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TOP EMMYS FASHION MOMENTS

Hooray!  The 2012 Emmys are just around the corner (the telecast airs September 23 at 7 PM on ABC), and I can barely contain my excitement! I’m especially pumped to watch my Late Night crush, Jimmy Kimmel, host the big event.  Should be a great show!

 

Though there is much to look forward to during the ceremony, I am most excited for the Red Carpet fashion!  In anticipation of this year’s Emmys, I’ve decided to take a look back at my Top Emmys Red Carpet looks over the past decade.  Enjoy!

 

Eva Longoria, 2007 (Kaufman Franco)

 

Gorgeous Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria has made nearly every one of my Top Red Carpet Looks lists, but I promise I’m not playing favorites!  The star consistently knocks it out of the park when it comes to Red Carpet fashion.  Her 2007 Emmys selection was no exception!  The actress changed it up by selecting a cocktail-length dress, instead of the more traditional floor-length, formal gowns.  Though the style is typically a bit casual for a formal Red Carpet appearance, this Kaufman Franco dress was totally Red Carpet-appropriate with its stunning gold sequins, and sexy silhouette.  The actress rounded out her look with a gorgeous faux-bob, stunning drop earrings, and sleek nude pumps.  Definitely one of her most fab Red Carpet looks!

 

 

Vanessa Williams, 2007 (Kevan Hall)

 

By far the boldest gown on my list, Vanessa Williams’ Kevan Hall gown stole the show on the 2007 Red Carpet.  Her risky choice could have easily bombed on any other actress, but Williams’ confidence, beauty, and stunning body helped her pull off the unforgettable look.  The mint, empire-waist, mermaid-style dress was already a standout selection, but its feather-covered bodice and train added an extra “wow” factor.  Because her ensemble was so intricate and fashion-forward, the actress stuck with a sleek updo, and fresh, simple makeup.  Here’s hoping she pulls out all the stops for her next Red Carpet look!

 

 

Lea Michele, 2010 (Oscar de la Renta)

 

Lea Michele has made a habit of looking fab on the Red Carpet, and her look at the 2010 Emmys was definitely one of her stand-out style moments!  The Glee actress chose a fabulous Oscar de la Renta, mermaid-style gown for the event.  Michele has worn a number of de la Renta Gowns, but this navy, ruched and ruffled number was a bold choice that paid off.  The fitted dress accentuated her petite frame, and the dark hue complimented her glowing tan skin.  I especially love how Michele did high-drama jewelry, but low-key, hair.  She captured the elegance of the formal gown, but kept it youthful with her loose waves.  I look forward to seeing her latest style choice at the next big Red Carpet event!

 

 

Sofía Vergara, 2011 (Carolina Hererra)

 

The Modern Family matriarch has dominated Best Dressed lists since she exploded onto the TV scene, and it’s clear why: The woman knows how to ROCK her curves!  Vergara chose a fitted, strapless, A-line dress, which looked fantastic on her gorgeous figure.  The unique butter-yellow color helped her to stand out on the carpet (not that she needed much help!), and the strategically-placed sequins helped to further accentuate her va-va-voom curves. Vergara coupled her gorgeous gown with flowing brunette curls, major chandelier earrings, and glowing makeup.  She effortlessly exemplified the perfect balance of glam, sophistication, and sex appeal.  All-in-all, a look that Emmy viewers won’t soon forget!  I am anxious to see what she chooses for this year’s ceremony – she’s nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Modern Family.

 

 

Katherine Heigl, 2006 (Escada)

 

 

Katherine Heigl tops my list!  Her 2006 flapper-inspired gown was the perfect choice for the Grey’s Anatomy actress, who, at the time, was one of the biggest stars of Prime Time.  The silver, sequined Escada gown evoked classic Hollywood glamour, but its sexy, fitted form complimented Heigl’s youthful, carefree attitude.  She accented her stunning dress with a wavy, low side bun and bold black eyeliner, but kept her accessories simple: Small earrings and a baguette clutch.  Though the actress wouldn’t win her Emmy for another year (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, 2007), she won major style points for her unforgettable 2006 look.  Fingers crossed that we’ll see her on many more Red Carpets to come!

