Oscar Fashion

I really enjoyed the Oscars this year, I was with friends and we had some bubbly, good food and watched The Oscars. It was interesting to watch the red carpet with a group and see what looks were loved or hated, and what ones divided the group. The awards ceremony didn’t disappoint either, we loved the Ellen selfie & the pizza delivery, Pink’s performance of ‘Over the Rainbow’ and the heartfelt speeches of Jared Leto & Lupita N’Yongo {I was teary as Jared paid a loving homage to his Mother and then showed acceptance, love and support to anyone who is discriminated for who they are or who they love}. Despite knowing Matthew McConaghey was the ‘favourite’ for Best Actor, I was so disappointed that Leonardo DiCaprio did not get it… what more does he have to do? Yes, I am #TeamLeo – he has such great acting skill and I cannot wait for the year that he is not passed over but receives the Oscar.

But now to the fashion and styling … There were sensational gowns, amazing accessories and beautiful looks. I have put together For the Style Seeking Girl’s favourites {including ‘Suits Worn Well’}, least favourites, honourable mentions, eye-catching couple, and best beauty look.

Favourites

Lupita in Prada

Lupita in Prada

This dress blew me away, I love the Grecian style with the flowing fabric and gorgeous train. Lupita swung the train allowing the beautiful, draping pleats to be viewed as often as she could, the ice blue looks sensational against her skin. Classy, understated and completely unforgettable. Perfectly paired with simple, golden accessories + her beaming smile. Best dressed – without a doubt.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Very old Hollywood. A sexy, glamourous look with eye-catching detail. This gorgeous gown has the cape draped over her shoulders and is backless. With a plunging front and short train, this is not for the faint hearted. Smokey eyes, sweeping curls and simple accessories complete this Screen-Siren look.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

 

Necklace draped over her back

Necklace draped over her back

Jennifer looked radiant in this red gown, as the face of Dior I could think of no one better to wear this beautiful column gown with peplum detail. I love her hair, it has a slightly 90s vibe which is on trend right now. The styling is brilliant, adding unique detail by draping the necklace over her back.

 

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Julia looks radiant wearing a gorgeous dress from the design house behind Audrey Hepburn’s original little black dress. This dress is stunning, I love the classic detail of lace used in playful ways – bodice insert, edging at the shoulders and on the peplum. It is understated and feminine.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar De La Renta

Jennifer Garner in Oscar De La Renta

This long, flapper style dress sparkled in silver, when Jennifer presented an Oscar onstage the strands bounced and moved as she walked, whilst glistening under the lights. A simple dress became a standout. Jennifer is the Queen of low-key elegance and she cemented this at The Oscars. I love the pop of berry coloured lipstick and the complementing accessories.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

I love this gown on Sandra, she has chosen a timeless look with a modern twist, the huge layer of fabric that is ruched and then falls into the train is a stunning aspect. This is a very flattering gown and the colour contrasts well with her ivory skin and dark hair. Adding some frosting with the bracelet, earrings and hairclip finishes off this look perfectly.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

This dress is amazing, the use of a classic silhouette with almost futuristic detail is clever and works well. I love the Perspex straps that add some mystery and fun to the gown, I also like the train overlay that can be seen through. Charlize is the perfect woman for this dress, she takes control of the look and was hard to stop looking at on the red carpet!

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Romantic and Grecian, this dress is soft, playful and ultra feminine. Penelope proves once again that she is all woman in this sensational gown. The draping suits her well, with a fabulous splash of fabric hooked over arm for some added volume. The black fabric sash and bow add dimension. Simple accessories with a topknot complete this elegant look.

 

‘Suits Worn Well’

Ellen

Ellen

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

 

Jared Leto - Best Dressed Male. Loved the pop of burgundy against the white, his hair and attitude

Jared Leto – Best Dressed Male. Loved the pop of burgundy against the white, his hair and attitude

Honourable Mentions

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma looks sensational, loving the mix of black with gunmetal grey, red lips add some sexiness.. I would have liked to see a less ‘school girl’ like hairdo. But overall a stellar look for a presenter!

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry looks beautiful in this mauve gown, I like the simple detail, but it is just that, simple. She packs some impact with the dark lip. Stunning pregnant woman – she definitely glows.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

This gown reminds me of Amy Adam’s from last year with the detail in the skirt. I adore the embellished cap sleeves and bodice. I feel her hair really lets her down, too casual for this look – a classy chignon or swept up curls would have made this look shine!

