Posted Mar 19, 2010 in For Her | 0 Comments

Fashion Awards Countdown

I know what you’re thinking… another post about this year’s awards season dresses. It’s a little late, but come on now, it’s every little aspiring fashionista’s DREAM to get the chance to write about the fashion Mecca that is awards season. I look forward to those red carpets rolling out with an anticipation similar to that of a 10-year old’s on Christmas morning. The glitz, the glamour; it’s all there for me to fawn over, and this year was no disappointment. I decided to follow a few of my favourite’s all the way from The Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, straight to the big ticket: the Oscars.

#5: Drew Barrymore:

I know I said I was going to talk about this recent awards season, but when it comes to Drew Barrymore, I can’t help but take a walk down memory lane to the Prime Time Emmy awards this past summer. Stepping out in a frothy, peach Monique Lhuillier gown, Drew looked radiant, and this theme would continue throughout awards season.  Though fashion critics were undecided over Drew’s second Lhuillier confection at the SAG awards, a gorgeous Sapphire Blue dress, with a corested bodice and layered skirt, as well as her choice of a nude Atelier Versace dress at the Golden Globes, I applaud her for taking risks.  The majority of Hollywood celebutantes wouldn’t have the cajone’s to pull off these numbers.  And in my, oh-so-humble opinion, she killed it.

#4: Maggie Gyllenhaal:

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie.  I’ve been a fan of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s since her breakout performance in “Secretary” in 2002, but perhaps what I admire most is her fearlessness when it comes to fashion. This year was certainly no exception. Nominated at both the Golden Globes and Oscars in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in “Crazy Heart”, Gyllenhaal stepped out in two gorgeous form-fitting gowns. Her “burnt peach” fishtail dress from RM by Roland Mouret was the perfect colour for her creamy complexion and it fit her like a glove.  I have to give it up to my girl for rocking Dries van Noten at the Oscars. It’s a brilliant, innovative fashion house, not often seen on the red-carpet, and this painted gown was a stand-out.  It’s one of my personal favourites.

#3: Sandra Bullock:

Alright, here’s the thing… I’ve never really been a big fan of Sandra Bullock and was certainly not excited to find out that she had won award after award for her portrayal of a Southern football mom in “The Blind Side”.  But, hey, you’ve got to hand it to her (or her stylist).  She was shutting it down this season.  Her vintage-inspired Alexander McQueen gown at the SAG Awards was a surprise favourite for its subtlety and beautiful silhouette.  Her purple Bottega Veneta confection was bordering on 80’s prom, but the perfectly fitted bodice gave it just enough chic to put her at the top of most best dressed lists.  And finally, (and what a finale it was), she channeled Veronica Lake in a beautiful silver Marchesa gown, accepting her Best Actress Oscar in style.  Thank goodness for that dress, otherwise I’m not sure I would have been able to stomach the queen of sappy rom-com’s beating out Meryl and Helen for the win.

#2: Diane Kruger:

I’m beginning to sense a recurring theme amongst my picks this season; I’m a big fan of any woman who is willing to take a risk in the name of fashion, and Diane Kruger is the queen of all risk-takers this season. Her pink Christian Lacroix at the Golden Globes would have bordered on Salsa costume on any other actress (think Zoe Saldana’s frothy Givenchy number at the Oscars), but instead, the colour and shape of this gown look classic and radiant on Diane.  Perhaps it’s because of it’s resemblance to my all-time favourite Oscar gown, worn by Michelle Williams in 2006, but this one-shouldered, mustard-yellow, Jason Wu piece, paired with simple jewellery and a red pout, was by far my favourite of the show.  And in my opinion, her biggest risk yet, this pale rose and black Chanel gown.  With tiers and ruffles galore, this dress could have easily over-whelmed her tiny frame, yet Diane makes it look effortless and oh-so-chic

#1: Carey Mulligan:

I haven’t been able to stop gushing about Carey Mulligan since seeing her completely lovable performance as a young, impressionable schoolgirl in “An Education.” She is, simply put, just lovely. Beyond her Oscar-nominated performance, Carey has managed to take over the red carpet at every awards show this season with cutting edge, and beautiful gowns.  She’s proved that she isn’t one to shy away from prints, like her Black and Blue Nina Ricci gown at the Golden Globes, or the more flamboyant floral print of her dress by up-and-comer Vionnet at this years BAFTA’s.  Her beautifully draped, poppy red Lanvin dress at the SAG awards was sophisticated and elegant, while still looking young, and fresh. And my number one dress of the season…her AMAZING Prada confection with Swarovski embellishment, and asymmetrical hemline. She always chooses accessories sparingly, letting the dress stand centre-stage.  Channeling Audrey Hepburn she looked every bit the fashionista, and fit right in amongst the sea of A-listers.  She has taken over the top spot on my Young Hollywood List, and I can’t wait to see what else she’s got up her perfectly tailored sleeve.

I’m already counting down the days ‘til next season. Until then…

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