2021 Critics Choice Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 6

The Critics Choice Awards are coming up and I cannot wait to see what they will bring. I was excited by the Golden Globes and aside from one star in jammies and a couple of the guys in hoodies everyone put in the effort. I want to see that effort continue all through awards season. The outlook of the world is getting better and better every day and I want to see everyone who is nominated for and attend the Critics Choice Awards put forward maximum effort. In addition to her Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for her role in Emily in Paris Ashley Park will also be a presenter at this years Critics Choice Awards. I hope that she will show up to the studio in person for her presenter duties before she heads back to a hotel room to Zoom into the show for her category. Though they might not even announce this category live. So I really want her to show up and give a BOLD glamour moment. I think that this red chiffon Zuhair Murad Spring 2021 RTW sleeveless gown which features intricate feather inspired beaded embroidery, a plunging neckline, an a-line skirt, and a thigh high split is exactly what I want to see Ashley bring to light on the red carpet. I don’t know much about her style, but I feel like since she is working with major power stylist Erin Walsh that anything is possible. I would love to see Ashley take this super glam gown and boost it up with old Hollywood waves worn over one shoulder, defined eyes, rose pink glossy lips, a red satin Judith Leiber Couture ‘Soho’ crystal clasp clutch, a pair of red suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Ellsie 100’ strappy sandals, and a selection of Forevermark jewels including white diamond ‘Black Label’ chandelier earrings and a white diamond ‘Exceptional’ double halo set pear shaped cocktail ring. I had picked this powder blue one shoulder Tony Ward Spring 2021 RTW draped jumpsuit with a big bow detail and a train before I saw Gillian Anderson rock Dior Couture for the Golden Globes. I was impressed that I actually feel in loved with Gillian’s Dior moment, and that was a huge shock for me. After that moment this jumpsuit seems beneath her, but with their new PR guy I know that Tony Ward is looking to rebrand as a serious red carpet contender. I feel like it would be a super chic moment for Gillian and one that is out of her usual scope. It is chic and glamorous, but with a twist. This jumpsuit wouldn’t be right for a nominee to wear for most awards season red carpets, but the more laid back vibe of the Critics Choice would make this a great moment for Gillian. I would make it a major glamour moment with a loose updo, defined eyes, pink lips, silver Casadei crystal detailed slingback pointed toe pumps, and a pair of dazzling Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2020 white diamond heart detail drop earrings. Issa Rae knows how to deliver bold color moments and I would love to see her give another for the Critics Choice Awards where she is nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her show Insecure. I found that color moment in this canary yellow silk faille Oscar de la Renta Resort 2021 sleeveless trumpet gown which features a plunging neckline, big bow detail on the back, and a sweeping train. I’ve loved this gown since the moment I first saw the lookbook and I believe that Issa would easily make it a MAJOR fashion moment for the Critics Choice Awards. A sleek chignon updo, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, a pair of gold Le Silla ‘Gwen 120’ mirrored effect ankle strap platform sandals, and a statement vintage white and yellow diamond pendant drop necklace would all make this look come together beautifully. As it is the middle of the night in London when the award shows go live it didn’t surprise me that Olivia Colman opted for more of a comfortable Armani Prive suit for the Golden Globe Awards red carpet. She’s never struck me as a big fashion girl and would much rather be comfortable than glamorous. While it will be a very similar situation this weekend for the Critics Choice Awards where Olivia is nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series for The Crown and Best Supporting Actress in a Movie for The Father I still turned to a gown. I thought this simple white crepe Jenny Packham Pre-Fall 2021 ‘Ursula’ column gown with an asymmetrically draped short cape and silver sheer crystal embellished sleeves would be a very chic moment for Olivia to wear for the Critics Choice Awards. Now in lockdown I think that Olivia will wear it with her signature short pixie, defined eyes, soft pink lips, and a pair of hotel slippers; but had there been an actual red carpet I would have added a white satin Tyler Ellis ‘Piper’ silver hardware detailed clutch, a pair of white leather Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 85’ crystal trimmed pointed toe pumps, and a bit of dazzling sparkle via vintage white diamond chandelier earrings from Jewellery Discovery. Riz Ahmed skipped out on the Golden Globes, and when you are in the same category as Chadwick Boseman you have to know that the likelihood that you are going to win is slim. That being said I missed seeing what look he would bring to the “red carpet.” I would love to see him Zoom into this weekends Critics Choice Awards wearing this black Givenchy Pre-Fall 2019 tuxedo with a silver zipper detailed “button down” shirt. It is classic with a very subtle edgy twist with that I think would be perfectly in line with Riz’s style. A sleek pair of black box leather Givenchy ‘Austin’ chelsea boots with metal tips and an Omega ‘Speedmaster Skywalker X-33’ watch would add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble.

