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Oscars: The Best of the Best

Unless you’re living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean, you know the Oscars were Sunday night. This night is full of the best of the best in more ways than one – the best actors, directors, movies, celebrities, AND fashions. While I wasn’t that shocked or blown away by anyone last night (everyone’s been pretty tame these past awards season – why doesn’t someone liven it up a little?), there were still some pretty fabulous looks.

1. Halle Berry in Versace.

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This look is just so ultra glam and modern chic. The sparkly silver stripes flatter Berry’s already great body, and the structural shoulders add a futuristic edge. I love how the dress is showing some skin up top, but yet manages to stay tasteful. The accessories were perfect for this gown; simple, matching earrings and a big ring. The simple beauty look of an almost-bare face and small french nails let Berry’s natural beauty stand out and keep her look from being too costume-y.

2. Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta.

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I’m so happy that Amy Adams brought some girly glamour to the Oscars. This OdlR ball gown is something every girl dreams of, and she styled it perfectly. I would have preferred a better color so she wasn’t as washed out on top, but lighter neutrals were a huge trend on the red carpet, so she can’t lose too many points for that. Props for picking a fairytale dress when everyone else is in slinky little numbers.

3. Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott.

nicolekidmanNicole Kidman held true to form and dazzled with an unexpected dress. Really, no one else could pull this off. But somehow Kidman does, and it’s great. I love the way the material looks, and how the gold sparkles seem to melt into black. The fit is perfect, and the bottom portion of the dress with gold curlicues makes this dress a risk worth taking.

4. Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen.

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Maybe I’m bit biased, but really, put someone into McQueen and they’ll be an instant hit. This dress of gorgeous luxe velvet hugs Hayek’s curves perfectly, and the gold high neck embellishment is fit for royalty. Great choice, if you ask me.

5. Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad.

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Everything is done right in this look. Glitzy gold in bold designs with a flowing bottom? Love. Dark, wavy, smooth hair? Gorgeous. Complementary earrings and ring? Fabulous. Cheers to you, CZJ!

6. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture.

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Yes, this was a favorite look of many. It’s pretty and it’s gorgeous Dior couture, but I feel like  it wasn’t anything really new. The print was interesting and gave a great texture effect, and I like the overall look. But I just felt like she could have made a bigger splash. That being said, this was a fabulous look, and Lawrence is one of my favorites.

7. Charlize Theron in Dior Couture.

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Theron is a vision in white in this Dior gown. The clean shape and crisp structure, paired with her short hair, is so modern and so chic. The choice to leave the neck bare and only wear bracelets keeps the look simple and elegant.

8. Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen.

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Neutrals and blush colors were the big winners Sunday night. I love the romantic feel of a good, subtle color. The print on this dress keeps it interesting and makes it even more romantic. I love the high necks on the McQueen dresses – elegant and classy, but still sexy thanks to the bared shoulders. Keeping the accessories simple and her hair up were perfect styling choices. Beautiful.

9. Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan.

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She managed to steal the spotlight from George Clooney in this dress – that’s an impressive feat. This dress has it all – sex appeal, elegance, modernity, glitz, glam. It even has a kind of retro, 1920s vibe, in part due to the design of the sparkles and in part due to Keibler’s hairstyle. This was a huge favorite for me because it was totally glam and gave some much needed “umph” to the red carpet.

10. Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé

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Chastain looked flawless – by far the best look of the night. This dress was safe in a way, but also a risk – with someone as pale as Chastain, a creamy blush color is not usually recommended. But she rocked this dress, and all other aspects of this look were perfect. Then metallic nails, the single gold bracelet, the sparkly earrings, her wavy hair, and the fabulous red lipstick all come together with the dress to create a look that is modern yet retro, sexy yet elegant, va va voom yet classy and chic. Absolutely fabulous.

 

Ultimate Valentine

Ultimate Valentine

Golden Globes: Best Dressed

Last night was full of surprises, disappoints, and ‘wow’ moments. People either loved or were thoroughly confused by Jodie Foster’s speech, Tarantino swore, and there were many, many awkward moments. Thankfully, though, there were some many stunning fashion moments, that really just made me even more excited for the Oscars. Here are my top ten picks from last night:

10. Nicole Richie

In Naeem Khan, Spring 2013.

In Naeem Khan, Spring 2013.

I love this. The color, the detailing, the freshness of it – and I love how put together and elegant Nicole Richie looks. No one can hate a good come back, and I give her props for cleaning up and finally getting a classy style that works.

9. Salma Hayek

In Gucci.

