The glittering stars and the costume designers that dress them flocked to the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on Feb. 19 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The festive evening was hosted by Joel McHale, who was hardly the only funny guy around. Steve Martin, donning a handsome tux and smart black glasses, charmed the guests in the grand ballroom, along with presenters Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and costume designer Tom Broecker (Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock), honoring Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels with the distinguished collaborator award.
The event was a fun reunion of sorts for the costume design community. Mark Bridges, nominated for his designs in Silver Linings Playbook was also a first-time presenter at the event. “I’m excited and nervous and I love seeing some my friends [on the red carpet] and I can’t wait to get inside and catch up with them for the couple of minutes that we probably have.”
Mirror Mirror star Lily Collins, wearing bright red lips and a black Paule Ka dress topped with a gorgeous and bold white bow in the back, flashed her smile for the cameras on the red carpet. Mirror Mirror’s costume designer, the prolific Eiko Ishioka won the award in the excellence in fantasy film category. The honor was bittersweet; Ishioka passed away in January of 2012.
The stylish stars of TV’s Revenge, who were also presenters, waltzed down the red carpet too. Ashley Madekwe arrived in a colorful J. Mendel ensemble and Gabriel Mann wore a handsome double breasted Tommy Hilfiger suit. Christa B. Allen wore a vintage inspired, full skirted gold Rafael Cennamo Couture.
Once Upon A Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin in a red Nonoo dress and her costar and boyfriend Josh Dallas in a black Ermenegildo Zegna suit posed together on the red carpet. Inside the ballroom, the two presented five-time Emmy nominee Eduardo Castro with the career achievement in television award.
Anne Hathaway was honored with the 2013 Lacoste Spotlight Award, presented to her by Russell Crowe, her Les Misérables co-star. The award recognizes actors and directors for their distinguished collaborations with costume designers. “I especially treasure the moment that happens on set when all the choices have been made, rehearsal is done, you’re about to start, you look down and you believe in what you’re wearing, so that way when you look up, you are gone, and it’s finally the character’s moment to come alive,” said Hathaway, wearing a sparkly cutout Gucci dress, and a wrist draped with Kwiat bangles with a short pixie haircut and side-swept bangs.
Writer and director Gary Ross presented three-time Oscar nominated (Seabiscuit, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Pleasantville) costume designer Judianna Makovsky with the year’s career achievement in film award. Following a montage of her work, Makowsky laughed and said, “I completely forgot I put Tom Hanks in a pair of child’s underpants.”
Shirley MacLaine, Connie Britton, Famke Janssen, and Tate Donovan were also presenters to a ballroom full of stylish attendees: Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, and Madeleine Stowe.
Costume designer Jany Temime wore a Vivienne Westwood dress and won the award for excellence in contemporary film category for her work on Skyfall. The answer to the most exciting aspect of the night for her, was as French as her charming accent, “The champagne, of course,” she said, laughing. “I just want to enjoy being with everybody here, seeing all my colleagues.”
The night was a merry union of the costume designers of television and film and the actors and actresses they dress for a grand celebration of the art of costume design.
Awards were presented to:
Excellence in Contemporary Film
Skyfall – Jany Temime
Excellence in Period Film
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Excellence in Fantasy Film
Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka
Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
Smash – Molly Maginnis
Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series
Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall
Outstanding Made For Television Movie Or Mini Series
American Horror Story: Asylum, Season 2 – Lou Eyrich
Excellence In Commercial Costume Design
“Captain Morgan Black” – Judianna Makovsky