2017 Oscars — Best Dressed

I guess it is safe to say that nude-toned gowns, or ones with sheer effects most caught my eye! Here is the best of the best though in my book!

HAILEE STEINFELD

  • Ralph & Russo gown with ruffle neckline and watercolor floral print with metallic details
  • Neil Lane jewelry, total value in fact $750K, including a 10-carat diamond-and-platinum studs, a 10-carat diamond-and-platinum line bracelet and a 25-carat oval link diamond-and-platinum bracelet worth $250,000.
  • smoky eye by makeup artist Mary Phillips
  • use of Essie nail polish

SOFIA CARSON

EMMA STONE

EMMA ROBERTS

NICOLE KIDMAN

  • custom pale apricot Armani Privé gown with arabesque embroidery
  • nude Stuart Weitzman heels
  • Harry Winston jewelry, total Carat count, 119 — including 30.60-carat cluster diamond-and-spinel drop earrings (valued at $235,000), 44.03-carat vintage cluster diamond bracelet, a 31.59-carat splash diamond bracelet and 13.58-carat pear-shaped diamond ring
  • Omega watch

In an exciting swap from her usual nude lip, Nicole Kidman went for a bold, crimson hue that makeup artist Jeanine Lobell creating using Giorgio Armani lipstick in #402, followed by a dab of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine in Deep Cherry.

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GEORGINA CHAPMAN

SARA BAREILLES

CHRISSY TEIGEN

ROBIN ROBERTS

JESSICA OYELOWO

ZURI HALL

ROSALIND ROSS

Mel looks okay too!

CHRIS EVANS

 

Oscars AfterParties 2016 — Best Dressed

Better late than never on this post!! The Oscars’ red carpet was certainly filled with gorgeous looks, but the Afterparties too brought some AMAZING looks, most coming from the Vanity Fair annual post-Oscars bash. Here are my top faves!

Emma Roberts

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Emma looked dazzling in this black and white Yanina Couture gown. She paired with her look Martin Katz jewels and a black Kotur clutch.

Kate Bosworth

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Kate looked statuesque and quite exquisite in this slate Ralph & Russo gown, with a feather embellished neckline. Her other look details included —

Diane Kruger

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Diane looks very beautiful in this mixed media, partially sheer burgundy Reem Acra gown. To complete her look, she added a few lovely pieces of Sylva & Cie jewelry.

Brittany Snow

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Brittany is quite classic and elegant in this full-on shimmering Naeem Khan dress. The rest of her look details were inclusive of —

Michelle Rodriguez

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Michelle looks effortlessly radiant and refined in this intricately detailed and shimmery look by Galia Lahav. Other look details were —

Kate Beckinsale

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Kate is a vision in this minimalist white dress by Romona Keveza. The black embellished neckline is superb! To complete her look, she is donning some classy pieces of jewelry from Lorraine Schwartz and Le Vian.

Nina Dobrev

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Nina looks sooooo pretty, quite fascinating, in this fully embellished, shimmering & sparkly Elie Saab gown. Her other look details are —

Heidi Klum

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Heidi looks wonderfully amazing in her head to toe Versace look, exception being her Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Glam squad details include —

Sara Sampaio

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Sarah is pulling off the perfect balance here, sensuality and classic beauty, with her sparkling navy blue Zuhair Murad Couture gown.

Zendaya

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Another Oscar bash, I think this being a pre-Oscar one, was the Weinstein Co event. Zendaya was one in attendance, donning 2 stunning looks, both by Marchesa. Her other look details were as follows —

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Lea Michele

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All about the M’s for Lea, magnificent and marvelous, as she is donning a Pamella Roland gown, black skirt with an embellished bodice. Other look details —

Zoey Deutch

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Zoey’s Valentino couture gown is pretty much a work of art, love it! Glam squad details —

Stephanie Bauer

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Stephanie is wearing a fave designer of mine, Leanne Marshall, winner of Project Runway season 5 I believe. This dress also happens to be in my fave color, cobalt blue!

Minnie Driver

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Minnie is wearing an extremely eye-catching look by Naeem Khan. This print is quite intriguing! Her other look details include —

Aubrey Plaza

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Aubrey’s look by Vionnet here was not about the bells & whistles, but was effortless and simplistically beautiful, minimalism at its finest. To top her look off, a nude Jimmy Choo clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily’s ravishing black look here caught my eye right from the get go. The sheer bottom portion of her dress here is quite memorable and I love it. It is by Steven Khalil. She paired with her look a black Tyler Alexandra clutch and Neil Lane jewelry.

Molly Simms

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Molly’s look is another on my list that is both a vision and a work of art. This lavender Tadashi Shoji gown is super ethereal. She coordinated with her look a gold Salvatore Ferragamo clutch.

Hailee Steinfeld

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To cap off my list, check out Hailee enticing and bewitching black Elie Saab gown. Paired with her look are bracelets by Randall Scott Fine Jewelry and other Tara Hirshberg accessories.

 

 

2016 Oscars — Best Dressed

There were indeed some stunning looks at the 2016 Oscars. Here are my top picks from the evening’s red carpet!

Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer radiates in this lacy black Christian Dior Couture gown. Other look details include —

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Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy looks sensational in this crimson lace Marchesa gown. I love that she is brimming with such beauty and this look is certainly eye-catching. Full look details —

Other beauty look details —

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Mousse and TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximizer (each $4.99) Mousse is back with a vengeance this season, but this isn’t the stuff of your worst middle school nightmares. It’s light and airy, and paired with volumizing cream (hairstylist Christian Wood applied it only to the ends of Teigen’s hair) it creates the just-right amount of hold for a braid or updo.

Makeup artist Mary Phillips used the Lorac Unzipped Palette—the lighter colors in it for lift and highlighting, and the darker colors for depth and pop. In-between eyelash hairs, Phillips applied Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner in Black to create a thicker, bolder lash line without the heaviness of a full line sitting on top. She then used Lorac Front of the Line Pro Eye Pencil in Bronze and topped it off with Lorac Pro Mascara.

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Isla Fisher

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This Marchesa gown is nothing short of a work of art. Isla looks beautiful. Her other look details are inclusive of —

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Saoirse Ronan

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This is a great color, not only for Saorise, but also for the red carpet. This custom Calvin Klein Collection gown is simply radiant. The rest of her look details include —

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Anna-Marie Carpendale

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Not sure of the look details for Anna Marie, but I do love this sparkly deep V-neck gown, gorgeous!

