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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Modest Hollywood

I'll keep it brief with just a few words of advice for your springtime wardrobe because these pictures speak for themselves. Don't be afraid of prints, texture and color; the ladies below did not hold back when it came to embracing spring trends, and neither should you. Just look at all the florals and embroidery-- Alexa Chung! Olivia Palermo! Dascha Polanco! Hailee Steinfeld! Kerry Washington! Aaaaaaand breathe.

ALEXA CHUNG

BEYONCE

BLAKE LIVELY

 DASCHA POLANCO 

ELIZABETH MOSS 

ELIZABETH OLSEN

HAILEE STEINFELD


JANUARY JONES

JEMIMA KIRKE 

JESSICA ALBA

KAREN FAIRCHILD

KARRUCHE TRAN 

KELLY RIPA

KERRY WASHINGTON 

KIM KARDASHIAN

KIMBERLY PERRY

LENA DUNHAM

LIV TYLER

NICKY HILTON

OLIVIA PALERMO




OLIVIA WILDE

 RACHEL ZOE

TINA FEY


Monday, May 4, 2015

#MetGala2015: Best and Worst Dressed

Hand clap emoji! That's right, it's time to generate the best and worst dressed list of the 2015 Met Ball, and this year provided quite the material. With such an exotic theme, you would think that there would be exquisite dresses and glamour for days. While there were certainly some beautiful looks, the ladies of the evening showed up to the Met Gala in rare form, expressing sides of themselves that they maybe shouldn't have (yes, you Dakota Johnson). I wasn't overly enthused by the gowns overall, so my best dressed list is scant. I find that most people like reading about train-wrecks anyway, so without further ado, in no particular order, I give you my best and catastrophic train-wreck lists.


----------------- BEST -----------------

JENNIFER LAWRENCE IN DIOR
In an alternate universe, Jennifer is my friend and I lent her this gown. In this universe, however, that is so not true and that didn't really happen, but I really wish that it was and that it did.

RIHANNA IN GUO PEI
Most people will hate this but this was the bad-assiest look of the whole night. It's totally out there and haute, and Rihanna kills it. She may have also killed Big Bird, but we won't go there.

KATIE HOLMES IN ZAC POSEN 
For a minute there I thought it was 2006 and the bobbed Katie was back in the arms of Tom Cruise, but alas, this independent woman looks chic and beautiful and completely Tom Cruise-less. Bless.

JESSICA CHASTAIN IN GIVENCHY
 I'm not really sure how this is Asian-inspired so much as Hollywood pin-up inspired, but of all the gilded girls this evening, Jessica takes the gold. #punny

LIZZY CAPLAN IN DONNA KARAN
There is something so elegant, beautiful, glamorous and Asian-inspired about this gown and I think Lizzy nailed this look on the top-knotted head.


----------------- WORST -----------------

MARY-KATE & ASHLEY OLSEN
As a twin who idolized these two ladies when I was nary a tween, it pains me to put these two up on the worst dressed list; but if you really look at them it kinda makes you want to cry, no? And not in a Nicholas Sparks kinda way, but in a OHMYGOD THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE IS HERE kinda way.

KRIS JENNER IN WHY GOD, WHY
The entire country of China literally just took offense.


ALLISON WILLIAMS IN GIAMNATISTA VALLI 
Girlfriend already wore a dress like this this season, only that time the petticoat was inside the dress. So was the corset. So basically, no.

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ IN COACH
The worst prom dress to ever be worn to an event that was not a prom. 

DAKOTA JOHNSON IN FIFTY SHADES OF HELL NO
Gosh, remember that scene in the book where she sticks you-know-what up her you-know-where and goes to a fancy event? I REALLY hope this is not like that, because without a long gown, it would be reeeaaalllly awkward if a set of kegel balls dropped out of her hoo-ha. I mean, it's basically on display anyway-- we can probably see if we look close enough. 


KIM KARDASHIAN IN YOUR MOTHER MUST HAVE GONE SHOPPING FOR YOU
This just in: Kim Kardashian has boobs. You may not have seen them in EVERY SINGLE OTHER OUTFIT she wears, but now you know. 

RACHEL WEISZ IN CHANEL
This is what you wear to the Met Gala when the theme is Tylenol PM.

