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Oscars Red Carpet 2017

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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 »

18. Links à la Mode Feature

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Links à la Mode, February 4

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Films in Fashion – 2015

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Untitled-2 While there were compelling stories on big screen this year, A lot of period films made to the forefront. From50s to 20s to mid 1800s from various geographical areas and timezones made this year quite a reflection on the past century of how the fashion has evolved over time. Transformations, character arcs and even playing pivotal roles in stories and narratives, clothing is one of the outer reflections that help judge the audience what the director wants to convey about a certain person on screen. Read the rest of this entry »

Canne-ing it

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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

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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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Have you MET charles james?

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Met Gala 2014 exhibition titled ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ had the classic theme of ‘white tie and decorations’. Since women usually do tend to make an effort by incorporating the designer’s style into their wardrobe, it was men who were thrown in a toss to get ready for the big night. The classic theme had its fair share of rebels and those who went all out at the theme whole heartedly. Many designers pushed envelopes in their own styles while being inspired by the construction master in whose honor the whole exhibition was taking place. Others went very off key but its fun to see how the themes are interpreted. My picks this year (in random order):

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The diva DITA VON TEESE chose the designer who has always been inspired by Charles James and known for his impeccably constructed gowns. Zac Posen had Dita Von Teese as his muse in a blush mermaid petal gown with red details merging into the red carpet. The detail being similar to that of James, Zac Posen paid homage to the construction master in his own way. Accenting it off with red details, including the red Roger Vivier clutch,  and those waves, the burlesque dancer was quite the bewitching sight on the red carpet. Glamorous, thematic, experimetal, she ticked all the boxes.

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Charlize Theron‘s successful run continued at the red carpet of MET. The woman has been consistently delivering one after the other good looks that are chic and MET night was no different. The Dior gown with criss cross black and white details on the side fit her like a glove. The modern take on ‘American’ elite eveningwear, the gown was perfect for the occassion while referencing James. The master stroke was the tuxedo jacket that brings in the unexpected element of the male theme into womenswear. It was hip, chic and she styled her in-between length brilliantly showing off her Fred Leighton jewels. She finished it off with jimmy choo sandals.

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As a designer pushing the boundaries, in an aesthetic manner, is as important. That is precisely what Alexander Wang did representing Balenciaga on the red carpet with muse Kristen Wigg (woohhooo!! wat an unexpected… i almost expected Carey Mulligan). The ensemble that felt more Wang than Balenciaga, was a high-low hem black top with black pants. What was fun was Wang through his minimally chic n uber modern constructional sensibilities paid respect to Charles james in his own way. The top was immaculately constructed and while witholding the shape, it felt like someone had sliced through a ball gown. The slick back hair and smoky eyes gave miss wigg a polished and edgy look, far removed from her comic demeanor.. Love

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Blowing everyone out of water was model Karolina Kurkova in a blue Marchesa gown. The impeccably constructed gown followed the theme to a T with classic American 50’s flair with a modern twist to it. Featuring painted flowers with some of them going 3d, the layered gown with its petal shapes took floral inspiration from James.. It could have easily drowned miss Kurkova, but the supermodel shows you why she is one of the best in the business. Accessorizing with just the neck piece, this was poetic construction.

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Bringing high street to high fashion was Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein. The crop top has made quite the appearance in the high street circles and bring that trend with her A game without any doubts was Miss Hathaway in a two piece column ensemble in red at the MET gala. The crop top bared just enough midriff without it being too much. She played up tonal color block with ruby red shoes and a hexagon ruby red clutch. She finished off with her dark pixie hair side swept and dangling earrings perfectly framing her face. Delicate and fierce at the same time.

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Olsen twins, one in vintage Chanel, other in military inspired vintage Ferre, cut quite the modern picture on the red carpet. Androgynous in their approach of gowns, both the sisters had pulled back their hair for some serious fashion to the red carpet. In their gowns they looked smart, chic, no nonsense young women. The young entrepreneurs each one accessorized it minimally but differently. While one had a neckpiece with her wide collar pinstripe Chanel gown, other one had just pearl earrings with her gown.

