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Anne Hathaway at the SAG Awards 2009 vs. Olivia Molina at the Goya Cinema Awards 2009 - White Azzaro Dress

This is a fashion faceoff of the superlative! Now that we’re in awards season, red carpet gown rewears are the order of the day.

Anne Hathaway was the first to wear this stunning white Azzaro column gown to the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 last week. The beautiful dress had a jeweled neckline and an embellished waist. Anne wore her hair let down and accessorized with matching jewelry and silver peep-toe heels.

Yesterday at the Goya Cinema Awards 2009 actress Olivia Molina wore the same white Azzaro gown which she accessorized with a black clutch and matching black peep-toes.

Both women are stunning in this dress and I do love both looks, but I wish Olivia hasn’t worn the black clutch and shoes and rather picked something silver. That’s why I prefer Anne’s look. What about you, do you agree with me?

Who wore Azzaro better?

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Love at First Sight – Givenchy Pink Cut-out Shoe Boots

by Profashionelle on February 2, 2009 · 1 comment

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I’ve been wanting these gorgeous pink Givenchy shoes since I first saw them featured on NET-A-PORTER‘s magazine several months ago. Finally, they arrived and are up for sale now. The cut-outs remind me of butterfly wings and everyone knows I’m a sucker for pink shoes. Love at first sight!

Givenchy Pink Cut-out Shoe Boots

Givenchy Cut-out shoe boots
($785, NET-A-PORTER)

These stand out shoes will look gorgeous with a black LBD or a nice tailored suit, but if you want to wear them with anything other than black or white, why not go for something blue? As you can see below both colors compliment each other and look divine together.

Other colors you can wear with these shoes which would look lovely together are purple and yellow. Colors to avoid mixing with pink are red and orange. Also, don’t go head-to-toe pink, this would make every woman look girlish and Barbie obsessed.

Look of the Day – Pink and Blue

Helmut Lang blazer, Alexander McQueen clutch, Philoshophy Di Alberta Ferretti dress, Kenneth Jay Lane cuff, Givenchy shoes

Go Shopping:

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15th Annual SAG Awards 2009 – Worst Dressed

by Profashionelle on January 31, 2009 · 0 comments

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul in a red ruffled dress at the 2009 SAG Awards

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Paula Abdul got it oh-so-wrong. The red ruffle madness she mistook for a dress could have easily passed off as an inflatable life vest. The hair and forced smile did some collateral damage, too.

Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna in a red dress at the 2009 SAG Awards

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Lisa Rinna didn’t do much better by overexposing herself and flashing her underwear due to the thigh high slit on her dress. Classy!

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris in a red Escada knockoff Faviana gown at the 2009 SAG Awards

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

It seems red is either a real fashion hit or a massive fashion failure. We’ve had some amazing ladies in red, but Samantha Harris was not among them. Her dress wasn’t too bad… at least for a knockoff which was a replica of Katherine Heigl‘s Escada gown from last year’s Oscars.

Nicolette Sheridan

Nicolette Sheridan in a blue Roberto Cavalli Resort 2009 gown at the 2009 SAG Awards

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

It was only once that Nicolette Sheridan stunned me by what she wore on the red carpet and that was her gorgeous purple Angel Sanchez dress from the Emmys last year. Ever since I have seen her falling backwards again and this Roberto Cavalli Resort 2009 dress fits perfectly in. Apart from the color, I’m really not into it and didn’t think this was even considered to be a red carpet choice (it’s kind of more like a summer dress for me).

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria in a peach Jenny Packham Spring 2009 dress at the 2009 SAG Awards

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Bridesmaid alarm on the red carpet! Eva Longoria strut the red carpet in a peach gown which I found horrible. It was too peachy, had too many ruffles on the peplum and I wasn’t into Eva’s grandma hair as well. I think I’m going to have nightmares because of this color!

America Ferrera

America Ferrera in a taupe Vera Wang gown at the 2009 SAG Awards

Rating: ★★½☆☆

I miss seeing America Ferrera in something other than black or what I call “blah“-colors. Anyone remember her amazing blue Marchesa gown from the NAACP Awards 2008? She looked spectacular back then. Nowadays, her red carpet choices seem to be muted in color just like this taupe Vera Wang strapless dress which totally washed her out.

Is it me or has America lost weight recently?

Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross in a dark blue strapless Carolina Herrera gown at the 2009 SAG Awards

Rating: ★★½☆☆

I hate to put Marcia Cross on the “Worst Dressed“-list, but that midnight blue Carolina Herrera gown she was wearing really wasn’t doing anything for her. Plus, I hate those geometric shaped black embellishments on the dress. Other than that, Marcia looked flawless as always, very elegant and feminine.

