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Best & Worst Dressed At The 2016 Oscars

For film’s biggest night, Hollywood’s brightest and boldest actresses brought out their best designer duds for a walk on the red carpet. Here are the best and worst looks from Oscar Sunday.

Naomi Watts is stunning in this Armani Privé blue and purple scale patterned strapless dress. The Aussie actress ups her game in a drop-dead gorgeous Bulgari diamond necklace and matching clutch.

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Saoirse Ronan may not have won the Oscar, but she sure was a winner on the red carpet. The Brooklyn actress wows in a custom-made Calvin Klein emerald sequin dress and matching Chopard emeralds and diamonds.

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Lady Gaga impresses as only SHE can! The singer sticks to her unique roots in this Brandon Maxwell white jumpsuit complete with a sweetheart neckline and full train. Gaga adds over 8 million dollars of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds to complete her flawless look!

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Olivia Wilde is another stunner in white; the actress takes the plunge in this plunging Valentino Haute Couture number. Wilde kept her makeup and hair simple and accessorized her look with a statement necklace.

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Julianne Moore ditched her go-to Givenchy for this custom Chanel Haute Couture black dress with embroidered straps. Last year’s Oscar winner was mesmerizing thanks to an addition of Chopard diamond earrings and cuff.

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It’s so good to see Tina Fey finally end up on a best dressed list! The funny actress stuns in a royal purple Atelier Versace strapless gown and matching statement Bulgari diamonds.

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Another red carpet, another sizzling appearance by the one and only Margot Robbie. The beautiful actress is reminiscent of an Oscar statue in her snake skin gold Tom Ford gown with plunging neckline and matching Forever Mark diamonds.

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Rachel McAdams hits the mark in her impeccable August Getty Atelier gown! From the train to the open back, and not forgetting her flawless Piaget drop earrings, the Canadian beauty was surely one of the night’s best dressed stars.

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Olivia Munn is classy and elegant in her tangerine one-shoulder Stella McCartney gown. She accentuates her look with a matching lip and Forever Mark jewels.

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Jennifer Lawrence decided to take a walk on the wild side and step out of her comfort zone in this nude and black lace Dior gown. The actress completed her look with a fresh face and a blunt straight bob.

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I’m undecided about Cate Blanchett‘s gown choice for last night’s awards. The actress’ seafoam green Armani Privé gown has too much going on thanks to the multidimensional appliques all over. At least her breath-taking Tiffany & Co. diamonds saved her!

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Kate Winslet looks like she went for a dip in the ocean right before the Oscars and then put on the first gown she saw hanging in her closet. Everything about this look is a disaster; from the careless hairdo to the liquid silk lamé custom Ralph Lauren gown, Britain’s English rose could have done so much better than this!

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Another red carpet, another disaster for Heidi Klum. The supermodel fails to impress in this over-the-top cleavage baring one shoulder lilac Marchesa number with one too many floral embellishments.

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She may have taken home the Oscar for best actress, but even that can’t save Brie Larson from this Gucci disaster. The actress is a mess in this custom-made royal blue spaghetti strap gown which featured too many out of place skirt details and an oversized silver belt.

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Best & Worst Dressed at the Golden Globe Awards 2015!

Awards season officially kicked off on Sunday with the Golden Globes taking place in Los Angeles. After a very rainy weekend in the California city, the stars came out in their beautiful designer gowns to walk the red carpet. Several trends were noticed but the most memorable ones were metallics, reds, whites, and  blacks, as always. Let’s take a look at the most memorable gowns from last night and check out who was best and worst dressed.

Shiny Metallics

Hollywood’s A list dazzled in mesmerizing metallics! Julianne Moore led the way in a custom-made Givenchy strapless gown featuring ombre sequins and feathers at the hem and completed her look with Chopard jewels. The breath-taking Diane Kruger wowed in Emilia Wickstead! Although the German actress was all covered up, she still looked stunning while doing so! America’s sweetheart a.k.a Reese Witherspoon brought sexy back in a flawless strapless Calvin Klein dress and stunning diamonds, while Kate Beckinsale took the plunge in a low-cut Elie Saab. Let’s also not forget the forever young Jennifer Lopez- who proves time and time again- that she is one of THE hottest celebrities out there. The sexy latina was once again loyal to Zuhair Murad, who put her in this insanely sexy plunging, mid thigh-high slit gown!

