February 25, 2013 at 10:41 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
So I am not going to lie I was a bit under-whelmed by the fashion last night. I mean, one of my favorite dresses was Jamie Foxx’s daughter, random yes? One big trend on the red carpet was metallics. Naomi Watt’s Armani Privé silver-sequined, cut-out dress was one of my favorites. I thought it was modern, unique, and she looked gorgeous–as usual. Nominee Jessica Chastain shined in bronze. Chicago stars, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger both went for gold and Jennifer Hudson chose a metallic blue Roberto Cavalli gown.
Another one of my favorite looks was Stacy Keibler. I just loved her Gatsby look with the deco Naeem Khan dress and soft wavy hair. Halle Berry rocked it out in Versace–it was a very sexy, Dynasty moment. Yes those were shoulder pads and yes she can really make anything look hot! Nicole Kidman looked stunning in her L’Wren Scott black and gold dress, as did Amanda Seyfried in her gold leaf embellished McQueen. Sandra Bullock’s Elle Saab crystal embellished black gown and Adele’s performance dress both twinkled.
February 27, 2012 at 11:45 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
The morning after Oscar night is always hard for me. I am exhausted from throwing a party and sad that my favorite night of the year is over. Honestly, I didn’t think the show was that entertaining (The Bridesmaids, Emma Stone and Chris Rock saved it) but, I was pleased with the winners (Octavia, Woody, Muppets… Yay!) Overall it was a great night for fashion. Here are my thoughts:
Color winner of the night: White. Gwyneth, Rooney, Milla, Octavia, Shailene all rocked it.
Best over-all look: Michelle Williams. She had some hits and misses this awards season but in this coral Louis Vuitton gown she oozes chicness. And I LOVE how she always brings the best fashion accessory: her best friend Busy Phillips.
Best dress for your body moment: Octavia Spencer. One word: flawless. That Tadashi Shoji dress was ridiculously flattering. She looked gorgeous!
Most appropriate color choice of the night: Gold. Big winner Meryl Streep picked a perfectly draped Lanvin gown. Also wearing that color, Stacey Keibler, who by dating George makes her a winner for the time being.
Star of the night: Angelina’s right leg. Loved the dress but there was no need to stick the leg out and pose all night. There is already a twitter account for it and BuzzFeed has it’s top 10 moments of the night.
Please-put-it-away award: Jennifer Lopez. Come on! She would look sexy in a brown sack so why does she have us focused on her ladies the whole night. Poor Cameron Diaz was overshadowed by them. And what was with those arm slits? Second runner up: Viola Davis. LOVE you and the fact that you choose green but you are revealing a bit too much.
Sleeves that worked: Shailene Woodley. She looked amazing in her cream crochet detail Valentino Haute Couture gown. Usually girls her age look like they are going to the prom or 30 years older than they actually are.
Sleeves that didn’t work: Berenice Bejo. The mint green Ellie Saab gown was just wrong. The color and the cut wasn’t working for her. For her first time at the Oscars, I wish she wore something a bit more sexy. Honestly she would’ve looked amazing in J. Lo’s dress.
Most in need of a large meal: Gwyneth Paltrow. Although, I love a cape moment and loved her Tom Ford dress, I just want her to eat more. Have a burger and live a little!
Most likely to serve her the burger: Melissa Leo. What was up with that collar?
Do you agree or disagree.. let’s discuss!
February 28, 2011 at 11:09 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
I think most people are in agreement that this year’s award show was pretty boring. (Reading funny tweets is about the only thing that got me through the night.) Was it the hosts? One who appeared high and didn’t seem to want to be there, and the other one who was way too enthusiastic and exited? The bad writing? The strange homages to great movies of the past? Or was it the dull fashion choices? I’m not going to bore you all over again so here’s my short and sweet sum up:
Cate Blanchett: She was my favorite although her dress got a mixed reaction. (Someone on Twitter said her dress looked like an old chair). Whether you cared for the Givenchy Haute Couture gown or not, Cate makes interesting fashion choices and no matter what she wears she always looks amazing.
Hailee Steinfeld: Finally a 14-year old that dresses like a 14-year old should!
