2021 Critics Choice Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

I am still riding a glamour high from Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, but I am definitely moving forward to this weekends Critics Choice Awards. If this past weekend said anything it just proved that stars are ready to get dressed up and have some fun, even if they are still joining the shows virtually. I definitely am keeping that in mind when it comes to picking looks for the nominees for this weekends Critics Choice Awards. While we eventually get a great floor length look via social media we really only see the stars from the waist up. So all these looks are visually beautiful especially from the waist up. I will say I loved Carey Mulligan’s Prada gown at the Globes in the Zoom setting, but in the full length I wasn’t a huge fan of it all. I want Carey to consistently bring major fashion moments this awards season. So for this weekends Critics Choice Awards I turned to Prada, once again. Now I will say that I had already picked this blue and black beaded and fringe Prada high low flapper gown for Carey long before she showed up in Prada this weekend, and I’ve decided to continue to run with it. I thought of pulling this gown after seeing Dua Lipa pull some of the costumes Prada made for The Great Gatsby for one of her music videos. I honestly had never thought about putting the fabulous creations in wishes before. I was kind of hesitant to do it for Carey since she was one of the stars of the film, but then I asked myself why I was and I couldn’t give myself a good answer. This gown wasn’t worn by any of the main cast members and was just worn by an extra in one of the party scenes and I feel like it deserves a major red carpet moment. I think that styling this gown with a loose wavy bob, defined eyes, pink lips, a pair of major black trimmed silver glitter Miu Miu t-strap chunky heel sandals, and antique Fred Leighton old mine white diamond tassel pendant earrings would definitely make this a major fashion moment for Carey. Emma Corrin’s winning Golden Globes look was a custom Miu Miu gown inspired by vintage clowns. It was a look that’s for sure. I can’t say I loved it, but I want Emma to give me fashion and glamour for the Critics Choice Awards this weekend. I would love to see Emma, who debuted a much shorter hairstyle, wear this black satin Chanel Pre-Fall 2021 column gown with a dramatic train and a crystal embellished bodice. I would definitely say that this gown is glamour defined and I feel it would be a superb moment for her to bring to life. I would love to see her edge this look up taking her short boyish cut and giving it a punky styling, thick kohl rimmed eyes, glossy nude pink lips, a pair of black Sophia Webster ‘Rosalind’ strappy crystal heel sandals, and a white diamond DeBeers ‘Radiating Lotus’ white diamond collar necklace.Maria Bakalova had one of my favorite gowns at the Globes wearing a gorgeous raspberry red Armani Prive crystal embellished strapless ballgown. I didn’t really know what to expect and whatever expectations were in my mind were blown away. I actually ended up dropping the Dior Couture tea length gown I originally had picked for Maria for these wishes and went for something that I feel is a little more fashiony with this blush to wine ombre Alexander McQueen Resort 2021 one shoulder tea length dress which features intricate drape details, exposed corset, and an a-line skirt. I love a great McQueen moment and I know her stylist Jessica Paster does too so I could definitely see this being a look that she would put on the rack for Maria. I think that taking this dress and styling it with a sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of hot pink Manolo Blahnik ‘Selunga’ buckle detailed silk slingback sandals, and dazzling pink sapphire and ruby Lorraine Schwartz drop earrings would definitely give Maria another amazing fashion moment this virtual awards season. My wish for Ma Rainey herself Viola Davis to wear for the Critics Choice Awards is a complete 180 from the custom African print Lavie by Claude Kameni gown she wore for the Globes. I was obsessed with that whole moment and I love that Viola went there. For the Critics Choice Awards I went with the archive fashion route picking this simple yet very glamorous black chiffon Michael Kors Spring 2005 RTW one shoulder gown which features intricate draping on the bodice and an floating a-line skirt. I’ve always loved seeing Viola in Michael Kors on the red carpet and I feel like this gown is definitely something she would be drawn to. I would nod to a black designer in this look choosing to style this gown with Vanleles jewels including a pair of ‘Out of Africa’ rose gold set white diamond and Mozambican responsibly sourced ruby and rubelite fan drop earrings, a yellow gold ‘The Nile’ sculptural pave set white diamond necklace, and an ‘Out of Africa’ rose gold set white diamond and Mozambican responsibly sourced ruby and rubelite cocktail ring to add a pop of color to this look. A natural pulled back tight curl hairstyle, smokey eyes, glossy black cherry red lips, a gold Tyler Ellis ‘Perry’ snakeskin embossed clutch, and a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Misty 120’ ankle strap sandals would add the perfect finishing touches to this moment. Headed into the nomination this year Zendaya’s performance in Malcolm & Marie was buzzing a lot for different nominations. When the Globe and SAG Awards were announced I hadn’t seen the film yet and I was so mad that neither nominated Zendaya. That being said, I just didn’t love the film. It wasn’t about her performance because it was stellar, but it was a great performance with no substance from the script. It left me wanting more. I will say that even in spite of my feelings I was happy to see the Critics Choice Awards nominate Zendaya. Not only did they nominate her for Best Actress, but they will be honoring her with the #SeeHer Award. So we know that we are going to see Zendaya in some way on Sunday night. I hope that she heads to the studio where the host and presenters will gather to accept the #SeeHer Award and do so in high style. I went full feminine glam picking this flamingo pink chiffon Georges Hobeika Spring 2020 Couture asymmetrically draped gown. I was looking for the perfect look and this was really the only one that spoke to me. I know that she would know exactly how to work this gown to really bring it to life perfectly. Taking this gown and adding a sleek bun updo, defined winged soft smokey eyes, glossy deep taupe lips, a pair of light pink Casadei platform ankle strap sandals, and MAJOR white diamond Yeprem High Jewelry ‘Gravity’ cluster meets fringe drop earrings would definitely make this the absolutely major moment I am craving from Zendaya.

