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Make Your Prom (or Any Special Event) Red Carpet Worthy

Spring is right around the corner (according to the calendar), which means that prom season is upon every high school fashionista. Instead of blending in with every black dress that hits the dance floor, assert your style stardom by taking a cue from this year’s red carpets. This year’s trends range from pastel hues to gold embellishments, so choose a trend and dive right in!

1. Bejeweled Beauties
Another hot red carpet trend has been unexpected accessory sparkle. From backwards necklaces (hello, Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars) to embellished brooches styled as hair clips, claim your style star status by styling your jewelry in unconventional ways. You can also kick this trend up a notch by using colored gemstones, or by doing a larger statement piece. Grab a statement necklace – like these – and finish it off with a smaller hair jewel or an oversized cocktail ring.

2. Lighten Up
If you watched any of the Oscars red carpet coverage, then you saw the endless parade of pale-hued gowns that graced the event. Trying out a pale pink, blue or gray dress is very on-trend and it is also a classic color palette that won’t embarrass you later. You also don’t need to be afraid to embrace white, you can easily pull off the trend by going with a sleek silhouette instead of something tulle-enhanced to avoid looking bridal.

3. Go Bold for Gold
Last year was all about the neon, but this year has been focused on embellishments and gold accents. Whether you’re comfortable going for gold like Kate Hudson at the Golden Globes, or you like the whole pseudo-lamé thing like Jennifer Lawrence at the premiere of The Hunger Games, this is definitely a trend for the bold. To try it subtly, go with a large, gold statement necklace, or belt a black gown with a high-shine gold belt. Don’t forget the gold-embellished clutch!

4. Matching Colorblocking
If you’re looking to go with a bright color, pair your accessories accordingly. Not only is colorblocking still a huge trend - read: a bright pink dress with a yellow or blue clutch - Another great red carpet look is matching your shoes/bag to your dress, or choosing a close shade and playing off the monochromatic look. To take on this trend with an unexpected silhouette, go with a t-shirt-inspired sleeve – like that on Nina Dobrev at the SAG Awards or Niki Reed at the Golden Globes after-party. This unexpected silhouette is strikingly modern without being too trendy.

5. Softer Shades on Your Face
Stark makeup has had its moment, but it was refreshing to see a more ethereal look on many of the red carpet stars this year. From Amanda Seyfried at the Oscars to Nicole Richie at the Golden Globes, pastel hues were a huge hit with young Hollywood. Plus, while bold makeup shades can make you look older, no one wants to look washed-up at their own prom.

Want to get the inside scoop on this year’s prom must-haves? Join us at our Haddonfield, NJ store on March 16th from 12pm – 6pm for our exclusive prom event! You can bring in your unwanted gowns and consign them, browse our first selection of prom dresses, snack on sweets, enter our giveaway for a $50 gift card, plus watch hair and makeup demos from two stylists with the Verde Salon in Collingswood. See you there!

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FashioniSTA File: Golden Globes 2013

With another award season officially kicking off last night, we are here to weigh in on the best and worst dressed starlets hitting the red carpet. First up: The Golden Globes! From the sparkly style stars to the oh-no-it-hurts flops, Kristen, Ashley and Meghan tell us their picks of the night. Stay tuned for our takes on each awards show this season, and tell us your highs and lows on Facebook and Twitter!

The Best of the Best

Kristen’s Pick: Miranda Kerr in Zuhair Murad
I think Miranda was the epitome of old school Hollywood siren (even if she isn’t an actress…) in this is burgundy Zuhair Murad gown. If anyone could pull off a high slit and plunging neckline without making it look like they’re trying too hard, it’s her.

Honorable Mention: Kate Hudson knocked it out of the park in this McQueen number.

Ashley’s Pick: Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen
This entire look is completely flawless. From the intricate embellishment to the effortless blowout, Kate’s team was able to make her 100% relevant in this look. She was able to look completely put-together and fashion-forward without looking fussy or bizarre. I can’t even put into words how much I love this whole ensemble, it’s utterly breathless.
Honorable Mention: Kerry Washington rocked the sheer, nude and embellished trends all in one perfect Miu Miu package.

