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 2

In the state of the world we live in with the COVID-19 virus and all of the political unrest what more have we than to dream of better days? I think that’s what has kept be going through the last year. With so many events cancelled and minimal press tours, no galas, and a lack of glamour I have been continuing to dream through these wishes. So that is what I am going to keep doing today with seven more wishes for looks I would have liked to see at my dream Inaugural Ball to celebrate the start of the term of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. I’ve always loved paying attention to political fashion and inauguration day has always brought some very interesting looks. So let’s see what looks I would have liked to see the people featured in today’s wishes wear shall we? Kicking things off today is Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. When it comes to the politics of fashion I have long been intrigued by AOC. She has talked many times about how she doesn’t want to be the person dressed by all of the top designers. Many of her looks are purchased via thrifting and sales. So I did the same for all the looks I picked for her to wear for the inauguration. While I went more expensive with her look to wear for the inaugural ceremony, the look I’ve picked for AOC to wear for the inaugural ball cost less that $500 all in. The centerpiece of the look is a purple Zac Posen asymmetric sleeveless gown with a  scoop neck and embellishments throughout the bodice and down the hips. I love this gown and it is definitely a signature draped moment from the House of Zac Posen, which I miss so much. This gown when originally purchased was most likely over $1,000 probably over $2,000. It arrived on The Real Real for $545 and is now on sale for 80% off that price and is now just $109, a real steal. I can definitely imagine this gown hugging Alexandria’s fantastic figure beautifully. To make this look full glamour head to toe I would have her style it with a sleek vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a gold Nina metallic foil crystal trimmed minaudiere ($62.50), a pair of black glitter Stuart Weitzman platform sandals ($144), and Miguel Ases ‘Cape’ amethyst 3-drop flower chandelier earrings ($127.80). On the eve of the election Chrissy Teigan & John Legend flew from their home in California to assist Joe Biden in campaigning in Pennsylvania, a state that ultimately served Joe Biden with the electoral victory. John will also be performing in a television special celebrating the inauguration. So with that in mind it makes total sense that they would have been included on the guest list for one of the inaugural balls. I love seeing these two together on the red carpet. Just to stand in the crowd while John performed at the Pennsylvania rally Chrissy donned couture so I know she would have served a look for an inaugural ball. I would have loved to see her go for sexy goddess glamour with this white asymmetrical LBV Spring 2021 RTW draped gown with a high split. If anyone could make this look really come to life it would be Chrissy. I would go with a sleek updo, defined eyes, bright pink lips, a pair of white crystal embellished Gianvito Rossi ‘Glam’ ankle strap sandals, and and a pair of dazzling floral white diamond Butani drop earrings to really make this look scream glamour. For John I wanted to break up the sea of classic penguin suits instead opting to see him wearing this black, white, and pink floral embroidered Tom Ford Fall 2020 RTW collection tuxedo. Now while the runway’s styling isn’t what I would do instead opting for more classic with a white tuxedo shirt, classic black satin striped tuxedo pants, a black bow tie, and black patent leather Christian Louboutin ‘Corteo Flat’ oxfords. It would definitely make these two look like a major power couple, of course which they are. Elizabeth Banks is a huge advocate for women’s rights and has worked closely with the Democratic Party for years. On election night the actress, director, and advocate tweeted “I’m so so so relieved. Congrats to @JoeBiden I am crying at the thought of @KamalaHarris as Vice President of the United States – wow wow wow.” I feel like Elizabeth would definitely have been seen on Inauguration night attending one of the balls and I would have expected to see her do so in very glamorous fashion. I would have loved to see her bring a true ball gown to life with this charcoal silk satin Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2020 RTW halter ball gown which features intricate silver sequined embroidery. I think that this look screams glamour and Elizabeth would have worn it with effortless ease. A sleek side parted low bun updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of black suede Jimmy Choo ‘Emsy 100’ crystal embroidered peep toe cross strap sandals, and Kwiat ‘Eclipse’ diamond wreath earrings would definitely make sure this look exudes glamour from head to toe. At the onset of planning these wishes one look I knew immediately what I wanted to do was for Kerry Washington. She was one of the few who actually braved the pandemic and went out for in person events as a surrogate for the Biden campaign. With that and the knowledge that Kerry will be a part of the “Celebrate America” inauguration night television special I would have expected to see Kerry bring a super glamorous moment to life had there been an inaugural ball. Immediately I thought of putting Kerry in this black liquid sequin jersey Marc Jacobs Fall 2020 RTW scoop neck column gown. It was inspired by the iconic designs of Norman Norrell in the 1960’s and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect gown for Kerry to wear for this occasion. It isn’t dramatic, but all about glamour. She would be able to walk through all of the parties schmoozing with the political elite with effortless ease. A sleek center parted bob, defined smokey eyes, bold red lips, a black Miu Miu ‘Ayers’ crystal studded leather clutch, a pair of black mesh Christian Louboutin ‘Mariacar 120’ peep to cross strap d’Orsay pumps, and a statement white diamond Tiffany & Co. ‘Schlumberger® Stars and Moons’ necklace to really bring the glamour of this look to full capacity. Lady Gaga will be performing at the Inauguration Ceremony, so I would have definitely expected to see her make a wardrobe change and attend one of the balls had there been any. While I did decide to pick looks from American designers for almost all of my wishes for what could have been should there have been an Inaugural Ball, but I just couldn’t find a look from an American designer worthy of Gaga’s dramatic sensibilities. So I turned to French Haute Couture. This electric blue Stephane Rolland Spring 2020 Couture “Half Moon” duchess satin gown which features one long sleeve, strong shoulder detail, a silver crystal embellished detail on the bodice, a draped tulip skirt, center split, and a LONG dramatic train is a major moment and one that only a few would be able to sell to me on the red carpet. Lady Gaga is one of them. I know that she would wear this gown with ease while delivering it as the statement drama moment it was intended. I would have styled Gaga with the runways silver platform pumps, thick defined eyes, bold red lips, a retro glam updo, and a pair of statement surrealist inspired white diamond and sapphire de Grisogono drop earrings to make this an absolutely phenomenal fashion moment. The final look for today is for Tracee Ellis Ross who was one of the four ladies who helped host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. I have always loved Tracee and her style. She works with Hollywood power stylist Karla Welch (who according to Moore in LA will be working with Madame Vice President Kamala Harris for the inauguration) and they always make magic together. I would have loved to see Tracee give us some 60’s hostess glamour wearing this salmon pink chiffon Brandon Maxwell Fall 2020 RTW chiffon caped gown with a pussy bow detail at the neck. It is super glamorous moment and I know that if anyone could really bring it to life on a red carpet it would be Tracee. I would add a sleek 60’s retro inspired updo, defined eyes, deep berry lips, a gold metal Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ 3D flower embellished clutch, a pair of gold Jimmy Choo ‘

