While I wasn’t able to catch the Critic’s Choice Awards as they were televised this past Sunday, I certainly made a point to dig into all the red (um, blue) carpet rundowns I could get my fingers on. I will have to say I was not blown away by this year’s looks! Am I alone in this? Please tell me I’m not. I think most looks were basically missed marks, to my eye, because if ill-fit, which is sad considering most celebrities do not dress themselves for these things. We shall not dwell on such things because there were some great looks in the mix! Here are my Top 5, in no particular order (nor do I own any kind of rights to these photos):
1. Jessica Biel in Elie Saab
I don’t often find myself on the Jessica Biel bandwagon, but when I do it’s for reasons like this. I love this maxi dress by Elie Saab that she wore. The plunging neckline and belt cinched waist played up a more columnesque, yet feminine, silhouette. The dusty real and black vertical striped pattern had almost a watercolor effect to the eye, which was beautiful and interesting. I am always a fan of long-sleeves dresses, and love the subtle lave cut-out accents on the sleeves here. Jessica kept 100% true to herself with the messy waves hair and tousled bang, and completed the look with a pair of Stuart Weitzman sandals.
2. Susan Kelechi Watson in Tadashi Shoji
I know of a Susan from one of my new favorite shows, This is Us, but I have quite the feeling we will be seeing a lot more of her in time to come. I love her gown choice here because it is so full of texture and detail. This blue showstopper by Tadashi Shoji features beautiful cascading floral appliqués at the waist, as well as across the neck and shoulder, showcasing that super deep-V that is forever on trend. The skirt of the dress is lusciously layered with shades of blue, giving off that gauzy feel that screams movement and a need to twirl. Her braided hair swept back and a subtle smokey eye cap off her complete look.
3. Emmy Rossum in Giorgio Armani
Emmy just carries herself with such class in this piece by Giorgio Armani. Again with the deep-V, except Emmy opted for a look with a sheet nude inlay for more coverage in the area. I love the classic black with a touch of sparkle up top, especially with the holidays in full swing. With ankle grazing length we still get fun movement, and it has an overall classic cocktail vibe. Emmy finished off her look with a sleek high pony (although I can totally see her with a tousled upstyle), and a grey smokey eye.
5. Nicole Kidman in Brandon Maxwell
Nicole Kidman is such a classic lady in and of herself, but I am loving how she elevated the little black dress in this look by Brandon Maxwell. The fit of the dress accentuates Nicole’s long legs, and the off the shoulder design and bustier cut-out take the look to stylish new heights. I love how the top design resemble a bow almost, in its structure and form, and then we get that little kiss of sparkle from the brooch accent on the sleeve. Now, Nicole has gorgeous hair so I would have loved to see it not pulled back like it is here, but her makeup is as polished as ever.
5. Janelle Monae in Nicci Hou Collection
I am head over heels for this Nicci Hou Collection dress that Janelle Monae wore. I think this might be the one I would pick to wear out of all my top picks this round. I love how the all-over black and white diamond print is giving off a harlequin plaid vibe! The deep-V neck isn’t as plunging as others we’ve looked at, but it is accentuated with her on-super-trend black choker by Liv Bambina. The black belt at the waist gives more definition to get silhouette, but the win for me is the center slit of the skirt that complements the flow and cascade of the train. I would love to style this look with silver accessories but I am definitely appreciating Janelle’s choice to go gold, complete with an Emm Kuo box clutch. Her double top knots are kept soft and semi-tousled, and her red lip is setting everything off perfectly.
Bonus Pick: Lily Collins in Elie Saab
Admittedly, I am loving this winter goth bride mood this look is packing. The high neck and bell sleeve, all in this grayish white lace, is both delicate and strong. The lace patterns provide all over interest, bringing length to all the right places, and the scattered hemline brings that extra touch of fluidity. Lily’s dark hair is styled back with face framing accents, and her dark brows are defined as always. Her dark eye and burgundy lip add to her darker fairy tale moment.