Charlotte’s Top Five + 3 For Lagniappe: Oscar Fashion

Last night was the Oscars and, as usual, I was tantalized by all the glitz and glitter. However, I skipped my ritual of watching E! for the pre-show red carpet arrivals in favor of a restorative nap while nursing an earache. I woke up feeling a bit better and settled in for what we know is always a looooong (and often boring) viewing of the Oscar show. I was glad to see Ellen hosting this year again. She is the only host that can make jokes that are actually funny instead of cringe-inducing. I love Ellen.

One non-fashion Oscar thought: I was happy to see 12 Years a Slave win Best Picture. It’s the first time a film shot predominately in New Orleans has won the Best Picture catagory.

Now on to my fashion  picks from The Academy Awards 2013.

cateblanchettCate Blanchette is my Number 1 pick for Best Dress. This gorgeous, spangly nude and white Armani fit her like a glove. Her earrings, hair and makeup complimented this dazzling look perfectly. Cate never disappoints and is one of my personal style icons.

Naomi-Watts-Oscars-2014#2 is Naomi Watts. This is another beautiful white dress, by Calvin Klein this time, that was tailored to Naomi’s body perfectly. White dresses can often come off as too bridal but both of these dresses avoided that cliche and just made these women look stunning. And I couldn’t take my eyes off her stunning diamond necklace.

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Lupita Nyong’o also made my best of the Golden Globes and her Oscar look didn’t disappoint. This flowing blue Prada is my third best pick. It was like a breath of fresh air and I’m sure headbands will be the next “new” thing for hair adornment.

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Sandra Bullock looked very goddess-like in this #4 pick navy draped  number by Alexander McQueen. Doesn’t she have the most gorgeous hair and eyes ever?

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What can you say about Meryl? Always classy, always impeccably dressed on the red carpet. This black and white Lanvin is pure, understated elegance. It may be my #5 pick but Meryl will always be my #1 favorite actress.

I think the fashion in general was really great at the Oscars this year and I didn’t see too much I didn’t like so I’ve only picked one look that didn’t make the grade, IMO.

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Sadly, Glenn Close is my pick for worst dressed. She wore a black Zac Posen dress which reminded me of an 1800′s widow,  all buttoned up from neck to toe on her way to the funeral- one long column of depressing black. There was nothing of the sophisticated black dress in this one for me.

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John Ridley (screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave) and wife Gayle get my nod for best dressed couple. I love his grey on black combo, very sleek, and her purple dress is beautiful on her. They compliment each other so nicely.

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Finally, for best dressed man I pick Jared Leto in this slightly unconventional look. The slim black pants are perfectly tailored, the white jacket is very Rat Pack and I love the pop of red bow tie. All together he looks hot, hot, hot in Saint Laurent.

Who were your  favorite picks?

Charlotte’s Top & Bottom Fives: Golden Globes Fashion

I love awards shows. There, I said it. I love them primarily for the fashion and I always watch E! for the pre-show red carpet. This year I thought much of the fashion was underwhelming but there are always a few stars that stand out from the rest. Here are my top five picks for the best fashion, listed from #5 to #1.

julliannaJulianna Margulies in Andrew Gn – Classic perfection.

 elisabethElisabeth Moss in J.Mendel – love this art deco-inspired dress. (But I would have picked another shoe.)

lupitaLupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren – just stunning. The color is beautiful against her skin and I love the caped look.

zooeyZoey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta – Beautiful from head to toe, a total knock-out look. The beaded crop top made this look so fresh.

michelleMichelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

Michelle is my #1 pick because she looks so flawlessly effortless in this beautiful taupe dress with gold embellishment. This could have been just another strapless dress that we see over and over again at awards shows but the high/low hem, the gold embellishment and the perfect fit elevated it to a superior level. Her shoes and jewelry are perfectly understated highlighting  her peaches and cream complexion. I love this classy look.

And then there were the not-so-good looks. Again, from #5 to #1, here are my picks for the bottom five fashionistas.

juliaJulia Roberts in Dolce and Gabbana looks like she’s wearing her husband’s shirt under a strapless gown. Messy.

annaAnna Gunn in a Donna Karan dress that’s the same color as her skin. She’s beige from head to toe.

ediefalcoEdie Falco in a big orange bow…..I mean, Lanvin. I’m sorry to say this but the fabric looks like cheap, shiny poly.

jenniferJennifer Lawrence in a bound toilet paper roll…..I mean, Dior. I’m so disappointed in this dress.

zoeZoe Saldana in a friend’s design.

I have to give Zoe props for being sweet and wearing her friend’s design but, my goodness, what a mess of a dress. It looks like repurposed stripper lingerie bits and pieces. I saw her interviewed on the red carpet on E! where she over-explained why she was wearing it at all. Poor thing.

