Posts tagged ‘the academy awards’

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 15, 2011

Dresses I’d like to see at the Oscars–Part 3


As the first week of New York Fall 2011 shows comes to an end, I thought I’d share some of my favorite gowns so far. All gowns  by Carolina Herrera Fall 2011 except for the second, Carlos Miele Fall 2011, and the last, Monique Lhuillier Fall 2011. All images from Style.com

January 26, 2011

Dresses I’d like to see at the Oscars: Part II


Elie Saab Haute Couture. Images from Style.com

January 25, 2011

Note to Natalie Portman: How to hide your baby bump and look stunning accepting your Oscar in Christian Dior Haute Couture

Image from Style.com

January 25, 2011

Dresses I’d like to see at the Oscars–Part I

The Oscar nominations were announced today from Hollywood. The couture shows from which the top actresses will be choosing their gowns began yesterday in Paris.

The Armani Prive presentation contained some of its best dresses in seasons. Here are a few I hope to see at the Oscars. All images from Style.com

March 14, 2010

Oscar Fashion Rewind

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Just in case you missed my Oscar fashion review on NBC5  (or as I like to call it “Monday morning fashion quarterback”) here’s your chance to catch up.

You might want to start the clip at about 1 minute in but make sure you watch to the very end. Keep in mind I had to follow a story about a pregnant woman who tweeted during her entire 19 hours of labor, including her epidural.

I’ve  rounded up all 3 separate blog posts for you below.

The best dressed women

The best dressed men

The rest