 

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Festive Reds

While some stars wowed in metallics, others were still enjoying the festive season and showed up in red. Two celebrities in specific stood out in the holiday color: Allison Williams blew everyone away with her strapless Armani Privé ball gown while Heidi Klum took everyone’s breath away (finally!) in a sexy, yet glamorous Versace.

 

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Winter Whites

You can always count on the beyond beautiful Kate Hudson to bring the sexy to the red carpet. Goldie’s daughter turned heads in a sexy plunging and cut-out white Versace gown. She balanced the sexy out by putting her hair up in a demure updo. Emily Blunt also seemed to be a fan of cutouts, selecting a custom-made Michael Kors.

 

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Nude Neutrals

Chrissy Tiegan went to Zuhair Murad who made sure that she looked sexy in sheer for the red carpet event, while Anna Kendrick channeled Cinderella in her girly Monique Lhuiller gown.

 

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Dark Ladies

Lorde looked age appropriate in her fun custom-made Narciso Rodriguez pantsuit. The songstress’ hair may have been in distress but her jaw-dropping Neil Lane statement diamond necklace will surely divert your attention. Jennifer Aniston stayed in her comfort zone by slipping into a black halter Saint Laurent gown. While she looked beautiful, I would have loved to see her in something more daring; moreover, the halter strap is a little too 90s for 2015. I don’t blame you in case you mistakenly identified Jessica Chastain as Sofia Vergara; the red head took a page out of Vergara’s book and slipped into a va-va-voom plunging bronze Versace that hugged her curves perfectly.

 

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A Colorful Winter

Any best dressed list is incomplete without the stunning Naomi Watts who wowed in yellow in the middle of January! The Aussie beauty chose Gucci for the globes and perfectly accessorized her look with a BVLGARI serpenti necklace. Possibly one of my favorites of the night, Jenna Dewan Tatum, was a vision in a ruffled strapless Carolina Herrera!

 

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On the opposite end of the list, here’s Amy Adams in a one shoulder Versace. I love Amy Adams and most of the time, her choices are spot on. However, I really feel like this powder blue gown washes her out; I just wish she had went for a darker version or added a dark lip for some drama.

 

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Tina Fey looks like she’s going to her school prom instead of a red carpet show. The funny lady disappoints in a strapless Antonio Berrardi cocktail gown, as it appears as if she sowed on that extra layer of white fabric minutes before the show..

 

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Claire Danes‘ fashion choices usually land her on the best dressed list. However, her Valentino disaster looks too medieval for the 21st century. The design is too busy and the actress’ body seems to have disappeared somewhere in between all these prints.

 

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Lena Dunham shows you how NOT to wear red on the carpet. The Girls actress dons an asymmetrical Zac Posen dress with several busy cuts, and that’s not even the worst of it: her hideous shoes need to be burnt asap!

 

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Lupita Nyong’o may have been last year’s red carpet darling, but the Kenyan actress is starting off 2015 on a bad note. Although the bust of her Giambattista Valli gown is exploding with perfectly arranged flowers, the midriff section looks like a New Year’s Eve cotillion cotillion gone wrong.

 

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Kate Mara is also another actress who usually gets it right. However, last night was another story. Her red Miu Miu gown looks great from afar, but take a closer look and the ruched detailing on both sides of her pelvic area is quite distracting. Also not helping is that tan belt which needs to be burnt along with Lena Dunham’s shoes.

 

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Another year, another failed look. Maggie Gyllenhal is on a winning worst dressed list streak by wearing this Miu Miu bed sheet. The bust details are beyond awkward and the gown needs to be ironed.

 

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Lana Del Rey may be young and beautiful, but sure isn’t best dressed. The singer chose this turquoise dress? that’s all sorts of wrong. I don’t even know who the designer is, but this crime is too much to look at.

