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WHO WORE WHAT?.....BEST OF 2017: 15 BEST RED CARPET Looks from Emmys & SAG Awards

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....BEST OF 2017: 15 BEST RED CARPET Looks from Emmys & SAG Awards

BEST of 2017 Emmys and SAG Awards Edition: (L to R) Thandie Newton, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Chopra, Mckenzie Davis and Viola Davis

In my last "WHO WORE WHAT? Best of 2017" Post HERE, I talked about my TOP 25 BEST RED CARPET LOOKS of the 2017 Academy Awards and the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. Now,  for my second installment, it's time to discuss my TOP 15 BEST RED CARPET moments of the 69th Annual Emmy Awards and the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild/SAG Awards. There was lots of color and enough "interesting" designs to keep a fashionista like myself happy...

Let's begin with MY FAVORITE LOOKS from the 2017 Emmy Awards:
Priyanka Chopra in custom Balmain by Olivier Rousteing: I had four words when I first saw the former Miss World and "Quantico" actress in this gown at the 2017 Emmy Awards: She Shut It Down. Leave it to Priyanka Chopra to show up looking like a Modern and Chic "Game of Thrones" Queen of Winterfell! She looked HOT in a sequined and feathered gown from the French fashion house of Balmain custom designed for herThe design featured silver crystal fan-like details, HUGE jeweled sequins across the neck and armholes and a gown skirt which ended up in a semi-mermaid shape of white feathers. I loved this look, loved the dress and loved everything else Priyanka did--make-up, hair and styling-wise. 


Thandie Newton in custom Jason Wu: Thandie was almost a "palate cleanser" in terms of a red carpet look--when compared to the elaborate fabulousness of Priyanka Chopra, and I loved it! The English actress wore this strapless ballgown and looked ethereal, Princess-like; simple, elegant, classic. The gown had this sequined tulle Point D'Esprit-like detail that added the right amount of sparkle to her dress. I also loved the modernity of what looked like a no-seam bustier (was it stretch Neoprene?). As a total look, she looked gorgeous.

Viola Davis in custom Zac Posen: The new "Haute Couture" is Custom for big red carpet events and we saw lots of these "custom" gowns this year. Viola Davis wore this beautiful terracotta colored gown designed just for her by Zac Posen and she was one of the Best Dressed of the night! The gown featured a fitted top section, small high-hip yokes and softly flaring godet insets on the skirt which gave a nice dramatic sweeping effect. Loved the diamond bracelets and the gold clutch as her accessories. This was a perfect example of effortless elegance with just the right amount of "Fashion".

Mckenzie Davis in Delpozo Resort 2018: Speaking of FASHION...Canadian actress Mckenzie Davis made a definite STYLE STAR statement at this year's Emmys with this neon green-and-white dress from the very HOT Spanish brand of Delpozo. I absolutely LOVED this dress, the color and gorgeous subtle draping. The tea-length dress was SOOO Delpozo and I am so happy Davis went there...in terms of choosing this. This is chic, architectural, modern yet retro...and perfect for her tall, lithe model-like figure. Definitely ONE OF THE BEST red carpet moments of 2017!


Mandy Moore in Carolina Herrera Resort 2018: "This Is Us" star Mandy Moore wore this black and white gown from Carolina Herrera Resort 2018 collection to the 2017 Emmys. The strapless gown featured a three-tiered skirt section of fan-pleated tulle. I thought she looked quite elegant and pretty. I loved the fit of the bustier and how the tiers lengthened her already tall frame. I also loved the "pop" of color in her bubblegum pink lipstick. 

Angela Sarafyan in Elizabeth Kennedy Resort 2018: "Westworld" actress Angela Sarafyan looked gorgeous in this chartreuse colored gown from NYC-based designer Elizabeth Kennedy and her Resort 2018 collection. I adored the color (naturally!) and the fit was exquisite. But one of my favorite details were those voluminous sleeves with "Elizabethan" smocking details. Sarafyan here was one of the BEST of 2017 Red Carpet.

Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein By Appointment: Styled by Thomas Carter Phillips, 13-year-old "Stranger Things" actress Millie Bobbie Brown looked like a PRINCESS on the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet in this custom Calvin Klein By Appointment dress. The vanilla colored dress featured a strapless bustier and tea-length full tulle skirt. She looked "50's Hollywood Glamorous" in this. It was age-appropriate and pretty. I loved the sequined shoes and the fun touch of a printed silk scarf at the waist. Oh, and the black nail polish was pretty cool too. All in all, she reminded me of a delicate--yet fun--ballerina! One of the BEST looks of 2017. 




