Oscars this year might have been predictable, but red carpet was definitely not – While a few females dared to defy norms and experiment with looks giving us jaw dropping looks, it was the men that actually took center stage and experimented with their looks on main red carpet and turned heads for all the right reasons… Here are my picks Read the rest of this entry »
The Award season just went by and by the time it culminates at Oscars, one pretty much has a good idea of how celebrities are going to dress and the style they would choose to follow. Oscars brought in drama but a lot of it was rather littered with conventional choices. However a lot of actresses did manage to turn heads for all the right reasons on the red carpet. Read the rest of this entry »
Prepping for Red carpets are no mean feat, some play it safe, classic and minimal, others love to experiment on a whole different level, sometimes leaving people surprised that it could work. This award season was no different where we had our range of celebs dressed to the nines for the big awards night few days after each other, appearing flawless despite making transatlantic journeys. Here’s a rundown of the few of their own red carpet looks.
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Primarily a film festival, and it should be respected as such, Cannes in the past few years has notoriously become one of the highlight in the annual calendar due to its glitzy red carpet. Hwever, Cannes this time around was rather a less dramatic affair…. what is with red carpet events this year… however regular fashionistas gave us moments that were definitely worth watching what they would wear next on the red carpet. From Sonam Kapoor to Julianne Moore… even Katrina Kaif made her debut at the red carpet at this edition of Cannes. There were some fun brilliant moments and some missteps but our fashionistas did their best and rocked every thing they donned…. Read the rest of this entry »
It was rather surprisingly a lackluster affair at the Oscars this year. Women dressed way better at the Globes. While Jessica Chastain went a good jewel tone but the sad sash with embellished bodice maternity look and her fiery hair into tamed into straight school girl gone stepford housewife hair, What happened to you between Globes and Oscars??? Attempting a miss goody two shoes look??? Best Actress winner Julianne Moore disappointed in something that ‘Karl made for her’…. Woman … you should have stuck to Givenchy or Tom Ford… they gave you such memorable moments at Globes and SAG… the squashed sequined flowers rows was rather meh!! Almost the worst gown ever by a best actress winner….Even Cate Blanchette was just hanging around the outskirts looking bored and barely bringing in her red carpet game.
Jared Leto’s outfit was copied by the Lego singers and it wasn’t as awesome on them. Scarlet Johansson and Lupita Nyongo were in competition with each other for the role of the new sea witch… someone might as well cast them as two bad ass sea witches fighting off each other…who needs Ariel, its Sea Poison Ivy versus the Oyster Queen of Pearls (Lupita’s Vanity Fair Party Calvin Klein look was flawless) . Laura Dern‘s gown as much fun as it was, she did not need to ruin the whole look by that styling going all Game of Thrones and making it go all armoury.. Felicity Jones, almost had a moment…her Globes one still by far the best look for her this award season. Zoe Saldana, a little personality wouldn’t hurt, you had such a good gown with subtle graphic details. And what to say about Gwenyth Paltrow… why is she even invited to Oscars anymore… Darling they don’t hand out awards to trying-to-look-like-when-i- won.
Here are my picks for the best dressed women of the night.
After Naomi Watts at Globes, it was Jennifer Hudson’s turn to try on the cheery yellow color on the red carpet. The butter yellow gown from the Romona Keveza Spring 2015 collection with half peplum and tiny accent belt was classic chic, while the color adds a splash of fun to the simple silhouette. The bold emerald and diamond earrings and cocktail ring are a lovely accent, perfectly styling off the gown. Paired with Jimmy Choo ‘Minnie’ sandals she rounded off the look. Jennifer’s sleek hair, flawless skin and subtle makeup complete the look. She changed up with another smashing look with a black velvet gown, dangling earrings and deep magenta lips was as perfect for the night as the red carpet look. From cheery to sultry, this chic rocked it all.
