2017 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala Red Carpet Wish List

camilla-belle-2017-art-of-elysium-heaven-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1On the eve of the Golden Globes stars gather to raise money for The Art of Elysium, which is an charitable organization that provides an emotionally and physically safe space for the mutual exchange between artist and individuals in need. The annual gala is titled the Heaven Gala and usually brings out a huge celebrity attendance and is chaired by artists of different types every year. The visionary of this years gala is Stevie Wonder and it is going to be a star studded event. Camilla Belle will be honored at the Heaven Gala with the Spirit of Elysium award and as an annual attendee of this event I know she will be on the red carpet. Camilla almost always wears Carolina Herrera for this event and I decided to stick with that for this years red carpet. I went with a little edgier of a look with this strapless denim Carolina Herrera Spring 2017 RTW ball gown which features contrast stitching, and an overlay detail on a sweetheart neckline. This gown is classic glamour with a twist since it is made with denim. Putting the dress in full Hollywood glamour with a pair of gold sandals, a gold clutch, elegant updo, lined eye, red lips, and yellow gold diamond cluster earrings would really ensure that this is a major look for Camilla.dita-von-teese-2017-art-of-elysium-heaven-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1Dita Von Teese, and everyone else on this list, are on the host committee for this years Heaven Gala, and I am excited to see what the burlesque beauty will bring to the red carpet. I am longing for the days that every single red carpet look that Dita wore came straight off the couture runways of Dior, Elie Saab, Christian Lacroix, or Jean Paul Gaultier. While she has had some pretty looks recently Dita’s red carpet looks have been a bit standard and forgettable. I would love to see Dita kick off 2017 in high style wearing this bluish purple Elie Saab Fall 2016 Couture long sleeve dress which features a plunging neckline, asymmetrical peplum, gold embroidered lace, 3D floral embellishments, and a velvet belt. This look fits perfectly with Dita’s vintage style and would look fantastic against her alabaster skin and dark black hair. Rounding this look with a pair of gold Christian Louboutin pumps, a white Christian Louboutin ‘Eden’ peony satin clutch, a pair of diamond cluster earrings, retro curls, a cat eye, and red lip would really ensure that Dita is back on top in 2017. jaime-king-2017-art-of-elysium-heaven-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1After ending her red carpet game inn 2016 strong with a black and gold Schiaparelli Couture dress the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story I am praying that Jaime King keeps her mojo rolling right into and through 2017. As a member of the Heaven Gala host committee I am really hoping that Jaime is on the red carpet bringing her more modern take on glamour to the red carpet. I think that Jaime would look absolutely fantastic wearing this teal Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2017 floral jacquard gown which features a inverted V neckline, a strapless silhouette, and allover floral details. This gown and its classic styling would match with Jaime’s red carpet presence to make her the perfect pair on the red carpet. A chic updo, red lip, black sandals, and diamond drop earrings would add the perfect finishing touches to this look. january-jones-2017-art-of-elysium-heaven-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1When she first showed up on the red carpet scene, back when Mad Men was just getting off the ground, January Jones really wowed me. She caught the attention of major labels like Prabal Gurung and Versace. January was almost always on best dressed lists. Last year I lost a lot of that magic. Since Man Men ended January had not had good red carpet game, but I am hoping that she will be back on form in 2017. For the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala I think that this gorgeous smokey blue Marchesa Spring 2017 RTW column gown which features ombré fringe, a halter styled neckline, and antique silver and blue crystal accents would put January back on the top of best dressed lists. The simple drama of this dress is perfect for this type of red carpet. A pair of silver sandals, a silver clutch, dainty diamond drop earring, a romantic updo, and a pink lip would really add the perfect finishing touches to this look.rachel-bilson-2017-art-of-elysium-heaven-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1I adore Rachel Bilson but it has been a hot minute since I have really been drawn to anything that she has worn. It’s not that she has been wearing anything bad, or worst dressed worthy, but she has been wearing a lot of standard and forgettable dressed. For the Heaven Gala on Saturday I think that Rachel would be standout wearing this bright multicolored Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2016 RTW strapless cocktail dress which features a full 50’s style skirt. I think that this dress could put Rachel back on the Best Dressed lists. The bold color and flirty nature of this dress are perfection and In really think that it would be a standout look for Rachel. Paring this dress with a gold clutch, gold sandals, a vintage diamond collar necklace, romantic updo, diamond bracelet, and a smokey eye would really send this look  over the top for Rachel.scarlett-johansson-2017-art-of-elysium-heaven-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1Last for this list is Scarlett Johansson. It has been a while since Scarlett has really blown me away on a red carpet. I don’t know if this red carpet is the one that is going to give me that best dressed of the year style, but it could certainly put Scarlett back on a killer red carpet dressing path. I have been wanting to see ScarJo hit the red carpet wearing this light pink Atelier Versace Fall 2016 Couture gown which features a ruffled off the shoulder sweetheart portrait neckline, asymmetrical peplum, column silhouette, and a dramatic center split since it was first debuted back in July. I think that Scarlett would look so chic, and wearing this look could put her on a best dressed list for sure. I don’t think that there needs to be much added to this look to really make it a stand out look. I would just pair this gown with a black Edie Parker clutch, diamond drop earrings, a pair of black sandals, smokey eye, and a soft pink lip to really round this look out perfectly for Scarlett.

