Wednesday, November 02, 2011
A Worldly Gown-Fest!!
Ole!: Miss Spain World 2011 Carla Garcia, Miss World 2011 Top Model/World Designer Presentation Show--one of my favorites in the evening gown "Top Model/World Designer" category. Score: 9.4The 61st edition of the Miss World Beauty Pageant is taking place right now in London. The final LIVE telecast will be this Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at Earls Court Two . It will be broadcast in the US on E! Entertainment LIVE on Sunday morning/afternoon (check your local cable listings) and PS: I can't wait!! I'll be makin' coffee and cooking a special "Miss World Omelet for the occasion! A total of 113 contestants from all over the world will be competing, that's the highest amount for an international beauty pageant this year. The other "biggie"-- Miss Universe--had only 89 countries and territories represented. "Fast Track" Competitions where Finalists get placed if they do well in the "Beach Beauty", "Talent", "Sports" and "Top Model" competitions. Last week, the "Top Model" and "World Designer" presentations occurred which of course, is what I'm interested in. "World Designer Award" competition, the contestants were asked to model creations by fashion designers from their native lands. It is sort of understood that they should be in evening gowns and not necessarily "Costumes" (just you wait for my "Oh NO!" posting). It's about giving a local designer their "crown" as Best Miss World Evening Gown Designer. So, without further ado: here are my "Nick Top Picks" for Best in Evening Gown. I will also do "Oh Huney, What Were You Thinking?/Miss World Hoochie Gown" and "Is That A Costume?" blog postings, so don't you worry... But now, let's talk about the Good Ones: Miss Hungary World 2011 Linda Szunai: Gorgeous! Subtle. Sublime. Elegant. Is it safe? Yes. But is it beautiful? Yes again. Great fit, great colors, and oh, she looks so pretty! Score: 9.7 Miss South Africa World 2011 Bokang Montjane: This strapless vanilla/light lemon yellow colored gown works all the right "pageant magic". There's nothing costume-y or tacky about it. It might be a little Wedding-and-Prom-a-licious...but on Bokang, she gives it a certain flair of elegance and "I'm one of the more Wealthy Wedding Guests" look to it. Score: 9.2 Miss Venezuela World 2011 Ivian Sarcos: Well, well, well, leave it to a Miss Venezuela to BRING IT, when it comes to evening gowns. This one-shoulder copper colored jersey design was modern and sultry enough to capture everyone's attention--especially mine! Ivian can go from this presentation to a major red carpet event and still end up on the "Best Dressed" list, the following day! Score: 9.7 Miss Canada World 2011 Riza Raquel Santos: The exotic Riza Raquel wore a structured and architectural strapless column gown in black and silver. Love the directionality of the gown and how well it fits her. And I also admire its interesting folded front detail. A stunner! Score: 9.5 Miss Puerto Rico World 2011 Amanda Vilanova: A beautifully beaded--and expensive-looking-- gown. Very "Hollywood Starlet-meets-Beauty Pageant Winner". I love how it's heavily beaded with multi-colored stones and sequins at the torso, then carefully degrades to the rest of the nude-colored gown. Thank goodness it was LINED (thank you Amanda!), otherwise it would have probably ended in my "Miss World Hoochie" section. Finally, the look on her face tells it all "I will Steal Your Man...with this dress!". Score: 9.5 Miss India World 2011 Kanishtha Dhankar: Kanishtha's gown was similar--in its tone and use of beading--to the previous one from Miss Puerto Rico World 2011. India is famous for its intricate and GORGEOUS sequin-and-beaded fabrics (I've ordered many and used it in my NIKOLAKI collections), so it makes sense for her to feature that with her choice of gown. From the waist up, she does look a little like a Figure Skater, but as you may know: I love me some Figure Skating Costumes! Score: 9.4 Miss China PR 2011 Liu Chen: As we know, in China, the color red is known for fortune, courage, loyalty, success, happiness, and so on. Liu's high-necked gown features red applique and embellishments that are heavy at the torso and then cascade down lightly to the rest of the fit-and-flared gown. It makes a strong statement and therefore, she ends up on my "Top" list here. Score: 9.4 Miss Georgia World 2011 Janet Kerdikoshvili: Finally, I wanted to add Miss Georgia World 2011 to my list. Lots of those Eastern European/former Soviet Republic girls usually tend to go "Gown Koo-Koo" (wait for my next post kids!) but Janet did not. Does it look like a Wedding Gown? Yes. It probably could be. But, at least it's not a tacky wedding gown. The Mermaid-like shape is on-trend and fits her beautifully and the beading doesn't look cheap. I wish her hair would have looked a little more modern and less crying out for a veil...but other than this, I love it! Score: 9.2 *Up Next: The Miss World 2011 Top Model/World Designer Evening Gowns: The "Huuuney, What Were You Thinking" Hoochie ladies...Stay tuned!