Red Carpet Review: My Favorite Past Oscar Styles!

It’s Oscar night & I’m dying over darlings like Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, & Reese Witherspoon‘s dresses on the red carpet.  Keeping it classic & timeless, effortlessly glamorous, & oh-so gorgeous is what a night like this is all about.  I decided to take a quick look back at my top ten favorite looks from previous years at the Academy Awards.  Among my favorites are designers Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Valentino, & Carolina Herrera.  I have a thing for some glitter, but also frills & clean lines are always amazing trends to show off at an elegant occasion such as this.  Take a look (at these, of course which are in no particular order) & lemme know which are your favorites?

Last year Cameron Diaz wowed in this gold princess gown by Oscar de la Renta.  She usually goes a little more eccentric, having worn a red Alexander McQueen gown for the Globes just weeks before, but thanks to her famous stylist, Rachel Zoe, this dazzling gold confection of elegance stole the red carpet.  Gold was a big theme at the show as winner Sandra Bullock showed off her embroidered Marchesa column gown.

Kate Hudson showed off some serious sparkle power at the 2003 ceremony in this Atelier Versace hand-sewn gown.  This look is listed among In Style’s 10 Best Oscar Dresses ever & is probably one of my favorite worn by the actress. She is also a client of Rachel Zoe’s, who has taken more risks in recent years on the red carpet, like for last years Globes in a white feathered Marchesa & her teal Gucci number at the 2009 People’s Choice Awards.

Keeping with the glamorous glitter theme so far, Diane Lane appeared at the 2003 ceremony in Oscar de la Renta.  Having seen the feathers for tonight’s show with Hilary Swank & Sharon Stone, I have to say that the gown is one that transcends time.  At the 2009 ceremony in ruched black Chanel & her white Azzaro gown at the 2004 show were just as gorgeous in the truest movie star fashion.

Renee Zellweger‘s Carolina Herrera gown for her 2004 win for her performance in Cold Mountain is one of those dresses that you just look at & know that a winner is wearing it.  Recalling the vintage elegance of Grace Kelly & the star power of Marilyn Monroe, this is one of Renee’s finest appearances in fashion.  Always a fan of Carolina Herrera’s designs, 7 years later, the actress even wowed in this sparkly gown for a German awards show.

Cate Blanchett‘s 2007 Armani Prive marcasite gown was a dramatic revelation against the usually ruffled & mainstream looks that we see on the red carpet.  Always a risk taker, we even saw her on tonight’s red carpet in a pastel beaded Givenchy gown that even wowed fashion icon & Oscar commentator Tim Gunn.

Keira Knightley was nominated in 2006 for her lead role in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice & showed up in this merlot Vera Wang gown & Bulgari necklace.  She was certainly the best dressed of the night & took the trend of statement jewelry to a new level.

Kate Winslet is a consummate favorite at the Oscars, having won two years ago for The Reader, I have to say that nothing pleases me more than seeing a pistachio dress draped in such a sophisticated way over a truly beautiful talent.  This Valentino dress helped make the 2007 ceremony a memorable night, as I recalled the sari-inspired Valentino dress that Jennifer Lopez wore in a similar shade in 2003.

Penelope Cruz showed up this year’s Oscars just weeks after giving birth, but when she took home Oscar for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, she looked like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn.  This vintage Balmain bridal-inspired gown pulled at every fashionista’s heartstrings.  She looked like an absolute princess that night & this is probably one of my favorite Oscar looks ever.  In previous years, she was very elegant in Versace and forward thinking in Chanel, but for this pivotal moment in her career, she looked flawless.

2009 was also a dazzling year for Sarah Jessica Parker in this belted princess Christian Dior.  Embodying all things Carrie Bradshaw & the whimsical way that Sarah Jessica has stolen our fashionable hearts off-screen, this is one of the most quintessential princess gowns that I’ve ever seen.  Critics didn’t embrace her 2010 look for the ceremony, but she’ll always be turning heads no matter where she goes.

Demi Moore impressed fashion critics last year in her strapless silk organza ruffled gown by Versace.  Rachel Zoe was once again behind this look, which was a far cry from Demi’s 1989 shorts look that made In Style’s Most Unforgettable Oscar Looks.  Seeing this dramatic actress in such softness put her among the best dressed & was a lovely departure from her usually darker looks.

