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Runway to Red Carpet: Awards Season Fever

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Lupita Nyong'oAwards Season is officially in full swing. Lupita, Amy, Emma, and Cate stole the show at Sunday’s Golden Globes, but plenty of other A-listers had their time in the spotlight on the busy party circuit. On Saturday, Sandra Bullock broke red-carpet convention by pairing a white T-shirt etched with iconic edifices with an emerald pencil skirt from Burberry’s fresh Pre-Fall ’14 offering for the BAFTA Los Angeles 2014 Awards Season Tea Party in Beverly Hills. The same day, Naomi Watts took a turn on the red carpet for the G’Day USA Black Tie Gala in an icy blue silk satin Spring ’14 Marchesa gown.

After the Globes, many stars slipped out of their red-carpet wares and into equally glamorous party frocks for some post-ceremony revelry. InStyle and Warner Bros. cohosted a bash that saw notables like Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Watson, and Miranda Kerr slink down the red carpet in their sartorial best. Diane Kruger, who was absent on the Globe’s red carpet, turned up in a black Pre-Fall ’14 Antonio Berardi gown sprinkled with gold crystals.

Silver-screen newcomers Lupita Nyong’o and Adèle Exarchopoulos each took home trophies at Thursday night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. And they impressed on the red carpet, too. Nyong’o, who has topped countless Best Dressed lists the last few months, donned a statuesque, custom ivory silk crepe bandeau dress from Calvin Klein Collection (she also wore a printed Mary Katrantzou number to the DuJour magazine party this week, left). Exarchopoulos, meanwhile, chose a sheer Spring ’14 Louis Vuitton stunner spangled with beads and feathers. Tune in Saturday evening as the red-carpet excitement continues with the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Gabriel Olsen / Getty Images

Which Oscar Nominee Will Steal the Red-Carpet Spotlight?

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Cate BlanchettAfter watching the Golden Globes last weekend, the Oscar nominee list feels a bit like déjà vu. American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Blue Jasmine, and Her, all of which won big at the Globes, might be adding a few more golden statues to their collection. Christian Bale and Amy Adams are both up for Best Actor and Actress for American Hustle, while Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. 12 Years a Slave, which won the Best Motion Picture, Drama, at the Globes, will be stiff competition for its fellow nominees that also include Gravity, Captain Phillips, Nebraska, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Of course, we’re even more anxious to see who wins on the red carpet. After an exciting Golden Globes turnout, we’re hopeful that the Oscars will inspire some similar sartorial risk-taking. Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence both looked stunning in Dior—Watson in a backless dress over cigarette pants, Lawrence in an ethereal white strapless gown—and Amy Adams stole the show in a plunging crimson Valentino. (She said she was inspired by her American Hustle character’s wardrobe.) Rising star Lupita Nyong’o made several Best Dressed lists in her bright red caped gown by Ralph Lauren (red was a big color at the event), and Cate Blanchett, who won Best Actress, Drama for Blue Jasmine, wore a divine black lace Armani Privé number. The stars looked forward-thinking and modern—there wasn’t a mermaid silhouette or overembellished prom dress in sight. Can they keep it up on Oscar night?

See below for a list of the most competitive categories’ nominees, and tune in to ABC on March 2 to watch the ceremony.

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Director
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Continue Reading “Which Oscar Nominee Will Steal the Red-Carpet Spotlight?” »

Runway to Red Carpet: Stars Step It Up for Awards Season

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Sandra BullockWith the Golden Globes only three days away, Awards Season is officially here. And this week, we saw stars aplenty strutting down red carpets at various pre-Globe ceremonies. For instance, Golden Globe Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, nominee Amy Adams stepped out in a black-and-white polka-dot Juan Carlos Obando Spring ’14 halter gown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards gala on Saturday, where she and her American Hustle castmates were honored with the Ensemble Performance Award. Cate Blanchett, who is up for a Best Actress Globe in the Drama category, started the season off swinging by winning the Best Actress honor at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday. The Blue Jasmine star wore a silver brocade gown with a full high-low skirt and matching jacket from Antonio Berardi’s Pre-Fall ’14 lineup to accept her accolade. On Wednesday, many A-listers, including Gravity leading lady and Golden Globe nom Sandra Bullock, headed to the People’s Choice Awards. Bullock, the night’s big winner, stepped out in a green, white, and navy floral Peter Pilotto Resort ’14 frock, and accepted awards for Favorite Movie Actress, Favorite Comedic Movie Actress, Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress, and Favorite Movie Duo alongside Gravity costar George Clooney.