The 2021 Critics Choice Awards will take place on Sunday March 7, 2021. You can find all of my wishes for this red carpet here.

2021 Palm Springs International Film Festival Black Tie Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Film Awards Gala is not presenting an in-person event this year due to the pandemic, however the Palm Springs International Film Society is recognizing this year’s best in filmmaking. In a special on Entertainment Tonight later this week will celebrate the honorees awards with exclusive interviews. The Palm Springs International Film Society looks forward to seeing us again with a red carpet in in 2022! The PSIFF Black Tie Awards Gala is usually the kickoff to awards season. It is traditionally the first red carpet after the new year ahead of the Golden Globe Awards. With some of the nominees this year I am very disappointed that we will not get a red carpet, but I still wanted to talk about what I would have loved to see the honorees bring to life on the red carpet. So I am taking a break from my Golden Globe Awards wishes today and tomorrow to bring you wishes for these nominees. Andra Day has earned herself several big award nominations this year so far with nods from the Globes and the Critics Choice Awards. There is still Oscar buzz for her as well thanks to her performance in The United States vs. Billie Holiday which earned her the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Had there been a red carpet this year I would have loved to see Andra give us something different than I have picked for her in recent posts. So far this year I have gone for really retro glam looks from Giambattista Valli Couture and Schiaparelli Couture for the songstress turned actress to bring to life. I was doing some looking and I saw this black and white Georges Hobeika Spring 2021 RTW asymmetrical caped gown which features a high neck, beaded fern leaf detail on the bodice, belted waist, and a high low hem. I don’t know what about this gown spoke to me, but the thought of Andra bringing this moment to life on a red carpet was a phenomenal idea for me. While it screams modernity I also see that with the right styling it could still scream retro glamour with the right styling. The whole retro glam vibe is definitely Andra’s signature so I would style this look with a sleek beehive embellished with a silver crystal embellished black satin Prada headband, defined winged eyes, deep glossy berry lips, a hot pink satin Gucci envelope clutch, black satin Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Sphera’ crystal detailed ankle strap chunky heel platform sandals, and a selection of Anabela Chan jewels including a pair of ruby garnet, pink sapphire, & rose tourmaline ‘Lily’ pendant stud earrings, an amethyst, pink sapphires, peridot, blue topaz, canary citrine, coral cabochon, and white diamond ‘Rose Neredies’ cocktail ring, a ruby, fuchsia pink sapphire, and rose pink sapphire ‘Nova Coil’ ring, and a crimson red rubellite ‘Mirage’ cocktail ring with marquise, trillion and round brilliant-cut rubies, orange sapphires, and rose tourmalines. Carey Mulligan could very well take her role in Promising Young Woman all the way to the Oscars. That performance has gotten her honored at the Palm Springs Film Festival with the International Star Award.  I am really looking at all of the designers Carey tends to gravitate toward, but also making sure I am making wishes I really want to see from her. I’ve already picked looks from Dior and Chanel for Carey and decided to go with a little bit of a wish picking this navy silk Giorgio Armani Spring 2021 RTW cap sleeve tea length gown which features a plunging neckline, intricate beaded flower embroidery, and a center split. This look screams glamour and and I feel like it would be something perfect for Carey to bring to life for this red carpet. A loose romantic updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a navy satin Jil Sander ‘Goju Small’ clutch, metallic blue Giorgio Armani peep toe t-strap sandals, and a pair of London by De Beers ‘Thames Path’ white diamond cluster earrings with teardrops would finish this look absolutely beautifully. Leslie Odom Jr. is another who is very likely to run awards season all the way to the Oscars. He was phenomenal as Sam Cooke in One Night In Miami so I definitely understand. So I am definitely keeping an eye on him. I am really excited to see what major menswear moments he will wear over the course of awards season. Had there been an actual red carpet for this years PSIFF Black Tie Awards Gala I would have loved to see Leslie wearing this black Versace Pre-Fall 2021 tuxedo with a two tone black and tan shawl lapel one button lapel tuxedo jacket. I adore this tuxedo and I would love to see this look on Leslie especially if styled with a white Versace collarless button down with a black ribbon detail at the neck, and gold crystal embellished buttons on the neck and cuff, a pair of black and cream leopard print Christian Louboutin ‘Style on the Nile’ loafers, and a black and gold Versace ‘V-Race’ duel time watch. Riz Ahmed is another one of the men I am very excited to see on the red carpet this  awards season. I want to see him bring some very interesting moments on the red carpet. He is the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor winner for his performance in Sound of Metal. Had there been a red carpet this year for the PSIFF I would have opted to put Riz in this black and white print Haider Ackermann Fall 2020 Menswear tuxedo which features a thin lapel blazer and black slim fit trousers. Now on the runway the look was styled with a a three button vest and no shirt, but I think I would ditch the vest and add a white Haider Ackermann crystal collar button up dress shirt to really make this a super cool menswear moment. To add the perfect finishing touches to this look I would add a pair of black velvet Christian Louboutin ‘Nit Night’ grosgrain strap and silver spike studded loafers and a black alligator strap Cartier ‘Rotonde de Cartier’ Astromystérieux watch. It would make another major menswear moment that I would die to have in my own closet for this awards season. Finishing out today is Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress honoree Viola Davis. I adored her performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and I am very excited to see her looks this awards season. So far this awards season in terms of wishes I’ve gone with Elie Saab and Jason Wu for Viola. I have all gone for color moments and I am not slowing that down now. I would love to see Viola pull out this baby pink strapless LBV Spring 2021 RTW column gown with a cowl detailed sweetheart neckline. LBV is a new line for the designer Elizabeth Kennedy who was a red carpet powerhouse for a hot second and I want to see this line get all kinds of red carpet love. The silhouette of this gown is definitely something that Viola has been drawn to in the past. A full afro style, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, a money green and pink Judith Leiber Couture x Ashley Longshore ‘I’ll Pick Up The Tab’ crystal embellished minaudiere, a pair of metallic baby pink Gianvito Rossi strappy ankle strap sandals, and a selection of David Morris white and pink diamond jewels including a pair of teardrop earrings and a statement collar necklace would add the perfect finishing touches to this look.

