My favorite red carpet looks at the 2019 SAG Awards

Awards season is winding down, and the SAG Awards is one of the last stops before the Super Bowl of red carpet fashion, the Oscars. The stars didn’t miss an opportunity to bring the fashion. The major trends of the night were bold hues and even bolder silhouettes. Here are my favorite looks from the night:

Susan Kelechi Watson In Christian Siriano

Susan Kelechi Watson In Christian Siriano

Susan Kelechi Watson Is so striking in this Christian Siriano gown. I love the bold color and the silhouette is effusive without sacrificing elegance.

Cara Santana in Rasario

Cara Santana in Rasario

This is a bit of a risky choice, with all the ruffles and asymmetry, but I love the bold color and uniqueness of this look.

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors Collection

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors Collection

This proved to be a pretty divisive look, but I loved the boldness and curved lines of Emily Blunt’s Michael Kors Collection confection. It is bold, unique, and also speaks to the modern Disney whimsy of her Mary Poppins character.

Yara Shahidi in Fendi

Yara Shahidi in Fendi

It took me a minute to come around to this look, but I’m kinda loving it. A sheer dress over a sequin jumpsuit sounds crazy, but Yara makes it look chic and modern.

Megan Mullally in Alexander McQueen

Megan Mullally in Alexander McQueen

I absolutely love Megan Mullally’s gold-embroidered Alexander McQueen gown, which made headlines due to the fact that she bought it herself—unusual in an era in which most sample-size celebs are dressed by labels for free (or in some cases, as in the many celebs dressed in Louis Vuitton, are paid to represent brands on the red carpet). Interestingly, Megan pulling a dress off the rack made her better-dressed than most of her peers, who may have less choice in the dresses they wear on the red carpet due to brand agreements. Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, and the rest of the celeb set in a Louis Vuitton contract (and subsequently lost their red carpet mojo), take note. (For the record, “Alexander McQueen did send two dresses but they didn’t work out, but this is an Alexander McQueen dress that I bought online,” Mullally said.)

Mandy Moore in Jason Wu

Mandy Moore in Jason Wu

Mandy Moore on a best-dressed list? That’s right. Usually Mandy’s red carpet looks are a bit awkward, but she looks incredible in this custom Jason Wu. The off-the-shoulder detail really makes the look.

Gemma Chan in Oscar de la Renta

Gemma Chan in Oscar de la Renta

Unsurprisingly, Crazy Rich Asians’ and red-carpet fashionista Gemma Chan looks incredible in this pink Oscar de la Renta confection.

Sandra Oh in Jenny Packham

Sandra Oh in Jenny Packham

One of the big winners of the night, Sandra Oh also won the red carpet (er, gray carpet?) with this deep-red column by Jenny Packham. I love the combination of the two fabrics—one architectural and glittery, one soft and flowing—in the same shade. She has the poise to pull of a look that might look a mess on another wearer.

Melissa McCarthy in Lorane

Melissa McCarthy in Lorane

This may be a personal best for Melissa McCarthy. I love this dress in all its glittery, Studio 54, 1970s glamour. And the fit is impeccable.

Best Dressed at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards

While the Golden Globes and the Oscars are the two biggest red carpet award events of the season, the Critics’ Choice Awards can be counted on to bring some A-level red carpetry. Here are my favorite looks from this year’s show:

Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé

Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé


I love the stark, modern boldness of this look, and it is oh-so-chic on the statuesque Kidman.

Judith Light in Christian Siriano

Judith Light in Christian Siriano

I love Miss Light’s unexpected choice of oversized polka dots combined with a palazzo pant and turtleneck for the red (er, blue) carpet. She carries herself with such poise and style that she makes it work like few others could. Brava!

Catherine O’Hara in Georges Chakra

Catherine O’Hara in Georges Chakra

Chic-women-over-50 in-pants appears to be a theme this awards season. I absolutely LOVE Catherine O’Hara‘s choice of this embellished jacket and how she incorporated a brooch as a stand-in for a necktie.

