August 22 2014

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9 posts tagged "Oscars"

Marina’s Must-Haves: Roksanda Ilincic’s Belly-Baring Jumpsuit


roksandaOscars weekend is upon us, and it would be great to be in L.A. attending a glamorous after-party, but the reality is I’ll be taking care of my 4-month-old baby. But a girl can dream, can’t she? And if what they say is true, if you get the dress, the occasion will come. I’ve already picked out the dress—or, to be exact, the jumpsuit—for my imaginary after-party: Roksanda Ilincic’s electric orange and black jumpsuit. It feels so fresh and different from any cocktail dress I’ve ever owned. And while I might be in my pj’s this Sunday night, I’m sure I won’t run out of occasions to wear my midriff-baring but demure Roksanda number.

Roksanda Ilincic jumpsuit, $1,825. Buy it now at


Oscar Night For The Other 50 Percent


It’s been a long day (following a long night) of frantic Oscar fashion dissecting. We picked our favorite eighty-plus dresses from the red carpet, and went behind the scenes with Hollywood’s top stylists to get a look at the ladies getting ready. As one of the site’s resident menswear critics, it pains me a little to see the guys get such short shrift. Sure, the main function of men at black-tie events is to look like presentable foils for their dates, and not much more. But there’s plenty of effort that goes into those tuxes, too. Which is why I was glad to hear from Wendi and Nicole Ferreira, the power stylists who work with the likes of Channing Tatum and Chris Pine. Tatum stood out in particular last night—a custom-made Gucci tux will do that for a guy. The Ferreiras sent a few photos of the man getting ready. “As if dressing Channing Tatum in custom Gucci for the red carpet wasn’t enough,” they told me, “having the opportunity to collaborate with him on his vintage-inspired performance look took our experience to another level.”

Photos: Courtesy of Wendi and Nicole Ferreira / The Wall Group

Donatella Triumphant


Fifteen years of Oscar red-carpet dressing, one clear victor, at least as far as quantity is concerned: According to The New York Times, Versace has been best represented during the past decade and a half of Oscars ceremony, with thirty-six looks. (Technically, thirty-four dresses and two tuxes; a small sampling is above.) The whole fun, interactive feature—searchable by color, style, celebrity, designer, and year—is yours for the clicking here.


And The Nominees Are…


The frenetic buzz of awards season continues today with the Film Academy’s announcement of 2013′s Oscar nominees. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln racked up an impressive twelve nods, best picture and best actor included. Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and Naomi Watts are up for the Actress in a Leading Role award, as are 85-year-old Amour star Emmanuelle Riva (the oldest nominee in the category in history) and 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild lead Quvenzhané Wallis (the category’s youngest nominee in history). Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, and Jackie Weaver are in the running for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, while the leading actor list includes Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Hugh Jackman. Lincoln, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Amour, Django Unchained, and Argo are all up for Best Picture.

Naturally, during the ceremony on Feburary 24, we’ll have our eye on the stars’ red carpet styles. But with so many period films released in 2012, the masterminds behind this year’s blockbuster costumes are deserving of recognition, too. Jacqueline Durran is nominated in the Achievement in Costume Design category for the 19th-century Russian finery she designed for Anna Karenina (left), while Paco Delgado was nominated for Les Misérables. Joanna Johnston is also on the list for Lincoln‘s Civil War-era garb, and Eiko Ishioka and Colleen Atwood were nominated for Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, respectively. For the full list of nominees, click here.

Photo: Laurie Sparham / Courtesy of Focus Features

Crystals Are A Girl’s Best Friend


“There is something in me that just loves sparkly things,” stylist Kate Young (pictured) told at a Swarovski Elements-hosted breakfast held at The Modern’s private dining room yesterday. “On a fundamental level, crystals represent luxury and femininity.” Young, who served as curator for the exhibition, handpicked pieces from designers’ Fall 2012 lines that incorporated Swarovski beading, including those from Mary Katrantzou, Jason Wu, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rodarte, and Dannijo.

Against a minimalist backdrop by set designer Todd Shearer, the installation featured a carefully edited selection, including Jason Wu’s Lesage-embroidered wool and mink cape, Tom Binns’ fluorescent-hued chokers, and a Rodarte frock punctuated with a bejeweled neckline. “When I was working with Rodarte on the Oscars, they used crystals to sculpt the gown and create another dimension, like the way you use highlighter in makeup,” explained Young, obliquely referring to Natalie Portman’s winning gown from last year’s Academy Awards. “It made me think of crystals in a different way.”

Her favorite piece from the exhibition? “I have an obsession,” Young admitted, demurely gesturing toward Christian Louboutin’s crystal-encrusted peep-toe heels. (Her client Michelle Williams donned the same pair at this year’s Oscars.) “A sparkly shoe is an investment, but it’s totally classic.”

Photo: David X. Prutting /