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Red Carpet Watch – Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen

by Profashionelle on January 30, 2009 · 0 comments

If you’re a regular reader, you already know that I’m in love with Cate Blanchett. She’s my no. 1 girl – both as an actress and as a style icon. She is not only heavenly beautiful, but also looks always regal. Almost everything she wears on the red carpet makes her stand out. Cate likes to take fashion risks (which pay off in 99% of the time) and she always wears something unexpected.

Usually, Cate goes for Armani Privé when it comes to big events such as the Oscars or Cannes, but she keeps surprising the crowds by making some completely different choices from time to time (Givenchy anyone?)

Apart from having Giorgio Armani on her speed dial, Cate also happens to favor British fashion designer Alexander McQueen whom I adore as much as I adore Cate as an actress. McQueen will always be in my top 3 (Christian Dior and Alexander Wang are the other ones I love). Cate has worn his designs several times on the red carpet and constantly returns to wearing his clothes for big days.

The Aviator New York Premiere, December 2004

Cate Blanchett in a mint Alexander McQueen Spring 2005 dress at The Aviator New York premiere in December 2004

Rating: ★★★½☆

This dress might have ignited Cate’s love for McQueen. She wore this flirty mint Spring 2005 dress to The Aviator New York Premiere back in December 2004 which she accessorized gold strappy sandals.

The dress was quite girlish for Cate with the low voluminous skirt and the silver embellished criss cross details on the bodice, but she still pulled it off effortlessly.

Napoli Film Festival, June 2005

Cate Blanchett in a green Alexander McQueen Fall 2005 dress at the Napoli Film Festival in Italy in June 2005

Rating: ★★★★½

At the Napoli Film Festival, Cate was summer perfection in a grass green pleated dress from McQueen’s Fall 2005 collection.

Her dress was cinched in at the waist with a slim silver embellished belt and Cate completed her outfit with adorable silver peep-toe heels. I LOVE the green shade against Cate’s pale skin.

Babel Photocall at the 59th Cannes Film Festival, May 2006

Cate Blanchett in a printed Alexander McQueen Spring 2005 dress at the Babel Photocall at the 59th Cannes Film Festival in May 2006

Rating: ★★★★☆

At the 59th Cannes Film Festival, Cate opted for a multi-colored art deco printed dress from the Spring 2005 collection which she completed with a fire-red cropped cardigan, a turquoise bracelet and gold t-strap heels.

I am glad that Cate didn’t go for the sculpted brown torso, but I would have loved to see Cate rocking the petticoat under the dress. I’m sure it would’ve looked fantastic on her!

Babel Screening at the 59th Cannes Film Festival, May 2006

Cate Blanchett in a black Alexander McQueen Fall 2006 Men kimono at the Babel Screening at the 59th Cannes Film Festival in May 2006

Rating: ★★★★★

Later that day, Cate changed into a gorgeous black kimono gown from the Men’s Fall 2006 collection. The kimono dress had floaty cap sleeves, a black and white piping and floral embroideries on the skirt. Cate wore her hair elegantly in an updo and accessorized with silver jewelry.

Co-star Rinko Kikuchi also opted for a kimono, so I guess both ladies had some kind of a theme thing going on at the premiere.

64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, January 2007

Cate Blanchett in a black strapless Alexander McQueen Spring 2007 lace dress at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2007

Rating: ★★★★★

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. A year before everyone stated lace as a new trend, Queen Cate was rocking a delicate black lace dress from McQueen’s Spring 2007 collection to the Golden Globe Awards 2007. The strapless dress had a rise and fall hem and was cinched in at the waist with a jeweled belt.

Cate perfected her romantic appearance with softly curled hair and black strappy sandals with a rosette detail on the vamp.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Premiere, December 2008

Cate Blanchett in a jewel studded Alexander McQueen Spring 2009 dress at the premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in December 2008

Rating: ★★★★½

Being the “Golden Girl” at the premiere of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” last month, Cate shined in a sparkling sculpted Spring 2009 dress which was modified from the runway version as Cate’s was way longer than on the catwalk, had an extra nude underlay and the plunge neckline wasn’t as deep as on the model.

I know a lot of people are hating this dress, but I think Cate totally owned it. She really knows how to surprise me.

I hope to see a lot more of Cate wearing Alexander McQueen in 2009 as this combination is a total knockout. Go, Cate!

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Request: Carrie Underwood’s Red Naeem Khan Dress 4 Less

by Profashionelle on January 28, 2009 · 1 comment

When I was looking through the site’s traffic stats today, I found a lot of people were coming from a Yahoo Answers thread where a girl was looking for a specific celebrity inspired prom dress:

I am looking for a look-alike dress like Carrie Underwood [wore at the Movies Rock 2007 event].

