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2014 Academy Awards Red Carpet

Posted by Winifred on March 3rd, 2014  •  No Comments »

The Awards for film pretty much landed where everyone thought they might, but the awards for fashion really didn’t. Other than Sandra Bullock who has not made a single misstep in over a year, we were rather surprised at who gave us outstanding red carpet style. We love surprises, don’t you?

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Sandra’s gown did not seem signature Alexander McQueen to us, but it certainly fit in draping, color and flattering design. Sometimes a strapless dress ends up rather plain or even unflattering. Starting with the lines from the heart shaped bustier, everything flowed smoothly with this dress. The pleating gathered at the waist was not too busy, the skirt giving proper shape while still full. We do think there are more creative interpretations of 1940s noir hair styles, but Sandra’s hair does give perfect length, volume, gloss, full curls. Her make-up was perfection, we are especially and always a fan of a nude lip…

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Emma Watson had already warned us not to underestimate her in Christian Dior at the Emmys and we were glad to be put on notice. This was again a surprise in coming from Vera Wang, but it is precisely how we love to see someone doing things differently. The knit but shimmery sporty top with the more dramatic skirt – sort of mermaid but not in that tacky prom style, extreme way – this was extremely elegant, feminine but with a bit of danger to it. A red lip complimented the dark attire perfectly, though we feel the sleeveless top would have benefitted from loose hair, instead of a ponytail…

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We noticed that not every photo gallery was able to capture the unusual color of Amy Adams Gucci gown and that’s a shame, because that was a significant part of its magnificence. It was also about the lines, once again, strapless can easily veer toward the unflattering, and the folds of extra fabric nicely circumvented that. We adore a column skirt with only the back giving us a glimpse of the dramatic with a bit of a train. We also adore the hair, the very clean make-up and lack of adornments. The dress does all the work and leaves little need for distractions…

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Badgley Mischka had quite a presence on the red carpet, and managed to do something different for each of its stars. Alfre Woodard just makes us giddy inside with her ability to maintain her sexy. This dress while celebrating her voluptuous breasts, still gives us a bit of restraint. And the fit and draping just highlights her sensuousness effortlessly, not in that embarrassing way when someone tries too hard. It makes us feel like dancing to know that mystery and sensuality only improve with age…

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It made us sad to not be able to celebrate Lupita Nyong’o’s Prada dress. There were a number of things that went wrong with the look starting with the hair, the headband, the color and the cut of the dress that were only highlighted by what went right with Kate Hudson’s. When daring to wear a deep plunging neckline, it really is preferable that the wearer not be bony in the chest. Flat chested, absolutely, bony, absolutely not. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace wears the deep plunge in the way we prefer. Then stuns with the cutout back. The gathers at the waist, not too busy, the skirt mermaid but softly so. The pearlescent color also softened the look which lends elegance to exposing a lot of skin. Devastating really. Hair, make-up, soft, mere supporting actors to the star that is this dress. How it should be…

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But the winner is….Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka. Forget everything else. In an ideal world the umbrella would have been of a different color and yet, it only added to the look. What we’re learning is that Badgley Mischka gives good body, but Kelly’s clearly can hold its own. The flow of this gown, the fabric, the color, the softness, the smoothness, the elegance, the simplicity. And then the beaded overlay. Proportion is everything isn’t it? Just the right amount of spectacular that doesn’t overwhelm. The waves of her hair and yes, even the color. We feel that the execution here was the only example of flawless. There was also an authenticity to it, that extra something that came strictly from Kelly, that completed this look for us. This was our stand out look even before we had finished seeing everything. We knew immediately that we would not see better. We were right…

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