What’s more important – adhering to a dress code or bringing something fresh to the red carpet? Last night at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, some celebs decided to pay homage to the celebrated American designer Charles James, while others chose to wear something exciting instead. No shade to James, but after seeing one too many taffeta-clad celebs, I cheered when I glimpsed Lupita Nyong’o’s Prada amazingness. Sure, it wasn’t exactly inspired by Charles James, but it was fun to look at, and if anyone could pull off the bejeweled net dress with feathers, it’s Lupita. Same goes for Kirsten Dunst’s Rodarte Star Wars gown – amazing, and probably not the most appropriate for that particular theme, but still…so cool! Another look I couldn’t resist last night was Chloe Sevigny in Kenzo, which was probably much too modern for last night’s theme, but I loved it all the same.
But it wasn’t solely the rebels that caught my eye, I absolutely adored Liu Wen in a Zac Posen stunner (which I just got to see at Holts last week!), Emmy Rossum in a floral Carolina Herrera gown, Giovanna Battaglia in an 0ff-the-shoulder Dolce & Gabbana, and Hailee Steinfeld in a very theme-(and age)-appropriate black, white, and pink Prabal Gurung gown.
Mostly though, I was underwhelmed with last night’s red carpet looks. My favourite Style Fille Diane Kruger looked washed out in pale blue (though Joshua more than made up for it!), SJP disappointed in a messy Oscar de la Renta, Johnny Depp came dressed as Colonel Sanders, Kate Upton, who isn’t exactly a high-fashion darling, looked frumpy in a Dolce & Gabbana gown, and the rest of the lot just looked…been-there-wore-that.
What do you think of last night’s Met Gala red carpet? Which celebs got it right in your opinion? Share in the comments!
More celeb Met Gala looks after the jump!
Nelia, May 6th 2014 |
How boring was Emmy Awards fashion last night, you guys? And the actual award show itself, even with my beloved Neil Patrick Harris hosting – it was a snoozefest! If only my house had AMC and Showtime, I would surely be watching Breaking Bad and Dexter instead, but alas…Emmys it was.
Truth be told, I couldn’t find even FIVE starlets worthy the Best Dressed title, so instead, this year’s Emmy Awards get The Meh, The Blah, and The Bad awards here on Style Blog, with the exception of Lena Dunham. No, I don’t love her Prada dress, but it was by far the least boring gown on the red carpet last night, and for that, I commend her. The dress is cute and youthful, she looks pretty and happy, and she’s not wearing white…GAWD, all the white dresses last night! I will never understand how so many of North America’s most beautiful women could manage to look so boring.
The Meh: Kate Mara, Jessica Pare, Claire Danes
Ok, so The Meh dresses were actually pretty good. I liked Mara’s J.Mendel gown, liked her hair, but was it amazing? It was good, yes…but not great. Same thing with Jessica Pare in a lovely aquamarine Oscar de la Renta, which looks a bit odd in the boobage area, even though the colour looks so good on her. Claire Danes’ Armani Privé was also great in theory…it’s actually growing on me as I type this, but I still don’t love it. It sags at the front, and again with the non-colour! Perhaps it’s not fair, but I expect more from Danes. She’s not Carrie Underwood, you know?
The Blah and The Bad after the jump!
Nelia, September 23rd 2013 |
Amy and Tina hosted Golden Globe Awards this year, and while they brought the funnies, some celebs brought their fashion A-game, while others…not so much. First up is Jessica Chastain in an ill-fitting Calvin Klein dress that looked ok from the back, but was way saggy from the front…and that hair did not help either. This girl is so talented and is in EVERYTHING lately, and she won the Golden Globe for her performance in Zero Dark Thirty, so why wasn’t she given a better option?!
It’s pains me to name Marion Cotillard as one of the worst dressed of the night, but she should know better than to wear a dress with that awful hem! It’s a custom-made Dior gown by Raf Simons, but all I see is Forever 21. I’m sorry, Marion, better luck next time.
More after the jump!
Nelia, January 13th 2013 |
We might fight about my SAG favorites, but to be quite honest…I was so bored, I don’t even have a true-blue favorite anyway. The reason I chose these 3 lovely ladies as my top picks is because…to me, they provided a bit of excitement, in an otherwise (pretty) sea of boring.
First up is Shailene Woodley in a beautiful L’Wren Scott gown – age-appropriate, and oh-so-lovely. Loved the print, loved her simple hair and makeup, loved the lack of accessories. Loved this entire look.
Next, we have Emily Blunt in a gorgeous lime green Oscar de la Renta gown. Yes, the silhouette is nothing new…but the color! I am all over this color for Emily. She looked fresh, stunning, and radiant.
Last, but not least, I adored Rose Byrne’s Elie Saab jumpsuit. I thought it was very flattering, and she just looked so good! It was infinitely more interesting, than yet another red gown on the red carpet…no matter how exquisite.
What do you think of my SAG Awards favorites? Let me know in the comments!
