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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Katy Perry in Emilio Pucci

This is a wonderful outfit choice for Katy.  It’s nice to see her not trying so hard, and wearing something that totally works for her image.  This Pucci dress is classic in its silhouette, yet still has a bit of the whack factor.  And I LOVE the blue hair.  Not that I ever really would have the balls to go through with dyeing my hair, but if I did, I’d take her picture to the salon!

structured Todd Lynn blazer, gray tee, J Brand skinny jeans

Simple and cute.  Maybe could have added some interesting jewelry to up the ante here, but still cute all the same.

Abigail Breslin

Abigail, no, no, no, Sweetie!  I’m wondering, in what world does she think it’s a good idea to disguise herself as a 47 year old pro bono lawyer?  This is ALL wrong for Abigail and it’s a real shame, because she is at such a ripe age; she should be having fun with fashion!   But instead of exploring her options, it appears she hired some nut stylist who thought this mess was a good idea.  Note to Abigail: get a new wardrobe team!

Charlize Theron in Dior Dress and DKNY Shoes

Nicely done!  Here we have Charlize strutting her (totally bodacious!) stuff in a sleek and modern version of the lbd.  This dress enhances her amazing womanly curves and has pounding the pavement like she owns it!  My personal favorite part is the turtleneck- it  keeps things fresh and gives a fun spin on the traditional little black dress.  The strappy shoes and classic oval cat-eyed sunglasses finish this haute look off with perfection.

Taylor Swift

Looking ever so prim and proper (as usual), Taylor Swift shows us that yellow is definitely her color (not than any color wouldn’t look stunning on this girl).  I’m loving the loose fit of this free-flowing trench in mustard; it’s an excellent nod to menswear, but feels totally feminine worn by Taylor.  The dress is nothing to freak out over, but it does a good job of keeping your eye flowing throughout the whole look.  The slipper trend, I honestly somewhat loathed for quite sometime, but recently I’ve noticed myself taking a liking to them.   Taylor makes them look subtle, yet perfectly sweet.  The pearl necklace is a bit too granny for me, but it is the angelic Taylor Swift we’re talking about here.  And the bold red lips and guitar case are the perfect accessories!

Rihanna

Rihanna is smoking!  The first thing about this look that catches my eye is the super cute two-tone shoes, they rock!  And I positively love the suited getup.  She is the perfect girl for wearing menswear inspired looks.   Being as ridiculously sexy as Rihanna is, stepping into androgynous territory is seriously hot.  The printed pants are adorable and the grey tweed blazer tops off the whole look.  And let’s not forget the smug look on her face she often wears when off duty and among the people.  The girl looks uber hot and she knows it.  You couldn’t touch that fierce poise with a ten foot pole!

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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Emma Roberts in Jonathan Saunders

So, if for some odd reason, Emma was going for matronly, nun inspired Choir garb, she hit the nail on the head.  Ms. Roberts is a young girl who experiments with fashion, and tries fairly hard to be edgy and cool, sometimes she nails it, sometimes not so much.  It really comes down to chance it appears.  The thing is Emma, my dear, dressing yourself really shouldn’t be that hard.  Or if it is that hard for you, hire a stylist who makes it look as if it should come naturally, alla Kate Bosworth, or the lovely Emma Watson, perhaps.  This dress by (the typically lovely) Jonathan Saunders isn’t necessarily the worst I’ve EVER seen, but I think anyone under the age of 65 should be forbidden from even trying it on.

Olivia Palermo in Paige Denim Ultra Skinny Tye dye Jeans

Ah this is more like it!  THIS is a stellar example of one’s personal style shining through, all the while looking as if it was done with ease and peace of mind.  Granted Olivia’s not on the red carpet, as miss Roberts in the previous look, however no matter the occasion, fashion should never be overly overdone.

Jessica Alba in Kate Spade

Jessica Alba totally gets color-blocking-one of my personal favorite trends.  There’s a nice variation here of bold hues and I’m super into the two-toned heels as well (another huge trend at the moment).  Alba’s a smart girl for sporting the primary colors in particular, always easy on the eye.  And no better way to top off a look with a leather jacket.

Jessica Szohr in Sparkle & Fade

Oy Gevalt Jessica!  You ever heard of a little something called a steamer?  Clearly not because this jumpsuit has more creases in it than my overflowing laundry basket.  And the fact that most happen to be in the bottom region, is really unfortunate.  Wrinkles aside, this jumper isn’t awful and could potentially be saved.  For starters, a simple belt could work wonders, and a structured blazer can up the ante of any outfit a great deal.  But my first piece of advise, fire your stylist.  And if you came out looking like this because you don’t have one, get one!