The usual sultry siren on the red carpet went for a much more prettier and princessy moment for her big night at the Oscars. The Layers of romantic nude-hued tulle were speckled with monochromatic beading from the deep cut neckline, dripping all the way past the waistline. The look was styled to chicest perfection via the most slim belt, a matching clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo and simple diamond drop earrings. What was a masterstroke was the high ponytail that added the perfect contrasting playful element, balancing out the high drama dress. A pink pout and she was the princess of the night.
After Jessica Chastain’s unusual bronze choice at the Globes, it was Emma’s chartreuse pick made for the unusual perfect red carpet moment this Oscar season. The custom long-sleeved Elie Saab couture gown with illusion detailing, an open-back and chartreuse beading worked perfectly for the her skin tone accented off with her hair. Christian Louboutin ‘Gardnera’ sandals compliment the gown perfectly. The flawless look was finished with her wavy side swept bob and deeply pigmented coral matte lips were perfect accent and fun take on the red carpet.
If there was one dress that said ‘ delivered a baby and the bitch is back baby’, it had to be Rosamund’s Oscar red carpet moment. The crimson Givenchy Couture number created a visual spark on the red carpet with its dimensional, intricate embroidery sexily cinched in with a visible corset. What is intriguing about this look is its in sync with her nominated character as well as despite being embroidered overall, it does not overwhelm her. Finishing her sassy red carpet look, in minimal fashion—dainty Lorraine Schwartz earrings, alongside a swept-back bun and barely-there rose-tinged makeup were all she needed.
Chanelling her inner sultry boudoir, starlet Margot Robbie looked smoldering in Saint Laurent on the red carpet. Saint Laurent is becoming the go to designer for the young guns providing edgy elegant outlook. The subtly sexy Saint Laurent gown with a plunging neckline and sheer sleeves channeled her 70’s glam actress look. The Van Cleef & Arpels necklace featuring rows of diamonds, sapphires and a dramatic tassel was a perfect accent to the black draped gown. Styling the look to a T, flawless skin, a matte red lip, gorgeous brows and a slick blonde bob made her one of the best dressed ones.
Naomi Watts is one actress who is always noted for her sartorial choices on the red carpet. Decked in Armani Prive, the black, white and grey brick like embellished brick pattern was fresh in Naomi-esque manner. With halter neckline that had delicate straps and the black, beaded cutout along the sides of the gown was a modern and chic take on the cutout trend. Styling with oversized inky-blue and diamond drop earrings and a black Rauwolf clutch. Soft waves and a deep berry lip topped off the vampy look to perfection.
The fierce Anna Kendrick wore a custom Thakoon coral gown with a keyhole accent and diamond collar. The color and drape of the gown offered an elegant look. The blush of her cheeks and lips are the perfect with her gown, and the slightly smokey eyes are a dream compliment. The hair is twisted classic updo with a slight swept. Diamond earrings and a cocktail ring continued the classic glamour theme.
SPECIAL MENTION: LADY GAGA
Lady gaga might have looked her usual self on the red carpet, it was her performance look that won me over. What I always love about GAGA is she looks her best when she is at her neutral best and this was THE look. With a white gown, grey hair and neutral look, this was probably her best look for me. It’s natural, fresh and she CAN sing.
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So sorry, had been meaning to do this post for ever since Cannes ended however suddenly a few things came up therefore this took a backseat. Now that, i am done with other stuff, I finally came around doing this. Cannes this year was a rather quiet and lackluster event, esp. for red carpet, for which it is notoriously famous for. However there were quite a few brilliant runs by women and some good spottings that made it to my list for this year.
