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Best of the Emmys 2011


There’s nothing I love quite as much as a red carpet, and three trends definitely stood out from the rest at this year’s Emmys: Sparkles, Ravishing Red and Form-Fitting Fishtails. Let’s take a closer look at my absolute favorites of the night!

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I am admittedly a sucker for sequins, but I absolutely loved Martha Plimpton in burgundy Zac Posen, Evan Rachel Wood in black Elie Saab and Julie Bowen in a patterned Oscar de la Renta. All three gowns fit like a dream, and none of the women went overboard with accessories — definitely the trick to keeping sequins sophisticated.

For some reason, the red carpet must have been a major inspiration for this awards show — and not all of them did the daring shade right. These three, however, hit a home run for me. Kerry Washington went shimmery and sheer in Zuhair Murad, Sofia Vergara was all curves in Vera Wang and Nina Dobrev was old school movie star in Donna Karan. Nina, for me, won the night by choosing two metallic accents that didn’t compete with each other.

Lastly, three ladies in form-fitting fishtails really pulled off memorable ensembles. Julia Stiles was feminine and flirty in lace Georges Hobeika Couture, Christine Baranski was elegant and sophisticated in Zac Posen and Kelly Osbourne showed off her silhouette in J. Mendel. I like how this look can be interpreted for all sizes and ages: Christine’s cap sleeves and deep-v neckline is just the right amount of skin for a woman of a certain age.

Want to get your own red-carpet worthy look? A clutch from celeb-favorite Judith Leiber always does the trick!

Oscar recap!

Now that we’ve had a day to let the fashion sink in, it’s time to round up the favorites! Let’s start with Mila Kunis, radiant in Elie Saab. I love the lavender on her complexion, and the flawlessly tailored gown with peekaboo lace was romantic, fashion-forward and a little bit naughty.  I think she just killed it on the red carpet this awards season and I’m hoping she’s nominated much more in the future so we can see her choices. Like the ring she’s wearing on her pointer finger? Try something like this Vintage Diamond Flower Ring for a similar romantic effect.

Hailee Steinfeld was the other red carpet standout this season in my opinion, and she didn’t go wrong here with this custom made Marchesa dress. I could not imagine something more befitting a 14-year-old Oscar nominee–the gorgeous detailing, nude color and tea length were just perfection in my book. She wisely chose to keep the jewelry to a minimum, but picked a small silver Ferragamo bag — get something similar with this Prada leather and crystal clutch.

While this is admittedly not a look that everyone can pull off, I am so grateful that Cate Blanchett chose this unusual Givenchy Haute Couture gown. The combination of the pale lilac and yellow is totally inspired, and her very minimal (but flawless) hair and makeup lets the dress shine. Go understated like Cate with these 18-karat gold Henry Dunay door knocker earrings — she definitely didn’t need diamonds to dazzle.

While there were several of Anne Hathaway’s dresses that impressed me during the telecast, I think I liked this Versace cranberry-colored gown the best. It felt very modern without being overdone, and the color is just fabulous on her. Go for a long, black embellished bag like Anne’s to keep the look current. I like this Dolce & Gabbana Black Snakeskin and Satin version.

Now this is how you do 65. Helen Mirren knows exactly how to dress her figure to show it off without looking like she’s trying too hard. This Vivienne Westwood Couture does all that and more — it accentuates her waist and covers the arms without feeling too covered up. She goes stately with her diamond jewels, but it works for this revered Dame. Try a pair of pearl drops when you want to keep it classy like Helen — how about these diamond and Tahitian pearl earrings in 14-karat white gold?

Last but not least, I just loved Sandra Bullock in bright red Vera Wang. Completely timeless, totally elegant and styled to perfection. So simple it seems effortless. I particularly liked her choice of two single-row diamond bangles: She didn’t feel the need to wear a ton of bling to make the look red-carpet worthy. Get your own set on Portero with this group of three diamond-studded bangles.

Oscar gold medals

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of dresses to talk about at the Oscars, so I needed an extra day to process this year! I wanted to start with my own personal red carpet favorites (other critics be darned!) and why I think they worked. I’ll also slide in some great ways to accessorize like the stars. Let’s get started!

Vera Farmiga in Marchesa and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Love love love. Vera was really a vision of fab in this deep, dark pink ruffled gown. I found this dress a risk that really worked. The color played off of her fair skin beautifully and the silhouette, while dramatic, wasn’t overpowering. It felt modern and classic at the same time.

Her simple Leighton jewelry (1920′s Diamond Ear Clips; 1960′s Diamond Cluster Cocktail Ring; Diamond Leaf Brooch in her hair) let the dress really do all the talking. Get Vera’s look with our Platinum Art Deco 1920’s 2.50 ctw European-Cut Diamond Disc Earrings.

Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

It’s just. so. pretty. Normally I’m not a fan of wispy pastels, but this watercolor-esque dress works on so many levels. Even though it’s there’s a lot of fabric here, it feels light and airy and perfect for spring. It’s so hard to do a print for formalwear but this dress gets the job done.The criss-cross bodice is ultra slimming and her natural multicolor diamond earrings finish the look without being overdone.

Want a big, sparkly earring like Rachel’s without spending the big bucks? This pair of huge vintage lucite earrings is a lot of look for not a lot of money.

Gabourey Sidibe in Marchesa.

She’s been at every major red carpet event this season, but I think she finally nailed it at the Oscars. This dress is what Mo’Nique’s royal blue number wishes it was–it’s full of personality but still jaw-droppingly glamorous at the same time. Again, the use of the criss-cross bodice is ultra flattering and the sparkly floral appliques make the draped silhouette shine.

I liked her jewelry choices as well: a grouping of blackened platinum, diamond and sapphire pieces by Schwartz. These Estate White Gold, Diamond, Blue Sapphire & Akoya Pearl earrings have the same palette and will never go out of style.