Oscar 2016 Red Carpet- The Hits and Misses

It is the time of the year again- The Academy Awards aka the biggest prom night of Hollywood. Although the whole world is celebrating the fact that Leonardo Dicarpio finally won his first Oscars… I am celebrating the Oscars for the personal bests and worst looks on the red carpet.
This year, I have to admit I am disappointed at how safe the actresses played. Although there were few surprising trends- Green, Interesting  Textured Fabric and a surprising lack of red dresses.  For me across the board, many starlets made fashion choices which are safe although not offensive….
But thankfully there are superstars who earned Fashion Oscars from Me for their Fashion Statements while More thankfully, in a year lack of fashion mishaps, I can finally hand out a few Fashion Rasberry Awards to the risks that didn’t work out.
Although this is an extra long post but hope you will hang in till the end of this post of 19 looks that caught my attention at the Oscars this year.

BEST DRESSED

Cate Blanchett in Custom Armani Prive

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My first reaction is OMG (as usual with everything she wears), but after a while I began to question whether I liked this more than I should because it is super tough to wear- the mint green colour, the plunging neckline, the feathers and crystals,the stiff taffeta fabric…. This dress has the quintessential elements to become a drag queen costume yet Queen Cate, being the goddess of fashion risks somehow managed to pull it off. Really celebrate that because on anyone else, this would’ve immediately entered tacky field- think Heidi Klum in this dress.  For me not the #dressofthenight but definitely the #lookofthenight.
Brie Lawson in Custom Gucci

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At first glance my reaction is Prom Dress because you guys know I always prefer Fashion Statements than pretty but when I truely think about it, she KNOWS she will win so she us under the pressure of having a dress which looks timeless holding the statue for the Oscar Hall of Fame. It is a pretty dress and I really appreciate the fact that she chose royal blue- a color which rarely appears on an Oscars Winner. That enough forgives the fact that she chose an ultra safe dress.

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

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Sorry Cate but for me #dressofthenight. As soon as I saw this dress on the runway, I was praying to see it on Queen Cate but thankfully the perfect women did it justice. Yes it is a sequin bath towel but it is an interesting and dramatic one.  I question the necklace because I am not crazy about necklaces with tube dresses but the hair and makeup is on point.  She looks like she is a nominated even though she is there as a guest to present an award.  Kudos to the effort.
Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren

Oscars 2016 Best Dressed Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren

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A fashion risk for her. Yes its strapless and black. Yes it is a body con dresss with a side train although in photographs it looks like a ballgown HOWEVER the shiny fabric and the dramatic side train is something new. Love the juxtaposition of the shine of the fabric against the slightly beachy hair. We don’t expect her to be a fashion icon but thanks for taking fashion challenges with baby steps.
Jennifer Garner in Versace

Oscars 2016 Best Dressed Jennifer Garner Versace

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Old Hollywood Glamour. Its a black dress yet it is dramatic as hell.  The silhouette, the one shoulder strap, the fitted skirt with the overlay….  This is a dress on paper could’ve been boring but it was executed perfectly.  Thank god Versace can still give us these ultra dramatic yet not tacky red carpet fashion moments. Love the fact that she kept the hair/makeup/jewellery simple otherwise this would’ve looked like a costume.  This is an Oscar Winner’s Dress…. and she is there as a presenter…. Welcome back to the RC Jennifer Garner.
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

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I was super unsure about this at first because it seem slightly informal for the Oscars but when I saw her performance outfit and her Vanity Fair After Party Outfit, it made sense. She is conceptually trying to do white trousers in 3 different looks. Also she is trying to find a balance between Lady Gaga the Performer and Lady Gaga the Actress. If this is the new GaGA way to wear gown + pants on the Red Carpet by wearing everything white and minimal… I buy it…. because this is truely beautiful.

