She Leads, You Follow: SAG Awards Edition

The best and brightest stars of Hollywood came out in droves to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 30 for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The awards, presented by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is a celebration of the year’s best performances in film and primetime television. But prior to the awards ceremony, the honorees took to the red carpet to show off their best style.

Catching our eye first was a hot pink number by Sofía Vergara, who became the object of everyone’s gaze as she took her turn down the red carpet in a stunning Vera Wang gown, says E!Online. She topped off her look with a gold statement necklace and a fuchsia clutch to rival her bright dress.

Following suit in another pink ensemble was Saoirse Ronan, who opted for a subtler blush look by Michael Kors, says E!OnlineThe Brooklyn star let the simple elegance of her lace gown be the star of her look, as she swept her hair up in a tousled top-knot and accessorized with sparkly diamond earrings.

Kristen Wiig decided to take a different approach, opting for a chic Rouland Mouret jumpsuit instead of a gown. Wiig paired her black, white and embellished one piece with a silver barrel clutch and heels to match while styling her hair in a refreshing updo.

Bessie star and SAG Award winner Queen Latifah showed us just how beautiful a simple black gown can be when she hit the red carpet in a sparkly Michael Costello number. Done in a kaleidoscope pattern, the gown’s beading caught the light of every photographer’s flash, illuminating the already-glowing Queen Latifah.

Draped in merlot was Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox, who opted for a flowy Prabal Gurung number for the night’s festivities. She completed her goddess look with wavy tresses, strappy heels and a sparkly clutch.

Rounding off our favorite looks of the night was Amy Poehler, who wowed in a black embroidered Stella McCartney gown, according to E!OnlineThe actress completed her simply, yet elegant ensemble with straight locks and simple diamond jewelry.

While these stars are all dressed up for an event in the height of awards season, there are certain things we can take away from their looks and apply to the way we dress every day. Each star obviously wore an outfit that accentuated her shape, done by seaming, beading or embellishment. Although color, in its various hues and shades, was a big theme throughout the night, traditional black was elevated through beading and embroidery, as well as through a modern black and white color combination.

The details of every single red carpet look are important, but what is perhaps most important is the way each actress carries herself — with confidence. Because each woman is confident in who she is, her outfit merely complements her personality and enhances her sense of confidence.

Beauty doesn’t come from a stellar outfit, flawless makeup and flashy accessories; it comes from the confidence within. And each woman on the SAG Awards red carpet showed us that very thing.

 

She Leads, You Follow: Golden Globes Edition

Awards season has officially begun, and at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, the red carpet was rolled out for the finest actors and actresses to be honored at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards. The Jan. 10 awards brought out Hollywood’s best, and they certainly dressed their best for awards season’s kickoff event.

First to impress us with her white-hot ensemble was none other than Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson. Channeling Cookie Lyon’s fierce persona, Henson rocked the red carpet in this stunning white gown with a Watteau train, which she accented with Kimberly McDonald jewelry.

Glimmering down the red carpet was How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis, who wore a tulle Marchesa gown covered in beading, according to The Huffington Post. She added a little more sparkle to her look with a Jacob & Co. ring and drop earrings.

Bringing some color into our lives was Jennifer Lawrence, who opted for a bright red Dior number, says E! Online. The Joy actress’ gown was replete with cutouts, featuring two at the sides and one at the back . She topped off her look with a neat updo and a jaw-dropping statement necklace.

Although these ladies are dressed for the kickoff event to the 2016 awards season, there are some things we can take away from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

White is far from boring – Henson’s stunning gown shows us just how exciting white can be; its sleek silhouette and dramatic train combine to create a sexy, yet elegant look that makes us pay less attention to the (lack of) color and more attention to the style of the gown — not to mention how gorgeous she is. Henson wasn’t the only leading lady to take to the red carpet in a white gown. Others like Orange is The New Black‘s Laverne Cox and Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan wore white in completely different ways; Cox’s gown gave us a more regal vibe with its high neckline and dramatic train, while Ronan’s gown delivered an ethereal, yet elegant look with its deep v-neckline, its soft skirt and its goddess-like shoulder train. All three women show us that it’s not the color but the cut that makes the gown.

Use cutouts to your advantage – Take a cue from JLaw and use well-placed cutouts to your advantage. Her side cutouts not only accentuate her waist, they also create a curve on her hips in an otherwise column-like gown. The quasi-croptop style of the top of her gown also exaggerates the effect of her cutouts, adding width to her bust while making her waist appear even smaller. If you want to try cutouts in a dress, start with smaller cutouts at the sides of your waist; this will have a similar effect to Lawrence’s cutouts without showing so much skin on your first attempt with the style.