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.

“Malcolm & Marie” Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

Malcolm & Marie is an upcoming American black-and-white romantic drama film written and directed by Sam Levinson. The film stars John David Washington and Zendaya (who both also produced) as the title characters, a director and his girlfriend, whose relationship is tested on the night of his latest film’s premiere. The project was the first feature to be entirely written, financed, and produced during the COVID-19 pandemic, with filming taking place in June and July 2020. Malcolm & Marie was released in a limited release on January 29, 2021, before being slated to be released digitally on February 5, 2021, by Netflix. The film has received polarizing reviews from critics, earning praise for Zendaya and Washington’s performances and the black and white cinematography. The film is getting a lot of awards buzz and I cannot wait to see what the virtual promotion for this film will bring ahead of awards season. John David Washington isn’t a dude who will push the boundaries of fashion, but he will rock some chic looks from the coolest brands out there. Well what brand is hotter is menswear right now than Dior Men by Kim Jones? So yes of course I immediately thought of this black silk double breasted suit with notch lapels and slim fit tapered leg trousers from the Dior Men Resort 2021 collection. The suit itself isn’t boundary pushing at all, but I love the horizontal ribbon stripe detail on the waistband of the trousers as well as the subtlety branded black, white, grey, and camel striped button down it was styled with on the lookbook make this look incredibly chic. While I don’t often advocate for wearing a double breasted suit open, but I love the effortless chic that the look evokes in the lookbook and I would have John David pose on a red carpet just like this with the look styled with a pair of black Christian Dior ‘Saddle Derby Monk’ polished calfskin monk strap inspired shoes and a Rolex ‘Oyster Perpetual Submariner’ in Oystersteel with a Black Cerachrom bezel and a black dial with large luminescent hour markers. It would definitely ooze cool boy chic which is the vibe I am expecting to see from John David in this movie. Now when it comes to fashion few do it better than Zendaya. This girl isn’t afraid to take a risk and I am going to be forever mad at COVID that it stole this really important movie premiere from us, even though without COVID we might not ever had seen this movie come to life. As I was planning this list I had just started saving the looks from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and so I immediately knew that I wanted to see the glamizon that is Zendaya wearing this lilac Antonio Grimaldi Spring 2021 Couture mini dress gown with a blouson silk taffeta cape bodice that turns into a dramatic train with a feathered skirt. There are really very few who could make this look work and I know that Zendaya is one of them. I want to see more of Antonio Grimaldi on the red carpet and I feel like a major moment on someone like Zendaya would make the label become a heavy hitter in the red carpet arena. To really make this look super cool I would style it with a bun of braids, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, a pair of Amina Muaddi x Awge ‘Phoenix’ crystal embellished butterfly brooch detailed PVC pointed toe slingback pumps, and a selection of Nikos Koulis ‘Universe Line’ collection jewels including a pair of white gold shard drop earrings with white diamonds in translucent enamel, and two complimentary white gold rings with white diamonds in translucent enamel (one / two). It would be a very millennial princess moment for Zendaya.

2020 E! People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 5

Tonight is the night! I am really excited to see what everyone is going to bring. There was still a fantastic list of stars who are nominated, presenting, and performing tonight. So I decided to finish up my wishes with a round-up of everyone left. While I enjoy detailing out my thought process in picking my wishes there just wasn’t enough time to write about everyone. There are definitely some absolutely major fashion moments I want to see on this red carpet tonight out of these wishes. While I know we can expect to see Alison Brie, Armie Hammer, Christina Hendricks, and Justin Beiber tonight I don’t know who else we can expect to see that I’ve featured in this list. But as I’ve said multiple times this year it’s better to dream in glamour than drown in the fear of what is going on in the world.

The 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards will take place TONIGHT November 15, 2020 and you can see all of my wishes for this years red carpet here.