Jessica Biel in Ralph & Russo Fall 2017 Couture: When I first reviewed this look Jessica Biel wore at the 2017 Emmy Awards, I was 80/20 in terms of Like/Dislike. I loved the sexy Pageant-like statement (the super high vampy slit, the great draping, the dramatic chiffon, the on-trend nude/blush/metallic colors, the strappy heels), but I just wasn't a fan of her hair and earrings. Since those two things have nothing to do with the dress...overall, this was a FAB look and worthy to make my Best of 2017 Emmys List!

Jane Fonda in Brandon Maxwell Spring 2018: The DIVA arrived at the 2017 Emmy Awards..and she was in bubblegum pink! The one and only Jane Fonda wore this pink colored gown from Brandon Maxwell's (he is Lady Gaga's fashion director) Spring 2018 collection. The gown featured slightly bell-shaped sleeves, a fitted waist, a column/fitted skirt section, as well as an open back (bra-strap friendly), and back "fall"/train for a little bit of drama. I liked this gown and especially the color. The hair, however seemed a bit too "severe" for her. She claimed to have been inspired by Gwen Stefani and I think with the hair she took the influence one step too far. But, I still think this was a definite 2017 Red Carpet Moment!



Now, onto my BEST RED CARPET PICKS of the 2017 SAG Awards:
Nicole Kidman in custom Gucci by Alessandro Michele: Now I know that this may be a controversial choice but I loved this look on Nicole Kidman and thought it was such a definite "Fashion Moment", it was worthy of being in my BEST of 2017 Red Carpet List. God Bless Nicole Kidman for taking fashion chances; while other actresses might say "Ummm, I don't think I want to wear parrots on my shoulders", Kidman was ALL IN BABY! I loved this emerald green sequined gown and yes, I even loved the shoulder Macaw paillette-and-feathered embellishments. The gown reminded me of those 1930's designs from the beginning of the Hollywood Glamour days--it was very Schiaparelli and something the UBER stylish Wallis, Duchess of Windsor would have GAGGED over! Done and done.

Sarah Paulson in custom Vera Wang Collection: Actress Sarah Paulson wore this black and white ensemble from Vera Wang Collection and looked DIVINE! I especially admired the nod to the Yves Saint Laurent "Le Smoking" in its design. The outfit included a perfectly fitting black column gown featuring a waist-cinching band, peplum detail with pocket flaps and a very Haute Couture center front seam. For a designer to create a style with a so-obvious center front seam, that seam needs to be PERFECT...and here it was. To finish it off, she had this severe white cape/coat. Overall, Paulson looked elegant and almost too-chic for all the red carpet nonsense around her

Thandie Newton in Schiaparelli Couture by Bertrand Guyon: This sequined dress was one of my favorite red carpet looks of 2017 and definitely, of the 2017 SAG Awards. This Haute Couture gown was all hand-made and included thousands of hand-sewn crystals and stunning horses, birds and even a Ferris wheel--all in crystals! And that silk velvet shoulder panel was the "Cherry on the Couture Cake". This gown should be in a museum...and I would stare at it for HOURS!


Sophia Bush in Marchesa Pre-Fall 2017: As you may know, I love color and I especially love bubblegum pink! And so when I saw this dress on Sophia Bush, she made me smile. The tea-length dress was more "Cocktail" but had the same fab red carpet effect as a full-length dress. I loved the bright color (of course!) and the "blooming"-like side drape detail. This was pretty, elegant and fashion-forward.


Yara Shahidi in Naeem Khan Spring 2016: "Black-ish" actress Yara Shahidi looked GORGEOUS in this colorful Naeem Khan Spring 2016 gown at the 2017 SAG Awards. The collection was inspired by Mexico and the Mediterranean, according to the designer and you can those influences in the colors of the gown. This horizontal "striped" gown grabbed my attention immediately when I first saw the actress on the red carpet. I thought it was the perfect choice for her, and I especially admired the top section. Now, you might have not noticed this but the gown's multicolored "stripes" are actually all sequined paillettes. 

Finally...
Natalie Portman in Custom Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2017: A very pregnant Natalie Portman wore this off-white gown from Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 at the 2017 SAG Awards. The dress was part of Maria Grazia Chiuri's first Haute Couture collection for the French fashion house. I thought Portman looked radiant, monastic...almost like a Renaissance painting of an angel. I loved the drama of the drop-shoulder pouffy sleeves and billowing Alta Moda silhouette: One of the BEST of 2017.

