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Carrie Ann Inaba's 'DWTS' Blog: My Dress Was So Hot, It Made Me Wish I'd Lined Up a Date!

May/08/2013 at 04:35 PM ET

Carrie Ann Inaba Dancing With the StarsAdam Taylor/ABC

Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba joins us again to blog about her style (and all the backstage scoop) on the show’s 16th season. This week, she talks about the sexy dress that made her wish she had a date night planned — and sending her jewels flying into the audience.

What an incredible night in the ballroom. The number Derek choreographed based on the late Fred Astaire’s incredible genius was so impressive. It’s exciting to see such innovative choreography, even though the idea was borrowed. It’s a reinvention and that is what happens with art.

What was impressive is that it didn’t feel like a second rate version of a classic. Instead, it felt like a wonderful unique piece of art that will stand the test of time. I haven’t been that impressed since his Paso Doble the night before!

That was just a little reminder to my judging friend Len Goodman … who I still say robbed them of a perfect 30. But I still love him and respect him. We are all there for different reasons, and a little argument here and there never hurt anyone.
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Confessions of a Celeb Stylist: Leslie Fremar Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Julianne Moore's Met Gala Fitting

May/08/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Met Gala beautyCourtesy Leslie Fremar(3); Splash News Online; DPA

Please welcome the newest addition to our PEOPLE StyleWatch blog lineup, Leslie Fremar. She’s Hollywood’s top stylist (literally — The Hollywood Reporter just said so!) with clients from Julianne Moore to Reese Witherspoon. And now she’s bringing her considerable talents to our site to share behind-the-scenes scoop, styling tips and much more. For her inaugural blog post, she gives us all the backstage dish on Moore’s stunning emerald Met Gala look — and what it’s like to have every piece of your outfit made entirely custom for you.

A question I get asked all the time is “How do you get your clients ready for a major event?” I think the reason that people are so interested in this is because it feels very out of reach for most. Many women in their everyday life don’t have the need to dress that way, unless they are going to their own wedding. To this day I still find the process of getting ready for a major red carpet event extremely fascinating. Even though I do this for a living, I truly believe it can be applied to every woman getting ready for a special occasion.

The Met Gala was last night and it’s pretty much a “Who’s Who” of Hollywood, music and fashion all in one room. Everyone is trying to do something memorable, interesting, and fashionable. It’s fascinating how it all comes together and how many people are really involved in creating one look; you have the designers, the artist, the stylist, the jeweler, the hair and make-up people, manicurist, tailor, assistants.

Just to walk you through what it takes to get ready for The Met Gala: Last night I dressed Julianne Moore in Balenciaga. We started the process when Julianne accepted Alexander Wang‘s invitation to attend as his date to the event. Once the pairing between actor and designer is made, you can go ahead and start creating the look for the evening.

After going through images from the Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2013 show, Julianne and I had relayed our favorite looks from the season. Balenciaga then presented us with sketches, transforming some of the looks from the show into evening gowns. We ended up choosing a version of a cocktail dress, which he showed in black. They suggested making it long and in green. We loved it, we approved the sketch and they started making the dress.
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Tabatha's Takeover: Helen Mirren Is Living Elegance, End of Story!

May/03/2013 at 05:04 PM ET

Helen Mirren Navy DressMike Marsland/Wireimage

We all know Tabatha Coffey, Bravo’s sharp-tongued Aussie style pro, from her newest show, Tabatha Takes Over, which is in its fifth season! And now, she’s bringing her talents online, joining us at PEOPLE StyleWatch each week to dish on some of the bestand worst – celebrity looks of the week. Keep in mind the opinions below belong solely to the stylist … though she’s probably saying what lots of you are thinking, anyway!

Today, she discusses Dame Helen Mirren, who wore a head-turning Lindka Cierach navy lace dress at the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards in London last week.

