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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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Nadine Merabi

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.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff

Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Rhona Mitra

Rhona Mitra

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller

Joanna Krupa

Joanna Krupa

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum

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.

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Paulina Rubio

Paulina Rubio

Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn

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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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Charlize Theron

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Kristen Bell

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Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

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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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.

Arrival at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

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.

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

Kelly Osbourne at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

Kelly Osbourne at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

Paula Patton at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

Paula Patton at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

Sara Bareilles at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

Sara Bareilles 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.

Colbie Caillat at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Colbie Caillat at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Ariana Grande at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Ariana Grande at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Martina McBride at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Martina McBride at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Taylor Swift at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Taylor Swift at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Zendaya Coleman at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

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

Fashions at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

It was one of the nights we live for every year.  The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 12, 2014.  As is always the case, there was a huge variety of remarkable (and unremarkable) dresses on display as the celebrities made their way down the red carpet.

I know that many celebrities put a great deal of time and effort – not to mention, expense – into the selection fo dresses, jewelry, shoes and hairstyling, not to mention assorted accessories.  That’s just how it is.  Within the spectrum of ensembles, I found it really easy to categorize some as obviously jaw-dropping.  Let’s face it – Sofia Vergara, like Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson and a select few others – just have to show up, and they own the venue.  No doubt about it, Sofia wore two dresses – one at the arrival and another at the after-parties – that just come right out and knock you on your butt.  Revealing?  You bet – and in control of everyone around her.

Sexy but tasteful

Then there are other dresses that are sexy without necessarily being so remarkably revealing.  Amy Adams’ two-tone red gown certainly was about as low-cut as she could get away with, but there was a certain sophistication to it, to my mind placing it in a bit of a different category.  The same holds true for Kaley Cuoco’s floral gown.  She, too, made a very decent display of cleavage, but it had a classiness that set it apart.

Reese Witherspoon looked terrific in a pale green gown that was at once simple, mildly conservative and sexy.  Well done, Reese.  Naomi Watts (shimmery in beige) and Robin Wright (in a paler white gown) wore dresses that were rather similar in style, and both looked as good as I can remember.  I was pleasantly surprised to see them both looking so beautiful.  I also liked Kristin Chenoweth’s form-fitting blue number.  I’m sure that plenty of fashion experts will say it was too simple, but I think it was nicely done.  She’s very petite, but she looked extremely attractive, and her hair-style added a very nice touch of class to the overall picture.

Amy Adams - arrivals

Amy Adams – arrivals

Robin Wright - arrivals

Robin Wright – arrivals

Reese Witherspoon - arrivals

Reese Witherspoon – arrivals

 

Naomi Watts - arrivals

Naomi Watts – arrivals

Kaley Cuoco - WB/InStyle after-party

Kaley Cuoco – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin Chenoweth - Netflix/Weinstein Company after-party

Kristin Chenoweth – Netflix/Weinstein Company after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odette Anable - WB/InStyle after-party

Odette Anable – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odd – maybe not really bad, but not great, either

Of course, there were a few odd-looking gowns, from my point of view.  I saw a few such outfits and found it somehow tough to decide if I liked them or not, and whenever I have to second-guess if I like them or not, then I know they don’t work for me.  Jennifer Lawrence seemed to arrive to general acclaim, but I remain undecided about her gown.  Sexy?  Sure.  Classy?  Again, sure.  But the circular black stripes – I just didn’t love the overall look.  What can I say?  Ok, I know – if were were out to dinner and she were wearing a dress anything like that one, I’d be knocked out.  Even so, when compared to some of the dresses worn by other women at the event, I think it takes somewhat of a back seat.

I really like Alyssa Milano – I’ve liked her for a long time – but I don’t know what she was thinking.  She’s got some figure, but this dress was ill-fitting and strangely conservative – almost dowdy.  Nope, not a good choice, love. When I saw Julia Roberts arrive, I thought, at first, “What a stylish look.”  Then I saw that she was wearing a very low-cut gown with apparently a men’s white white dress shirt, I reconsidered.  Julia so often looks incredible that seeing her in an outfit like this is a disappointment.

