Feb 28, 2011

Anne Hathaway at the Oscar's

Anne Hathaway was one half of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and in keeping with this year's attempt to draw a younger audience, Anne kept things "hip and chic" with 8 outfit changes throughout the broadcast. After seeing her walk the Red Carpet, I was excited to see what she was going to bring to the stage...

My first impression of Annie in this red strapless taffeta '81 Archival Valentino gown was, meh. Granted, the fact that it came from Valentino's Archival line, which includes past dresses from collections and movies, was alone in itself, but I wasn't overly blown away by the dress and it's ballooned train and floral appliqués. Although I think it looks great on her... in this photo. Next!

The first stage look of the night was this beautiful Grecian inspired white Givenchy Couture gown with crystal embroidered bodice.

The detailing almost looks like glamorous body armour and I simply love it!

Speaking of details, Anne opted for black Lanvin tux and white Lanvin shirt, and paired it with those incredible custom made Swarovski covered Brian Atwood "Fiona" pumps for her second costume change, as she sang to her duet partner from last year's Oscars, Hugh Jackman. Girl can sing, it was impressive.

Anne's third change of the night, was this Black Swan inspired black and white lace embroidered Vivienne Westwood corseted ball gown. Another winner for the youngest host in Oscar history, and I loved her amethyst Tiffany & Co necklace (which she was reportedly paid $750, 000 to wear their merchandise throughout the evening).

HELLO! Her fourth look was this one-shouldered, metallic asymmetrical beaded fringe Oscar de la Renta dress. LOVE IT, and that sexy tousled hair, it's all deliciously retro, and a bit Goldie Hawn reminiscent.

And amazingly, she keeps getting better! In fact, I was such a fan of of Anne's 5th change, that I got all classy with my reactions, "Fuck! Beautiful…" Clearly the strapless silk chiffon Atelier Versace wine gown was one of Anne's favourites, since she changed back into it for the Vanity Fair after-party.

One of my least favourite looks of the night was this overly shiny, duchesse satin, sapphire Giorgio Armani Privé gown. The off-the-shoulder dress looks a lot more appealing in this Fug Girl borrowed "screen" shot, plus it helps that she's in a Barbie-esque pose, which I am clearly biased over, but my initial reaction when I saw her walk out in this was disappointment.

My least favourite look of them all is what she chose to close out the night, this crystal embellished high neckline, long sleeved Tom Ford gown. with smokey grey lace overlay. It was a bit shocking, and not in a good "dramatic" way. The restrictive dress was a horrible last impression to leave, although I suppose she thought by that point in the evening most people were no longer paying attention or even watching anymore; and now we know why she changed back into Dress #4 for the after-parties!

Feb 24, 2011

Grammy Fashion Roundup!

Just in time for the Oscar's this Sunday night, TMP brings you a roundup of all the Grammy Fashions that were previously overlooked, starting with Mrs Russell Brand, Katy Perry. Katy walked the red carpet in a bralet embellished Giorgio Armani two piece... with wings. I feel like this got lost in translation, but perhaps she's auditioning to be one of Victoria Secrets new Angels?

Katy also brought her grandmother as an accessory... speaking of accessories, check out Gram's Swarovski cane! Now that's how to celebrate your 90th birthday! And it's a win-win for both of them, even though Katy didn't win, she still got to go home with her Grammy!

Katy then changed into a very "Queen of Hearts" inpsired skirt and bustier to perform.

My favourite of Katy's outfits was what she changed into for the Clive Davis after-party, I so want to make a Party-Perry pun...My only issue is why she looks like Morticia Adams from the neck up! The makeup is far too heavy for this dress, and the hair is too stark.

Thankfully we have Selma Blair looking adorably fresh in Lanvin, and glowingly pregnant. I don't always love Lanvin (rarely even), but this looks great on her, even if a bit casual.

I haven't been much of a fan of anything Nicole Kidman's been wearing lately, but she's glowing in this floral, strapless Jean Paul Gaultier mermaid gown.

Natasha Bedingfield's blue and white floral strapless is quite pretty, and I want to like her Jean Harlowe pin curls, and yet... She looks like she's wearing antique China.