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Hailee Steinfeld literally grew this night and how!! In a Prabal Gurung black and white gown, the young starlet looked all grown up woman from the last time I saw her in Marchesa at Oscars. Prabal Gurung with his gown spun a young modern take on the gown, while paying homage to the designer in exhibition. The racer back top part combined with the whole skirt with high low hem tease to show off her shoes was a brilliant move. Choosing black and white, his muse worked that gown hitting the ball out the park every minute. With her hair, middle parted and in a chignon she finished the look with Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery. It was young, hip, sporty and classic all at the same time.

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Zac Posen was quite the popular designer apart from Oscar dela Renta on the Red Carpet, possibly because of his constructions hitting quite close to Charles James. Maggie Q was no different opting for the gown from the young designer. What made Maggie Q stand out was the choice of her gown, along with the way she carried it lending a certain aristocratic air to the whole look. The black gown that featured extensions around hip, that extended downward, was styled minimally with a severe parted hair bun, smoky eyes and minimal jewels. Full points to nailing the look.

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The co-chair herself,Sarah Jessica Parker graced the occasion in an Oscar dela Renta gown, complete with gloves and an updo for the night. The designer took a leaf from Charles James book and recreated the whole look, however addeded in a checkered back panel with his signature, lending a contemporary light hearted take on the look. The petal gown in ivory and black was as classy evening wear as it would go. I love how Miss Parker goes all the way into the theme every year and comes out trumps without taking herself too seriously. The double beehive with flowers completed the whole look.

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Was literally torn between Zoe Saldana and Anna Kendrick for this last spot, but then again, who’s gonna kill me for including both.. no one.  Marc Jacob’s date Zoe Saldana made a statement with a black and white halter with a plunging neckline. The lower part of the gown flared into a controlled bubble which could have gone either way but thanks to the designer it doesn’t. Credit to Ms Saldana for keeping the makeup contemporary without needing a pop of color. The berry lips and bronzed makeup were minimally perfect. Anna Kendrick on the other hand in J. Mendel cut the pretty constructed picture in a black and white gown with a cut out. Not as dramatic as others, but the gown with its slick construction of bustier with a peek a boo of the mid riff was just enough for her to score major points going the modern classic way. Accessorizing with just diamond studs and side parted hair, this woman definitely turned heads that night.

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Usually at MET the women tend to follow the theme set by the exhibition but this time around we did see some rebels. However the theme for the red carpet set by Anna Wintour set many men out there in a tizzy with WHITE TIE & DECORATIONS. Stepping up their game, the men did not disappoint.

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Wearing Tom Ford to the gala, Bradley Cooper followed the theme literally to the T. He had the Tailed coat, the white tie and vest, tailored pants… and women couldn’t get enough of him. He’s forgiven for the onyx, but would have preferred a much more polished look but its maybe his next movie’s look. Finished it off with white pocket square.

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The guy just cannot look bad. The ex-model/actor Eddie Redmayne was another one looking dapper in a Burberry tuxedo.  The Burberry loyalist was accompanied by his girlfriend Hannah.

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Even though his partner did not go the route, Jim Parsons went the whole way in his tux by Brooke Brothers. The white on white bowtie with shirt and vest and the tailcoat was complete in sync with the theme. What was fun was the floral lapel pin that both sported. Cute and quirtky.

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Let’s just not even… Hawtness in a shot. Tom Ford in tom ford and Benedict Cumberbatch in Ralph Lauren.

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The Oscars Red Carpet

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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:
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Golden Globes – red carpet hits and misses

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The award season is upon us and kicking it up with Golden globes, I was not at all disappointed after the boring emmys. Heres a lowdown of who I thought who scored and who missed out on the oppurtunity to dress up

