The Emmys Good looks/bad looks

Last night was the most important night in television for Americans. It was the star studded Emmy awards. I stayed up into the early hours discussing the key looks with some of my favourite twitter ladies, Natalie from Fashion Blags  and LuAnne from Weesha’s World and really enjoyed the red carpet event, which was pretty stylish in all honesty.

The Emmys are not like the BAFTAS.  At the BAFTAS, despite the thespian luvvies who make up most of the audience, you can still rely on a reality television star to wear something totally inappropriate, or just plain wrong. And, if that doesn’t happen, you always have the ever wacky Helen Bonham Carter wearing odd shoes or something mismatched and quirky. The Emmys last night were a much more tame affair, and, if nothing really shocked, nothing truly stunned either.

But here are some of the dresses I did like on the night. Whose look did you rate?

Claire Danes in Armani

Claire went for Armani Prive and looked undeniably gorgeous. The skirt was just exquisite, and only someone with her slim, tiny frame could carry off this rather daring bodice. As for the chic bobbed hair, I hope it’s here to stay.

claire-danes

Sofia Vergara

Total bombshell. Sofia lives by the adage ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, and this Vera Wang dress is just classic Sofia, from the amazing cleavage to the fishtail.

sofia-vergara

Zooey Deschanel

She is usually a kooky queen of the red carpet, but in this beautiful J Mendel dress, Zooey channeled the sophistication of  the Jackie Kennedy era. Her ‘big hair’ was also uber glam.

zooey-deschanelRose Byrne

A crop top and long skirt shouldn’t be a red carpet look. But that is (sort of) what Rose Byrne was wearing. Her Calvin Klein pink dress is just the right side of daring, and with her retro waves and minimal accessories, I think she looks sensational.

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Kerry Washington

The Marchesa dress worn by Kerry Washington was just beautiful, however I do have a few reservations about it, namely that it looks like the most exquisite wedding dress ever.  In white, and with the lovely floral detail, it was probably a little too bridal for the red carpet.

Kerry-Washington

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne continues to impress with with her sartorial choices, and this red Jenny Packham dress was another winning look. A great colour choice, if a little clashing with the carpet, and the draping Grecian detail was great on her figure.

Kelly-Osbourne

Guiliana Rancic

Fashion Police presenter Guiliana is a regular at these sorts of events, but I don’t ever think I’ve seen her look as good as this. She was totally sensational in Mikael D, totally upstaging a lot of the stars she was there to interview.

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Christina Hendricks

Inspired by John Singer Sargent’s Madame X painting, I think the sometimes hit and miss Christina Hendricks looked the best she has ever looked. Classic black, classic hourglass, classic Christina.

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Connie Britton

Something so unusual from the Nashville star, this velvet and embroidered gown from Naeem Khan was gorgeous in the detail. The unusual colour also stood out against the sea of pastel shades.

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And a few I didn’t like….

Cat Deeley – Why oh why did you chose this? What is going on in the hip department???? The bottom of this skirt reminds me of a screwdriver.

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January Jones is too much of a siren to be wearing such a soft and pretty look. I do like the skirt of her Givenchy dress, but the bodice resembles a bandage, and the colour should be remained dirty pink.

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Heidi Klum…words fail me. If Versace designed neck braces.

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Julianne Hough, put some clothes on. This looks like a swimsuit with a rather glittery beach cover-up added.

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I absolutely love Lena Dunham, and ‘Girls’ is genius. So I just wish someone would help her to find a dress that actually flattered and fit her. This may be Prada, but it is pretty horrendous.

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And then we get to the worst of the worst, as Joan would put it, the fash hoe of the night, ladies and gentlemen I give you Zosia Mamet and her PVC tit tape dress. Words again fail me…is this some sort of statement on pornography? Is she censoring her own boobs? Was she wearing that as a Zorro mask and it slipped? Questions, questions, questions…

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Teen Choice awards – My favourite looks

The Teen Choice awards are always an excuse for young Hollywood’s stars of television, music and film to have a bit of fun with fashion. This means we get to see a little too much skin, outfits sometimes more suited to the beach, and looks more akin to outfits chosen for ‘the mall’ or a barbecue than those you normally see on a red carpet. And this means I often struggle to see looks that I actually like.

But there are always stars who buck the trend and show off choices that are definitely A*. Here are my three favourite looks this year, and a few ideas on how you can get a similar look. I have also added a few other looks that I think were also successful.

Whose look did you rate?

Selena Gomez

In bottle green Cushnie et Ochs, Selena Gomez surprised in so many ways. The dress was sophisticated, avoiding the summery shades that so many of the lady guests chose. Minimal accessories completed this look, and with her hair super sleek, she was definitely on the best dressed list.

