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Courteney Cox – still looking good – at “An Evening of Environmental Excellence”

Courteney Cox, with boyfriend Johnny McDaid, at “An Evening of Environmental Excellence” presented by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability in Beverly Hills, California on March 21, 2014.

She still looks just fine to me.

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Premiere of “Divergent” in Los Angeles

Premiere of Divergent at the Regency Bruin Theatre in Los Angeles, California on March 18, 2014.

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Glee 100th Episode Celebration

‘Glee’ 100th episode celebration at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on March 18, 2014.

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Dream Builders project’s ‘A Brighter Future For Children’ benefit

Dream Builders project’s ‘A Brighter Future For Children’ benefit at H.O.M.E.  in Beverly Hills, California on March 15, 2014.

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“Rocky” (the musical) opens on Broadway

“Rocky” the musical opened on Broadway at the Wintergarden Theater on Marh 13, 2014. I haven’t seen it, but I was wondering how it would be received by the public and by critics. When I heard that there was a “Rocky” musical in the works, I immediately thought, “Ba idea.” After all, Rocky has become a film icon – the personification of the perennial underdog who never gives up, who finds a way to win – and teaches us that sometimes there are different definitions of “winning.”

Why do a musical? Could the writers and producers and cast do any better than the original? I wouldn’t imagine so. Could they tell us any more about the characters and their backgrounds than we already know? Very doubtful. The question remains, then: why do it? The cynical answer would be, “Money.” That would be the same reason for doing a sequel. As it happens, “Rocky II” was one of those rare sequels that did justice to the original, but the remaining sequels are perhaps best left unmentioned. There was simply not much good material there, except for “III.”

This brings us to the current effort. For those of us who have only seen the original “Rocky” and “Rocky II” movies and not the the brand-new musical – which would of necessity be virtually everyone who has seen either movie – I ask the question, “Could you imagine Rocky or Adrian or Pauley or Apollo singing or dancing?” It’s tough for me to picture that, let alone hear it in my mind.

From what I’ve seen, the reviews have been mostly very good. The production, according to Variety.com, includes a full-sized boxing ring and tons of very-well-done high technology. At the start of the second act, the people sitting in the first few rows of the theater are escorted onstage, to sit in the set’s bleacher seats. I suppose that word-of-mouth will be enough to sell more tickets – it’s a novel idea, but I wonder if it’s too gimmicky. The reviews mention the thrilling fight scenes, but Variety mentions a couple of sleep-inducing ballads, and The New York Post said, “If you could win a Tony based on just 20 minutes, “Rocky” would be a shoo-in. Problem is, that finale is preceded by an hour and a half of less thrilling moments.”

This is almost exactly the same thing that many critics said of the movie “Titanic.” I remember very well the first review I ever heard for “Titanic.” It went something like this: “In ‘Titanic,’ director James Cameron gives us 20 minutes of the most thrilling, nail-biting, edge-of your-seat adventure ever seen in a movie. Unfortunately, it comes on the tail end of three hours of the most bland, chemistry-less drama that Hollywood has ever produced.”

Is there a flaw in my contention that the musical version was a bad idea?  Yes – and that is that there are at least a couple of generations who very likely have never seen the original Rocky or any of the sequels, and have no idea who Rocky and Adrian and Pauley and Mickey are, so the characters would be fresh and without any preconceptions.  The problem is, a lot more people can and will see a movie, and in any case, with a top price of $143.00 per ticket for the play, how many kids and teenagers are going to see it?

Here are some pictures of Katrina Bowden as she attends the opening night after-party at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

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Laura Prepon at Paleyfest 2014 Honoring “Orange Is The New Black”

The Paley Center For Media’s PaleyFest 2014 Honoring ‘Orange Is The New Black’ at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 14, 2014.

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Selena Gomez performing at the 2014 BorderFest concert in Texas

Selena Gomez performing at the 2014 BorderFest concert at the Hidalgo State Farm Arena in Texas on March 8, 2014,  Whatever other troubles she may be having, I’m glad she shows a bit of restraint in choosing her stage costumes.

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Kristen Bell (& friends) at the premiere of “Veronica Mars” in Autsin, Texas

Tina Majorino, Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter and Amanda Noret in the green room at the premiere of Veronica Mars during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas on March 8, 2014.

