She Leads, You Follow: BAFTA Awards Edition

Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to celebrate the most loved performances of the small and silver screens as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosted their BAFTA Awards on Feb. 14. While the awards honored the best works of television and film, the red carpet paid homage to the stars’ impeccable style.

Taking to the red carpet outside of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden was Julianne Moore, who stunned in a black and white Armani gown according to ELLE. Moore completed her halter-style gown with black heels, chandelier earrings and a sleek updo.

Adding a pop of color to the mix with her bright fuchsia gown was Angela Bassett, who rocked a curve-hugging gown in the eye-popping color. Carrying a clutch in a matching hue, Bassett styled her look with pin-straight locks and a few statement rings.

Kate Winslet followed suit in an asymmetrical style by Antonio Berardi, says ELLE. Adding a pop of color to her all-black ensemble with a red clutch, Winslet polished off her look with embellished black pumps and diamond bracelets and earrings.

Although these ladies are dressed for yet another awards season event, there are things we can learn from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Get in ‘shape’ – Moore’s and Winslet’s gowns both have very interesting shapes, which creates a visually stimulating look overall. While Moore’s gown has a halter neckline with contrasting straps, Winslet’s gown features a one-shoulder silhouette with an arm strap and notched bodice. Details like this at the neckline not only add life to otherwise simple looks, they direct our attention to their beautiful faces. When shopping for a blouse or a dress, look for details in the neckline to elevate a simple look and frame your face.
  2. Color your world – Nothing brightens your day quite like a pop of color in your outfit, and Angela Bassett showed us just how uplifting a bright color can be. What is exquisite about her look in particular is how saturated the color of her gown is; it is a rich, full fuchsia that complements her skin tone. If you’re looking to add some brights to your life, make sure that they are saturated colors — like the one Bassett is wearing; this means the color is vivid, rich and intense. These colors will most likely enhance your skin tone and give it a warmth in the midst of this cold winter.

She Leads, You Follow: Critic’s Choice Awards Edition

Following on the heels of the Golden Globe Awards, the Critic’s Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 17 honored the best in film and television of 2015. The 21st annual awards, held in Santa Monica, California, bestowed honors on the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in The Revenant, as well as Brie Larson for her performance in Room. While the awards played host to Hollywood’s most talented, the awards also brought out their most fashionable looks.

Take Kate Beckinsale, for instance. She walked the Critic’s Choice red carpet in a silver Monique Lhullier gown with intricate beading, says POPSUGAR, which she paired with Butani earrings and a purple marbled clutch.

Wearing a pastel blue Altuzarra number with a geometric print was January Jones, who paired her embellished dress with strappy sandals and a simple updo.

Saoirse Ronan also got the memo to wear light blue, opting for a simple Antonio Berardi gown with silver beading at the shoulders, which transformed into a slight cape at the back. Ronan completed her look with Stephen Webster jewelry.

Breaking the blue trend in a colorblocked ensemble was Abigail Spencer, who wore a light pink and black halter dress by J. Mendel. She polished off her red carpet look with a matching clutch, gold earrings and a gold cuff.

Although Hollywood’s leading ladies are styled for the red carpet, there are some things we can learn from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Simple isn’t boring… – Although Saoirse Ronan and Abigail Spencer are wearing light colors with minimal embellishment, their looks are still compelling. That’s because both looks fit perfectly while also having a small, yet impactful detail to punch up the look. For instance, Ronan’s look incorporates a defined waist on a solid, column-style gown, but it’s accented by a beaded shoulder and cape to add some drama to the look. While Spencer’s gown looks deliberately oversize in the bodice, it is fitted in the waist, which then allows the skirt to pull away from her hips. The light pink of her gown is then contrasted with the black bandeau, creating a colorblocked look that is both modern and elegant. Small details like these create detailed looks that are simple but stylish nonetheless.
  2. …But details don’t hurt either – Kate Beckinsale and January Jones are perfect examples of how to use embellishment to your advantage. The beading on both dresses first emphasizes the bust while also narrowing their waistlines. Then, the embellishment creates curves on their hips; while Beckinsale’s gown has lines of beading that follow the curve of her hips, Jones’ dress has two strips of small floral-like beading that starts at her waist and falls on her hips on a diagonal line, accentuating her curves. These dresses serve as perfect examples of how details and embellishments can create shape in a garment. When you are shopping for any garment, keep in mind anything as simple as a seam at the waist or even pockets at the hips that will accentuate your shape.

Take Her Look [For Less]

Amanda Seyfried has been a fashion muse for many, often wearing enviable outfits on and off the red carpet. But as The Daily Mail reports, the actress was once a ‘brand muse’ for a skincare line, Shiseido’s Cle de Peau Beaute Tokyo.

Seyfried stepped back into this role once again on Oct. 9 when she attended the company’s launch event in Tokyo, Japan at the Palace Hotel Tokyo. Looking as stunning as ever, Seyfried kept her look simple and elegant with a white sheath dress by Antonio Berardi, says InStyle, which she paired alongside silver Bionda Castana lace-up pumps. She polished off her look with loose, side-swept waves and natural, dewy makeup.

Seyfried’s white and silver launch event look was breathtaking, but so were the prices on some of the pieces in her outfit. Take her pumps, for example. Her gorgeous metallic Bionda Canstana pumps — the Lana pumps — are available in a different color at Farfetch for a lofty $874.53. If these pumps are out of your price range, never fear — not only have we found the perfect pumps to replace Seyfried’s pricey pair, we’ve also found a dress to mimic her entire look, and all for under $200. Read on for the results!

First on our shopping list was a curve-hugging white dress, and we found the perfect alternative in the form of the Ponte Wrap Hem Bodycon Dress from Missguided. Featuring a split hemline reminiscent of Seyfried’s Antonio Berardi number, this dress will show off your curves while also maintaining a clean, crisp silhouette. Available for only $34, this dress is the perfect piece from which to build the rest of our look for less.

The Ponte Wrap Hem Bodycon Dress, found on Missguidedus.com.

The Ponte Wrap Hem Bodycon Dress, found on Missguidedus.com.

Finding pumps to rival Seyfried’s silver Bionda Castana heels was no easy task, but we finally landed on the Sheer the Wealth Silver Glitter Mesh Pumps from Lulu’s. Featuring a similar pointed-toe silhouette and toe-box cutouts, these heels will easily pass for Seyfried’s pricier pumps — but they’ll only set you back $34.

Sheer the Wealth Silver Glitter Mesh Pumps, found on Lulus.com.

Sheer the Wealth Silver Glitter Mesh Pumps, found on Lulus.com.

Completing the look is a simple bangle, and there’s no better bangle for the job than the Karat Slim Cuff Bracelet from BaubleBar. Done in a hematite tone, this bracelet will add some shine to your outfit without competing with your sparkly metallic heels, and it will do so for only $32.

The Karat Slim Cuff Bracelet, found on BaubleBar.com.

The Karat Slim Cuff Bracelet, found on BaubleBar.com.

Amanda Seyfried is certainly our style muse in this white Antonio Berardi dress and silver Bionda Castana heels, but while we envy her look, we definitely don’t envy its high price, costing upwards of $874.53. But because we believe that high fashion doesn’t have to come at a high price, we recreated her entire look for well under our $200 budget, coming it at an even $100. At a price like this, you have no reason not to go shopping for this look!

Happy Shopping!