Enjoy the pretty (and not so pretty, and downright strange)...
|Oprah Winfrey in Badgley Mischka|
She looks lovely here; this dress is quite flattering to her figure and skin tone.
|Sarah Paulson in Rochas|
This dress looks suspiciously like the last one, with the same awkward and unflattering length and silhouette, except it's much less sparkly. Did she decide to wear only this silhouette for the entire award season?
I didn't think it was possible for a star to look frumpy on a red carpet but here's proof that it's possible. The dress would work so much better if it was smaller - ie her actual size - not so tight around the bicep, and shorter.
|Anna Chlumsky in Sophie Theallet|
She looks amazing here. The dress is so flattering and that white highlight elevates it from basic to gorgeous.
|Keisha Whitaker in Georges Chakra Couture with Forest Whitaker|
The purple colour is gorgeous! I also love that this dress is sleeveless as it makes a refreshing change form the recent strapless dress trend.
|Elisabeth Moss in Michael Kors|
She's such a beautiful woman and yet almost never wears truly flattering dresses. This dress isn't awful but it also doesn't do much for her figure or skin tone.
|Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan Atelier|
I love this dress, and not just because I'm a sucker for sparkly, shiny things. It fits, it flatters, and it's gorgeous against her skin tone.
|Isla Fisher in Oscar de la Renta|
Gasp! She looks so gorgeous in this slinky, sexy, and beautifyul dress. She reminds me of a old-timey film star; all she would need is a luxurious (faux) fur stole to complete that look.
|Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi|
I didn't love the neckline at first but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me. There's something about the shapes the neckline and sleeve create that are interesting and unusual. Plus the colour is awesome.
|Laura Carmichael in Vionnet|
This is another dress that has grown on me. I like the simple shape and the hip embellishment. I do wish the colour was less drab and more.... something.
|Camilla Alves in Donna Karan Atelier|
Aside from the colour, the heavy draping on the hips, and the fact that her bust is popping out, this dress is ok.
|Cara Theobold in Alice by Temperley|
The dress itself is well-fitted but the sleeves seem to be just a bit too full and the embellishments are just a bit too close to her skin colour for my taste. Still, it's interesting and unusual.
|Hannah Simone in Marchesa|
This is a lovely wedding dress, don't you think? It would be gorgeous on a beach if it were the right length and had a belt.
|Shaun Robinson in David Meister Signature|
Oh this is so beautiful. That bodice is stunning and oh-so-flattering and the skirt is perfect. I am completely, utterly in love.
|Lupita Nyong'o in Gucci|
The flower neckline thing is a bit odd but it works to elevate this dress form basic to interesting. The colour and fit are perfect for her.
|Lena Headey in Jenny Packham|
This is a rather bold choice. I don't mind stripes, myself, but the colours used here don't suit her. If her hair wasn't quite so harsh this look might have worked. Maybe.
|Sibel Kekilli in Max Mara|
I didn't know that it was possible for a dress to make one's boobs look squished and like they were sagging to the waist. Now we know.
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhullier|
Although her bust looks a little weird, overall this is a lovely dress. It fits and the colour is gorgeous on her.
|Maria Menounos in Rani Zakhem|
This dress isn't all bad but it does look a little like armor, especially in the way that the breasts are so well defined. Had they been a bit subtler, this dress might have been awesome.
|Malin Ackerman in Naeem Khan|
There's a whole lot of embellishment going on here. Maybe a bit too much?
|Elisabeth Rohm in Marchesa|
This dress is pretty with its delicate colouring and we know it isn't a wedding dress because it's form-fitting.
|Anna Gunn in Monique Lhullier|
Now this is a gorgeous form-fitting (but not too tight) sparkly dress. The colour is spectacular against her skin.
|Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera|
Many people disliked this dress because of the crazy print. I don't dislike it but I think it might be a better choice for a different event.
|Katrina Bowden in Badgley Mischka|
While the soft sheen is gorgeous, I don't think it pairs all that well with the neck embellishments. Still, the dress fits and she looks lovely.
|Mindy Kaling in David Meister|
Whoever said that draping was universally flattering was wrong. The cowl neckline and the hip draping just don't flatter her figure..
|Julia Roberts in Valentino|
Not only is she wearing a pepto-bismol pink jumpsuit without adequate bust support but the crotch on that thing is bizarre. This jumpsuit should never have seen the light of day.
This is more of a strapless mermaid prom dress than a red carpet dress.
|Kerry Washington in Prada|
This outfit makes her look fat and we know she's pregnant. How can someone who chose such an awesome outfit for the Golden Globes choose something so unflattering for the next weekend?
|Mayim Bialik in Rachel Livingston|
She is Jewish and always appears with her arms covered, which makes it difficult for her to find a suitable dress. She loved this dress and looks happy in it. Personally, I don't find it as flattering as it could be (the skirt is a little too full for my taste, and it's a mullet with a train), but I do like the lace and the black lining.
|Sarah Hyland in Pamella Roland|
You know, I don't mind this kind of mullet dress as much as others; there's something about the proportion and shape of the hem that is quite attractive. Now that I think about it, I love this dress; it looks awesome.