Timothée Chalamet in Alexander McQueen

Timothée Chalamet in Alexander McQueen

Speaking of pants, Timothée Chalamet showed up in one of the boldest suits of the night. I love how he almost always shows up to events wearing something bold and discussable. I personally hate the oversize dad sneaker trend, but I do like the idea of this suit with a more casual footwear choice, and it works because he’s young and it’s the kind of thing young people can get away with.

Michelle Yeoh in Marchesa

Michelle Yeoh in Marchesa

Once again, I’m loving seeing women over 50 absolutely slaying it on the red carpet. I love the bold simplicity of this look. It’s just so elegant and understated, yet you can’t take your eyes off her.

Gemma Chan in Jason Wu

Gemma Chan in Jason Wu

You’ve got to give it to miss Gemma—she has been killing it on the red carpet all throughout the Crazy Rich Asians promo tour. I love this because you see so few prints on the red carpet, and it’s such an effusive silhouette, yet she still has the elegance to make it look more chic than silly.

Judy Greer in Reem Acra

Judy Greer in Reem Acra

I love this textile—the color, the pattern. It really makes the whole look. I like how she set it off with clean hair and a bright red lip.

Conspicuously missing from this list? After amazing looks at the Golden Globes, Lady Gaga and Sandra Oh turned in bland offerings (although I suspect Gaga is hanging onto her best look for the Oscars).

Trend Focus: Retail Brands Take a Page from Magazines with Editorial Content

As brands try to differentiate themselves in the marketplace and engage their customers in new ways beyond traditional advertising, many are taking a page from magazines—literally. Brands such as Banana Republic and Nordstrom are using longform, editorial-style articles to tell the story of their brands and products. These articles often offer useful tips and other valuable information with the aim of increasing a customer’s connection with the brand and, as a result, increased sales.

As a copywriter currently working for a major retail brand with a background in magazine editorial writing, this trend has piqued my interest. As a writer for print publications, I often told the stories of brands and products through a personal, editorial lens—so as a brand, why not tell your own story?

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E-commerce brand, Net-A-Porter, paved the way for this trend when it was founded in 2000, and its editorial-style content has been the foundation of its business. Unlike traditional retail brands, Net-A-Porter began as a shoppable online fashion magazine, paving the way for this recent trend. Last February, they formed a new group called Porter Digital that posts editorial content daily instead of weekly at Net-A-Porter.com and the Net-A-Porter app, providing shoppers with the ability to purchase items with just one click. The e-retailer’s weekly magazine, The Edit, has since been rebranded PORTEREdit, and the brand also produces a bi-monthly glossy magazine called simply PORTER.  


Recently, more traditional retail brands have looked to fashion magazines to market themselves to their customers. Banana Republic has a magazine-inspired blog called The Republic that features a monthly “Editors’ Letter,” shoppable mood board–inspired lookbooks and even inspirational travel blog posts. Nordstrom uses its blog, The Thread, to offer in-depth profiles of its fashion brands, skincare tips from dermatologists, fashion week trends and more—all shoppable, of course. Levi’s Off the Cuff blog shows shoppers tips on how to wear denim on denim and DIY denim ideas. Aveda’s Living Aveda blog offers easy hair tips and detailed information about their natural products. Even JCPenney has a style blog with tips on everything from how to pick the right flat iron for your hair to finding the right bra.

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 Even brands that don’t have a dedicated style blog or online magazine are creating editorial-inspired experiences on their website and social media platforms. For example, Target’s website offers beauty how-tos and other information-packed, beautifully designed experiences:

So, are these storytelling devices effective when it comes to the bottom line? Until the next big thing in marketing comes along, I predict they’ll continue to be a great way for a brand to tell its story (and demonstrate its fashion and design chops) directly to its customers.

My favorite looks at the 2019 Golden Globes

Awards season is something I look forward to every year, especially when my favorite actors from my favorite TV shows and films are nominated. Like any fashion fan, it’s all about the pre-show than the ceremony itself—although a big win can be amplified by what the winner is wearing. It’s exciting see what everyone chooses to wear on the big night, and I love predicting whose red-carpet moments are those that will be remembered for years to come.

The only downside to big awards shows is that a lot of celebrities play it safe, with the women showing up in elegant gowns and the men in classic tuxes.

