Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 AFI Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

The possibility of seeing January Jones at the 2016 AFI Awards on January 8, 2016 is quite good because Mad Men, which aired it's last episode in 2015, is going to be honored with a special AFI Award. When she first came onto the red carpet scene at the start of Mad Men, January was one of the stars to watch but she ended up faltering but at the end she seemed to be doing the right red carpet tricks to gain my eye again. I am excited to see what January will bring to the red carpet and I think that this chic Peter Pilotto Spring 2016 RTW off-the shoulder printed cocktail ensemble is perfect for this more laid back type of a red carpet. This is such a flirty, summery style that eyes would undoubtedly move over to January as the cast takes one last photo together. I would finish this look with Veronica Lake waves, a pink lip, and a pair of fun gold and blue dotted Charlotte Olympia sandals so that January adds another unexpected pop to this look for the red carpet.
After so elegantly promoting The Martian last year, her black Elie Saab Couture gown almost made my Best Dressed of the Year list, I am hoping that Jessica Chastain will be on hand at the AFI Awards next Friday. Jessica had a really elegant year last year and I am always intrigued at what she is going to show up on the red carpet wearing. For this event I would love to see Jessica wearing this saffron yellow Oscar de la Renta Spring 2016 RTW jewel neck gathered waist lace dress. This is such a lady like ensemble and it is very daring for a red head to wear yellow on the red carpet, but if anyone would be able to make it work it would be Jessica. The color combo is such a major statement that I would just finish this look off with a pair of gold Charlotte Olympia 'Monroe' leather pumps, old Hollywood waves, and a red lip to ensure that Jessica kills the AFI Awards red carpet.
I think the person I am most excited to see at the AFI Awards is former Mad Men star and rising fashion star Kiernan Shipka. I have never had a 16 year old almost make my best dressed of the year list but Kiernan came really close with the Dior Couture ensemble that she wore to the Emmy's. I have been loving seeing Kiernan continue to give us stunning look after stunning look. For this red carpet I would love to see Kiernan show up wearing this Gucci Pre-Fall 2016 lace shift dress which features a peter pan collar, black ribbon bow, and lace ruffles on the blouse. This is a look that I think only a couple of stars could end up pulling off and Kiernan is at the top of the list of those that I think that can. Finished simply with a pair of nude fine glitter fabric Jimmy Choo 'Lorelai' pumps with champagne flower embellishments to keep the pretty air of this look going.
It has really been a hot minute since Kirsten Dunst has given me a real wow moment on the red carpet. While the AFI Awards, where Kirsten's show Fargo is being honored, is not where I am expecting her to wow me it is the place to help get me excited about things to come. This Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2016 liberty floral printed handkerchief dress is exactly what I would love to see Kirsten wearing to help get me excited about all of the red carpet appearances that she will be making over awards season. This dress is one of the few from this collection that I actually liked and I am hoping that whomever gets their hands on it does it justice, and I definitely think that Kirsten could. I would love to see this dress paired with a pair of black and gold Tabitha Simmons sandals, a pink lip, and a curly bob to add the perfect final touches.
While I am holding out hope that awards season will not be an all black and white affair for Rooney Mara I also know that this is a very slim chance. For the AFI Awards, where Rooney will most likely be on hand to represent her film Carol, I picked this simple black Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2016 cocktail dress. I think what immediately made me think of Rooney when it came to this dress was that the model is doing one of Rooney's signature poses. While I believe that this dress should be lined for Rooney as I think that most all of the elegance is the top her must have list for the red carpet. I would only add a pair of black suede Nicholas Kirkwood 'Maeva' pearl embellished pumps to ensure that elegance is key in this look for Rooney.
And finally I have my wish for Empire starlet Taraji P. Henson. As I have previously stated I am hoping that 2016 brings a time where Taraji learns that she doesn't have to have a lot of skin showing to have a sultry, sexy look on the red carpet. For the AFI Awards, where it's more ladies who lunch than sex kitten, I picked this Jonathan Simkhai Pre-Fall 2016 asymmetric constellation dress which is rendered in white, navy, and black. I think that this type of look is exactly what Taraji needs to have a chic look that still delviers a hint of sexy. The sexy would be further upped by the addition of a pair of black Tom Ford leather sandals with a gold padlock.

