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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 are also reminiscent of Hugo and Isabelle’s costumes that can give you extra inspiration to re-create their look.


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.

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.

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.





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Oscar’s Golden Girls

A majority of the last decade’s Oscar nominees were dressed for success on the night they won an Academy Award. Most of us aren’t dressing up in evening gowns for our big moments, there are still times we need to be our most confident. Feeling like a winner doesn’t mean you necessarily have to dress up, wear a gold gown or sky-high heels, you just have to put your best outfit forward. You may find yourself acting particularly confident in your favorite t-shirt, or that great pair of jeans that fit ‘just right.’ Embrace your body and style when you’re choosing important outfits. Dazzling ball gowns may not be the best choice right now in Athens, Ohio, but we can take a cue from the past ten years of Best Actress and Supporting Actress’s Oscar dresses for our inspiration. These women may have been onto something here. On the night of their big win they were all dressed in clean-cut silhouettes, shimmery gold and white colors and intricate beading. So take these ladies as your inspiration- when you feel and look good, fantastic things can happen.

Marion Cotillard in John Paul Gaultier. via

Helen Mirren in Christian Lacroix. via

CHarlize Theron in Gucci. via

Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer. via

Reese Witherspoon in Vintage Dior. via

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli. via

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa. via

Marc by Marc Jacob Earhard hooded down coat. via

Balmain Spring RTW 2012. via

MICHAEL Michael Kors Embellished crepe straight-leg pants. via

Robert Rodriguez Zip Trim Sequin Dress. via

TORY BURCH Katie embellished ribbed knitted cardigan. via


Try incorporating the structure and color of Oscar winner’s gowns into your best outfits. The winners seemed to resembled the silhouette of the Oscar statue, and to emulate that, turn to different coat styles.They are a great way to add a structual element to your everyday wardrobes. Look for a shimmery color to add elegance, whether for a great night out, or a way to spice up plain black paints.  Try wearing a simple silhouette with a blast of glittery glamour, to exude ‘Oscar Inspiration.’ Put your most confident self out there- shimmer, shine and smile.

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The Trendsetter

I think it’s only fitting to start with the women who is the leading lady in Oscar wins and fashion sense. Katharine Hepburn recieved 4 wins in her career. One of her biggest hits, The Philadelphia Story not only earned her an Oscar nomination but recreated her image into a glamorous movie star. Throughout the film she is draped in elegant gowns by the top designer for MGM studios in the ’30’s &’40’s, Adrian (the man behind Dorthy’s red-sequined ruby slippers).

Florence Welch in Yves Saint Laurent at the Met Gala 2011

The Row RTW Spring 2012

The Row RTW Spring 2012

Rachel Zoe RTW Spring 2012

Express Chiffon Top $59.90

BOTTEGA VENETA Wide-Leg Satin Pants $680

The style of this elegant evening gown is an absolute classic because the dress is cut in a way that will always exude elegance. With a cinched waist, prominent V-neck, and long sleeve and skirt lengths, it is a staple fashionistas should always look back to. Florence  Welch always rocks this style, and her choice for the Met Ball was completely reminiscent of Katharine. The Row’s Spring 2012 collection has the best two modern versions of this particular style. Both are clinched at the waist with that glamorous gold color and beading at the neck. A sharp white, less embeleshed version from Rachel Zoe is a perfect dress to turn to for that classic shape, without taking it to that next level full of sequence and jewels. And finally, to re-create this look for everyday life, try finding a shimmery top with wide sleeves that gathers at the waist and pair it with a wide-legged pant in a gold or white.

My second favorite dress Katharine wore in the film is a flouncy, tiered gown. The tiered bottom is great for creating an elegent full skirt, or turn to a summer strapless dress to pull off an everyday version of the look.

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