The Emmy Awards is the Oscars of the television world - a night when America's small screen stars take the focus from their big screen counterparts.
The fashion choices of this year's nominees were as varied and specific as their performances. Leading the pack in a vibrant orange dress with a thigh-high slit was Kerry Washington wearing Prada, while Gwen Stefani glittered up the scene with a modified two-piece number embellished with peekaboo metal hardware from Atelier Versace.
From the daring colors and textures to the conservative black and white gowns, Sofia Vergara lite up the red carpet in an all-white, structured Roberto Cavalli gown with silver accents while Lizzy Caplan wore an elegant black and white silk gazar with high neck criss-cross straps and open back from Donna Karan Atelier.
See all the chicest looks from the biggest night in television here.
Valentino’s Fall 2014-15 collection represented a sixties flavor featuring the shirt-collar dresses, the embroidered tulle gowns, and capes of all kinds—in lace, in leather, drapey silk crepe, and in versatile double-face cashmere that could be pinned back to create an alternate look. But the accessories stole the show with patchwork bags, braided calfskin boots, camouflage clutches and Camu Butterfly pumps and totes.
Celebrities and style devotees descended in Paris July 6 to 10 for the Haute Couture shows. The gowns that made their way down the runways of these elaborate fetes are the same looks that will be on red carpets throughout the season. Here are three trends that we can count on weaving their way into the fashion vernacular.
1. The Age of Innocence
Forget the all-too-modern Age of Aquarius; decadence is upon us in the form of grand bell skirts and ornate details such as beading and embroidery. Christian Dior showed a range of styles from the exaggerated to the subdued. On the opposite end, there were plenty of zippered jumpsuits to juxtapose the 19th century sensibility of the gowns. We have Edith to thank for all this romance.
2. The Fabulous Fifties
Bone-waisted jackets with rounded shoulders kicked off Atelier Versace, indicative of a post-WWII-Atomic-Age style we haven’t seen on the runway in recent years. There were plenty of the buckles and an artful mix of fabrics—one of the signatures of the Italian design house. Most stunning were the dresses, which all put focus on one leg. Bodysuits were strapped into gowns with reams and reams of buttery silks, and T-shirts were bedazzled and bejeweled. There is nothing matte; it’s time to shine.
3. Back to Nature
Valentino’s presentation epitomized how you should dress on those days when you feel like a cross between a Greek goddess and a woodland fairy. Toga-inspired gowns, leather straps as belts and on sandals, and feathers, tulle and rich gold lace added an aviary touch to stunning couture pieces, channeling the splendid Earth Mother inside us all. The new organic is decadent and ripe.
Guest Blogger: Melinda Sheckells
This summer take advice from the late great Lou Reed and walk on the wild side – in some totally tribal patterns. From Valentino’s ethnic prints to Donna Karan’s urban chic, tribal motifs are filling up the boutiques at The Shops at Crystals.
Whether you are lounging by Mandarin Oriental’s pool in a statement making Donna Karan tribal cover up, dancing the night away at Haze Nightclub in a sexy blue, black and red short Valentino dress, or grabbing a quick bite to eat pairing your favorite classic blue jeans with Roberto Cavalli’s black and white tribal sandals – the international print influence will definitely have you turning heads in city ready looks with a tribal twist!
When it comes to red-carpet glamour, few events compete with the Cannes Film Festival for sheer sartorial spectacle and star power.
First up to face the press in 2014 was Blake Lively. Wearing a glamorous deep burgundy Gucci Première gown with a thigh-high split is just reason number 1,734 for why we want to be the fabulous starlet. From the sophisticated and sexy Mrs. Reynolds to the sheer Valentino tri-color full lace gown worn by model Karlie Kloss and the youthful dazzling edge brought to the red carpet by Adele Exarchopoulos in a Louis Vuitton black and white custom gown – the Cannes fashion has just begun!