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March 1, 2011

Carpet Diem: Lessons from the red carpet for building your own wardrobe

On Wednesday, March 2nd, I will be  following in the auspicious footsteps of such luminaries as Rosalyn Carter, Cokie Robers, Ogden Nash, Michael Frayn, Barbara Bush, Diane von Furstenburg and style icon Nan Kemper, giving a talk at The Women’s Athletic Club entitled “Carpet Diem: Lessons from the red carpet for building your own wardrobe.”

Here are some lessons illustrated by examples from the recent Academy Awards.

The dress should dictate every other detail.

You can start with an absolutely stunning dress like this L’Wren Scott beaded column but if you don’t understand how to accessorize a minimalist dress with a high neckline or how to wear your hair with such a dress so that you maximize its impact, you wind up with this Amy Adams mistake .

Don’t add a necklace on top of a high neckline of a dazzling colored beaded gown. The color and the beading do all the work for you.

The dress creates a long lean line, so her hair should emphasize that–not fight with the neckline and jewelry. Lose the necklace. Wear the hair up in a sleek updo. Add some emerald studs. Done!

What always matters is not how much something costs but the impact it has!

This Channel Haute Couture gown is basically a t shirt dress. It’s exquisitely made but without bold lips and some sort of stunning accessories, it gets completely overlooked on Michelle Williams. My suggestion:  a coral or red lip, yellow diamond studs, a yellow diamond ring and a slightly golden/metallic clutch.

There comes an age when messy hair is not an option. Fifty is well past that age.

There comes an age when trying to look like a princess comes off as looking like Miss Havisham.

You may not be wearing the most original dress, but if the color suits you beautifully and the cut is classic, you will always belong on the red carpet.

The wrong shoes can ruin any outfit. (Even an ugly one.)

If it is your event, your spouse has the responsibility to bring up bring the level of their game. Couples should always look as if they are attending the same event. Always. Not negotiable. It should be in your prenup.

Yes, Mrs Jackman, I’m talking about you.

Who says dressing your age means you can’t look spectacular?

Susan Bridges makes it look effortless.

February 28, 2011

The Best (and Worst) Dressed List: The 2011 Academy Awards

Gowns with  sleeves made their mark at the Golden Globes this year. High necklines made their mark at the Academy Awards.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein Collection

Minimalism at its best. Notice how the slice in the high neckline creates an almost sculptural effect and eliminates the need for a necklace. Also notice how the horizontal seam at the hem creates another level of complexity that balances the vertical cut at the neckline. This is the same designer–Fransisco Costa– responsible for the best dress at The Golden Globes worn by Emma Stone.

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture

Couture at its best. Again notice how the embellishment at the neckline, done with a sprinkle of color , brings the eye up toward the face, without the need for jewelry.  The dress is quite gorgeous from the back, which is open and has the same sprinkle of color as the neckline.

This is the same designer–Riccardo Tisci– who created Zoe Saldana’s  exquisite dress last year.

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Haute Couture

Gorgeous color, gorgeous dress, great hair and makeup–but she looked sullen all nite long. Why?

HONORABLE MENTION:  Anne Hathaway (onstage in  Atelier Versace and Armani Prive), Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Hale Berry, Hilary Swank andSusan Bridges.

THE WORST DRESSED

Penelope Cruz in LWren Scott

Looks like a tacky second rate copy of a Bob Mackie gown. Perhaps one of the worst Oscar gowns ever!

Scarlet Johansen in Dolce and Gabbana

Was she steamrolled over by a lace machine?

Jennifer Hudson in Atelier Versace

Yes, it’s a gorgeous color but she looks like a drag queen. She lost weight, yes, but she also lost her mind–though she seems to have found her breasts.

I know this sounds particularly harsh, but  I put it this way because she is either a victim of spectacularly bad advice or she’s using her weight loss as an excuse to wear something that she might have wanted to wear when she was unable to. She should be looking forward and not backward. (The two gentlemen behind her were in charge of hauling around the dress’ train.)

Imagine for a moment how smoking hot–yet classy–she would have looked wearing the Gucci gown worn by Hillary Swank!

She’s a class act and she should dress the part.

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March 8, 2010

*Style tips from the Oscars (or don’t try this at home)

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Take home the Oscar and the table centerpiece.

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Don’t stand next to a man who dresses better than you do.

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If Tonya Harding taught me one thing, it’s always protect your blind side.

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I told you, the trick to winning for best director is to wear something ugly.

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Bring your husband. Check. Put most of your breasts today in the dress. Check. Leave most of the bottom of your dress in the limo door. Check.

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If you look good in a burlap sack, try bubble wrap next!

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This business is such a roller coaster.

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Wear your own cheap jewelry. It’s good for business and always a good way to spruce up your wardrobe.

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Go green. Use Garnier Nutrisse on Beyonce’s old weave and twist it into a giant multi grain pretzel before you attach it to the back of your head.

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A good haircut is very important.

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That and a nice tie.

TheBestDressedList.com

March 8, 2010

*The Best Dressed Women at The Academy Awards 2010

These were the women who I thought got the total package–the dress, the hair and the makeup—-absolutely right.