Meghan’s Pick: Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta
The always beautiful Jessica Alba looked maj in this Oscar de la Renta gown. The peachy color looks great on her olive skin and the breathtaking necklace breaks up the matching lipstick. Her soft curls pull the whole look together! She could have left the fluffy bag at home but I won’t hold it against this best dress nominee.
Honorable Mention: Nicole Richie’s blue patterned Naeem Khan dress looked stunning with the matching eye shadow.

Wayward Worst

Kristen’s Pick: I’m sorry but someone has to call the fashion police on Giuliana Rancic. I am usually all for classic, Downton Abby style dresses but Giulianna looks like she’s channeling Helena Bonham Carter in this goth-gone-wrong Celia Kritharioti dress. I can’t imagine G got Joan’s approval on this one.
Honorable Mention: Halle Berry is a babe, but this Versace dress was a fail.

Ashley’s Pick: It physically hurts to put Jessica Chastain in this category. I would like to officially go on record and say that I am obsessed with everything about her, all except this Calvin Klein dress. She’s a gorgeous canvas, but the fit and the hair choice served her a serious injustice.
Honorable Mention: Sienna Miller’s ode to wallpaper Erdem skirt and top.

Meghan’s Pick: Lucy Liu can pretty much pull anything off. This dress, not so much. While the silhouette isn’t horrible, the floral pattern and colors are. I do like the fullness of the dress and the fact that it has pockets (I always love leaving my bag at home).
Honorable Mention: Julianne Hough’s horrific Monique Lhuillier dress and poor makeup ensemble.

We’ll see you all in a couple weeks for our SAG Awards picks!

FashioniSTA File: Golden Globes 2012

This year’s Golden Globe Awards was all about bold statements and futuristic flair. From silver metallic moments - that we saw on Nicole Richie and Lea Michele - to art deco details - as seen on Selma Hayek and Claire Danes - statement accents were everywhere. Even those who donned nude gowns for the occasion ramped up the drama with oversized skirts (Charlize Theron and Piper Perabo) and large-scale jewelry (Heidi Klum). And of course fringe hit the red carpet yet again, this time taking on celebs such as Emma Stone and Busy Phillips.

Ashley’s Picks
Best Dressed: Freida Pinto in a teal, textured Prada. I’ll admit that I like when actresses go more timeless than trendy, and I think this gown had the best of both worlds. The classic shape was slightly modernized with the fuller silhouette at the bottom and the smaller accents, such as the belt and her stunning Chopard lattice choker. The texture was the perfect detail to make her stand out in the best way possible.

Worst Dressed: Lea Michele in a silver Marchesa concoction. Some people have been fawning over this risky move, and I’m hoping that those people get their eyes check out soon. Instead of a smart risk, this is too over-the-top, and Lea stirs up memories of Cher in Bob Mackie.

Rookie of the Night: Shailene Woodley’s Marchesa dress was an unbeatable mix of age-appropriateness and gorgeous detail. The structured bodice with the illusion neckline was a shining example of how to dress a young Hollywood actress.

Most Improved: Nicole Kidman in Versace redeemed herself a million times over from her missteps last awards season (remember the white Dior)? From the studs to the body-hugging silhouette, this dress proved why Versace is such a fashion powerhouse.

Kim’s Picks
Best Dressed: My absolute two favorites of the night were Salma Hayek in Gucci and Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham. Hayek may get panned for her risky art-deco choice, but I thought she pulled it off beautifully while Winslet proved that Old Hollywood is always in style… her touches of gold were flawless and her clutch was a perfect match.

Worst Dressed: Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace — seriously, how dated! I am a firm believer that one can never be tooooo matchy-matchy, but Jolie’s hideous outfit tonight has shaken that belief to its core. The worst, however — hands-down — is Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhuillier. That print should never hit the red carpet, nor should it ever grace a dress so formal. You took a risk, Gellar, and it failed.