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

A gorgeous gown choice for the ‘Frozen’ star. This gown highlights her slender frame, although it does give me a ‘wedding’ vibe. A pop of colour would have lifted this look too.

Sally Hawkins - Valentino

Sally Hawkins – Valentino

Beautiful embellished gown, very simple in cut and fit. I do not get an overall ‘Wow’ factor from this look, especially with the casual hair and the fringe she kept running her hands through during her red carpet interview – it was distracting and made her look uncomfortable.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Naomi showcased a look completely suitable for a presenter, she looked classy and had a simple elegance but didn’t use a gown that would take all the attention off the nominees. She shone in this gorgeous white gown and added glamour with a red lip and defined eyes.

Pink  'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

Pink ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

Even though it was not her red carpet look, I couldn’t go without mentioning Pink’s look as she paid a beautiful tribute to The Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland. Not only was her performance wonderful {and incredibly moving} but she sparkled in this ruby-red gown. Loving the neckline and full skirt.

Least Favourites

Amy Adams in Gucci

Amy Adams in Gucci

Classic shape. Check. Exciting detail? No. The dress is lovely, but it doesn’t look striking or stand out. I found this a disappointing look for someone who was nominated for TWO roles and also in comparison to her heavily detailed princess gown from last year. I think even choosing a different colour for this gown would have made a difference. I think Amy really flew under the radar in this dress and also with her makeup. Keep in mind – this is The Oscars.

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel

Ok, I appreciate the huge risk taken here. I like the red, I like the skin showing section … but it stops there. I think this dress would be ideal for the Golden Globes or the BAFTAs where left of centre outfits are huge {like Angelina in a fitted suit?}. To me, this looks more like a high school dance than The Oscars. Points for having a go though!

Cristin Milioti in Reem Acra

Cristin Milioti in Reem Acra

This look is way too monochromatic. I hate to say it but Mrs Mosby got it wrong. I love the dress, with the cupped bodice and falling skirt. This had the potential for an ethereal look when paired with her gorgeous ivory skin. Nude or soft pink lips with shimmery eyes would have bumped this look into favourites.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

So last year Anne wore a similar cut from Prada – deciding at the last minute to leave her custom made Valentino behind – and follows it up this year with a futuristic column gown. The cut, shape and fit of the gown is sensational. I don’t like the metallic bodice – which has been likened by some critics as a ‘breast plate’, this aspect impedes on the rest of the dress and seems like an odd choice for this event.

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

I like the halter style cut of the dress, and that is it. I look at this dress and see a huge, walking doily. I think Portia could have done better, apparently the inspiration was snowflakes… but I just don’t see it, it makes her look older than she is.

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

This look is a bit plain, the nude looks fabulous with her skin, but there is no pop of colour at all {she had nude lips too}, when watching her, I felt she looked washed out. I see fish scales when I look at the dress, but a guest at the party I was at stated “All I can see if keys on a rack, like a hotel wall”. While I am not a huge fan of the gown, to take this look from drab to fab, a striking lip {pink or red} and well styled hair would have done the trick. I think Cate got lucky because this dress photographs well, and stands out more in photos than it did when watching the red carpet and awards ceremony.

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli

This dress reminds me of a mermaid. I think the skirt detail and small train is really pretty and I love the colour. Though overall this was a least favourite because it isn’t totally flattering for her. Though it is much better than last years!

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Jessica Biel could easily make best dressed lists everywhere, but she always chooses gowns that are basic and similar. Instead of cementing a certain style it creates a I-have-seen-this-all-before-feel. Nothing stands out in this look and the hair pulled lazily over one shoulder drags the look down. Even by piling the hair in a towering bun or keeping it to one side but in a chignon or curled ponytail would have lifted the look. I would love to see her pick something a little more daring – even just colour wise like red, emerald green or purple.

Pharrell

Pharrell

Saving the BEST of the WORST till last. Shorts. Really? At The Oscars. Oh. Dear. This is school boy trying to dress up, and failing. There is a dress code, and that should be respected. He could have worn a nicely tailored suit and played around with colour, patterns/prints or textures and that would have been amazing.

Eye-Catching Couple

Joseph and Emma

Joseph and Emma

What a cute would-be-probably-should-be couple. They were so cute when they were presenting on stage together and definitely had all eyes on them! They look striking together… one to watch!