WORST DRESSED

Heidi Klum in Marchesa

Oscars 2016 Worse Dressed Heidi Klum in Marchesa
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#NO …. Excuse my language but I have a hatred for diagonal cutouts across the breast area because 9/10 times it looks like they are wearing their vagina on their boobs. But dear Heidi a sheer sleeve does not make this dress demure. In fact it made me wish you cut off the sleeve so as tacky as the dress is we can at least say at least she got the proportions right and At least she is not wearing a naked dress….

Kerry Washington in Versace

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I appreciate her always trying to take a fashion risk on the red carpet and always never go the safe root and if this dress is worn to something more casual- maybe the Golden Globes she probably would’ve gotten away with it- but I really don’t get the black armor style bodice which does not fit at the bust.  I HATE the pocket like leather detail on the skirt and the slit just don’t do anything to the look.  Also where is the drama? This just look like an ill fitting fishtail dress rendered in Leather to attempt to look “edgy”.  Imagine this in red silk and beading then it would’ve been the biggest bore of a dress which we see at the Oscars every year.

Oliver Wilde in Valentino Haute Couture

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Kudos for doing something different. This was the most googled dress of the night, HOWEVER, I can not get behind that much skin on the red carpet.  Not only it had the plunging neckline, but the open back extended to the side boob. . She looks like a vulgar version of Princess Leia. The choker is pointless and cuts the neck off.  It almost made me wish she wore statement earrings and kept the look vulgar because at least the proportions would be right.

Mindy Kaling in Melissa Kennedy

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From the front I don’t mind it.  A classic body con dress with cap sleeves and a train.  The color is alright if not a bit safe HOWEVER, the back of the dress is enough for me to put her in the worst dressed list.  That looks like the way we tie sweatshirts on our waists during a hot day.  The fabric of the cape/train looks cheap and gets winkled every time she sits which is pointless since she would be sitting half the time.  Good attempt but #NO.
Jennifer Lawerence in Christian Dior Haute Couture

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What a bore.  I don’t mind the black lace but I always have a problem with lace bodices lined in nude colored fabrics because it looks like the wearer don’t have nipples.  Really don’t get black darts which goes up to her boobs.  Also really hate how old she looks.  This dress with sleeves without the darts with a sweetheart lining  in black is a Helen Mirren dress.  The hair looks like she did it in 5 minutes.

DISAPPOINTMENTS & OPEN FOR DISCUSSION

Alicia Vikanda in Louis Vuitton

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By far, the biggest disappointment of the night. It is a pretty dress and there is nothing wrong with the total look of the dress, but total let down compared to the other looks she did for this year’s awards season.  As the Fashionista of the year, I was expecting her to do something edgy, unique and dramatic, instead she went the Disney Princess root.  I get it is her first Oscars and she had a high chance of winning but I was expecting more.  Has she worn this to a movie premier for The Danish Girl, definitely would’ve been best dressed but for the final awards show of the season, this is just blah…. The hair took it to Prom territory.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

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It is a very sexy look, the necklace looks beautiful but another let down of the night.  In her past Oscars appearances, she has a tendency to wear some of the most memorable Oscars looks of all time and this wasn’t one of them.  Its a red fishtail dress with a plunging neckline.  She looks good because of her statuesque figure but she looks good in anything.  Is it one of the better looks of the night? Yes. But is it as memorable as her dramatic bow in 2006 or The white structured gown with super short hair in 2013? Definitely not.

Rachel Adams in August Getty Atelier

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The colour looks beautiful and I get she is going for a slightly minimalist  but the fabric is unforgivable for sitting in a limo.  There was not one photo which didn’t show any winkles on it and this is before the show.  Imagine how the dress would’ve looked IF she won by the time she sat for an hour.  Also that train is WAY TOO LONG for her height.  Such a disappointment for an Oscar Nominee.  This dress without the train would’ve been a dress which the ladies who give the Oscars to the Presenters would wear.

Priyanka Choyard in Zuhair Murad

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The face looks beautiful. But yawn another naked dress.  Miss Priyanka : Beyonce and Kim Kardashian wants their Wedding After Party dress back.