Tilda Swinton in Sonia Rykiel

Miss Swinton deserves a round of  applause for this masterpiece!  She so chicly displays how one takes advantage of their slightly odd appearance and showcase it in a bold and poised manner.  If any woman should own the androgynous look, it’s Tilda.  I mean let’s get real here, it’d be almost silly to see her all dolled up in flouncy, frilly things, no?  She’s somewhat bizarre looking, and not the slightest bit feminine, and she clearly doesn’t give a damn!  Everything from the dark jewel tones to the perfect fit of this suit, is smashing and this overall look does a superb job of highlighting her unconventional beauty.

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As if!

Cher Horowitz rocking a yellow blazer

Hillary Duff, Fergie, and Kim Kardashian rocking the bold trend

Fashion Week Dwellers captured by Tommy Ton

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Katy Perry Covers Interview Magazine

Somewhat reminiscent of the late great Elizabeth Taylor, no?

Either way, I can dig it. Nicely done Katy Perry, Stylist Karl Temper, and Photographer Mikael Jansson.

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The Carpetbagger’s Case Studies: Oscars Edition!

On Oscar night, the red carpet was overflowing with a bevy of gowns.   Some classic and tasteful and some not so much.. I will just be recapping the dresses that were most impressionable to me.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Octavia Spencer looks positively splendid, this dress is simply divine on her.  Not only is the classic silhouette super flattering, but the intricately beaded fabric drapes to her body like white on rice.  Definitely a winning look.  The only accessory I can think of that could take it up a notch is that little gold statue.. oh wait, you won that too.

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

I’m digging Emma Stone in this red Giambattista Valli gown.  Just as fitting as her vibrant hair color, it’s bold hue suits Emma and her infectious personality.  This beautiful talent is no wallflower and she’s making that clear in a very classy way (take note Fergie).  The dress has a touch of that old hollywood glamour to it, yet still manages to have a free-flowing and relaxed vibe, much like Emma herself.  A tiny part of me does wonder what with that body and mischievous smile, the actress could have pulled off, but she absolutely steered clear of disappointing.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace

Okay, I can’t say I don’t like the dress, but good G-d woman, eat a sandwich!  And any bit of respect I had for Angelina is pretty much gone after her beyond vain way of non-stop-over the top posing.  Maybe in her head she thought she was being classy?  But it’s not often I see such tackiness interrupting an otherwise elegant evening.  She loses even more points with me for putting her  disturbingly frail stature on display as if it were the epitome of sexy.  Excellent role you’re setting, mother of 6.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams has made it quite clear that she is incapable of looking anything short of perfect.  As I’ve recently mentioned, the peplum has made an overwhelming comeback and I encourage all trend followers and fashionistas alike to take note-THIS is how you wear it!  Everything about Michelle in this dress is stunning.  The subtly tiered layers humbly enhance the romantic essence of the gown.   And the simple pink clutch and classic diamond choker are chosen wisely to let the dress take center stage.  Michelle radiates absolute beauty in this Louis Vuitton and manages to set the bar for best dressed even higher.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

I (almost) always adore what Gwyneth decides to go with on the red carpet, and though I’m a teensy bit underwhelmed, I think that this simple, white Tom Ford gown is very appropriate and lovely.  I do wish there was maybe a little bit more going on, but I don’t blame her for playing it on the safer side, it is the Oscars after-all.  She did have some mild fun with her cape/jacket piece, that later came off so we could see her structured shoulders and asymmetrical neckline, which is probably my favorite part of the whole look.  And  when it comes to looking like an ethereal goddess draped in white, Gwyneth takes home the gold!

Jessica-Chastain in Alexander McQueen

Jessica Chastain is more of a newcomer on the scene in Hollywood and to be honest, I’ve been mostly indifferent with her fashion choices.  But Jessica, you now have my full attention!  This dress, with that hair, and little else (just some wisely chosen gold earrings) is exquisite.  I would love to try on this gorgeous dress just to see what it feels like to be draped in such divine beauty.  The gold threaded flowers that wildly make their way through the gown are what really brings this dress by McQeen to the next level.  I am truly in awe of it.  Well done Jessica Chastain, way to steal the spotlight with grace, and enviable style.

