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Oscars 2014

The stars shine just a bit brighter on Oscars night. The outfits, the hair, the jewels…and of course the awards. But for me, it all begins on the red carpet. The show itself can often be a bore, but with Ellen hosting again this year we had a few laughs along the way.

One of the many highlights of the show for me was Pharrell’s performance of his hit ‘Happy’ from the Despicable Me animated film. He had the often stiff Oscar audience up and dancing, doing a shimmy with Lupita, Meryl and Amy Adams. Even Jamie Foxx and his daughter crashed the stage to dance along. Big step forward for hip hop to see one of its own take over the Oscar stage so fearlessly.

Now onto what matters the most…the fashion.

Best Dressed

This season’s red carpet had two themes – pastels and navy blue. Dramatic difference between the two colours, but both the men and women took inspiration from the oncoming spring by bringing pastels out while others chose to dramatize their elegance with a hint of blue.

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Lupita Nyong’o

Hands down the most anticipated outfit of the night. Since her emergence onto the scene, Lupita has dazzled us with edgy and breath taking dresses. Its her risk taking and boldness that has me enchanted. And now we can add Oscar winner to her accolades. Was that not the best speech ever? She had everyone in tears. Not only is she best supporting actress, to me she was the best dressed at the Oscars. Wearing a custom made dress by Prada that she collaborated on with, she had folks on Twitter calling her Cinderella. And she truly did look like the belle of the ball in that dress. Telling reporters on the red carpet that the blue hue of her dress reminded her of her home town of Nairobi, has already got folks calling that colour Nairobi Blue. From her smile, fashion sense, acting chops and memorable winning speech, Lupita is an all around star.

US-OSCARS-ARRIVALSAmy Adams

I’m a sucker for clean lines and elegance. Call this dress simple, but to me it was classic beauty. Amy looked amazing in this Darren Le Gallo dress in navy blue. Hair pinned up with coral stoned chandelier earrings, she looked comfortable and composed. Unfortunately American Hustle was not a winner at the awards, but Amy looked great.

Camila Alves OscarCamilla Alves

This Braziliam bombshell has been stealing the show from her husband Matthew Mconaughy at each red carpet appearance they’ve made together during award season. As a former model, you know she understands fashion and what works best for her body. So its no surprise that she finds the best dresses to suit her. Wearing a Gabriela Cadena gown, Camila makes wearing pastel pink appear flawless. But pastel is not an easy look to pull off, especially when olive toned but her glam squad had her makeup done right to ensure it didn’t wash out her sun kissed glow. Just seeing her and Lupita in such bright colours has me excited for spring.

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsCharlize Theron

Can this woman ever look wrong? Has she ever stepped out wearing a dress that made us cringe? Never. Charlize delivers again. Newly married to Hollywood bad boy Sean Penn, Charlize looks fierce in this Christian Dior all black gown. As the face of Dior’s J’adore perfume, its fitting that she steps out in a stunning Dior number.

sandra-bullock-gravitates-to-the-oscars-2014-red-carpet-02Sandra Bullock

Again, classic lines and sheer elegance Sandra Bullock harks to a golden age of fashion and cinema in this McQueen number. If you recall, when Sandra first started doing movies and thus appearing at shows and premieres she was not the best dressed often times. Yet she has blossomed into her own style wearing dresses that compliment her beauty and appropriately reflect her maturity in this industry. Nothing looks better on a woman than a great smile and confidence, which are Sandra’s greatest accesories.

Worst Dressed

Now everyone can’t be a winner. There were a few ladies that either neglected to heed their stylist’s advice or made the woeful mistake of not having one to begin with. Nonetheless hope they chalk it up to ‘lessons learned’, here are my choices for worst dressed.

anna-kendrick-oscars-2014-red-carpetAnna Kendrick

If my grandmother was to attend the Oscars, this might be what she’d wear so you can imagine how peculiar it looks on the young Anna Kendrick. I’m not even going to to dare name the designer because they should remain nameless for this horrendous piece.

