The Oscars 2014 Fashion Recap

Better late than never! After some technical issues (fancy cover-up speak for a broken laptop), I’ve finally complied my favourite red carpet looks from The 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Best Actress Winner Cate Balnchett wearing Armani Prive

Best Actress Winner Cate Balnchett wearing Armani Prive

Cate pulled out all the fashion stops on  the red carpet in this embellished Armani Prive dress. The gorgeous gown included capped sleeves, a high neck line, fitted waist and a flowing skirt. I think this is possibly one of the best red carpet  looks of the 2014 Awards Season. The simple retro waves, statement earnings tie and natural makeup bring the look effortlessly together, giving it an old Hollywood glam vibe. The perfect gown to be immortalised in when looking back at her win.

Lupita Nyong'o wearing Prada

Lupita Nyong’o wearing Prada

Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o stunned on the red carpet in a baby blue Cinderella worthy, Prada gown. The simplicity of this dress is ultimately what makes it so timeless and chic. Lupita also kept her accessories to a minimum. The most notable, and talked about, was her cute hair band. I’ve included a picture below that I feel shows this dreamy, princess quality of this dress. A perfect ending to an unbelievable run of dresses for Luptia. I can’t wait to see what she will wear next.

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Angelina Jolie in Ellie Sabb

Angelina Jolie in Ellie Sabb

Looking much like the iconic golden statues, Angelina Jolie looked breathtakingly beautiful in gold Ellie Sabb. The sheer nude base with sequence appliqué is so on trend for 2014. Angelina brought it to another level of sophistication and elegance. Her swept back hair and subtle smoky eye, allowed her giant diamond earrings to shine without detracting the her magnificent dress.

Amy Adams wearing Gucci

Amy Adams wearing Gucci

Nominee Amy Adams, wore a navy Gucci gown to walk the red carpet. Many fashion critics have slammed Amy for wearing this simple, skulpted gown but I quite like it. I think the colour is great on her and it is tailored to perfection. Maybe a necklace or a softer hair style would have taken this dress to the fashion level everyone expects from Amy. Overall though, a great red carpet dress.

Kate Hudson wearing Atelier Versace

Kate Hudson wearing Atelier Versace

Kate looked  stunning in Versace on the red carpet. She incorporated this years biggeest trend, the cape, in an entirely new and sophisticated way.  The embellishments and wrap detail on the waist, show off Kate’s amazing figure.  One of the best looks this year from the Oscars!Kerry Washington wearing Jason Wu

Heavily pregnant Kerry Washington opted for a brown, strapless Jason Wu dress on the redcarpet. Kerry has had her ups and downs this red carpet seson, I’m on the fence about this dress. I think the silver bar detailing at the bust looks like she has stuck a pen down her top for safe keeping and it is a little bit wrinkled at the bottom.That said, what really won me over with this look was Kerry’s hair and makeup. The soft updo and dark lip and nails work well for Kerry. Overall a very Grecian inspired look.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Actress and presenter on the night, Emma Watson made her Oscars red carpet debut in a grey and black Vera Wang gown. I love the two tones at play in this dress and the glittery material. I feel Emma had the opposite problem to Kerry Washington. Emma’s hair, makeup and acessories were a bit lack lustre and let her look down. The messy side parting look like she jumped out of the shower and only half blow dried her hair. The rings and earrings were also a bit too much but the beautiful dress makes up for these mistakes.

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Camila Alves wearing Gabriela Cadena

Camila Alves looked her usual stunning self in this pink Babriela Cadena dress. The draping of the train and the over the shoulder drape are extremely elegant. Keeping her accessories to a minimum with a matching clutch, Camila let her dress do all the work.

Jared Leto in Saint Laurent

Jared Leto in Saint Laurent

Best supporting Actor winner, Jared Leto looked super chic in a white tuxedo Saint Laurent jacket and black tuxedo trousers. Deviating from the normal, been there done that black tux, Jared also incorporated a red bow tie and skinny black pocket square. I love that Jared, and co-star Matthew Mc Conaghey, opted for white instead of the traditional black. Is anyone else shocked that he is 42 years old? I wouldn’t have placed him a day over 30!

Matthew Mc Conaghey in Dolce and Gabana

Matthew Mc Conaghey in Dolce and Gabana

Like Jared Leto, Matthew opted for a white tailed suit jacket. I love this look on Mc Conaghey. The black waist coat and bow tie make it an Oscar worthy look. Winner of Best Actor, Mc Conaghey topped off a great red carpet season with this look.

Jeremy Renner in Riccardo Tisci

Jeremy Renner in Riccardo Tisci

American Hustle star Jeremy Renner looked dashing in Riccardo Tisci. Similarly to Leto and Mc Conaghey, Renner opted for a black jacket and trouser combo with white shirt and bow tie. Very stylish!

Michael B Jordan wearing Givenchy

Michael B Jordan wearing Givenchy

Looking the epitome of cool, Michael B Jordan oozed style and sophistication on the red carpet in Givenchy. I love the addition of a tin pin to Michael’s look. The silver plate over the shoes are a bit confusing and I have to confess I’ve never seen the like before but I think I like them…Random shoes accessories aside, Michael looked like Mr Cool on the red carpet with a dazzling style to match!

As always, let me know who you’re favourite was, even if they were not mentioned here.

The 2014 Golden Globes Fashion

What a stylish red carpet this year at the 71st Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills! Elegant updos and amazing jewels aside,all eyes were on the fashion. A stellar kick off to the 2014 Awards Season.

Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Maurad, Michelle Dockery wearing Oscar De La Renta and Emilie Clarke at the Golden Globes

Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Maurad, Michelle Dockery wearing Oscar De La Renta and Emilie Clarke at the Golden Globes

Pregnant Kerry Washington wears Balenciaga and Margot Robbie in Guici

Pregnant Kerry Wshington wears Balenciaga and Margot Robbie in Gucci

Pregnant Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier and Amy Adams wearing Valentino

Pregnant Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier and Amy Adams wearing Valentino

Helen Mirren and Olivia Wilde who wears Guicci

Helen Mirren and Olivia Wilde who wears Gucci

Julie Bowen in Carolina Hererra and Zoey DeChanel in Oscar De La Renta

Julie Bowen in Carolina Hererra and Zoey DeChanel in Oscar De La Renta

Julianna Margulies donning Andrew Gn and Cate Blanchett wearing Armani

Julianna Margulies donning Andrew Gn and Cate Blanchett wearing Armani

Sofia Vergara wearing Zac Posen and Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Sofia Vergara wearing Zac Posen and Emma Roberts in Lanvin

Jessica Chastain wearing Givenchy  and Alison Williams in Alexander Mc Queen

Jessica Chastain wearing Givenchy and Alison Williams in Alexander Mc Queen

Couples on the Carpet

Matthew Mc Conaghey and wife Camilla Alves, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan at the Golden Globes 2014

Matthew Mc Conaghey in D&G and wife Camilla Alves, Channing Tatum wearing Gucci and Jenna Dewan in Roberto Cavalli at the Golden Globes 2014

Men of the Carpet

Bradley Cooper wearing Tom Ford and Leo Di Capro at the Golden Globes

Bradley Cooper wearing Tom Ford and Leo Di Capro in Armani at the Golden Globes

Orlando Bloom wearing Lanvin, Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna and Usher in Calvin Klein

Orlando Bloom wearing Lanvin, Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna and Usher in Calvin Klein

New Year’s Beauty Inspiration

As 2014 fast approaches there is no better time to draw some inspiration from the best celebrity makeup looks of the last twelve months. If you’re heading to a party, hosting a party, or simply going out on the town to countdown to midnight on December 31st, what better way than with a great makeup look?

Classic Smokey Eye

Jennifer Lawrence Frida Pinto Cara Delevigne MakeupA classic smokey eye never fails to impress. This look can be worn with a darker lip like Jennifer, Lawrence and Frida Pinto demonstrate. If you prefer a more toned down look but still want a smokey eye, Rachel Weiz minimized the eye liner on her lower lash line but went for a defined brow and berry lip.Rachel Weiz Kerry Washington Heidi Klum MakeupKerry Washington and Heidi Klum opted for a nude lip but heavily lined top and bottom lash line. Heavily lined upper and inner rims, lots of mascara and a bright inner corner are essential for this look.

A Bold Lip

The perfect way to stand out this festive season is to adopt a bold lip colour. Tread with caution when wearing this look. You don’t want to look like a clown with massive red lips! Pair a bold burgundy lip with neutral eye makeup like Miranda Kerr.Clare Danes Miranda Kerr Kerry Washington Jessica Chastain Makeup Ditching the false lashes when you’re going for a dark lip is a good idea. If you’re feeling brave, try a glittery copper eye like Clare Danes. If burgundy isn’t your colour, Kerry Washington and Jessica Chastain paired their berry lips with neutral eyes but false lashes on the outer corners of their eyes for some definition.

A Dramatic LookAmanda Seyfried Taylor Swift Jessica Alba Makeup

For a head turning look this New Year, thick heavy eye liner and dramatic false lashes are sure to grab anyone’s attention. Amanda Seyfried paired her heavy eyeliner and falsies with bronzed lids, pink shiny lips and a natural cheek colour. Taylor Swift wore a similar style but with less dramatic lashes and liner. Taylor decided on a more bronzed eye look and continued it onto the lower lash line. She also with a matte natural pink lip. Stepping away from the bronzed and copper tones, Jessica Alba worked a shimmery metallic lid, highlighted her inner corners and spread it out to the outer corner on the under eye area which photographed nicely. Jessica lined her lower waterline and topped off her look with bold false lashes and again, a pale lip colour. Jessica also went for a dewy finish with her foundation in comparison to Amanda and Taylor. This is completely optional and down to personal preference.

NaturalKate Bosworth Angelina Jolie Sienna Miller Makeup

If you prefer to keep your look natural or don’t wear makeup on a regular basis you don’t have to go OTT to look elegant and sophisticated. Kate Bosworth shows that a lined upper rim, lashings of mascara and a warm berry lip and cheek make natural super chic. Angelina Jolie makes minimal makeup uber-glamorous with a heavy thick line on the outer corners of her lid, gradually fading and thinning towards her inner corner. Natural false lashes on the outer corner, no bottom lash mascara and a subtle fade and blend between the bottom and top liner on the outer corner connect the two lines. Subtly lined lips with a hint of gloss, finish off the look. Sienna Miller also goes for a natural lid this time with no liner or falsies.  Coats of mascara on the top lashes and minimal coats on the bottom lashes in company with a defined brow and pale lip is the most elegant way to achieve this minimal look.Rosie Huntington Whitely Beyonce Clare Danes Makeup

However, you can still do a natural and make it interesting. Rosie Huntington Whitely used black kohl liner on her top and inner waterline with a tiny, subtle wing at the outer corners. Beyoncé also wore this look but added some darker shadows on her lids. Her highlighted cheeks and arched brows set off the look. Clare Danes wears a natural red lip with a hint of glitter on her eyelids with mascara on her top lashes only.

Have a look at my previous post The Best of YouTube Makeup to recreate these looks at home.

I’d love to know your favourite beauty party looks and of course, which look you’re planning on wearing during 2014.