Sofia Vergara

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Sofia is the epitome of glamour and beauty in this strapless, flowing navy Marchesa gown, complete with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Huge kudos to her glam team as well —

Cate Blanchett

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This mint green Armani Prive looks sensational on Cate. It is adorned with Swarovski crystal & feathers. She added some extra sparkle with Tiffany & Co. jewelry. And for a pre-beauty regime, she applied a facial treatment courtesy of SK-II.

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Dorith Mous

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Dorith appeared as if she was straight out of a fairy tale book, dazzling in this black Dennis Diem gown. Other look details were as follows —

Naomi Watts

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I’m familiar with this Armani print, but I really enjoyed seeing it in a different silhouette. Naomi for sure rocked the look! Her other look details included —

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Diane Mizota

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Diane looked beautiful, but also very sexy in this sparkly Thai Nguyen look. Her other look details were —

Tracey Edmonds

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Tracey looked so lovely in this pearl adorned ivory fitted gown by Lorena Sarbu. Other look details —

Tina Fey

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Tina went the minimalist route, but did so very well by picking this extraordinary color, royal purple. So her Atelier Versace look was an A+ in my book. And her statement-making necklace was courtesy of Bulgari.

Sylvester Stallone & Jennifer Flavin

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No Best Dressed list is complete without a dynamic duo and one of my picks, Sylvester and his gorgeous bride Jennifer. They are killing it in their black ensembles, both courtesy of Saint Laurent.

Tom Hardy & Charlotte Riley

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Another stunning pair on the Oscars red carpet. Tom and Charlotte, who also rocked all black looks. Tom was stylish in a black Gucci tuxe with Louboutin shoes and Cutler & Gross sunglasses. Charlotte opted for a ravishing Gauri & Nainika gown with a immaculately crafted lace bodice.

 

Sam Smith

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Sam was quite dapper in his classic black tuxe from Dunhill. Other look details included —

Ryan Seacrest

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And last, but certainly not least, Mr. Ryan Seacrest looking quite handsome in his very own line, Ryan Seacrest Distinction.

My Fave Fashion Nexus Posts of 2015

Wow, what a year 2015 has been for Fashion Nexus. I wrote almost 140 individual posts. Updates and creations of various site pages and features. I attended 2 seasons for NYFW, probably with invites to well over 150 shows, attendance at near half. And what I love is knowing that there is still more to come. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for my fashion blog!

It was so hard to pick a few faves of the year, but I selected 12 fave features of mine throughout 2015. But, right here are the top 4 posts of 2015 — What’s Hot for Prom, 2015; Best Dressed at the 2015 Golden Globes; various Project Runway postings; and Best Looks 2015 Golden Globes AfterParty.

Onto the top 12, ENJOY!

DRAMATIZON MAKEUP’S ICE KING & QUEEN SHOW

I love attending fashion shows, specifically thru Dramatizon Makeup, which I was introduced to about 2 years ago. This show is all about creative makeup looks and fierce inventive hair stylings. And on a side personal note, this show really helped to make 2015 all the more better for me. 2015 would have been very different had I never attended this show, not meeting some very special people, one in particular, that night.

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PRODUCING MY OWN FASHION SHOW

Actually producing my show and then writing about it, very much a highlight of my year!

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FORDHAM’S ANNUAL FASHION LAW SYMPOSIUM

I wrote a few posts on the Fashion Law Symposium, but I selected this particular one because of the riveting sessions I featured and it was so great being able to meet top model Coco Rocha!

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THE RED CARPET TRENDS OF THE 2015 AWARD SEASON

Inspired from collaborative work with Mac Duggal, I went back thru all of the recent red carpets, highlighted trends, and then identified looks from the Mac Duggal catalogue of dresses.

Take for example a gorgeous go-to for any red carpet, a sizzling, bold red look —

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And then, here is a stunning Mac Duggal look to match —

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2015 INDEPENDENT HANDBAG DESIGNER AWARDS

Such a pleasure being able to attend the IHDAs, being in the presence of such great talent — definitely looking forward to more award shows to come!

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ALL THINGS LAUREN CONRAD

Huge fan of LC, so being able to dedicate this #WCW feature on this fashionable icon was so much fun, such a pleasure!

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MAXI DRESSES GALORE

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I am a huge fan of maxi dresses. I had such fun looking thru maxi dresses for my fave designers and brands, and then being able to highlight some very unique finds for the season!

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NYFW — REEM ACRA

Reem Acra is a designer brand I often feature on my own best dressed lists. It’s worn by such gorgeous ladies of Hollywood. So to be in attendance amongst some of the elite in the fashion industry — this is a true pleasure!

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NYFW — TADASHI SHOJI

Tadashi Shoji is an amazing designer, with looks always on the red carpet, and it was such a thrill, a true honor, to attend this show again!

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NYFW — DESIGUAL

This show is always a fave of mine during NYFW; it’s lively, vibrant, and exciting!

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NYFW — LEANNE MARSHALL

Leanne Marshall was the first NYFW show I went to ever, way back when I first moved to NYC. Now that I am so in with my blog, it’s been great to witness Leanne’s journey thru several fashion weeks. I will always be happy to be in attendance.

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NYFW — IDAN COHEN

This was my first time being introduced to this talented designer — wow, so many gorgeous, red carpet worthy looks — a new and instant fave!

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Top Red Carpet Looks of 2015

So many highlights in 2015 on the red carpet for various events, whether it was awards shows or premieres. Here are my top 25 ladies’ fashionable red carpet moments of 2015, plus top 4 mens’ moments to dapper up the list just a tad! ENJOY!!

Eva Longoria — Cannes Film Festival

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  • gray lace sheer-paneled Gabriela Cadena gown, which features a plunging neckline and mini train
  • accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and
  • gorgeous make-up look was courteous of L’Oreal Paris.
  • Eva was attending the Inside Out premiere.

J.Lo — Oscars

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Kate Hudson — Golden Globes

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  • severely sexy white Versace gown,
  • Makeup artist Christian McCulloch calls Hudson the “ultimate golden California goddess” and opted for varying shades of tan, bronze, and gold from Dolce & Gabbana’s makeup line
  • She added some sparkle to her look with some beautiful diamond pieces from Forevermark.
  • Colorist Cassondra Keeding added babylights to Hudson’s blond strands to further emphasize the sun-goddess effect, while ghd Brand Ambassador, David Babaii, created a modern day chignon using the ghd Eclipse Flat Iron.
  • The details at the side are embellished with Swarovski crystals, and
  • a white Jimmy Choo clutch.

