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Front Row/Backstage Access… New York

Erin Wasson, Alexa Chung, Christina Ricci

Hailee Steinfeld, Allison Williams

Olivia Palermo, Nicky Hilton, Cory Kennedy

Kate Bosworth




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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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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Rashida Jones in Tanya Taylor

I give Rashida points for trying but when it comes down to it, she can’t pull this off.  First of all, to actually go head to toe in this one print is the first mistake.  Not to say that it can’t be done, but it’s certainly tricky and I’d only recommend taking a wack at it if you’re a fashion know it all, and know what works on your body inside and out.  I think if she wore the pants with a simple tank, or instead just the blouse and some skinny jeans or little shorts, she’d look totally adorbs, however this just makes her look like she’s trying too hard and comes out looking like a frump.  I do believe she has a waist somewhere in there!

Jennifer Morrison

Very cute.  To take the whole androgynous thing THIS far takes guts and I gotta say she does it with poise.  However there are a few concerns-  As far as the tie goes, I wish she went with a bow tie, it’d be much quirkier and sweet, and perhaps some stiletos to up the  femme factor?  These pumps get sorta lost in the whole look…However, most importantly, the fit of the suit is what works and reminds us that Jennifer is a a woman with sex appeal.

Olivia Palermo in Christian Dior

Looking like her usual, super cute self!  Love the print and classic silhouette of the (semi) drop-waist dress.  And these shoes are  perfectly sweet and vintage inspired.  She’s a smart girl to stop the look from getting too fussy, had she added anything else, it would be too much.  This look proves Olivia knows exactly what she’s doing.

Gwen Steffani in A.L.C. Skirt

I’m entirely on the same page with Gwen….. until we get to the bottom 5 or so inches.  Let’s focus on the good first- the statement necklace on the backdrop of a black tank paired with a white skirt is right on cue and her black shades are no-fuss cute, then… ew!  Way to ruin a perfectly cute outfit!  The footless tights/shoes situation is a disaster.  I think I see where she was trying to go with this look and I almost get it,but she clearly forgot to look in the mirror before leaving the house!  With the length of the skirt being on the longer side, these booties are hard to pull off, then once you throw the blunt cutoff hosiery into the mix, you’re left with a hot mess.

Sienna Guillroy in Marni

What do I say here? Meh.. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Marni and all its quirky glory, but this dress just isn’t fitting for such an event.  To enhance the dress’s potential, I’d throw on a shrunken cardigan, maybe switch from the cobalt heels to some well worn booties, (oh and leave the cuff to just one wrist, the woman looks like a jeanie).  Sienna appears to be rather uncomfortable sporting this outfit as is and it definitely shows.  I get that this is the Indie Spirit Awards and therefore may not be the “red” carpet, but honey don’t shop a stranger’s closet if you can’t pull it off.

Lindsay Lohan

Hooray for Lindsay Lohan!  First and foremost, I am thrilled to see her back to her natural roots!  The blonde hair was HORRIFIC  and completely washed her out.  Now for the clothes-simple and flattering, just the way this train-wreck needs to dress herself if she ever wants to be taken seriously again.  I wouldn’t even recommend her sporting avant garde looks or super new designers..  this girl has no room left for mistakes and should just play it safe.  This outfit is a tremendous step in that direction.

Nicole Richie

How cute!  This dress is totally adorbs and Nicole Richie knows it!  It fits her to a T and the colorful belt is the perfect accessory for this fresh look.  Get’s me excited for Springtime!

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