THE VETERAN: When it comes to red carpet appearances, Miss Blanchett has pretty much mastered the art with her experimental saritorial choices, while pulling them off with a confidence which puts a 6 yr old to shame. She exudes a certain amount of charm, cool and ethereal air about her yet when you see her in her interviews is humble to the core. The woman knows her body and knows what looks good and picks out the best one for herself. She had a smashing run throughout her Cannes stay and needless to say was effing brilliant
LOOK 1: The RTW Valentino gown looked more couture than many other couture ones gracing the Chopard event that night. She looked divine wearing a grey Valentino Pre-Fall 2014 sheer gown with silver metallic floral lace embroidery, feathered short sleeves and matching collar style. Pairing her gown with, of course, Chopard jewels and her shorter do up in sorta spikes, the understated opulence of the look was ironically hard to ignore.
LOOK 2: Attending Vanity fair and Armani yatch party, she wore, no prizes for guessing, an Armani Prive ensemble. The lightly embellished details with lace overlay and a cascading barely-there organza peplum detail, she cut a chic picture. Refraining from any accessories with her shorter do side parted, the woman knocks it out the part with just accentuating her eyes giving the whole look an edgy-meets-feminine vibe without harsh contrasts
LOOK 3: For the Photocall, she went the casual Delpozo route with a red crop top. The poppy crop top with fun geometric shapes was perfectly paired with high waisted tailored crisp navy pants. Red Roger Vivier open-toe heels completed her fresh mid-afternoon look.
LOOK 4: Looking drop dead effing statuesque, the australian diva with probably her best look to date, outdid her self. At the Chopard private party, she wore Giorgio Armani Privé short-sleeved turquoise silk jacquard organza long dress with an intricate geometric design fully embroidered with Swarovski crystals. Looking jaw droppingly FUCKIN A-MAZING, this was a match made in fashion heaven. She was flawless. Can’t get any better than this
LOOK 5: Wearing Givenchy Fall 2014 gown, Cate attended the premiere of How to train your Dragon 2. The ensemble included an embellished multi-coloured bodice, sheer illusion back and black pleated skirt. While the look fell short of amazing-ness that I had her witness, I was on the fence with this look. I like the bodice, the embellishment is so intricate upon closer inspection, but the whole styling am not really sold on.
STARLET SONAM: Ever since her first appearace, Sonam Kapoor has always managed to impress with her red carpet appearances at Cannes. The young Starlet hardly ever has a misstep and in a short span, unlike Ashwariya who learnt it through the hard way, have managed to be the one to watch out for on the red carpet. The young Loreal ambassador is known for her youthful and contemporary spin on vintage vibed look that makes it all the more interesting since she was one of the few who people were waiting for. With her sister, Rhea as her stylist, she definitely did not disappoint striking gold everytime she made that appearance on the red carpet.
LOOK1: This time around many people at Cannes chose black for the drama and one of the enthralling ones was Sonam Kapoor in the voluminous Elie Saab couture gown, at one of the premiers. Working her magic, Old Hollywood style, the hair styled in vintage faux bob and statement red lips brought in the perfect dose of vintage on the red carpet. Accompanied by Chopard jewels, the look was pretty much perfection from head to toe
LOOK 2: Going the contemporary Indian way, she went for her go-to designer Anamika Khanna for the Foxcatcher premiere. Going the Monochromatic look in the stylistic contemporary twist on sari inspired ensemble, Sonam went for a matching blush stappy heels and clutch. Finishing off the flawless look with a choker-neckpiece hybrid from her mom Sunita Kapoor’s collection, the lass made heads turn for all the right reasons.
LOOK 3: For her final appearance, Sonam went the romantic way at the Chopard Dinner. In a powder blue strapless gown from Elie Saab Couture, Sonam looked effortlessly sexy chic. A structured bodice with cascades of sumptuous silk falling from the waist, created an ethereal statement. Pairing her look with Chopard necklace, she rounded off the look with a gold clutch, slick ponytail and smoky eyes.
THE GOSSIPPY ONE: The newly appointed L’Oreal brand Ambassador, Blake lively made three appearances of which two made it to my list. The bling Chanel was just way off in proportions. Making her debut and fulfilling her duties, the brand certainly would benefit from her presence primarily because of two reasons 1) she had two killer days on red carpet 2) coz of her beau attending his movie premiere she most definitely was up for the power couple spot… a couple always grabs more attention than a single woman unless you are Aishwariya Rai.