Rookie of the Night: Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen — I may not particularly like her dress, but I’ll certainly remember it. Bold lines make for a bold choice, and I’m not sure if she pulled it off or not. But it certainly caught my eye! I’d also like to nod my hat to Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci… very fitting for her character, and very well put together.

Most Improved: Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann… Swinton arrived last year in a questionable Jil Sander get-up that was part dress / part boardroom, but this year she made some major strides. She clearly enjoys going for a slightly androgynous look and this year is no exception. However, she softens the blow with a fabulously wild hairdo and beautiful jewelry by Fred Leighton. Baby steps, Swinton, but you’re getting there.

Kristen’s Picks
Best Dressed: Claire Danes – I have a love hate relationship with Claire Danes.  Yesterday it was love.  Her J. Mendel dress, coupled with simple jewelry, was nothing short of perfection, and the cut out back? Swoon.

Worst Dressed: Zooey Deschanel in Prada is my pick for worst dressed, not because of the dress necessarily, but the hair. Usually I’m all for glam throwback looks especially when it comes to hairstyles, but this custom-made bold dress deserves a simple updo.

Rookie of the Night: While I think she always looks great at award shows, my rookie of the Golden globes Goes to Sarah Hyland of Modern Family in Dolce & Gabbana.  I’m all about the lace! Sarah was able to pull off an elegant strapless dress while maintain her youthful charm.

Most Improved: Laura Dern – Known for her effortlessly hippy-ish style, she kicked it up a notch this year!  Her emerald sparkle Andrew Gn dress was just the right amount of classy and sexy, she looked radiant when accepting her award.

Stay tuned as we cover all of the other award shows this season!

FashioniSTA File: Golden Globes 2011

No one loves awards season like the FashioniSTAs, and so we were obviously glued to our televisions last week to witness the Golden Globes. From the drop-dead to the dead-wrong, we break down the looks we thought rocked the red carpet, and the ones we thought demanded a new stylist. For more FashioniSTA follow-up on this awards show and everyday style, check out our sign-off at the bottom of this post!

Genius or Delusional?

There are some people who can pull off a quirky style, and you just have to overlook the fact that they look like they’ve been living in their cars. Helena Bonham Carter is one of them, where she has that lunatic look no matter what the occasion, but I kind of feel like I wouldn’t know what to do if she showed up wearing a Michael Kors sheath dress and had actually brushed her hair. But when the discrepancy between fashion forward and fashion failure gets blurred, that’s when the guessing game begins.

Natalie Portman seemed to be the center of attention on Globes night, but I’m not sure if it was for her Black Swan buzz or because people kept getting poked by the enormous appliqué rose sticking out of her chest. Jennifer Lopez also pushed the envelope by showing up in a sheer capelet by Zuhair Murad, which bordered on the brink of looking fierce or looking like an ice dancer. Julianne Hough’s Marchesa bejweled neckline also lingered on that ledge, proving just how complicated jeweled accents can be.

Julianne Moore’s one-shoulder, bright fuchsia Lanvin is also a bit of a fashion mystery. The one large, poofed sleeve was a little trendy for the classic star. While the Bulgari necklace was a great accent to the dress, the sleeve ended up swallowing the rest of the look whole. This might have totally worked on a younger starlet, but then again, that sleeve might have still looked like it might attack a city on her too.

Beachy Hair

This whole “beachy waves” vibe that some of the stars have picked up needs to be put to rest. I don’t know if it’s the California weather that’s inspiring these hairstyles or what, but they are traveling down a dangerous spiral.Lea Michele and Heather Morris (both below) were two of the several stars that have started to think this is a good look. Note to them: having random curled sections of hair sprouting out from your up-do isn’t a good look. These hairstyles would look great, if they would just whisk the wavy bang/long layer hybrid that they have shielding half their face. Unless they just came out of a Tahitian waterfall, this look really shouldn’t be used for glamorous events (or any event, for that matter). Especially when it’s over 80 degrees, a good fashionista knows that curls frizz easily.