Singer Melanie Fiona wore a grey and silver, cowl neck Max Azria Atelier gown, and looked lovely, although I have no idea why she attempted the headband! She may be somewhat pulling it off, just not with this dress.

Can someone explain to me why Lea Michele always tries so hard to look sexy? Don't get me wrong, I'm love her incredibly low cut, ruffle and lace Emilio Pucci gown, but does she really need to hold it aside to show off how high the slit is? We get it, you're not the prude your character is on Glee... stop trying so hard!

I'm not used to this look or lilac colour on Kelly Osbourne, clearly her weight loss has changed her style, but I am a fan of Tadashi Shoji mini, and I absolutely LOVE her silver Alexander McQueen peeptoe platforms!

I found that Kelly's occasional E! co-host Giuliana Rancic's beige feathered mini looked very similar, just not as a nice. Although I swear when I saw her on the screen, I loved what she was wearing... where is that?!

Speaking of E! Co-hosts, Ryan Seacrest's girlfriend, Julianne Hough looked great in this vibrant printed, chiffon Malandrino gown.

Feb 22, 2011

Atmosphere - Just for Show (single)

Whoa. I was definitely excited for Slug and Ant's 7th official studio LP The Family Sign, but that's because I am an unwavering Atmosphere fan, so I was guaranteed to like it on some level, no matter what. Now that I've heard the first release, "Just for Show" I am actually counting down the days until I get to hear the album in its entirety! The Family Sign drops April 12th which you can pre-order now via the Rhymesayers website. In the meantime you can download "Just for Show" on iTunes, and preview it here.


The track has a laid back, big-band ska vibe; while the lyrics are perfectly painful, personal and poetic. I'd be lying if I didn't admit to relating to them on a rather deep emotional level, and I'd expect nothing less from the talented duo.

The Family Tour starts April 20th, if you're lucky enough to have a show in your area, I suggest you GO!
The Family Tour
04.20.11 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
04.21.11 - Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
04.22.11 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
04.23.11 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04.24.11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factor
04.26.11 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
04.27.11 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
04.28.11 - Richmond, VA @ The National
04.29.11 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
04.30.11 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
05.02.11 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's BBQ
05.04.11 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
05.05.11 - Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
05.06.11 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
05.07.11 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre ^
05.09.11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
05.10.11 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
05.12.11 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
05.13.11 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
05.14.11 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon
05.17.11 - Boulder, Co @ Fox Theatre

^ with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz

Feb 21, 2011

Grammy Misfits

It seems only appropriate that when discussing Grammy Misfits, Lady Gaga gets top billing. I mean she showed up in an EGG for Christ sakes! And if that that weren't enough she had minions carry her across the red carpet, who spoke for her... Seems to me, someone was just trying to preserve their voice, but wanted it to have more meaning.

After Gaga changed out of her Mugler by Nicola Formichetti ensemble that she performed in, she put on this anatomically enhanced black number to accept her award in. Yes those are nipples, but that's not the best part....

Butt, being the operative word. Add that to the protruding vertebrae, and it gives a whole new meaning to "Baby got back."

Doesn't Russian singer Nadeea remind you of Wilma Flintstone heading to a formal event, after doing some shopping?

Canadian singer Aleesia could have possibly made it to my list of standouts, since I actually quite liked her dress...I just couldn't look past the fact that the tone of her skin and some of the colours in her dress, matched. Step away from the Jersey Shore marathons, grab some lemon and slough!

I like it, I don't. The front looks cute, the back does not. Actually from the bust up, Naya Rivera looks odd, what's up with her hair? And from mid-thigh down, she also looks unfinished. Pass.

I'm a big fan of Roberto Cavalli and I loved this sequined, tiger patterned maxi-dress on the runway, but on Miley Cyrus it looks ill-fitting. It's a shame, because this is the purrfect event to wear such a dress, but she just didn't do it justice.

Speaking of animal prints... Imagine if I said I didn't notice anyone else wearing any? Like somehow Nicky Minaj was so incredibly covered in spots, I just assumed she was indeed a live animal? I could have almost liked her Givenchy Couture ensemble, if only she had separated the pieces, and not matched her hair (and visible bra) to it. And the hair, let's talk about the hair... Is she the Bride of Frankenstein's pet?