2016 AFI Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

Every year the American Film Institute compiles a list of the 10 best movies and television shows of the previous year. This year this list is chock full of movies and television shows that have strong female performances and we are bound to see the stars of these films and shows on the red carpet of the AFI Awards luncheon red carpet on January 8, 2016. Brie Larson might be this seasons biggest underdog and the one to watch. I am really looking forward to seeing what the Room actress will be bringing to the red carpet. For this event I would love to see Brie wearing this white Bottega Veneta Spring 2016 RTW halter dress. This dress is such a chic and simple look which is perfect for a daytime luncheon. I am hoping that Brie continues to expand her repertoire of designers and this would be a lovely addition. Finish with a pair of simple nude sandals and fresh faced make up to finish this luncheon look off perfectly.
I can't believe I am saying this but I was very underwhelmed by what Cate Blanchett brought to the red carpet last year. I think that this is the first time in a while where I haven't had a single look from Cate gracing any of my end of the year awards. I am hoping that come awards season that Cate finds her footing again as she is set to be on every major red carpet this season. For the AFI Awards I would love to see Cate wearing this Roksanda Spring 2016 RTW ensemble which incorporates a simple sky blue silk blouse and pair of beige desert printed pants with sculptural detail in goldenrod on the right hip. I think that this look is something that many would not be able to pull of but the red carpet queen would have no trouble. This is the type of look that I think Cate needs to get me interested in her again, if she steps out in one more black Armani look I might cry.
I am super excited to see Charlize Theron on the red carpet this awards season. I know that she will undoubtedly be in Dior at all the big events but for some of the smaller event I am hoping that she will dig into some of the other brands that she tends to favor. For the AFI Awards I picked this incredibly chic black Jason Wu Spring 2016 RTW structured dress which features side cutouts and ruffles. I love how this look mixes classic sophistication with a fun flirtatious edge. Charlize knows how to take a simple look like this and make me fall head over heels in love with it. Something like the black Christian Louboutin 'Bareta' studded pumps, casual hair, a red lip, and a Dior clutch would ensure that Charlize slays this look at the AFI Awards.
Claire Danes is another whom I usually love but in 2015 she really let me down. I am hoping that if she takes to the red carpet at the AFI Awards for her show Homeland that she will be back on form. To help her do so I picked a sexy borrowed from the boys type of look. This Versace Spring 2016 RTW black pinstripe dress is something that is sexy and sophisticated, perfect for the AFI Awards luncheon. I know that while some might be tempted to go all Angelina Jolie with their leg and that sexy slit, I know that Claire would keep it classy and just let the leg pop out the split naturally. Finished with a pair of simple black Jimmy Choo pumps and fresh faced makeup and Claire will be ready to hit the red carpet and work it like she hasn't worked on in a long time.
If there was a fashion breakout star in 2015 it had to be Daisy Ridley who captured our hearts and the eye of many of the top designers. As she did such an amazing job while promoting Star Wars: The Force Awakens so I am sure that they will send her to the AFI Awards, where the film is being honored. Since Daisy has yet to double dip on designers I am continuing to expand her base by picking this black Etro Spring 2016 RTW ensemble which consists of a floral printed leather bodice and a tiered eyelet hem skirt. With the caliber of looks that Daisy has been putting out I could see many being bored with this type of look, but I think that the visual interest on the blouse is perfect for this type of more casual type of a red carpet. Finished with soft curls, a pink lip, and a pair of gold Christian Louboutin pointed toe pump and this is a perfect AFI Awards red carpet look.
Emilia Clarke was up and down last year and I am hoping that if she attends the 2016 AFI Awards to represent Game of Thrones that she starts the year on the right foot. What better way to do that than wearing this aqua blue Roland Mouret Spring 2016 RTW flared dress. Emilia is not one who is afraid of a bold color and since the AFI Awards are handed out during a luncheon this more laid back style is totally appropriate. The dress is classic and has a sense of flirtation with it's flared skirt. I would just add a pair of gold Stuart Weitzman 'Nudist' sandals and a pink lip to finish this look off.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 National Board of Review Awards Gala Red Carpet Wish List

Brie Larson might end up being the celebrated underdog this season on the red carpets. When I looked back at Brie's red carpet looks over 2015 they were very underwhelming or total hot messes to me, up until the end. I am hoping that Brie is able to really bring it during awards season so that she can show that she can hang with the other women with whom she is nominated. On the eve of the People's Choice Awards in New York City Brie will take to the red carpet at the National Board of Review Awards Gala where she is going to be honored with the Best Actress award for her work in Room. Having worn Rodarte twice while promoting the film it would surprise me if Brie doesn't wear the brand at least once while making the Awards Season rounds. I picked this black, white, and orange floral hand beaded lace flutter sleeve dress from the Rodarte Spring 2016 RTW collection for Brie to wear on this red carpet. I love the shape and all of the hand beaded floral details and I think that Brie would look phenomenal wearing this creation. With such a statement dress all that would be needed to finish this look off would be a pair of simple black sandals, hair worn up so it wont compete with the dress, and a fresh face of makeup.
I decided to include Charlize Theron on this list because she is the lead in the National Board of Review's best film award winner Mad Max: Fury Road. I am uber excited to see what Charlize is going to bring to the table over the course of awards season as she, and Mad Max, have been garnering a lot of awards buzz. For this red carpet since it really isn't her night I picked this black Lanvin Spring 2016 RTW gown with a nude satin corseted body suit. I might get a little slack for picking this since Cate Blanchett has already worn a shorter green version on a red carpet, but I think that since the draping and color and length are all different why not. I think that Charlize would take this look and breath a sense of effortless glamour to the red carpet at the National Board of Review awards gala red carpet. A pair of black Christian Louboutin pumps, slicked back hair, a red lip, and a black Edie Parker clutch would finish this look off in spectacular fashion.
Emily Blunt stared in one of the National Board of Review's top films of the year Sicario, which is also being honored with the Spotlight Award for outstanding creative vision. If Emily jets to NYC to attend this event I would love to see her doing so in subtly elegant style wearing this Oscar de la Renta Spring 2016 RTW black cocktail dress which features a sheath silhouette with a defined sweetheart neckline, a cutout at the bodice, and a beaded embroidered skirt. Emily is always a delight to see on the red carpet and this sweet sensual ensemble would be no exception. I would add a pair of pink pumps to add to the romanticism of this look; hair worn up, a pink lip, and a pair of diamond cluster earrings would just finish this look off perfectly.
Its National Board of Review top film The Martian that I am hoping will mean a turn out from Jessica Chastain at the awards gala next Tuesday. I don't know why but when I picked the looks for this post I was feeling everyone in black, which is unusual because I love it when stars step out of the LBD. I guess it is because these women know how to make a little black dress anything but basic. I would love to see Jessica wear this Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016 RTW pencil dress with its embroidered netting on the shoulders and at the top of the bodice. This is a very standard Dolce dress but I think that with Jessica's movie star presence a pair of killer black crystal embellished Christian Louboutin 'Top Vague' pointed toe pumps, a pair of diamond and sapphire drop earrings, old Hollywood waves, a diamond cocktail ring, and a red lip that this would be one for her record books.
Many will be surprised that I am featuring a little menswear in this post, but some of the leading men in Hollywood are starting to get their sartorial style noticed. Michael B. Jordan has been one of the men that has given my 4 time Best Dressed Man of the Year Eddie Redmayne a run for his money, will this year be the year that Eddie falls? It will remain to be seen. I am hoping that Michael will be at the National Board of Review Awards Gala because his Rocky spin off Creed is one of the top films of the year and his co-star Sylvester Stallone is being honored with the Best Supporting Actor award. I would love to see Michael wearing this bold red Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2016 Menswear suit, which was paired with a black button down for the presentation and I would keep for this red carpet. I would just add a black and white micro polka dotted skinny tie, and a pair of black patent leather Christian Louboutin lace up oxfords to finish this look off perfectly for this red carpet.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2016 Peoples Choice Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