10 Best Collections of Spring 2021: Halpern

“We needed joy and fantasy and escapism, and that’s truer today than it ever was, with all the horrible things that are happening in the U.S.,” Michael Halpern said to VOGUE Runway’s Anders Christian Madsen of his Spring 2021 collection. “This isn’t me turning a blind eye to those things. It’s a response.” What resulted was a small collection of just 19 looks. Each one was of a couture worthy creation, but spoke to a wide range in sense of dressing for the now. We saw Halpern show everything from feathered bubble dresses to sequin pajamas. I’ve actually already featured one of the looks from this collection in my Emmy Awards wishes for Yvonne Orji. What Halpern has continued to us he is a master of, like most labels that show in London, print/color/texture. It was phenomenal. It wasn’t the biggest or most business as usual collection this season, but each look left an impact on me. The looks in the collection ranged in historical inspiration from the 1930’s to the 1970’s and the range of people I think would be perfect to bring the looks to life on the red carpet are as varried as the styles that were presented. I really wanted to put wishes for EVERYTHING in this collection, but ultimately decided not to. I decided at the last minute add one more to the ones below, but I felt like I really needed to put the thought of Cate Blanchett wearing the look pictured center above. The decadent 70’s YSL inspired black and gold look which features a gold leopard brocade structured blazer, a silk charmuse column skirt, and ruffled jabot is gorgeous and super impactful. Cate immediately came to mind when I saw this look as I was flipping through the lookbook and I can just imagine it being a major red carpet moment for our red carpet QUEEN. A sleek retro updo, defined eyes, punchy pink lips, a pair of black mid curved heel Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Alyssa’ slingback pointed toe pumps, and vintage Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. 18k gold and white diamond rope cluster earrings would definitely make this the major glamour moment I want it to be. So check out more of my favorite looks from the collection and find out who I want to wear them on the red carpet below. Some of my favorite pieces in the collection are the metallic gold leopard print brocade. The high low bubble hem gown with a squared neckline and short puffy sleeves was definitely one of the top looks from not just the collection, but the season. It has a very fun elegance about it. It gives me distinct 60’s meets now vibes and I feel like the gorgeous Zendaya would definitely be able to bring this look to life on a red carpet be it in person or virtual. She knows how to sell these more avant garde looks with effortless ease. A curly bun updo, gold smokey eyes, deep burgundy lips, a pair of gold and raspberry pink Malone Souliers ‘Penelope’ metallic leather pointed toe pumps with a curved edge, and a selection of Vanleles ‘Out of Africa’ jewels including a pair of Mozambican responsibly sourced ruby, rubelite, and diamond ‘Stiletto’ drop earrings, and two matching cocktail rings (one & two) would definitely make this a MAJOR fashion moment.

As I mentioned I am really loving the gold brocade that we saw in this collection. I was picking my wishes for this list and at the last second decided to swap my wish for the look which features a black sequin top with 3/4 length sleeves and a high waisted ankle length bow detailed pencil skirt made of the leopard brocade. Originally I was going to say Lupita Nyong’o (who would definitely be an excellent choice) but then I thought about Jennifer Hudson and her (hopefully) upcoming promo tour for RESPECT and I was inspired. I feel like Jennifer is going to be serving up MAJOR fashion moments during this promo tour (be it in person or virtually) and hopefully all through awards season. This look screams 60’s glam and I feel like that will be on the menu quite a bit to pay homage to Aretha Franklin’s legacy. This look with a short black pixie hairstyle, smokey eyes, bold glossy red lips, a pair of black lave over nude Jimmy Choo ‘Love 100’ pointed toe pumps, and Tiffany & Co. ‘Schlumberger Seven Leaves’ ear clips in 18k gold and platinum with green tourmalines and white diamonds would be PERFECTION. FEATHERS. Anyone who is a regular reader of If I Was A Stylist will know that I LOVE feathers for the red carpet. They are a fun and glamorous touch that adds drama to basically any look. This season is the first we have seen Michael Halpern use feathers and he did so expertly. Easily another of the best looks of the collection comes from the flamingo pink and black bubble dress. It holds no purpose but fun and glamour. I would love to be the person wearing this whispy ball to an event. It will take someone with PRESENCE to really work this look, so of course I turned to the queen of unapologetic drama: Rita Ora. I can definitely see Rita rocking this look on a red carpet like the American Music Awards or the British Fashion Awards. Now because the dress itself is such a statement I would love to see Rita style it with a sleek top knot updo, smokey eyes, her signature red lips, black leather Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen’ ankle strap sandals, and a pair of white diamond floral Gismondi 1964 ‘Prato Fiorito’ ear crawling earrings.

Also using feathers Michael Halpern gave us Palm Springs hostess glamour with this coral and hot pink zebra print silk charmuse caftan gown trimmed in ostrich feathers. I could definitely see someone like Tracee Ellis Ross bringing this look to life as a major glamour from home look for a “virtual” event. Style it with big bouncy curls, defined eyes, nude glossy lips, hot pink crystal embellished Christian Louboutin ‘Kate Strass’ pointed toe pumps, and a selection of vintage jewels from Eleuteri including a pair of Bulgari “Saetta” ear-clips with amethysts and citrines, mounted on 18kt yellow gold circa 1980 and a major cocktail ring by Mimi Milano centering an octagonal cut amethyst, highlighted by pearls and mounted in 18kt yellow gold circa 1970 to really bring the at home glamour to life.Michel Halpern has been a master of color and pattern. This season was no different. There were a couple of really great patterns woven throughout the collection. One was the emerald green and black large polka dot. It was used on more avant garde and more casual looks. In the more casual iteration it was a long poet sleeve midi dress which I would absolutely DIE to see worn by Meryl Streep. It is a long shot of a wish, but I feel like it while the print definitely isn’t something I feel like Meryl would be drawn to the silhouette of the dress is. This look would be finished perfectly for Meryl styled with a chic casual updo, defined eyes, glossy nude pink lips, and a pair of black and saffron yellow Paul Andrew ‘Rhea 55’ slingback d’Orsay pointed toe pumps.

