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The 87th Academy Awards was a night of pearls, embellishments, simple high ponies, lots of red, strapless downward turned necklines, and statement necklaces.

THE HITS:

LUPITA NYONGO, custom Calvin Klein Collection

FAITH HILL, J. Mendel

DAKOTA JOHNSON, St. Laurent

MARGOT ROBBIE, St. Laurent

JENNIFER ANNISTON, Versace

ROSAMUND PIKE, Givenchy

ZOE SALDANA, Atelier Versace

SIENNA MILLER, Oscar de la Renta

REESE WITHERSPOON, Tom Ford

JENNIFER LOPEZ, Ellie Saab

THE MISSES:

FELICITY JONES, Alexander McQueen

NAOMI WATTS, Armani Privé

JULIANNE MOORE, custom Chanel

KERRY WASHINGTON, Miu Miu

VIOLA DAVIS, Zac Posen

GWYNETH PALTROW, Ralph & Russo

JESSICA CHASTAIN, Givenchy

NICOLE KIDMAN, Louis Vuitton

EMMA STONE, Ellie Saab

SCARLETT JOHANSEN, Versace

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie

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Katharine McPheeDid you sit through the endless red carpet coverage?  I did.  I’m pretty sure I lost some IQ points and all I wanted to do was feed Giuliana Rancic a sandwich, but I powered through it.  Ryan Seacrest just needs to embrace his vertical challenge and start standing on a phone book because when he interviews people like Taylor Swift or Nicole Kidman, he looks like a 12 year-old.  It’s so awkward.  Kat McPhee looked like a deer in the headlights when she was interviewed by Seacrest.  I mean they KNOW each other right?  Why was she so weird?  I’m thinking it’s because she forgot to wash her hair.

Ariana Grande & Big SeanAriana Grande was interviewed with her new guy Big Sean and he was her biggest accessory. The level of cuteness was pretty high on the nausea scale, I mean she wanted everyone to know “this is my man and you can’t have him”. Look girl, if you want a man that will take your inevitable breakup and use it to write a marginally interesting song that will be played on radio stations everywhere, then you do you. I look at this and I think about my ex that I brought to my sister’s wedding. He’s in the pictures and I wish he wasn’t. I feel like when Ariana looks back at these pics after the public breakup, she will wish she hadn’t hung all over him like a cheap suit.

I’m not a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination, but here are my picks from the red carpet.

BEST: Taylor Swift, Chrissy Teigan, Jessie J and Gwen Stefani.

WORST: Rihanna (WHAT WAS THAT?) Iggy Azalea’s hair crown, Kim Kardashian’s bedazzled robe and Keith Urban’s ponytail.

New England Patriots will be on stage? What!! I had no idea. I was hoping for a Grammy Gronking, but Edelman and Butler did pretty well with a well-played interception joke.

Kanye West put on his best sweats to Auto-Tune his way through a crappy song. Someone please explain Kanye and his “art” to me, because I don’t get it.

MadonnaMadonna as a matador. I don’t think I need to say anymore do I? I love her, she does no wrong, haters to the left. She kept it classy on the red carpet as well…

Keith Urban has a ponytail? Stop. Just stop.

I felt the song with Paul McCartney, Kanye and Rihanna was all over the place. Matching black suits? Is it me or did Rihanna show NO skin this evening? Something is wrong in the world somewhere. The song is good, but I just can’t listen to Kanye sing. Mostly because he can’t. And Paul just looks so out of place. And constantly surprised.

The Grammy’s were far too long and peppered with performances that truly sucked (Usher singing Stevie Wonder) and performances that delivered (Madonna, Beyonce and Tom Jones) but it’s the one time where I will sit in front of the TV for hours on end that doesn’t involve Netflix.

I look forward to the Golden Globes the way football fans anticipate the Super Bowl. It tends to be one of the award shows where people still take risks. However, this year’s gathering proved to be a rather non-risky one. Trends on the red carpet were: for men, velvet for jackets, sharp lines and a throwback to the ’50’s.

Kevin Spacey looked sharp as ever in his Hugo Boss tuxedo. According to his stylist Johanna Argan, who recently got nominated for the CDG Award for Contemporary Design for his show “House of Cards,” she put Spacey in the Hugo Boss shawl collar tuxedo “because they wanted to go for a classic rat pack feel.” It must have been his good luck charm, because after seven years of denial, Kevin went home with his first Golden Globe.

For women, we had some bright pops of white, Kate Hudson, my pick of the night, in Versace, Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang, Emily Blunt, and Sienna Miller to name a few. Kate really brought it home in a deep plunging neckline and crystal straps covering mesh cutouts in a very sexy (and sensual) white gown. There was no mistaking the Versace brand in Kate’s gown–reminiscent of the famous Elizabeth Hurley safety pin gown by Versace many years ago.

Not all starlets were as daring and successful as Hudson. Some played it safe such as Amy Adams with her blue one-shoulder dress and “ho hum” hair. She seemed to be attempting that Hollywood glamour with a unfussy touch, but her hair came off unpolished and not Golden Globe-worthy, it even had a frizzy fly-away look when the light hit it when she was accepting her award—the horror!

Giuliana Rancic teetered on frat boy bullying pushing George Clooney’s tequila shots on unwitting attendees such as princess Amal Clooney. I don’t think she’s ever taken a shot of tequila, much less grabbed one in her white satin opera gloves paired with her Dior Haute Couture black gown.

