2021 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 6

As we get closer to the actual date of the Grammy’s my wishes are going to get a little more fantastical. While I am still incorporating picks for performers and nominees, some of my wishes are for people we would normally have seen on a Grammy’s red carpet. There are all sorts of great events happening before and after this years show which tell me that there would have been some great moments from those stars as they usually make appearances at those events and then at the Grammy’s themselves. So I am disappointed we are loosing out on some of those moments, but I am getting more and more excited for the future. Red carpets are sure to start returning in full force by the end of this year and I am very excited.Andra Day is one of those stars. She is attending one of those satellite events and with her major awards season run (so far in Chanel Couture and custom Prada) on the road to the Oscars I would definitely expect that we would have seen her at the Grammy’s. For her last two Grammy’s shes referenced bold retro inspired glam, but for this years show I would have gone for more 40’s femme fatale glamour with this deep pool blue velvet Ralph & Russo Fall 2018 Couture strapless column gown which features soft draping, a bustier bodice, intricate crystal snake embroidery, and a daring hip high spit. I love the super sexy Rita Hayworth vibe of this gown and I feel like Andra would be able to sell this gown to us easily. So I would have loved to see her wearing this gown with a sleek retro inspired updo, defined eyes, matte burgundy lips, a pair of gold Casadei rock crystal studded ankle strap sandals, and a statement 18k gold David Webb chain-link collar necklace with brilliant-cut white diamonds and black enamel. Billy Porter will be appearing in a Grammy special about the music connected to social movements in the weeks after the show. Knowing that I would have expected to see the fashionista on the red carpet. He always serves up major fashion moments and I’ve been dying to see Billy wear this lime green Palomo Spain Spring 2021 ensemble which features a floor length duster coat (with a robins egg blue lining) with matching trousers and a white shirt since it was first presented. I was going to use it for a “premiere” of a movie he will be staring in, but that movie release got pushed. So I was thrilled that I still got to put this wish into the universe. I would love to see this major fashion moment styled perfectly with a pair of gold Saint Laurent ‘Candy’ platform boots and a vintage Veruda ‘Nosegay’ peridot, white and yellow diamond brooch set in 18k gold and platinum. Cardi B will be performing on this years show Sunday night so I know she will be serving LOOKS. Her last two Grammy’s have both been in Mugler, both vintage and custom. I wanted a major moment this year and I found it in this black and silver Elie Saab Spring 2021 Couture one shoulder gown which features sequined “feather” 3D details on the bodice, a single sleeve, sheer construction, crystal embellished waist, and an a-line skirt. I have been all over this collection in my Grammy wishes picking looks for H.E.R. and Ariana Grande as well. Crazy thing is that while all three looks are coming from the same collection they all feel very different at the same time. I would absolutely love to see Cardi take this sexy yet glam moment and style it with a sleek updo, smokey winged eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black leather Christian Louboutin ‘Round Chick Alta 150 Black Kid’ scalloped edge peep toe ankle strap d’orsay platform pumps, and a selection of Amwaj jewels including white diamond waterfall chandelier earrings and a matching white diamond cocktail ring to really make this look come to life. John Legend has two Grammy nominations this year and that would definitely have meant we would have seen him and wife Chrissy Teigan on the Grammy’s red carpet this year. I am hoping that this social media savvy duo will still do some super chic fashion moments for the ‘gram. I picked two super dazzling and glam complimentary moments for the pair starting with a steel blue and silver floral jacquard metallic Tom Ford Fall 2021 Menswear tuxedo blazer styled with black trousers. Now the jacket is a favorite of mine from the Fall 2021 menswear collections and I feel like John would look phenomenal in it, but I would style it with a classic white tuxedo shirt, black tuxedo studs, a black bow tie, and a pair of black patent leather Jimmy Choo ‘Foxley/m’ tassel detailed loafers. Now for Chrissy I went with a shining moment with this metallic gunmetal grey pleated chiffon Georges Chakra Fall 2020 Couture strapless gown which features intricate ruffle details, a beaded waist, an a-line skirt, and a thigh high split. Chrissy always knows how to deliver high glam moments on the red carpet and this look would definitely make this a major moment on the red carpet. A sleek updo, defined eyes, dark mauve lips, a grey crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ clutch, a pair of metallic gunmetal grey Stuart Weitzman ‘Oracle 100’ crystal ball detailed ankle strap sandals, and statement arabesque inspired Karen Suen white diamond chandelier earrings would add the perfect finishing touches to this look. A winning duo for a fabulous couple. Best Country Song nominee Maren Morris will be performing with John Mayer at this Sunday’s show. I always find something to fault Maren with. I want to love her, but her style just is tacky and dated and very try to hard. I actually can’t believe I went here, but I picked two looks from D***e & G*****a Secrets & Diamonds collection. She wore D***e for the CMA Awards and it was one of her better looks. I just feel like if anyone could make me like a D***e moment now it would be Maren. For the “red carpet” I would love to see her wearing this black tiered gown with thick straps, intricate crystal embroidery, and a bustier bodice. It is all about glamour from head to toe and would be perfect with sleek old Hollywood waves over one shoulder, defined eyes, bold red lips, black suede Amina Muaddi ‘Vita’ strappy platform sandals, and a selection of Dena Kemp jewels including black and white diamond drop earrings and a matching link cocktail ring. For the performance I went with more dazzle for Maren picking this silver crystal fringe mini dress which I can see being a super modern flapper moment. Keeping the same beauty adding a soft waves, a pair of silver Aquazzura ‘Temptation’ crystal trimmed PVC peep toe slingback sandals, and more Dena Kemp jewels including white diamond fan cluster earrings, a three flower stud white diamond two finger ring, and a five row white diamond cocktail ring would make this look sparkle and shine in the best way possible on our television screens.