2020 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 5

Today’s wishes are about the men who are nominated and performing at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. I am really interested in seeing what this award show will turn out to be. When it comes to major menswear moments the men of music know how to live up to my life motto of “When In Doubt Be Extra.” So when I was picking menswear moments for the VMA’s I got to have a lot of fun going for real avant garde fashion moments for the men below to bring to life. A$AP Rocky is known for bringing the fashion factor to the red carpet. He has favored Dior Homme since Kim Jones took the helm, but instead I went to another super hyped brand for him to wear for the VMAs. I LOVE this black and chocolate brown Bottega Veneta Fall 2020 collection ensemble which features a dancing shadow sheer knit button down long sleeve top, a pair of high waisted straight leg pants, and a cummerbund. It isn’t a look for the faint of heart and I think that A$AP Rocky would definitely be able to sell it to me with ease for the VMAs. Harry Styles is a Gucci devotee. I live that Harry, especially as a a straight man, wants to blur the lines of gender on the red carpet. Unfortunately it often doesn’t work and he ends up looking like a grandma in ill-fitting clothing. Had there been a red carpet for this years VMAs I would have LOVED to see Harry rock this peach and bright floral printed Gucci Resort 2021 Menswear suit which features a box cut double breasted jacket, flared wide leg trousers, and a beige pussy bow blouse. It is definitely right up Harry’s sense of style and I feel like we will definitely see him bring this look to life at some point. His tousled waves and a pair of oatmeal leather Gucci horsebit leather loafers would finish this look perfectly. John Legend is nominated in two new categories at the VMA’s. He could take home the Moonperson for Best Music Video from Home and/or Best Quarantine Performance. Now with his awards being taken from the Pandemic performance shift I would imagine that if John won anything that he will accept it from home super casual. It’s a shame because I always love seeing him and wife Chrissy Teigan rocking a red carpet. So of course I had to pick two looks for the couple as if there were going to be a red carpet. For John I would have loved to see him rock this Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Resort 2021 Menswear suit which features a grey single button blazer with an asymmetrical band detail on the waist and a pair of slim fit black trousers. Now I would have switched up the styling a bit instead styling it with a crisp white shirt, a black bow tie, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Met Greggo’ glitter, patent, and velvet silver heeled cap toe oxfords. Now for Chrissy, who recently announced that she was pregnant, I went with fun glamour opting for this black and silver beaded fringe covered Azzaro Fall 2019 Couture halter gown which features a loose fit and a side split. This gown would be a super glam maternity moment and I feel like Chrissy would definitely be able to sell it to me giving a bit of a twist and twirl to really work that fringe to it’s full potential. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Follies Strass’ crystal embellished mesh pointed toe pumps, and dazzling white diamond Butani chandelier earrings would definitely make sure this couple, as usual, would have delivered glamour on the VMA’s red carpet. I love Maluma. He is always one to serve a look so I am really excited to see what he will wear for the VMAs where he is both nominated and performing. I went through a gambit of different labels when I was thinking about what to pick for Maluma, but it was this Dior grey two button double breasted Dior Men Spring 2019 Menswear suit with a cream to fuchsia ombre silk sash kept popping back into my mind. We’ve seen a couple iterations of this look on the red carpet thanks to Gwendoline Christie and Darren Criss, but I feel like Maluma would definitely give this style a MAJOR red carpet moment. The runways t-shirt and a pair of silver Balenciaga tyrex nylon, mesh, faux leather, and rubber sneakers would add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble for Maluma. The last look today is for Travis Scott. I’ve definitely kept an eye on Travis and his style. He tends to favor looks from Dior Homme or Louis Vuitton, but I saw this sunset print Balmain Resort 2021 Menswear blazer and matching button down shirt worn unbuttoned with a black t-shirt and black trousers and it spoke to me. It is a super cool look and I feel like Travis would bring his effortless cool vibe to this look for sure. I would finish the look with statement sneakers via a pair of black and gold Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Talon’ low top sneakers to really make sure this look is cool from head to toe.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sunday August 30, 2020. You can see all my VMA’s wishes here.

