The Perfect Spring Break Outfit

Spring break is almost here, which means it’s the only thing that’s on my mind. Many of you may be going away, and like me, dreaming of your perfect wardrobe. For my spring break apparel inspiration I turned to my two favorite Oscar winning films, It Happened One Night and Roman Holiday. Roman Holiday earned Audrey Hepburn an Oscar for Best Actress and Edith Head one for Best Black and White Costume Design. It Happened One Night swept, and took home all five major awards (Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Actress). In both films, the two main characters, (Hepburn and Claudette Colbert) are taken on an adventurous journey by (Gregory Peck and Clark Gable) in a way to escape their privileged and decided-for lives.

These films not only resemble each other in plot, but their wardrobes both have a lasting legacy that we can still draw inspiration from. Audrey wore a simple white shirt and scarf with a knee length skirt that exhibits perfect effortlessness and Colbert wore a loose skirt with a prim yet comfortable sweater throughout her adventures with Gable. These looks are the best get-away outfits to spend the whole day sight seeing in. They are timeless, and just this week, were seen all over the Christian Dior Fall 2012 RTW runway. So take a cue from two of Hollywood’s best films and chose the always current and chic stylings of Roman Holiday and It Happened One Night.

 

 

   

Oscar Night

Adurey Hepburn- Best Actress 1954

 

Clark Gable- Best Actor 1935 / Shirley Temple presenting to Claudette Colbert 1935

   

Frank Capra- Best Director / Edith Head- Best Black and White Costume Design

Today’s Take

A modern take includes a plain cardigan with a flowy knee length skirt.

See by Chloe skirt, Derek Lam shirt / Preen Line skirt / Jil Sander skirt, Joseph shirt.

Christian Dior Fall 2012 RTW paired slouchy sweaters and peplum jackets with wispy skirts, channeling Hepburn and Colbert in an upscale way.

   

   

Lanvin Fall 2012 RTW shows a more structured take on the casual look.

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Oscar Night Recap

Once again Oscar night was filled with gorgeous gowns, funny jokes, entertaining speeches and some unexpected situations. The carpet was bustling with instant standouts and some less flattering looks. However in general there were no outrageous dresses or ones that drastically missed the mark. This year the nominees and presenters had quite refined dresses that were pushing their fashion limits without losing the elegance the Oscars demand.

Billy Crystal proved that he still knew how to host a great show. Some have argued he wasn’t down right hysterical in his monologue, but I would take his humorous song compared to cheesy and uncomfortable jokes any day. He did a good job of keeping us entertained throughout the show and  “excited to go to the movies.” In the past after the host’s monologue the rest of the night would be filled with awkward transitions and even less funny joke attempts, so I appreciated the subtleness of Crystal. He wasn’t too aggressive and kept the focus on the nominees.

Afterwards I did a break down of the night and highlighted the must-see moments. Here’s a re-cap of Oscar night, perfect incase you missed the show, or if you’re like me, are sad to see it end and want to keep talking about it before the hype is over.

Let’s start with the red carpet. In general the stars stepped up the glamour and wore more glamorous pieces than seen throughout the awards season. I predicted white and cream, fuchsia, and black to be the general colors for the Oscars, and the carpet saw an abundance of white and light colored dresses, black and red. There were three general styles of dresses, beaded and elegant, classic princess and fashion forward with peplum waists.

Princess Moments

     

Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive & Natalie Portman in Vintage Dior

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford. She was really the only attendee to take a major fashion risk by wearing the cape, but pulled it off with ease.

   

Melissa McCarthy in Marina Rinaldi. The light color, empire shape and diamond accents looked classic and suited her exceptionally well. On the red carpet she became teary eyed when asked about what shoes she was wearing. She explained they were Brian Atwoods (the two have been friends since high school) who wrote a message on the bottom of the shoes that said, “Exclusively made for my BFF Melissa MCCarthy on Oscar night.”

Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab. I was dying for someone to wear Elie Saab Couture and I could not have thought of anyone better than Bejo to pull it off. I thought this looked timeless and gorgeous for attending as a first time nominee.

Glamour Girls

  

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab & Rose Bryn in Vivienne Westwood

    

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture. Nina Garcia described her as “a punk version of Audrey Hepburn,” I couldn’t agree more. She was stunning in white, a departure from her usually black wardrobe.

Octavia was dressed to win. This shape and color do no wrong for Spencer and the dress looked absolutely gorgeous posing next to her Oscar.

