorned with 53 flowers that represented each country of the commonwealth - which was something that Queen Elizabeth did when she got married in 1947. To personalize the veil, Meghan included two additional flowers: Wintersweet (which grows outside her new home, Nottingham Cottage) and the California Poppy (to symbolize her home state). 

Meghan Markle in custom Givenchy

Meghan Markle in custom Givenchy

And when you’re a (newly minted) royal, the accessories are important. The Queen loaned Meghan the Queen Mary diamond bandeau tiara. The tiara was made to house the center brooch that dates back to 1893. This specific tiara hasn’t been worn for over 50 years so we may not see it on display again in our lifetimes. Similarly to Kate Middleton, Meghan opted out of wearing a statement necklace. She did complete her Windsor-worthy look with diamond earrings and a bespoke bracelet from Cartier. Excluding the priceless tiara, Meghan’s jewelry neared a cool million dollars. Finally, today Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex. So it’s fitting that her wedding shoes, also by Givenchy, were made of pure white silk duchess satin. 

Meghan Markle in custom Givenchy

Meghan Markle in custom Givenchy

Did I mention that there was a second dress for the wedding? Meghan changed into a more relaxed Stella McCartney halter dress. Draped in silk crepe, this more revealing dress allowed the Duchess to move and dance late into the night. The simple dress was complete with satin Aquazurra heels with painted blue soles and diamond drop earrings. Personally, I think if you’re going to do two dresses they should be dramatically different (i.e. #1 ballgown, #2 knee-length dress). So while this Stella McCartney dress is lovely, it didn’t add much to the fashion of the event. 

Meghan Markle in Stella McCartney

Meghan Markle in Stella McCartney

Dressing for royal events can be tricky. When my friend Amy and I attended the Queen’s 90th birthday party at Windsor Castle, the dress code was very clearly outlined and adhered to. When Prince William married Kate Middleton, the Queen published a 22-page pamphlet to direct guests on acceptable dress and protocol. Some of the Queen’s fashion requests include no white dresses, no open-toed shoes, lady’s shoulders should be covered, high heels preferred (but not too high), conservative hemlines, no bare legs, hats are encouraged but not mandatory (fabric hats before easter, straw hats after), etc.  As for the wedding's guests, a few stood out from the crowd - so let's examine why they caught my eye.

Amal Clooney in Stella McCartney

Amal Clooney in Stella McCartney

Amal Clooney in Stella McCartney

A few weeks ago, Amal had a big mis-step with her Met Gala outfit. However, she looked stunning in this marigold Stella McCartney sheath dress and matching hat. The cut of the dress is appropriate and from the smile on her face, Amal feels beautiful in it. And isn’t that what fashion is about?

Oprah Winfrey in Stella McCartney

Oprah Winfrey in Stella McCartney

Oprah Winfrey in Stella McCartney

Oprah had arranged a beige dress to be delivered to her in London for the wedding, but upon seeing it, she knew it would photograph as white. Being the classy dame she is, she called in the help of Stella McCartney (the night before the wedding) and her team worked around the clock to make this lovely blush dress for her. The fabulous straw hat finishes off her look. She was carrying a Gabriela Hearst bag. I think the beige disaster was a blessing in disguise. 

Kitty Spencer in Dolce & Gabbana

Kitty Spencer in Dolce & Gabbana

Kitty Spencer in Dolce & Gabbana

I think Kitty was the best dressed at the wedding in this intricate emerald floral dress with orange heels and clutch. I loved the design on the dress and she certainly stood out in a crowd of monotone outfits. Looking like a young Lady Dianna, the model wore a matching fascinator by Philip Treacy.

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

Kate looked lovely in her Alexander McQueen coat. She also looked lovely in it in 2015 at Princess Charlotte’s christening, in 2016 at the Trooping the Colour and last summer in Belgium. Props to Kate for knowing what works for her but I don’t think this was the right event to recycle an outfit. Not when over 2 billion people are watching. The shoes are Jimmy Choo. Kate - call me and we’ll go shopping when I’m back in London in September. 

Sabrina Dhwore in Gucci

Sabrina Dhwore in Gucci

Sabrina Dhwore in Gucci

Our former Miss Vancouver and fiancé of Idris Elba let me down in this cardigan dress. She looks lovely but a cardigan dress is not appropriate for this occasion. And while I can’t get enough Gucci, I think wearing something so ‘branded’ is tacky. I’m surprised she left the massive gold monogrammed GG belt at home. 

Doria Ragland in Oscar de la Renta

Doria Ragland in Oscar de la Renta

Doria Ragland in Oscar de la Renta

I didn’t know what to expect from the yoga teacher but she certainly impressed me. I had heard people say that she should have hidden her dreads and taken out her nose ring, but why? Isn’t fashion about personal expression? This pistachio colored dress with white floral decoration was perfect for the occasion. The cocktail hat was made by Stephen Jones and shoes were by Aquazzura. Her elegant diamond jewelry was from Canadian retailer Birks. 

Camilla Parker Bowles in Anne Valentine

Camilla Parker Bowles in Anne Valentine

Camilla Parker Bowles in Anne Valentine

Often I find Camilla’s looks are very date but not today. In this Anne Valentine asymmetrical pink silk coat dress, Camilla looks perfect for her role as step-mom. But it was her accessories that delighted me so much. The over-the-top pink feathered hat by Philip Treacy was the ultimate statement piece. And look at the massive pearl choker - wow. 

David Beckham in Dior Homme & Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham

David Beckham in Dior Homme & Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham

David Beckham in Dior Homme & Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham

Ok - Victoria looks her serious self but David looks super excited to be there. I really like the cut of Victoria’s dress but would have loved to see her in something softer for spring. I am glad she went with the pop of color in the heels. David is in Dior Homme - and this is the first suit ever from Dior Homme by designer Kim Jones (formerly of Louis Vuitton). Jone’s runway debut for Dior isn’t scheduled until next month but he casually said that there was no better runway than the royal wedding. David was the best-dressed gent there. 

2018 Met Gala Fashion Critique

2018 Met Gala Fashion Critique

Met Gala 2018

I always think of the annual Met Gala as a fantastical no-limits costume party that celebrates bold fashion. It is the one night of the year that society is expected to embrace avant-garde fashion and make a statement. This year the theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” - which coincides with the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition. The Vatican even gave their seal of approval on the theme this year - which could have showcased anything from Medieval robes to stigmata-stained gowns to angelic creations. Jean Paul Gauthier has been inspired by graphic religious images for decades. Givenchy & Dior have reinvented nun-like garbs for both men and women. Galliano had a Cardinal, Nun, and priest in his 2000 show. Versace drew inspiration from Byzantine churches and has had crosses prominent in almost every collection. The theme is extremely broad and should be easy to embrace. So I beg your forgiveness as I go on a few rants at some celebs who completely missed the point of the evening. Luckily, the true fashionistas shined bright and slayed the red carpet. 

 

Up to Heaven:

Katy Perry in Versace

Katy Perry  in Versace

Katy Perry in Versace

I love that Katy Perry takes risks and this event is right up her alley. She took ‘angelic’ to a new level. I look at this outfit and it just makes me smile - she radiates from top to bottom. Although her look might be a bit literal, I don’t care. I love it. Her blond pixie cut adds to the gilded look. Perfection. 

Rihanna in Maison Margiela Artisanal

Rihanna  in Maison Margiela Artisanal

Rihanna in Maison Margiela Artisanal

If you’re co-hosting a themed event, you need to hit the mark. And Rihanna certainly set the tone for the evening. Move over Pope Francis - Pope RiRi is here to lead mass (and the masses). Awesome look. 

Cardi B in Moschino

Cardi B  in Moschino

Cardi B in Moschino

Cardi B is a relative newcomer to the fashion scene and she is known for going “big” and tonight she fit in perfectly. The dramatic beading and jeweling of her dress matched with the headpiece was spot on. I also love the matching gloves. Well done. 

Solange Knowles in Iris van Herpen

Solange Knowles  in Iris van Herpen

Solange Knowles in Iris van Herpen

Oh this look was so interesting. I love the make-up and halo headpiece (although the halo might have been more fitting for her Halo-singer sister). The dress is crazy and makes me think of Ursula the Sea-Witch from the Little Mermaid. And everyone is talking about the netted bottle of ‘Florida Water’ that she was carrying - it’s technically a perfume but it's been used in voodoo and Wiccan religious ceremonies for centuries. So it was fitting for the evening. Overall, I think this was a highly polished look that had a lot of thought behind it. A+

Jennifer Lopez in Balmain

Jenny from the Block almost hit the chopping block. This dress is beautiful but too simple. No thought or concept when into this. “Oh look, a pretty dress with a cross on it! I’ll take it!” So she almost hit the purgatory pile but she just looks so damn good in it, she had to make the heavenly list. 