The final wish I have from this collection is for the gorgeous Amal Clooney. We saw Michael Halpern use tweed for the first time this season too giving us a major red plaid moment in several looks to wrap up the looks. I did love this fitted mini dress which features gold button details, a square neckline, cropped sleeves, and black feathered cuffs the moment I saw it. It blurs the lines between work wear and party wear and I definitely think that it would be a great look for Amal to wear for a date night with hubby George especially if styled with her signature waves, defined eyes, red lips, a black glitter Jimmy Choo ‘Ellipse’ clutch, a pair of red crystal embellished Prada round toe satin pumps, and vintage white diamond and ruby French style drop earrings from London based vintage jewelry dealer Jewellery Discovery.What do you think about this collection? Who would you like to see bring looks from this collection to life on the red carpet? You can hear me and my podcast partner in crime debate about this collection on our podcast The Fashion Forward Friends now streaming on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

2020 Venice Film Festival: “The Human Voice” Photocall & Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

The Human Voice was added to the Out of Competition selection in Venice after the full selection was released. The new film by Pedro Almodóvar, filmed and edited in record time as soon as the lockdown was lifted – The Human Voice, adapted from Jean Cocteau and starring Tilda Swinton. Since Swinton is being honored with an Honorary Golden Lion (the top prize in Venice) this year I was surprised that she didn’t have a film screening at the festival. Apparently so was the festival so they added The Human Voice. Almodóvar says: “I am very excited about coming back to Venice in such a special year, with COVID-19 as [an] involuntary guest. Everything will be different, and I am looking forward to discovering it in person.
It is an honour to accompany Tilda in a year in which she is receiving a very much deserved award Almodóvar was given the same honor last year). As a matter of fact, The Human Voice is a festival of Tilda, a display of her infinite and assorted registers as an actress. It’s been a spectacle to direct her.”So to promote The Human Voice I found to superb couture moments for the illustrious Tilda Swinton. I am always a fan of the actresses avant garde style and I cannot wait to see what she will bring to the red carpet in Venice. For the photocall I went for strong suiting with this draped white crepe wool Christian Dior Spring 2020 Couture skirt suit. I adore this simple take on the classic skirt suit and I definitely think that it would be a super chic moment for Tilda to wear for the casual photocall event in Venice. I feel like it would be great with her flame orange red hair in a chic coif, defined eyes, red lips, and a pair of white lace Gianvito Rossi ‘Liliane’ pointed toe pumps. Now for the premiere I went for DAZZLE picking this silver and white floral sequined Givenchy Spring 2020 Couture column gown which features a voluminous cocoon caped bodice. I love this dress and I hope it won’t be lost to the archive. The new creative director is now on the job at Givenchy so I don’t know if the house will allow stylists to option Clare Waight Keller’s final couture collection for the house. I hope so because I know that Tilda would shut it down especially if styled with her signature coif, defined eyes, nude pink lips, and a pair of silver Gianvito Rossi ‘Plexi’ PVC detailed pointed toe pumps. I appreciate that Venice decided to add One Night in Miami and The Human Voice to the selection. It allowed me to add wishes for Cate Blanchett that I felt I was missing. I really wanted to include an Alexander McQueen look for Cate to wear in Venice. I always love when she bring the avant garde labels creations to life on the red carpet. In keeping with Cate’s more sustainable approach to fashion I’ve been including several archive moments I would love to see her bring out and give red carpet moments. We didn’t see many of the looks from the final Alexander McQueen collection from the houses eponymous founder on the red carpet. I would die if Cate showed up on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival wearing this black long sleeve a-line gown which features intricate gold beaded embroidery on the bodice and sleeves, and a pleated skirt from the Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 RTW collection. I feel like it would definitely be a major fashion moment on the red carpet. A sleek updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of black and gold Pierre Hardy crystal embellished strappy sandals, and vintage gold Van Cleef & Arpels earrings set with circular-cut diamonds circa 1945 would definitely make sure this look is the perfect balance of drama and glamour. I’d also been thinking of a Prada or Miu Miu look for Venice jury member Ludivine Sagnier so the addition of this set of wishes allowed me to add a set for her. So I would love to see her take this black crinkled silk Prada Resort 2021 strapless midi dress and customize it turning it into a floor length ballgown with a sweeping train. It isn’t an avant garde over embellished moment we are used to seeing from Prada on the red carpet, especially not on a red carpet like this, but I feel like with Miuccia’s turn towards simplicity with the Resort 2021 season that it would be a really cool moment. I think that taking that customized gown styling it with a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, pink glossy lips, a black satin Prada jeweled applique clutch, a pair of black Prada crystal embellished sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2020 white diamond teardrop paisley earrings would definitely make it a cool and glamorous moment. I’ve heard that Spanish actress and model Ester Exposito is heading to Venice to walk the red carpets. When I first heard that news my mind went directly to Etro. The Italian fashion brand has become such a major red carpet heavy hitter and I am expecting to see several looks from the label on the red carpet. So I went shopping from the runways and the virtual store racks and didn’t really find anything that I love. So I’m getting creative. I did love this gold lame long sleeve wrap style dress from the Etro Fall 2020 RTW collection which features a daring plunging neckline, center split, and an intricately embroidered wide velvet belt. I would love to see Ester rock a custom gown using this as inspiration. I feel like cutting the sleeves and making this a sleeveless disco gown lengthening the skirt to hit the floor could make it a super sexy glamorous moment for Ester. Taking this gown styling with a sleek high ponytail, defined eyes, pink lips, a gold glitter resin Yliana Yepez ‘Eva’ tassel detailed minaudiere, a pair of gold metallic leather Jimmy Choo ‘Tesca’ strappy sandals, and a statement white diamond and multicolored precious stone Bulgari ‘Barocko’ collection bib necklace would definitely be a super glam moment for Ester. Now in a second wish for her I wanted to give Ester a modern princess moment with this dark midnight blue, gold, and white watercolor marble pattern Georges Hobeika Fall 2020 Couture ballgown which features a plunging neckline and a thin gold belted waist. I really think that this gown would be a gorgeous moment. I would love to see her take this gown and deliver it on the red carpet in Venice with a sleek updo, soft smokey eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of gold ombre glitter Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ pointed toe pumps, and a Pomellato High Jewelry ‘Gourmette’ chain necklace made up of 2900 brown diamonds with a total of 69 carats that took the master jewelers 190 hours of work to complete.When I was adding another star who I would love to see rock the red carpet in Venice to represent Armani I really wanted make a statement so I decided to go with Zendaya. We’ve seen Zendaya front row at the Armani Prive Fall 2019 Couture presentation as well as wearing the label for the Spider-Man: Far From Home premiere. So I would LOVE to see Zendaya on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival rocking two MAJOR gowns from the brands archive starting with this hot pink Armani Prive Fall 2007 Couture strapless high low bustier ballgown which features a bow layered ball skirt with black lining. To me this is the Zendaya style version of the iconic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Marilyn Monroe gown. I really love to see her bring this major moment to life with a sleek center parted hairstyle tucked behind the ears, soft smokey eyes, bold pink lips, a pair of matching hot pink Christian Louboutin ‘Degrastrass’ crystal embellished suede and PVC pointed toe pumps, and a dazzling Tiffany & Co. 2020 Blue Book collection white diamond and pink tourmaline strand bib necklace. The second look I picked for Zendaya isn’t as big, but just as statement making. I love this acid green strapless Armani Prive Spring 2012 Couture column gown which features a reptile skin beaded body and a feathered hem. This look was from the repeat show in Beijing where Giorgio Armani added a couple of new looks to the ones shown from the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. I would LOVE to see Zendaya slink down a major red carpet like Venice wearing this gown. Make it perfection with an abstract yet sleek retro inspired updo, soft smokey eyes, soft pink lips, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen’ ankle strap sandals. I would also like to see Zendaya highlight a black owned high jewelry brand with this gown styling the look with Vanlees jewels including a pair of white diamond and emerald ‘Legends of Africa’ wing earrings and a matching statement ‘Legends of Africa’ cuff bracelet. Glamour and a message.