2021 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 10

The news that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has asked all of the Golden Globe Award nominees to stay home and not even gather with the other members of their casts. I really hope that this doesn’t mean more and more stars in t-shirts and pajamas like we saw at the Emmy’s. I really want to see everyone nominated really bring the glamour from home since they won’t be attending in person. I know that is asking a lot, but I am craving big glamour. Julia Garner wore white silk Chanel tank and trousers with loads of pearls to Zoom into the Emmy Awards. She ultimately lost, but I really want to see her give us major edgy glamour for the Golden Globe Awards next weekend. I saw this midnight blue liquid sequin Burberry Pre-Fall 2021 long sleeve column gown which features thumb-holes, and cutouts on the sleeves and definitely think that it would be a really great moment for her to bring to life. I would love to see it on the screen with her signature short curls, defined eyes, deep red lips, and a pair of black Burberry ‘Hove 110’ strappy chunky heel sandals. Now since Zooming in is all about the waist up I would definitely want some statement jewelry so I turned to a major white diamond Messika High Jewelry asymmetric collar necklace to really up the amp of glamour.Like her Ozark co-star Laura Linney also zoomed into the 2020 Emmy Awards and unfortunately I wasn’t all that thrilled with her look either. She made a political statement wearing a “Vote” emblazoned suit from Christian Siriano. He has been one of Laura’s go-to designers for the last couple of years, but for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards where her work on the show earned her a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama I really want to see Laura work a BOLD fashion moment for her to remotely join the ceremony. I want to see her bring color to the screen and I would adore seeing Laura do so wearing this marigold yellow Oscar de la Renta Resort 2021 gown which features cutout details on an an asymmetric neckline and the short puff sleeves, built in belted waist, and a column silhouette with vent at back hem. I have long loved a red head in yellow and I can definitely imagine this gown being a major color on her especially if it was styled with a romantic updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of golden yellow crystal embellished Dolce & Gabbana pointed toe pumps, and dazzling David Yurman ‘Origami’ 18k gold set pave set white diamond multi-ring hoop drop earrings.Riz Ahmed is one of the men who are nominated this year that I feel could bring intriguing menswear fashion moments. I have always loved his subtle approach to pushing the boundaries of mens fashion and I really want to see him give phenomenal moments starting with this dark brown glittered Celine Fall 2020 Menswear tuxedo which features black satin peak lapels and matching trousers for the Golden Globe Awards where his performance in Sound of Metal has earned him his first nomination in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category. I love this suit and I can definitely imagine it being a wonderful statement. I would swap the silk pussy bow shirt the dress was styled with on the runway swapping it instead for a black viscose Celine classic pleated detail button down shirt, a black skinny tie in satin-effect silk from Celine, and a pair of black shiny calfskin Celine ‘Jacno’ ankle boots to really make this look a major menswear moment. I watched Ratched on Netflix and I have to say I am shocked that in a year I felt had so many great performances that it got love. That being said I always love seeing Sarah Paulson make appearances. It didn’t seem like she put in much effort for the Emmy’s which she zoomed into, but I want to see her bring some major dazzle to the screen for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards where she is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. If she were to pull something out of her closet to wear for this red carpet I would love to see Sarah re-wear the emerald beaded fringe detailed Prada gown with a plunging neckline and 3/4 length sleeves that she wore for the Emmy’s the year she won. It was a dazzling moment then and could be again, but if she were to give us something new I would love to see her wear this just presented light yellow LBV Fall 2021 RTW sequin embellished long sleeve gown which features a jewel neckline and ostrich feather details on the cuffs. I was on the hunt for a new look for Sarah to bring to life and I wasn’t loving anything, but the moment I saw this look I knew it was perfect. It would be incredibly chic with a sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, butter yellow Roger Vivier ‘Mini Broche’ crystal buckle clasp ankle strap peep toe sandals with clear crystal embellished plexi chunky heels, and yellow gold Nikos Koulis ‘Feelings’ collection snake inspired chain earrings with white diamonds.Cynthia Nixon also earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Ratched. I am really interested in seeing what she will be wearing over the next several months as we approach the “And Just Like That…”, the Sex and the City spin off. When it comes to the red carpet there isn’t a whole lot for me to go on in terms of picking looks for Cynthia. I was thinking of an vintage Calvin Klein gown for Cynthia, but when I knew that the plan for nominees was to have them join the ceremony remotely I completely changed my mind. I decided instead to go with this black Gabriela Hearst Fall 2020 RTW single button tuxedo which features braided trimming on the peak lapel blazer and wide leg trousers. It is a simple, yet incredibly chic moment and I feel like it would be perfect for Cynthia to wear for the Golden Globe Awards. I would finish this look with a black Lafayette 148 New York ‘Fielding’ jersey tank, defined eyes, soft nude pink lips, her flared side parted bob, a pair of black patent leather Aquazzura criss-cross strap pointed toe pumps, and a Pomellato High Jewelry ‘Sabbia of Tahiti’ black pearl, gold chain, and diamond y-shaped necklace to make this an incredibly chic moment for Cynthia.

The 2021 Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday February 28, 2021. You can see all of my wishes for this years event here.