Zendaya in Versace

Zendaya  in Versace

Zendaya in Versace

I just can’t get enough of her and this look makes me love her more and more and more. Zendaya is channeling her inner Joan of Arc in this chainmail dress and short hair cut. Whoever thought of this approach is genius and she looks fierce. 

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang

Ariana Grande  in Vera Wang

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang

It doesn’t get much more heavenly than Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Another creative way to bring fashion and religion together in a tasteful way. I’m very pleasantly surprised by Ariana, Vera Wang, and the whole look. 

Purgatory: 

Kim Kardashian in Versace

Kim Kardashian  in Versace

Kim Kardashian in Versace

I’m not a Kim fan however, she looks beautiful in this golden Versace dress. This is what she should wear to a movie premiere or fundraiser, not the Met Gala. Yes…there is an almost invisible cross on it. Not enough. Sorry Kim. 

Madonna in Jean Paul Gauthier

Madonna  in Jean Paul Gauthier

Madonna in Jean Paul Gauthier

I adore Madonna but we’ve seen this look on her too much before. She should have surprised us with something we haven’t seen from her - like if she had come in a floral patterned mini habit. That would have surprised me and been fitting. But the whole gothic queen thing - I’m certain she just pulled this out from her closet. And the thick skirt seems to swallow her tiny frame. But at least the thought was there and I do like the nude cross on the chest. 

Selena Gomez in Coach

Selena Gomez  in Coach

Selena Gomez in Coach

Selena looks so lovely. The dress (or nighty) is beautiful. And I see the ethereal goddess look she was going for, but she just fell a bit short. Maybe she needed a halo or gladiator sandals or something…it just felt incomplete. 

Gigi Hadid in Versace

Gigi Hadid  in Versace

Gigi Hadid in Versace

I think this is the best that Gigi has ever looked. This may also be my favourite dress of the night. But again…why to this event? Wouldn’t this make an incredible Oscars dress if she was presenting/attending? I love the construction of it as well as the pattern to it. It has a soft Asian feel to it which confuses me further with the theme. 

Sarah Jessica Parker & Andy Cohen in Dolce & Gabbana

Sarah Jessica Parker & Andy Cohen  in Dolce & Gabbana

Sarah Jessica Parker & Andy Cohen in Dolce & Gabbana

Both of them are usually very sharp dressers but this just seems overdone. The dress seems to swallow SJP and the headpiece doesn’t do her any favours. Andy isn’t a big guy and the oversized sleeves makes him look like he still shops at Gap Kids. 

Straight to the Fiery Depths:

Amal Clooney in Richard Quinn

Amal Clooney  in Richard Quinn

Amal Clooney in Richard Quinn

Amal was also a co-host who clearly should have used Rihanna’s stylist. What is with pant/dress/wannabe? I don’t know any event that this would impress me. And are the roses suppose to tie into the Catholic imagery? Mmm…the only thing more disappointing is that her husband was the most boring dressed person there. Boo George. Booooooooo. 

Frances McDormand in Valentino

Frances McDormand  in Valentino

Frances McDormand in Valentino

I love Frances. I love Valentino. I love the imagination. I don’t know what the heck it’s doing at a Catholic themed event. Are the birds meant to be heavenly bodies? Frances failed. 

Kylie Jenner in Alexander Wang

Kylie Jenner  in Alexander Wang

Kylie Jenner in Alexander Wang

It’s like she went and pulled something trampy out of her sister closet and thought it would work. I also hate the glasses and the massive zipper detail. ALL WRONG. 

Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta

This seems like an odd pairing since de la Renta is usually such a classic look and Nicki usually goes very modern. However, the dress is lovely and I really do like the tulle train/shrug. But as a cohesive look: no. As a successful look for this event: no. 

Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton

Jaden Smith  in Louis Vuitton

Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton

Ugh. The first thing I notice is that he brought his certified gold album with him. How douchey can you get? The outfit is a mess (even if he was going to pick up milk at 7-11)  so I’m not surprised he looks out of place. 

2018 ACADEMY AWARDS FASHION CRITIQUE

2018 ACADEMY AWARDS FASHION CRITIQUE

What an incredible year for film and tonight's award show certainly recognized the best of Hollywood. However, who won the red carpet at the 90th Academy Awards?

THE BEST

Allison Williams—The moment I saw Allison step onto the red carpet, I was all smiles. She looked precious in her jeweled soft rose Armani Privé gown. Her hair and makeup were perfection. Her jewelry was elegant and a nice addition to the sparkling effect of her gown. Gorgeous.

Allison Williams in Armani Prive

Allison Williams in Armani Prive

Allison Janney—Allison stunned in her plunging red Reem Acra gown. The dress had elongated cape-sleeves and diamond details around the neckline. Her hair was simply pulled back and her makeup showcased her natural beauty. But honestly, who could see past the bling? Allison was wearing more than $4 million worth of diamonds on her neck and wrist.  

Allison Janney in Reem Acra

Allison Janney in Reem Acra

Rita Moreno—Rita proved that good style never goes out of fashion. This past winner wore the same dress when she accepted her award in 1962. 56 years later, the dress fits and still turned heads. The dress was custom-made in the Philippines out of obi; the traditional sash material used in Japanese kimonos.  At 86 years young, I hope we see more of Rita on the red carpet. 

Rita Morena in the same dress in 2018 and 1962

Rita Morena in the same dress in 2018 and 1962

Jane Fonda—While she avoided talking to anyone on the red carpet, her dress made enough of a statement. This striking custom Balmain white gown was stunning on the 80 years old actress. It was dramatic and beautifully structured. She accessorized with Chopard jewelry, a Perrin bag and Ferragamo shoes.  Now if only she wasn't scowling.

Jane Fona in Balmain

Jane Fona in Balmain

Eiza Gonzalez—This Mexican actress lit up the red carpet in her yellow Ralph Lauren gown with Chopard jewelry. This dress hugged every curve of her body and yet all you could focus on was her smile. This was the perfect dress for her and she had better send her stylist a fruit basket in the morning. 

Eiza Gonzalez in Ralph Lauren

Eiza Gonzalez in Ralph Lauren

Mary J. Blige—Stunning!!!  I love seeing old Hollywood glam on the red carpet but I was not expecting it from Mary J! She wow-ed in this asymmetrical pearl-embellished Versace gown. Her hair was beautiful and her skin was glowing. She looked like a goddess on the red carpet. Diamond teardrop earrings finished off the look. 

Mary J. Blige in Versace

Mary J. Blige in Versace

Margot Robbie—Margot looked pretty but played it safe in this simple Chanel Haute Couture gown. Even though the dress took over 600 hours to create, it was not a look that we'll remember years to come. However, a mediochre day for Margot is still pretty incredible and she remains on our best list. 

Margot Robbie in Chanel Haute Couture

Margot Robbie in Chanel Haute Couture

Zendaya—I loved this look because she stood out from all the other dresses on the carpet. Donning a chocolate chiffon Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown, Zendaya looked ethereal as she presented onstage. One of her best looks yet. 

Zendaya in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Zendaya in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Timothée Chalamet—Timothée is one to watch in the future. He doesn't work with a stylist and yet he loves taking fashion risks. Earlier this week he wore a green Gucci suit to an Oscar luncheon that was mind-blowing. However, he classed it up in this off-white Berluti tuxedo with white detailing and black boots. Loved it.

Timothée Chalamet in Berluti

Timothée Chalamet in Berluti

Gal Gadot—WONDERful. This looks is pure fashion. Gal is mesmerizing in this Givenchy flapper dress. I'm certain it weighs a tonne from the beading but she has the perfect frame to pull it off effortlessly. Keeping with the style of the dress, Gal wore an Art-Deco-inspired necklace from Tiffany & Co. with 17 aquamarines and over 1000 diamonds. WOW. 

Gad Gadot in Givenchy

Gad Gadot in Givenchy

Sandra Bullock—Sandra looked sleek in her gold and black Louis Vuitton sequined gown. Her straightened hair also added to the look. Her makeup was beautiful, and at the risk of sounding bitchy, she could have used an extra few minutes on her brows. 