The 2021 Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, will air live on CBS Sunday March 14, 2021. You can see all of my wishes for this years red carpet here.

Dream Inaugural Ball for President Joe Biden Red Carpet Wish List Part 3

In this fraught environment I have to say that writing my wishes has been getting me through. I started officially planning my wishes for my dream inaugural ball since the day of the siege on the Capitol. Fashion has always been a bit of escapism for me and that is exactly what we need right now. There might not be fancy balls with star studded guest lists that will happen, but I am going to continue to dream about which looks we might have seen some of the a-list supporters of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. In the looks below you are going to find looks mostly from American designers and one super glamorous blue couture gown. Billy Porter always serves looks so I would have loved to see him bring a major fashion moment to the inaugural festivities this year. Just recently I was flipping through the Christian Siriano Pre-Fall 2021 collection and the moment i saw this ivory suit ensemble embroidered with 3-D eye appliques and features a cropped tailcoat with the tails turning into a train I immediately thought of Billy. Is this look anything we would expect to see at a presidential inaugural ball? Oh hell no. But as I’ve said menswear in Washington, DC needs a shake up and this look would definitely do that. Of course the look would need to be customized for Billy to fit his proportions. To finish out this look I would add a black button down dress shirt and a pair of black Rock Owens slip on platform chunky heel boots (a favorite of Billy) to make sure this look screams individuality. In a virtual campaign event Jennifer Lopez, and fiance Alex Rodriguez, sat down with Joe Biden to talk about the importance of voting, especially Latinos. She will also be performing at the Inaugural Ceremony. So yes I had to make sure she was included in my wishes for what could have been a dream inaugural ball. I decided to break away from American designers for Jennifer as she just needs a little bit more razzle dazzle. So I picked this blue metallic silk one shoulder Elie Saab Fall 2016 Couture gown with some intricate beaded embroidery and a thigh high split, I also picked a major Elie Saab gown for her to wear for her performance at the Inaugural Ceremony as well. It is inherrantly the sexy glam vibe that Jennifer always brings to a red carpet and I just know that she would have shut down the look down on a red carpet for an inaugural ball. Styled with old Hollywood waves worn over one shoulder, smokey eyes, glossy ruby red lips, a navy crystal embellished Judith Leiber Couture ‘Slim Rectangle’ clutch, silver crystal studded PVC Aquazzura ‘Dream 105’ ankle strap sandals, and a selection of Harry Winston jewels including white diamond and emerald cut sapphire drop earrings and a white diamond and sapphire ‘Crisscross’ ring I know this would have been a glamorous moment from head to toe. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the final hostess from the 2020 Democratic National Convention whom I wanted to include in my wishes for a dream inaugural ball. (The others are Eva Longoria, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kerry Washington). Out of the four Julia is my least favorite in terms of style. While her style isn’t bad it is just boring typically. That being said I knew almost immediately what gown I was going to use for Julia’s wish. This simple oyster pink silk Brandon Maxwell Spring 2021 RTW strapless column gown with a thin bright orange bow detailed belt is super chic and I feel like it would have been a perfect moment for Julia to wear for an inaugural ball. Simple waves, defined eyes, soft pink lips, an orange Edie Parker ‘Jean’ marbled-effect acrylic box clutch, champagne Christian Louboutin ‘Galativi 85’ crystal embellished and mesh paneled pointed toe pumps, and one-of-a-kind Irene Neuwirth 18k rose gold set pink opal, fire opal, and white diamond pendant drop earrings would definitely make this look incredibly chic and just the right amount of statement making for Julia. Okay here we go. My wish for Lizzo is one of my favorite of all my wishes for what could have been at the inaugural balls for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Since she really burst onto the scene at the end of last year Lizzo has been encouraging her fans to get out and vote! From Tik Tok and the stage at the Billboard Music Awards to virtual events for the campaign she was really pushing people to do their civic duty; so under normal circumstances I would have been shocked not to see Lizzo in Washington DC for inaugural events. As I was looking for wishes I knew I wanted to use this red satin strapless Oscar de la Renta Fall 2020 RTW gown which features a fitted bodice, drop waist, and an asymmetric high low bubble hem and when I thought of Lizzo wearing the gown my heart started to race. It isn’t something we’ve see Lizzo wear before, but I feel like the dramatic glamour is definitely something she would be able to sell with ease. I would style the look with a vintage inspired updo, defined smokey eyes, bold deep red glossy lips, a red crystal embellished Judith Leiber Couture ‘Hot Lips’ minaudiere, a pair of red crystal embellished Amina Muaddi ‘Karma’ pointed to slingback ankle strap pumps, and Butani jewels including ‘Hypnotic” ruby and diamond wreath hoop earrings and a selection of ruby and diamond bracelets to finish it off in high glam style. “Party in the USA” the hit song by Miley Cyrus made a return to the iTunes charts back in November 2020 thanks to the election of Joe Biden. Miley herself shared a video of Biden and Kamala Harris dancing with the song edited in, and captioned it, “Now THIS is a PARTY IN THE USA!” In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Miley said that she would love to perform at the inauguration. Well as of now I haven’t heard anything about her performing at the ceremony, but had she gone to Washington for the inaugural events I would have loved to see her do so in her full glam grunge vibe that she has been rocking. I wanted to put Miley in Marc Jacobs, but decided instead of going for something current that I would dive deep into the brands archives. When I saw this black chiffon and sequined slip style dress from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2006 RTW collection I knew I had found the right look. It is the perfect balance of grunge and glamour and I feel like it would have definitely been a superb moment for Miley to wear for an inaugural ball, especially if styled with her signature mullet, thick smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black patent leather Christian Louboutin ‘Double L’ strappy sandals, and white diamond Yeprem ‘Inside Out’ double hoop earcuffs. Talking about “Party in the USA” Selena Gomez danced to Miley’s hit song on Instagram Stories after the race was called. Selena has been a voice to make sure you are registered to vote and specifically encouraging Latina’s to use their voices in the electoral process. So yes I would have loved to see her take on Washington DC for an inaugural ball especially if she did it wearing this burgundy jersey Ralph Lauren Fall 2005 RTW criss-cross halter gown. I adore this super chic and glamorous moment and I know that Selena would definitely make it a super chic moment. A sleek updo, defined eyes, burgundy lips, a gold Tyler Ellis ‘Perry’ python embossed clutch, burgundy suede Gianvito Rossi ‘Portofino 85’ ankle strap sandals, and a selection of major Messika x Kate Moss 18k gold set jewels including a pair of broken hoop white diamond earrings with baguette cut drops and an art deco inspired white diamond ring. Rounding out today is a super chic look for Taylor Swift who has been using her voice in politics for the last couple of years. I just always love seeing Taylor so after seeing her really using her voice to encourage people to vote I would have loved to see her in DC for the inaugural events. I went with classic glamour with this pool blue silk chiffon Monique Lhuillier asymmetric draped gown with a thigh high split. It isn’t anything boundary pushing, but I definitely think that for gliding around the room shaking hands (a novel thought isn’t it) and schmoozing that this is a great look for Taylor. A soft romantic updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of silver strappy Jimmy Choo ‘Lilah’ metallic leather sandals, and simple yet glamorous art deco inspired Tiffany & Co. aquamarine and white diamond drop earrings would add the perfect finishing touches to make this look super glam for Taylor.

