In the midst of the cold weather and cloudy days of January and February – the most boring months of the year, in my opinion – there is one beacon of light. Awards season. For a pop culture and celebrity junkie like myself, this is what I can imagine the beginning of a new sports season must be like for my male, college-aged, counterpart. Laugh all you want, but this is serious business. The biggest shows of the winter are the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the Grammys, and last but not least, the Academy Awards. I love everything about them, from catching up with my favorite celebrities on the red carpet (yes, I consider them my friends even though we’ve never met… don’t worry about it) to preparing beforehand by watching all the nominated films. However, I think all of us collegiettes can agree that fashion is paramount, so I have carefully evaluated the best and the worst of the season for your enjoyment.
Golden Globes – January 15, 2012
Best: I was torn between Emma Stone and Salma Hayek, my Latina soul sister who worked this Gucci, black and gold, metallic number that was simply to die for. As you can see, Emma won out. I love her as a person, and I loved the belted silhouette of this dress, the plum and red combination, and of course, the eagle. A BC tribute? I think so.
Worst: People may or may not agree with me on this one, but I have to give worst dressed to Sarah Michelle Gellar. The dress is interesting in a mesmerizing kind of way, but the whole time I was looking at Sarah I just couldn’t stop thinking that she was wearing a draped bed sheet from the PB Teen boys collection. Harsh? Yes, but as a future E! News Correspondent, it’s my duty to be as honest as I can. Sorry, girl.
Screen Actors Guild Awards – January 29, 2012
Best: As I watched the SAG red carpet, there was a Glee showdown raging in my mind: Lea Michele vs. Naya Rivera. Though Lea looked absolutely stunning in a bandage Versace gown, I chose Naya, who was wearing a fabulously embellished, ice blue Naeem Khan frock. Too many celebrities don’t know what works for them, especially when it comes to choosing colors that complement their skin tone and hair. Naya consistently gets it right, and she deserves a shout out.
Worst: This wasn’t even a competition for me. Kaley Cuoco took the cake for worst dressed, as her Romona Keveza pale green confection of a dress looked like it was borrowed from Prom Barbie. The top fit her nicely, but the frothy bottom combined with her over-the-head braid just did not make sense to me.
Grammy Awards – February 12, 2012
Best: Rihanna’s been having a killer 2012 so far, and she proved this once again with her fierce look at the Grammys. Ri collaborated on this dress with Giorgio Armani, and the plunging neckline with the center slit was super sexy. Gold jewelry, tousled blonde hair, and sultry makeup completed the look. I haven’t always been the biggest Rihanna fan, but when I saw her step out on the red carpet, I wanted to shout at the television screen: “You da one!”
Worst: I love when celebs take fashion risks. However, they often crash and burn, and Fergie‘s orange lace Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture dress literally reminded me of a walking inferno. I did like the shape of the dress and though sheer is very popular this season, the fact that I could see her black granny panties and bra underneath was just too distracting.
Academy Awards – February 26, 2012
Best: From Gwyneth Paltrow’s cape to Angelina Jolie’s right leg, this year’s Oscars brought lots of chatter to the red carpet and best dressed could have gone to anyone. My favorite dresses were some of the silvery and sparkly gowns, like Milla Jovovich and Giuliana Rancic, but I have to give this one to my girl Octavia Spencer, who has been killing it this entire awards season. I fell in love with her again after her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress (“THANK YOU WORLD!”), but her beaded silk and tulle Tadashi Shoji gown was flattering and gorgeous.
Worst: There were a few dresses that I thought were not up to par for such a prestigious event, but I’m going to go with Shailene Woodley’s. I think it’s awesome that she has come such a long way from her Secret Life of the American Teenager days, but this was her first Oscars and a chance to prove she can hang with the greatest. However, her stuffy, white, long-sleeved Valentino couture gown did not blow me away; the sleeves were oddly large and it seemed too matronly on her. I would have liked to see something brighter and more youthful to really make her debut in the world of the acting elite something special.