With Eid just around the corner, us 4 friends, Maliha Rao, Umair Mirza, Rabeeyah and myself (all of us who also happen to be bloggers) decided to check out what is up and out there this Eid. Our first stop was Ocean Mall where we first splashed :P. Splash had a good range, a bit steeply priced, but good nevertheless menswear with some interesting textural and easy jackets and printed cotton shirts. They also had a quite a bit of variety of knitted ties. There was a lace shirt in women’s section that I liked and was this close to getting it… remember Burberry 😛 I also liked these round pair of sunnies that were cute and fun priced for 1250 PKR only.
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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I’M WEARING Button Down Shirt (Outfitters)/ Chinos (Yellow) / Shoes (Stoneage) / Necklaces (Stoneage) / Hand band (Shehla Chatoor and other one was gifted)
For Day 2, I decided to do a turnaround taming my curls into a bun (yes! they survived the night).. I might have gotten quite a few more compliments for my man-bun, more than when I let my curls lose..hahaha…and considering quite a few people actually could not find me coz in a sea of heads in the lounge during breaks, all they look for is a frantically moving mop of curly hair 😛 I think I should grow them but its such a hassle to take care of longer ones ..As for the look, printed floral was a bit I have been high on for a while and was a must while attending the Fashion Week. This time around I went for something sorta dark florals that I had gotten from Outfitters a while back. Pairing them up with mustard yellow chinos from Yellow complimented the florals and cheered them up for some spring. Instead of going the black shoes (which would have been my obvious move) I went for a brown pair of suede bourges that I got from Stoneage (thankfully in my size, they always seem to run out of it), sans socks. This let the florals do all the talking. As far as the accessories go, the key and the feather necklaces were from Stoneage… just had to have them..Note to self: need to go to Sunday Bazaar for more jewellery finds .. As for the hand bands I went for a Shehla Chatoor giveaway from last year, since she was showing on Day 2, and a multi strand one that was gifted to me by a friend. Framing my eyes were the sporty big specs. Shot this at the ‘steps’ of fire escape of the place we were staying at .. just before we were scheduled to leave.
*Images shot by Umair Mirza and Mutahir Mahmood
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