Helen is living elegance, full stop, end of story! I want to grow up and be her — elegant, sophisticated, poised, talented, and so age appropriately fabulous. It’s as if the red carpet was laid down to showcase her perfect navy dress and porcelain skin. She knows what looks good on her and this dress delivers.

I’m a sucker for expertly-executed detail and surprise elements in clothing. The detail in this gown is as gripping as a Hitchcock thriller. The two tones of navy created from the different textured fabrics are intriguing. I love the subtle play of light on the sequins and the lace detail through the top and the length of the sleeves. The asymmetrical slip of flowing fabric gives this a soft, modern feel. Where many would stop Helen keeps going.

Her perfectly coiffed natural hair and porcelain skin are stunning. She is timeless. Nothing Psycho here. Love this look. Love Helen.

Tell us: Do you agree with Tabatha? Let us know in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Inaba's 'DWTS' Blog: I Can't Believe I Said 'Fart' On Live TV

Apr/30/2013 at 06:25 PM ET

Carrie Ann Inaba Dancing With the StarsAdam Taylor/ABC

Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba joins us again to blog about her style (and all the backstage scoop) on the show’s 16th season. This week, she talks the front-runner finalists — and shares some good show advice.

I can’t believe we are already past the halfway point of Season 16! The season is flying by and I guess that’s because it’s so much fun!

Last night I wore an Aiden Mattox asymmetric one-sleeve plum colored dress. I have to say, this was the most comfortable dress I’ve worn in a while. It felt like I was out there in a silk blanket — very comfy and cozy.

Maybe I was a little too comfortable because I said the word “fart” in my first comments to Jacoby. I do apologize if I offended anyone! (I’m sure I’ll get a call from my mom later today.) Ahhhh … but this is one of the true hazards of live TV. Sometimes you open your mouth and, surprise! “Fart” wasn’t quite the word I was intending to speak, but with the pressure of being live looming over me, sometimes, I rush to find the best word to suit what I’m trying to say.
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Tabatha's Takeover: Matthew McConaughey Must Be Clowning Around

Apr/26/2013 at 03:53 PM ET

Matthew McConaughey plaid suitAP

We all know Tabatha Coffey, Bravo’s sharp-tongued Aussie style pro, from her newest show, Tabatha Takes Over, which is in its fifth season! And now, she’s bringing her talents online, joining us at PEOPLE StyleWatch each week to dish on some of the bestand worst – celebrity looks of the week. Keep in mind the opinions below belong solely to the stylist … though she’s probably saying what lots of you are thinking, anyway!

Today, she takes on Matthew McConaughey, who ditched his cowboy boots for a plaid suit at N.Y.C.’s Mud premiere.

FINALLY! Finally I get to critique a man for PEOPLE StyleWatch and it is someone I absolutely love: Mr. Matthew McConaughey. Too bad he isn’t wearing something fabulous.

What is this clown suit he’s wearing? And what’s up with this ridiculous backdrop? Is he promoting something at the circus?

I’m actually surprised he is wearing a suit of this nature. I would say 99 percent of the time I see him on the red carpet or caught on camera (with a shirt on, anyway) he is well dressed and on trend. Why in the world did Camilla Alves let him leave the hotel looking like this? Such a shame.

If I passed him on the street before he walked into the MoMA to promote his new film Mud, I would have pulled him into a nearby men’s store, ripped off that suit and dressed him in a 3-piece navy blue suit. I’d keep the white shirt the way it is, and even consider letting the gold chain stay to keep the jacket closed.

Before sending him back out, I’d rake my fingers through his hair to break up the stiffness of all that product and let his naturally curly hair fall the way it should.

Tell us: Do you agree with Tabatha, or is she being too harsh? Let us know in the comments below!