Sandra Bullock in Louis Vuitton

Sandra Bullock in Louis Vuitton

Nicole Kidman—I really wanted to hate this Armani Privé dress because of the oversized bow. But then I really liked the dramatic sweetheart neckline. And the color was awesome on her and made her eyes pop. And then I saw how great she moved in it and how it fit her. And then I just kinda really liked it. Damn you bow! Jewelry by Harry Winston. 

Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive

Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive

Greta Gerwig—Best known tonight as the director of Lady Bird, Greta looked flawless in a deep yellow Rodarte gown. Her jewelry was ornate and interesting. The glamorous makeup and deep red lip accented the vintage wavy hair. 

Greta Gerwig in Rodarte

Greta Gerwig in Rodarte

NOT QUITE THERE...

Emily Blunt—This dress was a snooze-fest. Emily from The Devil Wears Prada would have mocked this Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown. I'm surprised Meryl Streep didn't see her and throw a coat over her head. Can't go wrong with Chopard jewelry though.

Emily Blunt in Schiaparelli Haute Couture

Emily Blunt in Schiaparelli Haute Couture

Jennifer Garner—I assume that Jennifer is currently rehearsing a role as a Texican pageant queen because that is the only excuse for hair that big. The 'do' (or do-NOT) needed to be tamed and distracted from her face. The Atelier Verssace dress fit her perfectly and the shade of blue was electric on the carpet. #bighairdontcare

Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace

Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace

Saoirse Ronan—I love Saoirse and was really hoping she would have a special moment on the red carpet. Her hair and makeup was young and fresh. She looked fine and forgettable in this Calvin Klein by Appointment dress. The baby pink dress didn't seem unique enough for someone as interesting as Ronan. 

 Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein by Appointment

 Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein by Appointment

Sally Hawkins—As one of the big contenders tonight, this Armani Privé dress fell flat. Which is hard to do considering how sparkly it was. The fit was slightly off and the shoulder pads seemed too accentuated. Sally has an incredible frame and she enjoys eclectic fashion, and this just seemed blah for her.

Sally Hawkins in Armani Privé

Sally Hawkins in Armani Privé

Jennifer Lawrence—Oh JLaw! You've been too busy pushing Red Sparrow to think about the biggest night of the year. The Dior dress fit her well, but it stopped there. The color of the dress made her look pale. The bleach blond hair didn't help this fact any. JLaw knows how to wow on the red carpet and this just left me wanting more. A lot more. 

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

THE WORST

Salma Hayek Pinault—Gorgeous woman. Amazing design house. Terrible pink dress on the red carpet. There is too much going on this frosting colored Gucci gown. Sequins. Ruffles. Jewels. Military-inspired neck and shoulder embellishment. Her hair was a mess. Go home and shower and throw the dress in the fireplace. 

Salma Hayek in custom Gucci

Salma Hayek in custom Gucci

Whoopi Goldberg - Oh dear, I love Whoopi but Cristian Siriano failed her. The belted dress was oversized and swallowed Whoopi. While he designed it with comfort in mind, a more subdued print would have worked better for Whoopi. However, Whoopi was happy because she was able to wear her combat boots under the dress. At least there is that?

Whoopi Goldberg in Cristian Siriano

Whoopi Goldberg in Cristian Siriano

Emma Stone—What the hell Emma Stone? You're one of the best-dressed women EVER. And you show up to the Oscars in a Louis Vuitton silk lounge suit? I understand toning it down as a presenter, but c'mon. Are you going to come in Addidas next year? I like nothing about this for this event. 

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

Andra Day—So I have to say, there is a photo of Andra laying down on the red carpet, and the dress actually looked lovely. However, gravity is not this dress's friend. Mmm...do you think it was a bedspread or curtains?

Andra Day

Andra Day

Diane Warren—I know, I know! You're a musician and songwriter. A free-spirit. But you're also wearing Saint Laurent and I'm sure that they are embarrassed that you wore THIS to the Oscars. I'm sure they would have been able to put you in a badass tux for the occasion. 

Diane Warren in Saint Laurent

Diane Warren in Saint Laurent

Adam Rippon— 1) I like Adam Rippon. 2) I don't know why on earth he is at the Academy Awards. 3) I don't know how much Moschino paid him to wear this. 4) A harness is not a vest. 5) Wanna make a bet he isn't invited back ever again? 

Adam Rippon in Moschino 

Adam Rippon in Moschino 

2018 Grammy Awards Fashion Critique

2018 Grammy Awards Fashion Critique

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards tonight in New York gave us a lot to discuss. Following the Golden Globe's fashion black-out, color was certainly in full force tonight. Let's take a look at who rocked and who should have rolled up and went back home. 

Best

Ashanti - I thought Ashanti looked like a stunning golden statue in this Yas Couture dress. Designed by Elie Madi and paired with Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, this outfit showcased Ashanti perfectly. Her hair and makeup were perfection. Now a lot of haters were tweeting about how the flashes from the photographers made the dress sheer, but if you got it, flaunt it. Best dressed female of the night. 

Ashanti in Yas Couture

Ashanti in Yas Couture

Ne-Yo - Men's fashion often gets overlooked, however, the gentlemen certainly worked the red carpet this year. Ne-Yo's mustard yellow velvet smoking jacket demanded respect. He completed the look with a crisp white tuxedo shirt and a flat-brimmed hat. And of course, I love his suede Louboutins. His look was styled by Greyscale Goods - be sure to check them out. Best dressed man of the night. 

Ne-Yo in GreyScale Goods and Christian Louboutins

Ne-Yo in GreyScale Goods and Christian Louboutins

Lady Gaga - Gaga stunned in a nude lace and sequined body suit with ballgown bottom. The skirt had a high front slit and a 10 foot train. This imaginative Armani Privé look could have been the best look of the night if it wasn't ruined by her boots. Her hair and makeup matched the drama of her dress perfectly. 

Lady Gaga in Armani Prive

Lady Gaga in Armani Prive

Cyndi Lauper - Cyndi looked brilliant in this cherub-print Moschino suit. The fit was bang-on. It was glamorous and cool enough to work on the red carpet. And I even loved how Cyndi streaked her hair to match. Loved it. 

Cyndi Lauper in Moschino 

Cyndi Lauper in Moschino 

Zayn Malik - Zayn proved he was the main attraction in this Richard James rose-colored suit. The suit was tailored perfectly. The simple white dress shirt was fine but I would have paired it with a white v-neck shirt. He finished the look with camo-patterned socks and black loafers. 

Zayn Malik in Richard James

Zayn Malik in Richard James

Anna Kendrick - In a sea of gowns, Anna stole focus in her checkered Balmain suit. The double-breasted jacket with oversized gold buttons was a clear throwback to the 80s. Paired with a sexy lace bodice from La Perla and powder pink pumps, this look could have easily failed and looked laughable. However, Anna made this look her own. Well done. 

Anna Kendrick in Balmain and La Perla

Anna Kendrick in Balmain and La Perla

Cardi B - Tonight was a huge night for Cardi B's career and she made the most of her moment on the red carpet. She looked angelic in this gown from Ashi Studios. The gauzy dress looked whimsical and light with a short front and long train. The jewelry and bling added to the look instead of distracting. And what better way to walk down the carpet than in Louboutins? Beyond all that, her makeup was fresh and she looked happy. 

Cardi B in Ashi Studios

Cardi B in Ashi Studios

Rita Ora - Rita brought Hollywood glam to the streets of NYC in this Ralph & Russo Couture gown. While the dress's structure lent a futuristic feel, the black velvet trimmed in diamonds certainly made Rita look like a silent film star. Her gorgeous hair and dark red lip completed the look brilliantly.

Rita Ora in Ralph & Russo

Rita Ora in Ralph & Russo

Miley Cyrus - Miley doesn't always make it onto the upper half of this list but she looked elegant in this Jean Paul Gauthier velvet jumpsuit and matching capelet. It had just enough detail to be interesting while letting her hair and makeup steal the show. She looked pretty, happy and sweet. Conservative but badass.

Miley Cyrus in Jean Paul Gauthier

Miley Cyrus in Jean Paul Gauthier

Worst

Lana Del Rey - While LDR rarely impresses me with her fashion, I appreciate that she is now working with high-end fashion houses. However, even Gucci couldn't save her this time. This dress is ill-fitting and the color is too close to her skin tone. It totally washed her out - and there is no excuse for this since it was custom-made for her. I did enjoy the celestial headpiece though. Sorry Lana. 

