Red Carpet Fashion: 2011 SAG Awards (Part 2)

If you haven’t yet, please see part 1 of the SAG Awards Red Carpet Fashion. If you have, let’s continue with the best and the worst…


Jennifer Lawrence in Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2011

It is very difficult to pull off hot pink and black without looking too Avril Lavigne. Unfortunately, I don’t think this was styled right. A metallic belt of some sort would have been a better choice (as seen on the original model ) and then maybe the shoes would have worked. But in this situation, I hate the shoes. Overall, not my favorite of the night.


Julie Bowen in Catherine Malandrino

I applaud her for taking a risk and doing pants on the red carpet. She actually looks great and her body is perfect for this outfit. However, the details are what makes me not love the outfit. I am usually against clear jewels and black together (very Jessica McClintock circa 2002) so I am not loving the jeweled detail at the shoulders…I would have liked it better in gold. This outfit could use some color as well but I’m just being picky. She’s working those pants and I’m not hating it!

Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011

Has she ever been on my worst dressed list? I don’t think so. I loved this dress on the runway and I love it on her. The belt is the perfect way to subtly dress it down. The hair is done but with a little beachy feel to it. Her body looks amazing in this and its overall perfection. She always does it right!


Mila Kunis in Alexander McQueen Resort 2011

First off, I love seeing Alexander McQueen on the red carpet. Some of the designs can be risky for certain occasions but I always appreciate a fashion risk taker. However, this dress was on the safer side (as far as a McQueen) but it’s perfect for this event. Her hair looks flawless (I actually wish for my hair to look like this on a daily basis) and she just looks AMAZING. The belt was not shown on the original model and I’m actually kind of loving it with the belt. Belts were big for the SAGs this year…have you noticed?


Natalie Portman in Azzaro Spring 2010

Not a store bought cake  (see my commentary from the Golden Globes) so that’s a step in the right direction. I’m not the biggest fan of black accessories with a white dress and I am definitely hating the hair. Regardless, she’s pregnant so I can’t be too picky and the dress is really beautiful.


Nicole Kidman in Nina Ricci Pre-Fall 2011

I actually really like this dress (especially the lace back) but I’m not loving the styling here. The hair is flat and drab. The necklace ruins the entire look for me. And I’m needing a few bracelets in the picture. It’s a good base for a look but just not executed well.


Rosario Dawson in J. Mendel

I applaud her (and/or her stylist) for the unconventional accessory pairings. I feel like we would normally see a nude shoe here so I appreciate the bronze peep toes. I also think the blue/green earrings are the perfect touch of color to this pastel dress. This is a simple dress styled right. Love it!


Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli

This is just okay for me. The good is that her body looks amazing (did you hear the E! camera guys loving on her?) but the bad is that it looks a little cheap to me. I love that color blue but I like it better when the carpet is not red. The two colors always clash (especially when the dress is long) and it’s something I can’t get passed. Overall, she looks stunning but the dress isn’t my favorite.


Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2011

I think this is the best Tina Fey has EVER looked on the red carpet. I normally don’t even like red dresses but the texture of this one is absolutely beautiful and it makes her body look amazing. I don’t love the hair and I prefer a metallic bag with a red dress but those are just minor details. So happy she went with color!


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Red Carpet Fashion: 2011 SAG Awards (Part 1)

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were yesterday and the Red Carpet looks were pretty overall…but not much more than that. I definitely thought the Golden Globes looks (see Golden Globes Fashion part 1 and part 2) were far superior but that is also a bigger awards show than the SAGs.

The photos say it all so now it’s time to judge.

Angie Harmon in Monique Lhuillier

It’s a little “pretty pink princess” (with feathers) but it’s a beautiful dress. It would have been a better option for the Oscars…it’s just not SAG appropriate. But I have to say…she is gorgeous regardless.


Claire Danes in Louis Vuitton

I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. It reminds me a lot of what Jennifer Lawrence wore to the Golden Globes a few weeks ago (most likely because that was Louis Vuitton as well). All I can say is that I’ve seen better and I’ve seen worse.


Annette Bening in Tony Ward Couture Fall 2010

For a woman in her 50’s to look this good and this confident on the red carpet is remarkable. It’s a stunning dress that could work on a girl in her 20’s all  the way up to a woman in her 50’s. This was one of my favorite looks from the night.


Christina Hendricks in L'Wren Scott Fall 2010

I really just hate everything she wears on the red carpet. It’s always unflattering in some way, shape or form and I just don’t know what to do with her anymore. It’s too heavy on the top, the makeup isn’t great and I am not feeling the shoes.


Dianna Agron in Vintage Chanel couture

It is not easy to pull off this hemline but she is working this look! I love the hair…it’s sleek but a little messy (in a good way). The slightly smoky eye with the pink lip complements the dress perfectly. Overall this is a great look for her and the perfect dress for this kind of awards show.


Hailee Steinfeld in Prada Spring 2011

Not many people can pull off horizontal stripes, multicolor stripes or anything from the Prada Spring 2011 collection on the red carpet but WOW did Hailee look AWESOME. It was a bold choice but it totally worked for her. Loved the hair…perfectly cute and relaxed. Overall perfection! I am very impressed with this girl’s red carpet choices…I can’t wait to see what she wears at the Oscars!


