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67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 - The Red Carpet

Let the Games Begin!  

 

Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Homeland, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Downton Abbey, Modern Family, Veep, Bloodline, Ray Donovan, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Parks and Recreation, American Horror Story - Freak Show, Wolf Hall, How to Commit Murder to name a few....


Jon Hamm, Viola Davis, Peter Dicklage




Game of Thrones (HBO)


The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards list of winners accurately assessed the viewership fervor for the best theater in town!  Of course, Game of Thrones grabbed the Outstanding Best Drama for 2015, which was by far the most emotional, complex and moving show of the year.   The "walk of shame" scene was utterly gut wrenching and riveting.   And finally, Peter Dinklage won Outstanding Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tyrion.  Who can forget the infamous scene, "I did not do it!" in the previous season of Game of Thrones?   For Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series, Jon Hamm also assuredly won for the stellar performance as the dashing and dysfunctional Don Draper entrancing audiences for seven years until the curtail call in 2015.  Mad Men is the iconic series of the decade - brilliant, savvy, transfixing and completely unforgettable. The fashion is refreshingly compelling and pushing a resurgence for dressing with style.  The hilarious HBO show Veep is so presidential winning the vote for Outstanding Comedy Series.  Don't forget the ladies taking the spotlight with Viola Davis for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama in How to Commit Murder and Julia Louis Dreyfus, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for Veep.  And the list of winners goes on and on. Congratulations to all!  The "Telly" is the place to see the latest and greatest in film.


As for The Red Carpet Fashion...... 


The Telly diva's graced the red carpet at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, in resplendent shades of hues and glitter under unbearable 100 degree heat.  The sizzling heat waves created dripping and shiny attire festooned on the ladies and gentlemen.  The fashion mavens donned in black stood out along with vibrant pink a few sparkles and white with black.

“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” —Sophia Loren



The Diva's Slayed the Red Carpet








"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." —Edith Head

 

Grace Kelly - Rear Window 1954 - Gown Designed by Edith Head

 

Stylish Mavens! 

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"Pretty in Pink" 

Mad Mad Mad Megan

 

Jessica Pare' - Mad Men - Monse

 Downstairs Downton Princess


Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey - J Mendel


Orange no Pink Diva



Samira Wiley - Orange is the New Black -  Fushia 


The Ladies Impress in Black


Empire Empress


Taraji P. Henson -  Alexander Wang

Hollywood Royalty


Jamie Lee Curtis -  Wearing Black

Modern Mom

 

Julie Bowen - Georges Chakra Couture

Eccentric Hones Classic Hollywood Glamour


Lady Gaga - Brandon Maxwell


And the President is...




Julia Louis Dreyfus - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy -Veep - Safiyaa


Exceptional Style Every Year!


Viola Davis - Outstanding Lead  Actress in a Drama - Carmen Marc Valvo

Forever Chic Style -  "The Queen"  Once Again!

Sophia Vergara

Sophia, once again, slays the red carpet in St. John Knits captured the audience with this figure hugging shimmering number. 









Forever Chic Style - The Frumpy Frog Queen

Heidi Klum


Klum donned a frightening yellow Atelier Versace feathery concoction which screamed notice me please! And, this number achieved the objective but for all the wrong reasons.  This diva, a star of Project Runway, seems to forget the importance of style on a red carpet.  On the other hand, when wanting attention, Klum went to the end of the fabric roll and garnered the Frumpy Frog Queen for the evening.








 Wise words from Coco Chanel.....

Coco Chanel (1883-1971) - French Fashion Designer and Founder of Chanel Brand

 

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."  Coco Chanel

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"Act your age! Dress for the occasion and never wear something different or frumpy especially when fit and lovely.  All it signifies is need for attention. Did Audrey, Grace or Sophia follow the "attention grabbing" path? NO! A sophisticated beauty and artist must shine with self confidence wearing the perfect outfit."

 

That's All!

 
Audrey Hepburn - (1929- 1993) British Actress & Humanitarian

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style



Reese Witherspoon - Draper James Apparel & Home



Southern Grace & Charm 


Reese Witherspoon has enchanted American audiences in films for over two decades.  This Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in Walk the Line (2005) remains an actress with infinite acting chops and ladylike determination all stemming from strong southern roots of grace and charm. Of course, there are a slew of movies to count though the most memorable include Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (2001) a zany fashionable southern California gal with appeal off to law school, Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Water for Elephants (2011) and in last years film Wild (2015).  And, a producer to boot with Gone Girl (2014).


