Weird title right? Let me explain.. While there were many colors on the red carpet last night, I was surprised at the number of ketchup reds ( almost orange ) and mustard yellows. Some of my favorite looks of the evening fell into these two favorite American condiment colors so I decided to go with it in the title. It was quirky and fun.
Pass the ketchup please!:
Jennifer Lawrence in a fabulous Dior with a stunning diamond choker. Loved the cutouts in this gown. One of my favorite looks of the night.
Amy Adams in Versace. Loved the detailing around the waist and down the side.
Emmy Rossum in Armani Prive. Elegant and accessorized to perfection.
Ketchup has expired!! :
Natalie Dormer in J. Mendel. Ummmmm… time to lose the oxen like yoke around the throat. Wrong, just plain wrong.
A little Mustard goes a long way:
Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli. This was the only mustard I was satisfied with last night. Ms. Lopez rocked this one. Let’s face it folks, not everyone can wear this color and you need a certain amount of attitude to do it. She can and did it.
Too much mustard!!!
America Ferrera in Jenny Packham. First of all, if the sales lady said this color looked good on you Ferrera…she was on commission. Secondly, if you wanted to pull off matronly, this cut and style nailed it. Not sure that was what she was going for.
Lola Kirke in Marchesa. Does Grecian draping ever work in mustard yellow? I’m not sure it does. I love Lola Kirke and I adore the show Mozart in the Jungle ( my favorite new show and so happy they won last night!!!) but this color and styling fell short on her. Also, the shoes with pearl ankle straps does NOT belong in this picture.
Leaving the condiments behind, lets talk about the sequin love affair going on at last nights Golden Globes.
Brie Larson in Calvin Klein. Congrats to Ms. Larson on her win for best actress last night. She was Miss Golden Globe embodied in this gown. If I had abs like her, I would want to show them off in a dress like this too. I loved that she kept the hair and jewelry to a minimum. The dress is bling enough..she didn’t need anything more.
Portia Doubleday in Naeem Khan. Forget having to go to the disco, this lady brought the disco ball with her…in fact…she wore it to the party. The cut was ok on this one but the overall shiny ( as in…can be seen from space) effect of the gown turned me off.
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Kate Bosworth in Dolce and Gabbanna. I like pink…but pink sequins?…to this extent?…not so much. There is just way too much going on with this dress. And let’s just state the obvious here people, this woman NEEDS a cheeseburger.
Julianne Moore in Tom Ford. Can sequins look matronly? Apparently Tom Ford can make that happen. Was not feeling this look at all.
Bryce Dylan Howard in Jenny Packham. And….apparently Jenny Packham can make sequins look matronly too!! Tom, meet Jenny….Jenny, meet Tom. Bryce is not 50 but she is kind of channeling it here.
Regina King in Krikor Jabotain. I give you “Panic at the Disco”!! They may be a band but this picture embodies that phrase. What on earth?!! Is she channeling a super hero with the cape? To the designer: Did you feel the cape would somehow elevate this sequined gone amuck sheath? To the stylist: What did Regina ever do to you to have you do this to her? To Regina: Did you at least get to feel like a superhero in this getup? In the indomitable words of one of my mentors…Edna Mode…”NO CAPES!”
While sequins and plunging necklines were prevalent on the red carpet last night, The remainder of my picks and pans fell into the more understated category. For example
When YSL works…
Saorise Ronan in Yves Saint Laurent Couture. Stunning on her! She looked so elegant and regal compared to the disco walking down the carpet. I loved that the hair, makeup and jewelry were very simple and elegant as well. Nice work stylist!!
When YSL doesn’t work….
Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent . And the cape/founce/16th century ruff/ ode to Mexican tile roofing around her neck was a good idea?? I believe the queens bed skirt that Helena Bonham Carter usually wears to awards shows was repurposed for this ensemble last night. I refer to a comment made earlier…”NO CAPES!”
Jada Pinkett Smith in Versace. LOVED this look on her from head to toe. Gorgeous!
