Its award season, and that means the stars are out to impress!! This can provide tons of inspiration for pageant gowns as well! I will be reviewing all of the gowns I LOVED, not the misses. There are too many fabulous ones to waste time on the bad, BUT there is ONE that stood out heads above the rest…which one will win my best dressed award?? Read to find out!
A Ray of Sunshine
I loved seeing a burst of spring on the gloomy rainy day in Hollywood. Naomi wore a very age appropriate dress and fit beautifully…although I could have done without the snake around her neck! Jenna is stunning in pale yellow, I love the lux fabric on this dress. I personally think Leslie Mann wins this battle of yellow. This is how to do a straight across neckline, ad a bit of a curve upwards and BOOM….fits like a glove! She definitely picked the perfect shade of yellow for herself and adding the emerald earrings takes it to the next level!
I've been in love with ball gowns since Olivia Culpo came on stage at Miss Universe looking like a Holiday Barbie Collectors item! The things I look for in a ball gowns are a fitted waist, a touch of whimsy and the feeling that a princess would wear it. Anna had to do a ball gown after playing the part of Cinderella in Into the Woods. I like that she didn't go "costume" with it and spiced it up with beautiful/bold burgundy beadwork. Salma made a an ivory ball gown not look like a wedding dress, this was because of the fabric choice and the liquid silver belt. The winner of this category hands down goes to Allison Williams. This picture does not do the gown justice at all! The ruffles were immaculate, the beads were these tiny red crystal cubes….the man hours that were put into this couture piece of art are ridiculous. She was in my top five favorite gowns of the night.
Royal Blue Beauties
Royal blue is one of my favorite colors in the whole world, so I love seeing women rock it on the red carpet. Maria wore what I'd call a pageant type gown fro sure. I'm sure we will see this neckline on the pageant stage sooner than later. Julia is wearing the fabric of the season, taffeta! This fabric used to be thought of for bad bridesmaids dresses, and now its being used to make clean crisp gowns with lots of bold colors. My favorite in this category goes to, all hail the queen, Nancy O'Dell. Lets ignore the fact that she doesn't age and that her body is fabulous at her age (which is 48)… she always dresses how she wants to dress. I always love added flair/drama to a simple gown. The sleeve draping on the back takes this gown to the next level, and Nancy is posing in it perfectly!
Glistening from head to toe is always a good look on the red carpet. Diane is wearing a gown that feels old school glamour, but also feels like its from the future. I love that the designer cut the armholes in a manner that covers that unsightly armpit fat we all hate. Chrissy is a model, so everything looks amazing on her…probably even a blanket looks good on her! This Zuhair Murad gown is what I think of when I think of couture, every bead was thought out. The back was low, to compensate for the conservative front. While I love this gown, I would have loved to see it in black or gunmetal grey. Julianne Moore was not only a winner of the Globe, but she is winning in my book right now with this gown. This gown is perfect for her, from the color to the cut to the ombre feathers. I've always said "more is more" and Moore is MORE in this Givenchy gown!
….and the 1st and 2nd runners up are
All I can say is WOW, both Kate and Jessica look amazing in their Versace gowns. One of my favorite styles to wear and design is a plunging halter. This is such a flattering neckline, because it lengthens your whole body! Kate is giving complete sex appeal and that is why she is my 2nd runner up. While I die for this gown, I think this gown is probably better suited for a different event. Jessica is giving me everything I look for in a red carpet gown. She exudes old Hollywood glamour and owned the night in this metallic number. There are not too many people that could wear this color, way to go Jessica!
The Best Dressed
Now this is a G O W N people!! Zuhair Murad wasn't holding back when designing this masterpiece. The beadwork on this gown compliments the fit, without it the gown could have looked boxy and heavy. Jennifer always knows how to dress her body, she showed just the right amount of skin and matched her H&MU perfectly to the overall look. This gown is going to make the rest of award season very difficult to watch, I am going to say right now that is will be hard to top this fantastical frock.
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