I am going to dispense with the Best Dressed list until later and go straight for the trends that just might make it to your closet. See if you agree or disagree but Lady Gaga wrapped about three trends into one look and yes her dress is designed to make the media run it as a stand alone. Here are the fashion, accessory, jewelry and beauty trends that just might inspire you. As usual, I’ve opined on what just might be coming to my closet for my next major event and end the list with my choices for Best Dressed.
Party In The Back Bows
This was by far my favorite trend. Major bows with Penelope Cruz in a stunning Ralph & Russo that is causing me dress envy. I had the privilege of meeting the designers not too long ago in LA and her couture gown is definitely a six figure gem. That velvet bow is everything. For the need to know, Danai Gurira and Dakota Fanning are in custom Armani Privé (and the house has a carefully orchestrated owning the Red Carpet strategy that is always brilliantly executed by the amazing Wanda McDaniel) with Julianne Moore and Gemma Chan both in Valentino Haute Couture. You’ve got to get your pose down to make it work and they all did to perfection.
All three ladies are actually working multiple must-have trends but for illustrative purposes this is all about how millennial pink is dead (and as I’ve been saying) and perwinkle (and shades of yellow and tangerine) is now center stage and may be on the fashion scene for awhile until major neons hit this Fall. Alison Brie was in a custom Vera Wang that I would be happy to wear a second time if Vera would let me. Lady Gaga stole the show in Valentino Haute Couture and Gina Rodriguez hit the carpet in a light blue Reem Acra. By the way it is a particularly flattering color on brunettes.
I love this look and have recently started wearing it more. If you’ve got more curves like I do, the fit (i.e. coverage) has to be perfect. Find a good seamstress. Typically you need to do this look with out a necklace but Taraji got it right. Saoirse Ronan was in Gucci. Keri Russell in one of my favorite Monique Lhuillier looks she’s ever designed and Taraji P. Henson was in Vera Wang Collection (and Vera had one of the best nights on the Red Carpet in years) with Gina Rodriguez in Reem Acra. If you are more full figure this can be a great go-to look.
Suddenly the statement necklace has made a comeback. Not sure how many of us can make this happen in real life (and these were borrowed and each actress was paid a hefty sum to wear these pieces) but a girl can dream. The dripping in diamond, wreath style necklaces all need just the right dress neckline so this was all carefully orchestrated in advance. They all looked stunning with Dakota Fanning and Lady Gaga both in from the vault Tiffany & Co (but they’re hoping someone will buy), Taraji P. Henson in an uber popular layering look from Roberto Coin, and Elisabeth Moss in a not-so classic Harry Winston necklace.
Exposed Bras and Tulle
I’m just going to say it. I love this look and it’s no mean feat to wear a neutral and an exposed bra. Constance Wu looks stunning in custom Vera Wang and she’s got velvet and the bow and the corset. I want THAT dress. KiKi Layne looks ravishing in Dior and a choker diamond necklace. Yes, please. Alison Brie killed in custom Vera Wang in the periwinkle, tulle and a bejeweled bra. I don’t hear anyone raving about Lucy Liu wearing Galia Lahav but I loved this look. By the way, it looks like it is time to take out my vintage Prada gown that rocked this look a few years ago.
This probably needs a professorial but it can be gorgeous. You’ve got to have just the right color dress or gown to match your skin tone and shadow. Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone, Emmy Rossum and Camilla Belle and their make-up artists all opted for blue and pink shades. Thoughts?
This was trending but it didn’t move me. Maybe I’ve got it all wrong and you’ll want to follow suit. From diamond hair pins (o.k. I might do that) to velvet ribbons, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Emily Blunt (in a Neil Lane pin) and Danai Gurira did “a little more is more look.”
In case you didn’t get the memo, colored stones are the big jewelry news this year. These beauties had on showstopper jewels that anyone would covet. By the way, if you’re wearing earrings like these, all you need need is a strong lip or eyes and keep the rest of your makeup more minimal. For those who need to know, Saoirse Ronan was in Chopard (and they love to lend), Jessica Chastain was in Piaget, Nicole Kidman in Harry Winston, and Catherine Zeta Jones in Lorraine Schwartz. Those earrings are beyond.
There were velvet touches all over the Red Carpet. Two standouts included Kaley Cuoca in a Monique Lhuieller with a pocket (always love a pocket) and Glenn Close in an absolutely stunning Armani Privé. Perfect for the moment she deserved. I actually saw The Wife. You should too and that speech. Thank you, Glenn.
I am just going to say it. I love these two looks for the Red Carpet. Timothée Chalamet in Louis Vuitton and Stephan James in Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Youthful and fun and I am a sucker for a over the top lapel pin.
All these looks are on my best dressed list. Elegant and yet a bit unexpected. Rosamund Pike in Givenchy, Laura Harrier in Louis Vuitton, Sofia Carson in Giambattista Haute Couture, Penelope Cruz in Ralph & Russo, Lady Gaga in Valentino Couture, Dakota Fanning in Armani Privé, Constance Wu in Vera Wang and Kiki Layne in custom Dior.
Almost live from the Golden Globes,