Sunday, February 28, 2016

Award Season Round-Up // 8 //

Welcome to Award Season Round-Up 2016. Award season is upon us and I will be covering the events, weekly, in the run up to the Oscars.
Krysten Ritter attended the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards on Sunday evening. The Jessica Jones actress proved, yet again, that she is a powerful red carpet force. Her nude gown was enriched with floral embroideries and featured a chiffon train. A vampy, plum-stained lip completed her look.

Cate Blanchett’s unimpressive award season run continued at the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards. In an unexpected choice, her black Atelier Versace form-fitting gown was paired with Tiffany & Co jewellery. Cate is one of the few actresses that can lift a black dress. Unfortunately this Versace design is hopeless.

Kiernan Shipka was back on the red carpet at the event. The ex-Mad Men actress opted for a grey feather embroidered, layered dress accented at the waist with a black belt. She accessorised with ankle strap heels. Not her greatest look, but it’s great to see someone young constantly taking risks.

Emily Ratajkowski is another actress I love to see on the red carpet. At the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards, her dusty rose silk gown with a plunging neckline was not my favourite but there’s no denying she carries it magnificently. Hopefully we’ll see her at the Oscars or at an after-party.

Dree Hemingway was present at the Vanity Fair and Fiat Young Hollywood Celebration during the week. The emerging actress represented her fashion past with a Gucci look. Her emerald green and amethyst lurex combination represented, perfectly, the red carpet image of nu-Gucci. The pleats and the large lapels could repel the masses—an anti-Daily Mail offering—but that’s what I like to see on the red carpet.
Adele’s red carpet turn at the Grammys was no match for her fearless 2016 BRIT Awards display. Her custom designed Giambattista Valli Haute Couture chiffon gown in a crimson hue. The open neck gown is, by far, the best look we’ve ever seen from Adele. Usually choosing a conservative piece, this departure is the most exciting award season outing all week. It’s not that difficult to do, but she beats the rest by leaps and bounds.

Rihanna performed her hit single ‘Work’ at the 2016 BRIT Awards on Wednesday night. The Barbadian songstress rocked the stage, but prior to her performance she took to the red carpet. Her lilac Armani PrivĂ© gown looks like an early aughts throwback but it doesn’t feel old. She looks great.

Following the red carpet appearance and collecting her awards, Adele performed a rendition of her song ‘When We Were Young’. Choosing another varied designer choice, her flame red Valentino gown featured star and sunburst motifs. I believe this is her first Valentino outfit. She recently wore Givenchy and on the same night Giambattista Valli. This new direction is great for Adele.

Across the pond Michelle Monaghan tried to maintain some intrigue on the red carpet. At the 9th Annual Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party she wore a floral printed Erdem gown in lemony and pea green hues. A white yolk on the dress detracted from the beauty. Her pairing of black point toe heels didn’t finish off the look nicely, but alas, she’s one of the best on the red carpet these days.

Alicia Vikander started out as the most exciting prospect this award season. Unfortunately her award season run has been hit and miss. This colourful, ruffled, floral printed dress from Erdem is beautiful, but I feel the impact is lost on her.
Brie Larson attended the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards yesterday afternoon. The Room actress won Best Female Lead at the awards and chose a soignĂ© Chanel dress for the occasion. The vibrantly-hued dress is one of Brie’s best this award season. Bravo!

Bel Powley was thankfully back on the red carpet for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Her pink Spring 2016 Mary Katrantzou dress with a V-neck and detailed cutout panels was stunning. Paired interesting with black platform heels—I would usually have qualms with heavy black platforms but here that heaviness was nonexistent. 

Cate Blanchett switched my opinion of her award season week at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Wearing Alessandro Michele for Gucci gown, her nude chiffon gown was enhanced by floral prints, peacocks, fish and more. Michele’s Gucci has proved to make the most amazing red carpet moments (with the exception of Nicole Kidman) this season. The statuesque Cate gracefully pulls this off.

Rooney Mara bored me yet again at the Indie Spirits. The Carol nominee narrowly missed out on an award. Her Boss Women gown was plucked straight off the Fall 2016 runway from New York Fashion Week two weeks ago. The pleated dress was dull on the red carpet. The only thing this look had going for it was the interesting hairstyle. 

Rachel McAdams looked exquisite on the red carpet. The Spotlight actress donned a Solace London gown with an orange bodice and architecturally sculptured cream skirt. The rose belt that separated the two colours added another dimension to this great look.

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