On May 4th 2015, the annual Met Gala was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It is a yearly fund-raiser that marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s fashion exhibit, and excuse to show off some of the most elegant menswear and gowns of the moment! A key difference with this event compared to other extravagant displays of fashion is that the attendees are required to select their formal wear according to the “theme” that year. This year’s theme at The Met Gala was, “China: Though the Looking Glass”.
Of all the notable women’s and men’s accessories that were sported by those present, several of the ladies went all out with the China theme and donned headdresses. In the above photo, there is more of a “nature theme” with her crown of golden flowers and stocks to go with her bejeweled neckline and dress. Next, is the flaming red headdress worn by Sara Jessica Parker with a crystal encrusted cap and long side tassels to celebrate the Chinese theme. The photo on the far right is the most ornate with the waves of gold and silver swirls with floral accents that tie right in to her gold-lame, jeweled dress. I’m curious about how much they weigh.
One design house that is always prominent for any red carpet event is Dolce & Gabbana and its array of suits & blazers. Here are three examples of their use of texture to dress up the black tuxedo or suit. The double-breasted suit on the left has a more subtle crinkle texture that adds interest to the black fabric, while the center tuxedo is more of an embossed floral/paisley that is more prominent in design. The last Dolce & Gabbana men’s suit is more boldly adorned with its quilted texture jacket and hanging jewels. I can’t really tell from the existing coverage from the event, but I’d love to know how everyone accessorized, e.g. with cufflinks, to add to these handsome pieces.
Another trend for this year’s Met Gala was the barely there gown. Versions were worn by Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez. These dresses left very little to the imagination and even bordered on tacky as opposed to elegant. The more subdued versions worn by Kendall Jenner and Rosie-Huntington White were still sexy, but less of an open book (so to speak).
On April 19th of 2015, the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of [intlink id=”4712″ type=”post”]Country Music Awards[/intlink] was celebrated at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. I honored the accomplishments of artists in the Country Music Industry over the past year. Singers, song writers, celebrities, and the public came together to honor those nominated. The red carpet at the ACM Awards was where all the attendees paused to show off their fashion choices.
Singer, song writer Dustin Lynch chose the brighter end of the color spectrum with his robin’s egg blue three-piece suit and he is not afraid to show it off. It is a nicely tailored suit and Dustin’s ivory colored 10 gallon hat compliment it well, but I get a flashback of the baby blue prom tuxes if the late 70’s when I look at him. Time to invest in some new outfits, Dustin; maybe check out Stylzz to find your next look!
Next is the singing duo Florida Georgia Line, who arrived on the red carpet of the Academy of Country Music Awards with their wives and distinctive pairs of men’s sunglasses. They celebrated winning “Top Vocal Duo” at this year’s ceremony. Tyler Hubbard’s wife Hayley went for a black mini-dress with matching cape, long blue feathered earrings, and fringed sandals, while Brian Kelley’s wife Brittney chose a less edgy look with her long white gown with silver fabric trim. Both the guys stuck to basic black, but Tyler revved his outfit up with an embossed jacket and Brian took the more casual approach with his open shirt and jewelry accessories.
Last, but not least: Two delightful movie celebrities who showed up to celebrate the 50th AMC Awards this year were Sophia Vergara and [intlink id=”7354″ type=”post”]Reese Witherspoon[/intlink], who recently had released their new movie together: “Hot Pursuit”. They arrived on the red carpet sporting the “metallic” trend. Sophia chose a strapless black dress with a silver metallic embellished strip down the front of her dress, with more a peplum style waistline that was cut to hug her curves. Reese also decided to shimmer in her short-sleeve, thigh-length silver metallic dress with an A-line cut and black fabric trim down both sides. The cut of Reese’s dress looks fantastic on her and her accessorizing with the black strappy sandals goes perfectly, but the jury is out on the large metallic links that make up the front of the dress because it sort of reminds me of a knight in shining armor.
On April 12th of this year, the Nokia Theater hosted the MTV Movie Awards. This awards ceremony had an expanded selection of categories, as opposed to the usual “Best Female Performance” and “Best Male Performance”. The MTV Awards also highlighted things like “Best Kiss”, “Best Shirtless Performance”, and “Best On-Screen Transformation”. It was a little more relaxed than the Oscars and Emmys, but has the same celebrity clientele list.
