LOS ANGELES -- They overdid it, they underdid it. And a handful really got it right.
These days looking great on the red carpet means dressing appropriately for each event. Gravitas that worked well at the Emmys looked dour on Sunday night, while actresses decked out in their over-the-top best would have been better off saving it for the Oscars. Debra Messing, on a roll for the past three years, went a little fashion mad with her cascading blue Oscar de la Renta ballgown. "I feel like a rich French girl on the Riviera gone bad," she declared. Likewise, winner Rachel Griffiths got lost in the drama of her marabou and sequin-covered Valentino couture. "I like a bit of pink," she said, poufing up her already poufed-up hair. She should have stuck with a bit. As for Sela Ward, she looked great in red, but couldn't pull off her bowed and baring Valentino. And Cameron Diaz? Poor girl. Why can't she ever score a dress worthy of her? She usually goes for quirky. This time she just got it wrong wearing a Vivienne Westwood dress in awning stripes. Meanwhile, Heather Locklear suffered a serious fashion flashback with Farrah-flipped hair and a sparkly Celine number straight out of St. Tropez, circa 1970.
Then there were the laid-back ladies, like Jennifer Aniston and Laura Harring, who looked more like producers in their pantsuits than stars. At least Sissy Spacek had the gumption to make hers a Giorgio Armani tuxedo, while Jessica Alba and Annette Bening opted for suits in white.
As the savviest among the Hollywood crowd know, when the silhouettes are simple, details shine. Jennifer Connelly's Narciso Rodriguez gown (based on a design Bette Davis wore in "Now Voyager") benefitted from a single gardenia. And Nicole Kidman's simple laced sheath, by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, was turned va-va-voom via some major slit action.
"Tom made pants out of this [fabric] for the spring collection. So I asked him if he could make a dress," said the Globe winner.
Other carpet walkers let color do the talking, including Calista Flockhart in her sexy pink Oscar de la Renta, Jennifer Garner in roaring red and Halle Berry, who matched her beaded brown Valentino gown with a simple pair of Harry Winston diamond studs.Of course, there are those who can get very fashion-y and still pull it off. Tilda Swinton went to fashion mavericks Viktor & Rolf and came away wih a look that was both artsy and austere. Could she be Hollywood's next fashion pioneer?
As for Sarah Jessica Parker, well, at least she's entertaining. Absolutely loony accessories -- a large antique cameo necklace and retro camellia in her hair -- took her billowing Chanel dress and skinny pants combo to the brink.
Now if only we could see what was left on the fitting room floor.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.