Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscar 2011 dresses: Yes, No and Hmmm

With all this Oscar fashion buzz and grading of celebrity dresses, I simply had to have my own say – at least about the outfits that evoked strong emotions. Thus I sorted Hollywood gals into three categories: those who nailed it, those who failed it, and those kinda hanging in the middle…


Natalie Portman in Rodarte

Apart from simply glowing the way only a beautiful future mom can, Natalie also picked a simply perfect dress to match both the occasion and her newly shaped figure. Bravo!

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection

This Hollywood newcomer absolutely nailed it at her first Oscars red carpet. A simple but totally flattering cut plus great color - she easily beat all the big stars that opted for red that night.

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

Mila once again proved she's one of the sexiest youngsters in Hollywood today. Judging from her other recent red carpet appearances she knows how to pick a perfect dress and how to rock it. Just look at her - she's a vision!

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein Collection

Although I'm not sure about this very architectural cleavage cutout, she's quite adorable in this. The metallic glow and color that suits her so well play the main part.

Cate Blanchette in Givenchy Haute Couture

This Givenchy creation is a complex work of art, and it certainly takes the right lady to pull that off, someone like ... Cate. Some other lady could look just weird in this but she's a real stunner!

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott

I love this deep blue, which is also perfect for natural redheads like Amy and the shimmer adds it the necessary glamour. I'm not crazy about the high neck though, as well as that giant jewel. It would have been much better strapless!

Florence Welch in Valentino

I love Florence because she's great musician, because she's a bold redhead and because she manages to stay true to her vintage style, while staying true to the red carpet demands. In this champagne-coloured frock she looks dreamy and light as feather!


Anne Hathaway in Valentino

Apparently that's what happens when you're hosting the ceremony and there is all that pressure to blow everyone away with your first appearance... In the end you just freak - and turn up looking like this. It seems like Anne wrapped the piece of fabric around herself at last minute, and as result her breasts look flattened, her waistline is all wrinkles and the bottom part is like a crumpled bright-red plastic bag. And speaking of red - this shade is just wrong for her.

Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior Haute Couture

Ok, this is a way bigger disaster than Anne's, since it looks out of place and out of fashion. All those layers and cuts are so totally wrong, I don't even know how to explain this!


Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana

I do like the general idea of it, but it still somehow comes out not good. Why? Maybe because magenta's wrong for her, the pencil-shape doesn't flatter her figure and her hair is too lackluster for the occasion?

Michelle Williams in Chanel

I'm sorry, but this is just boring. Maybe it also has to do with her expression and haircut (which I hate for some reason), but even though the dress is see-through, she doesn't look sexy or seductive at all. Just dull.

Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang

I know some critics loved it, can't really support them. Maybe it's the hair, maybe the shade of red (as with Anne) that's just slightly wrong, maybe the bodice top that is strange and uncomplimentary. Sorry, doesn't work for me at all.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Go Wild West

Miss strutting around town in your cowboy boots and a belt with a heavy shiny buckle channelling Madonna's look circa 2000? Well it's just about time time to pull them back out of the closet since Wild West is all the rage again. Want proof?

Exhibit A: RALPH LAUREN spring/summer 2011 collection
A new twist on the classic cowboy style, mixing rusty leather and fringe with shiny metallic fabrics and demure high-neck chiffon dresses that all the decent ladies wore at the time.

An unexpected sci-fi take on a Western, in which Daniel Craig's mystery cowboy (appropriately named Jake Lonergan) appears out of nowhere wearing a wicked bracelet-like gadget on his left hand, which proves effective against an alien army which is just about to descent on unsuspecting small town. Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde come along for the ride. To be released this summer.

Exhibit C: "RANGO"
A Western-style cartoon starring a hapless chameleon named Rango with Johnny Depp's voice who walks into a town in the middle of the desert and finds himself an unlikely hero and the only hope for the local animal community in a war against nasty predators. So far looks to be original and totally hilarious. Coming in March.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Great minimalist film posters

My discovery of the day: minimalist posters by Matt Needle. I'm a big fan of quirky minimalist film posters in general, and Mr Needle is doing a pretty awesome job with them. If you'd love to hang one of those on your wall (I certainly would), you may find his full collection available for sale at

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New uber-cool "Sucker Punch" trailer

Don't know about you, but I just loooove a cool flick full of sexy ACTION CHICKS kicking the world in the ass, and "SUCKER PUNCH" (opening in less than a month) looks to be packed with the latter. Hey it even has something of a plot: a girl sent to an insane asylum by her step father (true - that whole evil step MOTHER business was getting a bit old) finds refuge in an alternate reality. And boy, that's one hell of a reality (judging by the trailers)! Monsters, crazy war machines, dragons and pretty much the full-on Hell breaks loose on the sweet-faced little girls, who respond with all they got - and they've got plenty! And just look at those warrior outfits! They'll make awesome Halloween costumes - that is if the film lives up to its promise (given by yet another super stylish trailer) and really proves a smash hit.

Kill Bill: One Big Fat Remix

This awesome video, put together by Robert Grigsby Wilson and Kriby Ferguson, shows how "Kill Bill" borrows bits and pieces from so many other films creating a smart and stylish mix. Also on display are Tarantino's very own trademarks remixed again and again. But then ... Tarantino was always open about the fact that he's a film buff director. Try watching as many flicks as he did before pointing fingers!

Everything Is A Remix: KILL BILL from on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rock out! A collection of rocking celebrity looks

My recent post about Balmain and all those rocker jackets in many other collections for spring/summer urged me to put together a whole set of pics of celebrities sporting ROCK-STYLE outfits. Some of those ladies are actual rocker damsels, some are style icons, while others simply played cool edgy characters in films or even just appeared in rock-style photo shoots. But all of them together provide plenty of inspiration for the followers of the ROCKER trend. So enjoy the rock tips from cool chicks!

Irina Lazareanu

Kate Moss

I Blame Coco, singer
(a.k.a. Eliot Paluina Samner, a.k.a. Sting's daughter)

Kaya Scodelario, actress/model (star of British show "Skins")

Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in "The Runaways"

Alison Mosshart, singer in "The Kills" and "Dead Weather"

Agyness Deyn

Kat Dennings, actress ("Nick and Norah's Infinite Playllist")

Juliette Lewis

Emma Watson

Natalie Portman

Noomie Rapace in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (Hollywood remake) photo shoot