Crystal Reed’s outfit was not a success, perhaps a near-miss.  What seemed like horizontal-oriented stripes (maybe stripes is a bad description – ruffles?) were contrasted against a vest that was reminiscent of a bullfighter’s vest.  The combination was simply not complementary.  I couldn’t figure out Emilia Clarke’s gown, either.  What kind of print is that?  Protozoan?  Jeez, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single-celled animal print dress before.  Leopard, zebra, tiger, even ocelot – yes – but never something like this.  She’s a beautiful sexy woman who chose unwisely.  The dress that Elisabeth Rohm wore at The Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party wasn’t exactly bad, but I don’t think it was successful, either.  She looked very nice, but the dress seemed unremarkable to me, and the hairstyle wasn’t my cup of tea, either.  We already have a Pink, and one is enough, thank you very much.  That brings me to Taylor Swift.  She looked wonderful in her arrival dress – which I’ll show below – but her short, black outfit at the WB/InStyle after-party didn’t work for me at all.  I know what she was trying to do – wear something sexy, even a little edgy – but in the end, it was somehow too busy – if you want to make a statement, make a statement – but it might have a bigger payoff if you really commit.

Jennifer Lawrence - arrivals

Jennifer Lawrence – arrivals

Alyssa Milano - Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party

Alyssa Milano – Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party

Crystal Reed - WB/InStyle after-party

Crystal Reed – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tayloer Swift - WB/InStyle after-party

Tayloer Swift – WB/InStyle after-party

Elisabeth Rohm - Weinstein Company/Netflix after=party

Elisabeth Rohm – Weinstein Company/Netflix after=party

Julia Roberts - arivals

Julia Roberts – arivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just plain bad

There were several downright bad outfits, too.  I can’t for the life of me figure out Patricia Arquette’s thought process.  Her dress seemed to consist of a badly-fitting black, floor-length gown at the bottom, with a white satin top.  She wasn’t done yet.  SHe also was wearing vest-like cover-up with lace sleeves near the wrest, while the rest of it appeared to have gone through a shredder.  This outfit was perhaps the worst dress of the night.  Maggie Q’s outfit at the HBO after-party was very nearly a pants-suit.  Black slacks and a black suit-jacket top – was that something she had in her personal collection or did a stylist “help” her shoose it?  Either way, it was, I should say, ill-advised.

Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette

Maggie Q - HBO after-party

Maggie Q – HBO after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elegant

Let’s move on to happier results.  First I have to mention Sandra Bullock.  She was at the top of my “sexy yet elegant” list.  I suppose it was a little more revealing than we usually see from Sandra, but the whole story – a beautiful gown with large, bold color sections and an elegant (there’s that word again) hairdo – but she was the very picture of style.

Taylor Swift’s dress showed how well simplicity can be executed.  Simple in design, perhaps, but sophisticated and very attractive.  Top it off with a very appropriate hairstyle and you have a winner.

Hayden Panettiere was possibly the biggest, happiest surprises of the night for me.  She wore a dress that was form-fitting without being skintight, with a thigh-high slit. This was such a good choice!  She is another petite celebrity, and this outfit seemed to make her look taller.  The accessories – large, ball-shaped earrings and a large diamond brooch were fine additional touches.  I liked this one a lot.

Maggie Grace and Juliana Margulies looked terrific, as well.  From what I’ve seen so far, a lot of people were far more taken with Juliana than I was, but I have to give credit where credit is due – she looked beautiful.  At the WB/InStyle after-party, Amanda Righetti wore a slinky, pale gold dress that showed off her incredible figure.  Along with Hayden, Amanda was probably my second happiest surprise.  This was some dress!  Paz Vega, also at the WB/InStype after-party, looked positively glamorous.  And that smile!  It was nice to see someone who looked genuinely happy to be at the event.

Sandra Bullock - arrivals

Sandra Bullock – arrivals

Juliana Margulies - arrivals

Juliana Margulies – arrivals

Hayden Panettiere- arrivals

Hayden Panettiere- arrivals

Amanda Righetti - WB/InStyle after-party

Amanda Righetti – WB/InStyle after-party

Taylor Swift - arrivals

Taylor Swift – arrivals

Paz Vega - W/InStyle after-party

Paz Vega – W/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaw-dropping incredible display

We now come to the “Oh my God!” portion of our show.  I admit – and I’m sure many, if not most, of you have to agree – these are the dresses we’ll talk about the most.  Usually this means Cleavage City, but it ani’t necessarily so.  Let’s take a look at the perhaps unsubtle, knock-you-right-out dresses that make us watch these kinds of awards shows.

