The Emmys: part one!

Sorry I kind of dropped the ball on fashion week. To be honest, I was hating a whole lot of what I was seeing, but that’s in the past now. It’s Emmy time! I must say the Emmys were pretty good this year as was the red carpet. Not too many fashion disasters surprisingly enough. Just like the Emmys had a few snags (cough cough Carrie Underwood cough cough) so did the red carpet but it’s not much that people will be taking about the next day. So let’s start talking about what these people wore!

Michelle Dockery in Custom Prada
The clear winner of the night as far as dressing goes. I love it, I love it, I love it. It’s great because it’s got balance to it. A bold color combo paired with a very simple elegant silhouette. This is such a leap up from that wrinkly sad satin mess she wore last year.

Claire Danes in Armani Privé
It’s pretty, but I absolutely hate it. Let me explain: the dress is gorgeous, the details are sublime. However this is so terribly wrong for her I can’t even get started. It’s the wrong color for her. She looks like a shiny pale blob. The waist should be at least two or three inches higher. The straps need to be raised about the same amount. Oh and I understand the need for it, but that is an icky modesty panel right there.

Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein
Very pretty. Not a fan of the midriff dresses, but this might convert me.

Julianna Margulies in Reed Krakoff
I think I like this. The dress is very pretty, and I am very happy to see that she decided to not do the super severe DIY facelift hair. However, I think I might have a “I’m beginning to sound look my mother” moment. She has pretty eyes, and it would be nice to see them both. Otherwise, it looks great. Very elegant.

John Hamm
The whole time he was presenting I wanted him to yell, “We need to get back to the island!!!” Seriously though. Why spoil such marvelous facial features with the Crazy Jack beard? Also, his suit looks a teensy bit too tight.

Lena Dunham in Prada
I really don’t like this dress. I’m actually really close to hating it, but I can’t because she looks so happy and comfortable in it. I’ll start off by saying that I like the color. It’s very flattering to her complexion and her hair. I hated the matchy eye make up. Isn’t obvious from the photos but I was cringing the whole red carpet interview. It just looked juvenile. I really like the top half. That’s a really good style for her. The bottom is where we run into issues. The fabric is much too heavy. It looks like it’s just standing on its own which just doesn’t flatter anyone. Speaking of, that print is awful on so many levels.

Alrighty that’s it for part one! Please switch to side B for part 2. Actually part 2 will be coming later so keep your eyes peeled!

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Red Carpet Rundown: The Oscars

The Oscars happened last night. I watched almost all of the red carpet and the opening bit, but other than that, I was doing pattern making homework. Ain’t no rest for the one year design student. Next year I will resume my tradition of watching the oscars all the way through. Intently. Seriously though, I love it. There are three things I am really passionate about–obviously fashion is one of them, video games and last but certainly not least is film. I think what I love most about all of these is the beauty of understructure. The story they tell, the techniques used to create a vision, the emotions they convey as well as their rich history.

Soliloquy aside, actresses wore dresses to this shindig. That means I have an opinion and I’m sharing it with you.

Quvenzhané Wallis (Armani)



Adorbs. Kudos for the puppy bag. Also, I want her flats.

Fan Bing Bing (Marchesa)



She’s just unreal. Would have preferred a less severe ‘do, but still mauve-elous (those eye rolls you’re doing right now? Totally deserved it.)

Reese Witherspoon (Louis Vuitton)

Looks great. Fit’s just a smidge too tight in the bodice, but she looks fabulous nonetheless. Love what the color blocking is doing for her waistline. Her hair is also impeccable.

Jennifer Hudson (Roberto Cavalli)



Definitely one of my favorites of the night. She looked flawless, comfortable and like she loved what she was wearing. It really showed too. However, it does feel like she could have used a bracelet, on her clutch-holding arm. The length of that sleeve is just begging for it.

Jane Fonda (Versace)



You go girl! This is how older actresses should dress. I loooooove the shoulders, the color is great, the fit is flawless. I would have picked a different shoe, maybe a gold one.

