Charlize Theron in Louis Vuitton at the CDGAs: best look of the awards season?

Charlize Theron attends  the 22nd Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles

I’m trying to get into the high-fashion mood ahead of this weekend’s BAFTAs and the upcoming Oscars two Sundays from now. These are photos from last night’s Costume Designers Guild Awards. The big winners in film were for JoJo Rabbit (Excellence in Period Film), Knives Out (Jenny Eagan) for Contemporary Film and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Ellen Mirojnick) for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film. Charlize Theron was there to represent Bombshell, and she went all out in this surprisingly gorgeous Louis Vuitton gown. Charlize likes some fashion drama and she can really pull off these BIG looks. Honestly, I think this is my favorite look on Charlize from the entire awards season thus far? And that’s mostly because her hair finally looks cute with that gold headband. Her terrible hair has been ruining what would have been good looks for two months now.

Charlize Theron attends  the 22nd Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles

Mindy Kaling was the MC/host of the CDGAs, and she wore a custom Salvador Perez gown. Again, it’s appropriate for an awards show for costume designers – I love a velvet dress, but I would like to edit this somehow. It feels a bit dated? Her hair looks great though.

Mindy Kaling attends the 22nd CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 28, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California© Jill Johnson/

Mindy Kaling attends  the 22nd Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles

Weirdly, I friggin’ loved Nathalie Emmanuel in this David Koma Fall look – usually I don’t like sheer panels and I have a special dislike of embroidered sheer panels, but this completely works. Love the butterfly energy!!

Nathalie Emmanuel attends the 22nd CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 28, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California© Jill Johnson/

Nathalie Emmanuel attends  the 22nd Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Kaiser I am beginning to feel like you have a thing against short hair and I will not stand for all this short hair slander anymore.

    Charlize’s dress is fabulous. But the makeup is not. They overpowdered her face and it looks terrible.

    • BeanieBean says:

      VV: Yes! I have a pixie cut & I don’t understand why K hates it so much. Charlize looks great with short hair.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        I have had short hair most of my adult life. I shaved my head completely in spring 2018 and have been growing my hair out. I wear wigs a lot- and mostly short ones! I miss my short hair. Will be cutting it again in the coming months. I love short hair

    • Kaiser says:

      I honestly don’t mind pixie cuts in general, what I hate is that Charlize has been doing this baby-bangs-down bowl cut look at too many events! If you’re going to do a pixie, do side-swept bangs for the love of God

      • Lala11_7 says:

        I’m currently rocking the hell out of a red pixie hairstyle…and I agree WHOLEHEARTEDLY with Kaiser regarding the side sweet…I ain’t trying to look like a Benedictine Monk

      • Boodiba says:

        She always looks so GRIM. Whenever I see her pictures I get a vibe of pure misery.

      • lucy2 says:

        Yes – I can’t pull off a pixie to save my life, but Charlize can and does, just not with the straight down bangs. Side swept is much better.

    • Bonita says:

      Charlize looks like a Romanoff. The headband looks like a Kokoschnik (Russian style tiara).

      • fishface says:

        the mourning bands on Charlize’s dress…..nope. Love the blue velvet on Mindy – suits her beautiful skin.

  2. Nev says:

    Yes Mindy!!!

  3. Lucy says:

    The thing about Nathalie (I think) is that she manages to make the most difficult looks work. I don’t know if it’s her styling, her posture, her general attitude or all of the above, but she always looks like a million bucks to me.

  4. tealily says:

    Mindy’s dress would look better with either the sash OR the beading, instead of both, but I still really like it!

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Yes, too many do-dads on Mindy’s dress. She looks gorgeous though.
      I think Charlize looks stunning!

    • Kkat says:

      Im wondering if a color other than blue would have elevated Mindy’s look?
      I think that blue is what’s dating it, maybe instead a burgundy?

  5. Case says:

    I don’t love Charlize’s dress. The black bands around her arms are kinda weird to me and the shape is somehow unflattering, which is weird since she’s such a fit woman.

    Love Nathalie’s look though.

  6. Normades says:

    I love Charlize’s hawt lewks in general but I’m feeling this one less. It’s just…less fierce?

    I love that Butterfly dress tho 😘

    • BellaBella says:

      I think some of Charlize’s other dresses this season have been way more fun and glam than this.

      Also, I think Mindy’s dress has a bit of a sari vibe to it, which I like. The color is gorgeous.

  7. lucy2 says:

    I like it, but if that’s the best of the season, that’s not great. The material is cool, but I’m not sure about the black bands.
    Mindy looks uncomfortable in hers.
    Nathalie’s is interesting.

  8. MsIam says:

    I have to be the contrarian here and say I don’t like any of these dresses. I don’t like that gold fabric in Charlize’s dress and I don’t see the point of the black armbands. It looks like duct tape in the picture. Mindy’s dress is way too plunging and not in a sexy way and Nathalie’s dress has too much going on in the top half, especially with that short skirt. The embroidery is gorgeous, but with those huge sleeves it’s just too much.

  9. Charfromdarock says:

    The black bands ruin the dress for me.

  10. Flying fish says:

    Mindy and Natalie look amazing.

  11. MellyMel says:

    Mindy looks fantastic and honestly this is the best she’s looked in awhile.

  12. L4frimaire says:

    Charlize looks like her evil queen character from SnowWhite and the Huntsman. Respect her work but not a fan of her. Natalie has some serious eyebrows. Mindy Kaling looks nice. The dress has state dinner vibes but it fits her well, unlike a lot of her clothes.

  13. Lowrider says:

    I suppose Charlize no longer reps Dior?

  14. Naddie says:

    Charlize looks amazing, I’d totally wear this look from head to toe (and not look as good as her, of course).
    Nathalie looks like a fairy, always delicate and beautiful

  15. Nightsky says:

    Boy, Charlize sure has the bored and bitchy look down to a T. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a publicity pic where she is actually smiling and appears to be in a good mood. I get the sense she is not a fun person to be around. Years back (2005 I believe) I was an office manager of a large law firm. One of our senior partners, an entertainment lawyer, did some quick contract work for Charlize when she was in Canada filming a movie. The lawyer had a couple face to face meetings with Charlize and later told me CT was rather humorless, sombre and arrogant in her demeanor. I think about that every time I see yet another bored and bitchy red carpet pic.

    I like CT’s dress but I think the tiara/headband is overkill and spoils the look a bit. I love Mindy’s gown, so pretty, elegant and regal. And Mindy could teach Charlize a thing or two about putting out pleasant and positive energy.

    • sunhitsthesky says:

      Wow! What a long-winded way of telling a woman to smile more!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Heaven forbid a woman take a meeting seriously where she is meeting a lawyer and discussing contracts.

      Additionally, women are judged very harshly on matters of aging, and smiling doesn’t always photograph well.

  16. sunhitsthesky says:


  17. Laura-j says:

    I love this dress. It’s giving me 1930s glamour goddess.

  18. Nuzzybear says:

    Not my favorite CT look, but she wore it like no one else could. The arm bands mess it up. It’s like she’s in mourning… pi$$y mourning.

    Look, everyone gets older – just have fun with it and show up looking like you got some in the limo on the way there like Helen Mirren does!