First up is Kate Beckinsale.  Kate, all I can say is, “Thank you!”  For whatever reason, she’s never been a favorite of mine – there are too many other celebrities that I like a lot more – but when a beautiful woman wears a dress like this, it makes me very happy.

Next, at the WB/InStyle after-party (Good grief, this must have been some party!  Can you say “Eye candy?”) we have Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Miranda Kerr and Sofia “I own this place!” Vergara.  I’ll get back to Sofia in a moment.

It seems that Vanessa used the occasion to make a statement – “Hey!  I’m not a little girl any more!”  Vanessa, we know!  Ever since seeing her in a bikini in Spring Breakers, we’ve known!  I don’t need any more convincing but it certainly is welcome, so long as she doesn’t go over the edge a la Miley Cyrus.

Julianne Hough found a form-fitting – dare I say, tight-fitting – black dress that managed to be revealing, and see-through in parts, yet covered – a very fine discovery, if you ask me.  Supermodel Miranda Kerr wore a dress that perhaps few other woman could wear.  It looks as if it’s made up of separate front and back sections, laced together, showing her bare back, hips and legs – incredible!

Now for Sofia.  What can I say?  Some pundits have criticized her for always wearing the same kind of dress at these events.  My reply is, “Yeah?  So?”  I say, “Oh, Sofia!”  At the after-party she wore a very slinky , sparkly dress with a very wide, deeply-plunging cut that showed off her celebrated assets.  That would have been enough of a triumph for some women, but that was merely Chapter 2 for her – take a look at the much more elegant, arrival-appropriate but still knockout-quality arrival gown.  Do you have any doubt that everybody whipped their heads around to ogle Sofia when she arrived?  You probably wouldn’t want to place any bets on that.

One of the first arrivals was The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch.  Melissa may be petite – for Heaven’s sake, they’ve used the quip “teeny, tiny body” on the show – but when she’s on the red carpet, she’s dynamite.   She wore a canary yellow dress that had some toga-like features, yet must have been from a stylist who normally works with Sofia Vergara.   This dress sure got my attention.

There were two others in the “jaw-dropping” category that I want to mention.  Cassie Scerbo wore a black dress with such a large slit that almost seemed as if she could remove the skirt section of the dress, revealing culottes underneath.  Of course this wasn’t the case, but it sure made me sit up and take notice!

This brings me to Margot Robbie.  She was in the short-lived TV series “Pan Am” but because it wasn’t around for so long she still seems like a newcomer.  Her thigh-high slit, sparkle-trimmed, almost skin-tight white dress will no doubt be talked about for a long time.  I know I’ll be happy to talk about it.  The slit – not exactly on the side – showed lots of leg as she walked down the red carpet, and she looked so stunning that the phrase “head-turner” couldn’t have been overused.

Julianne Hough - WB/InStyle after-party

Julianne Hough – WB/InStyle after-party

Sofia Vergara - arrivals

Sofia Vergara – arrivals

Sofia Vergara - WB/InStyle after-party

Sofia Vergara – WB/InStyle after-party

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margot Robbie - arrivals

margot Robbie – arrivals

Melissa Rauch - arrivals

Melissa Rauch – arrivals

Heidi Klum - arrivals

Heidi Klum – arrivals

Miranda Kerr - WB/InStyle after-party

Miranda Kerr – WB/InStyle after-party

Vanessa Hudgens - WB/InStyle after-party

Vanessa Hudgens – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the night

Maria Menounos will probably never win an Oscar or an Emmy or a Golden Globe award or a Tony or a BAFTA award or even a Deutsche Fernsehpreis, but she is spectacular.  Her fuchsia-colored gown, with numerous strategic cut-outs, was, for me, the most amazing-fitting dress I saw all night.  It wasn’t exactly tight – rather, it was molded to her amazing figure.  Top that off with a simple but refined hair style, and you end up with a goddess-like aura that not only knocked me out, but knocked me out way more than anyone else.  It definitely wasn’t the most revealing dress of the night, but to me it was the sexiest, and the one out of all of them that I have the hardest time forgetting.