2020 Met Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 37

Often referred to as the Oscars of the fashion world or the Super Bowl of fashion, the Met Gala, now entering its 72nd year, has become one of the most wonderful (and Instagrammable) events on the fashion calendar. The annual event was established in 1948 by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert as a fundraiser for the museum’s newly founded Costume Institute, and to mark the opening of its annual blockbuster exhibition. The strictly invite-only affair is an opportunity for famous faces (and the designers who dress them) to go all-out on the red carpet with the designated theme. As you might know by now the theme this years is “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” We do not know when the Met Gala may happen, the museum is currently looking at opening the exhibition in October, but I decided to dedicate these wishes to the idea of fantasy and having some fun escapism during these crazy times. I hope that over the last 36 days that you as a reader have enjoyed escaping with me. After today I just have three more sets of wishes for the Met Gala red carpet, but then I plan to dedicate May to an idea of what could have happened if the Cannes Film Festival was still happening, so please keep coming back and escaping with me daily.Last year Oscar de la Renta dressed three stars for the Met Gala red carpet. Regina King (after dressing her for her Oscar win), supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Celine Dion. I followed that same pattern of a musician, a model, and an actress with my wishes for this years wishes. We’ve already seen my wishes for Jennifer Lopez and Lily Aldridge, so lets get into my third (and final) Oscar de la Renta wish for the beautiful Dakota Fanning. I always want to love what Dakota is wearing on the red carpet, but often time I am one step from that. I want everything to fall into place for Dakota on this years Met Gala red carpet, if she attends, wearing this super glamorous red silk satin strapless Oscar de la Renta Fall 2020 RTW gown which features a fitted bodice, drop waist, and an asymmetric high low bubble hem. This glamorous moment reminds me of a modern Audrey Hepburn moment which is exactly what I think this red carpet needs. Now the styling for this look is integral to make sure it delivers nothing but glamour from head to toe so I would love to see Dakota style this gown with a sleek retro updo, defined eyes, pink lips, a pair of red crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pointed toe pumps, and a simple yet glamorous vintage white diamond and ruby Bulgari tennis necklace. Elle Fanning always looks super glamorous on the Met Gala red carpet, except for last year where she wore a Miu Miu 60’s inspired fun pants ensemble before she jetted off to be a juror at the Cannes Film Festival where she brought the glamour. Well this year I went back to her princess vibes again, but honoring the theme perfectly by digging into the Givenchy archives and finding this gorgeous pink and lavender floral embroidered strapless ball gown from the Givenchy by Alexander McQueen Spring 1998 Couture collection. I wasn’t even looking at Givenchy archives for this red carpet because I don’t think that LVMH would open them for stars to pull out of for the red carpet, but if they did then this moment would easily be one of the best red carpet moments Elle has ever had. A sleek retro glam updo, defined eyes, bold pink lips, a pair of champagne gold glitter Sophia Webster ‘Coco’ crystal heel pointed toe pumps, and dazzling opal Chopard Green Carpet collection drop earrings originally worn by Cate Blanchett at the 2014 Academy Awards would definitely make sure that this look delivers princess glamour on the Met Gala red carpet perfectly. Creating couple wishes for the red carpet is always interesting. In my Met Gala wishes so far I have picked looks for six couples. Those wishes ran the gambit. Some were matching patterns. Some were matching looks from the same designer, and complimentary looks from different designers. My final couples wishes is for the always glamorous and complimentary Chrissy Teigan & John Legend. These two know good fashion and always are super glam when they step out on the red carpet either together or solo. I wanted to make sure that the looks I’ve picked for each of them holds attention on its own, but then comes together as a superb complementary moment. For Chrissy I went for a MAJOR color moment from an unexpected designer. We have only seen Georges Chakra on the Met Gala twice in the past. The first time was Rihanna’s Met