Oscar's Best Dressed

I give this Academy Awards Red Carpet mixed reviews; there really weren't any disasters, but there weren't many looks that WOWED me. Most of the attendees looked really nice. 

However, these few ladies stood out above the pack, choosing dresses that were flattering, beautiful, and still fashion forward.

Let's count down to my favorite look!

12. Glenn Close
Glenn Close has still got it. Not only is this Zac Posen so flattering, the color is really unexpected but beautiful on her. I love that she paired the dress with a blazer- a cool way to cover up.

11. Tina Fey
Though her Carolina Herrera dress is minimal, the peplum injects this dress with something cute and trendy.

10. Stacey Keibler
This dripping gold Marchesa could only be pulled off by Stacey's famous figure. Stacey looks like the female Oscar statue.

9. Kristen Wiig
Kristen's J. Mendel dress is in a color that she loves: nude. However, the fuller tulle skirt gives Kristen a real princess moment.

8. Cameron Diaz
A selection of Rachel Zoe, no doubt, this Gucci ensemble makes Cameron look white hot. Literally. The bottom of this dress looks like its aflame!

7. Shailene Woodley
I love Shailene's sophisticated taste in red-carpet dresses. This white long-sleeve Valentino could come across as matronly, but it looks fresh and different on young Shailene.

6. Michelle Williams
Michelle's red-carpet looks are always highly anticipated, and she didn't fail to disappoint. Michelle's orangey-red Louis Vuitton looked beautiful on her, and the peplum, colorblocking, and layers of ruffling make the look really stand out.

5. Natalie Portman
Always looking like the classic beauty, Natalie chose a vintage Dior gown...with polka dots! While the color and silhouette are simple, the polka dots (and diamond necklace) portray Natalie's fashion-darling status.

4. Rooney Mara
Though everyone in fashion was rooting for the marriage of Rooney and Givenchy, Rooney's appearance on the carpet in Givenchy couture still caused quite a stir. It is nice to see Rooney in something white, and this dress manages to be both edgy and feminine, qualities that Rooney embraces in her red-carpet choices.

3. Emma Stone
This color can be hard to pull off, especially for a redhead, but Emma pulls off this beautiful Giambattista Valli flawlessly. The dress is simple, but the color speaks for itself.

2. Gwenyth Paltrow
Gwenyth. In Tom Ford. With a cape. I love how Gwenyth did something so completely different, and yet the dress and cape are simple and streamlined enough to look elegant and not like a costume.

1. Jessica Chastain
I am so glad someone wore Alexander McQueen. You really can't go wrong with McQueen on the red carpet. The ornate detailing of this gown make it darkly romantic; paired with Jessica's innocent beauty, this look is how to be red-carpet appropriate AND fashion forward.

Some Outfit Inspo For A Smooth Transition to Spring

Transition periods are awkward. Just like transitioning from childhood to adulthood, there can be uncertainty, fear, and a couple outfits you regret. But don't fret! With some of the sharp pieces that have been all over the front-rows of fashion week shows, the transition to spring should be no problem if you follow some guidelines:

1. Be Miranda Kerr. You will never be awkward.

2. Colorblocking is still working. Especially with hot Spring colors like bright orange, seafoam green, and bright purple. Add a trench for the lingering chilliness.

3. Hat + Denim Shirt+ Blazer = Fall
Skirt and Strappy Sandas = Spring
Dare to mix and match.

4. Add a cool leather jacket over a breezy maxi.

5. Pair your Spring printed pants with a sweater and cool tuxedo blazer.

6. Polka dottted pants are bi-seasonal; they look cool at anytime with anything.

7. More floral pants!

8. Departing from neons, this Spring is seeing soft pastel pieces have a huge comeback. 

9. Be Olivia Palermo and mix floral, leopard, and neon yellow like a pro.

10. Floral...shorts- take Spring one step further by cutting off your pants to expose more skin.

11. If I have to sum up this entire lesson, it would be that Florals + Colorblocking = Winter-Spring

12. Or, go bold and do head-to-toe florals. In the right proportions and pieces, it keeps you covered up but looks like you are in bloom. Why not, right?