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsJulia Roberts

This is an example of someone who believes they can dress themselves for the Oscars and most likely doesn’t have a stylist. Not because she doesn’t need one (this outfit alone proves otherwise), but to her she’s Julia I-been-here-long-enough Roberts so she can wear whatever she wants. No darling you can’t. No one should be on the red carpet wearing a dress I can probably find at the mall. Peplum? Really? In 2014? And you’re a certified Hollywood A list that has won an Oscar before. SMH.

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsJennifer Garner

When you are the wife of Ben Affleck, why are you wearing Christmas tinsel as a dress? Is it a 1920s inspired flapper dress? Is it a Vegas showgirl outfit gone semi Amish? Who knows but its hideous. When you know you are going to be a presenter at the Oscars, you bring your A game. This was a plummeting F. She has a stylist who is either lying to her or doesn’t get paid enough to care. Either way, Jen fire that person and see if Ben can call his ex JLo to send over one of her people.

The Men

Now normally I don’t pay attention to what the men are wearing. I mean, they all wear tuxedos and for the most part all tuxes look a like. But this year the dudes stepped their game up a few notches. Not sure what was in the water, but it was nice to see a divergence from the usual black tux.

 

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsJared Leto

Taking the first award of the night, my crush from My So Called Life (if you didn’t watch this show as a teen, then how do you even understand angst?) Jared Leto melted my heart. His speech to his family was moving. But his suit: the white jacket with the blood red bow tie was killer! And his hair! Also, I just read that he’s 42 years old! Clearly him and Pharrell Williams are drinking from the same fountain of youth.

pharrell-williams-wear-shorts-on-oscars-2014-red-carpetPharrell Williams

Speaking of the Virginia native, Pharrell Williams showed up in shorts. Now I know this isn’t conventional but its Pharrell. Whether its because he’s a great looking man with a heart stopping smile or because he’s a humble musician, we give him the pass on this. Pharrell can do no wrong in my eyes. He’s been making hip hop anthems since I was a teenager so he’s already won me over. Plus his performance of ‘Happy’ that had everyone dancing has cemented him as a musical genius. Wear whatever you want Pharrell, just keep making music.

kevin-spacey-oscars-2014-red-carpetKevin Spacey

How refreshing to see such a dashing twist to the classic tux. Navy blue was everywhere at the Oscars and Kevin looked fierce in this suit. The colour is dark enough that he played it semi-safe but that hue makes any man stand out in just the right way. Great look and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more navy blue tuxes from here on out.

 

What were your favs? Which outfits made you cringe?

 

Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair 2014

Because I honestly can’t get enough of her. Lupita slays in the 2014 Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair. The cover was shot by the famous Annie Leibovitz and features this year’s hottest actors who have films out now.

Its so great to see that in the 3 page fold out of this year’s Hollywood issue, there are six black actors. From seasoned actors such as Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor to young faces such as Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyongo. Hope this becomes a norm as opposed to a rarity.

No coincedence that Jared Leto is sitting right by Lupita as there have been rumours the two are smitten for each other. Get him Lupita!

The journey to the Oscar’s continues.

Dr Maya Angelou’s words with Tupac

Tupac was using vile language and preparing to fight someone on the set of Poetic Justice. Dr.  Maya Angelou was on set and here are the powerful words she employed to diffuse the fight which eventually made Tupac cry:

“When was the last time that anyone told you that ‘it’s all for you,’ that we lived 300 years on the edge of a dime so that you can exist? When is the last time? Do you know that we stood on slave ship decks and stood on auction blocks and were hosed down like dogs for you, so that you can live?’

 

 

 

 

Suave

 

Femme Crush

Cotdayum Nia!! When I grow up, can I be her?

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Impresa! Film

‘Because to try is to live’ #newPRproject #ImpressaFilm

Devil’s Double

My friend Mina saw this movie and has told me that its definitely worth seeing, and I trust her recommendations. There were a lot of conspiracy theories around the Saddam Hussein reign, one being that he and his son had body doubles to allegedly out wit any assassination attempts.

This movie is described as “a chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein’s sadistic son.”

Looking forward to checking out. If you have, let me know what you think.