This little space of mine on the internet, which started as an amalgamation of everything I love (namely food and fashion) has really turned into my little hub for recipes and ramblings of my day to day life. I suppose it’s just changing with me.
The one thing I can promise you, however, is that my love for the red carpet has not left me. And, darlings, you know I love the red carpet.
And what a red carpet it was tonight at the Emmys. Over a heaping helping of deliciously buttery shrimp pasta (that LE HUBS MADE FOR ME! Lucky, lucky gal) and the last gamay of the summer, I poured over the photos. Some made me so happy, some made me weep and some made me laugh out loud.
This year more than ever, I noticed quite a few themes on the carpet, so I’ve rounded up my faves (and some not-so-faves) based on theme. But, really what this is this year is a celebration of women. Because even the looks I don’t personally love are being worn by some of the most amazing public figures. So just keep that in mind, darlings.
Without further a due, I bring to you the XOXOLCF Emmys Roundup 2016.
THE CLASSIC BLACK DRESS, REIMAGINED.
Look, darlings, I have to admit that in general, I think all three of these women are pretty fabulous. I was a late comer to Scandal, but now can’t imagine living without it, a huge fan of Party of Five (and the Scream franchise, thank you very much) and have pretty much loved Natasha since the era of “I watched them before I probably should have” movies that she was in including “The Slums of Beverly Hills” and “But, I’m a Cheerleader.”
And darlings, you know I go back and forth between wanting five children and zero children. What I can say for certain is that if I ever do carry a child, I’d like to look like Kerry Washington whilst I do it. This piece is one of the more fantastic ways I’ve seen to show off a pregnancy. It is sexy, it is sophisticated and it feels like it’s made of one beautifully comfortable piece of fabric wrapped in all of the right ways. And of course, darlings, as a fellow big haired lady, I appreciate the impeccable lions mane. Really and truly, I am not worthy.
Neve’s dress is a classic silhouette for a classic beauty. You wonder what she does on a daily basis to look the same way she looked when I truly believed her and Jeremy London were going to run off into the sunset together. This looks like a Carolina Herrera, but I cannot find confirmation. What I love about this dress the most is that it is truly a stunning evening gown without being overly feminine. There is something about even the placement of the lace at the neckline that is purposeful and serious. Two things that you can rarely say about a mermaid dress with ruffles. But darlings, I’m saying it right here and right now: This ruffled dress is strong, it’s powerful and it makes a lot of sense based on her new place in the “House of Cards” family.
Darlings, you know that there is little that I love more than a cape. Give me a cape, a decent bottle of red wine and some terrible TV and I will have little to complain about (just kidding, I always can find something!) In this cape dress, Natasha is giving some kind of alternative glamour – the sorts of which I am lost for words to describe. And like myself and Kerry, Natasha is a naturally big haired badass, but has toned it down to get to a kind of high femme, old Hollywood sleekness. And it looks amazing.
GREEN (and then VELVET)
Darlings, green is my favourite color and so I was so pleased to see so much turn up on the carpet this year (especially one, which you can scroll down to Best in Show for, if you must). HOWEVER, above are three of my favourite ladies in show business and in my humble opinion, darlings, only one delivered.
Amy Poehler’s dress reminded me too much of Kate Hudson’s schmata from the 2001 Academy Awards when she dressed up as a country music star taking fashion cues from the Victorian era in the 60s or 80s. 15 years later, I’m still uncertain. Need a memory jog?
So you know I love a cape, but feel opposite about a “capelet” which you will recognize on both Amy and Kate. And although based on historical opinion, I should adore this glittery long sleeved greenness, it really seems more to me like a great option if you decided to go to a halloween party as “a glamorous asparagus stalk.” (note to self, maybe this year?)
And all I’m going to say about Tina is something I may have said before. This looks like a bridesmaid dress from a bride that considers herself “pretty progressive and cost conscientious” because she lets you pick out your silhouette and shade of green from J. Crew’s bridal shop, so you can, you know, wear it again.
