From Sandra Bullock's disastrous People's Choice dress to Penelope Cruz' gorgeous Golden Globes gown, see the best and worst of all the year's red carpet events.
Best and Worst of Oscars
Sure, there were moments at the Oscars where an actress really got it right like Maggie Gyllenhaal in that spectacular hand-painted Dries van Noten strapless gown or Cameron Diaz in a strapless gold beaded Oscar de la Renta. But mostly, everything was just passable, like Sandra Bullock's match-to-Oscar-statute gold Marchesa or Jennifer Lopez' over-the-top Armani.
Best and Worst of Grammy Fashion
Lady Gaga is so routinely extreme that you sort of get desensitized: even an amazing Armani with scary spike accessories seems normal in Gagaland. Rihanna and Pink, on the other hand, were fashion surprises (in a great way!) while Ciara and Katy Perry overdosed on embellishment.
How bad was Sandra Bullock's dress at the People's Choice awards? Let's just say it reminded me of something you'd make your frenemies wear if they were bridesmaids in a really tacky wedding party. I mean, it's tan, it's weirdly asymmetrical and it's jacquard (which even at its best is an iffy material for sure chic.) The good news is that Taylor Swift looked adorable in a white ruched mini (only really fit 20-year-olds can carry this look off) and Kate Walsh wore one of my favorite looks of the night: a cool gold sequined vintage mini.
It's not just about dresses. You can totally learn alot about fashion by watching the red carpet. For example, at last night's Golden Globe awards you could have learned:
- There's good cleavage and bad cleavage. And Mariah Carey's is the latter.
- Just because you are old enough to be a grandma like Glenn Close, doesn't mean you have to look like one.
- Horizontal stripes only work if you are Penelope Cruz.
Overall, I loved the SAG Awards red carpet on Saturday night. Blue dresses and one-shouldered looks dominated the red carpet, and while that may seem like a lot of sameness (the fashion kiss of death) there was actually a huge variety even within those two categories. For example, Christina Applegate wore a soft blue look, while Jenna Fischer pulled off a glittery blue dress. Mariah Carey disappointed in a one-shoulder red dress that must've used the world's strongest double-sided tape to avoid a wardrobe malfunction. And Marion Cotillard pulled off an incredibly chic one-shoulder short white dress that would leave us mere mortals looking silly.
Navy blue was the hottest color on the Emmy red carpet, but black, white, even nude tones made news. The one-shoulder gown continued to be a strong trend on actresses like Jane Lynch, while details like ruching and beading embellished many dresses.