LOOK 1: For her debut appearance, Ms. Lively kept things simple in a Gucci Premiere gown chiffon pleated paneled gown. Though nothing dramatic or punchy as I would like it to be, the gown still made for a chic outing on her part. The two-tone bordeaux silk-chiffon fully pleated gown featured a geometric neckline, open back, fitted bodice and high side slit that showcased her gold Casadei sandals. Opting for a messy high braided ponytail, she finished her look with with smouldering eye makeup and rose-gold and ruby Lorraine Schwartz diamond vine earrings and bracelet. Elegant, chic and young.
Look 2: In another Gucci Premiere, the gossip girl actress brought her A game with the amount of drama the festival demands. The black and white look with its silk crepe fifties-inspired strapless gown featuring a full skirt and a dramatic train was an immediate favorite. Perfectly complimenting her beau, Ryan Renolds, they looked like a classic Hollywood couple (hopefully they last that long too). The woman wore over 180 cts in Lorraine Schwartz diamonds including 20 ct diamond studs, two diamond necklaces, a natural pearl and unheated ruby and diamond bracelet and her own Lorraine Schwartz pink diamond engagement ring. phew! the gurl sure loves her diamonds
LOOK 3: the Chanel sequined frock look was a false note in Ms. Lively’s Cannes run. The 90s pakistani girls styled stole, the odd proportions of the frock itself and her hair were all a mess which she couldn’t save despite her best efforts. Putting her hands in pockets made matters worse with the look going all odd and looking like least bit thought out.
IN YOUR FACE BITCHES : Ever since Aishwarya Rai Bachhan had a baby, she has been under the radar for not losing her post baby fat, However in the past year, a noteable difference in Ms. Rai’s appearance had been there. Even though critics were after her life to lose all that, she took her own sweet time and lost it all on her own terms. The Results were that she had the last laugh and the most beautiful woman on earth, as she is referred to, made thunderous waves on the red carpet during her Cannes outing. She blew everyone away and silenced her critics by her choices. Who would say, she doesn’t even have her own stylist, the gowns were handpicked by her. Man! she’s totally worth it 😉
LOOK 1: For her first Day Ash made an appearance in a gold encrusted Roberto Cavalli strapless gown. Arriving in her full glory, the beaded gown made for an enthralling entrance for the beauty of Bollywood. The drop-dead gorgeous gold-embellished creation was cut to flatter Aishwarya’s stunning figure, hugging her curves in all the right places. The diva, losing all that post baby fat and giving a kiss to her critics with the pop of red in her look, the actress definitely would have said to them…IN YOUR FACE BITCHES. The gown brought the level of drama the festival demands and she delivered in more ways than one. The woman with her tumbling tresses look FUCKIN GORGE.. needless to say blew everyone out of the water
LOOK 2: For Day 2 was another Roberto Cavalli gown, white with silver embellishments which made Ash look slimmer than usual (or was all the weight lost). The gown and look though not as dramatic as day one was elegant and pretty. Opting for subdued makeup, Ash went for a flawless sunkissed look with hair settled in tresses. Though am not her fan, she actually looked like she had aged backwards with all that weightloss and especially due to makeup for this look. A pair of Chopard earrings completed her look
LOOK 3: Knocking it out for third time in a row, Ash stunned at the amFAR gala in Armani Privé. The blush, layered Fall 2013 gown with graduated crystal details, was styled with a matching clutch and Chopard jewels. The stunning look was off set by the bold red lips giving the hostess the perfect glam and tribute to Marilyn Monroe (the gala was themed in her honor). While her color palatte may have been safe, there is no denying she definitely had an amazing run at Cannes
PRETTY PAZ: Paz Vega was another one who had quite a few hits on the red carpet. She had delightful red carpet run with streamlined silhouettes, clean lines that flattered her body structure. The minimal sleek and polished look suited her to a T and brownie points to Ms Vega for keeping it all chic and controlled.