Lana Del Rey in Gucci

Lana Del Rey in Gucci

Kelly Clarkson - I love Kelly and always hope she looks like the superstar she is. But lately, she has made some bad choices. First the dress fit her well. But the style of the dress would be better suited for someone twice her age. Kelly is nominated for Best Pop Song and not the Lifetime Achievement Award. It looked like it has a shawl wrapped around her. While Kelly is loyal to Christian Siriano, she might need to shake things up because this dress did her no favors. Her hair was messy and the new color washed her out. The makeup was too soft and gave her no definition. Kelly, call me and I'll hook you up with a few outfits.

Kelly Clarkson in Christian Siriano 

Kelly Clarkson in Christian Siriano 

Hailee Steinfeld - So close but not quite enough. Hailee wore a white strapless column dress and holographic purple boots - both by Alexandre Vauthier. The dress was boring but ok. The knee-high boots were laughable. And then to mix us up more, she wore a green/blue eyeshadow. Disappointing as Hailee usually makes us remember her for the right reasons on the red carpet. 

Hailee Steinfeld in Alexandre Vauthier

Hailee Steinfeld in Alexandre Vauthier

Nick Jonas - Sometimes when you're hot, you can wear anything and look good. However, it doesn't mean that anything is appropriate. Nick Jonas was clad in a John Varvatos tweed overcoat and t-shirt. Nick has great style but this was just calling-it-in. Lazy.

Nick Jonas in John Varvatos

Nick Jonas in John Varvatos

Pink - Sometimes bad dresses happen to good people. This look from Armani Privé failed to hit the high notes. It made Pink look like a muppet. Purple, pink and blue feathers - oh my. The belt failed to accentuate her tiny waist because it was swallowed up by plumage. The ruffled top looked poorly constructed. And then she only appeared to be wearing one large black hoop earring??? On the positive side, her hair and makeup looked beautiful. 

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Heidi Klum - Oops She Did It Again. Heidi came to yet another red carpet in just her bra and panties. But I have to give her the benefit of the doubt. It was held in NYC and it looks like she is still wearing a crinoline, so perhaps someone stole her dress, and this is what is left. If that wasn't bad enough, the earrings were monstrous. At the time of publishing, no designer was willing to take credit for this outfit. Worst look of the night. 

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Janelle Monae - I love Janelle and I love that she takes risks with fashion. I even loved this Dolce & Gabanna outfit...from the waist up. Janelle has a beautiful figure but the wide-legged trousers completely consume her bottom half. Even with all the embroidery and the ruffled shirt and the bling, I couldn't see past the excess fabric where her shoes should have been. Had the trousers been tapered in and cropped above the ankle, this would have been a WOW outfit. As always, her hair and makeup are among the best. 

Janelle Monae in Dolce & Gabanna

Janelle Monae in Dolce & Gabanna

2018 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Critique

2018 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Critique

The 2018 Golden Globes kicks off this year's award season. However, Hollywood has been a hotbed of turmoil over the last 6 months and this certainly spilled over into the fashion world. The red carpet was a virtual black-out. Most females chose to wear black to show their support and solidarity for gender equality and the Times Up Now campaign (www.timesupnow.com). Men wore their Times Up pins on their lapels. #whywewearblack trended on Twitter long before the event even began. While black became the color of the night, not everyone pulled it off. Let's take a look at who succeeded and failed. 

THE BEST

Emma Stone. I’m always excited to see what Emma will wear on the red carpet. Tonight did not disappoint. She looked glamorous in her Louis Vuitton lace asymmetrical gown that was encrusted in black pearls, sequins, and crystals. Her makeup was also inspired by women involved in the suffragette movement. 

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

Nicole Kidman. Nicole is a red carpet veteran and rarely fails. Her Givenchy gown was stunning from all angles. The sparkling bodice and flutter sleeves were enough to make Kidman stand out in a sea of black. And luckily she won for Best Actress, so we see how the dress moved as she climbed the stage. She finished her look with Fred Leighton jewels. Hair and makeup were flawless.

Nicole Kidman in Givenchy

Nicole Kidman in Givenchy

Claire Foy. Claire lit up Twitter as fans could not get enough of her perfectly tailored Stella McCartney double-breasted suit. The jacket cut a striking figure while her trousers flared out to cover her shoes. And if you look closely, you can see that she wore a badge on each sleeve: one saying "50:50" and the other "Actresses Equal Representation." Her swept back hair and bright red lip were ideal for the outfit. Now that her role on The Crown is complete, Claire is ensuring we remember her. 

Claire Foy in Stella McCartney

Claire Foy in Stella McCartney

Dave Franco. Not a usual suspect for our list, but Dave's Saint Laurent tuxedo with crystal lapel was a bold choice. And I loved it. While he is often in brother Jame's shadow, Dave decided to step out and show he is a leading man. 

Dave Franco in Saint Laurent

Dave Franco in Saint Laurent

Mary J. Blige. Mary J. Blige showed that she is equally glamorous and badass on the red carpet. This custom Alberta Ferretti black velvet gown was complete with a crystal net sleeve. The perfect fit and the high side slit made us take notice. Hair and make-up couldn't have been any better. 

Mary J. Blige in Alberta Ferretti

Mary J. Blige in Alberta Ferretti

Jessica Biel. While I'm not always her biggest fan, Jessica nailed it on the red carpet in this couture Dior tulle and velvet gown. The strapless sweetheart neckline and nude undertones differentiated her dress from the rest on the carpet. Jessica was able to make her look softer while still pulling off black. The Bulgari jewelry was a great touch as well. 

Jessica Biel in Dior Couture

Jessica Biel in Dior Couture

Kate Hudson. Valentino has never looked better. Kate wowed in this daring low cut gown and sheer features. The only thing more amazing than how incredible she looks is the Harry Winston diamond necklace that is very strategically placed. Her pixie cut and black headband are a great way to add a bit of whimsy to this sexy look. Buried beneath the dress are some fab Guiseppe Zanotti heels. Kate seriously gets better each year.

Kate Hudson in Valentino.

Kate Hudson in Valentino.

Chris Helmsworth. Chris is better known for being shirtless, however, tonight he embraced fashion in this paisley Etro suit. Keeping it casual with an open collar and velvet lace-up Christian Louboutins. Chris deserves to be on the Best Dressed list. 

Chris Helmsworth in Etro

Chris Helmsworth in Etro

Helen Mirren. She constantly proves that beauty has no age. At 72, Helen Mirren still turns heads. While I couldn't find the designer of her sexy black lace dress, I can tell you she is wearing a small fortune in diamonds by Harry Winston. Bravo. 

Helen Mirren in Harry Winston diamonds.

Helen Mirren in Harry Winston diamonds.

Mandy Moore. Mandy looked wonderful in this simple yet dramatic red and black dress by Rosie Assoulin. This taffeta black halter gown with red belt and pockets looked effortless and striking. This was the perfect choice for Mandy's comeback to the red carpet. 

Mandy Moore in Rosie Assoulin

Mandy Moore in Rosie Assoulin

Allison Williams. Some critics dissed Allison for her choice in dress, but I thought she looked young and fresh in this Armani Prive dress. The black beaded tassel dress gets a pop of color with orange and grey semi-circles. It fit her like a glove and I thought she looked lovely. 

Allison Williams in Armani Prive

Allison Williams in Armani Prive

THE WORST

Mariah Carey. Mimi's Dolce and Gabbana mermaid gown was too tight, too sheer, and too young. Mariah is a few years away from 50 and this dress would have looked much better on someone half her age. And if the cross strap and excessive cleavage weren't enough, lets frost the entire look with as many diamonds as possible. Mariah, you're gorgeous. But you don't need to try so hard.

Mariah Carey in Dolce & Gabbana 

Mariah Carey in Dolce & Gabbana 

Sarah Jessica Parker. Where do I begin? There is just too much going on. On a good note, her hair and makeup look beautiful. From the shoulders down, everything is a mess with the Dolce & Gabanna (Strike #2 Gentlemen!). The netted arms, the sheer corset top, the ruffle sleeve, the lace skirt, the silk overlay and that huge diamond brooch. Her SJP shoes certainly didn't save the outfit. And look at her expression...it's almost like she got a look at herself in a mirror just moments before. Carrie Bradshaw would not approve. 

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana

Kendall Jenner. This Giambattista Valli dress is not the right dress for anyone to the Golden Globes. The Globes are the casual version of the Oscars, yet she wore a dress that would be more appropriate for the Met Gala. The train was ridiculously long. The ruffles were over-the-top. The cut would be more appropriate if she were trying to hide a baby bump. Her messy hair is in huge contrast to the style of the dress. However, I love the shoes and her makeup. 

