Award Show, Night Out, Nighttime Look, Real Talk, Recap

HHA Fashion Bracket: The Ultimate Prize

Is it just me or is it boring in here? Imagine my heartbreak as I turned on the red carpet coverage on Sunday night and…nothing. I am so sorry Hollywood, but you guys phoned it in this year. So many of the gowns just seemed uninspired, drab, or dated. I’m sorely disappointed, but then again, not every year can be 2014 aka The Year of Lupita.

I am, however, very pleased to relay that I have crowned my fashion bracket winners and as an added bonus, I’m including a lightning round Best and Worst Dressed list from The Academy Awards, because a little glitz-meets-snark never killed anyone.

First order of business: our winners. The HiHaleyannie Fashion Bracket Best Dressed Awards go to:

BRIE LARSON and EDDIE REDMAYNE and also EDDIE’S PREGNANT WIFE HANNAH!!!!

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My most sincere and envious congratulations to you three. Admittedly, I didn’t expect to give this award to a couple, but the Redmayne’s really brought it this year and there was simply no denying their power-couple prowess. Like any longtime actor finally relishing her red carpet run, Brie Larson took risks with her gowns, but goodness, she stood out. We didn’t have Lupita this year, but I certainly enjoyed The Year of Larson.

Eddie Redmayne + Hannah Bagshawe

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Is there anything better than a couple in McQueen? Not this year! Even though Eddie mentioned that he was “sweating” in his velvet tux, it was worth a little dehydration. His perfectly cut suit made him look 7 feet tall with ease. Meanwhile, Hannah rocked out her “maternity gown” with a stunning halter neck covered in jagged gold. Power couples, take note: Black Is Back!

Brie Larson

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Brie Larson in Gucci

Upon my first glance, I thought the tasteful, traditional fit of this A-Line gown was too easy to be so good. But a second look sold me. This striking blue gown cinched with a show-stopper belt, reigning in layers of textured, expertly-draped pleats, made this up and coming starlet shine brighter than the rest. Remember when JLaw showed up to her first Oscars a few years ago in the fitted, red Calvin Klein dress and everyone was all, “Who’s THAT?” This is that moment, all over again, for Brie Larson.

With our winners happily basking in the glow of our approval (#Millenials), let’s take a look at who gave them a run for their money in a lightning fast round of BEST DRESSED!

Olivia Wilde – Most Current

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In a phrase: WOAH. Like, yes. Pleats and chokers FTW.

Daisy Ridley – Best in Chanel

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Daisy Ridley in Chanel Haute Couture and Christian Louboutin

In a phrase: Perfectly executed hemline. A tad old for her, nothing a slick-backed bun can’t fix.

Charlize Theron – MOST MOST

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Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

In a phrase: Okay ladies, let’s get in formation. Couture by Charlize.

Saoirse Ronan – Best Entrance

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Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein

In a phrase: “I may be new here, but I totally know what’s up.”

And real, real quick, can we gently discuss these brave souls who were, as they say in sports, a swing and a miss? WORST DRESSED

Jared Leto – Worst Miss

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Jared Leto in Gucci

In a phrase: PUFF

Sarah Silverman – Worst Fit

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Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen

In a phrase: Spray tans don’t fix everything.

Alicia Vikander – Weirdest Choice

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Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton

In a phrase: Melted butter popcorn.

Ahh, doesn’t that sass feel good? And with that, let’s kiss goodbye this award season! Thanks for following along. Next week, I’ll recap Fashion Month, so get your notebooks out—you’re gonna want to write this stuff down. 😉

Cheers y’all,

Haley

All photos via Vogue.com

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Award Show, Night Out, Recap

It’s Heating Up

The 2016 SAG awards have come and gone leaving nothing but some great memories, a few forgotten sequins, and, of course, updates to the HiHaleyannie Fashion Bracket! For such a subdued award ceremony—seriously, compared to the Golden Globes, the SAG awards are like a child’s birthday party, so thankful and G-rated—the stars really brought laid it out on the red carpet.  There were a few twists this round, but in all honesty, I was quite pleased with the results. Take a look at the standings:

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Our final two for the ladies are:

