People’s Choice Awards 2012: Almost and Most of All

As far as red carpets go, the pickings at the People’s Choice Awards this year were slim. It was pretty easy to choose a best dressed.

With the homogenization of fashion these days, and the ubiquity of the celeb stylist role, everyone thinks they can wear just about everything and – everyone is.

While there is nothing wrong with pushing the envelope, I think one always has to dress for one’s personality – respect thyself – and not let the clothes wear you. Add to that, respect for the designer and style you are wearing. Then, of course, look at the occasion you are dressing for.

Below, are some almost-but-not-quites, that I noticed on the PCA red runway this year

Going back to rule number one and not letting the clothes wear you, I ask, do you see the dress or the woman, first?

Ginnifer Goodwin in Roksanda Ilincic at the 2012 People's Choice Awards on
Ginnifer Goodwin in Roksanda Ilincic.

I’m not sure whether it’s the pastel pink versus what should have been a jewel-tone pink or the shoe, or that I can’t seem to figure out Goodwin’s fash personality, but something’s a little off for me. I see the dress, dress, dress and oh, there’s a girl in there somewhere.

Also, didn’t Lanvin already do a variation of this dress? In a better colour and fabric?

I was also on the fringe about Lea Michele in a white, fringe-y Marchesa dress.

Lea Michele in Marchesa at the 2012 People's Choice Awards on
Lea Michele in Marchesa.

Now, the Marchesa ladies make dream-worthy dresses, don’t get me wrong. You just have to have a strong enough presence for this dress, so as not to get lost in the movement of it. Again, I see dress before girl. And those shoes are so distracting! Why would a dress this intricate need an embellished, platform sandal? Same for the hair – why is it falling all over the fringe? These are the details that matter, my dears.

Lea Michel from behind, in Marchesa, at the 2012 People's Choice Awards on
I understand that she wanted to show us the back, but bringing the hair forward messes with the front view. And honestly, all I see are disco shoes!

Remember, these are not ordinary people walking down the street that I am commenting on. These are professionals, dressed by dozens of other professionals.

In other cases, there was an attempt at a look beyond one’s comfort zone – and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Vanessa Hudgens in Jenny Packham at the 2012 People's Choice Awards on
Vanessa Hudgens in Jenny Packham.

However, if you are going to go goth, go all the way, please! The hair should have been down, the jewellery should NOT HAVE BEEN GOLD  and can we please, oh please, get rid of those terrible short-toe, clunky platform pumps? This dress is crying for the pointiest of pumps peeking out beneath, a metallic cuff or arm crawler, and for the love of all that is gothentic, it needed a darker lip (the colour of the carpet would have been perfection).

Also, Daphne Guinness does spider webs better.

Authenticity is something everyone talks about these days and no one really does.

I loved Zachary Levi’s Westwood suit, but not the faux-hawk he sported with it. If you are going to wear a suit by a woman partially responsible for the punk aesthetic, respect her enough to go full mohawk. What would have been even sexier is a buzz cut and McQueen boots – and undone cuffs on the shirt.

What? Like I said, details are important.

Zachary Levi in Vivienne Westwood at the 2012 People's Choice Awards on
Zachary Levi in Vivienne Westwood.

Which brings me to my final almost – host Kaley Cuoco in one of her many outfits of the evening.

Kaley Cuoco in Catherine Deane at the 2012 People's Choice Awards on
Kaley Cuoco in Catherine Deane.

The tiered and beaded chiffon number by Catherine Deane was her best look all evening – it fit her well, it moved beautifully, it had just the right amount of drama and detail. What went wrong here, were the accessories. This dress needed a pewter sandal with a heel that wouldn’t catch the dress and it needed a bit of sparkle – in the form of a gunmetal drop earring and that hair needed to be managed, pushed behind her shoulders.

The misses are discounted, but these almosts bother me most of all.

See all 2012 People’s Choice Awards posts.

Goodwin and Levi photos by Matt Sayles/AP; Michele front of dress photo and Hudgens photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America; Michele back of dress photo via JustJared; Cuoco photo via Huffington Post.

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