Gala debut in 2007 and the second was on Katherine McPhee in 2018. The Lebanese couturier’s collections can have a big taste level issue, but he definitely has hero gowns. The hero gown from the Georges Chakra Spring 2020 Couture collection was this florescent pink asymmetrical off the shoulder tuck draped ball gown with a sexy split. The gown gives me Charles James meets Marie Antoinette meets 1980’s drama and definitely needs someone with presence to bring this look to life on the red carpet. I think Chrissy has the fun presence to really bring this look to life on the red carpet. The gown itself is such a statement on it’s own that the styling really needs to compliment and not fight the gown. So I would add a sleek side parted beehive style updo, smokey eyes, dark rose pink lips, a florescent pink crystal embellished Judith Leiber Couture ‘Smooth Rectangle’ clutch, hot pink Jimmy Choo ‘Katie’ crystal embellished strappy bow detailed ankle strap sandals, and a pair of dazzling white diamond Gismondi 1754 ‘Cascata’ delicate chandelier earrings to make this look perfection from head to toe. Now I picked Chrissy’s gown to compliment this MAJOR menswear moment for John Legend. I knew I wanted to incorporate this dazzling Versace Fall 2020 Menswear tuxedo which features a Swarovski crystal zebra print. The look is an edgy yet glamorous twist on the classic tuxedo and I feel like if tailored perfectly that it would be perfect for John. Now while People’s Sexiest Man Alive might want to wear the tuxedo shirtless like it was presented on the runway I would much rather him go classic with a white tuxedo button down, a black bow tie, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Alpha Male’ glittered oxford style loafers to bring this look together perfectly. It would definitely make for a major couples moment on the Met Gala red carpet. Saint Laurent usually has a whole bevy of beauties on the red carpet at the Met Gala. Last year’s YSL crew included Rami Malek, Zoe Kravitz, Shawn Mendes, Amber Valletta, Demi Moore, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Charlotte Casiraghi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Anja Rubik. Literally everyone from models to movie stars to royalty. I’ve already picked three other Saint Laurent looks for this year’s Met Gala red carpet for Dakota Johnson, Miley Cyrus, and Zoe Kravitz. My final wish for the label to bring to this years Met Gala is the incomparable Laura Dern. I have to say I was super disappointed in all her looks this awards season as she won over and over again for her performance in Marriage Story. I think that seeing Laura on this red carpet wearing a custom gown version of this red latex Saint Laurent Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve wrap style dress which features a plunging neckline and a bunched detail on the hip. I saw this gown come down the runway I immediately thought of Laura. It is classic moment done in a fashion forward manner and I believe that is exactly what Laura needs to once again be a style star in my good graces. A sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of red metallic leather ankle strap Saint Laurent ‘Reflective Finish’ sandals, and a dazzling vintage art deco white diamond and ruby Cartier necklace would all make this look the perfect balance of classic and modern glamour. Solange Knowles 2018 Met Gala dress made my Iris Van Herpen is one of the 160 looks that will be featured in this years exhibition. So I knew I had to feature her in my wishes. Solange has always been a favorite of mine to see on the red carpet. She knows how to push the boundaries. She brings perfect meshing of edge, bohemian, and glamour when she steps out. I was thinking about this black leather Ellery asymmetrical high low dress from the brands Fall 2020 RTW collection and it just made sense for this years red carpet. It is that perfect balance of a classic glamour moment modern edge. I was trying to think of the perfect person to bring this look to life on this years red carpet and having the hardest time, but when I saw Solange’s gown on the banner for the exhibition I knew it was the perfect match. I would go full edgy, bohemian glam with this look for Solange with a natural curly updo, smokey eyes, bold matte red lips, black satin opera gloves, a pair of black Midnight 00 draped strap satin pointed toe pumps, and statement metallic blue painted titanium Emmanuel Tarpin aquamarine and white diamond detailed orchid leaf earrings to make this look absolutely major from head toe toe.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2020 RTW Red Carpet Wish List Part 3