Reese Witherspoon in Oscar De La Renta

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The color is gorgeous. The hair and makeup looks beautiful as usual.  But from the draped fabric on the bust with the exposed boning to that line to the super stiff fabric, it looks like an over designed bridesmaids dress. Taffeta winkles easily and that line that cuts right across the waist makes her look wide. Safe and Problemic yes, Offensive? no.
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klien Collection

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This is very sexy, slightly unique and a risk for her first Oscars. There is something almost Studio 54 about it. But I think the sheer skirt cheapen the whole look.  I like the idea of the mis matching earrings but its not for such a symmetrical dress.  Also this dress needed a statement cuff.

Julianne Moore in Chanel

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When Kendal Jenner walked this dress  in the Chanel Haute Couture Fashion Show , I knew it would appear at the Academy Awards.  I have to admit I was surprised to see it on Julienne Moore.  The Bodice is stunning and I love the fact that it the statement earrings with it. The perfect hair and makeup looks BEAUTIFUL.  HOWEVER, I wish they didn’t modify it.  On the runway the triangle under the bust was alot bigger and extended into a train in front of the skirt which for me wasn’t THAT unconventional and gave the skirt a bit of interesting detail.  Without it, the skirt felt plain and this dress turned into a classic ballgown.  Also I am not sure whether she is the right person for this dress because it felt too edgy for her if not modified but too pretty for her now that it is modified.  On the other hand, maybe I am just nip picking because I was hoping another actress wore it to the Oscars.

Rooney Mara in Custom Givenchy Haute Couture

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Rooney Mara was my pick for Julienne’s dress.  This Givenchy is very her- Lace, slightly unconventional and dark romantic.  But I feel like I’ve seen this dress a million times on her before.  The buttons in the front is pretty and I am glad she didn’t wear cream.  But I need something new on her.  There are other ways to do dark romance – think Valentino but it can always be more than a lace dress with tulle.  That cutout is unforgiveable and the hair while very her is not right for the gown.  It is very Rooney, But I NEED MORE.

Thats it for now. Sorry about the extra long post. The Academy Awards Red Carpets is my second favourite time of the year- (My favorite will always be the Met Gala).

Who was your best and worst dressed at this year’s Oscars? Please let me know  in the comments section.

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Golden Globes Awards 2015 Red Carpet PART 2- Worse Dressed List

As seen in my previous blog post on the Fashion Hits of the Golden Globes Awards in 2015, there are also some major fashion misses this year. Every time I write the worse dressed list, I often get criticised for being too harsh and use people’s miss fortunes as my happiness but the way I see it is 1: the thing I’ve always loved about fashion is the fact that its subjective and everyone have their own opinion of what is beautiful and 2: These are Famous people who can get access to some of the most expensive dresses in the world with stylist, makeup artists and hair stylist who probably earn more a day than most of us do in a month, there is not much excuse to look bad on the red carpet so not gonna apologise for it.  Anyway to keep things short, here are the top 15 worse dressed celebrities at this year’s Golden Globes Awards.

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15- Salma Hayek, in Alexander McQueen (tie)
It hurts me to say this cause Alexander McQueen but even though the dress is pretty the dress and the styling just doesn’t look right on her.  The silver belt with the diamond jewellery and the knuckle clutch just don’t seem to match. The flowers with the soft waves feel to soft with the belt of the dress. On someone edgier (maybe Jennifer Lawrence or Marion Cotillard) and with the right styling this would’ve been beautiful but she is too exotic for this dress. She looks more like a beach bride in Miami than an actress at the golden globes red carpet.
Salma Hayek, in Alexander McQueen

15- Kate Beckinsale, in Elie Saab (tie)
Really can’t decide which is worse, Salma’s beach bride ensemble or this from miss Beckinsale. I like the top half of the dress with the metallic plunging neckline and I like the chiffon on the bottom of the dress but together it looks like 2 different dresses sewn together as one.  The make up is beautiful but the ballerina bun just killed it. She looks like these models hired to give the award to the presenter than the actual presenter herself.
15. Kate Beckinsale, in Elie Saab