Brad and Angelina

Brad and Angelina

The love between these two is so obvious and sweet. From holding hands and flirting with each other on the red carpet, snuggling during the awards ceremony and looking at each other with admiration and affection – I couldn’t stop looking at them whenever they appeared on screen. How beautiful was it in the montages shown where Angelina had accepted a humanitarian award and spoke of her belated mother, camera pans to Angelina watching this with tears in her eyes and Brad looks at her then leans in to kiss her. Awww. I felt they looked striking together. Angelina’s dress wasn’t my favourite, despite been from one of my favourite designers Ellie Saab {felt it didn’t flatter her bust – but am wondering if she purposely wanted that after the surgery she has had} but she looked healthy and glowed.

Best Beauty Look

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

I felt this look was most complimentary to the outfit paired with it. I love the bold, red, Hollywood glam lip, paired with defined eyes, brows and a minimal base. It is striking but maintains a natural look which allows her true beauty to shine through.

Which Oscar looks did you love or dislike? Which gown from this year would you choose? For me, I would choose Penelope Cruz’s Grecian style gown or Julia Roberts’ classy, sexy black gown.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! If you want to wander down memory lane, read 2013’s Oscar post.

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Six Wardrobe Essentials…

In September last year I wrote a guest post for the lovely Kimba at Kimba Likes, on the top six wardrobe essentials {in my humble opinion} … to read the full post – including why and what to look for – click here – a brief summary can be found at the bottom of this post.

A list of essentials is an idea I am expanding on, I am creating ‘Twenty Items For a Stylish Wardrobe’. This list will be less focused on trends but on pinpointing items that are stylish, add class and can be worn throughout varied seasons, trends and occasions. There are many who have created fabulous lists of items to collect, which I will admit provided some food for thought. Most notably, my favourite list would be Nina Garcia’s “The One Hundred”,  her list is very well thought out, forms a book and inspired me… I felt encouraged to look into my collection of accessories, clothes and shoes to determine what were the key aspects of achieving my style. I find knowing this, has been beneficial in looking deeper and isolating a small but generous number of items that I feel could be essential or of extreme benefit to any stylista {or those new to the game}. Once completed the list, I will of course write about it.

Six Wardrobe Essentials {investment items to be wearing for years to come – avoid details typical of current but fleeting trends}

  1. A Good Pair of Jeans – everyone should own a well-made pair of denim jeans, in a flattering but neutral cut.
  2. A Leather Jacket – a stylish yet practical item which will keep you warm and protect from rain whilst adding instant edge and glamour.
  3. Pair of Statement Heels – will become your go-to heels, able to be added to any outfit, go for a reasonable level of comfort but with features that add instant impact to a look.
  4. Statement Accessory – Costume jewellery is ideal, offering many options in regards to size, colour/pattern, embellishment, style and price.
  5. The Little Black Dress – The LBD is an iconic item that should be simple, affordable, versatile and long lasting. Think of the LBD as a perfect backdrop on which to design an amazing outfit that shows class, elegance and style.
  6. Leopard Print – Leopard print is a classic print, it will fill you with confidence and adds sass to your look. Stay away from fluorescent and look for the iconic leopard print {or soft earthy tones} to invest in a piece that will be easy to add to your favourite outfits.
Image - Deminology

Image – Deminology

Image - Style Bistro {SJP Leather Lookbook}

Image – Style Bistro
{SJP Leather Lookbook}

Image - paperblog

Image – paperblog

 

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Image – thebudgetfashionista

Image - mycelebrityshoes.blogspot

Image – mycelebrityshoes.blogspot

mkDo you have any or all of these items? What is a must-have in your own top six?Would love to hear from you, Happy Styling, Kooklah…Like For the Style Seeking Girl on Facebook Follow Kooklah on Instagram (@saregiak)

Fictional Character Styles I Love..

I know I’m not alone when I admit that often when watching a show or movie I am caught up in the style of the fictional characters. I love that they are often outrageous or a little larger than life, because well – they can be. Below I have five looks from different characters that I love and why…

Carrie Bradshaw in Oscar De La Renta

I absolutely love the gorgeous pink, extravagant cocktail dress Carrie was gifted from the Russian. Out of any of her outfits, this is the one I would most want to wear. I love the colour, design and shape of it. It is very elegant and feminine with a beautiful voluminous look.