With a nod to the bold and unique in mind, here are my favorite looks from the 2019 Golden Globes.

Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace

Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace

I absolutely adored Sandra Oh’s performance as the titular character in Killing Eve. She’s charming, brimming with emotion and downright hilarious in the career-making role. She is also the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes (and the first in 39 years to win Best Actress in a TV drama). While somewhat subdued, this look sets just the right tone for her to accept her award—bold, classic, regal and high-fashion. Extra points to the hair and makeup team, especially for the perfectly achieved balance of the asymmetrical neckline with her updo.

Golden Globes hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace

Golden Globes hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace

The nominee pulled double duty as the show’s co-host, which gave her the opportunity to trot out some more fabulous looks. Again in Versace Atelier, this look is incredible on Oh. I love the bold color, the asymmetrical shirred waist, the strong shoulders and the tuxedo-esque lapels of this look.

And now, her award-accepting look:

I love this unique combination of a simple white column and glam gold sleeves.

Jamie Comer in Ralph & Russo

Jamie Comer in Ralph & Russo

As Sandra Oh’s nemesis Villanelle in Killing Eve, it’s no surprise that Jamie Comer (nominated for Best Supporting Actress) showed up for her major red carpet debut in a haute-couture frothy confection that her fashion-obsessed character would approve of. It’s a dark counterpart to the much-discussed billowing pink Molly Goddard gown that Villanelle wore on the show. Also, you’ve gotta love how the “good” Eve wore white and the “bad” Villanelle wore black.

Janelle Monae in Chanel

Janelle Monae in Chanel

Only Janelle Monae could make Chanel feel so fresh and futuristic. And on anyone else, I have a feeling I would have hated this look. Such is the power of Monae. I especially love the unexpected combination of the ‘60s-inspired hat, metallic collar and the tweed. She looks like she’s the captain of a very chic spaceship.

Gemma Chan in Valentino Couture

Gemma Chan in Valentino Couture

Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan chose an altered version of a look from Valentino’s Fall 2018 Couture collection, incorporating a front-slit and a mini-skirt underneath the gown. I prefer the original, but I love the drama, sweep of the skirt and the rich sheen and color.

Lady Gaga in Valentino Couture

Lady Gaga in Valentino Couture

Valentino’s over-the-top glamour is proving to be a win for Gaga all along her promotional red carpet tour for A Star Is Born. This sweeping periwinkle gown is clearly no exception. It appears to be a custom look based on this gown from the Valentino Fall 2018 Couture collection:

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While I wish she would have kept the pintuck details from the runway original, Gaga’s periwinkle version is a spectacular choice for its grandeur and sweep. And it manages to stand up to her other stunning red carpet looks over the past year. The only question now is how can she possibly top this at the Oscars?

Edited to add: Instagram account @thevintagecostumecollector smartly pointed out this look appears to be a nod to the 1954 Judy Garland version of A Star Is Born (although Gaga reportedly says this is a coincidence).

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Billy Porter

Billy Porter

Speaking of drama, Pose’s Billy Porter is giving us queer opulence and regal realness. Apparently, coming up with his red carpets looks is no easy feat compared to the typical actor or actress. According to the New York Times, Porter said that when he asked fashion labels for "male AND female clothes, we get the response, ‘We don’t think you should be wearing that.’” Fashion labels, snap out of it. Get with the times! I love how his look—custom couture suit and cape by Randi Rahm, Gucci heeled loafers and Oscar Heyman Bros. jewelry—strikes the perfect balance between red carpet formality with his decadent character on Pose (and his IRL personality). Werk, queen.

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein

You can always count on Miss Lupita to knock it out of the park on the red carpet. I love the bold color and the curved bust, but it’s the textured metallic accents that made the look (see it in motion to see what I mean).

Regina King in Alberta Ferretti

Regina King in Alberta Ferretti

Does two make a trend? Like Lupita, Regina King’s dress featured an elegantly curved bustline, body-con silhouette and bold metallic details. A double nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a film for If Beale Street Could Talk (which she won) and Best Actress in a limited series or TV movie for Seven Seconds, King looked incredible in this dazzling Alberta Ferretti gown.

