Frugal Feathers

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2013.

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2013.

Obsessed does not begin to describe how I feel about the Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 looks. The drama, the glamour, the retro feel . . . all of it blew me away. Except for one part – the prices. What’s a fabulous poor girl to do? We all just want to channel our inner Hitchcock-retro girls at least once, don’t we?

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Lo and behold, feathery visions that meet your sartorial needs and stay within your wallet’s limits exist! Hopped up on the grunge ’90s revival coming this fall? Take a feathery skirt and pair it with a slouchy sweater, then complete the look with low, menswear-inspired boots. Want a more girly approach to the fine animal texture? Try a dark and glamorous dress with tights and low-heeled booties and a richly colored feather ear cuff. The best part? Everything here is under $50. Now, that’s fabulous.

 

 

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.