 

 

I’m hoping this year’s Emmys features standout style stars on the Red Carpet!  I’m especially looking forward to seeing the gowns worn by Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Claire Danes (Homeland), Julianne Moore (Game Change), Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gellhorn), and, of course, Sofía Vergara (Modern Family)!  Follow me on Twitter (@cinemacarly) for live updates and my fashion picks during the pre-show and the awards telecast.  I’ll be live-tweeting on @bluefly_com too where you have the chance to win a $300 Bluefly splurge just for watching with us! Can’t wait!! Don’t forget to check out everything else I have to say on my blog.

 
 

Retro Garden Party Fun at the Kate Spade Spring 2013 Presentation

The 1950s are making a comeback, per the Spring 2013 Kate Spade collection.  The fabulous New York Fashion Week presentation featured punchy pinks, flouncy silhouettes, bold patterns, and quirky accessories.  Perfect for a May Day picnic!

 

Retro Chic at Kate Spade

Mint Blouse, Patterned Capris, Cateye Sunnies, and the Perfect Tote Bag! Totally Retro Glam.

Pastel Pink, Florals, and Feathers: The Ultimate in Feminine Chic

A Cropped Jacket Paired with Skinny Mint Crops and A Bold Pink Bag. Perfect for An Afternoon Stroll.


Mint Chocolate Chip and Fab!  Loving the Radio Clutch!

 
 

Top 10 Academy Awards Fashion Moments

The 2012 Academy Awards will be airing this Sunday (8 PM on ABC), and we are so darn excited to see what all of the celebs will be wearing on the Red Carpet! Oh yeah, and who will win the coveted statue…

 

In anticipation of this year’s awards, we have compiled a list of our favorite Red Carpet fashionistas from years’ past.  Let us know if you agree!

 

 

10. Jennifer Lawrence, 2011 (Calvin Klein)

Last year, Jennifer Lawrence defined va va voom in her slinky, red Calvin Klein dress.  Though the first-time nominee was a relative newcomer to the Red Carpet scene, she earned major fashion cred by rocking this sexy silhouette.  Lawrence topped off her look with gorgeous, free-flowing hair and bedroom-eye makeup.   Now that she has cemented her stardom by starring in The Hunger Games, we hope to see many more standout Red Carpet looks from this lovely young actress!

 

 

 

9. Joan Allen, 2001 (Michael Kors)

Though she lost the Best Actress prize to Julia Roberts, actress Joan Allen won the acclaim of fashion lovers everywhere in 2001, when she donned a sensational, tangerine Michael Kors gown. The bold color perfectly complimented her sun-kissed skin, and stood out against the sea of muted gowns that peppered the carpet that year.  Her sexy blonde bob gave Allen’s look an extra edge. Definitely one of the best Oscar Red Carpet moments in recent memory!

 

 

 

8. Sharon Stone, 1998 (Husband’s Shirt + Vera Wang Skirt)

Ms. Basic Instinct certainly went back to basics with her 1998 look, when she paired her (now ex-) husband Phil Bronstein’s white button-up shirt with a fitted Vera Wang skirt. She had made headlines a few years earlier, when she wore a Gap T-Shirt to the Oscars, but her 1998 look stood out more because of the unique juxtaposition of casual, “morning after” chic with upscale glamour.  This risky fashion choice could have gone either way—especially on an actress lacking Stone’s sexy self-confidence—but the look totally worked!

 

 

 

7. Halle Berry, 2002 (Elie Saab)

Best Actress winner Halle Berry turned heads in 2002 with her barely-there Elie Saab gown. Between the strategically places flowers on her mostly see-through bodice, and her low-cut taffeta skirt, Berry left little to the imagination (à la J Lo at the 2000 Grammys). When Berry won the coveted prize for her role in Monster’s Ball, and delivered her infamous, lengthy acceptance speech, her dress was sealed in history as one of the most recognizable Oscar fashion moments of the past decade.

