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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 »

Oscars 2015 – The men on the red carpet

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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.

 

DAVID OYELOWO
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.

 

EDDIE REDMAYNE
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.

 

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
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.

 

MICHAEL KEATON
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.

 

ANSEL ELGORT
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.

 

CHRIS PINE
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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Golden Globes 2015 – Red Carpet

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While this time around Globes was a lackluster affair with not enough Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in their last year of hosting, there were some fun surprises and the red carpet veterans bringing out their A game on the red carpet.

JENNIFER LOPEZ
The one always dressed to the nines, J.Lo turned up in a sheer metallic Zuhair Murad cape Kaftan number making sure all eyes were on her. The Latina beauty broke the rules of not to do decollete and legs together and yet look smoking hot on the red carpet. The plunging bold number was right up the diva’s alley staying true to her glam. She accessorized with a coordinating clutch, platinum Stuart Weitzman sandals and mega danglers. Her hair had the perfect amount of volume with her bombshell waves styled to perfection and on point smoky eye makeup made her for one sizzling red carpet DIVA.

JESSICA CHASTAIN
Does this woman ever have a misstep on the red carpet? While the plunging pleated and draped silhouette was nothing new, it was Chastain who breathed life and how she wore the liquid Versace bronze number to perfection. Unusual, unpredictable and definitely delectable, the bronze played a perfect contrast against her red locks which were styled as an ode to old Hollywood glamour.  Whoever knew this color could be pulled off at the red carpet and with that much perfection. With dangling diamonds and a silver cuff watch was all she needed to finish off this smashing outing on the red carpet.

EMMA STONE
Trust Miss Stone to stir things up at the red carpet. The one to ditch the gown and going the pantsuit route, the BIG EYES painting on display (you need to see the award show to understand that joke), just killed it in that Lanvin number. Birdman’ star and Best Supporting Actress nominee’s ensemble was one of the unexpected looks of the night. With a heavily bejeweled bodice, tailored pants and complete with a statement bow and train in the back—the perfect fusion of feminine and masculine styling. Keeping her jewellery to minimum with midi rings, she styled her her flame-red, wavy bob and magenta lip color.

KATE HUDSON
Defining fierce in every way possible, Kate hudson’s Atelier Versace gown was the perfect balance between red carpet and vampy. The undeniably sexy gown with the cutouts and sparkle stripes was a risque but gives the gown an enviable silhouette which the gurl works the damn hell out of. Leaving just enough to imagination, the plunging number with a killer bod as Hudson’s was one of the best of the night. She finished off the look with a twisted bun, Forevermark simple drop earring and sleek clutch. No fuss or drama! this bitch owned the red carpet like nobody’s business.

KATE BECKINSALE
The second Kate of the night who was a vision in a nude grey was Kate Beckinsale in her Elie Saab number. With a cross between a grecian dress (complete with that flawless updo) and sequined number, the british actress looked radiant in the gown. She added drama with her Salvatore Ferragamo heels and Bulgari jewels, the chandelier chain earrings and a diamond bracelet. A cute box clutch finished things off. It was however her lip color that was just chic. Her nude pink pout was the perfect choice to top the look off (a break from the oxbloods..phew!). Effortlessly chic.

REESE WITHERSPOON
A sighting after quite a while at the awards season, Reese Witherspoon was back in a silver number and how. The glitzy column number from Calvin Klein collection fit her like a dream with her locks in a side swept fashion. The Wild actress was bang on with the metallic trend of the night in this sleek look that was polished and meant business. Finishing off with her simple makeup, dainty earrings and one simple cuff, she cut a sophisticated picture.

GINA RODRIGUEZ
The shocking winner of the night, the Jane of television, Gina Rodriguez took more than the top honors at the globes. The actress was a perfect minimal vision in black gown with fringe details at the bottom. The strapless Badgely Mishka number highlighted the actress’s curves in the best possible silhouette making her look comfortable on the red carpet. With her hair in soft waves and white Chopard drop earrings, Miss Rodriguez aced it at her debut globe outing and hit all the right notes. Simple and classic with just enough twist.

THE MEN

EDDIE REDMAYNE
The Best Actor Nominee and Winner of the night, Eddie Redmayne cut his honeymoon short to turn up on the red carpet. Sort of a regular on my lists whenever he makes an appearance, the charming actor turned up as in a black gucci suit with a velvet jacket. At a black tie event, velvet usually gives me the creeps and ‘errr…’ moments since it is not everyone’s cup of tea to pull it off. However Mr. Redmayne had no such problems. Trudging along effortlessly, the british actor looked dapper and chic as usual with a pinstripe detailing down the side of his pants. Opting for a bowtie and patent leather shoes, he paired his suit with a crisp white shirt and a white pocket square. Definitely knows how to exercise control .

LAWRENCE ZARIAN
When fashion guru like Lawrence Zarian is set to take the red carpet, you anticipate and sit up to take notice of what he is going to turn up in. Playing off the dapper geek card, Mr Zarian turned up in a vintage deep purple tux. Letting the color do all the talking, the guy kept the rest of the look simple with a crisp white hugo boss shirt, John Varvatos boots and slim tie in a trinity knot (yes it wasn’t just regular old knot) . Adding the quirk with his nerdy Sama Eyewear specs, he had a slight stubble that added the right amount of debonair air to the whole look.

MATT BOMER
The guy looks photoshopped even on red carpet…lol.. The actor ringing in the award for his best supporting actor gong for The Normal Heart, was sleek and pretty much blew the competition in how to look polished on red carpet. Appearing in Ralph Lauren Black Label, the actor in the blue suit with a charcoal collar stood out for his choice of color and his slick styling. The shawl collar suit is not always easy to pull off since it is considered the most casual in the suit family, but credit to Mr. Bomer for pulling it off how he did. Slick side parted hair, a matching bowtie and a thin reveal of the pocket square, coupled with black shoes rounded off his look. Gentlemen!! that is how you do it.

DOMINIC WEST
One of my favorite actors this season, he was definitely the one I was rooting for this award season. Dominic West who was nominated for his AFFAIR (yea he was!! :P) turned up pretty polished on the red carpet in a classic tux and bowtie. What has always been interesting is how he manages to keep his wavy hair side parted with a certain flick for a formal look. With the slight triangle to his pocket square (it is really in the details for men at an event like this!!) and his gold cufflinks, the man did manage to clean up .. and clean up well.

GEORGE CLOONEY
Come on! lets face it… he looks good in everything.. even when he wears his wedding Armani tux to the globes. Ladies!! you may want him but Amal has him 😛 Keep Drooling!!

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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

karolina-kurkova-vogue-6may14-pa_b Karolína Kurková in Marchesa.
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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maggie-q-metgala Maggie Q in Zac Posen.
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.

zoe-saldana-michael-kors-vogue-6may14-pa_b_592x888 Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors and Michael Kors. vs
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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.

THE MEN
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.

Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe
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.

Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons brooke brotheres
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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