10 January, 2011

The Duchess Considers . . .

The Golden Globes
Chuckle at the name if you must, readers, but the Golden Globes are right around the corner, and with them, one of the first major red carpets of the American awards season.  This year we have a bevy of beautiful leading ladies whose respective fashion choices may amaze or dismay us; only time will tell.  Naturally their own stylists have supplied them with a cavalcade of wardrobe options; but the Duchess must put in her two cents. 

Up first -- Ms. Natalie Portman.  Ms. Portman wore costumes designed by Rodarte for her swan song; as she is friends with the designers of that line, she may elect to wear Rodarte for the Golden Globes. 

Rodarte, Spring/Summer 2011

Or, perhaps not.  As she is also a spokeswoman for Christian Dior, she may choose one of John Galliano's ethereal (and flowing, the better to conceal her growing bump) confections.

Christian Dior, Spring 2011 RTW

Fendi, Pre-Fall 2011

The Duchess might suggest this body-skimming silk gown by Fendi, with the belt nestled just below the bust.  It's a lovely, watery color -- and not the predictable black or white. 

We're all in love with Emma Stone, and why not?  She's adorable, fun and captivating.  Although the last time the Duchess saw her (at the Trevor Live gala for the Trevor Project), she was donning blonde locks, the Duchess hopes and prays that her usual auburn waves reappear.  They'd be much more striking against this azure blue ballgown by Monique Lhullier . . .

Monique Lhullier, Pre-Fall 2011

Or this fabulous Reem Acra . . .

Reem Acra, Pre-Fall 2011

But the Duchess would really love to see her in something more whimsical.  This Oscar de la Renta gown in chartreuse fits the bill.

Oscar de la Renta, Spring 2011

Annette Bening was nominated, of course, for her turn as a lesbian wife and mother in "The Kids Are All Right."  Normally she wears Armani, and tends to prefer menswear-inspired styles.  What a breath of fresh air should she don instead one of these elegant, feminine, timeless and flattering styles from Oscar de la Renta.

As the new official "ambassador" for Chanel's new Mademoiselle handbag line, Blake Lively (from "The Town") most likely will wear Chanel.  But she could step outside of the box and skew a little more youthful in a goldenrod Naeem Khan, or a tangerine J. Mendel. 

Naeem Khan, Pre-Fall 2011

J. Mendel, Pre-Fall 2011

"I Am Love" was essentially shut out of the Golden Globe categories, except for its best foreign language film nod.  Raf Simons for Jil Sander wardrobed Tilda Swinton in that film.  Please God, let her wear Jil Sander indefinitely.

A smash-ass look from Jil Sander's spring 2011 collection.

 And another.

 And another.  (Never seen Ms. Swinton in a floral print but what a perfect opportunity.)

Even Drew Barrymore had the good sense to wear Jil Sander to a recent gala (CoverGirl's 50th Anniversary party).  You just can't argue with it, and for those of you who disagree . . . well, there is no accounting for bad taste.  For the Golden Globes, though, the Duchess suggests a feline print in a kaftan cut for Ms. Barrymore, like so:  

Naeem Khan, pre-fall 2011

The luminous Amy Adams ("The Fighter", amazing!) surely would stun in either this form-fitting, cocoa Monique Lhullier or in this decadent, raspberry Naeem Khan. 

And though Mr. Harvey Weinstein's terrific "The King's Speech" may have led the Golden Globes in number of nominations, the Duchess suspects that Marchesa, the fashion line designed by his wife, Ms. Georgina Chapman, for years now a red carpet favorite, will not make many (if any) appearances on the major stars. 

Marchesa, Spring 2011

Marchesa, Spring 2011

Marchesa, Spring 2011

Marchesa, Spring 2011

Marchesa, Spring 2011

N'est-ce pas terrible?

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