Lupita Nyong’o: Deciding to go natural with her locks, Lupita aces in the razor cut quiff hair. Keeping the makeup natural, she hits a home run with that Ralph Lauren off shoulder cape gown that pretty much makes us forget Tom Ford on Gwyneth Paltrow. The Kenyan raised actress looked effortlessly glam in a red column that fell off her shoulders with a 6os style cape flaring behind her. The look was all about clean lines and silhouette and she succeeded in bringing that forward. Kicking off award season, she is one to look out for. Finishing off the look with minimal jewellery and dyed-to-match shoes, minimal makeup on that flawless skin, she topped it off with a perfect smile.
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Olivia Wilde: Who says moms need to look matronly and flowy to hide those curves on the red carpet. Take a cue from Olivia Wilde in that bewitching green (reminded me of Florence Welch at Met Ball). The Gucci OTT beaded gown could have gown either way but is downplayed by the color and good fit wherein she is not afraid to hide her belly and rather flaunted the shape. The ombre hair (though out of trend) somehow the color just works with that dark green offsetting it perfectly.
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Margot Robbie: The young starlet of wolf of wall street went the risque route of doing the both i.e. deep neckline and high slit both in one dress but managed to come out with flying colors with her classic styling. Showing off her flawless skin in the Gucci gown, Margot kept it chic in a simple sweet bun with minimal jewels (Van Cleef & Arpels “Snowflake” earrings and ring) letting the gown shine. The clean, dewy makeup kept her glowing on the red carpet making her one of the best dressed of the night.
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Amy Adams: The American Hustle actress in the deep cut Valentino made an appearance in one of the popular colors of the night, RED. Not a color that you associate with the demure Adams, but she works her American Hustle inspired gown that was an unexpected combo of merlot and tomato red working together. The plunging neckline partly works also because Adam’s petite frame lets her experiment with that kind of bold silhouette. The best actress in comedy or musical winner (she was long overdue now) nailed it with a braided updo and a diamond pendant working that red on the red carpet.
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Cate Blanchette: The best actress drama winner, Cate might be on an award sweep this season. Cutting a perfect picture of old world Hollywood drama in an Armani Prive gown, Cate was definitely one of the best dressed of the night. The black lace gown with nude overlay was a perfect flare with a high neck, an open back and cap sleeves covered with petals of lace. The skirt is a layered gauze, dotted with shimmery black Swarovski crystals. It’s sheer and sultry but perfectly measured. The woman likes to take certain risks without being too safe and that is what she did with her dress. The nude shade of red, the perfectly styled faux bob and Chopard diamond earrings from the label’s Green Carpet Collection ( beautiful 11-carat, marquise-cut white diamonds) finished off her look
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Emma Watson: The young brit rebel, Emma watson had a backless surprise as she strolled down the red carpet. The 23 year old starlet proved to be a red carpet maverick by breaking the major rule of award season red carpet…separates. While on the front her ribbon bow tied gown looked demure but as the front slit came into play and she turned around to reveal the back wherein the gown was backless all the way down and a pair of dark satin pants. The fashion forward dress from Dior (a jennifer lawrence territory) was definitely a game changer and one of the most talked about on the red carpet as to how risque was it for the ceremony. Her blue Roger Vivier Ergo Sexy pumps said that this was a lady in command. The hair and makeup was kept to a no-fuss minimum with pulled back mane and two wisps of hair. She rounded off the look with Edie Parker bag and much coveted Mise en Dior pearl earring. In just one lobe, naturally.
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Sofia Vergara/Emma Roberts: Both the ladies did black gowns and accented them off with turquoise jewellery. While Vergara wore a voluminous Zac Posen gown, with possibly the biggest flare and ruffles of the night, the strapless gown showed off her curves brilliantly. What was more enchanting was she was in total control and wore the gown with equal panache rather than letting it over shadow her. Accenting it off with a 60s style chunky turquoise necklace, she finished it off with her usual swept hair. Emma roberts on the other hand looked way past her years but cut an elegant picture in her black Lanvin gown with an interesting wide neck wavy neckline and how it fell on her body. She kept the simple clean vibe by carrying off minimum makeup but at the end reminding her that she is just a young one having some fun, added in the pop of turquoise earrings.
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Sandra Bullock: Man oh Man!! why would you wear that. While I like Prabal gurung to a certain capacity, this in my wildest dreams wouldn’t have been a pick for the red carpet. While the silk is as is difficult since it crumples alot and needs to be steamed, the colors too didn’t help the cause much. While Miss Bullock tried to salvage the look through her effortless natural and fun makeup, the dress left a lot to be desired by this red carpet veteran. What happened Sandra!! here is to hoping that it was just a minor hiccup and she’ll be back.
