Disclaimer: This post is about fashion. While my aim is to keep this a beauty blog, every once in a while (read: AWARDS SEASON), you’ve gotta talk about the stuff we wear that’s not on our face. Cool? Cool.
Confession- I’ve been bored by the red carpet showings these past years. So few people seem to take real risks these days, but I suppose not every person who shows up on a red carpet does it with the intent of taking a risk and I can understand that. It’s just what I happen to value the most on such occasions. As much as I’m into beauty, I’m also into fashion, and I’m not necessarily into it just for the sake of finding something that looks good on me. I’m into fashion for the sake of fashion, and I love clothes for themselves and not exclusively for how they look on a body.
You know that whole phrase, “You should be wearing the clothes. The clothes should not be wearing you”? Well, I’m not always in agreement with that. Sometimes clothing is about displaying a piece of art or making a statement, and it won’t always be in the form of a sexy, figure-flattering little black dress (and in fact, skin and body-hugging silhouettes are rarely a true necessity). Sometimes folks might even call what you’re wearing “ugly”, say they don’t “get it”, and not a single guy will find it attractive. And who cares? If something is worn with conviction, no matter how “conceptual” it may be, just roll with it and enjoy the clothing for itself. And this is what I so desire to see on a red carpet … gorgeous styling with immaculate makeup and hair, sure … but to top it off, an incredible dress that stands out on its own. I’ll probably never walk a red carpet, and so I’ve often thought about how if I ever got the chance to do so, I wouldn’t want to waste any time on something safe. And come on, it’s a little hard to be impressed by anything after this happening in 2010. This what I’m talking about.
So, here are my favorites from the 2013 Golden Globes last night. Some are obvious, some are not. But I will say that I’m still waiting for a true jaw-dropper, which I haven’t had in a couple years. I’m crossing my fingers for this awards season!
#1 The obvious answer for “Best Dressed”
From everything I’ve been reading all day, it’s been clear that Jessica Alba was a true winner last night. Brad Goreski styled her in a coral Oscar de la Renta gown with a jaw-dropping diamond necklace, but the other details of this look were what got me. The coral-red clutch covered in feathers keeps the whole look young and fun, and her hair and makeup are perfect. The orange lip is the way to go this spring, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about it.
#2 The not-so-obvious answer for “Best Dressed”
This woman does not care about conventions. At all. And I love her for it. And you can definitely tell she’s French, where no one else cares about conventions either. Marion Cotillard (in Dior Haute Couture) wears what she wants and, as I was previously discussing, clearly loves clothing for what it is (and not simply for how it makes her look). And the extras, including the grey nails, leopard-print clutch, orange heels, and sleek hair, all add up to something so forward. It’s stuff like this that gets me more excited for Fashion Month next month, and you can kind of tell that she is too.
#3 The one that made me scream, “THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!”
Seriously! Gowns like this can take cahones, and I’ve got mad respect for those who wear them. I remember a year or so ago when Sarah Michelle Gellar got trashed for wearing this dress, and man, just because you want to live your whole life in the same ole’ basic black dress doesn’t mean you get to push around the ones who actually take a risk like Lucy Liu and Sarah. If I’d had access to every dress on Earth for my wedding and I’d felt stronger about stepping away from traditional white gowns, something like this Carolina Herrera gown would’ve been a strong contender. Not kidding.
#4 These kicked butt, too.
Kerry Washington in Miu Miu and Rachel Weisz in Louis Vuitton both had me squealing, as well. I haven’t been a huge fan of Kerry’s straight hairstyle with the blunt bangs lately, but she still looked beautiful. And I kind of can’t get enough of glamorous retro waves that give a nod to Veronica Lake, so you know I’m crazy about Rachel’s tresses.
#5 And the one where I might lose you all …
Now, before you officially drop me as a source of any legitimate information or opinion, just look at this picture. Look at the coloring of the dress, that frothy shade of seafoam, and look at her hair. Look at her makeup and the shade of rose on her lips. The diamonds on her ears and on the cuff she wore can be taken into account, too. Now, let me ask you- Is this not divine? I am convinced that the only thing detracting at all from this look being one of the absolute best of the night is the loose fit on top that by now has been seen and trashed by EVERYONE. And let’s be clear- Jessica’s bewbs do not need a lift. It’s the dress that drapes and hangs somewhat low, which gives us the unfortunate illusion of an unflattering fit. But I will defend this and say that this color is breathtaking on Jessica Chastain, and her hair and makeup are glorious. The dress has a clear 1930’s silhouette, but it just didn’t work out. But I don’t mind it! She looks like an old Hollywood Calvin Klein-wearing mermaid!!
Oh, and who were the worst dressed? The rest. The rest were boring. xo, MR