In the fashion line up at the Nokia Theater was an array of different looks, ranging from conservative to outrageous. The first guy who caught my eye, in a bad way, was actor Michael B. Jordon. I’m usually a big fan of a plaid button down shirt or a color-subdued jacket, but this orange and black plaid suit was a little to “Halloween-ish” for my taste. The orange just made the pattern scream at you and paired with the black, it was a contrast that was much too loud. I did like the double-breasted style, as well as his black button-down and dress shoes as accents.
The next man in the fashion spotlight at the MTV Movie Awards was actor/musician Dylan Sprayberry. He chose the “Grey/Black” story for his red carpet appearance at the Nokia Theater. Dylan’s grey, window pane button-down shirt left un-tucked, kept his “buttoned to the neck” shirt from being too stuffy a look and his slim-leg trousers and black oxfords kept him in the “cool” zone.
In the female fashion line-up at the MTV Movie Awards was actress Hailee Steinfeld. She took a “wild” approach to the red carpet. Hailee’s edgy look consisted of a shear black top with an opaque ruffled neckline and placket, a super-short mini-skirt with a white flame-like design, and choppy black netting for the trim. She topped off the outfit with a pair of calf-length, lace-up heeled shoes. Hailee definitely had the youth to pull off this look.
Lastly, in the fashion spot light of the MTV Movie Awards was actress/singer/song-writer/model Bella Thorne who wore this flirty, geometric mini-dress in shades of blue. It had just the right amount of sheer areas over her chest and around the edges to keep it sexy. Bella’s strappy sandals also showed off her great legs.
With Easter around the corner, I thought it was fitting to take a look at some of the celebrity fashion choices for the holiday. Since Easter is dominated by the bright colors of Spring, some of the clothing choices reflect the bright, cheerfulness of the holiday.
First on the Easter fashion list is Nick Cannon, who is the fashion forward host of America’s Got Talent. He is seen here in a 3 piece suit with the candy-like colors of a salmon pink jacket, tonal printed tie, robin’s egg blue trousers, and light blue vest. What color shoes do you wear with these pastel items? A pair of light grey oxfords, of course!
Next, the First family is out for a stroll on Easter Day and looking good. President Obama is looking sharp in his light grey, window pane plaid suit with his baby blue dress shirt and medium blue tie. The President’s younger daughter Sasha is looking cute in her black dress with bright coral, scalloped accent piece. The matching check cardigan just pulls it all together. Mrs. Obama looks very elegant in her Prabal Gurung dress that is done in a satiny ivory fabric with soft, pleated layers, a duster-length overcoat with elbow sleeves and a grey floral design on the right midsection. Daughter Malia is rocking a tie dye-looking striped dress in black and white fabric and a purple cardigan for a nice pop of color.
Last, but not least, is daytime talk show host Steve Harvey and his wife Majorie. Steve wins the contest for best Easter colored clothing with his lilac purple, silk-looking sports jacket, black and lilac plaid tie, and ivory trousers. His wife Marjorie also hopped on the purple train with her frilly black and purple striped dress. Both of them are sporting the perfect jelly bean colors.
This past February 8th was the 57th Annual Grammy Award Ceremony that was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It celebrated the music industry’s newest artists, best songs, and best albums. As always, the red carpet was teaming with celebrities, which is always a unique fashion show.
One such couple with a unique style was Farrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh. Farrell wore one of his iconic “shorts tuxedos” in a crisp white with grey accents. I don’t think that I have ever seen him in a full pair of pants. The reason might be to bring attention to his leather oxfords or that he is just a guy who likes to be cool and comfy even in a tux. Farrell’s wife Helen also fell into the unique category with her steel grey jump suit with the white racing stripes. She could have thrown on a pair of sneakers and gone jogging afterwards.
In the Incredibly Cute category was Taylor Swift. She has become just as well known for her fashion, as well as her music and this vibrant blue gown with the cut out straps, mini dress front panel, and draping pleated back is right on the money for her age and figure. Taylor’s long legs are accentuated with her fun purple, chucky sandals and the matching blue earrings bring the whole look together.
