February 23, 2009

February 23, 2009
Oscar Fashions Less Than Fabulous


Welcome to another day in my life and the start of another business week. At least the weather is temperate this week with no major storms or freezes predicted.

The day started off as usual with a protein shake followed by my daily workout. Today was biceps and back day. I did three sets of four exercises for biceps and three sets of three exercises for back muscles. Because of disc problems, I have to be especially careful and use light weights and correct form when doing back.

I was watching some of the early feedback from the Oscars last evening. And it was not pretty.

What happened to sex appeal? Hollywood may be able to put it on the silver screen, but it seems to lose the plot when it comes to the red carpet.

Early Academy Awards arrivals veered between looking like something best-suited to the top of the Christmas tree or were dressed for a casting of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Where was the fun, the fantasy, the gorgeous passion of dressing up - and getting it right?

Kate Winslet, who has curves most women would murder a plastic surgeon for, looked like a severe dominatrix in a black one-strap gown by Yves Saint Laurent, and a scraped back hairdo. Angelina Jolie was no less terrifying in a Cruella de Vil-style gown, by Elie Saab, although the emerald earrings at least lent sparkle.

And where on earth did Beyoncé Knowles find that intimidating, black and gold fishtail creation, polished to perfection by "Mr Sheen"?

When they were not in funereal, don't-touch-me black carapaces, they went to the opposite extreme in fairy-princess gowns better suited to teenagers.

Sarah Jessica Parker, for all her fashion experience, should surely know by know that the most important thing about a strapless, bustier gown, is getting the right bust-size. When it comes to cleavage, too much is always, well, just too much.

Sophia Loren was almost swamped in an orgy of yellow organza ruffles.

Amy Adams picked a crimson tailored bustier gown by Carolina Herrera, piped in black, but thankfully escaped the strictures of too much "strict-chic", by adding an OTT Cleopatra-style jeweled choker by Fred Leighton.

Full marks to Frieda Pinto, charming and dazzling in a one-sleeved, beaded gown by John Galliano; Natalie Portman, for her choice of the lilac tulle "orchid" gown with Swarovski crystals by Rodarte; and Marion Cotillard in the perfect midnight blue and black, Dior couture gown, with a belt.

Fashion "Oscars" too, to Marisa Tomei, in Versace, and Penelope Cruz, in vintage Balmain, who both managed to wear white without making it look like they were in their wedding dresses.

BEST:

Freida Pinto, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz

WORST:

Miley Cyrus in Zuhair Murad; Beyonce Knowles; Kate Winslet

Red Carpet Trends:

WHITE: Jessica Biel in Prada satin with matching mobile; Penelope Cruz in vintage Balmain; Mickey Rourke in Jean Paul Gaultier; Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive; Marisa Tomei in Versace; Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli; Sarah Jessica Parker in Dior;

RED: Heidi Klum in a split too far by Roland Mouret; Virginia Madsen in Kevan Hall;Amanda Seyfried in Valentino; Molly Sims in Donna Karan; Amy Adams in Carolina Herrera;

BLACK: Kate Winslet in YSL; Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab; Diane Lane in Dolce & Gabbana Rainbow: Sophia Loren in yellow Armani; Alicia Keys in plum Armani; Natalie Portman in lilac Rodarte; Frieda Pinto in cobslt blue by John Galliano; Melissa Leo in copper by badgley Mischka

Well those are my thoughts, how about yours? Inquiring minds want to know so drop us a line.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.





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