2021 AFI Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

Alright. We have reached my final set of wishes for the 2021 AFI Awards. These wishes are just designed to be just that wishes as the event is going virtual this year. Even though the AFI Awards is a much more casual luncheon setting I am still bummed that the in person event had to be canceled due to COVID-19. I enjoy seeing what stars wear to this event just as much as I enjoy the super glamour of the Golden Globe Awards which typically take place the same weekend. It is a little bit of a more relaxed vibe since there aren’t individual honors, but instead just a gathering of those who created the films and television programs being honored. It’s a very celebratory event. So let’s see what I have in store for my wishes shall we?Up first is Mank star Amanda Seyfried. I’ve long been a big fan of Amanda’s style and I definitely would have loved to see what she was going to bring to this red carpet. As I was looking for what I wanted to pick I was also in the midst of archiving images of looks I don’t think have been worn on a red carpet from the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s which is where I found this black pleated Prada sleeveless midi dress which features leather belt banded details. The dress hails from the Prada Fall 2002 RTW collection and is a super chic moment. It is glamorous yet bohemian and I definitely think that speaks to Amanda’s sense of style. As I feel like this dress transcends trends and season it is still perfect for now. It’s a classic. I would style this look for Amanda with soft old Hollywood waves worn over one shoulder, defined eyes, glossy nude pink lips, black and pink rose print Prada pointed toe pumps, and a selection of simple Irene Neuwirth jewels including a pair of one of a king white diamond and blue moonstone angular drop earrings and a matching circular link bracelet to really make this look scream effortless glamour from head to toe. Lily Collins also stars alongside Amanda in Mank and with her fashionista chops I definitely would have loved to see her on this red carpet as well. I love that no matter where she is that Lily is always giving everything that she can on a red carpet. I think that the inner magpie in Lily would be drawn to all the sophisticated frills of the red and black flocked tulle Elie Saab Pre-Fall 2021 mini dress which features long puffed sleeves, a deep V-neck, and layered skirt. It is dark and sexy but still fun and feminine and I think that is why this dress was an easy choice for me to pick for Lily. It is an absolutely beautiful and statement making moment and I know that Lily would wear it with effortless ease. Personally I would finish this look with a sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, soft blush pink lips, statement red patent leather Christian Louboutin ‘Impera 100’ laser cut detail pointed toe strappy pumps, and a bit of sparkle via simple Anita Ko ‘Maya’ white diamond drop earrings. It would all be super glamorous and extra, but still event appropriate. I feel like it’s been a long time since we last saw Jamie Chung on a red carpet. For a while there she as one of the it girls and was always serving looks. So I was excited to see her name on the cast list for Lovecraft Country which the AFI has honored as one of the top television programs of 2020. So I went shopping on the runways for a super chic moment for Jamie to wear on this red carpet and I fell in love with this caramel and white leopard print Ulla Johnson Fall 2020 RTW ruffled dress which features a plunging neckline and an asymmetrical hem. I feel like this fun, flirty moment is definitely in line with the style I remember from Jamie and it would be a super chic moment for the red carpet at an AFI