Even worse than Nicky's print overload is Jordin Sparks dulling of every one of my senses. Why does her Zang Toi dress have a skirt cape? Why does the rest of her look like she's attending senior prom? And why am I even mentioning her name?

Someone actually worth mentioning, Janelle Monae and while granted I think she looks cute in her Ralph Lauren tux and Colonel Sanders tie, I was hoping to see her in something different. ANYTHING different. Much like I'm bored by Sparky's Grammy choice above, and I find Gaga's shtick overdone, I crave something shockingly new and different from Janelle. I guess I'll just have to wait until her next album and next theme for that though.

Kanye West - All of the Lights ft. Rihanna & Kid Cudi (video)

Flashing, flashing, Lights, lights.. Err wait no, I mean "All of the Lights" What's up with Kanye's obsession with lights? Seriously? I'm not complaining, I am a fan of both tracks, in fact I am presently an obsessive fan of Kanye's fourth single from his platinum selling album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, featuring Rihanna, Kid Cudi and more!

"All of the Lights" also features random additional vocals from every artist Kanye has ever come in contact with (although shockingly, Jay-Z is not one of them), the list includes Elton John, Alicia Keys, John Legend, The-Dream, La Roux's Elly Jackson, Fergie (which her first is complete garbage). The Hype Williams directed video for the single may only feature images of Rihanna, Cudi and Kanye, but Hype made sure to get every name that was involved in the recording of this track in there, including his own.

WARNING if you are prone to seizures.... That's it, that's your warning.

When Rihanna sings "I want you to see all of this" what she really means is "I want you to see all of my side boob.. both sides...and top...and..." So what I'm wondering is, if you wanted us "to see EVERYTHING" why didn't you just show up to set naked? Or at least wear those electrical tape X's like she did in the video for "Hard" without the nude bustier.

Speaking of Rihanna and her post-Chris Brown angst, I wonder if Ye's lyrics, "I slapped my girl, she called the feds. I did that time and spent that bread" has anything to do with Rihanna and Chris Brown's pre-Grammy Altercation two years ago?

Rihanna performed this track alongside Kanye, along with her own tracks, including "What's my Name" with a visit from Drake, at last night's NBA All-Star game.

Feb 20, 2011

WTF?!?! Kim Kardashian Sings?

You may have just spit your green tea all over the monitor, like I almost did when I heard this, good thing I haven't tried it with coconut milk yet (doesn't that sound delicious?), what a waste that would have been.

Apparently the Armenian J-Lo plans on adding songstress to her two dimensional resume with her upcoming single "Turn it Up," produced by Christina Milian's ex The-Dream. I'm a bit surprised that he would just link his name to anyone, I mean who's he trying to be? Scott Storch? Remember that short-lived Paris Hilton pairing?

At least Kim is claiming to make huge moves in the music industry and refers to her vocal ability with what I hope is modesty, "I have a cute little voice. It's just a fun song." Hopefully she's not trying to follow in Lindsay Lohan's or Scarlett Johansson's footsteps (at least they're actually talented at something though), but for now Kim denies she's planning on recording anything more than a single. "You never know what would happen but as of right now I'm not thinking about [starting a music career]. I wanted to do something that I had never done before, something that was a little bit out of my comfort zone. So, I tried it and it was fun." Kim tells UsMagazine.com in LA recently.

But who knows, perhaps that explains why she was at the Grammy's? Trying to reach out to other producers and music execs; because I honestly couldn't understand her attendance!

Feb 17, 2011

Grammy Standouts: Metallic Edition!

The moment I spied Heidi Klum in this gold sequined Julien Macdonald, shoulder cut-out gown, I literally gasped! She looks amazing. Clearly a contender for my list of favourite Standouts, but after I started compiling I noticed a trend and decided the metallic could stand alone!

Another Standout favourite, Jennifer Lopez looked hot with the diva hair, $340,000 worth of Cartier jewels and that incredible long sleeved silver Emilio Pucci (disco ball) mini. It gets even better as you work your way down her shiny legs, to those spiked Christian Louboutin "Very Mix" heels.

LeAnn Rimes hopped on the metallic trend, looking incredibly lithe in a gold sequined Reem Acra knotted gown. Is this what new love does to her? She loses a shockingly large amount of weight (for someone who was already thin to being with).

