Sunday, February 23, 2020

Oscar Buzz 2020


Finally!!!! There were not enough interesting styles during the Paris Haute Couture week, so we decided to not do a report. On the other hand, the Oscars Red Carpet was MUCH better than the Golden Globes and that is where we landed two weeks ago. Of course there was a bit of "road kill" on the red carpet, but there were quite a number of great looking gowns the girls were anxious to get their hands on. It took me awhile to get everything together, but here we go with this year's most successful Oscar looks as viewed by my ladies.....
Regina King in Versace. This is a simple strapless dress with an assymetrical neckline and a bustle attached to the back. But the devil lies in the details. There is a side burst of embroidery stitches which I replicated in simple fashion for Naomi's pink satin dress. To give each side of her bustle a bit of a lift, there is a bit of gathered tulle added to the underside.

Again, we were loving this Marie Antoinette goes to Hollywood style. Pictured here, Cyntihia Erivo is wearing another Versace bustle gown that wraps in the front, showing a deep flash of leg. While we love the look of the dress, we found it had a little too much going on. There were complaints about the big boob bodice, so we didn't use any sparkly fabric for the one bra cup. Instead we simply added a thin ring of glitter around the circumference of each bras cup, reduced the asymmetrical strap to a single strand of (glittered string to resemble tiny diamond stud that wraps around the neck. And we dolled Zoe up with silver sparkly accessories including that pair of light silver thigh high boots we made last summer!

Again, this look--Armani Prive worn by Laura Dern-- is another very simple look rendered glamorous thanks to a beaded bra top. The skirt is a high waist A-line evening skirt in white satin. Topping it off..a black beaded bra top with hand made beaded tassels. Margot felt it needed some accessories, so she choose a pair of beaded opera length gloves.
We all fell in love with this Dior statement dress worn by the great Charlize Theron. Here, our own Kym wears the dolly version consisting of a simple bodice with peplum over an flared evening skirt with train.
This Chanel dress, worn by actress Margot Robbie, was the kind of pretty gown our gal, Morgan had been looking for. It is comprised of two pieces, an over dress and a long translucent gathered skirt. The over-dress has an empire waist with open drop sleeves that stream long past the arms. 

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Emanuela could not resist the Oscar de la Renta dress worn by Scarlett Johansson. The dress is in two pieces. For the corset top, we started out with a tulle foundation then draped embroidery yarn from side to side. Unfortunately, the metallic yarn we used was quite wiry and did not drape the way we had hoped. So instead of uniform and rhythmic, we ended up with something more....organic! The skirt is a simple narrow pattern with a train tacked on at the sides from the bottom of the hip to the floor.

 Dorian fell in love with the simplicity of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Vera Wang gown. I didn't have any blue fabric on hand, so she had to make do with a silky rayon jersey version. What makes this gown is the subtle cowl neckline that descends from spaghetti straps and a silhouette that glides down the the hips then flares out into a graceful train.
It is as though Gal Gadot is wrapped in black lace and floating on a cloud in this Givenchy gown. Natasha liked the spirit of it (actually she LOVED the skirt), but she felt the top needed tweaking a bit. So instead of doing a long sleeved top, we did this bodice in three parts. There is the strapless basic camisole with arm tubes instead of sleeves. Another piece wraps around the neck and partially covers the bust. Like this there are small peek-a-boos of shoulders....or perhaps we can simply remove the parts she doesn't want to cover for a totally different look.The skirt consists of squares of ripped chiffon attached to a waistband. It doesn't need to be measured or equal....which adds to the charm of this asymmetrical skirt.
 Well....Just because the dress is in sequins doesn't mean it's enough for the red carpet. Zazie Beetz is wearing Thom Browne's two-piece ensemble but we found it was a bit boring. With Khadija as my model, we started out with the same strapless black sequin sheath dress, but added a corset belt to give it a modern edge. Then we glammed everything up with a big black marabou feather boa!

 Simple, elegant, there is nothing else to say. Renee is the lady in red, inspired by the Romona Keveza gown worn by Christine Lahti. Again, it is a simple strapless dress with a criss-cross panel that wraps around the shoulders and a big wedge of silk tucked in the back seam and left to cascade into a train at the back!

Oh my goodness...I'm afraid the girls spent way too much time chasing down Oscar dresses. Much has happened since..... coming up next.....Fashion Weeks!!!

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14 comments:

  1. Piękne, piękne i jeszcze raz: Piękne! Twoje modelki wspaniale zaprezentowały mini-kreacje, będące odpowiednikiem strojów Gwiazd Ekranu! Idealnie dobrałaś tkaniny! Ubrania leżą rewelacyjnie na dziewczynach i podkreślają boskie kształty ich zgrabnych ciał! Podziwiam Cię za kunszt, cierpliwość i intuicję w modzie! Brawo!

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    1. Olla wrote: Beautiful, beautiful and again: Beautiful! Your models have wonderfully presented mini-creations, which are equivalent to the costumes of Screen Stars! You've chosen fabrics perfectly! Clothes are great on girls and emphasize the divine shapes of their shapely bodies! I admire you for craftsmanship, patience and intuition in fashion! Bravo!

      OMG Olla, you are so kind! Each red carpet event presents its own set of challenges. With the passage of time, I now look for dresses that are not only beautiful, but ones that also presents a challenge. Sometimes things work out, other times they do not. That second dress, (worn by Zoe) I made twice! I used the wrong fabric the first time and had to begin again. But in the end, I have learned so many things. Thank you for your continued support and kind words.

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    2. W takim razie jesteś nie tylko cierpliwa, ale i wytrwała! Tak, materiał jest niezwykle ważny. Źle dobrana tkanina potrafi zepsuć fason.
      Twoje dziewczyny są szczęśliwe mając Ciebie i Twój talent :-)

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  2. Kym and Renee dresses are insane. I love them.

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    1. Thank you so much Dlubaniny. This was a red carpet event that had something for everybody! Your two favorites are two of the simplest yet very stunning looks!

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  3. They're all so beautiful! I still cannot get over how fast you put together such gorgeous fashions for your girls! Great work again!

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely compliments. For the most part, I try to come up with simple solutions for complicated silhouettes that will still yield the same look. The white Versace gown (2nd dress) was the most challenging. I threw away my first attempt and still would like to look for another solution for the mid-section of the dress. In short--lots of things happen due to trial and error!

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  4. Can you please do a tutorial on the dresses with trains please? Like photos 1, 2 and 6.

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    1. Hi Jaye. There are some more "Marie Antoinette" silhouettes on the horizon (Italian fashion week), so I probably should do a tutorial on my approach to that look. But I have done other tutorials on trains. Do a search here and look for the posts, "Train of Thought" (2/21/17) and "Red Carpet Ready" (1/18/14).

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  5. Thank you so much for your kind words Linda. Chalize Theron's dress was the first on the red carpet that caught my eye. The dress is simple enough but I had to do two photo sessions. The mistake I made on the first one was to add too many accessories. I had to go back and take another look at the original dress and analyze why I liked that look. In the end...it was that stark black graphic silhouette that had rhythm from the shoulder right down to her toes.

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  6. Beautiful as always. I think my favorite is the one Regina King wore, simple but very elegant and she looked great!

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words, Chris. Regina's dress was the first one I made. I too, thought it was one of the best gowns of the evening.

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  7. I've seen Oscars dresses a while ago and I loved them. But my second thought was: "what will April do". :D
    And I'm not disappointed. :) Your creations are amazing!

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    1. Thank you Kamelia, so much for your lovely comment. Well, you know me... I had my eye on dresses I thought my girls would want to wear. This year, there were a number of interesting looks.

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