JENNIFER CONNELY
White never looked so sad and miserable-- or 80's.

MILEY CYRUS IN ALEXANDER WANG
I'm starting a petition to bring back Hannah Montana. First person to sign it is probably going to be the person standing right behind Miley in this picture who seems just as perturbed by this look as I do.


NOW ABOUT THOSE COSTUMES...

Many of you are probably wondering why Sarah Jessica Parker, Karen Elson, Kerry Washington and Chloe Sevigny did not make my worst dressed list and that's because I don't think they were the worst. They showed up to the Costume Institute Gala (emphasis on the word costume) and came dressed for the occasion. I must give credit where credit is due-- they look crazy awesome. 





#MetGala2015: CHINA: Through the Looking Glass

Happy Met Gala Day, OAKies! This long awaited day has finally come, 364 days after the last one, and on one of the most spectacular days New York City has seen in 2015. You know, through the dreaded darkness that is wintertime, there is always a bright spot in my blogger's world, and that is award season --Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards-- you name it, nothing carries me through the dark lonely winter nights quite like an award ceremony red carpet. (PS put that on the list of things to never say to a potential mate.) So you can imagine how sad it is to me when award season is over; however there is nothing better than the coming of spring, ushering in the warm weather, beautiful flowers, pleasant scents and the Met Gala, of course...not all in that order.

For those of you not in the know, the Met Gala is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual ball, actually dubbed the Costume Institute Gala, and it's basically the Oscars of fashion. Top tier celebs, designers and models show up to the famous museum stairs for a night filled with glamour, beauty, and fearless fashion. (Seriously, when I say fearless, just look at Sarah Jessica Parker this year.)

With this year's theme being China, there was no shortage of outrageous looks, beautiful colors, delicate silhouettes and feminine appeal; in terms of trends florals reigned supreme tonight. Most gowns contained or alluded to some sort of botanical form, which I suppose is a major theme if China. Others include the color red and origami-like silhouettes. There were a fair share of fashion bests and worsts-- however, if you know me, you that that's for a different post. In the meantime, peruse the fantastical looks, in alphabetical order, of the China-inspired group below, and don't forget to breathe.

ALICIA KEYS

ALLISON BRIE

ALLISON WILLIAMS


AMAL CLOONEY

AMANDA SEYFRIED

ANNA WINTOUR AND BEE SHAEFFER

ANNE HATHAWAY


BEYONCE

BRIE LARSON

CARA DELEVINGNE

CAREY MULLIGAN

CHER

CHLOE SEVIGNY

CLAIRE DANES

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ

DAKOTA JOHNSON

DIANE KRUGER

DIANNA AGRON

ELIZABETH BANKS 



ELLIE GOULDING

EMILY BLUNT

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

EMMA ROBERTS 

GABRIELLE UNION 

GEORGIA MAY JAGGER

GONG LI 


 HAILEE STEINFELD

HAILEY BALDWIN 


HANNAH DAVIS



IRINA SHAYK 

IVANKA TRUMP


JAMIE KING

JANELLE MONAE


JENNIFER CONNELY


JENNIFER LAWRENCE

JENNIFER LOPEZ

JESSICA ALBA

JESSICA CHASTAIN

JESSICA HART


JOAN SMALLS

JULIANNE MOORE


KAREN ELSON

KAROLINA KURKOVA

KATE BECKINSALE 


KATE HUDSON


KATE MARA 



KATIE HOLMES


KATY PERRY

KENDALL JENNER

KERRI RUSSEL 

KERRY WASHINGTON

KIM KARDASHIAN

KRIS JENNER


LADY GAGA

LILY ALDRIDGE 

LILY COLLINS


LIZZY CAPLAN


LORDE

MADONNA


MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL 

MARY-KATE & ASHLEY OLSEN


MILEY CYRUS


MIRANDA KERR

OLIVIA MUNN


OLIVIA WILDE

POPPY DELEVINGNE 


RACHEL WEISZ


REESE WITHERSPOON

RIHANNA


ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELY

SARAH JESSICA PARKER

SELENA GOMEZ 

SIENNA MILLER

SOFIA VEGARA

SOLANGE KNOWLES

TARAJI P. HENSON

TORY BURCH


UMA THURMAN

VANESSA HUDGENS


ZENDAYA

ZOE KRAVITZ


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