Try a gem tone – Although Davis’ gown is covered in sparkly beading, it is also a gem tone. Her navy-sapphire dress delivers a rich, deep color that warms up all skin tones. Gem tones seemed to be a big trend on the red carpet this year, with everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Lola Kirke to America Ferrera wearing the same yellow garnet shade to attend the Globes. Colors such as these are universally flattering to all skin tones and generally pair well with other colors and neutrals, so when you are shopping for a dress, a blouse or even accessories, try to look for pieces in colors like sapphire blue, yellow garnet, amethyst purple and ruby red — these are sure to be versatile, yet flattering pieces that will only benefit your wardrobe.

Happy Awards Season, everyone!

She Leads, You Follow: ‘Ricki and The Flash’ Premiere Edition

The midsummer movie season is upon us, and that means another movie is set to debut at the box office. On August 3, stars lined up to walk the red carpet outside the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City for the premiere of Ricki and The Flash, co-starring real-life mother-daughter duo Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer.

Speaking of the famous mother-daughter pair, Streep and Gummer both walked the red carpet in equally chic looks, proving that good fashion sense runs in the family.

Streep graced the red carpet in what The Daily Mail reports was a contrast-inset dress by Valentino, featuring a jewel neckline and tea-length hemline. Done in classic black and white, this dress’s contrasting insets produces a stylish color-block effect, making Streep’s ensemble the most eye-catching look of the night.

Mamie Gummer follow suit, matching her mother’s stylish look with one of her own — a black and blush color-block dress with a sheer mesh skirt, also done in a tasteful tea length. She completed her look with simple black sandals and upswept hair.

Rounding out this red carpet of impeccable fashion was Laverne Cox, who opted for a short, powder blue bodycon dress with an asymmetrical hemline from Elizabeth and James. She accessorized her modern frock with embellished pointed-toe pumps, a black and white clutch and a bold belt.

Although these gorgeous ladies are dressed to impress on the red carpet, there are some lessons to be learned from their red carpet style that can be applied in our everyday lives.

  1. Punch up a classic – Meryl Streep’s black and white contrast-inset dress shows us that it is possible to wear a classic combination like black and white in a new way; the proof is in the pleats that black and white doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be a really striking combination. If you want to pair black and white together in your outfits but fear looking boring, try to find pieces that pair the colors in a modern way. For instance, look for a dress with an asymmetrical hemline (like the skirt of Laverne Cox’s dress!). Prints always add a bit of depth to an outfit, so you can also try tops featuring black and white abstract or geometric patterns to revive the classic combination.
  2. Tea length is terrific – Both Streep and Gummer showed that tea length dresses are far from boring; it’s just a matter of picking a dress that fits your personality and that you’re comfortable in. If you are looking to try a tea length dress or skirt, take Gummer’s lead and try out a style with a semi-sheer skirt; this way, you get the look of a tea length dress or skirt while still being able to show off some leg.
  3. Don’t underestimate the power of a belt – The right belt on the right outfit can take the look to the next level, and that’s exactly what the belt did for Laverne Cox’s Elizabeth and James frock. A thick, detailed belt not only adds visual interest in an outfit, it also enhances the shape created by the garment. Cox’s belt accentuates her narrow waistline, creating a perfect hourglass shape. If you ever notice that your dress, skirt/top combination or even cardigan is looking a little shapeless, throw on a stylish belt right at your natural waistline, and you will instantly create shape in your outfit without extensive (or expensive!) alterations.

Take Her Look [For Less]

Although Laverne Cox is known for her role on Orange is the New Black, she proved Wednesday night that yellow is the new black bag.

Cosmopolitan reports that on July 15, Cox attended a screening of Irrational Man at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She showed up in style, of course, with The Daily Mail reporting that Cox wore a navy dress by Opening Ceremony which she paired with black patent Louboutin booties and a bright yellow tote by Kenzo.

Although we adore Cox’s entire outfit, her sunny tote is the object of our envy. The cheerful Kenzo Kalifornia Tote, made of luxurious calfskin leather, comes at a not-so-cheerful price however: the pink version of the tote is currently on sale on ShopBop for $794.50, but originally retailed for $1,135. Because we won’t be paying anywhere near $794.50 to copy Cox’s look, we decided to find a couple of options to mimic her chic yellow tote for less.

To copy the shape of Cox’s Kenzo tote, we chose the Rebecca Minkoff Mab Tote Mini from Zappos.com. Available in a strikingly similar electric yellow, this tote is the perfect option to imitate not only the structured look of Cox’s tote but also its eye-catching color. What makes this tote even better is its lower price tag of $195!

The Rebecca Minkoff Mab Mini Tote in Electric Yellow, found on Zappos.com.

