Emmy, Grammy, & Tony-winning actress & singer Cynthia Erivo celebrates her 36th birthday today! What an accomplished & impressive career she has lead, in addition to earning 2 Academy Award nominations. The British star is expected to wow audiences in the big screen, two-part adaptation of Broadway’s Wicked, playing the green, evil Elphaba, but it’s her flair for drama on the red carpet that I’m most excited to discuss. She’s a fearless, one of a kind lover of fashion, bold when it comes to patterns, proportions, feathers, silhouettes, towering footwear, & extra sparkle. Her red carpet signature is her long, adorned nails, which only adds to her already stylish & progressive aesthetic. Take a look at the gallery below of Cynthia’s most stunning red carpet looks:
Actress Florence Pugh celebrates her 27th birthday today! As the new year gets started, we’re likely going to get a whole lot more amazing style this awards season & with more upcoming films! She’s fearless on screen, but also when it comes to highlighting her sculpted legs, midriff, petite powerhouse frame, & honey blonde locks! She gravitates towards sheer fabric, dramatic proportions, bold colors, platforms & high heels, crop tops, & sultry makeup! Take a look at the gallery below of Florence’s magnanimous style profile on the red carpet & press appearances, ranging in gorgeous gowns, sleek mini dresses, & chic outfits!
British fashion legend Vivienne Westwood passed away today at the age of 81. Her career began in the 1970s, proving relevant every decade with its blatantly refreshing combination of punk meets glam. Westwood’s signature corseted design with a deconstructed sweetheart neckline has drawn the attention of celebrity A-listers for good reason, especially as many stars have returned to the label time & time again, including Euphoria’s Zendaya, singer Gwen Stefani, Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain, The Crown’s Helena Bonham-Carter, Wednesday actress Gwendoline Christie, the always stylish Kate Beckinsale, Disenchanted star Amy Adams, The Great lead Elle Fanning, pop singer Katy Perry, Westworld actress Thandiwe Newton, & of course, Sarah Jessica Parker’s iconic Carrie Bradshaw in her gown from the Sex & the City film, which reappears in the upcoming second season of And Just Like That.
Take a look through the images below as we honor Westwood’s creative contributions to fashion & the inspiration she imbues on Style Darlings everywhere.
Gemma Chan is not only an uber-talented force on the big screen, as per her captivating performances in Crazy Rich Asians, The Eternals, Captain Marvel, & Don’t Worry Darling, but she’s a style star with the kind of understated elegance & fierce poise that few achieve & many aspire to. Whether she’s donning a classic sheath dress or ball gown, Gemma presents a modern & refreshing twist on everything she wears, which is worth celebrating & admiring in her 40th birthday! Not to mention, she’s only just getting started!
Keke Palmer is a celebrity whom I love to watch during interviews. She’s vibrant, verbose, & aware of herself. The confidence & class the Nope star exudes continues with her latest interview & cover for The Hollywood Reporter.
Decked out in designers like Gucci, Balenciaga, Stuart Weitzman, Michael Kors, Simone Rocha, & Sophia Webster, the powerhouse performer speaks to journalist Mikey O’Connell about her relationship with fame, her dual identities as Lauren Palmer behind the scenes & Keke in the spotlight, as well as her career goals to create opportunities for marginalized individuals in Hollywood. Additionally, the shoot was photographed by Munachi Osegbu & styled impeccably by Wayman + Micah.
The stunning Illinois native entertains within the article, just like she has & continues to do on the big & small screens, with spotlight-stealing performances in Hustlers, Alice, Scream Queens, & Akeelah and the Bee. Keke can wear anything & say anything—audiences & readers alike are charmed & continue to want more from this multitalented actress, singer, & producer.
Check out the video below from The Hollywood Reporter as Keke discusses some of her major career firsts:
If there’s any actress sure to garner attention for the glossy photos of a magazine cover shoot, it’s Anne Hathaway! For the November 2022 issue of Vogue Hong Kong, the Academy Award-winner channels her 60s goddess, which we’ve been seeing a lot lately for recent red carpets & press events, discussing turning 40 soon, her 4 upcoming films (Armageddon Time,Eileen, She Came to Me, & Mother’s Instinct), as well as family & fashion!
Actress Gabrielle Union has over 90 acting credits to her name & ever since her breakout roles in 90s-00s teen comedies, she’s getting better with age, like the finest of wines. Today marks her 50th birthday & she continues to slay on the red carpet, whether she’s showing skin, wearing bold hues, playing with texture, or suiting up. It’s no wonder since she’s been a designer & collaborator with New York & Company for years now!