Alicia Vikander

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Photo Cred: Vogue.com

I’m not going to lie. I didn’t want her to win and I didn’t want her to be a frontrunner. I wanted her out the first round. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of her “films”, but Alicia’s red carpet run with Louis Vuitton has been too good to ignore. She did kick off the season at the Critics Choice Awards in Mary Katrantzou’s striking beaded gown, and now, this LV shift throws us for a loop. At first glance, it’s an unassuming number, but turn to the side and BOOM, that sky-high slit gives the perfect amount of leg. *Insert Leg Up On The Competition Joke Here*

Brie Larson

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Photo Cred: VanityFair.com

As previously mentioned, sometimes the red carpet is inconsistent. Where was JLaw at the SAGs? I had her slated to win, but then she has the nerve to NOT SHOW UP to the SAGs?? Did she not consider my bracket?! The great news is that Brie Larson very much DID show up, and very much DID slay in this grecian Atelier Versace gown that loops, dips, and drapes in all the right places. Shout out to JLaw for tagging BLar back into the bracket. I may just grant you a pass card back into the bracket if you show at the Oscars. We’ll talk later.

And our final two for the men:

Eddie Redmayne (& Hannah Bagshawe)

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Photo Cred: Vogue.com

Eddie wore his Dior tux like it was his first, last, and only tux. He stunned. But really, his expectant wife, Hannah, was super clutch. It’s been said many times that behind every great man is an even greater woman. But in Eddie’s case, she’s right next to him, and she’s wearing high-impact, floor-length sequins.

Ryan Gosling

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Photo Cred: Popsugar.com

I hate to say that Ryan Gosling has this in the bag, but like, he’s got this in the bag. The Gos is so confident in his looks that he doesn’t feel the need to rock the red carpet these days. Cheer up, shy guy, we’re all still staring at you in that Gucci midnight blue suit anyway.

Clearly, this isn’t over yet. Literally, it’s not because The Academy Awards are not until February 28th. Happy Valentine’s Day y’all, I’ll wrap this up in March!

 

Cheers,

Haley

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A V. Involved Fashion Bracket

Queue up the DVR, because we are in the middle of award show season, babies! As someone who loves the satisfaction of checking experiences of a list scrawled in the back of their planner, I kind of, totally live for award season. Every winter, society simply GIVES us a dozen movies we should probably see so that we can have a relevant and exciting conversation about Leonardo DiCaprio in the checkout line at lunch. 

But the real reason I love award season is, DUH/OF COURSE, the fashion.  So much money, thought, work, and planning goes into the outfits of the stars that I feel we really owe it to the “teams” of the stars (if not the stars themselves) to pay attention. But doesn’t that whole best dressed/worst dressed scenario feel a little played out? I mean, fashion police feels a little tired, am I right? Not gonna lie, my super snarky alter-ego comes alive when assessing this category so in effort to be kind and carry on, I’ve come up with a new idea:

Introducing the BEST DRESSED BRACKET

Ladies and Gentlemen (and let’s be honest, I mostly mean ladies), here are your contenders:

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Top Row (L to R): Rachel McAdams, Alicia Vikander, Bryce Dallas Howard, Abigail Spencer, Brie Larson, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore | Bottom Row (L to R): Oscar Isaac, Ryan Gosling/Brad Pitt, Jacob Tremblay, Orlando Bloom, Eddie Redmayne, Matt Damon (with wife), Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham (with RHW)

 

This year, I’m matching up some of the shiniest and most dazzling movie and TV stars to determine who really is the most fabulous of them all. We’re about halfway through the season so I’ve already pulled my favorites from The Golden Globes and The Critics Choice Awards. On Saturday, we have the SAG awards and then the mothership, The Academy Awards, brings our sports-meets-fashion-face-off to a head on February 28th.

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Note: An Inordinate Amount of Time Was Spent on This

A few things to note:

  • This is entirely subjective and hinges on my own editorial eye and personal preferences.
  • I am still sorting out the rules of this as I go. Let’s just say, if Rachel McAdams doesn’t show up at the SAG awards, I’ll figure out a replacement player. Sports teams have subs, so we can too.
  • Feel free to follow along. If you are really a fan, you can pull this bracket image off into a word doc, print the doc, and show your work-mates. They’re really gonna get into it. I think. I promise.
  • Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt are currently a co-team of their own because apparently they are now too major to walk the Step and Repeat.
  • Bonus points if you share, like, or tweet about this program. Sharing is caring.

