Awards season is officially upon us. The Critic’s Choice Awards happened on the 12th, sure, but most importantly, the Golden Globe Awards 2012 were a smashing success on Saturday night (January 15th). This all may be slightly misleading: I don’t watch award shows. I may have been an avid follower of the Kid’s Choice Awards at age seven, and I did tune into the Academy Awards last year, but other than that, I could care not less. However, for some reason, my family turned on the Golden Globes last night at 6 p.m. and we just watched the entire thing. I don’t even know how that happened. It’s all a blur. I remember doing some sort of workout video at the same time, eating Pad Thai and eventually ice cream, but the only thing that sticks out in my head is who wore what. Alliterations for the win!
Despite the fact that I rarely wear on-trend clothing myself, I’m a huge nerd when it comes to trend-spotting and discussing what’s in vogue. That’s why I thought it would be über fun to do an article about red carpet fashion—but not in the typical way. Sure, I could tell you how Emma Stone looked amazing in a burgundy Lanvin gown, but who cares? How does that benefit you? Answer: it doesn’t. But you know what would be beneficial to you? If I were to tell you how to apply these celebrity fashions to your life so you can be as cool of a cat as possible. Let’s hop to it, shall we?
(I know that according to Harper’s Bazaar, three makes a trend, but I’ve only got two photos for each. I think you’ll get the gist, though.)
I’ve said time and time again that colorblocking is where it’s at. It was seen all over the runways the past few seasons (a little bit at Balenciaga F/W 2011, definitely all over Costume National F/W 2011, dominating Jil Sander S/S 2011, showing its face at Chloé S/S 2012), and now I guess it’s all over the red carpet, too. Emma Stone rocked this trend so hard in a fuschia/burgundy Lanvin gown and an eagle belt, while Angelina Jolie brought back matching-your-lipstick-bag-and-shoes-to-your-dress in a vaguely avant garde Atelier Versace dress. Try this Two-Tone Dress from Zara ($29.99) if you want to give colorblocking a whirl. (There’s also this ASOS Color Block Stripe Sweater for guys. Or girls. Whomever.)
I’m personally a huge fan of the backless dress and its buddy the cut-out dress, and clearly so were Claire Danes and Rooney Mara. We all remember Anne Hathaway’s mind-blowingly gorgeous backless Armani Privé gown that she wore to the Golden Globes last year, right? How about Emma Stone’s peach Calvin Klein Collection dress (also open-backed)? And who could forget January Jones’s sexy-can-I red Versace cut-out dress? Claire Danes brought sexy back (pun completely intended) in an open-back black-and-white J. Mendel gown, while Rooney Mara kept it dark and sultry in a black Nina Ricci cut-out dress, hot off the Pre-Fall 2012 runway. If you’re looking for an open-back dress, there’s two from Urban Outfitters that I suggest: Silence & Noise Deep Scoop-Back Crepe Dress ($69) and ByCORPUS Knit Chain-Back Dress ($49); the latter is my favorite because of the 90’s/20’s vibe it has going on. In the cut-out department, there’s the Reverse Cutout Dress ($79) from Urban Outfitters.
Sofia Vergara and Madonna took a tip from the Alexander McQueen and Chanel S/S 2012 runways and toyed with funky and unexpected textures. The Material Girl (hey, I’m trying) wore a Reem Acra metallic and green satin gown. The hilarious Hispanic on “Modern Family” sported a custom made teal Vera Wang gown with what looks like a dyed horse’s tail turned into a train (in a good way). The Sparkle & Fade Feather Mini-Skirt ($99) from Urban Outfitters is nice segue into wearing, say, this Marc Jacobs paillette skirt.
I’ve professed my love for lace many a-time, especially here on Chictopia, so it’s no surprise that I was completely in awe of Dianna Agron’s siren red laser-cut lace Giles Deacon gown. Red happens to be one of my favorite colors, and swans are quite respectable, so it’s really a win-win. Then there’s Michelle Williams, who wore an indigo velvet Jason Wu t-shirt gown. I’ve been kind of in love with Michelle Williams ever since I saw “My Week With Marilyn,” and the same goes for Jason Wu since I met him on Fashion’s Night Out in September. So Michelle Williams + Jason Wu = you’re killin’ me. If it’s lace you’re after, I’d say get the Zara Lace Back Dress ($59.90). It’s not made of laser-cut swans, but it’s close enough. As for velvet, I was able to find a dress from Urban Outfitters that’s even a similar color to Michelle’s dress: the Insight In Velvet Dress ($58).
YOU’RE MAKING ME BLUSH:
Shades of light pink and cream are trending for next spring (according to several runway shows including that of Chanel and Vera Wang), so Kate Beckinsale and Charlize Theron were clearly on-target. Charlize topped all the best-dressed lists in a baby pink Dior Couture gown with a peplum and a bustle. Whoa there, tiger. Kate’s simple yet stunning eggshell white Cavalli dress had those cool little points at each end of the bodice, kind of like ears. Or fangs. Whatever tickles your fancy. Zara has this snazzy Cut-Out T-Shirt ($19.99) that has the potential to be really interesting if you pair it with this Shakuhachi Pleats Please Waisted Skirt. ($123.54) from ASOS. Monochrome dressing ’12.
Taking some tips from the superstars can never hurt, right? Just so long as you don’t take this too literally and go to the supermarket in a feathered ball gown. I hope you understand that.
All images courtesy of harpersbazaar.com, style.com and google.com.