Elle Woods - Legally Blonde (2001)

"Whoever said orange was the new pink, was seriously disturbed."  Elle Woods


In 2015, Witherspoon debuted a new fashion and home line, Draper James, reflecting Southern culture with a modern Elle Woods southern California twist.  The brand is beautifully appointed with some pieces produced in the good ole USA.  The price point varies from fourteen to four hundred with quality as a forefront priority.  The apparel is cheery, colorful, classic, delightful and very retro with a DJ monogram.  And, if inspired a personalized monogram can be added to select items. Yes, Draper James is the answer for the classic American lady and a hospitable home.





Draper James

The name was derived by Witherspoon's influential grandparents - Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon.  These two taught her about southern gracious living from how to dress, caring for a home, being helpful to a neighbor and to always be open to visitors in her house. 


"I created Draper James to honor my past and allow others to embrace the beauty, style and excitement that embodies what is happening in the South today" - Reese Witherspoon

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Top Fetching Fav's


"Tickled Pink" Sweaters






I.   Suits Your Fancy:  Select breathtaking and classic sweaters for Fall 2015.


Sporty and Chic

 

Grady Windowpane Sweater

 

 

Delightful Stripes - Mohair and Wool

 

Savannah Striped Shoulder Button Sweater

 

Elegance - Wear Over and Over Again


Hermitage Wool Cardigan

"I think women are natural caretakers. They take care of everybody. They take care of their husbands and their kids and their dogs, and don't spend a lot of time just getting back and taking time out." - Reese Witherspoon

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"Proud as a Peacock" Floral







II.  Take Your Sweet Time:  The line is filled with sumptuous hues and shapes that are floral lovely and feminine on a woman of substance.



Did You Say Flowers?


Harper Femme Fitted Dress


Gorgeous Tote



Canvas Vanderbilt Tote

"I don't believe in perfection.  I don't think there is such a thing.  But the energy of wanting things to be great is a perfectionist energy." - Reese Witherspoon

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"Cute as a Button" Jeans







III.  Goin' to Town:  Draper James skinny and stretch infused jeans are manufactured in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  Add a monogram.  The black wash is perfection for Fall 2015.



Tootsie Jean

 

"Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their lives.  I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be.  The rest will work itself out." - Reese Witherspoon 

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The "Fixin' To" Peacoat



Southern Living Magazine




IV.  Once in a Blue Moon:  Step out with swing in this polished and professional Jackie O' peacoat.  Currently, out of stock.  Get on the wait list and become a show stopper.


Pennington Short Peacoat

"Confidence is everything in this business" - Reese Witherspoon


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"Precious" Gifts and Accessories






V. Hold Your Horses: Snap up Draper James pretty gifts and accessories with a southern twist of lively and timeless pieces.

Cocktail Please "Why certainly Ms. Scarlett!"


DJ Mint Julep

Desk Pretty Appeal

Magnolia Paperweight

Rainy Ole Days in Style!


Umbrella


"Everyone needs love.  Everyone deserves love." - Reese Witherspoon

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So sugah's Forever Chic Style fashionistas check out Draper James today and marvel at the selection of exquisite pieces in apparel and home all for the taking. 


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style



Taylor Swift - Fashion Icon 2015



Audrey, Grace and Taylor!

"Swift has become a pop-culture icon, and perhaps the most influential 25-year-old in the world, with enough raw talent and polite but indomitable confidence to put everyone from Silicon titans to Kim Kardashian's husband in their place."  - Graydon Carter - Vanity Fair - September 2015


MTV  Video Music Awards (2015)


Hear Swift Roar!


Taylor Swift at the age of 25 is a songwriter, singer, entertainer and philanthropic advocate that graciously knows the importance of being a strong role model for the youth and for women of any age.  At every public event or show performed, Swift dresses with taste and style knowing not baring all creates mystery and elegance rather than prancing around in skimpy apparel for shocking attention.  Additionally, the videos Blank Space (November 10,2014 - Over 1B YouTube views), Bad Blood (May 17,2015 - 500M YouTube views) and the latest release - Wildest Dreams (August 30, 2015 - 48M YouTube views and counting) are about the songs, music, and story-lines combined with extraordinary fashion beautifully filmed and specifically designed to entertain rather than showcase the ills of humanity. The latest video Wildest Dreams profits are to save the lions and animals in Africa by donating to the African Parks Foundation which in turn helps the people of Africa. Thank you Ms. Swift after the sad story about Cecil the lion that captured the hearts of the world.