While the People's Choice Awards, which are next Wednesday night, are a more cocktail/casual type of red carpet Stana Katic always shows up in a big gown. For this years event I picked this Lela Rose Spring 2016 RTW white and yellow floral silk gown for Stana to wear. I think that this would be a flirty fun moment for Stana on the People's Choice Awards red carpet. I don't believe that this is the right kinda look for this red carpet but a perfect look for Stana. Finished with a white Edie Parker clutch, a pair of gold sandals, a chic updo and a pink lip this look would be absolutely beautiful.
I have been seeing a lot of Taraji P. Henson trying really hard to be sexy on the red carpet recently. I wish she would realize that when she tries so hard that it comes across as desperate. I think that if Taraji wore this red Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2016 RTW aluminum dress studded with silver studs that this dress would add all the sex that she needs. All that she would need to add to this look is a curly hairstyle, a red lip, and a pair of silver sandals to keep the sexy all in the dress and not add an ounce of try hard to this look.
I said in an earlier post that we don't usually see many people wearing couture on the People's Choice Awards red carpet but there are always exceptions. An exception to that rule I think would be Taylor Swift (who is nominated for Favorite Female Singer, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song for "Bad Blood," and Favorite Social Media Celebrity) wearing this deep ruby red Elie Saab Fall 2015 Couture jumpsuit with a plunging neckline. I love this jumpsuit and I would love it the most if Taylor wore the cape but I think that might be a little too much for this red carpet. Make this modern look a little more old Hollywood with a curly bob, a red lip, black clutch, and a pair of black pumps and Taylor would have my hear beating just a little faster as she walks the red carpet.
I am always iffy when I see that Vanessa Hudgens is going to be attending an event. She has a wobbly sense of style and can vary from best to meh to worst from event to event, consistent is one thing Vanessa is not. Presenting with her Grease: Live cohorts Julianne Hough and Carly Rae Jepsen I am expecting Vanessa to stick to her bohemian vibes as she walks the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards. With that in mind I picked this green and orange patterned Valentino Spring 2016 RTW floating mini-dress with it's plunging neckline, side cutouts, and braided wait detail for Vanessa to wear on the red carpet. I think that this is the perfect type of look for her to wear for this red carpet as it is not to much but just the right style for this event. A simple gold clutch, a pair of gold strappy sandals, a nude lip, slight smoky eye, and waves worn back would ensure that this look is finished off perfectly for the People's Choice Awards red carpet.
The finial wish for the 2016 People's Choice Awards, which take place on January 2, 2015, is for Favorite Dramatic TV Actress nominee Viola Davis, who can thank her role as Annalise Keating on the show How To Get Away With Murder. Viola has a very chic and sophisticated type of look and I am very excited to see what she will bring to the red carpet because she knows how to keep getting better and better on the red carpet. For this red carpet I picked this Sachin + Babi Spring 2016 RTW white pencil dress which features a beautiful blue and yellow print on the sleeve. This is such a chic look that it might be a little too sophisticated for this event, but then again Viola did wear an Escada gown to the event last year. I would honestly keep the blue pumps that the gown was paired with at the presentation and add a white clutch to finish this look off to perfection.

