Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Peoples Choice Awards Wish List Part 2

Jennifer Lopez, nominated for Favorite Pop Artist, at next weeks Peoples Choice Awards is always one that I look forward to seeing on the red carpet. The stunning Latina works the red carpet like the true diva that she is. I pray that she brings her sparking personality to the PCA red carpet. I picked this silver all over embellished Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Couture long sleeve silver cocktail dress with an asymetrical hem for the pop star because from the moment that I first saw the dress take to the runway back in July I have wanted to see star in it. Styled simply with a silver box clutch and a pair of silver Christian Louboutin sandals and a red lip I think we would have a more than stunning red carpet moment for Jenny from the Block.
"Scandal" star Kerry Washington has earned herself a nomination for Peoples Choice Favorite Dramatic TV Actress and she is another that I can not wait to see take to the red carpet. I love that Kerry takes fashion risks while owning absolutely everything that she puts on her body. For the Peoples Choice Awards I picked this acid yellow Peter Pilotto Spring 2015 RTW paisley cocktail dress that has sheer embroidered polyester construction with an a-line mini skirt, a high round neck, and paisley embellishments at the front. As the dress is such a bold statement I would keep the stunning minimal with just a simple pair of yellow Stuart Weitzman 'Nudist' sandals and a simple gold box clutch would finish this look off in a way that would only enhance the stunning dress. Hair pulled back into a tight bun and a nude lip would finish this look off perfectly for the PCA's.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 Peoples Choice Awards Wish List Part 1

Cameron Diaz is nominated for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress at the 2015 Peoples Choice Awards which will take place at the Nokia Theater on January 7, 2015. I have never really been a fan of Cameron as I feel that the 42 year old actress is stuck in a style rut. I do not see her breaking away from this anytime soon so I picked this black Saint Laurent Spring 2015 RTW long sleeved mini which features a gathered detail on one shoulder and a bronzed belt, which is exactly something that would be in her wheelhouse right now. They say you can not teach an old dog new tricks. Finish the look with a red lip and a pair of black Christian Louboutin pumps and you have another stereotypical Cameron Diaz look or the People Choice Awards.
Now that I have passed Cameron I have to say I am less cynical about the rest of the ladies on this list. Chloe Grace Moretz is nominated for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress and I can not wait to see what the 17 year old actress will wear on the red carpet. This Valentino Spring 2015 RTW candy colored striped shift cocktail dress would be a perfect red carpet look for Chloe. The actress loves to have some fun with her dressing and this is an event where she is able to be cute and have fun. A pair of gold sandals, a pink clutch, and a pink lip would finish this look off perfectly for Chloe.
I am praying that we will see a lot of Emma Stone on the red carpets in the upcoming year. I am hoping that her red carpet campaign will begin at the Peoples Choice Awards next Wednesday where she is nominated for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress, Favorite Movie Duo, and Favorite Movie Actress. The PCA's are not really an event that comes to mind when I think of couture, but I think that this Armani Prive Fall 2014 Couture red embellished bustier and black silk short ensemble is a perfect look for Emma to wear for this occasion. She would be wearing couture without looking overdressed. A pair of black Christian Louboutin Sandals and a red satin box clutch would finish this look off in an effortless way to ensure that Emma looks amazing and event appropriate.
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series (Gotham) nominee Jada Pinkett Smith is one that I always look forward to seeing on the red carpet. The 43 year old actress defies aging always looking sexy and full of youth. I am excited to see what she will bring to the red carpet come the Peoples Choice Awards next week. I think that this white Versus Versace Spring 2015 RTW tuxedo inspired cocktail dress designed by Anthony Vaccarello which features a black print on one half is the perfect option for Jada to show her sexy side which goes with her "Gotham" character Fish Mooney. I would keep the runways accessories and add a gold clutch to ensure that Jada gives us sexy to the n-th degree.

