Happy Friday my lovely dreamers! Last night the award season train continued with the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards, and this time Angelina Jolie showed up in all her goddess glory! A Jolie sighting always peps me up a bit, how ’bout you? The event’s red carpet was small-scale compared to Sunday’s grand Golden Globes affair, (there were no JLo cape sightings, unfortunately) – but that didn’t hold back a couple great fashion moments to remember. Also, we can keep tallying our award season score cards on just who is having the best year – and who needs to fire their stylist. (Do you have any overall predictions for Best or Worst you’d like to make?)
The large story of the night? How radically different everyone looked from the Globes. (At least to me?) Jennifer Aniston, Keira Knightley and Reese Witherspoon in particular pulled some big 180’s but I appreciate being kept on my toes, so no complaints. Keep me guessing!
Diane Kruger in Naeem Khan
When Naeem Khan debuted their Pre-Fall 2015 collection, I quickly erased this china pattern print from my memory in hopes to never see it again. Imagine my surprise, then, when the usually astute Diane Kruger graced the blue carpet in her blue china wear. Given my love for Diane, I was willing to give this the benefit of the doubt – although I can’t help but feel it is a tad too much. The cut is lovely, her makeup is fresh, and it is light and cheerful for the event. My suggestion? Cut the print off at the waist to keep it contained. I think that will solve all our problems!
Emily Blunt in Emilio Pucci
Emily Blunt won an award for her work in some kick-ass Tom Cruise action flick no one remembers, looking fresh and delightful. I love the red and I love the decision to give the skirt some chiffon paneling to break up the texture. It’s an interesting detail that elevates this to another level. Solid effort!
Felicity Jones in Dolce and Gabbana
Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones skipped elegant Dior and went for drama last night, selecting this Spring 2015 Dolce and Gabbana number. I’m struggling with how I feel about this one. On one hand, it’s fun and kind of funky. On the other hand, it feels overdone. Between Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and Dolce…we’ve got black lace coming from our ears. I LOVE lace and am even saying that. I wish Felicity was a bit more selective and chose something we haven’t seen done again and again.
Jennifer Anison in Gucci
Well, I DO complain about Jen wearing black all the time, so this was a refreshing change. It wasn’t black, so that was an improvement. But was it really good? I’m a fan of menswear on women, so I am liking that. Yet, I vote the body chain cheapens the whole look a bit and the color is odd. If this was a true red, it would be much more memorable.
Jessica Chastain in Antonio Berardi
Antonio Berardi certainly is attacking Hollywood this week, what with his crimes against Tina Fey at the Golden Globes (here) and now our darling Jessica Chastain. I have serious thoughts about this neckline being over-complicated and bringing the whole thing down. Those silly cap sleeves and cutouts are like the iceberg that took out the whole Titanic. I’ll never understand the impulse to mess with the sleeves. It’s too complicated and Jessica’s beautiful face isn’t enough to save it. This would be so much better left as a halter.
Julianne Moore in Saint Laurent
If you forced me to choose a Best Dressed of the night, the trophy would go to Julianne Moore in this foxy black Saint Laurent. Black usually bores me, but Saint Laurent has a way about keeping it interesting. The lace cutout is very Elie Saab, which normally I’d object to, but Julianne’s pulling it off nicely. Also, her hair looks divine!
Keira Knightley in Delpozo
After a disappointing turn at the Golden Globes, it was great to see Keira Knightley back to her fashionable ways in this elegant Delpozo. THESE are the decisions I want her to make. It shows how beautifully statuesque she is, while having arsty, interesting elements to it, like the bodice detailing. It was a major improvement over her dowdy Chanel at the Globes and has me feeling much more optimistic about her dresses for the SAG and Academy Awards.
Marion Cottilard in Dior Couture
We all know Marion is basically contractually obligated to wear to Dior to these things, so to see her in Christian Dior couture hardly came as a surprise. Generally, I haven’t loved her coordination with Raf Simons much for the past year or so, but this last night I feel he truly did right by her. It is a BIG dress though, possibly too big for the Critics’ Choice awards – but she looks so pretty in it who cares?
Reese Witherspoon in Lanvin
I about fainted when I learned this came from Lanvin as they’re usually on top of it. To think, this is their follow up to the major Emma Stone moment at the Golden Globes. Talk about a 180! The whole thing is very 90’s and seems uninspired, almost like an afterthought. Maybe they were too busy constructing Emma’s sparkly bodice to put in the effort? There’s absolutely nothing special or memorable about the dress and it’s not fair to Reese, who is lovely. Lanvin should’ve done better for her.
Rosamund Pike in Valentino
It’s a shame Rosamund wore this on the same carpet as Marion Cottilard’s Dior because it is being overshadowed. All the greatness of Marion’s Dior only points out the flaws in this Valentino more. I don’t like the bodice on this at all. It’s not doing her any favors and seems too heavy for such a delicate skirt. I also think this does have a slight bridal feel that could have been resolved with an added pop of color somewhere. Give the girl a clutch or bright lip to liven things up and then we’re in business.
Angelina Jolie in Versace
Like the Valentino peasant dress, I’m getting really tired of this same design being done again and again by Versace on the red carpet. Heck, at the Golden Globes we had two people in this cut, just in different colors. Sure she looks gorgeous as ever, but can’t we do better? Keep us guessing Angie, keep us guessing!
Who is you Best Dressed lady of the night?