And with the Golden Globes behind us, Award Show Season is officially underway. I have always liked the Golden Globes because it mixes both television and movies which in my opinion makes for a less serious, fun environment. The Academy Awards are of course my favorite, but it often seems a bit tense and everyone takes themselves quite seriously. The Golden Globes are supposed to be a bit less dressy, and often more playful, but not to the extent of the Grammys.
Sunday night I was happily surprised by the clothes on the red carpet. There was experimentation and some very sleek and sophisticated gowns. There were only a handful of dresses that I really disliked, and a few lackluster ones, but other than that the show made me very excited to see what is planned for the Oscars!
My Absolute Favorites:
Michelle Williams in Valentino, channeling Twiggy.
Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf
Emma Stone in Calvin Klein
Julianne Moore in Lanvin
Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung
Claire Danes in Calvin Klein
January Jones in Versace
Scarlett Johanson in Elie Saab
Nicole Kidman in Prada
Leighton Meester in Burberry
Julianna Marguiles in Vintage YSL
Jayma Mayes in Alberta Ferretti
Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood
Anne Hathaway in Armani
Angelina Jolie in Versace
And the Bad:
Jennifer Love Hewitt in Romona Keveza
Julia Stiles in Romona Keveza
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
Christina Aguilera in Zuhair Murad
Milla Jovovich in Armani
Day 4 PFW is all about the quirkiness factor. The designers who showed their Spring collections Saturday morning are known for extravagance and personal style. (Except for Cacharel which is Parisian simplicity in a brightly colored nutshell).
There were surprises in store for us. With designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Viktor & Rolf, it is basically a given, but I don’t think anyone expected plus plus size singer Beth Ditto opening the JPG show. But she did, and also in the show were two other plus size models, Crystal Renn and Marquita Pring. Gaultier’s eccentric designs don’t really translate to me, but the craftsmanship and layering is quite impressive.
Cacharel and Sonia Rykiel are classic French designers, they both love bright pinks and oranges, colors which scream spring/summer and they take simple designs and make them fascinating.
Loewe, a predominantly leather goods company, has had a new British Creative Director, Stuart Vevers, since 2008 and I am absolutely in love with his new designs. The clothing that I was drawn to the most was made of leather, which makes sense because of the company’s history. He took simple pencil skirts and shift dresses and made them so luxurious by doing them in a soft leather or suede.
And then there is Viktor & Rolf. They are the masters of twisting and deforming clothing, but still making it beautiful. One of their signature moves is to add more collars or cuffs than necessary, and it was definitely not left out of this collection. The white (wedding?) dresses at the end were actually quite beautiful and not so avant garde that they couldn’t be worn.
Over all I am more a fan of Cacharel, Loewe, and Sonia Rykiel for their amazing colors and simpler designs, but fashion would be so boring without Mr. Gaultier and Viktor & Rolf.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Beth Ditto, lead singer of The Gossip
Beth Ditto closing the show with Gaultier
Viktor & Rolf