Monday, 12 December 2016

Jesi Max

2016 Critics' Choice Awards Dazzling Red Carpet

From cutouts to plunging necklines to super see-through fabrics, the biggest trends from last night's red carpet were incredibly sexy.

Just because temperatures are dropping doesn't mean skin's no longer in! That was the message stars like Nicole Kidman, Jessica Biel and Emma Stone were giving off when they arrived at the 22nd Critics' Choice Awards in jaw-dropping gowns with off-the-shoulder details and glitzy embellishments.

Nicole Kidman and Emma Stone wore black cutout dresses, while Kerry Washington chose a star-printed sheer mini by Elie Saab.

Others chose more daring, colorful designs. Janelle MonĂ¡e appeared in the night’s most striking look — a cascading checkerboard dress, choker, and Princess Leia buns. Viola Davis accepted the #SeeHer Award in a blue Michael Kors Collection gown. Sarah Paulson wore a pearl-encrusted dress by Vera Wang.

And while the winners—Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, and La La Land—snatched up the prizes inside, the competition for the best fashion was heating up outside. Leading the charge in snowy shades of white were Amy Adams and Sarah Paulson. Where Adams opted to let the strong silhouette of her Atelier Versace gown shine, Paulson went for a more-is-more aesthetic in Vera Wang’s pearl-trimmed top and skirt.

Contrasting this were Emma Stone and Nicole Kidman, who both showed the sultry side of the LBD with clever cut-outs. Stone looked polished and elegant in custom Roland Mouret, while Kidman streamlined golden-era Hollywood glamour in Brandon Maxwell. The evening did bring a few unexpected fashion surprises, including vertiginous stripes. Jessica Biel amped up her fresh-from-the-beach hairdo with an equally Baja-inflected Elie Saab frock, while Allison Williams joined Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain Army in one of her most directional looks to date. The evening played host to more subtle style, too, starting with Viola Davis’s ’60s-inspired Michael Kors Collection column dress, which was punctuated with disco ball–like earrings, and ending with Mandy Moore in minimalist midnight blue.

Jesi Max

About Jesi Max -

A writer and entrepreneur who works on the marketing and strategy side of fashion. In particular, her writing and professional work focuses on the art of narrative marketing and branding as it applies to fashion and luxury. She also is the author of, a new blog that looks at fashion from an intellectual perspective.

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