Kendall Jenner in Giambattista Valli

Kendall Jenner in Giambattista Valli

Kelly Clarkson. Oh Kelly. I know exactly what happened. You had just watched I, Tonya and insist on wearing your figure skating costume. But your stylist insisted you needed a dress so you threw on a ball gown skirt to complete the outfit. Am I right??? Or did Christian Siriano fail you? Big time. Sorry Kelly.

Kelly Clarkson in Christian Siriano

Kelly Clarkson in Christian Siriano

Catherine Zeta-Jones. Sometimes less is more but in this case, Catherine could have used MORE fabric. I'm not really certain why Catherine thought wearing matronly lingerie would make a great outfit for the Golden Globes red carpet. The designer is unknown but I'm guessing Fredericks of Hollywood. Clearly she knew the outfit wasn't enough. So she frosted her look with $2.6 million of jewelry including 30 carats of emeralds. I do approve of the jewels. Now go change. 

Catherine Zeta-Jones in lots of emeralds

Catherine Zeta-Jones in lots of emeralds

Halle Berry. She really is stunningly gorgeous. Can you believe she is 51 years old? Well she doesn't look it and she certainly doesn't dress it. Now this sheer Zuhair Murad minidress and Jimmy Choo sandals are gorgeous - but not appropriate for her or for the Golden Globes. When I look at the outfit, I can't help but think how incredible Selena Gomez would look in the same styling...but in a fab NYC restaurant with her squad and not on a red carpet. On a high note, your hair and make up look effortlessly beautiful. 

Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad

Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad

2017 Met Gala Fashion Critique

2017 Met Gala Fashion Critique

Few mega-stars dare to compete with the Comme des Garçons aesthetic at the Met Gala

By Charlotte Tanager

On the first Monday in May all fine followers of fashion wait with bated breath to see what the glitterati will don for the Met Gala. This year’s theme, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” seemed to promise a carnival of avant-garde delights. Sadly few attendees were willing to step into Kawakubo’s world, let alone her clothes, and play with innovative fashion.

Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo

Kawakubo is known for redefining the human figure. Her pieces require the wearer and the viewer to alter their conception of what fashion can be. They impinge into the viewer’s personal space and will not go unnoticed. I expected volume, bright primary colours, non-traditional shapes, overt construction, deconstruction and bizarre reimaginings of the human form to march up the red-carpeted Met steps.

Comme des Garçons 2016 Collection

Comme des Garçons 2016 Collection

The brave who really brought it were few and far apart—and they were exactly who we thought they would be. Many of the top models and some of society’s elite came wearing Comme des Garçons, so they were ready-made for the event. Rhianna looking like a bird of paradise displaying its plumage wore Comme des Garçons. 

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons

Other attendees chose to stay on theme with other designers. Kate Perry, a co-chair for the event, donned Maison Margiela and looked like an avenging, jilted, warrior bride. Gigi Hadid wore a stunning Tommy Hilfiger military/ballerina, half-coat, half dress ensemble whose construction left me giddily befuddled. Priyanka Chopra also thrilled the crowd wearing a Ralph Lauren trench-coat dress with an astounding train—sporting a length you’d only see at a royal wedding. 

Others did a good job of incorporating Kawakubo’s influences into more common red-carpet looks. Reese Witherspoon wore a blue and black Mugler gown with one sleeve supporting shoulder proportions that would make Joan Crawford proud. Julianne Moore also pleased the red-carpet gawkers in her fluffy and feathery Calvin Klein confection that made her look like a beautiful chick/human hybrid. Rita Ora also paid tribute to the night’s honouree in a red and blush Marchesa dress composed of silky bands wrapped around her body. 

Many of the guests decided to wear overtly sexy or hyper-feminized dresses—the opposite of Kawakubo’s ethos—rather than have fun and try to incorporate some of the designers ideas in their dress. That’s not to say some didn’t make a token effort with sleek, slicked back ponytails, minimalist scraped-back ballerina buns, imitations of Kawakubo’s minimalist bob or swaths of netting over their heads, but that isn’t really the point of the Met Gala—is it?

Gisele Bündchen looked beautiful in her glistening, figure-hugging, silver Stella McCartney but she was also a host of the event, and it seemed almost rude that she cared more about how her body was showcased than honouring Kawakubo—who was reported to be in attendance.

Gisele Bündchen in Stella McCartney

Gisele Bündchen in Stella McCartney

There were many lovely looks at the Met Gala, but overall it seemed that many of the attendees were there to be seen looking pretty in pretty dresses rather than because they truly love and want to experience fashion when it’s challenging and unconventional.

2017 Academy Awards Fashion Critique

2017 Academy Awards Fashion Critique

2017 Academy Awards Fashion Critique

Another year and another interesting red carpet turn out. The awards have all been given out but lets see who the real winners were!

The Best

Jessica Biel shone in custom Kaufman Franco. The gilded gown highlighted Jessica’s killer body and showcased her beautiful face. The jewelled neckpiece gave enough drama that there was no need for statement jewelry. The clutch worked. The slicked back hair and light make up showcased how stunning Jessica is. She looked statuesque. 

Jessica Biel in Kaufman Franco

Jessica Biel in Kaufman Franco

Emma Stone was radiant in this gold Givenchy dress. It fit her beautifully and showed off her frame. The patterns work nicely together towards the tassled flapper-dress-eque bottom. Her hair and makeup are old Hollywood glamour. The only jewelry she wore were earrings and rings and in dress like this, it didn’t need anything else. Perfection.

Emma Stone in Givenchy

Emma Stone in Givenchy

Bombshell Alert. Taraji P. Henson looked incredible in this blue velvet Alberta Feretti gown. It fit her perfectly. The color was a nice change from the other black dresses we saw. Her smouldering makeup and tangled locks hit all the right notes. Even that necklace was perfect for that neckline. 

Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Feretti

Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Feretti

Leslie Mann turned heads in this mustard taffeta Zac Posen gown. This dress won’t please everyone but it was a bold choice and I loved it. Usually this would be a difficult colour on a blond, but it works on Leslie. The bodice accentuated her figure and the skirt was whimsical and full. Her hair and makeup are the best I’ve ever seen on her. You can see how pretty she feels in this dress. 

Leslie Mann in Zac Posen

Leslie Mann in Zac Posen

The Boring

Scarlett Johansson fizzled in this pink Azzedine Alia gown. The dress itself was alright but not Oscar worthy. The dress was soft and delicate and should not have been paired with clunky and heavy accessories. Why was there a belt? Her hair and makeup look flawless but from the shoulders down it was disappointing. 

Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alia

Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alia

Kirsten Dunst failed to score any points in this Dior Gown. While the dress had vintage qualities, it swallowed Kirsten’s lean frame. The hair, makeup and jewelry did not match the style of the dress. Time for a new stylist. 

Kirsten Dunst in Dior

Kirsten Dunst in Dior

Michelle Williams didn’t sparkle this year. Her Louis Vuitton dress was pretty enough, but it didn’t fit her as it should on the skirt. Her makeup and blond hair wash out all her colouring. Yawn.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Ruth Negga wore this complicated Valentino dress on the red carpet. To start, the colour photographed terribly against the red carpet. The actress, only 35 years old, looked matronly with the sheer and lace details. The lace mock-neck and poofy sleeve need to return to grandma’s closet. Her hair, makeup and jewelry looked beautiful. 

Ruth Negga in Valentino.

Ruth Negga in Valentino.

The Bad

Dakota Johnson looked foolish in this gold Gucci dress. It was too 'Dynasty' for the star of 50 Shades of Grey. She needed to loose the jewelry considering all that is going on with the dress. And that sad limp bow? It looks like an apron. The back half of the dress is already badly wrinkled. It’s just bad. 

Dakota Johnson in Gucci. 

Dakota Johnson in Gucci. 

I applaud fashion risks but not when they go too astray. Janelle Monae looked perfect from the waist up in this Elie Saab gown. Makeup and hair on-point. The belt looked misplaced and the shape of the dress looked too much like a costume from the Victor & Albert Museum. The patterns fought against each other and it resulted in a mess. I wished this had worked...but it didn't. 

Janelle Monae in Elie Saab.

Janelle Monae in Elie Saab.

Brie Larson failed in this Oscar De La Renta dress. The plunging neckline was too severe for her petite frame. The ruffles took over the entire bottom of the dress. The sandals and hair suggest she just returned from the beach. Not a cohesive look whatsoever. 

Brie Larson in Oscar Del La Renta.

