Oscars 2018 — Part 2

Countless looks from Oscars weekend! Between the main red carpet, pre-party and afterparty looks, so many stunning numbers, my Best Dressed list has to be done in 2 parts! Here are my faves from outside of the main red carpet looks!




















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ERIN FOSTER (on left)



BMAs & Network Upfronts 2017

The Cannes red carpets have been hosting some stunning looks, but in the midst of the glamour abroad, there has also been some across the U.S. — the 2017 Billboard Music Awards & various network TV upfronts. Here are my faves!!

Kate Beckinsale

Various Looks from Vanessa Hudgens

Wood spritzed her damp strands with TONI&GUY — Hair by Chad Wood

Olivia Munn

Madison Beer

Lea Michele

Josh Duhamel

Forever in Your Mind



Lili Reinhart

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

PR Designers Go Red Carpet

So it’s that exciting time on PR, the final challenge before Fashion Week. And for this challenge, the designers traveled to the glamour capital of the world, LA, to create red carpet looks. LA and red carpets of course go hand in hand; it’s the city where the lights shine bright and the stars shine even brighter. The designers would visit L.A. to get inspired and also work there. So needless to say, the fight was on for the final 4.


Upon arrival, the designers met Tim by the Best Western hotel pool. He was alongside Tammy Lucas of Best Western. The winning designer for this challenge would receive 100 free room nights at any Best Western worldwide. The designers were off to sketch at a gorgeous home in the Hollywood Hills, a great vantage point for inspiration. Keltie Knight, The Insider correspondent, later met with the designers to encourage them to bring the drama, color, and to make sure they took risks. It was then off to Mood, the start of a 2-day challenge, with a budget of $400.


After Mood, the designers headed to their new workroom for this challenge at FIDM. Ashley was making multiple plans. Edmond was talking to his fabric, very unsure of his initial cut, while Kelly was unsure on the silhouette. As Day 2 began, Kelly was pressed for time and really needed Tim-time. With that, Tim encouraged Candice to remain flawless. He told Ashley to steer clear from over-designing. With Edmond, it was all about not being afraid — fear never conquers. And from the convo with Kelly, the direction led to that of a jumpsuit.


After Tim-time, Edmond knew it was time to cut. He stared his form down, but soon it was that time and he cut right on the form. While Edmond was in cutting woes, Kelly was on fit concern patrol. Ashley mentioned concern for Candice because she made a black dress. Although I’m 100% positive that almost every red carpet has a few black looks on the red carpet — GEEZ!


That was a wrap on the L.A. work and it was back to NYC for the runway show. Kelly’s fit concerns dwindled down and Ashley was in dire need of a strap. Edmond was on a rampage though, still shortening and cutting his look.


This week’s guest judge was Christian Siriano.


It was a bit on the safer side, but my fave look this week was Candice. The back of this dress is stunning. I could very much see it on the red carpet. Depending on the wearer, it might get more recognition, but this was certainly deserving for Candice to then go to Fashion Week.


Shout-out — Gorgeous, luxe beauty, both with Mary Kay makeup & Sally Beauty hair, also, such elegant accessory choices, JustFab, the earrings!

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The judges however named Kelly as the winner. And I could see why. This was a very intriguing look. I didn’t love the fit of the top portion and not such a fan of the triangular cutout, but the vision here was superb. The textile print creation was far above & beyond what anyone else did.

I wasn’t totally in love with Ashley’s gown. She had a great concept and vision, but to me, it wasn’t well-executed and that took away from the runway wow factor. The strap and top portion was definitely off.


Shout-outs — So chic, both with the luxe makeup Mary Kay look & blown out, wavy do by Sally Beauty


Edmond for sure was the one to go on this challenge — hands down! It was so obvious. This print could have done all of the work here. And in almost any other silhouette, Edmond would have been A-okay. But for him to pick this silhouette, super short and wings, I was confused. The judges were far too kind here. He was out, but of course we all knew Tim Gunn would use his save come the next episode.

Shout-out — Another great Sally Beauty updo!

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NYFW — Modern, Glamorous Womenswear

Great takes on modern womenswear, from evening to cocktail to RTW.

Naeem Khan

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Naeem Khan is known for his beautiful and ornate gowns, and this season he did not disappoint. Inspired by sun-drenched gardens in the south of France, as well as the waters of Capri, Khan took us on a luxe journey through the Mediterranean. The collection channeled the Fifties and Sixties, with Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy as his muses. Khan imagined how they would dress for parties while on vacation.

