Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Oscar Buzz 2022


It was certainly great to see the Academy Awards return to an in-person event. The stars were all out in full glam mode and my girls were quick to head out to the red carpet in their own dolly versions! What we noticed about this year's trends was voluminous many of the dresses were. After two years of confinement, what better way to celebrate the world's most famous red carpet rendez-vous.

Ariana DeBose was regal in her head to toe Valentino red. Her look is comprised of evening trousers, a matching bra top and a coordinated flame red cape. Tamron didn't like the look of the molded bra cups over the breast, so we created what we felt was a more flattering version of that top. Since I couldn't see the detailing of the cape, we improvised and added a full ruffed collar. 

The comentators were every bit as glamorous as the celebrities they were interviewing. Liu couldn't take her eyes off of Sophia Carson's full tulle regalia by Italian designer Giambattista Valli. It resembles a modern version of a Dior "new look" gown with its full, ballroom skirt and the asymmetrical tulle sweep over one shoulder. 

In her nineties and still heating up the red carpet....actress and Broadway star, Rita Morena inspired our girl, Anna with this black one-shouldered gown. Ours began with a one shouldered black jersey dress to which we added layers of flounces along the neckline. I gave this version a more paired down version of the bell sleeve so as not to overwhelm Anna's tiny body. We did love the feather hat on Ms. Morena, but on Anna, we felt it was a tad bit overkill. 


While we admired Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive's Tiffany blue gown, me and the girls were not so crazy about the taffeta "tire" around her middle. Instead, we saw more promise in the Louis Vuitton gown worn by Caitriona Balfe. The original gown is cut from a softer fabric, but the one we created for Marpessa, is made of taffeta. We wanted the ruffles to bounce more around the body and we were not disappointed. This is essentially a slip dress with a train. The "surprise" is the ruffle placed near the waist which connects to the train on both sides. It results in a very pretty "frame" over the hips.

And, off to the side there she was....Zoe Kravitz looking like a modern day Audrey Hepburn in a powder pink satin gown. We loved the top with its bow tied to one side of the bodice but we wanted something a little more sophisticated than the original "prom dress" vibe. So the two-piece dress we made for Belle has a narrow sarong skirt.


We just loved the 1930's glamour girl look to Jessie Buckley's pale pink gown. We don't know who the designer was but Kym knew she wanted something similar. Since we have done this bodice treatment many times, we decided to change up the neckline treatment. The dress is a simple strapless sheath flared gown with a train to which we added satin straps around the shoulders. 


Another lady in red...Kristen Durtz shows off very pretty gown by the house of Christian Lacroix. (Haven't seen that name in a long time!) We couldn't resist trying out the technique we showed you in our post "Pucker Up." Our version: a simple strapless, flared gown with a permanent pleated fabric treatment using polyester organza tacked over a silk base. The result was spectacular! Ariana is thrilled! 




What a fabulous finish to our Oscars Red Carpet report, starring actress Laverne Cox. Getting the look for Gail was easier than it looks. She wears a simple stretch velvet gown with an off-centered asymmetrical point in the front. Over her shoulders....an oversized sweep of crinkle taffeta as a stole!


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12 comments:

  1. I'm in love with this first one red dress. Oh My God! So beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much Aya. I remember who spectacular it looked on the red carpet and it was my first pick for this post. Big hugs. April

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  2. Oh la la April, I'm ecstatic over Louis Viton's dress. Your dress is far prettier than the original. I also like Christian Lacroix's red dress, but my favorite is Louis Viton's splendid dress. Thank you for this fabulous Oscars red carpet. I also particularly like your beautiful red pants from Valentino, your cut is magnificent.

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    1. Thank you Shasarignis. Your comments are very much appreciated. The original Louis Vuitton dress was not so spectacular. But when I saw it, I immediately imagined what it could look like if the fabric were more crisp. In fact, that is what I do for quite a number of dresses I see on the red carpet or even on the Haute Couture runways. It is another way to keep this exercise fun for me.

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  3. Fabulous renditions! 👋🏾👋🏾👋🏾

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie. This is always a lot of fun...even with the choice of doll!

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  4. Beautiful versions of the real gowns, April! I agree with everything you (and your girls haha) improved on the dresses. The red top/pants/cape ensemble looks better in your version, I didn't like the small cups on the original. The dress with the Louis Vuitton gown is my favourite, sooo elegant!!! Bravo, and thank you for showing such fabulous pieces again!

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    1. Thank you Linda. I'm not sure what is going on in fashion right now. It is almost as though the designers are forgetting about the woman inside of the dress. So many things today are unflattering and uninspiring. So the only thing I can do right now is to find a way to improve the original dress so that it fits within the whelm of how I think it should look. The Louis Vuitton dress actually turned out exactly the way I imagined it....which was still somewhat of a surprise. LOL!!!

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  5. Yes, dresses on the red carpet were amazing this year. I was so excited to see them.

    Your versons are absolutely amazing. All of them, I can't even pick one this time, I love them all equally.

    About Nicole Kidman's dress - I quite liked it. I just thought that she looked bad in it...

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    1. Thank you so much. I try to pick dresses I would wear myself which makes it twice as much fun bringing to life for the doll. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  6. Your ability to replicate these looks never ceases to amaze me!

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    1. Thank you so much. Your comment is always appreciated. This is such a fun challenge for me.

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