Olivia Colman in Stella McCartney

Olivia Colman in Stella McCartney

Call me crazy—it might be my love for Olivia Colman coloring my opinion here, but I think I kinda dig this Stella McCartney mesh turtleneck/off-the-shoulder gown. It doesn’t really make sense, but for some reason it’s just working for me. She looks great.

Ben Whishaw in Alexander McQueen

Ben Whishaw in Alexander McQueen

Leave it to another gay man to give us the evening’s other most-discussed menswear moment of the evening. While it appears he skipped the red carpet, he showed off her gorgeous beaded tux jacket when he picked up his award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV role.

As for my biggest disappointments of the night, I did not love Chadwick Boseman’s silver baroque patterned jacket—he usually blows me away with his style, and it feels a little stale here. Also was underwhelmed by the colorless gowns worn by Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Blunt and Constance Wu.

City Pages' Best Dressed of 2018 is...

Me?!

Today I learned that I was named "Best Dressed" in City Pages' Best of 2018 issue. I didn't know I was being considered, so it was very much a surprise! Read the writeup in full below. [link]

I decided to throw together some photos of some of my favorite looks over the past year. Because fashion is fun!

At the Polo for Philanthropy Derby Day party in May 2017 in vintage dress from My Sister's Closet and vintage hat (with my partner Don Greene)

At the Polo for Philanthropy Derby Day party in May 2017 in vintage dress from My Sister's Closet and vintage hat (with my partner Don Greene)

In a promotional image for the Walk the Wooftop fashion show benefiting the Animal Humane Society in August 2017 in vintage skirt from Via's Vintage, Peter Jensen heels from Mona Williams, handmade kitty sweater by Max Lohrbach, and vintage hat and gloves. (Photo: Jessica Zerby)

In a promotional image for the Walk the Wooftop fashion show benefiting the Animal Humane Society in August 2017 in vintage skirt from Via's Vintage, Peter Jensen heels from Mona Williams, handmade kitty sweater by Max Lohrbach, and vintage hat and gloves. (Photo: Jessica Zerby)

At Red Carpet for Hope for St. Jude's Children's Hospital at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel in January 2017 in vintage Young-Quinlan mink and vintage 1920s hat (with Sarah Edwards)

At Red Carpet for Hope for St. Jude's Children's Hospital at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel in January 2017 in vintage Young-Quinlan mink and vintage 1920s hat (with Sarah Edwards)

I AM Inspired! April 2017 at Hewing Hotel in vintage dress and hat (with Carter Averbeck and Richard Anderson)

I AM Inspired! April 2017 at Hewing Hotel in vintage dress and hat (with Carter Averbeck and Richard Anderson)

At the Polo Classic in Maple Plain in August in vintage dress from the Golden Pearl Vintage (with Richard Anderson)

At the Polo Classic in Maple Plain in August in vintage dress from the Golden Pearl Vintage (with Richard Anderson)

At Polo En Blanc in August 2017 in vintage dress and bloomers, plus vintage hat & shoes from the Golden Pearl Vintage

At Polo En Blanc in August 2017 in vintage dress and bloomers, plus vintage hat & shoes from the Golden Pearl Vintage

Modeling in the Walk the Wooftop fashion show benefiting the Animal Humane Society in August 2017 at ElseWarehouse in look from Cliché (Photo: Jay Larson)

Modeling in the Walk the Wooftop fashion show benefiting the Animal Humane Society in August 2017 at ElseWarehouse in look from Cliché (Photo: Jay Larson)

My Small Biz Saturday Game Plan

Since 2010, Small Business Shopping has put a needed spotlight on the importance of supporting indie retailers, makers, and designers. This year for Minnesota Monthly's style blog, I put together an extensive guide to in-store events, sales, and specials offered by local retailers this weekend: mnmo.com 

I decided to narrow down my personal top picks for this weekend—in other words, the places I plan to shop for gifts for my friends (and probably something for myself). 

