Laura Dern in Emilia Wickstead at the Critics’ Choice Awards: too orange or striking?

It’s strange how different trends come up on specific red carpets. Do you remember how the big trend was pink and red just a couple of months ago? Last night at the Critics’ Choice Awards it was definitely bright yellow and orange. So many women looked like highlighters. There were some lovely bright dresses, it was just an unexpected color choice and different from the canary yellow which was inexplicably popular a while ago.

First off is winner Laura Dern in Emilia Wickstead. This was one of my favorite bright dresses in that it’s very flattering, it highlights her great figure and it looks classic and comfortable. Her hair is a bit undone for me, but overall it’s a great look. I really like the T back, which you could see on camera. Laura won for Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story and it looks like she’s the contender to beat now. She’s been nominated for two Oscars but doesn’t have one yet. We’ll find out today if she gets a third nom.


Kristen Bell was in a Cong Tri jumpsuit. She won the See Her award, which was invented by ad agencies to highlight women in acting. The intro focused on the need to recognize diversity and different body types and then Kristen won, which was weird. I thought this jumpsuit was just ok. I like how silky and flowy it is and it definitely stood out but the color seems off to me.



Awkwafina was in an empire waist Elie Saab gown with a built-in cape. This is quite girlie for her, she often wears suits and more eclectic outfits, and I really like it. Fingers crossed that she gets nominated today!



Rachel Brosnahan was in Carolina Herrera. I wasn’t a big fan of the dress. Those bell-type skirts are bizarre and the sequins on this bring the eye to that area, but I love her styling. That long braid with the silver string around it is so pretty.


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Olivia Wilde had neither good styling nor a good dress in this full length Valentino with a deep v-neck and poof sleeves. Sometimes women can rock Valentino (see Tracee Ellis Ross) and sometimes it overwhelms.



Alison Brie looked amazing in a formfitting orange column gown by Brandon Maxwell. Sometimes she gets it wrong but last night she had my favorite bright solid gown. On screen I really noticed how expertly tailored the bodice was.



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13 Responses to “Laura Dern in Emilia Wickstead at the Critics’ Choice Awards: too orange or striking?”

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  1. Macheath says:

    The orange dresses are gorgeous and I would have liked the first one more if it was a column dress – think the skirt area doesn’t really fit with the halter neck. Otherwise, lovely!

  2. Busyann says:

    Ooooh that orange color is gorgeous. I really like all of the dresses from this list, except for the Valentino. That’s a hard no for me. I wonder if people are just ready for winter to be over and are embracing bright colors now? We are in what feels like the 6th month of straight cold. Even I have started bringing out my greens and pinks and I think I wore yellow last week.

  3. naomipaige99 says:

    I think she looks beautiful in that orange dress.

    Olivia Wilde’s dress looks like it’s way too big for her.

  4. Sugarrbunny says:

    I thought she looked great in the color. (Noted that she is Celebitchy’s nemesis)

  5. AnnaKist says:

    Really daggy dresses/jumpsuit, but look way better accessorised with a smile. I hate all the colours; they never look glamorous, because they belong on the beach. 👙

  6. ab says:

    I loooove the color of olivia’s dress, such a pretty shade of whatever that color would be called. it’s looking like neon coral on my screen. the dress itself is a no but I’m in love with the color.

    the top half of alison’s dress is really nice, wish the skirt was either tighter or looser.

  7. JanetFerber says:

    Laura Dern’s dress is the best of these colors and fits, then Alison Brie. These are very California colors, I think.

  8. Lucy2 says:

    Laura and Alison’s are excellent- and I usually really dislike orange.

    Finally saw Booksmart, great movie! I hope Olivia continues to write and direct.

  9. Earthbound says:

    I begrudgingly like Bells best out of the options. Definitely the coolest, best cut.

    The colors are fun but I dont like the length on pretty much any of the other ones. Olivia Wildes is reminisce of a bathrobe somehow, definitely not feeling that length.

  10. grumpyterrier says:

    Kristen Bell looks ill with the slicked back hair and that green color. I love Awkwafina’s look the best- dress color plus her eyeshadow looks awesome. Olivia Wilde’s dress COLOR is stunning but the style is hell no.

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    She might be Celebitchy’s nemesis, but Bell is mine lol. I really cringe every time I see her. I don’t know why either; I have no explanation. My favorites on this page are Brosnahan and Brie.

    • grumpyterrier says:

      Kristen Bell really bugs me too, and I also don’t know why… it’s so weird bc everyone seems to LOVE her. Bleh.

  12. Naddie says:

    I could never imagine Laura would look so good in orange (she’s blonde after all) but she killed it.
    Olivia was like “let’s see how much my outworldly beautiful eyes can distract people from this hideous attire”.