Happy DVR-ing everyone, don’t start without me. I’ve got the popcorn.

– Haley

 

Photos c/o: HarpersBazaar.com and Eonline.com

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Award Show, Recap

The Oscars 2015 – Best of the Boys

As Sunday night came to a close, so did award season. Now, while I do anticipate each award season for the work that many talented actors and creators have toiled long and hard over, fashion is of course my first love! As SMP’s local menswear enthusiast, I always get slated with the task of obsessing over reviewing the men. In general, I wasn’t incredibly crazy about the looks the golden ladies brought down the carpet, but the boys on the other hand, really did the Academy right.

I proudly present my Best and Worst Dressed Picks, accompanied by my Oscar Night Superlatives.

Let’s do the absolute best, absolute first:

Best Dressed: Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen

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Best Double-Breasted: Chris Pine in Georgio Armani

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Chris Pine has been an Armani man for a while now, a pairing that makes so much sense. He’s the rugged type who cleans up immaculately and probably drives a Porsche. It’s the stuff of secret agents and Hollywood actors! The double breasted suit is actually tricky to pull off – common mistakes include a too-long suit jacket or a jacket with a width that’s actually more reminiscent of a bathrobe. You did it, Chris! And by the looks of your scruff, do we detect a hint of silver fox creeping in? Bring it.

Trendiest Suit/Shoutout to Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala: David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana

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Major props to the incredibly sensitive and talented David Oyelowo. Not only did this man move us to re-realize the impact the Dr. Martin Luther King had on our nation and civil rights, but he moved us to work the color MARSALA into our wardrobe and to do so now! I loved this color on him and thought he look absolutely dapper. Plus, he was really the true gentleman here, wearing color so his wife could rock a stunning black gown.

Best Couple Award/Most Changed Man: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

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I barely even recognized Tim McGraw on the red carpet! For one, I had no idea he and his wife were going to be there, but being a southern girl myself, readily welcomed the sight of familiar faces. He kept his Lanvin black-tie look simple, but with some very chic details – satin bowtie and black buttons that stood out against that crisp tuxedo shirt. Back to basics is never bad. Tim looks lean and fit and so charming with his hair sweetly swept to the side. I’m proud to have grown up on his music. The always stunning Faith Hill  complimented her man effortlessly in her draped masterpiece by J. Mendel and a fresh pixie cut.  

And now, the sad part..

Worst Dressed: Jared Leto 

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I understand that Leto’s locks have garnered a cult following and yes, on most days his hair looks better than mine, but Jared had such high fashion expectations to meet this year and for me, just missed the mark. That pale-lavendar tux said, “I’m headed to a wedding wearing this as a joke” more than it said, “I am an Oscar winning actor”. Jared, just because you resemble Jesus doesn’t give you fashion immunity. Worst Dressed.

Great Fit/Worst Stance: Micheal Keaton in Ralph Lauren

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The Birdman himself looked svelte and sleek in his Ralph Lauren tuxedo. Really, Mr. Lauren’s tuxes are the gold standard for black-tie affairs. I can’t knock Jack Frost Micheal Keaton on anything about his actual outfit, but really more for his stance. Why do you look like a Ken doll??

Most in Need of a “Tjuz”: Ansel Elgort in Prada

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A navy suit gone wrong. To wear a navy suit, you have to be a confident sartorialist. Ansel is a darling little guy; designers and editors alike love putting him in fancy clothes. The problem is that he is most likely so used to having a team of people “fixing” him all the time that all the little details went askew.  When I saw this picture, I just wanted to step onto the carpet, grab his hand and pull him into the corner so I could straighten his jacket and kindly tell him to pull his pants up – the kid needed a “tjuz!” We see too-saggy pants and a hint of white button down at the bottom of his blazer. Rookie mistake, Ansel, but I’m sure you’ll be given another red-carpet shot.

And there you have it people, the best of the best and the best of the worst. Until next red-carpet season, I wish you all a very happy spring-suiting season.

Cheers,

Haley Hoover, SMP stylist

All photos are courtesy of eonline.com

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