Many of the men actually proved that men have it easier than women on the big Oscar Red Carpet. While Chris Pratt shone in a Tom ford giving hope to all medium built men (take notes, its all in the good fit for a classic suit), Steve Carell was bespectacled … literally. While Common’s suit was a bit too snug, Redmayne and Elgort looked like twins in matching suits (and the looked good), Adrian Brody moving around looking like a waiter and Jared Leto was classic Jared Leto wanting to be different… but while I was undecided on it (still hasn’t grown on me he looked like a lilac love child of Katy Perry and Zoey Deschanel) , his outfit featuring in the LEGO song did put me a bit off. It was a pretty classic affair for men with some twists.
With an interesting burgundy choice for the red carpet, David Oyelowo might have lost out on the best actor nomination, but won over being one of the best dressed gentlemen on the red carpet. The DnG tux, with a deep neck vest and bow tie in similar color to match might feel a bit much too much for some, but Mr Oyelowo works the hell outta that suit without being overwhelmed. Offseting the look by a small brooch, the SELMA actor knows how and where to add in the perfect details.
A regular on the list, the Best winner of the night shone in a navy and black Alexander Mcqueen suit. Do I even need to say why is he on the list.
50 SHADES OF NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
While I hated his final look of blue velvet jacket with that big flower monstrosity (ewww), NPH had some pretty decent moments during the night. His black introductory suit on point perfectly classic and tailored. His burgundy jacket was fun contemporary and the whole look was a pitch perfect with black pants and shoes. But it was his red carpet grey suit that made everyone took up notice. The couple NPH-David Burtka was one of the best dressed couples on the red carpet, a masterclass of sorts on how couples should be. Him in his grey suit and David in an ivory dinner jacket and black pants look was on point Oscars. One doesn’t need to push in classics too much and hey its the Oscars night, be formal for once…if it ain’t broke, don’t overdo it.
The newly hitched Cumberbatch hit all the right notes with the ivory-white dinner jacket and shirt combo that Adrian Brody did not. The best actor nominee looked on point classic and cleaned up well for the ceremony. The shawl collar ivory jacket with black accessory details worked well for the ceremony. The brit who was against a fellow brit, was a strong contender might have lost out on the awards but was winner all the way on the red carpet.
There is something….scratch that….everything about a good fit of a tux that makes all the difference. Michael Keaton nails his take on the classic tux in a Ralph Lauren number that makes him look slick, smart and chic in every possible way. Reducing his age, the suit complete with a white pocket square was as classic as they come. A good fit people… A good fit… can’t stress how much that matters.
Having a twinsie moment with the best actor nominee, Ansel too picked a similar navy and black tux for the big awards night (probably his first). Navy has become this staple suit and tux formal pick for the intelligent man. The Fault in our stars actor’s Prada blue mohair, one-button tuxedo with a contrasting black silk shawl collar unlike Redmayne’s formal notch, kept the whole look age appropriate without going all too serious for the night. The black bowtie and shoes complimented the look perfectly. The star in the making made all the right moves so why pick one of the two navy red carpet strutters.
That gentlemen is what a well tailored tux can do for your body. Going the classic route in a Giorgio Armani black double-breasted peak-lapel tuxedo Chris Pine with his hair side parted and a stubble to boast looked every inch impeccable in a suit that could have gone overwhelmingly wrong. He looked slick, smart and sharp on the red carpet and definitely caught many eyes… now you know the reason why!!
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Possibly the best show of the night, Khaadi Khaas’s summer presentation pretty much impressed me with its near flawless execution. Inspired by the baroque, the collection in its spirit carried that execution of exaggeration in terms of forms with floral bursts and digital prints. With a collection that impressive, i’m expecting a high end editorial and nothing else… lets hope am not disappointed
Florals never… and i do mean it never go out of vogue especially during summers. They just find a way to strike back, and this time with Khaadi Khaas, it was all going vintage. Starting off with those in fully top to bottom print looks, the collection later on moved onto pairing them with self embroidered off whites (thankfully they picked the perfect shade). Graduating further from that, they moved into major white on white looks with accents of pops of color through the embroideries against white. These embroideries in floral trellises and motifs provided the right amount of accent while being rendered in a multitude or single color. The white on white separates were perfect for this summer and had a certain aristocratic feel to it thanks to all those floral motifs in the pre renaissance era arrangements.
The seperates with uber chic crop tops to skirts, capes, jackets, sherwanis, crop jackets and moving to floor length dresses, pants and cuffed shalwars, the collection presented quite an array of options this summers . Having a fluid structure gave the whole look summer fun yet sorta authoritative look to it. The intelligently done and proportioned floorlength made models look longer. However a few of the silhouettes combined with those floral prints and embroidery came along with Sabyasachi (DCW 13) overtones. Specifically the digital print and tiered embroidery floor lengths. But having said that, they did a brilliant job and their finishing was exquisite.. no faults there. The collection was uber chic, pretty and commercial…which is very necessary for a brand like khaadi to send down its trickle downs in the stores.
The bags were another major highlight of the show. The vintage floralish bags inspired by Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2014 meets Masaba Gupta’s debut collection for Satya Paul box bags were with all the jewels and rhinestones on print. However done in their own way to suit their theme and done with equal finesses, they were in varying sizes complemented with chains. Coming in all shapes and sizes, the bags made such an impact that they were a major talking point long after the show was over. Even though being a guy, I would sooooo want them coz they would be perfect collectibles…sadly like many things, this too would not go into production because of its costs. LOVEEED ALL of THEM. Plus the marcel waves hair and bun…yes I noticed..complimented the whole thing to a T.
If had to be nitpicky, wasn’t quite keen on dividing those florals into boxes… esp in that combo in one of the earlier looks. Also a casual look with that collar shirt seemed to be a casual misfit in the collection. Also the transitions from digital into many whites and embroidered pieces was much more quickly instead of having an equal or a strong footing for printed pieces.
Loved almost everything … *sigh* u just sit and want to take it all in feeling happy. This is the kind of show that makes you want to come, sit and go home feeling satisfied yet wanting more.I just did not want the show to end.
*Images courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly…and me