Tabatha's Takeover: Lindsay Lohan Has Invented Jeather Pants, and I Hate Them

Apr/19/2013 at 04:00 PM ET

Lindsay Lohan pantsMAXA/Landov

We all know Tabatha Coffey, Bravo’s sharp-tongued Aussie style pro, from her newest show, Tabatha Takes Over, which is in its fifth season! And now, she’s bringing her talents online, joining us at PEOPLE StyleWatch each week to dish on some of the bestand worst – celebrity looks of the week. Keep in mind the opinions below belong solely to the stylist … though she’s probably saying what lots of you are thinking, anyway!

Today, she takes on Lindsay Lohan, whose outfit required a double- or triple-take.

Hey there Lindsay! Well, don’t you look all bright eyed and fresh-faced, ready to jump on the big ol’ airplane? Where ya going? New York? I have to say, you look pretty comfy and ready to enjoy a long flight.

I can tell you’re a pro at traveling because you are sticking to the No. 1 rule of flying: dressing in layers. You have your scarf on, just in case you get cold. You have a cute little jacket on over what appears to be either a comfy tee or cozy tank of some sort. Oh and look, your iPhone is nestled in your front pocket for in-flight entertainment.
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Carrie Ann Inaba's 'DWTS' Blog: In a Dark Week, It's Nice to Be On an Uplifting Show

Apr/17/2013 at 02:41 PM ET

Carrie Ann Inaba

Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba joins us again to blog about her style — and all the backstage scoop — on the show’s 16th season. This week, she discusses why the latest episode left many, including her, in tears — and shares the special story behind one of the pieces of jewelry she wore.

Tuesday night’s show was fabulous! It was uplifting and I loved Len’s video package. I love the new dancing bumpers to commercial. It reminds me of my old “Fly Girl” days on In Living Color where I was dancing in the bumpers to commercials.

Yes, that was a long time ago, but I remember those days well. We had so much fun back in the day … and we are having fun now on Dancing! I really loved Stacey Tookey’s choreography on the rotating piano and Mark and Derek’s opening number. The dancing seems to be even more inspiring and happy than usual, and we know that America needs that type of uplifting television right now. We’ve been hit by a terrible misfortune and a lot of people are suffering because of it. Our show really aims to lift the spirits of our viewers, especially now, when we need it most.

So, to go with the theme of uplifting, I chose a fuchsia David Meister dress. Pink is my own personal happy color. I wear it a lot in my personal life and it somehow always makes me feel better. With all the sadness out there, a little pink couldn’t hurt.

David Meister is one of my favorite designers. His dresses are always well-cut and comfortable. He makes very flattering styles for evening wear and uses fun fabrics with classic cuts. I’ve been wearing David’s dresses probably since our first season; he’s a “For Sure” for my DWTS closet.

Jewels were fun, and everything but the earrings were real. I was wearing some serious “bling bling.” The Lance Fisher diamond cuff goes for $65,740. Expensive — but worth it. It’s a stunner and so feminine. The gem solitaire rings are by Lisa Nik and run for about $3,500 each. I was wearing 3 of them. And the colorful stackables are from Roxbury Jewelry and are so much fun. You can mix and match them and they go from day to night so easily. I want to thank all the designers for their lovely designs.

I’m keeping it short because I have to fly to N.Y.C. to co-host Live with Kelly and Michael (on ABC, of course!) Thursday morning. I was supposed to co-host with Michael earlier this year but life happened so I wasn’t able to go.

I’ll be with Kelly again and we intend to have a great time with guests The Jonas Brothers and Zac Efron. Not too shabby on the eyes for all the girls out there, so see you then! I have to open an order from Shopbop.com that I ordered for this particular appearance. Let’s see what works. For the day time dresses I always shop at either ShopBop.com or ASOS.com or Revolveclothing.com. They all have great selections,and they deliver quickly. That’s my fashion tip for outside the ballroom this week!

Remember, express yourself in your fashion. Do what you want to do! (That sounds like the In Living Color theme song … “You can do what you wanna do, In Living Color.”) That’s all from this ole Fly Girl. See you next week!

Tell us: What do you think of Inaba’s shopping tips?

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