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2017 BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea Party Red Carpet Wish List

claire-foy-2017-bafta-la-tea-party-red-carpet-wish-list-1The day before the Golden Globes the BAFTA LA chapter hosts a tea party to toast the nominees of the Golden Globe Awards. I do not have a clear guest list so I always have to take a guess of who will show up based on who is nominated. Star of Netflix’s The Crown Claire Foy is nominated at the Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama so I would imagine that she will be on hand at the BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea. I have said that I would really love to see Claire represent British fashion on the red carpets as she starts to build her red carpet portfolio, but I would love to see her also embrace some of the top labels. I think that Claire would look absolutely gorgeous wearing this Zac Posen Spring 2017 RTW ensemble which includes a black bateau neckline top and red poppy embroidered a-line midi skirt. This is such a classically chic look that there is no way that Claire wouldn’t look elegant on this red carpet, which is another of the more casual events that leads up to the Golden Globes. I would just add a pair of black peep toe pumps, loose updo, black clutch, and a light pink lip to really make this look perfect for a daytime red carpet. naomie-harris-2017-bafta-la-tea-party-red-carpet-wish-list-1Naomie Harris is still one of my ones to watch in 2017 despite the fact that she was in a bit of a slump after switching stylists last year. I would definitely expect that Naomie will be on the red carpet at the BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea Party since she is a Golden Globe nominee, and a BAFTA Award nomination looming, for her work in Moonlight. I love that Naomie is not afraid to take risks and I think that this bold sleeveless retro print Emilio Pucci Spring 2017 RTW sheath midi dress which features contrasting stitching at the neckline would be PERFECT for this occasion. While I haven’t been the biggest fan of Pucci since Peter Dundas left the label this dress is really stellar and it definitely deserves a red carpet moment. With the dress being such a statement the styling should be very relaxed. A pair of black pumps, yellow clutch, straight locks pushed behind her ears and a smokey eye would really pull this look together perfectly. thandie-newton-2017-bafta-la-tea-party-red-carpet-wish-list-1And rounding out this looks is the gorgeous Thandie Newton. I am hoping that the magic of Thandie Newton returns as she makes the rounds as a nominated actress for her work in the HBO series Westworld. I think that for the BAFTA LA Awards Season Tea Party that this Chanel Spring 2017 RTW ensemble which features a neon bright cropped sleeve tuxedo blazer and a black lace slip dress would help put that magic back in Thandie’s style. It has been a while since we have seen Thandie wear Chanel on the red carpet but since she has worn the brand for movie premieres and the Met Gala as well as Chanel sponsored events I do think that she could easily be back in the brand. I would keep the jacket as the statement for this look pairing it with a black Chanel clutch, a pair of black Christian Louboutin pointed toe pumps, a chic ponytail, and a bright pink lip to really show that Thandie is back in full force.

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“The Present” Broadway Opening Night Red Carpet Wish List

cate-blanchett-the-present-broadway-opening-night-red-carpet-wish-list-1Next Sunday, the same night as the Golden Globe Awards, there will be another big event happening. On the other side of the world in New York City Cate Blanchett will be making her Broadway debut in The Present which is being brought to Broadway thanks to the Sydney Theater Company. In the past Cate has never worn a formal look to the opening night of a play that she has been in, and I don’t think that is going to change any time soon. I did however go with something a little more formal that what Cate usually wears for a shows opening night. I think that this ivory Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2017 ensemble which features a ruffle sleeve jacket, silk stripe cami, and classic bootleg trousers would be absolutely perfect. This modern, feminine take on tuxedo dressing is a perfect look for Cate because she has the presence to really make this look come across effortless. For a Broadway premiere what more would you want? Effortless and glamorous. All I would add to this look is a chic old Hollywood wavy bob, a smokey eye, pink lip, and a pair of gold pumps to really send this look over the top.