Brie Larson in Oscar Del La Renta.

2017 Grammy Awards Fashion Critique 

2017 Grammy Awards Fashion Critique 

2017 Grammy Awards Fashion Critique 

This year’s Grammy Awards certainly provided lots for us to look at—mostly lots of really terrible fashion. Thankfully they didn’t consider the artist’s fashion sense before handing out the golden gramophones. Let's take a look at some of the winners and a lot of train wrecks. 

The Best

Adele glowed on the red carpet. Stepping away from her typical black outfit, her olive green Givenchy gown fit her perfectly. The different patterns work well together and her hair and makeup are flawless. She looks great and you can tell she feels it. She has never looked better.

Adele in Givenchy

Adele in Givenchy

I really had to take some time to digest Rihanna’s look. Then when I looked at everyone else that had come down the red carpet, I began to love it more and more. Her Armani Privé outfit consisted of a sparkly orange halter top and a voluminous black ruffled silk organza skirt. It was fresh, edgy and sexy. Truly an outfit that only Rihanna could rock. 

Rihanna in Armani Prive

Rihanna in Armani Prive

Laverne Cox fit in with the rock-star crowd in this Bryan Hearns leather dress. This gladiator inspired number fits Laverne to perfection and provides enough drama to keep the rest of the look minimal. Her makeup was stunning and her eyes were bejewelled. Someone is ready for a great night. 

Laverne Cox is wearing Bryan Hearns

Laverne Cox is wearing Bryan Hearns

Lady Gaga had quite the week. After being body shamed at the Super Bowl, she doubled down and gave everyone something to look at. While the look isn’t necessarily everyone’s taste, she was true to herself in a black leather crop jacket with rubber spines, black hot pants, fishnets and latex over-the-knee platform boots. Adding to her all black ensemble, she added some light pink highlights and a vibrant pink lip shade. This is the perfect outfit for when you’re performing with Metallica. 

Lady Gaga on the Grammy Red Carpet

Lady Gaga on the Grammy Red Carpet

And another green dress makes the list. Celine Dion looked incredible in her plunging Zuhair Murad dress. The sexy dress was stunning on her slender frame and the colour was fresh and vibrant. She kept the makeup and hair simple and let the dress and the jewelry speak for itself. Strappy heels by Gucci and Dvani jewels. 

Celine in Zuhair Murad

Celine in Zuhair Murad

Kat Graham had my favourite look of the entire evening. She turned heads in this dazzling Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture gown. The red, black and white asymmetrical dress hugged Kat in all the right spots. She looked poised, sexy, confident and relaxed. Wearing red can be tricky on the red carpet so a pattern like this is a great bet. Her makeup is fresh and clean and her hair is pulled back to let the dress speak for itself. Add her black platform heels, Le Vian earrings and a Swati ring, and you have the best-dressed look at the Grammys.

Kat Graham stuns in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture

Kat Graham stuns in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture

The Boring

Carrie Underwood came in bright red, showed plenty of cleavage, plenty of leg, see-through panels that sparkled and swayed and I was still yawning. Talk about too much going on with the high neck, the cut out, the oversized bell sleeves, the high slit and the train. A red dress on a red carpet can be a curse at times. Carrie knows fashion and this Elie Madi gown was a big disappointment. 

Carrie Underwood in Elie Madi

Carrie Underwood in Elie Madi

I think Tori Kelly looks perfectly appropriate in this Badgley Mischka dress—if she was attending her second cousin’s wedding. This is the Grammys and she could have done a whole lot better. I don’t dislike the gold accessories. Her makeup is beautiful and her hairstyle needs to be left back on the set of Melrose Place.

Tori Kelly in Badgley Mischka

Tori Kelly in Badgley Mischka

Nick Jonas is easily one of the hottest young stars out there. Yet for music’s biggest night, he decides to go head-to-toe in black Balmain. The suede jacket gives off a sad honky-tonk vibe. The hardware on the jacket is not edgy or worthy of a rockstar. It looks like he went to Michaels craft supply store and studded it himself. The shoes add no contrast to his pants. This is just sad.

Nick Jonas bores in Balmain

Nick Jonas bores in Balmain

The Bad

Solange Knowles is no stranger to the red carpet. And when any designer is willing to dress you, this is what you decide on? There is way too much going on with this Gucci gown: pleating, high slit, peplum, no sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, side ruffle, off the shoulder, etc. And in case she needed more tricks to get our attention, she wore mismatched earrings. Don't even get me started on the plastic stripper heel. Her makeup is flawless….so there is that. Less is more Solange. Now go fire your stylist please.

Solange Knowles in Gucci

Solange Knowles in Gucci

Katy Perry is the perfect example of how high fashion can fail you at times. This Tom Ford gown could have been stunning on the right person, but not Katy Perry. First, it doesn’t fit her. Look at her pose and the gathering of fabric—it’s too loose. The rose gold sequins wash her out badly and the platinum locks don’t help either. The ombre feather skirt looks sad and limp. Sorry Katy, but Tom failed you this time. 

Katy Perry failing in Tom Ford

Katy Perry failing in Tom Ford

Cee-Lo Green should have been turned away. This isn’t a costume party. You aren’t C3PO from Star Wars. I’m having difficulty describing this…a gold lamé faux ostrich robe with matching gold gloves. Mask inspired by the movie Prometheus. My only guess is he had some botched plastic surgery or chemical peel and couldn’t go out in public. Stay home Cee-Lo. 

Cee-Lo Green hits all the wrong notes in this costume at the Grammy Awards

Cee-Lo Green hits all the wrong notes in this costume at the Grammy Awards

Girl Crush certainly shouldn’t be taken seriously. Decked out in a poorly constructed ball gown skirt that was adorned with balls from a local McDonald’s play pit, the performance artist looked ridiculous. The hem is falling down and her crop top is far too large. Too much bronzer on the face and too much bleach in the hair. Don’t expect to be invited next year. 

Girl Crush? Girl bye. 

Girl Crush? Girl bye. 

Probably the most talked about outfit of the night is Joy Villa's (who?) dress. Her “Trump” dress received very mixed reviews, however, let's look at the actual construction. The sheer side panels don’t allow for her to wear underwear (so we don’t need to see your white lace thong). The placement of the lettering was amateur as you could never see the full statement or the full ‘TRUMP’ in the back. Her curvy figure skews the lines on the dress making it look sloppy. The white flower in the hair, the overdone jewelry, the peculiar clutch and the heavy makeup all add to the tackiness. Best to leave the political statements to the actors and actresses Joy. Oh—who is she again?

Joy Villa Who? The sooner we can forget, the better. 

Joy Villa Who? The sooner we can forget, the better. 

2017 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Critique

2017 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Critique

2017 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Critique

The Golden Globes may be the most important fashion event of the year because it sets the tone for the rest of the award season. If an actress wows the crowd at the Golden Globes, she is likely to stay faithful to that designer for the rest of the award season including the Oscars. However, if the outfit fails, stylists are fired, fittings are cancelled and new designers are chosen. Lets take a look at our most noteworthy looks from the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. 

The Best

Lily Collins looked fresh and stunning in a dusty rose Zuhair Murad gown. The lace detail on the skirt gives the dress some whimsy while the overlay on the nude backing keeps it fresh and young. To ensure she wouldn’t be washed out by the colour, she used a bold red lip and a burgundy eye.

Annette Bening demonstrated you can be sexy at any age. You can tell she feels gorgeous in this Pamella Roland metallic gown that fit her like a glove. Get rid of mismatched clutch and this is a total homerun. 

Blake Lively showed us that Hollywood glamour is still alive. Her black velvet Atelier Versace gown was dazzling embellished with gold details. She looked confident and sexy as she worked the carpet. If that wasn’t enough, check out those incredible emerald and diamond cuffs. 

Yellow was a popular colour on the carpet tonight but Reese Witherspoon earned top marks with her Atelier Versace. Versace knows how to properly fit a gown and this number shows off Reese’s figure to perfection. The shade of yellow is perfect for her and her choice of canary diamonds is spot on. Her beachy hair and light make up are the perfect fit. Elle Woods would totes approve.

Some men took a moment to shine as well. It’s always nice to see who will take a risk and stray from the classic black tuxedo. This year, we had a few brave contenders who rocked colour on the red carpet: Ryan Reynolds in a custom off-white Gucci tuxedo and Christian Louboutin shoes, Justin Timberlake in a charcoal grey Tom Ford, Rami Malek in navy Dior Homme, and Donald Glover rocked a funky brown velvet Gucci tux. 

