Month: August 2011

It’s not how you feel. It’s how you Look!

After a short break, Treadwell has returned.

Over the next few weeks on this blog, look for some new and exciting new reviews of fashion, people, places and things. I’ve traveled many places just in the last few months and I have stories to share. And it will not be pretty!

Until my next posting, enjoy my previous Red Carpet reviews below from past award shows.

And remember, I’m always watching . . .

Oscars 2011


BEST DRESSED: Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth positively smouldered down the red carpet in a Fabulous custom-made, sparkling gold, Calvin Klein sheath dress. The Country Strong actress, who sang at the ceremony, put in the hours on the Caribbean beach (and with personal trainer Tracy Anderson), to make sure this slinky number hit all the right notes.

RISING STAR: Hailee Steinfeld
Best supporting actress nominee, Hailee Steinfeld, wowed us again with another Fabulous red carpet choice. The 14-year-old ‘True Grit’ star is already topping our best-dressed list for 2011 and it’s only February. Her age-appropriate, magical dress by Marchesa (which she co-designed), made her look every inch the prom queen princess.

We saw a different side to Amy Adams, who normally favours a soft silhouette and delicate colours. Her Fabulous sparkling blue gown by L’WrenScott showed off every inch of her enviable frame, while its high neckline, and her elegant 1940s coiffure, kept the look on the sophisticated side ofsexy.


‘Black Swan’ star Milas Kunis’ petite frame and minimal use of makeup and accessories, assured that her Fabulous lacy lilac Elie Saab gown didn’t fall into the ‘fussy’ category. Extra points for not picking a more obvious sex-bomb gown that her to-die-for figure could easily flaunt.

THE INDIVIDUAL: Florence Welch
Singer Florence Welch, who performed at the ceremony, scored a hit in a girly cream lace Valentino, tiered gown that, on many women, could look too prim. Luckily Welch’s boyish frame and untamed hair leant a Fabulous rock & roll edge to her vintage look.

You can always rely on Cate Blanchett to make a more fashion-forward selection during award season, so it was good to see her back on the Oscars red carpet making such a successful statement. Her embellished, off-white haute couture Givenchy gown by designer Riccardo Tisci is just about the only dress from his small spring/summer collection that hasn’t made a red carpet appearance since it was shown in Paris last month, making Tisci Hollywood’s Fabulous new go-to guy.


Anne Hathaway made an uncharacteristic slip on the red carpet by coming as the matching curtains. The Oscars host made up for this bad start later in the evening, with a series of more successful Fabulous selections, but this look is best forgotten.

STYLIST’S DAY OFF: Nicole Kidman
Kidman missed the mark in her complicated Christian Dior haute couture gown. The whole look came off as a personality crisis in motion and the usually reliable red carpet queen looked like she knew it. Small mercy then in Natalie Portman’s triumph so that Nicole’s look could slide under the radar of Oscars history.

BOOBY PRIZE: Penelope Cruz
Cruz is usually such a master of awards dressing so we can only assume that this booby frock – which wouldn’t look out of place on a cruise cabaret singer – is the result of ‘baby brain’, the cruel condition which renders new mothers incapable of good judgement calls. Don’t worry Penny, I know you’ll be back on fighting form next season, and your cleavage definitely won you some new fans.

THE CLASH: Jennifer Hudson
Although Hudson is to be highly commended for her general transformation, her orange Atelier Versace dress was doing bad things to our retinas and her cleavage. Last time we saw her at the Oscars, her ample bosom was squeezed into the shape of a rugby ball; this time her slimmer, trimmer breasts are just too… out there.

THE BIG SNOOZE: Reese Witherspoon
Reese, your choice of gown is never going to offend anyone, but sadly it’s too boring to even comment on. Must try harder.

Golden Globes 2011

Pink and red together? How unexpected…and very Valentine’s Day of Natalie Portman. But the babe is glowing in this preggers-friendly, empire-waist Viktor & Rolf gown with rose detail, matching clutch and Tiffany jewels. It’s the actress’s night to be Fabulous and she pulled it off.

Breaking news: Angelina Jolie is not wearing black! After rounds of movie promotions, the actress is back in Fabulous, sparkling emerald green by Atelier Versace. Angie has worn this style before—though this one has a more vintage feel—but she always owns it, like she’s a ‘wicked queen’ ruling the red carpet.

Lea Michele just made her first major awards-show blunder. The “Glee” starlet is kind of a hot mess in this bubble-gum-pink Oscar de la Renta gown that’s fussy and not Fabulous with all the ruffles and folds, topped off with a messy side ‘do. Oh well, all the great fashionistas have to fail sometime, right?
Did we somehow get transported back to the ’90s? We remember when Sandra Bullock rocked this ‘do back during her ‘Speed’ days. And now too distracted by those bangs to focus on the Jenny Packham dress. Anyone else feeling a bit nostalgic for last awards season when Sandy was Fabulous?

This blush Armani Privé gown was custom-made for Megan Fox, was less than Fabulous. The Brian Atwood heels and Roger Vivier clutch are pretty, but the color of the dress is so blah and the details aren’t that interesting.

Now this is how it’s done! Anne Hathaway looked Fabulous in Giorgio Armani Privé gown. Yes, there’s some ‘Dynasty’ action going on with the sparkles and big shoulders, but the future Oscar host is working it.

Depend on Jennifer Lopez to bring some Fabulous divaliciousness! Am at a loss as to what to say about this Zuhair Murad gown. With all the silk chiffon draping and the sheer tulle capelet, it actually comes off kinda matronly, a word that has never applied to anything J.Lo!