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2017 AFI Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

claire-foy-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1The 2017 AFI Awards are just around the corner and I have to say that I am excited to see what the stars are going to bring to the red carpet as Golden Globe weekend kicks off. We will start to see The Crown star Claire Foy’s red carpet journey. For her first big red carpet appearance, at the shows premiere in London, Claire wore a very pretty pink and gold Erdem dress and I am sure that she will be one to watch in the new year (you can add her to the list.) For the AFI Awards I would love to see Claire hit the red carpet wearing this gorgeous fantastical foxglove printed Temperley London Pre-Fall 2017 dress which features deep v-neckline and an a-line silhouette. I love it when British actresses hit the red carpet wearing British labels because I don’t feel like they get enough love on the red carpet. This dress is the perfect mix of sexy and classic ladylike styles that it would be a perfect choice for the AFI Awards red carpet. I would pair this dress with a pair of peach colored pumps, a chic chignon, and a soft pink lip to really continue Claire on a very glamorous rise in fame. emma-stone-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1Emma Stone is hands down the person this awards season that I am most excited to see hit the red carpet over the course of awards season. Emma has some of the best style and I cannot wait to see what she and stylist Petra Flannery cook up together. For the AFI Awards, where Emma’s film La La Land is being honored, I would love to see her hit the red carpet wearing this purple Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2017 40’s inspired dress which is bias cut with puffy sleeves and dark purple floral embroidery. Emma can take on the inspiration of many decades, and while many I think would be overwhelmed by the bold sleeve of this look Emma would wear it with ease. Rounding this look out with a pair of statement silver Gucci crystal and pearl embellished sandals, a loose updo, lined eye, and a soft pink lip would really ensure that this is yet another stand out look for Emma. michelle-williams-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1I am hoping that over the course of awards season 2017 that Michelle Williams does not wear wall to wall Louis Vuitton. I get that she is one of the faces of the brand, but not every look has to be from the label. I think that for a more relaxed occasion like the AFI Awards that breaking from the brand would be a great choice. To help support her honored film Manchester by the Sea at the 2017 AFI Awards I decided to go with this burgundy stripe Brock Collection Resort 2017 ensemble which features a jewel neck top with side ties and a pencil skirt. I think that this look is perfect for Michelle, but it does need one adjustment. The skirt is too long for Michelle, and I would love to see the skirt shortened to hit just above the knee. A pair of black Louis Vuitton ‘Moon Shadow’ embellished sandals, a black and gold Louis Vuitton ‘Petite Malle’ clutch, chic pixie, and a pink lip would really make this a killer look for Michelle, and make sure that she still fulfills her brand ambassador duties. sarah-paulson-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1It has been the year of Sarah Paulson with her phenomenal performance in The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story garnering her lots of love including an Emmy and Critics Choice Award and is the expected winner of the Golden Globe and SAG Awards as well. Sarah has been on top form since the Emmy’s and I expect that she isn’t about to slow down. For the AFI Awards, where she show is being honored, I would love to see Sarah hit the red carpet in this red and white print Miu Miu Spring 2017 RTW shirt dress. Sarah wears Prada and Miu Miu so well, unlike most, so I do expect at least one more look from the label before awards season is over. This on trend shirt dress is perfect for this occasion and I think Sarah would look incredibly chic. Finishing the look with a pair of white pumps, a red clutch, chic pixie, and a red lip would really put Sarah on the top of best dressed list for this event.viola-davis-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1Rounding out my AFI Awards wishes is Viola Davis. In her Critics Choice Awards acceptance speech Viola talked about how she was just trying to loose weight. I personally love that Viola has curves and she is outside the skinny “perfect” body stereotype of Hollywood. Add to that the fact that Viola always looks gorgeous on the red carpet and I think that Viola should be totally confident in herself. Her performance in the AFI Awards honored film Fences has earned her awards and nominations and she is seeming like a lock for an Oscar nomination. For the AFI Awards I would love to see a flirty, breezy side of Viola that I don’t feel like we see very often. Usually Viola does goes for very chic lady like column style, but I want to see her loosen up and wear this gorgeous Tory Burch Spring 2017 RTW printed dress which features a tie bound off the shoulder neckline. I think that this more relaxed look is perfect for the luncheon setting of the AFI Awards. A pair of simple teal sandals, white clutch, chic curls, and a red lip would make this a look perfect for Viola.