The 2020 Venice Film Festival will open on Wednesday September 2, 2020 and runs through Saturday September 12, 2020. You can see all my Venice Film Festival wishes here.

Fall 2020 Couture Round Up Red Carpet Wish List

Couture this season was VERY different. We saw designers tackle moving presentation digitally in vastly different ways. Dior did a short video editorial and showcased petite mains work on miniatures. Hobeika recorded a show without an audience from his home in Lebanon. Ralph & Russo showed a mix of in person shot lookbook, a digital spokesmodel, and sketches. And most showed smaller paired down collections shot in lookbooks. I would love to see many of these looks on the red carpet so I am hoping that we start seeing red carpets return soon. Two seasons worth of looks are already headed to the archives without being worn. So check out the 61 wishes below I would love to see brought to life on the red carpet from the Fall 2020 Couture collections.

Alexis Mabille Fall 2020 Couture Red Carpet Wish List

When it comes to unabashed French glamour I always know we can count on Alexis Mabille to deliver. This whole collection in the best silk faille, velvet, satin, lace, and brocades are crafted into glamorous creations. Now the one event where we usually see Alexis Mabille designs on the red carpet, the Cannes Film Festival, has been cancelled. So I am hoping that come the fall festival and awards season that some of these gowns I would love to see stylists option the fantastical creations he presented in his Haute Couture Online show for their clients. Below you are going to find some of the wishes I really want to see come true from this collection. So check them out and let me know what you think.