Standouts

These women chose bold dresses that made them stand out from the crowd. Emma took a risk in Giambattista Valli with that large red bow, but it paid off; my twitter news feed blew up with excitement when Emma hit the carpet.

Viola Davis chose a Vera Wang green number that had fashion critics loving her entire look. From the hair to her skin tone, she looked gorgeous.

And Jessica Chastain chose a more dramatic gown by Alexander McQueen and nailed it. By down playing her hair, with just loose waves and minimal make-up she really allowed the dress to accentuate her beauty.

      

Fashion Forward

Two of my favorites of the night were Tina Fey in custom Carolina Herrera and Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton. Both managed to look classic yet fashion forward. The peplum is all over Fall 2012 RTW runways and these two women wear them well.

 

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012 RTW

  

Sharp Dressed Men

Christopher Plummer, George Clooney, Jonah Hill and Jean Dujardin made my list for best dressed men.

   

        

Unscripted

Sacha Baron Cohen was dressed in character from his new film The Dictator and successfully spilled fake Kim Jong-Il ashes on Ryan Seacrest. Ryan’s reaction let everyone know he did not know this was coming. He looked like he was a step away from tearing up. He clearly didn’t know what to do, which resulted in E! only playing Fashion Police for the rest of the coverage. Giuliana didn’t even run down to take Ryan’s place, which I thought would have happened instantaneously. Aside from Cohen being rude to Ryan, he was rude to all the viewers because we were stuck listening to Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne, instead of hearing from the attendees.

And the Presenters are….

This year the presenters really stepped up the humor. The usual awkward scripted speeches were replaced with presenters trying to have fun with announcing the nominees and being much more relaxed about it. I appreciated that they stayed clear of the awkward scripts and made it their own, I was more enthused by the presentation than when they announced some of the winners!

Jennifer and Cameron did some high fashion posing on stage to arouse laughs.

Gweneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. had a playful sketch dedicated to documentaries, and although it may not have been the funniest bit of the night, it was well done and showed Gweneth in a funnier light.

But by far, the best and down right funniest part of the night was when Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis were presenting. The picture pretty much sums up what they did.

 

Most Deserved

Meryl Streep Best Actress. She waited 29 years for another, enough said.

 

Best Reaction

Octavia Spencer Best Supporting Actress

 

Boldest Acceptance Speech

The Descendants screenwriters Jim Rash, mocked Angelina Joli’s leg reveling pose. This was such a gutsy move, but I appreciated someone showing how awkward and strange her presentation was!

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The Oscars’ Fashion Forecast

The busiest time in entertainment and fashion is here. The height of award show season is coming while the Fall 2012 RTW shows are being presented. Oscar night is only a week away and between the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Grammy Awards shows the red carpet has been exploding with memorable fashion moments. At the same time, Spring 2012 Couture and Fall 2012 RTW shows have been presented and stylists are in a fury to snatch the best pieces for their celebrities attending the Oscars. Between the hype of award season and the excitement over fashion week, everyone has been anticipating what will be on the Academy Award red carpet.

I took a look at the styles and trends of the past three award shows and of the show-stopping finale gowns from couture & New York fashion weeks to give you my predictions of this year’s Oscar looks. I found that each award show had three distinct categories of dress style and color: black & sleek, light & beaded and fuchsia. I predict the Academy Awards will keep to these trends, but elevate the style and shape. Spring 2012 Couture and fall 2012 RTW have been presenting tan, gold, cream and black decadently beaded gowns, with very minimal color. I expect a few attendees to wear a bold, standout color, but with the trends of the red carpet this season and on the runways, light color seems to be the way to go.

Here’s a summary of what happened this awards season, and what the runways are predicting for next week’s show.

THE GRAMMYS 

These black dresses were nothing simple, sparkle, gold accents and high slits made these celebrities stand out at the Grammys.

     

 

Light blue, cream and gold gowns brought refindness to a typically funky red carpet.

         

    

… and the funky is back. Wacky doesn’t begin to explain these next looks. The pope, guns, underwear and Timberlands left me baffled.

   

              

THE GOLDEN GLOBES

Here, sleek black & royal blue dresses exude elegance and their structure keeps these gowns from being a bore.

    

Fushia and red complimented Natalie Portman and Angelinia Jolie perfectly. Their looks were fresh and not overdone, the perfect choice for the kind of award show the Golden Globes is.

   

  

The most common look of the night was beaded, light colored dresses with classic sihlouets.

            

         

   

And next are a few of the worst dressed attendees.

Although Julie Bowen was on trend with the pale, refined gown, strong women wearing dainty sleeves just look odd.

