Favorites from the Golden Globes 2019

Posted 6 January 2019 at 11:23 PM | Comments (0)

Time to take a break from home-reno posts to bring you a special message from the Golden Globe Awards’ fashion panel of one.

I noted thirteen extraordinary looks on the red carpet tonight. I narrowed them down to my top three: Danai Gurira, Sofia Carson, and Allison Janney.

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Danai Gurira, Sofia Carson, Allison Janney

Danai Gurira. This Rodarte dress really needs to be seen from multiple angles to be appreciated fully. The shoulder bow was a sculpture in itself, and the fiery, red-on-orange, flocked pattern was mesmerizing in all the right ways. She finished it off with simple jewelry, and, smartly, a hair accessory on the opposite side as the shoulder bow.

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Danai Gurira

Sofia Carson. Her Giambattista Valli dress was a little odd but so good. It seems like Carson knows how to push fashion far enough to be edgy but hold back enough to be palatable. This was absolutely my favorite look of the night, from top to bottom. She’s a match for some of my favorite style stars, like Emma Stone and Zendaya, who have red carpet fashion down to a science.

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Sofia Carson

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Sofia Carson

Allison Janney. This woman. I tell ya. Fifty-nine years old and just gets it. She is flawless every time. Her style is impeccable and so well-cultivated. Should I go on? I’ll conclude by pointing out that Christian Siriano designed a fantastic gown, one that is feminine, elegant, and yet, delightful. The necklace by David Webb took it up another notch, also.

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Allison Janney

Favorites from the Oscars 2018

Posted 4 March 2018 at 11:44 PM | Comments (0)

These ladies killed it on the red carpet tonight. Bow down to goddesses Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robie, and Zendaya.

Academy Awards 2018 Red Carpet Fashion: Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robie, Zendaya

Favorites from SAG Awards 2018

Posted 22 January 2018 at 8:25 PM | Comments (0)

Fashion from this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards was very exciting. My top three were easy styles—all long and draping, feminine and simple. Coincidentally, all three women also wore their hair down with a deep side-part, though that didn’t influence my choices.

SAG Awards 2018 Fashion: Reese Witherspoon, Brie Larson, Mandy Moore

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen, Brie Larson in Gucci (my favorite look), and Mandy Moore in Ralph Lauren. You killed it, ladies.

Mandy Moore at Fall Fashion Week

Posted 12 March 2017 at 8:50 PM | Comments (0)

Has Mandy Moore always been this much of a fashion plate? Somehow I never noticed until now.

Mandy Moore at New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 Marchesa

Mandy Moore at New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 Lela Rose

Favorites from the Oscars 2017

Posted 27 February 2017 at 10:16 PM | Comments (0)

This may be the first time in history that my three favorite award-show looks were all somewhat neutral. No eye-popping colors here, just drippingly exquisite metallics.

Academy Awards 2017 Red Carpet Fashion: Emma Stone, Olivia Culpo, Jessica Biel

Emma Stone. I admit that this woman rarely does wrong in my eyes. She commits to every look 100%, and she does it confidently and elegantly. Her red carpet looks are always interesting and edgy, yet beautiful and timeless. She is a fashion girl, that’s for sure. When the camera panned across her last night, for a moment I thought, “Oh no, Emma looks a little boring!” A second later I got a closer look and that oh no turned into dayum. How could I ever doubt her? She kills it every single time. The fact that the look is simple and not overdone is a bonus, and I’m embarrassed that I so quickly misjudged it.

Olivia Culpo. I really don’t know anything about this woman’s talents or acting credentials, but her look was killer. There was so much balance—sharp fringe on the dress, sharp fringe on her bangs; dark hair and dark clutch; delicate dress, delicate bow. I want to seriously congratulate her stylist on a job well done. I would also like to congratulate Olivia Culpo on something, but I don’t really know what to congratulate her on, other than being a total stunner at the Oscars.

Jessica Biel. This woman is so statuesque that I imagine her to be at least six feet tall. Take that body, that posture, and pour her into a gold gown? She might as well be the mascot of the night. (Or always.) I can’t get over that gorgeous Kaufman Franco gown and what an insane idea it was to pair it with that feathered necklace! That had to be the best fashion risk of the night. The whole look was so, so good that it hurts me a little bit. I need a minute…

Academy Awards 2017 Red Carpet Fashion: Ginnifer Goodwin, Dakota Johnson, Ruth Negga

Alright, I always like to make some honorable mentions, and crazy enough, all of my second favorites were like modern Victorian gowns. They are so modest for Hollywood, aren’t they? My feeling is that we’ve overdone bare skin, so the pendulum is swinging in the other direction. Fascinating idea, isn’t it? How far and how long will its reach go?

Ginnifer Goodwin. She is usually quite interesting on the red carpet and not afraid of taking risks. I thought the dress was awesome but would have liked to see something else in the styling; the—green?—earrings weren’t my favorite, and neither was the dark red clutch. Even the hair felt a bit too horizontal next to such a horizontally-inclined gown. I still thought she looked fantastic.