Should you be looking for a way to sneak curls into your beauty look, the retro waves that graced the carpet in stars like Diana Agron and January Jones made their ensembles look polished rather than messy. Even Jenna Ushkowitz’s allover curly look was nice because it’s more modern but doesn’t venture into the “trying to be alternative and edgy” style.

Large Dress Accents

There’s definitely something to be said for making a dress more interesting with large fabric details. Some of the best dresses on the red carpet have been structured and architectural, but pulling off the look is always high risk. Piper Perabo’s black Oscar de la Renta gown with the large shoulder bow was appropriate for the red carpet and for the weather. She kept her look streamlined by keeping the focus on the bow and the overall timelessness of the gown, going with minimal jewelry and a retro-inspired ponytail paired with a classic red lip.

Lea Michele – also in Oscar de la Renta – decided to go with statement ruffles along the top and side of her dress. The problem with this look was that it not only made the dress look uncomfortable, but this dress demanded a simple approach to the rest of the look, which means that big messy hair and large jewelry doesn’t totally work.
Julie Bowen (in Tadashi) went the flower appliqué route with a mushroom-colored number, which ended up bordering on the overdone side. The top of her dress was stunning with her upswept hair, but the bottom treaded lightly on the line between feminine and Gypsy Rose-esque.


The FashioniSTAs Sound Off:


Best Dressed: Anne Hathaway, hands down. Styled by my girl, Rachel Zoe, she looked - in a word: flawless. The color was perfect, the structured shoulders were dramatic and on-trend and the bare back balanced out the high neckline in the front perfectly. I also thought that her hair and accessories were the perfect complement to the dress.

Worst Dressed: Helena Bonham Carter. Yikes. I know that this is her schtick - the crazy actress who is married to the crazy Director Tim Burton - but she looked like a character out of one of his movies, not a real person. The dress - by Vivienne Westwood - could have been great if she had stopped there. But, instead she felt the need to add hair extensions, over-the-top teased curls, hair adornments and - allegedly - two different shoes. Double yikes.

Rookie of the Year: January Jones. One could contest whether or not she is a true Rookie, but I think that it is safe to say that she is finally a house-hold name now instead of just being known by die-hard Mad Men fans. That Versace dress was INCREDIBLE. Not only was the color to-die-for - it was a sort of an unexpected tomato red with orange tones in it instead of a cherry or fire-engine red - but it was also sexy as hell. In fact, it went to the very edge of sexy, but never fell into the realm of vulgar, which is quite a feat. (Though if anyone could accomplish that it is certainly Donatella Versace…) Then, to top it all off, she found a shade of lipstick that matched it perfectly and kept her hair in a soft, old-Hollywood style in order to ensure that the scale tipped on the side of glamour instead of over-sexed.

Biggest Comeback: I am going to go with Tina Fey. She had a rough year on the red carpet last year, landing on some of the Worst Dressed Lists for the awards season. But, last night her L’Wren Scott dress was subtle and very flattering. The midnight navy color was gorgeous, the velvet was on-trend and extremely rich-looking, it fit beautifully and she was very well accessorized.