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Jennifer Lawrence: Possibly the most made fun of dress this award season!! yet… (but j.law is probably gonna laugh it off and take it in her stride and that is what we love about her), J. Law’s Dior was wrong on many counts. Confused between a gothic bride and sheets wrapped around with ribbons at odd placements on her frame, J.Law sort of disappointed in her this outing, after a series of brilliant appearances while promoting her movie, this one turned out to be a dud!! and lets face it, a gown that you can create out of wrapping around a duvet (you have to see the pictures people have posted) is not the best pick of the lot
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Tina Fey: While it was good to see print on red carpet, unlike her co-host Amy poehler, who was sleek and chic on the red carpet, Fey didnt fare so well. The extra flare, the bumped up hair with half let loose hair with that strapless number made her look a bit dated on the red carpet. The Carolina Herrera gown did not do much for the mistress of ceremonies and rather felt like a lackluster last minute attempt. While she donned some pretty interesting gowns during the show, the red carpet one took a backseat.
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Drew Barrymore: Being preggers is no excuse to dress up like what Barrymore did. Possibly a page from Olivia Wilde’s style diaries would have helped, but for the night, Barrymore looked plain simple awful. The while the high low hemline was interesting, the print and the embellishment and the color made her look like a giant cupcake walking down the red carpet. Drew Barrymore, who is expecting her second child, was all natural glow but the Monique Lhuillier number was just too loud for the ceremony. We have had many a pregnant ladies on the red carpet, but Drew!! what happened gurl!
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Paula Patton: What she made up in make up, she more than missed the mark on the red carpet. Paula Patton in the big ruffled dress on one side was quite an oddity in ivory on the red carpet. A tricky silhouette t pull off, which literally devours her. Not the Vera farmiga kind where you make the ruffles work, she had her jewellery and makeup bang on but her pick for the dress of the night left much to be desired
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Lena Dunham: bad makeup, bad hair, tricky color and bad fit, there were more issues than vogue that cheery lena dunham was dealing with on the red carpet. The cheery yellow was a fun color but was let down by other factors that did not make much of a pleasant sight on the red carpet. Moreover smeared lipstick across teeth added to the long list of already woes that poor thing was facing. time to change your stylist
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Emma Stone: dull, drab, weary even though it was a chanel frock with weird front slit, it did look like a piece of rag. Not an awards night material at all.
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Once my friend told me ‘you think you know a man’..  Raf Simons through his second collection for the house of Dior explained exactly that. Taking ealy drawings of Andy Warhol as his muse, Simons presented his second pret-a-porte collection for the house of Dior. As Simons continued his run at the heritage house of Dior, he’s created Dior thats wearable beyond the red carpet. A certain reverbration at the show of kinship between himself and Mr. Dior was in the air which Simons presented through their love of fine art. While Simons is famous amongst art circles, Mr. Dior, in his time was a gallerist, for the likes of Dali and Giacometti.

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Now merging the signature of Dior, minimalism of Simons and quirkiness of Warhol is no mean feat, Raf Simons however achieves that very seamlessly. Taking the sensitive spin towards Warhol, Simons rattles the pop icon to suit his minimal design aesthetics. The show seemed to be like his satire towards Warhol, who everyone thinks they know, and then he breaks the very notion of what Warhol is through his own take towards the artist. What results in, is a collection that is brilliant, fun and has every look as impressive as the previous one. Using the artists drawings as repeat patterns as well as embroidered details on dresses, Simons never quite lets go of  his control to the artist. 

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While Dior’s signature silhouettes were there, they were brilliantly translated by Simon’s sensibilities, to make way for a contemporary collection. The feminine collection had lady silhouettes very visible in flirty leather dresses, while the coats transpired into contemporary coat dresses (do i hear a trend alert). Silk shift dresses, embroidered peplums and a certain houndstooth bustier with skirt were another few of the brilliances one got to see during the show. Simons is here to stay and despite having certain guidelines to follow through for the fashion house, he made sure he is going to do that on his own terms. He is not going anywhere and by the time he retires from his time at the design house, he would have left a legacy he would certainly be proud of.

P.S. Dior to take over iconic London department store Harrods for 1 month with exhibitions taking place.