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That Dress…

michelle optSome recent iconic fashion moments can be summed up as the intersection of daring and unexpected loveliness that leaves in its wake the fairy dust of pure inspiration.  Case in point First Lady Michelle Obama choosing an up and coming designer to make her inaugural gown.  That brilliant white off the shoulder gown worn by a hip Mrs. Obama was not your typical dress.  What you would expect.  Like the safe Oscar de la Renta number that former First Lady Laura Bush wore.  This intricately beaded gown was photographed and discussed.  11 brand collaborations later, including Target, propelled Jason Wu to über stardom.  A recent WSJ Magazine March article followed the designer as Jason Wu went through one day in his life that included fittings, meetings, etc.

Or the Pippa Middleton phenomenon also known as the I-kinda-stole-the-show from my sister because of this slinky white Alexander McQueen dress seen round the world. If we go even further back in time, who can forget the ‘moment’ which signaled the rise of model and actress Elizabeth Hurley? She wore that barely there black Versace dress with gold safety pins to her then boyfriend Hugh Grant’s film premier.  Poof.  She is the new ‘it’ girl, being talked about for her sexiness and style, and then lands the Estée Lauder contract that people still associate her with.  No doubt J Lo got inspired and took the ah Versace 'plunge' a few years later in her own sea green silk chiffon that probably required lots of fashion tape. 

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The recent 84th Academy Awards found me at home watching the program and recovering MichelleWilliams2012after a birthday celebration the night before.  The previous five years have found me squeezed into a dress and wearing uncomfortable shoes wishing I was home. This year, I got my wish but it felt strange nonetheless not to be dressed to the nines.  I tweeted “watching Oscars..Gwyneth looks very fashion forward...gorgeous Michelle Williams...have to see Angelina. Missed her dress.”

gwyneth-paltrow-article optGwyneth Paltrow wore a white Tom Ford dress and cape that somehow looked classic and edgy while the ensemble accentuated her slim and toned figure. Her make-up was soft and elegant.  Michelle Williams wore a vibrant not-red yet not-orange strapless Louis Vuitton gown that could have been too much of a fashion risk for anyone who doesn’t have her flair and poise. Instead, it made her look young and fresh and beautiful. Paired with a bright mouth and minimal make-up, it so worked! You might disagree. Yes, I realize this was not a home run for all.  


Angelina Jolie has Brad Pitt so she doesn’t need much in terms of accessories. That said, I am not going to attempt to explain ‘leg-gate’ at all though.  Her black velvet strapless gown from Atelier Versace was what a Hollywood actress should look like. angiebrad optHer make-up made her skin glow, emphasized her eyes, and capped off with a bright red mouth.  The locks were long, wavy, reddish, and sexy.

catwalk i-kit 3 optIf I had an event like that to go to, I would just do a dramatic eye using the new Jemma Kidd Catwalk I-Kit as it has primer, shadows, brushes, and shadow liner.  Have been using it for last two week and love it!  Tonight went to a recital in Cambridge and made my eyes look smoky using the shadows and liner. 

Monica Castillo, film critic and MillaJovovichwriter, told me what she thought about the Oscar make-up.  According to Monica, “overall, light/subdued pallets, very natural makeup with a few exceptions (Rooney Mara's dramatic red lips, for instance).” Monica awards best dress to Milla Jovovich. I must have been not been paying attention as the Elie Saab gown is simply stunning.  Do you agree?

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