Golden Globe Gorgeous: Red Carpet Faves

The Golden Globe Awards are now underway…

The carpet did not disappoint. Some people tried something new (I’m not really sure what Marion Cotillard was thinking, and Nicole Kidman… just NO), and some stuck to what they know (Halle… really?)…

Still, there were some standouts this year. Here are the ensembles that caught me eye:

Jennifer Lopez rarely disappoints. Every now and then, she steps away from what she knows works for her, and the results have not always been good. But tonight, she was on point. The ‘wedding style’ dress ended up looking less matrimonial than it might have on someone else. The hair and makeup were perfectly JLo, and the purse just brought it all together. Love it. Now… how much do you want to bet that someone will have this designed for their wedding? Watch…
Stacy Keibler kept it simple (when your accessory is George Clooney, you can afford to keep it simple) in a strapless number that worked, even with the horizontal stripes. She looked easygoing and effortless, and really drove home the point that you look best when you don’t look like you’re trying too hard.
I was initially on the fence about this look. Kerry Washington has been wearing a lot of ‘shifts’ lately to accommodate her very tiny frame. Tonight, she opted for a shimmery version of what is in reality a very boring cut. And the hair is not helping her cause. I felt like it almost took away from the details on the dress. But in the end, the whole thing kind of worked with the sparkling embellishment and sheer bottom. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. And then when Kerry took the stage and I saw it in motion, I liked it even more.
I kind of thought that I wasn’t going to like this look on Julianna Margulies, but it actually comes together very nicely. She got the memo on pulling the hair back, so that the dress really shines. She looks effortless, even with that embellishment on the dress. And I really like her makeup for this look. Overall, it’s dressy but not overdone. It works.
Halle Berry is in this post… not because she’s among the best… but because I really want her to get a new look. This cut was fabulous the first time, and even the second… and the third. But now… it’s kind of played. You’re a gorgeous woman, and we can’t remember a fashion miss in in recent history. You’re typically on the mark… except when it comes to this freakin’ dress. We know you love Elie Saab (I’m assuming this is also Elie Saab), we know you love this cut. I’m not sure what’s going on with the hip hanging out and that god-awful print… but Halle, it’s time to try something different. 
That’s it! Those are my picks from the Golden Globes Red Carpet. Ciao for now!

Emmys 2012: Top Beauty Picks

I worked much of the morning and afternoon, getting clients ready for the Emmy Awards on Sunday. But I did make it home in time to see the Red Carpet arrivals, and get a good look at who really pulled their ensembles off effortlessly.
My top picks contradict some of the more popular opinions, but I don’t care. I like what I like. Here is who blew me away this year:

I don’t think that the ‘critics’ quite knew what to do with this ensemble by Hayden P., But I LOVED it. I loved the idea of the blue over gold (unusual color choice), and I thought she wore it beautifully. Her hair is up and simple, and does not clash with the dress, and the makeup is effortless. If you’re going to wear a complicated dress, the rest should simple. Clearly, Hayden got the memo. I thought she looked absolutely gorgeous.

Tina Fey got slammed for this outfit… not because it looked bad, but because it looked like every other strapless number she wears on the red carpet. So what? She knows what works, and she sticks with it. Kudos to her. I thought this dress… particularly the color… really offset her hair color. Love the embellishment at the bodice, the earrings, the hair and the makeup. She looked comfortable, effortless, and absolutely beautiful.

Sophia Vergara is another woman who sticks to what works. She celebrates every curve in body conscious styles that showcase her best assets. I loved the color choice (a departure from her typical ‘primary color’ choices), and even the insane amount of sequins didn’t bother me. Sophia was channeling her inner Mermaid. I say kudos.

Hellooooooooooooooooooo NURSE! Is that Edie Falco? My goodness, I thought she looked amazing. Even though the cut and style of this dress is unusual, it worked on her because it showed off the fact that she hasn’t been slacking on the workouts. I love that she kept the makeup minimal and the hair off her face for the most part (I don’t remember ever seeing Edie Falco with a bang). She’s come a LONG way from Carmella Soprano.

This is one of those ensembles that either goes really right or REALLY wrong. But on Lucy Liu, it really worked. I don’t know HOW she pulled it off (I mean.. that’s a LOT of silver and a lot of sequins), but she did. It probably helps that she’s so petite and can wear just about anything. I loved this look on her. I thought she balanced that massive amount of metallic with simple hair and makeup. I love that she kept the ponytail soft because it balanced the severe cut of the dress and her clutch. The whole look came off soft and structured all at once, I and I thought she pulled it off beautifully.
That’s it! Those are my Emmy Beauty picks for 2012. Ciao for now!