2017 AFI Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

amy-adams-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1Another day another wish list for an awards ceremony during the first week of January. Hollywood stars are going to be raking up the airline miles as they jet from LA to NYC back to LA as the week starts on Monday January 2 with the Palm Springs Film Festival awards then heads to NYC on Wednesday for the National Board of Review Awards and then back to LA on Friday through the weekend for the AFI Awards and the Golden Globe’s. I am really excited for what awards season is going to bring. So many fabulous women are nominated. The AFI Awards honor films and very often we see the stars of the honored films in attendance at the awards luncheon. Amy Adams has garnered a lot of buzz, and several awards nominations, for her performance in the AFI Awards honored film Arrival and I am really excited to see what awards season is going to bring from her. The AFI Awards are the most casual event of the week so we will most likely be seeing everyone in their brunch best. I think that this blue fantasy floral print Alberta Ferretti Resort 2017 dress tiered long sleeve dress with a keyhole detail is absolutely perfect. Rounding the look with a pair of gold pumps, blown-out waves, and a glossy pink lip would ensure that Amy really kills this look.emilia-clarke-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1The AFI Awards don’t just honor the best in film but also the 10 best television programs of the last year. Game of Thrones has always been a critical and fan favorite so it doesn’t shock me that it nabbed one of those honors. Starlet Emilia Clarke is always one that I love to see on the red carpet and she definitely knows how to deliver some gorgeous looks. I would love to see Emilia on the red carpet at the AFI Awards luncheon to represent the show. This gorgeous light blue Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2017 RTW stretch floral dress which features a ruched bodice with crystal flower brooches at the shoulder, gathered bows, and an asymmetric ruffle accent at the front would be a look that would make me look like the heart eye emoji on Emilia. I was surprised that from the time this dress took the runway and now that it has not been snatched up. Rounding this look out with romantic curls, a bright pink lip, lined eye, and a pair of pink suede Charlotte Olympia ‘Salsa’ sandals would really ensure that this is a great kick off to Globes weekend for Emilia. keri-russell-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1I used to be a fan of Keri Russell’s red carpet style. She has delivered some really beautiful and edgy looks on the red carpet, but I haven’t been wowed by her in a really long time. I don’t expect a moment like her feathered Altuzarra gown at the Met Gala for the AFI Awards, but something chic and worn impeccably well will put her back on track. This Lanvin Resort 2017 ensemble which features a cream peasant blouse with a cream and navy scarf detailing and a pair of tapered navy cropped pants would do just that for Keri. While I would adore if Keri wore the green pumps that the look was paired with in the look book I know that would be a big stretch. I figure that the perfect styling of this look for her includes a pair of matte navy Christian Louboutin pointed toe pumps, loose waves, a glossy nude lip, and a lined eye. naomie-harris-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1The most out there wish that I have for next Friday’s AFI Awards is for Naomie Harris. With her change in stylists recently I haven’t felt that same magic from Naomie on the red carpet. I am hoping that with the new year and all her awards stops that Naomie will have that spark back. This black Elie Saab Pre-Fall 2016 cocktail dress which features a rounded neckline, a sheer beaded bodice, and Juliet style sleeves with hidden zippers at the wrist may be a little over the top, like I said, but I think that Naomie is one of the few women in the world who could really pull this off (the only others that immediately come to mind are Dita Von Teese, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Nicole Kidman.) The dress is such a statement that to make it event appropriate the styling has to be kept very simple. A pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Aribak’ t-strap sandals, a black clutch, tight low bun, a lined eye, and red lip would round out this look to perfection ensuring that Naomie slays the AFI Awards red carpet.teresa-palmer-2017-afi-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1Rounding out this set of wishes is Teresa Palmer, who is getting her first feature on my blog. Her run while pregnant for the AFI Award winning film Hacksaw Ridge was fantastic. Now that she has given birth I wonder if she will be on the awards season trail to support the film. Her performance did not earn her any nominations but I have a feeling that Teresa will be on the red carpets just to lend her support to her nominated film and co-stars through the season. For the AFI Awards I picked this uber casual floral print Coach 1941 Spring 2017 RTW smock style dress because it is beautiful but also appropriate for someone who is just supporting and not lobbying for an Oscar nomination. This dress is kind of evocative of the styles that were worn around the time that Hacksaw Ridge is set which makes it a chic ode to the film. I would add some stand out styling to this look with a black clutch, a pair of black pumps, chic curls, and a red lip to make this more of a stand out look.Save