 14- Jennifer Lopez, in Zuhair Murad Haute Coutur
I know I’ve raved about Heidi Klum about being dramatic , sexy and knowing her image in my Best Dressed post, J’Lo did a similar thing but in the wrong way. I know this is very her and what we expect to see her in but the boobs, the big slit, the bling, the cape with the big hair it looks way too vulgar.  She look like a drunk drag queen on the way to a show in Las Vagas . If she wore this as a performance outfit or a music awards red carpet it would’ve worked but not at the Golden Globes. Great eye makeup though.
14. Jennifer Lopez, in Zuhair Murad Haute Couture

13- Keira Knightley, in Custom Chanel
I know I shouldn’t criticise a pregnant women and I am always up for prints or something unconventional on the red carpet but this just look like a pilgrim costume.  The collar feels very flat and the ruffles on the hem just feel like its the wrong length and makes her look short.  The butterfly on the clutch feel too matchy match with the dress. Such a shame cause the original dress the porportion was perfect. If she wore that to a movie premiere would’ve saved it. Beautiful hair and makeup though.
13. Keira Knightley, in custom Chanel, and James Righton

12- Ruth Wilson, in Prada
The silhouette is something I normally would love and the colour looks awesome with her hair but the problem with this dress is the diagonal stripe on her crotch it feels very odd and totally unnecessary unless she wants to tell the whole world that she is not available for sex that night.  The lines of the dress don’t work with the soft wavy hair and makeup. I love Prada and Miuccia is one of the most influencial designers in the world but 90% of the times they try to turn their ready to wear to red carpet dresses,  there is usually something wrong with it.
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11- Matthew McConaughey, in Dolce & Gabbana with a Bulgari watch, and Camila Alves, in Monique Lhuillier
What a huge disappointment – one of the hottest couples in Hollywood ruined by very bad styling and grooming. The suit is ok but the beard just absolutely ruined the look. I get maybe its for a movie role but for god’s sake, you are last year’s winner presenting at the Golden Globes, please show some respect.  The dress itself is beautiful but just the wrong colouring on her skin tone. The highlights on her hair absolutely does her zero justice what so ever. From the neck up they both aged 20 years.
11. Matthew McConaughey, in Dolce & Gabbana, with a Bulgari watch, and Camila Alves, in Monique Lhuillier

10- Kate Hudson, in Atelier Versace
Another major disappointment of the night. The white looks good against her skin tone and the hair and makeup looks beautiful but this is way too sexy for her. The plunging neckline with the cutout just looks absolutely vulgar. The only thing you seem to look at is her boobs which looks like they are sagging. This probably would look good on J-Lo but for someone who usually gets it so right , she falls flat on her feel in pulling this off.
10.Kate Hudson, in Atelier Versace

9- Viola Davis, in Donna Karan Atelier
Red was the colour of the night and I always love it when a women of colour wear it cause it just pops against their skin tone but the silhouette of this dress makes her look very boxy with no waist.  While I get the fact that the sequins tries to give the illusion of the hour glass figure but instead it makes her body looks like her boobs are crying.  Really hate the tuck shop lady hair and thats WAY TO MUCH makeup for such a beautiful women.
9.Viola Davis, in Donna Karan Atelier

8- Katherine Heigl, in Zac Posen
At first glance my reaction is what is Mariah Carey doing at the Golden Globes this year? When I realise its Miss Heigl my heart just sank.  I don’t have a problem with the colour and the silhouette, it normally would look very chic on the red carpet but off the shoulder straps are always tricky cause I find it narrows the shoulders and widens the arms.  Also why on earth would any women in the world want to wear a dress with a big arrow pointing towards her vagina?  The barbie blond curls really cheapens the whole outfit. She looks like a call girl trying to look elegant at a black tie dinner
8. Katherine Heigl, in Zac Posen

