The Resistance Wore Sequins – SAG Fashion 2017

Posted by Maggie

It would be naive and offensive to pretend that the SAG Awards were the only or most important thing that happened this weekend. However, as depressing as it is to acknowledge, we’re in for a long four years. We need to pace ourselves when it comes to engaging and resisting so we don’t lose steam. So I was happy to end the weekend with the SAG Awards red carpet and ceremony, which turned out to be lit. I’ve always been fine with celebrities using their platform to discuss issues that matter to them, as long as it’s sincere and doesn’t feel exploitative.

Ahem.

So I loved that from Ashton Kutcher opening the ceremony all the way through to Taraji P. Henson’s acceptance speech for Hidden Figures at the end of the night, there were so many messages of unity and acceptance. For a couple of hours, I felt so much hope. And sure, it was terrible to wake up to the news cycle on Monday morning, but I felt a little more ready to face it.

SO LET’S JUDGE SOME DRESSES.

BEST

Sarah Paulson 

source: Vanity Fair

I adore this. Head to toe, she looks amazing. That cape jacket! It’s so perfectly dramatic.

source: E!

And even without the jacket, this is flawless: Dress. Earrings. Clutch. Red lip. Well done, Sarah.

Viola Davis 

source: CNN

GORGEOUS. Fit for the queen she is. My only nitpick is apparently I now want a red lip with absolutely everything, but even still.

Michelle Williams 

source: CNN

YAY SPARKLE STRIPES. We got a lot of stripes this time around and I, for one, am here for it. I think this is so elegant on her. The perfect shape to carry all that metallic. And I’m not going to lie, I like the little scarf and think it’s working here. (I can’t wait to see what she wears around her neck for the Oscars.)

My first complaint about E! for the night is that I did not see Busy on the red carpet but there is photographic evidence of Michelle’s bestie supporting her.

Yara Shahidi 

source: E!

What did I say about stripes? I’ve heard that Yara is a rising star but I think this is the first time I’ve really taken note. She looks sophisticated but youthful and vibrant.

source: E!

She’s having fun and so are we.

Evan Rachel Wood

Source: Wenner Media

Evan killed it again in this subtle blue custom menswear look. I love that she went for a fitted pant this time, and check out this open detail at the back:

source: E!

Right?

Naomie Harris

source: Wenner Media

My second complaint about E! for the night is that they didn’t show this look full length so I had no idea it was a jumpsuit at first. What the hell, man? Anyway. I’m really into this, it feels a little more runway than red carpet, but that’s an uneducated opinion. It’s unusual but very appealing, and I think it was a great choice for the SAGs.

Janelle Monae 

source: popsugar

Make no mistake, this look doesn’t work without her. On someone else, it might seem busy but she makes it chic. You really see the simple, classic foundation of the dress before taking in all the accoutrements.

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Even in closeup, she’s not getting lost in the details.

Millie Bobby Brown

Source: CNN

Full disclosure, I don’t like the headband, but I love everything else. Was anyone else wearing red? (Who cares?) This is stunning. The details at the shoulder are so cute, and that belt. I think she looks adorable and event appropriate, a combination she’s proven to be really good at.

Taraji P. Henson 

source: Wenner Media

Real talk, if you add a bow or two to your gown, you automatically double the chance that I will like it. I could do with a little more sparkle coverage on the bodice, but I really like how this is sexy and demure at the same time. She manages to be a little princessy without being twee (even with the bows!). Also, this color is beautiful on her.

Nicole Kidman

source: Vanity Fair

I know this was pretty universally hated and I might get a lot of heat, but I like it. Maybe Harry Styles has desensitized me to crazy fashion, maybe I just want to watch the world burn, I don’t know. But look at this! The fit: perfection. The color: GORGEOUS, and you know how picky I am about green. The sparkles: Yay! And it doesn’t look heavy, which it easily could have given the details at the sides. The neckline: to die for.

source: SMH

You want to talk about the parrots? Okay, let’s talk about the parrots. I don’t mind them! I feel kind of happy looking at them, and I’m not going to apologize for that.

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“On Sundays, we wear white.” – Golden Globes Fashion 2016

Posted by Maggie

Everyone welcome back our fashion blogger, Maggie. (Also it’s her blogaversary with us, so throw some glitter at her. YAY SPARKLES.) Maggie will once again be your guide through the madness that is Red Carpet Season. What were her favorite looks from the Golden Globes? Read on to find out. –Kim

The Top Ten

Taraji P. Henson

Was there really any other choice for the top of our Best Dressed list? Taraji wasn’t the only star stunning in white last night, but she was the one having the most fun working her look. (God help the man who stepped on her train as she walked up to accept her award.) Hair and makeup game strong, and I think her earrings were the best of the night. You could see a little bit of the workings of the bodice, if that makes sense? But it’s impossible to focus on such a nitpick when the fiercest woman in the room is handing out cookies and declaring that she’s waited twenty years so no, she will not be played off, thank you very much.