2020 Emmy Awards Red Carpet Wish List

Well, I was SWAMPED with my actual job lately and I’ve been neglecting If I Was A Stylist as a result. That means that even though I had 14 posts planned for the 2020 Emmy Awards, which take place tonight, all I was able to do is this all in gallery for the nominees, presenters, and cast members of nominated projects. I am really interested to see how the Emmy’s will work from home with production kits sent to over 130 different locations. How will the fashion fare? We saw the fashion factor happen for the VMA’s and then Venice Film Festival actually happened in person and I was THRILLED. So in my wishes for this years event I’ve pulled looks hot off the runway this past week during NYFW, things shown seasons ago, as well as several looks I would love to see stars pull out of their archives and give another go. So check out my 54 wishes below and let me know which ones you would most like to see come true.

2020 Democratic National Convention Red Carpet Wish List

A lot of people say fashion isn’t and shouldn’t be political. I say they are dead wrong. I’ve honestly missed writing about fashion as it relates to American politics. I’ve had a blackout on the Trump administration because I fervently disagree with the administrations policies. So now that we are into campaign season I am getting excited. From Michelle Obama launching careers of young designers to Barack Obama’s biggest scandal being the tan suit the Obama white house was full of fashion moments. I don’t expect that if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win the 2020 Presidential Election that they would come close to rivaling the Obama’s, but I definitely think that I will be watching. The 2020 Democratic National Convention, the official kickoff of the final stretch to election day starts tonight and over the next several nights we will see the biggest names in Democratic politics gather around the country virtually to rally their support behind former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris. So let’s talk about some of the looks I would like to see worn for some of the speeches that will be given. Starting the list is Senator Kamala Harris, the nominee for Vice President of the United States. She will deliver the Keynote speech on Wednesday to officially accept the nomination for Vice President. I’ve followed Kamala for a while now, but not because of her fashion. So when the announcement came down I did a bit of a dive into what she’s worn for events and as a senator in the Capital to shape what I would love to see her wear. She loves a pantsuit so of course for the speech to accept the nomination I found an amazing pantsuit for Kamala. I love the cut of this grey Altuzarra Fall 2020 RTW melange wool blend suit which feature a wide lapel double breasted blazer and a pair of wide leg pants. It is an interesting take on the classic pantsuit and I feel like it is easily something Kamala would wear. For the speech I would style the look with her signature soft curls, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, a teal blue peony watercolor floral print Altuzarra silk button down shirt, a pair of black suede Jimmy Choo ‘Love 100’ pointed toe pumps, and her signature pearl earrings. Now typically on the final night of the convention after the presidential nominee gives their acceptance speech the VP nominee and the families come out and greet the crowd to a balloon drop and explosion of confetti. Due to COVID-19 we know that there will be no crowd. We don’t know what the speeches will look like yet, but I am really interested to see if Kamala will come out and join Joe Biden at the end of the convention. If she does I would like to see her step onto the stage wearing this royal blue Carolina Herrera Resort 2021 long sleeve crepe midi dress which features a draped skirt and a crew neckline. It isn’t often we see Kamala wearing a dress, but I feel like this one is perfect for her. Her signature curls, defined eyes, dark red glossy lips, those signature pearls, and black Christian Louboutin ‘Brandina’ croc stamped calfskin leather asymmetrical sling back pointed toe pumps would put the perfect finishing touches on this look for Kamala. It would make sure the official kick off is done in style. Fashion isn’t what I associate with Dr. Jill Biden. She isn’t a high fashion political spouse, but she always gives us very chic and elegant looks for both more casual and more formal events. I would love to see Dr. Biden wearing two super chic looks for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. For her speech tomorrow night as the potential next First Lady I knew immediately who I would love to see dress Dr. Biden. I feel like she is perfectly slated for Oscar de la Renta and when I saw this azure blue Oscar de la Renta sleeveless midi dress which features an overlay neckline and a flared hem I knew I had found the perfect look for Dr. Biden’s speech. It is a chic off the rack moment and fitting for a future First Lady. Her signature waves, defined eyes, soft pink lips, and a pair of ballet pink suede and patent leather Jimmy Choo ‘Ray’ mid heel slingback pointed toe pumps would add the perfect finishing touches to this look. Now for the final night to join Joe on the stage after his speech (hopefully to a hail of balloons and confetti) I went with another off the rack look. I imagine Joe will wear a blue suit that I would love to see styled with a red tie, so to compliment the blue Carolina Herrera dress I picked for Kamala and that suit for Joe I would love to see Dr. Biden wear this white Lauren Ralph Lauren faux-wrap knee length dress which features a v-neck and a barely cap sleeves. It would make a perfect trio of looks especially if styled with her signature waves, defined eyes, nude pink lips, and a pair of white lace Gianvito Rossi ‘Liliane’ pointed toe pumps. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to be speaking tomorrow night as well. She has become a huge star since upsetting her district’s long held congressman. She gives major style moments. What I love about her is that she does stay accessible with her fashion. “Get used to me slaying lewks because I am an excellent thrift shopper” AOC has said. When I was looking for the perfect look for her to wear on the stage, wherever it may be, to deliver her DNC speech I knew it had to be accessible. So I went shopping on the virtual racks of Macys.com. Specifically the sale racks. I fell in love with the idea of seeing AOC wearing this black DKNY sleeveless a-line knee length dress which features an electric blue asymmetrical pleated panel immediately. Then I saw the $45.13 price tag and I knew it was perfect. She does live her life to what she talks and  appreciate that. Now I have seen her rock a really good shoe, so I went a little higher end with the shoes picking a pair of electric blue Alexander Wang ‘Rie’ silver studded pointed toe pumps. They are on the pricey side at $360 even at 40% off, but shoes are gold. To finish this look I would love to see her style the look with a sleek bun updo, defined eyes, red lips, and stud earrings. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will take the virtual stage for the DNC tonight. I always love seeing Michelle because she LOVES to play with fashion. I would love to see her give us a bold fashion moment tonight so I picked this marigold yellow Christopher John Rogers Fall 2020 RTW draped dress which features batteau neckline, long bell sleeves, gathered detail on the waist, and a side split. It is a bit of a political statement not because of color, but because it is a black designer and a rising star. I would love to see Michelle really go for it with this look styling it with a chic wavy bob, defined eyes, dark red glossy lips, a pair of metallic yellow gold Schutz ‘Sol’ ribbed detail slingback pointed toe pumps, and Mateo NY 14k gold set baroque pearl drop earrings. It would make for a statement fashion moment for Michelle. In addition to all of the political leaders speaking at the convention the DNC will also have a line up of musical acts that rivals what the VMA’s have already announced. Queer icon and Broadway star Billy Porter is among those who have been announced to perform at this years Democratic Convention. I always love seeing Billy as he serves a look no matter if hes walking a red carpet or joining an interview via Zoom. While I went pretty conservative with the looks I picked for the speakers I’ve picked some real FASHION moments for the performers starting with this major yee-haw meets glam grunge red, white, and blue Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 RTW ensemble for Billy Porter. Billy recently covered Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 protest anthem “For What It’s Worth.” I’m betting that he will be joining Stephen Stills who originally wrote and sang that protest anthem. It would be a great moment. I feel like this now archive fashion moment I would love to see Billy pull it out of the archive and bring it to life. Common & John Legend are also going to be performing at the 202 DNC. Now it isn’t confirmed that they are going to perform together, but I would imagine that they will be performing their Oscar and Grammy Award winning song “Glory” from Selma. I decided not to include John this time because of sheer time cuts (I also wasn’t able to include Billie Eilish, Prince Royce, The Chicks, and more it really will be a star studded event) but I wanted to include Common. I’ve always loved seeing she sharp dressed rapper on the red carpet. I love that he isn’t afraid of color or pattern. I gave him that for my wish thanks to this Dzojchen blue and white basket weave single breasted suit with matching shirt. It is a statement suit for sure and I definitely can picture it being something Common would be drawn to. Style it with a pair of black calfskin leather Christian Louboutin ‘Dr Jack’ side laced oxfords to make the look perfect. Vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson will also will be performing and I honestly wish I could pick one song to zero in on. She could give us Aretha Franklin performing some of the Queen of Soul’s protest anthems like “Respect,” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” or “People Get Ready” or she could perform her Oscar nominated song “I’ll Fight” from the documentary “RBG.” I’m leaning towards her performing Aretha since she does have the movie where she stars as the late Soul icon. I picked my look for her with Aretha in mind. I LOVE this ice blue sequin Prabal Gurung Resort 2020 one shoulder ruffle gown which features ostrich feather trim and a hip high split. I can imagine Jennifer giving us full 60’s inspired glam wearing this gown with an avant garde twist updo, thick winged eyes, deep red glossy lips, a pair of silver Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Sophie’ metallic leather slingback sandals, and dazzling Hueb ‘Botanica’ white diamond and aquamarine cluster earrings. It would be a major fashion moment for sure. I can say I’m not exactly sure what Maggie Rogers will be performing at the 2020 Democratic Convention. She is one of the few who I’ve actually seen on the official schedule. She will perform tonight before speeches by Senator Bernie Sanders and former First Lady Michelle Obama. With her voice she could perform patriotic standards like “This Land Is Your Land” or “America The Beautiful.” While I don’t know what she will be performing I know I would love to see her rock her performance wearing this Carolina Herrera Fall 2020 RTW ensemble which features a rounded sleeve with ribbon tied cuffs electric blue tunic with a black rose pattern embroidered it paired with periwinkle blue straight leg pants. It is a meshing of oversized, femininity, and tailoring and I feel that is something that Maggie is drawn to in her looks. Styling it with a loose updo, barely there makeup, and white black Roger Vivier ‘Texan Sabot’ crystal buckle detailed cowboy boot inspired mules would definitely make this a super cool look for Maggie.