Greer Grammer — Miss Golden Globe

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Naomi Watts — Cannes Film Festival

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  • the Sea of Trees party hosted by Grey Goose
  • intriguing tiered Armani Prive look
  • wearing Bulgari jewelry.

Giuliana Rancic — Oscars

Danielle Bradbery — CMTs

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Eleanor Tomlinson — BAFTAs

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Blake Lively — Age of Adaline Press Tour

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley — Met Gala

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Jana Kramer — CMAs

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Katie Stevens — VMAs

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Danica McKellar — AMAs

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Nina Dobrev — TCAs

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Sophia Bush

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Cassadee Pope — CMAs

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Katie Cassidy — Oscars

Nina Dobrev — Women in Television Celebration

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Julie Bowen — SAG Awards

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  • embellished floral Georges Hobeika gown
  • caramel Rauwolf clutch
  • perfect jewelry accessories from EFFY, specifically these pink ice earrings.
  • Jill Crosby/hair stylist (chic sideswept bob-do, with help from Neutrogena styling products) &
  • Heather Currie/make-up artist (great copper smoky eye & soft pink lip), also Neutrogena beauty products. All products came from the ever-convenient Walgreens.

Jhene Aiko — Grammys

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Maria Menounos — Grammy’s AfterParty

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Odette Annable — Oscars AfterParty

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AnnaLynne McCord — Golden Globes AfterParty

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  • all black Gemy Maalouf number with sheer lace detailing at the neckline and on the sides

Ellen Pompeo — People’s Choice Awards

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Nick Jonas — Tony Awards

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  • Nick is looking quite handsome in his all black tuxe, courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

Hunter Hayes — ACM Awards

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Common — Grammys

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James Maslow — Golden Globes AfterParty

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Oscars After-Parties — Best Dressed!

Lots of red carpet looks make their way post-Oscars, some you might have missed, but really shouldn’t! So from all of the Oscars After-Parties, namely 2, here are the looks encapsulating the best of the best!

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Christina Aguilera

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So happy for Christina’s return to NBC’s The Voice, and really in a sense, a welcome back to the red carpet. I feel as if it’s been forever since I’ve seen her on a major red carpet. And WOW, does she not look mighty impressive! This long-sleeved, high-collared, crackle print creation by Marc Bouwer is stunning to say the least!And paired perfectly with her look, a metallic Judith Leiber clutch.

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So Aguilera, who works with Miley Cyrus’s stylist Simone Harouche, made her gorgeous beauty look work with minimal makeup (for her) and a handful of Lorraine Schwartz baubles. Harouche posted a close-up of the gown on Instagram, which showed off the number’s sequin detailing over a layer of white mesh.

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Jane Fonda

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Is there anything as of late that Jane doesn’t look simply amazing in?? I mean when it comes to red carpets, she can clearly do no wrong. I think it’s safe to say Zuhair Murad was the designer for the Oscars. So many of the brand’s looks were all over the place. And Jane rocked her choice with this sheer silver embellished number. Simply mesmerizing! Paired with her look, some lovely diamond Niwaka jewelry pieces.

Odette Annable

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I knew there was something captivating and intriguing about this look right when I saw it. Duh! It’s Monique Lhuillier, a designer who epitomizes red carpet glam and elegance. Odette picked 100% correctly here with this strapless floral appliqued gown.

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Kudos to her glam squad — styling by @taratballz, with makeup/hair by Christine Symonds, chic updo & bold burgundy lip.

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Andie MacDowell

I can personally attest to just how fabulous this Leanne Marshall plunging V-neck gown is. I just saw it about a week ago, up close and personal, at her NYFW show. This dye treatment, courtesy of Rit Dyes, is so eye-catching and stunning. Leanne has such a delicate hand and I’m happy Andie quickly recognized that and scooped this look up so quick, fresh off the runway!

Her beauty look is courtesy of L’Oreal Paris, such a bright, shining look, a glow you can’t overlook!

Nina Dobrev

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Nina is another gorgeous gal who can do no wrong on the red carpet in my eyes. She looks phenomenal in this dark red Reem Acra gown with lace applique and side cutouts.

She also knows how to accessorize her looks well, picking perfectly her, a bronze Lee Savage clutch and studded Christian Louboutin heels.

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Eve Hewson

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Love, love this strapless gold Vivienne Westwood gown with feather embellishments adorned all over the bottom portion of the dress — such a beautiful look. To complete Eve’s look, she is also wearing a few Sylva & Cie rings.

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Jessica Szohr

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Jessica looks super glamorous in this all over lace Patricia Bonaldi dress with sheer side cutouts. It has such a vintage, antique feel about it, completely entrancing. And with a few understated accessories, she has paired with her look XIV Karats jewelry.

Angie Harmon

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I feel as if I’m all about some floral #s on this best dressed list, but I just can’t help it, each and every floral piece is so unique, and so intricately detailed. I’m hooked! Angie’s strapless black Vivienne Westwood is so regal, such a luxe look for her.

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Huge props to her stylist, Cristina Ehrlich. This is such a great look, no matter the angle!

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And even though you can’t see them, yes, Angie is rockin’ some killer, studded Louboutins.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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What a super sexy look! Rosie is slaying it in this deep green Alexandre Vauthier Couture gown. It’s like liquid silk, and really, the back, intricately divine.

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ZOE SALDANA

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Black and white has been a huge red carpet trend this award season, and Zoe clearly says why not put my own take on the trend! She looks smashing in this two-toned dress by Prabal Gurung, cinched at her already tiny waistline. She’s accessorized with statement-making Neil Lane diamonds.

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Felicity Jones

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Much more of a fan of this Oscars look, a black Saint Laurent gown with an embellished collar. She completed the ensemble with a white square clutch by Roger Vivier.

Jenna Dewan Tatum

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Jenna gets 2 nods here, pre-Oscars bash and post-Oscars afterparty. So for the afterparty, she is donning another Zuhair Murad Couture dress, showing off some sexiness with her super high slit!, Her look is accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Stuart Weitzman shoes.

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Not sure of the designer details for this rose pink dress, but she has paired with it a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, truly just such a chic look!