On the other hand, Kathryn Hahn made me want to run upstairs and put every single piece of velvet I own on. I will admit that I am biased. I have an almost two decades long love affair with velvet. Stemming from two key pieces as a 12 year old:
The second of which was especially special to me. I bought it at MANDEE, which of course, was the height of WOMANLY SOPHISTICATION and came with the Cucumber Melon scent basically attached and I wore it to my best friend’s bat mitzvah, for which I also got my hair ( darlings, imagine it for yourself: a blonde pixie cut with butterfly clips) and makeup PROFESSIONALLY (well, at Jean Madeline Institute of B E A U TAY) done.
I also have a very very soft spot for hunter green. In fact, in 4th grade, I’m pretty sure I got through the winter months in ONLY hunter green overalls, hunter green turtlenecks and hunter green leggings. I also wouldn’t mind a hunter green MG. But that’s a whole other story.
So Kathryn Hahn, not only are you one of my favourite working actresses, the only likeable character on Transparent, but you have also made my night with your pseudo-90s blunt low cut neckline, hunter green, velvet dress. If best in show hadn’t showed up, it would have been yours. Hands down.
Hold on, speaking of velvet. I don’t really have a category for this next red carpet starlet.
Much to many readers chagrin, darlings, Gaby Hoffman will probably always make it onto this list. Today I believe her eyebrows look amazing, her velvet platforms I’d like to steal and make my own and you can see the yellowing of her vintage shirt/dress possibly once worn by Lord Byron himself, and I appreciate the embrace of aging. And more or less, I’m just in love with her. So there is that, also.
LONG SLEEVES. But let’s be honest. It’s so much more.
If you’ve been reading this blog for any time at all, you know that there are a few absolute truths about these red carpet lists. One is that long sleeved dresses almost always make me swoon, another is that if there is a belt on your dress, I’m almost always all in ( especially if there is also a collar and sleeves) and third, if you are Judith Light, I love your style.
Now this year, my girl Judith changed it up a little bit. Usually we see her in something more structured and as Saint Andy Cohen reminded us all on WWHL, she really, really loves a white pantsuit, which I admire more than you or she could ever know.
*starts at about 3:41
But as you also know, a dress that resembles anything Halston would have designed in his hey-day, and I’m not talking Off the Rack Halston Heritage, works for me. And darlings, this. This dress. My mom has a hard time with her character on Transparent, because she thinks she’s too much of a caricature of a Bubby, too concerned, too annoying. And on this red carpet, a stereotypical Bubby she is not (nor was mine, in case you were wondering, darlings. She was really quite something).
I love Lily Tomlin’s dress and I’ll tell you why. If I ever have a vow renewal ceremony, I’d like to wear Lily’s dress. Maybe in white, but let’s be honest darling, probably in green.
Kristen Bell’s dress reminds me of extremely expensive silk wallpaper – something I aspire to coat my entire home in one day. I love it.
I love this dress because it reminds me of what I imagined Nancy Kerrigan would wear to her wedding. Basically a figure skating outfit with just so much extra fabric. And darlings, I say this seriously, in the best of ways. Because I love figure skating, I love figure skating costumes and I love how happy this amazing woman looks in this dress.
This dress is essentially a cleaned up caftan. One that I very much approve of. Darlings, I will find this dress, in a more muted color, and I will wear it the next time I need a gown. Rest assured.
I love Lily Taylor. Most specifically I love Lily Taylor because she always plays crazy girlfriends and I’d like to think that if I weren’t married, I would have spent the last decade being a crazy girlfriend. And honestly, I doubt this is her fault because (sorry le hubs), there is really little more attractive than a woman in a well tailored suit. But this is not well tailored. I’d like to see the jacket unbuttoned and the pants with a little less of a flare. Because the top of the pant and the underlay on top look just wonderful.
My least favorite.
New York Magazine has just recently told me that Mandy Moore is making a comeback this year. I would beg her not to come back in pumpkin orange. Because all of us millenials may have been missing her like candy all of these years, we certainly don’t need her to look like it.
My personal Best in Show.
As if it is even a question.
It’s all there.
Until our next red carpet roundup, darlings.