The young men of “Stranger Things” brought life and color back to red carpet mens fashion; “Big Little Lies” took home a well-deserved assemblage of Emmys; CBS’s money shot of Anna Chlumsky reacting to Sean Spicer’s cameo will go down in GIF history; and in an evening of firsts, Hulu made history as the first streaming service to take home an Emmy for best drama series; Donald Glover became the first African-American to win an Emmy for best director in a comedy series; Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win the Emmy for best writing in a comedy series; and Julia Louise Dreyfus became the record-holder for most Emmys awarded to an actor for a single role.
I decided to forego the VMA’s this year for the Game of Thrones season seven finale. I wasn’t about to miss out on ice dragons and badassery for petty celebrity drama and Katy Perry. This turned out to be a solid decision. As I recapped the event thoroughly the next morning, I wasn’t overwhelmed by the fashion or the show itself. Though, I can report that I was fascinated by Taylor Swift’s new music video for “Look What You Made Me Do,” though I think the song itself is just average. The video is full of hidden nuances that make it so fun to watch. Another highlight was Miley Cyrus’s “Younger Now” performance. She’s really coming into her own. Her new rockabilly look has me reminiscing about the good old days of “Hannah Montana.” I’ll be honest—she almost made the list this year. Almost. Keep it up, Cyrus!
With 60 meters of red carpet to cover over two weeks, the Cannes Film Festival is a glamorous showcase unlike any other. It’s a favorite annual event of mine, right up there next to the Met Gala and the Academy Awards. The Festival de Cannes was founded in 1946 and is currently in its 70th season. As is tradition, it was held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.
Festivals like this one, that are steep in tradition and prestige create a vacuum for business within the film industry. It’s the perfect trade agreement: Designers sell their work on A-list stars who are on the carpet to promote their films with their film executives who are there to sell distribution agreements for said films and hopefully secure credit for future projects, while their sponsors gain world-wide exposure. Everyone gets a piece of the pie. Read More
Two common questions I get asked: Where do you get your photos? / How do you compile your best dressed lists? I’m happy to answer both. Best Dressed lists are compiled with consideration for both fashion and beauty and are not capped at any number. Longer events with multiple looks on the same celeb are compiled in descending order, beginning with the event’s best look. The more looks a celeb has on the list, the higher he or she moves in number. Read More
Your event recap in five sentences or less: The MTV Movie Awards underwent an exciting/progressive format change this year and will now honor both film and television with gender-free awards; Adam Devine sang his opening monologue to the tune of “Beauty and the Beast” (cleverly re-titled “Movies and TV”); Vin Deisel accepted the 2017 generation award on behalf of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise and paused to honor Paul Walker while we all started bawling; MTV’s “best fight” award sustained an unnecessary name change to “best fight against the system;” Emma Watson took home the award for best actor in a movie—the first genderless acting award in history. Read More
Whether the fashion industry had a sudden burst of adrenaline or the “avant-garde” theme opened up the floodgates of innovation, fashion’s favorite designers have made a stunning comeback from the 2016 Met Gala; the chrome robot army of yesteryear has blossomed into a chic flock of risk-takers. The challenge? Out-innovate Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons—the first living designer to be honored by the The Costume Institute in a monographic show since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983, according to an Institute press release. Read More
For 13 years TIME has penned an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world—the good, the bad and all those in between—and then invited them all to dinner. This year’s TIME 100 gala was held Tuesday, April 25, at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Each year the list becomes more colorful, and at times, disheartening—but TIME is not to blame. In real news, the truth is unbiased. See Time’s full list of the 100 most influential people in the world here and let me know what you think. But for now, forget that Putin, Trump and Kim Jong Un all made the list, and enjoy the following couture-clad influencers. Read More
After the ceremony, the press junket, the photo ops, and for some celebrities, a quick dress change, Hollywood’s most exclusive after-party begins. Yes, most celebs wore not one but two couture gowns in the same night (like we didn’t already have reason enough to be jealous). This year’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party was held in a custom Basil Walter–designed space in Beverly Hills, between the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and City Hall, according to vanityfair.com. My take on this year’s green-and-white carpet? Let’s just say it was far more interesting than the red carpet earlier that evening. Read More
A select few tourists got the surprise of their lives, Meryl Streep received a totally undeserved standing ovation, protests were present in the form of ribbons and pins, the Damen-Kimmel “feud” escalated way beyond late night TV, cookies and donuts fell from the sky and Taraji P. Hansen could not have been happier, and in a hilarious mix-up during the Best Picture finale, the “La La Land” cast handed their Oscar statues off to the “Moonlight” cast. This year’s Oscars were memorable to say the least. The red carpet, not so much. Read More
This time last year I was watching the Grammy Awards with my roommate, a sharp and talented fashion business major. We disagreed on every look, and when the red carpet coverage came to a close, she threw up her hands and said, “Taylor, it’s not about what you like, it’s about the fashion!” Read More