2017 National Board of Review Awards Red Carpet Wish List

amy-adams-2017-national-board-of-review-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1After the Palm Springs International Film Festival black tie awards gala on Monday (January 2) some of the stars will jet across the country to attend the 2017 National Board of Review Awards gala on Wednesday January 4, 2016. Amy Adams will be honored at these awards with the Best Actress award for her work in the film Arrival. Most people had it pegged that it was going to be Nocturnal Animals that was going to send Amy through an awards season run, but I have to say that I am glad that isn’t the case. If it were I feel like we would be seeing Amy in one Tom Ford look after another. The National Board of Review Awards are usually the most relaxed red carpet of the week. I think that this lilac Altuzarra Pre-Fall 2017 off the shoulder cocktail dress which features ruched detailing, three quarter length sleeves, and an off the shoulder neckline would be absolutely lovely on Amy. The classic style of this dress is perfect for Amy and it would be the perfect style for the National Board of Review Awards. Upping the glamour of this look with old Hollywood waves, diamond drop earrings, a chic lined eye, pink lip, and silver metallic pumps would really ensure that Amy kicks off 2017 with a killer red carpet run. janelle-monae-2017-national-board-of-review-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1Janelle Monae is part of the cast of Hidden Figures being honored with the Best Ensemble award next Wednesday. I have said that I am hoping that 2017 is the year we start to see more color from Janelle. If she is going to ride with this film all the way to the Oscars I cannot be bored with her looks. For this red carpet I stuck to black with this Givenchy Spring 2017 RTW suit but infused color by picking the one that is covered in red crystals. I don’t want Janelle to change her whole style, just infuse a little more color into it and I think that this Givenchy suit is the perfect way for that to happen. Finishing this look with a full afro, smokey eye, red lip, black clutch, and black Christian Louboutin pumps would make it a red carpet win for Janelle.michelle-williams-2017-national-board-of-review-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1After Alicia Vikander had such a major awards season last year in Louis Vuitton it is going to be some big shoes for Michelle Williams to fill. So far I have been very pleasantly surprised. Her Spring 2017 crystal embellished gown at the Academy’s Governors Awards was a shocking surprise and a huge hit in my book. Michelle’s film Manchester By The Sea is the National Board of Review’s honoree for Best Film and that makes me think that she will be on hand for this award presentation. I would love to see Michelle hit the red carpet wearing this absolutely gorgeous Louis Vuitton Spring 2017 RTW cocktail dress rendered in white lace, black satin, and burgundy silk. Michelle has already worn a gown made out of the same lace for the Critics Choice Awards, but I think we could see Michelle wearing some of the same styles as awards season progresses. I think that with the dress being such a statement that a simple pair of black sandals (though burgundy would be the absolute perfect choice,) a diamond bracelet, and a lined eye would really send this look into total perfection. naomie-harris-2017-national-board-of-review-awards-red-carpet-wish-list-1Rounding out this list is this years National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress nominee Naomie Harris. I am a little unsure of what Naomie’s awards season run is going to be since she switched stylists recently and I have to say her first couple of looks did not have the same magic as they used to. I am hoping that as the year kicks off we see Naomie back on top and that her style only grows. For the National Board of Review Awards next Wednesday I would love to see Naomie hit the red carpet wearing this gorgeous navy pin stripe Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2017 ensemble which features a peplum sweetheart tank top and button detailed front slit skirt. I think that this modern take on mens suiting for Naomie is the absolute perfect look to wear for this red carpet. With the more dressed down cocktail style of this red carpet I think that Naomie would fit in just perfectly. What I always loved about Naomie is her ability to accessorize in the perfect way. The stand out way to accessorize this look is with a champagne coffered rectangle Judith Leiber crystal clutch, adding a pair of statement multi-colored Christian Louboutin ‘Tudor Bal’ sandals, chic old Hollywood waves, and a red lip to really round out this look.

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2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

emma-stone-2017-palm-springs-film-festival-black-tie-awards-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1Keeping moving forward with my Palm Springs International Film Festival wishes is the always gorgeous Emma Stone. While Emma herself isn’t being honored for her spectacular performance in La La Land the film is being honored with the Vanguard Award and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominated actress is on hand at the ceremony to help support the film. I feel like I have really embraced the Pre-Fall 2017 collections but they were just really good. I have been loving the pre-collections more than the in season collections recently and that is blowing my mind. I would love to see Emma hit the Palm Springs Film Festival red carpet wearing wear this absolutely gorgeous yet avant garde Gucci Pre-Fall 2017 ensemble. This look features a sleeveless Chinese dragon embellished white t-shirt, a full black bell shaped tea length skirt, and a light pink velvet waist band all tied together with a simple black bow. I don’t think that there are many people brave enough to try and wear this silhouette on the red carpet, but I think that Emma would seriously kill wearing this gown. Since the look is such a statement I would just pair this look with a simple pair of black Gucci knotted sandals, a chic updo, smokey eye, and light pink lip to really show why Emma is a red carpet force to be reckoned with. natalie-portman-2017-palm-springs-film-festival-black-tie-awards-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1The last time Natalie Portman had an awards season run where she was nominated ironically she was also pregnant. That was the beginning of her relationship with Dior as the face of the Miss Dior fragrance. I am praying that this is not going to be a season full of Dior looks from Natalie. She has already shown that she is willing to break that mold by wearing Alexander McQueen for the Critics Choice Awards, and I am hoping that we see a lot of variety in terms of labels from Natalie on the road to the Oscars. I would love to see Natalie wearing this gorgeous dusty rose Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2017 draped gown which features two tone fabrics, a flutter sleeve, beaded embellishments, and a silk bow waist band for the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala where she is going to be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for her work in Jackie. I think that this gown would drape so elegantly over Natalie’s baby bump. While I suspect that Natalie will go for something short I do really believe that this would be a great look for her to wear, if not for this red carpet maybe for something like the SAG Awards. Adding a rose gold Dior clutch, rose gold pumps, a chic vintage inspired updo, smokey eye, nude lip, and a pair of Dior high jewellery ‘salon de mars briolette’ earrings would really just send this look over the top for me.   octavia-spencer-2017-palm-springs-film-festival-black-tie-awards-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1I have to applaud Octavia Spencer for all her loyalties to Tadashi Shoji, but some of her looks have just been too similar to each other so I am going to do some wishing for designers for her to wear over the course of awards season. I think that for the Palm Springs International Film Festival black tie awards gala, where she is part of the cast of Hidden Figures which is being honored with the Ensemble Performance Award, I would love to see Octavia hit the red carpet wearing this gorgeous Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2017 floral embroidered bellow the knee organza cocktail dress which features a V neckline, allover floral embroidery, and ruffle cap sleeves. Zac has been known for really embracing women with curves (he loves dressing stars like Viola Davis, Christina Hendricks, and Gina Rodriguez) so I am sure that he would be a great choice for Octavia to turn to to ensure that what she is wearing is flattering to her curves. I think that this style would look extremely elegant on Octavia and she would definitely take the red carpet by storm. I would add a statement clutch in one of the many colors in the embroidery, a chic bun, black peep toe pumps, emerald earrings, a smokey eye, and a nude lip to really ensure that this is a statement look for Octavia.taraji-p-henson-2017-palm-springs-film-festival-black-tie-awards-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1Rounding out my wishes for the Palm Springs International Film Festival black tie awards gala is another member of the Best Ensemble winning cast of Hidden Figures Taraji P. Henson. When most go for something cocktail or a very simple evening dress for the Palm Springs Film Festival black tie awards gala I would expect that Taraji will go for something dramatic. There is something a little extra about Taraji’s style and I love it. I would never normally look at this red Pamella Roland Pre-Fall 2017 one shoulder gown which features a daring split, stomach cutout, and dramatic train and think of this event, except for someone like Taraji. As Oscar Wilde once said “one can never be overdressed” and that is exactly what I think of when I think of Taraji. I would love to see Taraji pair this look with a sleek blunt bob, smokey eye, a statement diamond bracelet, and a pair of red sandals to really let the gown do all the talking as she walks the red carpet.