Photo Credits: Fabsugar
Nelia, January 30th 2012 |
There is only a handful of iconic designers that I would be psyched (read: freak out) to meet, and Oscar de la Renta is undeniably one of them. When word got out that de la Renta will be signing autographs at The Bay for the launch of his new perfume Live in Love, I hyperventilated for a moment, and then promptly ran to The Bay Queen Street on my lunch break to meet the charming designer.
At the event, de la Renta gave a quick interview to Jeanne Beker, revealing that he is a much better designer than he was 30 years ago, now that he knows so much more about life, and his craft, just as a woman can be more beautiful as she gets older and wiser. And what is beauty, according to Oscar de la Renta? “Real beauty is not what you project with your physique, but what you project with your mind.” What a lovely message, non?
When it was time for autographs, Oscar actually took the time to talk to each person in line, as well as take a photo with those that wanted one (that would be me!) - never rushing, always smiling. In today’s world full of celebrated reality TV plastic
idols idiots, it is a rare treat to meet someone as truly talented, intelligent, and…sigh…charming as Oscar de la Renta - a true gentleman, and a fashion icon. Crossing this one off my bucket list.
Have you tried Live in Love yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
Live in Love, Oscar de la Renta’s newest fragrance “for women, created by a man who adores them” has a light floral scent, with top notes of hyacinth, galbanum, bergamot, lily-of-the-valley and orchid, and is available in Canada exclusively at The Bay.
Nelia, November 2nd 2011 |
After a day of shopping and eating in Quebec City, and falling on the bed half-conscious and half-incapacitated, getting ready to go out in the evening was a bit of a challenge, but I think we did ok. I finally got to wear my new H&M Fashion Against AIDS Missoni-inspired tank top dress. It’s definitely on a shorter side, and used to be quite see-through, before I’d attached my old white t-shirt as lining at the bottom, but I simply loved the color and the pattern of this tank! Surely, I’ll get lots and lots of use out of it on steamy summer nights, running barefoot on the beach…and did I mention that it cost me $15?!
Though I do question how lucky this particular dress is, because after getting a table at Savini on Grande Allée, some lady promptly managed to spill my drink all over my dress. Thankfully, the fabric didn’t stain and dried pretty fast (except for the t-shirt lining part). I didn’t let this little mishap ruin our night, and we ended up having an incredibly delicious meal, before heading to the hotel to get some rest for the next day.
What I Wore: Tank Dress, Men’s Bracelet, Belt, Nail Polish - H&M; Blazer – Zara; Turquoise Bracelet – Urban Outfitters; Bangles – Forever21; Necklace – Marc by Marc Jacobs; Backpack – Chanel; Shoes – Oscar by Oscar de la Renta
Nelia, June 23rd 2010 |
Wow, with the exception of Coco Rocha’s Zac Posen aqua-delic gown, my other Best Dressed picks are all solids. Oh my! And while I do believe that it’s best to be brave for an event like the Met’s Gala, I cannot help but be drawn and inspired by these ladies (and gentleman). It is my Best Dressed list, after all, so please don’t hate me too much if we don’t see eye to eye.
Rocha’s Zac Posen gown is absolutely beautiful! I think it was a brave pick and I love Coco for it! My all-time fave Diane Kruger in Calvin Klein and her cute boyfriend Joshua Jackson both sizzled on the red carpet, and though her dress is very similar to the one Ashley Olsen wore last year, I think Diane makes it look fresh for 2010 with her minimalistic hair and accessories.
Kerry Washington in Thakoon for Gap looked red-hot, while Rachel Weisz in custom Oscar de la Renta looked so pretty and radiant – I had to include her in the lineup! And finally, Zoe…looking statuesque and gorgeous in her one-shouldered Calvin Klein gown - simplicity never looked better.
Do you agree with my picks? Do you think they are too safe? Sound off in the comments. Next up – the bold and the brave of the Met’s 2010 Gala!
Photo Credits: www.nymag.com, www.fabsugar.com
Nelia, May 4th 2010 |
Today, I decided to put my hair up and wear it in a milk-maid braid, sort of like this Oscar de la Renta model, except more messy and without a scarf tied in. I really want to learn how to incorporate a ribbon into my braid without ripping out all of my hair in frustration. Perhaps I’ll do it this weekend and will post later on. Any tips would be appreciated. Happy Friday, lovelies!
Photo Credits: www.bellasugar.com
Nelia, April 16th 2010 |
I know I don’t, but if you have $15,000 lying around idly and if you are a fashion lover, then this event might be for you! On April 13th, Oscar de la Renta will be present at a Suzanne Rogers’ fundraiser forchildrens’ charities! Oscar’s personal story is very inspirational, and he genuinely seems to care about helping children, as he helped build Casa Del Niño- a school and day-care centre in the Dominican Republic (his native land), which helps the impoverished children of La Romana. I watched Oscar on the View the other day (I was sick and there was nothing else on), and he really is a charismatic and engaging speaker. It would be amazing to hear him speak live, and to see his designs on the runway, of course!
And as for the $15,000 price tag, to be fair, the price is for a table of 10, which ends up costing “only” $1,500 per person. Still steep for most of us, but for the lucky few that can afford it, more power to you! Proceeds from the evening will go to benefit “HealthyKids International”.
You can request a table here!
Nelia, February 3rd 2010 |