Jenna’s glam squad team did a wonderful job here, all looks Oscars-related, Derek Peter Williams for hair; Patrick Ta for makeup, and Brad Goreski for styling.

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I tell you, it’s the night of Zuhair Murad, another stunning number, for Sofia, she went with this strapless ice blue embellished gown, phenomenal. Paired with her look, 1.5 million worth of Neil Lane diamonds.

And for Sofia’s beauty/makeup look, all thanks to Kayleen McAdams, cat eye and plum lip!

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Adam Levine & Behato Prinsloo

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Adam & Behati again, making for a dynamic duo, this time both in Calvin Klein, so cute with matching designers all night!. Paired with Behati’s silky nude CK dress are a few understated pieces of Norman Silverman diamonds.

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2015 Oscars — Best Dressed

Lots of sparkle, shimmer, and shine for my Best Dressed list! There are a few more minimalistic looks that caught my eye for the 2015 Oscars, but I was vastly impressed by this year’s red carpet. It was very hard to narrow my list down! So here goes, ENJOY!!

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There is no angle for which this stunning blush-hued, beaded Elie Saab gown does not look great. As always, Elie Saab’s gowns are works of art. This dress has it all, the perfect balance of elegance and sexiness, especially with that plunging neckline!

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The star accessorized with a crème Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and 20 carats, $2.5 million worth of Neil Lane diamond and platinum jewelry.

Stylist Lorenzo Martin was on deck for hair, this chic ponytail, with makeup by Mary Phillips, both of whom used L’Oreal products. Phillips provided some great pops of pink, both on the eyes and the lips!

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Giuliana Rancic

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Still amazed by how gorgeous Giuliana looks in this daring red Mireille Dagher dress. I’m head over heels about all the intricate details of this gown, the lace, the floral appliques; they are all just great! For the battle of the red looks, Giuliana takes it home for me! Paired with her look are understated diamond pieces from Forevermark jewelry.

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And for her overall styling, kudos to her stylist, Monica Rose, hair by Melissa Brown (lovely retro waves), and makeup by Daniel Deleno, the perfectly coordinating bold red lip!

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Anna is dazzling in this metallic silver, strapless Zuhair Murad gown. She is shimmering all over thanks to all of the beaded embellishments. And coordinating perfectly with her look, a slate Judith Leiber clutch and diamond Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

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Jamie Chung

Jamie has found a true designer friend in Yanina Couture. She has continued to look fabulous every time she dons one of the brand’s look. And this nude gown with a navy tulle overlay, splashed with sequin starburst detailing, is top notch. She has paired with her look a beautiful pair of Leticia Linton earrings.

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Her styling team deserves some credit here as well, overall styling by Sammy and Judy; gorgeous wavy locks by Kira Nasrat; fresh, natural beauty look from Daniel Marrone, nails by Jay De La Cruz, with the help of Caption Polish.

More specifics — Makeup artist Daniel Marrone gave Jamie Chung matte makeup in warm neutral tones with a classic cat eye, while hair stylist Kira Nasrat created sculpted side-swept waves.

 Jennifer Aniston

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Jen has ditched her go-to black looks for red carpets and I could not be more ecstatic. She looks phenomenal in this beaded nude, strapless gown from Atelier Versace. Coordinating so well with this sexy look are Stuart Weitzman “Nudist” heels, as well as a few subtle Fred Leighton diamond jewelry pieces.

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America’s sweetheart let her dress do the talking with natural makeup and thick, full lashes courtesy of Chanel celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin. “We wanted a beige lip look, to really complement her dress, so I applied Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Louise ($36), then topped the lip color with Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Sensuel ($34) and Chanel Glossimer in Unity ($30),” said Levin.

To complement Aniston’s Atelier Versace dress, Living Proof hair pro Chris McMillan went for “very natural, sexy, and glamorous hair. The inspiration was to be comfortable so that she could enjoy her time.” After washing her hair with Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, McMillan used the brand’s Blowout at the roots. He then blew her hair out with a slight side part before finishing with a bit of Satin Hair Serum to the ends to combat frizz.

Katie Cassidy

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How radiant does Katie look in this breathtaking metallic silver Julien MacDonald gown, complete with a flowing train? I can answer, she is brimming with radiance and this is an A+ look if I’ve ever seen one! Her accessories for the evening, all in matching silver hues, Stuart Weitzman heels, a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch,  Jacob & Co diamond ring, and Harry Kotler diamond earrings.

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Anna Kendrick

Anna looks marvelous in this custom peach-hued Thakoon gown. The color is right. The fit is spot on. And the diamond choker, haltered neckline gives this look that extra special touch, making it a knockout! Paired with her look are Norman Silverman diamond jewelry.

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Makeup artist Vanessa Scali used Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Pink for that flushed glow, then used Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Smolder from the lashline to crease and underneath the eye, with Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eyeliner in Black Violet on the top lashline, waterline, and outer corner of the lower lashes.

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As for that updo, stylist Craig Gangi sprayed Bumble and bumble’s soon-to-launch Surf Infusion (watch this space for more info on that big launch) onto wet hair, then diffused it with a blowdryer. After hair was dry, he used a 1/2-inch curling iron to “eliminate frizz and polish the wave.” He then sectioned the hair and pulled it back into a French twist, pinning it into place and spraying with Does It All Styling Spray for a light hold — as Kendrick had to change her hairstyle for that opening musical number, he didn’t want to use anything too sticky or strong for the red carpet.

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Scarlett Johansson

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Green goddess! The actress and new mom looked glam in a plunging Atelier Versace gown with an extravagant collar embroidered with Swarovski crystals. I think this is a great choice of color for not only Scarlett, but also the red carpet. It is a standout look for sure!

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Her other sparkling pieces to accentuate the look are emerald jewelry pieces from Piaget.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

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This gown seemed to cause quite a bit of fashionable discussion, but I’m infatuated with it. I think it is a hit all the way! I can’t take my eyes off this custom-made, soft pink, silk-crepe Ralph & Russo gown featuring a shoulder rosette of delicate oversized petals in gazar and organza.

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Gwyneth accessorized with Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie rubellite jewelry pieces.

Makeup artist Leslie Lopez wanted to create a smoky eye and nude lip to pair with the statement-making dress. “I used light foundation, only where needed, so that her beautiful skin would still show through. I followed with a little bit of Max Factor Bronzing Powder ($9) towards the temples and cheek bones, and used a pretty pink-hued blush on the apples of the cheeks to give her a healthy glow.” Lopez finished the look with Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Carolina Coast ($9), the “perfect shade to achieve the nude lip look we were going for,” she said.

