Red-carpet winners and losers can provide almost as much drama as the award shows themselves.
We rounded up some fashion experts — stylist Alicia Lawhon; stylist and TV/film costume designer Tom Broecker; and Dino Dinco, co-curator of the You Wear It Well fashion film festival — to dish about recent Emmy and Oscar looks.
FELICITY HUFFMAN AT THE 2005 EMMYS IN KEVAN HALL
Alicia Lawhon: I think this dress would look better if it didn’t have the embellishment. My rule of thumb is if it’s embellished, everything else has to play super clean.
Dino Dinco: It looks kind of like something from Santee Alley. There’s a whole level of messiness going on.
Tom Broecker: I think it’s a great color for her. To me she looks like a ’30s movie star, an updated version of Jean Harlow — and she’s skinny enough to wear that dress.
ELLEN DEGENERES IN VIKTOR & ROLF ONSTAGE AT THE 2005 EMMYS
Tom Broecker: What the cuff is going on? It looks like there are some fitting issues, but my biggest issue is with her shoes. They’re like pilgrim shoes.
Dino Dinco: The flower in the lapel is a nice touch, but it looks like a rental. I know she can afford a bespoke suit. There’s really nothing that separates her as a host from an usher at the Hollywood Bowl.
Alicia Lawhon: I think she looks great. I love the hint of a necklace and the black tuxedo shirt. It’s appropriate for who she is.
SELF-DESCRIBED SCREENWRITER TESS SMITH IN A SYLVIA DANESE ‘GOWN’ AT THE 2005 EMMYS
Dino Dinco: It’s like she ran through a drapery store naked, and that’s what caught on her shoulders.
Tom Broecker: That, to me, looks like a Grammy dress or an MTV dress; it’s a perfect example of not dressing for the event. It’s also a perfect example of dressing for attention.
Alicia Lawhon: Ouch. Even though she’s young and she’s got a great body, this is inappropriate. It’s kind of like those cars that have too many bumper stickers. I think she needs to start doing affirmations.
FELICITY HUFFMAN AT THE 2006 OSCARS IN ZAC POSEN
Tom Broecker: It seems as if she deemed this event more important: I flat-ironed my hair, I pulled it back. But then she cuts the whole thing with this crazy plunging neckline.
Alicia Lawhon: Everything is very well executed. I like the pleats. The detail in the black is really nice. There’s a nice, clean seam, and she wears it well. You can tell she’s really happy in it.
Dino Dinco: Why are we still wearing dresses with trains? It doesn’t seem very modern. I know I’ve stopped.
LAUREN HUTTON IN YSL AT THE 2006 OSCARS
Alicia Lawhon: She’s gorgeous, but she’s exposing you to her dingleberries, which I’m familiar with because my cousin in Mexico has them inside his purple metallic Chevrolet. I don’t want to pick on her, I just want her to look her best. I wouldn’t do this to her.
Tom Broecker: Why the pouch? Why not wear a cummerbund and do the whole matador thing? But then it’s like, is she wearing a costume? Sometimes when you’re going from runway to reality, it doesn’t translate.
Dino Dinco: I think the shoes are interesting for a flamenco dance teacher, but man, those balls.
HELENA BONHAM CARTER IN DEBORAH MILNER AT THE 2006 OSCARS
Alicia Lawhon: Unless you’re Bjork, it’s hard to pull off conceptual, but the idea of the gown is pretty. I love how it falls off the shoulders. I could rework this outfit, starting with that hemline that looks like it’s tucked into her knee-highs.
Tom Broecker: She has gorgeous shoulders and a nice cleavage, but imagine what that dress would look like in black matte velvet? She would look like the John Singer Sargent painting.
Dino Dinco: Is that Texan hair? It’s not Merchant Ivory, that’s for sure.