Alright Fashion Fanciers...grab yourself a long, tall, hot cup of your favorite joe and strap in. We're going to analyze, adore and dissect to within an inch of it's glittering life the red carpet fashion that made us say "ooo", "aahhh" , "ooohh" and "djfefoacpokrpgknxsal". My usual disclaimer applies: hairs have been split. Miniscule fashion choices have carried immense weight due to the need to determine placings. Understand: I root my keister off for each of these girls to slay every time out. I want it to happen. I crave it. Further, I believe, I know all of them can. It's just a question of who does it when. So, who did it last Saturday night? The 2016 Hall Of Fame Fashion Review is awaiting the sound of the starter's gun. Let the counting commence!
The Ever So Fine
Eva Marie: Our favorite redhead for sure has the kind of body that can rock a gown like this! And I give her huge props for wearing a white dress that doesn't look like a wedding gown. Nextly,cutouts are amazing! They can look so modern, sexy and fierce. But I also think they require some restraint, especially for a formal event. A Maxim 'shoot is one thing; this is the Hall Of Fame. This dress seems to push the risqué a bit too far for the classiest event of WWE's year. The formal up-do was a bright spot, helping to balance that, and the crystal statement necklace was a highlight as well. Set against a subtler statement, they would have made this look a winner.
Emma: I love the way this gown shifted colors in the light from amethyst to wine red. There's a lot of flash and drama combined here, between the large sequins and sheer insets; it's a bit busy and comes off more brazen than intrepid. The effortless, flowing hairstyle was an excellent choice, helping to counteract all the shine. The small gold clutch functions similarly and works well.
Paige: This black gown is a triumph of minimalism, depending on the deep-v front for it's visual impact. The only strike against it is that it is the same one she wore at the Oscars and, in a contest this close (as the HoF count-up *always* is!), that carries weight. Her choker is a trendy and fabulous choice. I do wish she had added a gemstone ( I'm imagining a statement-size garnet) to it; the simplicity of the dress would have benefitted from such an elevation. But these are split hairs. Her one unforgiveable choice was the flat thong sandals. Oh, Paige. You mock me :'(. As always, the could-have-beens are heart and gut-wrenching. Would a pair of studded, strappy heels (I'd even take chunky heels) really have been so impossible?
Sasha: This black woven gown was a very appropriate choice for the event - chic and modern. I love her silver crystal clutch - it's clean and glamorous and brings a bit of needed flash to the black dress. Props also for the crystal bracelet. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good statement necklace so it will doubtless surprise you that I think I actually would have preferred something a bit more refined here - a slim, but sparkly or strong silver lariat comes to mind - to elevate without overdramatizing. This is a nice job for a red carpet firstie; I expect great things from Sasha as she continues to hone and evolve her style.
Renee: I was immediately attracted to the sporty vibe of this strappy black gown. It's athletic-minimalist approach made it stand out. I would have loved to see just a pinch more va-va-voom here- it would have provided the finishing touch on a fresh take on formality. Renee's sleek and pulled together hairstyle brought a tomboyish, modelsesque vibe, which, although I found it a somewhat harsh look for her, fit well with the aesthetic of the dress. My favorite piece in her outfit was that fabulous ear cuff; it's totally on trend and looked amazing!
Alicia: What immediately caught me about this ensemble was how pretty her hair style is! I love the softness of her tendril curls in this feminine style. Her dress is super unique! The colored base fabric set beneath the shiny pieced fabric reminds me of an exotic snakeskin. The simple silhouette is a perfect foil for the complex fabric. I love the color combination of her caramel sandals with the turquoise in her dress. I think this look could have benefitted from a bit more cohesion in accessories, like a caramel or warm-toned bag instead of this silver one. Her statement ring, though, is absolutely magnificent. Not only do I completely love it, I would wear it in a heartbeat!
Summer: Summers's patterned black dress (which is from Baccio Couture via Reve Boutique) featured a sheer panel at the hem. The jacquard-like texture is unique and pretty! With an unembellished fabric like this, a little glam and glitz would be a wonderful way to raise the formality for an occasion like this. Summer did that to a certain degree with her multi-color crystal earrings, which I completely adore! They bring a modern, risky pop of brightness to this dress. I'd have loved to see her echo it somewhere else, perhaps with a bold clutch or shoes and a daring lip shade, to reinforce that definitive, fierce statement. Her side-waved hair is gorgeous! As a side note, Summer did mention that she only had 20 minutes to put this look together, due to how long her Axxess session ran. For that short a time frame, this is rather fab!
Nikki: I give this outfit serious points for taking risks; it's a bold, forward-looking choice which pairs a cutout cropped top with a keyhole detail and a sexy hi-low skirt. The set is by John Paul Ataker and confirms that a two-piece look is indeed formal enough for a red carpet event. Details such as the fabric-covered buttons reinforce that assertion. I would have loved if they had gone all the way down, giving the top a more polished and less cutaway look. There's enough sexy going on here to allow that small omission. Nikki's formal bun was a flawless choice to accentuate the formality of the set, and I loooove how she brought interest to the black by popping it with a vermillion purse and pumps. The extra color gives this look a powerful vibe...and matches the Bella's current signature colors as well. Bonus points for that ;)
Natalya: This black gown is amazing with it's cutout halter and mermaid silhouette. It's chic, elegant, glamorous and fierce. It's really quite perfect. My only quibble with it is that it's same one Nattie wore on Oscar night. While I applaud the practicality of that, it does make it harder for the look to compete against gowns we haven't seen before, especially without any new variations in to styling to set it apart (a crystal belt, a jaw-dropping bag/shoes..). I'm a huge fan of her half updo - it's a wonderful example of this style done wth red carpet-appropriate formality and it fits well with the clean-lined styling of the dress. The overall look is classic Natalya and her style is always magnificent, even the second time around :).
*Note: yes, the pics are in opposite order of the write-up placings. Just to confuse you ;)
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