Laverne Cox in Elizabeth Kennedy. New Designer Alert!!! Elizabeth Kennedy folks. She had two very strong looks walking the red carpet last night. We will be seeing this woman’s work again on the red carpet I am sure.
Lady Gaga in Versace. Well hello Ms. Monroe!! Didn’t think the hips needed to be exaggerated that much but a small negative in the overall beauty of this look. Beautifully styled and worn by the talented Ms. Gaga.
Lily James in Marchesa. A lovely ode to a Grecian urn and another example of how less is definitely more sometimes. The stylist showed restraint and the overall look is better for it .
Can’t wait to see what the rest of awards season with bring down the carpet.
…and a few Oscar night revelations. Revelation number 1: Holy cow…Lady Gaga can sing! She belted out a number of our beloved Sound of Music tunes with heart, soul and one heck of a voice. She even brought Julie Andrews to tears…not a dry in the house after that one. Revelation number 2: God love Patricia Arquette. Equal pay for equal work no matter the gender. Sing it sister!!! Now…on to the fashion report.
There were a great deal of recent couture and RTW runway looks showing up at last nights Oscars. It would appear that Zuhair Murad and Elie Saab had the biggest presence on the red carpet last night and for the most part…it was a really good night for all the designers. Here is Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab
On the runway at Elie Saab’s 2014 Fall Couture show. Yes, cleavage can totally make or break a dress. In Ms. Lopez’s case, I believe it makes it. I thought she looked stunning.
Next up Chrissy Teigen rocked it in Zuhair Murad.
And on the recent 2015 Spring Couture runway
The couture house of Zuhair Murad scored a second well dressed starlet last night with Jenna Dewan Tatum
…and again from Murad’s 2015 Spring Couture show
Well done designers!!! Another notable house of fashion last night was Yves Saint Laurent. I liked both looks they had on the red carpet. First up was the lovely and apparently unharmed from her recent flogging( no I have not seen the movie and I must be the only woman under 50 on the planet who hasn’t)….Dakota Johnson.
Margot Robbie wore the other Saint Laurent look magnificently. This black tour de force was stunning with her blond tresses. Kudos to the stylist who picked out this necklace…apparently a vintage piece from the former collection of no less than the late Duchess of Windsor , Wallace Simpson. It was the best accessory of the evening..bar none.
Kuddos to J. Mendel who graced the body of Faith Hill. Excuse me but…does this woman EVER age?! She looked amazing.
The house of Givenchy. There were two looks from this design house. First up was the stunning Rosamind Pike in a custom gown. Easily her best awards season look. I loved it on her.
Jessica Chastain also wore Givenchy. While beautiful, it was not my favorite look on her. She does well with a V neckline. This square neckline just didn’t work on her in my opinion. Loved the hair and makeup.
Anna Kendrick in a custom Thakoon. Loved this coral color on her. Also loved the hair and simple jewelry. To her stylist: “Nailed it!”
Next let’s talk about baby bump fashion for the evening. I have to say that Kiera Knightley looked way better in her Valentino then she did in the Golden Globes Chanel mistake. In this ode to spring floral she epitomizes the glow of impending motherhood. Etherial and delicate. Well done.
Next we have the fashion savvy newly bonded to Benedict Cumberbatch Sophie Hunter in Lanvin. Stunning couple and if looking good on the red carpet while pregnant were an Olympic sport, she would have the gold.
Lastly, let’s talk about the two new baby mamas that rocked their Versace’s.
Zoe Saldana. Oh my word! And this woman didn’t have just one baby, she had two!! This is what being a former ballet dancer can do for us. Holy cow! She looked stunning in this palest of pink hued Versace.
Scarlett Johansson in one of the best pops of color on the red carpet. Whoever talked her into the choker/necklace/piece of industrial hardware needs to rethink their grasp of appropriate accessories though. Overkill …total overkill.
I really didn’t have much to snark about this year at the Oscar’s so I am going to leave it there.