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Plunging necklines were a theme, done successfully by Sienna Miller, J Lo, Kate Hudson, and Jessica Chastain. Though I rarely like Jessica Chastain, actress in “A Most Violent Year”, she really successfully pulled off her look, the bronze/black pleated low cut halter dress and old Hollywood deep side hair part came together beautifully.

Allison Williams attempted Old Hollywood hair with a deep side part and a faux bob. Her hairline had a too-pulled-back look that made it seem like she was wearing a wig—not the look I’m sure she was attempting for the Golden Globes Red Carpet. Her red Armani Prive sparkly tiered gown made up for the bad hair. And I must add that her makeup did her no favors either. She’s truly a beautiful girl, just had a hair and makeup FAIL for the Globes.

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Feathers and sparkle were also ever-present on this Red Carpet. Some ups and some downs: Kiera Knightly for “Imitation Game” had a huge FAIL in Chanel Couture. She bragged about how 30 seamstresses sewed the dress in a week, but I think they should have used less seamstresses and focused on ONE good designer to draft the pattern. The dress was billowy and looked like a couture potato sack with a ruffle top to boot. It did a huge disservice to pregnant women everywhere. We know you can look hot when pregnant, why couldn’t Chanel do something fitted for Kiera? Chanel should have taken some notes from Givenchy if they wanted to do feathers and sparkle. Julianne Moore was stunning in her Custom Givenchy.  But not all feathers won out. Another feathers fail was Claire Danes in Valentino. The “Homeland’ actress’s mesh top with feathers a plenty had horrible fit-it seemed to hang on her lithe top, in a heavy and unflattering way.  Emma Stone was a breath of fresh air in the sparkle category. She wore a relaxed pantsuit with a sparkle strapless top cropped cigarette pant legs and a huge obi type black satin bow in the back.

Other relaxed looks of the night, some successful and some not so successful were: Ruth Wilson yes, Melissa McCarthy no, Katie Cassidy yes, Kristin Whig no, Lena Dunham no. Apparently Zac Posen was a former babysitter of hers and dressed her. I think he was skimping on the tailoring, maybe because her parents only paid him $4.75 an hour for his services back in the ’90’s. Lena prides herself in not caring about her looks. But please, if you are going to go to the Globes hire a makeup artist.

 

Typically at award shows, menswear is overshadowed by beautiful dresses and famous designer gowns. Gentlemen, Sunday night at the 72nd Golden Globes our team came out to play. They brought heat to the style game where we are so often out-dressed by the ladies.

Without any mentions of who they wore, here are my top picks for men’s style at the Golden Globes 2015.

Why they were selected:

  • Beautiful contrast between the dark jackets and crisp white shirts.
  • Appropriate jacket sleeve length and perfect shoulder alignment.
  • Great fitting pants with proper quarter break.
  • Dapper and classic looks finished by stylish black shoes.
  • How well they complemented their stunning female partners.

John LegendJOHN LEGEND in a one button shawl collar tuxedo. All eyes may have rightfully been on his wife Chrissy Teagan, but he was dressed as the perfect arm candy. Slim fitting jacket sleeve. Great overall fit on jacket and pants. Sharp looking laced leather sole shoes to complete the look. Well-played, John.
GEORGE CLOONEY matched his wife Amal Alamuddin in her splendor and in black and white. He looked debonair in bowtie with a classic notch lapel tuxedo, which he wore on his wedding day according to www.grazia.fr. Game, set, match, Clooney.

Don CheadleDON CHEADLE looked sharp in a midnight blue tuxedo. He wore a black tie that matched the peak lapel of the jacket. Even though the shoes may look a bit too robust for my taste, I still think his style is A-game caliber.
matt bomerMATT BOMER looked dapper in a blue shawl collar tuxedo. Classic fitted jacket with a pop of the shirt sleeve at the cuffs. Nicely tapered pants with quarter break. Two seconds left on the shot clock, Matt gets the final shot.

Clive OwenCLIVE OWEN restyled his dressy casual velvet blazer look from the 2014 Rome Film Festival, to abide by the formal dress code of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Noticed the jacket may have been altered to a much more complimentary silhouette since last year. Although the pants in the 2014 photo have a better fit, the trousers have a much cleaner break. He wore brown shoes with the casual look, but black shoes for the formal occasion. MVP for best-dressed due to creativity and versatility.
clive2014 Rome Film Festival

 

robertdowneyjrROBERT DOWNEY JR. with his wife Susan Downey. I like the fit of the pants. I can’t even get mad at him for the sneakers. I dig them. I’m a super big fan of Robert Downey Jr. but he has been a disappointment lately with the loose tie trend. “Iron Man” better call Maaco. The untied bowtie or loose tie style never looked stylish to me. What’s the point of your neckwear if you don’t plan on tying it? I don’t typically get into the “do’s and don’ts” reviews, mainly because I have very few don’ts regarding personal style, and I encourage people to dress to express more than dress to impress. Unfortunately Robert Downy Jr. looked sloppy at the Golden Globes. Guys, for someone who has been my MVP, he was an ineligible player on Sunday.
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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Jess, over here, nailed it. Dressed in an Armani Privé gown, Christian Louboutin shoes and jewelry by Harry Winston, this Jessica Rabbit look-a-like is everything Hollywood glamour is about– grace and poise with flair. Now, if this was just a dress contest, it would probably land her on the borrow list but– my oh my– is that style execution or what, my friends?!

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