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Recently, an event took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which benefits the Met’s Costume Institute. It is also the opening event for the institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year of the gala has a theme and this year was, “Charles James, Beyond Fashion”. Charles James is well known in the fashion industry for his approach to design through sculpture.
With the Met Gala, comes a red carpet that rivals any West Coast event. Some fashion looks on the Met Gala’s red carpet were classic and some were more “artistic”. At the top of the list of fashionable couples are Beyonce and Jay Z. Beyonce looked glamorous in her sheer Givenchy couture gown that was a throw-back to a look from the 1970’s Motown Era. The sheer beaded panels of her dress showed her figure, but covered what needed to be. Also, the vintage head netting and dark maroon lips added just the right touch. Beyonce’s husband Jay Z looked dashing in his James Bond style white tuxedo jacket and black trousers.
On February 4th, 2014 London hosted the British Academy of Film and Television Awards at the Royal Opera House. Some of the highlights were: Dame Helen Mirren, who was presented the BAFTA Fellowship Award by Prince William for her outstanding contribution to British Cinema; Films like “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” came out on top; and Jennifer Lawrence was honored as BAFTA’s Supporting Actress in “American Hustle”.
Along with the honors of excellence in films, television, and games, the BAFTA’s red carpet was teaming with fashion: some good and some not so good. In the Excellent women’s fashion category was Kate Blanchette in a striking short-sleeve, satiny gown that had a grey floral placement print at the outer hips and outer knee area. Kate’s dress was sleek and had an Asian flavor.
Next, is Lupita Nyong from “12 Years a Slave”, who was dressed in a beautiful aqua, strapless gown with a gleaming gold belt and flowing bottom. The simplicity of Lupita’s gown showed of her natural beauty and the color was refreshing.
For women's fashion.
If there is a “season” for award ceremonies, this is certainly it. Just as Thanksgiving flows into Christmas and New Years once the holidays start rolling, so is it that there is a run of red carpets as celebrities transition from one award ceremony to the next. As we move towards the “big daddy” of them all in five weeks, The Oscars, we have the opportunity to see both talent and fashion acknowledged at different events. This past weekend was the SAG Awards, which is particularly meaningful to actors and actresses because it is their peers, members of the Screen Actors Guild, who vote to acknowledge their excellence in film and television.
On the carpet this year at the SAG Awards, I found that the men had taken a backseat to the women when it came to fashion forwardness. They definitely leaned more toward classic and demure looks, rather than trendy. One example is Matt Damon and his wife Lucianna. Mat looks very ‘business-like” in his Dolce and Gabbana muted stripe, charcoal suit with the straight tie and lace-up black oxfords. He is definitely outshined by his wife’s silky, strapless ivory gown with the ruffled accents. What a gentleman he is for making sure that his lady is the center of the attention!
One tuxedo that did impress me was this navy blue one with the thin black lapel. The squared-off lapel bottom and frog-style button closure gives the suit an almost nehru look. The plain white dress shirt and black bow tie keep the focus on the front of the jacket, where it should be. Of course, the most noteworthy thing here is the blue color, which is something I’d expect more from a blazer from Stuarts London. It definitely works though!
In the ladies line-up on the red carpet of the SAG Awards two things ruled: strapless and color! Some shining examples are: Sandra Bullock showing off some leg in her emerald green, shimmery Lanvin gown with the side bow; Jennifer Lawrence looking fantastically “party-like” in this sleek black Dior gown with iridescent sequins; and Lupita Nyong looking like a Caribbean dream in her form-fitting, blue Gucci gown with the delicate floral neckline.
For men's fashion.
Tuxedos are by far the most popular clothing worn by men when attending formal events. This includes weddings, black tie events, and formal dinners. Some of the important factors you should consider when renting a tux include:
Go for a tuxedo that fits exactly like your favorite suit. You do not want to appear before distinguished guests in an oversize or ill-fitting tuxedo. With this in mind, the rule of thumb is to go for a single button or single-breasted tuxedo that drapes over your shoulder blades with some extra space to spare. The breast pockets should not bulge but look filled. For the trousers, the crease should run down the middle of your knees and shoes. It should also fit well around the waist.
The cost of renting a tuxedo ranges anywhere from less than $100 to more than $1,000 for a designer cut. In general, the amount of money you are willing to spend will determine the quality of tuxedo you will wear to a special event. Nevertheless, you can get a nice one for about $200 to $300. (more…)
September 22, 2013 was the 65th Annual Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The Red Carpet was teeming with celebrities as they filed into the theater to see who would walk away with the angelic golden statues for excellence in Prime Time Television.
Along with the choice of nominees, there were the fashion choices. Some were outstanding and some were not. The first couple up for critiquing is Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt. Jon has departed from the usual colors of tuxedos with his cream colored jacket, but I don’t think that it faired very well next to his stark white tuxedo shirt. Now, as far as Jennifer’s dress goes, the bustline is one of the most unflattering shapes that I have ever seen. There is definitely too much “East/West” going on! The dark coral color can be pretty, but the mixed media panels don’t work either.
Next, is the “daddy and daughter duo” of Alec Baldwin and his beautiful daughter Ireland. Alec is looking classy wearing a straight forward style black tux that has an overall sheen to the fabric. With all the weight that he has dropped lately, the jacket could have been a little more fitted. Alec’s daughter Ireland is as glamorous and curvy as her mother Kim Basinger in that nude, high-neck gown with the “bling” in all the right places.
Lastly, are Lauren Parsekia and Aaron Paul. Aaron has a nicely tailored navy tuxedo with the thinner lapels and one button closure. Even a basic looking tux can look fabulous if it is cut and fitted well. Lauren is the perfect example of how sometimes “less is more”. Her gown is a gorgeous strapless with just a wonderful drape of taupey-grey fabric and no “bells and whistles”, but it is very figure flattering. Lauren accessorizes it perfectly with a silvery clutch, a statement necklace, and a loose up-do.
One of the biggest movie premiers of the summer season is “The Butler”, directed by Lee Daniels and written by Daniel Stray. It is a historically based film about a White House butler named Cecil Gaines, who served there between 1952 and 1986, who saw many changes in America first hand. The movie stars a host of celebrities in the cast including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, and Mariah Carey. For the NYC premier, they were out in style.
For celebrity fashion.
This past Sunday was the 67th Annual Tony Awards, which brought many celebrities out to celebrate the nominees and recipients of the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre. It was held in the Radio City Music Hall in NYC and had a host of fabulous and frightening fashion.