EMMYS 2015 – 15 Looks from the Red Carpet from Best to Worst.

The EMMYs Awards in 2015 just finished last weekend and I have to admit this year the red carpet have been the most interesting once compared to past years.  One of the highlights of this year’s Red Carpet is the fashion risks taken across the board – with just a few actresses wearing sparkly fishtail dresses, naked dresses or big proffy ball gowns which means us fashion obcessed bloggers who only watch Awards Shows for the red carpet fashion have lots to talk about.  Another surprise is the amount of custom made dresses and Haute Couture on the RC- this is rare because often Fashion Design Houses save their Couture pieces for the “Film Awards Red Carpets” such as the Golden Globes or Oscars- I am not saying that Television Actress are not as Famous, worse actresses or less Fashion Icons than Film Actresses on the international stage, but the reality is that American TV series don’t often get shown around the world by the general public compared to film so Fashion Houses often save their best custom Haute Couture pieces for Actresses in Film Awards shows instead of Emmys so it was a Pleasant Surprise to see these custom pieces- the stylists in Hollywood did their Job.

Unlike my previous red carpet posts I’ve decided to change it up and narrow it down to 3 catagories , Best & Worst Dressed and the looks which had protential but killed by bad styling (or vice versa. So without further doodahs, Here is my Red Carpet Review for Emmys Awards 2015.

BEST DRESSED

LADY GAGA lN BRANDON MAXWELL

Best Dressed Lady Gaga Brandon Maxwell Photo: http://www.vogue.com

When I saw this photo, I grasped. Never in my life I would ever have thought that we can see the words “Minimalist” , “Effortlessly Chic” and “Elegant” with Lady Gaga in the same sentence.  I guess with her up coming TV series of American Horror Stories, Mother Monster wanted to be taken series as an actress and she did it brilliantly.  The perfectly tailored one shouldered gown with the slightly floor swepting train is tailored to perfection and super chic. The geometric cut on the hip made the silhouette look interesting without it being a regular LBD. The chin length bob and simple makeup which is minimal for her gave her the most beautiful glow. Definitely the Fashion Shock of the night in the most Fabulous way.  YOU GO MOTHER MONSTER!

 ZOE KAZAN IN MIU MIU

Zoe Kazan in Miu Miu Source: www.vogue.com

Zoe Kazan in Miu Miu
Source: http://www.vogue.com

Red will always be a popular shade on the red carpet but this is the first time we saw a red printed dress in a very long time. Really love the different directions the stripes go around the dress so it almost look like a red and white zebra print.  The halter neckline with the flowy chifton gave it a maxi dress vibe.  Usually I am not a fan of the matchy red clutch + red lip + red belt with a red dress but since its a red and white print, it worked perfectly.  I am not usually a fan of a statement necklace on a halterneck especially with a print because usually it will look too busy but in this case since the print is so simple, it gave the total look abit of glamour. She looks like a young , fresh and stylish fashionista on the red carpet.

ELLIE KEMPER IN NAEEM KHAN

Ellie Kemper in a Naeem Khan dress and Swarovski bag

Ellie Kemper in a Naeem Khan dress and Swarovski bag Source: http://www.vogue.com

I know this probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I love it for the boldness of the print.  Its bold, dynamic and super dramatic because of the print.  Really love the way the lines of the prints flatter her body giving her the illusion of curves. Usually I am never a fan of dresses which are the same colour as her skin but because of the fact that this is a print it worked. The simple hair with the dramatic eyes is perfect for such an edgy dress. Really love the fact that the navy blue clutch brought out the darker lines of the dress. This is one of the biggest fashion statements of the night. Bravo.

KERRY WASHINGTON IN MARC JACOBS

Kerry Washington in a Marc Jacobs dress, Casadei shoes, and Harry Winston jewelry Source: www.vogue.com

Kerry Washington in a Marc Jacobs dress, Casadei shoes, and Harry Winston jewelry
Source: http://www.vogue.com

I had mixed feelings about this look at first because it felt slightly casual and a bit more like an after party dress than a dress which is worn to the awards.  But when i truely throught about it, apart from the Oscars which demands gowns, the definition of a red carpet look for other awards shows have changed.  Silver Sequined dresses can look tacky on the red carpet but this knee length dress is glamourous without looking cheap.  Really love the ombre effect of the skirt.  The sleeves kept it elegant and the slit made it sexy without being vulgar.  The loose finger wave gave the look a nod to the 20s era without being too literal.  The look would’ve been perfect if the shoes was metalic and also the bodysuit underneath is silver so its less exposed. But Kerry is always a risk taker on the red carpet and this is the first time in quite a while which the risk taking worked.

