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On November 4th 2015, Nashville Tennessee hosted the 49th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena. Country Music artists and enthusiasts gathered together to celebrate outstanding achievements in the Country Music industry. As the red carpet was rolled out, we got a peek at the fashion wins and losses among the nominees and attendees.
Country singer Darius Rucker, formerly lead singer of American Pop band Hootie and the Blowfish, arrived on the red carpet at the CMA Awards in shades of blue with this tuxedo in a saturated cobalt blue, matching skinny tie, and blue printed pocket square. Darius off-set the blue tones with a textured charcoal grey dress shirt and black leather oxfords. It was a nice departure from the usual navy or black suits.
Another striking outfit in blue was worn by Country music singer and actress Jana Kramer, who arrived on the red carpet at the 49th Annual CMA Awards in this gorgeous, sparkling navy gown. Jana’s baby bump is tastefully accentuated and the mermaid-style dress train helps to balance out her total look. It is hard to decide if Jana’s smile or gown is the brightest and most beautiful in this pose.
One of the couples who came to celebrate one of Country Music’s biggest nights was comedian Steve Martin and his wife Anne Stringfield. Steve had on your average black suit with a little mix of brown in his plaid tie and leather shoes. The “punch-line” was definitely about Steve’s wife Anne’s outfit with her a-line, knee-length black dress that had bows at the chest line, which looked like one of those dresses that you had to make in Home Economics class. The addition of the brown leather cowboy boots that Anne chose just made her look more confusing.
The men’s award for unique look went to Randy Owens, lead singer for the group Alabama, who was marching to the beat of his own drummer in a long deep blue tuxedo jacket with bright orange cuffs, wildly printed black and white button-down, and simple black trousers.
Halloween is the time of year when you get to express yourself in costume, more or less transforming yourself into whatever your imagination can dream up. Usually you will see a lot of costumes that represent what has been happening over the past year, but you will also find those ones that are classic. In the celebrity world, instead of having to dress down to avoid the paparazzi, famous people get to dress up in Halloween costumes and enjoy the day.
Melissa Rycroft of the television series The Bachelor and husband Tye Strickland are one couple that picked a cute family costume for their Halloween outing. They chose cartoon characters from the 1960’s, The Flintstones. Tye is channeling his inner Fred, while Melissa is his wife Wilma and the baby gets into it too dressing up as Pebbles Flintstone. They get a “Yaba-Daba-Doo” for these well-made costumes.
Since the new Star Wars movie will be making its debut this December, all the characters from the previous movies have made a resurgence in the costume scene. Not that they ever lost their popularity, but now there will be a new group that will be getting into the series for the first time. Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and his side kick Guillermo Rodriguez hit the Halloween trail in their version of Yoda and Princess Leia. Guillermo’s look is spot-on with the green pointy ears, white robe, and walking stick. Jimmy doesn’t look quite as shapely as Carrie Fisher did as Princess Leia, but he does wear the hair buns well. However, the facial hair on both men is a dead give-away.
Singer Nick Jonas, who is always on trend when it comes to fashion, picked a character from the familiar franchise McDonalds that was popular in the TV commercials in the 1970’s. The Hamburgular was always looking to hoard the hamburgers for himself. Nick Jonas is taking his role seriously with his portrayal and has the costume down pat with the brimmed black hat, mask, cape, and tie that gives us the hint of who he is. Since he was born in the 90’s, he wasn’t around to see the original Hamburgular himself
When it comes to the award ceremonies each year, the red carpet is where you will see what is trending in both fashion and jewelry. At this year’s 67th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 20th, it was definitely the “statement earring” that ruled the red carpet. There was so much emphasis placed on the earring that a lot of celebrity necklines remained bare, in order to let the earrings steal the show.
One example is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was stunning in a one-shoulder black gown. Not only was Julia a winner in the category of “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series”, but she also brought on the sparkle with her 28.78 carat white and colored diamond earrings by Chopard. They were like wearing an entire solar system of shining stars on your ears.
A similarly stunning look was worn by Sophia Vegara from Modern Family. To accessorize her curve loving, strapless metallic dress, she chose a large spiral pair of champagne diamond earrings, set in platinum, by a popular celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. The spiral shape brought much interest up to her jaw-line and golden color of the diamonds was the perfect accompaniment to her shimmering golden gown.
Aside from the splash of all diamonds, there were also some great gemstone and vintage looking earrings on this year’s Emmy Awards red carpet. Julie Bowen, also a starring actress from the hit comedy show Modern family, had a pair of deep green, organically shaped drop earrings that dangled from a sparkly diamond hoop. These and Julie’s matching ring really infused some color to her fantastic mermaid style gown.
There were also several vintage- looking statement earrings that were worn at the 2015 Emmy red carpet. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal had on this gorgeous pair of diamond and gold lacy medallion drop earrings that were not overpowering, but still made a statement.