**UP NEXT: BEST OF 2017 RED CARPET: Cannes and Met Gala! 

And don't forget about my NEW "The Pageant Coloring Book"! Where you can create your very own Evening Gown Competition with 25 of my hand-drawn Pageant Queen illustrations. Click HERE to purchase NOW on Amazon.com:
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WHO WORE WHAT?.....BEST OF 2017: 25 BEST RED CARPET Looks from Academy Awards & Golden Globes

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....BEST OF 2017: 25 BEST RED CARPET Looks from Academy Awards & Golden Globes

Best of the BEST: Best Red Carpet Looks of 2017--Academy Awards and Golden Globes

An end-of-the-year tradition is to look back at the BEST of the Best. And here on my BLOG, I have already talked about the Best National Costumes of International Beauty Pageants HERE, and will do a BEST GOWNS as well soon! But for now, it's time for my Best of 2017 Red Carpet "Who Wore What?" Posts. I'll discuss some of the top red carpet events like Cannes, Met Gala, SAG Awards, but now it's time to begin with two BIGGIES: The 2017 Academy Awards and the 2017 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet.
Here are my TOP 25 BEST Red Carpet Looks from those two A-list red carpet events, beginning with the 89th Annual Academy Awards:

Janelle Monae in Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2016: Actress and singer Janelle Monae chose this Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2016 Gown to wear to the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Janelle is always a fashion risk-taker, and this certainly is quite a statement! Back when I first reviewed it I thought it was a STUNNING gown but maybe it was too much of a look for her. Well, kids, I was wrong: I LOVED THIS! I think that these are those "fashion moments" I personally live for and Thank You Janelle for doing it! I now think it is one of the BEST of 2017.

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2017: The statuesque and gorgeous Charlize Theron attended the 2017 Academy Awards in this golden Christian Dior Haute Couture gown. Theron is a long-time spokesmodel for the French fashion house so it was no shocker that she would wear Dior. The fan-pleated golden lame/black tulle gown featured a full skirt, plunging neckline and fitted waist. While the design was almost straight-off-the-runway, in terms of style, there were two slight changes to the bodice, with the addition of black tulle for more coverage and a cross-over effect at the center front. The dress evoked a 1950's Old Hollywood Glamour sensibility and was Classic, Elegant and one of the Best of 2017. 


Taraji P Henson in custom Alberta Ferretti: Taraji looked super sleek, vampy and curvaceous in this midnight blue gown custom-made for her by the Italian fashion house of Alberta Ferretti. While there was nothing extraordinarily "High Fashion" about the design, it definitely made a statement and fit her to perfection and I do kind of love the "Pageant Gown" look to it. Chic, sleek and sexy.

Jessica Biel in KaufmanFranco Pre-Spring 2017: Jessica Biel looked RAVISHING in this golden sequined gown from KaufmanFranco Pre-Spring 2017 Collection at the 2017 Oscars. I loved the simple sheath silhouette, long raglan-seamed sleeves, small train, and especially the "Devore"-like sequined fabrication. In terms of accessories, that Tiffany & Co. necklace was EVERYTHING! I also loved how she styled her hair in that chic center-parted chignon. She looked elegant and regal. Definitely one of the BEST of the Academy Awards and 2017!





Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad Spring 2017: Chrissy Teigen looked every bit of an A-List Hollywood Diva when she walked the 2017 Academy Awards red carpet in this ivory and gold gown from Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad. The gown is from his Haute Couture collection of Spring/Summer 2017 inspired by the famous Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival in Japan. You can see the firework-like detail in the hand-sewn sequins of the gown. Teigen was PERFECTION in this $100,000-costing all-handmade gown!

Viola Davis in custom Armani Prive: Viola Davis looked stunning in this scarlet red gown from Armani Prive. It was custom made for her (naturally) so it fit her beautifully (check out that PERFECT length!). While this wasn't a very Haute "fashion statement", it was safe and definitely gorgeous. The draped halter neckline, the striking color and the figure flattering shape all united to make this look a RED CARPET WINNER!


 
Brie Larson in custom Oscar de la Renta: Now, speaking of a definite Haute Fashion Statement, I present to you Brie Larson in custom Oscar de la Renta. The dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta's design duo Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia and featured a sculpted silhouette, cinched waist and ruffled volants trailing into a hem. The neckline was directly inspired from one of the runway looks (the pointed bustline jumpsuit in the right photo--middle, above) from Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017. Larson reminded me of a modern "Madame X" from the famous John Singer Sargent painting (above) and looked almost too Upper Class for even the Academy Awards!