Amy Adams (Oscar de la Renta)

I love Amy Adams, I love how she isn’t afraid of a dramatic dress, but this just reads torn tissues. Had it been in any other color, a deep red, a hunter green or a navy blue, I would be all over it, but the color does nothing for her.

Charlize Theron (Dior)

Bravo. Flawless. The fit is amazing. Just amazing.

Zoe Saldana (Alexis Mabille)



I like it. It looks like a fun dress. Love the chiffon on the bottom.

Adele (Jenny Packham)

I don’t like it. I’m not sure what exactly I don’t like, but I feel like changing the color would help immensely. Imagine it in navy, or better yet an inky green. I would also lift the hem about a quarter of an inch and hack off that barely a train.

Okay so that concludes part 1. I will hope to have part 2 by the evening or tomorrow morning.

Sew on!


Return of the Red Carpet Doctor!

Now, Anne Hathaway alongside James Franco, is hosting the Oscars. I can’t particularly recall a time in my own memory when a woman has hosted an awards show other than Whoopie Goldberg and Chelsea Handler at the VMAs (let’s not go there.). So this is challenging because there’s really no precedent. Men just wear what they’d wear otherwise—tuxes. I mean, will she pull a Lady Gaga and have four wardrobe changes or simply wear something more toned down? What about just one crazy amazing dress? For this reason I’ve set up several different options. Here’s what she wore to the Golden Globes .
I liked it. I didn’t love it—not nearly as much as her dress form the Globes last year, but I still enjoyed it.
So Hathaway’s been big into Armani recently and seems to be settling into a sort of “loyalty” with them. Surprisingly, there’s a lot more that goes into Red Carpet dressing than picking a pretty dress. Since having a celebrity wear your dress on the Red Carpet is some of the best PR a designer can get, design houses and labels pour all sorts of money into getting celebrities to their shows and getting them to wear their clothes on the Red Carpet.
But anyway, like I said, I am including a few possibilities.

Look #1 The likely candidate

This is from Armani’s Haute Couture collection. It’s a relatively “simple” looking dress (which means it really isn’t. It’s Haute Couture. That’s hours upon hours of hand done work) The fabric’s the real visual interest in this context. I’m not sure how this would translate to television and whether or not viewers would be distracted by the sheen, but she could definitely work it.
Here are the accessories:

Balmain silver leather open toe shoes
775 EUR –
Silver heels »


Tribal print clutch
$160 –
Framed clutch »




I thought since she’s hosting the Oscars, she shouldn’t take herself as seriously as she normally does with this outfit. With the accessories I was thinking of almost a superhero theme that’s right on the edge of being kitschy. That’s when it works, right at the edge of the cliff, there’s a small margin of error before you fall off and your shoes don’t match.

So what I’d love for her is my second choice:

I LOVE this one so much. The instant I saw this, I thought of Anne Hathaway. Well I thought maybe a smidgen more of Audrey Hepburn, but that’s close enough. It’s fabulously regal and would certainly find its place among the Red Carpet Pantheon with Keira Knightley’s dress, Barbara Streisand’s get up and many others. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but that simply shows how in love with this dress I am. I also can’t recall a time she’s ever worn McQueen (which would also make this a magnificent dress for the Met Gala even though it’s by Burton) I can just imagine her with hair in some fabulously impeccable manner and the most fabulously jewelry, maybe even a tiara!
It’s so fabulously regal!

Here are the accesories:

Marine Jeweled Ankle-Wrap Sandals
$1,995 –
High heel sandals »

$2,195 –
Skull handbags »

Loree Rodkin Flower earrings
9,300 GBP –
Fleur de lis jewelry »

Oh no! I’m mixing silver and gold! Noooooooooo!
Actually, in some cases it can work. With this, the silver’s closer to a black and the gold’s already a part of the dress.

So that’s it for Anne Hathaway, up next: Amy Adams!
Sew on!