You can bet that I will be tweeting the looks from this red carpet as soon as they start to hit the picture sites. Who are you looking forward to seeing? Let me know in the comments bellow.

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2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

amy-adams-2017-palm-springs-film-festival-black-tie-awards-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1After my very short break for the holidays I am back! 2017 is going to bring a lot of great new things and that is going to start on January 2, 2017 with the black tie awards gala at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. This is always the annual kickoff to the in year awards season and stars do show up. Unlike events like the Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, or Oscars the winners of this event are announced so while it is still a black tie event there is more of an air of celebration and anxiousness. For this red carpet I would love to see Amy Adams is going to be taking home the Chairman’s Award next Monday and I can not wait to see what is going to happen. Amy has been wearing a lot of similar styles on the red carpet recently and with what can be a killer red carpet run to the Oscars so I am hoping that we will start to see a little variation throughout the season. I would love to see Amy hit the Palm Spring International Film Festival awards gala red carpet wearing this dusty rose J. Mendel Pre-Fall 2017 tea length tulle gown which features a plunging neckline and floral lace embroideries. It has been a very long time since I have seen Amy in this color and I really think that this would be amazing on her peachy skin and gorgeous red hair. A pair of simple rose gold pumps, a rose pink lip, and old Hollywood waves would definitely turn this into a killer red carpet look to kick off awards season 2017 for Amy.janelle-monae-2017-palm-springs-film-festival-black-tie-awards-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1We know that Janelle Monae sticks to a very limited black and white wardrobe (with the occasional pop of red) when it comes to her red carpet dressing. That is going to get very old very quick if she continues that from the Palm Springs International Film Festival red carpet to the Oscars then she may end up on my indifferent list. I will be starting to infuse some colors I would love to see Janelle wear, but not quite yet. I have decided to re-see a wish I originally posted for Janelle to wear for the New York Film Festival. I think that this gorgeous black Giambattista Valli Fall 2016 Couture velvet mini dress which which features three quarter length sleeves, puffy sleeves, and embellished lace detailing. Not many have taken to this collection since that these looks are really avant garde and hard to pull off. I think that Janelle has the perfect elegance to make this look work on the red carpet and really give this dress the moment that it deserves. A pair of black and white sandals, a chic bun, and a bold red lip would be the perfect finishing touches for this dramatic, yet glamorous moment. nicole-kidman-2017-palm-springs-film-festival-black-tie-awards-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1Nicole Kidman is another who is set for a very glamorous red carpet run over the next few months. With the honor of the International Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala. I am hoping that Nicole will deliver a string of major moments over the course of awards season and it is all going to start on Monday. I would LOVE to see Nicole hit the red carpet wearing this black lace Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2017 gown which features a daring side split, three-quarter bell shaped sleeves, floral embroidery, and a wide black satin belt. The moment I saw this gown while flipping through the collection’s lookbook I gasped when I saw this gown and then my mind immediately went to Nicole. I tend to find that my favorite Nicole Kidman looks come courtesy of the looks she wears when she is supporting her husband, and I am hoping some of that magic is communicated through her looks over awards season. This look would be perfectly complete with a pair of black sandals, a red clutch, sleek ponytail, pink lip, and a smokey eye.ruth-negga-2017-palm-springs-film-festival-black-tie-awards-gala-red-carpet-wish-list-1Rounding out this set of wishes is one of my Ones to Watch in 2017, Ruth Negga. The gorgeous actress made her big red carpet debut at the Cannes Film Festival wearing custom Marc Jacobs. It seems only fitting that Ruth is going to be honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala with the Rising Star Award and from what I have seen of her performance in Loving it is an honor well earned. I decided that since it will be her first honor of awards season I decided to break out the full couture gown. I adore this gorgeous black and gold J. Mendel Fall 2016 Couture embellished gown and I think that Ruth will slay her way through this red carpet in the most glamorous way possible. I go back and forth on weather or not I want to have this gown modified for Ruth to remove the the off the shoulder detailing, but I think that she would look gorgeous in the gown either way. What do you think, should she have the detail removed? Which ever way the gown is worn I would still style it the same way. A bold red lip, black and gold strappy sandals, and 20s inspired finger waves. All these details would make Ruth the epitome of glamour personified.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing on the red carpet at the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards gala? How about all through awards season? Let me know in the comments.