Closing out my wishes for the looks that came down the runway during New York Fashion Week from the Fall 2020 RTW collections. This season I noticed how even more diverse my wishes were. Designers who typically design for one type of person seemed to open to the most diverse set of starlets who I can picture wearing the looks on the red carpet. Now of course the people I see wearing the looks below are just my personal opinion, but I definitely think that the red carpets over the next several months that will include the Tribeca Film Festival, the No Time To Die promo tour, the Met Gala, the Cannes Film Festival, the Tony Awards, and more will see some major fashion moments. We are already seeing the looks from NYFW brought to life on the red carpet and the looks are phenomenal. I can’t wait to see what the next several months have in store. So enjoy these wishes and stay tuned my wishes for the runways of London Fashion Week are coming for you soon!

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.

 

2019 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 3

The days go by and I get more and more excited for Sunday. We have Hollywood glamour in London at the BAFTA Awards and then the biggest night in music at the Grammy Awards. This year is the perfect meshing of icons and new talent. Many stars will be attending their first Grammy’s and I am praying that they all bring their a-game to this red carpet.Beyonce is a long established Grammy’s icon and I am interested in seeing what she will wear this year. She hasn’t actually walked a red carpet in a really long time instead opting to post her own photos on Beyonce.com and then sneaking in a side door. I have heard rumors that Bey is not actually going to be in attendance this year despite three nominations this year. I would love to see Beyonce bring the sexy Studio 54 glamour to this red carpet (or just the front row of the show) wearing this white Zuhair Murad Spring 2019 Couture suit which features asymmetrical draping, a belted peplum waist, plunging v-neckline, a single cape sleeve, and a thigh high split up one pant leg. It give very distinct Bianca Jagger vibes and I know that Beyonce could easily sell it to me on the red carpet. Fully bouncy curls, smokey eyes, dark rose pink lips, a white marbled acrylic Edie Parker ‘Jean’ box clutch, a pair of white Christian Louboutin ‘Choca Spikes’ studded strappy sandals, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels including diamond lightning bolt cluster earrings and a statement emerald cocktail ring would all make this look head to toe perfection. It was just about a year ago when I first learned who Dua Lipa was when she WOWED me on the red carpet at the BRIT Awards wearing a dramatic ruffled Giambattista Valli Couture gown. Since then she wore the brand again for the American Music Awards and I am hoping that she will make it a trifecta wearing the brand for her first Grammy Awards. She is nominated for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording. I love me some Dua Lipa music and I believe that she is going to go far. I want to see her bring the drama to this red carpet giving us Black Swan glamour wearing this black Giambattista Valli Spring 2019 Couture high low gown which features a ruffled neckline, sequined bodice, and a ruffl0ed skirt and train. I watched this show expecting to find that most glamorous, dramatic, and red carpet worthy moment for Dua to being to life on this red carpet and this one was the ultimate winner. I didn’t want to do the big ruffled ball gown or the classic structure that Dua has already brought to life, but I definitely think that this high low gown would be perfect to round out three major awards red carpets. Add a pair of black Aquazzura ‘Casablanca’ crystal buckle and PVC strap sandals, a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, and a pair of Hueb ‘Luminus’ diamond feather drop earrings and I know this look would be head to toe perfection. John Legend knows how to deliver a really chic menswear moment on the red carpet. Sometimes he goes very classic, but sometimes he pushes the boundaries. I love this burgundy velvet Etro Fall 2019 Menswear detailed with gold embroideries and satin peak lapels. It is such a statement piece that I can definitely picture John being drawn to. I would however keep the styling a little more classic adding a pair of burgundy satin tuxedo pants, a white tuxedo shirt, a matching burgundy bow tie, and a pair of black patent leather oxfords for John. That would make this a real statement menswear moment for him to bring to life on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.  Kelsea Ballerini has been bringing the fashion to the country music awards red carpets. Usually when I look at red carpet looks for country music stars I look at the Lebanese couturiers, like Elie Saab, Georges Chakra, and Zuhair Murad, but Kelsea has been delivering looks from more than just the standard level of ‘country music designers.’ I was looking for something for Kelsea to wear on this red carpet and the moment I saw this eggshell feathered caped top  and florescent orange high waisted wide leg pants from Valentino’s Spring 2019 Couture collection I thought it would be a really inspired option for Kelsea to bring to life on this red carpet. It is more of an avant garde look than Kelsea has ever worn before, but I honestly believe that she does have what it takes to really make this look come to life on the red carpet. The look itself is such a statement I would keep the styling rather simple adding a pair of gold Casadei metallic leather peep toe d’orsay sandals, a sleek side parted low bun, smokey eyes, antique rose pink lips, and a pair of Irene Neuwirth diamond, black opal, turquoise, and fire opal drop earrings. Pink kicked off her Grammy week picking up the honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sadly I think that is the only honor she will be picking up this week. That is a travesty because her album Beautiful Trauma was a truly emotional album for me. I have long waited for Pink to really wow me. She defintiely did that giving me feathered realness in Armani Prive at last years Grammy Awards, but it just didn’t seem like her. I was looking for the right gown for her to wear this weekend at the Grammy’s when I saw this black and white pieced tuxedo gown from Thom Browne’s Fall 2019 Menswear collection. I would never really think of menswear collections as the perfect place to find a gown for a major red carpet, but this gown is PERFECT for Pink. It meshes masculinity and femininity which is totally Pink’s style and it would be perfectly complimented with an edgy coif, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Nosy’ crepe satin, PVC, and crystal embellished pointed toe pumps, and a selection of edgy Yeprem diamonds including a single ear cuff and a whole hand cuff ring. Tiffany Haddish earned her Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for her audiobook The Last Black Unicorn. I love seeing Tiffany on the red carpet and so I am hoping that she will head out to LA to attend the Grammy’s. I thought about a gown for her, but her category is typically not announced during the main telecast and most actresses that attend that Grammy Awards do so wearing a cocktail dress. I saw this red satin Atelier Versace Spring 2019 Couture asymmetrically draped cocktail dress which features long sleeves, a wrap style skirt, sash detail, and a signature Versace safety pin detail and it just clicked for me. I know that Tiffany would absolutely sell this look to me. Add sleek center parted hair, thick defined eyes, red lips, a pair of red Christian Louboutin ‘Catchy Two’ asymmetrical peep toe platform pumps, and statement Butani diamond and ruby spiral ear clips and I know it would be a moment to remember.