JAIME ALEXANDER IN ARMANI PRIVE

Jamie Alexander in an Armani PrivéDress and Baccarat jewelry

Jamie Alexander in an Armani Privé Dress and Baccarat jewelry

I was slightly upset when I saw Jamie Alexander wore this Armani Prive dress on the red carpet at first because I was hoping to see it on my fashion queen Cate Blanchett but the more I looked at it, Jamie deserved it because she looked super glamorous and elegant. Its very rich and slightly gothic and I loved the fact that she kept the styling simple with just a small amount of black diamonds and sleeked her hair back.  This look is all about the dress and a high neck gown with sleeves and no skin showing can look suffocating on the wrong body, but Jamie pulled it off like a fashion queen.

THE GOOD IDEA BUT BAD EXECUTION

JANUARY JONES IN  ULYANA SERGEENKO

January Jones in Ulyana Sergeenko and Tiffany & Co. jewelry Source: Vogue.com

January Jones in Ulyana Sergeenko and Tiffany & Co. jewelry
Source: Vogue.com

January Jones is usually risk taker on the red carpet so I was not surprised to see her in this Jumpsuit by Ulyana Sergeenko.  I liked the idea of a jumpsuit and the green looks superb on her HOWEVER, the round bust cups does not fit her at all but its not enough to look intentionally exaggerated.  While the brooch is a good idea but I feel like this look needs more statement jewellery either a cuff, a statement ring or earrings and a clutch to make it more oomph.  Also this look needs WAY MORE edgier hair and makeup and in order to work.  She looks like she ran out of time or forgot to hire a hair dresser for the event.

TITANNA MASLANY IN BOUCHRA JARRAR

Tatiana Maslany in Bouchra Jarrar, in Fred Leighton jewelry, and Sophia Webster shoes

Tatiana Maslany in Bouchra Jarrar, in Fred Leighton jewelry, and Sophia Webster shoes

I always love a women in a suit because I find the androgyny super sexy and always appeciate any actress who goes that rout and I really love the idea of making a white suit look feminine and sexy. HOWEVER, the problem with this suit is the terrible fit- shes swimming in the suit which looks like its taped down to minimalise any nip slip. The trousers looks a few inches too big around the hips and that collar is way too big for her small frame.  Also I am so sick of seeing these shoes which is painful just looking at her. Also feel like the look needs a necklace or statement earrings because she looks a bit bare on top.  On the plus side- her hair and makeup looks beautiful and on point so this is a case of Good Idea ruined by bad tailoring.

 EMMA ROBERTS IN JENNY PACKHAM

Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham and Martin Katz jewelry Source: www.vogue.com

Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham and Martin Katz jewelry
Source: http://www.vogue.com

Even though I love the cut and silhouette on this Jenny Peckham dress on her and its styled perfectly, and her hair and makeup looks gorgous; My biggest problem with this look is that the cream coloured dress with her pale complexion and that particular shade of blonde hair completely washed out.  Eventhough I get nude coloured dresses will never go out of style on the red carpet but I will never be a fan of them because she looks naked from far away.  If this dress is in a different colour like an mint green or a baby blue, it would’ve definitely be a contender for best dressed.

TEYONAH PARRIS IN FRANCESCA MIRANDA

Teyonah Parris in Francesca Miranda

Teyonah Parris in Francesca Miranda

Love the dress. Its a new take on the classic ballgown and  it fun, its flirty and the Polka Dotts made it dramatic and bold. Would’ve loved it more if the belt was plain black and I liked the fact that she kept the jewellery simple because the dress didn’t need it HOWEVER…the look is COMPLETELY ruined by the 80s style prom hair style. All she needs is a sash, a tiara with a bouquet of flowers and she is Miss America 1989. Such a big mistep because everything else looked beautiful.  This with something modern like a loose ponytail and she would’ve NAILED it.

KIERNAN SHIPKA IN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE

Kiernan Shipka in Dior Haute Haute Couture

Kiernan Shipka in Dior Haute Haute Couture

This was on a lot of worst dressed lists and it almost made it to mine but I always applaud a young actress trying to take a fashion risk and not go to the pretty princess dress.  The yellow suits her and she looks great in the mini dress (even though I can’t get over the sheer yellow illusion neckline) but although I love Dior and Raf Simons but these cigeratte pants with the black heels look like they belong in a different outfit.  Sadly her face is too sweet to pull off a look which not even the fashion risk takers like Diane Kruger , Lupita N’gongo or Kerry Washington may even attempt.  Bravo for trying but baby steps darling.