Kirsten Dunst

Kiki is back, y’all, and I am here for it. This black number reminded me a little bit of Rosamund Pike’s monstrosity from last year in structure, but this look is much more successful — and flattering. I think she manages to look sophisticated while baring a fair amount of fair skin, and somehow what appears to be black velvet looks light and fresh.

Zendaya

I love this color on her and I can’t get over the tiers. The fabric is a touch stiff? But it works to maintain the killer shape. She looks lovely here and the Fashion Police better only have compliments this time around.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

I know. I KNOW. This is the best I’ve seen Maggie Gyllenhaal look in a long time. I think the print works beautifully, I love the shade of yellow (in a year of some truly dour yellows) and I’m a sucker for this shoulder detail.

Laverne Cox

I freely admit to being biased here, but just look at her. You know the expression “slay”? Well, I wrote in my notes “straight up murder,” that’s how great I think she looks. She is glam for days, and I think she managed to stand out even in the sea of white with trains. I did see a few wrinkles, but again. I’m biased.

Emmy Rossum

To me, this is the perfect red carpet look. Beautifully fitted, understated red gown. Flowing locks. NECKLACE. Red lip. Done.

Rachel McAdams

Another print! This one is the tiniest bit more couch-like to me, but I love the colors and I think she’s pulling it off. Bonus points for lipstick.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

I love the beading, the neckline, and the shape of the skirt, which I much prefer to some of the more structured prom-y dresses I saw last night. Also pockets! And btw I know we all talk about the Dewan-Tatums as relationship goals, but why/how did she let Channing out of the house with his hair like that last night??

Kate Bosworth

I’m super particular about beading (foreshadowing) and I love what’s happening here. The pink is so beautiful and the pattern created with the silver just. I love it. I think she looks overall amazing here and I hope to see more of her on the red carpet.

Bonus shot from the back, mainly because this PICTURE is stunning.

Alicia Vikander

Okay, so I know this might be controversial, but I loved this. I thought it was just out of the box enough without going full apron or anything. It’s really flattering and it has a belt! What more do you want from me? I wasn’t sure what to expect from Alicia, but I was pretty sure she would do something less traditional and I, for one, am glad she did.

Also, lounging goals.

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“What’s that?” “A dress!” “Says who?” “Calvin Klein!” – Golden Globes Fashion

Posted by Maggie with commentary from Kim and Sage

After the 2014 Emmys, our dear friend Maggie (Queen of Snark and Horizontal Stripes) sent Sage and I a novel-length email detailing her thoughts on every single red carpet look.  You know.  Just for fun.  It was so delightful (and dead on) that we insisted that she be our official fashion correspondent for the upcoming awards season.  Let’s get right to her picks for the best and worst of the 2015 Golden Globes, shall we?

Best Dressed Women

1) Naomi Watts

Maggie: Flawless. Head to toe. Naomi makes looking this good seem effortless; why she wants me to think I can pull off yellow, I don’t know, BECAUSE I CAN’T. Also, can we discuss that necklace? I don’t know if this is her way of coming out as a Slytherin, but I loved it either way. And that red lip. Perfection.

Kim: Best use of yellow since Michelle Williams’ mustard dress at the Oscars.  You know which one I speak of.

Sage: I subjected Kim to a treatise on why a bold yellow always demands a red lip. This is Exhibit A.

2) Emma Stone

Maggie: Emma took a risk in what seemed like a very play-it-safe year and it paid off big time, in my opinion. I love the beaded bodice, especially because only the bodice being beaded set her apart from the hundred silver beaded gowns on the carpet this year. I love the big bow, and I LOVE that she wore pants. Add in a sassy hair do and gorgeous makeup and I’m sold.

Kim: I also love that she let the bodice speak for itself by not having any big accessories.  Also, Emma, please never go back to blonde again.  (And well done on this choice, Maggie, you really are right.)

Sage: This feels very inspired by Emma’s run on Broadway as Sally Bowles. Dig it.

3) Felicity Jones

Maggie: This COLOR. I can’t get over it. I love the unusual neckline, I love the silhouette. This is how Dior should look on the red carpet.

Kim: Speaking of Dior, where was their poster child, Jennifer Lawrence? I missed her presence. Also this dress feels like it’s from another era and brought a much-needed subtle elegance to the party.  She’s a tiny person and it elongates her yet doesn’t overwhelm.