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2014 Mirror Ball in support of Forever Manchester

Normally I’d feature American events, but the 2014 Mirror Ball in support of Forever Manchester drew the kind of celebrity crowd that makes me and so many others very happy.  Of course, I really mean what the celebrities were wearing makes me very happy.  Here are some examples.

Helen Flanagan, who has become very dependable for this sort of outfit, did not disappoint.  I can’t say I remember seeing much of her Rosie Webster in Coronation Street but I sure know who she is now.

I’ve only recently come to find out who Catherine Tyldesley is, and I’m glad to have become aware of her.  Now in Coronation Street – which we don/t see much in America, she was previously in Lilies, which I had never heard of before.She wears a red, slinky, spangly dress very nicely, I’m sure you’ll agree.

I’d never heard of Nadine Merabi before either; now I see that she is a celebrity designer.  Ok, maybe she isn’t a celebrity in the way I’d normally expect, but what the heck – she looks very good, and wears a dress like the one she’s wearing here – I’ll be happy to post pictures of her any time.

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Best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the after-parties – the “Wow!” factor

Many of the dresses worn by celebrities for their red carpet visits are high-fashion, custom-designed and tailored and very expensive statements – efforts to impress, created by the most famous and prestigious designers.  That’s fine for us, the viewers, who are the happy benefactors of their efforts and expense.  After the big awards show, there are the after-parties – big, important ones such as the Governor’s Ball and the Vanity Fair after-party. Here are some pictures that should get your attention.  They sure got mine.

Let’s hear it for Reese Witherspoon, who lately, much like Heidi Klum, has been dressing on the “Holy moley!” side of the fence, and all I can say is, “THANK YOU!” Of course, there’s Halle Berry, who almost always turns me to Jell-O, and Joanna Krupa, because when you think “Academy Awards” you automatically think “Joanna Krupa,” and Kate Hudson – oh baby! Let’s not forget Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk, who always seem to find their way into these parties – and well they should! I can’t imagine any halfway-respectable party organizer leaving their names off the list!

And by the way – Jenna Elfman can come to my party any time.

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Worst of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the parties

Since there are plenty of celebrities – especially those who otherwise wouldn’t be part of the arrival scene or who might not quite be part of Hollywood’s A-list, and since so many of the A-listers change outfits for the after-parties, I thought they deserved a topic of their own – so here they are.

You can usually count on Diane Kruger to have a certain class when dressing for big events, so this outfit is a disappointment – this dress takes a couple of steps down in class.  It’s as if she’s simply trying to grab attention.  That may be understandable, considering the people she’s mixing with – or attempting to mix with – but she could have made a better impression by dressing the part.

Put simply, Paulina Rubio just looks like she’s a mess.  I can’t imagine what she was thinking.  I wonder if she thought that this is the way to gain prestige.  For me, this isn’t the way.

Is Nikki Reed wearing very nice pajamas or a casual kimono?  Is Olivia Munn wearing a bondage-accented toga?  Did Karolina Kurkova take fashion advice from the same consultant that advised Olivia Munn?  These questions – and more – pop into mind when looking at their dresses.  I wonder if celebrities in these kinds of spots even consider that such get-ups do their careers or reputations more harm than good.

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The best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – Part II

Here are a few more of the best-looking dresses from the 2014 Academy Awards.  So far all of the photos have been from the show arrivals, and these are, as well.  I’ll show the after-party gowns separately, since so many of the attendees change to a different outfit for the parties.

Charlize, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Garner are all beautiful, and Kristen Bell isn’t too bad-looking, either, but I think Charlize is simply breathtaking.

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The best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards

The 2014 Academy Awards, held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

These are my candidates for the best dresses of the night, so far.  I’ll update it as more pictures become available.

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Today’s daily candids – sexy or trashy?

Elisabeth Rohm – 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Santa Monica Beach, California – March 1, 2014

Lately Elisabeth has been out and about at a lot of public events, and has been dressing a lot more provocatively than I I can remember.  This makes me very happy – and I find this dress to be sexy – daring, yes, but no more out of line than we often see at awards shows and movie premieres.

