Award season has come around so fast it makes ones head spin. A blur of beautiful gowns and tuxes have fluttered into our collective conscious with the Grammys, BAFTAs and our very own IFTAs all taking place this past weekend. The theme overall was conservative in both colour and cut. In light of the tragic death of Whitney Houston, black was the colour choice, for many attending the Grammys especially. Monochrome, one of the looks of the moment, was in vogue at all three ceremonies. But it didn’t work for all. Here’s five who rocked it, five who shocked it and three boys who looked especially handsome.
Five Best Dressed
1. Viola Davis, the BAFTAs. The Help star shone in custom-made Valentino pink gown. Not only a beautiful dress, it was made from recycled material- part of a concerted effort to turn the red carpet green. Viola ticked many of the trend boxes for this season- her dress, ruched and gathered, was both asymmetrical and one-shouldered. The vivid salmon pink complemented the actress’ dark skin tone, and her simple make-up and loose curls completed the look perfectly.
2.Rihanna, the Grammys. The Bajan pop princess stayed just on the right side of revealing all in her thigh-slit, backless and cleavage-revealing black Armani dress. The singer has revealed that she helped design the dress, which clung to her lean curves perfectly. A dress that could have looked tacky on anyone else was perfect on the stunning Rihanna. She kept her make-up and accessories simple; a drop-down gold necklace, gold armlet and gold clutch. Neutral make-up subtly accentuated the newly-blonde singer’s hazel eyes. A winner!
3. Adele, the Grammys. The slimmed-down superstar has had it tough in recent months. A throat hemorrhage threatened her amazing voice, but she made a triumphant return on Sunday at the Grammys, giving an outstanding performance and sweeping the boards with six awards. She was also a fashion winner too. We love Adele because she is an every-girl, and she kept her outfit for the Grammy red carpet beautifully simple. Like Rihanna, she wore black Armani, but her gown was floor-length. The sequin-covered dress nipped in flatteringly at the waist and Adele wore a 12.4 carat Harry Winston diamond ring and a scarlet lip, making her look every inch the classic Hollywood star.
4. Penelope Cruz, the BAFTAs. Armani again! This time Penelope’s Armani Prive dress was in claret. In strong contrast to the rest of those on the red carpet at the BAFTAs, who either played it safe in monochrome or wore slightly dodgy pale metallics, the Spanish beauty was a splash of vivid colour. The dress was strapless, with detailing at the waist and a panel at the bust. The trend for simple make-up and hair was continued in Penelope’s look. The new mum looked lovely in a simple up-do.
5. Giuliana Rancic, the Grammys. The E! host looked stunning in a simple black sheath dress, cocktail length, teamed with a gold belt and strappy stilettos. The TV host is recovering from the double mastecomy she had last December, and she looked glowing and healthy interviewing the stars on the red carpet.
Five Worst Dressed
1. Nicki Minaj, the Grammys. It was so hard to narrow this list down to just five. Nicki would rather forget the Grammys for all sorts of reasons, and I won’t be too hard on her, considering that the Catholic Church are currently baying for her blood. The rapper turned up on the red carpet with a man dressed as a bishop, and wore some sort of Spanish Inquisition-type red habit and wimple. What a pity that such a talented woman feels she must reduce herself to these Lady Gaga-esque religious shenanigans. It was original when Madonna did it… thirty years ago.
2. Amy Huberman, the IFTAs. The very pretty actress and wife of Brian O’Driscoll, wore a mumsy white confection that made her look like lamb dressed as mutton. The sheen of the dress did nothing for her figure and the full-length and long-sleeves just made her look like a mother of the bride.
3. Sasha Gradiva, the Grammys. The Russian singer looked just fine and dandy in her pale pink gown and flawless make-up. Until you looked at her right arm- which was sleeved in machine guns. Political statement? Fashion forward? Who cared- it just looked stupid.
4. Edith Bowman, the BAFTAs. The Scottish DJ took the ‘boring’ trend at the BAFTAs to new extremes. She turned up in what seemed to be a Victorian spinster’s night-dress, complete with gloves and clunky shoes. Another case of lamb dressed as mutton.
5. Fergie, the Grammys. The Black Eyed Peas singer often takes risks with her style and to put it kindly, it doesn’t always pay off. Her transparent red lace outfit might have worked had we not been able to see her black Bridget Jones knickers and bra. If you’re going to go for sexy, don’t forget your undies must be sexy too.
Three Best Dressed Men
1. Bressie, the IFTAs. I’m delighted to report that the Irish male has finally learned how to wear a suit. Former Blizzards singer and judge on the Voice of Ireland looked very dapper indeed in his suit with a black skinny tie. Posing on the red carpet with supreme nonchalance, Bressie boosted the talent show’s ratings by thousands.
2. Michael Fassbender, the IFTAs and BAFTAs. It’s a busy awards season for one of Irish busiest actors. The very handsome Kerryman rocked two different suits at the IFTAs and the BAFTAs, and looked drop-dead gorgeous in both. To top off his adorability credentials, his BAFTA suit was made of recycled material. Gorgeous andgreen!
3. Colin Firth, the BAFTAs. Colin is every inch the English gentleman and his tuxedo at the BAFTAs was perfectly tailored as befitting red carpet royalty. A pleated stripe on the trouser added a bit of character. Colin’s wife, Livia, is behind the Green Carpet initiative that saw many stars don clothes made of recycled materials, Colin himself included.
Best Dressed Pig
“Moi!” Miss Piggy at the Grammys of course!
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This article appeared on Studenty on February 13 2012.