The Boring

Thandie Newton looked beautiful on the red carpet. However, her copper-dipped Monse gown clashed with the redness of the carpet The dress is stunning but it should have been worn to walk across the stage, not the red carpet. 

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Emma Stone may have won a Golden Globe but this Valentino dress isn’t doing her any favours. The colour is too close to her skin tone and washes her out. And while the stars may pay tribute to her movie LaLa Land, they come across as cheap and tacky. On the positive side, her hair and jewelry were beyond perfection.

Kerry Washington is usually on top of the best dressed list but this Dolce & Gabanna yellow lace dress didn’t make much of an impact. The shoulders seem a bit too heavy and the length of the skirt makes her appear short. I’m not a big fan of the black waist detailing or the dark plum lip. 

Carrie Bradshaw didn’t choose to wear a Vera Wang wedding dress in Sex and the City. I wish Sarah Jessica Parker had made the same decision at this year’s ceremony. The dress screams bridal and the sleeves are the saddest thing I’ve seen this year. The hair was a tribute to Carrie Fisher but that wasn’t enough to save this look. 

The Bad

Felicity Jones’ hair and make-up were on point…unfortunately I can’t say the same about her Gucci dress. This is the perfect example of a couture dress being on the wrong person at the wrong event. If Nicole Kidman wore this to Cannes for a movie premiere, it could have been brilliant. Unfortunately, it came across looking frumpy and sad. 

Jessica Biel missed big time with her Elie Saab dress. From the waist up, its perfection. The voluminous skirt swallows her frame and the embellishments look like they were glue-gunned there by her son. The heavy platform heels also add extra clunkiness. 

Kerri Russell. Such a talented actress. Such an ugly dress. This belongs on Sofia Vergara as she is getting groceries at Whole Foods. The J. Mendel dressed flopped on it’s own, but the black choker and dark make-up didn’t help the situation. Leave the leopards alone. 

Nicole Kidman and her MacQueen gown just didn’t hit the right notes. I really wanted to love this dress but there is too much going on. The sleeves are terrible—from the poofy top to the overly long fringe bottom. The visible corset is distracting from what is otherwise a beautiful silver pattern. Hair and make-up great as always. 

Dressing for the Holiday Season

Dressing for the Holiday Season

Tis the season for holiday parties. Whether a corporate event or a friend’s house party, it is the time to put your best foot, or shoe in this case, forward. This is a time of a year where we get to reconnect with family and friends and as they say “don we now our gay apparel!" This holiday season is seeing a few bold trends that will be sure to hit all the right notes this winter. 

Lace. When I was in Paris in June, every other mannequin was draped in lace. It’s not surprising that we’re now seeing lace as a major trend for the holidays. If you want to turn heads, go for a full lace dress in cream or black. To keep it more simple, look for a piece with lace trim or embellishment. As an accessory, the perfect lace gloves are a nice touch (Gigi Hadid rocked them at last week’s American Music Awards)

Kate Middleton in a white lace dress by Self Portrait on November 3 at a movie premiere.

Kate Middleton in a white lace dress by Self Portrait on November 3 at a movie premiere.

Reese Witherspoon Nov 29th at the DirecTV Now launch in NYC.

Reese Witherspoon Nov 29th at the DirecTV Now launch in NYC.

Red, Red Wine. Hard to go wrong with red for the holidays, but this year the trend tends to be deep wine inspired hues: Burgundy, Cabernet, Merlot. Men can pair a burgundy velvet bowtie to add a warm touch to a tuxedo or suit. Ladies can go for a full dress or just a piece or two. The richer the shade the better. Leave the bright red to Ol’ Saint Nick.

Felicity Jones in a wine-coloured Dior at the 23rd Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Event

Felicity Jones in a wine-coloured Dior at the 23rd Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Event

Emma Stone at the Kennedy Center in a dress by Prada, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Emma Stone at the Kennedy Center in a dress by Prada, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Black and White. Not so much a holiday trend as much as a current fashion trend. Classic black and white pairings are hitting the red carpet and will be sure to make a statement at any party. 

Keke Palmer stuns at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on November 23, 2016.

Keke Palmer stuns at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on November 23, 2016.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss in a lace Caroline Herrera dress in Madrid on Nov 15, 2016.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss in a lace Caroline Herrera dress in Madrid on Nov 15, 2016.

Gold. Another holiday favourite has been popping up everywhere. Stick to a classic silhouette and let the colour and shine do the talking. Save this outfit for when you really want to get some attention. 

Gigi Hadid at the CR Fashion Book Party in Paris

Gigi Hadid at the CR Fashion Book Party in Paris

Miranda Kerr's Reem Acra tulle dress at the Baby2Baby Gala

Miranda Kerr's Reem Acra tulle dress at the Baby2Baby Gala

These are a few ideas to give you inspiration to look your best this season. But no matter what you wear this season keep a few things in mind:

  1. It’s a Christmas party, keep it classy. Ladies—Mini dresses and plunging necklines aren’t appropriate for work events. Gentlemen– at the office party, don’t wear the same suit you wore all year long. Change it up with a cool sports coat and a bowtie. 
  2. Winter is cool, so keep it relaxed. Don’t be that person at the party that tries to outshine the Christmas tree. Keep it simple, cool and chic. Tinsel is not optional.
  3. Be realistic. The weather may not always be your friend this season so dress for the elements. Ladies–swap out your stilettos for a pair of killer boots and invest in a stylish wool coat that will actually keep you warm. Gents, go to your cobbler and get grips on your leather soled shoes. It’s hard to look stylish when you land on icy pavement. Accessorize your overcoat with a cashmere scarf and coloured leather gloves. 

To pack or not to pack? There is no question at all.

To pack or not to pack? There is no question at all.

To pack or not to pack? There is no question at all.

By Charlotte Tanager

    I often get a kick out of those articles that suggest all a fashionable, well-traveled woman needs to pack for a week away is a non-descript black dress, black pants, two shirts, a bikini and a pair of flat sandals—all of which should be able to be dressed down enough to explore ancient Greek ruins by day, and be able to be dressed up enough to dine and dance the night away. Who is this young Bohemian who is satisfied with this sartorial arrangement? I imagine she is someone who stands in front of her hotel sink madly scrubbing at her rapidly fading black clothes with bar soap while desperately wishing she could stop wearing her bikini as underwear.

    Such strict packing regimens do not make for good travel. They make for light luggage, but unless your goal is backpacking in some youthful rite of passage, for goodness sakes, check your baggage (and bring enough clean underwear to more than last your entire journey)! That being said, I know there are very few of us who have luggage wranglers at our beck and call, ready to heft and heave our portable wardrobes at a nod of our heads. Some small economies can be made in the packing department and definitely should be—no one needs to bring ten pairs of shoes but everybody does need to bring more than one. But no one who loves fashion should ever deprive themselves of at least a few wardrobe heavy hitters that will make them feel wonderful—especially when they are on holiday! 

    The publisher of Spoiled Splendid, Neil Salsbury, and I were out and about taking in the sales recently when we got into a conversation about how we chose items to buy. Neil suggested that he bought some pieces because he could just picture them in certain places, and I had to agree. Now, I don’t mean, “Oh, this dress will be entirely work appropriate,” or “These athletic socks will be smashing in my runners at the gym.” What I mean is “These feathered shoes will be parfait for lunch at L’Espadon at the newly refurbished Ritz Paris.”

Suave by Maison Ernest: www.maisonernest.com 

Suave by Maison Ernest: www.maisonernest.com 

    You see, beautiful clothes and accessories have a potential, a destiny, if you will. And it is up to you to help them fulfil that destiny—even if you must take them to another country to help them do so. All of us fine followers of fashion have items that absolutely take our collective breath away but we have actually never worn because an occasion worthy of them has not yet presented itself. But vacations make all things possible, do they not?

    For years I have had a Mary Frances wristlet sitting gently nestled in its dust bag. It’s truly an absurd thing, being a golden orb with various charms and beads dangling from it—but I loved it from the moment I saw it. I remember engaging in quite the bidding war on eBay to win it but I never felt the time was right to debut it until I attended her Majesty, the Queen of England’s 90th birthday celebration. If any event demands a touch of whimsy it is a British royal event! And as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, entered the royal enclosure, so vibrant and utterly graceful, I could feel the weight of the wristlet gently swinging from my arm, and I knew this little purse had achieved its destiny. Perhaps Kate espied a glint of gold or maybe she saw this odd mace-like object swinging from this gawking lady’s arm—who knows? The purse was just in the right place in the right time with the right person—me, of course.