 

 

6. Charlize Theron, 2004 (Gucci)

How ironic that the year she won the Oscar for her unrecognizable portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, Charlize Theron wore THE sexiest, most stunning Red Carpet look at the 2004 Oscars. Her shimmery Gucci halter featured an extremely high slit, an incredibly low back, and fit Theron like a glove. She contrasted her silver gown with bronzed, glowing skin, smoky eyes, and a stylish, bleached bob. Definitely a Red Carpet moment we won’t soon forget!

 

 

 

5. Natalie Portman 2009 (Rodarte)

Not only is Natalie Portman a talented actress, she is also an impeccable fashionista!  She selects wardrobe pieces which flatter her petite frame, and always looks sleek and sophisticated. Portman also consistently compliments her clothing with gorgeous hair, makeup, and accessories. Her look at the 2009 Academy Awards,was no exception: Portman wore a stunning, pink Rodarte dress, paired with a sleek updo, smoky eyes, and simple diamond stud earrings. Though Portman’s Oscar Red Carpet moment from 2011 will likely be the one everyone remembers (eggplant dress, baby bump, and, oh yeah, Oscar himself), we’ll always look back fondly upon her 2009 look.

 

 

 

4. Jessica Alba, 2006 (Versace)

Though Jessica Alba is often typecast as “the hottie,” her look at the 2006 Oscars elevated her from silver screen sex symbol to Hollywood glamazon.  The actress wore a gorgeous gold Versace halter, with mermaid-style skirt and stunning floral lace appliqué.  The hue perfectly complimented Alba’s glowing copper skin, and the style flattered the star’s flawless figure. Her upswept hair, teardrop earrings, and fresh makeup added that extra polish to her already stunning silhouette. Can’t get enough!

 

 

 

3. Reese Witherspoon, 2007 (Nina Ricci)

2007 was a banner year for Reese Witherspoon: She stood out on EVERY Red Carpet during awards season because of her fresh, fabulous hair, and flawless fashion choices!  The actress did not disappoint at the Oscars, when she wore a lovely, deep purple Nina Ricci gown. The mermaid-style dress stood out because of its unique ombre, layered train, and flattering fit.  Though sparkly, over-the-top gowns oftetn dominate the Oscars, we love this understated, chic look.

 

 

 

2. Sandra Bullock, 2010 (Marchesa)

Not only did Sandra Bullock win Best Actress for The Blind Side at the 2010 Oscars, she looked positively regal in her silver Marchesa gown. The lovely capped-sleeved, silver and lace gown was utterly gorgeous.  Bullock complimented her standout gown with sleek, side-parted hair and simple drop diamond earrings.  Though the actress faced a tough road shortly after her Oscar win, in this moment, she looked beautiful and happy. We’ll always love this look!

 

 

 

1. Charlize Theron, 2000 (Vera Wang)

If ever there were a memorable Oscar fashion moment, it is surely Charlize Theron’s stunning deep orange Vera Wang gown from the 2000 Academy Awards. The statuesque actress defined Classic Hollywood glamour in her fitted, mermaid-style gown, replete with rhinestone brooch accents and a 1920s-style bob.  This timeless look has made countless best dressed lists over the years, and has become the gold standard of Oscar gowns.  We’ll see if anyone manages to outdo Ms. Theron’s legendary look at this year’s Academy Awards!

 

 

Can’t wait to see what the nominees wear to this year’s awards! Will Rooney Mara wear something dark and goth in honor of her character, Lisbeth? Will Michelle Williams wear a classic silhouette? Will Octavia Spencer wear Tadashi Shoji again? We’ll have to find out! Be sure to follow me as I live tweet this year’s awards for @bluefly_com (I’m #carlyBF)!

 
 

Christine Alcalay Fall 2012: Magnificent, Mid-Century-Inspired Silhouettes

Mid-Century American fashion has inspired many Fall 2012 collections: Rachel Roy, Jenny Packham, and now Christine Alcalay. Her presentation transported observers to a lush parlor setting, circa the 1940s/50s, and featured models in sleek, classic silhouettes. Crushed velvet, silk and chiffon in opulent jewel tones dominated the collection.