 To catch some of your favorite Oscar dresses from years of yesterday, check out In Style’s Oscar Index & the official Academy Awards website. Also, you can find some really incredible deals on celebrity-inspired gown from all of the awards shows at EDressMe, PromGirl, & SerendipityProm.  Don’t forget to check out our previous Red Carpet Review posts from this year’s awards season & our upcoming review from the 2011 Oscars red carpet.  Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: White House Black Market Goodies ($20 & Under)!









If you’re in a quick bind of trying to figure out that one last piece to add to your outfit before you leave (no matter what other mantra you may have heard), maybe switch it up with some slitted leggings or one of these bracelets.  Right now, White House Black Market has these five items marked down to $20 & under.  You know, flower pins are a big trend that Carrie Bradshaw started & adding them to your twisted bun, on a floral tote, or pinned to your favorite pashmina would really glamorize any day look.  Not to mention these tights are only $8.99 & when some of their new items are a little costly, why not treat yourself to something inexpensive while you’re saving up for a flashier investment like a belted taffeta dress. Be sure to also check out some of their other marked down items, including these glass pearl earrings, black studded jeans, chino shorts, & a figure flattering mesh striped dress. Happy Styling!

2/26/11 Darling of the Day: Malin Akerman’s Rock of Ages Red Carpet Look!

Swedish-born actress & current star of the biopic Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Biopic, Malin Akerman stepped out in Los Angeles recently for the premiere of Rock of Ages, looking simply chic.  This image of the beautiful blonde in a flyaway cardigan & leather skinny pants comes courtesy of In Style‘s Look of the Day.  These very basic pieces in neutral colors can be put together in an elegant way.  Leather skinnies are the new dark denim.  If worn with just the tank, Malin would be showing off some rocker edge, but the softness of the cardigan brings some feminine flair.  What’s even more fabulous is that these items total under $100!  This would be a perfect look for a date night or even as the actress is wearing it, for a night out on the town.

Check out some of my favorite of Malin’s looks, like in J. Mendel at the People’s Choice Awards, in Dolce & Gabbana at an Emmy after party, in Beverly Hills wearing Monique Lhuillier, & in a J.Crew bustier dress at the Going the Distance premiere. 





For more on Malin’s style, take a clicky over here to check out some of her most gorgeous red carpet looks.  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: New Spring Styles at Payless!


It hasn’t even been a week since my last shoe-oriented post, but I got so excited when I was clicking through the new arrivals on the Payless website. Spring shooties, heels, & wedges are all the rage right now & can be worn throughout the warmer season in many careful ways. Show off your softer side in neutral tones like tan & champagne, but don’t forget about those feminine touches.  What’s super trendy right now are menswear-inspired pieces which really add luxury to your look.  Of course, you can’t go wrong with some peep-toe mini cork wedges.  We have five different textures here: canvas, leather, suede, tweed, & satin. 


For some outfit ideas, check out this ruffled romper which can be dressed up or down, depending on which shoe style you pick.  Also, keep in mind the neutrality of this cardigan for your next casual day out with your bestie wearing skinny jeans. Even just a lace-trimmed top & animal printed skirt will do for most of these shoes too! 

All of the selected styles are available at Payless right now.  If you order online, have it shipped to your local store for free shipping.  If you sign up for their emails, you’ll learn about all the latest on their BOGO deals & even can earn a 20% coupon & a coupon code for online purchases as a birthday gift!  With prices ranging from $26.99 – $44.99, these are five inspiring spring items that you really can’t so without! Happy Styling!!

Red Carpet Review: Costume Designer Awards Featuring Kristin Davis, Halle Berry, Demi Moore, & More!

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Well, the days are counting down to the Oscars & I just don’t know how I’m gonna get my blog out timely enough.  The ceremony is on a Sunday night, right before the work week & I just don’t seem to do my best blogging when I’m tired.  However, a surge of energy comes over me instantly when I look at just another reason why I love Kristin Davis, my SATC idol, a.k.a. Charlotte York.  At this year’s Costume Designer Awards, a ceremony that she hosted, the stars came out in glamorous style, as usual, to honor the vision of fashion on & off screen.  Here Kristin is wearing a beautiful white strapless polka-dotted gown with a belt by Oscar de la Renta.  Here’s a glimpse at some of my other favorites, courtesy of In Style. Happy Styling!