Red Carpet Review: The 55th Annual Grammys Featuring Jennifer Lopez, Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift & more!


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The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are currently underway & there was a lot to talk about during tonight’s red carpet, especially since there was a lot of buzz going around behind the dress code & baring of certain body parts in order to keep the event classy & not trashy. Well, based on what we’ve seen from Beyoncé (in Osman), Rihanna (in custom Azzedine Alaia), Carrie Underwood (in Roberto Cavalli), Jennifer Lopez (in Anthony Vaccarello), Carly Rae Jepsen (in Roberto Cavalli), Kelly Rowland (in Georges Chakra), & Natasha Bedingfield (in Emerson), the night was all about effortless elegance, trendy black dresses, pretty lace accents, celebrating décolletage, & lots of sheer overlay. Some other favorites included Katy Perry (in Gucci), Adele (in Valentino), Florence Welch (in Givenchy), Taylor Swift (in J. Mendel), Nicole Kidman (in Vera Wang), & Faith Hill (in J. Mendel).

Who was your favorite on the red carpet? Are you excited to watch the telecast? Which trends are you following on the red carpet? For more from Red Carpet Review, check out the latest galleries from the BAFTA Awards, SAG Awards, & Golden Globes. Happy Styling!

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Red Carpet Review / Runway Rundown: Style Darling’s Top 20 Best Oscar-Worthy Gown Predictions!


We’re less than a month away from the 2013 Academy Awards & the SAG Awards are this weekend! The speculation behind the results inside those envelopes & what the nominees are going to wear have been bouncing around all over the web & for the first time, I’m going to share my fashion predictions, based off the Pre-Fall 2013, Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear, Spring 2013 Haute Couture, & Resort 2013 collection runways. Of course, Oscar-nominated celebrities like Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams & Naomi Watts are subject to one-of-a-kind custom-made haute couture gowns, but it’s been a lot of fun to click around & find the most gorgeous gowns that wowed on the runway. In addition to the nominees who are celebrating their achievements in film, possible presenters like Rachel Weisz, Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner & more will be turning heads on the red carpet.

Surely there will be lots of glitz & glamour, but predictions of trends are hard to tell. There was so much going on at this year’s Golden Globes, including black, black & gold, white, pink, long sleeves, cut-outs, high slits, & nude illusions. Starting off is a gold lamé & embellished gown from Michael Kors Resort 2013 Collection, which was recently featured in a Runway Rundown post. From Carlos Miele‘s Resort 2013 Collection comes this beautiful embellished sweetheart gown with an animal print under-lining. Some might call the white & black-leather accented Emilio Pucci dress from the Pre-Fall 2013 Collection is too safe for the Oscars, but I think it’s a modern & refreshing take on a white gown.

Michael Kors, Carlos Miele, Emilio Pucci, Monique Lhuillier, & Jenny Packham.

For the risk-taking Style Darling, I can see the metallic long-sleeved gown from Monique Lhuillier‘s Pre-Fall 2013 Collection making an entrance on the red carpet. I picked this tangerine Jenny Packham Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection gown b/c of its unexpected color, but on the right skin-tone, it will certainly set some trends on the red carpet for the rest of the year.

Next, we have a floral-embroidered belted gown by Temperley London, which was featured in the Pre-Fall 2013 Collection. This has a very classic, Zooey Deschanel look to it, which is why I loved including it! Badgley Mischka is a name synonymous with red carpets & perhaps we’ll see this all-over embellished metallic gown from their Pre-Fall 2013 Collection on one of the front-running Oscar nominees. One of my favorite designers forever & always is Marchesa & I wasn’t surprised to see so many red carpet candidates in their Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection, including this sari-inspired sheer-overlay blue & gold confection.

Temperley London, Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Collette Dinnigan, & Roberto Cavalli.

I love the feminine softness from the short-sleeved Collette Dinnigan gown from the Resort 2013 Collection. The coral / fuchsia hue is perfect for an ingénue like the ever-changing Dakota Fanning or the retro Krysten Ritter. Roberto Cavalli‘s black sequined & lace overlay corset-structured gown is a stunning choice for a more dramatic look on the red carpet & it’s from the Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.

Designs by Alexandre Vauthier made a style statement at the Golden Globes since both supermodel Heidi Klum & Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery both donned looks, but I picked this leg-baring halter gown from the Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection. J. Mendel‘s Pre-Fall 2013 Collection was a dreamy mixture of texture, detail, flowy fabrics, & strong silhouettes, including this lace-accented spaghetti strap gown with off-the-shoulder tiers. Also, Giambattista Valli‘s white & gold ball gown took my breath away from its Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection & would certainly wow fashion critics if worn on Isla Fisher, Julianne Hough, or Kerry Washington.

Alexandre Vauthier, J. Mendel, & Giambattista Valli.

Valentino, Christian Dior, & Elie Saab.

There ought to be room on any red carpet for a Valentino red gown, like this strapless & effortless gown from the Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection. Also, Christian Dior‘s Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection featured the pink puffy mermaid ball gown. In addition, someone like Diane Kruger or Zoe Saldana can wear an floral-embellished, dramatic gown like this from Elie Saab‘s Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection.

