Best Of The 2016 Academy Awards

Alright, kids.  It’s that time!  I think the first thing I should note is that there were so many people missing tonight!  No Lupita Nyong’O, no Jennifer Lopez, no Emma Stone, no Gwyneth Paltrow, no Halle Berry, no Jennifer Aniston, no Amy Adams, no Viola Davis, no Angelina Jolie, no Kate Hudson, no Beyoncé, no Nicole Kidman – and those are just the regulars that I feel we see on most every Oscars red carpet.  So, that kind of bummed me out as I always look forward to seeing what I would classify as the heavy-hitters.  However, there are always the after parties so we’ll see what those bring.

Bear in mind that I take into consideration the entire look when determining my favorites.  This means I like the hair, the jewelry, the makeup, everything (and not just the dress).  So, here are the four from tonight’s Oscars red carpet that I absolutely adored!

Best Fantasy Moment

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So, I’ve seen stuff on the internet about this dress saying things like, “Step away from the glue gun, Cate”, and that it looks too crafty.  Um, I’m sorry, but have you ever made a craft that looks as good as this dress?!  I mean, COME ON.  Cate looks like the epitome of a fairy princess in the best possible way wearing this gorgeous Armani Privé gown.  With her dainty, elven face, gowns like this are a perfect match for her.  Feminine, flowery, and in a shade that I’d describe as robin’s-egg-blue (with crystal details and what looks like little purply bits found in the flower appliqués), this was the first look I saw tonight that made me squeal.  It’s that every-little-girl’s-fantasy kind of dress.  The silhouette is incredibly flattering, too, with the exaggerated shoulders and deep v-neck.  Simple beautiful.

Best Moment of SHUT THE FRONT DOOR YOU IS LOOKIN’ HOT!

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Yeah, Kate Winslet is aging backwards.  I mean, the woman just doesn’t age (though a contract with Lancome does help- Genifique, anyone?).  Her face has evolved into one that evokes Old Hollywood glamour and sophistication, and her red carpet styling always lends itself quite well to that aesthetic.  This particular look, however, took a bit of a sidestep away from the stately sophistication and veered more into HOT MAMA territory.  I mean, wow.  The loose waves coupled with the shiny texture of this Ralph Lauren gown amounts to a look that is at once futuristic/edgy and timeless/simple.  I am crazy about the liquid feel of this silk lame.  And her standing next to Leo?  Twitter just about lost its mind.

Best Moment of Redemption

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Confession- I have felt for a long, long time that the partnership between Jennifer Lawrence and Dior has been a huge mistake.  I just don’t really find that Dior suits Jennifer.  She’s a young, cool girl with an edge of crass to her, and Dior is the pinnacle of ladylike sophistication seen on the likes of statuesque, elegant actresses such as Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron.  It just doesn’t jive for me, and the gowns and clothes that Dior has had Jennifer wear always seem to end up wearing her instead.

However, tonight was a welcomed exception.  This dress felt cool.  This dress felt edgy.  This dress felt young.  And the overall styling was fantastic.  I love that Jennifer’s been going more platinum with her hair these days.  That icy white platinum look?  Ooh, I love it.  I’d do it myself if I knew my hair wouldn’t literally snap off in heaps after three weeks.  I’d need a bucket of Olaplex to survive.  But anyhow, hats off to the JLaw team tonight.  She looked stunning, and I’m thinking she and Dior may have turned a new corner in their relationship.

Best Moment of Color

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A silhouette like this typically isn’t my favorite because we’ve seen it so much, but for some reason, this outstanding shade of vermillion makes it all okay.  I think it also may be the fact that we never see Charlize in this color.  We’ve seen her look stunning in gold, white, black, and baby pink, but I don’t think we’ve seen her choose serious color for the Academy Awards since 2010 when she wore her lilac bustier gown (which everyone hated but me).

My most favorite look of Charlize’s is actually the forest green Dior gown she wore to the 2006 Oscars, back when John Galliano was still at the helm.  It was so dramatic with that giant bow, and the color was so unexpected.  I guess that’s what I love Charlize for- she can wear absolutely anything, so unusual silhouettes and bright colors are always a delight on her.  And I have to say, if Imperator Furiosa had to walk a red carpet and couldn’t choose to wear black, it may as well be this uncompromising shade of red.  My mom loved it, too!

Other honorable mentions include Naomi Watts’ gown that reminded of the Rainbow Fish, Margot Robbie’s I-am-literally-a-golden-Oscar-statue moment, and Saoirse Ronan’s gorgeous shade of green that made me think of a mermaid.  I also liked the architecture of Olivia Munn’s gown.  Alicia Vikander’s dress was beautiful too, but the whole look was definitely a bit too inspired by Belle, all the way down to the half-bun.  Daisy Ridley’s was pretty but I would’ve preferred a full-length gown, and Julianne’s was nothing special to me.