Check out the images below for the very best of Gabrielle’s fashion history:
America’s sweetheart, Julia Roberts, turns 55 today & there’s no doubt about her style on the red carpet, especially her classic penchant for black menswear separates, dresses, & gowns. Take a look at the gallery below for some of her most fashionable looks through the years:
What do you think of Julia’s style? What is your favorite movie of hers? What’s your take on her menswear inspiration?
The very controversial 5th season of Netflix’s original dramatization if the royal family, The Crown, continues to make headlines as the trailer has finally been released.
The highly anticipated season premiere will stream on November 9th, featuring Elizabeth Debicki as the ill-fated Princess Diana, a role that previously earned Emma Corrin a Golden Globe. Also, Imelda Staunton portrays The Queen, Jonathan Pryce is Prince Phillip, Dominic West is Prince Charles, Lesley Manville is Princess Margaret (filling the glamorous heels of Vanessa Kirby & Helena Bonham Carter), Olivia Williams is Camilla Parker-Bowles, Claudia Harrison is Princess Anne, & Johnny Lee Miller is Prime Minister John Major.
Additionally, the 90s setting will also put Princes William & Harry in the spotlight. It’s even been announced that the role of Kate Middleton has been cast.
With over 40 acting credits to her name, plus an Academy Award & BAFTA nomination, Felicity Jones is a style star on the rise, especially as she steadily presents a likable, force on screen with every role she steps into, such as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis of Sex, or Jyn Erso in Rogue One, The actress turns 39 today & while taking a look back at her red carpet style, including owns, suits, & short dresses, I’m drawn to subtle details in Felicity’s looks, such as a chunky bang, embroidery, embellishment, belts, or a metallic accent. Take a look at the gallery below for Felicity’s classic style with a twist:
The long-awaited season 5 images of Netflix’s The Crown have officially hit the web & audiences are ablaze with commentary about this next chapter in the dramatic interpretation of the royal family, especially in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing last month. At that time, filming halted to honor the monarch’s historical reign. However, the newest season is set in the tumultuous 1990s, seeing Elizabeth Debicki portraying Princess Diana, after Emma Corrin‘s impressive debut in season 4. Additionally, Imelda Staunton steps into the role of The Queen, Jonathan Pryce is Prince Phillip, Dominic West is Prince Charles, Lesley Manville is Princess Margaret (after glorious portrayals by Vanessa Kirby & Helena Bonham Carter), Olivia Williams is Camilla Parker-Bowles, Claudia Harrison is Princess Anne, & Johnny Lee Miller is Prime Minister John Major.
Set to stream on November 9th, the season contains 10 episodes that are sure to enthrall audiences deeper into speculation & adoration about Diana’s life & legacy. Watch the teaser here for what the expect this season, especially as we wait for the first official trailer to be released!
As fall rolls in, we’re not only getting obsessed with layers, but also textures, especially in footwear! Specifically, velvet is a great fabric for virtually any article of clothing or accessory, but on a shoe, an outfit becomes elevated with a more luxe sophistication & festive fashionability. Last fall, I went crazy buying up all the velvet leggings I could in every rich, jewel tone hue & now I’ve got my eye on velvet flats.
These will be a perfect work staple to contrast a neutral-heavy look in earth tones & dark denim, but also with other luxurious patterns of the season, such as plaid, floral, abstracts, & brocade! my only wishes are for availability in wide width, a pointy toe as opposed to an almond toe, & other colors, such as navy or purple.
Now that fall is here & in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about layering pieces for work & weekend! My go-to layering topper for all season is a cardigan. Of course, I love patterns & jeweled embellishments on cardigans, but a solid in any color sparks joy when paired with a printed top & neutral pants, a basic shirt & printed bottoms, or a bold colorblock dress. Whether you’re shopping for fall must-haves or a staple set of cardigans for all year long, Amazon has just the pick for you:
I love the hunter green, which I’ve ordered & have planned for my wardrobe rotation this week, but I already have my eye on the cobalt, navy, ultra violet, & lime styles too! not to mention, this sweater has over 4,800 ratings with 4.5/5 stars.
The talk of the town is Blonde, starring Ana de Armas & directed by Andrew Dominik. While there’s so much style to write about outside of this film & despite the controversy surrounding the film’s NC-17-rated scenes, I’m a little obsessed with it.
Ana’s performance is immaculate & most critics agreed that she is luminous. Recently, the actress shared her experience preparing for the role, as well as the famed “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” dance number from Marilyn Monroe’s 1953 smash hit Gentleman Prefer Blondes.
View the video below, along with Ana’s version for Blonde & the original performance that’s been copied by so many movies, television shows, music videos, & other performances in recent decades.