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Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Couture. This is a “statement” dress for the new decade. A young starlet, especially one that’s not nominated, can get lost in the shuffle at the Oscars. So it’s no small feat to wear an essentially avant garde couture dress and make it work. It was fashion forward, brave and spectacular on her. Made me think back to what the Elie Saab dress did for Halle Berry in 2002.


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Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries Van Noten. She’s the indie film queen and she stepped out on a limb with this printed gown. She loves taking risks and many of them just don’t work (see last year’s Lanvin disaster). This worked beautifully for her. Again, it ups the ante on an otherwise retro/cookie cutter red carpet.

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Elizabeth Banks in Atelier Versace. The fit of the bodice of this dress is perfection and it is beautifully integrated into the design of the skirt. It looked spectacular in motion. She showed everyone how to wear a neutral and make it work. (Note to Kate Winslet and Miley Cyrus.)

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Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture. The essence of Chanel. Game, set and match against Sarah Jessica Parker and the giant cinnamon roll of a hair extension that ruined her Chanel dress.

Finally, and because someone has to be honest, no, Sandra Bullock did not look great. The hair and makeup looked great but the dress looked like something Nancy Kerrigan would wear to skate in. (I was worried that Tonya Harding might whack that Oscar out of her hand.) Everyone always says the winner looks great, and that is usually because it seems like the polite thing to say. She looked perfect at the SAG awards in Alexander McQueen. This Marchesa illusion effect gown could have been worn by Hellen Miren (it was that aging) and it bore no relation to the hair and makeup.

(Marchesa proved a poor choice, as well,  for Vera Farmiga and Gaby Sibide, two of the worst dressed women of the night.)

TheBestDressedList.com

February 4, 2010

What could happen if gays were allowed to serve openly in the miltary

John Phillips could be heard from beyond the grave: “Dude, you’re completely crossing the line.” Middle schoolers  could collectively be heard muttering to themselves: “Dude, that’s so gay.”

The dude to whom they could justifiably be referring  is Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia who, despite the recommendation of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  Admiral Mike Mullen that the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy should be eliminated, opposes allowing gays to serve openly in the military.  Senator Chamblis  thinks that eliminating the military’s  restriction on homosexuality as a condition of service in the 21st century could put us but steps away from a brave new world of  “alcohol use, adultery, fraternization and body art.”

Really? This from a member of the party of Bush who spent 8 years with a guy named Dick on his ass.  Sure, you might expect a more sophisticated world view from a guy in the US Senate than from the guys on ” Jersey Shore” but the situation reveals that Saxby may know more about Snooky than he knows about nookie.

Not that the Senator needs my help, but here’s a more comprehensive but still incomplete list of social undoings that could result from repealing don’t ask, don’t tell:

Your Toyota could suddenly accelerate for no reason

A black man could become president

Taylor Swift could win a Grammy

John McCain could marry an heiress to an alcohol distribution fortune

John Edwards could make a sex tape of himself making love to his pregnant mistress before he repeatedly denies to his terminally ill cancer stricken wife that he was the father of the baby

Men who have posed naked as a centerfold for Cosmopolitan magazine could be elected to the US Senate

Sandra Bullock could win an acting award

Sarah Palin may become John McCain’s running mate after being found on You Tube and vetted on Google, all in the span of two weeks

Women who look like they didn’t make the cut to be onstage as The Pussycat Dolls  could find themselves in consort with Tiger Woods

John Edwards could take the word of a woman, who is unproblematically willing to have sex with a married millionaire, that he doesn’t have to use a condom because she’s incapable of getting pregnant

John Mayer could complain that he is not getting enough sex and extol the theraputic powers of masturbation while posing on various magazine covers showcasing his tattoos

Timothy Geithner , Larry Summers and Ben Bernake could actually be in bed with the financial institutions they are supposed to be regulating

Rihanna could suffer a brutal beating from Chris Brown, leave him, go back to him, leave him for good because she wants to be a role model for young girls, pose naked for the cover of GQ, get a few more tattoos  and then release the  single  “So Hard,” the video for which looks like a trailer to  Chi Chi La Rue high concept porn

The Northern Ireland brokered peace agreement, decades in the making, could be at peril because the 61 year old wife of of one of the political leaders may have a torrid seven month affair with a dead family friend’s 19 year old son and then fail to report that she and her husband funneled about $80,000 to the young man to open a coffee shop/internet cafe

ABC financial news correspondent Bianna Golodryga could become at least the third woman with poor judgment to jump into the bed of  Peter Orszag, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, who is being sued by his first wife for non payment of the divorce settlement as he simultaneously becomes engaged to Ms Golodryga before the pregnant ex girlfriend he promised to marry gives birth to his fourth child

Sarah Palin’s new  curly updo hairstyle could resemble that of Jethrine on “The Beverly Hillbilies”

Your Toyota could make other Toyota owners  very uncomfortable especially if you’re in such close proximity that they can see yours coming up the rear

US Senators who pretend to shower the masses with the naked truth could be more careful about bending over to pick up the soapbox they want to stand on

TomKolovos.com