Wins and Fails of the Week: SAG Awards edition

The Ladies of Modern Family

Not only did they win for best ensemble, but the ladies of Modern Family also definitely win for best dressed in my books.

Yet again, Ariel Winter shows up to the red carpet looking so cute and age-appropriate.

Ditto Sarah Hyland who was also looking lovely.

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Wins of the Week: Golden Globes Edition

The Big Winners

The clear winner of red carpet looks for me? Claire Danes’ monochromatic stunner. It seems fairly simple in the front, but then she gives an over the shoulder look, and the dress goes from simple to stunning.

Octavia Spencer was fantastic and just so sassy in The Help. And she was lovely in lilac on the red carpet.

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Wins and Fails of the Week: People’s Choice Awards

I kind of dig Vanessa Hudgens’s art deco dress. It’s like she’s starring in her own flapper-esque dinner mystery theater. And while she’s trying to convince you she’s innocent, her dress clearly says I’ve got you trapped in my web of lies.

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Wins and Fails of the Week: MTV Movie Awards edition

OK, so in all honesty, I’m going to admit upfront that I didn’t watch the show. I might’ve watched due to the temptation of the new Harry Potter trailer, but I knew I could just see that online (one word—glorious) and couldn’t deal with the self congratulation and fake golden popcorn. But I couldn’t help taking a peek at the fashion as it always promises to be over-the-top at one of Hollywood’s more laid back events, and someone mentioned La Meester looked like a disco ball.


Kristen Stewart, she of the lip biting and mumbly awkwardness, totally rocked a red mini. Usually she looks like she cannot wait to get out of her fancy clothes and into lounge wear, but even she seemed to know she looked hot. Plus, it’s got stars and sequins and safety pins, you guys! It looks like the most awesome bedazzled, homemade party dress ever.

And the lovely Emma Watson looked sophisticated in a white Marchesa. (Even if her hair resembled an odd mullet, but the important thing is her hair is growing out!) I don’t even mind the weird fringed shoulder pads (pretty sure those are necessary to make it MTV-worthy). But her makeup was flawless. She looked all glowy and youthful. Just what an actress should look like in anticipation of the premiere of her HUGE blockbuster summer hit.

OK, so I don’t care if she is wearing a black lace doily with fringe. (Seriously, what is with all the fringe? I refuse to believe it’s in fashion.) But most importantly, Emma Stone is a redhead again!! I’m so happy that the queen of the sassy comeback has restored her russet locks. (Yes, I am getting poetic about hair.)

Epic Fail

I think Leighton was shooting for avant garde/art deco. But girlfriend, you look like a party decoration. Or an intricately smashed mirror.

Nicki Minaj went in for bondage wear and brass knuckles. Which, you know, not surprising. What is surprising is that her hair isn’t more spiced up. Almost subdued for her. Disappointment, Nicki, disappointment.

Cameron Diaz wore a romper (much too old) and was totally shown up by a much younger starlet (Elle Fanning, looking cute and age-appropriate).

Brooklyn Decker wore a gold lamé-looking sack. Which if I was going to wear a sack, I guess I’d pick something like gold lame instead of burlap, so snaps for you there, Brooky.

And the pièce de résistance? A paisley jumpsuit worn by Jessica Szohr. Oh Jessica, if you thought leaving the bangles and ratty extensions at home would make us forget that you’re Vanessa, Dan’s Brooklyn-bred BFF on Gossip Girl, you are sorely mistaken. Nothing says classic Vanessa fashion disaster quite like flowing paisley.

Also, where are your feet, woman?

–By Lindsay Ray

Fashion vs. Style

Hutton in a J.Crew campaign from '09. She's a classic kind of darling, isn't she?

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year. Style is what you pick out of that fashion… it’s what you make of it once you’ve learned what to accept and ignore based on what looks good on you.”

Can I get an AMEN!

The gorgeous, gap-toothed model/style icon Lauren Hutton, quoted from J.Crew’s latest ad campaign, is exactly right: The women we admire most for their sense of style aren’t the most trendy. They’re the ones who know what colors, cuts and patterns look best on them, and they aren’t afraid to ignore the trends.

In other words, every time Vogue or Glamour cry, GO OUT RIGHT NOW AND BUY THIS FUGLY THING OR YOU’LL BE A LOSER!!!!!!!!, the truly stylish among us go: meh.

So how’s about we  just take a look at the difference between fashion and style. This should be fun. You excited? I’m excited. Let’s go!


STYLE: Rocking colors that are complimentary to your skin tone

Rosario at last year's VMAs

FASHION: Similar color scheme for a gal of a completely different complexion = washed-out disaster.

We'll be gracious and not comment on the drop-crotch pants disaster.

STYLE: Flattering your figure with carefully chosen, even tailored, shapes


How quickly one girl goes wrong... so very, very wrong

STYLE: Daring to do something fantastic, fun, flattering and totally different with your look

FASHION: Going so different from your look that your colors become Crayola-worthy. Candy-apple red, anyone?

–By Tara Cavanaugh

Highlights and Lowlights of the VMAs

Best dressed:

Emma Stone and Rosario Dawson showed up in leather-like dresses with runches that settled perfectly around their curves. [Also: keep an eye out for Emma Stone—it looks like she’s the new Lindsay Lohan (pre-coke). The husky-voiced redhead is set to star in a few dramas and indie comedies with big names in 2011 and 2012. And this fall’s Easy A looks like it’ll be too much fun.]

Love how Rosario's nails match her lips. Emma's bright purse gives the ensemble a nice pop of color, and Rosario's bright shoes complement the dress color.

Sofia Vegara– Who can say no to form fitting glitter? Wow.

Love the pumps, too-- similar to Rosario's and Emma's above.

Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine)

I love the old-school glamour of this dress, and am humored by what appears to be a zipper going down the middle.

Lady Gaga

Everyone is asking: Did Lady Gaga’s meat dress make a statement? Or was it tasteless? My verdict: statement. If everyone is going to cut all of the attendees up for what they wear, like a piece of meat, why not actually wear a piece of meat? Brilliant! Tongue in cheek! She’s making fun of herself! And the rest of them! And critics like me! I’m even making fun of me! I get it.

I sincerely hope she's wearing a leotard under there.

Men in Black

As per usual with the VMAs, lots of men showed up in casual wear—jeans and jackets—but made it classy by going all-black. Lots of the boys, like Usher and Justin Timberlake, tucked their pants into boots. New trend?

Not sure how I feel about Usher's scarf, though...

But Ne-Yo bucked the all-black trend quite nicely.

...and that pose says, "I know I did."

Should’ve stayed home

Evan Rachel Wood– Love the new red hair, but eat a sandwich, please. Looks like you’re thirty seconds from death.

Will.I.Am and Nicki Minaj went galactic.

Katy Pery managed to be overdone and barely clothed.

Audrina Partridge of The Hills did too much of a good thing: Sparkles are always awesome, but the belts and the ringed shoes seem more appropriate in a spaceship. In a 60s movie.

...although it is growing on me....

And Pharrell Williams wore red knickers? Huh?

But what do YOU think? Did you like the knickers? The space shoes? Hate Florence’s zipper? Comment away!