Sure, the Oscars are the crown jewel of awards season fashion as far as the red carpet is concerned, but don't sleep on the Costume Designers Guild Awards. The clothes from your favorite movies and TV shows (and even commercials) deserve love, too, and the CDGAs is where they get it. Being that we're fans of style off and on the screen, we're breaking down this year's biggest winners.
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
A still from "Behind The Candelabra."
Photo: HBO Films
Category: Outstanding Made For Television Movie Or Mini Series
Winner: Behind the Candelabra costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick
What Makes This Wardrobe Rad: It's no secret that we loved (still and will forever love, TBH) HBO's Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra. Between Michael Douglas drenched (DRENCHED) in head-to-toe baby pink sequins and Matt Damon swanning out of kidney bean-shaped pools in bedazzled man-kinis, what's not to love, amirite? Liberace is the definition of over-the-top opulence, and BOY, Ellen Mirojnick delivered.
A still from "Behind the Candelabra."
Photo: HBO Films
And, while it's hard to tell because Douglas and Damon (AND ROB LOWE) are pictured pulling so many Drakes ("I wear every single chain, even when I'm in the house"), dripping with gold at every hour of the day, I dare say Ellen didn't go too far overboard with the baubles and gems. In a really surprising way, it all feels just right.
Morgan O'Connor for Polo Ralph Lauren and Jimmy Fallon for 'Jarret's Room.'
Photo: Ralph Lauren/Getty Images/SNL/NBC
I know we just got done with a week of hyping up the new clothes that'll be gracing our closets the next time fall and winter come around, but I wanna rewind to present day for a sec. Have you guys seen the Fall/Winter 2013 campaign for Polo Ralph Lauren? Or I guess, since the campaign itself is actually pretty standard fare for RL—Americana, camping, incongruous brights + herringbone tweed styling choices—the better question is: Have you seen this new model with the dreads (Ford's Morgan O'Connor) who stars in it? And MOST important, is it just me or does he look EXACTLY like Jimmy Fallon's lovable webcast-hosting "Jarret's Room" character?
Last night's Teen Wolf was, once again, packed with action, including mass electrocution, Stiles wreaking havoc and not remembering why, and Allison and Lydia's consortium with Peter Hale. The most shocking thing to me, TBH, was just how coordinated the Beacon Hills High students are during gym. I mean, is BHH sponsored by Nike?
Scott and the twins on 'Teen Wolf.'
I first noticed the mass coordination among three werewolves, so I chalked their monochromatic uniform up to their desire to be in a pack (it's not the first time), but also wanting to look stylish while growing fangs and sprouting lots of body hair. The twins have matching crew-neck sweatshirts (WITH ARM POCKETS FOR YOUR PHONE) while Scott wears a long-sleeve T-shirt with sewn-in thumb holes. The Alpha always gets the better shirt, I thought. Oh, I was wrong.
Lydia on 'Teen Wolf.'
If you're still weeping/shaking/holding loved ones close after last night's Teen Wolf, join the club. Poor Stiles! Poor Sheriff Stilinski! Poor Scott, Allison, Lydia, and Isaac, who had to go to school after no sleep! Since I'm not entirely equipped to discuss supernatural beings, this post will focus on something I am capable of talking about: hair.
You may have noticed that Lydia was mysteriously absent in last week's episode—well, I think I know where she was was: watching hair tutorials on YouTube. Her hair game was SO on-point last night. Her first look was an ~updated~ ponytail, which looked straightforward from the front, but then, she turned around and—BAM—it's an entirely different story. The ponytail hangs to the side and is wrapped around itself. Sure, it's messy, but in a chic way. If my hair looked like that one day in my life, I'd be happy. And take a lot of pictures.
Kira on 'Teen Wolf.'
OK, I'm not entirely sure what went down on last night's Teen Wolf, but I liked it. It was filled to the brim with action! No one has faced more ~drama~ in four episodes than Kira. The girl can't catch a break. As her romance with Scott continues to blossom, and as she absorbs all the power in Beacon Hills (NBD), we've been keeping a close eye on her style. Last week we noticed her superhero leggings and this week we were like, "Hold up. This is not the first athletic jersey-inspired look our young kitsune has worn." And, in fact, it's not!
