These end-of-the-year picks by no means are conclusive final word – the movies are the ones that I caught and watched therefore anyone coming after me why a certain movie was not included – well I did not see it. But this year undoubtedly was where women were on the forefront – be it kicking ass in real life or on screen and with their multi-layered portrayal, hit home and ran away with all the accolades. Matching actors and actresses were the costumes that helped them transform into these multi dimensional characters, merging with it’s sensibilities so much that you only see the character – not the actor
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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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