National Board of Review Awards Red Carpet

Posted on January 11, 2012

Darlings, it was the 2011 National Board of Review Awards in NYC and the stars all tried their damnedest to look chic and stylish instead of tacky and attention-seeking. Seriously, it’s interesting how there’s a sort of style hierarchy to awards season. Everyone’s going to look like a drag queen come Golden Globes and Oscar time, but right now the look is a bit more understated and self-consciously fashion-y.

 

Ahna O’Reilly

 A striking and pretty dress, but unfortunately the lines across her bust aren’t very flattering, giving her uni-boob.

 

Chloe Moretz in Miu Miu

 Brava, sweetie. Dress like a teenager while you’re still a teenager, we say.

Or rather, dress like a teenager who’s been given free rein to wear any high end designer clothing she wants. Obviously, the average teen isn’t walking through the local mall looking like this. Our point is, you won’t confuse this with a Helen Mirren dress.

 

Emma Stone in J. Mendel

 It’s pretty and chic (if a little wrinkled), but the colors seem kind of off for this time of year.

 

Felicity Jones in Dolce & Gabbana

 Girl, that is SO not your dress since we know you’re a tiny little slip of a girl who right now looks quite a bit like a tree trunk wearing ankle straps.

 

Helen Mirren

 Fabulous. Well done, Dame.

 

Jessica Chastain in Zac Posen

 She doesn’t always make the best choices, but this is a really striking dress. Unfortunately, she ruins the effect with a heavy pair of shoes. Also, we don’t like the straps.

 

Keira Knightley in Nina Ricci

 VERY fashion-y. In fact, she looks more like a well-appointed editor than a movie star here.

 

Michael Fassbender

 The suit is pressed and clean, and that’s (sadly) a step in the right direction for him. That it’s a little tight on him is a quibble. Baby steps.

 

Naomi Watts
We keep staring at it, waiting for something to happen.

 

Octavia Spencer in David Meister

 DEFINITELY found herself a new stylist. Looking fine, girl. But now you need to hire a makeup artist.

 

Rooney Mara in Miu Miu

Love it. She’s both robot girl and pretty princess in one outfit. A blending of the two personae she’s been working all month.

 

Shailene Woodley in L’Wren Scott

She looks like she just realized she’s underdressed. It’s a pretty dress, but it definitely needs something to bump it up for the event. Some jewelry and a kickier pair of shoes would have gone a long way, as would getting rid of the yoga hair and going for something more polished. It looks like she aimed for “low key chic” and hit “too casual” instead.

 

Stacy Kleiber in Marchesa and George Clooney

 CEO and trophy wife.

 

Tilda Swinton

 Divine. The pants are a little big, but we love the colors on her.

 

Viola Davis in Lauren by Ralph Lauren

 She (or her stylist) have an impeccable sense of what colors work best on her. We love a red and gold combo. But girl, you’re back to the mushroom wig. That’s disappointing.

 

[Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images North America]

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