Menounos_Maria

Fashions at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards

Hooray!  The Hollywood awards show season has officially begun.  With the advent of the People’s Choice Awards on January 8th, we are in the midst of an ongoing feast for the eyes, knowing, as we do, how the women of the big screen (movies) and much smaller screen (TV) dress up for such events.

I’ll be the first to admit that I look forward to such events in the hopes that a number of women will wear dresses or gowns or some kind of outfit that’s very revealing, or even borderline scandalous.  I’ll get to a few examples of such outfits shortly.  First, let’s take a deserved look at a few celebrities whose outfits were attention-getting not because there were over-the-top sexy, but because they were sexy yet classy and stylish.

Leading this group were Sandra Bullock, Naya Rivera,

Sandra Bullock - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Sandra Bullock – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Juliana Margulies - 2014 People's Choice Awards - show

Juliana Margulies – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – show

 

Lucy Hale - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Lucy Hale – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

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Naya Rivera – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – press room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few outfits that look seem almost too sexy to be called really refined, but not as outrageous as the jaw-dropping ones seen a bit further below.

When I saw Melissa, my reaction was, “Wow!  She looks great!  You never see her like that on The BIg Bang Theory!”  Taylor Spreitler and Adelaide Kane are certainly dressed attractively, yet appropriate for women so young.  They don’t look inappropriately provocative, as a smiliaarly young Miley Cyrus has obviously never learned.  And Kaley?  At the moment, it seems that Kaley – like Sandra – can do no wrong.  She’s got the looks and the persona that allow her to dress to impress and shout, “Look at me!” yet remain tasteful.

Melissa Rauch - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Melissa Rauch – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Taylor Spreitler - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Taylor Spreitler – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

 

Adelaide Kane - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Adelaide Kane – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Kaley Cuoco - 2014 People's Choice Awards - press room

Kaley Cuoco – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – press room

 

Here are some examples of the very nice-looking outfits that were quite nice, but somehow a little restrained – and in a couple of instances, perhaps almost too restrained.  It’s probably unfair to show Melissa Joan Hart in this kind of category, but it’s a little tough to classify.  After all, she looks great, and she’s showing a fair amount of leg, and I do like the dress and wanted to show a picture of her – but I just didn’t know where to place it.

That brings us to Emily Deschanel.  I think she’s a beautiful woman and I like her a lot.  She’s very talented, popular and successful, but somehow at events like this, she manages to choose a gown or dress that’s on the verge of being dowdy.  Maybe in this case that’s not truly reasonable, but that was, after all, my first impression.

Melissa Joan hart - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Melissa Joan hart – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Emily Deschanel - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Emily Deschanel – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

 

And here are the outfits many of us are most interested in seeing, if we’re really honest.   I’m talking about the kind of gown that makes you say, “Holy moley!  She’s about to pop out of that dress!” or, “How does that dress stay up?” or, “Does she know we can see right through it?”  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not upset about this – these dresses always make me very happy.

About all I can say about Malin Akerman’s dress is, “Thank you, Malin!  Thank you very much!”  And, I might add, “Yesssss!”

When I saw Kat Dennings’ arrival dress, I thought, “Holy mackerel!”  Kind of tough to tear my eyes away from her.  Then again, this is pretty typical for her, but hey, why not?  She’s blessed with the assets and proud to show them off.  Who am I to argue?  I hope she stays in the public for a long time to come.

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi – you don’t have to prove anything to me!  In the last couple of years, she’s been wearing similar traffic-stopping gowns – maybe as a statement to the world after her divorce, and maybe as a self-confidence affirmation – whatever it is, I approve.  Just take a look at her dress at the 2013 American Music Awards, the 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the 2013 Academy Awards – Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party (incredible!) the “Nebraska” premiere at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival or MTV’s 2012 European Music Awards. (Also, truly incredible!)  I mean, really!  Heidi, I believe!