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Rihanna – Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 show – Paris – March 1, 2014

This brings us to the trashy portion of our program.  I think Rihanna is a beautiful woman, and Heaven knows she’s got a fantastic figure – look, even Victoria’s Secret voted her as having the best bikini body of 2013 – but this is just plain trashy.  She has for some time been in the same unfortunate group as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus – women who have had to resort to wearing more and more outrageous or scandalous or mystifying outfits just to get, and to stay, noticed.  They really should learn that you can be sexy and still have at least a shred of class.  I think that Rihanna – like Miley – needs some real guidance, and she needs it right away.

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Younger Lupita Nyong’o prayed to be light-skinned

Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and more were honored at this year’s seventh annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon that took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, February 27th. Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier and others were in attendance at this year’s celebration, which carried an emotional impact, as those being honored spoke of struggling with finding their place in the world.

With the advent of 12 Years A Slave, Nyong’o burst onto the Hollywood scene as a stylishly-dressed favorite of fashion critics, commentators and the public alike.  There was a time, however, she she didn’t have quite the same persona.

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Arrival at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

“I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful,” Nyong’o related.  “I put on the TV and only saw pale white skin.  I was teased and taunted about my nightshaded skin, and my one prayer was that I would wake up light-skinned.”

That is revealing, and damning, and sad.  It’s revealing because it shows a side of a current celebrity that we did know about before – and it takes strength to make a public admission like that.  It’s tough to admit feeling insecurity.  It’s tough because some may interpret such an admission as a sign of weakness when the perceived weakness no longer exists.

It’s damning because anyone should be made to dream about having a different skin color.  I can;t imagine that ever happens because of positive influences.  It’s sad for the same reasons – but there’s hope.  There’s hope because Nyong’o is seen as one of the best recent personifications of style, in the same way, perhaps, as Audrey Hepburn was seen for so long, and the way in which Sarah Jessica Parker has been seen, rightly or wrongly, since the rise to prominence of “Sex and the City.”  There’s hope, then, that as a society, we have experienced some little degree of enlightenment, when we can recognize the Lupita Nyong’os of the world as desirable, fashionable women – not desirable, fashionable black women.

In her speech, Cheryl Boone Isaacs – the first black woman to be elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – noted that when Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, she had been seated at the back of the auditorium.  On Sunday, the night of this year’s Academy Awards, Isaacs will be seated right up front.  Again, progress, and perhaps another glimmer of hope.

Random event candids

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Michaela Conlin at the Annie Leibovitz book launch at Chateau Marmont – February 26, 2014

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Malin Akerman – Global Green USA’s 11th annual pre-Oscar party at Avalon – February 26, 2014

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Olivia Munn – BVLGARI Decades of Glamour Oscar Party at Soho House, West Hollywood – Feb. 25, 2014

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Today’s event fashion galleries

The 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California

Archie in particular looked elegant, and very together.  Bellamy was certainly going to grab her share of attention and slack-jawed gaping, but maybe most surprising of all was Lupita.  She she sprang onto the scene, she has been ordained a fashion star, but I don’t think this dress was a major triumph – and I don’t think the hairdo helped her much at all.

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The Elle Style Awards 2014 at One Embankment in London, England on February 18, 2014

 

I like Olga Kurylenko and I’m normally very happy when she appears at an event, but I’m not convinced about this dress.  I know – what am I complaining about?  She’s beautiful, she’s wearing a short dress, she’s got fine legs – so what’s not to like?  I can’t explain it, but something here doesn’t work.  Maybe the funky offset pigtail? Of course it could be my common sense.

Katy, Katy, Katy – you always bring a smile to my face and to all the rest of me, too, but this outfit was not terribly well-advised.  If you were 10 years older but still had the same great figure, and you were trying to cling to your sexy, ingenue-like self, you might rightly choose a dress like this.  But you are still young and looking great and have a big personality – so why this dress?  I always expect better from Katy.

Then there’s Karolina.  About all  can say is – SCORE!

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The BRIT Awards 2014 at the 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England

What can I say?  I wonder how many women can wear a dress the way Rosie Huntington-Whitely is wearing this short little red number.  Wow.  Stunning.