Dakota Johnson. I know some people hated this gown, but I thought it was so marvelous. (Who decided that a dress needs to be tight or bare to be acceptable? Anyone? Anyone? That’s what I thought…) From some angles, the dress looked too roomy, I know, but when it was right, it was really right. I just wanted to do something to her hair. Her long bangs and waves would have been great here.

Ruth Negga. Loved the dress, loved the color, love the woman. I also love that she stays true to her artist self when she dresses for the red carpet. Though I wasn’t a big fan of the headband or the earrings, overall it cast joy into my eyes. That’s what red carpet fashion is really about.

Cast joy into my eyes, people!

Hayden Panettiere’s Nashville Home

Posted 22 September 2015 at 8:17 PM | Comments (0)

I adore the edgy, eclectic mix of patterns and textures in Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko’s Nashville home. There’s a little of everything—something modern, something traditional; something playful, something moody—and the effect is splendid.

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Entryway Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Living Room Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Dining Room Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Designed by Benjamin Vandiver, I really like how these three particular rooms possess somber, dark colors next to luxurious, gilded shine. The combination is so striking and serves as a reminder that, in contemporary décor, it’s opposites that attract.

For the full article in Domino, click here.

Favorites from the Emmys 2015

Posted 21 September 2015 at 11:43 AM | Comments (0)

I was mostly underwhelmed with last night’s red carpet, but these three gowns were exciting. Just what awards show fashion should be!

Emmy Awards 2015 Red Carpet Fashion: Claire Danes, Jaimie Alexander, Kerry Washington

Claire Danes. Several online publications called her gown “unflattering.” If you’re someone who believes in one ideal female body type, perhaps you would think so; I, however, do not fall in that camp. To me, her Prada dress was stunning in every way, and it showed off her perfectly cute shape.

Jaimie Alexander. I actually don’t know anything about this woman, but wow, she looks fierce in Armani Privé. The whole look is almost too severe, but surprisingly, it works—in a glamorous badass kind of way. Now I need to watch something she has been in to see if she lives up to last night’s fierceness.

Kerry Washington. This Marc Jacobs dress basically stole the show. More and more, I am realizing that Kerry Washington is a fashion plate of the highest degree. Her taste for edgy and high-end fashion matches her class and intellect, which is great for her (and unfortunate for all those who bumble along when they stand next to her).

I like to make mention of the other looks that almost made it into my top three. In this case it was Ellie Kemper, whose Naeem Khan dress was pretty phenomenal but the overall look felt a bit boring. Big hair would have worked here. Maisie Williams was just perfect in Ermanno Scervino. Perfectly dressed, perfectly accessorized, perfectly made up, perfectly pink. There was nothing to dislike. And Natasha Lyonne, who is not generally on my fashion radar, really surprised me. While it doesn’t exactly look expensive, her fringed, hippie-chick look was very now and very refreshing. She either knows what’s hot in fashion, or else she was grateful to finally find something that suited her taste. I may never know.

Emmys 2015 Red Carpet Fashion: Ellie Kemper, Maisie Williams, Natasha Lyonne

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s Nolita Loft

Posted 30 August 2015 at 9:22 PM | Comments (0)

Oh my, I love the drama! This is Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s New York City apartment, completely customized by by Don Stewart of Desiderata Design and featured in Architectural Digest. Dark colors, rustic textures, and oversized proportions are front and center in this dramatic, but unexpectedly moody, design.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Dining Room

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Kitchen

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Living Room

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Piano Sitting Area

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Bedroom

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Bathroom

My absolute favorite part of this apartment is the kitchen. Everything, everything surprised me here, from the rhythmic cabinetry to the textured backsplash, and from the open shelving on the kitchen island to the flat geometric pendant lights. And those gold stools! They look like trumpet buttons in motion! This whole room is just perfectly musical. Plus, the departure from the all-white kitchen trend is so very refreshing. Take note, people.

An LBD with Asymmetry

Posted 20 August 2014 at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)

I am rarely a proponent of the Little Black Dress. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the concept, but I love color too much. Yet lately, as designers continue to gravitate toward neutral colors and simpler silhouettes, my devotion to color is gently waning.

Pieces that have especially caught my eye are this black Osman jumpsuit from the spring 2014 runway, and this black dress that Karlie Kloss wore to the Vogue Foundation Gala on July 11. Both are a kind of simple LBD but with an eye-catching dose of asymmetry.

Osman Spring 2014 Runway Black Jumpsuit with Cutout

Karlie Kloss July 11, 2014 Vogue Foundation Gala Little Black Dress

Anna Kendrick on the Cover of Elle

Posted 2 July 2014 at 4:50 PM | Comments (0)

Yowza. Anna Kendrick, who is everyone’s favorite celebrity on social media, killed it in this poolside photo for the July 2014 cover of Elle. Smart, hilarious, and gorgeous? You bet.

Anna Kendrick on the July 2014 Cover of Elle