It's not the Dress, it's the Details

Okay I confess I have gotten into watching many of the awards shows and yes even pagents in the past few years. I was never the kind of girl that paid much attention to any of that but - Now I do...

And the reason is... that much of what we see on the runways and redcarpets also translates into home fashion in the same or the next season. For me it's all about the details, those tucks, gathers, ruffles, feathers, beads, sequins, and of course colors...

Here are some of the "details" that caught my attention as I watched yesterday evening...

First let's talk color trend. The 2011 color of the year, as chosen by Pantone, is Honeysuckle (pink)! Both Mandy Moore and Hailee Steinfeld looked lovely in this trend!

Mandy's dress paired a very pale almost fleshtoned pink w/metallic, while Hailee's was much more age appropriate w/delicate beading. They were stunning, yet each managed to interperate the trend to reveal their personal style.

Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman rocked the purple hues and the draping was fabulous. Mila's gown used lace to accent the draping and lines, while Natalie's used just the right touch of beading on the neckline.

This next gown caught my attention for the details.  Cate Blanchett's gown didn't seem to translate from a distance, but take the time to look closer and you will see stunning bead working and beautiful tuck work on the chest area. Amazing details that I am currently working to translate into drapery or pillow design.

And lastly, my absolute favorite of the evening was Helen Mirren's gown - "simply" gorgeous! From the gunmetal grey (look for this color to come on strong, many say as the "new" black) to the soft almost random tucks and draping. Letting a beautiful fabric or color speak for itself can be truly powerful!


I'm always on the look out for details that inspire me to think beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary!

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