For Lily Allen and Jessie J, I guess it’s a case of Lily being Lily and Jessie being Jessie.  Lily’s dress is sexy in several ways – skin-hugging, spangly and at least partly see-through – it’s not subtle but I like it.  Unfortunately, Jessie J seems to make a habit of being outlandish because:

  • That’s just what she likes to wear in public
  • She thinks it’s appropriate
  • She thinks that’s what the public is expecting or deserves
  • Everything else was in the wash
  • She doesn’t know any better
  • Some or all or of the above

Dannii and Kylie Minogue are a little more difficult to figure out.  I’ve seen plenty of pictures of Dannii at various events over the years, as well as candid photos, and many times, I’ve thought she looks smoking hot.  Not here, though.  I wonder if I’m the only one who thinks she looks almost frumpy here.  Maybe not, but it’s way more conservative that I would have expected.  Kylie looks ok, but she has, many times over the years, looked better.  Neither sisters’ outfit looks – what’s the word? – harmonious?  There are plenty of component details, but when you assemble the finished product, the pieces don’t all fit together as seamlessly as they could.

In contrast, there’s no mistaking Rita Ora’s appearance.  She is obviously blessed with physical gifts, and she knows it, and has no qualms about displaying them, over and over.  I admit, this rarely if ever does not make me happy.  I have to wonder, however, if the event organizers send her a description of their wardrobe requirements along with their official invitation.

I can’t argue too much against Nicole Scherzinger’s outfit.  It’s what I expect from her.  It’s revealing, it’s got leather, it’s almost too casual for the event, it’s very sexy, and it’s not trashy enough so that she should be scolded for her lack of judgment.  It’s what I expect from her and it doesn’t surprise or disappoint me.  To be honest, I’m wondering – is she an A-List celebrity?  Interesting.  I’d say, probably not in America but perhaps in Europe.  In any case, she makes my eyes happy so I’ll be satisfied with that.

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Fashion review: the 2014 Grammy Awards

The 2014 Grammy Awards have come and gone, and in their wake are a trail of fashion hits and misses typical of the annual event.  There were some very curious choices that make your head spin.  There were some very nice outfits that had flair but were really quite reasonable, and, of course, there cleavage galore.  There were also a few pleasant surprises, perhaps none more welcome than Katy Perry’s gown – it was a more mature look but still made a statement.

Katy Perrry arriving at the 2014 Grammy Awards - dress of the night

Katy Perrry arriving at the 2014 Grammy Awards – dress of the night

Strange or even bad

I have to comment on Kelly Osbourne first.  This is someone who makes a living through no real talent or ability of her own – no, she makes a living commenting on the clothing worn by some people who have actual talent and recognized achievement.  With that in mind, this is the outfit she came up with?  When she and her cohorts unleash the so-called “fashion police” on the vile miscreants at the events who had the colossal nerve not to live up to their so-called expertise and refined taste, she damn well should put herself near the top of the “Just exactly what on God’s green Earth were you thinking?” list.   Is she supposed to be a Power Ranger?  Does she really believe that the lavender hair lends her an air of class?  I can answer with an emphatic “No!”  If she were an artist you might be able to claim that she was exhibiting an artist’s eccentricity but by no measure is she an artist.  She is, however, very lucky to have a lucrative career living off the accomplishments and talents of others.

Cyndi Lauper was a successful artist, and she’s known for being quirky, and getting away with rather harmless, eccentric acts with a nod and a wink – but is that how you explain her outfit?  War that left out of the original Rocky Horror Picture Show movie?  I don’t know.  I just don’t know.

Sara Bareilles’s gown has all the earmarks of a “What the heck!  Let’s go for it!” decision-making process.  Almost anything but feathers, Sara.  Channeling Björk or Cher is rarely the way to go.

Look at Paula Patton’s dress and just try to think anything except a zebra.  Go ahead.  Try.  You can’t.  I keep thinking of Steve Martin in The Jerk when he first discovers “easy listening” music on the radio.  At last he finds his rhythm and can snap his fingers in time to the music.  “I’ve found my special purpose in life!  This music speaks to me!”  I’ll just bet Paula went to the dress shop or zoo gift shop, took one look at this garment and said, “This dress speaks to me!”  All I can say is, “Paula, learn a different language!”