Awards. Now I had a very specific vision for the shoes in this look I wanted business meets fashion and that is exactly what I found in a pair of black and camel Stuart Weitzman ‘Gamma 70’ pointed toe pumps which features a loafer like flap detail and a metal rod embellishment. It would make it a very chic fashionista moment for Jaime. To add the perfect finishing touches to this look I would have styled this dress with a soft curly updo, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, and a pair of Le Vian raspberry rhodalite, white diamond, and chocolate diamond drop earrings. Jurnee Smollett is also part of the cast of Lovecraft Country and I would definitely have loved to see her style continue to evolve. Last year as she was helping to promote Birds of Prey I really enjoyed seeing her bold and edgy sense of style on the red carpet. Now the red carpet at the AFI Awards isn’t traditionally a space for lots of drama, but she could have still shown a really cool statement look in a more “casual” manner. I would have loved to see her show up to the AFI Awards luncheon wearing this burgundy silk satin ADEAM Fall 2020 RTW pantsuit with a sash belted waist. It screams cool girl chic and I feel like that is exactly what she would have needed to serve a major moment on this red carpet. The color against her skin would be phenomenal and with a chic updo, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, a pair of burgundy suede Christian Louboutin ‘Kate 100’ pointed toe pumps, and statement MATEO NY ‘Blizzard Mobile’ 14k gold and white pearl chandelier earrings that this moment would have screamed edgy boss lady glamour. Sound of Metal star Olivia Cooke has a wonderfully quirky sense of style and is definitely one I would pay attention to if we were having a regular awards season. For the look I would have wanted to see Olivia wearing on the red carpet at the AFI Awards I went for something more cocktail-y than I went for many of the looks in this series of wishes. Since the AFI Awards is a luncheon more casual looks are the norm, but when I saw this white and black Carolina Herrera Spring 2021 RTW embroidered fringe silk organza sleeveless shift dress as I was putting together these wishes I was immediately drawn it it. This isn’t really a look that would work on many red carpets during awards season, but I feel like on Olivia t would be a fun moment for her to bring to the red carpet at the AFI Awards. To make this perfect for a luncheon red carpet I would have Olivia style it with a loose romantic updo, simple defined eyes, bold red lips, a black Saint Laurent tuxedo inspired cape, a black Tyler Ellis ‘Meme Pouch’ lucite top handle and fringe detailed bag, a pair of black Sophia Webster ‘Jasmine’ crystal heel mesh paneled pointed toe pumps, and Swarovski ‘Infinity Pierced’ white crystal drop earrings. On the heels of a Golden Globe and SAG nomination and a Palm Springs Film Festival Award honor I am definitely excited to see what Sound of Metal star Riz Ahmed would be wearing on the red carpets during awards season. For the cancelled AFI Awards red carpet I would have dressed Riz in this grey Dior Men Resort 2021 Menswear single breasted suit with peak lapels, striped detail on the cuffs and waist band paired with a matching stripped button down. It isn’t a boundary pushing menswear moment, but that isn’t really what Riz is about. He does pick things that aren’t always your ‘classics’ but more of things that are classics with a twist. I definitely think that this is that classic with a twist. Now while I don’t totally hate the camel boat style shoes that the look was paired with in the lookbook I would still swap them for a pair of grey suede Christian Louboutin brogues. It would be a really chic menswear moment for sure.