The 2019 Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday February 10, 2019.

Best Dressed at the 2019 Critics Choice Awards

Last night at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica was the second major red carpet of the year, the Critics Choice Awards. The race to the Oscars is definitely in full swing and the stars are delivering major moments. Last night had to be one of my favorite Critics Choice Awards red carpets ever and that’s despite the fact that the cast of The Favourite wasn’t there. Could there be Best Dressed of the Year worthy moment on this list? I do love many of them so anything is possible. 1) Viola Davis in custom Michael Kors: Topping this years list is the gorgeous Viola Davis. It has been a long time since I have really loved one of Viola’s red carpet moments and last night she reminded me why I love her. She rocked a bronze sequin custom Michael Kors one shoulder gown which features a draped bodice and a mermaid silhouette last night as she presented Claire Foy with the #SeeHer Award, which Viola won last year. It was such a glamour moment. I am praying we see more major glamour moments from her soon. 2) Lady Gaga in custom Calvin Klein by Appointment: Every time Lady Gaga steps out she blows me away. I loved the dramatic simplicity of the soft peach sherbet custom Calvin Klein by Appointment loose fit gown. Sometimes these loose fitting gowns don’t work because the wearer can get lost in all the extra fabric. Gaga had no issues with that. I did like that she didn’t match her hair to her gown like she did at the Golden Globe Awards. She tied in the Best Actress category last night with Glenn Close and I think that just proves that this is a two horse race. Gaga brings the drama and this look just proved why I love her.

3) Emmy Rossum in Ralph Lauren Fall 2018 RTW: Emmy Rossum plays the role of the perfect plus one perfectly. She has always been one of my favorite ladies to see on the red carpet. She showed me why once again on the red carpet at the Critics Choice Awards last night wearing a gorgeous deep cranberry red velvet Ralph Lauren Fall 2018 RTW gown which features a dramatic plunging neckline and a chic a-line skirt. The whole sexy vibe of this gown really made me fall in love with it and her styling and beauty just really ensured that this was a really glamorous statement moment on the red carpet.

4) Patricia Clarkson in Georges Chakra Fall 2018 RTW: Another major red carpet another major moment from Patricia Clarkson. The Sharp Objects star knows how to deliver the perfect mixture of drama, glamour, and sex appeal and I always get excited to see what she will deliver on the red carpet. Last night she gave a perfect showing of that mixture wearing a black Georges Chakra Fall 2018 Couture long sleeve gown which features a plunging neckline, beaded embellishments, sheer paneled back, a fit and flare silhouette, and a center split. She just exuded femme fatale glamour and I was buying everything she was selling. 5) Emily Blunt in custom Prada: Emily Blunt was practically perfect from head to toe last night wearing a white custom Prada gown which featured crystal beading on the halter neckline and scattered through the whole of the gown, a column skirt, and a keyhole cutout. It was a beautiful and glamorous moment and Emily really sold it to me. She tends to be her best when she goes for more simplistic styles and that is what this gown was. The chic waves, simple makeup, and her crystal embellished accessories added the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble.

