2019 Emmy Dresses

“Universally atrocious” are the words that come to mind after last night’s red carpet event. I don’t know if women are trying too hard or if they’re merely succumbing to their stylist’s bad advice, but yeesh! The terribles, led by the three Amys:

Amy Poehler










Amy Adams











Amy Sedaris











Mandy Moore









Greta Lee










Dascha Polanco












Indya Moore











Janet Mock











Lena Headey











Taraji P. Henson











Zoe Kazan











Sarah Silverman, who apparently thought she was going to a completely different event











There were, however, a few saving graces:

Viola Davis











Sandra Oh











Naomi Watts











Maisie Williams












Joey King


2019 Oscars

Call me jaded, but my most intense reactions this year were to dresses that, IMHO, had no place on the red carpet. While there were probably some fabulous frocks at the Oscars, I’ve been temporarily blinded by the likes of these atrocities:

Kacey Musgraves – Belongs in the window of a patisserie

Kacey Musgraves

Maya Rudolph – Reappropriated curtains, a la “Sound of Music”

Maya Rudolph

Rachel Weisz – Ready for rain

Rachel Weisz

Sarah Paulson – This just reminds me of a melted candle.

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Glenn Close – Looking a bit too much like Oscar himself

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Linda Cardellini – Floofy

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Olivia Coleman – When you pick out a sleeveless dress for the Oscars, then decide you don’t want to expose your upper arms

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Cicely Tyson – Feather duster…but I love the fascinator

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Sandy Powell – It’s the Oscars. Try a little harder to dress up.

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Diane Warren – If you’re going to wear a tuxedo, make it black.

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Billy Porter – I. Can’t. Even.

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I realize I have a double standard going here. I’ll accept a tuxedo on a woman–my friend Laurie wore one to the Oscars a few years ago and looked fabulous–but a ball gown on a guy just doesn’t work for me.

2018 Oscar dresses

Last night, the less-is-more dresses were the ones that resonated for me. Case in point:

Ashley Judd

Helen Mirren

Viola Davis

Margot Robbie

Greta Gerwig
















The dresses that didn’t do anyone any favors:

Gina Rodriguez

Elizabeth Moss

Salma Hayek

Lindsey Vonn


So-o-o Sarah Pacini!

Love, love, love this sleeveless sweater! It’s everything I admire about her designs: unique without being over the top, timeless, and a true statement piece.

Clothing by Sarah Pacini is a rare find in the U.S. I stumbled upon this gem at Reed’s in St. Helena, CA, and it was must-have at first sight.

According to my reliable source, Christina Howard, you can also find Sarah Pacini at Different Point of View in Rochester, NY.


2018 Golden Globes

Actresses showed their solidarity against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry by wearing black at last night’s Golden Globes. From a fashion perspective, their dresses were among the best I’ve ever seen at an awards event, because…well…black.

My picks for the night:

Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon

Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot

Viola Davis
Viola Davis

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan

Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger

Helen Mirren

Laura Dern

Naomi Campbell

The ones who managed to screw up something as basic as black:

Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones

Debra Messing
Debra Messing

Halle Berry

Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum

Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson

And just for good measure: I give you Amy Sherman Palladino

Menswear-Inspired Shoes

Paul Green is at it again. As the menswear-for-women trend escalates, you can count on this company to keep pace. _101554556

These oxfords have the tailored look of a man’s shoe, enhanced by a kiltie, studs, and crystals that lend a girlie vibe. They’re perfect with skinny ankle pants (sockless, of course) or with tights and a short skirt.