WORST DRESSED

HEIDI KLUM IN ALTELIER VERSACE

HEIDI KLUM IN ALTELIER VERSACE

HEIDI KLUM IN ALTELIER VERSACE

While I get brand loyalty but for me, wearing a dress from the same collection at the same awards show- The Creative Arts Emmys Awards within 2 weeks is not the smartest move; especially if the first dress is far more beautiful than the second dress.  From neck up- she looks beautiful as usual.. But eventhough I love Altelier Versace but of all the dresses in the collection, she had to choose the sheer naked one. Really don’t get the frilly Austen Power esque half jacket because it looked like she forgot to put the other half on… for the first time I wish they just left that part on and leaving the naked dress naked.  The matching yellow shoes absolutely killed the look.  She looked like a half peeled banana.

UZO ADUBA IN A JONATHAN COHEN DRESS

Uzo Aduba in a Jonathan Cohen dress and Kwiat jewelry earrings

Uzo Aduba in a Jonathan Cohen Dress and Kwiat jewelry earring

You all know that Fuchsia is my all time favourite colour so really annoyed with the fact this dress ruined it. I don’t mind the neckline but the dress is sooooo stiff it looks like a make a prom dress out of unconventional materials challenge. The violet is not big enough to look intentional so it looks like a painted on mistake.  The hair looks like a bridesmaid.  Such a disappointment coming from a beautiful actress.

CLAIRE DANES IN PRADA

Worsed Dressed -Claire Danes in a Prada dress and Cartier jewelry

Claire Danes in a Prada Dress and Cartier jewelry

I’ve always loved Claire Danes for her unconventional choices on the red carpet but 60% of the time it doesn’t translate on the Red Carpet.  This is yet another example. I love the sequins and the colour but the neckline is just not flattering for her figure and looks like she is wearing a floor length apron from the front. The metal chains and eyelets feel too heavy against the sequins.  The matronly hair absolutely looks totally wrong with this outfit.  If Miley Cyrus wore this to the VMAs I probably would’ve loved it but definite not for Claire Danes for Emmys.

KATHRYN HAAN IN VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

Kathryn Haan in Vivienne Westwood dress, Eva Fehren jewelry, and Rauwolf bag

Kathryn Haan in Vivienne Westwood dress, Eva Fehren jewelry, and Rauwolf bag

Project Runway Challenge: Design a red carpet dress made from fabrics found in a vintage furniture store.  The fit is all you need for any “are you pregnant?” rumors, Really hate the diagonal ruffles across her vagina, the hair and makeup is just wrong for the look.  The only thing which is relatively ok is these amazing shoes but even that doesn’t save such a hideous dress.

JOANNA NEWSOM IN DELPOZO

Joanna Newsom in a Delpozo dress

Joanna Newsom in a Delpozo dress

At first glance, this is a red carpet version of Princess Beetrice’s look at the Royal wedding. She looks like she is wearing the toilet cover on her chest.  Absolutely hate the stiff mullet dress with the chifton skirt underneath.  The grandma bun looks good if you are 80.  Absolute disaster….

Sorry about the LOOOONNNGGGG post.  Red Carpet post is always super long because theres always lots to discuss (bitch about)
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Golden Globes Awards 2015 Red Carpet PART 2- Worse Dressed List

As seen in my previous blog post on the Fashion Hits of the Golden Globes Awards in 2015, there are also some major fashion misses this year. Every time I write the worse dressed list, I often get criticised for being too harsh and use people’s miss fortunes as my happiness but the way I see it is 1: the thing I’ve always loved about fashion is the fact that its subjective and everyone have their own opinion of what is beautiful and 2: These are Famous people who can get access to some of the most expensive dresses in the world with stylist, makeup artists and hair stylist who probably earn more a day than most of us do in a month, there is not much excuse to look bad on the red carpet so not gonna apologise for it.  Anyway to keep things short, here are the top 15 worse dressed celebrities at this year’s Golden Globes Awards.