 

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I loved Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl. It’s also hard to believe that the British beauty just had a baby just a month ago.. Her Vera Wang dress really would have been perfect, if only it had the right fit. Considering its current state, this gown looks like a wardrobe malfunction ready to happen any minute!

 

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It’s hard to believe that Keira Knightly’s Chanel dress reportedly took almost 30 hours to make. I mean how hard it is to cut up a piece of fabric that has hundreds of species of butterflies and sow it into a dress? Yes she’s pregnant and yes it is wrong to make fun of pregnant women, but seriously now, there’s an almost actual living butterfly on her wrist too! There’s is no excuse for this crime against butterflies whatsoever!

 

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All pictures are courtesy of People.com & Eonline.com

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5 Iconic Handbags in Honor of National Handbag Day

In honor of National Handbag Day (which was marked yesterday), Carmel + Vanilla presents 5 of the most iconic handbags in history.

The Hermes “Kelly”:

Possibly one of the most iconic handbags of all time, this sublime piece was first introduced in the 1930s. The bag’s original name was changed to the “Kelly” in 1956, soon after Princess Grace of Monaco was spotted holding it to shield her pregnancy away from the prying eyes of paparazzi. This Hermes icon is one of the first truly modern bags and is considered by many as the “ideal day bag”. Want to own one? Then you better start saving! The Kelly’s starting price is USD 4,000 and goes all the way up to USD 16,000!

 

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Princess Grace of Monaco photographed with the Hermes “Kelly” bag.

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The “Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag”:

Generally labeled as way ahead of her time, Coco Chanel didn’t want to carry a bag by hand anymore and created the strap instead. This accessory accompanied the introduction of the Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag in 1955. This iconic bag provides instant sophistication and poise and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. These days, this high-end piece is available in a variety of colors and retails at a starting price of USD 2,700.

Fun Fact! Rumor has it that the bag’s zip compartment was used by Coco Chanel to hide her love letters.

 

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The Hermes “Birkin”:

Hermes makes the list again with the signature “Birkin” bag that was first introduced in 1981. Inspired and named after singer Jane Birkin, this iconic bag is similar to the “Kelly”, but larger in size. Want to include it to your wardrobe? Well brace yourself; the waiting list to own a Birkin is up to SIX years! A new Birkin will set you USD 13,000 back, while a pre-owned one retails for about USD 10,000.

 

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Jane Birkin poses with the Hermes "Birkin" bag
Jane Birkin poses with the Hermes “Birkin” bag

 

The Dior “Lady Dior Cannage Tote”:

While on a trip to Paris in the 90s, the late Princess Diana fell in love with this handbag. Since then, this iconic bag became known as “Lady D” or “Lady Dior”. “Cannage” refers to the type of stitching that makes the bag look the way it does. Today, Dior introduced a smaller sized version of Lady Dior and added a shoulder strap for better support. The massive French house’s iconic bag retails for about USD 2,500. French actress Marion Cotillard is the face of Lady Dior.

 

Princess Diana took her Lady Dior everywhere!
Princess Diana took her Lady Dior everywhere!

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The Louis Vuitton “Speedy”:

Though introduced in the 1930s, the Louis Vuitton “Speedy 30″ had a surprisingly youthful look and is still widely popular nowadays. The bag is also known to be reliable for travel and is widely accepted as an “affordable” luxury item. Starting price is around USD 1,000 although special editions can cost up to USD 2,500.

 

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Audrey Hepburn poses with her customized Louis Vuitton Speedy
Audrey Hepburn poses with her customized Louis Vuitton Speedy
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Trends | Shopping Made Chic: Chanel’s Supermarket Experience

It’s the show everyone’s been talking about! Amid everyone’s recovery process following the end of awards season 2014 , Chanel managed to awaken everybody from their slumber by putting on an eccentric (to say the least) fashion show in a supermarket setting at the Grand Palais in Paris.