In Gucci.

This dress was dazzling. And look at her waist! Her curves look perfect in this. I love the little accent of color in her earrings, too. This look was a home run from head to toe.

8. Zooey Deschanel

In Oscar de la Renta.

In Oscar de la Renta.

I love how fun this ballgown dress is. Zooey manages to make it look both glamorous and quirky, encapsulating her own personal style fabulously. The pearls are great and her make up’s flawless. And did you see her cute nails on her instagram? Love!

7. Jennifer Lopez

In Zuhair Murad.

In Zuhair Murad.

The reviews on this were very polarized: some loved the sheer and the lace and the sex appeal, and others thought it wasn’t classy or cute. Personally, I think that J. Lo has got it – so she should flaunt it! This dress technically covers all of her, and the her make up and hair are so old Hollywood glamour. It’s nude, it’s sheer, it’s whatever – she looks great and I think it’s fabulous!

6. Kate Hudson

In Alexander McQueen.

In Alexander McQueen.

She looks fabulous in this dress (obviously, she’s Kate Hudson – she’d look fabulous in a paper bag). And I love McQueen above all others, so it is a favorite of mine. But one thing bothers me – she should have worn her hair up, or at least pulled back. The neckline on this dress is gorgeous, and while her blow out is gorgeous too, I wish she had showed off the dress some more. That being said, she rocked this look!

5. Julianne Hough

In Monique Lhuillier.

In Monique Lhuillier.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I love this dress and would wear it in a heartbeat. I love how Hough didn’t choose just a slinky, sexy gown like most of young Hollywood. Instead she chose to play with fashion in a huge, beaded gown and rocker hair and make up. She pulls it off with flying colors, despite how, on paper, the make up should have been all wrong (White, pretty dress and blonde hair? Too dark!). Definitely a jaw-dropping moment of the night.

4. Michelle Dockery.

In Alexandre Vauthier.

In Alexandre Vauthier.

Stunning. Elegant. Gorgeous. Just a few words that come to mind when you see this picture. Dockery looked like a classy goddess last night in this gorgeous white gown with the gold lace detailing. I love all of her accessories (Emerald cocktail ring? Perfect choice!) except for the one bracelet on her arm – I find it a bit random and too clunky for the daintiness of the dress and the star. All in all though, a big hit.

3. Nicole Kidman

In Alexander McQueen.

In Alexander McQueen.

Daring and beautiful, risqué yet classic, Kidman arrived in a major update on the classic black gown. This McQueen beauty is elegantly chic: the high neck and modest slit balance out the daring mesh midriff, the gold embellishment amps up the glamour, and the polka dots keep it fun.This McQueen gown manages, as always with McQueen, to be all of the things that make fashion so wonderful – daring, charm, and class.

2. Lucy Liu

In Carolina Herrera.

In Carolina Herrera.

This dress was shocking, to say the least. And really, you either loved it or you hated it. Personally, I loved it. Herrera has a great Spring collection that is just plain fun mixed with elegant beauty. Fashion is about taking changes, expressing yourself, and no one wants to be boring all the time. Props to Lucy for making such a bold choices and working it so well. I thought she was a stunner last night.

1. Jennifer Lawrence

In Dior Haute Couture.

In Dior Haute Couture.

When Jennifer first arrived in this dress, my twitter feed was suddenly flooded with “What the hell is up with that bust?” comments. To all of those, I say: It’s Dior HAUTE COUTURE. One of the things I love most about high fashion, and about couture, is that it’s risky. It’s off the beaten path, it’s imaginative, it’s creative. It’s an art form, in my opinion. This is not just a prom dress bought at a store – it is a creation for a specific woman based on a specific inspiration that the designer had. I thought Jennifer’s hair, make up, and earrings were all styled well, and I love the gleaming belt that shows off her waist. The shape is a little different, as is the bust, but I think it all works for her. She owned this dress, and red is going to be all the rage this season because of this moment.

Remember, fashion is supposed to be about pushing our imaginations and creativity. It’s about pushing the limits, thinking outside the box, and making magic with cloth. Whenever I see someone trying to pull a daring trend or outfit off, I try to stop myself from instantly critiquing it. We all have our own style, and we all like things that no one else might. So I commend anyone brave enough to wear a cooky accessory or try a crazy hairstyle – without something different to look at, life would be very boring indeed.

Best of 2012

Best of 2012

Miu miu
$1,160 – flannelsfashion.com

Amen short skirt
$335 – farfetch.com

Alexander mcqueen
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