Photos source: www.style.com

15- Salma Hayek, in Alexander McQueen (tie)
It hurts me to say this cause Alexander McQueen but even though the dress is pretty the dress and the styling just doesn’t look right on her.  The silver belt with the diamond jewellery and the knuckle clutch just don’t seem to match. The flowers with the soft waves feel to soft with the belt of the dress. On someone edgier (maybe Jennifer Lawrence or Marion Cotillard) and with the right styling this would’ve been beautiful but she is too exotic for this dress. She looks more like a beach bride in Miami than an actress at the golden globes red carpet.
Salma Hayek, in Alexander McQueen

15- Kate Beckinsale, in Elie Saab (tie)
Really can’t decide which is worse, Salma’s beach bride ensemble or this from miss Beckinsale. I like the top half of the dress with the metallic plunging neckline and I like the chiffon on the bottom of the dress but together it looks like 2 different dresses sewn together as one.  The make up is beautiful but the ballerina bun just killed it. She looks like these models hired to give the award to the presenter than the actual presenter herself.
15. Kate Beckinsale, in Elie Saab

 14- Jennifer Lopez, in Zuhair Murad Haute Coutur
I know I’ve raved about Heidi Klum about being dramatic , sexy and knowing her image in my Best Dressed post, J’Lo did a similar thing but in the wrong way. I know this is very her and what we expect to see her in but the boobs, the big slit, the bling, the cape with the big hair it looks way too vulgar.  She look like a drunk drag queen on the way to a show in Las Vagas . If she wore this as a performance outfit or a music awards red carpet it would’ve worked but not at the Golden Globes. Great eye makeup though.
14. Jennifer Lopez, in Zuhair Murad Haute Couture

13- Keira Knightley, in Custom Chanel
I know I shouldn’t criticise a pregnant women and I am always up for prints or something unconventional on the red carpet but this just look like a pilgrim costume.  The collar feels very flat and the ruffles on the hem just feel like its the wrong length and makes her look short.  The butterfly on the clutch feel too matchy match with the dress. Such a shame cause the original dress the porportion was perfect. If she wore that to a movie premiere would’ve saved it. Beautiful hair and makeup though.
13. Keira Knightley, in custom Chanel, and James Righton

12- Ruth Wilson, in Prada
The silhouette is something I normally would love and the colour looks awesome with her hair but the problem with this dress is the diagonal stripe on her crotch it feels very odd and totally unnecessary unless she wants to tell the whole world that she is not available for sex that night.  The lines of the dress don’t work with the soft wavy hair and makeup. I love Prada and Miuccia is one of the most influencial designers in the world but 90% of the times they try to turn their ready to wear to red carpet dresses,  there is usually something wrong with it.
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11- Matthew McConaughey, in Dolce & Gabbana with a Bulgari watch, and Camila Alves, in Monique Lhuillier
What a huge disappointment – one of the hottest couples in Hollywood ruined by very bad styling and grooming. The suit is ok but the beard just absolutely ruined the look. I get maybe its for a movie role but for god’s sake, you are last year’s winner presenting at the Golden Globes, please show some respect.  The dress itself is beautiful but just the wrong colouring on her skin tone. The highlights on her hair absolutely does her zero justice what so ever. From the neck up they both aged 20 years.
11. Matthew McConaughey, in Dolce & Gabbana, with a Bulgari watch, and Camila Alves, in Monique Lhuillier

10- Kate Hudson, in Atelier Versace
Another major disappointment of the night. The white looks good against her skin tone and the hair and makeup looks beautiful but this is way too sexy for her. The plunging neckline with the cutout just looks absolutely vulgar. The only thing you seem to look at is her boobs which looks like they are sagging. This probably would look good on J-Lo but for someone who usually gets it so right , she falls flat on her feel in pulling this off.
10.Kate Hudson, in Atelier Versace

9- Viola Davis, in Donna Karan Atelier
Red was the colour of the night and I always love it when a women of colour wear it cause it just pops against their skin tone but the silhouette of this dress makes her look very boxy with no waist.  While I get the fact that the sequins tries to give the illusion of the hour glass figure but instead it makes her body looks like her boobs are crying.  Really hate the tuck shop lady hair and thats WAY TO MUCH makeup for such a beautiful women.
9.Viola Davis, in Donna Karan Atelier

8- Katherine Heigl, in Zac Posen
At first glance my reaction is what is Mariah Carey doing at the Golden Globes this year? When I realise its Miss Heigl my heart just sank.  I don’t have a problem with the colour and the silhouette, it normally would look very chic on the red carpet but off the shoulder straps are always tricky cause I find it narrows the shoulders and widens the arms.  Also why on earth would any women in the world want to wear a dress with a big arrow pointing towards her vagina?  The barbie blond curls really cheapens the whole outfit. She looks like a call girl trying to look elegant at a black tie dinner
8. Katherine Heigl, in Zac Posen

