Sunday, January 28, 2018

Grammys 2018 Fashion Recap: Pants & Petals

The music industry joined Hollywood's show of support for #TimesUp against sexual misconduct and gender inequality by wearing white roses at the Grammys. And in lieu of the black gown blackout at the Golden Globes, the recording industry's brightest had pants trending on the red carpet. These women proved that you don't need a dress to make a sartorial statement. Let's take a look at how some of the stars made pants & petals work together.

Eve looked impeccable in a shimmering Naeem Khan suit and diamond choker by Chopard.

Lady Gaga brought the drama in an Armani Privé lace catsuit with a wrap skirt featuring a sweeping train.

Anna Kendrick balanced masculine and feminine by pairing a houndstooth-checked Balmain suit with a sexy La Perla bustier and sky high pink pumps.

Miley Cyrus made a surprisingly sleek and chic statement in a velvet jumpsuit from Jean-Paul Gaultier's Fall 2007 Couture collection.

Janelle Monáe's Dolce & Gabbana suit featured flowers embroidered up the sides like vines, and had a special nod to the #TimesUp movement with a white rose actually embellished on the lapel.

A white rose symbolizes respect, pays homage to new beginnings and expresses hope for the future. When juxtaposed with power pants, fashion truly made a statement at this year's Grammys. These looks definitely serve as inspiration for blending traditionally masculine and feminine elements to create a dynamic look. As Janelle Monáe said: "we come in peace, but we mean business."

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Golden Globes 2018: Back In Black

Tonight's Golden Globe Awards marked the start of Awards Season! A new year, new nominees, and a new social and political fire in the belly of Hollywood's most influential. In light of the #MeToo Movement, hundreds of women in entertainment created #TimesUp, a detailed plan to combat disparity and sexual harassment across all industries. The Golden Globes were a perfect opportunity to spotlight this campaign via wearing black in solidarity. This fashion blackout created a parade of pure power on the red carpet.

Zoe Kravitz chose a simple yet supremely elegant Saint Laurent column dress.

Prada created Diane Kruger's layered tulle confection, featuring black Swiss dots and a cascading shawl for regal effect.

Catherine Zeta-Jones wore a long-sleeved gown with the romantic sheer and lace overlays that Zuhair Murad is known for.

One of my best dressed of the night, Kerry Washington looked chic in Prabal Gurung's strapless sequin number. The high slit showed off her edgy Roger Vivier ankle boots.

Another favorite, Dakota Johnson, chose a stunning Gucci dress featuring a shimmering black train joining the gown in a dramatic array of sparkling jewels.

Costume designer and stylist Arianne Phillips created a special #TimesUp pin for nominees and male presenters as well.

In retrospect (and in the spirit of New Years reflections), 2017 was all about speaking up in fashion, with the rise of trends like statement tees; while 2018 is focused on putting everything into action. The hashtag shift even reflects this notion: #MeToo (gaining a voice) and #TimesUp (ending the injustices). What a moving way for Hollywood to organize using fashion to shed light on this important initiative.