Details big and small take down potentially good looks for a supermodel, some socialites and a few actresses. Plus a bunch of costume designers let loose in front of the camera.
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Camilla Alves, a.k.a. Mrs. Matthew McConaughey, is a gorgeous woman who usually takes our breath away on the red carpet but there’s something about this look that is majorly off. A disconnect exists between the office-appropriate black sleeveless top and white pencil skirt, and the grand iridescent skirt over top. It’s as if they came from two different wardrobes, one for work and one for play, and they haven’t figured out how to get along. I’d re-imagine this with less of the fancy stuff, like a modest sheer ruffle at the bottom of the skirt.
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When it comes to being pretty in pink, it’s not enough to rely on a girly shade. A figure-flattering gown is a must, too. The top half of Rosario’s dress could use a trim shape to balance the full floor-length skirt. And, under that newly fitted top half, there would be a bra to give the girls a little lift.
3 / 20
For someone for whom price is no object there is nothing about this gown that looks luxurious, which it should. The sheer midsection takes most of the blame, followed by the less than amazing beading. Perhaps Paris could take notes from sister Nicky, whose refined sense of style is right on the money.
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From the shoulders up and waist down, Ivanka is killing it. That neckline and the colourblock pattern are all good things. But the drapey top design and that beige tone (who put that in there!?) are killing me. With a sleek top in a reverse colourway (white background with blue and black accents) would have been killer.
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The thing about rainbow-coloured glitter is that when it’s good, it’s really good, and when it’s bad, it’s really bad. And it usually performs best with some distinct sense of shape, not this wide neckline, boxy, poncho-type top that Regina King is stuck in. Cut down to a sleeveless top or even a strapless bustier this might have been more ‘wow’ than ‘whoa!’
6 / 20
In theory, this dress should be a winner thanks to a vibrant colour, luxe fabric and dramatic proportions. In reality, it only nails the first two of those elements. The empire waist fit with voluminous ruffle cropped over a mini skirt chops up Ahna’s body. Elongated lines, like a longer ruffle over a midi-length slim skirt or even slim trousers, would have helped this starlet make a better impression.
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This look isn’t a total disaster, but Bellamy Young has committed a small fashion crime here. The pencil skirt and peep-toe booties can stay put, but that cropped knit has got to go. The oversize horse head graphic (which demands a close look to even decipher) draws too much attention and works against her hourglass assets. A textured or graphic print knit would have better suited this beauty.
8 / 20
We can neither confirm nor deny that Heidi has been caught in a Project Runway reject from the future. But with its overly spangly embellishment and geometric design, we’d say Auf Wiedersehen to this frock; there’s just no saving this look.
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Despite its high gloss finish, Taryn’s flesh-tone minimalist sheath comes across like a skin tone body stocking and doesn’t create a lot of wow factor. With such a slender figure, this TV star could stand to embrace softer silhouettes and bolder colours.
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Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea
Art director, fashion consultant and street style star Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea is wearing a straight-from-the-runway look but we’d literally run from this option. Boasting black shoulder-padded sleeves and a sea foam-coloured beaded bodice, this is the apparent love child of an '80s prom dress and mermaid costume–and there is not a lot to salvage here. Keep your hands on the clutch, Sofia, it’s arty-chic in all the right ways, but the dress belongs in a tickle trunk.
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First off, kudos to the comedian and actress for going there because mixing and matching any patterns takes chutzpah. Black and white patterns are generally safe territory if you stick to the rule: balance a larger print with a smaller one. Sarah’s done it…but this specific combo is still a little funny looking. The prints are too disparate, the floral too busy, while the swirls are too oversized. Our fix: keep the skirt and try a slightly punchier floral.
12 / 20
A lot goes into an amazing jumpsuit look; they all can’t be knockouts like Gwen Stefani at the Grammys. An impeccable fit is non-negotiable, and that’s where Rebecca’s falls flat. A looser drape in the pants rather than this tapered style would have flattered the star, who is currently on screens in high school comedy film The Duff.
13 / 20
Does a black dress need some visual interest to keep it from being humdrum? Yes! Is this hitting the mark? Not so much. The elaborate sleeves, lacy high neckline and tiered fishtail skirt are fighting with each other for attention. A more streamlined bodice with those sculptural sleeves alone would have been lovely.
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Dame Maggie Smith
A mix and match blazer and trousers set can be a chic choice for a woman of any age. But one must start with a chic blazer and trousers first and, alas, that was not the case for this Dame. Her look would have benefited greatly from a few tailoring tweaks: a slimmer fitting jacket and pants that were also slimmer and hemmed above the ankle, or pants of the wide leg variety that floated just above the ground. A nip here and a tuck there overall would have created a more polished look.
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I expect a little eccentricity from the award-winning costume designer who dressed Myrtle Snow, a.k.a. the Grace Coddington lookalike and most stylish witch to grace American Horror Story: Coven. But there’s one thing I would have preferred Lou Eyrich leave at home: that ivory shawl. With her striking white gown, the scarlet head wrap and statement earrings add enough magic all on their own.
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Perhaps costume designer Kelli Jones was too inspired by her work on Sons of Anarchy. An upgrade from this Gemma-esque sheer strappy tank top and leggings duo would have been easy: replace with a sheer blouse and a killer pair of pants. And that outfit would have been oodles more fitting for attending the Costume Designers Guild Awards show, basically the Oscar equivalent
17 / 20
Julie Vogel exemplifies the big take away from the Costume Designers Guild Awards--which is that costume designers truly have a unique take on dressing up. To make this less wacky and more wearable, can we start by losing the faux flower pom-poms? Love the specs, though!
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From the knees down is where this look went south for Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, who will share screen time with Sean Penn and Idris Elba in the upcoming flick The Gunman. Pairing socks and heels is tricky territory, and these colour-blocked, partially tan tone, knee-high stockings should not have made the cut--peep toe sandals didn’t help. Socks and shoes in a simpler style, say a subtle metallic with closed toe booties, may have been a combo we could stand behind.
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Known for her work on Mad Men, Janie channelled her inner Beyoncé in this metallic lace dress, but I can’t call it flawless. The major issue I have with this is the extremely high hemline that puts much upper thigh on display. There’s even a peek of bum cheek from the back, people. It was way too short! Had that portion been extended slightly this dress would have inched closer to pitch perfect tastefulness.
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Sometimes one questionable accessory can take down an entire outfit. While it’s true that a long necklace can work wonders to elongate an upper body, longer doesn’t mean better. Costume designer Annette Cseri’s multi-chain loop that drops down to crotch level goes way too far. Choosing to double it up would have created a necklace that caught our eye for the right reason.