7- Melissa McCarthy, with Carla Amorim and Doves by Doron Paloma jewels
I understand curvy actress often find it hard to get designers to make something unconventional for them for the red carpet so kudos to that. The silhouette looks amazing on her figure and the soft pink works well with her hair and makeup. The problem is the tie with the big bell sleeves immediately moved this dress to costume territory.  This is appropriate if you are the lead singer for a choir at a church wedding but looks weird for an actress at the golden globes.
7. Melissa McCarthy, with Carla Amorim and Doves by Doron Paloma jewels

6- Lena Dunham in Zac Posen
Like many actresses on this list from the neck up she looks beautiful. The bob looks very quirky and fun on her even though the makeup is too much – there is too much blush to go with a red dress. The colour of the dress is beautiful but the silhouette- with the stiff seems of the dress does absolutely nothing good to her body. The curves of the hemline and the seems makes her look more round then she really is.  It looks like deflated red basketball made into a dress.  Cute shoes though.
6. Lena Dunham, in Zac Posen

5. Kerry Washington, in custom Mary Katrantzou
I like the fact that she takes risk on the red carpet but really don’t get this princess Barbie look.  The off the shoulder strap with the sweet heart neckline with this ball gown silhouette is so cliche its funny, the hem length just looks like they ran out of fabric. But the biggest mistake is the material- its so stiff that it looks like a project runway challenge – make a dress out of materials found at a hardware store inspired by princess barbie.
5. Kerry Washington, in custom Mary Katrantzou

4- Rosamund Pike, in Vera Wang
I was so surprised when I realise this dress is by Vera Wang, the queen of elegance and glamour cause this dress feels extremely vulgar for her.  Even though I understand Rosamund just had a baby but the cutouts, the symmetry of the straps and the low cut makes her look frumpy and boxy at the same time. The severe office women bob does absolutely nothing to soften this look.  The dress would look awesome on Heidi or J lo cause they have the style and figure to pull this off but definitely not for her. #WORSEDEBUTEVER for the Golden Globes norminee.  On the positive, even though most people say this is the worse of the night, for me there is definitely worse.
4. Rosamund Pike, in Vera Wang

3- Zosia Mamet, in Andrew Gn
Yawn.  Another princess silhouette which looks like the top and bottom comes from 2 different dress rendered in taffeta- a fabric which needs steaming as soon as she enters the limo in a colour which completely washes her out.  Zosia: never die your hair to match the bodice of the dress.  The peplum makes her hips looks wider than it really is and the whole dress looks like the muslin for a potential wedding dress.  At least Rosamund’s have SOME design lines and a nice fabric to it. This is just bland, unflattering and winkled.
3. Zosia Mamet, in Andrew Gn

2- Alan Cumming, in Calvin Klein Collection
Usually I applaud men for taking fashion risk on the red carpet but this is an example of doing it in the worse possible way.  The colour just makes him look naked from far away and it EXACTLY MATCHES HIS SKIN TONE. He looks like a skin coloured crayon.  The jacket is way too long and makes him look short and the fit of it makes him look 2 sizes bigger.  The shoes, I know its Christian Louboutin but wearing suede sneakers on a red carpet is just the biggest mistake you can make.  Alan: maybe its time to go back to the classic suit cause I would rather have NO risk taken then this weird colourless attire.2. Alan Cumming, in Calvin Klein Collection

And now, the winner of the BTW-Workshop Blog’s pick for WORSE DRESSED of Golden Globes 2015 goes to (drumroll please)

1: Jemima Kirke, in Rosie Assoulin
Futuristic Geisha goes Belly Dancing.  Firstly the fabric of the skirt looks like a slip. The top/ cape is just Bazaar and looks as stiff as a carpet.  The colour of the whole thing is sooooo bland and washes her out.  The flat ironed hair with the roots showing makes this dress even flatter than it already is.  Its never a good sign when your eye makeup have more visual interest than the whole entire outfit.  Jemima: Cher is suing you for stealing muslin sample for one of her stage wear back in the 70s.1. Jemima Kirke, in Rosie Assoulin

Well thats it for now, what is your picks for this year’s worse dressed at the Golden Globes? Feel free to have your say in the comments section.

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xoxo Tim Tim Wong