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The outcome was a collection of brimming with rich embroideries, intricate beading, basket-weave sequins and woven raffia. A vibrant palette included sunset hues of yellow, orange and bright pink, as well as azure, lilac, red rose and celadon green. Even the runway itself was decorated full-on, with a floral wall and an arched white doorway.

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There were a ton of standout looks that graced this runway. I often include Khan’s work on my Best Dressed lists and am positive we should see a few of these gowns grace a red carpet or 2 in the coming award season.

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Korean designer Kathleen Kye is known in Seoul for her high-end streetwear looks, but now it’s her bold and witty K-Pop-inspired looks that are hitting it big on the runway. This season she referenced her thoughts on hate, or rather, the kind of hate akin to friendly jealously.

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The inspiration came across as literal text on tops and jackets, with graphics Kye makes herself in Korea. As expected, prints were abundant in the women’s looks. These prints screamed KYE to me and for me, is what makes KYE stand out!

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The menswear looks were too quite vibrant. I’m excited for KYE and her super well-rounded collection for S/S 2016.

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Mitsou Ly

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Mitsou Ly realizes garment’s unique qualities by giving it distinctive perspective, independent expression and personality. Her pieces mix feminine style with an edgy flair. The beautiful fabrics she chooses, combined with the striking designs and silhouettes make her collections truly unique. I was more than pleased to receive an invite to her NYFW show. It was exhilarating and a wonderfully put together presentation.

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Bold and vivid colors and stunning shapes are a key component to Mitsou Ly’s designs. These innovative designs mix vintage with modern; lady-like looks with revolutionary style. It all comes together to make her collection of-the-moment, sophisticated and modern. She artfully combines ruffles, satin, and geometric shapes. Even her vintage inspired pieces have an aesthetic that reflects today’s trends.

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Mitsou Ly manufactures her affordable luxury line in New York and Washington, DC.

Best Dressed at the 2014 AMAs

And it’s safe to say with my list, entirely black ensembles ruled with more than half of my Best Dressed contenders in all black get-ups. But nonetheless, this Best Dressed list was still top-notch, with a great deal of shining stars, dynamic duos, and looks brimming immaculate details. Check it out & ENJOY!!



In my eyes, it seems Kate can do no wrong. She always looks phenomenal. And this white plunging V-neck Kaufmanfranco ensemble is no exception. It’s sexy, chic, and fitted to perfection. Kate is for sure rockin’ this look! Coordinating perfectly with her outfit is her silver Lee Savage clutch and diamond serpentine Bulgari necklace.



Julianne has had me questioning some of her more recent red carpet looks, but with this bright tangerine Zuhair Murad gown, there is no doubt this look is an A+! I love the details, the flowing train, the thigh-high slit, and the intricately detailed triangular cut sheer bodice. She completed her look with a gold Lee Savage clutch and gold Tamara Mellon sandal heels.

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Actually, one other stunning detail for Julianne’s bright get-up was her edgy gold Jacquie Aiche jewels! Her entire styling team deserves some major props for this job well done — hair stylist Riawna Capri with Nine Zero One Salon, Spencer Barnes for Make-up, Anita Patrickson for styling, and Kristy Sowin for running the show!

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I am still head over heels with how gorgeous Danica looks in this emerald lacy gown by Mac Duggal. She looks breathtaking & I’m in love with this look!

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Fergie made a major comeback with a new single at the AMAs, but with the red carpet, it’s a double comeback! She knocked it out of the park with this sexy thigh-high slit number from Halston Heritage complete with gold detailing at the waist and neckline. She kept up the overall sexy vibe with some fierce accessories, including black Versus Versace ankle-strap heels & Loree Rodkin jewels, namely a killer serpentine ring.



As I said, entirely black looks ruled my list, and Selena’s demure open back Armani Prive gown is at the top of that list. She looks so classy and sophisticated, yet this number still has a hint of sexiness to it.


Clearly I think it looks great from every angle!


And to give the all black look just a little bit of color, the necessary amount of sparkle, are some exquisite pieces of jewelry, such as these burnt red & gold Neil Lane danglers.


I’m not sure of the designer for Selena’s performance look, but she also looks just as stunning here, a very soft number to go with her heartfelt performance.


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Every red carpet attendee doesn’t need a full on gown to still look amazing and Megan proved that point very well. She looks super elegant in this black Ted Baker London cocktail dress. The lacier top portion provided just the right amount of red carpet appeal to land her as Best Dressed! I’m also head over heels for her sparkly red lips clutch, if only I knew where it was from!



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Bailee could have worked a more younger piece, but I still think she looks so prim, proper, & perfect in this eye-catching Walter Collection by Walter Mendez frock. I just had to include her on my list! She looks happy & if she wants to go the ladylike route, fine by me since she looks as great as she does here.



