The Screen Actors Guild Awards is the one awards show that's for actors by actors. It's like the fun younger sibling to the Golden Globes, as it honors acting achievement in both film and television and guarantees a fashion PARADE that signals that last triumphant push toward the Oscars. (We're in the final stretch, people!) Usually the SAG stahhs tend to mix it up and get a bit more playful on the ol' red carpet, and for this year's 2012 SAG Awards there was no shortage of vibrant color, mega texture, cutouts, plunging necklines, volumes of feathers, and even a 1970s studded pantsuit. So what are we waiting for? Let's get into this...
DIANNA AGRON IN CAROLINA HERRERA
Dianna Agron at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
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Dianna Agron opted for POW color with magenta Carolina Herrera. Always the go-to designer for ladylike red carpet gowns, we think this look is very awards-friendly yet eye-catching for both the deep neckline and intricately braided updo. It's also just straight-up pretty and makes us think about springtime, Valentine's Day, and the scent of prize-winning roses.
A look from the Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture show.
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As we recently reported, Jean Paul Gaultier's main inspiration for his spring 2012 haute couture collection was late singer Amy Winehouse. It was a blatant tribute that included her signature beehive, beauty mark, ubiquitous cigarette, leather jacket and pencil skirt uniform (with Fred Perry-esque detailing), as well as a doo-wop quartet playing her music throughout the runway show. Some critics thought it was a "carbon copy" of Winehouse while others found it to be both "marvelous" and a fitting tribute. Mitch Winehouse (aka Amy's dad), on the other hand, was feeling something else altogether. He took to his Twitter feed to cement his distaste of the collection.
First of all, WHOA, did this just get Ayn Rand-ian with that Gaultier misspelling? Perhaps. Winehouse senior, if you don't know, is both a London cab driver and a singer himself. In the months following his daughter's death, he helped set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which gives money to troubled youths. He seemed to care deeply for his child (of course) and hasn't been particularly vocal regarding the number of other tributes performed after Amy's death. BUT sending models down the runway in his child's likeness six months after her tragic death? Is this taking it a bit too far? Let's discuss.
Blake Lively and Chloë Moretz attend the Jason Wu for Target launch in New York City.
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The Jason Wu for Target collection is almost here! We're seriously getting antsy about the Feb. 5 launch date and are expecting a shopping EVENT reminiscent of the Great Missoni Frenzy of 2011. We've already waxed poetical (aka gushed with our typing fingers) about how much we want everything in the collection, especially anything involving the collection's mascot, Milu the mischievous black cat. There was a private launch event for the line in New York City last night attended by Blake Lively and Chloë Moretz , who both wore Jason Wu . Now that we've seen actual pieces from the line on a person (hi, Miss Moretz), we're officially combusting in our office chairs. Will we—or ANY of us—be able to get our hands on this black and white magic?
Eastpak Artist Studio backpacks designed by (from left) Yelle, Johnny Marr, and Marina and The Diamonds.
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We've been on a backpack kick lately. It started in early fall when we were inspired by all of the back-to-school accessories, but its an obsession that has extended to now—winter—when we have so much bulky junk to carry around that it's getting ridiculous. We're not ashamed of our snail-like ways of hoarding miscellaneous items to see us through this big bad city, but we realize a better way of not destroying our backs would be to actually invest in a backpack. Surprisingly, it's hard to choose one, which is why we're thrilled (nay ELATED) about Eastpak's new line of Artist Studio backpacks. In a tortoise shell, the company asked more than 130 creative types from musicians to nail artists to go to town on a blank, original Eastpak canvas backpack. They could draw on them, cut them up, add weird blingy items, or do whatever they wanted. The results are ZHAMAZE. And what's even better, all of the proceeds from the sale of these one-of-a-kind bags go to Designers Against AIDS. The only problem is which one to choose...
Beth Ditto for MAC Cosmetics.
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Let's get right to it: We love Beth Ditto. When she's not 'sploding forth with musical melodies courtesy of both a solo career and her band Gossip, she's frolicking with the fashion folk (like on Jean Paul Gaultier's runway) or regaling us all with her spot on makeup game. She's the real deal, folks! Remember that time Beth stole our hearts at the MAC Fashion's Night Out party? Perhaps that was a precursor to the latest news that she's collaborating with MAC on a makeup collection that will debut in June. We don't have to go on and on about it (*dips pen in inkwell*), but we will because this is crazy exciting.
Looks from the Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture show.