Oscar De La Renta (Spring, 2004) Pic from Zimbo

Oscar De La Renta (Spring, 2004)
Pic from Zimbo

Holly Golightly’s Black Hat

There is barely a costume from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ worn by Audrey Hepburn that I do not like. The one piece that comes to mind every single time {and is the piece I would most like to have an excuse to wear} is the sensational large black hat with the pale pink sash. I wish we’d wear hat likes that for things now. Elegance at it’s finest, large but understated. Perfect pairing to the famous LBD.

Elegant Perfection

Elegant Perfection

Serena van der Woodsen’s ‘White Party’ dress

At a Hampton’s party where everyone had to wear white, Serena showed up in a gorgeous Grecian style dress {also designed by Oscar De La Renta} with an amazing up-do that included a sparkly gold hair sash. I have always wanted to re-create this look someday.. Classic, feminine and sexy.

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Oscar De La Renta gown {spring, 2008}. Pic – theskinnystiletto

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Grecian, embellished hair.
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Loreali Gilmore’s Whimsy

I loved Loreali’s dress sense, there was often some fantasy or whimsical aspect to her outfits, she often theme dressed and wore funny captioned shirts. Her fashion was fun – with bright colours, interesting shapes and fabrics with embellishment.

Love this Irish shirt! pic- coolio

Love this Irish shirt!
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(When I went to Ireland I found a shirt that says “Kiss me, I’m Irish” – not the same I know but it reminded me of this shirt so I picked it up for some Loreali fun)

Understated Floral Crown for a Renaissance wedding

Floral Crown-Renaissance wedding

Christmas jumpers.. LOVE!

Christmas jumpers.. LOVE!
Pic – A Touch of French

Double Tiered Headbands – Brooke Davis-Baker

These headbands work best with a bun or up-do (either simple or detailed) and help to add dimension to the hairdo. I think the pearl/beaded one that is part of Brooke’s wedding look is gorgeous and a different look option compared to tiaras or embellished clips/combs.

BROOKE

Pearl-like bead bands
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Double bands in your hair colour keeps the ‘do simple whilst adding dimension and definition
Pic – sophiabushonline.org

Of course, I could keep adding other looks, but these are the five that came to mind. What do you think of these looks I have shared? I’d love to hear what looks you loved or hated, or even ones from other fictional characters that you love. I am already thinking of possibilities for next time!

Mwah! Kooklah xo

Pregnant Style…

I was having breakfast out last week and saw two pregnant women at the cafe who looked so amazingly stylish. Lady #1 was wearing a maxi dress with thin black and white stripes with gladiator sandals and a topknot. Lady #2 was wearing a maxi skirt with a loose sleeveless shirt that was tied at the side, she had bangles and a chunky necklace on. They both looked incredible and had big smiles on their faces. The styles they chose were effortlessly casual and comfortable.

A friend of mine who was pregnant recently told me that she had decided in October that she would not be shopping for ‘maternity’ clothes. Instead she was going to make use of the plethora of maxi dresses/skirts, oversized shirts and loose pants that were filling the shops. They were not only comfortable but ones that she could wear again, as they were not meant to be fitted.
Loose summer dresses, flowing tops and bump enhancing belts are all items that look sensational too.

Below are some stylish celebrities in similar outfits that showcase the baby bump, are comfortable and stylish… They look so good that I might steal inspiration from these outfits (sans baby bump obviously…)

Love these long flowing dresses in a colour that enhances the bump and suits glowing skin. Angelina’s dress drapes beautifully from under the bustline and Jennifer’s belt adds some definition…

I love these dress-casual looks from Kourtney and Kristen (the floral pants are fabulous!).
Using a jacket showcases a baby bump and black is very flattering! The flowing fabric of Kourtney’s long vest adds a layered, softening look… Plus a smile always looks great!
I think Jessica looks amazing, her leather jacket drapes and has a beautiful cut, love the edgy vibe with the mix of leopard, leather and crimson nails! Victoria’s look is comfort-casual with a kick…
 Katie Holmes’ look is one of my favourites with her coat done up top and left open around her bump. She looks glamorous in jeans and a silk top. Pink shows the look I discussed above with a maxi dress that skims. Bright patterns and colours also look great in this effortless style too.
Do you have a favourite?
Happy Styling, Kooklah Xx