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2016 End of the Year Style Awards: Best Dressed of the Year

2016-end-of-the-year-style-awards-best-dressed-12017 was an absolutely amazing year on the red carpet. I had over 1,400 nominees for Best Dressed of the Year and I will say that having to narrow that list down to just 10 ( a mere .7% of what it was) was seriously no easy task. Stars really upped their game this year and I just kept getting more and more excited about what was to come.

1) Beyonce in Francesco Scognamiglio Fall 2016 Couture at the MTV Video Music Awards: Topping this year’s list is Queen Bey. When I saw Beyonce step out on the, what ended up being a very lackluster, white carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards my jaw dropped. In July when Francesco Scognamiglio debuted his first couture collection I was wondering if any of these gorgeous creations would make it to the red carpet. I figures someone like Lady Gaga would bring it to the red carpet, but I don’t think it would have been as magical as it was in Beyonce. The sheer beaded column gown enhanced with major ostrich plumage at the bodice was a killer moment. From the chic updo, smokey eye, and Lorraine Schwartz drop earrings every single part of this look was magical.  2016-end-of-the-year-style-awards-best-dressed-22) Cate Blanchett in Gucci Spring 2017 RTW at the IWC Gala at the London Film Festival: After a very lackluster awards season and the announcement that she will be taking time away from Hollywood to focus on her stage work, I was really excited to see Cate Blanchett on the red carpet at the IWC Gala at the London Film Festival. This look from Cate is the perfect example of dramatic glamour and not many people could pull it off with effortless ease, but Cate did. I was slow to build my love for Gucci but Alessandro Michelle has brought the brand to a whole new level and I have been loving it.

3) Emma Stone in Atelier Versace Fall 2016 Couture at the Venice Film Festival premiere of La La Land: Emma Stone kicked off the road to the Academy Awards at the Venice Film Festival opening ceremony and she did so in really high style. I was sitting in my office when I got a twitter notification and saw this amazing sequin Atelier Versace Fall 2016 Couture gown which looked like such a mermaid moment that I let out a little squeal. I had filed this gown (which was presented unlined on the runway) as something that Jennifer Lopez would get her hands on to spin around a stage. Everything about Emma in this gown is perfection. I hope that she rides the best dressed train all the way though the Academy Awards and beyond.

4) Sonam Kapoor in Ralph & Russo at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Loving: Sonam Kapoor became the Queen of Cannes while wearing nothing but Ralph & Russo on the red carpet. Each of Sonam’s looks were the very epitome of Cannes glamour and it was no surprise that she topped the best dressed list at the festival this year. Her custom cream gown which features a strapless mermaid gown and a floral 3D cape train which she wore for the festivals premiere of Loving was everything that I always dream of when I dream of a Cannes red carpet. I always love that Sonam likes to be a little bit extra on the red carpet and her styling with the sleek bun, smokey eye, dark rose lip, and statement necklace all add to this absolutely stunning red carpet moment. 2016-end-of-the-year-style-awards-best-dressed-35) Diane Kruger in Naeem Khan Fall 2016 RTW at the German Film Awards: What would a Best Dressed of the Year list be without bae? Diane Kruger is always winning when it comes to her red carpet appearances. I am just waiting for her to have a role in a film that will deliver her another awards season run. This year Diane did have a major set of red carpet looks as she promoted two films and my favorite of her looks was a killer red caped Naeem Khan Fall 2016 RTW gown at the German Film Awards. I was blown away by the amount of ease that Diane pulled this look off with. It comes across as this is her everyday norm.