The Rebecca Minkoff Mab Mini Tote in Electric Yellow, found on Zappos.com.

To incorporate the zipper details on Cox’s tote, we chose the Milly Astor Pebbled Dome Satchel Bag in Limeade. Although this bag comes in a dome satchel style that is different from Cox’s box-style tote, it still offers the same bold yellow featuring zipper hardware across the front. This tote will make your wardrobe and your wallet happy, coming it at only $147 at Neiman Marcus LastCall.

The Milly Astor Pebbled Dome Satchel Bag in Limeade, found on Neiman Marcus LastCall.

The Milly Astor Pebbled Dome Satchel Bag in Limeade, found on Neiman Marcus LastCall.

So there you have it — two great options to take Laverne Cox’s bold yellow tote style for less. With two gorgeous, high-quality bags priced under $200, one of them is sure to find its way into your wardrobe!

Happy Shopping!

She Leads, You Follow: OINTB Orangecon Edition

On Thursday, June 11, the orange carpet was rolled out for the stars of Orange is the New Black as the third season of the hit show on Netflix went live. And although the third season going live on Netflix is something to be excited about, the fashion on their Orangecon orange carpet certainly ‘arrested’ our attention. Here are just a few of THL’s favorite looks from the ladies of Orange is the New Black:

“Crazy Eyes”(aka Uzo Aduba) looks far from crazy in this gorgeous color-blocked gown. This gown not only pairs two beautiful colors together, it also pairs two textures: the bodice is crafted in a sunshine yellow leather, while the skirt is done in a turquoise chiffon. The cut of this dress is perfect for Aduba’s frame, with the yellow leather ending right in her natural waistline and the skirt pulling away from her hips into a slight A-line, while the thigh-high slit gives the fairly conservative dress just a hint of sexiness. Aduba paired the gown with neutral gold heel with a matching gold frame clutch, keeping her accessories quite minimal.

While Aduba kept her look sweet and simple, Laverne Cox walked the orange carpet in a much edgier look. Cox wore a leather motorcycle jacket, which she styled with a grey top tied at the waist and a black pencil skirt. What gives this outfit its true edge is its accessories: a spikey silver statement necklace, black leather driving gloves and black beaded pointy-toe pumps. The beading on Cox’s pumps isn’t just any kind of beading; this beading mimics the look studs, adding just a little roughness to something as girly as sparkly beading.

Color-blocking seemed to be the trend of the night, as Danielle Brooks also strut her stuff down the orange carpet in a color-blocked ensemble, this time in classic black and white. Brooks paired a simple black top with a white semi-sheer midi skirt, allowing Brooks to show a little bit of skin while still maintaining some modesty. She accessorized her outfit with a thick black and silver belt to accentuate her narrow waist, along with a marbled black and white clutch, a simple silver bracelet and sexy black lace-up heels.

Just because her look was simple doesn’t mean it’s not a showstopper! Vicky Jeudy wowed in this white-hot, one-shouldered jumpsuit that was tailored to perfection. Jeudy kept the styling of her outfit very minimalistic, wearing only nude single-strap heels and a long earring. What’s great about Jeudy’s jumpsuit is that not only is it dressy enough to walk the red carpet, but it is also a comfortable option – her jumpsuit even has pockets that blend right into the pleating around her waist!

Here are a few things to remember from the leading ladies of Orange is the New Black:

  1. Go for color-blocking – Both Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks wore color-blocked outfits to Orangecon, but both did so in different ways. Aduba went for bolder colors, but was sure to wear colors that had the same base; the turquoise in the skirt has a base of yellow, allowing to create a unified look with the yellow top. Brooks went for a more classic pairing with black and white, but she wore a semi-sheer skirt and bolder accessories to provide a fresh take on a timeless combination.
  2. Don’t be afraid to be a little edgy – Laverne Cox incorporated a lot of edgier pieces into her look, from her leather motorcycle jacket to her driving gloves to her pumps. If you liked her edgy look, but are afraid of looking too avant-garde, try incorporating one piece at a time into your outfits. For example, start out with a motorcycle jacket paired with something a little softer; leather and lace is always a great combination – the leather adds some toughness to the lace, while the lace can help to soften the severity of the motorcycle style. Or try pump like Cox’s that mimics the look of studs while keeping the girliness of the sparkly beading.
  3. Simple is a good thing – As Vicky Jeudy showed us, simple doesn’t mean boring. Sometimes, wearing a simpler outfit allows for the finer details of the clothing and accessories to be seen and truly appreciated. And what’s more: keeping your outfits simple and minimal can allow for not only the beauty of the clothing to be seen, but also for your true beauty to shine through!