LOOK 1: In Zuhair Murad, she did her first photocall for the festival. The cheery blue dress with lace inserts was offsetted brilliantly by magenta satin heels. What was fun were the beach wave hair that were perfect for the cannes setting and framed her face well.
LOOK 2: For the Art of Elysium’s 6th Annual PARADIS at Villa St. George in Cannes, Paz looked simply stunning in a Salvatore Ferragamo blush long sleeve dress with sheer panels. Pairing it up wih blush lace-up pointed toe Ferragamo heels brought in the whole dainty vibe without overdoing it. A chic up-do, berry lip shade and sparkling jewels rounded off this elegant and uber feminine look. Loved every bit of it.
LOOK 3: Fierce is all that comes to my mind when I see this look of hers for Swarovski and Viktor & Rolf party.Wearing a navy and black Pamella Roland Fall 2014 dress with sheer panelling and sleeves, the form-fitting silhouette oozed sassiness. To credit Ms. Vega who makes this length work and working the hell out of it (a difficult length to work it, the reason her elie saab look is not here). Paz’s side-sweeping hair and soft smoky eye give just the right amount of attitude needed for this look. A pair of Christian Louboutin pumps, an embellished clutch and layered rings added pizzazz to this polished and uber sultry look. Her best look of them all. LOVE
LOOK 4: Wearing a Ralph & Russo 2014 embellished couture gown, Ms Vega brought forth the drama in her own way onto the red carpet. With a big rose detail on the shoulder that cascaded down the bodice, she kept the look simple to let the gown shine. A simple updo and Chopard ball drop earrings completed her glamorous outing.
LOOK 5: The Fitriani Couture gown is breath-taking and Ms. Vega is owning every inch of it. Opting for black (what is with these women this year), the ensemble featured a plunging neckline, the sculpted hips (yes leaner framed people can sport it and work it) and a dramatic train, the spanish actress cut an interesting picture at the amFAR red carpet outing . Accented with a gold waistband, she completed her look with a slick bun and Bulgari jewels
AT Lost River’s Photocall, Ryan Gosling kept it cool while professional in a blue button down shirt paired with brown trousers and boots. Simple and effective and just how women like him. For the premiere he opted for a more classic ensemble and look good in his sharp Gucci Made to Order navy grosgrain shawl lapel one button Marseille tuxedo styled with a white shirt and Gucci black patent leather shoes. Making the look standout amongst all was the absence of the bowtie one which was a welcoming formal change.
While for his photocall look, British actor Matt smith went for a laid back look. Combining a cool-blue shirt, checked blazer and navy trousers courtesy of Thom Sweeney, he cut a rather cool picture. Brownie points for perfectly rounding off the look with navy blue loafers. For the premiere, the ex- Dr. Who star went for a classic three piece suit (need to make one for myself) by the same designer. I was waiting for someone to do a blue suit but a three piece complimented perfectly with dark brown shoes …aaahh. The suit with peak lapels was the perfect hue of blue that was urban and conservative at the same time. With the white shirt, he brought in the knit tie into formal attire, with effortless ease accenting it with a tie pin. LOVED everything about this look.. complimenting shoes..check, breaking bit of rules check..
In Burberry tailoring, James McAvoy cut a classic relaxed gentleman picture at the photocall of his movie. Striking the perfect balance of refined and relaxed, he cut a dapper picture in a navy three piece suit pairing it up with a white shirt and black shoes.
While Blake Lively had a pretty good run, her beau, Ryan Reynolds wasn’t far behind. For the premiere of his movie, he went for a Gucci black satin peak lapel one-button Signoria tuxedo with a white evening shirt, white satin bowtie, black silk cummerbund and white leather laceups. I rarely see men embracing cummerbund (saw quite a bit at MET though) and when I do it is fun to see how understatedly classic yet fun alternate to vest this is.
