2016 Oscars Red Carpet

It’s the award show we’ve all been waiting for! Pretty in Pastel, #OscarsSoWhite and Midnight Dreams were three trends of the red carpet at the 88th Academy Awards. Our favorite movie stars brought the entire package from flawless beauty to dazzling jewels and true couture fashion. It was a night that mixed old hollywood glamour with new age trends giving us red carpet fan girls a whole lot to say in hashtags and memes across Twitter.

One of the first stars to arrive was a fashion favorite – Alicia Vikander wearing a custom Louis Vuitton that mimicked princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast and it was totally fabulous. A high low tea to floor bubble hem showed off her dazzling metallic sandals and the strapless neckline accentuated her geometric statement earrings. Her Ariana Grande hair worked with this pastel as she floated across the carpet and on stage to accept her Best Supporting Actress award with class and elegance.

Another best dressed icon of the night was Cate Blanchett, who wore a true work of art. In a completely floral embellished Armani Prive gown and drop-dead diamond drop earrings, she seriously stole the show looking absolutely flawless.

Other pastels included Heidi Klum in a messy Marchesa one shoulder gown and Sophie Turner who looked pretty but safe in Galvan. Daisy Ridley wore Chanel Couture and brought the entire package… almost. Her hair, makeup and jewels worked perfectly with the exquisite hand-beaded dress, but her shoes were a bit distracting from it all.

Other favorites that carried the #OscarsSoWhite trend were Lady Gaga in a Brandon Maxwell pant suit, Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad and Rooney Mara in Givenchy. Olivia Wilde was chic and fashion-forward as always, wearing a pearl encrusted choker, but the dress was a bit too boldly revealing for the Oscars. One wrong move and #FreeTheNipple memes would’ve gone viral. The pleated and plunging Valentino Couture would’ve been perfect for the Vanity Fair after party. Not to mention, it totally looked like a backwards version of Alicia Vikander’s Golden Globes stunning Louis Vuitton number. (Still love ya Liv!)

Brie Larson in Gucci looked pretty and comfortable in lapis blue. Her hair was pulled back  with a vintage beret to match the beautiful embellished belt which was the focal point of her entire look. Sophia Vergara was stunning and sexy in Marchesa, Saroise Ronan repped her homeland in a dazzling deep emerald Calvin Klein number and Mindy Kaling gave us business-in-the-front/party-in-the-back in a black and blue Elizabeth Kennedy gown. Naomi Watts won the midnight goddess award (if there were one) in a sequin, fish-scale, strapless, Armani Prive. She gave us a bold red lip and statement necklace, topping off the entire package as the perfect 10. Other midnight dream gowns included Jennifer Lawrence in a plunging, black, lace Dior favorite and Jennifer Garner looking sexy old Hollywood glam in dark Versace.

Check out the gallery below for a complete red carpet visual recap!

(photos c/o of Getty Images)

2016 Golden Globes Red Carpet

Last night deemed great fashion success on the red carpet at the most important awards show of 2016 (so far). Our favorite TV and movie stars graced us with a chic and polished presence in shiny sequined fabrics, plunging necklines, creative cutouts, winter whites and deep jewel tones.

Heads were turned and Twitter exploded with the fire emoji and hashtag, #SLAYED the moment Olivia Wilde stepped out of the limo onto the carpet. Wearing custom Michael Kors and adorned with Bulgari jewels, she screamed sexy, confident and fashion-forward with a loose pony and bold pink eyeshadow.

Also on my best dressed list is Alicia Vikander looking effortless, comfortable and feminine in a pleated, shiny, apron-style gown by Louis Vuitton. Sweet and sophisticated – this was the perfect choice to accompany her nomination for The Danish Girl.

Kate Bosworth dazzled in a pink, strapless, Dolce & Gabbana exquisite beauty while her skin was airbrushed perfection. She glowed from all angles with slicked back hair and a sheen soft makeup job. This is the type of all around look you could stare at forever… seriously I can’t stop staring.

Olivia Palermo in Delpozo, Zendaya in Marchesa and Brie Larson in Calvin Klen are also my best dressed this season remaining on trend and true to their style. Even though it was a shock to see J. LO in that much fabric, she took a fashion forward twist in a caped, Giambattista Valli, mustard gown and looked lovely. Laverne Cox in Elizabeth Kennedy, Julianne Moore in Tom Ford and Giuliana Rancic in Alex Perry sum up my dressed list of the 73rd Annual Golden Globes Awards.

See a complete list of my best dressed in the gallery below along with some fashion faux pas and pretty but predictables. (We won’t name names).

 

2016 Fashion Resolutions With ‘CT Style’ WTNH

1. Be selective this year – especially with fast fashion. For those of you that do not know what “fast fashion” is, it’s the very affordable trendy stores that will take a runway look and recreate it with less expensive materials. Fast fashion is great if you are looking to wear a quick turnover trend, but the quality of the item matters. It’s not worth it to purchase something that will only last one or two washes. Stay away from acrylics and polyester blends.

Quality of your closet is far more important than quantity.

  • Feel the fabric, look closely at the stitching and read what the piece is made out of. Cotton, wool, cashmere and linen are good quality fabrics.
  • While being selective, make it a rule for yourself to always TRY IT ON.
  • Spend the extra 10 minutes in the fitting room before you spend the money, take it home, hate it and have to return it.
  •  If it doesn’t fit right, don’t buy it. An item can look entirely different on and off the hanger

A shopping rule to live by this year: if you won’t wear it that day or night, don’t buy it! Live in the present!