2016 Peoples Choice Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 3

Continuing with today's 2016 People's Choice Awards wish lists I m going to continue with my wish for the stunning Kerry Washington. Kerry has always been one of my favorite ladies to see on the red carpet (she was another of the ladies who made it on to my Best Dressed of the Year list) and I am sure that she will slay the red carpet next Wednesday at the People's Choice Awards (if she attends.) Nominated for Favorite Dramatic TV Actress, I would love to see Kerry wear this amazing multicolored floral Jason Wu Spring 2016 RTW halter dress. I love the flirty volume added to this dress by the amazing voluminous ruffles. This perfect look would be finished off with a pair of pink sandals and a gold Edie Parker clutch to make it just that much more elegant.
Not many women would be able to make couture work on the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards but Lady Gaga is one of the few that could. Nominated for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy actress thanks to her amazing work on American Horror Story: Hotel. At the close of 2015 it has been a lot of Brandon Maxwell (Gaga's friend and stylist turned designer) on the back of Gaga and I am excited to see what she has in store for 2016. I think that Gaga would look amazing wearing this 3D floral embroidered Giambattista Valli Fall 2015 Couture ensemble which consists of a feather embellished tunic top and a pair of wide leg pants. This is a chic, edgy ensemble is perfect for Gaga who is about the only person that I can picture wearing this ensemble. A pair of platform sandals, chic updo, and a red lip would ensure that Gaga kills the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards.
I am about over seeing Lea Michele on the red carpet but alas she is nominated for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series and is presenting at the People's Choice Awards, so she will be on hand. I picked this long sleeve Zuhair Murad Fall 2015 Couture celestial embellished mini-dress for Lea because I feel like it is where she is with her red carpet style. A while ago I would have had wished for chic Elie Saab or Zac Posen moments but I don't think that she is there anymore. Lea has potential to make for a major red carpet being but she has gotten lost. This would make for a very pretty look finished with a pair of black crystal embellished pumps and a red lip.
Like Lea, Priyanka Chopra is nominated at the People's Choice Awards for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series and is presenting. Priyanka has started to make waves in the fashion world for her bold choices for the red carpet and I am really excited to see what she is going to bring to the table. I think that this mint blue Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2016 RTW silk shawl dress would be a chic elegant way for Priyanka to show up now that she has a following from her hit series Quantico. A pair of black and white Sophia Webster sandals to add a statement and a red lip will ensure that Priyanka kills the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards.
After wowing me in 2014 I was really surprised by how underwhelming Shailene Woodley was for me. I am hoping that 2016 will see her back on top form. At the People's Choice Awards next week I would love to see Shailene, who's nominated for Favorite Action Movie Actress, Mugler Spring 2016 RTW ensemble. I love that this ensemble, which consists of a navy blue sweater with a large pocket and military buttons down one sleeve and a navy metal embellished asymmetrical skirt, and I think that this gown would be event appropriate and fabulous. Shailene is not known for her feminine style and this look mixes femininity with a whole lot of edge. Finish the look with a pair of black and silver Giuseppe Zanotti pumps and simple hair and makeup and Shailene will work this red carpet.

2016 People's Choice Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

At the People's Choice Awards next Wednesday I am interested to see what Dakota Johnson will wear on the red carpet as she is nominated for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress thanks to 50 Shades of Grey and she is also going to be presenting. People's Choice is a more casual version of an awards show so I think that this black Michael Kors Spring 2016 RTW shirt dress embellished with neck ribbons and grommets on the tiered skirt. This is a casual meets cocktail type of look and with the right styling I think that this dress would be perfect on Dakota for the People's Choice Awards red carpet. Keeping the runways belt and adding a pair of strappy sandals, a slicked back bun, and a red lip would ensure that Dakota keeps up the love I have of her on the People's Choice red carpet.
After nabbing the number 2 spot on my Best Dressed of the Year list it would seem that Emmy Rossum has a lot to live up to in 2016 and I know that she can handle the pressure. I am hoping that the actress, who thanks to her show Shameless, is nominated for the Favorite Premium Cable TV Actress will take to the red carpet at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. To keep up her flirty feminine style what better look to choose than this Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall marigold and blush 3D guipure lace sleeveless dress. The moment I saw this dress in the lookbook I put it on reserve for Emmy so I really hope that she works her magic and gets her hands on this fantastic flirty dress. While I appreciate that Monique was trying to make this look more modern with the ankle boots, I would pair this look with a chic pair of simple gold sandals, a pink lip, and a gold metallic clutch to finish this look off perfectly for Emmy.
Like Dakota, Jennifer Lopez is nominated for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress at the People's Choice Awards next Wednesday. We all know JLo has a flair for the dramatic and the sexy and this Naeem Khan Spring 2016 RTW gunmetal grey beaded chiffon halter jumpsuit is exactly what she would wear for an event like this. I know many are looking for something new from Jennifer but I know that when she does what she knows best, at it's best, that she truly shines on the red carpet. I would have Jennifer wear hear hair sleek with this jumpsuit adding minimal accessories like a pair of metallic gunmetal grey Jimmy Choo sandals and a red lip to ensure that this is JLo at her best and nothing less.
Julianne Hough has been on a lot of red carpets recently and I do not know why, at the People's Choice Awards she will be attending as a presenter with her Grease: Live co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and Carly Rae Jepsen. I am hoping that the try hardness that came with most of her looks in 2015 will be absent on the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards. I picked this black and white floral printed J. Mendel Spring 2016 RTW ensemble that consists of a chiffon micro-pleated blouse and mini skirt. This is the perfect look to help Julianne kick off 2016 in the right way, it is chic and simple and perfectly event appropriate. A pair of silver pumps or sandals and a silver Edie Parker clutch would be the perfect accessories to add to this look with chic simple curls and a pink lip to ensure that Julianne has a magical moment on the red carpet.
Kate Hudson will be on hand at the 2016 People's Choice Awards as a presenter. This news was very exciting to me because Kate had a GREAT year on the red carpet in 2015 and I am excited to see what 2016 will bring to her. I decided to pair Kate with the brand that landed her on the 2015 Best Dressed of the Year list for this red carpet, Versace. I think that since that Kate is a big movie star and not overly showy that this Versace Pre-Fall 2016 black pencil dress with detailed top which has a bit of sky blue in the featured spaghetti straps. This is the chic sexy look that I know Kate has the body and presence for. Finished with a pair of sky blue Jimmy Choo pumps, a black clutch, and a lightly smokey eye will finish this look off perfectly for this red carpet.

