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.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)