The Met Gala is truly the ultimate night of fashion. It’s elegance, exclusivity and overall beauty are beyond compare. This year, however, the fashion (or should I say lack there of it) took the red carpet to a whole new level. While I absolutely loved Amal Clooney‘s red gown and Sarah Jessica Parker‘s daring headdress, when it came to Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and J.Lo’s nearly naked dresses, I couldn’t help but feel that I was looking at flesh not fashion.
I’ve always seen the perfect red carpet look as a dress that compliments the woman wearing it. While we should admire the couture gown, what we should ultimately remember is the woman who wore it. In the case of these fabulous three women, I didn’t see or remember a dress, all I saw was the woman. While their amazing bodies absolutely deserve to be flaunted and shared with the world, I wondered why they chose to wear so little at an event celebrating fashion.
According to an article I read in The Cut, this minimal wardrobe choice is part of a new trend known as the “couture body.” While wearing an expensive designer gown is still a status symbol, the couture body takes it to the next level. With all of the expensive trainers, nutritionists, doctors and luck of the draw genetics that goes into achieving a red carpet-worthy body, it’s no wonder that we’ve moved into a post fashion era where figures are the new Fendi and curves are the new Chanel. In a world where a toned physique is often a sign of a luxurious lifestyle filled with gym memberships, organic foods and deep tissue massages, it seems like the hot bod has become the ultimate status symbol. While I’m uncertain as to if this is a passing trend or a new era in fashion, it might be time to start hitting the gym twice a day.
Anna Gunn, better known as Breaking Bad’s Skyler White, wife of notorious meth kingpin Walter White, was nothing other than perfection last night at the SAG Awards in Monique Lhuillier Resort 2014. That shade of blue combined with impeccably elegant beadwork was pure movie star glamour. That color choice couldn’t have been more amazing as it popped off the red carpet immediately directing all eyes and camera lenses onto the former Mrs. Walter White.
However, the highlight of this look had to be the overly fabulous Breaking Bad clutch. It was quite the million dollar shout out to the show everyone wishes hadn’t ended. She should totally put it up for auction and give the money to charity. Allow me to heed a warning to all the guys out there who couldn’t keep their eyes off this blond bombshell. Beware because Walter White could still be alive. You never know…
Everyone has been talking about the pale pink Prada dress Anne Hathaway decided to wear last minute to the Oscars and the critics haven’t been kind. I don’t usually do negative reviews, but in this case, I’ll make an exception. Though her hair and makeup looked amazing, the dress was the wrong color for her, fit her poorly, and made it look like her nipples were showing. In other words, it was a disaster. Shortly after the red carpet, it came out that Hathaway decided the change her dress last minute because the Valentino she had originally planned to wear was too similar to Amanda Seyfriend’s Alexander McQueen that topped by Best Dressed List.
Though no one wants to be caught at an event wearing the same dress as someone else (it was every girl’s nightmare at prom), she forgot one of the cardinal rules of fashion. As Coco Chanel put it, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Had Anne stuck with her original dress, no one would have noticed that it was similar to that of her Les Misérables co-star. We’ve seen a lot of white on the red carpet this Awards Season so seeing another white beaded dress wouldn’t have ruffled any feathers. The only thing everyone would have remembered was how beautiful she looked in it when she accepted the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her impeccable performance of I Dreamed a Dream. As an Oscar winner, I’m sure Anne Hathaway will soon get over her dress debacle and will have many chances to redeem herself on the red carpet. But, maybe next time, she’ll concentrate less on what others are wearing and focus on what works for her.
#1: Joan Rivers and most of the E! Fashion Police may disagree, but my absolute favorite look from the 2013 Oscar Red Carpet was Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen.
#2: I must be really drawn to Alexander McQueen because my second favorite Oscar Best Dressed pick was the lovely Salma Hayek also in McQueen.
#3: The dress that made the biggest statement was absolutely Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta. This is such a statement red carpet dress that’s both elegant and whimsical.
#4: Unlike the majority of the fashion community, I wasn’t crazy about Jennifer Lawrence’s white Dior number on the red carpet. But, the metallic dress she rocked at the Vanity Fair After Party was 100% Best Actress worthy.
#5: Jessica Chastain looked like a living Oscar statue in Giorgio Armani.
Tonight is the night of the 85th Annual Academy Awards and I’m super excited! Not because I’ve seen most of the movies, but to watch the red carpet of course. The suspense of what Hollywood’s hottest celebrities will be wearing is enough to drive any fashionista insane. Though the Oscars are a night of glamour for some, I much prefer to watch the red carpet, awards ceremony, and after parties at home in the comfort of a stylish pair of pajamas. To make this night a celebrity status experience, there are a few must-haves every girl who isn’t walking the red carpet should have while watching the Academy Awards:
1. Champagne: Everyday is a good day to drink like the stars. When you’re celebrating a great year in film, champagne is a must.
2. Popcorn Cakes: To go along with the whole movie theme, you’ve got to break out the popcorn. I personally, recommend low calorie popcorn cakes.
3. Stylish Pajamas: If you’re not in the market for a best dressed worthy evening gown for Oscar night, pick up a stylish pair of new pajamas. I love these Bedhead Pajamas from Bergdorf Goodman.
4. Comfy Slippers: Even for a casual night at home, footwear is still important, especially on a cold February night. My pick for this award goes to these Jessica Simpson Faux-Fur Slippers.
5. Drink Accessories: Aside from drinking champagne in your pajamas, I love coming up with cocktail recipes that go along with the nominated films. These Ice Princess Ice Cube Straws are perfect to put the finishing touches on your Oscar-themed cocktails.