2020 BET Awards Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

We may not be getting a red carpet for the 2020 BET Awards, but at least there will be a virtually created telecast. We don’t know what the future of awards shows are going to look like. So I am very interested in seeing what this virtual awards event ends up looking like. My wishes are not focused necessarily on what I want to see the stars wear for their Zoom awards show, but more for what I would have wanted to see them bring to life on the red carpet had an in person awards show happened. So check out the five major moments I would have wanted to see brought to life on the red carpet at the 2020 BET Awards. I always LOVE seeing Angela Bassett on the red carpet. She always brings the drama and the glamour. I would have loved to see Angela give us visual glamour wearing this water pattern sequined velvet Tadashi Shoji Fall 2020 RTW gown which features dramatic short ruffled sleeves, a plunging neckline, a bias cut, column skirt, and a short train. I was starting my search for the perfect gown for her Angela to wear had there been a red carpet for this years BET Awards and the moment I saw this gown I was sold. It is different, avant garde, and super glamorous and that is exactly the kind of look that Angela is drawn to for her red carpet gowns. I can definitely imagine her bringing this look to life with a sleek updo, emerald and charcoal smokey eyes, glossy deep nude lips, a gold Tyler Ellis ‘Perry’ python leather clutch, gold metallic leather Aquazzura ‘Whisper 105’ strappy sandals, and a pair of simple yet dazzling IVY New York ‘Mistletoe’ tsavorite and diamond drop earrings. For Cardi B I decided to go the couture route which is definitely not the usual route I would go for in regards to the BET Awards red carpet. But this is a fantasy right? So let’s go big or go home right? I was looking at looks and I saw this white Georges Hobeika Spring 2020 Couture asymmetrical tea length dress which features a sheer leaf embroidered bodice, full bell cuffs with fringe, a thin silver bow detail belt, a crystal embellished column skirt with rounded seams and a daring hip high split and was wondering who could rock it for the BET Awards. When I thought of Cardi I was a little apprehensive at the beginning because I wouldn’t want her fake boobs ruining the look like it did with the hot pink Nicholas Jebran gown that she wore for the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy party earlier this year. The more I thought about it the more I decided that it was a risk that I would love to see her take. The dress is super glamorous and I think that with the right statement styling I knew that Cardi would have made it a major moment. I would have styled this look with a sleek high ponytail, silver glitter and aqua blue eyes, deep red matte lips, silver crystal embellished talon nails, a pair of silver Le Silla ‘Petalo 120’ ruffled detail ankle strap PVC d’Orsay peep toe sandals, and statement Lorraine Schwartz paraiba tourmaline and white diamond teardrop pendant earrings to make sure that this look screams dramatic glamour from head to toe. I first took notice of H.E.R. a little over a year ago when out of nowhere it she became a fashionista to me when she walked the red carpet at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala in Cannes to help launch the Giambattista Valli x H&M collection. Before then I hadn’t heard of H.E.R. but I’ve followed her since. She has such an eclectic sense of style. It very much reminds me in a away of Andra Day, but a little more bohemian than retro. I knew immediately the designer I wanted to see H.E.R. wear on the BET Awards red carpet had they happened. I love this sea foam green silk Victoria Hayes Collection Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve robe style midi gown. It is structured yet relaxed and I definitely think it would have been a perfect option for H.E.R. to bring to life on this red carpet especially styled with a bun of curls, defined eyes behind her signature round sunglasses (the ones I picked for her to pair with this dress are Versace), deep berry red lips, a pair of dazzling silver crystal embellished plaid pattern Marco de Vincenzo chunky platform ankle strap sandals, and Norman Silverman white diamond hoop earrings. Lizzo is another one who I’ve been following for just over a year. Now in comparison to H.E.R. I have seen Lizzo turn into a MAJOR fashionista getting custom looks made for her from all of the top fashion labels. However I do love when she turns to one of the first designers to really embrace her, Christopher John Rogers. I was just starting to learn about Christopher John Rogers when Lizzo wore him for the 2019 MTV Movie and Television Awards. It was the first time I really noticed Lizzo and her beat hasn’t slowed since. So when I was looking for looks for her to wear for the BET Awards, had there been a red carpet, I turned first to the Christopher John Rogers Fall 2020 RTW collection and this marigold iridescent gown which features a cutout neckline, long sleeves, and a knot detail. I actually first considered this look for Lizzo to wear on the red carpet at the Met Gala. Ultimately I went for something more dramatic, but the BET Awards would have been a perfect time for Lizzo to bring this look to life on the red carpet. Styled with a high braided bun updo, smokey eyes, burgundy glossy lips, an ombre gold crystal embellished Judith Leiber slim faceted rectangle clutch, a pair of gold Saint Laurent ‘Hall’ metallic leather ankle strap sandals, and statement David Morris ‘Doorknocker’ hammered yellow gold and white diamond earrings I know that this would have been another MAJOR fashion moment for Lizzo. I always love seeing Zendaya bring the glamour to the red carpet. She is a style chameleon and we never know what to expect from her on the red carpet. Now had there been a BET Awards red carpet I have no idea what she would have worn, but I went for much more of a dramatic look than we are used to seeing on the BET Awards red carpet. Initially I was going to pick an Atelier Versace Spring 2020 Couture baroque scarf print cocktail dress for Zendaya, but when I saw this asymmetrically draped gown which features a single cap sleeve, draped detail, thigh high split, and short train. I was sold. I know that Zendaya would definitely have made this look come to life on the red carpet. It would definitely be a risk, but that’s what I love about Zendaya. I would have loved to see her style this gown with the runways strappy knee high sandals, a sleek high ponytail, defined eyes, glossy light pink lips, and a pair of Kwiat white and yellow diamond pear shaped drop earrings.

