Octavia Spencer In Tadashi Shoji – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Octavia Spencer In Tadashi Shoji - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Octavia Spencer attended the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (March 1).

Relying on her favoured tried-and-true designer Tadashi Shoji, the actress wore a black-and-nude lace cocktail frock from the Spring 2014 collection.

Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get behind this look like I can with her other sleekly sophisticated Shoji statements.

Although I would have liked to see her in a more vibrant, sunny colour for this event, the sassy dress was not really the problem here, as it was a victim of its styling.

The black Jimmy Choo ‘Candy’ clutch was fine, but I wanted to rip off the black scarf that basically covered the entire ensemble whilst exchanging the ankle-strap platform sandals by Prada for a more streamlined pair.

Credit: Style.com & Getty

Shailene Woodley In Lyn Devon – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Shailene Woodley In Lyn Devon - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Nominated for Best Female Lead in ‘The Spectacular Now,’ Shailene Woodley was also among the ‘it’ list at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted at Santa Monica Beach in California on Saturday (March 1).

After her peachy-keen dress at the Publicists Awards Luncheon, the starlet showed off a textured teal look from Lyn Devon’s Spring 2014 collection.

Taking on a slight boho vibe, especially when worn with Casadei flat sandals, the button-accented cropped top and high-waist skirt lost some of its more impeccably chic lookbook appeal.

One too many inches of midriff were on display here, and the skirt—now floor-scraping—seemed poorly fitting. If I were to really nitpick, the pendant necklace was also a bothersome distraction.

A few tweaks here and there, and this could have been a standout, cool-girl statement.

Credit: Style.com & Getty

Lake Bell In Stella McCartney – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Lake Bell In Stella McCartney - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Lake Bell was also in attendance at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, held on Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California.

The actress-director, nominated for Best First Screenplay ‘In a World…’, wore a Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2014 midnight-navy dress, punctuated by an exploded, graphic black circle print.

Here, she turned up the volume in this exaggerated, asymmetric shape, which featured a slit at the side.

Even when styled with classic black Gianvito Rossi suede and mesh pumps, as opposed to the lookbook’s brogues, this is a challenging silhouette to pull off.

Did she succeed, or do you just see an elevated, fancier version of a burlap sack?

Credit: Style.com & Getty

02.03.14

Paula Patton In Lorena Sarbu – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Paula Patton In Lorena Sarbu - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Paula Patton attended the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on Saturday (March 1) in Santa Monica, California.

The ‘About Last Night’ actress was all smiles as she hit the red carpet; glowing in a bright yellow mini Lorena Sarbu dress with a floral lace overlay.

Nude Christian Louboutin pumps and Anito Ko jewels accessorized her look, with neutral makeup providing the finishing touch.

While we love Paula, we’ve often criticized her style; but this is, without question, one of her best red carpet looks in a while. Fancy that.

Credit: Getty

Krysten Ritter In Versace – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Krysten Ritter In Versace - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Krysten Ritter vamped up the blue carpet at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted on Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California.

Striking a perfect pose, the actress delivered a dose of ferocious style to the proceedings in a Versace Fall 2013 bodycon frock, polished up with a pair of gold metallic Rubert Sanderson ‘Elba’ pumps.

Peppered at the front and centre with an abstracted yellow animal print, the edgy dress also featured curve-enhancing black vinyl at the sides and back.

She balanced the sultry punk look with a sleek black Tyler Alexandra clutch and a simple approach to hair and makeup, wearing wavy black locks and a simple blush-nude lip. No need to overdo the edgy effect, after all.

Do you like the drama she brought to the event?

Credit: Style.com & Getty

02.03.14

Elisabeth Rohm In Maria Lucia Hohan – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Elisabeth Rohm In  Maria Lucia Hohan - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Elisabeth Rohm attended the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on Saturday (March 1) in Santa Monica, California.

The actress wore a Maria Lucia Hohan gown in a beautiful tangerine hue that features the Romanian designers signature illusion panels.

As we all know illusion panels can be tricky, but here it matches Elisabeth’s tan perfectly.

While the gown looks very much like every other gown the designer has ever created, this is a gorgeous look for Elisabeth.

Coral lips, subtle wavy tresses and a Longchamp clutch rounded out her look.

Credit: Getty

Sarah Paulson In Honor – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Sarah Paulson In Honor - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Sarah Paulson apparently also got the white fashion memo for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted on Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California.

The ’12 Years a Slave’ star gave us a look at the Honor Fall 2014 collection via her white cropped shirt and skirt ensemble.

Filled with funky little details like the three-dimensional, azure-hued floral embellishment that crept down the back of the top, along with the sheer white underlay and sleeves, this was nothing if not an interesting entrance.

Adding to the quirk factor of the look were galactic silver Rupert Sanderson ‘Elba’ pumps and a Bottega Veneta blue satin, basket-weave clutch.

Like or loathe?

Credit: Style.com & Getty

Kristen Bell In Reem Acra – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Kristen Bell In Reem Acra - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Kristen Bell dressed to impress at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted on Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in California.

Taking a slightly more formal approach than some of the other stars, the actress wore a Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2014 strapless cocktail dress with black Christian Louboutin ‘Toboggan’ peep-toe sandals.

I always am fond of seeing this particularly saturated shade of vivid blue on the red carpet. This time, the colour was emboldened with black lace and sequin trim around the bodice and down the sides.

Lightly tousled blonde waves and a light pink lip dialled back some of the dress’s drama, adding a relaxed, youthful note.

Are you missing the thin, waist-defining belt seen in the lookbook?

Credit: Style.com & Getty

Ahna O’Reilly In Elie Saab – Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Ahna O'Reilly In Elie Saab - Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Ahna O’Reilly also attended the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted on Saturday (March 1) at Santa Monica Beach in California.

The actress skipped a frock in favour of an Elie Saab Spring 2014 ensemble, consisting of a creamy-white top, embellished in watercolour florals, and matching high-waisted, tailored pants.

While we certainly aren’t accustomed to seeing a non-gown Elie Saab moment on the red carpet, this look had the potential to be every bit as stunning as those dresses.

However, I was missing the crisp, bright appeal that captivated me on the runway. A victim perhaps of poor styling, the chic separates were weighed down by clunky Aldo platform sandals and a garish hot-pink clutch.

Credit: Style.com & Getty