Even outside of the country music awards scene, almost any best dressed list of mine would not be complete if I don’t include Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer. As long as these two are at the show, they never cease to amaze me. They are a dynamic fashion red carpet duo for sure. I’m never quite sure who Caroline is wearing, but she still deserves Best Dressed recognition, especially in this beautiful strapless red gown with a black lacy belt at the waist.



I am so sad that I couldn’t see a red carpet look from Ariana! I guess I will have to settle for this gorgeous black lacy number she wore while performing. I mean come on, she looks stunningly beautiful right! I just wish we could have seen her on the red carpet, let her rack up those best dressed red carpet numbers because I think she could have had an overall best dressed night had we seen her on the red carpet. But I do love this black gown!

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Another black gown, another knockout! Carly looks divine here. This sparkling lacy gown is perfectly fitted for her and perfectly fitting for the night!



With so many black looks on my list, you would think I would tire of them or be bored. But I can’t be when they all look so different, so great, and bring something new to the table. Charli XCX blew me away with out elegant and sophisticated she looked in her head to toe Vivienne Westwood ensemble. So yes, Vivienne Westwood black draped gown and gold Vivienne Westwood jewelry pieces.

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I must include on my Best Dressed list a few short, sexier numbers. Becky G’s white sheer long-sleeved mini is the perfect example and the perfect addition to my list. I love how hot she looks, but still somewhat understated and not over-the-top.

And what about that gorgeous makeup, the poppin’ pink lip and smoky eye, all courtesy of CoverGirl, NEW Colorlicious lipstick and Bloom mascara!



Another sexier, short number, but I literally couldn’t take my eyes off of Morgan’s nude long-sleeved mini. The dress had so many eye-catching details, it was definitely more than basic!



One Direction has a whole always looks handsome and dapper. Loving their mix of looks from eclectic hipster to refined gentlemen!

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At first glance you might think Jenny is donning a plain black dress. But take a gander at it from the back, an open back trimmed with pearls, I’m adoring this lovely detail! This is just a gorgeous dress from Cushnie et Ochs, no doubt. She gave her look a little extra sparkle & bling with adorable Kotur clutch.


In addition, for even more special touches to Jenny’s gorgeous look, there is a statement making beaded necklace by Erickson Beamon and Graziela Gems earrings. Her overall look is just spectacular, including her luscious waves courtesy of Justin Presnell of the Rossano Ferretti Salon in Beverly Hills.




And finally, one last great looking pair with Kandi & Todd. Todd looks laidback and relaxed, but still very handsome and well put together. It’s a modern spin on a suit, leather pants as a substitute, sans tie. And then Kandi looks smokin’ in her fitted white bodycon dress!

Best Dressed Round-Up!

Red carpets are always ongoing. Here is a list I put together of some best dressed looks that caught my eye over the past week or so! ENJOY!!

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Jessica looks like a princess in this Andrew Gn ballgown while attending the Baby2Baby event. The gold leaf printed bodice is quite captivating. And adding some more perfect gold speckles of color are her Brian Atwood clutch and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Elizabeth Banks


It’s as if Elizabeth is wearing a work of art in this exquisite Elie Saab plunging V-neck gown. She was attending the London premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. 


Her gorgeous dress had flickers of sparkle all over, but were not the only bits of shimmer for her look. Diamond Suzanne Kalan earrings and Casa Reale rings certainly added the right amount of additional sparkle to top of Banks’ look!


Needless to say, this ensemble is a stunner from all angles!

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Can you say Gucci from head to toe!?! Well that is exactly what Kate is rockin’ with this breathtaking look for the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala, which was honoring Barbara Kruger & Quentin Tarantino. She is glowing in a fitted blush pink Gucci gown. She paired perfectly with her outfit a sparkling silver Gucci clutch, as well as Gucci heels, which you really can’t see, but they are there! While not Gucci, her Chrome Hearts jewelry pieces were great touches to pair with her overall look.


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Simplistically minimal looks can still be spot on & great red carpet looks. Take for example this chic, fitted black Michael Kors dress, complete with sparkling embellishments and a sexy side cut-out. She sure made for some hot arm candy to support her husband Jason Sudeikis while attending the UK premiere of Horrible Bosses 2 in London.


Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer makes for another great looking attendee on the red carpet for the London premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. This floral embroidered Dior high-low dress was a good choice for her, elegant, sweet, and flirty! Perfectly coordinating with her look were Norman Silverman Diamonds earrings.



Jennifer Aniston

I’m all about some lace and I love this sexy lacy, floral-embroidered Zuhair Murad dress Jen is rockin’ while she was attending The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. She went subtle with her jewelry choices wearing a lovely gold Melissa Kaye bracelet.

