UNDERSTATEMENT: Fashion’s search for signature


UNDERSTATEMENT: Fashion’s search for signature

A black Dior couture gown worn with white opera gloves isn’t the world’s most scintillating fashion especially on a lawyer used to headlining the world with her black and white choices, but then Amal Alamuddin Clooney did get hearty applause. As she dreamily walked in for the Golden Globe 2015 Awards holding her actor husband and now the world’s most cheered male trophy on her arm, flashbulbs fluttered. Deep red lipstick, long diamond earrings, sheen on her eyelashes, a love struck but bored expression on her chiselled face, Alamuddin tall, fair, statuesque was the “lifetime” award that Clooney referred to in his speech.

If the Golden Globes are an indication of what this year will hold out in celebrity fashion, we can’t say we are falling over ourselves in appreciation. Red carpet ensembles may be created by the world’s top luxury designers and scintillatingly accessorized with the best jewels but when compared to the cutting edge and unusual themes seen in cinema, art or writing, celebrity fashion is becoming a tad predictable everywhere. The Golden Globes gala at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles this year were no exception. This was barring the appearance of Austrian recording artist and drag queen Conchita Wurst who wore a belted emerald green dress with a visible nude coloured bustier, a clutch in her hand and nude pumps elevating her posture. Her dark grisly beard, her (his?) identity badge notwithstanding, Wurst looked stunning and proved why transgenders have a strong fashion bone. This was personal style that didn’t worry about conforming to expectations.

That apart, if we had to choose, here are some celebrities in silver dusted garments, some the silver lining, some just silver finished.

Emma Stone: She was head and shoulders above the rest. In tapered Alber Elbaz pants with a silver bustier top and a swashbuckling belt, she looked lovely and wore a smile that was prettier than her ensemble. We loved the way she wore her red brunette hair—not too messy, not too blown or perfectly coiled. Uneven and natural, great rust lip colour too.

Reese Witherspoon: In a silvern Calvin Klein gown, the star of the forthcoming film Don’t Mess with Texas looked like a trophy herself. Her dress wasn’t a red carpet scorcher but it suited her and she carried it off beautifully.

Kate Hudson: Her Donatella Versace screaming Versace gown wasn’t silver, but it had silver rope like patterns on the sides working like magic because of Hudson’s svelte figure. Think of the gown in red or purple and you may hate it but Hudson created white noise out of it. So Versace, so red carpet, so nothing new and yet she made it work.

Diane Kruger: As far as dresses go, Kruger’s red carpet choice was the best. Designed by New Zealander Emilia Wickstead, reportedly also a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, the dress had great texture, a quiet but resplendent sheen, a good fall and a loveable fullness. Kruger paired it with matching earrings which was a great idea.

Julianne Moore: The worst of the best in silver Moore’s Givenchy with sequins and feathers combined two tricky elements in dresses that don’t always rock when laid on one another. We liked the ombre effect of the dress, silver to deep grey to black, but we can’t say the same for the feathers on her skirt of her gown. Vintage without verve.