Pret Reporteur. The Red Carpet: Being Your Own Sartorialist

January 28, 2010 • Fashion


Amanda Aldinger for Second City Style Magazine
The first question asked to a celebrity on the red carpet is not, "What were you nominated for?" but "Who are you wearing?"
In this age of rapid-fire information transmission, there are televised
pre-shows, Twitter feeds, blogs and a whole host of additional media
outlets dedicated solely to dissecting the celeb-studded, evening
gown-draped turn down the iconic red carpet. As a self-proclaimed film
buff, the excitement of an awards show for me is dual-natured: award props for amazing films paired with a free-flowing cascade of some of fashion's most chronicled hit-or-miss moments.
Unless you live in a black hole, you know that the 2010 Golden Globe
awards were on Sunday, January 17. As per usual, my search for unique,
inspired fashion, and the best dress of the evening was on. When all
was said and done, I felt the same way that I always do: there were the
looks that missed completely (Sandra Bullock's tulled prom dress, anyone?), those which were simple and elegant (Jennifer Garner), and then there were the looks for which I eagerly await – those evoking a spirit of elegant high fashion, of couture (Vera Farmiga, in Dolce and Gabbana; Chanel jewelry).
As the Pret Reporteur, I come to you not with a bias, but with an
observation: when it came to this year's Red Carpet hits, the Europeans
did it best.
Toni Collette was absolutely radiant in her luxurious, sequined Elie Saab. New-comer Carey Mulligan was a dream in navy. Her figure hugged gloriously by her textured Nina Ricci creation. And Vera Farmiga was as sensual and arresting in her black, body-hugging Dolce and Gabbana as her character in Up in the Air. Don't get me wrong – there are exceptions to the European rule of thumb. Maggie Gyllenhaal's red carpet attire consistently pushes sartorial boundaries, and this year her pale pink RM Roland Mouret was no exception. January Jones had, without question, one of the best looks of the evening in her stunning, floor-length Lanvin (my red carpet designer of choice). And Chloe Sevigny (albeit, terribly awkward in both poses and interviews) was romantically radiant in an off-the-runway lavender Valentino.

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