Priyanka Chopra in Ralph & Russo Spring 2017 Couture: Stunning Priyanka went simple and column-like in this Ralph & Russo Couture gown for the 2017 Academy Awards. I thought the ivory color was perfect for her and the long and lean silhouette was clean and modern. I also loved the sequined "blocked" details of the fabric, which by the way, is all hand-done; it's COUTURE darlings! The gown may look simple but if you were to order it, it would set you back an un-simple $80,000+.

Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive Spring 2017: Nicole Kidman was PERFECTION in this blush/nude colored halter style gown from Armani Prive. The design featured hand-sewn sequins in circular and scroll-like motifs and had beautiful gold jeweled crystals, and a back silk chiffon godet piece. The gown was customized for her from this runway style as you can see in the photo comparisons above. Nicole was very on-trend with the "Nude/Blush Gown" style and looked elegant and chic. While this may not have been a "wow" gown in photos, trust me, close up (or even from the balcony where I was covering the Academy Awards Red Carpet for ABC!) this was AMAZING!

Last but not least (for the Best of 2017-Academy Awards)...
Debbie Matenopoulos in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos & David Paul: Since this is my blog and I co-designed (along with my partner David Paul) this beautiful gown for TV presenter/host Debbie Matenopoulos--and she did look SOOOO GORGEOUS!--I had to add her in my Best of 2017 Red Carpet List of course. David and I custom-designed this fabulous NIKOLAKI gown for her which featured a blush colored silk sequined tulle, silk satin crepe lining, plunging neckline and silk chiffon one shoulder cascade cape. It was FASHION, Drama and she looked totally on-trend with the "Nude/Blush Gowns" that we saw during 2017. 



Now, time for my BEST RED CARPET Picks of the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards:
Blake Lively in custom Atelier Versace: Blake Lively tops my Best of 2017 Golden Globes Red Carpet List, with this stunning gown custom-made for her by Atelier Versace. She looked DIVINE in this black silk velvet gown, featuring a fit-to-flare silhouette, a long dramatic train, Swarovski crystal chain-mail neckline, top and pocket embellishment and a front bust cut-out for a (slightly) plunging neckline view. It was elegant, high fashion and a chic, powerful fashion statement. #Love


 
Hailee Steinfeld in Custom Vera Wang: Actress Hailee Steinfeld wore this lilac colored ballgown from designer Vera Wang. The iridescent silk tulle gown was custom-made and featured a full "Princess" skirt, cold shoulder sleeves, gathered details, a center front slit opening...and a back cape/train. Normally, all of those components would probably come out a big ol' Pageant Beauty Queen mess but...here this gown looked ethereal, beautiful and made for a definite red carpet moment worthy of my Best of 2017 List!

Anna Kendrick in Vionnet Spring 2017: Anna Kendrick wore this gown from the French fashion house of Vionnet, designed by Goga Ashkenazi. The Grecian Goddess-style gown featured a one-shoulder neckline, hand-pleated silk chiffon cupped busts and full silhouette, and gave me a 1930's/40's "Old Hollywood Glamour" vibe. Sublime Best of 2017.




Naomie Harris in custom Armani Prive: English actress Naomie Harris was one of the BEST DRESSED at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards in this strapless golden column gown from Armani Prive. She said that she had to lay down in the car on the way to the awards show, and not eat (and barely breathe!) because the gown was made to an 1/8" of her body...and it looks it! The gold silk mikado gown featured hand-sewn rhinestones and sequins as well as a mini nude colored panel down the center front. Harris looked STUNNING and Diva-like in this gown. Sorry that she couldn't eat but at least, she was one of the BEST of 2017 Red Carpet.  


Mandy Moore in custom Naeem Khan: Mandy Moore wore this midnight blue silk chiffon gown from Naeem Khan, featuring an attached cape, flowing A-line flared gown and plunging neckline. I think she looked modern and regal and I LOVED the dramatic cape and subtle thin belted waist. It was simple, elegant, architectural and oh-so chic!


Natalie Portman in Custom Prada: Speaking of chic...Natalie Portman looked absolutely STUNNING in this chartreuse colored Custom Prada gown at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Portman was nominated for her role of the former First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the film "Jackie" and I love how she vibed the former First Lady's iconic elegance. The gown was very 1960's Alta Moda Couture in its shape, 3/4 sleeves and minimalist embellished detail; Portman looked like the wife of an Ambassador...in 1965. But still, so very now! Molto Bella! 


