Friday, February 27, 2009

color studies

photos from The Sartorialist and Garance Doré

Recently a lot of my fashion inspiration has been taking the form of figuring out interesting color combinations... some of my favorites that I wear a lot are aqua/turquoise with red, khaki with red, aqua with bright yellow, and brown and teal. For me it's the best way to mix basics and still keep things a little interesting. I also love the idea of cream with navy and black & white, dark green and brown, and so many other things I get inspired by on these street style blogs.

Monday, February 23, 2009


What a fantastic 2009 show, no? I thought it was much more fun than in recent years with Hugh Jackman hosting, with musical numbers, and I loved the way they presented the acting awards, with 5 winners of the past speaking warmly about each nominee. And it was actually funny! Ben Stiller as Joaquin Phoenix (or someone from a "hassidic meth lab" as Natalie Portman put it) and Tina Fey with Steve Martin come immediately to mind.

To me the top two dresses were Penelope Cruz (winner for Best Supporting Actress!) in a 60-yr-old vintage Balmain dress with amazing lace and ruching all the way down (as Tim Gunn said on the red carpet, it's a dress for winning in, and it proved to be her lucky charm I guess -- much like Julia Roberts's fabulous unforgettable vintage Valentino years back), and Natalie Portman in this ethereal orchid-colored dress by Rodarte. It looks like the very first buds you see on trees in the first days of spring, and the fabric is so light and airy.

I love the mix of structure and loose draping in this red dress on Amy Adams, and she found a shade of red that absolutely complements her hair color without being too much (not easy for a redhead, I'm sure). Anne Hathaway looked perfect on the red carpet in Armani with beautiful silver sequins on the bias that seem to swirl around her, and then look almost like a pixelated photo at the bottom. Onstage in the opening sequence she joined Hugh Jackman in something a little easier to move around and be swept off her feet (literally) in -- but equally dream-like.

I loved the black tulle-heavy ballgown that Marion Cotillard wore, which is just unusual enough to be special and daring, but not too prom-like. I wasn't crazy about Kate Winslet's dress, or her hair for that matter, but it fits in with the other black and navy dresses she's been wearing to shows this season -- understated, elegant, and regal -- and I can understand why she'd choose that Grace Kelly look for what has been a very big moment for her.

For many of the other dresses, it was once again the proliferation of a ton of white/cream/silver sparkly gowns, like we've seen all season. I guess it's this season's "safe" choice. Marisa Tomei's pleated Versace gown stands out though, as well as the intricate beading on Jennifer Aniston's simple dress (she always looks fantastic though because she looks really happy to be there -- not to mention nowhere near 40...). I didn't like Jessica Biel's white Prada, but I guess I can respect when image- and body-conscious actresses purposely go with something not body-flattering at all. I think my main problem with the dress is the bottom -- even on a column dress you need a little bit of flare to give it shape, and this just looks like when you take a pair of pants to a bad tailor to be tapered. Melissa George on the other hand elevated the safe dress to art in Dolce & Gabbanna -- the huge tulle flare at the bottom of her corsetted dress was flawless.

Best jewelry has to go to Angelina Jolie, who wore bright green earrings as well as a ring, which complimented an otherwise fairly simple black dress wonderfully, and to Amy Adams who topped off her beautiful dress is a surprising put fitting multi-colored gem necklace that looks like something out of ancient Egypt or Rome in its sheer size... I'd be surprised if her neck wasn't a little sore this morning from carrying all that around.

I must say again I'm loving what Miley Cyrus picked -- she must have a great stylist. It might be a little bit over-the-top princess-y, but she's young enough and big enough of a star to pull that off.

Most red carpet photos from USAToday's Flickr page
Other images from: Gossip Girls,

Sunday, February 22, 2009

it's here!

Oscars day that is, of course. Sort of like Christmas and the Superbowl rolled into one. Well maybe not but it is great. To get ready, I reminded myself this morning of one of my favorite Oscars looks in recent years, Penelope Cruz.

And I know it's not at all likely, but I sort of hope someone wears this short Gucci dress (on the right). Kate Hudson? Blake Lively? It certainly would mix things up, and girl can hope...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

nautical touches

I love this navy and white outfit that Lily Allen wore performing today on Ellen:
(I'm also absolutely crazy about the song!)

And Kate Moss's little anchor tattoo on her wrist:

And check out her new curvier body! You can read about it, her, Topshop and see the rest of the pictures right here.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


LinkNormally I don't like fashion editorials -- which I realize is weird, but for the most part they're way too unrealistic. I don't really see the point if it's not something anybody would ever actually where. But I do like this one.
Maybe because I've been wearing a lot more color lately, drawn to patterns and the idea of mixing and matching in different ways. I also like the classic historical feel of the outfits -- but none of them are too outrageous.

You can see more here.

Monday, February 9, 2009

baftas 2009

I always enjoy seeing pictures from the BAFTA awards, even though we can't watch the show over here, because of some of the quirky outfits that get chosen (see Kate Hudson last year in gold with a long braid in the side bar). Last night's show featured a lot of black, but didn't disappoint (then again I'm from NY, I'm used to it):

Penelope Cruz having a very Audrey moment (in Azzedine Alaia), Thandie Newton in black with gold stripes, and Sharon Stone in a classic red column dress that is actually pretty hard to get wrong.

Both Kate Winslet (in Zac Posen) and Angelina Jolie (in Giorgio Armani) wore sort of angularly shaped black dresses which I quite like, they both remind me of some of the best early dresses that Zac Posen did.

images above from
British tv presenter Fearne Cotton in a nice Kate Moss kind of look, and Alesha Dixon in a pretty black ruffled dress and gloves that are sort of over the top, but fun.

images from, left, and, right
Marion Cotillard in Dior, and Emma Watson in Temperley (I think?).

Monday, February 2, 2009

the french have it

At the Sidaction Ball, in Paris.

Carla Bruni, flawless in YSL; but Dianne Kruger is absolutely stunning in this gown by Nina Ricci. Nevermind that Joshua Jackson's neckwear is reminiscent of a rodeo or something, these two are the perfect fashion couple. Just check out her shoes! How do they stay on, those straps are miniscule.

I have no idea what Mischa Barton's been up to since the OC but to me this dress makes up for any lack of style she may have exhibited since then. Normally I don't like floral appliqués, but both of these dresses manage it to an arty effect, not a prom effect.

Two more casual looks... Is that Ines de la Fressange?! Is that a woman over 50 baring her midriff and still looking stunning?! Yes, yes. Don't get me started on the shoes, which are like half matador-y and half cartoon bedroom slipper-y. I'll be off gluing big black pompoms to all my ballet flats, if you need me. xx
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