August 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Another awards show, another reason to critique celebrity fashion. Instead of doing my list of who looked hot and who did not from last night’s Emmys, I thought I would turn this into a little lesson and share what we can learn from celeb fashion choices:
1. Classic elegance works at any age. Glee star and nominee Lea Michele looked amazing in an Oscar de la Renta gown. Navy was certainly the big color of the night - I don’t want to say it’s the new black because I don’t believe you can ever replace black- but it’s right up there next to it. I loved that Lea choose a dress that was timeless and not too young or too old looking, which some young stars tend to do. Just because you are invited to an awards show doesn’t mean you need to wear an old lady gown
2. Play up your assets and accentuate what you’ve got. Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara saffron colored Carolina Herrera dress certainly showed off her much admired, voluptuous shape. My thought is, if you got it flaunt it but remember to keep it tasteful and not vulgar. There’s a line and it can easily be crossed. Case in point, Heidi Klum can look sexy in a paper bag and I always dig a short dress but I felt her Marchesa was too tiny. Personally, I think it’s sexier to leave something to the imagination though I am sure Seal would disagree.
3. Fashion risks are always good, BUT …make sure you sit in a dress when you try it on. January Jones of Mad Men always takes risks on the red carpet and I love that she steers clear of what might be expected from her (you’ll never see her looking like her character, the ex-Mrs. Don Draper). But when January was seated in her Versace you could see right up her dress. Who wants to take that risk?
4. Guys can have fun too. I loved that Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee, thanked Tom Ford for his tuxedo in his acceptance speech for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. A little pop of color is always good. guys, but don’t go overboard – only Elton John can pull off an Elton John suit! It also should be noted that you can never go wrong with a classic tux… thank you Jon Hamm and Alexander Skarsgård!
5. Age appropriateness is key. I always value a star who stays age-appropriate. It’s my favorite comment to make while watching the red carpet (as those of you who are lucky enough to attend my award parties know). A far cry from her Sue Sylvester red tracksuit, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner, Jane Lynch from Glee, picked an asymmetrical eggplant dress by Ali Rahimi. She stuck to a timeless style and looked fabulous. I think when a star (or anybody for that matter) doesn’t keep in mind their age or body shape is when fashion disasters happen.