Viola Davis in Michael Kors Collection: Continuing with the canary yellow colored gowns, I wanted to add Viola Davis in this Michael Kors Collection dress. The one shoulder sequined gown looked great on Davis, especially the bold color and chic one shoulder silhouette. It's not very "UBER" high fashion but she looked every bit a "Red Carpet Diva". 


Emma Stone in custom Valentino: Styled by Petra Flannery, Emma Stone was giving "subdued elegance" in this star-studded nude-and-silver sequined gown from the Italian house of Valentino.The gown featured a simple shape of a semi-full flared gown with plunging neckline but it was the silver star embroidery in the gown that became the "Star"--as it were--of the gown. She looked ethereal, ingenue-like and delicately pretty in this. She also continued the "Nude/Blush Gown Trend" so popular of 2017.

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2016: Actress and Colombian bombshell Sofia Vergara wore this golden gown from Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016 that featured gold and silver metallic hand-sewn sequined applique over nude tulle. The style also had open "cold" shoulders and open front, revealing a little cleavage (of course!). She gave a Gladiator Couture Goddess look with this and I loved it. The dress fit her perfectly (it's COUTURE huney!) and she was on-trend with ...yes, the "Nude Gown" look. Sofia was Golden Globes Bellisima!


Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2016: Actress Lily Collins wore this beautiful ballgown from Zuhair Murad Haute Couture for the 2017 Golden Globes and it was one of my TOP BEST of that red carpet as well as 2017! The lilac/raspberry colored gown is all handmade (it's Haute Couture!) and features hand-sewn metallic lace applique throughout with a nude silk tulle base/top. Collins looked like French aristocracy from back in the Louis XIV days! For such a petite actress, this soft ballgown was surprisingly perfect for her.


Ruth Negga in custom Louis Vuitton: Three things come to mind when I see this look from actress Ruth Negga:  Chic; Column Diva; and Fashion Statement. I loved this golden column sequined gown worn by Negga custom-made for her by the French fashion house of Louis Vuitton. It was modern, directional and gave me hints of scuba-wear (very Chanel 1991--see photo above of Linda Evangelista!). The whole look was effortless...even though we all know a lot of effort was put into this.


Naomi Campbell in Atelier Versace Fall 2016: Only the one-and-only Naomi Campbell would show up to the Golden Globes SERVING YOU Diva Supermodel Style since after all, she IS a SUPERMODEL! Campbell wore this lilac and black colored silk duchesse satin gown from Atelier Versace Fall/Winter 2016 Couture collection. This $100,000 costing gown (if one were to actually order it and buy it!), featured a one shoulder neckline, bias-cut twisted bands, hand-sewn sequin encrusted panels and dramatic cascade draped back, and Naomi SERVED IT TO Y'ALL! One of the Best of 2017 Red Carpet Looks from the 2017 Golden Globes. Model Diva. 

Brie Larson in custom Rodarte: Actress Brie Larson wore this fire-red colored gown from Rodarte and she looked super beautiful--one of the BEST looks of the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards! The strapless gown featured sequined and gathered chiffon bustier details and a full gathered skirt...soooo pretty!

Evan Rachel Wood in custom Altuzarra: Actress Evan Rachel Wood was giving Marlene Dietrich in her tuxedo ensemble from NY-based designer Joseph Altuzarra at this year's Golden Globe Awards. The "Le Smoking" ensemble was VERY Yves Saint Laurent/Helmut Newton photo-inspired (lower photo above) and I thought she made a definite FASHION statement. This is the ULTIMATE in CHIC darlings! 
                               
And lastly...I had to add the gorgeous Debbie Matenopoulos in our NIKOLAKI gown:
Debbie Matenopoulos in NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos & David Paul: The ever-so-fabulous Debbie Matenopoulos, co-host of  Hallmark's "Home & Family" TV Show, wore one of our NIKOLAKI gowns at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet and naturally, I think she was one of the BEST DRESSED of the Golden Globes as well as 2017! The gown was a color-blocked column style gown in black/golden creme/raspberry colored silk/wool ziberline and featured pleated sides, a plunging neckline, as well as side pockets: Fabulous!

**UP NEXT: BEST of 2017 Red Carpet "Who Wore What?--2017 SAG Awards and 2017 Emmy Awards"!

And don't forget about my NEW "The Pageant Coloring Book"! Where you can create your very own Evening Gown Competition with 25 of my hand-drawn Pageant Queen illustrations. Click HERE to purchase NOW on amazon.com:
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