Monday, February 28, 2011

Academy Awards: Best Dressed

I was pleasantly surprised by the Oscars fashion this year, though I was hoping for more off the runway fashions. The color trends remained rather soft with nudes and pastels, it was especially heavy on the lavenders. However, there were also plenty of red dresses (maybe they all knew Valentino was going). 

Without further adieu I give you my Top Ten best dressed at the Academy Awards. 
1. Mila Kunis in Elie Saab. This dress is absolutely perfect; the color, the draping of the lace and tulle, the sheer quality to the dress.
2. Camila Alves in Kaufman Franco. For someone who wasn't even nominated, this dress was a knockout. For a black dress, it is so well done. Well cut, well tailored. It's so simple but exudes elegance.
 3. Jennifer Lawrence in Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein. She does look a little like baywatch meets Stephanie Pratt in this dress but its fantastic. Her body looks incredible. She also wins my most improved since the SAG awards where she wore a bright pink mess.
 4. Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana. I love love love this look. Being pale myself, I understand the trouble with finding the right color to wear. Scarlett aced it with this plum colored D&G gown. I must admit that I also love the loose hair and dark makeup, it suits her personality.
 5. Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa. For such a young up and comer, Hailee has made great choices for fashion this award season. She even designed this gown with the Marchesa duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. It really doesn't get better than that.
 6. Natalie Portman in Rodarte. I love that Natalie wore Rodarte, as she is friends with them but they also designed the costumes for Black Swan. This was a nice nod to the designers and her film. The draping is really effortless over her growing baby belly.
 7. Michelle Williams in Chanel. Michelle is so graceful and elegant, you can tell just by the way she holds herself. She reminds me of Grace Kelly in this way. She is a perfect person to showcase Chanel at the Oscars. This gown is so detailed and sophisticated. The pearl color doesn't wash her out but actually adds to her pale skin and ultra blond locks. 
 8. Halle Berry in Marchesa. Thankfully Halle chose to wear clothing to this Awards show. If you haven't been able to tell so far through my blog, I am a huge fan of Marchesa. You can't beat their designs. The dresses are real artwork and they really have to be appreciated as such. I love this nude color on Halle, it adds to her beauty.
 9. Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang. Sandra brought all the stops out last year in her Marchesa gown. This year she chose a more toned down dress in terms of design but not in color. This was a great dress to wear because she looked like a returning winner, without stealing the spotlight of those nominated that night.
 10. Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture. This is another dress that is an art piece. Because this dress is so structured, Cate Blanchett is a great person to wear it. She has wide shoulders and a slim figure which highlights the best features of the dress.

Honorable Mentions in no particular order:
Gwyneth Paltrow 
 Melania Trump
 Reese Witherspoon
 Celine Dion
Annette Benning

Best Dressed Men in no particular order:
Robert Downey Jr.
Jeremy Renner
Colin Firth

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kelly Osbourne ad campaign for Material Girl

I have always adored Kelly Osbourne, dating back to her "The Osbournes" tv series on MTV. I am very happy that she is doing so well now. Her latest feat is an ad campaign for Madonna's clothing line "Material Girl." My favorite image is of Kelly with the boombox. The hair, makeup, and gray playsuit look great against the frantic background. 


Cover Girl: Kate Bosworth

Ultra slim actress Kate Bosworth recently did a cover shoot for the March issue of Nylon Magazine. Her look is a revived woodstock rockstar with braids, tie dyed wraps, and bleached jeans. Her clothes are all about the knitting, with mixes of various textiles in wide assortments of colors. The jewelry is also eclectic with various forms of bracelets. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop: Mr. Brainwash

When I first heard that Banksy had a film coming out, I knew I wanted to see it. It didn't exactly happen right away, in fact I just watched it last night. Going into the film I had no idea what to expect. I figured it might be a documentary on Banksy's rise in popularity. What I didn't foresee was that it would be about my favorite street artist Mr. Brainwash. 

I had first become aware of Banksy and street art a few years ago, probably about 5 if I had to take a guess. It amazed me what these art rebels were doing. In the middle of the night they were putting artwork almost 30 or 40 ft high on the sides of buildings, billboards, anything that could be seen. The best part was that it was real artwork. It made you think, laugh, or shake your head in disapproval. I had never seen anything like it, yes you had graffiti but most of the time it was an eyesore or a memorial to someone you had never heard of. This was new and Banksy was by far the most well known.

One day while I was searching through some of Banksy's latest art placements, I came across a familiar image that had been re-created. It was of Alfred Hitchcock, who I am a huge fan of. He wore large aviators and on his clapboard were the words "Life is Beautiful." A really incredible message and image.
Immediately I had to find out who had created it. In my search I finally came across the artist, Mr. Brainwash. Since that day I have made sure to check the internet every month or so to see his latest works of art. His art is arguably the best example of pop art since Andy Warhol. Brainwash uses the same techniques of using public icons whether its a person, brand, or object and repeating it everywhere. However, he makes it his own adding touches of humor, such as Elvis with a toy gun instead of a guitar or Spock dressed like Marilyn Monroe. It's these touches that make his work so interesting.

I would highly recommend the film Exit Through the Gift Shop to anyone interested in finding and following their passions. It is a great back story into one of the most influential pop artists we have today. 
Here are a few of his pieces:
 And here is the man himself, pictured from an article in L'Uomo Vogue
 To purchase his artwork, visit his website

Friday, February 18, 2011

Alice + Olivia New York Fashion Week A/W 2011

Alice + Olivia is a great representation of a pure glamour party girl brand. They're love of sequins is never a subtly in their pieces. I liked their use of prints and dramatic fur this season. My favorite piece is actually a floor length black and red dress. It's a great ode to the 60's color block technique. Here are my favorites from this collection: