Interestingly, there weren't many black dresses at this event. There were more nude colours than black and even more jewel tones than nude colours. I think blue in its many shades were the most popular colour although green and red were well-represented. Even yellow showed up on this red carpet!
While there were a few all-sequin dresses, most dresses had only a small number of sequinned embellishments, if any at all. Lace is still making a showing but there weren't as many lace dresses as I'd expected.
There were a number of rather ugly dresses making an appearance which I don't understand at all. I also don't understand the trend of doing nothing with your hair and leaving it all scraggly. I know that this event is a bit of a fun party but that doesn't mean that you can skip combing your hair before you arrive.
Enough of my comments; let's get to the dresses. Enjoy them after the jump.
|Glenn Close in Armani|
How is it that black velvet can look so shapeless? The band on the bodice there adds some interest but she may as well be wearing a sack for all this dress flatters her.
|Mary J. Blige in Michael Kors|
When you can see the waistband of her undergarments, the dress is too tight. Go up a size. I wonder, did she dye her hair to match the feathery things on her skirt?
|Jessica Alba in Gucci Premiere|
The colour is pretty, I suppose, although it's a little dull and grey for her skin colour. the empire waist sash is quite lovely, as is the beadwork on the dress.
|Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta|
Once again she proves that she doesn't really have much in the way of fashion sense. She looks like she's melting into a fuzzy fuschia hole. The only redeeming quality to this dress is that it's a good colour for her.
|Amy Poehler in Naeem Khan|
This dress is like mullet hair: business in the front and party in the back (unlike the mullet dress which, as Ian reminded me, is party in the front and business in the back). What's with elbow-length sleeves these days?
|Andie MacDowell in David Meister|
She looks lovely in this dress even if it is just a bit too tight. The colour is gorgeous on her and the silhouette works for her.
|Laura Dern in Andrew Gn|
Apparently this was a last-minute choice because the one she wanted to wear didn't show up in time. I love this on her: it's perfectly proportioned and the colour is exquisite.
|Lea Michele in Marchesa|
This dress reminds me of the one that Sandra Bullock wore when she won her Oscar which is no coincidence since they're both designed by Marchesa. I don't like this one so much because the nude net bodice doesn't match her skintone. There are a kabillion pictures of her at this event... and they're all of this pose. It's like she's trying to say that she's fun and not at all the diva she plays on tv.
|Jane Lynch in David Meister|
When she wears dresses, they tend to have this kind of a-line skirt and a fitted waist. While this dress is ok, I think she'd look even more gorgeous in a slightly narrower skirt. This colour is perfect for her.
|Laura Linney in J. Mendel|
That is one weirdly-proportioned bodice. Those fold-over bits on the bodice look so sad. It's like they tried to stand up properly and they just fell down.
|Madeline Stowe in Vera Wang|
What is the point of that long peplum? Instead of making her waist look small it makes her torso look blocky - which I think is something she'd want to minimize. I would, if I were her.
|Helen McCrory (with Damian Lewis)|
She's from the UK so this is probably designed by someone there. The style works for her (even though it's a mermaid dress) because she's accessorized it well with the opera gloves.
|Sarah Paulson in Pamella Roland|
The dress style is pretty with the bodice ruching and whatnot but the colour is a bit pink and pale for her. Some jewelry or sparkle or colour would have helped. As would less straggly hair.
Although the base gold colour is a little close to her skin tone, the black print adds enough interest that the dress works for her. I do think she could use a necklace or something to balance her shoulders out against the dress.
|Livia Giuggioli in Armani (with Colin Firth)|
I'm not in love with the style of this dress because it's a little too prom dress for my taste. However, I love that this dress was made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. Apparently Livia has does a Green Carpet Challenge where she recruits designers to design "green" dresses for her to wear on the red carpets; this is one of those dresses.
|Meltem Cumbul in Chloe|
This is a little boring, colour-wise. Why would someone choose to wear something that makes them look shapeless and/or pregnant? And washed out?
|Elizabeth McGovern in Armani|
I'm surprised that this wasn't dress labeled "vintage" because except for the colour, this dress looks almost exactly like something that could have been worn fifty or sixty years ago.
|Katherine Tokarz (with Eric Stonestreet)|
There's nothing really special about this dress, except for the bridesmaid-seafoam ribbon belt. The colour is bland and doesn't do anything much for her. Why wear something that doesn't do anything for you?
|Mika Newton in Aiisha|
I thought that this dress was sort of cute until I noticed the draping at the hip. And the way the lace seems to stop at the waist, making her torso look super-short.
|Eva Amurri in Lela Rose|
Between the hem puddled on the floor and how her boobs don't look completely covered, I think this dress is falling down. She could think about reworking the bow into straps so that she can keep her dress up.
|Wendi Deng (with Rupert Murdoch)|
I love the allover fringe. There's even fringe on the sleeves! The fit and silhouette are very flattering and the darker colour on the bottom grounds the dress. This is gorgeous.
|Jo Andres in Nanette Lepore (with Steve Buscemi)|
The stripes on that skirt are all wrong: they're neither straight across nor fully on the diagonal. I'm surprised that this was made by a well-known designer.
Who goes out of the house wearing something that makes them look like the pear-shaped Hunchback of Notre Dame? Does she not own a mirror?
|Kelly Macdonald in Lorena Sarbu|
The most interesting thing about this dress is the colour of the sequins because they have an iridescent quality to them. The style isn't all that interesting and the dress doesn't fit her very well.
|Janet McTeer in Jovani|
She's standing so straight that either she's got a pole up her back or the ruching on the dress is super-supportive. I hope the dress is what's keeping her upright because otherwise it isn't that interesting.
|Julia Kurbatova in Roland Mouret|
This is one of my favourite shades of yellow so I'm extra-sad to see it on that bodice. An asymmetric shoulder paired with a symmetric hem makes the shoulder look like an afterthought.
|Romola Garai in Alessandra Rich|
Why are people wearing this designer's clothes? This dress is too tight, a strange length, weirdly hemmed, weirdly lined, and that belt and those sleeves just look odd.
Although she's an actress, I don't think she's appeared in anything recently so I don't know why she's at this event. Maybe she crashed the party in this soft, romantic, flattering dress?
Maybe I'm just partial to sequins but I think this dress is gorgeous. It helps that it fits her perfectly and she looks amazing. I especially love the shoulder design because it's unusual yet perfectly proportioned.
|Elle MacPherson in Zac Posen|
I thought this was a red carpet event, not her wedding. If she's not getting married, why is she wearing a wedding dress? Sure, it's a lovely dress, but it belongs on a tall model bride, not a tall model.
|Jessica Lange in J. Mendel|
This silhouette is simple and gorgeous. the ruching at the hips and on the bodice are very flattering and add something interesting to what is a basic dress.
photo credits: zimbio.com, hindustantimes.com