Everyone has been talking about the pale pink Prada dress Anne Hathaway decided to wear last minute to the Oscars and the critics haven’t been kind. I don’t usually do negative reviews, but in this case, I’ll make an exception. Though her hair and makeup looked amazing, the dress was the wrong color for her, fit her poorly, and made it look like her nipples were showing. In other words, it was a disaster. Shortly after the red carpet, it came out that Hathaway decided the change her dress last minute because the Valentino she had originally planned to wear was too similar to Amanda Seyfriend’s Alexander McQueen that topped by Best Dressed List.
Though no one wants to be caught at an event wearing the same dress as someone else (it was every girl’s nightmare at prom), she forgot one of the cardinal rules of fashion. As Coco Chanel put it, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Had Anne stuck with her original dress, no one would have noticed that it was similar to that of her Les Misérables co-star. We’ve seen a lot of white on the red carpet this Awards Season so seeing another white beaded dress wouldn’t have ruffled any feathers. The only thing everyone would have remembered was how beautiful she looked in it when she accepted the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her impeccable performance of I Dreamed a Dream. As an Oscar winner, I’m sure Anne Hathaway will soon get over her dress debacle and will have many chances to redeem herself on the red carpet. But, maybe next time, she’ll concentrate less on what others are wearing and focus on what works for her.
#1: Joan Rivers and most of the E! Fashion Police may disagree, but my absolute favorite look from the 2013 Oscar Red Carpet was Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen.
#2: I must be really drawn to Alexander McQueen because my second favorite Oscar Best Dressed pick was the lovely Salma Hayek also in McQueen.
#3: The dress that made the biggest statement was absolutely Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta. This is such a statement red carpet dress that’s both elegant and whimsical.
#4: Unlike the majority of the fashion community, I wasn’t crazy about Jennifer Lawrence’s white Dior number on the red carpet. But, the metallic dress she rocked at the Vanity Fair After Party was 100% Best Actress worthy.
#5: Jessica Chastain looked like a living Oscar statue in Giorgio Armani.
Tonight is the night of the 85th Annual Academy Awards and I’m super excited! Not because I’ve seen most of the movies, but to watch the red carpet of course. The suspense of what Hollywood’s hottest celebrities will be wearing is enough to drive any fashionista insane. Though the Oscars are a night of glamour for some, I much prefer to watch the red carpet, awards ceremony, and after parties at home in the comfort of a stylish pair of pajamas. To make this night a celebrity status experience, there are a few must-haves every girl who isn’t walking the red carpet should have while watching the Academy Awards:
1. Champagne: Everyday is a good day to drink like the stars. When you’re celebrating a great year in film, champagne is a must.
2. Popcorn Cakes: To go along with the whole movie theme, you’ve got to break out the popcorn. I personally, recommend low calorie popcorn cakes.
4. Comfy Slippers: Even for a casual night at home, footwear is still important, especially on a cold February night. My pick for this award goes to these Jessica Simpson Faux-Fur Slippers.
5. Drink Accessories: Aside from drinking champagne in your pajamas, I love coming up with cocktail recipes that go along with the nominated films. These Ice Princess Ice Cube Straws are perfect to put the finishing touches on your Oscar-themed cocktails.
I always knew I was destined for fashion television and I just got my first taste. I’m so excited to announce that yesterday, Aspiring Socialite was mentioned on Luke Reichle’s YouTube series, Secrets of the Red Carpet. It’s a fabulous online series airing new episodes every Saturday at 3 p.m. As a renowned fashion and costume designer, Luke is truly a fashion expert with experience designing for major Hollywood studios and top labels such as Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, and Alexander Julian. His latest endeavors include designing costumes for the hit TV shows, Castle, Without a Trace, and CSI Miami.
I really admire and believe in Luke’s mantra that style comes from the inside out making confidence the most valuable accessory. Be sure to tune into the most recent episode of Secrets of the Red Carpet featuring actress, Traci Lords, star of Excision and Cry Baby. Aspiring Socialite is mentioned at the end and the beginning. Thanks so much for the shout out Luke!
In September, Adrianna Papell For E! Live From The Red Carpet launched a nationwide call-to-action, and invited designers to submit red carpet looks for the Spring 2012 collection. A winner has been chosen and Natalie Palter’s winning design was unveiled to millions of viewers nationwide on the Oscar’s Red Carpet on E!’s Academy Awards Pre-Show. Over 700 designs were submitted. Natalie is freshman fashion design student at Marist College who took much of her inspiration from Grecian goddesses adding crystal baguettes accent the décolletage and natural waist.
“I have been designing ever since I could hold a crayon. I wanted to design a dress that would not only flatter any woman’s body, but also make her feel like red carpet royalty,” said Natalie. The winning design will be available at Lord & Taylor and other fine retailers beginning in June. The entire Adrianna Papell for E! Live from the Red Carpet line can be found on E! Online. Now all you have to do is find the perfect red carpet event or June wedding to go to. Perhaps, a night at the Opera would be an excellent time to have your red carpet moment? I just love old Hollywood.