The 2020 Democratic National Convention will run today Monday August 17, 2020 through Thursday August 20, 2020.

2020 BET Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

Today we finish out my 2020 BET Awards wishes with three wishes for three stars with very different and distinct style. Had there been a major red carpet for the BET Awards I know that the three stars in today’s wishes would have definitely bring the drama and glamour to the red carpet. I am hoping that in the coming weeks and months we will start to get back to red carpet events, but until then I will continue to talk about what could have been. So let’s get into it. I love me some Billy Porter. The Queer actor brings the glamour to the red carpet. He takes risks and blurs the lines between menswear and womenswear. I am still imagining myself wearing the white Alex Vinash feathered tuxedo that Billy wore for the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year for my own wedding. So I turned to a designer who loves blurring the lines of gender, sexuality, and race: Prabal Gurung. As I was on the hunt for the perfect look for Billy to wear for the BET Awards I immediately fell in love with this white and black Prabal Gurung Fall 2020 RTW tailored tuxedo which features an asymmetrically color blocked jacket with a gold button detail and a pair of slouchy pintuck straight leg pants. I definitely think this look could be super effortless and majorly glamorous on Billy. It isn’t the big drama filled gowns or coats he tends to favor, but it gives us disco Saturday Night Fever elegance. Now I would want to see Billy really go for it with the styling adding a black Stefano Ricci crystal-tipped silk formal shirt worn with a button or two undone, a black feather embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Celeste’ crystal trimmed clutch, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Night on the Nile’ crystal embellished and velvet loafers, and a DRAMATIC Philip Treacy black and white wide brimmed fedora style hat. It would all make a major moment come to together perfectly. Cynthia Erivo delivered all kinds of major looks over the course of awards season. From big ball gowns or simpler silhouettes done perfectly I was ALWAYS looking forward to seeing what she was going to bring to the red carpet. So I wanted to make sure that I included a major moment for what I would have wanted to see Cynthia bring to life on the red carpet. Enter this red jersey Balenciaga Fall 2020 RTW draped gown which features gloved sleeves as thigh high split, and a sweeping train. I went back and forth on picking this look for Cynthia because I don’t think that she would be able to pull off the look with the matching tight boots that the look was styled with on the runway and I wasn’t sure I would have liked to see the gown without the boots. The more and more I thought about it I think that customizing the gown so it had a bodysuit so there could still be a lot of leg shown and styling the look with her signature bleach blonde shaved hairstyle, defined eyes, deep red glossy lips, a red crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ clutch, a pair of red stretch mesh Balenciaga pointed toe pumps, and statement David Webb geometric hoop ruby and white diamond drop earrings would definitely make this a major moment for Cynthia to bring to life. 16 year old actress Storm Reid has definitely made a name for her self in the world of high fashion. She opened the Miu Miu Fall 2020 RTW show back in March and has rocked red carpets around the world in some of the most coveted fashion brands including Coach, Iris Van Herpen, Viktor & Rolf, Simone Rocha, & Etro. I cannot wait to continue seeing what the future has in store for her. So I would love to see Storm give us cocktail drama wearing this black Balmain Fall 2020 RTW strapless ruffled crepe midi dress which features a cropped bustier bodice with a sweetheart neckline and a tulip shaped skirt. The look is sexy and glamorous yet incredibly age appropriate for Storm, especially with the right styling. A chic fishtail plaited braid, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of black suede Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ pointed toe pumps, and a statement Vhernier ‘Calla’ ebony and 18k rose gold link necklace would definitely have made this look a major glam fashion moment for Storm.

