Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Doll's Eye View: Golden Globes 2015

Now that the holidays are just a distant memory....it's time to break out the champagne. We're now into "awards season" which begins with the Golden Globes Awards. I can't say I loved much of what the ladies were wearing. I love movie stars who dress like movie stars with grand dresses. And though the current trends tend to favor less ostentatious silhouettes, I feel one can dress in such a way as to make a grand statement even while wearing the simplest of frocks. That said, here are five looks I felt were stunning. In a few cases I took the liberty to re-style the accessories.

For me, the chic-est woman on the red carpet was George Clooney's new bride, Amal. Dressed with the elegance of Jackie Kennedy, I loved the unassuming black dress with a hint of a train worn with her contrasting pristine white opera length gloves. This gown is a strapless sheath dress over which I've added another piece of fabric which drapes over the body and is caught with a belt at the waist, then ends in a train dropping from the shoulder.


At first glance, I assumed Uzo Abduba's dress was a tweed. It really is a micro print, however, I loved the idea of taking a fabric destined for another type of garment, but making it into an evening dress. You could pile on yards of sparkling crystal necklaces, but I decided to remain on the urban route with a stack of the rubber and wire jewelry I made in previous posts. This is a simple tube dress held around the neck with a twist tie!

Personally I would have chosen a more flattering garment for Emma Stone. Nonetheless, I thought it worthwhile to feature this "tuxedo" look from Lanvin. Yves Saint Laurent was best known for his tuxedo pants suits for women. Albert Elbaz, the designer for Lanvin had previously worked for Saint Laurent, so it shouldn't be a surprise that this classic look would work itself into his collection. The description says this is a jumpsuit, but I've put mine together as separates. You could make the strapless top out of a silvery trim. Pictured here is my feeble attempt at crochet, worn over a classic pair of black crepe trousers. This begs for accessories, so once again, I've added stacks of crystals and bangles to her wrists!

This princess dress from Angel Sanchez is worn by Catherine Zeta Jones. It is a beautiful marriage of a princess line gown, topped with a bit of couture draping around the bust.

This is a very pretty dress from Salvatore Ferragamo worn by Camila Alves. I created the dolly version using the technique of free form draping. The more I worked on this dress, the more I fell in love with it. The original gown is piped in black, however, I've simply added a thin black ribbon to the edge of the bodice. Initially I accessorized this gown with a string of pearls, but the starkness of a single black line contrasting the soft pink fabric inspired me use the stark simplicity of a black rubber necklace and contrasting black opera length gloves.

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14 comments:

  1. Wow, your dresses are as pretty or maybe even prettier than the dresses the stars are wearing! I agree with your about Emma Stone's outfit not being very flattering for her, but the one you made for your doll is much more flattering on the doll! I always love seeing your creations.

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    1. Thank you, Phyllis. This is always such a fun project. The hardest part is choosing interesting dresses which can be recreated within a window of 48 hours. I don't really understand what is happening on these red carpets. The stars have stylists who select the dress and accessories (on loan from the designers) and then do their hair and makeup. So there's really no excuse for anyone not to arrive looking like a million dollars. Working with the dolls allows me the opportunity to style them the way I think the stars should have looked!

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  2. Gorgeous! The dolls wear them better than the stars (and have better accessories).

    My favorite on a doll is the one with the draping and black stripe, with the red gown in second place.

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    1. Thank you SP. At one time, I reported on the Paris fashion week as well as a number of fashion events where guests often wore some of the runway looks. It was always interesting to see the difference between the same dress on a model as opposed to a "real" person! In many ways, the comparisons between the dolls (who have fashion model proportions) and the actresses are just as interesting! I like the same dress as you. It came out much better than I anticipated! There were couple other dresses I wish I had the time to duplicate (Katherine Heigl's navy Zac Posen and Amy Adams light blue Versace).

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    1. Thank you, KMQ. This is a really fun project.

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  4. Beautiful mini-versions April! Amal Clooney is a very beautiful woman, so stylish, she looks awesome in that dress, and so does your mini model! The last dress is also stunning, your version is at least as lovely! Can't wait to see what you will do wit the Oscar dresses :-).

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    1. Thank you, Night Owl. This is always such a fun project. But I'm hoping the actresses will be a tad bit better dressed at the Oscars so that I'll have more choices! Big hugs.

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  5. Hi April, some great pick! I love the dresses you choose, the last two in particular....the draping in the red dress is amazing is such a small scale!
    You also made excellent choices for the accessoires!

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    1. Thank you, Billa. Normally I follow the lead from the way the actress herself is put together. But exceptionally, I felt many of the looks screamed for better accessories.

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  6. Hi April
    your dolls look prettier than the stars,love your jewelry set on te ladies too,great job.
    have a nice weekend
    x

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    1. Hi M-C. Thank you for your kind words. Yeah, my dolls like to upstage the actresses every chance they get! :-D You have a nice weekend as well. Big hugs.

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  7. Hello from Spain: your creations are fabulous. The clothes are awesome. I love Amal. Keep in touch

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    1. Thank you Marta. I love Amal as well. She is one very classy lady! I'll stay in touch. Big hugs!

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