Cindy Lauper at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

Cindy Lauper at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

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Kelly Osbourne at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

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Paula Patton at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

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Taylor Swift looked so together in a silver, shimmery, body-hugging dress, and her look was completed by an artfully-done hairstyle.  All in all, there’s not much room for criticism here.

Zendaya Coleman looked sweet and sophisticated in a dress that featured bold color, a flash of leg, and her nicely-done hairstyle completed a well-coordinated look.

Martina McBride’s simple black dress could have ended up looking too simple, but luckily for her, it did not.  It was detailed enough not to come anywhere near an expensive potato sack – no, it had class and

Some viewers may have felt that Ariana Grande’s dress looked too much like a prom dress, but not me.  It has a bold floral print that stood out very nicely on a black background – very nice.

Colbie Caillat’s dress could have gone over the top but it didn’t.  The feathery accents were a risk, to be sure, but the dressmaker showed wisdom in using them simply as an accent, leaving the exposed diagonal stripe across as just enough of a wow factor.  A bold red, a judicious level of accent, just enough dazzle – this was another very nice effort.

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Colbie Caillat at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

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Zendaya Coleman at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holey moley (or, for some, shameless)

What would a major awards show be without cleavage?  Last year, as you may remember, the Grammy producers thought they were being very clever by circulating a “no side-boob” mandate to the attendees.  We know how that worked out, don’t we?  Let’s remember, for example, Katy Perry’s wide front dress cutout.  It didn’t show side-boob – it showed plenty of inner-boob.  I am, of course, not complaining – that’s just an intro to the following fine dressmaking displays.

Lately, Chrissy Teigen seems to be on a mission to establish a red carpet “golden gloves” reputation – and gain a following – that expects this kind of show, just as we (or is that I?) expect from Salma and Sofia and Halle and, lately, Heidi.  This is definitely the kind of dress that on first sight, makes you say, “Holy moley!” or perhaps something slightly more colorful or graphical.  In any case, this dress certainly qualifies.

Miranda Lambert is justifiably proud of her recent weight loss and re-sculpted body, and she seems to display just how proud of it.  Is she looking to make up for lost time?  I don’t know, but I’m certainly happy about it.

Anna Faris grabbed her fair (and well-deserved) share of attention in a bold and elegant blue gown that could make many men and doubtless any number of women stop in their tracks.  The thing is, there’s an element of class to the dress.  Make no mistake, it’s revealing, but it’s hardly tasteless, and it has at least a degree of restraint.  In contrast, there is Paris Hilton.  Here’s the difference – Paris grabbed attention, but mainly because the dress came so close to leaving nothing to the imagination.  This is another person who is famous for no discernible reason, aside from the fact that the fate of fortunate birth gained her a life of privilege that she has parlayed into even more wealth, mainly from the pocketbooks of endless throngs of gullible people who should know better.  I’m showing two pictures of Paris not because I’m drooling over the dress and I think you will to, but as an example of someone blessed with good looks, lots of money and no definable talent or skill who engages in endless self-promotion in order to keep her fabulous train ride going just as damn long as possible.

Anna Faris at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Anna Faris at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Miranda Lambert at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Miranda Lambert at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Chrissy Teigen at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Chrissy Teigen at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Paris Hilton at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Paris Hilton at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Paris Hilton at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Paris Hilton at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Fashions at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Awards Gala

Event information: 2014 Hyundai / Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala Activation + Equus Fleet Arrivals

Venue:  The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Date:  January 25, 2014

As we all know by now, the fashions worn at the various Hollywood and music industry events vary  according to the nature and status of the particular event.  While the Academy Awards show typically denotes drama and glamor, the Grammy Awards signal “almost anything goes.”  While this can have mixed results – such as Björk wearing a swan tutu, more frequently it points to the two outfits I’ll feature here.

But first, let’s take a fond look back at a few of the more renowned skimpy or revealing dresses seen on the Grammy red carpet.

