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Monday, February 28, 2011

Best Dressed at the 2011 Oscars

Who looked her best while thanking the Academy? And who was the big winner on the red carpet? We've got the scoop on the best looks of the 2011 Academy Awards—see who won big with fashion fans!

Natalie Portman in Rodarte
Natalie Portman had the year's most buzzworthy performance in Black Swan, and had fashion followers on the edge of their seats over her choice of Oscars attire. This violet off-the-shoulder Rodarte gown was a lovely choice, even if it was not nearly as dramatic as most of her fans would have liked.

Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang
Sandra Bullock pulled back her blunt bangs into a stately updo, giving her strapless red Vera Wang gown an elegant complement. A pair of diamond bracelets, diamond studs and regal red lips made this a classic Oscars look.

Mila Kunis in Elie SaabIt's too bad Mila Kunis looked so bored on the red carpet, because her soft lavender Elie Saab gown was actually quite pretty. The plunging neckline must have turned plenty of heads, as did the semi-sheer skirt. Delicate diamond earrings, a diamond bangle and a soft updo completed her look.

Michelle Williams in Chanel
Michelle Williams' understated Chanel gown was just what we'd expected from the Blue Valentine star, who tends to favor feminine frocks with a delicate touch. Impeccable makeup and eye-catching diamond earrings added the Hollywood touch to Michelle's look.

Celine Dion in Armani Privé
Celine Dion's Armani Privé gown was made for her, and it shows. The structured gown's understated elegance was perfectly matched with a deep green jeweled necklace.
Anne Hathaway in Valentino
There was nothing wrong with Anne Hathaway's vintage Valentino gown, but it was perhaps a bit conservative for the evening's hostess...even when paired with a deep red lip and a sparkling diamond necklace. Was she saving her best look for the telecast?


Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein
Gwyneth Paltrow added a bit of sass to her minimalist sequined Calvin Klein Collection gown with Louis Vuitton earrings and a belt brooch. This is red carpet styling at its best.

Nicole Kidman in Dior Couture
Like Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman belongs to that selective crew of women who can wear pretty much whatever they want—so they should wear couture. Nicole chose this embroidered white Christian Dior Couture gown, accented with a vintage Fred Leighton necklace with over 150 carats of diamonds.

Hilary Swank in Gucci
HIlary Swank had her goddess moment in a sequined and feathered strapless Gucci Premiere gown accented with ostrich feathers. It's too bad she's not nominated this year—this dress deserves more time to shine.

Halle Berry in Marchesa
Halle Berry knew she had a red carpet hit in this glittering tulle masterpiece by Marchesa! The one-time Best Actress winner went soft for the evening, matching her gown with ultra-feminine diamond earrings.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Emma Watson People Tree's Spring & Summer 2011

Harry Potter alumni and fashionista Emma Watson has launched her third and final eco-collection for UK fair-trade fashion house People Tree. The young fashion icon and actress has had a hand in designing the ethical People Tree’s fashions, as well as being an outspoken advocate for the use of fair-trade fashion over the last few years.
“It was an incredible and life-changing experience. I wish everyone had the chance to see the difference fair trade makes,” explained Watson.
This collection includes dresses in a variety of fabrics including floral and polka dot prints, plus t-shirts, denim hot pants, skirts and fun waistcoats.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Beyonce In Blackface For L'Officiel Paris

*Beyonce is on the cover of every fashion and gossip and whatever other kind of magazine you can think of. She recently paid homage to the late great Fela Kuti by posing for L’Officiel Paris Magazine’s 90th anniversary issue.The theme is “African Queen.” Great theme, but something is very different about her face.

Some are actually angered because her face was darkened.According to the article, the magazine’s staff knew there was going to be a stir, especially among Americans, but it was their way of showing that Beyonce was getting back to her roots. And by the way, she allowed it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

My New Obsession:Vince Aviator Jacket

With chocolate detailing and a cream shearling lining, Vince's dark-brown leather jacket is a refined take on this season's aviator-inspired trend. Pair this cozy coverup with skinny jersey pants and ankle boots for a stylish winter look.

Gucci Fall 2011

Gucci opened Milan Fashion Week with a fall 2011 showing which surprisingly stayed in the same vein as pre-fall’s glam seventies collection. Adding to that base, Gucci designer Frida Giannini took on jewel toned hues of turquoise and fuchsia with fur accents and sheer floor-length gowns. Models strutted down the runway with oversize hats, dark shades, plum lips and tailored jackets for one sexy and strong outing.

The collection, designed by Frida Giannini, Gucci's creative director, focused on a 1940's-meets-1970's silhouette, inspired by Faye Dunaway in 'The Eyes of Laura Mars', and the style of the flame-haired, British singer, Florence Welch, of Florence & The Machine.

The look for day was dandified, with bright fox jackets and stoles, fitted, belted waistcoats, and culottes, worn with feather-trim Trilby's, pussycat-bow blouses, and patent or snakeskin boots. Coloured feathers also decorated the models' ponytails.For evening, the mood shifted into sultry, seductive mode, the models swishing down the carpeted catwalk in see-through, halter-neck, red carpet gowns, festooned with cascades of silk roses, and split to the waist over matching "big knickers".
See more here: Gucci Fall 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2011

Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label collection is always out of left field. Never one to subscribe to trends, the queen of British punk showed a presentation filled to the brim with colorful characters, both on the runway and off.The designer showed an eccentric collection with mismatched seams, outrageous outerwear and accessories, and a beauty look so extreme that it was hard to tell that top tier models such as Jacquetta Wheeler and Alek Wek were beneath.

 The inspiration was the Royal Family paired with Alice in Wonderland, and there were looks that, while varied, reflected the mixed pot of themes.There was plenty of knitwear from capes to cardigans as the designer is a proponent for the use of British wool. There were more minimal pieces that could easily be integrated into a more demure woman’s wardrobe but the majority of looks were to appease her massive client base. Westwood may not always please the critics, but at this place in her career, with a loyal and vigilant following, it really doesn’t matter.
 Watch all the pictures here:Vivienne Westood Fall 2011