Jennifer Lawrence falters between a total wow and leading the worst dressed list. I am hoping that at the 2015 Peoples Choice Awards next week that the actress, nominated for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Action Movie Actress, will be a WOW. During her "Mockingjay" promo tour some of my favorite non-Dior looks that JLaw showed off were from Mugler designed by David Koma so it was really a no brainier that when I saw this Mugler Spring 2015 RTW ensemble that it would be perfect for JLaw at the PCA's. The ensemble consists of an off-white draped satin blouse and a metallic silver mini skirt. I think that this sporty, modern, and sexy ensemble is exactly what Jennifer needs to get her 2015 off to the right start, we all remember the Dior "Little Mermaid" inspired bed sheet that she started the year off with at the Globes this year and things did not get that much better. Finish the look off with a pair of statement Christian Louboutin sandals, a red lip, and a wavy bob and Jennifer will for sure get that perfect red carpet ensemble.

Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 Palm Springs Film Festival Black Tie Awards Gala

The unofficial kickoff of the 2015 Awards Season is the Palm Springs Film Festival Black Tie Awards Gala on January 3, 2015. Not actually honoring any of the films competing in the film festival the awards gala honors some of the best performances and films that came out of 2014. Julianne Moore, the Golden Globe and Oscar hopeful for "Still Alice," will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award. Julianne always brings a WOW factor to the red carpet, usually choosing avant garde options for her appearances. I am choosing this Nina Ricci Spring 2015 RTW natural embroidered laser cut sleeveless beaded radzimir gown that features a high convex neckline, flat over-the-shoulder straps and a tonal sheer georgette draped skirt with a stepped hem. This is a wow moment and I think that the black would look anything but basic on Julianne. A pair of black sandals, an Edie Parker "Fiona" faceted clutch in emerald with black details, a pair of emerald cluster Bulgari earrings would be the perfect accessories for this ensemble. Finished off with Julianne's sleek red locks in a high pony tail and a red lip will finish off this look perfectly for the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala.
Keira Knightley has been rocking the red carpet hiding her baby bump the past few months. With the cast of her film "The Imitation Game" receiving the Ensemble Performance Award, it will be interesting to see what Keira will show up on the red carpet wearing.  I think that Keira will continue to conceal her burgeoning bump until at least the Golden Globe Awards the following weekend. I would love to see Keira wear this stunning Delpozo Spring 2015 RTW pale pink silk twill tea length cocktail dress that features a high round neck, exaggerated rosettes with sequin embellishments at the bodice, and a sheer tonal tea-length skirt. The pale pink color is one that Keira always looks so elegant and ethereal wearing and this ethereal avant garde design is perfect for this occasion. Finish the look with a pair of gold sandals a simple updo and a pink lip and Keira will have a perfect red carpet ensemble on her hands for the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala.
Reese Witherspoon's campaign for an Academy Award begins January 3, 2015 at the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala, where the stunning blonde is going to be honored with the Chairman's Award for her film "Wild." Reese does classic elegance with a hint of modern woman like no other. As one of the few that I think would bust out some couture for this event I would love to see Reese wear this ruby red Elie Saab Fall 2013 Couture strapless embellished silk flared cocktail dress for the event. This dress is classic and elegant with a hint of sultry which just makes for a perfect combination for the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala. A pair of dyed to match Stuart Weitzman 'Nudist' sandals and a simple pair of diamond and ruby cluster earrings would be the perfect accessories to add, along with a red lip, to complete this ensemble.
The Palm Springs Film Festival Black Tie Awards Gala will most likely be the first time that we will see Rosamund Pike on the red carpet after the birth of her baby boy earlier this month. The British star will have had a month to get herself red carpet ready in time to receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the awards gala. I picked this ivory J. Mendel Spring 2015 organza jacquard v-neck gown because of the cross-draped silk chiffon bodice with butterfly sleeves as if she is not ready to completely showcase her body in a form fitting dress this can hide some of her possible problem areas. An ivory Edie Parker clutch and a pair of gold sandals will ensure that all eyes are on Rosamund who will no doubt have that new mommy glow about her already.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Years Rocking Eve Wish List

