Diane Kruger in custom Nina Ricci at Cannes International Film Festival
From awards shows to movie premieres to fashion parties, it’s been quite a year on the red carpets. We saw new sartorial heroines emerge, like Jennifer Lawrence during her Hunger Games promotional tour, as well as established greats like Michelle Williams and Diane Kruger continue to bring their A games. With stunning look after stunning look to choose from, selecting a short list of the 10 best dressed of 2012 was a near impossible task. With much deliberation, we finally settled on the 10 that made our jaws drop and raised the red carpet bar.
What do you think of our top 10 best dressed of the year – did we nail it, or did we miss some of your favourites? Do tell!
Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier at the 64th Prime Time Emmy Awards
January Jones in Zac Posen at 64th Prime Time Emmy Awards
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture Fall 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton at 2012 Academy Awards
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced its spring exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” which will feature haute couture and ready-to-wear designs inspired by punk. The show, which will be co-chaired by actress Rooney Mara, Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci, Moda Operandi’s co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, will run from May 9 to August 11, 2013.
Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, whom we had the pleasure of meeting at the Alexander McQueen exhibit last year, said, “Punk broke all rules when it came to fashion… Its impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time.” Santo Domingo added, “History is one of the greatest sources of inspiration in fashion, and we are especially excited for this exhibit because of punk’s long-lasting impact upon fashion today.”
The exhibition will feature about 100 men’s and women’s creations, including designs by Haider Ackermann, Miguel Adrover, Azzedine Alaïa, Boudicca, Ann Demeulemeester, Dolce & Gabbana, Andrew Groves, Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, and more. Items on display will be organized under the themes of “Rebel Heroes,” “The Couturiers Situationists”, “Pavilions of Anarchy and Elegance,” “Punk Couture,” “DIY Style” and “La Mode Destroy.”
After disappointing attendance for this year’s Schiaparelli and Prada exhibit, this is all sounding like the makings of an epic exhibition that will definitely require a trip to New York on our part. Based on what you’re hearing so far, will you be joining us?
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Last night, The Met’s Costume Institute Gala saw movie stars, musicians, designers and models walk the most fashionable red carpet of the year. Though I missed the first ever livestreaming of the arrivals, I’ve gotten all caught up on who wore what via the countless photos on the internet, and have landed on my best dressed of the evening.
The top spot easily goes to Cate Blanchett in a feather embellished black Alexander McQueen gown – a showstopping combination. Following closely behind is gala co-chair Carey Mulligan in a sequinned Prada number and the most incredible ‘do. A risk-taking Diane Kruger, also in Prada, is a controversial pick with her voluminous purple gown and its feathered hem, but I loved it.
Rounding out my best dressed list are the stunning Rooney Mara and knockout Gisele Bündchen, both in Givenchy Haute Couture. Black is anything but boring when Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci is involved (let’s pretend we never saw this).
Did you watch the red carpet arrivals live? Which were your favourite looks?
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Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
Finally, the fanciest, shmanciest night in Hollywood arrived tonight, the 2012 Academy Awards! Fess up – you were glued to the tube for all 17 hours of Oscars red carpet and awards ceremony coverage like us, weren’t you? No need to feel ashamed about it. We too oohed and aahed over Michelle Williams‘ coral Louis Vuitton gown, cheered for Jessica Chastain‘s best red carpet outing to date (in Alexander McQueen!), and felt those pangs of jealousy over how hot Angelina Jolie looked in Atelier Versace.
All of our favourite leading ladies stepped up their sartorial game, just as we’d hoped. Rooney Mara wore a colour other than black for once – white Givenchy, in fact. Gwyneth Paltrow continued to rock the sleek, minimalist gowns, choosing a white Tom Ford for the occasion. Stacy Keibler - whom S still can’t believe has gone from WWE wrestler to George Clooney arm candy – donned the only Marchesa gown we’ve ever loved.
Rounding out our top 10 best dressed list were Emma Stone in red Giambattista Valli couture (how funny was her bit with Ben Stiller?), Rose Byrne in a black sequin number by Vivienne Westwood, Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab couture, and Natalie Portman in vintage Dior (from 1954!), carrying the Charlotte Olympia ‘Pandora’ clutch S so covets. They too seemed to have gotten the memo that red, black and white would be the colours for Hollywood’s biggest night out.
Who were your Oscars red carpet favourites?
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford
Stacy Keibler in Marchesa
Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture
Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture
Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood
Natalie Portman in vintage Dior
Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Haute Couture
xx, T & S
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Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci Pre-Fall 2012
Awards season is officially underway, as the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards took over the television airwaves and Twitterverse last night. I dutifully watched every minute of pre-show red carpet coverage just so I could bring you this here post. And though I’d like to say that it was incredibly hard work on my part and that it was very tough to narrow the list down to only a handful of looks, the truth is that these 5 actresses and their stunning gowns were standouts that made my job easy.
Rooney Mara was one of the most highly anticipated red carpet arrivals of the evening, and she certainly didn’t disappoint in a chic black Nina Ricci dress. The always flawless Julianne Moore also chose a black gown, by Chanel Haute Couture no less. Her green tassel earrings by Fred Leighton complemented her scarlet hair perfectly.
That wasn’t the only burst of colour. Charlize Theron looked pretty in Dior pink, Emma Stone wore custom eggplant Lanvin, and Tilda Swinton marched to the beat of her own sartorial drum in sky blue Haider Ackermann. Each actress brought her very own brand of glam to the Golden Globes, making for one very fabulous red carpet.
Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture
Emma Stone in custom Lanvin
Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann
Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2011
Images via Just Jared, Styleite