         

THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS

The fuchsia pops up again at the SAG awards and these women can wear it well.

     

     

Emma Stone rocks the little black dress by wearing one with an unexpected skirt shape and delicate lace top.

And of course, the style at every awards show, cream gowns with sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle!

             

   

FASHION WEEK GOWNS

Marchesa Fall 2012

     

J.MENDEL Fall 2012                               Michael Kors Fall 2012

   

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012

  

Jenny Packham Fall 2012

   

Versace Spring 2012 Couture

Reem Acra Fall 2012

    

Zac Posen Fall 2012

Stephane Rolland Spring 2012 Couture / Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012

    

Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture 

Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture

    

Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture

   

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The 20s are Roaring in Spring

The Great Gatsby (1974) may have been a flop with critics, but with fashionistas, it hit the mark. Theoni V. Aldredge won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design and her inspiration continues to influence designer’s Spring 2012 collections. The classic novel is as popular as ever with the anticipation of a new film version coming later this year and the spring runways filled with fantastic flapper frocks.

This year two Best Picture nominees are set in the 1920s. Midnight in Paris and The Artist both exhibit the glamour of the era through exquisite costumes and lively dancing. The Artist follows two film stars in the late 20s who are constantly draped in the era’s finest, while Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris travels through time into the 20s, his favorite decade. While swing dancing with women in glimmering flapper dresses, Wilson runs into none other than Scott F. Fitzgarld! This film is all encompassing of the 20s lifestyle of the most influencial artists at the time.

Fans of the novel and spring RTW designers are ready for the upcoming remake. Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs revamped classic 20s ensembles into ever-glamorous pieces.

                

   

 

The first three looks are Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 RTW and the fourth is Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2012 RTW. Each ensemble exhibits the crispness of the 20s, but with casual pieces. Mix flowy pastel skirts with thin cotton t-shirts or blouses for easy elegance. Throw on a hat and summer scarf to add the finished touch.

   

   

Jay Gatsby’s wardrobe is not just for men, thanks to Mr. Ralph Lauren.

    

Sequins and beads sparkled on the dance floor of the 20s, and today they’re lighting up the big screen and the Ralph Lauren runway.

      

Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 RTW shows casual and funky options to make the flapper look more contemporary. He used rouching and pleats to toughen up flowy skirts and paired crewneck sweatshirts with knee-length skirts, calling to mind ensembles Peppy Miller wore in The Artist.

   

  

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Missed the Mark

The Academy Award red carpet is where the season’s most beautiful couture collides with one another. Winning best dressed on the red carpet has evolved to be almost as important as who wins the gold statue. However, now and again attendees badly miss the mark by sporting very odd fashion. Every year there are some choices in bad taste, which leads actresses to the worst dressed list- but sometimes-bad taste doesn’t explain the downright weird outfits.

I’ve chosen a few Oscar red carpet looks that are puzzling and questionable. The looks I’ve chosen are dresses that take on a theme very literally. In searching the endless lists of bad dresses in Oscar history, I realized some “bad” dresses were only called bad in terms of personal style, and others were more quizzical and had a very literal inspiration from something else. The looks also have the reoccuring theme of being drastically out of place for such an estemed award show. Here are the six looks that I deemed the worst.

 

Uma Thurman wore this dress to the 2004 Oscars. If Uma was on her way to the pasture, then this dress would be a gorgeous choice for milking cows. The dress has some beautiful details and Uma really does wear it well, but for the red carpet of the most important awards show, it is absolutely out of place. I don’t think the word “milkmaid” should be uttered on the red carpet unless it’s referring to a hair braid style!


Lizzy Gardiner was nominated and won for Best Costume design for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. While her work was award worthy, her personal style that night was not. The American Express cards tacked onto her dress resembles a Project Runway challenge, not a look for the red carpet. Such a literal use of the cards landed her on my list, but in the December issue of Vogue, a dress caught my eye that would have been a much sleeker, edgier move for Lizzy.

 

Demi Moore arrived at the 1989 Academy Awards wearing biker shorts. Although she attempted to dress up the biker shorts with a gold train, the mere idea of them at the Oscars sounds crazy. The though of casual clothes on the carpet is daring and a bit more appropriate than sports wear. I think it’s one thing to wear a t-shirt but another to look like you came from cycling class.

