oscars 2011 {style}

What did you guys think of the Oscars red carpet last night?!  I thought it was fairly low-key – no one showed up in anything too appalling.  Of course, I still have my favorites.  I thought the best dressed ladies of the night were Cate Blanchett, Mila Kunis, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Anne Hathaway (though she was not the greatest host).

Cate Blanchett is a style icon for a reason.  She looked so incredibly chic in this pale lilac and yellow Givenchy gown.  STUNNING.

I figured we’d see at least one starlet in Elie Saab on last night’s red carpet (I blogged about his gorgeous runway here).  Mila Kunis looked so, so beautiful.  This color was perfect for her and her hair, makeup, and jewelry totally completed the look. LOVE. 

I think Gwyneth always looks her best when she goes for sleek, simple looks.  I was dying over this gold metallic Calvin Klein column dress.  The earrings and brooch at the waist were the perfect accessories, as was the super straight hair. Fabulous!

Anne Hathaway is so lovely and likeable.  Overall, I thought her looks last night were incredible.  I enjoyed seeing what she was wearing much more than I enjoyed her awkward banter with co-host James Franco.  She started the night in incredible vintage Valentino.

On stage, I LOVED her Givenchy white gown. Gorgeous.

And the Lanvin tuxedo was fierce (the Brian Atwood pumps made this look as far as I am concerned).

I wasn’t as crazy about her Vivianne Westwood (it may have been that awful updo), the Oscar de la Renta fringed dress, or the final Tom Ford column.

But the Armani and Versace dresses were FABULOUS.  Loved the color.

 Some other women who I thought looked great last night:

Halle Berry in Marchesa.  I am not the biggest Halle Berry fan, but MY GOODNESS she is really one of the most beautiful women on the planet.  I thought this Marchesa gown was so pretty.  I much prefer this to her usual super sexy looks.

Teenager Hailee Steinfeld also wore Marchesa.  She looked adorable.  Totally chic and age appropriate.

Helen Mirren in Vivienne Westwood was STUNNING.  This gunmetal grey dress was perfect for her.  If only we could all age as gracefully as she does.

Michelle Williams in Chanel was so lovely.  She really works that feminine fragile gamine look.

I also thought that Hilary Swank in feathered Gucci and Sandra Bullock in red Vera Wang were chic and gorgeous.

Scarlett Johansson was super sexy in purple lace by Dolce and Gabbana.  I thought her hair and makeup looked incredible.

Natalie Portman also looked lovely in purple.  Her gown was by Rodarte (I wonder if she specifically chose Rodarte because of the Black Swan costume controversy).  I think this was one of her better maternity looks – she was glowing. I was super excited for her win.

And speaking of controversy, was anyone else shocked that Nicole Kidman wore Dior after the John Galliano arrest and suspension? I didn’t even like the dress.

images from here, here, and here.

Did I leave out any of your favorites? Who did you think was best dressed?

February 28, 2011. style. 2 comments.

{couture} fall 2011 rtw: jonathan saunders

I fell in love with Jonathan Saunders Spring 2011 collection back in September.  His collection for Fall is also fantastic, full of bright unexpected color combinations, flowing skirts, and graphic prints.

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happy weekend! xoxo

check back on Monday for a full post-Oscar fashion dish!

February 25, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

{couture} fall 2011 rtw: alberta ferretti

More of those gorgeous jewel tones!  Ferretti did hers in bold patterns and contrast.  Loved these “day wear” looks.  Thigh-high velvet boots!? Yes, please.

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February 25, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

{couture} fall 2011 rtw: gucci

Gucci was SO GLAM. Loved the deep, rich shades of teal, chartruese, claret, orange, fuschia, and violet.  How great are the fedoras!?  And while I would have preferred faux fur, the overall looks are truly striking.  The chiffon evening gowns with hand-dyed silk flowers are gorgeous.

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February 24, 2011. couture. 2 comments.

{couture} fall 2011 rtw: burberry

The bright colors on the Burberry runway were incredible and the coats were out of this world. I’d take one of each in a heartbeat, but I think my favorite is the turquoise one.  Gorgeous plush wool with black button, straps, and toggles. LOVE.

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February 24, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

{couture} fall 2011 rtw: isaac mizrahi

This collection was so much fun.  Chic, simple shapes in fantastic colors are totally intoxicating.  Plus, the 9-year-old inside me sort of loves the dyed-to-match dogs.  Playful and wearable. Love this.

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February 23, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

{couture} fall 2011 rtw: marchesa

I’m a big Marchesa fan and their Fall Collection was so beautiful!  Inspired by Miss Havisham and “decaying opulence”, the collection kept in line with their previous aesthetic while adding some much needed edge and darkness. The looks were incredible and I am sure we’ll see several on the red carpet!

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February 17, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

{couture} fall 2011 rtw: marc jacobs

Marc Jacobs Fall collection was severe and structured – the opposite of his last 70s inspired runway.  He used latex, lace, and some fabulous polka dots.  The editors are going gaga over this one, and I think it is amazing, but I preferred the easier silhouettes and bold patterns of his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection.

And Marc by Marc Jacobs:

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February 16, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

{couture} fall 2011 rtw: carolina herrera and monique lhuillier

I have Oscars on the brain.  All I can think about while looking at the Fall collections is which celebrity might wear each gown.  Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhuillier, as always, had some FABULOUS options.  There were also plenty of gorgeous cocktail looks.  If I were a socialite/starlet, I’d definitely be buying an armful of these looks.

Carolina Herrera is always lady-like chic.  There were lots of taupe, beige, chocolate and grey looks, but I preferred the series of looks in turquoise and burgundy.  An unexpected, but totally fantastic combination.

And the GOWNS:

Monique Lhuillier worked with lots of lace and shades of gold, taupe, and black, a few fierce red accents and touches of velvet and feather. LOVE the evening pants. Totally beautiful.

 

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February 15, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

{couture} fall 2011 rtw: victoria beckham

I know how strange it is to talk about Fall fashion when we are still desperately seeking Spring, but the Fall shows are happening in New York now!

Victoria Beckham is, I think, really proving herself as a designer.  Her Fall collection is fab.  Her signature sheath dresses were there, but she also featured some great new shapes and gorgeous bright colors.

 

 

I especially love that layered look with the wrap belt. Perfect for Fall.

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February 14, 2011. couture. Leave a comment.

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