I know that both of these events took place a few weeks ago, and I don't usually cover these "smaller" red carpet occasions, but there were so many unique and beautiful ensembles that I just had to share them. 2014 is turning out to be a fabulous year for designer fashion, with fewer predictable designs, and many classic, yet surprising, red carpet looks.
Jessica Chastain, in Nina Ricci, took my personal "best dressed" prize away from the Critics Choice Awards. She is always superb, and here the color, style, and details of her gown suit her perfectly. (As does her hair... I gave it the "best hair" award over at my FlyGirl blog.)
Other favorites were Camila Alves in Paule Ka, also sporting a dress with beautiful color and shape, and Aisha Tyler in Tadashi Soji, wearing a classic black lace gown.
Two favorite fashion goddess took on similar looks with simple understated gowns that put their beautiful, unfussy hair in the spotlight: Cate Blanchett in Lanvin, and Amy Adams in Roland Mouret.
Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams were also stunning at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the former looking statuesque in Givenchy and the latter evoking a 1930s screen siren in Antonio Berardi.
Black and gold seems to be a popular combination in 2014, with lots of heavily decorated gowns that look like they emerged from ancient Persia, especially on blonde beauties Katrina Bowden, in Badgley Mischka, and Malin Akerman in Naeem Kahn.
One of the best looks of the night was Lupita Nyong'o, looking fresh and lovely in a turquoise gown by Gucci. Hannah Simone continued the flowery neckline trend in an elegant Marchesa gown.
Feel free to check out my "best hair" post over at FlyGirl for more Critics Choice and SAG awards coverage, and also let me know which red carpet look was your favorite.
Isn't it awful that cold feet make for a cold imagination,
and that a pair of woollen socks induce good thoughts!
- Franz Grillparzer
I'm not sure if the cold weather truly does make the imagination sluggish, but this year it's really affecting me. I've been absolutely stir crazy, and visions of sunlight, sandy beaches, and summertime party dresses are dancing before my eyes. I love New England and its each and every season, but the cold feels especially biting this winter, and it's got me looking with anticipation to the warmer warmer.
Until then, I'll wear "woollen socks."
What I'm Wearing:
Faux fur vest by ANN TAYLOR LOFT - thrifted
Green top by MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO. - hand-me-down
Pencil skirt by UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON - gift
Tights by VERA by Vera Wang - Kohl's
Shoes by CAMI - hand-me-down
Jewelry by KATHY SNYDER
I took a lot of outfit photos in the chill of December. This month has been even frostier, so I haven't braved the outdoors to shoot my Sunday outfits. But my hair is red again, so some shots need to happen before it fades away... ;)