Sage: If you want to do an unexpected color at awards season, you do it at the Globes. She looks impossibly classy, and I love that she went bracelet-less.

4) Lupita Nyong’o

Maggie: Lupita appeared in the red carpet coverage 90 minutes in and what a breath of fresh air. I thought she looked beautiful, from her natural hair and red lip (apparently I really love a red lip) to the flowery purple bodice and purple-to-white skirt. She was queen of my heart last awards season and this just makes me want to see more of her.

Kim: I love that she went the complete opposite direction from that SPECTACULAR cape dress she wore last year.  Obsessed with her make-up.

Sage: Lupita looks how springtime feels.

5) Gina Rodriguez

Maggie: I’m really surprised she went with black, I was expecting and hoping for color, but it’s classy and elegant without going too mature or boring. And if you didn’t tear up during her acceptance speech, you’re lying.

Kim: IMPECCABLE fit and she was so excited to be there and to do the stiletto cam that I can’t be mad at the bottom of the dress.  Her acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the night.  Also her hair and make-up are divine.

Sage: This is how you do basic black for your first award show circuit. With one unique detail.

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Kim’s Top 15 Romantic Comedies

Posted by Kim

Earlier this week, my friend Jenn tweeted that she made a list of her top 25 Romantic Comedies and I called her out on it.  “25?!” I said, “That is NOT a list.”  I then challenged her to cut it to ten, because, come on, why even make a list if you are not going to try to be DEFINITIVE?  Sure there are tons of great romantic comedies out there, but when you are talking about BEST, I feel like you should always cut things down to ten.  My challenge was met with MUCH weeping and gnashing of teeth from both Jenn and our friend Jaime and I was called many names for remaining firm in my demand for ten.  Finally as suggested by Chelsea, we compromised on 15.

I still say you should be bold enough to pick ten. 😉

It also just so happens that Jenn, Jaime, Sage and I have been discussing launching a podcast and this great romantic comedy debate felt like it would be a great topic for our first episode.  So the four of us set out to choose our top 15’s and we will be coming together to discuss our choices and our rankings, as well as how we feel about the state of the romantic comedy as a genre (answer: not good) and what our individual parameters for good romantic comedy are.  It’s been a lively debate already, and I am sure it will get much livelier.

So without further ado, here’s my list.  Jenn’s can be found here and Sage and Jaime’s lists will be published by the end of the weekend…

15) One Fine Day (1996)

Melanie: Your Peter Pan complex is so 90s.

Jack: What Peter Pan complex?

Melanie: The one you’re so proud of.

Jack: Do you have any friends?

Melanie: I don’t have time for friends.

Jack: That’s because of your Captain Hook complex.

This vastly underrated gem of a film feels like an homage to the great romantic comedies of the 30’s and 40’s like Bringing Up Baby and It Happened One Night.  Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney play single parents who in the span of a day meet, hate each other on sight, become reluctant allies, then friends…then maybe something more.  I love that the movie takes place in the span of a day.  I love that it is a love letter to my beloved New York City (up until Doctor Who‘s “The Angels Take Manhattan, I forever associated the Bethesda Fountain with this movie).  And I love that it is a movie about two GROWN-UPS, which has been the problem with so many modern rom coms…the protagonists are getting younger and younger, and (to me) less relatable.  Jack and Melanie are grown-ups with problems and EARNED neuroses.  Finally…it’s Clooney at his Caesar-cut Clooniest.  If you don’t swoon when he finally says, “What would you do if I kissed you right now?”, there is something wrong with you.

14) Runaway Bride (1999)

Maggie: I love Eggs Benedict, I hate every other kind. I hate big weddings with everybody staring. I’d like to get married on a weekday while everybody’s at work. And when I ride off into the sunset, I want my own horse.

Ike: Should I be writing this down?

I consider Runaway Bride to be the least of the Julia Roberts romantic comedy canon, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still better than most of the combined rom com filmography of Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Katherine Heigl.  What I DO love about this movie is that the love story of Maggie and Ike almost feels secondary to me…instead it’s really about Maggie learning to love HERSELF and figuring out what she wants outside of a relationship.  It’s only when Maggie realizes that she has been using relationships to set her sense of self that she actually learns how to stand alone and be happy on her own…and THEN she’s able to be happy in a relationship.  It’s quite possibly the most important lesson anyone can learn.  Runaway Bride is filled with delightful supporting performances from Joan Cusack, Rita Wilson, and Hector Elizando and paints a lovely portrait of life in a small town.

Plus, Richard Gere is the definition of “silver fox” in it.

