Red-hot gowns sizzle on chilly night at Golden Globes

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Updated 14 January 2013
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Red-hot gowns sizzle on chilly night at Golden Globes

The women of Hollywood turned to the boldest reds and the blackest blacks to evoke a bygone era of sultry sirens on the red carpet at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards for film and television.
“Poppy red,” a trend color for spring, was the tone chosen by stars like the night’s award winners Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”) along with Marion Cotillard, Zooey Deschanel and Jennifer Garner.
“Red is classic and celebrates Hollywood’s heyday when all the most glamorous sirens often wore red,” said style expert and TV host Sam Saboura. “It’s regal and strong, but this new poppy hue for spring feels fresh, youthful and modern.”
With the unusually chilly California weather, Saboura said the blacks worn by Globe winners Julianne Moore (“Game Change”), Adele (“Skyfall”) Salma Hayek, Julianna Margulies and Rachel Weisz “felt right on this cold January night, not to mention elegant and chic.”
Contrasting with the reds was a smattering of pale colors, in what Entertainment Weekly’s senior editor Bronwyn Barnes called the “the fire and ice effect.” Those included Anne Hathaway’s “white hot” Chanel Haute Couture gown and the blush tones preferred by Amy Adams, Megan Fox and Hayden Panettiere.
“No matter what the color, practically every gown featured sparkling embellishments like crystals, sequins, beading and pailettes that created a glitter effect,” Barnes said.
Stylist Elshane, who goes by that single name and works with singers like Carly Rae Jepsen and comedienne Rebel Wilson, said the prevailing style on the red carpet was a romantic one. She described the looks as having a “feminine innocence, nothing too revealing, but still body conscious in all the right places.
“It was refreshing to see romanticism without the tulle, ruffles and rushing that normally comes with it,” she said.
Although the Oscars will always be considered the biggest and most important night in red carpet fashion, churning out the most high-end designers on the biggest of A-listers in film, the Golden Globes are important in their own right. It is the first major award show of the new year and showcases designer gowns worn by both film and television stars.
“The Golden Globes is the first (nationally broadcasted) red carpet of the awards season so it’s the first time these actresses can make a statement and show their styles,” said Elshane. “And this year, it was a great night for fashion. The stars really stepped it up this season and took a lot of risks.”
Additionally, the Oscars’ more formal theater-style seating compared to the Globes’ roundtable dinner set-up also influences the type of fashions that will be seen.
“The dress code, like the ceremony, is more relaxed, which is why we see everything from traditional couture gowns to edgier looks, such as Nicole Kidman’s Alexander McQueen dress to shorter styles like those worn by Marion Cotillard and Thandie Newton,” said Barnes.
While the carpet was missing high-wattage fashion icons like last year’s stars Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron, Saboura said Lawrence might be the strongest contender to take this year’s fashion crown.
“Jennifer is definitely fashion’s new darling,” Saboura said. “She came out wearing strong designers when she was first nominated for ‘Winter’s Bone (in 2010), but since her ‘Hunger Games’ debut, she’s become the one to dress in young Hollywood.”
Saboura called Lawrence’s Dior Haute Couture dress “stunning” and felt it was refreshing to see the 22-year-old star wearing a gown from the prestigious fashion house. He credits the company’s new designer, Raf Simmons, whose take on the label has resulted in “a more youthful, modern collection.”
However, Saboura panned the soft jade green dress worn by Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), despite it being another big color for spring 2013.
“The dress was ill-fitting and looked messy,” he said. “It did nothing to showcase this beautiful and super-talented star.”
Here is a list of the winners in all major categories for the 2013 Golden Globe awards, handed out Sunday at the Beverly Hilton hotel:
FILM:
Best drama film: “Argo”
Best comedy or musical film: “Les Miserables”
Best director: Ben Affleck for “Argo”
Best actor, drama: Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”
Best actress, drama: Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best actor, musical or comedy: Hugh Jackman in “Les Miserables”
Best actress, musical or comedy: Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”
Best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables”
Best foreign language film: “Amour” (Austria)
Best screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Best original score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
Best original song: Adele and Paul Epworth, “Skyfall”
Best animated feature: “Brave”

TELEVISION:
Best series, drama: “Homeland”
Best actress, drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Best actor, drama: Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Best series, musical or comedy: “Girls”
Best actress, musical or comedy: Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Best actor, musical or comedy: Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Best minizeries or movie: “Game Change”
Best actress, minizeries or movie: Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Best actor, minizeries or movie: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Best supporting actress, series, minizeries or movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Best supporting actor, series, minizeries or movie: Ed Harris, “Game Change”

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Architectural elegance defines this Ramadan-ready collection

Fadwa Baruni’s label is defined by its structured lines. (Photo supplied)
Updated 27 May 2018
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Architectural elegance defines this Ramadan-ready collection

LONDON: A former petroleum engineer with a packed appointment book, designer Fadwa Baruni does not always have time to soak in the scenery. But recently, as she drove past the Ras Al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai for the umpteenth time, she was so struck by the flamingos cavorting in the lake she had to pull over.

“I was there and I just forgot about time,” Baruni recalls. “I was watching them and the way they move. It’s as if they were dancing.”

After a flutter of research, sketching and designing, Baruni’s eponymous label released this year’s Spring/Summer collection titled “Dancing on Water,” inspired by the statuesque creatures.

The line features a number of elegant kaftans ideal for those seeking a modern, detailed spin on the traditional Ramadan robe.

A kaftan with a finely pleated skirt and ruffled sleeves combines Baruni’s characteristic detail-oriented construction with a rippled sense of flow. Accentuated by a gently cinched waist, the piece provides an element of feminine structure without hindering the easy ebb and flow of natural movement.

The combination of neat, structured details with comfortable, yet refined silhouettes is the hallmark of Baruni’s label. Even when drawing inspiration from dynamic avian movements, Baruni says her designs rely heavily on clean lines. “I studied engineering, it’s still in my blood. I still have that analytical, black or white (mindset),” she told Arab News. A native of Libya, Baruni says her family insisted she pursue a more conventional career path. It was only after working as a regional manager for a petroleum company that she decided to change tack and pursue her passion for design.

Still, her training as an engineer pushes her toward clean, almost architectural lines, like those featured in this season’s full-length kaftan with pressed pleats and cuffed, three-quarter-length sleeves.

The sharp, narrow pleats are two toned. The outside hue — available in both coral and royal blue — accordions open to reveal striking white panels. Inspiration was taken from the opening of a flamingo’s wings, Baruni explained. The effect is one of eye-popping geometry, giving length and the illusion of structure to the kaftan.

Baruni’s style has evolved markedly since she launched her first collection in 2009. The line was entirely black and white, she recalled. Later, deciding to experiment with color, Brauni dove in with characteristic commitment: “I don’t have grey in my dictionary,” she said. “It has to be vibrant, it has to be strong.”

Indeed, this season’s collection draws on a strong palette of pinks and blues, with a single feathery print in an otherwise monochromatic edit.

Catering to modern women who, like Baruni, have places to be and people to see, bold color and design take precedence over fussiness. “I don’t like very busy designs,” Baruni explained. “I like to focus on one thing in the garment rather than make it look like a curtain, all busy. It gives me a headache,” she laughed.

But that doesn’t mean she avoids playfulness — feathered detailing on the sleeves of a number of kaftans give a lighthearted touch to the mature cuts.

The designs all reflect Baruni’s three key design premises: Maintaining the highest quality of tailoring while insisting on comfort and beauty. Women seeking both feminine frills and professional elegance this Ramadan season need look no further than Baruni’s latest collection.