6) John Legend in Ermenegildo Zenga XXX: Last night was a really major night for menswear on the red carpet. John Legend was just one of the guys who took a fashion risk. I loved his rust brown Ermenegildo Zenga XXX couture patterned silk suit which featured a one button double breasted jacket that he paired with a chocolate brown turtleneck and oxfords. It all made him look like a snack from head to toe. Everything about the look from the color to the texture just worked perfectly with John’s complexion and I can’t think of another guy who could have sold it to me with the effortless swag that he did.

7) Timothee Chalamet in Alexander McQueen Spring 2019 Menswear: Speaking of effortless swag I can’t laud John without also lauding Timothee Chalamet. He always brings his a-game to the red carpet and he showed everyone why I love him last night wearing a multicolored brushstroke print Alexander McQueen Spring 2019 Menswear silk suit. Again this is a suit that I really can’t imagine many being able to pull this off, but Timmy does it with ease. I love that he continues to shun ties on the red carpet instead opting for t-shirts. He also rocked a pair of sneakers. I usually don’t get behind sneakers on the red carpet, especially in a formal setting, but Timothee really just made it work. 8) Mandy Moore in custom Michael Kors: There was a lot of white on the red carpet last night. Mandy Moore gave us the most modern white moment wearing a custom white fully sequined Michael Kors column gown which features long sleeves, side cutouts, and a belted waist. It wasn’t something I would expect from Mandy and I definitely think that she was able to sell it to me. She rocked the sleek, modern glamour from head to toe and did it well.

9) Laura Harrier in custom Louis Vuitton: On the opposite side of the white gown spectrum Laura Harrier brought us old Hollywood glamour on the Critics Choice Awards red carpet wearing a chic starburst embellished custom Louis Vuitton gown which features long sleeves, a plunging neckline, twist detail, and a column silhouette. Laura was the first major gown on the red carpet and I have to say I doubted if this was Louis Vuitton for a moment. It reminded me of some Prada and Miu Miu details that I have seen and it just didn’t have any of the typical LV signatures. I think that’s what makes me love it more. It wasn’t what I would have expected from Louis Vuitton and Laura looked absolutely beautiful in his creation.

10) Michelle Yeoh in Marchesa Pre-Fall 2019: Rounding out the list is the gorgeous Michelle Yeoh. I have long been a fan of the Chinese actress and I am so happy that she brought the glamour to the red carpet last night. I have been waiting for a real important star to wear a Marchesa gown on the red carpet this awards season and Michelle delivered it last night at the Critics Choice Awards wearing this red one shoulder cape caftan style gown. I loved it. It was a very glamorous moment and Michelle just wore it with effortless ease. It got me really excited to see her the rest of awards season.

Who was your Best Dressed at the 2019 Critics Choice Awards?

