Mar 11, 2016

Oscar Red Carpet Fashion Favourites

The Oscar's have passed, but the Red Carpet Fashion is still on my mind! There were some serious favourites that can not be ignored;

No Fashion Favourite can be complete without mentioning Cate Blanchett's seafoam green Armani Privé gown. As per usual she looked ethereal and elegant; very few people can pull off feathered-floral appliqués or that shade, but of course Ms. Blanchett does it effortlessly!

Speaking of effortless, Olivia Munn looked absolutely stunning and cool in her one-shoulder tangerine Stella McCartney dress. I love her matching lip and the simplicity of her hair. I want this, I could wear this... granted it wouldn't look as good on me, but a girl can dream. 

Another effortless beauty Naomi Watts sparkled in this iridescent strapless, indigo Armani dress, that her husband Liev Shrieber picked out for her to wear. I love when a man knows what looks great on his better half, especially when it's him we are often dressing for. 

Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan paid homage to her homeland once again, in a black and green iridescent Calvin Klein. (The Irish-American actress wore a green Alberta Ferretti gown to the 2008 Oscar's and her nomination for Atonement).

Charlize Theron kept it simple in a Dior gown, (what a surprise!), but upped the drama with the tomato red shade, plunging neckline and train. It was not my favourite of all the gowns, but I can't deny that she wears it well. 

I must admit I was surprised at how good Tina Fey looked in her violet Versace gown. It is ridiculously flattering on her, and she looks confident and regal. She has come a long way, style wise since we first saw the comedian on the red carpet. 

Mar 2, 2016

Oscar's After-Party Fashion - Whiteout

I wanted to continue the theme of wearing white to Oscar's, but keep party fashion celebrate from the actual event, and although some of these are great, let's start with the biggest risk faced when wearing white;

Best displayed by Serena Williams in Galia Lahav Vegas Bridal Collection. The thing is, although I was trying to make a joke about this being a bridal gown, Galia Lahav is best known for their Bridal collections, so I'm not sure how Serena thought she would escape looking like a bride who just escaped her Vegas nuptials!

A better white after-party choice was Kate Beckinsale's Romana Keveza column gown, while it's not a spectacular gown, it looks great on her and she looks lovely, and not like she just escaped the aisle. 

Now this speaks to me! Jessica Alba looks cool and comfortable and classy in this flowy 70s-inspired Roberto Cavalli, 3C's that are perfect for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Mar 1, 2016

2016 Academy Awards - The Whiteout

And with one last Awards show, and the only one I've actually caught live, Awards Season is over! But before we slip our jeggings and yoga pants back on, let's revel in all those who got dressed up to prance down the Red Carpet for our viewing pleasure!

Ironically enough, #Blackout, some of the most notable fashion to grace the Red Carpet were dressed in white, which I will be the first to admit is a risky shade to wear, but let's start with those who did it right!

I absolutely loved the delicate and vintage feel of Mara Rooney's Givenchy lace, cutout gown. Everything about it was perfect, especially on the dark haired, fair-skinned actress. The hair and makeup feels a little Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love, but it works.

Another gown that did white lace right and avoided looking completely bridal Priyanka Chopra's Zuhair Murad gown. Of course would I consider wearing this down the aisle? Of course! But that doesn't take away from how amazing the gown is and how beautiful Priyanaka looks in it.

The most shocking of the night for me, was Lady Gaga in a caped Brandon Maxwell pant and bustier ensemble, simply because I loved it and she was not covered in bubbles or meat products! Gasp! When I first saw her I thought it was a gown and was a fan, but I once I realized it was a pantsuit, I appreciated it even more. For a pianist who was performing later that evening, the design made sense, and she looked very old school glamour with a modern twist. My only complaint is the position of bustier, but I can appreciate the desire to avoid photos of you constantly pulling up your top. 

While we're on the topic of pants, let's stand back and appreciate Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. better known as Common in his crisp white Dolce & Gabbana tux. Amongst the sea of typical black tuxedos, it's always welcome to see some variation, plus you can never go wrong with a black man in a white suit, at least in my eyes! (To keep it positive, I am going to avoid the fact that his pants look about an inch too short!)

When it comes to Kerry Washington's Versace gown, much like the gown itself, I am of two minds. I like the leather bodice, and I like the pairing of the black leather with flowing white skirt, the slit is a perfect height, the leather creates a perfect waist, and yet I don't love it. I'm unsure of the purpose of the leather running through the skirt, or what's happening with those straps! Plus the neckline, is it crooked or is it just the way she's standing? Either way, I dislike it. Let's just say, this was so close, but not quite there.

Olivia Wilde. I love her. It's very rare that I find myself criticizing her or her fashion choices, and yet I find myself feeling very conflicted about my dislike of this dress. In short, I hate it. I want to like, her boobs look great! But her hair, makeup, choker, the dress, I dislike all of it. It looks like Valentino started this dress, finished the skirt, but did not have enough time to finish the top, so just handed her the remaining pleated fabric, hung it around her neck and tucked the ends into the waist.


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