Whomp. Our Friday nights are about to feature a lot less Carrie Bradshaw. The Carrie Diaries season finale aired last night, and whether or not the show will be coming back anytime soon remains up in the air. I guess I will have to Google Austin Butler's name every once in a while to see how he's doing instead of watching his QT face on my screen. I guess I'll live. The episode wrapped up a lot of loose ends, and while I'd be sad if Carrie & Co. were never to return, I'd be satisfied with where things were left. Especially with all of the fashion that we were treated to in this final episode. While Carrie getting fired from Interview and deciding to move to L.A. with Sebastian was a major plot point, the main event was Larissa's wedding. We have all the deets on wedding looks from Eric Daman, the show's costume designer, so LEGGO!
AnnaSophia Robb on 'The Carrie Diaries.'
Photo: The CW
After getting fired from her job, Carrie turns to her ex-BF Weaver (#hey) for advice. She visits him at his brownstone, which, BTW, bears an eerie resemblance to the one future CB lives in. Eric told us, "I really wanted to have an end of season flash forward to fabulous Carrie Bradshaw fashion moment! A super special AHA outfit that was an ode to the Sex and the City Carrie we know and love! And so I put together this little ensemble: gorgeous green statement coat (borrowed from my BF Blair Waldorf)? Check! Midi circle skirt with crinoline? Check! Totally '80s leopard-print top? Check! Totally amazing shoes (found these to-die-for Sophia Webster pencil and notebook paper Mary Janes on a last-minute run to Bergdorf's and died a little at how they were THE perfect embodiment of a Carrie shoe! The fashion! The whimsy! The writing utensils!). And, of course, no tenue du jour would be Carrie Complete without a Fendi baguette (in glass tile mosaic...WHAT?!?). I call this look 'back to the future fashion phenom!'"
CARRIE BRADSHAW (ANNASOPHIA ROBB)
+ Coat: Nanette Lepore
+ Top: Topshop
+ Skirt: Yoana Barashi from Anthropologie
+ Stockings: Commando
+ Shoes: Sophia Webster
+ Purse: Fendi
+ Earrings: Adia Kibur
+ "C" Broach: Topshop
Miley Cyrus throws down an 'Unplugged' hoedown.
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV
I don't know if it's just because I was THERE for it, but Miley Cyrus has never made so much sense to me until watching her perform for Unplugged. When artists go Unplugged, they strip their music down to its most basic elements, and usually their performance style follows suit (à la Kurt Cobain's nubby cardigan or Jay Z's Che Guevara crewneck). Well, when you dial Miley back to her roots, you get Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry, hair spray, and velvet paintings of Elvis set against sequined curtains. So while her set was stripped-down, leaning heavily on acoustics, her onstage steez left no rhinestone unturned. #turndownforwhat
Madonna and Miley Cyrus perform for 'Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged.'
Photo: Getty Images/Christopher Polk
Y'all ain't ready for this. I'm reporting live from L.A. for Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged—which you should already know premieres at 9 p.m. EST/PST on MTV this Wednesday night (January 29)—and I can confirm that this thing is going to be WILD (as if you had any doubts). Miley's throwing back to her Nashville roots for the stripped-down performance, but she's remixing it with her own very special brand of TURNT. There's a giant wagon wheel laced with LED lights, bales of hay are strewn about the audience, Miles is dripping in head-to-toe sequined denim, and MADONNA IS HERE IN FULL RHINESTONE COWBOY REGALIA.
Kira wearing leggings from Wet Seal on 'Teen Wolf.'
Photo: MTV/Wet Seal
Well, last night's Teen Wolf was dark (literally and figuratively). Between Ethan, Lydia, and Isaac getting attacked and the unclear future of Allison's dad, we almost didn't notice what our fave characters were wearing. JK! No amount of action can stop our constant lookout for ~fashion~. One thing that (besides all the neon bodypaint) immediately caught our attention though, was Kira's hero leggings. The printed leggings were versatile enough for Kira to wear to school, to the police precinct, and to a rave, so we are confident we could find a place for them in our wardrobe.
One Direction teach us the letter 'U.'
Photo: Sesame Street's YouTube Page
Gather round, young children looking to learn the alphabet/One Direction fans! The strapping young men of the world's most popular boy band have an upcoming appearance on Sesame Street and, as the preview shows us, they're teaching "what makes 'U' useful." In the clip, the lads sing about words that begin with and include "U," like "udon" (for the precocious Sesame Street viewer), "ugh" (for exasperated children), and "up" (for the really young ones). While all of those words are perfectly useful (especially "ugh," IMHO), we thought of a few ~fashionable~ options relevant to One Direction.
One Direction teach us the letter 'U.'
Photo: Getty Images/Sesame Street
First up is the word suit. While it's rare you get all five members in suits at the same event, when you do, it's a beautiful thing. Suits are what make One Direction beautiful. JK, it's their faces!