2016 People's Choice Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

The People's Choice Awards is the second awards show of 2016 setting off on January 6, 2016. The dress at People's Choice is usually all over the place with looks ranging from jeans and t-shirts to evening gowns and off the rack purchases to haute couture, so it makes for a fun evening seeing all the different types of looks that grace the red carpet. ABC's Blood and Oil's Amber Valetta is one of the confirmed stars to take to the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards. I was really excited to find out that Amber was transitioning from modeling into TV and was hoping that would mean some amazing red carpet moments, that hasn't happened as of yet but I am always hopeful that it will turn around. With Balmain being everywhere & getting more and more tacky by each new collection I am almost fatigued but this almost sexy tuxedo inspired ensemble from the Balmain Spring 2016 RTW collection is one that I really want to see on a red carpet. I believe that with her supermodel presence that Amber would rock the hell out of this number on the red carpet, giving her a sultry sexy major moment to kick off 2016. Finished with a sleek hairstyle, a red lip, & black Christian Louboutin pumps & this look would make for a great kickoff to the People's Choice Awards red carpet.
Anna Kendrick is nominated at the 2016 People's Choice Awards for Best Comedic Actress thanks to her work in Pitch Perfect 2. Anna had a rather boring year on the red carpet in 2015 so I am hoping that she will make a come back in 2016. I picked this black Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2016 ensemble for Anna to wear for the People's Choice Awards because I think that this is a chic yet subtle and sophisticated way to start her getting back on her feet. Amp up the look with a pair of statement Jimmy Choo sandals and a pair of diamond studs to ensure that Anna kills the red carpet. 
One person who I am really excited to hopefully see on the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards next Wednesday is Blake Lively, who is nominated for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress thanks to The Age of Adeline. I was not a fan of the actual movie but I love seeing Blake on the red carpet so I hope she steps out (especially since she hasn't been on a red carpet since promoting the movie earlier this year.) I would love to see Blake wear a version of this Gucci Spring 2016 RTW dress. I love this teal blue sequin dress with it's almost comic boom detailing. I think a shorter version with no rosette at the neck would make for a perfect look for Blake for this red carpet. Paired with a sleek pony tail, a pink lip, and a pair of silver Christian Louboutin pumps this look would be a major moment for Blake at the People's Choice Awards.
After killer promotional tours for Paper Towns and Pan I am really excited to see what Cara Delevinge will pop up in on the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards, if she attends. Cara is nominated for the The DailyMail.com Seriously Popular award and I could totally picture the supermodel, whom has a major fan base, winning this type of award. Some of my favorite looks from Cara have come thanks to Alexandre Vauthier and this gold sequined Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2016 RTW ensemble. This sexy ensemble is something that I could picture Cara snatching up and rocking on the red carpet of the People's Choice Awards. This look would be perfectly styled with a pair of gold Christian Louboutin sandals and hair worn in Cara's signature waves.
Charlize Theron is probably one of the women that I am most excited to see take to the red carpet during awards season. Charlize is one of my favorite actresses to see on the red carpet as she just exudes glamour. While she is contractually obligated to wear Dior on the red carpet at the big events, like the Golden Globes or the Oscars, I get excited to see what else she will bring to these types of events. At the People's Choice Awards Charlize is nominated for Favorite Action Movie Actress thanks to Mad Max: Fury Road, and I am really hoping that she will make an appearance. For this red carpet I think that this sexy Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2016 RTW asymmetrical cocktail dress which has a very borrowed from the boys type look. This dress is masculine and sexy which is something we have not seen from Charlize in a very long time. A pair of black Christian Louboutin sandals, a white Dior clutch, and a red lip would ensure that this look is sleek and sexy.
After 2015 I think Ciara is becoming like Leslie Mann or Heidi Klum and inserting herself on any red carpet that she can. At the 2016 People's Choice Awards Ciara will be on the red carpet as she is nominated for Favorite R&B Artist. I didn't even know Ciara had released new music so I guess it tells you how much I follow her. For this res carpet I would love to see Ciara in this black Vera Wang Spring 2016 RTW ensemble. I think that this crop top and feather embellished pencil skirt would make for a perfect look for Ciara. She has been wearing a lot of edgy black ensembles and this would probably take the cake on all of them. A pair of the red to black ombre Christian Louboutin "Hot Chick" pointed toe pumps, sleek slicked back hair, and a red lip would ensure that Ciara has a major all black moment on the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards.

