Oscars

Oscars 2015 // Best Dressed

I wanted to start this post with a little re-cap of the ladies I imaginary styled for Sunday’s big event. With the exception of Felicity Jones, I am happy to report I would place them all on the best-dressed list!

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Resse Witherspoon was stunning in a black and white Tom Ford gown, not even close to what I picked, but I’ll forgive her. Sienna Miller picked a black Oscar de la Renta dress, and looked just gorgeous. Jen was in a nude Atelier Versace number that was probably more stunning the the one I picked for her. I was NOT a huge fan of Felicity Jones’ Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown – but she did look amazing – and so happy!!

NEXT – Emma Stone. I wanted Emma to wear a beaded black Elie Saab dress with short sleeves – she opted for a beaded chartreuse Elie Saab dress with long sleeves.

SOOOOO close. I have to say, I’m glad she did. She looked stunning.

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Bonus pic of Jen and Emma, because they are amazing.

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AND NOW. KEIRA.

YOU GUYS – remember how I said that my predictions have never been right??? Well, I broke the losing streak Sunday night because Keira Knightly wore the Valentino dress I picked for her.  And it looked just as dreamy and whimsical as I wanted it to. AHH!

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As if that was not enough – she also wore a black Valentino gown to the Vanity Fair after party that I’d had on my wish list!! AHHH again!!

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Not many of my other wish-list picks made appearances – but Faith Hill was a knock out in J. Mendel (from my list!)

Faith-Hill-oscar-2015Beyond that I’d put Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosamund Pike, Zoe Saldana, and Anna Kendrick at the top of my best dressed list.

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Who were your favorites?

xoxCrissie

Images: HuffPost // US Weekly // Who What Wear

Oscar Predictions // Best Dressed

Only one more day until we get to see which dresses make the red carpet cut at the Oscars! One of my very favorite things to do is predict who will wear what, and which designers will score red carpet placement.  I’ve never been right…  but I have gotten CLOSE (ish) !! Might as well keep trying, right?

So, here’s what I’d like to see tomorrow!

Sienna Miller has been killing it on the red carpet lately – so I have total faith she’ll be one of this year’s best dressed. I would love to see her in this feathered Elie Saab gown – it’s elegant but still a little edgy 100% Oscar material.

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I think Reese would look amazing in this gown from Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2015 collection, I love the printed skirt, it adds a little something extra to a classic silhouette – plus Reese would look amazing in that blue!

Speaking of classic, Felicity Jones favors sophisticated, elegant red carpet looks – and always looks awesome in them. Fingers crossed she picks this navy and purple Oscar de la Renta gown tomorrow night.

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Jennifer Aniston has been a HUGE fan of the plunging neck-line this season, and she tends to stick with black dresses, my pick for her is this sparkly Naeem Khan number.

Kiera is a little less predictable when it comes to red carpet fashion – but she does often choose whimsical dressed – which is why I think she might be able to pull off this look from the Valentino couture collection. It’s a little risky, but I think she could make it work.

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Miss Stone is a big red carpet risk taker, but I’d like to see her go a little more traditional for the Oscar’s – not totally traditional of course! But I think she’d make every best dressed list in this sparkly/sheer Elie Saab dress!!

With the Fall 15 runway shows going on right now, I’ve also spotted a few color trends that I’l love to see come to life on the red carpet. Ice blue dresses (think Cinderella blue, magical!), sparkly navy and art-deco inspired metallics are poised to have a big night tomorrow.

I also think we’ll see a lot of classics – black, white and gold. And there’s a change that peach and mustard colors could be a break out hit!

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oscar-dreses2a Naeem Khan // Donna Karan // Valentino // Badgley Mischka // J. Mendel // J. Mendel  Naeem Khan // Jenny Packham // Bibhu Mohapatra

I CAN’T WAIT!!

Who do you think will make the best dressed list?

xoxCrissie

*images via Style.com 

 

Red Carpet // Makeup

This is a BIG week – Oscar week!! I’ve always loved the Oscars, mainly for the red carpet.  I know I am not alone in my love of red carpet fashion, but there really is something so exciting about it. Seeing who takes big risks, who plays it safe and who debuts a new style is, strangely, a lot of fun.

Sadly, I can’t play dress up with Oscar gowns to recreate my favorite styles. That being said – I can recreate makeup looks!!

Full disclosure – I know very little about makeup. I’m a basics girl day-to-day. But this is the year for trying new things, so when Borghese sent me a box full of Red Carpet Ready makeup, I thought, why not?

So, without further ado, here are 3 of my favorite Oscar looks from the last few years, and my attempts to re-create them.

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I started each look with my normal base layer (base layer? is that a makeup term?) Which is:

And then I built each look on top of that!