Then there is Jessica Alba.  Good grief, she seems to have the world at her feet.  She’s wearing a skin-tight, low-cut, zipper-front, almost bondage-themed dress that like several others that night, made me say, “Oh, holy moley!”  But the thing is, however else the dress may look, or whatever it may represent, it seems to have an element of elegance.  Sure, that seems contradictory, but I think it’s a fair opinion, and the look certainly works for me.  No complaints here.

Malin Akerman - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Malin Akerman – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Kat Dennings - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Kat Dennings – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Heidi Klum - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Heidi Klum – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Jessica Alba - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Jessica Alba – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Jennifer Hudson’s dress belongs in the super-sexy category, since it takes an incredible figure and a lot of self-confidence to wear a outfit like this, but it seems somehow elegant – but it’s almost celebratory, a statement dress.  I’d imagine that relatively few women can wear a dress like that, and at 32, she’s on top of her game.  In addition, was at the show to receive the “Favorite Humanitarian” award, in recognition for her charity work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she formed with her sister Julia Hudson in memory of her nephew following his murder (and that of her mother and brother) in 2008.  It’s pretty tough to argue with that.

Jenifer Hudson - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Jenifer Hudson – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

There are plenty of celebrities that I haven’t mentioned here.  Of course, I can’t show pictures of every celebrity who appeared at the show, let alone comment on them, because I don’t really have the space or time, and besides, that would be unfair.  There are plenty of people, and entire organizations, that make their living, from doing just that.  That’s not my sole job or responsibility so I’ll be satisfied with the pictures of the beautiful women I’ve posted here.  And just think – the Golden Globe Awards are on January 12th, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are on January 18th, and the Academy Awards are on March 2nd, 2014, so there will be plenty of more amazing pictures to follow!

Best dressed at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards

The concept of “best dressed” can take many forms.  In some cases it may mean elegance, class, formality, attention to detail, expense, color – and the list goes on.  Sometimes it can mean incredibly sexy without being overtly attention-getting for the sake of self-promotion.

At the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, held on November 21, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Roselyn Sanchez and Carmen Electra were at their eye-catching best.  Their outfits said, “Here I am!” even if you had no idea who they were.  I do know who they are, and I’m very happy to observe – or, rather, gawk – at arrivals such as these.  Since I’m always looking for reasons to post pictures like these, here they are.

Carmen Electra - 2013 Latin Grammy Awards

Carmen Electra - 2013 Latin Grammy Awards

Nice leg show!Roselyn Sanchez - 2013 Latin Grammy Awards Roselyn Sanchez - 2013 Latin Grammy Awards

Roselyn’s smile lights up the show.

By the way – Carmen is 41, and Roselyn is 40.

Candice Swanepoel wears a jaw-dropping little number at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after-party

It would be really easy to post a ton of pictures of any of the Victoria’s Secret models gracing the runway in any of the incredible lingerie ensembles that were on display on Wednesday, November 13 in New York City.  I’m taking a different angle – how about a look at Candice Swanepoel’s outfit at the show’s after-party?

Much as I love seeing all of those beautiful women walk – or rather, ripple – down the runway almost wearing the latest in lingerie – and I certainly do – I thought I’d pay tribute to the truly incredible dress Candice wore after the show.  My first reaction upon seeing this dress was in the general vicinity of “Holy moley!”

I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

Candice Swanepoel - 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after-party - November 13, 2013

Candice Swanepoel - 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after-party - November 13, 2013

Candice Swanepoel - 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after-party - November 13, 2013

Rebecca Romijn joins the Hollywood short hairstyle club

This time it’s Rebecca Romijn’s turn.  She has cut her hair short, now looking somewhat like Jennifer Aniston’s new style.  She was seen at the Second Annual Baby2Baby Gala at the Book Bindery in Culver City, California on November 9, 2013. Rebecca Romijn  - Baby2Baby Gala

Quite a change, eh?

Rebecca Romijn  - Baby2Baby Gala

I’ve been a fan of hers for as long as I can remember, and maybe I’m biased, but I think she’s a beautiful woman, and she’d look really fine no matter what hairstyle she chose.  Rebecca in red – wow!