When it comes to what is trending in the hairstyle category, you can always be assured that if you look to celebrities you will find what is current with color and cut. Sometimes, actors do have to adapt their look to whatever role that they may be playing at the time, but you will definitely see their individual style shine through.
For men this year, you will be seeing more of the “swept back” look like you see with this photo of actor Colin Farrell. It is a very neat, almost vintage look, but still allows for a little piecey layering of the hair, so that you don’t end up looking like you are wearing a helmet. Colin’s facial hair is also closely trimmed, in a movement away from the bushy bearded look.
Also, you will see more men this year with a pompadour style haircut that very hot in the fashion world. This particular hairstyle dates back to the 1700’s and was also popular with singers like Elvis. It is characterized by an upsweep of the hair off the forehead in a rolling fashion that keeps the bulk of the hair on top of your head. In this photo of fashion icon and soccer star David Beckham, the sides and back of his hair are shaved more closely to pair with his facial hair, giving it an almost a congruent look. For either one of these styles, styling products and a blow dryer with round brush will be a must.
As far as female hairstyles are concerned, the “curly girl” is back, so if you are lucky enough to not have to perm, roll, or wave your hair, then enjoy the fact that you are “in” this season. You will be seeing a lot of the lose “beach wave” tresses in women with longer hair like in this photo of actress Olivia Wilde with her flowing long hair that is colored in a very trendy ombre style where the darker on top fades into the lighter on the bottom.
For the short hair category, actress Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect example of a short wispy hairstyle that is still feminine looking to highlight her beautiful facial features, but still with not too much styling to deal with when it comes to getting ready in the am.
On July 15, 2015, the annual ESPY Awards was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It was a ground-breaking ceremony with Caitlyn Jenner being one of the big recipients of the evening. On the red carpet, there were sports stars from all the different realms of the sporting world, as well as the family and friends who came to celebrate their excellence. There were some outfits that definitely stood out among the crowd.
In the “flashy” category is NFL player Ricardo Lockette who arrived on the red carpet is this very trendy black and white polka dot sports coat with solid black lapels, black button-down shirt and matching bow tie. The size of the dots makes it a bold fashion statement and the contrasting orange/red pocket square and watch face definitely adds a colorful interest and breaks up the repetitive color and pattern of the polka dots. It is a great way to stand out in a crowd.
Another NFL player who was in touch with his “preppy” self at the 23rd annual ESPY Awards was J. J. Watt. He looks summery in his white trousers and white dress shirt and he adds some nice color with his light navy, two-button sports jacket and pink tie with pocket square. The only part of J. J.’s outfit that I am not too fond of is his brown leather oxfords. I think I would have liked to have seen the navy color repeated in his shoes too, in order to tie his look all together.
One of two ladies who made quite the “flashy” entrances was mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey, who showed off her athletic stature in this sheer-panel, cut-out dress in color-blocked black and white. Ronda’s choice of t-strap sandals with the spiky heel and ankle strap in a matching black and white pattern is a great accompaniment to her dress.
The other woman who definitely turned heads at the ESPY Awards was former “Spice Girl” Melanie Brown, who arrived on the red carpet in this fantastically-fitting red dress with a cross-over bodice, simple lines down to a hemline below the knees, and a sexy side slit. Mel B’s color coordinated pointy-toed pumps are the right choice to pull her look all together, as well as her matching dangle earrings.
As soon as the Summer comes, the movie industry starts releasing their blockbuster line-ups to the public for the season’s entertainment. Along with the movie premieres, come the stars of the films and their celebrity friends who make their way across the red carpet. For example, for the Terminator Genisys movie premiere in Los Angeles this month, two old pals who still enjoy the spotlight gathered to celebrate the opening.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone posed together on the red carpet. Arnold looks official in his stylish navy suit that is built to accommodate his expansive chest, while Sly is a little less formal in his blue and black micro-check blazer that is paired with a pair of indigo blue jeans. They both know their men’s accessories pretty well: Arnold has the cool skull ring, while Sylvester rocks his outfit with a “boss” pair of shades.
Next, we have Emelia Clarke at the movie premiere of Terminator Genisys also, who is making me dizzy in this optical illusion halter gown. I understand the concept and it is quite an interesting style, but it really makes you feel like you are looking into the “Twilight Zone”.
Sandra Bullock is having a little fun on the red carpet with her new “Minion” movie. She showed up in this fitted black dress with a yellow stripe on the shoulder, as well as bright yellow Minion pumps to promote the flick.
Last, but not least, is Channing Tatum. He stopped to pose on the red carpet in this fantastic slate blue suit with a crisp white shirt and a patterned blue tie. He is definitely dressed conservatively, as compared to his wild and crazy character of Magic Mike, but he does look just as good fully dressed in his suit as he does as a dancer.