Monday, December 28, 2015

2016 Palm Spring Film Festival Awards Gala Wish List Part 2

It's either dark or light when Rooney Mara takes to the red carpet and I am hoping that on January 2, 2016 when she steps out for the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala that Rooney chooses to go light. I have started to get bored of seeing Rooney in all back on the red carpet aand I would like to see her shake it up a little over the course of the 2016 awards season. When she steps out at the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala to accept her Spotlight Award for her work in "Carol," I would love to see Rooney wearing this white Balenciaga Spring 2016 RTW spaghetti strap midi cocktail dress. This is a minimalistic look that I could 100% picture Rooney wearing on the red carpet. I don't see Rooney wearing gowns for anything but the big televised awards show. This look finished with a slicked back tight bun, a red lip, and a pair of nude sandals would be finished off with Rooney's signature simplistic glamour.
One person that I am quite intrigued to see how she will handle the red carpets of awards season is Saoirse Ronan, who hasn't done an awards season tour since she was 14 for Atonement. This year the actress, now 21, is garnering nominations thanks to her work in the film Brooklyn. At the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala Saoirse is going to be honored with the International Star Award. The Irish actress is known on the fashion scene as someone who takes some risks and I am hoping that she keeps it up and doesn't let the pressures of conforming to Hollywood on her way to the Oscars. For this red carpet I would love to see Saoirse wearing this baby pink and black feathered strapless Chanel Fall 2015 Couture dress. I think that this gown is so classic Chanel and I think that this gown would balance Hollywood and edge perfectly for Saoirse. I would finish this a simple pair of black sandals and a chic updo and a light pink lip to help Saoirse kick off awards season in style.

2016 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala Wish List Part 1

It was a quick holiday break but I am already back and ready to start bringing you all my red carpet wish lists for all the events that will kick off at the beginning of 2016. Awards season officially kicks of just after the turn on the new year on January 2, 2016 with the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala. Each year the Palm Springs Film Festival honors some of the best of the best from the film world from the year before and this year there is an amazing line up of honorees. Alicia Vikander has been announced as the recipient of of the Rising Star Award and I cannot wait to see what she will wear for the red carpet. I am hoping that 2016 doesn't see Alicia wearing Louis Vuitton to every red carpet event as the looks can get very state (even if Alicia is the best LV ambassador). For this red carpet I would love to see Alicia wear this black Versace Pre-Fall 2016 gown which incorporates sheer sleeves and abstract embellishments. Minimalistic with a hint of sparkle, something that I am always in the mood for. Hair worn slicked back with a lightly lined eye and a red lip would add the perfect beauty touches for this look, add a black Louis Vuitton clutch and some black sandals and this look would be completely perfect head to toe.
Amber Heard will most likely be on the red carpet at the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala on the arm of her hubby Johnny Depp who will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award thanks to his amazing work in Black Mass. I have been loving seeing Amber head back to sexy glamour after a while of wearing things that were really too voluminous on her. I love it when Amber really shows her bombshell side so as a plus one I picked this black Balenciaga Resort 2016 peplum midi dress. I think that this cocktail dress is absolutely unbelievably chic and Amber would breath the right kind of Marylin Monroe sexy into this look. Finished with a pair of black pumps, old Hollywood waves, and a red lip and Amber will start her campaign to be the Best Plus One in 2016.
Her performance in Room has earned Brie Larson the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2016 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala. Brie has just in the past year started to capture my attention with some of her looks for the right reasons. I tend to like seeing Brie in simple classic type of looks as she doesn't have the personality for things that are very complicated. For this red carpet I picked this red Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 Alta Moda off the shoulder pencil dress. This is such a classic look that I think that Brie would just sizzle in. Not many people get lucky enough to wear Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda, and Brie already has (for the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party and the 2015 Met Gala). I would finish off this look with a pair of simple red sandals and an red Edie Parker clutch and a sleek hairstyle to ensure that Brie continues to work the red carpet.
Over the past year I have been struggling to keep my love of Cate Blanchett alive. It has been up and down and I am hoping that through awards season that she falls back into my good graces. Her first chance will be at the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala where she is going to be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for her work in the film Carol. I would absolutely drop dead if Cate showed up wearing this Altuzarra Pre-Fall 2016 gown which features a pailette embellished bodice and a simple black skirt. This is a little more edgy than what Cate usually wears but I think that this gown is something that she would look absolutely stunning in. A black Edie Parker clutch, a pair of black pumps, a chic up do and a red lip would finish this look off perfectly for this red carpet.

Friday, December 25, 2015

2015 End of the Year Style Awards: Best Dressed of 2015

First off I would like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas. I hope everyone is spending the day with family and enjoying the day. On this day of celebration and gift giving I am gifting to all of you a host of beautiful women in my Best Dressed of the Year list. Taking the top spot is Lea Seydoux in custom bright sunshine yellow Prada at the 2015 BAFTA Awards. This was a major moment that made my jaw drop the moment I saw it. For the most part I was very disappointed in the BAFTA red carpet as there was nothing all that interesting until Lea showed up. This dramatic yet extremely elegant gown is one of the best things that Prada has ever put on the red carpet. It was however hard to choose between Lea's looks as they have all been amazing this year. I am excited to continue to see Lea be embraced by mainstream films because I want to see her on more big promo tour red carpets.
Following closely to Lea is Emmy Rossum who exuded lady like elegance at the The New York Botanical Garden's annual Conservatory Ball wearing a beautiful water inspired Carolina Herrera Fall 2015 RTW. If Lea and Prada weren't such a match made in heaven this would have been my number one look of the year. Everything about this look exudes chicness, from the diamond drop earrings to the sweeping updo, and the red lip. This will be a look that will rank in Emmy's record books for many years to come. 

