I told you I’ll be back!
Prom time is near, and how I wish that Wifi were omnipresent when I was in high school as it is now. Getting gown inspirations would have been easier. During my senior prom, my peg was Julia Roberts’s gown in My Best Friend’s Wedding. I just loved that gown, especially the bodice.
You know what I did? I sent for the mananahi to my Tita’s house, because my Tita had a VHS tape (wahahaha!) of that movie. Rewind-forward kami, until we got to the scene where Julia Roberts was wearing the gown. Then pause during this scene while the mananahi was sketching the gown:
During our prom, one of my classmates actually called out my gown, saying it looks so much like Julia Roberts’s. I acted nonchalantly, hehe. Well that means my mananahi got it right. Haaaayy high school.
Anyway, if you or your daughter or niece or sister doesn’t have a gown yet, well, you still have about a month. If you’re going to a designer (because “mananahi” sounds so last decade ago), you can get inspirations from the gowns of the belles that graced the red carpet in the recently concluded Golden Globes.
Though honestly, most of the gowns seemed boring to me. Many played too safe and didn’t take risks. Many also wore the same styles that have worked in the last years. An example of that would be the goddess gown. I normally rave about such a feminine design. But this year, I didn’t see any head turning variation. The only two I liked a tad are these two:
Lily James surely didn’t look like a cinder girl in this pastel chiffon Marchesa gown!
Saiorse Ronan looked like a modern-day Greek goddess in this Yves Saint Laurent Couture gown. The white color and Saiorse’s slick hair made the overall look clean, but also removed any whimsical and romantic appeal.
The others that (actually) stood out, in my humble opinion, are the following:
So you think she looks like she’s wearing a giant feather duster, eh? But she’s Heidi Klum, and she’s not a supermodel for nothing. Make her wear a rag and she’d still sizzle! Now admit it, you’re now maliciously eyeing your father’s pansabong because you realised its potential. Too bad, because that’s Marchesa’s expertise. Seriously, Marchesa gowns amaze me. They’re always so whimsical and romantic aaaand they make your usual nakakataba gown slimming.
Don’t believe my last statement about Marchesa? Here’s another proof: Zendaya. I don’t know who she is, but her gown blew me away! If she were a bit bulkier and a bit shorter, this gown would be wrecked. But her lithe frame made her the perfect model for this tiered Marchesa gown. The color and the details were screaming, “Notice Me!”
Jada Pinkett-Smith’s emerald gown by Versace showed just the right amount of flesh at the right places and accentuated her hourglass figure. Now who wouldn’t be green with envy with that?
Ah J. Lo. J. Lo is another caped crusader in the red carpet. I’m not too crazy about the drapes at the hips (as if J. Lo needs an illusion of a bigger booty or hips, duh!). Despite being covered, the wreath necklace teamed with the cascading drop necklace from no less than Harry Winston plus her fierce stance made her look really hot in that mustard Giambattista Valli gown. So hot that she had baskil (yes, that’s not a shadow, sadly). =D
If quite a few were surprised with J. Lo’s balot na balot look, I’m sure every jaw dropped when they saw a normal-looking Lady Gaga (yes, that’s Lady Gaga!!!) in an elegant Atelier Versace gown. Her platinum blonde hair and peaches and cream complexion stood in stark contrast with the elegant (I am overusing this adjective, I know!) gown. Gawd I love everything about the gown: its seamlessness, the way it exaggerated Gaga’s butt, how it fell on the floor, how it subtly fell off Gaga’s shoulders. And don’t get me started on how Gaga wore the perfect jewellery! Love love love!
Speaking of the perfect accessory, J. Law also donned the perfect neckpiece! What would have been an otherwise pa-Gwyneth Paltrow boring minimalist fashion ek-ek (I love Gwyneth, OK? But not her gowns. Because I could never pull off her gowns. There!) was brought to life by the perfect accessory. Well, forgive me. Even without the necklace, this Dior Haute Couture is a work of art. It used the peek-a-boo technique buuuuut not in the usual places. No cleavage, no thigh. Just the ribcage. And yes, it’s as flaming hot as the color of her dress (whoever thought rib cages are sexy? Dior!)
But ever being the “weird is wonderful” believer that I am, my favourite look of the night is…
…Cate Blanchett in Givenchy. Now some of you are probably clucking your tongues. I won’t take that against you. I know that this gown is either a “love me” or “hate me” dress, no in-between. Yes I know, it kinda looks like tassels or even a vintage lampshade. But still, I freaking love it. If reincarnation were true, I’d have been in the 1900’s and went to jazz clubs wearing something akin to this in the 20’s. That’s why.
What about you? Who’s your favourite girl on the red carpet during this year’s Golden Globes?
Note: All of the images courtesy of Google. None of them were mine. No copyright infringement intended.