 

Topping off each look were loosely swept bouffant updos, and vivid makeup palates featuring fiery red lips and bold brows.  Alcalay certainly captured the look and feel of a bygone era.

 

Loved the dramatic arrangement of the models around the room. I felt like I was in the middle of a 1950s Douglas Sirk film.

Christine Alcalay gowns

Gorgeous gowns in rich navy and burgundy tones

 

One of my favorite looks from the collection: A gorgeous silk, mustard-hued, a-line dress. Classy, retro, sophisticated, and sexy. A must-have for my Fall closet!

Christine Alcalay Mustard Gown

Stunning mustard-hued dress

 

A great perspective on the hair and makeup – very 1940s Femme Fatale. Also loving the chiffon soft pleat blouse and dolman sleeve jacket.

Christine Alcalay Blouse, Dolman Jacket

Bold makeup, chic separates

 

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Top Grammy Fashion Moments

I’ve always been a huge fan of music’s biggest night, but not necessarily because of the songs – it’s all about the fashion!  In anticipation of this Sunday’s big show, I’ve compiled my top Grammy fashion moments below.  Do you agree with my picks?

 

Carrie Underwood Zahir Murad

Carrie Underwood, 2008 (Zahir Murad)

 

The American Idol superstar wowed Grammy viewers in 2008 when she floated down the red carpet in a gorgeous floral gown by Zahir Murad. Though the dress was very hippie-chic, the singer incorporated her country roots by rocking teased, blonde Nashville hair. The look was fresh and different, and helped the singer stand out from the rest of the Red Carpet divas. Definitely one of the best Grammy fashion moments of the past decade!

 

 

Lady Gaga Giorgio Armani Privé

Lady Gaga, 2010 (Giorgio Armani Privé)

 

Though this fashion moment was a little out there (literally – it looked like Gaga was the sun at the center of a sparkly solar system far, far away…), there was something quite beautiful about it. The look perfectly captured Gaga’s otherworldly influence over the masses, and yet catapulted her into the style stratosphere. I’m not sure anyone else could have pulled off this ensemble, but Gaga did with elegance and artistry. I much preferred this to the egg/womb compartment in which the singer appeared during the 2011 Grammy Red Carpet. That was a little TOO out there…(I mean, IN there? Whatever…).

 

 

Rihanna Zac Posen

Rihanna, 2008 (Zac Posen)

 

Everything about Rihanna’s 2008 Grammys look was perfect: the choppy, pixie haircut, the fresh, simple makeup, and of course, the statement-making, blue Zac Posen dress. The modern, fresh frock was perfect for RiRi: she looked really lovely and comfortable in the look. It can be a challenge to make a fashion statement at the Grammys, between the sea of floor-length gowns, grungy, rocker ripped jeans, and avant-garde ensembles, but Rihanna totally stood out! Hope she rocks an equally awesome ensemble this year!

 

 

Beyoncé Elie Saab couture

Beyoncé, 2008 (Elie Saab couture)

 

Beyoncé looked stunning when she stepped out in an ice blue Elie Saab couture gown for the 2008 awards. The gorgeous dress hugged the diva in all the right places, and looked stunning against her glowing skin. The singer balanced her structured gown with perfectly highlighted, loosely waved locks, and bold smoky eyes. Though Beyoncé has attended countless Grammy ceremonies, (and has looked amazing each year), her 2008 look was definitely the most memorable!

 

 

Jennifer Lopez Versace

Jennifer Lopez, 2000 (Versace)

 

My number one Grammy fashion moment is, what else, J. Lo’s legendary green Versace dress from 2000. When “Jenny from the Block” made her way across the Grammy stage, jaws dropped around the world. Between the “neckline” which plunged below her navel, to the “slit” which went up to her, um, navel, Lopez’ dress left little to the imagination. Adding to the memorable look was the singer’s date for the evening: Diddy (née Puff Daddy), who donned a classic khaki suit to escort his lady down the red carpet. Though these two had been together for a number of months, this appearance sealed the duo’s “Power Couple” status. Wonder if anyone will EVER top this look…

 

Do you agree with my picks? Let me know!