Ladies and Gentlemen, 2015 is literally three days away now. On Wednesday night Ryan Seacrest will hold down the fort in New York City while Fergie will be hosting the Hollywood party for "Dick Clark's New Years Rocking Eve." Fergie always shuts the television screens down as she rocks stunning ensembles throughout the night. I picked three looks that I would love to see Fergie-ferg wear during her hostess duties. Up first is this stunning one shoulder Georges Chakra Spring 2015 RTW blueish greenish gown with embellishments and a slit to there. This gown is sexy and a pop of color that we don't often see on New Years Eve. In a sea of black, silver, and gold this gown will stand out. Up next is a Mugler Spring 2015 RTW ensemble which  consists of a silk crop top and fitted skirt with another slit to there. NYE is the perfect night to mix sexy and glamour which is exactly what this ensemble brings. Finally, we have a stunning all over embellished Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Couture long sleeved cocktail dress with an asymmetrical hem. This is a wow moment and I am really praying that this will be one of the dresses that Fergie gets her hands on for New Years.
Taylor Swift is the headline performer for "Dick Clark's New Years Rocking Eve" in New York City. I am expecting her to sing hit songs like "Blank Space," "Style," and "Shake it Off" and praying that the telecast opens with Taylor performing "Welcome to New York." I think that this would make for a perfect set list for New Years Eve. With her reinvention of her sound there has also been a reinvention of Taylor's red carpet looks and I am excited to see what she will spend new years eve in. I would love to see her wear this Antonio Berardi Spring 2015 RTW suit ensemble. The light pink and red duchess silk blazer and pants paired with white, red, and black crossover color blocked asymmetric crop top ensemble is a sleek an sexy look for Taylor. The pants will have to sit at her natural waist as Taylor does not like to show her belly button. A pair of red pumps, a red lip, and sleek locks will finish off this look perfectly for "New Years Rocking Eve."

Thursday, December 25, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Best Dressed of 2014

Thanks to everyone for following for the past 365 days! I am going to take a few days off now and enjoy the holidays with my family. Sunday I will be back starting with my wishes for "New Years Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrest" and then diving right into Awards Season 2015. I hope everyone is having a safe, happy, and joyous holiday season and can't wait to see what 2015 will bring for If I Was A Stylist. Any comments on who you love from this list and who you think is missing are always welcome! 

FutureStylist93 a.k.a Thomas James Monks

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Best Dressed Man

Two years in a row now Eddie Redmayne has rocked the red carpets showing men that dressing formally doesn't always have to be black and white. Relationships with Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, and Burberry all make for amazing red carpet moments. When he stepped out for the "The Theory of Everything" premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a jade green Burberry Prorsum double breasted suit I bowed. He is officially the King of the Red Carpet. Anyone else think that with a stellar awards season run that Eddie could possibly vie for Red Carpet Diva of 2015 against the likes of Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, and Keira Knightley?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Worst Looks of the Year

With all the amazing looks this year there were still A LOT of dud looks. Be they on the sidewalk, at the airport, awards shows, film festivals, premieres, or front rows some of the biggest names in fashion have landed themselves on my Worst Looks of the Year list? Who do you agree with? Anyone you don't? Anyone you think should be on the list that isn't? Think anyone just had an off day and might be on the Best Dressed of the Year list too?

Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Red Carpet Brand of the Year

The Red Carpet Designer of 2012 and the Couturier of 2011 was overtaken by Christian Dior in 2013 but in 2014, Elie Saab made his way back to the top spot as the 2014 Red Carpet Designer of the Year. No brand was worn successfully more than Elie Saab this year. He has a successful pattern of creating looks that are designed with the red carpet in mind and not necessarily the runway. With so many amazing collections presented in recent years stars are venturing into the designers archive to pick their winning moments. We are bound to see a plethora of his designs during awards season and the Cannes Film Festival.....the real question is on who?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Couturier of the Year

