Wednesday, 21 September 2011


I am a self-confessed award show junkie. I love the drama, I love filling out nerdy prediction ballots and I love the fashion. At the Emmy Awards this past Sunday, there were some obvious trends among the nominees. 

The women of Hollywood showed their love for red, with Kate Winslet, Lea Michelle and Sofia Vergara all donning the vibrant hue. Others, including Cat Deeley, Maria Bello and Elizabeth Moss, opted for intricately embellished nude dresses. In terms of shape and fit, the mermaid gown was by-far the big winner of the night. 

There were also some obvious trends among the male nominees. I've always felt that men get the raw end of the award show deal, since the tux can be limiting in terms of colour, fit and texture. The bow tie was in high demand this year, as was the skinny tie. However, the biggest trend was definitely thick-rimmed glasses. Not only did John Slattery and Guy Pearce appear be-speckled, so did half the cast of Glee.

All in all it was a great night for fashion, but here is my best dressed list:

1. Nina Dobrev
I love this dress. The shape, the colour and the fit are all incredibly flattering. Moreover, the folded panels are a nice change from the usual crinoline-filled bottom and the added volume makes her waist look extra tiny. One of my favourite elements of this Donna Karan creation is that the mermaid flare begins under her bum, rather than at the knee. Instead of creating an overly harsh shape, Dobrev's dress adds va-va-voom curves to her slim frame. Her minimal jewelry and hair let the dress take centre-stage. Well played.

2. Elisabeth Moss

While Moss may be confined to a never-ending supply of frumpy dresses in her role as Mad Men's Peggy Olsen, she shows us what she's made of in this Marchesa dress. The blush nude perfectly suits her ivory complexion and dark hair. Likewise, the silver embellishment is tastefully done, especially around her shoulders. I love the way that the vines creep down her arms on an invisible backing. It's reminiscent of Halle Berry's 2002 Oscar dress, but with a modern twist. Finally, the subtle mermaid silhouette really balances out her figure. Whereas Moss sometimes appears slightly broad shouldered, the flared bottom and shoulder embellishment of this number are super flattering. 
3. Kelly Osbourne
Generally speaking I am not a big fan of Osbourne's fashion, but her Emmy look really blew me away. This dress is a testament to how to do ruching right (not an easy task); the texture is visually interesting as well as slimming. The asymmetrical straps spice up the traditional mermaid silhouette and the colour is to die for. I also like the fact that she didn't wear a purply lipstick. Her makeup is age appropriate and keeps her looking fresh. Lovely.
4. Julie Bowen
The Modern Family star recently told People Magazine that she was "built like a 14-year-old boy." What I love about her sense of style - including this dress - is that she embraces her figure and goes with what she's got. So instead of donning a push-up bra, Bowen bared her amazing collar bone in a plunging Oscar de la Renta gown. The waistline nips in perfectly to add dimension to her althletic frame and the straight skirt balances out the neckline. The detailing is modern and fun and her simple hairstyle doesn't distract from the pattern. Well done Ms. Dunphy.

5. Martin Scorsese

As a fan of heavily-rimmed glasses myself, here's to the man who did it first. Although he had some serious competition this year, Martin Scorsese was by far the best-looking four eyes in town.

Talk soon,

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