 

Who will look the hottest on the Red Carpet this year: Adele? Lady Gaga? Rihanna? Can’t wait to find out!  Don't forget to follow @bluefly_com during Sunday's Red Carpet and Grammy Awards telecast - I'll be live tweeting (#carlybf)!

 
 

Top 10 Golden Globes Fashion Moments

 

The 2012 Golden Globes are quickly approaching (the telecast airs January 15 at 8 PM on NBC), and I can barely contain my excitement! This year is bound to be especially entertaining, as controversial host Ricky Gervais returns for the third year in a row, and the Lead Actor in a Drama category features THE hottest men in Hollywood…including my future hubby Ryan Gosling. Loves it!

 

Though there is much to look forward to during the ceremony, I am most excited for the Red Carpet fashion!  In anticipation of this year’s Globes, I’ve decided to take a look back at my Top 10 Golden Globes Red Carpet looks over the past decade.  Enjoy!

 

 

Vanessa Hudgens Alberta Ferreti

10. Vanessa Hudgens, 2009 (Alberta Ferretti)

Vanessa Hudgens’ 2009 Alberta Ferretti ensemble elevated the High School Musical star from Tween Queen to Red Carpet Goddess! Though nude and champagne-colored dresses have been a staple at awards shows over the past few years, Hudgens stood out from the Hollywood pack because her gown flattered her petite frame, and her hair, makeup, and accessories provided the perfect accents. Her lengthy strand of beads gave the look a retro, Roaring ’20s flair, while her tousled locks and glowing makeup kept Hudgens’ look fresh and modern. Great work!

 

 

Anne Hathaway Armani

9. Anne Hathaway, 2011 (Armani)

Anne Hathaway’s 2011 Armani gown oozed Hollywood glamour! The ensemble represented the perfect combination of classic chic and sexy sophistication. Though Hathaway’s look fell into the champagne-colored trend as well, the actress stood out because of the unique cut of her dress (long sleeves, high neck), well-styled, loose hair and effortless makeup. This Red Carpet moment is not only one of my favorite Golden Globes looks, but it stands out as one of the best from the overall 2011 awards season. Props to Anne (and her über-stylist Rachel Zoe)!

 

 

Beyonce Elie Saab

 8. Beyoncé, 2007 (Elie Saab)

Before she was a doting mama to new daughter Blue Ivy, Beyoncé turned heads in 2007 when she rocked a shimmering, gold ensemble by Elie Saab. The actress was nominated for the musical Dreamgirls, and even though she didn’t win that night, she earned the acclaim of fashion-lovers everywhere with her hot look! The performer’s incredible dress was complimented by perfect, flat-ironed, flowing hair, dramatic, Cleopatra-like makeup, and of course, her indelible, infectious smile. This is by far one of the most memorable Golden Globe looks of the past decade.

 

Jennifer Aniston vintage Valentino

 7. Jennifer Aniston, 2004 (vintage Valentino)

This vintage Valentino gown from 2004 is quintessential Jennifer Aniston: simple, sexy, sophisticated. Though the dress is a classic A-line silhouette, the details of Aniston’s look define her as a Red Carpet stand-out: the rhinestone buckle that breaks up the plunging neckline, the loose curls that offset the formal style of her full-length gown, and the breezy makeup that allows Jen’s natural beauty to shine through. The best Red Carpet moments happen when celebs feel comfortable in their own skin – and Aniston consistently stays true to her California-cool vibe. I can’t wait to see what she wears next!

 

 

Olivia Wilde Marchesa

 

Olivia Wilde Gold Shoes

 6. Olivia Wilde, 2011 (Marchesa + Christian Louboutin Shoes)

Last year, House actress Olivia Wilde wore one of the coolest ensembles in Golden Globe history. Her sparkly, princess-style Marchesa dress dominated the carpet (literally…her skirt was huge!). I was already loving her look when, low and behold, she unveiled two statement-making Red Carpet accessories: her spiky, gold Christian Louboutin shoes. It was great to see Wilde take a fashion risk, and have fun with her look. It certainly paid off: the actress was featured on nearly every subsequent Best Dressed list for the 2011 awards season. We’ll see if anyone can top Wilde’s legendary look during this year’s Globes!