Best Dressed: If I could take Sarah Hyland’s hair from that night and put it on Olivia Wilde, Olivia would definitely be my choice. If I could live in a world filled with glitter and sparkles, I probably would, and her Marchesa dress made me feel like that was an actual possibility. Mila Kunis – in Vera Wang – was also not only a vision on camera in one of the most perfect dresses I’ve ever seen, but her dress has photographed the best out of any of the ones I’ve seen.
Worst Dressed: Oh so many, hold me back. I guess overall it would sadly be Leighton Meester in Burberry, which when I saw her my magical fashion visions of Blair Waldorf came crashing down. But I don’t want to overlook January Jones – in Versace, although I’m pretty sure everyone was focused on her lady lumps and not her dress – who looked a little Comic Con/pornographic all at the same time, and it just plain made me uncomfortable. The only thing saving Michelle Williams from being my pick is the fact that I actually want to take her dress, shorten it into a minidress with a circle skirt and wear it this summer.
Rookie of the Year: Sarah Hyland from Modern Family in Max Azria, hands-down. The dress, her hair, the styling, the way she presents herself, she was like an awards show dream. However, Hailee Steinfeld also looked picture-perfect in a white Prabal Gurung dress, which was the best choice a 14-year-old could have made. It makes me sad that I was wearing overall shorts when I was her age.
Biggest Comeback: While still not the best I’ve seen, Megan Fox looked better than she has in a while. I still want to feed her several hundred cheeseburgers and remove every tattoo that she has on her body, but I thought that the soft pink color was a nice change from the dark and severe look that she usually has going on.



Best dressed: Angelina Jolie in Versace. I loved the long beaded gown with a half open scoop back. I thought the forest green color look astonishing on her complexion and made her eyes pop. I loved the old school glamour cut and I thought it was a very good approach for the Globes.

Worst dressed: Without even having to mention the winning prize goes to Helena Bonham Carter but besides her I say; Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad, it looked like a tacky Quinceañera. Something my mother would have worn to my sweet 15. Awful color, tacky crystals, bad makeup, all around bad JOB J-LO.

Rookie of the Year: Emma Stone in Calvin Klein Collection. I love LOVE the new blonde hair and the soft peachy color added a lot beauty to her fair complexion. She looked soft and feminine and the dress’ simplicity is amazing, nothing overdone; safe move by Emma Stone.

Biggest come back: Tina Fey in L’Wren Scott. She’s had a bit of slump but I think it was a great attempt to get her in a better category. The color, a beautiful dark blue and its velvet! I loved the Swarovski bird clutch to match, all around a good job.


Best Dressed: Eva Longoria or Anne Hathaway. Longoria, who usually dresses as if she’s either heading to a prom or to a “Leggiest Outfit” contest, kept it classy and dramatic in a simple Zac Posen black dress. Hathaway typically goes the classic route in her evening wear, so her bold sequined Armani Prive choice was a bold step out of the comfort zone and she ROCKED it. A pat on the back goes to Heidi Klum, as well, for her breezy Marc Jacobs piece. Sure, sure, it may not have been the most appropriate nor glamorous choice, but I loved it nonetheless. I typically don’t look at the gents (I mean, how many ways can one wear a tuxedo??) but major applause for Ryan Gosling’s Ferragamo velvet tux. That’s one way to stand out in a sea of penguins, and it WORKED.

Worst Dressed: Two words — Tilda. Swinton. I’m just… I’m… I’m so confused. Was she on her way to the office before realizing — moments before leaving home — that it’s actually a RED CARPET event she was heading to? Does the explain the buttondown top and the seemingly “oh, crap, how do I make this fancy” skirt? Or wait, is that a DRESS? Jil Sander, for shame that this frock bears your name. Helena Bonham Carter usually takes this award, and this year’s Vivienne Westwood ensemble is certainly no exception, but she at least looks as if she TRIED. Runners-up would be Hayden Panettiere, who wore an Amanda Wakeley sheer dress better suited for a 60-year-old (not to mention the CLEARLY VISIBLE PASTIES!!); Michelle Williams, who channeled Suri Cruise in a Valentino frock; Sandra Bullock who looked just plain frightening in Jenny Packham; and Halle Berry in a Nina Ricci gown that looks as if it were borrowed from the wardrobe of Madonna’s 1990 “Blonde Ambition” tour.

Rookie of the Year: Julianne Hough! Look at that neck! Her Marchesa dress was a touch too old for her 22 years, but that slip-up can be overlooked by her rookie status. Her dress overall certainly made a statement, and that statement was “I have arrived.”

