Category Archives: Red Carpet

Black, White, and Red Gowns Dominate at 70th Annual Golden Globes

The Reds

The Carpetbagger’s Favorite: Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood Couture

Zoe Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

Zoe Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

Jennifer Lawrence in Monique Lhuillier

Jennifer Lawrence in Monique Lhuillier

Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood Couture

Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood Couture

Claire Danes in Versace

Claire Danes in Versace

Naomi Watts in Zac Posen

Naomi Watts in Zac Posen

Jessica Alba in Christian Dior

Jessica Alba in Christian Dior

The Blacks

The Carpetbagger’s Favorite: Helen Miren

Taylor Swift in Donna Karan

Taylor Swift in Donna Karan

Helen Miren

Helen Miren

Adele in Burberry

Adele in Burberry

Lena Dunham in Zac Posen

Lena Dunham in Zac Posen

NIcole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

NIcole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

Sally Field in Alberta Ferretti

Sally Field in Alberta Ferretti

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

The Whites

The Carpetbagger’s Favorite: Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Anne Hathaway in Chanel

Anne Hathaway in Chanel

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy

Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy

Megan Fox in Dolce and Gabbana

Megan Fox in Dolce and Gabbana

Isla Fisher in Reem Acra

Isla Fisher in Reem Acra

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Amy Adams in Marchesa

Amy Adams in Marchesa

Julianne Hough in Monique Lhuillier

Julianne Hough in Monique Lhuillier

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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

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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Cate Blanchett likes Clowning Around!

Cate Blanchett in Louis Vuitton

Cate Blanchett in Louis Vuitton at the stores opening in Rome

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Slim Pickings at SAG Awards

Jane Krakowski in Antonio Berardi

Rose Byrne in Elie Saab

I love Rose Byrne and think that 9 times out of 10 she nails it.  This jumpsuit is soooo close, but sadly no cigar.  It looks great up top and hits the floor at the perfect length, but the middle section is just too droopy, and doesn’t do her lovely figure justice.

Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

Michelle Williams in Valentino

Michelle Williams looks absolutely stunning in this Valentino, only wish she rethought her choice of shoes.

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Cat’s Meow!

Bridget Bardot

The Lovely Bridget Bardot

Here’s for a trend that has the ability to represent itself in ways good, bad, and sometimes plain ugly.  Unless done in a more understated manner, I’m pretty leopard printed out for the time being.  The trend made a major comeback a few seasons ago and has been spotted what seems like everywhere (pun intended)!  So here’s a shout out to some well dressed cat women!

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Alexa Chung on the red carpet

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Nina Ricci, Pre-Fall 2012

More leopard print to come in Fashion Week starting in two weeks?  We shall see!

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Golden Globe Recap

The red carpet on last night’s Golden Globes was (unfortunately) pretty much what I had anticipated-tasteful overall, but a bit of a bore.  It’s no fun when your favorite stars play it safe, but hey maybe some of them are saving it for the Oscars?  Anyway, here were some of the nights best…

Lea Michele in Marchesa

Lea Michele in Marchesa

Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci

Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen

Michelle Williams in Jason Wu

Michelle Williams in Jason Wu

Claire Danes in J. Mendal

Claire Danes in J. Mendal

Paula Patton in Monique Lhuillier

Paula Patton in Monique Lhuillier

Salma Hayek in Gucci

Salma Hayek in Gucci

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci

Zooey Deschanel in Prada

Zooey Deschanel in Prada

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Dianna Agron in Giles

Dianna Agron in Giles

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab

Piper Perabo in Theysken's Theory

Piper Perabo in Theysken's Theory

Laura Dern in Andrew Gn

Laura Dern in Andrew Gn

Diane Lane in Reem Acra

Diane Lane in Reem Acra

Julianne Moore in Chanel

Julianne Moore in Chanel

Kelly Macdonald in Lorena Sarbu

Kelly Macdonald in Lorena Sarbu

Taissa Farmiga in Vera Wang

Taissa Farmiga in Vera Wang

Madonna in Reem Acra and Andrea Riseborough in Vivienne Westwood

Madonna in Reem Acra and Andrea Riseborough in Vivienne Westwood

Mireille Enos in  Naeem Khan

Mireille Enos in Naeem Khan

Uggie the Dog from "The Artist"

(My favorite) Uggie the Dog from "The Artist"

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