It is red, with gold embellishment. If anyone can find a dress like this I will be forever grateful!!

Thanks.

I did a quick search and came up with a few good alternatives. Hope you like it!

Carrie Underwood in Naeem Khan Resort 2008 – Movies Rock 2007

Carrie Underwood in a red Naeem Khan Resort 2008 plunge neck gown at Movies Rock 2007

First off, I can see why you love the dress so much. That red grecian inspired gown is probably the best dress Carrie Underwood has ever been wearing.

But it wasn’t all about the dress. Carrie was overall looking fantastic and accessorized well with a gold clutch, matching chandelier earrings and a gold bangle.

A Dress 4 Less – Carrie Underwood Style

I didn’t know how big or small your budget is, so I tried to find the best of the best in the $200-$400 range which I hope is affordable for you. I couldn’t find a replica of Carrie’s dress, but I stumbled upon some beautiful alternatives which I hope will please you as much as they pleased me.

Red floor-length prom dresses in the style of Carrie Underwood at Movies Rock (Naeem Khan)

Dress #1 is my absolute favorite and probably the closest match to Carrie’s dress you’ll find. I adore the gold details on the shoulder and the floaty nature of the dress. The bodice isn’t as loose fitting as on Carrie’s version and the plunge neckline isn’t as deep, but I think this might be working for you since you’re still going to High School.

If you’re all about the embellished waist on Carrie’s dress, you could try to find a wide gold belt to go with the dress, but I feel it could also do without and make you still look equally spectacular.

Dress #2 and #3 come close and are beautiful alternatives if you don’t mind that the embellishments are silver.

Dress #4 and #5 are a bit on the Bollywood side, but if accessorized well they can look fantastic on you.

Go Shopping:

  1. Celebrity Inspired Red Gown by Faviana ($238)
  2. Stretch Jersey Red Prom Dress by Faviana ($278)
  3. Rhinestone Red Jersey Prom Dress by Faviana ($358)
  4. Red Pleated Prom Dress from Night Moves by Allure ($378)
  5. Classic Red Prom Gown by Faviana ($278)

If you aren’t happy about any of the dresses, check out the eDressMe’s red prom dresses. They have a huge selection of amazing dresses. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a completely different dress you like.

Accessories

After you’ve settled for the dress, choose jewelry that emphasizes your dress. Don’t overdo it and make sure nothing about your getup will upstage the person wearing it.

Gold Accessories - Bangles, Cocktail Rings, Chandelier Earrings - Forever 21

I went for gold accessories, but if you decide on a dress with silver embellishments (e.g. #2 to #5), of course you’ll have to choose matching silver jewelry.

If you feel bold enough for some edge, add the turquoise cocktail ring (#5) to your prom attire. It’s not an obvious color combination, but I guarantee you, it will make you stand out.

You really want to get your earrings noticed, so I suggest you wear an elegant loose updo like Carrie (if your hair is long enough). An updo is the perfect hairstyle for a floor-length gown as it instantly adds elegance and grace to your whole look.

No necklace! This is super important in order to pull off a plunge neckline. A necklace would be totally out of place here. So remember to keep your neckline bare.

Go Shopping:

  1. Mirrored Panels Bangle ($6.80)
  2. Antique Chic Bracelet Set ($4.80)
  3. Joli Textured Bracelet ($4.80)
  4. Jeweled Petal Ring ($6.80)
  5. Antique Stone Ring ($4.80)
  6. Dangling Leaf Earrings ($4.80)
  7. Native Feather Earrings ($4.80)

Shoes

Going to a prom usually includes a lot of dancing, so you better skip the idea of wearing high heels unless you want to enjoy your evening seated while constantly complaining about how much your feet hurt in those darn shoes.

Instead, go for something mid-heeled, something strappy and embellished like the sandals below. And don’t forget to stock up on foot petals, they’ll be your lifesaver that evening.

Gold Strappy Mid-Heel Sandals - Touch Ups Anneka, Coloriffics Capri, Coloriffics Monterrey

Go Shopping:

  1. Coloriffics “Capri” Sandals ($74)
  2. Coloriffics “Monterrey” Sandals ($68)
  3. Touch Ups “Anneka” Sandals ($60)

Clutch

A simple gold clutch will perfectly top off this prom look. This one below is pretty similar to the one Carrie was wearing (see here).

Urban Expressions Hayden Gold Clutch

Urban Expressions Hayden Clutch
($39, Baghaus.com)

Hooray, you’re done! I bet you’ll be as fabulous as Carrie in your prom dress. Wish you a great prom night!

Style Questions?

If you have a style question of your own or need advice on something fashion related, feel free to drop me a line (my email: profashionelle[at]gmail.com). Looking forward hearing from you!

XOXO,
Irina

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