So, there’s this really, really ridiculous thought that “fashion” is everything you see on the Oscars Red Carpet. Well then, y’all, let me just tell you that that’s totally incorrect. What you see on the Oscars Red Carpet is all dresses, gowns, and suits, and all of this is just a fraction of a fraction of “fashion.” But everyone loves dresses and gowns and suits and well-dressed celebrities in current and dazzling and stunning couture, and so the Oscars Red Carpet perpetually sets the approaching standard – the principle – of what fashion is. But fashion is more than dresses and more than suits, and a good fashion follower – and all fashion connoisseurs – know that fashion on the Oscars Red Carpet is just the tip of the tip of the iceberg. So, let’s start at the tip of the tip of the iceberg, and let’s discuss fashion on the Oscars Red Carpet. And then, I’ll tell you how fashion surpasses the Oscars Red Carpet and settles flawlessly into the everyday closet.
I want to address three of my favorite Oscars Red Carpet looks, and then I want to tell you how these looks can impress the everyday closet. I especially loved the Oscars Red Carpet looks of Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron… There were so, so many dazzling dresses, and these were among my favorite looks, and beyond being just among my favorite looks, I see these looks having the potential to transform ordinary outfits into extraordinary outfits through the use of understated elements.
Let’s start with Cate Blanchett. Nude Armani Prive? Chopard jewels? Stunning? Yes. Yes. Yes. Let’s say for a moment that you’re planning a Saturday morning brunch in Brooklyn (but not a bottomless brunch, because a bottomless brunch isn’t really too classy, y’all), and you need something to wear – something casual, but something dressy. And let’s say that you loved Cate Blanchett at the Oscars in Armani Prive. In a canny attempt at recreating the look, should you wear a nude, chiffon dress, hand-embellished with jewels? You could, but you should not, because Armani Prive is for the Oscars (and for Cate Blanchett), and not for Brooklyn brunch. What you could wear, though, is something reminiscent of Cate Blanchett’s classic look. Consider this: a sheer, chiffon, neutral-colored top (nude, black, white), a fitted and neutral-colored bottom (tan, black, white), and statement accessories reminiscent of Chopard jewels. Blanchett’s dress is essentially sheer and chiffon and embellished with jewels, so why not dissect the elements? A sheer, chiffon, neutral-colored top, and a fitted, neutral-colored bottom suggest the ease and palette of Blanchett’s look, and statement accessories, like bold shoes and bold jewelry, suggest the arresting allure of the Chopard jewels. Check out these accessories from Anthropologie and consider pairing them with neutral, effortless closet staples to give you that little extra something. It’s not Armani Prive, and it’s not Chopard, not at all, but it’s easy and appropriate for everyday.
(Earrings via Anthropologie, Necklace via Anthropologie, Necklace via Anthropologie)
Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock. Navy Blue. Flawless. Navy Blue is the new Black, y’all! And I’m totally feeling it. Amy Adams in Gucci and Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen – too perfect – and what I love about these looks (along with the color) is the classic silhouette. I can see these looks being carried into the everyday closet in the appearance of a jumpsuit. To my extreme, extreme surprise, Charlotte Russe carries a “Notched Wrap-Front Strapless Jumpsuit” in Navy Blue. The elements of the top of the jumpsuit marry elements of Adams’s dress (the notch-like detail) and Bullock’s dress (the “sweetheart” neckline detail), and, like both dresses, the jumpsuit is strapless. And it’s Navy Blue, the coolest color, ever. And that incredible, wrap-front detail? Totally reminiscent of the wrap-front of Bullock’s dress. Charlotte Russe is doing everything correct by connecting Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock and Gucci and Alexander McQueen into one seamless, easy, everyday look. And for $35? Order. Order now, y’all.
(Jumpsuit via Charlotte Russe)
So, let’s end with Lupita Nyong’o. Prada. The lightest, heavenliest-looking sky-blue I’ve ever seen, ever. The plunging neckline. The high waist. The gold snake cuff. Yes. Yes to everything. Nyong’o is flawless, and I’m really, really loving how the sky-blue miracle she donned at the Oscars is looking forward, toward the brightness of the approaching spring. The dress is very Grecian, and I feel like the stunning silhouette and apparent lightness and weightlessness of the dress can be mirrored and appropriated for the everyday in the appearance of a deep-cut top tucked into a belted maxi skirt. Or, there’s always the possibility of finding a vintage dress or maxi skirt to DIY to your fulfillment. Consider this incredible beaded gown I found through Etsy. The bottom of the dress is chiffon with a light, heavenly, sky-blue color, and the dress itself has a high waist… It’s totally reminiscent of Nyong’o’s dress. And I have to say that I’m really into the beaded bodice (like, I’m really into it – like, if I could fit into it, I would be wearing it now).
(Vintage Dress via Etsy)
You certainly don’t need to empty your wallet to mirror your favorite looks from the Oscars, but you certainly won’t be wearing Armani Prive or Gucci or Alexander McQueen or Prada (and maybe you will be? and if you will be, call me?).
Trend Warrior, Khafra