I’m pretty sure I lost a few brain cells watching E! Live from the Red Carpet. In what universe does Kelly Osborne and Khloe Kardashian qualify as fashion experts? I miss Joan Rivers, who had tremendous knowledge of fashion, and its history. Plus, you can only be funny if you’re smart. Otherwise, you’re just snarky.
Also, ask me my thoughts about this new campaign encouraging journalist to ask actresses something other than “who are you wearing?” First, this is part of their job. Some of these women are being paid more than most of us make in a year to wear what they are wearing. Second, by promoting a designer, they are helping to empower an economy and art form. Finally, it’s a simple question. It’s not demoralizing; it’s not belittling, it’s a question. Women can be smart, talented, accomplished and like wearing pretty dresses. We don’t have to pick one or the other. That’s one of the reasons I’m so grateful to be a woman in modern times. (Among other things, obviously)
Now that I got that off my chest let’s get to the fashion. I loved this year’s carpet. There were lots of classic and neutral colors, gorgeous pearl details, pretty makeup and surprisingly, several ponytails.
All images via E! Online
Julianne Moore in Custom Chanel
I was shocked, SHOCKED, when I heard any negative commentary about this dress. It’s an absolute work of art, and she looks exquisite. When it’s your moment, own it. She looks like the queen of the red carpet.
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection
You need a killer body to pull a dress off like this and Lupita has a killer body and the most gorgeous skin. I’m headed to the gym first thing in the morning to work my arms until they fall off. Plus, she just seems delightful.
Rosamund Pike in Givenchy
Absolutely perfect fit. The matching red shoes could have been a disaster, but because they are light and simple they work. Her neutral makeup keeps this from looking too much.
Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent
I will only admit this once, but I saw Fifty Shades of Grey, with my best friend, and we laughed the entire time. We laughed so hard we were crying. I thought we were going to get thrown out of the theater. It was hilarious. Dakota Johnson was, very surprisingly not terrible. She may have actually been good if it wasn’t Fifty Shades. She has wonderful timing and delivery. I love this look. The gown is gorgeous, and her simple, casual ponytail seems age appropriate and well balanced. In this case, because her hair is casual, the bold red lip brings up the glam factor.
Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture
Marion has a true love of fashion and wears it so incredibly well. This dress is going to get mixed reviews. I think it’s sublime. Focus more on what you love and what works for you, take risks and worry less about what others think.
Kerry Washington in Miu Miu
On the red carpet, Kerry mentioned how comfortable this dress is, which is so important for such a long night. Remember, comfort doesn’t mean sloppy. She looks elegant and confident in her skin.
Viola Davis in Zac Posen
The off the shoulder neckline and fuller skirt is a breath of fresh air. I would have skipped the necklace, but other than that the look is classically beautiful.
Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent
The hair, the makeup, the insane necklace and her 70’s throwback dress is perfection. If you’re going to be daring with a plunging neckline, balance it with a long skirt and sleeves. The sheer sleeves maintain the integrity of the look with a modern edge.
Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta
Sienna’s never looked better, like a woman who has come into her own. Her hair and makeup is perfect and pretty. Proving, once again, you can never go wrong in Oscar de la Renta.
Cate Blanchett in Maison Margiela Couture
Years ago, Ralph Lauren did a campaign with all black gowns and giant turquoise necklaces and I was obsessed with it. This is the perfect updated twist of the look.
Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford
There is nothing better on a red carpet than a movie star looking like a movie star. This look feels old Hollywood like she could be standing next to Grace Kelly. The fit is divine, the hair is perfect and she looks so happy and confident. That’s what clothes are supposed to do. Only wear something that makes you stand tall and feel fantastic.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture
I don’t care, I love it.
Jennifer Anniston in Versace
There’s not much to say. Jennifer Anniston consistently shows up as her best self. She looks healthy and happy. What’s better than that?
Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab
Jennifer Lopez is a great lesson in sticking with what works. She gets her brand and always looks like a movie star. She understands what is appropriate for each occasion. This is a red carpet dress. It’s not my most favorite dress, but she looks incredible.