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Today marks the end of Mode à Paris, aka the Haute Couture fashion shows in the City of Light. While most of the world rallies to celebrate the Ready-to-Wear shows, it's haute couture that typically sets the tone for what's to come, including what we might be seeing on Academy Award nominees. (Hi, Michelle and Rooney.) If Jean Paul Gaultier has any say in the matter, though, he foresees a future full of Amy Winehouses. The funtastic Parisian designer made quite the couture statement this week (much to the chagrin of some of the fash critics) when he sent his entire fall 2012 haute couture collection down the runway on models made to look like the late singer. We're talking everything from her signature beehive and mole as well as her penchant for nicotine and leather. In a word, it was pretty SPECATACULAR and included four dudes doo-wopping her songs throughout the show.
Body part accessories by Yazbukey.
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I'm a total proponent for unusual accessories. Not only do they brighten up any ensemble with unusual flair, they can often become a conversation starter or, you know, make your denim vest look cooler. In my constant search for weirdly awesome accessories—namely brooches, earrings, head scarves, tights, hats, and anything else that can tip out an outfit with perplexing panache—I've come across some unique pieces. But in recent weeks, I noticed a trend...eyeballs. Yes, eyeballs are kind of having a moment right now, and so are lips. I've seen eyes and lips in the form of brooches, rings, necklaces, and even bobby pins. And as I continued digging, I started to find other BODY PARTS. It was like following the clues to some sort of dismemberment mystery involving pieces of plastic, bits of silver, and the odd strip of fabric all dealing in the human anatomy. I also found a pair of earrings that are flesh-toned mini ears, like from a shrunken Vincent van Gogh. It may seem totally out there or bizarre, but I think wearing body part accessories is CRAYMAZING.
French jewelry company Yazbukey is often identified by their Karl Brooch (*sigh* still coveting that), but they make a variety of body part brooches, too (see above). There's everything from the 2 Hair Brooches and eyeball-shaped Look At Me Once Brooch (complete with eyelashes and vampire-esque red irises) to the C'est Ahh Black Lips Brooch and a Finger Brooch with two rings and a red mani. Any of these pieces would kick up your work blazer or school sweater, and all are guaranteed to get you noticed. Curly locks of plastic hair? They're so random and fun (and kind of remind me of Crispin Glover's hair-stealing character in Charlie's Angels). Also? There's more where these came from...
Lauren Conrad in a high bun at an "Us Weekly" Hollywood party; Instagram shot of her pink chalk bun.
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Lauren Conrad has become something of a beauty dynamo. Aside from her own flawless hair and makeup game that we constantly draw inspiration from, there's her signature site and beauty blog, The Beauty Department, which both give stellar tips and tutorials on everything from braided updos to nautical nails. She has an upcoming beauty collaboration with BlueAvocado that will include eco-friendly cosmetics, and she never hesitates to upload photos of her ever-changing hairstyles. Now, we know the California gal's a fan of infusing a hint of ombre into her blonde tresses from time to time (remember that delicious shade of peach?), and her latest color incarnation comes courtesy of chalk instead of dye. Yes, you read that right. CHALK.
Selena Gomez in Puerto Rico; Forever 21's Long Line Cardigan
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Selena Gomez has been performing in Puerto Rico, content to match her outfits to her hair while belting tune after tune into a diamante-encrusted microphone. (Even BF Justin Bieber has been matching her while she's away). As you know, we follow Miss G's every move like laser-eyed, red-tailed hawks ready to claw-scrawl out her every fashion move. While we've been anticipating yet another cerulean fantasy type of outfit, we were surprised when we spotted her wearing a neon pink bikini top, gathered white tee, black short-shorts, and a long black and white cardigan we totally spied while perusing Forever 21. You guys, we can own this cardi RIGHT NOW.
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in "The Hunger Games."
Photo: Capitol Couture/Courtesy of Lionsgate
It's a big day for the citizens of Panem (and all of us people here in the real world). For those of us who rabidly follow anything and everything related to the book series turned film franchise, The Hunger Games, we have much to celebrate as the Capitol Couture fashion site is ZOMG FINALLY LIVE! This is mayjah news, and not just for fans of the book and the upcoming film, but for anyone interested in marketing. Turning the out-there, post-apocalyptic fashion that is so integral to the story of The Hunger Games into a real, living/breathing Tumblr street style site is a work of genius. With one click, you've entered the world of the film and are rewarded with a profile on "Capitol-born style icon" Effie Trinket, aka Elizabeth Banks in all her pink-pastel Chinoiserie gloriousness. And beyond that, we're treated to nail art tips, street style shots of shoes (including TO DIE gold "vintage" Alexander McQueen heeled booties), and some sort of contest involving District Stylists. Holy Mockingjay, people, we are SO INTO THIS.