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

50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER Part 9

Today we continue with my 50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER list. I did my research. The looks in this list are all based on looks that stars wore on red carpets all over the world. Now while some might think of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, and Twiggy when they think of iconic fashion moments. That is true, but you won’t find any of them on these lists. If you’re ready to ask me why I have an answer. Mostly their iconic fashion moments all were created for them by the costume designers contracted by the studios they worked for. I wanted to include only the looks that weren’t planned in conjunction with the studio for their impact. They might have been pulled together by high paid stylist, but not in a way that a studio would craft a look for their star based on the image they wanted them to have. Now this look is only ranked from the oldest to the newest and not based on how iconic I think that the look is. So let’s get into it.41) Sonam Kapoor in Ralph & Russo Couture at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival: The Cannes Film Festival is a place where cultures come to be celebrated and collide. So it makes sense that we often see stars wearing looks that pay homage to their heritage. Sonam Kapoor has long been one of the biggest fashionista’s to come out of India and usually pays homage to Indian culture in one or another on the red carpets in Cannes when she attends. In 2016 she brought the drama giving us east meets west glam with this white custom Ralph & Russo Couture asymmetrical caped gown. She commanded the red carpet wearing this gown which finds its Indian inspiration in the hand done embroidery. She always owns Cannes but making sure she delivered the requisite Cannes “Go Big or Go Home” drama while still paying homage to her roots definitely made this look ICONIC to me. 42) Michelle Obama in Atelier at the 2016 Italian White House State Dinner: Over the course of her time in the White House Michelle Obama delivered plenty of major fashion moments. Most of her eight years was spent championing emerging and established American designers, but 2016 she threw some major couture into the mix with looks from Gucci, Givenchy, & Atelier Versace. In 2016 I was working as a campaign organizer on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. I will never forget sitting in my campaign office making voter contact calls while on a quick mental health break I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw a grainy video showing Michelle wearing this rose gold custom Atelier Versace draped chainmail gown I let out the loudest gasp and screamed yesssssssssss. I never would have expected this look from Michelle, but it really was her putting on her armor in the midst of a contentious campaign. I think that the subtle hint of going to battle is what made this look instantly iconic to me. 43) Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards: In 2017 Evan Rachel Wood made a pledge to wear pants for all her red carpet appearances, and she lived up to that. It was easily her black Marlene Dietrich inspired custom Altuzarra white tie tuxedo that she wore to kick off that initiative that I think is one of the most successful menswear inspired moments ever on the red carpet. Everything about this look screams masculine meets feminine and Evan Rachel Wood definitely really sold it to me. 44) Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana at the 2017 Met Gala: Zendaya has always been one of my favorite stars to see on the red carpet. As much as it pains me to feature anything Dolce & Gabbana on this website, but I really feel like this hand painted parrot print Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda gown that Zendaya wore for the Rei Kawakubo themed Met Gala was her big princess I have arrived moment. It wasn’t her first Met Gala red carpet but it was her biggest. Everything about this look screamed excellence from head to toe. She showed us that glamour doesn’t have to be defined by plain gowns with embellishments. This is only the third look that features a print that made my list of ICONIC red carpet looks list. 45) Aishwarya Rai in Michael Cinco Couture at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival: Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai has been a fixture on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet for almost two decades. When she showed up for the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals in 2017 wearing this larger than life Michael Cinco Couture ‘Cinderella’ ball gown she took my breath away. The glamour of this look was everything. It commands attention. It deserves that attention. When I think of the Cannes red carpet anymore I think of this gown and it is easy to see why.

Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, Part 5 here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, and Part 8 here.