2019 Critics Choice Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

Awards season is definitely full steam ahead. In the first seven days of the year we have already had 12 awards season related red carpets, and there is another one tonight. It is not the 2019 Critics Choice Awards though. We still have a few days, and a lot of wishes, to go until then. The red carpet at the Critics Choice Awards can go anywhere from cocktail to couture and everything in between. It is one of the most diverse style carpets of awards season. I am excited to see what everyone is cooking up for this Sunday’s red carpet.Betty Gilpin is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in GLOW and I am intrigued to see what she will bring to the red carpet. A year ago I had no idea who Betty was but thanks to her stylist Cristina Ehrlich putting her in looks from Esteban Cortezar, Vera Wang, Roland Mouret, and Alex Perry over the last year I know who she is now. Betty loves a good red on the red carpet so I went red and sexy with this Cushnie Pre-Fall 2019 asymmetric satin column gown which features cut outs along the sides, a train detail, and a one shoulder silhouette with a single thin strap. This sleek and sexy gown is a little more revealing than we typically see from Betty on the red carpet but I really do believe that she has the effortless glam to really make it work. I would pair it with a sleek high ponytail, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a red marbled acrylic Edie Parker ‘Jean’ clutch, and red Gucci braided leather sandals to really make this a simple yet chic moment for Betty to wear on Sunday’s red carpet. Chrissy Teigan isn’t nominated but appears on this list as a perfect plus one wish for her to wear if she attends Sunday’s show with Best Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series nominee, and husband, John Legend. Chrissy always brings the glam when she is supporting John and I would expect no less from her on the red carpet at the Critics Choice Awards. I decided to go for a metallic femme fatale moment with this silver Ester Abner Spring 2019 RTW strapless gown which features a sweetheart neckline, corseted bustier, and draped construction. Chrissy could easily sell this silver Jessica Rabbit moment to me with ease on this red carpet especially if paired with old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, red lips, diamond stud earrings, silver Aquazzura crystal studded PVC sandals, and a gorgeous Anita Ko ‘Kelly’ diamond choker. Debra Messing might not have won any awards on Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards, but she did show up giving us drama and glamour wearing a black and grey Pamella Roland feathered cape gown. I want to see Debra continue to deliver chic and glamorous moments on the red carpets the rest of awards season. The next stop? The 2019 Critics Choice Awards where she is nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. I decided to go with a bit of an unconventional choice for Deb to wear on Sunday picking this petrol blue and black Dennis Basso Pre-Fall 2019 strapless gown which features a black bandeau style top, empire waist, gathered draped detail, and a bit of a train. We don’t often see Dennis Basso gowns on the red carpet despite the fact that he creates some really beautiful confections. When I was searching for the perfect gown for Debra to wear on this red carpet I saw this gown and liked it, but because it isn’t a typical choice I kept looking. My mind kept going back to this gown and ultimately I decided to say why not. If it doesn’t get put out into the universe it would never happen right? The blue against Debra’s skin and hair would be fantastic! Add old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, soft red lips, a black Jimmy Choo ‘Celeste’ crystal studded clutch, a pair of black and nude Jimmy Choo ‘Love’ lace pumps, and chic mystic opal pendant drop earrings from Martin Katz would all make this another swoon worthy moment from Debra. John Legend always brings chic moments to the red carpet. Not often are they boundary pushing looks, and I’m not expecting him to deliver that on Sunday either. I would however like to see him coordinated with Chrissy wearing this DSquared2 Pre-Fall 2019 tuxedo which features a black and silver metallic silk notch lapel blazer and then classic styling for the rest. The blazer has some pizazz, but overall still delivers that classic crisp menswear vibe. Add a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Alpha Male P’ strass embellished cap toe derbies and this would be the perfect look for John to wear for the Critics Choice Awards. The last look on this list is for Best Actress in a Comedy Series nominee Rachel Bloom. Rachel has never quite been one who I get really excited to see. I’m not sure who her stylist is, but they don’t ever seem to pick looks that flatter her proportions. I would love to see that change when she steps out onto the red carpet at the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday night. I went to one of her go-to designer Christian Siriano and this black tea length gown from his Pre-Fall 2019 collection which features a straight off shoulder neckline, fitted bust, with a flare full skirted hem, midi length, an all over zig zag velvet burnout pattern, and a lining till knee length. This chic black moment I think would be absolutely gorgeous on Rachel. It isn’t the most boundary pushing moment, but sometimes just simple and classic does the trick. I would add the perfect finishing touches to this look with a vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, red lips, a black Judith Leiber ‘Ritz Fizz’ crystal embellished clutch, simple black Manolo Blahnik ‘Drapia’ criss-cross sandals, and a pair of Oscar Heyman diamond rosebud earrings from Beladora.

The 2019 Critics Choice Awards will take place on Sunday January 13, 2019.

2018 End of the Year Stye Awards: Best Dressed Couple

Couple dressing can be difficult. Men tend to stay in a box of a classic black tuxedo and leave women to elevate their couples looks. That is why I always award a couple who both bring a new twist to couples dressing. I don’t typically think that exact matching looks are cute anywhere (I think Britney and Justin in matching denim would attest to that.) When I look for the recipients of this award I always look for people who are not just matching, but that always compliment each other. I went through all different couples, but the one that has stood out to me all year long is Chrissy Teigan and John Legend. Both alone have great individual style that pushes the boundaries on plus one and menswear style respectively, but when they stand next to each other on a red carpet they always compliment each other perfectly. From the first red carpet of the year that they walked at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala where Chrissy wore a champagne feathered Pamella Roland cape gown  and John wore a navy blue jacquard tuxedo jacket. Chrissy was pregnant for the first half of the year, and was my runner up for Best Dressed Baby Bump, but the looks always were the epitome of glamour. John brought just enough elevation to his menswear choices as not to be boring, but his doesn’t always push boundaries as far as he could. Chrissy definitely held the weight this year. My favorite looks from the two was at the Grammy Awards where Chrissy wore a custom silver sequin Yanina Couture long sleeve midi dress and john wore a double breasted navy tuxedo.