Cecil

Audrey Hepburn & Princess Grace Kelly


Swift is definitely following the paths of the late Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace Kelly both fashion icons and humanitarians that transformed the world of fashion, exuded manners, thoughtfulness and exhibited grace at every turn.  Of course, there are other famous and gifted women from yesteryear and today yet Hepburn and Kelly continue to remain at the forefront as standard-bearers of the ultimate fashion mavens, cleverness, intelligence and refinement.   Yes, Taylor Swift is icon bound and truly a role model for women of today.


"I am completely fascinated by the differences and comparisons between real life and fairy tales because we're raised as little girls to think that we're a princess and that Prince Charming is going to sweep us off our feet." - Taylor Swift



Wildest Dreams (2015) - About Making a Movie & Tragic Love Affair

Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift & Actor, Scott Eastwood

"Swift is the real deal in every way, shape and form. She's a writer, she's a singer, she's a beautiful girl ... Like, she's going to be around." - Jon Bon Jovie


The Swift Factor



 

"I think people inspire me the most. If I meet a person who is incredibly complex, and all of a sudden, I start thinking in rhymes, that person could be a muse" - Taylor Swift


I.  Everyday Street Style:  Swift's magic fashion sense is classic, bold yet lively can be copied by fashion mavens around the world regardless of age.  The skinny jeans in a rich fall maroon hue can be mixed with camel and a standard plaid or blue top plus black satchel for statement making memories. Additionally, if skinny jeans do not apply, resort to boot cut or the the popular 70's flair that is in style for Fall 2015.  Bottom line, a timeless camel coat with ever popular jeans and scarf and booties is a fashion ensemble to be worn over and over again.



J Brand Ankle Super Skinny (Deep Mulberry)



Lauren Ralph Lauren Double Breasted Wool Blend Peacoat



Majestic Super Washed Jersey Long Sleeved Tee


Longchamp 'Roseau' Embossed Tote



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The Effortless White


Wildest Dreams (2015)




"I don't compare myself to anyone else; I don't make comments about anyone else because they do what feels right for them, and that's okay by me." - Taylor Swift


II.  The Ultimate Buttoned Down:  A white blouse is a fashion staple in a woman's wardrobe.  The beautiful precision-cut and fit flatters the face and figure leaving a professional and polished impression.


Theory 'Fedele' Cotton Shirt

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The Versatile Suit







"Style is such a personal thing; it's your way of being an individual" - Taylor Swift


III.  Girl Power:  The suit is the cloak that evokes power and demands self assurance.  The beauty of a suit, no matter the hue, is the unforgettable presence that is derived from the wearer.  And, the effect is never boring nor ever dull.   Swift, self assured, mixes and matches the jacket, pants and in this case shorts for a fresh and bold audience appeal.  Every woman - yes - every woman needs a basic suit to dazzle in respect. 

Note:  Buy the most expensive one can afford.   The idea is to make a wise investment upfront and to wear the garment for years to come.


Theory 'Gabe 2' Wool Blend Blazer


Theory 'Emery 2' Wool Blend Pants


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Modern Day Princess











Audrey Hepburn


"Beauty is sincerity. There are so many different ways someone can be beautiful."  - Taylor Swift



IV.  Evening Attire: Elegant, minimal and swoon worthy with beautiful couture which heightens allure with every turn and at every event.  So Audrey Hepburn showcasing womanly drama demanding lavish glamour without the "shock" factor.  In other words - retro Hollywood - retro Audrey.



St. John Collection Leopard Jacquard Knit Dress




Dolce & Gabbana Sleeveless Embellished Lace Midi Dress


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Red, Red, Red... Videos



Blank Space (2014)

Bad Blood (2015)


Wildest Dreams (2015)

"You got that James Dean look in your eye and I got that red lip classic thing that you like."  -  Taylor Swift




V.   Classic Red Lips:  Never leave home without red apple lips.   There is something about a woman with a dash of red carefully applied to lips that is show stopping and camera popping.   Swift always maximizes the gorgeous red lip with aplomb.






Tom Ford Lip Matte - Ruby Rush



Clinque High Impact Lip Colour


Yes, Taylor Swift is on a roll and remains a strong role model for women across the land.  Enjoy dressing up, inspiring others, giving back and of course wearing red! 


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style