And, for a little lagniappe:

kerry Kerry Washington in Balenciaga, most beautiful pregnant woman.

 

naomiandliev Naomi Watts (wearing another dress I loved by Tom Ford) and Liev Schreiber, most beautiful couple.

 

usherUsher in Calvin Klein, best dressed beautiful man. (But, of course, I’m prejudiced because I like him so much.)

So,who were your picks?

Nola Fashion Week A/W 2013

One of my favorite things in the word has to be fashion. I absolutely adore it! The creativity is what I love. It’s all about the art of you and your specific personality.  Imagine my excitement when Nola Fashion Week (NOLAFW) got started in 2011.  NOLAFW is the next best thing to getting to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, but probably with a little more flavor.

Nola Fashion Week was the brainchild of the  Nola Fashion Council, whom work to connect designers with resources and exposure throughout the South and beyond. The Nola Fashion Council puts on NOLAFW biannually not only to showcase Southern talent, but to offer industry based education workshops as well as access to local designers and retailers.

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Southern born and /or based designers come together to show their greatness and to in my opinion put a smile on my face. From the efforts of Nola Fashion Week, we’ve come to know and see the rise of phenomenal designers such as Amanda deLeon, Andrea Loest, Matthew Arthur, Jolie & Elizabeth and more. It’s quite amazing to watch the talent right here at home doing innovative things.

Happening this week is Nola Fashion Week A/W 13’ showing. Showcasing this year is 17 designers which include Amanda deLeon, Andrea Loest, Anthony Ryan, Blackout, By Smith, Ella ose, Fair Fit, Hazel & Forange, Iacono, Izavel , Jolie  Elizabeth, Libellule , Loretta Jane, Matthew Arthur, Noel Martin, The Dope.Game and Tallulah’s Designs. These designers will not disappoint with great pieces you will daydream about for days as well as ready to wear pieces you will probably find at local stores this year! Also on the schedule are several cool workshops such as Sustainable Dyeing so you can get your learning on.

The great thing about NOLAFW is there is something for everyone! In whatever way you want to get involved from financial support to volunteering, to retail therapy and more; its something for you with NOLAFW. Not only are our brightest designers showcased, but also all the amazing individuals based right down in Louisiana making things happen behind the scene from makeup artist to stylist, to bloggers and more. This state produced a talented bunch and NOLAFW proves it just by the high value production put on since the beginning.

I don’t co-sign most events, but I look forward to NOLAFW each year and can’t get enough of the Nola and Southern Talent.

A Short, Gratuitous Fashion Post

Probably the main reason I watch awards shows is for the fashion. Back in the day I worked in fashion and knew what was on-trend and what was “out”. I read Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue and wore 4 inch heels to work every day.

Now I live real and I get my gratuitous fashion fix vicariously on Emmy night or Oscar night or any other of those nights when the beautiful show their stuff. Nothing makes a woman look more feminine and glamorous than getting dolled up in a long dress with full tilt make-up and jewelry. So, just for fun, here’s a few pics of my favorite looks from Sunday night’s Emmy Awards via Jezebel. (Click to enbiggen.)
I’ll leave the worst looks and best laughs to Joan.

 

Kat Dennings – beautifully styled with killer jewelry and perfect hair and nails.

Christina Hendricks – the only woman alive who can wear this color and look stunning. Of course, she could wear a brown paper bag and look stunning.

Heidi Klum – LOVE this color, the style, the flowiness. Love the shoes. Hate the Farah Fawcett hair.

My pick for best dress – worn by Leslie Mann. Fresh, young, exciting. Love the turquoise jewelry as contrast. This is definitely my style.

 

 

 

Where’d ya get dem shoes?

For many NOLA women the Krewe of Muses, an all women krewe, is the Parade Not To Be Missed and catching one of their fantastic decorated shoes is highly desired. Here are a few photos of Muses shoes for 2012 decorated by the Über Talented Wendy Westfaul. Click here for more shoe pics and to see Wendy’s creative process. Watch this space for photos from this years Muses parade which is tomorrow night!

Bayou Salvage & NOLAFemmes Partner For a Giveaway

In Honor of her birthday Bayou Salvage is sponsoring a giveaway!

 

French Market Bag by Bayou Salvage

 

Perfect for a few pounds of this season’s Satusmas, or school books, or pints of gin. Whatever your poison, this bag can handle it. Strong super soft and sturdy 100% repurposed burlap jute blend. Lined in cream or light colored canvas as available and secured with velcro. Measures 14 wide by 16 tall. 19 inch strap. Handmade with care in the city that care forgot. Bayoufabulous!

