2021 AFI Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

Out of all the programs that were released last year I am most annoyed that COVID stole a promo tour and an Emmy’s night from us for the cast of Mrs. America. This cast was built for red carpet promotions and the series was phenomenal. I know we are going to see a lot of them at events like the Golden Globe Awards, the SAG Awards, and the Critics Choice Awards, but the awards season journey would have started at the AFI Awards where it is being honored as one of the Top 10 TV Programs of 2021. So today’s wishes for what could have been at the 2021 AFI Awards had there been an in person event vs a virtual benediction I have the women from Mrs. America. Shall we jump into them? I think the moments I am missing the most from the cancelled promo tour and awards season red carpets from is Cate Blanchett. Regular readers should know that Cate will always be a queen to me (even if I was really disappointed in her run during the Venice Film Festival last year) and I would have expected major things from her. For the AFI Awards I would have loved to see Queen Cate give us a very chic moment wearing this gold Lanvin Spring 2021 RTW silk pant set which features a chinoiserie inspired asymmetrical button down blouse with a chic metallic thread Koi fish embroidered paired with a v-banded wide leg pants. I have been loving this look and there aren’t many red carpets that it would be appropriate for, but for a brunch event I definitely think that it would be perfect especially styled with soft waves, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, nude Aquazzura ‘Dalia 85’ mesh paneled pointed toe pumps, and a pair of dazzling Kentshire antique white diamond grapevine drop earrings. Elizabeth Banks is another style favorite, there are many amongst this cast, and yes I am sad that we aren’t going to see her at the AFI Awards either. When thinking about the casual glam look I wanted to see Elizabeth wear I immediately thought of this periwinkle Elie Saab Spring 2021 RTW ensemble which features a matching floral jacquard double breasted coat and high waisted pleated above the knee skirt paired with a solid silk chiffon v-neck sleeveless top. It is a very chic moment and I definitely feel like it is something that Elizabeth would wear. Now I would have Liz wear the coat over her shoulders as it was styled in the lookbook finishing the moment with soft wave bob, defined eyes, poppy pink lips, a pair of navy suede Gianvito Rossi ‘Gianvito 105’ pointed toe pumps, and some major Sylva & Cie blue quartz & tourmaline asymmetrical drop earrings.Niecy Nash has some bold style and I am definitely intrigued to see what she brings to the red carpet. I would have loved seeing Niecy showcase this bold orange Christian Siriano puff sleeve dress which features an asymmetrical cutout on the shoulder and a fitted silhouette. I feel like this simple yet chic moment and it would definitely be a true MOMENT on Niecy. A hairstyle that is side parted and pulled back with teased curls (like she wore for the NAACP Image Awards last year), soft smokey eyes, glossy nude lips, a gold metallic leather Gucci logo detailed envelope clutch, a pair of metallic gold Le Silla ‘Eva’ pointed toe stilettos, and a bit of statement sparkle via Mattia Cielo ‘Rugiada Diamanti’ diamond studded concentric circle hoop earrings would have pulled this look together beautifully. Rose Byrne is just another major fashion girl in the cast of Mrs. America. I love the risks that she takes and that no matter what she wears she always puts forth the the most. So thinking about what I wanted to see her wearing for the AFI Awards I took inspiration in her character from Mrs. America and thought about Gloria Steinem and her iconic 70’s style. I saw this Victoria Beckham Spring 2021 RTW ensemble which features a butter yellow virgin wool two button blazer, a ruffle trimmed cardigan layered over a ruffle trimmed ribbed turtleneck knit skirt tucked into camel virgin wool split-hem straight leg trousers. It is that perfect mix of 70’s bohemian and tailoring and I can imagine it being a phenomenal moment on Rose. I would keep the styling very 70’s as well finishing the look with a sleek bob, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, the necklace from the lookbook, and a pair of gold croc embossed leather Paris Texas clunky platform wedge sandals to really make this a killer moment for Rose. As I continue writing down this list I am getting more and more FOMO for this years AFI Awards. There are so many amazing fashion girls in the programs being honored and Sarah Paulson is another amazing fashion girl who I am sure would have brought a major look to the red carpet. She was another who I knew immediately what look I wanted to pick for her. I thought of this Prada Spring 2021 RTW ensemble which features a grey mohair v-neck sweater worn with the sleeves pushed up layered over a caution cone orange openwork viscose turtleneck top paired with a grey wool kick pleat a-line midi skirt with a safety buckle belted waist. It is cool and feminine all at the same time and I know that Sarah has the carriage to really make this look come to life. Now I was really turned on by the baby pink pumps the look was styled with on the runway. In fact I was originally thinking about keeping them, but the more I think about it the more I would like to see those same nylon gabardine slingback pointed toe kitten heel pumps in black instead for this look. Now I would take the pink from the pumps and still include it in the look but via a baby pink Prada ‘Sidonie’ leather clutch instead. Finishing the look with a sleek bob, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, and a pair of vintage Rhonda Faber Green orange faceted opal and white diamond teardrop drop earrings from Beladora would definitely make this such a major fashion moment for Sarah to bring to the red carpet.  Finishing out today is the beautiful Uzo Aduba who is the only member of the cast who was nominated at the Emmy’s last year to actually win and so I would bet that she would be font and center here had there been a red carpet for the AFI Awards this year. For this more casual event I went with a dress off the rack from a designer we haven’t seen Uzo wearing before. I wanted a great Gucci printed dress and I fell in love with this black and pink floral jersey button up dress with a matching ribbon belted waist and knew it would be a perfect match. It would hug her curves beautifully and showcase some killer star style. A high pony tail of braids, defined eyes, glossy deep red lips, a black leather Gucci ‘GG Marmont’ clutch, a pair of black Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ pointed toe pumps, and simple Boucheron ‘Serpent Boheme’ 18k rose gold and rhodalite stud earrings would definitely make this a major fashion moment for Uzo.

The 2021 AFI Awards will be a virtual event with a benediction on February 26, 2021. You can see Part 1 of this series here.


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