We have reached the last day of my End of the Year Style Awards. The day of Worst and Best Dressed of the Year. I always start the day with Worst Dressed of the Year. It gets it out of the way so I can celebrate the best of the year. I always hate giving out worst dressed of the year because I tend to like to live on the side of light and love, but sometimes the looks are just so bad we have to take a moment to pause and reflect and learn from mistakes. 1) Raven Symone at the Daytime Emmy Awards: Topping this years Worst Dressed of the Year list is Raven Symone. The actress and talk show host attended the Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year wearing a monstrosity of a gown that seemed to mesh digital iterations of Chinese print, futuristic pointed shoulders, and a zipped up Victorian silhouette. It looks like a deleted extra costume from A Wrinkle In Time. I would have hated this gown on anyone, but on Raven it really doesn’t flatter at all. It makes her look short and lumpy. Her beauty regiment with this look isn’t working either. It all is coming off way to costume-y. 2) Robert Pattinson in Dior Man Spring 2019 at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of High Life: This marks the first time a man has ever made my Worst Dressed of the Year list. I worked hard to feature more and more men on If I Was A Stylist this year, so it was inevitable that someone was going to make this list. I have always love the combination of Rob and Dior, but thus far I haven’t been feeling Rob in the brands looks under Kim Jones. The look he wore for the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of High Life though was especially terrible. The black suit jacket wasn’t bad, albeit a little on the large side, but the shiny pants and vest really didn’t work for me. I hate shiny because while they can look good in person they look terrible in photos. His grooming also really didn’t help it left the whole look feeling like he woke p through on a suit jacket and walked onto the red carpet.
3) Greta Gerwig in custom The Row at the Met Gala: The Met Gala is always a place I expect to see a Worst Dressed of the Year contender, and this year was no different. While I was overall impressed with how some stars handled the religious theme I was less than impressed with the custom nuns habit inspired ensemble from The Row that Greta Gerwig brought to the red carpet. She delivered so many chic moments on the red carpet during awards season I had really high expectations for what she would wear for the Met, and this look just looked like she was swearing a camping tent. The whole thing was overwhelming. Also like the two previous looks before it this gown was not helped by the hair and makeup. Is this a trend? Do stars know when they are wearing something terrible and just give up?
4) Laura Dern in Christian Dior Fall 2017 Couture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards: If we are counting how hair and makeup translates to bad looks I think that Laura Dern in Christian Dior Couture at the SAG Awards is another perfect example. I didn’t hate the dark forest green and grey fringed midi dress on the runway, I wasn’t thrilled with it either, there are a few people whom I think could have really sold it to me. Laura was never one of them. She had so many chic moments when she knew she was going to win, but I think this night she knew that it was her Big Little Lies co-star Nicole Kidman who was going to win, so she just kind of gave up. The whole look just ended up feeling very lifeless and flat from head to toe. 5) Noomi Rapace in Louis Vuitton Spring 2018 RTW at the Tokyo premiere of Bright: When I first learned about Noomi Rapace back when she achieved fame with her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, which have since been portrayed by Claire Foy and Rooney Mara in English versions. Since then she has done nothing but disappoint me which is sad knowing the brands that dress her. She gave absolutely ridiculous homage to Kabuki theater in a Louis Vuitton Spring 2018 RTW ensemble at the Tokyo premiere of the Netflix film Bright. The look itself isn’t bad, it was more about the hair. That blunt a-line bob just looks absolutely ridiculous. Again we gave an ensemble that looks more like a costume than something worthy of a red carpet.
6) Margot Robbie in Chanel Cruise 2018 at the Critics Choice Awards: I go back and forth when it comes to Chanel ambassadors. Typically I love, but sometimes they get the bottom of the barrel. Being the new face on the block (the official announcement of Margot’s Chanel contract didn’t come for about a month and a half after the Critics Choice Awards) Margot Robbie got the bottom of the barrel apparently for the Critics Choice Awards earlier this year. I did love this gold and black layered stripe Chanel Cruise 2018 strapless gown which features a gold jeweled belted waist on the runway, so when I saw Margot wearing this gown on the red carpet I was really disappointed. It looked so glamorous on the runway and I was surprised that it hadn’t been worn. When I saw it on Margot the answer as to why was revealed. The makeup might have been on point but the top knot with the velvet ribbon in her hair didn’t do any favors to help Margot make the glamour of the look.
7) Nicki Minaj in Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Fall 2018 RTW at the MTV Video Music Awards: Naked dresses are a dime a dozen anymore. We have seen the nipples, butts, and more of so many women on the red carpet. I don’t mind a good nude illusion, but when you leave nothing to the imagination it is hard for me to get behind a look on the red carpet. I know that sex is one of Nicki Minaj’s shticks, but this glorified bathing suit overlaid with a tulle skirt with a ruffled hem from Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh is just ridiculous. It doesn’t come across as trashy. I would see this look more suited for the AVN Awards instead of the VMAs. I guess when it all comes down it it I’ve never quite gotten Nicki’s style and she doesn’t seem to want to do “fashion,” but this is just trashy. #ThankUNext8) Paris Jackson in Gucci Spring 2018 RTW at the LACMA Art + Film Gala: Sometimes it pains me to put young fashionista’s on this list. I know that gaining your footing in the public spotlight can’t be easy, but when it’s Paris Jackson, who has literally grown up in the spotlight, it is a little easier. I know Paris has the potential to really wow me. She did so wearing alien couture for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, but she closed out the year at the LACMA Art + Film Gala wearing a cream Gucci Spring 2018 RTW long sleeve gown with a beautifully embellished shoulder line and there were just way too many things going on in the look for me. On the runway this gown was presented light and care free, sans belt. That was sin number one with this look. Then she wore her hair down which competed with all those dazzling crystal embellishments. Topping it all off she wore those heinous Gucci chunky crustal strap sneakers with the gown. Now I very rarely accept a flat, let alone a sneaker, on the red carpet but these are just so far from being red carpet ready that it just makes me scratch my head as to why she chose them. Especially for this gown.
9) Anne Hathaway in Valentino Spring 2018 Couture at the Met Gala: This one pains me. I put Anne Hathaway on my Ones to Watch list last year because after taking a beat out of being in the spotlight she was headed for a major promo tour this year with Oceans 8. The tour, for Anne at least, failed miserably but it wasn’t one of those looks that landed her on this list. Before she even started promoting the movie she was on the red carpet at the Met Gala wearing a red silk taffeta gown from Valentino Couture that again looked more like a tent with a Christmas bow on it on Anne than a true couture creation. This wasn’t a gown I saw on the runway I thought was going to translate well to a red carpet, and I was right. Would someone of Amazonian height like Erin O’Connor worn this gown with aplomb? Potentially, but it overwhelmed Anne. The hair, makeup, and headpiece took this look from just tent-y to drab and matronly.
10) Kim Kardashian West in vintage Jean Paul Gaultier at the People’s Choice Awards: Rounding out this list is Kim Kardashian West in a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier midi dress that I actually like. Personally I think the style of the dress on Kim looks great. It looks custom made for her, not pulled off the racks of a vintage store. Where she totally lost me and this look ended up really failing me is in the styling (as is the case with most Kardashian red carpet looks.) I LOATHE those ankle boots. The create a very stump like effect. Kim isn’t very tall (which is always why I have been baffled at her love of midi dresses) so when she cuts off the ankle with a boot like that it just makes her look even shorter. I also hate the I Dream Of Jeannie pony tail. Now could this all be my hatred of the Kardashian’s jading me? Totally, but I really hated this look.
Which look was the most cringe worthy for you this year?