MILEY CYRUS in New York City
gown by Marc Jacobs
Oh, good, it’s High Fashion Miley! She’s definitely my favorite of the various Miley style personas. (For reference, Teddy Bear Corset Miley is on the opposite end of the spectrum.) When you’re nineteen and look like a Barbie doll, it’s pretty easy (and common) to completely change your fashion aesthetic every few days. But nothing looks better on her than when she goes for this sort of stripped-down old Hollywood combination.
FAN BINGBING in Beijing
coat, top, and skirt by Chris by Christopher Bu, purse by Louis Vuitton
I so wish I could get away with wearing capes, but I suppose I should leave that to the experts like Fan Bingbing. Also, I think I’ve seen every woman in Hollywood try and pull off that bubblegum pink lipstick, and I’ve hated it every single time, but of course Fan also makes that look flawless. Stay tuned for Fan Bingbing to hit the red carpet in a potato sack while I squeal and gush over how fabulous she looks in it.
MARION COTILLARD at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event
dress and shoes by Christian Dior
This was my Spring 2014 red carpet prediction for Jennifer Lawrence. I’m a little bit mad at Marion for stealing such a perfect J.Law dress this close to the Catching Fire press tour, but I can’t be too angry. Since both women are such Dior superfans/spokesmodels, it’s basically flipping a coin as to which of them will wear the best Dior dresses first. And I could stare at this shiny fabric all day long. Sometimes Dior shoes with Dior dresses tend to be a little much (we’ll see that on Ruth Wilson in a bit), but those shoes are simply perfect. And the natural-looking makeup and lack of jewelry keep this from being way too formal and fussy for the event.
PADMA LAKSHMI in New York City
gown by Naeem Khan
This dress is PHENOMENAL. Padma’s hair and makeup style haven’t changed in so long, they’re getting a little stale, but as long as she keeps wearing works of art like this one, I have no cause for complaint.
LUPITA NYONG’O at the Hollywood Film Awards
gown by J. Mendel, purse by Judith Leiber
My love affair with Lupita Nyong’o continues. I can’t even find the words to express how perfect this color is for her. I wish it weren’t two inches too long, and I think the fit in the bust is a little bit wonky, but otherwise, she’s positively glowing.
NATALIE PORTMAN in London
gown by Christian Dior, shoes by Charlotte Olympia
That’s two sightings of that super-shiny metallic Dior print in one week – expect this fabric to be the only thing we see on the red carpet from now until next summer. I love the slight ballerina vibe to this whole ensemble – Black Swan or no, this kind of aesthetic has always worked beautifully on Natalie.
NATALIE PORTMAN in Paris
dress by Christian Dior, watch by Richard Mille, shoes by Charlotte Olympia
An adorably sweet dress, but that limp hair makes me a little bit sad.
ASHLEY MADEKWE at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event
dress by Thakoon, jewelry by David Yurman, purse by Jimmy Choo, shoes by Saint Laurent
Ashley Madekwe, you and your faux bob can get it. It’s just the chicest little ‘do I’ve ever seen. And this pinstriped dress is heavenly on her.
NAOMIE HARRIS at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event
dress by Calvin Klein
That is a brave amount of sideboob, Ms. Harris. I’m not usually one to drool over Calvin Klein, but I do find this fringey flapper dress to be the least boring thing to come out of that label in at least a few seasons.
VIOLA DAVIS at the Hollywood Film Awards
dress by Escada
Perfect color, perfect fit.
RUTH WILSON at the BFI London Film Festival
dress and shoes by Christian Dior
You see what I mean about the Dior shoes, right, dear readers? I think this metallic watercolor dress is one of the most beautiful and interesting things I’ve seen on the red carpet in ages. Truly, it’s wonderful to look at. But those clunky shoes with those gravity-defying heels (I simply do not understand how she’s even staying upright) just distract from how lovely the dress is. And speaking of distracting, what the hell is that on her wrist? A watch is one thing; a clock tacked onto your hand is quite another.
LEA MICHELE at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event
jumpsuit by Calvin Klein, necklace by Vhernier
My favorite Lea Michele outfit in the last year, easily. The cut is fantastic on her teensy little frame, and the shoes are sexy as hell. I like the balance she managed in the styling – dark nails, white purse, and a necklace in an interesting but neutral color. Well done!
LEA MICHELE at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event
dress by Calvin Klein, purse by Kotur, shoes by Brian Atwood
Oh, God. I knew it was too good to be true. What’s worse – those crooked half-cups that barely fit even Lea Michele’s modest boobs? The fringe beneath the cut-out that makes Lea look as if she’s wearing an elastic waistband? The combination of white shoes with an ivory purse? There are just so many different horrific fashion crimes to take in, dear readers.
AMY ADAMS at the Hollywood Film Awards
dress by Antonio Berardi, shoes by Rupert Sanderson
Pretty at first glance, but I hate those chunky little shoulders, and we’re way too far into autumn for those white pumps to be working with this outfit.
REESE WITHERSPOON in Los Angeles
dress by Antonio Berardi, shoes by Manolo Blahnik
I can’t believe how much this dress pales in comparison to its original version, which was my Resort 2014 red carpet prediction for Emma Watson. Don’t get me wrong, this is fine, but I just hate when a really perfect dress gets distilled and modified to the point where it’s barely recognizable (and barely fashionable).
JULIA ROBERTS at the Hollywood Film Awards
dress by Elie Saab, earrings by Irene Neuwirth, shoes by Rupert Sanderson
The earrings and shoes both matching the dress? Too much, Julia. I don’t know why I’m finding the need to make Barbie references quite so many times per post, but you are not, in fact, a Barbie doll. So stop your matchy-matchy accessorizing.
OLIVIA MUNN in New York City
gown by Missoni
Olivia Munn is the new Jessica Biel. And by that I mean, she makes perfectly nice gowns look painfully boring and a little bit awkward. Both of these women mystify me – a beautiful woman in a beautiful dress should just work naturally, and yet they always add an off-color purse or hideous pair of shoes or no styling whatsoever, just to make me nuts.
JULIETTE LEWIS at the Hollywood Film Awards
gown by Monique Lhuillier
This was my Resort 2014 red carpet prediction for Nina Dobrev. And in my defense, Nina Dobrev looks phenomenal in this dress in my imagination. Sadly, Juliette Lewis does not. Then again, there’s not a woman on earth who could pull off that braid, which looks like it may have a tumor in the middle of it.
SANDRA BULLOCK at the Hollywood Film Awards
dress by Dsquared², shoes by Jimmy Choo
Officially bored of Sandy’s little black dresses. Give me a color or a print, or stop promoting your movie – the choice is yours, Ms. Bullock.
EMMY ROSSUM at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event
dress by Elie Saab, shoes by Christian Louboutin
Don’t get me wrong – Drag Queen Figure Skater is a BRILLIANT Halloween costume. I’m just not sure it’s an aesthetic that works on the red carpet.