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
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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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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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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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