Check out Part 1 of my 2020 BET Awards wishes here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. The virtual BET Awards will take place on Sunday June 28, 2020 at 8pm on BET, BET Her, & CBS.

50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER Part 10

Today we finish with my 50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER list. I did my research. The looks in this list are all based on looks that stars wore on red carpets all over the world. Now while some might think of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, and Twiggy when they think of iconic fashion moments. That is true, but you won’t find any of them on these lists. If you’re ready to ask me why I have an answer. Mostly their iconic fashion moments all were created for them by the costume designers contracted by the studios they worked for. I wanted to include only the looks that weren’t planned in conjunction with the studio for their impact. They might have been pulled together by high paid stylist, but not in a way that a studio would craft a look for their star based on the image they wanted them to have. Now this look is only ranked from the oldest to the newest and not based on how iconic I think that the look is. So let’s get into it.46) Nicole Kidman in Calvin Klein by Appointment at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival: Between 2007 and 2017 Nicole Kidman feel out of love with fashion and then started to fall back in love with it. I fell in love with it too seeing it was look number 4 on my Best Dressed of 2017 list. I feel like this black and white Calvin Klein by Appointment bondage meets ballerina tea length tutu was the culmination of her falling back in love with fashion. This look took inspiration of Rudi Gernreich’s 1964 ‘Topless Swimsuit’ with a major ballerina skirt. In the CK by Appointment ad campaign this Raf Simons design was even show bare chested. For Nicole he of course modified the design to have the bustier bodice. It was a super enchanting moment for me. Modern yet classic glamour all rolled into one look. 47) Elle Fanning in Valentino Couture at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival: 2018 was a major year for fashion and the first major look of the year came when Elle Fanning attended the Opening Ceremony of the Berlin International Film Festival giving us 60’s glamour wearing this bold Valentino Couture ensemble. It is still my favorite Elle Fanning red carpet moment ever and one of the best Valentino by Pierpaolo Piccioli looks ever delivered on the red carpet. I never would have expected Elle to wear a look like this. When I saw the look on the runway I honestly would have expected it to overwhelm Elle’s frame, but she wore it with effortless elegance. 48) Lady Gaga in Valentino Couture at the 2018 Venice Film Festival: Each time I’ve featured Lady Gaga in this list it has corresponded with a new wave in her career. Her third and final look featured on this list comes from the frothy pink feathered Valentino Couture gown that she wore for the Venice Film Festival premiere of A Star Is Born. I SCREAMED when I saw this look. I loved this gown on the runway, but really felt like it was destined just to be an editorial look. So when Gaga showed up giving us full movie star drama wearing this gown in Venice I my heart skipped several beats. As I said earlier 2018 was a really strong year fashion wise but ultimately Lady Gaga in this gown topped my Best Dressed of the Year list, but honestly all of the first 4 looks could have easily tied for first it was so hard to cut down the list and rank everything. I will always rank this among Lady Gaga’s best red carpet moments ever. 49) Billy Porter in Christian Siriano at the 2019 Academy Awards: The 2019 Oscars red carpet was kind of a let down. I was overall disappointed in all the nominees and presenters. Billy Porter though, who was there to host the red carpet for ABC, served us up a MAJOR fashion moment wearing a custom Christian Siriano tuxedo meets ballgown. It was a major moment for queer fashion on the red carpet. This is the ONLY men’s look I’m adding to this list because of how ground breaking it was. I feel like everything about this look screams ICONIC. While I don’t think it shattered boundaries for men on the red carpet I do think it put some major cracks in what we expect to see men wear on the red carpet. 50) Elle Fanning in Christian Dior Couture at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival: The final look on the list is this major Elle Fanning moment in Cannes. In 2019 as she was making her rounds at the festival as a member of the jury she stepped out for one of the premieres wearing this major Christian Dior Couture by Maria Grazia Chiuri look. This is a new take on the iconic Christian Dior “New Look.” It was amazing tribute that felt very glamorous without feeling costume-y. It was an unexpected yet elegant moment which is a lot more casual than what I would have expected from Elle, but  that is part of what made it amazing. The custom Steven Jones hat really made this look. It wouldn’t have been the same without it.