After Lucy Liu‘s splash at the Globes in Carolina Herrera, I knew I had to look further into her Pre-Fall 2013 Collection, which included this gorgeous black & white graphic print gown, perfect for fans of the label including Renee Zellweger, Emmy Rossum, or Olivia Wilde.  Next, from Oscar de la Renta‘s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear, this aqua tiered dream of a gown is borderline bridesmaid, but the color is just so pretty & it reminds me of the Romona Keveza ball gown that Kaley Cuoco wore at last year’s SAG Awards.

Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, & Jason Wu.

You can’t have a look at the best from the runway without talking about American designer, Zac Posen, & his Pre-Fall 2013 Collection, which is a dramatic statement that will change the way black gowns appear on the red carpet. Lastly, a daring look for the Oscars comes from Jason Wu‘s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection & perhaps a young starlet like Emma Watson would wear this will some extra lining to fill the skirt since the ceremony is so formal.

Which designers are you hoping to see on the red carpet? Which gown is your favorite? Which nominees are you rooting for during this year’s Oscars? For more runway goodness, check out galleries including Rachel Roy, Calvin Klein Collection, Diane von Furstenberg, & Narciso Rodriguez! Also, to read more from Red Carpet Review, check out looks from the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, leather & black oufits featuring Elisabeth Moss & Scarlett Johansson, the 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards with looks from Eva Longoria & Jaime King, & this year’s red carpet from the People’s Choice Awards with Jennifer Aniston & Chloe Grace Moretz! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: A Ravishing 2013 Resort Collection By Carlos Miele!


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Couresty of ELLE, I’m happy to share some of the runway images of Carlos Miele‘s 2013 resort collection.  After seeing these beyond beautiful designs, Miele has instantly become one of my top 5 designers.  I love the elegant lines, delicate pleating, decadent colors, splashes of metallic, & effortless ease of these truly artful garments.  These can easily be seen on the stars of this summer’s blockbusters & most-anticipated films like Emma Stone (The Amazing Spiderman), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Keira Knightley (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World), Elizabeth Banks (People Like Us), & Michelle Williams (Take This Waltz).

These are drool-worthy red carpet dresses, appropriate for any age & very sexy for any shape.  Click through the 20-piece collection & share with readers your thoughts on the looks by the brilliant Brazilian designer! For more fabulosity, check out previous posts in Runway Rundown, including the latest from Stella McCartney & which leading men are modeling for Prada! Happy Styling!

Style ABC’s (x3): C is for Cardigans, Camilla Belle, & Carolina Herrera!


 

is for cardigans– one of my all-time favorite pieces for any outfit.  While most stylists (like What Not To Wear‘s Stacy London & Clinton Kelly) say that jackets & blazers really finish off a look, I find (for my personal style) that cardigans are what makes your look a little more polished, preppy, & feminine.  They’re super comfortable & great for layering when you want to add dimension to basics like a pullover tee, lacy tank, or jersey dress.  For more ornate & detailed tops like a patterned blouse & tiered skirt, a solid cardigan is your best option. For a solid sheath dress & neutral pumps, add a cardigan with subtle ruffles or special details to create more luxurious texture.  I always rely on stores like New York & Company, Forever 21, & White House Black Market to find trendy pieces to mix & match for a variety of occasions. 

  

Camilla Belle may not be known by mainstream audiences for her movie roles just yet, but the child actress turned red carpet darling has been making headlines in the fashion world in designs by Carlos Miele, Ralph Lauren Collection, Dior, & the late great Alexander McQueen.  With her striking, dark features like unconventionally thick & dramatic eyebrows & sun-kissed skintone, she may just be the next Sarah Jessica Paker!  No longer with longtime beau, Joe Jonas, this Los Angeles-native is showing off her sexy & elegant single girl style.  For a full dossier on Camilla’s red carpet looks, head to In Style‘s Star Finder, Style.com, & The Fashion Spot.  I can’t wait to see what the 10,000 BC star will be wearing next!

 

  

Carolina Herrera is one of those designers that you can almost recognize when a celebrity wears one of her dresses.  With famous followers like Renee Zellweger, Amy Adams, & Emmy Rossum, it’s no wonder that Herrera is one of today’s most sought after designers for red carpet events like the Golden Globes or the Oscars.  Take a look at Renee in this strapless blue & gold sparkly princess gown at a German awards show, as well as Glee‘s Dianna Agron wearing a strapless jacquard & organza dress at the 2010 Breakthrough of the Tear awards in L.A. 

As for Herrera’s runway collection, every gown, dress, & separate screams screen siren in a vintage Hollywood kind of way that only Herrera knows how to capture.  If you’re interested in shopping this designer’s very decadent Spring 2011 Collection, check out Shop Style for direct links & prices for items sold at Bergdorf Goodman & Saks Fifth Avenue, ranging from $495 into the thousands! Happy Styling!