Why are we fascinated with red carpet celebrity looks when most of us seldom attend an event for which an evening gown would be appropriate? There are lots of reasons. It's fun. It's a chance to gossip, to give our opinions on the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's our opportunity to peek into a make-believe world where all the women are dressed to the nines, and the petite stars usually seem to manage to look taller. Although we may not be wearing evening gowns any time soon, we can still be inspired by celebrity red carpet fashion style.
Natalie Portman and Eva Longoria both made big splashes on the red carpet at the 2011 Golden Globes. Mom-to-be Natalie Portman gracefully draped her baby bump in satin charmeuse while accentuating her bust with a red rose while Eva Longoria maintained her usual Hollywood glam look in a long black dress with a sweeping train.
Petite stars walked the red carpet in a parade of neutral colors at the 2010 Emmy Awards. Julia-Louis-Dreyfus, Eva Longoria Parker, Kelly Osbourne, and Carrie Ann Inaba all appeared in black gowns while Julie Benz and Kim Kardashian stunned in white. Amy Poehler and Sarah Hyland both wore dove gray, but it was Lea Michele in navy blue who won my vote for the Best Dressed list at the Emmys.
With four famous petite fashionistas in attendance, we couldn't halp but be wowed by the fashion at the 2010 Met Costume Institute Gala held in May 2010. Although most of the stars chose to wear neutral colors at this event, petite stylist Rachel Zoe wore a mellow yellow gown, which really stood out from the crowd.
Don't try this at home! Sarah Jessica Parker, who appeared in a Chanel Couture gown, which most people would not be able to wear at all, has my vote for the Best Dressed Petite Celebrity at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. The strap around her neck, the metallic detail at the lower back, and the shift style all pretty much qualify as unflattering features in most cases, but I thought that Sarah Jessica Parker really managed to pull off this look. Of course, not everyone agrees, but here's a case of a fashion statement that you'll either love or hate.
We expect the Grammys to have an edgier red carpet parade than some other events, so when Lady Gaga showed up looking like an alien from outer space, it wasn't surprising. It probably would have been more surprising had she chosen not to dress in costume. Other petite stars' dress ranged from somewhat casual to truly glamorous.
Both Holly Hunter and Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore dresses that featured the peek-a-boo trend for spring in a way that felt vintage-inspired with sheer fabric at the top of the bodice of their gowns. The dress worn by Julia Louis-Dreyfus was more daring in both style and color, but Holly Hunter's black column dress was an age-appropriate success that made her look taller.
Petite stars glammed it up for the Golden Globes in 2010 with looks ranging from Lea Michele in a black ballgown, Fergie in a strapless lavender number, and Christina Aguilera in a peach chiffon gown with a shiny metallic asymmetric bodice.
Some fashion critics wondered why the 2009 Emmys red carpet didn't seem quite so dazzling as usual, but it seems to me that when all the stars play it safe by being styled to the hilt, then it's not too unusual that there are no high highs nor low lows. Everybody looked good. Colorwise, this year there was no lack of black, white, and metallic looks, with sprinkles of red. Petite Drew Barrymore, dressed like a princess in a pale peach gown by Monique Lhuillier, and Kim Kardashian in a one-shoulder white gown by Ina Soltani both wowed many fashion critics. Although most of the stars wore long gowns, Award winner Kristin Chenoweth appeared in a short Zuhair Murad metallic stunner while Julie Benz also opted for a short dress.
When the stars dressed for the annual Met Costume Institute Gala, they took the costumey look to heart. Madonna in a mini-dress looked like a throw-back to her heyday of the 1980s, and Ashley Olsen appeared in a white gown, which was saved from looking like a choir robe by its deep V back. While some taller celebrities wore gowns with outrageously long trains, the only petite celebrity who wore a gown with a train was Renee Zellweger, who wore an elegant Carolina Herrera strapless dress. This was my favorite look, so she gets my vote for Best Dressed at this event.
Without a doubt, the Oscars show merits top billing as the premiere fashion red carpet event of the year. I just wish more of the stars had actually appeared on the red carpet in 2009. Even so, there were plenty of fashion looks to love as high Hollywood glamour abounded. As at the Golden Globes, pale colors, red, and black remained popular, so those stars who wore other colors really stood out. The oldest petite celebrity, 84-year-old Eva Marie Saint, looked elegant in a white satin pantsuit while the youngest, Vanessa Hudgens, looked beautiful in a black black strapless Marchesa gown with black and white feather embellishment at the bodice. Pretty-in-pink Natalie Portman gets my vote for best dressed Oscars petite celebrity.
The SAG Awards red carpet was a mixed bag of glamorous looks with a few odd notes sprinkled here and there. Eva Longoria Parker looked as though she might be going to the prom, Sally Field wore the only short dress in a sea of long gowns, and Paula Abdul sported strange flaps on the bodice of her gown. What caught my attention the most was the pretty back interest on the gowns of Holly Hunter and Marisa Tomei. No matter what angle you saw their gowns from, there were stunning fashion features to admire. My favorite petite celebrity look from the SAG Awards was that of Amy Adams, who wore a deep purple column dress by Giambattista Valli. As with the Golden Globes, I thought that the royal purple earned its regal reputation.
Red carpet fashion for 2009 kicked off on January 11 with the Golden Globes in Hollywood. Although a couple of stars--America Ferrera and Sally Field--wore short dresses, the night belonged to long gowns. Petite celebrities Drew Barrymore, Eva Longoria Parker, Amy Adams, and Renee Zellweger all wore gowns with significant trains while other stars opted for just the hint of a train. Most popular colors? The new trendy pale hues, red, and the ever popular black. It would be difficult to pick a best dressed star, but I liked Hayden Panetiere's style. She looked elegant, but not overdone, in a strapless Gianfranco Ferre column dress of deep purple.