For the I Can’t Believe She Wore That award, there were two nominees. First is Rhianna, who showed up on the red carpet in a strapless coral/pink gown with an overwhelming amount of frills, tiers, and ruffles. The dress made Rhianna look like she had been swallowed up by a cotton candy.
The second nominee was Kim Kardashian who was photographed flanked by her beau Kanye West, who was wearing his velvet Robinhood outfit, on the red carpet. Kim was wearing a heavily beaded gown that was split down to her navel and up to her hips, making it look like a very expensive bathrobe. It must have weighed a ton and I can imagine there is a whole lot of fabric glued to skin and fake tan going on with this one.
On January 11th of 2015, the Golden Globes was held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills CA and celebrated the best in film and American television for the past year. Tina Fey and Amy Pohler managed to get their laughs from poking fun at all the celebrities that were attending. Even though Tina and Amy may have been making fun of peoples’ lives, people didn’t overlook what had been happening in the world of dresses and fine suits and blazers too.
One lady who managed to grab attention for her curvaceous fashion was Jennifer Lopez. However, I have seen her in much better outfits than hers, when it came to the red carpet for the celebration of the best in American film and television. She is always looking for something that shows off her curves, but this gown was showing everything from her bust-line to her undies in this full length glitter cape. For some reason it reminded me of a fancy flying squirrel and looked very uncomfortable with Jennifer constantly adjusting the plunging neckline. Maybe consider one or two light but luxurious scarves to drape next time? It is winter after all…
A much more simple, but elegant gown was worn by Amy Adams. She looked like a lavender goddess in this one-shoulder, wrapped waist gown that was totally feminine and showed off Amy’s figure without showing all the “cash and prizes”. Lessons exemplified by Amy’s efforts to commit to memory: Less is often more in fashion, but that doesn’t mean you always need to use wholesale blank clothing!
One of the guys who was dressed to the nines for the Golden Globe Awards, was Matt Bomer. He won Best Supporting Actor for the mini -series, “The Normal Heart”. Matt decided to for-go the usual black tuxedo route and go for a bright navy, which was nicely tailored and trimmed in traditional navy to all a little classic touch. Even his fancy slip-on shoes ventured into unique but classy territory. Matt was a winner in both the television and fashion category.
Last, but not least is funny man Bill Murray. He arrived at the Golden Globes in an outfit that provided some comic relief with his strange fitting 3 piece tuxedo, unusual bow-tie, and his choice of hat for an accessory. Bill definitely marched to the beat of his own drum with this outfit!
At the beginning of January this year, was the People’s Choice Awards that was held in the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, where the best was chosen for categories in movies, television, and music. Just like the title suggests, the people were actually the ones to vote. Celebrities took to the red carpet, some in award-winning fashion, and some not even nominated for that category.
First up is Shemar Moore. He is one of the lead actors in the drama series “Criminal Minds”. The suit that he selected to wear had to be one of the worst outfits that I have ever seen him in. Shemar is a muscular guy and this baggy, grey suit does nothing for him at all. It hangs weirdly on him, making his shoulders look slouchy and the trousers look high waisted. I am all for the color grey, but Shemar needed to have the jacket taken in around the waist and arms to give his body a little definition and maybe a little brighter color or pattern added into the mix.
Next, in the fashion fail category is Kaley Cuoco Sweeting. She plays Penny in the hit comedy series “Big Bang Theory”. She has a very fit shape, with broad shoulders, defined arm muscles, and a slim waist, but her gown choice is questionable. The white top of the gown kind of resembles a bathing suit top with the spaghetti straps and the side cut outs that got sewn on to a plain black skirt. Being a young, good-looking woman, I think she could have made a more chic choice.
In the fashion winner category for the women was Monica Potter, who is one of the actresses in the T.V. drama “Parenthood”. She is wearing one of this year’s hottest retro items: The jumpsuit. It was popular in the 70’s and 80’s, but has recently made a resurgence in women’s fashion. I like the simplicity of the all black fabric, the bloussant waist, and wider leg. The halter top styling is also a great look, however I think that Monica could have used a little bling with some sparkly earrings and a bracelet.
Also, in the fashion winner category is Ben Affleck. As he collected his People’s Choice Award on stage, he looked quite handsome in his nicely tailored, charcoal grey suit, crisp white shirt, and bright navy tie.