Although it looks a little weird around the shoulders, this dress is lovely on her.
|Sasha Alexander in Alberta Ferretti|
And here's a mullet dress I don't like. The hem shape doesn't work for me here. Of course neither do the hip gathers or the tight bodice that is squishing her boobs. Is this dress even comfortable?
|Morena Baccarin in Monique Lhullier|
She looks absolutely lovely in this dress; both the style and the colour work so well on her. She had a baby three or so months ago but you can hardly tell from the picture.
|Michelle Dockery in J. Mendel|
Apparently she chose this because it's like a tuxedo, but it's a dress! Until I read that, I didn't see the tuxedo connection but now I get it. I love this because it's unusual but awesome on her.
|Gretchen Mol in J. Mendel|
Oh yes, I do love this; there's something so elegant about this skirt and I have to say that I love that the top is so unusual. This was a risk that worked.
|Julianne Nicholson in Philosophy|
There's nothing wrong with this dress if she was attending a house party. She's a little underdressed for this occasion, however.
|Jennifer Garner in Max Mara|
This may be a simple strapkess dress but it fits and flatters her.
|Helen Mirren in Escada|
Many people loved this but I'm not one of those people. I find the gold embellishments to be well-placed but a bit garish, and I don't like the way the skirt overlaps the design on the bodice.
|Nancy O'Dell in Carmen Marc Valvo|
Now this draping is the right amount in the right places for her figure. Everything bout this dress works for her; it's flattering and beautiful.
|Renee Bargh in Steven Khalil|
She's an Australian Extra tv reporter, apparently. I have to say that I rather love this dress. I'm especially fond of the lace bodice with all of the buttons - it's so simple, elegant, and flattering.
|Claire Danes in Vionnet|
I love the scaled effect on the front but it seems like the shoulders are just a bit too wide for her so there's some weird draping going on in the bodice.
|Holly Hunter in Randi Rahm|
Doesn't she look gorgeous here! I could do without the train but I love the bodice (especially the opening) and the colour on her.
|Guiliana Rancic in Basil Soda|
She's such a tiny woman and that skirt is so big that she looks like she's swimming in it. The bodice is lovely but proportion-wise, she needs a narrower skirt.
|Rocsi Diaz in Victoria Beckham|
This kind of looks like a bra with one of those high-waisted spanx skirts.
The slit in the back is weird but I am completely in love with the neckline, sleeve things, and the pockets. She looks amazing.
|Aubrey Anderson-Emmens in Tea Collection|
Squeee!!!!!!! Does she, or does she not, look adorable? I love this dress on her; it's so completely age-appropriate for her and she looks so happy.
|Kathy Griffin in Antonio Berardi|
This dress is too tight: she's got a uniboob and it's bunching up near the waist. The colour is nice but there's no shame in going up a size.
|Sarita Choudhury in Nanette Lepore|
I don't love this dress. It's nice enough and the colour is great but there's not a whole lot of waist shaping going on; if it didn't hang from the bust I think it would work better for her.
|Sophie McShera in David Meister|
The cutouts on the sides are lovely; they make something that could be a bit boring a lot more interesting. I also love the raglan sleeves - well, and the fact that this outfit has sleeves.
|Emilia Clarke in Calvin Klein|
This dress was one of the highlights of the red carpet for many. I like a lot about it - the shape, mostly - but the colour leaves me feeling a bit flat because it doesn't quite work for her skin tone.
|Sophie Turner in Dolce & Gabbana|
Eh. It's a strapless mermaid dress and it's lovely (as these things go) and fits her well but black is a bit harsh for her colouring and it would be nice to see something a bit more stylish or interesting on her.
|Rose Leslie in Temperley London|
Personally, I don't much like this dress; I think there's not enough to tie the lavender top and leopard bottom together and it would benefit from more lavender in the bottom. Weirdly, the runway version of this dress didn't look quite so bad: maybe it's the hair, or the fact that the runway version had a plain strip on the bottom? It might also have helped if she'd worn a bra (although Ian does say that the best part of this dress is that she's not wearing one).
|Rita Wilson in Tom Ford|
She's dressed a bit like a disco ball (and would not be out of place in Arcade Fire's Reflektor video) but the black stripe on the side is the perfect contrast to this unusual dress.
|Amanda Anka in Dolce & Gabbana with Justin Bateman|
Here's another mullet dress I don't mind. I love the strapless bodice, too, for some reason, and I'm not quite sure why.
|Mariah Carey in Saint Laurent|
One would think that she would give up the tight, short, sleazy dresses because they weren't flattering 20 years ago and they're not flattering now. Clearly one would be wrong.
This is quite cute; I love the print and the contrasting bow and ribbon. It fits her quite well and is interesting without being weird.
Apparently her favourite colour is yellow which is great because she shines in the colour, don't you think? I love the simplicity and ease of this dress, and the fact that it has pockets makes it even better :)
It's a nice dress, and it fits, but it seems a little unbalanced to me. Also, I think her shoes are crazy high because she appears to be standing on her tippy-toes. I wonder how long she kept her shoes on?
When you wear a dress that's way too tight and satin, every little bump is going to show - and not in an attractive way. The dress is lovely but she needs to go up a size. Some different shoes would help, too - these are a little heavy.
|Nathalie Emmanuel in Herve Leger|
I imagine she's used quite a lot of double-sided tape there because there's no way her boobs will stay that squished and in place otherwise.
I was trying to figure out whether the waist was dropped or she's super-petite like me but apparently she's 5'5". Maybe it was designed for a very tall person?
|Betsy Brandt in alice + olivia|
She was up on stage with one of the ensemble winners and it was easy to spot her there in this dress. I think it might work without the peplum, even with that crazy embellishment.
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Thank you Chantelle. You've done a great job and I loved your comments!
ooooooooooh we are spoilt to have another red carpet post! awesome, thank you.
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