 

In 2001 Bjork wore a dress, so unusual, the more I try to figure it out, the crazier it seems. While I commend her for being confident enough to wear this dress, I think a better way to wear animals is in a print, not coming off of one. Prada’s spring 2012 line has many variations of images of cars on their fabrics. The same idea was seen last spring at Prada and Stella McCartney. I love the looks these two designers are going for and I think it is much more tasteful to make a statement with objects in a print, rather than wearing a goose’s head around one’s neck.

  

          

 

Geena Davis’s look seems more like a costume than an outfit for an awards show. There’s a lot going on here and the burlesque vibe is inappropriate for such an important awards show. This is not only a case of dressing for the wrong occasion, but dressing bad in general. The the ruffles, black pany hose, gloves and corset look tacky for the caliber of the event.

 

And lastly, this has to be the worst look of anyone who attended the Oscars, but is by far the funniest. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s looks are a genius idea! So while they personally look dreadful in dresses, they showed an awesome way of how bad dressing can be hysterical.

 

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And the nominees are…

This year’s Oscar nominees have been announced and it’s time to let the films that impressed the Academy, inspire our wardrobes. The nominees for Best Costume Design include Anonymous, The Artist, Hugo, W.E. and Jane Eyre. They all are period films that completely transport the audience into the era through extravagant clothing.

Hugo is the leader this year with a total of 11 nominations. The extra’s costumes look exquisite à la Gare Montparnasse that you feel like you’re truly seeing Paris in 1931. The two main characters, Hugo Cabret and Isabelle look awesomely cool running around the train station wear tweed coats, high socks and oxford shoes.

To recreate this school uniform/urban chic look, you can easily dress it up, for a fresher look, with a cream blazer, sweater and oxford heel. Throw in one shocking hue, like this green Lanvin skirt to give the classic pieces a modern kick.

    

             

Or to keep the ensemble more relaxed, pick a brown tweed or corduroy blazer, a dark stripped sweater, tweed shorts and lace-up boots.

     

  

These looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim fall rtw 2011, Carven fall rtw 2011 and net-a-porter.com are also reminiscent of Hugo and Isabelle’s costumes that can give you extra inspiration to re-create their look.

  

     

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Anonymous takes place in the Elizabethan Era (1550-1604).

Jane Eyre is based in the 1830s. According to director Cary Joji Fukunaga, the style in the ’30s was “…just awful. Every woman looked like a wedding cake.” So he put some characters in older styles to show that some would not have updated their style quite yet.

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W.E. is a film directed by Madonna and tells the story of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII’s love affair. The film takes the audience into the style and elegance of the 1930s. With over 80 costume changes for Simpson’s character, this film is packed full of exquisite designer gowns and jewels.

The Artist takes place from 1927-1932 and truly transports the audience into the late ’20′s through draper suits and beaded flapper frocks.

    

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Although Midnight in Paris and The Help weren’t nominated for Best Costume, they exuded an elegance of the ’20s and ’60s, respectively. And even Vogue magazine agrees that the dresses worn throughout The Help, will always be a staple in classic dressing.

  

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Comfort on the Carpet

Sharon Stone, sent shock waves through the fashion world when she arrived at the 1996 Oscars wearing a Gap turtleneck – yes, a turtleneck at the Academy Awards – when she was nominated for her performance in Casino. Her fashion gamble ended up earning her a lot of fashion credit. By pairing a turtleneck with a Valentino trumpet skirt she brought a cool ease and elegance to the carpet.

Stone’s turtleneck, in my opinion, pioneered comfortable red carpet style often seen today. Rachel Roy, Jessica Alba and Sofia Coppola have begun a new version of casual dressing: pajamas! Popping up on runways as early as last spring at Rochas, the style of the 1930s is making a return as today’s new red carpet trend.

In the 30s, actresses such as Joan Bennet and Greta Garbo wore usual attire consisting of custom-made pajamas to lounge in on-set and to wear for an evening out. Casual elegance was a fixture of the 1930s. Today, designers Celine, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Rochas are revisiting that time, featuring pajamas in their shows. Lately, even celebrities have jumped on board. Jessica Alba and Rachel Roy showed off their casual outfits at movie premiers and cranked up the glamour with heels, jewels and precise hair and make-up.

Whether taking a cue from the 30s, the 90s, or today, casual dressing takes on many personas, yes, even pajamas.

                            Sharon Stone at the Academy Awards  

                                                      

Follow Stone’s style by pairing casual shirts with eye catching skirts.

               

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Actresses Joan Bennett, Greta Garbo and Ginger Rogers.

             

Looks from Dolce & Gabbana, Rochas, Celine, and Louis Vuitton.

                        

                              Sofia

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