The Trend on the Critics Choice Awards Red Carpet was All About Springtime Romanticism

Posted on January 12, 2018

After the success of the #TimesUp dress blackout at the Golden Globes, the world (or to be more accurate, a very tiny portion of it, consisting mostly of fashion and entertainment bloggers) wondered which style or color direction the next big (as in televised) awards show red carpet would go. Would the dress blackout continue? Would the fashion-minded ladies of Hollywood continue the sort of chic, high-glam A-game they brought when restricted from wearing color? With last night’s Critics Choice Awards, we now have the answer. Hollywood more or less reverted to form, with a smattering of black on the red carpet, as well as plenty of reds and metallics, as per the usual. But the most persistent trend was a clear preference on a fairly wide range of ladystars, for light, bright or white springtime hues, often rendered in a fairly frou-frou, romantic style.


Angelina Jolie in Ralph & Russo

Social media was all atwitter (pun very much intended) when Miss Angie stepped out in white. Everyone’s so used to her in black and neutrals that the sight of her in blinding white left a bunch of folks dazzled. When the glow died down, we stood there asking “Really? This?”

Sure, the hair and makeup look fantastic. And the dress starts off well at the top. But that’s a hideously proportioned skirt and those shoes only make the effect worse.



Betty Grabriel in Zac Posen

Totally behind the campaign to snag this lady an Oscar nom. Her “No, no, no” scene became instantly iconic, based entirely on her ability to imbue that one word with a thousand meanings. And when the twist of the film is revealed, so too is the utter brilliance of her performance.

Anyway, we tend to find this fairly standard Posen fare, but the color and style look really great on her, helped along by a very pretty hair and makeup job.



Diane Kruger in Vera Wang

Ms. Kruger does not do romance. She does cray or she does edge or she does edgy cray. You want romance? Move on to the next girl.

This is okay. Seems like we’ve seen it from her before, but that may be due to her admirable style consistency.



Kaley Cuoco in J. Mendel

Again with the ghostly legs this week. Other than that, this is rather pretty on her. The neckline could be a little narrower for her, but other than that, it’s a good look.



Kate Bosworth in Brock Collection

She looks like a fashion editor on her wedding day.



Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo


Miss Kiki has long had a love of the brand, but this may be the best, most chic Delpozo she’s worn yet. We have to give her a lot of credit. While she’s always been sophisticated, she’s never been precocious. Most fashion-minded teen stars her age would be running headlong into the high-fashion, grownup looks. Millie Bobby Brown is five years younger than her and dresses like a Vogue editorial. Our point is that Kiernan magically straddles that line of high-fashion chicness while still being perfectly fine wearing fun, youthful looks while she still can.

Having said all THAT the proportions between the high-waisted skirt and full pants are not the best.



Laurie Metcalf in Cristina Ottaviano


There is nothing that makes these two bitter queens happier than watching someone “learn” the red carpet in real time. Just this Sunday, on the Golden Globes red carpet, she noted how it had been 25 years since she had to do this sort of thing and that she was completely undone by all the hoopla of the modern red carpet. On Thursday night, after several other red carpet appearances over the course of the week, she stepped out looking flawless. Transformation complete. Behold your nominee, polished to perfection.



Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Delpozo

Those colors are tough to work, but girlfriend’s giving it a go. We like this, but that sleeve thing tucked into the waist strikes us as a pretty terrible idea.



Nicole Kidman in Valentino

We’re glad everyone saved the high-collared prairie dresses for a more colorful red carpet. Our one fear about the Globes red carpet was that everyone was going to show up in the black matte version of this design, looking for all the world like they were attending a funeral in Walnut Grove.

The color makes this look surprisingly great on her.



Rachel Brosnahan in Zuhair Murad

It’s not a bad dress, but that is a terrible color for her.



Saoirse Ronan in Michael Kors Collection

DAMN, gurl. You sure want that Oscar. Like her movie mom, she seems to be getting a bit better with each awards show red carpet she steps out on. This is as pure a movie star look as you can find, made slightly more modern with a fresh makeup palette. Love the lip color.



Yara Shahidi in Giambattista Valli Couture

We are ready to declare this the best prairie dress of the week. The color looks fantastic on her and the sunburst beading makes for a gorgeous and unique effect.



Zoe Kazan in Valentino

This feels like a dress that started off pretty but the design got out of hand. The vertical lines and splashes of yellow only detract from the best parts.



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