 

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The genius that is Karl Lagerfeld stocked the setting with signature Coco items including pasta, eggs, cheeses, soaps, “Haute Ketchup”, “Eau de Chanel”, you name it! Shortly after, the stunning Chanel models made their way down the aisles parading the iconic brand’s latest collection (a mix of classy meets casual) as the audience looked on in awe.

 

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Was it crazy? Yes. Was it an unconventional show for a luxury brand with a legacy such as Chanel’s? Definitely! Did the internet explode in response? Yes (and it still is more than 24 hours later) Was Coco Chanel turning in her grave throughout? Possibly! Is Karl Lagerfeld a genius who knows how to reinvent a brand, knowing that its clean cut up-scale image will not be touched? Absolutely!!

 

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I’ll leave you with some of the most popular reactions about the show below! What did you think of the Chanel supermarket fashion show?

 

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Trends | A Blast From the Past: You’ll Never Guess who the new Face of Chanel No. 5 Is!

51 years following her death, Marilyn Monroe’s legacy still lives on! Yes, one of Hollywood’s late pinup girls has been chosen by Chanel as the new face of the brand’s Chanel No. 5 fragrance Fall campaign.

 

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The brand just released the print version of the campaign (a video will soon follow) featuring a picture of Marilyn Monroe seductively carrying a bottle of the perfume. The picture was taken by photographer Ed Feingersh.

 

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First introduced in 1921 by Gabrielle Chanel, who said that she wanted to create a “woman’s fragrance that smells like a woman”.

Past celebrity endorsers for perfume include Audrey Tautou, Brad Pitt in 2012, and Nicole Kidman following her mega success in Moulin Rouge.

 

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So why Monroe? It turns out that the star was a big fan of the fragrance, even telling George Belmont, Marie Claire’s then Editor in Chief, “You know, they ask me questions. Just an example : “What do you wear to bed ? A pyjama top ? The bottoms of the pajamas? A nightgown?” So I said, “CHANEL No.5,” because it’s the truth… And yet, I don’t want to say “nude”. But it’s the truth.”

Sounds like a good enough reason to be chosen as the face of one of the world’s most iconic fragrances!

 

 

All Images are courtesy of Chanel.com and Google.

Trends | Chanel Unveils Cruise 2014 Collection.. in Singapore!

It was a lavish affair as Chanel’s master Karl Lagerfeld presented the label’s cruise 2014 collection yesterday. Lagerfeld chose to have the show at a nutmeg plantation in the Dempsey Hill district of Singapore as A list stars sat front row admiring his creations.

 

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The collection included the label’s signature sailor stripes, heavy pearl necklaces, and 2 tone pumps. Cocktail dresses were shown in black and included lace, sequins, and sheer sections.

 

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Lagerfeld didn’t shy away from bathing suits, presenting a few looks in black and white.

 

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Britain’s troubled model Cara Delevingne walked the runway sporting a two piece slouchy outfit with bright blue eyeliner and her signature thick eyebrows.

 

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What do you think of Chanel’s Cruise 2014 collection? Which piece is your favorite?

 

 

Images are courtesy of Marie Claire UK.

 

 

Spotted | Victoria Beckham’s Chanel Pumps Spice up London!

If I haven’t made it clear yet, I am absolutely in love with Victoria Beckham! I love everything she wears, all her designs and fashion shows, and what an amazing wife and mother she is!

 

Victoria Beckham in a coat from her collection and satin Chanel pumps
Victoria Beckham in a coat from her collection and satin Chanel pumps

 

So it comes as no surprise that her outing  yesterday caught my attention, especially what she was wearing in the shoe department; Victoria hit the London streets in these fabulous Chanel two toned satin grey pumps. Forget that they belong to the Pre-Fall 2010 collection (which may be ages ago in fashion history), the elegant pearl accents make the pumps shine like they were fresh off the 2013 runways.

 

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Victoria’s Chanel pumps from the Pre-Fall 2010 Collection.

 

Mrs. Beckham also stood out in this merlot military inspired coat from her Winter 2012 collection and signature sunglasses. The only thing missing from this picture perfect image is little Harper Seven :)