Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet Reviews: Part 5, Michaela Jedinak, UK Stylist and Fashion Pro

The Red Carpet Style Review is back with Part 5 of the Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet and Michaela Jedinak’s commentary on the fashion winners — and losers- for that night!
(She covered the Grammys, the SAG Awards red carpet reviews and the Gucci/Madonna Party at NYFW!) . Check out her site: www.joyofcolour.com
Celebrities Hitting the Review today: Kerry Washington, Lisa Kudrow, Lynn Whitfield, Maria Bello

Kerry Washington

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Colour: The radiant colours and combination are great, but….
Shape: Not in that outfit! The turtle yellow neck is too stretchy, shiny on her – especially around her bosom area and gives it all a cheap touch and feel. Either she wears a turtle neck but in a deeper not shiny colour or if she does glossy fabrics she needs to have a dropped neckline. She has a very suffocating look in this yellow neckline. The skirt as such is good, but the leaf patterns are too big for her petite scale and height. Also it is too full for her petite frame. Either she chooses less volume or if she goes for volume it has to be full length, so it won’t shorten her height or and does not have this overpowering effect on her. She looks totally buried in this outfit.
Style: Her accessories like clutch bag and watch are well chosen for her frame but far too petite in comparison with the pattern in the dress- they are totally overpowered by it.
Overall Rating: 2** Two Stars
Lisa Kudrow
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Colour: Someone with honeyblond hair and her colouring should never wear black as a solid colour especially when wearing your hair open. The only thing worse then that is combining it with white! as she did. It is a far too harsh combination and the result is that you focus on the skirt and not on her.
Shape: The principle of the shape of her top and shirt line works for her body. Since Lisa does not have much of a natural waist she needs to create the illusion of a waist and the belt is a good option. But!!! This particular assemble doesn’t work with each other. Better would have been wearing with this top a coloured and or patterned skirt with a belt or buckle to give her that waist. This would have had the advantage she could have dropped that hideous necklace or she could have opted for a black shirt ( even if not her best colour) and accessorised it with a strong featured belt or strong and long necklace and also teamed it up with coloured tights.
Style: As mentioned there were many different options to improve style, shape and look. The combination of the colours and placing a necklace so close to a belt, which are different in style and scale is just not working. I understand the idea behind it, but it is very badly executed. Plus it does not reflect her happy persona. Lisa could be mistaken more for an a waitress than for a successful actress.
Overall Rating: 1* One Star


Lynn Whitfield
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Colour: Super combination of colours. The majority of her look needs to be rich and deep and she is total in tune with it by keeping in that way, but also livens it up with a bit of a soft white.
Shape: The shape and neckline works for her body, but the pencil skirt is not ideal with it. It order to balance the fuller top half the shirt should have had at least a flip in the hemline. It makes her look to top heavy with all the patterns, airy material and full sleeve lines. If opting for that skirt it would have been better not good, choosing this top in a solid colour.
Style: I love the detail in her shoe and the colour of her bag. But this type of bag is not great with this top because it is not possible to wear it nicely on your sholders without creasing the topline and make it all look messy. She should have opted for a clutch bag instead. Her hair style works with the whole look but again that hair with that full blouse needs more volume on the bottom of the skirt in order to balance the whole look and bring out her waist and curves at their best.
Overall Rating: 3*** Three Stars
Maria Bello
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Colour:
Did anyone call the doctor? What a horrendous choice for colouring- not only it looks very harsh on her, but it is looks so clinical to dress in total white and how very clumsy too when it is cold and raining. It is bound to go all wrong!
( Stevie here: Maybe Ms. Bello forgot that this wasn’t the ER set? She used to be on that show?)
Shape: Well, all the clothes styles and shapes are great on her- they all work for her body shape and scale, but…
Style: As said- you just can’t dress yourself all in white when it is raining outside, you just don’t wear all white unless you are sweet & young or a bride or a doctor or ski bunny on the slopes! How very tacky also being all wrapped up on top and then wearing shoes that exposing partly your feet. Either it is cold and you do cover up or if not expose what you would do at cold weather by showing your neck or/ neckline or wearing your coat open. Sorry, but she looks like if her stylist put her in a strait jacket- even more with her hair pulled back like this!- and it gives me honestly the creeps!
Overall Rating: 1* One Star (though the shapes are good the total white is just the killer!)
Michaela Jedinak is the founder of JOY OF COLOUR, The Colour and Style Consultancy. She work as a stylist and personal shopper in London and internationally. Michaela offeres one on one consultations and is now providing online and interactive services who live far away or don’t have the time to come in for personal consults. http://www.joyofcolour.com/service_overview.html works with women and men at all age groups.
Check out Michaela’s commentaries here on LA-Story.com– she’s spot on when it comes to the pluses and minuses of an outfit.
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