1. The Golden Pearl Vintage: Not only does the Golden Pearl have one of the best collections of vintage clothing and accessories in the Twin Cities, it's also one of the most gorgeous storefronts in town. On Saturday only, save 20% storewide, plus receive a $20-off coupon to use at a future visit with any purchase. Saturday @ 507A E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

A multi-functional Winsome Goods top. Image by @thecadillacgypsy

A multi-functional Winsome Goods top. Image by @thecadillacgypsy

2. Winsome Goods: Winsome Goods is one of the most successful Minnesota clothing labels, and for good reason: Designer Kathryn Sieve's collection features beautiful fabrics, and each piece is as effortless as it is elegant—plus some of her pieces are wearable in several different ways. On Saturday, the designer is offering 20% off her entire collection, in store and online, along with warm beverages and pop-ups from local faves Neal Jewelry, Kollektiv Vintage, and the Blkk Hand Tintype Photobooth. Saturday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. @ 201 6th St. SE., Minneapolis, and winsomegoods.com

Duke Albert. Image by me

Duke Albert. Image by me

3. Duke Albert: The hip new Northeast home and gift boutique from Arrow cohorts Sarah Dwyer and Christopher Drees is hosting a holiday market for the weekend, with vintage threads from Moth Oddities, handmade macrame and cashmere knits, vintage jewelry from the collection of Michael Basham, and original artwork. Read more about the shop on the MNMO Style blogSaturday & Sunday @ 2516 Central Ave. NE., Minneapolis

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4. Holidazzle: Vendors for this extensive holiday market include Faribault Woolen Mill, My Sister, Cooper & Kid, Fair Anita, Hagen & Oats, Hippy Feet, Love Your Melon, and more, plus craft beer from Fulton, Spyhouse Coffee, and hot and prepared food, plus appearances from Santa, free film screenings, and an outdoor skating rink. It's also a great opportunity to snag a shirt from My Sister's new collab with Amber Tamblyn to benefit victims of sex trafficking. (Read more about it on the MNMO blog.) Plus all through the holidays, My Sister will also be donating items that provide warmth to youth and women in need with every shirt sold. The market opens this weekend and runs Thursdays to Sundays through December 23. Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from 5–10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. @ Loring Park, holidazzle.com 

Hat by Celina Kane. Image: @laurakanescherphotography

Hat by Celina Kane. Image: @laurakanescherphotography

5. Bespeak @ Women’s Club of Minneapolis (Loring Park): The historic venue hosts the second annual Bespeak, a holiday pop-up market featuring a broad selection of handcrafted women’s and men’s apparel, leather goods, hats, shoes, and home accents, all with sustainability and customization in mind. Items include both made-to-orders as well as grab-and-go gifts from woman-owned brands including Celina Kane—I love, love, love her incredibly crafted, unique hats—and House of Gina Marie. Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. @ 410 Oak St. RSVP at eventbrite.com.

Cliché

Cliché

6. Cliché: This longtime Uptown shop is always a spot I can go and come out with a fresh new sweater, top, or necklace. This weekend, they're offering 25% off everything in store and online with code SHOPSMALL, plus hot cider and a pop-up from local jewelry designer, Larissa Loden. Friday–Sunday @ 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, and clichempls.com

Image courtesy Forage Modern Workshop 

Image courtesy Forage Modern Workshop 

7. Forage Modern Workshop: Forage is a great spot to find super unique, design-centric giftables. This weekend, the store offers 20% on all purchases of $100 or more, in store and online with code GIFTSAREFUN. Read more about the shop's evolution at my post on Midwest Home magazine's blog. Friday–Monday @ 4023 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, and foragemodernworkshop.com  

Earrings by There There Collective, image courtesy the brand

Earrings by There There Collective, image courtesy the brand

8. Dumpling: Shop the unique, colorful, and oh-so-cool jewelry, prints, and ceramics of local design quintet, There There Collective, at this Small Business Saturday pop-up at the charming Longfellow eatery, Dumpling, alongside vintage clothing finds from Double Peace Studio and local print artist Casey Deming, plus enjoy Dumpling’s brunch (hello, dim sum!) and $3 mimosas while you shop. Saturday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. @ 4004 Minnehaha Ave. S.