So there you have it my full list of the 50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER. Who are you surprised to see included? Who do you think should have made the cut? What do you think didn’t quite live up to iconic status?

Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, Part 5 here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here, and Part 9 here. Hope you have enjoyed.

2020 Met Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 22

From Lady Gaga’s four wardrobe changes last year to Rihanna’s internet-breaking yellow Guo Pei cape gown in 2015, the Met Gala has long been the most anticipated red carpet event of the year with the biggest names in music, film, fashion and entertainment going all out with their costumes to match the annual ball’s theme. This year the Met Gala theme is  “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” The event will mark the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary and will be partly inspired by Virginia Woolf and the theories of the early-20th-century French philosopher Henri Bergson. How this years theme will be interpreted is yet to be seen. Will stars go timeless or will there be a lot of gowns that look like clocks? I guess only time will tell. Billy Porter showed up on last years Met Gala red carpet as the sun god carried in The Blonds on a litter carried by six shirtless men. He then showed off his wings as he twirled up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I expected Billy to bring the drama to last years red carpet as he does help define what “Camp” style is. I definitely want to see Billy rock this years Met Gala red carpet as well. I feel like Billy will of course still be delivering a superb fashion moment. Billy has been front row at Richard Quinn shows for the last two seasons and when I was thinking of the perfect person to wear this black and silver crystal embellished houndstooth pattern suit which features a fitted jacket and a bell bottom pants from the Richard Quinn Fall 2020 RTW collection it just clicked that it should be Billy. He would definitely bring this look to life styling it with a black or white button down shirt, hist favorite pair of black Rick Owens ‘KISS’ platform chunky heel boots, and a black lace print Stephen Jones Millinery ‘Derby’ with a net veil. This years Met Gala can serve as the celebration for the Met’s 150th anniversary and the farewell party for Jean Paul Gaultier. Earlier this year, on the date of his couture show in Paris the designer announced it would be his last show. With the future of the house still up in the air I would love to see Gaultier aplenty on this red carpet. In fact I’ve picked 3 looks from the designer for this years Met Gala red carpet. Two from his final collection and one from an archive collection. I’ve picked this black tulle high low gown which features intricate beading and plumage on one shoulder for FKA Twigs. The singer has loved herself some Jean Paul Gaultier on the red carpet, mostly vintage. I think that she would make sure this look is rock and roll glamour defined and I think she would definitely be able to really sell this look to me especially if styled with a sleek yet edgy updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black crystal embellished Rene Caovilla ‘Galaxia’ mesh calf high peep toe boots, and MAJOR Yeprem jewels including a statementChevalier’ white diamond ear cuff, and a matching ‘Chevalier’ white diamond hand ring (worn on opposite sides.) Penelope Cruz has only walked the Met Gala red carpet twice. The black and white vintage Chanel Couture gown that she wore last year would easily fit in perfectly on this years red carpet. I decided once again to dive into the Chanel archives for the perfect gown for Penelope to wear on this years red carpet. The Chanel Fall 2009 Couture collection is one of my favorite Chanel collections ever. There have been several major red carpet moments to come out of that collection, but this black strapless gown which features a velvet crystal and ruffle detailed peplum bodice, a sequined tulle column underskirt, and a beaded tulle overskirt has never been worn. It perplexes me. This gown is super glamorous and I would love to see Penelope pull this gown out of the archive and finally give it the red carpet moment it deserves. The gown definitely fits the theme of this years gala perfectly. Now it might be a long shot since it is officially part of the history of Chanel, but I would love to see a dramatic layered tulle train added to this look tacked under the peplum of the gown. Old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a black lambskin and black metal chain Chanel quilted clutch, a pair of black Gianvito Rossi ‘Portofino’ clear PVC strap sandals, and a statement white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection ‘Superb’ collar necklace would definitely bring this look to life and give this gown the red carpet both it and Penelope deserve. I spent a lot of time in the process of pulling these wishes together going through as many couture archives from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s as possible. So sprinkled throughout my wishes you are going to find some amazing vintage couture runway moments I would love to see on the red carpet. The Versace archive gave me a lot of inspiration. I’ve picked several moments from the label over the years for the Met Gala red carpet. So I spent DAYS trying to figure out who should be the person to pull this silver pleated and draped lame Atelier Versace Spring 1994 Couture ball gown which features a plunging neckline. The gown is the perfect balance of sexy and princess. Finally I thought of Stella Maxwell wearing this gown on the Met steps and knew that it was the perfect match. She oozes sexy sophistication and I think that is exactly what is needed to bring this look to life on the Met Gala red carpet. A loose curly updo, smokey eyes, soft nude lips, a pair of silver glitter Christian Louboutin ‘Cathy’ peep toe platform d’orsay ankle strap pumps, and dazzling white diamond de Grisogono fabric drape inspired drop earrings would ensure that Stella oozes sexy glamour on the Met Gala red carpet. I also dove into designer archives for Zoe Kravitz. Originally I had picked a red latex moment from the Saint Laurent Fall 2020 RTW collection for the Saint Laurent spokesmodel, but then I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw a YSL look from when YSL actually designed YSL. It inspired me to dive into the Yves St Laurent archive for Zoe. As it happens Zoe actually wore a vintage YSL look last year at the Met Gala. It was chic, but nothing in comparison to this bold red strapless Yves Saint Laurent Spring 1996 Couture gown which features a feathered peplum and a column skirt it is nothing. This gown gives me LIFE. It screams glamour and I believe that Zoe would be able to bring this gown to life like few others could. I would love to see Zoe style this look with a chic pixie, winged eyes, soft nude lips, a pair of red leather Saint Laurent ‘Kiki’ pointed toe pumps, and dazzling Lorraine Schwartz jewels including a pair of pink sapphire and ruby drop earrings and a statement orange sapphire and pink sapphire cocktail ring to really ensure that this couture gown gets the red carpet moment it deserves.

