Posts tagged ‘susan bridges’

March 1, 2011

Carpet Diem: Lessons from the red carpet for building your own wardrobe

On Wednesday, March 2nd, I will be  following in the auspicious footsteps of such luminaries as Rosalyn Carter, Cokie Robers, Ogden Nash, Michael Frayn, Barbara Bush, Diane von Furstenburg and style icon Nan Kemper, giving a talk at The Women’s Athletic Club entitled “Carpet Diem: Lessons from the red carpet for building your own wardrobe.”

Here are some lessons illustrated by examples from the recent Academy Awards.

The dress should dictate every other detail.

You can start with an absolutely stunning dress like this L’Wren Scott beaded column but if you don’t understand how to accessorize a minimalist dress with a high neckline or how to wear your hair with such a dress so that you maximize its impact, you wind up with this Amy Adams mistake .

Don’t add a necklace on top of a high neckline of a dazzling colored beaded gown. The color and the beading do all the work for you.

The dress creates a long lean line, so her hair should emphasize that–not fight with the neckline and jewelry. Lose the necklace. Wear the hair up in a sleek updo. Add some emerald studs. Done!

What always matters is not how much something costs but the impact it has!

This Channel Haute Couture gown is basically a t shirt dress. It’s exquisitely made but without bold lips and some sort of stunning accessories, it gets completely overlooked on Michelle Williams. My suggestion:  a coral or red lip, yellow diamond studs, a yellow diamond ring and a slightly golden/metallic clutch.

There comes an age when messy hair is not an option. Fifty is well past that age.

There comes an age when trying to look like a princess comes off as looking like Miss Havisham.

You may not be wearing the most original dress, but if the color suits you beautifully and the cut is classic, you will always belong on the red carpet.

The wrong shoes can ruin any outfit. (Even an ugly one.)

If it is your event, your spouse has the responsibility to bring up bring the level of their game. Couples should always look as if they are attending the same event. Always. Not negotiable. It should be in your prenup.

Yes, Mrs Jackman, I’m talking about you.

Who says dressing your age means you can’t look spectacular?

Susan Bridges makes it look effortless.

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February 28, 2011

The Best (and Worst) Dressed List: The 2011 Academy Awards

Gowns with  sleeves made their mark at the Golden Globes this year. High necklines made their mark at the Academy Awards.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein Collection

Minimalism at its best. Notice how the slice in the high neckline creates an almost sculptural effect and eliminates the need for a necklace. Also notice how the horizontal seam at the hem creates another level of complexity that balances the vertical cut at the neckline. This is the same designer–Fransisco Costa– responsible for the best dress at The Golden Globes worn by Emma Stone.

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture

Couture at its best. Again notice how the embellishment at the neckline, done with a sprinkle of color , brings the eye up toward the face, without the need for jewelry.  The dress is quite gorgeous from the back, which is open and has the same sprinkle of color as the neckline.

This is the same designer–Riccardo Tisci– who created Zoe Saldana’s  exquisite dress last year.

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Haute Couture

Gorgeous color, gorgeous dress, great hair and makeup–but she looked sullen all nite long. Why?

HONORABLE MENTION:  Anne Hathaway (onstage in  Atelier Versace and Armani Prive), Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Hale Berry, Hilary Swank andSusan Bridges.

THE WORST DRESSED

Penelope Cruz in LWren Scott

Looks like a tacky second rate copy of a Bob Mackie gown. Perhaps one of the worst Oscar gowns ever!

Scarlet Johansen in Dolce and Gabbana

Was she steamrolled over by a lace machine?

Jennifer Hudson in Atelier Versace

Yes, it’s a gorgeous color but she looks like a drag queen. She lost weight, yes, but she also lost her mind–though she seems to have found her breasts.

I know this sounds particularly harsh, but  I put it this way because she is either a victim of spectacularly bad advice or she’s using her weight loss as an excuse to wear something that she might have wanted to wear when she was unable to. She should be looking forward and not backward. (The two gentlemen behind her were in charge of hauling around the dress’ train.)

Imagine for a moment how smoking hot–yet classy–she would have looked wearing the Gucci gown worn by Hillary Swank!

She’s a class act and she should dress the part.

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