2013 Oscars – Red Carpet Review

Well last night was the biggest night in Hollywood fashion. That dazzling evening where the stars come out in drool-worthy gowns and dazzle us with their red carpet hits (and misses)!

I donned my best vintage gown, grabbed a gorgeous gal pal and headed to a red-carpet Oscar Party at Riverside Public House for some nominee-themed cocktails, popcorn and to cheer on my favourite flicks.

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My friend Sabrina and I rocking the red carpet (this gown snagged me the “Best Dressed” prize)!

Now as all women do, I kept a keen eye on the dresses of the evening, formulating my own personal best-dressed list; something I’ve been doing since I was a little girl.

I have to say, this years awards hosted some BEAUTIFUL dresses on beautiful actresses and it was hard to narrow it down, but here we go… Our picks for the Best Dressed actresses of the 2013 Oscars…

OUR #1 PICK: JESSICA CHASTAIN

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One word: STUNNING. I have been admiring Jessica Chastain through the entire award season and have been so impressed with her class, poise and style. This outfit did me in. From the perfect Veronica Lake waves, to the glittering Armani Privé gown, she channeled old Hollywood to a tee. Her performance in Zero Dark Thirty was fabulous (we love a strong female role!), and I only wish she’d won, as a gold statue would have been the perfect accessory to this classic and beautiful look.
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STACEY KEIBLER:

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My jaw hit the table when I saw Clooney’s leading lady on the red carpet. This Naeem Khan gown and it’s art deco detailing is a big time winner in our books. A dress as good-looking as her date!
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JENNIFER LAWRENCE:

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The Best Actress winner topped many best dressed lists with this Dior Couture gown. The  22 year old looked radiant in this voluminous blush number, even if she did trip up the steps in it on her way to claim her award!
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CHARLIZE THERON:

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Has Charlize ever had a less-than-stellar red carpet look? We think not. She was a vision in another Couture gown from Dior with peplum detailing and a new cropped hairstyle. Two thumbs up from FC!
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ADELE:

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Oh how we adore Adele. The singer glowed in this beaded Jenny Packham gown and took home a well-deserved award for her song Skyfall. We love her humble nature, classic style, and for the way she embraces being a beautiful curvy woman!
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HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Naomi Watts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Halle Berry

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(Left to right: Naomi Watts in Armani Prive, Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad, and Halle Berry in Versace)

The theme of the evening seemed to be radiant, glittering metallics in silver and gold. Statuesque, structured gowns dominated the red carpet this year, some in old hollywood style, some more futuristic. These three dresses definitely stood out among the crowd!
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WORST DRESSED: ANNE HATHAWAY

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Okay, I have to start by saying that I really like Anne Hathaway. I was rooting for Les Miserables the whole way, and was thrilled when she won (it was no contest). HOWEVER… what on earth is she wearing? There are so many things going wrong with this Prada number. The colour washes her out, it’s cut like a junior high graduation dress and what’s going on with the back (we’re not even going to talk about what’s going on with the darts in the front)? To top it off the Tiffany’s necklace is so awkwardly placed, there really is nothing good to say here. Such a shame when she has a history of such great style.
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Who were your top fashion picks at this years Oscars? Were you happy with the show and the winners?
Sound off in the comments below!

FC on Stage: David Bowie Tribute at The Piston

David Bowie… He’s an icon of music and style, a chameleon, a boundary pusher, and one of my favourite humans of all time. Don’t believe me? This is my back:
 Yup, that’s a portrait of my beloved Bowie – my very first tattoo at age 18 (subtlety is not my strong suit).

Needless to say, when I heard that The Piston (one of my favourite bars) was putting together a tribute night, I jumped at the chance to pay homage.

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Bowie has never been shy when it comes to fashion. Through the years he’s experimented and evolved, always an influential character in the world of style. He also happened to marry a supermodel, and makes up one half of one of the most stylish couples ever with wife Iman.
 Yesterday I stopped by FC Kensington to find the perfect Bowie tribute outfit… and sure enough I found this fabulous dress by Paper People Clothing that when paired with chandelier earrings and platform wedge boots, totally channeled a bit of 70’s spaced-out Ziggy Stardust style!
The bright orange reminded me so much of Bowie’s hair in the 70’s that I knew the minute I saw it I’d found the one. Made of repurposed wool, it was cozy, comfy and one of a kind.
I had such a great time singing a couple of my very favourite Bowie songs and seeing other awesome musicians pay tribute. A stellar dress for a stellar night!

 

She’s Got Style: Fall TV : Parenthood’s Lauren Graham

She's Got Style: Lauren Graham

If I wasn’t already excited enough about fall fashion, here comes fall television season! Old favourites returning, new shows and characters to fall in love with… oh the excitement!

Everyone takes a fashion cue or two from celebrities, so I thought why not tie in fall television to fall fashion and do a bit of a fashion profile on some of the starlets of the season!

In my opinion, one of the BEST shows on television, NBC’s Parenthood (on Global in Canada) finally returned from hiatus last week. I got a chance to watch the premiere episode last night and as always, it left me in tears (I’m a big sap, what can I say?). Now the cast is full of incredible stars, but I have a huge soft spot for TV’s coolest mom, Lauren Graham who plays the quirky Sarah Braverman. Not far off from her beloved role of Loralei Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, Graham plays a single mother with an irresponsible past, trying to get her life together with the help of her huge family of loveable kooks.

I’ve always admired Grahams style. She tends to wear comfortable, basic pieces with a bit of a bohemian flair, while adding just the right amount of rock and roll edge. She’ll pair a pretty, feminine dress with some knee-high leather boots, or add a biker jacket over basic jeans and a jersey top. A touch of sparkle with some statement jewellery, a nude lip and a simple eye are the finishing touches to this easy-to-master look!

She's Got Style: Lauren Graham Fashion

Leather Jacket Mango
Slouch Boots Miz Mooz
Blue Tie Top Mandala (buy now!)
Black Skinnies Yoga Jeans
Necklace Sugar Rush
Earrings Odd Bird
Button Boots Miz Mooz
Dress Mandala (buy now!)

Which fall premieres are you most excited about? Who would you like to see profiled next? Sound off in the comments below or Tweet at us!