2000 saw one of the most-talked-about dresses ever seen at the Grammy Awards – Jennifer Lopez’s almost-there Versace gown.  Maybe “gown” is the wrong word – and I’ve never been a fan of hers – but this is some nice number!  In 2001, Christina Aguilera and Toni Braxton seemed determined to grab a slice of fashion notoriety – and since we’re still talking about them, they succeeded.  Christina may also have been aiming at the “worst hairstyle” award – or, if you will, the “Sweet Lord, what was I thinking?” award.  You be the judge.

Christina Aguilera at the 2001 Grammy Awards

Christina Aguilera at the 2001 Grammy Awards

Toni Braxton at the 2001 Grammy Awards

Toni Braxton at the 2001 Grammy Awards

Jennifer Lopez in a Versace gown at the 2000 Grammy Awards

Jennifer Lopez in a Versace gown at the 2000 Grammy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, such nice memories.  Now let’s look at a couple of candidates from the event in question – the Clive Davis 2014 pre-Grammy Gala.

Model ChrissyTeigen let her cleavage do the talking.  Fortunately for me, and for so many of us, I understand that dialect.  She speaks the lingo very, very well.

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps not to be outdone, Paula Patton was speaking the same language.  Thank you, Paula, for being so considerate and thinking of us.  We appreciate it.

Paula Patton at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Paula Patton at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Paula Patton at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Paula Patton at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thankfully, Paula also let her legs get into the conversation.  What a sweet thing to do!

Fashion review: the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Event details: The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium & Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Hollywood awards show season marches on. The latest event to take over the town was the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The red carpet appearances proved a point regarding such shows – each one has its own character, perhaps reflecting the regard in which the show is held and the relative importance attached to the awards being given – and the accompanying perceived status.

For the Golden Globe Awards, there were more gowns that highlighted lots of cleavage. That’s hardly a bad thing, but it always leads to the inevitable jokes about the real golden globes, especially when Salma Hayek, Sofia Vergara, Halle Berry or any of the other women who can be counted on for a generous display. I can remember one Golden Globe show several years ago in which Jane Krakowski showed up, wearing a deeply-cut gown that barely concealed her assets. The interviewer asked her about this, and how she prevented wardrobe malfunctions. She replied that she preferred Silly Putty instead of double-sided tape to get the job done.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards appear to have an elevated status as to their career-wise desirability. After all, they are awarded by their acting peers, and are a a measure of recognition and professional appreciation. As a result, the red carpet dresses showed a generally greater level of sophistication than those seen at the Golden Globe Awards. This doesn’t mean that every outfit was a success; no, there were a few pretty bad choices, but the array of outfits spanned a wide spectrum from ok to nice but unremarkable to sexy but classy to sophisticated and, of course, super-sexy.

Let’s work our way from bad to great.

Bad

Camilla Alves shows that simply presenting cleavage is no guarantee that the dress is a success. This one doesn’t work for me. Elizabeth Moss is not a bad-looking woman but a rather decent dress is spoiled by her slumping posture. Her whole aspect seems like that of a wallflower who is uncomfortable and unfamiliar with such an event. At the Golden Globe Awards, Malin looked night-and-day better than she does here. This dress is so busy that I don’t know what to make of it. What is it supposed to be? What is its character? I can’t make it out.

Emilia Clarke really surprised. She wore what I’d normally consider a slinky dress – which is usually a good thing – but here, it doesn’t work because it doesn’t seem to fit quite right. It leaves me disappointed – this was an odd choice, and she can certainly do much better. At first glance, I thought that Kerry Washington looked posh, but upon closer inspection, I thought, “What is that supposed to be?” Is it a two-piece gown? Is it a kendo uniform? The skirt looks disconnected, or, rather, uncoordinated with, the top. Is it really supposed to be that puffed up? In a smaller proportion it would be a lot more attractive, but as it is, it’s another swing and a miss.

That brings me to perhaps two of the biggest disappointments of the evening, from two celebrities from whom I always expect much better. Julia Robert’s gown was a big letdown. It is very simple, which on its own is not something to bemoan, but its flourishes – attempts to avoid being too plain – don’t seem to belong. They seem contrived rather than simply being integrated parts of a complete outfit. Not only that, but this one also doesn’t fit right. From some angles, it suggests that Julia has put on a few pounds, and this dress shows that to bad advantage. I’m not criticizing her for that – no, not at all. People age, as they should, and that’s not something for which we all should be held to account. No, rather, I’m saying that this dress did not work to her best advantage. She’s a beautiful woman who’s aging very gracefully – and there’s always that smile – but this dress didn’t help her too much..

