Friday, February 5, 2016

#Oscars2016: Academy Award Nominees Luncheon Wish List Part 1

IT'S HERE! MY FIRST OSCARS WISH LIST IS FINALLY HERE! The race to the Oscars has been on since the Palm Springs International Film Festival Black Tie Awards Gala early last month but the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon is the first time we will see all the nominees together to celebrate the occasion. Alicia Vikander, favorite to win the Best Supporting Actress trophy, has been blazing through awards season like a girl on fire. I am already anticipating what she will wear for the Oscars red carpet, but that is a different post. For the Nominees Luncheon I would love to see Alicia wearing this Louis Vuitton Spring 2016 RTW pinstripe dress. Alicia is the perfect LV ambassador as I don't think she has had a single misstep in the brand, though most of her looks are custom made for her. This business meets edgy look is perfect for Alicia to wear on the red carpet for the only relaxed occasion during the race to the Oscars. What really would punctuate this as a perfect red carpet look would be a pair of strappy black sandals, hair in loose waves pushed back behind her ears, and relaxed elegant makeup.
Brie Larson is the expected winner for the Best Actress trophy and I have to say that she has been the breakout star this season. I had high hopes for Alicia (and she has met and exceed them) but I did not have high expectations for Brie. Her amazing gold Calvin Klein gown at the Golden Globe Awards followed by the amazing hot off the runway Atelier Versace gown she wore for the Screen Actors Guild Awards were just precursors to her taking to the Oscar red carpet and my hopes are now set very high for Brie's Oscar gown. For the Nominees Luncheon I would love to see Brie wearing this black and white floral print Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2016 which features a cutout on the chest. I think that this classic dress with that cutout makes for a modern take on classic dressing. Not many women would be brave enough to wear this dress during the day but I think that Brie is for sure. While the pattern on this dress is very bold I would still add another bold statement via a pair of hot pink Christian Louboutin 'Pigalle' patent leather pointed toe pumps and a light pink lip to help Brie keep making red carpet hits.
Cate Blanchett has sadly disappointing me and I am preparing myself not to enjoy her red carpet styling over the final stretch of the race to the Oscars. I will continue to make my wishes with what I usually expect Cate to wear. For the Nominees Luncheon I would love to see Cate wearing this multi print Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2016 cap sleeve dress on the red carpet. I think that Cate would look absolutely fantastic in this dress and not let the busy pattern wear her. The classic 40's inspired silhouette and all the random abstract embroidered pattern reminds me of classic Elsa Schiaparelli designs from the era. With such a busy pattern I would keep this look simply styled with just a pair of red pumps, hair chicly pulled back, & a red lip to ensure that Cate is back at her best.
I got a little spark of interest from Jennifer Lawrence when she stepped out at the Golden Globe Awards wearing a bold modern custom Cristian Dior Couture red gown, although her Versace after party look look dulled that spark. I am hoping that Jennifer keeps the magic of her red gown alive with this black and white Christian Dior Spring 2016 Couture mini dress. I believe that while not many people would be brave enough to wear couture during the day I think that this dress is perfect for this occasion and in tune with the vibe of the collection. I want Jennifer to go high glam with all of her red carpet appearances from here on out. Chic loose waves, a pink lip, and a pair of silver pumps would ensure that JLaw kills the red carpet at the Nominees Luncheon.
I am expecting that Kate Winslet will most likely be in a fitted cap sleeved dress by the likes of Victoria Beckham or Tom Ford on the red carpet at the Academy Award Nominees Luncheon. Kate has a very standard look that she wears on the red carpet and rarely steps out of that small box. With this wish for Kate to wear this navy needle point jacquard Roland Mouret Spring 2016 RTW dress which features a slight a-line silhouette with a deep v-neckline and off the shoulder detail, a capeline back panel and a diamond back cutout, is asking her to step out of her fitted comfort zone. While the style of the dress is might not be her typical dress the navy color is which I think would make for this being an amazing moment for Kate on the red carpet. Finish the look with wavy locks, a pink lip, and a pair of nude sandals and Kate will for sure have a personal best on the red carpet.

You Better Werk!: Penelope Cruz in Atelier Versace at the "Zoolander 2" London Premiere

Each look that Penelope Cruz has worn over the course of the Zoolander No. 2 promo tour has been better than the last, and last night at the London premiere she had her best look. Penelope dazzled in a silver draped chainmail Atelier Versace gown with a sexy thigh high split. This gown with the sleek hair, silver Versace sandals, and Chopard diamonds was a total winner. I have missed Penelope delivering stunning red carpet moments on the red carpet and I am happy to see her back at her best.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 Berlin International Film Festival: "The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger" Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

I was heavily disappointed that Tilda Swinton did not attend the LA premiere of Hail, Caesar! (which is the opening film of the Berlin International Film Festival) but I am praying that she makes the journey to Berlin for both that and the documentary which she voices and wrote The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger. Tilda's style quite intrigues me as she is this beautiful androgynous beauty and she always leaves me with a modern edgy glam look to ogle over. For this premiere I picked this white Alexis Mabille Spring 2016 Couture embroidered gown and black structured silk cape. While Tilda has never worn one of Alexis's creations on the red carpet but I honestly think that Tilda would shut down the carpet wearing some of his creations. I think that this piece reminds me more of Tilda because it is so streamlined and chic. A lot of the pieces from Alexis Mabille that I tend to think of Tilda are some of his more complicated almost Victorian inspired pieces which might be too frilly for her. Keeping the styling simple with this look is key. I would only add a pair of black pumps, diamond cluster earrings, a red lip, and a slicked back do to ensure that Tilda has the most amazing moment on the red carpet at the Berlin International Film Festival.
My final wish for Meryl Streep for her duties as International Jury president during the Berlin International Film Festival is probably the most likely. This chic simple Valentino Fall 2015 Couture long sleeved completely covered gown is probably the most typical Meryl gown that I picked for her to wear over the course of the festival. I think that while this is a standard black gown that Meryl would shine wearing it as it is the most in her comfort zone out of all the looks that I have picked. Keeping this look chic is just exactly what needs to happen to keep Meryl from fading into the background. I would add a statement Van Cleef & Arpels yellow gold diamond and fancy gems set necklace, a black clutch, a pair of black pumps, a red lip, and chic elegant hair to ensure that Meryl is still the queen of the Berlin Film Festival red carpets.