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Reese Witherspoon

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Reese always know how to elegantly embody the definition of simplistic minimalism. She knows she doesn’t need the bells & whistles to stand out on the red carpet. And in this black and white Tom Ford fitted gown, she is the epitome of Red Carpet glam. BTW, love the Bardot style neckline, exquisite!

Huge props to her beauty team, styling by Leslie Fremar; hair, beautiful waves, by Adir Abergel; makeup courtesy of Molly R. Stern, fresh faced glow, slight smoky eye, lovely nude lip.

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And finally, to top off Reese’s killer look, Tiffany & Co. diamond jewelry pieces.

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Glam stat: Witherspoon added more than $3 million worth of Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Collection diamonds.

Additional beauty specifics — Celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern created a radiant, sexy, effortless look on Reese Witherspoon using Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Highlighter & Shader Duet in Intensity One ($77), to define and sculpt Witherspoon’s cheekbones, as well as Laura Mercier’s Faux Lash Mascara ($25) in Black and Brown for “a softer intensity.” To give her body an all-over glow, Stern used St. Tropez’s One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion ($18). For her bright nude lip, Stern used Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Rose as a base and then layered the beauty brand’s Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Peche for a “hint of light brightness.”

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Georgina Chapman

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My guess, Georgina is rockin’ her own line her, Marchesa. But regardless, she looks amazing in this full-on floral embellished number. It is simply divine!

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Brooke Anderson

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Brooke looked heavenly in this rose pink silk tulle organza Leanne Marshall strapless gown. Huge fan of Leanne’s work, so I’m always happy to see her unique creations on the red carpet or runway!

Her accessories, gorgeous pieces by XIV Karats. And major credit here to Brooke’s glam team — hair & makeup courtesy of Chroma Studio.

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Nancy O’Dell

What else could you ask for in a red carpet look? Black is always a winning color choice. The fit here is great. There is drama with the structured shoulder detailing and flowing train. Nancy’s black one-shoulder Gauri and Nainika gown has this and more! Paired perfectly with her look, black Aquazzura heels & statement-making diamond jewelry pieces from XIV Karats.

Blanca Blanco

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I wasn’t so sure about this look right at first, but to me, it’s wearable art. I love it! There is something so unique about it. It’s bold, daring, and full of drama, which works perfectly for the red carpet. The mix of red hues, black, navy blue, and slight sparkling embellishments, combine together magically to escalate this look.

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Rita looks glamorous and elegant in this fitted black, strapless Marchesa gown, with some lovely touches of floral embellishments and a flowing train. This is A+ red carpet style in my book! Statement making jewelry was provided by Lorraine Schwartz. And Kathy Jeung did an amazing job with Rita’s makeup, natural, clean look!

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Additional specifics — Edie Sedgewick vibes with her sculpted platinum pixie, exaggerated lashes, and a perfect nude lip, courtesy of makeup artist Kathy Jeung, who used Rimmel products.

Channing & Jenna Dewan Tatum

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One of my fave dynamic red carpet duos, such a handsome pair! Channing is looking ever so dapper in his classic black Dolce&Gabbana tux. He’s even thrown in some fun accessories, black Louis Leeman shoes, and Neil Lane studs and cufflinks.

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Jenna is just as fabulous, looking ethereal, wearing a Zuhair Murad Couture white dress. I’m all about this look, the super sexy plunging neckline, the belt, the delicate beaded embellishment, it is just all superb! Jenna is too accessorizing quite well, diamond Lorraine Schwartz jewels and metallic silver Lee Savage clutch.

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Jenna’s glam squad team did a wonderful job here, Derek Peter Williams for this chic ponytail; Patrick Ta for makeup, love this gorgeous tangerine lip; and Brad Goreski for styling.

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Miles Teller & Keleigh Sperry

Another dynamic pair, looking great in black & white! Not sure about the designer details on Miles’ classic black tuxe, but he looks very handsome! But WOW! Where has Keleigh been hiding on the red carpets with Miles. I want to see more! She looks angelic and beautiful in this white Lorena Sarbu gown with silver embellished trim at the bodice.

Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo

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Adam & Behati are Armani X 2. Adam looks quite nice in his traditional black Armani tuxe. While Behati went with a bit more drama in this Armani Prive fitted embellished gown. I knew right away it was Armani, definitely memorable and eye-catching! She’s also done a fantastic job pairing with her look, daring jewelry pieces by De Grisogono.

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Behati’s overall look is courtesy of Bryce Scarlett for hair, a chic updo and Monika Blunder for makeup, love the bold red lip. Makeup artist Monika Blunder opted for a matte red lip and feather, long lashes—the perfect complement to Prinsloo’s beaded Armani Privé gown.

Luciana & Robert Duvall

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Not all about Robert’s suit, it’s okay. But with another gorgeous Elie Saab number on the red carpet, there is no way to ignore it. Yes, very similar to J. Lo’s, but to me, this tangerine gown is special in its own right. The color is a huge difference, and looks great here on Luciana. This is Elie Saab’s style though, so it takes a close eye to note the differences and you can see that here with the sparkly embellishments — the patterns are different in both looks! All in all, both ladies looked heavenly in Elie Saab!

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Luciana accessorized with a bit more sparkle, but this time in the way of magnificent Harry Winston diamonds.

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Ryan Seacrest

So from what I am gathering, Ryan has a menswear line with Macy’s, Seacrest Style. And that is what he is donning for the Oscars. I would tell all the men I know to check this line out as I imagine you could look just as stylish, but likely the price wouldn’t be such a bad deal!

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And finally, Michael, looking quite handsome in his well fitted, classic black tuxe, courtesy of Ralph Lauren. His black dress shoes are too by Ralph Lauren.

PRAS, The Red Carpet Challenge — Sizzle or Fizzle?!?