2020 Met Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 20

Can you believe we are 20 lists into my Met Gala wishes with many more still to come? One of the great things about quarantine is that I have seemingly found inspiration again. In these super uncertain times I feel like I have turned to fashion as a form of fantasy and escapism. While everything happening in the world is indeed super serious and we need to be able to escape for a little bit. That is what I have been doing. I am hoping that taking the time to read these wishes gives you a couple moments of escapism as well. When it comes to red carpets there isn’t one that delivers more of a fantastical effect than the Met Gala, which is why I decided to continue putting out these wishes despite the fact that the event has currently been postponed indefinitely. Beyonce has skipped the Met Gala the last two years. In fact the only actual red carpets Queen Bey as she has become to be known has only walked the red carpets for the LA and London premieres of The Lion King in that same time span. With this being the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Beyonce having a storied history with the Met Gala I am really hoping that she will bless the red carpet with her presence. For the perfect couture like red carpet moment I decided to turn to Balmain for Beyonce. This is the only look for a woman to wear Balmain on the Met Gala red carpet I have picked this year. I feel like if you get to dress Beyonce for her Met Gala return why would you need, or want, to dress the Kardashian/Jenner clan? I have been obsessed with this black, white, and silver intricately bead and crystal baroque inspired embroidered Balmain Pre-Fall 2020 mini dress since it was first presented several months ago. I will say though that the first time I saw this gown I immediately said “that should have been a gown.” I optioned this look several times over the course of awards season, but ultimately decided it wasn’t the right moment for any of the red carpets including the Grammy’s, Oscar’s, or the Golden Globe Awards. I was looking through my archive of looks for the perfect looks for this years Met Gala and finally said that this was the perfect opportunity to make a wish for it to be brought to life. Now it was an easy choice for it to be Beyonce to bring this gown to life as she has the regal stature to really make this look come to life. I would just customize this look into a floor length column gown. With that structured collar, open neckline, and intricate beading this look delivers plenty of drama all on its own. Of course I want the drama and glamour pushed even more with the look, but through the styling. Styling the look with a sleek 60’s inspired updo, thick winged cat eyes, bold red lips, a black crystal embellished Judith Leiber Couture ‘Enchanted’ chain handle clutch, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Championne Strass’ geometric crystal embellished pointed toe pumps, and MAJOR Lorraine Schwartz (Bey’s go to jeweler) jewels including a tennis necklace made of 250 carats of white diamonds and a selection of statement white diamond rings strewn about her fingers would definitely make this the absolutely major moment I am craving from Beyonce. You have seen me do a lot of 40’s, 50’s, & 60’s inspired looks for the red carpet at this years Met Gala. I do think that a lot of designers will take notes from these era’s which are deemed the hay-day of glamour. Though we shouldn’t forget about the disco glamour of the 1970’s. A label who usually dresses one star for the Met Gala red carpet who I think can deliver that disco glam perfectly is Paco Rabanne. The label is known for its use of metals in creating looks and their Fall 2020 RTW collection was one of my favorites of the season. Now on the runway the looks skewed more medieval, which would have been great for the 2018 gala, but since that era doesn’t fall in the 150 year time span I think that stripping back some of the runway styling would make for a super Met Gala moment. I love this gold Paco Rabanne Fall 2020 RTW collection ensemble which features a fringe trimmed chainmail bandana cape crop top and matching fringe trimmed chainmail maxi skirt and definitely think it could be a super sexy yet glamorous moment for this red carpet. While I would love to see the skirt have a superb and dramatic train Paco Rabanne isn’t really a label that will do that. Now it was a little difficult to figure out the perfect person to bring this look to life on the Met Gala red carpet. Ultimately I believe that Emily Ratajkowski has the effortlessness to really bring this sort of look to life on the Met steps. The look is super laid back compared to the other looks in this specific list and in my Met Gala wishes overall, but it is perfectly on brand for Paco and in step with this years theme. Now for styling I would first and foremost remove the headpiece and the boots the look was paired with on the runway.  Finishing the look with Farrah Fawcett hair, defined eyes, soft pink lips, the gold chainmail Paco Rabanne ‘Op’Art’ clutch the look was paired with on the runway, and a pair of gold Stuart Weitzman ‘Misty’ chunky heel platform sandals would all make sure the disco glam vibes of this look are on full display. When I was picking the perfect look for Katy Perry to wear on the Met Gala red carpet I was thinking of the fact that she is pregnant. Since the event has been postponed it will put into the air if we will see Katy on the Met Gala red carpet. Now that being said while this powder pink and grey silk chiffon Ralph & Russo Spring 2020 Couture caftan, bejeweled with sequins, crystals and xilions, and finished with an ostrich feather edging would be a MAJOR 60’s hostess vibe maternity moment for Katy to bring to life on this red carpet if the event happens after she gives births this look still works perfectly for this red carpet. This super glam moment is definitely ready for this years theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” I would go full 60’s with a bouffant updo, winged cat-eyes, bright pink lips, a grey mirrored lizard leather skin Judith Leiber Couture ‘Soho Argent’ jeweled clasp clutch, silver Malone Souliers ‘Lauren’ metallic studded platform sandals, and lots of Harry Winston jewels including a pair of vintage ‘Cluster’ white diamond earrings, a white diamond ‘Pirouette’ floral ring, a white diamond teardrop ‘Winston Cluster’ ring, and a white diamond ‘Sparkling Cluster’ band ring to really make this look absolutely major from head to toe. Since Maria Grazia Chiuri has taken the reigns at Christian Dior the label has featured less and less on the Met Gala red carpet. I feel like the brand is so intertwined to the idea behind this years Met Gala theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration” that I really want to see several moments on the red carpet. Regular readers will know I am not MGC’s biggest fan, but there are a couple of looks from her tenure I think make for some major moments on the Met Gala red carpet. I would love to see the face of the Miss Dior fragrance Natalie Portman step onto her first Met Gala red carpet as a face of Dior and for the first time since 2004 wearing this white tulle one shoulder gown from the Christian Dior Spring 2020 Couture collection which features a draped bodice and a tiered ball skirt. Now of course I would want to see the look customized to have a have a sweeping train to really bring this look to life on the red carpet. It would make for a super glamorous moment for Natalie and one of her more successful Dior looks ever. A sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of white crystal embellished Gianvito Rossi ‘Rania’ pointed toe pumps, and a pair of mismatched Dior Haute Jewelry white diamond, aquamarine, peridot, emerald, topaz, and pink sapphire cluster earrings would all make sure this look perfect.One of the first looks I picked for this years Met Gala red carpet was this MAJOR moment for Zendaya. I LOVE this baby pink Valentino Spring 2020 Couture gown which features an ostrich feather burst bodice, a fit to flare skirt, and a thigh high split which exposes a red lining. Over the years Zendaya has brought major moments to the Met Gala red carpet and I don’t see the fashionista sitting this year out. She would definitely be able to bring this look to this red carpet with effortless ease. There aren’t many red carpets where this look would actually work on a red carpet so I am PRAYING to all of the gods of fashion that this look comes to life. It would be perfect from head to toe styled with a sleek high bun updo, defined eyes, glossy nude lips, a pair of multi-tone pink and red strappy Sophia Webster ‘Rosalind’ sandals, and a bit of sparkle via vintage Bulgari white diamond and ruby earclips.