On Thursday evening, W magazine held a pre-Golden Globes fete in L.A., giving the “Best Performance” nominees a chance to celebrate before the big reveal. Best Supporting Actress nom Lupita Nyong’o attended the event in a black satin-back crepe Proenza Schouler dress from the Resort ’14 collection. Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery made an appearance to celebrate her show’s nomination, turning up in a multichecked frock from Altuzarra’s fresh Pre-Fall ’14 range. With the nominees continually hitting it out of the sartorial ballpark, we can hardly wait to see what they have in store for the main event this weekend. Any predictions? Tune in Sunday night for our complete coverage of the 71st Annual Golden Globes.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Gregg DeGuire / WireImage

Draw Something: Fashion Illustration Takes the Spotlight

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Illustrations by David Downton, Gary Card, Zoe Taylor, and Antonio Lopez

Last night in London, Christie’s South Kensington auction house played host to an exhibition and discussion orchestrated by the Fashion Illustration Gallery (FIG). And while the audience sat through the Issa London-sponsored talk, whose panel included Christie’s Meredith Etherington-Smith, illustrator David Downton (whose work is pictured above, top left), and Style.com’s Tim Blanks, they were left wondering: Should astute art investors buy up fashion illustration in the same way the world should have snatched up early Basquiat or Koons? “Before Andy Warhol was Andy Warhol, he was a fashion illustrator,” said Etherington-Smith. “Fifty years ago, the art world debated whether photography was a bona fide art form, and the same is happening now with fashion illustration. I believe there is no doubt fashion illustration is an art, but a vastly underappreciated one.”

The art on display last night represented the old guard like Cecil Beaton, Antonio Lopez (above, bottom left), and Andy Warhol, as well as such new talents as Gary Card (above, top right), Zoë Taylor (above, bottom right), and Tanya Ling. Strange bedfellows? Not according to Downton. “Some of the younger fashion illustrators out there are the most skilled draftsmen,” he said. “They very much should take their place alongside the great artists of days gone.”

Among the questions thrown out to an audience that included Suzy Menkes, Camilla Al Fayed, and Susie Bubble: Will fashion illustration ever be accepted as an art form? And will magazine editors ever replace celebs for illustrations? Downton, perhaps, answered these queries best. “The illustration I did a few years back of Cate Blanchett for Australian Vogue was, against all odds, the fastest-selling issue of the year. It also won the Maggie’s Magazine Cover of the Year. After that, there was no doubt for me that there is a place in the art world for fashion illustration.”

FIG’s exhibition at Christie’s South Kensington runs through December 19.

Illustrations: David Downton, Gary Card, Zoe Taylor, and Antonio Lopez

Runway to Red Carpet: And the Award for Most Glamorous Nominee Goes To…

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Rooney MaraWith the SAG Award and Golden Globe nominations announced this week, award season is nigh. Between galas, film festivals, and worldwide promo tours for their nominated films, this year’s well-dressed contenders have been pulling out all the sartorial stops. SAG Award and Golden Globe nominee (and this week’s Beauty Essentials spotlight) Cate Blanchett stepped out in a strapless black Spring ’14 Givenchy jumpsuit with a loose, draped bodice at the For the Love of Cinema – IWC Gulf Filmmaker Award ceremony during the Dubai International Film Festival on Saturday. Amy Adams, who is also up for a Best Actress Golden Globe, chose a black Elie Saab Spring ’14 shift with sheer lace panels for the New York premiere of her film American Hustle, which received a Globe nomination of its own.

Rooney Mara, whose film Her is up for a Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe, attended the Oxfam Charity gala during the Dubai Film Festival in a custom white one-shouldered Lanvin gown with a sculptured peplum-like detail on the bodice from the Resort ’14 collection. The same day, SAG Award nominee Claire Danes hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, in an embroidered white linen Valentino Resort ’14 gown.

Hollywood newcomer Lupita Nyong’o received a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nom for her very first role in a full-length film, 12 Years a Slave, and has been topping best-dressed lists nearly every week of the press tour. On Wednesday, she took to the red carpet at the film’s Paris premiere in a sleeveless red sequined cocktail dress with sheer cutouts from Elie Saab’s Resort ’14 collection. With the bar set high early in her career, we’re excited to see what the future holds for this rising star.

No doubt, it’s a tight race for the title of most glamorous award hopeful. Who do you think deserves the honor? Click through all of this week’s red-carpet highlights, here.