Let’s call this an in be-twizzle. But really, let’s be real. No red carpet look here was exactly ready for prime time. It was perfect timing for this episode as we are right in the midst of award season, with the Grammy’s this weekend, and the Oscars right around the corner. But everyone here needed way more time and likely a bit larger of a budget. Nobody really would commission a dress for a major red carpet and leave only a day to put it together. This is especially considering the many other details this challenge entailed.

pras4-ep12-episode14So the specific details were given by Alyssa and Kelly Garner (via a taped announcement), who is portraying Marilyn Monroe in an up and coming Lifetime miniseries. The Marilyn part of the challenge was that the designers were to be inspired by her timeless beauty and create timeless red carpet gowns. The look had to sparkle and shine, as well as being suitable for the Oscars. It needed to be an iconic, timeless look that was memorable. So again, this was a lot to get out of any designer in only a day! And then going back to Lifetime, there was a huge prize at stake.

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The winning designer of the week would get the chance to design the wardrobe for a future Lifetime project. With that, the designers were off to Mood, with their largest budget of the season, $500. Still not likely enough for this challenge, but nonetheless, it was all they had. Michelle decided to spend nearly her entire budget on 1 really expensive fabric. On the other hand, Sonjia bought lots of options. Dmitry went with fringe (seemingly a PR fave as of late), and Helen decided on Chantilly lace.

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The designers quickly got back to the workroom to begin work on their gowns. Dmitry had quite a bit to do, working with fringe and all. His fringe didn’t quite match his fabric so he had to tea-dye the fringe. Sonjia still wasn’t sure on the direction of her look — no surprise there! All while Michelle decided to designate herself the sparkle police. Isaac came by for a surprise visit. This was the first of a few surprises during this episode, which literally made it feel like one of the longest episodes in PR history!! If it wasn’t already preposterous enough to have the designers make such a major red carpet look in 1 day, they also had to take on a mini-challenge, seriously?!? Why was that needed?

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Oh, I know. I guess it was to give Michelle some bragging rights, giving her a chance to win something during this season. It would have been quite sad being that she was a former PR winner and all to have not won 1 challenge during her time on PRAS. This whole design couture for a dog challenge was a waste of time at this point. I get dogwear and doggy couture exists, but it wasn’t needed right now. But it seemed besides allowing Michelle to have 1 win, PRAS also needed to make the episode last for an hour and a half versus the standard hour.

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I love dogs, cute segment, but still didn’t get it. Isaac, along with Michael Francis and Lassie, set up the mini-challenge. Each designer had to work with a rescue dog, making a piece of canine couture. The doggy wear had to be inspired by a particular movie genre. So Dmitry worked with Dolla for Gangster, making a gangsta suit; Helen with Scrappy for Sci-Fi, making a rocket ship; and Sonjia with Cha-Cha for musical comedy, making a sparkly get-up with some feathers for flare. And with Michelle for the win, she had Taz, designing for western, making a bandana look.

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I’m sure everyone appreciated some fun, but with time wasted away, they were all quickly back to work, literally with Helen banging away. It was then Zanna-time. Michelle wanted to put chains across her open-back, but Zanna thought this cheapened the gown; I agree. Zanna & Dmitry discussed crystal placement. She asked Sonjia about if her look would stand the test of time. And finally, with Helen, Zanna worried the look read too old-fashioned. But Zanna was clear in saying to everyone, she wasn’t seeing anything timeless quite yet.

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With time running low, Helen scrapped her entire bodice. And more trouble, right at the end of the day, Sonjia’s zipper broke. The morning of the runway left no time for dawdling. Everyone still had plenty to do. But it was soon time for the runway. Guest judge this week was CEO & Founder of Nasty Gal and author, Sophia Amoruso.

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After critiques, each designer felt good. They all pretty much received both positive and negative comments. All really except Dmitry who was the clear winner this week. There has been a lot of predictability over this season and sub-par designs from the other designers. But predictability aside, Dmitry not only was well deserving of this win, but his spot as a finalist. He has consistently done a great job every week, and was never in the bottom. So if the PRAS season comes to an end with a headline reading “Dmitry is two for two”, I would be 100% fine with this.

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Dmitry had a great start here. Honestly, I could see this on the red carpet now. Not so sure about the Oscars, but I can only imagine how great this fringed look would have been with more time and money.

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This look definitely had stand-out appeal. Fringe and the hints of sheer are certainly eye-catching details. The fit was perfection. And it wasn’t a safe look. Very happy to see what Lifetime Project Dmitry will get the chance to work on. I’m sure he will go a great job.

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Sonjia came in 2nd, another designer who has consistently done well all season. She has stuck true to her own voice and I’m eager to see if she could gain her redemption win. This bold look was far from perfect, but it was the most risk-taking look of the four. It was also the most fresh, and not something I’ve seen before.

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The judges clearly rewarded risk and the thought, and I think that was a good decision. Helen & Michelle’s look were not innovative or fresh at all. So it made sense for them to make up the bottom 2 and for Sonjia to attain her spot in the finale.

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I do agree with Georgina here. There was a bit too much going on, but the ideas were there and I appreciated the direction. And I believe this dress would for sure stand-out, but I’m not sure how timeless it was. But I think Sonjia took on a different definition to timeless. This look would no doubt be memorable.

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I think this was Michelle’s best work of the season, but why did it take so long? And, was that alone enough to make her the 3rd finalist? I’m not a fan of this 1 hour challenge mess we had to watch happen, but really Michelle and Helen didn’t do themselves any favors here. Michelle was way too safe with her look.

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The chain was a pointless detail. The sleeves gave this gown such a heavy feel to it. And really it was the fabric that did all the work here. There wasn’t much design here. It was a shimmery gown, open back, fitted. I really didn’t see much of Michelle in this look at all.

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Mary Kay make-up shout-out, such a bold, luscious look, love this daring smoky eye/bronzed cheek/nude lip combo!

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Helen lucked out here. Clearly Helen had the better look in the 1-hour duel, but Michelle’s gown was a lot better than Helen’s gown. It had no Wow factor, way too safe. I guess the judges either were more on the Helen-train or they really didn’t want to send someone to the finale for selecting a prettier fabric.

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Helen’s fabric wasn’t all bad. I could easily see it on the red carpet. But she ran out of time on this one. I’m not sure if she is quite ready to take on Dmitry & Sonjia in the final 2, but she has gained her spot so ready she must be!

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Because as we know, Michelle and Helen were left to battle out for the 3rd and final spot in the finale by taking on a 1-hour live challenge. Oh but wait, even before that, they brought them back out to state why they deserved that spot. Really! As if that was going to help at all in making the decision. Again, longest PR episode ever!!

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So in this last live challenge, Michelle & Helen had to re-invent from failed, eliminated looks, a totally new look. They had to choose 3 looks from the previously eliminated designers, and in 1 hour, they had to create a new look.