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Apart from the winners in motion pictures, Academy awards or Oscars is one cynosure event that is waited because of the red carpet. While many fumble the best turnouts were the one classic simple ones (golden rule of awards red carpet). I definitely was up at 5 am only for the red carpet. My picks in no particular order:
LUPITA NYONG’O: The princess of red carpet, Lupita Nyong’o has been having quite the chic run on the red carpet this award season. With her structured columns, the debutante has been turning heads like a veteran on the red carpet. However, for the Oscars, Miss Nyong’o decided to ditch her structured run for a much more princessy look – one choice I am glad she made, going out the unexpected route and pulling it off with aplomb. The powder blue Prada dress was the perfect choice for the young Best Supporting Actress winner. The color, apart from looking brilliant against her skin, gave the light gown a fairy tale appeal with her sashaying down that red carpet with a playful confidence of debut and sass of a veteran. What is amazing is how her innocence is perfectly complimented with that gown during her interviews and here’s to hoping it isn’t the last we see of her. She finished off her look with a studded headband and jewels by Fred Leighton.
SANDRA BULLOCK: America’s sweetheart and Best Actress nominee for the night, when Sandra Bullock walks the red carpet, you know Hollywood royalty is gracing the oscars. Stunning in a navy McQueen gown with the side sash draped detail and sweetheart neckline, Sandy, cut the perfect red carpet picture with not a hair out of place. With her side parted hair tousled into waves at ends, Sandra Bullock was definitely one of the best of the night on the red carpet.
CATE BLANCHETT: When you are having such a brilliant run at the award season, all eyes are definitely going to be on you since you are the front runner. Ms. Blanchette doesn’t disappoint one bit in her nude beaded Armani Prive gown. The flared gown was nothing trailing and was just the right length for her. Also going the side parted route, Ms. Blanchette however changed it up with a retro vibe to her mane with tousled hair and minimalist makeup. Also going for the ethically mined and oversized light teal Chopard earrings that perfectly went together with the beading detail, this Best Actress Winner of the night went home also being one of the best dressed of the night.
CHARLIZE THERON: The evil Queen in her full demeanor, Charlize Theron in her Dior gown made sure she turned heads on the red carpet despite not being nominated in any of the categories. The mesh play of the black with pleating detail and barely there straps, the gown was an absolute winner. Pairing them up with Harry Winston jewels worth $15 million, and her pixie hair cut done up neatly in a side part, Charlize was one fierce chick on the red carpet.
KATE HUDSON: Cutting a chic picture on the red carpet in an Atelier Versace, Kate Hudson turned up taking a twist on the simplicity of the classic red carpet look. The silver gown with the exquisite bead work and the trail spelt glam from the word go. The uber chic look with the plunging neckline went a different route with the shoulder covering cape (she took it off for an equally stunning look during the ceremony). The sleek side parted waves added in the perfect compliment to the whole look which was put together without a false note and was in perfect balance.
AMY ADAMS: The polished one of the night, Amy Adams proved sometimes less is more with her look. Turning up at the ceremony in a tuxedo inspired navy Gucci Premiere gown, the actress was in total confidence (gone is the shy amy on the red carpet thanks to American Hustle). Daring to go against the grain,the petiete actress did her hair in a classic swiss roll updo showing off her shoulders in the strapless number. The navy gown was accented with pink and navy Tiffany and Co. jewels that were in quite an interesting shape and form. She may have not won the award for best actress for the night, she definitely was one of the chic and the best dressed one.
JULIE DELPY: There is something inanely attractive about this french actress that just compelled me to include her on the list. The laid back glamorous approach in that Jenny Packam gown accented with red lips was all it took for this actress to stun everyone on the red carpet in the shimmer sheer gown. The Before series actress looked every bit seductive and hot without even trying…maybe that is where lied her charm. She finished her look with the middle-side parted hair and Chopard jewels