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Rooney Mara went with a white Givenchy gown with a touch of architectural detailing and a beautifully draped train.  I believe that a woman can never go wrong with Givenchy when walking the red carpet, and this dress is no exception, but honestly my favorite part of the actress’s whole look is her dreamy snowlike complexion and bluntly cut bangs.   Rooney rocks this hairstyle with more unique beauty and poise than most girls could dream of.  I am in no way opposed to her dress, but it is her fiercly bold hairstyle that I think Rooney Mara will be remembered by.

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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Miranda Kerr in Willow Skirt and Prada pumps

First and foremost, this top deserves its very own round of applause.  It’s rectangular silhouette, three quarter sleeves, and strategically placed front pockets make this blouse anything but “basic white button down.”  The way it drapes on Miranda’s body is divine.  Granted, it’s worn by  a tall and thin supermodel, this blouse’s boxy shape is responsible for taking her whole outfit to another level. The Willow mini skirt and Prada pumps are clean and classic, pieces that if you have the body for it, you can’t go wrong.  Here’s a girl who knows what she’s got and knows how to flaunt it with style and grace.

Berenice Bejo

I’m sorry, but was this event that Berenice Bejo attended held at Medieval Times?  Otherwise, there is simply no excuse for this mess.  I guess if you look only at the top 5 or so inches of the dress, it’s sorta cute, but the rest is a disaster and I doubt I could find ANYONE who begs to differ.

Jessica Alba in Sportmax

Jessica Alba in Sportmax

Jessica Alba rocks this outfit!  It’s a perfectly laid back look for an afternoon in the East Village.  As always, blue and green go together famously and her ‘go with anything’ black booties are a great way to top it off.  She manages to look chic without trying too hard and shows how to do bright colors in the dead of winter.

Taylor Momsen in Marchesa

Taylor Momsen in Marchesa

Umm, okay.. so I had to take not a double, but triple look at this to believe what I was looking at.  Could it be?  The heinously, usually whorish/ghoulish dressed Taylor Momsen looking absolutely stunning in a lovely black laced Marchesa dress?!  By Golly, it is.  I’m sure it’s just a fluke, but damn does she look exquisite!  Here’s how you do gothic inspired in a tasteful, elegant way instead of making yourself look like you should be swinging from a stripper pole.  It fits her to a T and is plenty sexy, while still leaving plenty to the imagination.  The basic beige kitten heels are definitely the right way to go for this look, and I even like her heavy eye makeup, just no more please.  The girl looks good and based on the sly, hidden smile, I think she knows it.  Here’s hoping this major upgrade is here to stay!

Dakota Fanning in Rodarte

Nice job Dakota, I commend you for not shying away from the edgier/high fashion looks.  Dakota and her little sister Elle seem to have a solid friendship with the Mulleavy sisters and give their line  (Rodarte) some well deserved PR by sporting their masterpieces.  I’m in favor of this ensemble, (especially the silver peep toes!) and Dakota oozes poise and sophistication, not an easy task for a teen decked in the  whimsy that is Rodarte.  I wonder if the peplum blouse could be a bit more tailored to Dakota’s shape, but it doesn’t bother me.  Her blue eyes and golden hair enhance the beauty of her overall look here and her aloof pout is just perfect.

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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Victoria, Victoria Beckham raincloud-emblazened sheath

Michelle Williams in Victoria, Victoria Beckham raincloud-emblazened sheath

So I officially want to be best friends with Michelle Williams.  Not only to borrow her amazingly sweet wardrobe, but just to be in the presence of someone who seems so kind and charming in a very gentle manner.  Now about this dress-I don’t know if I could dream up anything cuter and more charmingly nostalgic.  I mean seriously, way to take a basic silhouette and make it completely one of a kind!  Always a fan of collared necks, I love how this little number distributes a perfect ratio of creamy white,  a good-humored print, and  touch of sparkle.  I agree with her choice of simple black heels and no jewelry, letting the dress do all the talking.  Williams wears this beauty with ease and contagious smile, the perfect accessory!

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Haute Hippie mini and cropped black blazer

Oh Sarah Michelle, nice try honey.  But this look just isn’t working for me.  The basic idea behind it is fine- a sparkling black and gold mini with a black blazer, though the particular separates she chose don’t mesh well, not to mention rather ill-fitting.  I know for a fact that this girl has a knockout body, but this outfit adds 15, 20 pounds easily.  She could do so much better, much sexier, and much more flattering and I’m hoping that for her next public appearance she will.  This  outfit would be best suited on a 13 year old girl making her debut at her Bat Mitzvah.

