Mother used to tell us, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say nothing at all!” With that being said, I would like to present my “Fab Five Favs” for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, and break down for you why they made the BEAU-T BY BLANE cut!

If the word WOW does not come out of my mouth when I see you, my lips are sealed! A very common misperception that I must often correct, “It’s all about the gown!” NOT, it’s all about you being a head to toe complete vision of Beauty! It’s not about the gown wearing you, it’s about paying attention to details. The wrong shoe, clutch, hairstyle, make-up, and jewelry can make or break your glamorous look. This advice comes to you after years of stellar service with this knowledge as the #1 evening wear specialist at BARNEYS NY.



As far as I’m concerned, my girl Cate Blanchett can do no wrong! If you haven’t seen “Blue Jasmine,” get off your couch and go see it and Karl Lagerfeld in all of his “Chanel Glory” with custom designed Chanel jackets for lady Cate.

Head to Toe Perfection! The tucked hair, the diamond bracelet, and Green Carpet Collection Chopard elegant diamond earrings, the dewy make-up of neutral palettes, all accentuated the perfect fit of her Armani Prive gown.



Sofia definitely gave us a WOW! And she looked stunning doing it. The bigger than life, strapless, a-line times ten Zac Posen gown was the perfect marriage for Sofia’s bigger than life playful personality. The Turquoise, bigger than life floral bib Lorraine Schwartz necklace added the perfect color statement. You know I’m big on color! So 10 points to Sofia on the jewelry.
Big gown, Big necklace, but notice that her earrings and rings are all very subtle bringing all of the attention to her gorgeous face. Ladies if you are going to wear any shade of red lipstick, leave the coffee in the pot and make sure your teeth are pearly white for the evening. I would normally recommend an upsweep for the hair with a strapless gown, but Sophia pulled off the soft wave ended hair down look very well. 




Taylor Swift showed use what it means to know your body, and celebrated her beautifully toned shoulders with a strapless red gown with a black accent by Carolina Herrera that looked exquisite on her.

Taylor chose a floral ring and matching studded drop-earrings by Lorraine Schwartz to complete the look. Once again, making a statement with less is more, the look is topped off with soft make-up, a simple red lip, and a head of gentle tossed curls perfectly quaffed.




Tina Fey took me by surprise with her bold, custom fuchsia-and-black jacquard strapless gown with an all over rose motif by Carolina Herrera. Opting to just do a delicate, vintage inspired, teardrop earring keeping the neck, arms, and hands bare helped to pull off this look.

I also give major points for simple make-up, berry lips, and her semi-up swept hairdo (courtesy of stylist Richard Marin). Another important factor to remember in selecting a gown is to make sure that it’s height appropriate. A gown that Sofia Vergara may choose to wear would not necessarily  work on Tina Fey.




Hats Off to Jenna Dewan-Tatum for working with Roberto Cavalli to show off her Sexy Post-Baby Curves at 33. This black and white netted creation gave Jenna the statuesque height she wanted with a little help from one of my Favs and so underrated shoe designer, Brian Atwood.

I first discovered his little gems when dressing Karine Plantadit, for her first TONY nomination in Twyla Tharp and Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly Away.” I adored the slicked back and tucked behind the ears hair, a look that was in vogue this event, and one that showed off the architectural beauty of the Irene Neuwirth jewels.



Mission Statement: "ELEMENTS of FIERCE!" is a celebration of artistic expression! The founder, Blane Charles, explores not what people wear, but who is wearing it? He feels that we all have a special style waiting to be shared with the world. Blane also wants to celebrate freedom of expression, uniqueness, individuality, and authenticity! Stay tuned to my "FAB FIVE FAVS!" where I feature five works of inspiration and beauty from my day to day travels.
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