Sonam Kapoor is a stunning spokesmodel for L'Oreal Paris in India. Before she got her hands on this contract I had no idea who she was but slowly over the years she has been taking the Cannes Film Festival by storm and I have been loving more and more of her looks. This year I fell in love with this stunning Ashi Studio couture gown that Sonam wore for the L’Oreal Paris ‘Matte or Gloss’ Cannes Collection Launch prior to this years festival. The sculptural-ness of this gown made me absolutely fall in love with it. This gown is so unique in it's shape that most would end up being overwhelmed, and Sonam worked it like it owed her back rent. 

Kerry Washington stepped out for the 2015 Emmy Awards and she worked the hell out of this Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 RTW completely embellished cocktail dress. Kerry broke standard awards show dress code rules by showing up in a short dress. While I would have been even more in love with this as a gown I applaud Kerry for stepping out of the standard box and going with a look from my favorite Spring 2016 RTW collection. This collection was made for adventurous spirits like Kerry. Oh and on a side note, Kerry is the only woman to make an appearance on both this years Best and Worst Dressed lists.
Kate Hudson and Atelier Versace has always been a match made in heaven. This white gown embellished with swarovski crystals and its plunging neckline has been on my mind all year. As I think back on all of my favorite moments that Kate Hudson has had on the red carpet almost all of them that come to mind immediately have been in white. What I love about this look is that while everything about this look on paper should read cheap, tacky, pageant dress but on Kate it is chic, demure with the right amount of sexy. 

How to do you go out with a bang? Just look at Elizabeth Banks who kicked off the final promo tour for the Hunger Games series with Mockingjay Part 2 in grand style wearing an Elie Saab Fall 2015 Couture floral ball gown at the films world premiere in Berlin. This is a beautiful princess moment that I can picture her character, Effie Trinkett, being quite proud of. It may not have been the Atelier Versace moment that I was expecting but it is even more spectacular than what I was expecting. 

I always have one street style look on the list. I am always one of the people who loves a great moment of personal style. Lupita Nyong'o was spotted leaving The View wearing a dress from the BOSS Fall 2015 RTW dress that she paired with a matching blazer, a grey BOSS "Bespoke" handbag, red suede pointed toe pumps, and a pair of black sunglasses. This is an edgy feminine version of a power suit that I immediately fell for. If you are looking for inspiration for hot work wear this is exactly what you should be using as inspiration.
Julianne Moore had an amazing year and it really was hard picking a favorite look of her's to feature on the Best Dressed of the Year list. With all kinds of custom gowns from Chanel and Givenchy it was surprising to me that my favorite look from the stunning redhead was her all black Armani Prive gown worn to the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. I love a redhead in black and Julianne pulled off this stunning gown embellished with crystals and feathers. I think it was the feathers, and the emerald Chopard earrings, that made me really love this gown. I am a sucker for feathers. Sleek hair and a perfectly executed smokey eye finished this look to perfection.

Lily James's rise to fashion stardom was paved with princess dresses from the likes of Dior and Elie Saab but it was her sleek modern icy grey/blue custom Balenciaga gown with brass buttons at the "Cinderella" premiere in London. For almost all the premieres it was ball gowns so I was very happy to see Lily change it up with this look. I love how she kept the styling simple adding sleek slicked back hair, a lined eye, and pink pout. This is how you do modern Cinderella. Lily at the end of the year cut her hair and dyed it dark and it's almost like she lost her mojo. I am hoping that she returns to top form in 2016, because this type of moment is one that is forever needed.

Finally I picked Blake Lively in her stunning red Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012 RTW gown at the New York premiere of her film "The Age of Adeline." The promo tour for this film was so much better than the movie and honestly she might have been a little overdressed for the occasion. Blake gave us sexy Marilyn bombshell in this dress which fused ruffles, lace, leather, and volume. The old Hollywood waves, Lorraine Schwartz diamond ear clips added to the high glamour of the look and a Judith Leiber "Koi Fish" swarovski crystal clutch added a quirky fun touch to ensure that Blake sizzled down the carpet. 

It was a hard job taking over 1,300 red carpet looks and narrowing it down to 10 looks. It is a daunting task but someone has to do it. I want to take this moment to thank all of you for helping me have a wonderful year with If I Was A Stylist. 2016 starts a new chapter on my personal journey as for the first time I don't have any school to attend. I am going to work on balancing work life, with blogging and still having time for friends and family. I am formulating some new features for the blog based on things I want to add and things that I have been getting back in my feedback. If you haven't taken my survey please do. It is only 6 questions that help me give you guys what you most want to see. All the feedback I get helps me make your experience on this site more enjoyable. Awards season posts will start on Monday so I am excited to show all of you my wishes.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

2015 End of the Year Style Awards: Best Dressed Man

When I am asked who I look to for my style inspiration the first name that I list off is Eddie Redmayne. This man has the best sense of style in all of Hollywood. We saw him tone down his style to dark navy and black tuxedos at the beginning of the year while he was campaigning for his Oscar that he ultimately won for The Theory of Everything, but he started to be the Eddie that I came to love at the end of the year. I am hoping that due to the subject nature of his latest film, The Danish Girl, I am hoping that Eddie will not have to tone down his signature bold style for the red carpets while he campaigns for Oscar number two. Here's to Eddie taking home this award for the third time in a row and to hoping that he is able to make it four next year. 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