Get the look – Green dresses

Green pleat bodycon dress Was £40.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Green capped sleeve tube dress Was £18.00 Now £10.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Khaki midi tube dress Price: £18.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington chose something that was fun but still age appropriate for the Teen Choice awards. Her white dress from Stella McCartney could almost be a collaboration with Lulu Guinness, full of Lulu’s favourite motifs, lips and lovehearts. I also loved the long sleeves in the sea of bra tops.

Get the look – lip prints

Tenki Blue and Pink Lips Print Skirt £19.00 click to visit New Look

Navy check lips print snood now £4 click to visit New Look

Lulu Guinness Lips and stripes foldaway shopper £35 click to visit House of Fraser

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev chose a J Mendal top and trouser combination which showed why she is considered one of the most stylish stars of the minute. Her tapered trousers were seriously sexy, and the deep v of the top worked well on her slim frame. A slightly messy ponytail only added to the look, which was another standout.

Get the look – printed trousers

leopard print satin-finish trousers £34.99 click to visit Mango

printed flowy trousers £29.99 click to visit Mango

 

slim-fit foulard print trousers £29.99 click to visit Mango

 More looks I loved.

 

Michelle Rodriguez

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Oscars 2013 – My top 10 Dresses

So it’s all over, the 2013 Oscars was one of the most anticipated ceremonies in recent years, with some real vintage films and performances to savour. In terms of the dresses, I don’t personally think it was a vintage year, most stars looked great, but safe in their choices, and there were so many strapless dresses that I was overjoyed when the long-sleeved vision of Jennifer Hudson walked onto the red carpet. But there were still some beautiful looks to enjoy, and so I have chosen my favourite 10, that I will announce, X Factor style, in no particular order.

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts looked sublime in a silver/gunmetal sequined gown from Armani Prive. The daring cut out detailing on the shoulder fitted perfect, and this gown, which on the wrong person could’ve looked a bit showgirl, just looked ultra glamorous on the beautiful Naomi.

Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta

Remember that scene in Sex in the City – An American Girl in Paris, when Petrovsky comes back from the gallery late, and finds a sleeping Carrie in the folds of the most exquisite grey ballgown? Well, that is what Amy Adams reminded me of in her fairytale Oscar De La Renta dress. In fact, I remarked to über blogger The Very Simon G that this was the sort of dress that SJP herself would’ve worn to the Oscars herself, and he agreed. The perfect Oscar dress.

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

I must admit to having a huge style crush on Kerry Washington, and she didn’t disappoint in Miu Miu. This splash of coral and the floral bodice stood out in the sea of nude dresses, and I loved the slightly 1960s feel of this dress. It was very Jackie Kennedy style, sort of like those dresses she wore when she visited Paris in those early days of Camelot.

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Jennifer Hudson bucked every trend on the night in this royal blue dress from Cavalli. Her long-sleeved, heavier long was fabulous, it fitted like a glove and glistened with silver on the red carpet. One of the best on the night, and definitely one of Jennifer’s best ever.

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott

Another hit from Nicole. This beautiful dress from L’Wren Scott had an art deco feel, with the shimmering black and gold swirled design. But it oozed sensuousness on the red carpet from a curvier Nicole. Hair was slightly scruffy, but you couldn’t argue with that dress.

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

The ever elegant Sandra Bullock went for a red carpet specialist in Elie Saab and was destined never to fail. She looked immaculate in a vintage style lace and bead evening gown that wouldn’t look out-of-place in ‘Dancing on the Edge’.  The bag was all wrong, but the dress was so right.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

Jennifer Lawrence looked like the winner she proved to be in this white princess gown from Dior Couture. Yes the dress was slightly bridal in style, but her elegant hair and make-up, and youthful addition of the knotted necklace tied down her back just added something that screamed ‘movie star’.

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

I’ve hummed and arghed about including this dress, even though I love it. The beading detail is exquisite, almost cobwebbed and the copper colour is beautiful. Jessica’s hair and make up just said Rita Hayworth reincarnated, so why was I stumbling? I guess the dress colour, though beautiful, is just so near to Jessica’s skintone, and I really wanted her to wear colour. But this is still a beautiful, old Hollywood goddess look, so a place on the list is only right.

Adele in Jenny Packham

Adele went back to black in beaded Jenny Packham and looked amazing. The dress was glamorous and exquisite in the bead detailing and was such a great success after the horror of the Grammys bedspread. Her 1960s beehive styled hair and perfect make-up made her number one in the beauty stakes too.

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture

And finally to perhaps the most fashion-forward gown of the night. From the ruffled hemline to the belted waistband, and those stunning floral applique details around the bodice, this was a real showstopping gown from Zoe Saldana. She carried this off as well as a catwalk model and was a vision amongst a sea of mediocrity.

So, that’s my ten. Have I missed your fave? Let me know whose look you loved (or hated!).