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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Oscar’s Fashion- For the Style Seeking Girl’s Picks!

So I realise that this post is late. Well in terms of hype. The Oscars have come and gone. Everyone was raving about poor Jennifer Lawerence’s tumble – really? She was right, people applauded to be polite… For me I choose to look at it like ‘everyone falls down but what matters is that you get back up again’.. Or what about Anne Hathaway’s bodice that attracted more attention than most ‘and the winner is…’ announcements, or the fact that Helena Bonham Carter yet again looked like a character from one of her movies?

I was fascinated with colours chosen, the fabrics used, the hairstyles – so many pinned curl updos and old Hollywood style curls! Here are my favourites, least favourites, honourable mentions and who I picked as the best dressed couple for the 2013 Oscars.

Oscar Fashion I loved:

Jessica Chastin wears a silk Armani Prive gown. This is my best dressed pick!
Love the old Hollywood Glamour look with the curls, minimal accessories, flawless base and red lips
Kerry Washington wearing Miu Miu – she also wore one of their gowns to the Golden Globes.
I love the hue of this gown with embellishment on the bodice. Simple hair and accessories complete Kerry’s
understated glamour. She is now officially on my radar as a person of style interest!

Shaun Robinson looks sensational in a David Meister gown. I really love the two-tone look.
It enhances her fabulous figure, with the small train increasing the class and elegance of the gown.
The towered bun and statement accessories add some flair – so does the smile!

Reese Witherspoon shone in this gorgeous gown from Louis Vuitton.
A very classic look, especially with the old glamour curls.

Catherine Zeta Jones yet again showcasing her sensational and timeless style in this amazing Zuhair Murad gown.
The embellished overlay is eye catching and makes her stand out. Keeping her hair classy and using limited accessories helps to focus the attention her gown and not overbear the senses…

Amanda Seyfried looks amazing in this Alexander McQueen gown. The floral design is sensational.
I love that she is wearing an up do, minimal accessories and a soft pink lip to complement her smokey eyes and gown.
One of the best looks on this years Oscar red carpet.

 

Jennifer Garner – she rocked a mulberry coloured gown at the Globes, and this stunning custom made purple gown by Gucci looks even better in my opinion. So sensational with a simple sweetheart neckline and major detail in the back! I don’t know how she sat down but I totally give her major props for it! The amazing sparkle around her neck is from Neil Lane. Jennifer smartly paired all this flair with a simple hairstyle and make up.

 
Not so favourite:
 

 Sunrise Coigney (Mark Ruffalo’s wife) wearing a ‘Zero + Maria Cornejo’ gown. I understand she must have wanted to be different BUT it was the Oscars, so I think a more dressy look was called for. Very unflattering.

 Renee Zellweger wearing a Carolina Herrera creation. I think the colour is great, but I do not like the bows. How many times have we seen Renee in something with emphasis on her behind? I think this dress sparkles but does little else.

 Nancy O’Dell in Mark Zunino. I love the overall colour palette and sweetheart neckline. But that’s it. Too much leg, not age appropriate and I think it makes her look like she’s trying to hard. A shame because she has a beautiful figure.

 Jane Fonda in Versace. Props for the bright hue but it washes her out. The first thing I thought of when I saw this was ‘looks like an Oscar trophy’ and I am not sure that was the idea. The cut is great but this outfit is one of the worst.

 Anne Hathaway in Prada. This is my least favourite. I don’t think the overly obvious nipples looks classy, she has played it safe with a simple cut dress and so simple colour. Not impressed, I think this is a boring look.

 Jackie Weaver in Rani Zakhem. The cut, bulky train and that area surrounding the bust…

 Kristin Chenoweth in Tony Ward Couture. There is so much going on with this look! Not the most flattering gown

Kelly Osbourne also in Tony Ward. I love the neck of this dress – all thse different straps but I don’t think this dress is flattering for Kelly and the hair doesn’t go – with the dress or the Oscars
 
 

Honourable Mentions:

 Alicia Vikander in Elie Saab Couture. I love the light blue colour and the bright belt. She looks beautiful, youthful and I love the happy smile! Absolutley beautiful look, simple but classic.