10 Crosby by Derek Lam

Diane Kruger in 10 Crosby by Derek Lam

Diane Kruger is one of my favorites, because not only does she behold the beauty of a poised goddess, she takes fashion risks and does so brilliantly.  Here in this 10 Crosby by Derek Lam look, she does a fine job of making this look her own.  I happen to be a big fan of stripes and florals together and this is exception.  However, I’m not so keen on the dress poking out under the skirt?  It keeps your eye moving back and forth and not in a good evened out sort of way, more in a confused “wait, what?” sort of way.  But that could just be me, and I still give her props for not playing it too safe.  Last, but not least I dig the sandals; I always agree with a palette of green, black, and yellow.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta dress and Leather Jacket

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta dress and Leather Jacket

Oh Sarah Jessica, what do I say… Good try?  All this looks like is a way too long nightgown made from an 80’s prom dress fabric, then she goes all Michael Jackson on us with the jacket and those gloves!?  Nothing about this is okay.  Better luck next time.

Krysten Ritter in Peter Som

I would like to apologize to Peter Som on behalf of Krysten Ritter.  Mr. Som, you are a lovely designer, it’s really too bad this usually cute actress does a sham of a job representing you at your Fall 2012 show!  I mean, what is there to this dress besides managing to looking like a potato sack?  And don’t even get me started on the  mismatched purple accessories!

Rooney Mara in Louis Vuitton

Rooney Mara knows how to impress in this impeccably tailored Louis Vuitton beauty.  The emerald green is the perfect, yet subtle quality of this dress to take it from basic to arousing and elegant.  The shoes are alright, I guess.  I don’t hate them, but I think I’d prefer to see this dress paired with some classic kitten heels in the same gorgeous emerald shade to enhance the charmingly humble vibe of the dress.

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Oh Madonna…

courtesy of wwd.com

Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci at the Super Bowl 2012

 

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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Now, I am usually so NOT a fan of this girl’s style, but every now and then she’s bound to make some descent choices.  This look is super duper cute and I would love to rock it myself.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts in Kate Spade Oxfords

Emma is a girl who I’m still on the fence about.  I’ve seen her do well just as many times as she’s looked completely lost in some getups.  But here, looking like a woman with things to do, places to be, she does these clothes some good.

Rachel Mccadams

Rachel Mccadams in Andrew Gn

Simple and stunning.

Drew Barrymore in J. Crew Dress

Drew Barrymore in J. Crew Dress

This is how you take a simple smock sillhouette and gracefully jazz it up with a boldly beautiful print and some kick-ass Brian Atwood purple Suede pumps.   Well done Drew Barrymore!

Zoe Saldana in Alexander McQeen

Zoe Saldana in Alexander McQeen

  Always a fan of McQeen’s attention to detail that makes each and everyone of his designs his own.  Not to mention, it fits the girl to a T!

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

 Close but no cigar, Katherine Heigl.  Don’t get me wrong, I am all for this relatively clownish inspired ensemble, but paired with her perfectly coiffed hair and to quote what a friend so kindly calls “church hands,” this look is sending me mixed messages.  I’d like to see hot hot neon nail polish on her finger nails and give her a noogie to tousle up her hair a bit.

Blake Lively in Valentino

Blake Lively in Valentino

 Perfectly dainty and commanding at the same time.

Michelle Williams in Erdem

Michelle Williams in Erdem

One word: WINNING!

Chloe Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny

Before I say anything, I must say I will always be an admirer of Chloe Sevigny.  She takes the phrase “march to the beat of your own drum” to a whole new level and I love that in a woman and her personal style.  However, maybe this time I think she took the goth inspired look a tad too far?  Each piece has potential (maybe not the shoes, can’t decide) but all together it’s a bit witchy for my liking.  Though as always, I look forward to her next move.  Fashion Week is almost here, and I have no doubt Miss Sevigny will deliver!

Jennifer Lopez in Dolce & Gabbana

Jennifer Lopez in Dolce & Gabbana

More often than not I find J. Lo’s looks more cheesy than chic, but in this Dolce & Gabbana pink boxy coat, the woman has proved me wrong.  Her Kzeniya clutch is perfectly fitting with this bold coat so much that I am not even bothered by the red pumps.  She manages to make it all work!

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