Jennifer Lawrence: She was basically wearing a gown version of a Baywatch swimsuit. You can’t go wrong with minimal and sexy.
Natalie Portman: I have no real opinion on the Rodarte dress (our Fashion Editor Sue thought it was bridesmaid-esque) but I loved LOVED the earrings. Can somebody pick those up at Tiffany for me please?! Thanks!
Gwyneth Paltrow: The Calvin Klein gold column dress was one of my favorites and definitely better than the dress she wore to perform in. (Why didn’t she just wear that jumpsuit she wore to sing with Cee-Lo at the Grammys?!)
Helen Mirren: Age appropriate and looking fine as always!
Michelle Williams: I thought she looked adorable. Loved the Chanel gown but I prefer it when she takes risks. A white short-sleeve skin-hugging dress is too safe.
Amy Adams: Her blue sparkly gown looked better on stage then it did on the red carpet. Her necklace choice was wrong.
Mila Kunis: The look was gorgeous. I loved the bottom of the Elie Saab Haute Couture dress but all my attention goes to the boobs and the lace detail. To me they looked like pasties, which I guess in a way they were.
Scarlett Johanasson: I wasn’t quite digging the dress at first. It did grow on me but I do not like the boob region. Above it, yes. Below it, yes. But the middle see-through section — not so much!
Jennifer Hudson: While I’m on the topic of boobs… Ladies just because you have a slamming body doesn’t mean you need to show your lady parts off. It wasn’t working for her.
So what did you think about this year’s Oscar fashion?
March 8, 2010 at 11:35 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
It’s Fresh New You week and what could be more fun than to start the week off with some super-glam inspiration? There some great moments at last night’s 82nd annual Academy Awards: Neil Patrick Harris opening the show, Kathyrn Bigelow being the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar, the John Hughes tribute. And there were the not-so-great moments: The interpretive dances to the best scores, and what was with the exclusion of Farrah Fawcett in the “In Memoriam” section!?! There were also great and not-so-great fashion moments, too. Here’s my take!
Sandra Bullock: The big winner of the night shined in a gold Marchesa dress. Not only was the dress stunning, her hair and bright lip were AMAZING! The entire look was just Oscar gold… how appropriate that she won!
Maggie Gyllenhaal: Print is usually not seen on red carpets, which is why I found this dress refreshing and young. Extra points for picking an atypical award show fashion designer like Dries Van Noten.
Cameron Diaz: Cameron shined as well in this Oscar De La Renta gown. Normally, she wears something more fun but I prefer her more grown-up look.
Kristen Stewart: I thought Kristen looked beautiful in Monique Lhuillier. She is usually a bit more grunge and pouty but when gets glammed up and smiles she is a knock out!
Rachel McAdams: Confession: Rachel McAdams is my girl crush! She looked so fabulous last night in this Elie Saab dress and I loved the big earring as well. Again, a print is always a fresh look.
March 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm , by Rachel Shippy
One of the things I love most about awards shows, especially the Oscars, is the red carpet coverage. I’m riveted by the glitz, glam and gowns, but I’m just as fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes. Lara Spencer, anchor of CBS’ The Insider, was nice enough to give us a glimpse inside the industry’s biggest night.
For her, Oscar prep begins in January. “I start screening the films that are likely to be nominated, so that means a lot of movie nights with my friends,” Spencer explains. “They eat popcorn while I take notes!”
Though she puts her notes to good use when she interviews celebs on the red carpet, she also relies on her ability to improvise. “You can prepare all you want, but you never know what what will happen in the moment,” Spencer says. “You don’t know what mood a star will be in, or if they’re going to show up in a really fun outfit or with an interesting date. I kind of go with the flow and feel them out. My mantra is to be prepared, but also be prepared to throw all your notes out the window.”
On TV, Oscar night seems impossibly glamorous and exciting, but Spencer’s experience in the trenches is quite different. “It’s high pressure for us and it’s high pressure for the stars as well—you can definitely sense which nominated actors are nervous, and you can feel the tension. But when the ceremony is over and everyone heads to the parties, it’s like a giant weight has been lifted. It’s time to celebrate, regardless of who won.”
Check your local listings for The Insider to see Spencer’s coverage of the Oscars red carpet on Monday, March 8th.