 

 

Jennifer Lopez Michael Kors

5. Jennifer Lopez, 2004 (Michael Kors)

By far, one of my favorite looks from Globes’ past was Jennifer Lopez’s 2004 Michael Kors dress. This Red Carpet appearance was one of the actress’ first since her dramatic breakup with Ben Affleck, but one wouldn’t know it from her effervescent smile and all-around glow. Her look was flawless from head-to-toe: the dress fit like a glove, the tangerine hue complimented her sun-kissed complexion, her hair was sleek and sophisticated, and her jewelry added the perfect amount of sparkle. J. Lo is known for making daring Red Carpet choices, and this dress was no exception.

 

 

Reese Witherspoon Nina Ricci

4. Reese Witherspoon, 2007 (Nina Ricci + Brian Atwood Shoes)

Reese Witherspoon (circa 2007) also had a post-breakup, Red Carpet “wow” moment. The actress, who had recently filed for divorce from her husband, Ryan Phillipe, stepped out in a stunning, canary yellow Nina Ricci cocktail dress, perfectly complemented by red Brian Atwood sandals, and a set of chic side-swept bangs. Witherspoon took a risk by wearing a cocktail style among the droves of stars in full-length evening gowns, but she pulled it off with flying colors. Never before had she looked more confident or sophisticated. Definitely one of the most memorable Red Carpet moments at the Golden Globes!

 

 

Eva Mendes Dior

 3. Eva Mendes, 2009 (Dior)

Rachel Zoe strikes again! Her client Eva Mendes makes my list for her 2009 Dior stunner. Though I’m not a huge fan of the “structured dresses with appendages” trend, this ensemble won me over, mostly because of how it was styled, and how it fit Mendes. The white gown looked stunning against the actress’ olive skin, and hugged her curves in all the right places. Her 60s-style updo and makeup, along with the statement-making turquoise necklace by Van Cleef and Arpels polished off her look, and transformed the actress into a bombshell screen star, à la Raquel Welch or Sophia Loren. This is one Red Carpet moment I won’t soon forget!

 

 

Eva Longoria Zac Posen2. Eva Longoria, 2011 (Zac Posen)

Eva Longoria stunned last year in her super-chic Zac Posen number. The actress stole the show in her black, mermaid-style gown. The dress stood out because of its dramatic train, capped sleeves, open back, and flattering satin sash. Not many actresses could pull off such a statement silhouette, but Longoria wore the look effortlessly – and her bouffant-style updo and smoky eyes added just the right amount of glam. Well done!

 

 

Eva Longoria Reem Acra

1. Eva Longoria, 2009 (Reem Acra)

Drumroll please…Ms. Eva Longoria dominates the top of my list! The Desperate Housewives actress is one of my favorite Golden Globes fashion icons, and what better way to celebrate her fantastic track record then by awarding her the top spot? It was difficult to choose between her 2011 Zac Posen gown and this red Reem Acra stunner, but I think Longoria’s 2009 dress can’t be beat! The mermaid-style, strapless gown fit the petite actress like a glove, and defined glam at the Globes that year. I love that Longoria kept her hair, makeup, and accessories low-key so that the dramatic red dress could speak for itself. Why has she continued to achieve fashion success? Simply, the actress knows knows what works on her body, and thus she continues to be a force on the Red Carpet. I hope Longoria makes an appearance this year – can’t wait to see how the actress tops this look!

 

I’m excited to see what the Golden Globes Red Carpet has in store this year.  With newcomers like Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Jessica Chastain (The Help), and Zooey Deschanel (The New Girl), alongside Golden Globes regulars like Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn), there are bound to be some exciting Red Carpet standouts this year.  Follow me on Twitter (@cinemacarly) for live updates and my fashion picks during the pre-show and the awards telecast.  I’ll be live-tweeting on @bluefly_com too where you have the chance to win a $100 Bluefly splurge just for watching with us! Can’t wait!! Don’t forget to check out everything else I have to say on my blog.