For this post, I’m putting on my academician & literati hat…
I read Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates in 2010, out of my urgent love for Oates’ chilling writing & adoration of Marilyn Monroe as a fashion icon & screen legend. Knowing that the book was, in fact, marketed & labeled as a fictional biography, I voluntarily stepped into Oates’ well-researched & mystifying gaze upon Monroe’s troubled & glitzy life. By the time I finished the book, my heart sunk deeply into a place of grief for another version of the life of Hollywood’s most iconic of bombshells, ending in solemn tragedy, the same feeling I recognized from HBO’s Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) & then later with My Week with Marilyn (2011), as well as Netflix’s documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (2022), HBO’s documentary Love, Marilyn (2012), & Lifetime’s The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2015).
No matter the avenue by which a viewer enters the memory of Monroe, the outcome is always the same; at first, I suspected that Oates’ Blonde offered a revisionist hope, but by the end, that remains unattained because Monroe does die & never gets her glorious victory. That’s a blunt reality that can’t be changed, even if the fictional road to her demise is illustrated with fearless creative license.
However, not long after completing Oates’ novel, I started freelancing for Movie Buzzers, & the one bit of film news to have followed me from that era of my life has finally come to fruition with director Andrew Dominik’s interpretation of Oates’ heralded fiction, which has come under fire with deeply scathing criticism, after its long-awaited premiere.
Having read the book & nearly every major review of the controversial film, I stand firm in stating that Dominik serves Oates well. That’s not to say that the film is perfect, but it’s a loyal depiction of another artist’s depiction, & yes, these are depictions of a real woman—one who is still very much relevant at the forefront of the media 60 years after her death. These days, headlines about Monroe are less about her films & more about her experiences through the lens of the media & paparazzi. No matter the screen size, big or small, Monroe’s legacy is fraught with exploitation. Dominik serves one more example, albeit an explicit & unapologetic vision, that won’t victimize her more than she already was, especially as unauthorized biopics & mini series about other celebrities—who are still alive & vocal about their disapproval for such interpretations—are made by those with enough money to not care, consumed by the public, & awarded by the industry (see: Pam & Tommy).
The NC-17 rating for Blonde is a justified warning the audience chooses to join when streaming the film on Netflix; therefore, they should expect the unexpected. The sex is graphic. The nudity is excessive. The abuse is gutting. The fetuses—yes, plural—are unnecessary, but overall, vehicles that reinforce the myth of who the woman underneath the platinum persona was. Marilyn Monroe is a myth that killed Norma Jean Baker—that is Dominik & Oates’ story.
In addition, Ana de Armas, recognizable accent & all, is mesmerizing, even in tears, on a stage, when victimized, opposite her lovers, when nude, in a drug-induced hysteria, & when joyous. de Armas embodies Oates’ Monroe, spitting out every ugly side of a male-dominated, vicious Hollywood back at the audience. Moreover, de Armas conquers the demands of the role, sure to garner her an Oscar nomination.
The shifts from color to black & white are confusing, but it’s wiser to go with it than question it, in order to immerse the audience in the imagery that made Monroe sparkle & dimmed her at the same time.
The costumes, hair, & makeup are identical & uncanny to Monroe’s most gorgeous, provocative, & vulnerable moments captured on film & through photographs.
Ultimately, if your hope is to enjoy Blonde, do your research first to not only understand the source material, but the context in which Monroe lived. Do I recommend this film? Not to every one. However, there are far more shocking & formulaic forms of entertainment about fantastical lands with their own crude, misogynistic mythologies that the masses flock to. If you appreciate cinematic artistry that pushes boundaries, watch Blonde. If everything you’ve heard about it makes you pause, move on.
Also, read Oates’ short story “Three Girls” to see how the author focuses on Monroe in a shorter, more validating & charming fictional work that I’d love to see find its way to the big screen.
View the trailer & other videos about Blonde below. Happy Styling!
Throughout the pandemic, I’ve not only reevaluated my wardrobe needs, but also embraced the possibilities of loungewear. Now, I appreciate matching separates for not only their colors & textures, but also for the ease of the preassembled outfit for cozy indoor days. Even though my collection of about 6 2-piece matching pjs are more than enough, I still have my eye out for newer styles, especially in the hopes of wearing them on chilly rainy fall days ahead!
I’m loving these cooler days & chillier nights so that I can rediscover my cozier clothes, like reconnecting with old friends. I will miss the stylish ease of my maxi dresses, but fall can’t be denied. When it comes to dressing casually, but fashionably, I love a solid piece that can be coordinated with variety of separates for multiple occasions.
SHOP:bateau-neck banded top in wild berries, black, arctic blue, gentle mauve, & paper white @New York & Company (on sale: $16.00, available in sizes XS-XXL). This is a perfect match with printed leggings & a scarf, dark denim jeans & knee boots with a puffer vest, a sequin pencil skirt & drop earrings, or velvet pants & ballet flats with a statement necklace.