French Market Bags have:

* Highest quality fabric sourced from eco friendly and/or local purveyors
* Double stitched for strength and durability
* All seams serged to prevent fraying
* Secured with velcro
* Pockets- 2 of them large and roomy!
* Lined in a variety of neutral fabrics as shown. Each is handmade with care and one of a kind
* Dry clean/ spot clean wool & jute totes, machine wash on cool, dry flat for all others.

This gorgeous French Market tote made of burlap and jute can be yours with just a few simple qualifications:

-To enter leave a comment on this post. Winner will be drawn on Tuesday, October 19th.

-For additional entries, follow
this blog (via email subscription option or Networked Blogs option in the sidebar), & mention this Giveaway on your blog or on Twitter, and let me know you did in a separate comment.

-If you already follow me, mention that and I will add an additional entry.

Good luck, everyone!

To learn more about Bayou Salvage read our interview with creator Kerry Fitts.

Femme Fatale Friday: Bayou Salvage

Our Femme Fatale today is Kerry Fitts, creator of the vintage inspired southern gothic designs of Bayou Salvage. All of the materials in her designs are either vintage,commercial salvage or eco-friendly newer materials sourced in the USA and she’s been featured in an array of media including Mother Jones Magazine,Southern Flourish,Readymade Mag and New Orleans Homes & Gardens. Kerry is as charitable as she is talented – 10% of her profits go to local causes.

How long have you been making clothing and accessories and what inspired you to choose this craft?

I’ve been making clothes from an early age and started making jewelry in graduate school (UNO FILM) just for fun. It was a great release from schoolwork and first it was like ohh look at all the pretty colors and then after spending so much money on materials and supplies I started to sell them at the first show in town, Bywater Art Market. My first market there was Christmas 2001.After selling out at that show I was addicted!

Is it your full-time occupation?

No- I teach at Delgado Community College as a full time instructor- both are full time passions. I plan to sleep upon retirement.

What is your earliest recollection of design and/or sewing as a passion?

It started with Annie Hall. Not only did I love the movie when it came out but dressing in buttondowns, ties and vests was so much fun in 6th grade. It was like playing a part in a school play but no one knew you were in it. Shortly after my grandmother taught me to sew. We went to the mall and my allowance didnt afford buying all the clothes I wanted. We went to the fabric store and came home to sew. By the weekend I had 5 skirts just like the ones at the mall but better colors. Wish that cute pink and yellow striped dirndl number was still around…

My mother was also a bit of a fabric collector and clothes hound. It was heaven to look through her closets at her pill box suits, Chanel bags and crazy 70s caftans from her travels. You could piece together her mysterious girlhood with an outline of the outfits.

Vintage fashion was very accessible and undervalued in that day. It was nothing to go to Goodwill or Salvation Army and buy gorgeous vintage clothing for just a few dollars. I started buying early and often. At one point I had close to 10 leopard coats. Kinda crazy for the deep south!

Tell us a bit about your creative process. Do you start a project with a beginning, middle and ending in mind or does it evolve as you go?

I am inspired by both materials and nostalgia at the same time. The beginning is amassing fabrics or sample vintage pieces that remind me of a time and place that seems fun to visit or revisit.

Deconstructed pieces take a bit longer to realize. I usually work with a silhouette that works well and then go into the vintage stash to see what will work well with those constraints.

Who’s work has inspired yours?

I have an undergrad degree in creative writing and an MFA in film. Literature and film are a guiding influence. I love dressing characters in my mind from Tennessee Williams’ plays, Flannery O’Connor’s short stories and films by Elia Kazan. I grew up watching Perry Mason and Turner Classic Movies on the sly all night long at home. The only designer I know of to any extent, besides Edith Head, is Coco Chanel because of a school paper on her.

If you find yourself losing interest in a project do you feel guilty and push yourself to finish or set it aside saying, “ah it’s just not meant to be”? Do you have any tips you can share regarding motivation and/or discipline in completing projects?

Some projects just cannot be saved. It is hard to let items go. Over here, seasons dictate the viability of designs. If samples arent completed before the season begins, chances are they will have to wait until next year anyway. It is a good idea to put the project out of site for a while- maybe in a box- and date it. If you do not go looking for the box for over a year, probably best to let it go and dont look back!

Where do you see yourself and your work in 5 years?
I’d love to design costumes for another film-it is really cool to see how wardrobe wraps itself around narrative and character. It would be great to do a few more fashion shows and even a video or two.Collaborating with more fabulous women artists like the pictures shown. I hope to intersect design and story perhaps by fashioning characters into the written page as well…

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WARNING: Be prepared for a Bayou Salvage addiction when you visit her Etsy shop. I’ve already contracted a serious itch.

Thank you, Kerry, for a delightful chat!

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Photos styled,modeled and taken by Janet Antene 2010