Lessons from the Red Carpet

March 4, 2007 • Magazine

Lessons from the Red Carpet

Lessons from the Red Carpet

Sun, 2007-03-04 08:00

What this year’s Oscars glamazons can teach us about color, style and detail.

Andra Naylor

For the past three years I’ve hosted an Oscar Viewing Party, at which I pass out official ballots and fashion quizzes, serve an assortment of food and drink too much wine. This year, however, at eleven o’clock at night when the Academy was finally announcing Best Picture, I realized that the fashion hoopla and red carpet hype can seem highly irrelevant, even to the most fashionable fashionistas.

When was the last time I actually got dressed up? Sure, I wear one cocktail dress after another for weddings, but I rarely have the chance to wear a gown and get all dolled up. But I discovered there is a little take-away for all of us non-movie stars who rarely get to go glam. Read on and learn how red carpet looks can apply to our every day wardrobe.

Take Jessica Biel, for example. Her Oscar de la Renta gown was right on par with the hot spring trend of wearing black and pink together. A flashback to the ‘80s, this color combination is showing up everywhere, like Diane von Furstenberg’s Ishai Dress. This is a great option if you are more comfortable with the reverse: more black, less pink.

Then there’s Gwyneth Paltrow. In my opinion, anything she puts on looks phenomenal and the Oscars were no exception. She wore a demure Zac Posen in sherbet orange, which I guarantee is a color that is easier to pull off than it appears. Try What Comes Around Goes Around’s flirty Buttercup Dress and take Gwyen’s lead by applying true red lipstick. Not in love with the color? Go pinker with blushing nudes like Penelope Cruz’s Versace or the silvery hue Helen Mirren wore.

Cameron Diaz looked stunning in a white Valentino gown. Its modern, fresh cut translates perfectly to everyday dressing, especially as we move into spring. Channel Diaz in a Helmut Lang for Shopbop dress with bias seam detail. It radiates cool yet comfortable style, and who wouldn’t love to say they’re wearing Helmut Lang?

Finally, learn from Maggie, Reese and Portia, who not only sported navy, deep purple and black in varying combinations, but also wore gowns with distinctive detail at the bottom hem. In addition to adding midnight hues to your spring wardrobe, look for skirts and dresses that pack a surprising punch at the hem, like Rebecca Taylor’s chiffon dress with rosettes at the bottom.

All dresses available at shopbop.com.

A. Diane von Furstenberg

B. What Comes Around Goes Around

C. Helmut Lang

D. Rebecca Taylor

Oscar images: style.com

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