While everyone else is off wearing Fabulous, pretty gowns, Helena Bonham Carter  just keeps on doing her on style. Of course the Vivienne Westwood dress on its own would have been cuckoo enough, but she ups the crazy by wearing two mismatched shoes.

Scarlett Johansson isn’t sending out the Fabulous vibe in this embeliished Elie Saab gown. It’s a pretty dress, but the flutter sleeves make it look way too matronly for this gorgeous actress. And the ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ hair further cements her look for the night, “Fright Night” that is to say.

Halle Berry gets her awards shows mixed up! Her sexy Nina Ricci bustier dress with tulle train and funky cuffs looks more suited for a show like the Grammys, not an elegant and Fabulous evening at the Golden Globes. Still this would be tacky, trying-too-hard style.

Nicole Kidman in a simple, single-shoulder Prada gown really makes one wish for days long ago when she used to bring glamour to the red carpet. In a vanilla piece with a little bow, almost no jewelry and uninspiring hair, she is not Fabulous.

Tony Awards 2010

Who looked Tony at the Tony awards???

Kristen Chenoweth in a gown by Tony Ward Couture could not have looked more Fabulous

Katie Holmes could have used a Fabulous necklace or major accessories to enliven her dove gray Armani Privé gown.

Lucy Liu looked Fabulous and feminine in a Marchesa gown with pink drop earrings.

Proving that covered up can still be Fabulous, Naomi Watts wore an RM by Roland Mouret gown that kept bare skin at a minimum.

Taking a bit of a fashion risk was Cate Blanchett in a silver Amrani Prive suit and a long necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels. This risk was not Fabulous.

Trains were popular on the red carpet, Paula Abdul’s Tony Ward Couture gown ends in a Fabulous feather-like tail.

Scarlett Johansson picked up her award for Best Performance in a Play by a Featured actress wearing a Fabulous glittering Elie Saab gown.

The Oscars – 2010

The Oscars – 2010

Sandra Bullock – wore Marchesa in a golden satin mermaid gown with beaded accent. A Fabulous dress with an old Hollywood feel to her side sweep hair and makeup. I would like to have seen Sandra in a yellow-based red lipstick to compliment to look rather than the one chosen.

Miriah Carey – wore a blue one-shoulder gown cut down to here and slit up to there. She is a beautiful woman that could look Fabulous.

Pennelope Cruz – wore Donna Karen couture in red satin. The asymmetrical bodice and pleating made this a Fabulous selection.

Moley Cyrus – wore Jenny Packham but she must have forgotten her blouse. The bustier did not work for this slump shouldered teenager. It was beige and boring.

Cameron Diaz – wore a safe Oscar de la Renta strapless beaded gown and went with the look of all of the recent events – side sweep hair.

Tina Fey – wore Michael Kors. The one shoulder beaded sheath was basic in design and could have been in the back of her closet for years.

Maggie Gyllenhaal – wore Dries Van Noten and looked like a roll of Christmas wrap that should not go under the tree.

Mariska Hargitay – wore Vera Wang and looked Fabulous. This strapless navy gown with subtle ruffles on the skirt and train would have made her late mother – Jane Mansfield proud if she could have seen her daughter.

Neil Patrick Harris – wore perfection. His sequin jacket with satin lapels was completed with subtle stripes. I want a jacket like that.

Faith Hill – wore black and looked beautiful. The strapless gown with lace accent under the bust with matching lace peeking out of the high slit of the skirt was Fabulous.

Queen Latifah – wore a pink one shoulder satin gown with wandering jeweled accent trim. This was a dress fit for a Queen – Queen Elizabeth – the only thing missing was the matching hat and purse.

Jennifer Lopez – wore Giorgio Armani Prive in pink silk organza with a side sweep train. Bless her heart, she was wearing a train wreck; too ugly to watch but can not turn away.

Rachel McAdams – wore Elie Saab in soft tones and flowing chiffon. This strapless gown could have been a tie-dye disaster yet the craft project was a Fabulous execution

Demi Moore – wore Versace and looked Fabulous. The strapless gown with a waterfall of ruffles complementing the high slit skirt of the gown was Fabulous in flesh tone.

Helen Miren – wore Badgley Mischika and looked Fabulous. This soft tone and flowing fabric looked old Hollywood. The dress was perfect for the mature women, offering sheer coverage of the arms to keep the allusion alive. The Choppard necklace completed a Fabulous look.

Sarah Jessica Parker – wore Chanel and look like she should have been on the top of a wedding cake. With the Fabulous figure she has, why would she pick up her satin sheet and drape it around her like she was coming out of her bath and head to the Oscars???

Nicole Riche – wore Reem Arca. It must have been part of the caftan collection. This black and silver boat neck with flowing sleeves and train would be better for lounging.

Meryl Streep – wore Chris Mark, a white gown that could have been her bathrobe she threw on and belted since she was running late??? Next time take the shoulder pads out.

Charlize Theron – wore tacky in the night’s hottest color, pink. She looked like she was going to an interview for an upscale escort service. The bodice accent swirls were to distracting and too matchy in color with the train.

Sigourney Weaver – wore Lanvin in red. The one shoulder red silk with black belt and jeweled shoulder was Fabulous for this statuesque woman.

Kate Winslet – wore YSL beautifully. The structured bodice with soft skirt was beautiful. The side sweep hair and structured bodice has had strong showing on all of the award shows of this season.