Emmy’s Red Carpet Roundup

I didn’t catch the Emmy’s red carpet last night because…well…I was engrossed in something far more important and pressing–binge watching season three of Downton Abbey.  Late to the Downton game, I admit, but damn, that show has sucked me in.   I like to think the period drama’s signature flowy frocks have subconsciously inspired these elegant and ethereal picks from last night’s red carpet showdown.

First up, Rose Byrne’s statuesque mid-drift bearing Calvin Klein number is at the top of my picks.  Also bearing some mid-drift, Padma Lakshmi.  Both killed it.

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Claire Danes’ Armani Prive embellished gown was another favorite. She looked absolutely gorgeous (minus the boob deflation issue).

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Zooey Deschanel looks ah-mazing in this icy blue J. Mendel stunner and even boasts the bling to match.

Zooey Deschanel Emmys Red Carpet

Also in J. Mendel, Kate Mara knocks it out of the park in white.  Love the delicate peekabo mesh lace top juxtaposed with the crisp high-waisted skirt.  Perfection.

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Simple, elegant and white never fails and Taylor Schilling’s Thakoon halter is no exception.

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And of course, as my ode to Downton, I couldn’t leave off Michelle Dockery (a.k.a. Lady Mary) in Prada.  Gorgeous!

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Coveting: Leslie Mann’s Naeem Kahn Gown

Umm… I have no words.  This gorgeous citrus hued gown worn by Leslie Mann at last night’s Emmy Awards is utterly divine!   Equal parts boho and hollywood glam, the embroidery strikes a nice balance with the airy yet rich yellow fabric.  As for trend spotting, yellow was definitely a major player on the red carpet and I’m totally digging it!  

Another peak of the Naeem Kahn creation from the Spring/Summer 2013 runway.  So gorgeous!

Met Gala 2012: Prada Rocks the Red Carpet

As the subject of the Costume Institute’s Spring exhibition and the theme of the annual gala, it’s no surprise that the evenings best dressed were wearing Prada.  From Carey Mulligan’s metallic halter to Gwyneth Paltrow’s polarizing silver showstopper, Prada had some major red carpet moments.

Carey Mulligan’s metallic halter was an instant favorite.

 While I agree with some reviews that this dress should probably be an inch or two longer, Gwyneth looks absolutely stunning in this Prada frock.

Diane Kruger’s purple Prada dress was another favorite of the evening.  I love the skirt and the way she wears it, kind of glam-boho.

Kate Bosworth also wore Prada.  I love the short yet elegant look of this dramatic feathered halter.

 I love the embellishment in Anna Wintour’s Prada gown.

Eva Mendes looks stunning in red and a peplum.

Amber Valetta’s color blocked Prada gown pops against the red carpet.

de Kooning: A Retrospective

The first stop on my recent trip to NYC – MoMA’s featured exhibition of the works of Willem de Kooning.   A lover of contemporary art, this exhibit showcasing over 200 pieces from public and private collections spanning nearly seven decades of the abstract expressionist’s work was not to be missed.   Known for his intense use of color, de Kooning’s thick painterly brush strokes (some so gooey they looked like they were still wet) truly reflect his oft-quoted mantra: “Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented.”   As does the exhibit’s abundant collection of the Woman series and the coveted Pink Angels.  The colors and textures were so intensely bold and vivid.  It was pretty amazing.  If you have the opportunity to see this exhibition in person, don’t miss it!   

At 6′ 3″ x 58″, Woman I was anything but quiescent.  The whole series was very striking and aggressive.

Woman, I. 1950-52.

The colors beamed in this 1943 biomorphic abstraction.

Summer Couch. 1943.

Pink Angels is among my favorites.  I love the unexpected use of pink, a common color throughout his body of work. 

"Pink Angels." 1945. Oil and charcoal on canvas.

 I was enamored with this abstract landscape.  It stuns at 70 x 6′ 8″.

Two Figures in a Landscape. 1967.

If you can’t make it to the Museum of Modern Art, you can still indulge with the handsome hardcover.  Your coffee table will thank you!  It’s on my wish list.

By John Elderfield. $75 ($55 for paperback)