 Amy Adams looks like a princess in this light silver Oscar de la Renta gown! Amy helped to design this and I read that when she first tried it on she couldn’t stop walking around in it. I love the detail that is attention grabbing but not over the top

 

 Fatima Ptacek looks so lovely and I think this look is very age appropriate. She looks like a princess, I love the towered bun with braided detail and all that tulle. She has some makeup on but it is flawless and basic. You can’t see it in this picture but she has pink nails with one feature nail which has an embellished bow on it.

 Jennifer Hudson looks sensational in this Roberto Cavalli gown. So pretty and looks amazing with her skin colour. I am not sure about the hairstyle, but I love the leg split, tasteful but sexy!

 Jennifer Lawerence in Dior Haute Couture. I think she looks amazing! She totally pulls of this gown and keeps accessories, makeup and hair to a minimalist style to let the gown shine

 Melissa McCarthy wearing David Meister, I love this gown and the colour. The volume of the hair is awesome too.

 Naomi Watts in Giorgio Armani. This dress is so unique and interesting.
I absolutley love the colour which goes well with her light skin. I really adore the cut out on the left side.

Sandra Bullock wears another fabulous collection from Elie Saab. This gown is amazing, the lace, colour, embellishment. Minimal accessories are paired well and I love the slight sheer nature of the dress. The only thing – do something with your hair! A lovely curled up do or a topknot would have been fantastic.

Best Dressed Couple:

For this title I have chosen the father/daughter couple. Jamie Foxx with his daughter Corinne Bishop. How Cute! Corinne wears a gown from Dane Designers – love that Jamie isn’t wearing a tux but still looks stylish!
 
What are your favourites? I love the glitz and glamour of the Oscars …
If you enjoyed this, check out my Golden Globes Review
Sarah/Kooklah Xo



Golden Globes Fashion…

There is nothing I like more at events and award ceremonies than the red carpet. I love watching who arrives with who and of course, what they are wearing. The Golden Globes was held earlier this January in Hollywood at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (iconic in the movie Pretty Woman), I have put together some pictures and captions of the fashion choices I loved, those I didn’t and those I wasn’t sure about. I have also picked who, in my opinion was the best dressed couple…

Fashion I loved:

Emily Blunt looks sensational in a Michael Kors gown.
Love the colour and embellishments as well as the rose coloured
earrings. Paired with simple makeup and a classic topknot.

 


 
 

 

Amanda Seyfried pairs her Givenchy
gown with romantic waves

Jennifer Lopez looks stunning in this silk
gown with lace overlay from Zuhair Murad.
Love her hair pinned to the side too!

Kerry Washington looks stunning in Miu Miu
-I really love the colour and embellishment
paired with simple accessories
Lea Michele looks stunning.
 White gown from Elie Saab.
The embellished halterneck, sexy leg split and tanned skin makes this
my second favourite look. The smile she has enhances her look.

Jessica Alba stunning in a beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown
(the necklace is also incredible!)

 


Not so favourite:

 

Both of these dresses appear to be almost drowning the women
I am not loving the pattern on Lucy Lui’s dress either.

This just didn’t feel dressy enough. Rachel Weisz
always looks incredible but for me, this didn’t work.

The colour looks good with her skin tone, but
I thought Taylor’s look was a bit dated.
Needed some kind of POP or wow factor.
 

Honourable mentions: these weren’t my favourites but I think these women look incredible!

 

Adele wearing Burberry

Anne Hathaway wearing Chanel
Jennifer Garner wearing Vivienne Westwood

Salma Hayek in Gucci (love the bow!)

Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

Kate Hudson in an Alexander McQueen masterpiece
(the neck detail is amazing!)

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler on the red carpet
(they emceed the night)
Fey in L’Wren Scott and Poehler’s tuxedo is Stella McCartney

Outfit change for the stage. Stunning!
Fey wears another gorgeous L’Wren Scott dress
Poehler’s burgandy dress is also from Stella McCartney

 

Here’s to the guys:
I know everyone says that guys have it easy..they just have to throw on a tuxedo. But I thought these three took the cake in the male department.

 

 
 
Best Dressed Couple – Emily Blunt & the adorably funny John Krasinski

 
Who was your favourite? Or least favourite? More importantly which gown do you wish you could try on – even just for an hour. I would love to try the Elie Saab worn by Lea or the Michael Kors by my Golden Globe Style pick Emily. They are both embellished – so of course I love them!
Kooklah Xx