Heather Morris in Romona Keveza Resort 2010

I love Glee but I don’t always love the cast’s red carpet choices (except for Lea Michele of course). Heather Morris is one of them I usually don’t love. This is the best she has looked on the RC so far. It’s not easy to pull off that shade of nude with her particular hair color and skintone but it’s super flattering and I love the detailing in the bodice.


Helena Bonham Carter in Marc Jacobs

She’s normally an interesting site to see at these types of events but she definitely toned it down for the SAGs. I actually love this dress and it looks fantastic on her. The shoes are perfect. My only comment (which should be obvious) is the hair. But she had to add some of her Helen Bohnam Carterness to the look so I won’t complain.


January Jones in Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2011

This is a big change from the red fringed boobalicious Versace dress she wore to the Golden Globes. I can’t decide if I love or hate the dress. I can decide that I hate the hair. I really do not like the hair. I think I’ve decided I hate the dress.


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Look out for part 2 coming soon. Feel free to share your best and worst dressed picks in the comments section below.

Welcoming the Newcomers to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

FASHION WEEK UPDATE: There are several designers that will be showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for the first time during New York Fashion week next month.

Here’s the list…

Allegri- Founded in 1971, Allegri has specialized in outerwear and rainwear and it is known for its extensive fabric research to create garments that offer the ultimate protection from the elements.

Callulla Lillibelle- Designers William Calvert and Melanie Fraser Hart create their collections to reflect the diverse range of women’s needs, including style, comfort, and price.

CHRISTIAN COTA- This Parisian designer attributes his passion for design to his first muses, his mother and his late grandmother, saying “their manner of dress and their poise was always an education in elegance. They define the word.”

Elene Cassis- Long Island native, Cassis started her own signature collection in June of 2009 and has already caught the attention of top retailer Neiman Marcus, along with over 30 other noted specialty stores nationwide.

Frank Tell- Frank Tell describes his new collection in light of the recession, “the Recession killed cocktail dressing. It’s too precious. Women don’t want to buy something they will only wear once and then sit in their closets. What is needed are extraordinarily crafted pieces that can be worn in an everyday way.”

G-Star RAW- Pierre Morisset, G-Star’s head designer, is one of the most important stylists in the denim world. He is creating tomorrow’s authenticity today. He is considered by many to be the denim specialist “le chirurgien du jean” (the jeans surgeon).

GUiSHEM- This Latin American designer, Guillermo Jop specializes in eveningwear; Jop’s designs incorporate draping and innovative pattern cutting.

Irina Shabayeva- Born in Georgia, Shabayeva honed her skills there creating luxurious garments for celebrity clientele, positioning her as a talent to be reckoned on the 6th season of “Project Runway.”

Joy Cioci- Sexy, romantic and influential personal inspirations play into each one of Cioci’s meticulous designs to provide a versatile collection that women gravitate to for everyday effortless wear.

LUBLU Kira Plastinina- Inspired by her own lifestyle, Kira Plastinina designs prêt-a-porter clothes for a girl who is always on-trend.

Maisonette 1977- Jane Ibrahim, originally from Hong Kong, brings an expressive, innovative spirit tempered by taste and expert execution to her designs.

Porter Grey- New York based designers Alexandra and Kristen O’Neill build on versatile foundation pieces to create beautiful garments infused with an urbane elegance and relaxed sophistication.

Sachin + Babi- Sachin and Babi have successfully translated their vision of modern luxury into a lifestyle brand that is accessible for today’s design savvy consumer. Their designs feature an array of exclusive products including pillows, bedding, ready to wear, and accessories.

Son Jung Wan- Son Jung Wan is one of the largest Korean designer labels in the country with over 37 billion won (34 million dollars) in sales for 2009 and a total of 37 stores carrying the brand.

Tess Giberson- In addition to Giberson’s success in the fashion industry, this American designer’s work has been commissioned for exhibitions by several galleries in New York, Paris and Tokyo.

VACCA- Julie Vacca aims for her line to have a balance of fashion, tradition and luxury. She explains, “I am a person who loves to work but at the same time I have a balance of life where I need clothing for many occasions including travel and cocktail receptions. The most important is for me to feel comfortable in what I am wearing.”

Information from IMG Fashion and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Chicago Event: Brian Atwood at Intermix

I am beyond excited to announce that Chicago-native, Brian Atwood, is making a rare personal appearance at Intermix next Thursday, February 3. I have always wanted to meet him so I cannot wait to attend this event!

I am a huge fan of Brian Atwood shoes (I bought my first 2 pairs this summer…they’re truly the most flattering shoes I own) so I am definitely planning on picking up another pair next week. Possibly another Chi City Closet feature? 🙂

Celebrity Stylists, Beauty Buys, & Great Sales

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Let me elaborate. It’s Gilt time!

  • Celebrity Stylist Series (1/28)–Beginning in January, Gilt will be providing members with monthly access to coveted styles with the Celebrity Stylist Series. Lee Harris, stylist to Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, will kick off the series and share his expertise on how to style for the latest trends. Lee will participate in a live Facebook Q & A on Thursday, 1/27 at 3 PM ET.
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  • Jay Godfrey (1/25)–One of my favorite contemporary designers, Jay Godfrey has the perfect balance of unique looks that are easy to wear and fun to style. I bought a metallic leather-like short sleeve dress of his this past summer and it’s been my go-to “LBD” since!
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