This year the BET Awards, which is an awards ceremony established by the Black Entertainment Network to celebrate African American entertainers in the fields of music, acting, and sports, was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 28th. The red carpet was sizzling hot with male and female celebrity fashion. Some looks were traditional with tuxedos and gowns, while other looks were a little, how you say, manufactured.
One example of a manufactured or out-of-the-box look is singer Chris Brown who arrived on the red carpet in this baseball – style jacket with the black fabric body and a bright pop of color in the black leather sleeves that have the painted roses on them. Chris paired this fabulous jacket with a simple white t-shirt, long black shorts and sneakers for a trendy casual look. He also chose the right accessories with his white Fedora, white bold watch, and the perfect shades.
The other out-of-the-box fashion look for the females on the red carpet at The BET Awards was singer/dancer/actress Zendaya in this sexy, silver sequined menswear-inspired dress. The pointed collar, cuff sleeves, and front button placket was a menswear type of look, but in no way masculine when it was blended with the sheer bodice, cut-out chest pockets, high hemline, and super-stiletto sandals. Zendaya’s cute pixie haircut was the perfect complement to her over-all look.
Some more traditional looks for the red carpet at the BET Awards is “Murder in the First” TV actress Nicole Parker and actor Boris Codjo who are dressed to the hilt in her white fitted gown with white lace cut-outs, that hug her perfectly proportioned curves and his grey tuxedo with black lapels and pockets. I like the all white dress shirt and trousers that create a column type of effect under the jacket and let it be the main attraction of Boris’ look.
Just this past Sunday was the 69th Annual Tony Awards that was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It was a celebration of the Broadway production achievements for the past season. The award show itself is a musical extravaganza that is loaded with celebrities, as well as talent. Prior to the show, there is a parade of fashion across the red carpet of celebrities. Some of the fashion is fabulous and some, not so much.
Starting off with one of the best dressed women at the Tony Awards is Vanessa Hudgens. The former child actress and singer is certainly all grown up looking in her Naeem Khan abstract floral halter gown. The coral flowers with pops of yellow, on a cream colored background was a great color for Vanessa and the plunging halter top with cumber bun-style waist, along with the full pleated bottom made her look like the Queen of Spring.
On the best dressed men’s list for the 69th Annual Tony Awards was boy band singer and actor Nick Jonas. He looked simply dashing in his Louis Vuitton solid black tuxedo with traditional satin lapels, trousers with side striping, and a crisp white dress shirt. This particular suit hugged Nick’s shoulders and gave him a waist-shape that was very flattering. Sometimes, a classic choice is the best.
During the presentations, there was a “double take” with actresses Anna Chlumsky and Debra Messing, as they arrived to the stage in very similar gowns. I have to say that I really didn’t like either of them. Anna’s gown was a little more shapely in the placement of the straps, but the overall look with combination of black, eggplant, and a maroon stripe at the bottom just left me feeling confused. Debra had a more tonal look, but the fit was terrible and not very flattering.
At the top of the guy’s worst dressed list was actor Alan Cumming. He is always striving for a unique look, but this one is just bizarre with the Bermuda style shorts, black high-top shoes that are paired with a patterned blue and white jacket. I guess he was probably one of the coolest in temperature at the awards show.
This time of year, there are a many events that celebrate the Spring and Summer of “blockbuster” movies. You will catch celebrities stopping on the red carpet, while attending their pick of movie premiers or headed to the post-parties. Some of the fashion that you see at these events is as unique as the films themselves.
One huge event that was held this month was the Cannes Film Festival 2015. It was a multi-day event that showcased some of newest and most unique films to date. One celebrity who attended the 68th Cannes Film Festival this year was Sean Penn. He has been well known for his “bad guy” roles in the past and characters that are a “little rough around the edges”, however, Sean’s red carpet appearance had him looking quite polished in his all-black attire. It is funny how a monochromatic look can take things to another level. Sean had nicely tailored, no-frills jacket and pants that is paired nicely with an open neck button-down, a simple belt, and two-tone black shoes to add a little more pizzazz.
One celebrity guy who decided to leave the glam and glitz at home was Russell Crowe, who arrived on the red carpet in at the International Film Festival in a confusing combination of a long grey suit jacket, an un-tucked blue plaid button-down, baggy blue jeans, and the “piece de resistance” set of grey and blue jogging sneakers. It looks like he started to get dressed for the event, then decided to just go as is. What’s up with that Russell?
Lastly, is a eye opening outfit that was worn by Colton Haynes at the movie premier for San Andreas in Los Angeles, CA. It is true that coral is a huge color trend this Spring and Summer, but Colton decided to go all the way in his head-to-toe tonal coral pink suit. Instead of four pieces all in the some coral family, I could definitely see him with two or three pieces, maybe mixed with some taupe or grey to balance out the look. It could be the difference in keeping him from looking like an ice cream sherbet flavor.
Even though we are usually used to seeing celebrities dressed in their gowns and tuxedos, the paparazzi manages to get photos of them walking the street with their families, doing their day-to-day things, or relaxing on a beach during a vacation. So, no matter where they are, celebrities never know when they are going to end up on a magazine cover.
One celebrity couple sporting their beachwear here is Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, strolling the warms sands in Hawaii. Olivia is showing off her svelte shape in her black strapless, string bottom bikini and her husband Jason is right on trend with his micro-patterned, sage green board shorts. They both have great taste in swimsuits.
Next, is Dorchester, MA native Mark Wahlberg and his cute wife Rhea Durham. Mark looks pretty buff in his baby blue graphic men’s swim trunks and Rhea’s red and black color blocked bikini with the strategic cut-outs add some extra interest to an already stylish look.
For a little more of a Bohemian look, there is singer Ellie Goulding and boyfriend Dougie Poyner. Ellie is sporting a mixed match of a swirled blue strapless top with a tiny floral string bikini bottom. Her boyfriend Dougie’s striped head wrap, leather necklaces, stacked bracelets, and faded grey trunks fit right in to the Bohemian style.
Another actress who wears a strapless swimsuit well is Jessica Alba. This black and white bikini is a fantastic choice for her fit figure an her man’s grey elastic swimsuit I perfect for walking along the shore or joining in on a water sport or two.
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.