The Roar of the Greasepaint, the smash of the Crowd

Sag Awards in LA Red Carpet Musings: Hollywood is out in their finest threads and dazzling sparkles.   

The SAG awards was in fact the first big awards show we did, back when it was just a baby awards show.  Everyone thought we were nuts to do it, but here we are today one of the audience favorites celebrating the actors and their year of highs and lows.  So, with the clothes playing a major part in the fun, here’s below a few crowd snaps (*thank you to Darci Scanlon, event Production designer & gal in the gallery) who furnished these ‘street photos’ for us.  More about Darci, a bit later.   Now, to the fashions!

 

Wow, Cynthia Erivo basically won the carpet. Her Schiaparelli gown was stunning, powerful, sexy and made the statement that she is ‘here to stay, thank you, very much’.  And speaking of (wow) some of the ladies learned their lessons from the GOLDEN GLOBES (*Jaylo, that’s you dearest) who (if you were lately under a rock) wore the largest Christmas Wrap bow ever seen on the carpet. I am sure that those “Valentino” people had a blast making that bow and wanted to see how large it could get (meow) telling poor Jaylo it was the height of fashion (Twitter told her  “NO” ) thus, no need for me, to go on.  Jaylo responded, with a black strapless gown (whew) was both elegant and sexy.  She’s really getting that she is a superstar, so why not ‘ultra elegance’ instead as Queen of a road show?  Renee (bless her) had the 1950s sculptured strapless on “A La Judy” and it was a fitting tribute. She is super petite; her small frame was not engulfed by the dress though her hair was a bit ‘unexplained’.  The Duchess’ can get away with a messy bun, but few can measure up to her example. Renee always looks great in a Chignon, or French updo a better choice for her.

Tops in my book is Zoe Kravitz who having just been married in Paris over the holidays has taken vintage GIVENCHY “A La Audrey” to heart.  She has made it new and modern again. Her salmon toned silk dress will revive and modernize many trends in the industry. I hope the gloves were made of kid leather (*not easy to know that from a distance) were a bit over the top for California (*yes, Mrs. Clooney) but nevertheless the look was a game changer for Zoe.

Charlize Theron took on the super simple and sexy athletic look almost wearing a yoga top and slit front skirt that was truly a surprise and a trend of things to come. How far can a couture house go towards “athleisure” looks?  Jennifer Aniston, a true LA beach girl wore what we all could fantasize about; if we threw on a gown and headed to the beach (sounds sorta casual) but the results was a 1930’s style Harlow gown that really looked elegant and unfussy. Sophie Turner is enjoying her reign as the ‘corset queen’ in a hot pink number that was belted and reminiscent of the sort of Gaultier gown worn by Madonna.  She is certainly on the right track. She is a warrior, and it suits her. There was some hot pink, black, silver and even that royal blue showing up on the carpet. There were a few pantsuits and mixes of the two (some better than others) and apparently an entire spring garden of puffs and clouds ( I personally think are just silly in January).  Many are Oscar(tm)  hopefuls, so let’s see if this high level of couture and red carpet savvy will continue.

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Editor’s Note: All photos used with courtesy of Darcy Scanlin and must be licensed for further use.  Ms. Scanlin’s photo backdrop for the awards was designed by her and her team, bravo.  See our Instagram feed for more of those fun photos @artificeworld

 

 

 

What Were They Thinking? Forgettable Emmy Red Carpet Moments 2019

Sometimes bad gowns, happen to very nice people…..Oh dear, this Emmy’s red carpet was perhaps the worst ever. Here are a few examples of looks that should not have left the house. Where do we start?

The simple fact is September in Los Angeles, is not the Fall Season in New York, and I have always been of the opinion the season on the Emmy’s Carpet is just like a TV sitcom: “Forever Spring” . There were Emmy looks too heavy for this theme, some are terribly made, some are so ridiculous in their seriousness, that even the Fab Four managed to look better on the carpet in their fashion send-ups by comparison. The Emmy’s has become a clown parade and the entire event has lots its purpose of celebration, becoming like a TV prom parade of very bad fashions. There were some bright spits from both the ingenues and some veterans, who chose to take their moment carefully and in keeping with their brand, and those merit their own separate blog post. I hope if you suffered the slings and arrows of the fashion press and learned the hard way, you will do better next year.

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Shoulders are the New Black

 

SAG Awards Red Carpet Review: 2019

The 25th Anniversary of the SAG AWARDS brought back my memory of doing the very first version of the award show before its zenith in popularity and fashionable buzz. Yes, the awards show started small and now the SAG red carpet is one of the most popular in the run up to the Oscars. Trends that start here are often carried on through to the Oscars. It’s always fun to predict “who will wear what” as the red carpet season marches towards the finish line. 

Major Trend: Shoulders and more Shoulders. There was the ‘Off the Shoulder’ gown, the sheer or tulle capes that covered and revealed and also gowns with unique shoulder embellishments as well. For example, a swirling shoulder piece on Emily Blunt by Michael Kors or Mandy Moore’s black and crystal Off-Shoulder sheath  by Jason Wu. Emma Stone wore a one shoulder top with a necktie worn like a bow that topped her pitch perfect silk slacks by Louis Vuitton.  A beautiful white off shoulder gown festooned with bird feathers, the lovely Danai Gurira wearing Ralph Russo. Constance Wu work a lovely Oscar de La Renta gown that was strapless and simple; its elegance and minimalism highlighting her shoulders and upper chest area which were jewels in themselves. Elizabeth Moss wore a princess gown with rows of lace that showed off her clean shoulder line and accented the waist with a black ribbon that had a chanel inspired vibe by French designer L’huillier.  White gowns seemed to have taken over the pre-spring carpet fortelling a trend of wedding inspired gowns that work both for brides and red carpet worthy evening wear. Sandra Oh also wore a one shoulder look that is almost becoming her signature lucky color RED by British designer Jenny Packham. Patricia Clarkson wearing another Goddess inspired gown in a creme silk chiffon (scads of layers) had gold embellishments that also highlights both her waist and shoulders prove that while cleavage is a Hollywood staple the shoulders have entered the fashion pantheon as the next place to focus on. Lady Gaga stunned us all in her shoulder bearing and grand skirted DIOR gown that she was easily able to work with its thigh high slit that suited her personality. Television can be unkind to miles of cleavage; few can pull it off but a set of lovely shoulders is always elegant, appropriate and the look is always perfect. I believe this trend that started a few seasons ago is not dead, but better then ever and the ladies are working it. 

 

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (10072501ff) Emma Stone 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA – 27 Jan 2019

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Black is the New Red: Red Carpet Looks for 2018

What we know for sure:  Black Tie or formal gowns will never be the same again.  The ladies of the Golden Globes showed us that the meaning of solidarity is both as a fashion statement and a statement of support.  The actress who did not show up in a black or black inspired gown at the Golden Globes, didn’t get the memo.  In case you missed it, the wearing of black at the Golden Globes launched the “Times Up” movement for the men in  Hollywood and in fact, the world (timesupnow.com) and as we head into the awards season the movement will continue in one fashion statement or another.  Think of this as another version of the “Pussy Hat”.  Here are some of our of our favorite looks from the Golden Globes. Emphasis on the big gown, cultural, elegant and almost death-defying with the accompanying jewels is what we all look forward too.  Even Pants made their way onto the carpet, and well, we couldn’t be more pleased.

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