Monday Mood Board #16

Academy Awards turned 90 last night.   Here are the winning dresses of the evening in my opinion based on elegance, fit and one thrown in for her ability to carry it off with sheer style.

Allison Janney, Best Supporting Actress winner for I, Tonya,  wrapped up her award season dream run wearing Reem Acra.
Mira Sorvino in ROMONA KEVEŽA
Viola Davis in a sequined hot pink Michael Kors collection and a matching clutch.
Helen Mirren in a deep blue long sleeved column gown.
Laura Dern in a Calvin Klein By Appointment white gown with asymmetrical sleevees.
Jennifer Garner in ATELIER VERSACE
Kristin Cavallar in a soft cream Pamela Rolland chiffon grown paired with Neil J. Rodgers heels and an Edie Parker clutch. Also wearing H Stern jewels.
Taraji P. Henson in a black custom Vera Wang gown.  I wasn’t sure about this one but she managed to carry it off.  Sexy + elegant.  And the legs….

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Style: the Oscar for best dress goes to…

The Oscars are this Sunday

In my opinion, these are all academy award winning dresses.

Let’s just be clear that as much as we admire many of these stars, love the films they’re nominated for and even the ones who are there only for the sake of presenting an award, we really love seeing what they’re wearing and who wore it best.  After all this is the time to pull out all the stops.  The fantasy is being able to dress like a storybook princess one special day of the year.

There are so many past and present stars who wore it best.  It was difficult to choose, but looking through the archives and in no particular order, I narrowed it down to some of my all-time favourites. So beginning with someone named DEBBIE:

Nominated for her role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Debbie Reynolds brought the princess look to the red carpet and the stage for a performance during the ceremony – 1958.
Jennifer Lawrence and Dior have been a match made in sartorial heaven since the two began working together in 2012. This lace and tulle confection which she wore for her Joy nomination was another one for the books.
In the span of a year actress Lupita Nyong’o became a style icon. Following her baby-blue Prada dress that she won an Oscar in, she followed it up with this intricate pearl-covered Calvin Klein Collection gown – 2015.
How many can pull off this color?  I say do it if you can and you will be noticed!
Michelle Williams‘s saffron Vera Wang dress has become one of the most memorable fashion moments. The actress attended with her then-boyfriend, the late Heath Ledger, who was nominated for his role in Brokeback Mountain, where they both met – 2006.
Gwyneth Paltrow pioneered the caped trend at the 2012 Academy Awards in this Tom Ford, which became one of the biggest fashion trends from outerwear to cocktail dresses.  It solidified her status as style icon – with good reason.

If only for my love of Vintage.  Penelope Cruz channeled a fairytale princess in a vintage Pierre Balmain gown when she won Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona  in 2009.

Becoming the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress is certainly a moment in time to remember, as was Halle Berry’s Elie Saab partially sheer floral gown – 2002.  And really; how many can get away wearing a dress like this.  She did!

As if Mira Sorvino knew she would be the winner of the night, the actress aptly dressed as a princess for her big Academy win for The Mighty Aphrodite – 1996.  I loved her in that movie, and this dress also reminds me of a vintage one hanging in my closet, only in black and a tad less formal. Still waiting for my perfect role.

No bubble head,  Joan Collins clearly turned heads in this bubble hem gown—and in the 50’s no formal look was complete without elbow-length gloves.  You don’t see dresses like this anymore – 1950.

On Monday we’ll have a look at some of the dresses from this year’s Academy Awards.

How about you?  Have an all-time favourite gown?

most images: harper’s bazaar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style: Met Gala

Fashion’s biggest night

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons

(a.k.a. the party of the year) is always held on the first Monday in May.  The MET GALA had celebrities and designers arriving at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s iconic steps on New York City’s Upper East Side to walk up the red carpet for the opening of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition. The theme is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” a show that examines the work of the famed 74-year-old Japanese fashion designer over the span of 40-some years.  It’s a subject that has inspired incredible fashion choices this year, some of which will no doubt go down as some of the most memorable ever.

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren
Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney

Here are my choices for the top ten best dressed  post-worthy looks. I choose sublime over plain outrageous although each women owned their look!

Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel
Jennifer Lopez in Valentino
Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana
Lupita Nyong’o in Prada
Miranda Kerr in Oscar de la Renta
Cynthia Erivo in Thom Browne

 

 

 

Hailey Baldwin in Carolina Herrera