One of the perks for journalists covering awards shows is the chance to report on all the red carpet star action.
For eTalk’s Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, that big night is this Sunday when they host coverage of the 2008 Juno Awards. Also joining them will be MuchMore Music’s Traci Melchor.
However, unlike the Oscars, which Melchor has covered, the unpredictability of Canadian weather can pose some wardrobe challenges.
Since the Junos are in Calgary this year, red carpet reporters will have to be ready for any kind of inclement weather, including snow.
For Kim it’s all about simplicity — the less confusing the outfit, the better. “Dressing for our red carpet show is usually pretty simple. Calgary in April equals chilly, so a funky rockin’ coat and many layers underneath is generally the safe bet,” Kim tells Metro. “Our eTalk stylist, Jessa Bissett, will be lending her expertise as usual to help me look as fabulous as possible.”
Planning ahead is always key when it comes to dressing for any type of special event, let alone a glitz and glamour gala event such as the Junos.
Mulroney has had a number of meetings and fittings with Bissett about style, themes and overall feel and tone of the carpet for this year’s show.
“I’m also trying to lay off the sweets and hit the treadmill a little more than usual,” he says.
Melchor has never been to the Junos, but has attended and covered the Oscars and Grammys, so she has experience in making sure her wardrobe is camera-ready.
“Right now I have eight to 10 different outfits from Joeffer Caoc, Mackage, House of Dereon, G-SUS, Rudsak and Full Circle,” she says. “What makes it to air depends on the weather, and what feels and looks right the day of the show.”
Like Kim, Melchor will employ the layering effect.
“You want a cute coat that’s warm but not too warm; when I’m doing outside shoots I don’t want to feel snuggly and comfortable. A little chill keeps you on your toes and your adrenalin pumping.”
Besides the preparing of outfits, the hosts also have to figure out their options for hair and makeup.
“My makeup will be dramatic around the eyes, throw on some extra eyelashes, of course — it’s the Junos!” Melchor says.
As for shoes, anything open-toe is a major no-no this time of year, so both the ladies will definitely be wearing high-heeled black boots.
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