2020 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

The 2020 Grammy’s are tomorrow night and I don’t know what exactly happened from Monday to now, but I have lost my excitement for this red carpet. With every press release of new performances, Grammy moment announcements, and the release of the list of presenters I just got less and less enthused. While I went into this week hoping that the Grammy’s were going to be a bright spot in a rather bland awards season thus far I am growing ever more weary that will be the case. I always loved the Grammy’s for the fact that nominated stars showed up no matter what. Some of the other music awards shows almost seem disingenuous with handing out awards. One nominated star will be in the audience per category and you know they are the one that will be taking home the award. That wasn’t the case with the Grammy’s. That all seemed to change this week as ousted Grammy CEO Deborah Dugan went public with tales of sexism, vote rigging, and more. So I can see why some of the biggest names in music are stepping back from this years show. Now all of the stars in this set of wishes are confirmed to be presenters, performers, and nominees at tomorrows show. If I had to guess I would say that the likeliness of seeing Lady Gaga or Michelle Obama is rather slim as they are just nominated and are not expected to present or perform and as a plus one and a major player in the #TimesUp movement I don’t know if we will see Nicole Kidman on the arm of hubby Keith Urban who is presenting. Later today I am going to post 63 of my favorite looks form the recently presented Spring 2020 Couture collections, and I guess you could count this list as an extention of that as seven of the looks in this list are hot off the runway. I do feel like these are some of my favorite wishes so far this awards season. I think it is because that at the Grammy’s anything goes and you can really have fun with looks and that is definitely what I did here. Oh and just a little tidbit of information for you I was looking through the Atelier Versace Spring 2020 Couture lookbook this week and Donatella named each of the looks presented and when I saw that the gown I picked for Ariana Grande to wear on this red carpet was named Ariana I knew I had to put this wish into the universe because I definitely believe it is right up her glam.

The 2020 Grammy Awards will take place tomorrow night Sunday January 26, 2020.

 

2020 Critics Choice Awards Red Carpet Wish List

The 2020 Critics Choice Awards are slated to take place tomorrow night at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. This red carpet bridges the weekends between the Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Historically this red carpet is a little more laid back than the Globes and even the SAG’s, but given the low level of “go big or go home” at the Globes (save a few major gowns even if I didn’t love them) I am hoping that stars are planning some major moments on this red carpet. While many of the nominees convey from the Globes to the SAG’s there are also some differences and I know that there are going to be several faces making their first awards season appearance tomorrow night. I am definitely excited to see what will come from this red carpet. Below are the 35 looks I want to see from nominees, presenters, plus ones, and guests of nominated projects. I don’t expect a red carpet filled with 100+ big a-list stars but I want everyone who does attend to deliver major moments on the red carpet. Which of the looks below do you think would make the best moment for this red carpet?

2020 AFI Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

Well just because yesterday I concluded my last wish list for a red carpet in 2019 doesn’t mean I am going to slow down. Awards season 2020 was thrown for a loop when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences moved the date of the Oscars forward from its usual perch at the end of February and moved to the beginning of February. That means that starting from the turn of the new year to February 9, 2020 we are going to see a marathon of glamour. My first set of wishes for the 2020 Awards Season is for cast members of the films and television programs that are being honored at the AFI Awards. Now this event is a more casual luncheon so I definitely wanted to reflect that in my wishes. I will have multiple sets of wishes for this red carpet, but when I pulled photos of all the cast members of the films and television programs which are being honored and the list was 33 people long I knew I didn’t have time to break down each look individually. I love this red carpet because stars are always on point, but still allowed to let their hair down a little before going from black tie affair to black tie affair. So check out my first 11 wishes for this red carpet. They range from legacy brands off the runway to recently presented Pre-Fall 2020 collections and even an off the rack look for Jamie Lee Curtis who tends to buy her red carpet looks.

The 2020 AFI Awards will take place on Friday January 3, 2019.