You Better Werk!: Dakota Johnson at the "How To Be Single" NYC Premiere in Saint Laurent

Dakota Johnson was the epitome of boho chic meets Studio 54 glamour at the New York City premiere of How To Be Single wearing custom Saint Laurent. I will be the first to say that I have not been the biggest fan of Dakota's red carpet styling but recently she has been hitting her mark every single time that she steps out on the red carpet. This nude Saint Laurent gown embellished with silver stars just made me smile. Everything about this look was absolutely perfect, from the pulled back waves and the soft browns of her makeup to the Fred Leighton rings and Judith Leiber clutch. I continue to enjoy seeing Dakota on the red carpet and I hope that she just keeps getting better.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2016 Berlin International Film Festival: "Midnight Special" Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

Kirsten Dunst sadly skipped out on the 2016 SAG Awards and I am really hoping that she doesn't skip the Berlin International Film Festival premiere of her film "Midnight Special." I have a love of Kirsten's style but she has been a little more relaxed since she has been on television. I would love to see Kirsten take to the red carpet in Berlin wearing this white Chanel Spring 2016 Couture embroidered and fringe gown which features golden embroidery on the neckline. Not many women could have the red carpet presence to make this gown work on the red carpet and Kirsten can toe the line. Where she could let this gown down is with the styling. Kirsten loves a black pump and there should be no black pumps anywhere near this dress. A pair of gold pumps, a light smokey lined eye, a red lip, and her bob styled with chic vintage inspired waves would be the perfect styling to ensure that Kirsten has a killer red carpet look on the Berlin Film Festival red carpet.
I dug into the Elie Saab archives for today's wish for Berlin International Film Festival International Jury president Meryl Streep. I am really hoping that Berlin is going to showcase all of Meryl's new found sartorial style. I am anxiously awaiting all of her looks over the festival, which is something new because I never really cared for her before. I think that this dove grey Elie Saab Fall 2013 Couture long sleeved embellished bodice gown with a flowing chiffon skirt would make for a beautiful red carpet moment for Meryl. The downside of this look is that Meryl might not like the plunging open back of this gown. We tend to see Meryl very covered up with more of a plunge in the front than in the back but I think that she would personify glamour in this gown. A silver clutch, a pair of silver satin pump, and diamond cluster earrings would just add the perfect finishing touches.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Perfect Plus One: Amal Clooney in Giambattista Valli Couture at the "Hail, Caasar!" LA Premeire

Last night in LA was the premiere of "Hail, Caesar!"and while glamizon stars like Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton skipped the red carpet there was no lack of glamour thanks to the plus one's Jenna Dewan Tatum (who wore Ralph & Russo Fall 2015 Couture) and Amal Clooney. Amal showed my why I named her the Best Plus One in my End of the Year Awards wearing a cute, fun, & flirty Giambattista Valli Haute Couture cocktail dress to stand by her husband George on his big night. On most I would say that this dress would be more suited to the younger stars like Emma Stone or Natalie Portman but I think that Amal takes the twee out of this look and just gives me pure sophistication. George is lucky to have such a perfect woman as his wife. Amal shows women that you can be confident, beautiful, stylish, powerful, and smart all at the same time and I think that is part of her draw for me. I love a stylish powerful woman and Amal embodies that idea perfectly.

2016 Berlin International Film Festival: "Genius" Red Carpet Premiere Wish List

Nicole Kidman has been on a roller coaster of looks recently. Her custom Gucci gown at the SAG Awards was a total disaster as it was way too young for her, give it to Dakota Johnson or Elle Fanning and I would have been hailing this as a triumph but sadly on Nicole it was to young. For Nicole's premiere of Genius at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival I would love to see her wearing this grey Elie Saab Spring 2016 Couture tiered beaded gown which also includes a chic embroidered bolero jacket. Nicole Kidman has a very classic glamour about her and this gown would just enhance her regal style. Nicole doesn't need big ball gowns or trailing trains to bring an impact on the red carpet and this gown would just punctuate that. I would love to see her pair this gown with dyed to match grey satin Roger Vivier sandals, a pair of cluster Tiffany & Co. diamond earrings, a chic updo, and a red lip to just finish this regal look off extremely elegantly.
As I have said I don't know how many times Berlin International Film Festival International Jury president Meryl Streep will actually step out on the red carpet during the festival. I have been starting to take notice of Meryl's style as of late and I am intrigued to see what she is going to wear on the red carpets during Berlin. I would love to see Meryl wearing this black, white, & red Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2016 ball gown which features an a-line silhouette with a bateau neckline, a variegated striped bodice, and a full gathered skirt. I think that this more relaxed high glamour look is something that Meryl loves and while she doesn't usually go for a lot of volume when picking her red carpet looks, but I think that this kind of sailor stripe look mixed with the ball gown silhouette would make for a major red carpet moment. Keep this look simple with chic up-swept hair, a pink lip, black pumps, and a black clutch to ensure that Meryl continues to shine on the red carpet.