That beings me to Sandra Bullock. She always looks so stylish and so – together – but this time, I don’t think so. It has several characteristics I usually appreciate – a bit of a sheen, pleasant, vibrant color, and a slit showing some leg – but the top is finished off by a bow that looks awkwardly placed, which drwas your attention to what looks like a fold or a pleat that doesn’t belong. Then there’s her hairstyle. Was that by design? Was her hair styled that way on purpose? I hope not. The overall effect of the oddly-finished dress coupled with the unfinished hairstyle is one of disappointment. She looked so good at the Golden Globes!

Camilla ALves  - 2014 SAG Awards - arrivals

Camilla ALves – 2014 SAG Awards – arrivals

Elizabeth Moss - 2014 SAG Awards - arrivals

Elizabeth Moss – 2014 SAG Awards – arrivals

Malin Akerman -  2014 SAG Awards - arrivals

Malin Akerman – 2014 SAG Awards – arrivals

Emilia Clarke  - 2014 SAG Awards - arrivals

Emilia Clarke – 2014 SAG Awards – arrivals

Julia Roberts  - 2014 SAG Awards - arrivals

Julia Roberts – 2014 SAG Awards – arrivals

Sandra Bullock  - 2014 SAG Awards - arrivals

Sandra Bullock – 2014 SAG Awards – arrivals

Kerry Washington - 2014 SAG Awards - arrivals

Kerry Washington – 2014 SAG Awards – arrivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok – not bad, not great

Amy Adams’ dress isn’t exactly plain, or even bad – after all, it does have some character, some distinctiveness to it, but it doesn’t make me wild. And her hair looks flat, almost an afterthought. Holly Hunter’s dress is perhaps a near miss. It’s both sexy and conservative – conservative, perhaps, because she’s too skinny and the dress could fit better.

Pauley Perrette is a different story altogether. She’s pretty in a quirky way, and I like her a lot. She’s got a terrific personality, and I’d be hard-pressed to find anything bad that’s been said about her in the industry. The dress is nice enough, but seems unremarkable to me. She looks happy, and the dress is, if not totally unremarkable, heading toward elegant. But something seems to be missing, something I can’t quite define. To be honest, the tattoos don’t help, either. They’re not a deal-breaker, but they don’t help.

Amy Adams  - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Amy Adams – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Holly Hunter - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Holly Hunter – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Pauley Perrette - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Pauley Perrette – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elegant

 

Sarah Hyland looked terrific; her gown was age-appropriate, and was perhaps as sexy or showy as a girl her age should look at such a well-scrutinized event. Anna Gunn’s blue gown was one of the most pleasant surprises of the night. It was slinky, sure, but not unreasonably so, and unlike all too many other dresses that night, it fit right. It didn’t just fit right, it fit very nicely. Sasha Alexander was another pleasant surprise for me. She’s a beautiful woman, and I like her, but she sometimes leans toward red carpet gowns that are too conservative – almost bordering on frumpy. Maybe frumpy is unfair – still, her dresses at some events don’t help the way she presents herself – but not so at this awards show. No, I see her red dress as a really nice example of “simple and elegant.” She isn’t completely covered but she isn’t gratuitously revealed, either – altogether, a successful appearance.

It’s very possible that this is the best I’ve ever seen Elisabeth Rohm look at any kind of public event. When I saw her first appear on the red carpet, I said “Wow!” out loud, to nobody in particular. I almost couldn’t get over it – this was a much sexier look for her, and did she ever look good! I hope she can continue on this path. Her dress and her hair and her expression fairly well shouted out “self-assurance” and it was very nice to see.

Jane Krakowski’s red carpet dresses have made me say “Wow!” plenty of times inn the past. She’s one of the celebrities I can always count on for this kind of outfit, and as I’ve mentioned, and I can almost always count on her for “event wow” material. She didn’t disappoint me. Her pale green dress was a bit low-cut and had a certain toga-like air. I liked this one a lot. I was also surprised at how much I liked the way Portia de Rossi looked. At first I thought her dress looked too conservative, even a bit featureless, until she turned a bit to the side to show that the dress was backless – dramatically so. Very nice.

