WHERE & WHEN: LoveGold Honors Academy Award Nominee Lupita Nyong’o on February 26, 2014.
WEARING: Stella McCartney dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, a Rauwolf clutch & Elena Votsi jewelry.
MY VERDICT: I guess there comes a time in a young woman’s life when she wants to live out her Barbie dream of wearing head-to-toe hot pink—centered around a full ball gown. Fan Bingbing clearly experienced that this year at the Oscars when she hit the red carpet in a vibrant fuchsia asymmetric silk-satin gown by Marchesa with a matching fluro lip and pink Chopard jewels. I thought her gems were beautiful, but this dress was one of those looks better left on the runway. The little bits of the design that stuck out to me so much on the catwalk didn’t translate on Fan. I also felt the lips to be a little too much, and the hair took it into Disney Princess territory—which is fine, if you’re a Disney princess.
MY VERDICT: Alicia hit the red carpet for the biggest night in film wearing one of my absolute favorite dresses. The “Anna Karenina” actress selected the light blue fully-embellished baroque long sleeve Elie Saab gown, which comes from the Fall/Winter 2012 Haute Couture collection, and features three quarter sleeves, a sexy cutaway back, and a gold belted waist.
You may remember seeing this beauty pop up on one of my Wish Lists late last year.
Alicia looked stunning, and I like how she showed off the open back with a elegant rolled up-do, before putting the finishing touches on her Oscar look with diamond earrings and flawless makeup.
MY VERDICT: It was no surprise to see Helena turn to her favorite designer Vivienne Westwood for the Oscars red carpet. The “Les Misèrables” actress selected a square neck black evening gown with sheer tiers that appeared in an almost gradient effect as it turned into grey and ivory layers. I liked the style of the dress, but it appeared very heavy on Helena and seemed a bit ill-fitting at the waist and bust head-on. It was smart to partner the dress with a simple pretty necklace and black platform pumps, but Helena’s hair was so messy. It was like a prom ‘do…the next day.
It was all about subtle elegance for Kristen Stewart when she arrived on the Academy Awards red carpet donned in a beautiful strapless Reem Acra embroidered gown with her amber tresses sweeping over her shoulders in full waves.
To keep the look elegantly subdued, she enlisted the help of one of her go-to makeup artists Beau Nelson and manicurist Ashlie Johnson.
Beau took inspiration from her dress to help give her a complimenting smokey rose palette. “Kristen’s dress is an ombre rosé colored gown with intricate Swarovski detail. I wanted to create a beautiful rose monochrome look with creamy skin, rose cheeks and rose lips. I even used rose colored shadow under smoky layers of taupe and brown to create a very diffused smoky eye,” he explained.
MY VERDICT: I may have had Naomi pegged for jewel-tone color at the Oscars this year, but the “Impossible” actress was thinking more along the lines of shimmering metals. Naomi hit the garnet carpet for the ceremony, where she was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, wearing a custom-made Armani Privé gown. The form-fitting asymmetric design was enveloped in layered gunmetal grey sequins, and featured a single cap sleeve, a cutaway element on the opposite side, and a sexy low-dipping open back.
All in all, I thought the dress was cool—but something felt off, like it needed to either be strapless or cap-sleeved entirely. As for Naomi’s hair, she was one of the few stars who really did something with it and I appreciated that. The loose swept back chignon was stunning, but I believe it would’ve been best with a much more regal gown. It’s as if she was wearing two different looks. Soft makeup, Jimmy Choo “Vibe” peep toe pumps, and Neil Lane drop earrings helped provide the finishing touches.
MY VERDICT: I had to do a double take when Adele hit the red carpet, because I could have sworn she was wearing the beaded gown I wish-listed with the modifications I had hoped for. As it turns out, the “Skyfall” singer was wearing a custom made black gown by Jenny Packham with a bead-embroidered sheer overlay. It may not be the Valentino gown I envisioned, but it exuded all of the qualities that I felt would’ve been a great choice for her; a flattering black with a slight scoop-neck, three-quarter length sleeves, and dazzling embellishments.
It’s not a new color or silhouette for her, but it works. Adele was radiant. | continue reading..
MY VERDICT: I’m fairly certain that Jane Fonda ages backwards. This beautiful woman is in her seventies and somehow manages to look more youthful, than many actresses that are thirty years younger. The Oscars were no exception to Jane’s usual radiance as she arrived on the red carpet–and stood out–in a bright yellow long sleeve Atelier Versace gown. This 1986 vintage floor-length design featured a deep v-neck, cutout back, and a gold sequin deco pattern going around the entire waist.
It was retro, and it was fierce.
Jane wore gold waterfall diamond statement earrings and carried a matching mirrored clutch to compliment the details in her frock. She then completed her look with a signature spiky mane, smoky eyes and a mauve pout. She was electric.