The 2021 AFI Awards will be a virtual event with a benediction on February 26, 2021. You can see Part 1 of this series here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.

2021 National Board of Review Awards Red Carpet Wish List

 The National Board of Review announced their 2020 honorees, with Da 5 Bloods earning Best Film and Best Director for Spike Lee, Best Actor for Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal, and Best Actress for Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman. The organization has also announced that Chadwick Boseman will posthumously receive the NBR Icon Award, an honor that celebrates the work of leading cinematic artists who contribute meaningfully to the history, culture, and excellence of motion pictures. The NBR will announce its plans to celebrate its 2020 honorees at a later date. So since we don’t know if there will be a gala at a later point as there normally is or if we will have a virtual event I decided that I was just going to go ahead with putting out some wishes for stars who the National Board of Review has honored for their 2020 film awards. The National Board of Review has honored Carey Mulligan with their Best Actress award this year for her performance in Promising Young Woman. I have to say that when I saw the previews this movie did not seem like it was going to be something I would be interested in, but when it started getting honors and nominations I knew I had to check it out. Well I ate my words. It was a phenomenal film and Carey’s performance was also incredible. Now when it comes to style I go back and forth with regards to how I feel about Carey. I am hoping that with a major awards season run ahead of her that we will see some super chic looks from her. Should there have been or will be a gala like we are used to seeing for the National Board of Review Awards I would love to see Carey wearing this black Chanel Spring 2021 Couture midi dress with gold lattice beading and thin straps. It is a very simple dress that I think is perfectly in tune with Carey’s sense of style, but with an elegant sparkling twist. A chic romantic updo, defined soft smokey eyes, a pair of black suede Christian Louboutin ‘Rabakate 100’ pointed toe half d’Orsay pumps with a gold leather lined bow detail on the heel, and simple sparkle via yellow gold and white diamond Cartier ‘Agafe’ chain link drop earrings would all make sure this look is chic defined from head to toe. Regina King’s feature film directorial debut One Night In Miami was announced as the winner of the National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award. To be honest I don’t exactly know what the criteria to win this award is, but none the less I am very excited for Regina. I really fell in love with her and her style over the course of the awards season run that culminated in an Oscar for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. We have seen Regina take fashion risks and rock some of the most coveted labels in the world. Now for this event I would have opted for one of the younger emerging talents out there right now: Christopher Esber. Since founding his label in Sydney in 2010, Christopher Esber has built a global reputation for precision tailoring and a purity of expression that he employs to create silhouettes of structured fluidity that whisper rather than shout. That aesthetic is on full display in this tangerine orange strapless floating throw ‘Bahia dress which features an open back with a strap for support and cape like wings from the Christopher Esber Pre-Fall 2021 collection. It’s in a crinkled poly fabrication so it has a bit of a more causal air about it, but I feel like with some amazing styling that this look would be gala ready in a moment. So to make this look gala ready I would love to see Regina style this gown with an intricate braided updo, defined eyes, deep berry red lips, gold Gianvito Rossi ‘Plexi 105’ PVC detailed pointed toe pumps, and a selection of major Fernando Jorge jewels including a pair of yellow gold set topaz and white diamond ‘Electric’ drop earrings, a yellow gold set white diamond ‘Disco’ ring, and a yellow gold set ruby ‘Electric Crown’ ring. Sound of Metal has earned Riz Ahmed the National Board of Review Best Actor award this year. The British Pakistani actor, musician, and activist has some good style usually so I would have expected to see him bring a cool look to the red carpet at the National Board of Review Awards. I went to the Prada Spring 2021 Menswear collection which featured a very simple and utilitarian take on dressing. While this black four button nylon suit isn’t groundbreaking or boundary pushing for menswear it is a very chic and cool moment. I feel like Riz would definitely be able to make this look work with the crisp white button down buttoned up all the way with no tie work for a formal occasion especially if styled with a pair of black Prada spat meets combat style lace-up boots and a Chopard ‘Millie Miglia Classing Chronograph’ watch with a black rubber strap evoking tire treads.