Rachel McAdams’ was a bit of a yawn for me too, and while Brie Larson’s gown was really pretty her hair styling sort of ruined the look for me.  I’m not much for pulling back hair that way with a flowy gown that has lots of movement.  I would’ve loved to see some loose waves, or contrast the gown with a sleek chignon.  And Rooney Mara has become as predictable as ever!  I don’t expect to ever see her in bright pink or anything like that, but there’s got to be some way of changing things up while sticking to her general elegant-goth aesthetic.

Well that just about wraps it up for me, and now its time to dig for some extra details on the makeup- my very favorite part!  Give me your thoughts and let me know what you think.  And now, it’s time to start the countdown to the Met Ball!  xo, MR

Photo credits in order of appearance to: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, Jason Merritt/Getty, George Pimentel/WireImage, and Unknown on Theron image.

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Best Of The 2016 Golden Globes

So, if you know me and how I am with the red carpet, I’m always demanding to be entertained with something unexpected, probably unfairly so.  I’m tired of column dresses, I’m tired of solids, I’m tired of black or neutral or white or red (done plainly, I should say), and I’m tired of a lack of risk-taking in the gowns chosen by celebrities for events like the Golden Globes.  I want more drama, I want more volume, and I want more I’m not sure if that’s ugly or amazing.  In short, I kind of want more fashion and less good-looking.

So, the gowns I tend to freak out over are typically not the safest ones.  Granted, they may not always be the most flattering ones, but they’re at least fun to look at.  Like I’ve said before- If you’ve got the world of fashion at your fingertips, why not take advantage of that and go for something a bit weird that perhaps you wouldn’t have access to otherwise?  But hey, I get it.  People want to look good.  It’s when people play it safe at the Met Ball, now that’s when I get really perturbed.  Ya’ll got no excuses at the Met Ball.

Anyhow, I digress.  On to the favorites.

 

Best Use Of Color – Jaimie Alexander in Genny
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I have only seen Jaimie Alexander in Thor: The Dark World as Lady Sif (and future Valkyrie, apparently?), but she is one of those people that is scary beautiful.  The dark hair and hazel-green eyes amount to a terrifying kind of beauty that is very intimidating to me.  However, maybe it’s the stunning shade of emerald that’s making things extra striking today.  I love the metallic texture and the geometric pattern, as well.  It’s all very Metropolis-meets-Picasso-meets-Oz.  Fabulous.

 

Best Use Of Texture And Construction – Zendaya in Marchesa

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I never understand why dresses like this get canned the way they do.  I love this dress.  I just want to twirl in it.  I love the floral pattern and the dramatic three-tiered silhouette.  I love the texture and construction and ambition behind it.  I also love that somehow, even with the plunging neckline (which was super popular this year, by the way), the dress still looks very young on Zendaya, who is still basically a child at 19.  The color is also enchanting; it reminds me of wine and Eastern Europe and opera.  Mmmm.

 

Best Dress That Transports Me To Another Era – Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

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I can’t decide if this amazing dress belongs in the 1900’s, the twenties, or the thirties, but either way, it is heaven.  The color is so lovely (and definitely one of Pantone’s colors of the year, rose quartz), and anything that scratches my nostalgia itch just sends me.  I mean, this has such a deco feel to it with the fringe and the silhouette that just sort of hangs on her, and not to mention the deco design of the bodice.  Delicious.  Put me in this dress, fix me a sidecar, play some Gershwin, and watch me die of happiness.

I always love that Cate really goes for fashion on the red carpet.  She’s never too interested in what’s flattering or what’s sexy- it’s always about fashion, and that makes me always look forward to seeing her.  That and Givenchy is probably my favorite house of fashion for the red carpet.

 

Best Overall Because It’s Hard To Make This Person Look Bad – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Versace

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You know, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is not ugly.  She’s just not.  Therefore, it’s kind of difficult to make her look that bad.  But you know, when the whole package comes together with the hair, and the makeup, and the skin (I mean, have you ever seen such healthy-looking skin?), and the gown, you kinda have to give credit to the team that’s making it all happen.  This look, as a whole, was great.  The gown is not my absolute favorite because it’s still very safe for me, but the styling makes it all perfect.  Rosie is the picture of glowing beauty here.  And she makes me want to exfoliate and tan and moisturize and do yoga until I glow like Apollo.  And congrats on that engagement to Turkish.

So there they are, my favorites.  I don’t really have any least favorites, just ones that I thought were boring and various other disappointments.  I never think Dior and Jennifer Lawrence have a good relationship, I miss Keira Knightley, Rooney Mara always looks like Rooney Mara, Jennifer Connelly never shows up to anything anymore, J.Lo needs to lose the cape, and hopefully Diane Kruger will show up at one of the after parties.  Speaking of, time to check out all my feeds for after party gowns.  Party on, kids.  xo, MR

** None of the photos featured here in this post belong to me.**