Biggest Comback: I’m gonna go out on a limb here and hand over this award to Jane Fonda, who took a break from schilling her fitness regime to wow us with a George Hobeika gown, proving that trends can ascend all age barriers — winged shoulders and glitter at 73! It’s been awhile since you’ve dazzled us, Fonda… go get ‘em. Also on the roster is Elisabeth Moss — if you recall her tragic 2010 Golden Globes outfit, well, it was a safe bet that ANYTHING at this year’s ceremony would set her back on the right track.

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Golden Globes Fashion Trends Breakdown

The Golden Globes marks the first big award show of the new year, making it part of the season of fashion holiness. This year a plethora of celebs graced the red carpet, some in outfits that made me want to be a better fashionista, others in ones that looked like a child put it together…in the dark. Check out the hot trends that were on hand that evening, and then stay tuned for our FashioniSTA Police Files as we break it out down who we think wore it best and who needs a fashion detox in a confined style boot camp.

Sunrise, Sunset

A big theme of the Golden Globes fashion parade was an array of orange, pink and red shades. From Emma Stone looking very California girl in a sherbet-colored Calvin Klein t-shirt dress to Sofia Vergara in a red/fuchsia Vera Wang corset gown, the spectrum was bright with stars who at least tried to push the envelope. January Jones was also a lady in red, wearing a fringed and very revealing Versace number, who ended up bearing a striking resemblence to Wonder Woman in some of her photos. On the pink side of things, Lea Michele donned a cotton candy pink, ruffled Oscar de la Renta – which bore a striking resemblance to the other ruffle dresses she wears, Julianne Moore attempted a one-shoulder look in  and Natalie Portman styled her baby bump with a Viktor & Rolf pink silk draped gown, with a large, red rose protruding from her chest as a bonus – did anyone else think of Beauty and Beast? I mean, who doesn’t love a good Disney allusion?

Emerald City

Having four big-name actresses wear a usually absent color makes people go gaga for green, which would explain why pretty much every media outlet is making us believe that every dress down the red carpet was this shade. Catherine Zeta-Jones (in Monique Lhuillier), Angelina Jolie (in Versace), Mila Kunis (in Vera Wang), and Elizabeth Moss (in Donna Karan) all showed up wearing this emerald jewel-tone, which is a nice change from the usually-muted tones that make it down the carpet. This was a great way to bring a little holiday spirit into the new year, and while I had been missing my Christmas tree, I think I can safely say I’ve gotten my evergreen fix. Big stars in gorgeous gowns? Sounds like a pretty fabulous Christmas gift to me.

Vintage Frocks

Going vintage is always a great way to stay classic on the red carpet, but go too far, and it can look like an old-school nightmare. From Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab to Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham to Leighton Meester in Burberry, there was no shortage of flowy, embellished dresses, with the occasional retro-print thrown in there - see Michelle Williams in Valentino or Heidi Klum in Marc Jacobs. Maybe it’s just fashionista delirium, but some of these looked like they belonged in the back of a closet at a retirement home. There’s nothing FashioniSTAs love more than a good vintage (or vintage-looking) find, but we could be on the fence about some of these looks, whether or not it’s just the styling that went awry.


No awards show would be complete without celebs in sequins. Olivia Wilde wore a Marchesa black tulle number that looked like it could single-handedly restore the American economy with all that gold sprinkled on it, combined with the serious sparkle she had on her shoes. Amber Riley (in Oliver Tolentino), Anne Hathaway (in Armani), and Carrie Underwood (in Badgley Mischka) also went with sequined gowns, providing a little extra sparkle on the red carpet. Jennifer Lopez pushed the glitter envelope with a Zuhair Murad encrusted capelet over his white, demure, yet body-skimming gown, and while different from her sexy style that we know and love, this can be considered the style of “Mommy J.Lo.”

Hungry for more Golden Globes fashion? Who isn’t?! Stay tuned as the FashioniSTAs give you their insider opinions on who walked the walk in the right dress, and who needs fashion rehab.