2020 Deauville American Film Festival Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

The Deauville American Film Festival is one of the international film festivals moving forward with an in person edition this year. This isn’t one of the festivals that is known for delivering major fashion moments on the red carpet, but I am craving red carpet moments anywhere I can get them. So my wishes for this years festival see some more dramatic moments than we are used to seeing in Deauville as well as wishes for every major star who has a film screening at this years festival. Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher is about to have a very busy fall festival season if she is able to make the rounds to all the festivals that are screening her films. In Deauville her film Last Word will be screened. Alba’s style is quite interesting she has great taste, but often her execution and effort are an issue to me. More often than not Alba walks the red carpet wearing a look from Valentino. So I turned to the label for the perfect look for her to wear in Deauville. I’ve been a huge fan of this Valentino Fall 2020 RTW collection ensemble which features a deep blue cape effect sequined top and navy wide leg wool pants since it walked the runway earlier this year. I feel like Alba would be lucky that the COVID-19 pandemic hit that this look is even still available. For Alba I would love to see her style this with a deliberate and romantic curly updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, the antique gold necklace the look was styled with on the runway, and a pair of black Valentino ‘VLogo’ pointed toe loge crested kitten heels to make sure it is one of her best red carpet moments ever. Jena Malone’s latest film Lorelei has been selected for this years edition. It’s been a while since we’ve last seen Jena on a red carpet and I would definitely have loved seeing her bring the glamour to the red carpet in Deauville. Now I’m not sure where she’s been living, but if it’s in the United States then we aren’t going to see her promote the film on this years red carpet. So this wish might just be that. I would love to see her give us modern glamour wearing this silver sequin Ingie Paris Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve column gown which features crystal trimming, thigh high split, and a copper lamé lining. We don’t really see Ingie gowns on the red carpet, but this moment definitely speaks to why we should. It would be a truly dazzling moment for Jena especially styled with a chic blonde pixie cut, defined eyes, dark antique rose pink lips, a silver metal Alexander McQueen crystal clasp box clutch, a pair of silver metallic leather Aquazzura ‘Spicy’ strappy sandals, and Neil Lane Couture white and pear-shaped natural colored diamonds drop earringsWhen it comes to style The Violent Heart star Mary J. Blige has a very distinctive vibe about her. She defines hip hop glam, but she also knows how to give us Hollywood movie star when she is promoting movies. I don’t think we are going to see her in Deauville because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, but if we were to see her bring the glam to the red carpet I would love to finally see this sketch of a Ralph & Russo Fall 2020 Couture tangerine silk double satin asymmetrically draped jumpsuit, featuring metallic belt and shoulder detailing, and finished with a draped sash brought to life. I say bringing a look to life a lot on this site, but this gives a whole new meaning to it since we’ve only seen this jumpsuit as a sketch right now. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of gold Jimmy Choo ‘Talika’ pointed toe asymmetric crystal embellished ankle strap d’Orsay pumps, and Norman Silverman 18k yellow gold multi-cut white diamond hoop earrings would definitely compliment this jumpsuit perfectly. Olivia Cooke is one of those underrated stars on the red carpet. I would love to see the English actress make her way to Deauville to promote her film Sound of Metal. She has rocked major looks from Burberry, Prada, Dior, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein. For this red carpet I went to a late 50’s inspiration with this red glittered lurex Emilia Wickstead Fall 2020 RTW ‘Sephora’ midi dress which features a rounded square neckline, draped v-neck back, and an a-line skirt. It is sexy yet classic all a the same time and I really do think it would be super chic on Olivia. Styled with a loose curly romantic updo, defined eyes, red lips, red crystal embellished Gianvito Rossi ‘Glam’ ankle strap sandals, and Cartier geometric white diamond and ruby drop earrings I know that this would be a major moment for Olivia to bring to this red carpet. Riz Ahmed also stars in Sound of Metal, but when I picked this red Berluti Fall 2020 Menswear two button slim fit suit for him I didn’t even realize I had coordinated him with Olivia. I thought about going back to the drawing board, but I really I do think that it was the perfect choice for him to rock on this red carpet. Now the runway styling of this suit is a lot. I would drop the leopard pony hair parka, the dark purple silk button down, the fuchsia turtle neck, and the boots. That leaves us just the suit. I wouldn’t go crazy with the styling opting instead to style it with a white button down, a black silk skinny tie, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Nile King’ raffia detailed silver hardware detailed loafers to really make this look a major menswear moment for Riz to rock in Deauville, if he chooses to attend.