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Back to back stunning red carpet looks for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. Jessica looked divine in this ivory Nina Ricci dress. The look is understated, but I still love the details, such as the lace on the plunging neckline. She made use of some great accessories to complete her look — silver Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, silver Ivy ring, and diamond Le Vian earrings.


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Uma is sportin’ a great black dress at The Bambi Awards, always a staple on almost any red carpet. Her fitted strapless number is Atelier Versace. She had just the right accessories — black Jimmy Choo sandal heels and lots of exquisite diamond Chopard jewelry.

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Lookin’ chic & fashionista-esque while attending a screening of Miss Meadows in N.Y.C. This is a more laid back event look, but it’s perfection to me. I love this LWD, coordinating well with this black leather moto jacket.

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Keri is pulling off another more laid back red carpet look, but she nonetheless looks smokin’! While attending the Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards she rocked a mainly black leather J. Mendel jumpsuit, paired perfectly with black Gianvito Rossi heels and Jacob & Co. jewelry.



Reese Witherspoon

Reese went with a great pop of bold color at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. Her bright pink Ralph Lauren collection dress was gorgeous. And I love the sheer textured neckline. The nude sandal Manolo Blahnik heels were a great finishing touch, as were her diamond Harry Winston jewelry pieces.

Every detail of a best dressed look deserves recognition, the make-up to the hair to the overall styling! Lauren Andersen truly complimented Reese’s overall look here, especially with a spot-on perfectly pink lip! Her locks were severely straight & amazingly styled that way by Adir Abergel. And of course I can’t leave off the list Reese’s talented stylist, who put this whole look together, Leslie Fremar.


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And finally, take a look at another excellent looking attendee for the London premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Julianne looked awesome in her fitted black Balenciaga dress and black Balenciaga sandal heels. This dress has so many eye-catching details, sheer side ruching and a textured caged neckline. And to top off her sophisticated and polished look were some diamond and silver Jessica McCormack jewelry pieces.








BURKHALTER Couture by Stephanie Burkhalter

I recently attended a truly exciting event, “Bikinis & Couture”, a fashion show presented by NYC Fashion Runway, at the Dream Hotel Downtown, Ph-D Lounge. Now, I recently wrote about the “Bikinis” portion of the event when I featured Kasia Roginska for KARO swimwear on the blog. So now it’s time for the “Couture” portion, which featured the designer brand, BURKHALTER Couture by Stephanie Burkhalter.

burkhalter-campaign-2013                                                                 StephanieThe various images throughout this post are of Stephanie’s most recent haute couture collection, which were presented during the event. The inspiration behind the collection is that of a transportation to a fantasy world — “where leaves become rose petals, art deco meets childhood dreams, and her dresses underline the full richness of every true woman.”

And just who is this woman?? It’s a woman who is “sensual, yet strong, sophisticated, yet playful…” Stephanie has certainly achieved these inspirational goals.


1452312_10152042097909254_224964310_n                    NYC-Fashion-Runway-Burkhalter-Couture1b                1483118_669931503026980_1915853446_nI like that this collection has the elements of fantasy and playfulness, glam and sophistication, yet it also wearable for many women. It could be a Hollywood woman, celebrating the glitz and glam while on the red carpet, or a confident NYC woman who is ready to hit the town for a hot date or a night out with the girls! This collection is all about intricacies and the underlying details, so make sure to pay close attention to each look!

NYC-Fashion-Runway-Burkhalter-Couture2  Also check out past collections for the brand, such as the Paraiso Collection P/E 2013, which is filled with a variety of RTW, shoes, and jewelry.


1476020_10152042096179254_464276605_n                    1450206_10152042099149254_1121889901_n                    999305_10152042097019254_1394723608_nSo just who is this talent behind the couture? Stephanie is a fashion designer born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. She graduated at the Institute Marangoni in Milan. She has traveled all over the world with her international modeling career thru Ford Model Management, based out of NY.

62473_10152042096559254_51702390_nShe started Burkhalter Couture, to design one of a kind creations, of which she wanted the works to represent joy, glamour, luxury, and beauty. The brand is not just another label, but “also a person that gives you the most intense sensations.” Stephanie “welcomes you in her dream and brings you to her magic paradise where all the women are the true flirty, sexy, spicy stars of her story.”

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Lauren Ashley of NYC Fashion Runway & Reagan Richards

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Davina-giving-introductions     Here, we have (left to right), Kara Landau, the Australian Celebrity Traveling Dietitian, & Davina, of NYC Fashion Runway