7- Melissa McCarthy, with Carla Amorim and Doves by Doron Paloma jewels
I understand curvy actress often find it hard to get designers to make something unconventional for them for the red carpet so kudos to that. The silhouette looks amazing on her figure and the soft pink works well with her hair and makeup. The problem is the tie with the big bell sleeves immediately moved this dress to costume territory.  This is appropriate if you are the lead singer for a choir at a church wedding but looks weird for an actress at the golden globes.
7. Melissa McCarthy, with Carla Amorim and Doves by Doron Paloma jewels

6- Lena Dunham in Zac Posen
Like many actresses on this list from the neck up she looks beautiful. The bob looks very quirky and fun on her even though the makeup is too much – there is too much blush to go with a red dress. The colour of the dress is beautiful but the silhouette- with the stiff seems of the dress does absolutely nothing good to her body. The curves of the hemline and the seems makes her look more round then she really is.  It looks like deflated red basketball made into a dress.  Cute shoes though.
6. Lena Dunham, in Zac Posen

5. Kerry Washington, in custom Mary Katrantzou
I like the fact that she takes risk on the red carpet but really don’t get this princess Barbie look.  The off the shoulder strap with the sweet heart neckline with this ball gown silhouette is so cliche its funny, the hem length just looks like they ran out of fabric. But the biggest mistake is the material- its so stiff that it looks like a project runway challenge – make a dress out of materials found at a hardware store inspired by princess barbie.
5. Kerry Washington, in custom Mary Katrantzou

4- Rosamund Pike, in Vera Wang
I was so surprised when I realise this dress is by Vera Wang, the queen of elegance and glamour cause this dress feels extremely vulgar for her.  Even though I understand Rosamund just had a baby but the cutouts, the symmetry of the straps and the low cut makes her look frumpy and boxy at the same time. The severe office women bob does absolutely nothing to soften this look.  The dress would look awesome on Heidi or J lo cause they have the style and figure to pull this off but definitely not for her. #WORSEDEBUTEVER for the Golden Globes norminee.  On the positive, even though most people say this is the worse of the night, for me there is definitely worse.
4. Rosamund Pike, in Vera Wang

3- Zosia Mamet, in Andrew Gn
Yawn.  Another princess silhouette which looks like the top and bottom comes from 2 different dress rendered in taffeta- a fabric which needs steaming as soon as she enters the limo in a colour which completely washes her out.  Zosia: never die your hair to match the bodice of the dress.  The peplum makes her hips looks wider than it really is and the whole dress looks like the muslin for a potential wedding dress.  At least Rosamund’s have SOME design lines and a nice fabric to it. This is just bland, unflattering and winkled.
3. Zosia Mamet, in Andrew Gn

2- Alan Cumming, in Calvin Klein Collection
Usually I applaud men for taking fashion risk on the red carpet but this is an example of doing it in the worse possible way.  The colour just makes him look naked from far away and it EXACTLY MATCHES HIS SKIN TONE. He looks like a skin coloured crayon.  The jacket is way too long and makes him look short and the fit of it makes him look 2 sizes bigger.  The shoes, I know its Christian Louboutin but wearing suede sneakers on a red carpet is just the biggest mistake you can make.  Alan: maybe its time to go back to the classic suit cause I would rather have NO risk taken then this weird colourless attire.2. Alan Cumming, in Calvin Klein Collection

And now, the winner of the BTW-Workshop Blog’s pick for WORSE DRESSED of Golden Globes 2015 goes to (drumroll please)

1: Jemima Kirke, in Rosie Assoulin
Futuristic Geisha goes Belly Dancing.  Firstly the fabric of the skirt looks like a slip. The top/ cape is just Bazaar and looks as stiff as a carpet.  The colour of the whole thing is sooooo bland and washes her out.  The flat ironed hair with the roots showing makes this dress even flatter than it already is.  Its never a good sign when your eye makeup have more visual interest than the whole entire outfit.  Jemima: Cher is suing you for stealing muslin sample for one of her stage wear back in the 70s.1. Jemima Kirke, in Rosie Assoulin

Well thats it for now, what is your picks for this year’s worse dressed at the Golden Globes? Feel free to have your say in the comments section.

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xoxo Tim Tim Wong