Friday, August 29, 2014

Fashion Friday: Best Dressed at the Emmys

This is how it is supposed to be done. These well-styled celebrities often get it right and this year's Emmy Awards were no different. Feast your eyes on these exquisite looks.

Emmy Awards 2014 Best Dressed

Halle Berry

Halle Berry looked absolutely amazing in a pink Elie Saab dusty silk chiffon gown.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington showed off her post-baby body in an orange Prada gown with a high slit, trimmed with silver crystals. The black sequined enclosure prevented the slit from being too revealing. Kerry always makes calculated style and tailoring choices that never veer from sophistication.

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer recently celebrated her 21st Birthday and is showing us just how grown-up she is in this astonishingly beautiful cobalt blue Rubin Singer gown. Keke is my style favorite for this year's Emmy Awards! She couldn't have done it any better. Bravissimo!

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves

One of Hollywood's hottest couples. McConaughey looked dapper in a blue and black Bespoke tuxedo. Not to be outdone, his beautiful wife Alves donned an elegant Zuhair Murad. There aren't too many couples in Hollywood that could steal a show like these two.

Teyonah Parris

Mad Men star Teyonah Parris was in a league of her own in a neon green and pink Christian Siriano gown with a flowing train. Absolutely beautifully executed with a dazzling smile to match.

Lena Headey

  Game of Thrones star Lena Headey in an anything but simple black off the shoulder Rubin Singer gown. Lena is a force on the big and small screen. Something about her facial expression here tells me she knows it! 

January Jones

January Jones donned a Lanvin dress, which showed off her strappy Christian Louboutin shoes. Who doesn't love an evening gown with pockets?

Sofia Vergara

Even though bombshell Sofia Vergara wore her usual curve hugging silhouette, she still looked amazing in this white Roberto Cavalli dress featuring silver embellishments.

Kate Mara

House of Cards actress Kate Mara looked amazing in a J. Mendel gown with an embellished top.

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

The blonde bomb, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in a hot pink layered Monique Lhuillier dress with floral embellishments.

Julia Roberts

Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts looked beautiful in a dark blue Elie Saab Couture mini-dress with beaded embellishments and a plunging neckline.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson in haute couture  Armani Prive black tulle gown with red sequins.

Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig looked beautiful in a Vera Wang gown with a high slit. Hair, makeup and jewelry are simple, but perfect!

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere accentuated her growing baby bump in a dazzling silver sequined Lorena Sarbu gown.



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Fashion Friday: VMA's Best and Worst Dressed

Celebrities made some very interesting style choices at the VMAs this year. Here are my Stylist's Picks for Best and Worst Dress!

MTV Video Music Awards Best Dressed

Much like the Grammy Awards, the VMAs are supposed to be fun and a time for celebrities to show their true style. I'm all for marching to the beat of your own drum, but this worst list is, well, the worst! To be fair everyone on my worst list had elements to their look that I actually liked. Each one just had an extremely difficult time pulling their looks together. They were voted worst from reasons varying from tailoring, to dressed for the wrong occasion, or too little clothing to be considered an actual outfit.  

MTV Video Music Awards Worst Dressed

Fashion Friday: Black Beauties Recognized, Notarized and Accepted

Erykah Badu for Givenchy
Joan Smalls for Fendi

The hands of designers were forced by the public exclamation that using only white models not only displayed a lack of diversification, but it also showed a lack of consideration and empathy. Despite globalization in this modern world it is still necessary to hold people accountable for the continued perpetuation of white-washing an industry.  However, the responsiveness of designers, casting agents, scouts, fashion houses and other insiders has been astounding. This post  highlights some of the Black models and musicians that grace the covers of fashion publications and ad campaigns this fall/winter-recognizing, notarizing and accepting the magnificence of the Black beauty

Nigerian-British model Betty Adewole for Tom Ford

Joan Smalls for Hugo Boss

Tchad-Polish born model Anais Mali for David Yurman

Sometimes being called out publicly is all it takes to bring about awareness and change. Bethann Hardison and the Diversity Coalition did just that to designers and fashion houses that usually use just one or no models of color in their fashion shows and ad campaigns. Turn the page of any fashion publication just one year later and there is notable change in diversification. 
Ethiopian Model Liya Kebede for Tiffany & Co.

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o for Miu Miu

Kenyan-British model Malaika Firth for Prada
Bethann Hardison, former model, turned modeling agent, turned diversification activist was recently honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of Americas with the Founders Award in June. This year and hopefully for the foreseeable future we will remember to say a thank you to Ms. Hardison for making sure that diversity is a major focus when hiring models for ad campaigns and runway shows. It is vastly important to characterize all skin colors as beautiful. I know personally I will thank her for making sure that little girls will grow up turning pages of fashion publications with representations of themselves.
Joan Smalls for Prabal Garung

British model Jourdan Dunn, and rapper ASAP Rockie for DKNY

Malaika Firth for Valentino

Rihanna for Balmain

Malaika Firth for Burberry Prorsum

Anais Mali for Juicy Couture
Onlookers and fashion lovers will wait with bated breath to see if the diversity change translates from the pages to the runways. Designers and fashion houses are vigorously preparing for New York Fashion Week which is just days away. I am certain that Bethann Hardison and other Diversity Coalition members will be present with a watchful eye.

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