For well over a year I have been detailing my favorite looks for every award shows on my instagram stories. This year I wanted to detail my best and worst dressed looks for all of the award shows this season. Detailed below will be the good, the bad, and the seriously ugly opinions I have for some of the top designs of 2019.
Golden Globe Awards
Gemma Chan has been a standout on a red carpet since the Crazy Rich Asians premier. It was hardest to pick which dress of hers was my favorite this season, but this dress was so different and cool it had to make the best dressed list. The trend of the shorts under the skirt was shown multiple times this award season, but Gemma does it effortlessly with the royal shade of blue, and the beautiful bow on the back. It’s the best of both worlds having a full train and revealing skin in shorts, it takes the trend of a high slit and gives it a modern twist. This gorgeous gown was from the Valentino Fall/Winter 18/19 season.
Kate Mara is wearing a dress from Miu Miu Croisiere 19 season. This dress is a bit of a disaster, I’m not sure where to even start with it. The color of the dress is so similar to her skin tone, with a slight tinge of orange that it washes her out. The cut of the dress fits her like a paper bag, hiding any figure she has. The lace inset at the bottom is awkward and makes no sense. Finally the embellishments on the bust are just plain ugly that I have nothing more to say about it.
Critics’ Choice Awards
Awkwafina is one person’s style I never thought I would be lusting after, but this years award season changed everything, from this stunning copper gown to the amazing suit she wore to the Oscars, she really learned how to command a red carpet. The bold color of the Elisabetta Franchi Spring 19 gown, was perfectly paired with her simple hair and make up. The deep squared neckline is so flattering paired with the small cap sleeves.
Judy Greer in Reem Acra is like beyond bad, the biggest issue I have is TAILORING. This dress is drowning her, and the pattern does not help with that problem. With a print this loud and large in a style that is not form fitting, it tends to swallow the wearer whole. If I could teach anyone in the world one thing; its that fit matters, so find a tailor and use them on everything!
Lady Gaga has proven this year that she is a bonafide movie star. This white dress from Dior, was one of the best looks of the entire award season. With the same shorts and high slit as Gemma Chan’s, but with the added element of the sexy v-neckline. The perfect styling element was the pointed toe white pumps, the shoe choice was perfect to let the dress speak for itself. The only change I would have made would be to do a long necklace instead of a choker. Her vampy make up is the perfect contrast with the white ensemble, a bold lip makes the look pop.
Alison Brie in Miu Miu was not the worst look of award season, but it certainly wasn’t good. The biggest issue with this look is the giant black bow attached as a choker around her neck. The bow is adorned with crystals, which makes the bow look both cheap and tacky. I was once told by a publicist that if your client wears black on a red carpet there is a high probability that they will not be put into any publications, because black doesn't sell magazines.
The best thing about the Grammy’s is that it’s all about pushing the boundaries of fashion, and those boundaries could be pushed in both a positive and negative way.
Janelle Monáe in Jean Paul Gaultier pushed the boundaries with a plunging neckline, high pointed shoulders, and contrasting colors. These risks paid off big time, she looked phenomenal. I’m obsessed with the shoulder construction on the dress, and how she topped off these angular pieces with other geometric shapes; the square and circular aspects of her hat.
Cardi B in Mugler is possibly one of the worst red carpet looks ever. The whole ensemble looks like a cross between I Dream of Jeannie and Ursula from The Little Mermaid. The way that the waist fans out like a clam shell reminds me of the time I went to the Mermaid Museum and took pictures laying in a giant shell, and that is not something a dress should remind anyone of.
Regina King has been someone that I have been rooting for since A Cinderella Story, and this year she really got everything she deserved. There are two words that come to mind when I look at this Oscar de la Renta dress; CHIC and ELEGANT. I love how classic and timeless this silhouette is, especially in this color.
Rachel Weisz in Givenchy is one of the least appropriate looks I have ever seen on a red carpet. The Oscars are known for being one of the classiest events of the year, and latex is not classy. Not only is this latex cape not at all what I would think of when it comes to Givenchy, but it doesn’t mesh with the rest of the dress. The latex is a rough touch on the rest of the tule and floral pieces on the dress. This dress makes no sense and feels like nothing flows.
I have loved this award season and can’t wait to see what looks are to come on future red carpets! Next week is a special blog post about my favorite podcast The LadyGang, in honor of their TV show coming back on Sunday.