The Academy Awards are hands down my most favorite thing to watch on TV. I look forward to it every year for many reasons... I love fashion, I love celebrities and I love film.
Winning an Academy Award has been a dream of mine since I was in the 5th grade and wrote my first screenplay. At the young age of 10 I discovered I loved writing and performing. That year for Christmas I asked Santa for a camcorder and luckily Santa obliged. My sister and I created a variety show we called "Party Line" and soon after I started writing and making short movies. I thoroughly enjoy the entire process of movie making, the writing, the directing, the acting and even the editing. When it was time for college and picking a Major, Film was the obvious choice. I stuck with it and graduated from CSULB (California State University, Long Beach) with a BA in Film and an emphasis in Screenwriting. By the time graduation day came I was living in Los Angeles (Brentwood) and was managing the Shoe Department at Fred Segal in Santa Monica where I was making great money (for a 23 year old) and having way too much fun. I unfortunately, never finished writing my screenplay, however it is my New Year's resolution every year and who knows maybe one day this blog will become an Academy Award winning movie that will help me achieve my goal of winning my very first Oscar. Clearly, I love the Academy Awards.
I love Film (please reference top paragraph), however am equally as passionate about Fashion. I have great respect and admiration for fashion designers and consider fashion to be incredibly inspiring and exciting. It is one of my most favorite art forms as I am in awe of how quickly designers are able to put together a completely new collection, while still somehow putting their own personal stamp on everything they do. Truly amazing. I am inspired by many collections and every season look forward to seeing what designers are presenting on the runaways during all major Fashion week shows. The Academy Award's red carpet is a great platform to showcase some of these great designers and their amazing work. I might not always love some of the crazy dramatic dresses that walk down the carpet, however I always love when a celebrity thinks outside the box and wears something that honors the designer who created their look. So let's get down to business.
My absolute top looks of the night were;
1. Rosamund Pike
in Givenchy Haute Coulture
by Riccardo Tisci. This look was absolute perfection. It was classy. It was sexy. It was definitely a show stopper. I love the lace, love the waist detail, love the fit and am absolutely obsessed with the color. Red is one of my most favorite colors and Blue Red is my favorite shade of Red. Rosamund and Riccardo Tisci murdered the red carpet with this dress. Excellent choice for an Academy Award nominated actress who was being acknowledged for her portrayal of a manipulative icy cold bitch. Obsessed.
2. Lady Gaga
in Azzedine Alaia
. Say what you will about Gaga, but this woman loves fashion and is not afraid to commit to a look. She is hands down one of my most favorites to watch on any carpet. Film may not be the medium she is most known for, however that did not stop her from showing Hollywood how a Star is suppose to dress to the Academy Awards. This Alaia dress is a piece of art. Pure exquisite beauty and Gaga absolutely nailed this look. Some critics (haters) ridiculed her red leather gloves, however I absolutely loved them and quite frankly can not imagine this look without them. Bravo Gaga!!!!
3. Lupita Nyong'o
in Calvin Klein Collection
. Lupita was the fashion darling during last year's award show season, however her looks this year were underwhelming. That quickly changed when she hit the red carpet in this breathtaking Calvin Klein dress and my faith in her as a fashion girl was quickly restored. This dress belongs in a museum. It fit her body like a glove (or a pearl necklace) and made it clear that Lupita was a previous Academy Award winner. This dress was anything, but safe and that is precisely why I love this look. It is dresses like these that make me love watching the Academy Awards and keeps my love of fashion alive. Excellent choice Lupita. You are definitely a Star.
4. Julianne Moore
in Chanel Haute Couture
. Karl Lagerfield is one of my most favorite fashion designers and this dress exemplifies why I consider him to be one of the absolute Greats. Julianne Moore is one of the most gorgeous women in Hollywood and I could not be more in love with this dress and this look. She looks like a Movie Star in this dress and it was a perfect choice as she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. #nailedit
5. Jennifer Lopez
in Elie Saab Haute Couture
. This woman is a goddess and this Elie Saab dress is one of my favorite looks I have ever seen her in. She loves fashion and fashion clearly loves her. This is an extremely sexy dress with a very dramatic plunging neckline, however she could not look more elegant or classy. This is how one should dress to the Academy Awards. Jennifer Lopez was made to walk a red carpet and looks like royalty in this gorgeous dress. Absolutely stunning.
And now for my least favorite looks of the night;
1. Nicole Kidman
in Louis Vuitton
. I love Nicole Kidman. I love Louis Vuitton. And I typically love anything sequined, however this look was all kinds of wrong. For whatever reason the dress seemed to have a green tint that did not do her gorgeous skin or hair color any justice. Nicole Kidman typically brings it to the red carpet, however the cut of this dress was extremely boring and did not feel designer or couture. Extremely disappointed in Nicole Kidman and Louis Vuitton. Complete miss in my opinion.
2. Marion Cotillard
in Dior Haute Couture
. This was an ill fitting dress on a beautiful woman. Marion Cotillard is stunning and Dior is an amazing line, however I simply didn't understand this dress. It had too much fabric and felt more like a costume than a couture gown. It poorly represented this former Academy Award winner and also did nothing for the house of Dior. #disappointed
3. Gwyneth Paltrow
in Ralph & Russo Couture
custom dress. I don't hate this dress, however Gwyneth already had her pink moment when she won her Oscar years prior in Ralph Lauren
. Additionally, this is a custom dress, but Angelina Jolie
wore a very similar Ralph & Russo gown two years prior in Paris for the premiere of "In the Land of Blood and Honey" which made Gwyneth Paltrow's dress feel dated and unoriginal. Additionally it reminded me of Charlize Theron's 2006 Christian Dior Oscar dress
which I adored. This look has been done before and quite frankly, it has been done better. No doubt the Ralph & Russo dress was beautiful and fit Gwyneth impeccably, however it felt tired for the Academy Awards. #bored
It's a wrap on another Academy Award Show. Congrats to all the winners who won Oscar's as well as those who rocked the red carpet. For those that did not take home an Academy Award and for those who disappointed on the carpet, there's always next year. #betterlucknexttime
Who were your favorite looks #fabfriends?