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Helen was upset right at the get go. She hated tearing apart someone’s look, even if it wasn’t great to begin with at all! Thankfully she got over it because that was the challenge at hand. Enough with the tears already. She was lucky to be getting this chance so pointless to waste any time over needless tears.

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With the Michelle/Helen red carpet looks, it wasn’t a slam-dunk that Michelle was the clear victor. But this time around, it was laughable there was any debate over who made the better look. Helen worked great under pressure and created an understated look, but it was quite lovely for an hour’s worth of work. It was wearable and I could see it donned by fashionistas all over.

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I’m not sure what Michelle was thinking though. Even if she had used 3 looks, which apparently she didn’t and that broke the challenge rules, but really, regardless, this look was not good. It was hardly wearable. And really, the only part she did true design work on was the worst part. I know she only had an hour, but everything read sloppy and just thrown together. I’m not even sure I understand what she did to Jay’s tank top, but I’m not giving anyone credit for literally shortening a skirt. The challenge was to re-design, and other than this pant-cho, I’m not sure what her design work here was. It seemed as if she just re-arranged some pieces, a little re-styling. This was nowhere near enough to garner Michelle that third finalist spot.

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“THE” Red Carpet Trends of the 2015 Award Season

The 2015 Award Season is in full swing, with the Golden Globes, Peoples Choice Awards, SAGs, Critics Choice, and more having already come and gone. There are still a few more award shows coming up though, a few on the country music scene, and of course heavy-hitters with the Oscars and Grammys. I have highlighted 9 red carpet trends during the 2015 award season, and I’m sure these trends will continue to be seen with the award shows still remaining.

What I’ve also done is found a way you can bring these red carpet trends to your own world. Fashion Nexus has had such fun collaborating with Mac Duggal, home of stunning designer dresses & gowns for red carpets, prom, homecoming and more. So if you want to dress like the stars for Prom 2015, or take on a major red carpet trend for a formal event of your own, trust Mac Duggal has plenty to offer!

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#1 — BLACK & WHITE

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Black and white individually are always seen on any red carpet. But this award season, the 2 hit colors have been paired quite frequently, especially dominating at the 2015 Peoples Choice Awards. Kat McPhee, Olivia Munn, Kaley Cuoco, Shaun Robinson, Sarah Paulson, and more all rocked this trend. And it was great seeing this color combo across a vast array of gowns.

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#2 — FLORALS GALORE

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Spring is not yet here, but flowers have certainly been blooming on the red carpet. It’s been seen in subtle neutral tones, paired with black, and bright hues.

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#3 — RED — HOT, HOT, HOT!

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Generally, I’m not a fan of naming a standalone color as a red carpet trend. Why? Because of course you are going to see almost any given color on the red carpet, and likely across several shows, that color will pop up more than once. But clearly, red looks have been all over the place, and way more than just a handful of times. Red especially dominated at the 2015 Golden Globes.

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#4 — BLUSH — SOFT, SUBTLE, & NEUTRAL

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Blush, soft pink, close to nude tones, always very gorgeous on the red carpet, and certainly brings an elegant factor to any lovely lady donning this hue.

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#5 — JUMPSUITS

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I love jumpsuits, so great seeing them on the various red carpets. Not sure if we will see any for the Oscars, but I imagine another few will pop up here and there as award season continues.

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#6 — WHITE GOWNS WITH PLUNGING NECKLINES

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You are going to see white dresses on red carpets — it’s a given. But one trend I’ve noticed specifically with white looks this award season, are dresses with plunging necklines — va va voom!

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#7 — BLACK & SHEER COMBOS

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Black is another given color choice for red carpets. But specifically what I’ve been seeing, black with sheer effects — overlays, necklines, and more!

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#8 — ALL OVER SILVER, SHIMMER & SHINE

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Think disco ball, or like with DWTS, the mirror ball trophy. These all over sparkling silver dresses have been all the rage. It’s not just the silver color, it’s about all of the glitz and glam, the sparkly beaded embellishments.

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#9 — WHITE W/ HINTS OF SILVER

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And finally, again with white, but this time, another little detail I’ve noticed, hints of silver embellishments, whether on the shoulder, the neckline, wherever it works best to add that needed sparkle.

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It’s That Time — The UTG Season Finale!!

Ahhh! Can you believe it — the Under the Gunn finale is coming to an end. The 3 mentors are all still standing and 4 designers are fighting for their chance to be the UTG Season 1 winner. Nick has Oscar, while Anya has Shan. But it’s Mondo who has the 50/50 shot to win with 2 designers — Sam & Asha. So how will this season’s winner be selected??

Each designer had to create a 5-look collection showcasing their point of view as a designer. The challenge was limited to just 3 short days and with a budget of $2500. Before heading off to Mood though, Brian Bolian, the Corporate Marketing Manager for Lexus stopped by to hand each mentor/designer team keys to a Lexus to drive to Mood for their shopping trip — SWEET! The UTG models were also in store for a bit of luxe treatment as they were off to the Benefit Cosmetics boutique for some spa brow treatment.

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The sketch-time & Mood shopping trip revealed each designer’s initial thought process. Sam & Oscar were sort of taking a look back for inspiration. Sam re-discovered his shimmery gray fabric from his winning jumpsuit. Oscar thought to go back to some strong looks for him with capes & coats. Asha seemed to also know exactly what she wanted to do, but Shan was feeling a bit of a struggle right off the bat. However, once he got to Mood, as he was looking thru the fabrics, he seemed to find his way.

So after the shopping trip, the designers were back to the FIDM workroom to continue their 1st day of work, lots of busy busy bees! But there were more than just the 4 finalists quickly working away; they were joined by some helper bees — a few of the eliminated designers. It seemed as if maybe each finalist got to pick their helper because the pairs weren’t made based off of the mentor teams. Natalia did assist Oscar and Michelle helped Asha, but it was Anya’s designer Blake who came to Sam’s aide, while Nick’s designer Stephanie was at Shan’s side. I have to say, Shan & Stephanie was the most odd pairing, but if that is who he wanted, who am I to question it!

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The day of the runway was quickly approaching as day 3’s work consisted of model fittings & final touches. I’m sure all of the designers thought the day of the final runway came much too quickly! But they were soon off to the official locale for the runway show — the LA Theater. There were 2 guest judges in tow that joined Jen, Rachel, & Zanna — PR host & judge Heidi Klum & talented actor Neil Patrick Harris. I was late in watching the finale, but of course I had heard in advance who won. As I saw each collection come out I definitely thought the deliberations were tough on this one. I’m happy with the winner, but had Oscar not won I was very much ecstatic that Sam would have been next in line. But first, let’s take a look at the 4th place finalist — Shan. (The order of the photos is the order in which I like the looks! & This is for all of the designers!)

Shan’s collection was his interpretation of hard & soft — taking soft fabrics and giving them a hardened touch. I did have a few pieces in this collection which I loved. I saw some great work with his signature jackets. So I’m not sure if I agree with Jen in Shan needing to show his work with graphic prints. But I certainly saw what the other judges were mentioning in maybe a little bit of a lack of harmony or cohesion within the collection. I actually thought Shan should have placed 3rd, but the judges and I were clearly not on the same page on this one!

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I loved this red jumpsuit and I hope I could pull it off, and would certainly try. The lace detailing in the back was stunning and I think the side cutouts into a back cutout were just right!

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SHOUT-OUT to Benefit Cosmetics for the brown smoky & light pink coloring for the lips — ALL MODELS!

I think the judges mentioned there was too much going on in this collection and specifically mentioned these tights. But I am a tight girl all the way & certainly a fan of lace so LOVED these tights & want them like right now!

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SHOUT – OUT to Blow Pro for the chic loose ponytail

In this look, I was just a fan of the leather jacket. Would I buy it? I’m not sure, but what I liked about it was how different it was since the lace detailing here was literally a part of the back of the jacket.

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SHOUT – OUT to Blow Pro for the gorgeous messy/loose up-do

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SHOUT – OUT to Francesca’s for all of the strapped heels & in addition here for the little black envelope clutch

Next up, coming in 3rd, was Asha with her collection for “Nefertiti in Harlem”. This was my 4th place finisher and I am still not sure she was deserving of a finale spot, but the judges seemed to be on board with this collection. It’s just not me and for a commercial appeal I’m just not sure these looks would work for many women. And you have to think commercially because none of these looks really are high fashion or couture. With the fabrics chosen I just don’t get a luxe feel. Most of the judges appreciated her creativity but Heidi thought there was a bit too much going on, while Neil was also not a fan. He said it was like a 1920 circus carne couture. I’m not sure what that is, but I thought it was interesting with many of the individual designer critiques how Jen/Zanna/Rachel would seem to be on one page, while Neil/Heidi were on another. So even with Shan, Neil seemed to echo a bit differently than the rest and he liked what he saw.

I remember Asha saying something during the episode about not caring who didn’t like her collection. I’m not sure how a a designer “your not caring” makes any sense?? If you have a client, they are going to want what they want. And if they don’t like it, you might not get paid or a repeat of business. And then just on a mass commercial side, you will need people to like your work. If not, they won’t buy it and then that limits your success as a designer. For me, this just all means Asha was clearly designing for a small handful of people and I think she should have broadened her horizons for this finale.

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I did actually like this gold dress, but that was about it. I know Oscar made a few repeat looks, but I thought this look was similar to Asha’s quick fix challenge. And I actually think this was a lot better than that one so I wish she had thought of this before.

SHOUT – OUT to Francesca’s for the black sandal heels

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SHOUT – OUT TO Francesca’s for the nude sandal heels

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SHOUT-OUT to BlowPro for the curly side up-do

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So as already mentioned, Sam came in 2nd. He was so close & I am very proud of his growth on UTG, but always remaining true to his aesthetic and voice. These looks, Sam’s final collection was what he calls “Hipster Nonsense” — showing his growth and beauty coming from the inside. I thought he did an astounding job — the looks were fresh, fun, chic, and very creative. They certainly fit Sam’s girl with an easy breezy vibe. I think Sam also designs with a certain woman in mind, but the difference with him versus Asha is that many other women could still make these looks work!

The judges all seemed to be fans! But again, the Jen/Rachel/Zanna trio seemed to have competing thoughts with that of Neil, who thought this was weirdly safe? If you have to pick a criticism here, fine, go with the one the judges gave — is this safe? Could Sam design on a more higher end level, more couture?? I think he could and I would love to see Sam’s interp for that, but for this challenge, remembering it was to show your point of view as a designer, Sam hit the nail on the head!

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Love this neon printed asymmetrical maxi, definitely my fave! It has such an effortless vibe!

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The judges thought this look was simple, but I say it’s basic — minimalism at its best. Sam is about bells & whistles with his designs so this is another homerun look for me!

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SHOUT – OUTS TO Francesca’s for the open-toed black booties; & also Benefit Cosmetics for the clean & fresh beauty looks — nude lips, basic eye appliques

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SHOUT – OUT to BlowPro for the many models sporting long luscious wavy locks!

And finally, we come to the winner — OSCAR!! CONGRATS!! It’s hard to not be impressed with this collection. I will agree with the judges in the concern for having seen 2 of the coats. But for me, it’s selfish reasoning in that I just want to see more of Oscar & as much as I can! But I think there was some variation to the coats and Oscar still was able to re-create perfection. And I also love that Oscar didn’t just send down a collection full of gowns because we know he can make them and we know he can make them well. It was nice to see his true versatility. Oscar’s collection is all about women, his love of women and the  need to protect them. Oscar can create & protect me with his designs any time is really all I have to say! His looks just have such wonderful elements — even the tiniest details are so stunning. His creations are high-end, high fashion, and very luxe.

But really the only criticism here was the repetition in the collection. The judges couldn’t think of much else and it really was Oscar & Sam who matched the challenge the best — showing off their POVs as designers. And I think in choosing between the 2, the judges just went with more of a wow factor in that of such high-end pieces coming down the runway versus those that would sell perhaps a bit easier on the commercial level. This is not the 1st time this has happened in PR history! But congrats again to both guys; they are both winners in my book!

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SHOUT – OUT to Francesca’s for the black sandal heels, golden earrings

This flowing purple gown is AMAZING!! Using such a deep purple is bold and statement-making and I love it! Red carpet worthy for sure — Emmy’s, Grammy’s, etc.

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SHOUT – OUTS to BlowPro for the models’ long wavy locks & Benefit Cosmetics for the beauty looks of a lighter brown smoky eye & nude lip

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SHOUT – OUT TO Francesca’s  for the black platform strapped heels

Until PR starts again, tata!!