Of all of the couture fashion houses there was not one that was outdone by Atelier Versace on the red carpets this year. Long time friend of Versace Angelina Jolie worked the houses looks throughout her "Maleficent" promo tour, her wedding, and for a few appearances promoting her film "Unbroken." Other crazy notable looks were the bright yellow gown Emma Stone wore for the "Spider-Man 2" London Premiere, Hilary Swank in a one shoulder white gown at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of "The Homesman," and Kate Hudson in her silver caped creation at the Academy Awards. I am sure that we will keep seeing a lot of Atelier Versace coming up next year.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Ones to Watch in 2015

My One to Watch last year, Lupita Nyong'o, did not disappoint so I am hoping that the same will be come the next year with the four ladies that I have chosen this year. Usually I try to cut it down to one but each of these ladies that are featured have me excited for the year to come for different reasons. Amal Clooney showcased her sartorial style during her wedding weekend festivities in Venice, Italy earlier this year. I am excited to see what the new Mrs. George Clooney will wear as a plus one to major events that her hubby may attend in the coming year. Up next is supermodel turned actress Cara Delevinge. The 22 year old British superstar has five movies coming out in the next year which just helps cement her "IT" girl status even more. What I love so much about Cara is that she knows how to balance glamorous red carpet dressing with her rocker edgy personality. A repeat appearance on this list is Felicity Jones. I put her on this list back when this blog first started and we really did not see her live up to that title until this year. With an awards season run, most likely ultimately ending with an Academy Award nomination, as well as two films premiering in 2015 I will be extremely excited to see if Felicity gives me the red carpet run that I have been waiting for. Last but not least we have Riley Keough. Three films, including the much anticipated "Mad Max: Fury Road" adaptation, being released in 2015. I am excited to see what the actress, who this year shunned the gown for events like the Met Ball and Cannes Film Festival, will wear for her major premieres.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Red Carpet Diva of the Year

Cate Blanchett takes it again! Last year her "Blue Jasmine" promo tour pushed Cate leaps and bounds above the rest to win Red Carpet Diva of the Year. This year was much more of a battle. I give this award to the person that had the most best dressed appearances. Cate actually tied with Lupita Nyong'o so I put all of their photos next to each other and had to decide who's red carpet looks I favored more. Cate ultimately won out but it was a tough battle. Her partnership with long time friend Giorgio Armani and his Armani Prive clothing as well as edgy and unexpected looks from brands like Antonio Berardi, Prabal Gurung, Valentino, and Givenchy just pushed Cate over the line. Will she and Lupita go head to head next year for the title again? Or will we have a new diva next year?

2014 End of the Year Awards: Queen of the Sidewalk Runway

Taylor Swift. That was one name that had a lot of buzz this year. When she moved to New York City earlier this year many wondered what the scene would be like. I personally predicted that Taylor would try to fly under the radar much like Sarah Jessica Parker. But it seems that the pop princess took more inspiration from Parker's "Sex and the City" persona Carrie Bradshaw. Taylor would step out for anything, be it running errands or leaving the gym after a work out, wearing high heels and flawless make up. Each time she stepped out it was a different look which made her sidewalk style more like that of a high fashion runway. This award has never had a repeat winner. Will Taylor break that cycle by taking it home in 2015? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Still Rocking it from the "Other Side of the Hill"

As the younger generation of stars start to grow older we are seeing youth stay with them but just in a more sophisticated manner. Julianne Moore may have just squeaked into this category, requirement being that the recipient must be over the age of 50, but she shows that despite being "over the hill" that she has no intentions of letting that affect her red carpet style. Promo tours for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," "Still Alice," and "Maps to the Stars" along with awards shows, front row at fashion week ensembles, and her requisite red carpet looks thanks to her L'Oreal Paris contract all help make this a perfect year for Julianne. With the possibility of taking home her first Academy Award early next year I am excited to see what 2015 will bring.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Best Young Hollywood

Taking the Best Young Hollywood Award two years running is "Mad Men" star Kiernan Shipka. The 15 year old actress really has a knack for working the red carpets. Styled by none other than the elite Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe, Keirnan works looks from big name designers like Antonio Berardi, Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, and Prada whilst also taking up and coming brands like Delpozo, Mary Katrantzou, and Peter Pilotto for spins. The child seriously had so many best dressed moments that she is in contention for the Red Carpet Diva of the Year Award which has been taken by stars such as Diane Kruger, Kate Beckinsale, Zhang Ziyi, and Cate Blanchett in the past. She is no longer just one to watch to see if she has the staying power but has proven that she ain't going anywhere.

Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Best Promotional Tour of 2014

If you had told me at the beginning of 2014 that the Best Promotional Tour of the Year was not going to come from a "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" cast member then I would have probably laughed in your face, but alas this was the case. Hilary Swank really showed up this year working the promotional road all the way from the Cannes Film Festival in May to the AFI Fest just last month. It was a road filled with couture and avant garde looks that just made my heart melt. It is honestly extremely hard to pick an absolute favorite, but ultimately I have to say that her white one shoulder custom Atelier Versace gown at the films premiere at the Cannes Film Festival probably helped tipped the scale ensuring that Hilary won this award.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Model of the Year

The award for Model of the Year was a right race to the finish. Supermodels like Jourdan Dunn, Heidi Klum, and Alessandra Ambrosio all fought to the death, working couture look after couture look to try and become the most triumphant. The ultimate winner though was none of the a fore mentioned ladies but former Victoria's Secret Angel Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Rosie worked the red carpets like they owed her money wearing sexy yet sophisticated looks at every event. Gucci Premiere, Balmain, Cushnie et Ochs, Versus, and Emilio Pucci cons equated some of my absolute favorite looks with the simple grey Gucci Premiere gown that she wore for the Cannes Film Festival premiere of "The Search." I have to say that Rosie has always been a favorite and I am excited to see what she will bring to the red carpets in 2015.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: You May Hate Her But I Love Her Award

Miley Cyrus is one of the most polarizing women in the world. People either love her or hate her, there is very rarely someone who walk the half way line. Me? I stand firmly in the LOVE camp. Unlike other teen stars who have slowly transitioned to their grown up careers (i.e. Nick Jonas, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez) Miley cut that image with a razor sharp knife. She went from sweet Disney star to rebellious pop icon over night. Forging bonds with brands that align with her new sexy image like The Blonds, Tom Ford, and Alexandre Vauthier have only helped make the transition least in my eyes.

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Best Ensemble Cast

I do not think that anyone had any doubt in their minds that anyone was going to take home the Best Ensemble Cast Award but the cast of the "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1." Minus the addition of Julianne Moore the same cast won the same award for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" promo tour last year. I have to say that Elizabeth Banks was the showstopper but the fact that Jennifer Lawrence wore a few other brands than just Dior also helped the cast achieve its status. These peeps will have to fight Lea Seydoux and Naomie Harris for a three-peat showcase next year as "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" will be battling "Bond 24" and their fashion diva leading ladies. Do you think that the cast will be able to do it again?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Most Underrated

I have to say that I absolutely love "Revenge" star Ashley Madekwe almost every single time she steps out on a red carpet. Showcasing a mix of designers, a love of color, and print the British actress always gives the unexpected on the red carpet. Sadly many people do not know who she is. If I were you I would put her on your fashion radar because as her career gets larger and larger the more exciting her style is to get.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2014 End of the Year Awards: Risk Taker of the Year


This might be one of the most profound social movements that Rihanna engaged in this year. After her Instagram account was banned, and later reinstated, for posting a picture of a magazine cover where she was topless, Rihanna lead a social movement. This was most prominent when RiRi attend the 2014 CFDA Awards wearing a completely sheer Adam Selman crystal gown, which exposed her nipples, to accept her Style Icon Award. Other notable looks were her lilac Chanel Couture suite paired with matching fanny pack and sneakers, her white Tom Ford gown with strategically placed crystal embellishments, and her punk rock Givenchy Couture leather and lace ensemble. If anyone can get people talking its Rihanna and love her or hate her she does it well.