Last night, after the Academy Awards end, stars head to the famous post-Oscar party thrown by Vanity Fair. Off come the ballgowns, and stars change into shorter, edgier and usually more casual frocks (as casual as you can get in designer clothing…) Our best-dressed pair from Sunday’s party was one of our favorite Hollywood couples, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson. Kruger is always on the forefront of fashion, but she and Pacey looked amazing last night! She sported a black lace cape dress by Valentino couture from the Spring 2014 line. Very few people on the planet can pull off this look, but she did it seamlessly and wore twisted braids in her hair, a great homage to her German heritage, while Jackson looked modern and handsome in his chocolate Berluti tuxedo. Who says black and brown don’t go together? It certainly works for this pair. <3
Our “Look-of-the-Day” posts this week feature looks from Oscar-nominated films, in honor of the upcoming award ceremony. Here is one of our all-time favorite actresses, Donna Reed in From Here to Eternity. The clean-cut Midwestern star was most famous for her classic 1950s/60s television show, but what most people don’t know is that she won an Academy Award for playing a prostitute in the 1953 film. Our editors always adored her from having watched It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas since they were little. While that movie seems to stand the test of time, From Here to Eternity feels extremely dated upon recent viewing. Other than the iconic beach scene, the only memorable part of the film is Reed. Her subtle performance far outshines the other major stars in the movie. Here she is as Alma “Lorene” Burke in a sexy black halter dress with sequined straps, dark lipstick and chandelier earrings. The sultry look was much different than the lily white characters Reed normally played, but she still manages to look very lovely as a lady of the night.
Honestly, this editor didn’t really know exactly who Shenae Grimes was until today. She’s a Canadian actress who appears on the revamped 90210, and I don’t know much about her, other than that she has amazing style. (Oh, and that she’s half-Italian and half-Irish, just like our editors!) Today, she wed British model/musician Josh Beech outside London, wearing a stunning black and blush wedding gown by Vera Wang. Black is this editor’s absolute favorite color, and I just adore the idea of incorporating it into a bridal gown. Right before separating from her husband, Wang debuted her Fall 2012 Collection that was saturated it shades of midnight. Grimes chose the silk and lace #9 look called the “Josephine.” Combined with swept-up hair, bright white accents, and deep scarlet roses, the dark wedding gown was a stunning surprise, and today’s choice for “Fancy Friday.”
Yesterday at the Oscars, Kristin Chenoweth performed a little musical number with Seth MacFarlane, but her gown at the Vanity Fair party afterwards was the real showstopper! Chenoweth donned a strapless black Giorgio Armani gown with a peekaboo wrap in the back exposing a train of pale pink silk. With a sophisticated ponytail, a Normal Silverman necklace, and a Christian Louboutin cluth, she had us singing high notes, too!
On our list of featured Oscar-nominated actresses this year is Miss Anne Hathaway at the New York Premiere of her 2012 film, One Day. She sported a strapless black and gold Alexander McQueen Resort cocktail dress with matching gold stiletto pumps and jewelry by Tiffany & Co. She’s nominated, and the frontrunner, for her supporting performance in Les Miserables, so it makes to show her wearing gold. 😉
This “Wednesday’s Shoe” is both very fashionable and very festive. These “Kiss Me Dolly” pumps are from British designer Charlotte Olympia’s 2012 Holiday Collection. The black velvet, six-inch shoes have a one-inch gold platform and a detachable mistletoe clip – perfect for getting kissed on Christmas Day! (Also, they’re great after the holidays pass, the mistletoe comes off!) The pumps retail at £625 and come with an adhesive photo to attach to your shoe box to identify which pair of pumps they are!
“Cinna has given me a great advantage. No one will forget me. Not my look, not my name. Katniss. The girl who was on fire.” Lenny Kravitz plays Cinna, Katniss’s stylist, who dresses her and Peeta as a team in matching black leather bodysuits when they ride into the Capitol of Panem. Accentuated by simple, but striking, make-up the two tributes make quite an impression when they arrive in their chariot, hands held and engulfed in flames. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky told Entertainment Weekly, “In the book, it’s described that Katniss and Peeta are wearing exactly the same thing. And that’s an instance where things don’t always translate. Boys don’t look good in what girls wear. So [we were] trying to have a similar look, but cut them differently so that Katniss has this beautiful figure and Peeta looks manly.” Although fashion and frills have no part in Katniss’s daily life in District 12, it quickly becomes clear that what she wears might determine if she lives. No wonder her stylist becomes one of her most trusted allies…
Today the former teen queen of MTV’s Laguna Beach, Lauren Conrad, turns 26, and with two television shows, a couple of books and a clothing line at Kohl’s already under her belt, she – well… she just makes the rest of us feel like a bunch of losers! Hehe. But we thought since she’s now producing discount clothing, we’d take a look and see if any of her shoes were worth featuring. These black platform pumps are available on the Kohl’s website for $59.99 (which is definitely more than we would spend on shoes made of only man-made materials), but the customer reviews on the site were very positive. Most of the women said the shoe was very comfortable, and 87% of them would recommend it to a friend. The material might be as fake as The Hills, but in reality, they’re apparently awesome!
This may seem like an odd look to start off the New Year with, but today would have been the 100th birthday of author Charles Addams. Above is his creation, Morticia, come to life as Anjelica Huston in the 1991 film version of The Addams Family. This twisted comedy is both hilarious and gothic – an odd combination, which makes it unique. One of this editor’s oldest friends watched this movie everyday for a year when we were younger, so it always reminds me of her – we loved Morticia’s daughter, Wednesday. The fantastic Ruth Myers was the costume designer of this movie, who made Huston look extremely glamorous and sexy, while being completely covered in head-to-toe black! The above dress is corseted in beautiful beading and dark lace, with a tight skirt that gathers on the floor, giving Huston an almost spidery look when she walks. Myers was nominated for an Academy Award for her creative contribution to the film. Huston looks like she’s about to cast a spell with her lovely long red nails, and she must have cast one over us, because it’s still one of our favorite film wardrobes 20 years later!