For the moment, Kathy Griffin appears to be the queen of red carpet commentators. But there are other contenders in the wings waiting to swipe her newly settled crown.
The longtime E! news personality shares hosting duties with Griffin on the network’s Fashion Police. But she’s developed a following of her own. When Maria Menounos took over red carpet duties at the SAG Awards, she was jeered on social media by fans clamoring for Rancic’s return. No doubt she’ll be back for Hollywood’s biggest night.
Entertainment Tonight is the granddaddy of all the TV newsmagazines that cover celebrities and the task of hawking ‘Who are you wearing?’ on the red carpet has now fallen to Anderson, a TV veteran who formerly hosted CNN’s Showbiz Tonight. Perky where Griffin is prickly, this blonde from Georgia has been with the program for two years and has established a following of nearly 50,000 fans on Twitter just on her own.
The former Elle magazine creative director (and Fairchild Media alum) now plies his trade at Yahoo Style as its editor in chief. He is playing the role once filled on the red carpet by the likes of Lauren Ezersky and Isaac Mizrahi, that of the fashion insider who can comment with authority on the gowns sauntering by.
Tom + Lorenzo
Once reserved just for television personalities, the red carpet pundit class has grown to include social media stars. This witty duo — full names: Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez — started their first blog in 2006 and came to prominence with their encyclopedic breakdowns of the costume design on Mad Men. Now, their quips on everything from Glee to the Oscars are followed by more than 300,000 fans on Twitter.
The Fug Girls
Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, self-proclaimed “fashion assassins,” viciously mock celebrity style on the blog they created in 2004, Go Fug Yourself. A cult favorite in the Aughts, now, their sassy commentary reaches nearly 100,000 Twitter followers as well as the readers of New York magazine, where they regularly live-blog all the major awards shows and even New York Fashion Week.