2015 End of the Year Style Awards: Worst Dressed of 2015

It has come to the time of the year where I really don't enjoy looking back. For the most part 2015 was an amazing year on the red carpet but there were quite a few looks that made me cringe when I saw them. The most painful look I saw on the red carpet this year was when Jane Fonda stepped out on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival wearing a custom Schiaparelli Couture gown for the premiere of her film "Youth." This looked like a cheap Victorian vampire costume and aged Jane many years right away. I couldn't grasp why she looked so terrible since days before Jane was sizzling in an electric blue Atelier Versace gown. The rest of Jane's promotional tour for "Youth" wasn't my favorite but she definitely has some high hope to look up to during awards season.
What would a worst dressed list be without an appearance of Kristen Stewart. I was actually surprised that she showed up in this froufrou satin and lace Chanel Fall 2015 Couture gown on the Venice Film Festival red carpet of her film "Equals." There were actually quite a few looks from that Chanel collection that I would have liked to see KStew wearing. She was further let down by the terribly aging hair and makeup that she paired with her dress.

Another staple of the Worst Dressed list has to be Kim Kardashian-West. I dislike this woman immensely so I might be a little biased but when I first saw this Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2015 Couture gown on the runway I was so excited to see who would snatch it up as it was a glam Studio 54 moment waiting to happen on the likes of Lady Gaga or Rihanna but when Kim got her hands on it she just looked like she was wearing an overly embellished bathrobe. I should sing praised that she wasn't making the dress bulge from the seams like most of her looks that make her look like a stuffed sausage but this really was just a terrible moment.

Probably the most controversial tweet I posted this year was in regards to this canary yellow Atelier Versace Fall 2015 Couture gown that Heidi Klum wore to the 2015 Emmy Awards. I tweeted this look out and said that I wished that Heidi would choose more age appropriate looks. The hate I got back calling me and ageist and a sexist was strong. I will now defend myself. When I saw this look on the runway I was in love; I was picturing a young pop star like Selena Gomez or Taylor Swift wearing this for a music awards show. So color me shocked when Heidi Klum showed up on the Emmy Awards red carpet in it. I found this look to be aging and severely unflattering. That is why she is towards the top of my Worst Dressed of 2015 list.
Britney Spears looked back into her closet from her early years for the style that she wore to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. I don't even know where to start without how bad this look is. First off let's start with the fit, she looks like a 2lb sausage stuffed into a 1lb shell. Her breasts look like they are screaming to be supported correctly and not to be crushed. Then there is the dated style, if this had been on any of the current pop stars on a stage I don't think I would be having a problem with it but its too short and it looks like a Vegas showgirl costume. The shoes look like cheap prom shoes and the hair and makeup are basic and greasy and aging. All around this is a terrible look.

Following that is Selena Gomez who showed up at a private dinner party at Annabel's in London wearing a Monse Spring 2016 RTW gown that reminded me of very luxe nightgown. I think that this gown could have been great on someone like Rihanna or Ciara or Lady Gaga. These women all have something that Selena doesn't a sexy confidence and sense of diva attitude that is brought to the red carpet. I think that this gown lost all of the luster that it had on the runway on the back of Selena who should go back to Versace as she and Donatella made amazing magic when they were working together.

Solange Knowles was the in-house DJ at the Academy Awards this year. When I heard that she was going to be walking the red carpet I got very excited as Solange usually wears the most amazing clothes, so I was really disappointed when she showed up wearing this tangerine Christian Siriano Fall 2015 RTW gown top and palazzo pants. This look, much like Selena's gown, reminds me of luxurious pajamas. This look was further let down by having the worst hairstyle. To even remotely taking this look to a decent place Solange's hair needed to be sleek in a tight bun.
Moving on to the final group of ladies on the Worst dressed of the Year list. Salma Hayek stepped out on the red carpet at the London Evening Standard Theater Awards putting her breasts on display in an Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2013 gown. Her twins were on full display framed with a dust ruffle. There are only a few women who I could picture pulling this type of look off and they are all very tall women, which Salma is not.

Music Awards shows are usually the source of really bad looks but I can't believe that I have one from all tree of the major awards. I was uber excited to know that Gwen Stefani was going to be walking the red carpet at the American Music Awards but my heart sunk when I saw her in this Yousef Al-Jasmi Spring 2016 Couture black mesh gown. The gown itself isn't terrible but Gwen definitely can do so much better. The look was further let down with the half up/half down hairstyle, heavy cat eye, and nude lip. Gwen has so much potential and this just did nothing to showcase that.

Last but not lease we have Glinda the Good Witch wearing custom Prada on the red carpet at the Met Ball, Kerry Washington. It really pains me to put Kerry on the Worst Dressed list as she is one of my favorite women to see on the red carpet but this pink cupcake just made the 5 foot 4 inch actress look even more petite than the actually is. The emerald green shoes and clutch just added to the feeling that this is a reject costume from The Wizard of OZ.

2015 has been a great year on the red carpet but these are definitely the dark side of what was there, make sure you check back on Friday to see the Best Dressed of the Year list.

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