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The Academy Awards // Fashion Nominees

Let’s cut to the chase here, on the surface the Oscar’s claim to be all about movies – but we all know the truth, they’re really about the fashion. And when it comes to big wins, the biggest always come on the red carpet. This year there are dozens of amazing gowns just dying to make the cut, dreaming of their moment in the spotlight, their shot at making the best best-dressed list. So, here we go – my nominees for the best dresses for the red carpet event of the year:

Jenny Packham
A favorite of my favorite, Princess Kate, Jenny Packham has some gorgeous, girly offerings for the red carpet. I can’t decide which of these looks I like best: the classic but bold crimson number, or one of the more playful nude-illusion looks, can you? 
Marchesa
A staple of red carpet season, Marchesa always makes just about every best-dressed list, and with the gowns being offered-up here I can’t see this year being an exception. I love the idea of a mustard colored dress for the Oscars – it’s like liquid gold, like you melted an Oscar statue and decided to wear it, chic. Also, I’m pretty sure that if Meryl Davis was going she’d totally wear that middle look. 
Prabal Gurung
Alright, here’s the deal. These are a little risky. But – just a little. Is a cut-out canceled out by a turtle neck? Maybe. Does that make it it more or less risque? Either way, that element of intrigue has me itching to see these beauties on the red carpet. 
Elia Saab
Elie Saab has always designed show stoppers, some that are safe and others that have that Oscar edge. This white one-sleeved peplum look – perfection! A Fuchsia ball gown, where else are you going to wear that if it’s not to the Oscars?? 
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Someone will always wear Oscar to the Oscars. Here are my 2014 nominees for the big night. I adore the playfulness of these 2 gowns. They still have a classic sophistication but they are also fun, and I think we should have a little more fun on the red carpet, because why not??  
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And the award for best drama goes to… these stunners. If (who am I kidding, WHEN) someone steps on to the red carpet in either of these she will instantly make every best dressed list. These are like the Titanic of dresses (b/c of all the Oscars Titanic won, not b/c of any ice bergs…). You can try to argue with me, but you will be wrong. 
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These babies tend to be controversial because of their slightly over-the-top nature. But I think my selection here have some great potential – if styled correctly. Keep it simple and let the dress steal the show. I have a feeling that The Fashion Police will brand the dress on the right a “figure skating costume gone wrong” but I really thing that on the right person it could totally work. (That’s 2 figure skating references in 1 blog post, too much??)
So there you have it. Do you think any of these beauties will make the cut? Who do you think will wear them? (4 days until we find out!! eeeek!!) 

xoxCrissie
*All image via Style.com


Best of the Oscars

Raise your hand if you watched the Oscars last night! Did you make it to the end? I barley did… can you imaging sitting though that wearing a couture gown? Yikes!
While we’re on the subject of gowns 😉 let’s take a look at the stars of the red carpet. Sadly, we saw very little color last night – but lots of blushes, nudes and metallics.

A// Miss Saldana wore Alexis Mabille B// Naomi Watts {best total look of the night!} was in an edgy Armani Privé with a perfectly undo up-do C// and Charlize Theron rocked her new buzz cut with some Dior!
The carpet wasn’t totally void of color – D// Reese Witherspoon wore cobalt Louis Vuitton {picked by her daughter Ava…!} and E// Kerry Washington wore a “coral situation” by Mui Mui
Jennifer Lawrence didn’t pick the dresses I wanted her to wear – but she is so awesome I have to forgive her. #1- we learned she is BFFs w/ style star Emma Stone and #2 – she did not seem phased at all when she fell on her way to receive her Oscar! She also looked stunning in the Dior gown she did pick – I didn’t notice last night, but it is dual-toned – a pale pink body with a white flounce!     
Who was your pick for best dressed last night? 
xoxCrissie

Red Carpet Ready // Oscar Night

Tomorrow is the big day! The Academy Awards! I imagine stars and stylists are spending today making last minute decisions and alterations in preparation for the event.
So let’s dream a little, shall we? Here’s what I would wear if I was walking the Red Carpet tomorrow…
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What would you wear?
xoxCrissie

 