13) The Wedding Planner (2001)

Steve: I barely know you. I don’t know your dad’s first name, I don’t know if you ever wore braces, or contacts, or glasses and I have no idea how you came to be a wedding planner, Mary. But I do know the curves of your face. And I know every fleck of gold in your eyes. I know that the night at the park was the best time I’ve ever had. Pl-please say something.

Mary: I’m a magnet for unavailable men, and I’m sick of it. It’s simple, I love Fran, I respect her, and she loves you. So besides your tux measurements, that’s all I need to know. Please go away.

The Wedding Planner is pure fluff and there is nothing wrong with that.   It’s one of those movies that I will almost always stop and watch when it is on cable…even though I OWN it on DVD.  Jennifer Lopez had a run at becoming the next “romantic comedy queen” in the early aughts, but she was never more relatable than she was as Mary Fiore.  She’s Type-A (yet lovelorn) without being abrasive or pathetically desperate for a man, which is the problem with SO MANY romantic comedy heroines these days.  Mary is independent and THOROUGHLY competent in her job and while the script does include some pratfalls (her meet cute with Steve and the scene with her horse getting spooked), it doesn’t rely on them to make us like her.  Where The Wedding Planner also succeeds is in making Steve’s fiancée Fran incredibly likable, especially when we are supposed to cheer for Steve and Mary to get together.  It would be very easy to make Fran an uncaring shrew, but she’s not.  She’s warm and friendly and smart, and she loves Steve…even if she is not necessarily right for him.  Throw in lovely supporting performances from a pre-Grey’s Anatomy Justin Chambers, the ever-dependable Judy Greer, and a delightfully drunken Joanna Gleason and what do you get?  A movie that is as comforting as a bowl of hot soup on a cold day.

12) The Wedding Singer (1998)

Robbie: [singing] I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad / Carry you around when your arthritis is bad / All I wanna do is grow old with you. / I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches / build you a fire if the furnace breaks / Oh it could be so nice, growin old with you. / I’ll miss you, kiss you, give you my coat when you are cold. / Need you, feed you, I’ll even let you hold the remote control. / So let me do the dishes in the kitchen sink / Put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink. / Oh I could be the man to grow old with you. / I wanna grow old with you.

Made on the heels of comedy classics Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore (okay, fine. Classics to ME), The Wedding Singer showcased a side of Adam Sandler we had never seen before, mainly thanks to his delightfully unexpected chemistry with Drew Barrymore.  The Wedding Singer is sweet and goofy, with just enough of the (at the time) signature Adam Sandler-ness to keep it from becoming saccharine.  Barrymore’s Julia is the perfect foil for Sandler’s Robbie…they are both hopeless romantics who bring out the best in each other.  The movie is also a delightful homage to the 80’s and also inspired a musical that I will shamelessly love forever.

Basically, whenever I go to a wedding, I think of The Wedding Singer.  One wedding I went to, I was seated at the dreadful table 9 (“But the worst thing is: that Me, Fatty, Sideburns Lady, and the mutants over at Table 9, will never ever find a way to better the situation, because apparently we have nothing to offer the opposite sex.”) which just made me LAUGH.  Also, I forever judge the first kisses on the church tongue/porno tongue scale.

11) The Holiday (2006)

Arthur Abbott: He let you go. This is not a hard one to figure out. Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason you are behaving like the best friend.

Iris: You’re so right. You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for god’s sake! Arthur, I’ve been going to a therapist for three years, and she’s never explained anything to me that well. That was brilliant. Brutal, but brilliant.

Sadly, this is the most recent movie on my list, which is a definite comment on the state of the romantic comedy as a genre.  If there is an heir apparent to the great Nora Ephron, it’s Nancy Meyers.  Like Ephron, I feel like Nancy Meyers truly GETS romantic comedy and the kind of stories and dialogue it needs.  I don’t feel like it’s Christmas until I have watched The Holiday (and Love Actually, but we’ll get to that later).

I had always been dying for my queen Kate Winslet to star in a modern romantic comedy and man, she nails it with this one.  There are few characters I have related to more than Iris Simpkins.  At the time of seeing The Holiday I was in a relationship very much like the one that Iris has with Jasper, so I cried watching her journey from a spineless doormat to a strong and self-assured woman with “something resembling gumption”.  It was still awhile after I saw The Holiday before I got out of *MY* Jasper relationship, but I sometimes think that she gave me the strength to see my relationship for what it was.

And let’s be honest…both Jude Law and Jack Black (HOW IS HE SO SEXY IN THIS MOVIE AND WHY WON’T HE DO MORE STUFF LIKE THIS?!) are relationship PORN in this movie.

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