Oscars, Round two

Alrighty kids, I’ve got about 40 mins. until my next class so I’m going to see how many dresses I can cram in before then. Ready, set, go!

Kerry Washington (Miu Miu)

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Love the color, top is iffy. Personally, I think if it was more coral and gold and less white, it could have worked. I also would have gotten rid of the train, looks much too limp and lifeless.

Jennifer Anniston (Valentino)

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I really like this dress on her but the hair. THE HAIR. IT NEEDS TO CHANGE. Sorry, couldn’t control the fashion rage there. I love the volume and the fit otherwise.

Nicole Kidman (L’Wren Scott)

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I really liked this one. I mean, black, gold and sequins–I’m sold. The hair looks a bit too unkempt, but otherwise; high five.

Jennifer Garner (Gucci)

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I love love love love the color of this. The ruffle–I’ll get back to that. Construction is a bit funky (you can see some of the boning and there’s a bit of a pull at the bust. I feel like it needs a belt or something at the waist.

Salma Hayek (Alexander McQueen)

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It’s Counselor Troi goes to the Oscars. In all seriousness, she just looks pained. For someone who basically can get her hands on any haute couture she wants she looks really uncomfortable. Kudos for wearing velvet though.

Kristen Stewart (Reem Acra)

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Oh honey. Go home, take a few aspirin, and lie down. Try again tomorrow.

Halle Berry (Versace)

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Fierce. Halle brought it. This is how you do it.

Okay, two minutes until class starts, time to stop. Look for round 3 later.

Red Carpet Rundown: The Oscars

The Oscars happened last night. I watched almost all of the red carpet and the opening bit, but other than that, I was doing pattern making homework. Ain’t no rest for the one year design student. Next year I will resume my tradition of watching the oscars all the way through. Intently. Seriously though, I love it. There are three things I am really passionate about–obviously fashion is one of them, video games and last but certainly not least is film. I think what I love most about all of these is the beauty of understructure. The story they tell, the techniques used to create a vision, the emotions they convey as well as their rich history.

Soliloquy aside, actresses wore dresses to this shindig. That means I have an opinion and I’m sharing it with you.

Quvenzhané Wallis (Armani)

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Adorbs. Kudos for the puppy bag. Also, I want her flats.

Fan Bing Bing (Marchesa)

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She’s just unreal. Would have preferred a less severe ‘do, but still mauve-elous (those eye rolls you’re doing right now? Totally deserved it.)

Reese Witherspoon (Louis Vuitton)

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Looks great. Fit’s just a smidge too tight in the bodice, but she looks fabulous nonetheless. Love what the color blocking is doing for her waistline. Her hair is also impeccable.

Jennifer Hudson (Roberto Cavalli)

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Definitely one of my favorites of the night. She looked flawless, comfortable and like she loved what she was wearing. It really showed too. However, it does feel like she could have used a bracelet, on her clutch-holding arm. The length of that sleeve is just begging for it.

Jane Fonda (Versace)

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You go girl! This is how older actresses should dress. I loooooove the shoulders, the color is great, the fit is flawless. I would have picked a different shoe, maybe a gold one.

Amy Adams (Oscar de la Renta)

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I love Amy Adams, I love how she isn’t afraid of a dramatic dress, but this just reads torn tissues. Had it been in any other color, a deep red, a hunter green or a navy blue, I would be all over it, but the color does nothing for her.

Charlize Theron (Dior)

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Bravo. Flawless. The fit is amazing. Just amazing.

Zoe Saldana (Alexis Mabille)

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I like it. It looks like a fun dress. Love the chiffon on the bottom.

Adele (Jenny Packham)

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I don’t like it. I’m not sure what exactly I don’t like, but I feel like changing the color would help immensely. Imagine it in navy, or better yet an inky green. I would also lift the hem about a quarter of an inch and hack off that barely a train.

Okay so that concludes part 1. I will hope to have part 2 by the evening or tomorrow morning.

Sew on!

Emily

Return of the Red Carpet Doctor!

Now, Anne Hathaway alongside James Franco, is hosting the Oscars. I can’t particularly recall a time in my own memory when a woman has hosted an awards show other than Whoopie Goldberg and Chelsea Handler at the VMAs (let’s not go there.). So this is challenging because there’s really no precedent. Men just wear what they’d wear otherwise—tuxes. I mean, will she pull a Lady Gaga and have four wardrobe changes or simply wear something more toned down? What about just one crazy amazing dress? For this reason I’ve set up several different options. Here’s what she wore to the Golden Globes .
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I liked it. I didn’t love it—not nearly as much as her dress form the Globes last year, but I still enjoyed it.
So Hathaway’s been big into Armani recently and seems to be settling into a sort of “loyalty” with them. Surprisingly, there’s a lot more that goes into Red Carpet dressing than picking a pretty dress. Since having a celebrity wear your dress on the Red Carpet is some of the best PR a designer can get, design houses and labels pour all sorts of money into getting celebrities to their shows and getting them to wear their clothes on the Red Carpet.
But anyway, like I said, I am including a few possibilities.

Look #1 The likely candidate

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This is from Armani’s Haute Couture collection. It’s a relatively “simple” looking dress (which means it really isn’t. It’s Haute Couture. That’s hours upon hours of hand done work) The fabric’s the real visual interest in this context. I’m not sure how this would translate to television and whether or not viewers would be distracted by the sheen, but she could definitely work it.
Here are the accessories:

Balmain silver leather open toe shoes
775 EUR – montaignemarket.com
Silver heels »

 

Tribal print clutch
$160 – karenmillen.com
Framed clutch »

 

 

 

I thought since she’s hosting the Oscars, she shouldn’t take herself as seriously as she normally does with this outfit. With the accessories I was thinking of almost a superhero theme that’s right on the edge of being kitschy. That’s when it works, right at the edge of the cliff, there’s a small margin of error before you fall off and your shoes don’t match.

So what I’d love for her is my second choice:

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I LOVE this one so much. The instant I saw this, I thought of Anne Hathaway. Well I thought maybe a smidgen more of Audrey Hepburn, but that’s close enough. It’s fabulously regal and would certainly find its place among the Red Carpet Pantheon with Keira Knightley’s dress, Barbara Streisand’s get up and many others. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but that simply shows how in love with this dress I am. I also can’t recall a time she’s ever worn McQueen (which would also make this a magnificent dress for the Met Gala even though it’s by Burton) I can just imagine her with hair in some fabulously impeccable manner and the most fabulously jewelry, maybe even a tiara!
It’s so fabulously regal!

Here are the accesories:

Marine Jeweled Ankle-Wrap Sandals
$1,995 – saksfifthavenue.com
High heel sandals »

SAMURAI GOLD EMBROIDERED SKULL CLUTCH
$2,195 – alexandermcqueen.com
Skull handbags »

Loree Rodkin Flower earrings
9,300 GBP – brownsfashion.com
Fleur de lis jewelry »

Oh no! I’m mixing silver and gold! Noooooooooo!
Actually, in some cases it can work. With this, the silver’s closer to a black and the gold’s already a part of the dress.

So that’s it for Anne Hathaway, up next: Amy Adams!
Sew on!
Emily