Truth be told, I bought all of the colors (except for the gentle mauve) with a birthday reward from New York & Company & I couldn’t happier with the decision. Though the poly-blend material needs a good steam before wearing right out of the package, this top is not only a staple for a casual Friday, but a mainstay in my weekly rotation with printed pants! My only wish is that there were other colors to choose from, like teal, olive, red, purple, or gray.
Yes, $70 is a lot to spend on a sweater, but if you keep an eye out for the right coupon code from your LOFT email subscription, you may be able to get a great deal on this autumnal must-have. I can see it now, styled with dark denim jeans & knee boots, corduroy pants & ankle booties, or leggings & suede flats for any fun, fall-friendly jaunt.
Australian starlet Naomi Watts is an a-lister, mother of two, & style icon with two Academy Award nominations. She’s a celebrated actress with quite the résumé, including King Kong, Mulholland Drive, The Impossible, Diana, & more!
Her red carpet style is enviable, playing up classic silhouettes & upgrading the wow factor with sparkles & volume for awards shows, film festivals, or the Met Gala. I’m honor of her 56th birthday today, I put together a breathtaking gallery of her history of gowns, designed by some of the most luxurious & in-demand names in fashion:
Gwyneth Paltrow had been an it-girl since the 90s in her breakout roles in Seven & Emma, later earning an Academy Award for Shakespeare in Love. The minimalist style star has dominated the red carpet for decades, embracing neutral hues, sleek silhouettes, & of course, donning shades of pink. More recently, the actress & lifestyle guru has explored more flowy shapes, colors & patterns, as well as cut-outs & versions of the naked dress!
Today marks Gwyneth’s 50th birthday, which seems crazy, but makes sense since the goop founder & mother of two is just getting better with age. Take a look at the gallery below of Gwyneth best gown moments on the red carpet & for other special occasions:
Rihanna is a powerhouse! Not only is the beauty & fashion mogul dominating multiple industries, entertainment included, but the Barbadian beauty recently announced that she will headline the Super Bowl LVII performance on February 12th 2023!
In honor of this amazing comeback news—it has been 6 years since her last smash album Anti—let’s all drift down the rabbit hole of the singer’s most stylish music videos & live performances for her hit songs:
There aren’t many movies these days I want to see in the theater. It must be an epic, cinematic experience to get me to go—otherwise, I’m perfectly content streaming from home in the comfort of my own slippers. However, when the early images of Olivia Wilde’s sophomore directorial effort emerged for Don’t Worry Darling, I was intrigued, having been enamored with Florence Pugh’s maturity as Amy in Little Women, global pop star Harry Styles as the leading man, & the 1950s time period!
This weekend, my husband & I saw a matinee showing if the film & I was blown away by the costume design from thrice Academy Award-nominated Arianne Phillips, for her work in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Walk the Line, & W. E. Take a look at the gallery below for all the fashionable sneak peeks, but be careful: SPOILERS ahead!
Florence & Olivia aren’t the only stylish stars of the film, as there’s much glamour & vintage elegance on Harry, Chris Pine, & Gemma Chan as well. Watch the trailer below, along with other behind-the-scenes videos & interviews about the making of the stylish film:
Now we have a trailer, with a tongue-and-cheek tough decision that Emily Cooper faces. We think it’s about her love triangle or sudden career crisis, but there’s more to it as Emily’s style is such an integral part of her identity. Watch the trailer below:
Additionally, what audiences thought would be an early 2023 release of this third foray into Netflix’s fashionable fish out of water story is corrected as the season will be available to stream on December 21st! Just in time for awards season & Lily to rock the most gorgeous frocks on a press tour to promote the latest episodes in the series.
Actress & director Olivia Wilde has been in the news for all the catty behind-the-scenes gossip about her highly-anticipated sophomore film, Don’t Worry Darling, which also stars Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, & Chris Pine.
However, during a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Olivia was the epitome of effortless street style in a white tee & black wide leg pants, a look any cool gal tries & all women should!
Topped with black sunglasses, gold layered necklaces, & likely towering platforms, Olivia brought her 70s chic vibe to the streets of New York City & stage during the show to chat about all of the controversy her film has faced, offer her narrative behind casting decisions.
I don’t know about you, but I consume television partially for the fashion, which is why I love Emily in Paris, starring the adorable Lily Collins! The Netflix star recently posted the juiciest & most fashionable first glance images of the long-awaited third season. Obviously, Emily’s style game is on pointe & she’s really leaning into those bangs!
While this latest season won’t drop until likely early 2023, I can’t wait to see how the ex-patriate fish out of water story continues with love triangles, major laughs, bonding friendships, & plenty of social media talk, & more!