I had also included Selena Gomez in my list of Standouts before I had split the metallic trend from the group. Selena looked glamorous and perhaps a little too mature to be dating Justin Bieber in a pale gold metallic J. Mendel gown. She reminded me a little of Vanessa Hudgens, it has a chic but relaxed vibe to it.

Someone who was absolutely not on my favourites list, was reality celebutante Kim Kardashian in a bronzed gold Kaufman Franco plunging dress with high slit. The only reason she found her way on a Standout list, besides following a trend, is because she looks like she's trying desperately to be Jennifer Lopez, but sorry Kim, you're ass may be equally as notable, and your hair as enviable (and truthfully you're prettier), but you are no J-Lo.

Miranda Lambert was not originally on my Standout list, but that's not to say she did not look incredible in her shoulder-cutout, pewter metallic Edition by George Chakra gown.

Feb 16, 2011

Grammy Standouts: Rihanna Edition!

For the Grammy Red Carpet, Rihanna wore one of my favourite Standout dresses, but she had multiple costume changes, she deserved a category all to herself! She walked the carpet in an off the shoulder, cloud-like Jean Paul Gaultier Couture dress, which I still can't tell if she's wearing anything under it, regardless she is making this work! (Side note: This girl loves transparent panels, remember her New Year's outfit when she hosted the evening at Pure in Las Vegas? If I had her body, I'd be wearing transparent clothing all the time!)

For her performance of "The Way You Lie" with Eminem, Rihanna changed into this fittingly dramatic black and yellow petal print Christian Dior Fall 2010 Couture gown. I love how although the underskirt was printed with flowers it blended with the flame imagery in the background, she certainly used her fashion choice to manifest the meaning behind the song.

Rihanna changed once more for her performance of "What's my Name" featuring Drake, this time however the focus was free-moving fringe and bejewelled spankies. If there's one thing this girl is good at, it's avoiding predictability!

Feb 15, 2011

2011 Grammy Standouts!

Jennifer Hudson looks so good, I'm seriously turning green. Not only is she looking all petite but she's also got this enviable wardrobe to show it off, and show off she did in a navy Versace rise and fall dress with a strap embellished bodice to show off her new tiny waist. The only area she could have altered to look even better, were the shoes... but let's face it, no one's looking at her feet anyway.

A lot of people may not have "got" Florence Welsh's Spring 2011 Givenchy Couture nude tulle gown. I loved the detailed embroidery and sequins, including the swans (which reminds me of Katy Perry's after-party dress, which I will of course share later).

I liked the gown even better from the back with the flash of orange. I thank Flo for not only her music, that saves me almost daily, but also her take on fashion. Thank you!

I often find that Basil Soda is a perfect choice for music events, and clearly Keri Hilson agrees. She looked like a futuristic, glamorous, yet sexy peacock in her cerulean blue Basil Soda Couture mini.

I heard a few people come down on Glee actress, Amber Riley for her Grammy choice, but I am a fan of her Ema Savahl strapless mini, including her gold shoulder armour. I agree, she does appear like she may be trying to be edgy, but I think she's young enough to keep this look fun. The only thing I would change are the shoes, I find them too heavy for the rest of her look. Either way, keep up the good work Amber!

Speaking of poor shoe choice, Ciara wowed me with her floaty Emilio Pucci gown. I love the blue and white halter, the cut outs, the printed skirt, including the dangerously high slit. The shoes however, WTF?! were you thinking with the shoes? On their own, the shoes are great, but paired with such a light, airy and flirty dress, they just weigh the look down, similar to her hair. J-Hud pulled the long and sleek hair off, Ciara did not; but the dress is amazing and if I could wear it, I would!

J. Cole - In the Morning ft. Drake (video)

I've recently noticed a friend of mine quoting a lot of J. Cole's lyrics on his Twitter account, more importantly these lyrics have been speaking to me, such as "He stringin' you along allow me to untie you" and "And though I stray from you, you know that my heart is good." So when I heard that Cole was dropping the official video for "In the Morning" featuring Canadian rapping phenomenon Drake I knew I just had to share.

"A flower, you are powerful, you do something to me"
"In the Morning" is off J. Cole's mixtape, Friday Night Lights, which you can still download over at the Dopehouse.
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