2. Declutter and reassess your closet!

  • This is my favorite resolution! This year, I’m trying the backwards hanger trick:  Turn all of your hangers backwards in your closet (so the hook is facing you). Go about your days and weeks wearing the clothes you choose. After wearing and washing, hang your clothes normally. Whatever is still hanging backwards at the end of the season has not been worn. TOSS IT! (Well… sell it on Poshmark or consign it.. “toss it” just sounds much more cut throat in this process).
  • Another good tip for decluttering your closet is to set limits.
  • Have a fixed number of the same type of hangers in your closet. This forces you to get rid of one piece every time you buy something new. My fixed number is 30, and my hanger of choice is the black felt hangers with the swivel top.
  • From personal experience, I know that decluttering your closet is MUCH easier said than done. It takes time. Use these tricks over the course of the year and you’ll get there, but you MUST have the mentality to declutter.

3. Collect great basics and choose trends wisely.

  • Basics are everyday versatile pieces.
  • Many fashion editors like to live by the rule of three. If you can wear a piece three different ways or more, it’s definitely worth keeping and calling a basic.
  • Basics are your investment pieces and vary with different styles.
  • Even though basics are the most important part of your closet, we all want to have fun with fashion and follow the trends.
  • I’ve come up with a list of the best, most versatile trends of 2016 to help you get started and stay on top of the trends, without splurging on fast fashion.

The best trends are pieces you can mix, match and layer with your basics…see below.

4. Define your style this year! 

  • Use these tips and tricks to upgrade your closet and stay organized, but pay attention to what catches your eye.
  • My style is constantly evolving. I snap pictures of everything I’m attracted to, from an amazing pair of boots to a beautiful rose garden. This helps me focus in on what I like to easier define my style.
  • Remember that your style goes beyond just clothes, it’s a collection of what makes you YOU! If your closet truly reflects who you are, it will be a much happier place.
  • Create a wardrobe you love and are familiar with.

Make everything in your closet something you like and something you WANT to wear TODAY.

Getting dressed in the morning sets your entire day. Your wardrobe should empower you!

 

Happy New Year! 

xoxo #StyleByV

Red Carpet Roundup – BEST Dressed Emmys 2015

Even though the Emmys are always a bit of a tease until true awards season kicks off after the new year, the fashion definitely is not. Our favorite TV stars didn’t mess around last night with red carpet glamour, beauty and wit. While we won’t talk about our worst dressed picks, we’ll surely fantasize over the fashionistas below that KILLED it on the carpet.

The biggest statement of the night was the queen of chic, Kerry Washington, who attained her mixed metallic, mesh beaded number less than 72 hours after it hit the runway during New York Fashion Week at the Marc Jacobs show (props to her stylist). Next is Sarah Hyland who can do no wrong season after season. Last night she wore an off-the-shoulder Zac Posen gown that hugged her body perfectly. With a fresh cut the Modern Family Star wins class act of the night stunning everyone in sight with her timeless beauty and adorable body.

No meat, no problem and minimal makeup for Lady Gaga who came out on the carpet in a Brandon Maxwell one shoulder gown. Showing just enough skin to stay edgy, Gaga showed off her true natural beauty after all those years of shocking the carpet with over the top costumes, makeup and accessories to make a social statement. January Jones shows us how to pull off the couture green jumpsuit (a VERY difficult thing to do) by Russian designer, Ulyana Sergeenko. In an embellished plunging halter, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey demanded that carpet (as she should with her hit role) in Zuhair Murad. She looks comfortable, fashion forward and effortless. Other favorites of the night were Sarah Paulson in Prabal Gurung who brought the entire package, Ariel Winter in Romona Kevez, Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham and Aubrey Plaza in a sexy Alexadre Vauthier number.

(Photos c/o of New York Mag)

Tommy Hilfiger – NYFW SS16

What do you get when the ultimate American prepster spends way too much time island hopping around the Caribbean? An insane good collection full of hip hugger striped pants, floral maxis and colorful crocheted bikinis.

Just as we thought we were over summer Fridays, pool parties and Instagram vacations, Hilfiger hit us hard with a relapse, taking us back to summer vacation mode at his Spring/Summer 2016 NYFW show late Monday morning. He even brought the boardwalk-turned-runway, tiki shack, sand and splash along with a live reggae band that had us feelin’ right.

Hilfiger turned his classic American staples – the tennis skirt, bucket hat and varsity jacket, into an island dream with easy breezy fabrics and playful prints. Rainbow halters, wide denim culottes and striped shift dresses gave the collection a 1970s, Jamaican beach bum vibe. Crocheted bucket bags, platform espadrille sandals and fringe necklaces were the accessories of choice in green, yellow, orange and red. Staying true to his navy roots throughout the line, Hilfiger stylishly captivated the Tommy girl with effervescent island magic. The hottie Hadid sisters closed the show by leading a pack of models splashing through the runway-surrounded pool while we were left dreaming in our seats about our next island getaway.

Delpozo – NYFW SS16

Delpozo took us to a fairytale this season balancing quirk with femininity through a soft color palette and structured fabrics. Set midday on the water with an accordion band playing in the background, the production told us the story of a quirky Parisian girl falling in love with a passionate Spanish poet. Slow paced and relaxed, models strolled the runway in a mix of tailored separates and fringe metallics paired with flamenco ruffles and embroidered flowers. Josep Font, the man behind it all, was inspired by “The Gypsy Ballads.” This spring is all about the “modern yet passionate woman,” he said. Tiers of tulle were toned down with cropped band tops, peter pan collars and the wrapped tie waist.

The show was also the debut of his new handbag collection. In a variety of styles and colors, the bags were structured and adorned with raffia and glitter – a new twist on a classic accessory. The full line will be available in January.

See some of my favorite looks from the show below. (Photos c/o Buro247.com)

Interior Invasion – Vanessa (Me!)

Interior Invasion – Ian

Interior Invasion – Kelsey

Interior Invasion – Lauren