Jennifer Aniston joins the short-hairstyle makeover trend

Hard to believe?  Maybe, maybe not.  Jennifer Aniston has become the latest celebrity – joining Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Pam Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth – to undergo a major hairstyle change.

According to X17online.com, Aniston revealed her short hairdo on Monday, November 4th while out in Beverly Hills.  She had hairstylist Chris McMillan, and according to Jennifer, it was an impulse move.

As she told Vogue, “It was kind of spur-of-the-moment.  I was flipping through the television channels and I paused it to take a picture and I sent it to Chris, and he said, ‘That’s [stylist] Lawren Howell from Vogue!”  And then he said, ‘I just cut that!’  So that’s it. He went way  shorter than hers, but she was the inspiration.  She added, “I did it!  I feel great.  I feel lighter.  It’s simple, it’s really simple, that’s for sure.  But I’m always one of those girls who does a big old chop just to get it really healthy, to repair all the [damage from] hair coloring and stuff like that. And I just got bored, honestly.  It’s fun to change it up once in a while.”

She told Elle that it was not for a role.  “My hair went through a phase – I did this thing called a Brazilian and my hair did not react really well to it.  The minute I cut my hair I want it back. Always.  It’s a guarantee. I’m really trying hard to love this one.”

I’ve heard of “Brazilian” hairstyling but this was not exactly what I had imagined.

 

 

Gisele Bündchen poses naked for “Body Double” pictorial in Paris Vogue

Some people have it all – or at least, they seem to.  From my far-away vantage point, I’d have to say that Bündchen_Gisele - Nov. 2013 Paris VogueGiesle Bündchen is one of those rare, few people who actually does have it all.  

Just take a look at these photos from the November 2013 edition of Paris Vogue.  Can you believe she has two kids?  From looking at her, it seems pretty unlikely.  The photoshoot, photographed by the renowned due of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, shows Giesle seemingly posing with herself.  and, oh yeah – she’s naked. This is a very good thing.  I don’t know how they did it, but I don’t care.  I think this is one of the most outstanding photoshoots I’ve seen in a while.

The photos are so good, I had to share.  You can see the complete shoot here, in our forum.

 

 

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Jennifer Lawrence Cuts Beautiful Hair

I know this has been posted all over the Internet already but I feel I must voice my opinion.  I’ve heard everything from she looks amazing to she looks horrible.  Umm. Guys.  This is JENNIFER LAWRENCE!! Who gives a shit how she has her hair? Are you guys insane? She’s a wonder of beauty. PERIOD! How many of us would love to have a woman as gorgeous as she is as ours? Grow Up.  Be men, and women, and accept her for who she is.  Not the way she wears her hair.

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Wow! Now that’s a dress! Salma and Kate at the 2013 LACMA Gala

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Now that’s what I call a dress!  Salma Hayek and Kate Hudson appeared at the LACMA 2013 Art + FIlm Gala – held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 2 – and both women looked devastating.

I’m sure that if I got within a few feet of either woman while she was wearing a dress like this, I would become a big puddle of Jell-O.

 

 

 

 

Can you blame me?

And the new Guess Girl is – Priyanka Chopra!

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E! News revealed that Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra, a former Miss World and now an actress and singer, will star in the upcoming Guess holiday campaign. The black and white ads, shot by rocker/ photographer Bryan Adams, feature Priyanka posing in a Mediterranean villa.

Just as only a chosen few can ever become a Bond girl, only a select few become a Guess Girl. Claudia Schiffer, Drew Barrymore, Kate Upton, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio are just a few of the beautiful women who have been the face and body of the famous fashion company.

Now we can add Priyanka to the list. Guess president Paul Marciano signed Chopra after just one meeting. He told her she reminded him of Sophia Loren.

Naya Rivera Stuns in White

Most of us had no clue who Naya Rivera was before she starred as the sexy, bitchy, cheerleading lesbian hottie on the hit television show Glee.  Now we just can’t get enough of her. Recently Ms. Rivera was engaged to her long time boyfriend Big Sean. You can tell that she is extremely happy and Big Sean is a very lucky man. Based on what I see in these pictures. A VERY lucky man. You better treat her right Big Sean. Don’t make her go all Lima Heights on your sorry ass..

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