Oscar Wish List

I am practically giddy with excitement for this weekend – Why? You might ask, well I’ll tell you.
IT’S THE OSCARS!
That’s right ladies and gentlemen the Academy Awards are upon us. Some people predict who will win the gold statues, I however predict red carpet dresses. This year there are some very fashionable ladies nominated and red carpet coverage is sure to be thrilling!
Miss Lawrence has been rocking a lot, a LOT of Dior on the red carpet lately. So I think it’s safe to say we’ll see her in another from the French design house at the Oscars.
I’d love to see Jennifer in option one with a slight alteration – a full length skirt. And option two would look amazing styled with statement heels and a bright necklace.
The magnificent Jessica Chastain tends to stick with simple silhouettes, but she doesn’t shy away from color. My Oscar picks for her take this into consideration – but kick things up a little, it is the Oscar’s after all…
Option one from Marchesa’s fall collection has classic lines, but the embroidery and draping add mega drama. Option two is an Elie Saab dream – she can totally rock the plunging neck line, and the color would look stunning with her red locks!
And moving on to Anne. Oh Anne! Ever since her Les Mis pixie cut Miss Hathaway has been keeping her red carpet looks simple and chic. But she’s also been one to take risks in the past, so maybe she will again for the Oscars?
Not much of a risk – Option One sticks to the simple look she’s been wearing, but brings a lot of color and sparkle. Option two however might be my #1 favorite – pants under fab full skirt with a glittery bodice? YES PLEASE!

That was fun, yes? Goody. I have a whole list of other dresses I want to see on the Red Carpet, maybe I’ll share that soon. 😉

xoxCrissie
*images via style.com // getty // wwd

How to Rock the Red Carpet

I could really have summed this post up with just the first picture. Gwyneth in Tom Ford = perfection. It’s simple, glamorous, understated… and there’s a cape. A CAPE. So chic. She kills me.

You’ll notice a theme in my best dressed choices – a lack of bling. I love that these ladies chose to let the gowns do all the talking and kept the diamonds understated.

Oh – and Mila in Elie Saab? Amazing. Oh, and as I am obsessed with Elie Saab, here are a couple more lovely ladies rocking his glittery gowns:
Who has your vote for best dressed? I’m for Gwyneth – 100%. 
xoxCrissie

*photos via just jared

Oscar Predictions- 2011

When it comes to the Oscars, we are genuinely obsessed- with the awards show itself and with the red carpet. In fact, for every time one of us re-works the Oscar prediction ballot, we both will obsess over the fall and spring lines three times more. Who are you wearing? How are you styled? How can we critique you? We’ll pop some prosecco and pretend we are Joan and Melissa Rivers (and we will be… someday). We are the queens of fashion, as far as our living-room is concerned, and a camera might as well be on us, nit-picking every last hair curl.
Recently we’ve mastered the red carpet entrance. From the second our “celebs-to-watch” exit their limos, clutches in hand, we yell out the designer. “Oh of course she’s in Oscar de la Renta… again YAWN.” “Is that Marc Jacobs?” “That has to be vintage Chanel.” And off we go. It might be our favorite part of the show. Actually, I think it’s safe to say that it definitely is. Two hours into the awards and we’re still tweeting about how ridiculous Jennifer Lopez looks… again. So, here are our Oscar predictions 2011.. and no, I don’t mean Natalie Portman taking home the little gold man.
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We’re pretty obsessed with Naeem Kahn, how could you not be? And Anne needs to pull out all the stops for her hosting gig- after her Armani Prive at the Golden Globes the bar is set pretty high. Sparkly bodice, feathered skirt? We’re sold. Anne- you should be too.
Amy Adams, Claire Danes, Oscar Red Carpet, Monique Lhuillier, Temperley London
Claire Danes (top), was an all-time favorite at the SAGs. That Louis Vuitton gown was breathtaking– both on video and in stills. In fact, she has failed to disappoint this year. This Monique Lhuillier stunner, fresh off the Fall 2011 runway, would lock her in as fashion icon of this awards season.
Amy Adams is always willing to take a risk, and it doesn’t always pan out. Last year she blended with the carpet a little too much- we’re pulling for her to go for contrast this year, in Temperley London.
Sandra Bullock, Oscars Red Carpet, Jason Wu, 2011
Oh Sandra, America’s sweetheart. She will definitely be at the show this year, to present the new Best Actress trophy. But what will she wear? Sandra’s been all over the place recently- in life and in clothing. And we’ve decided that she should be dressed by Jason Wu for the big night. We both lost it when we saw this work of art come down the runway. 
Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Red Carpet, Jason Wu, Naeem Khan 2011
We’re putting Mila Kunis (top) in a knock-out by Naeem Khan. Mostly because we love the dress and NEED someone to wear it. But also because she’d look pretty damn good in it.
Next up, Michelle Williams. Lately she seems to enjoy dresses that look like they should be worn only by girls under the age of 12- her Golden Globes frock was a prime example- We think this Jason Wu dress will give her the look she loves and turn her back into the the red-carpet queen we love.
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And Natalie. All eyes will be on her- and she knows it. She’s been playing it chic this year, and deviating from her normal love affair with Rodarte. So we picked this feathered Dior number for her, might as well make it painfully clear what she got the nom for, yes? And a baby bump, the hollywood hot accessory of 2011, would compliment this dress beautifully.
What do you think of our Oscar predictions this year? What are yours?
(*Images via Harpers Bazaar, LIFE, Just Jared and style.com