Photos via Fabsugar and Fashionologie.

Favorite Looks from NYFW

Now that NYFW has come to an end, I feel like I can officially comment on my favorite looks from the shows. Fall is undoubtedly my favorite season; designers really get creative with silhouettes and layering. While I am definitely missing many collections from this list, I didn't want to overwhelm you with too much Fall 2012 fashion- I still have plenty of time to do that.

Vera Wang:
This season, Vera Wang played a lot with silhouettes and proportions, making her models literally look like tall drinks of water.

Marc Jacobs:
The master of quirky fashion, Marc Jacobs's show looked like a combination of pilgrims, pimps, and Victorian Mad-Hatters. I'm still deciding how I feel about the show in general, but there were undoubtedly some cool looks.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed us looks that represented their usual whimsy. However, I like that the looks were very Rodarte, but with a bit more polish with the addition of leather and shearling jackets and boots. 


Proenza Schouler:
Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez continue to experiment with bright colors, Asian prints, and boxy silhouettes in a show that would easily be worn by Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller. 

Joseph Atuzurra is quickly becoming one of my favorite designers. He manages to mix sophisticated coats and fur pieces with trendy chunky sweaters and boxy skirts. This edgy-chic vibe is ultimately what almost every fashionista strives to accomplish.

Calvin Klein:
Calvin Klein's Fall 2012 collection was inspired by Rooney Mara; an inspiration that is not lost on the audience due to the dramatic-minimalism that gives Calvin Klein's collection Rooney's signature badass vibe. Also, note the slick-backed ponytails.

Christian Siriano:
Siriano, Project Runway's most famous alum, only gets better with time. His usual frothy glamour was given some playful edge this season with cropped leather jackets, edgy fur pieces, mixing of textures, and dark-lipped make-up

Derek Lam:
I was definitely surprised by Derek Lam this season. His collections usually seem ultra-modern with structured, colorblocked pieces. However, I really enjoyed his foray into the past, giving us vintage glamour with a modern edge.

J. Mendel: 
When I think of J. Mendel, I usually associate him with gorgeous red-carpet worthy gowns. While he produced many of those this season, his collection also showed very wearable, albeit classic and ladylike, pieces.

Mara Hoffman:
Mara Hoffman showed us her usual boho-chic, beachy looks, but with Fall-appropriate layering.

Monique Lhullier:
This season, Monique Lhullier didn't fail to impress this season with her incredibly detailed, princess-worthy gowns. However, I was impressed with her added-edginess (in the form of cool prints). 

Prabal Gurung:
This season, Prabal Gurung continued to show ultra-cool prints in ultra-cool silhouettes, switching it up from last-season's purple to this season's yellow and blue.

Rachel Zoe:
Rachel Zoe's collections always reflect her impeccable personal style- this season, however, definitely signified a shift from basic, tailored pieces to ediger and more bohemian looks.

Tibi showed a surprisingly minimal collection, focusing on simple, wearable pieces. I have no doubt in my mind, though, that this bird print will be huge.

Alexander Wang:
Wang showed his standard utilitarian, urban, edgy pieces, using chunky knits, leather, and structural jackets as standout pieces in his collection.

Theysken's Theory:
Olivier Theysken's, mastermind by the newly revamped Theory, has shown another collection marrying his cool aesthetic with Theory's classic, tailored pieces. The collection was full of luxurious coats, beautiful dresses, and also simple, dressed down skinny jeans and sweaters.


Rag & Bone:
This season, Rag & Bone mixed prints like a boss. The cropped jackets, structural skirts, printed pants and tops, boots, and leather gloves lead to looks that, while they were busy, worked together harmoniously. 

Always one of my favorites, the ladies of Marchesa showed countless breathtaking gowns. I wanted to show basically the whole collection because, when it comes to Marchesa, how can you decide which are your favorite looks?


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