The 2020 Deauville American Film Festival will open on September 4, 2020 and run through September 14, 2020.

2019 Toronto International Film Festival Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

Twas the night before TIFF and all through the world not a stylist was scurrying. Oh well thats a lie. I am sure everyone from Elizabeth Stewart and Kate Young to Ilaria Urbinati and Jason Bolden are running around making sure that looks for all of their clients attending the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival are 1,000% set. I am seriously in love with this particular set of wishes for this years red carpets. I feel like many of the stars in this list are some of my favorites to see on a red carpet and given some of the Oscar buzz behind the films they are screening at this years festival I am I am hoping they will be delivering major moments on the red carpet. My favorite wish of all my 2019 TIFF wishes is the multicolored Maison Margiela Couture strapless tea length gown I want to see Zazie Beetz wearing for the premiere of Joker. She shut down Venice in looks from Miu Miu, Valentino, Lela Rose, and Rodarte. This list is also the most heavily filled with menswear of my 2019 Toronto Film Festival wishes. I was looking through the folder on my computer with all my favorite menswear moments on the red carpets from this year and I have to say I’m lacking in really major menswear moments, so I am hoping the last three months of my calendar year will bring these boundary pushing menswear moments I am craving.

 

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival will open on Thursday September 5, 2019 and will run through Sunday September 15, 2019.

2017 End of the Year Style Awards: Most Underrated

Every year I look through all of the looks that I have saved and look at all of the people who I feel always seem to fall just short my my best dressed lists for different events or my monthly lists, but have looks that I really do love. These are who I consider to be underrated. They are the stars that don’t necessarily get people excited before a red carpet, but always get me excited when they walk one. Zoe Kravitz has always been the supporting star. From Divergent to Big Little Lies she has been the third or fourth person on the list of stars, but she always delivers really amazing looks from some of the best brands. This year we have seen Zoe wearing Atelier Versace, Christian Dior Couture, Armani Prive, Oscar de la Renta, and The Row among others. She also scored the Saint Laurent fall campaign. Zoe was one of the first stars on the Emmy Awards red carpet in her rainbow feathered Christian Dior Couture gown and she actually stayed in my mind the whole night ending up on my best dressed at the Emmy’s list. I am really hoping that next year as she makes the awards rounds with Big Little Lies that she continues to be one of the most major starlets on the red carpets. Now usually I wouldn’t think of men’s fashion when I think of who is an underrated star but when I asked 3 fellow fashion bloggers who they thought was underrated Riz Ahmed was mentioned by all. I have to say that is probably the case. I think we have heard lots of lauding for men’s style stars like Jared Leto, Eddie Redmayne, Rami Malek and Ansel Elgort for pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable for men to wear on the red carpet, but we haven’t heard as much about Riz. Super stylist Ilaria Urbinati has put Riz in looks from Dior Homme, Prada, Burberry, and Zenga this year and not a single one was the a standard suit. From color to print to texture I think that Riz has been one of the best dressed men this year.