Sarah Hyland - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Sarah Hyland – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Anna Gunn - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Anna Gunn – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Sasha Alexander - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Sasha Alexander – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Elisabeth Rohm - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Elisabeth Rohm – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Jane Krakowski - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Jane Krakowski – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portia de Rossi – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remarkable

This last group of celebrities appeared at the show wearing some of my favorite dresses of the evening, and, no doubt about – there are a few traffic-stoppers here, too.

Morena Baccarin just plain knocked me over. She was definitely in my “Holy moley!” list. I don’t remember ever seeing her quite like this, and this new look made me very happy! I first became aware of – and maybe swept away by – Morena when she was in the short-lived but still devotedly followed Firefly. Since then – and Serenity, of course, she’s had roles in TV’s Stargate SG-1, Heartland, V and Homeland, and is in the yet-to-be-released Back in the Day. I’ll have to head out to my local movie theater to see that one.

Julie Bowen took me by surprise in a very good way. She really showed how to wear a dramatic color-draped dress that featured texture, color and geometric design, but was refined enough so as not to be too busy. It jsut goes to show you – there’s bold, such as feathers and safety-pins and swans, and there’s bold, such as this dress – and this is certainly the one to appreciate.

Is that a flamenco-inspired design Kaley Cuoco is wearing? that’s what I thought of, and that flamenco-like detail almost spelled failure, but for Heaven’s sake – the rest of the dress is incredible. It’s not just because of the cleavage display, although that sure goes a long way – no, it’s the whole look – sexiness, self-confidence – it’s all there. A woman with a figure like that who wears a dress like that – she’s the one in control, not the paparazzi and assorted other gawkers. Nope, she’s the one in control and she knows it.

Jennifer Lawrence looked fantastic in a tight, slinky black sequined number that only a woman with a slim figure can wear. And wear it she did, along with just enough jewelry, and a well-chosen short hairstyle, all of which added up to a big success.

I have to admit that Gretchen Mol doesn’t leap to mind when I think about who’s on my personal list of favorite celebrities, but you can bet I’ll have my eyes on her from now on. I don’t know why I’ve never been to aware of her until recently. She’s been in a string of movies, TV series and mini-series dating back to 1996, but most recently her role in TV’s Boardwalk Empire has elevated her career. Anybody remember Life on Mars? That ran for two years, from 2008 to 2009, but I guessed that one passed me by. She has two movies due out in 2014 – True Story, with Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones, and Anesthesia, with Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close and Sam Waterston.

Ok, now, here’s Sofia Vergara wearing a typically Sofia dress – no doubt about it. Let’s see – slinky? (there’s that word again) Sure. Sequins and beading? Sure. Rings? Of course. A necklace costing ten-years’ salary ? Yep. Commonplace for Sofia, and not unappreciated – but how many of us have seen her with her natural blond hair color? When she came to the United States she dyed her hair to avoid becoming a stereotyped blond. For a lot of actresses trying to make a name for themselves this would be a crazy gamble, but things have worked out for her, haven’t they? You bet! Of course, having a figure and irrepressible personality like she does could also have something to do with it, eh?

Then there’s Maria Menounos. Now, she’s been one of my top favorites for a long time, but at this show she looked so stunning I was almost a loss for words. The pale pink skirt had a thigh-high slit that she thankfully “helped” aside, to reveal a generous and very welcome leg show. I don’t quite know how to describe the top portion of the gown. Does it have bondage-styled strap accents? Is it reminiscent of something worn by the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus? Did Madonna or Madonna’s fashion advisers have any input? I don’t know. All I know was that to my eyes, she looked magnificent.

Sofia Vergara - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Sofia Vergara – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Gretchen Mol - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Gretchen Mol – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

MariaMenounos - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

MariaMenounos – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Maria Menounos - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Maria Menounos – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Jennifer Lawrence - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Jennifer Lawrence – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Kaley Cuoco - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Kaley Cuoco – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Julie Bowen - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Julie Bowen – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals

Morena Baccarin - 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards - arrivals

Morena Baccarin – 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards – arrivals