6) Lupita Nyong’o in Elie Saab at the Queen of Katwe LA Premiere: Lupita Nyong’o gave a killer promo tour for Queen of Katwe this year which included stops at some of the major film festivals. Each of Lupita’s looks during this press tour included a nod to African heritage, most with a head wrap. All of her looks were best dressed worthy, but it was her lilac Elie Saab Resort 2017 gown which features striped harness style ribboning at the films premiere in LA that really took my breath away. The way that this gown moved as Lupita glided down the red carpet, and it was still gorgeous when she was completely still. The head wrap added just that last perfect touch to this moment for Lupita.

7) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Yves St Laurent Spring 2017 RTW at the Bazaar Women of the Year Awards: What would a best dressed list be without one model? It is literally their job to look chic wearing designer clothes and as their fame rises the style of looks that they wear on the red carpet does as well. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has status as one of the worlds top models, and with 10 best dressed moments throughout the year there were a few of her looks that vied for a spot on this list. I ultimately went with this Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2017 RTW ensemble which she wore to the Bazaar Women of the Year Awards because of how effortless this very 80s style look came across. From the gorgeous one shouldered gold sequin top, skinny black pant, sexy waves, one statement tassel earring all made this even more of a major red carpet moment. 2016-end-of-the-year-style-awards-best-dressed-48) Michelle Obama in Atelier Versace at the White House State Dinner for the Italian Prime Minister: For her final White House State Dinner honoring the visit of the Italian Prime Minister First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama came dressed in her battle armor. As this dinner came near the end of a bitter political campaign I saw this rose gold chainmail gown custom made for the First Lady by Atelier Versace as her putting on her armor showing that the American people’s resolve may be tested but we will fight for what is right. This gown was the ultimate statement of the year underscoring her now famous Democratic National Convention speech line “when they go low we go high.” I am seriously going to miss Michelle when she departs the White House, I just don’t think we will see the same level of humility and glamour from a First Lady for a very long time.

9) Lady Gaga in Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 RTW seen out in Los Angeles: There were several moments that Lady Gaga gave this year on the red carpet that were in high contention for a spot on this list. Her gorgeous custom black velvet Atelier Versace gown at the Golden Globe Awards and a her white Brandon Maxwell gown over pants at the Academy Awards both vied very highly for this list, but it was this gorgeous pink Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 RTW ensemble that she wore out in LA on her way to a baby shower that really took my heart this year. The chic classic glamour of this look paired with a light blue hat box, white sunglasses, and simple pumps just added to the glamour of this look.

10) Blake Lively in Michael Kors Spring 2016 RTW seen out in New York City: Last but not least is Blake Lively. Blake is always one of my favorite ladies on the red carpet and this year was no different. Last year Blake was also in this same spot on my best dressed list wearing red, so it is starting to become a trend. I have no idea where she was headed but I adored this absolutely stunning red 3-D floral embroidered Michael Kors Spring 2016 RTW dress. Weather records indicate that on this day in New York City the high temperature did not exceed 39 degrees, but Blake worked the summery look without a coat and did not let the temperature phase her. Her perfect Louboutin silver spike studded accessories just really punctuated this as a perfect red carpet moment.

I hope that you really enjoyed my coverage of the red carpets this year. I know that there were some times when I was moving the site from Blogger to WordPress and when I was working on the Hillary Clinton campaign that I did not post often, but despite that thanks to all my readers that this was still the best year that I have had on this blog yet. I thank you all for that. I hope that all of my readers have a great holiday weekend and I will be back on Monday starting with Awards Season 2017 red carpet wish lists! Thanks again for another amazing year.

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2016 End of the Year Style Awards: Best Dressed Men

2016-end-of-the-year-style-awards-best-dressed-man-rami-malek-1I was going to try and do a 10 best menswear looks list, but I have to say that while menswear is getting a little less blah writing that post was trying to be painful. So I decided to change everything last minute and just honor the guy who had the best overall style of the year. At the beginning of the year I would have put all my cards on Jared Leto being on top this year, but sadly it was not what happened. Luckily we got a new man to watch this year with Rami Malek. Prior to the Golden Globes this year I had never heard of Rami or his show Mr. Robot before, but thanks to the incredible power stylist Ilaria Urbinati he slayed his way through the year. Rami has consistently brought looks that are just out of the red carpet norm all year long. Wearing looks from Dior Homme, Burberry, Sandro, Valentino, All Saints, Zenga, Todd Snyder, Calvin Klein and more Rami was really just on the cusp of all the best brands in the industry and he really just keeps on delivering. Any man that can dethrone Eddie Redmayne is definitely one to watch. I can’t wait to see what awards season and the rest of 2017 has in store for Rami. 2016-end-of-the-year-style-awards-best-dressed-man-rami-malek-2

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