Mercury Rising Handbag: www.maryfrances.com

Mercury Rising Handbag: www.maryfrances.com

    So far I’ve mentioned some pretty uppity accessories: shoes that want to lunch at the Ritz and a purse vying for royal attention, but one’s possessions need not have such lofty aspirations. Consider a pair of Krewe’s hand-carved St. Louis frames in the Bengal-polarized finish. The sleekness of the design and the ultra-cool blue lenses yearn to make you look like the hippest of locals in any urban jungle you care to visit. 

St. Louis Bengal by Krewe: www.kreweduoptic.com

St. Louis Bengal by Krewe: www.kreweduoptic.com

    Or if you are visiting a locale that is even the tiniest bit chilly, Jocelyn’s fingerless Mandy plucked rabbit mittens will give you the perfect mix of cool-girl street cred and fluffy approachability that you’re bound to strike up a conversation with one or two interesting locals. Mandy Rabbit Mittens: www.shopjocelyn.com

    Conversely, if you are on a sun-drenched patio, lakeside or, really, anywhere you feel confident in a wide-brimmed straw hat then it is also imperative that you have clothes that help you shout out to the world, “Today, I am a lady of leisure!” Certainly the breezy off-white, whisper-light unstructured Gayla skirt and the matching Carden camisole from Club Monaco would go very far in getting that message across.

Outfit by Club Monaco: www.clubmonaco.com

Outfit by Club Monaco: www.clubmonaco.com

My point is this: if you love fashion then fashion must travel with you. You simply must make some room in your luggage for it. Take some of your special items on vacation with you—the ones with which you can already visualize sharing a special holiday memory—because the trade-off for hefting around a little extra weight in your luggage is completely worth it. For some, an unfashionable holiday is no holiday at all. 

Polka dots: Perfect pattern for spring

Polka dots: Perfect pattern for spring

 

Polka dots are everywhere. Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Armani, Valentino, McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana are a few designers who have included polka dots in their spring collections. Burberry layered a large polka dot print overtop their iconic tartan for scarves, rain-boots and handbags. But its good to know that polka dots were common in European fashion in the late 19th century and they never really went away. They were seen on the bathing suits of pin-up girls in the 1950s. Carolina Herrera has continued to use polka dots in her collections since the 1980s. Kate Spade has also put polka dots front and centre of her collections. Oscar de la Renta has made everything from gowns to belts with these same dots.

I have always liked the classic look of polka dots—it's simple, it's clean and it's fun. In my wardrobe, I have several dotted shirts, pocket squares, neckties and bowties, socks and underwear. For me the objective has always been to make polka dots the focal point of a more conservative outfit. Polka dots say I'm approachable and stylish.  But if you have hesitations about the print, here are a few tips:

Keep it small on clothing. Most of the polka dots we're seeing on clothing are smaller—between the size of a quarter to a pin dot. Larger dots are louder and this is why they are often kept to accessories like scarves and bags. Smaller dot prints are classic, fresh and perfect for spring.

Wear it with a solid colour. Too much of any print can be a bad idea so use it as piece of an outfit so you aren't covered head-to-toe. If you do a polka dot dress, keep it short. A polka dot shirt looks great with a men's solid colour suit.

Not all dots are created equally. If you want something more interesting, try a pattern with mulit-coloured dots. Classic black and white dots never go out of style but keep them in rich fabrics like silk. Monochromatic dot patterns are very hot—for example, shiny black dots on a matte black background—just ensure the finish contrasts enough with the fabric to make an impact.

A little goes a long way. Polka dots are meant to be fun and whimsical so if you want to make a statement, opt for a brightly coloured polka dot tie, pocket square, pair of heels or purse. And go bold with your accessories and feel free to try a larger dot pattern here. 

So the next time you are out shopping—keep an eye out for polka dots. You'll be surprised how often you see them around. 

Christian Louboutin: The Rise of the Red Sole

Christian Louboutin: The Rise of the Red Sole

In 1991 Christian Louboutin sold 200 pairs of shoes in his Paris boutique. This year the brand will sell nearly a million pairs of red soles. 

Louboutin only opened his salon in the early 90s but he spent the majority of the 80s as a freelance designer for top designers such as YSL and Gucci. After a break from the fashion industry, he opened his doors in 1991 with Princess Caroline of Monaco as his very first customer. Her praise of the shoes eventually grew into larger press and eventually international fashion outlets were learning about his designs. 

By 2000, he was producing two thousand shoes. The same year, Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City debuted a pair onscreen and continued to wear his designs regularly for the next 3 seasons of the show. In 2009 Britney Spears wore a red pair in her "If You Seek Amy" music video a season before they were available for sale. The year after, Jennifer Lopez released a single entitled "Louboutins." Hollywood's fascination with his footwear have helped grow the brand. It is no wonder Louboutins are the most widely searched for shoes online.

But besides the trademarked red sole, what differentiates Louboutin from a variety of other shoe designers? His style is loud, daring and unapologetically sexy. His studded styles are his best-sellers and can be shocking and edgy. The brand's stilettos are dramatically high and comfort is something Christian admits he does not design for. Vibrate colors are often mixed with soft velvets, metallics or sleek patent. The finished product is a shoe that demands attention. 

But these shoes are not for everyone. I can personally say that the shoes, while fashionable, are not something you would want to wear for more than hour or two. The iconic red heel will get scuffed quickly the very first time you wear them out of the store. And with most price tags at the $1000 mark, these shoes are regarded as an investment for most. If money is of no concern though, you can have the company make you a custom pair beginning at $4000.

And if you're looking for something beyond shoes, Louboutin has been growing their brand into other directions. Handbags and leather goods are beginning to take a bigger amount of sales space in the showrooms. One laptop sleeve particularly caught my eye the last time I was in a store. Also, Louboutin launched a line of nail polish in 2014 that can purchased at the boutiques and at select other retailers. Polish seems fitting since that is what painted the original red sole of his shoes.

One final note - I have had a Christian Louboutin wallet for the past 4 years. Though I cycle it with other wallets, it does get plenty of use. It has held up exceedingly well for the amount of wear its been through and I still today get daily compliments on it. There have been no issues with any of the studding and the leather shows on minor creasing. And the red interior is still bright and vivid. Often designers cut costs on items such as wallets and it is reassuring to know that Louboutin puts the same craftsmanship into all his goods. 

Goyard: The Original Louis Vuitton

Goyard: The Original Louis Vuitton

Goyard: The Original Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton was named by Forbes to be the most valuable luxury brand in 2015. This comes as no surprise when you consider LV’s saturation and iconic monogram. While every other suburban housewife is now toting their Vuitton Neverfull, other historical French brands are regaining their much deserved recognition. In an age of internet celebrities and faux everything, buyers no longer seek just visibility and exclusivity - they crave history, authenticity and nostalgia. French manufactures such as Hermès, Moynat, and Moreau have proven that elegance and craftsmanship are timeless. However, it was Goyard that emerged as France’s original and premier leather goods expert.

Goyard has been making quality leather goods since 1853 - one year before Louis Vuitton. However, the origin of Goyard actually dates back to 1792 when Maison Morel and then Maison Martin began making leather trunks for the French elite. Pierre-François Martin began the business and then taught his craft to his son-in-law, Henri Morel. Their continued success brought about the hiring of an apprentice in 1845 - 17 year old François Goyard. When Morel passed away in 1852, François took over and in 1853, the brand of Goyard was born. Eventually the business was taken over by Edmond Goyard who is credited with the creation of the signature Goyardine chevron print.

Production today continues as it did back in the original days: The goods continue to be made in France. Special orders are all created by hand. Custom personalization is still handpainted. Each piece is inspected to ensure that it passes the company’s highest standards. Practices that keep this brand exclusive and coveted.

Not only is this brand known for quality and craftsmanship, but it’s list of past customers is staggering: the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Romanov family, the Rockefellers, Coco Chanel, Edith Piaf and Sarah Bernhardt. More recently, fashion icons and celebrities such as Karl Lagerfeld, Madonna and Victoria Beckham make Goyard their brand of choice.

I personally enjoy my Louis Vuitton carry-on and have been complimented on it numerous times over the past decade. It is well made, durable and fashionable.  However, over the years the LV emblem has become more commonplace and the special feeling I once had with my bag has faded. So when you are shopping for a new bag or luggage, remember Goyard.

This brand has maintained its exclusivity through being one of fashion’s best kept secrets.

Goyard Storefront

Goyard Storefront