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RIP Oscar de la Renta

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Yesterday, the fashion world suffered a huge loss with the passing of Oscar de la Renta.  He was known for and will be remembered for his elegant designs that dressed the most important females of the time, including first ladies and entertainers.  He first worked in Spain for Balenciaga and later brought his talents to Lanvin, Balmain, and his own brand, proving his resume was nothing short of solid.  Though Oscar de la Renta has passed, he will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic fashion designers and his fashion legacy will continue.

Oscar de la Renta

“Yes, I had cancer. Right now, I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life.”

-Oscar de la Renta

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Emmy’s Best

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Yesterday, the biggest stars in television showed out for the 66th Annual Emmy Awards. One thing is for sure, the light toned dresses were definitely winning on the red carpet. There were so many beautiful white, off-white, and silver dresses that I was in heaven; however, I will give props to a few ladies who stood out in their colorful gowns. Honestly, I saw a lot of looks I fell in love with, so I don’t think I could pick out just one as my absolute favorite, but I’ll try to categorize.

Sofia Vergara

For the ladies in white, I’d have to give it to Sofia Vergara. She killed the red carpet in a strapless white mermaid gown with silver detailing, giving the overall look just enough sparkle to stand out. Plus, it was body hugging kind of sexy, but straight neckline kind of classy which I thought was smart. As for the other stars getting their white in before Labor Day, Padma Lakshmi, Kristen Wiig, and Laverne Cox all showed the other women how it’s done right.

Padma LakshmiKristen Wiig

Laverne Cox

Katherine Heigl stole the category for the off-white category in a three-quarter length sleeved gown paired off with a deep neckline. It reminded me of classic Hollywood starlets with a touch of modern detailing thanks to the chunky bracelets. She looked mature, beautiful, elegant, and nearly perfect. Lucy Liu and Taylor Schilling also did off-white justice in their looks of the night.

Katherine Heigl

Lucy Liu

Taylor Schilling

As for the metallic gowns, it was an all-out battle between the fashion forward Gwen Stefani and the mommy-to-be Hayden Panettiere. Obviously, how could I choose between the two? Stefani slayed in a silver maxi skirt and matching top with more metallic detailing down the neckline, while her straight hair with the middle part and minimal jewelry perfected the look. On the other hand, Hayden showed off her growing baby bump, but still had some sex appeal with a deep V-neckline. All I can say is that’s how you show out on the carpet when you’re pregnant.

Gwen Stefani

Hayden Panettiere

Last, but not least, come the colorful celebrities who dared to go bright. Again, I can’t choose a sole winner, but I have to give props to them all. Heidi Klum and Sarah Hyland stood out in coral, while Cat Deeley looked stunning in ombre ballgown. Keke Palmer went big and bold in her blue gown, which actually worked.

Heidi Klum

Sarah Hyland

Cat Deeley

Keke Palmer

2014 MTV VMA’s

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Last night, MTV aired it’s 2014 Video Music Awards, which included performances by Nicki Minaj, Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, and, of course, Beyonce. Obviously, Beyonce stole the show with her visual album medley and her acceptance of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, but, then again, there wasn’t much to steal in the first place. To be perfectly honest, the entire show felt poorly planned and thrown together with the exception of Queen Bey’s performance, which came with backup dancers, props, special lighting, and perfect sound. All I can say is thank God for good fashion, even though that itself was scarce.

When it comes to Beyonce, her black red carpet gown wasn’t doing it for me, but she redeemed herself with her stained glass inspired long sleeved leotard. Paired with black fishnet tights and flowing locks, the R&B goddess stuck with her signature style, while still keeping her look fresh and appealing. Of all the performance outfits, Beyonce comes in first place.

Beyonce

Besides Beyonce’s moment, Nicki Minaj’s performance of “Anaconda” didn’t disappoint, while Jessie J and Ariana Grande held their own, as well. However, Nicki Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction left me feeling so bad for the Queen of Rap that I couldn’t full enjoy the trio performance. Her on stage dress had so much potential to be great, but a broken zipper can put a damper on any outfit. Luckily though, Ms. Minaj slayed the red carpet in a snakeskin print YSL mini, which was the perfect combination of classy, sexy, and modern. Not to mention, Nicki’s hair and make-up was perfectly on point. Minaj comes in second for best performance, but first for showmanship and red carpet look.

Nicki Minaj

Rounding off my favorite overall looks is the youngest of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians sister, Kylie Jenner. She showed out in a black robe style dress with a sexy slit. With all of the black leather that was happening on the carpet, Kylie still managed to stand out, which is impressive on its own. She kept it a black on black affair by pairing the flowing dress with black peep toe heels and black nails. Yes, it was a little gothic inspired, but it was definitely a killer on the carpet.

Kylie Jenner

Some other looks that caught my attention were that of Jessie J, Iggy Azalea, and Jennifer Lopez. Jessie J came through in a pastel flowing dress, reminiscent of the Ancient Greek and Roman years, which I loved. Her deep V showed some sex appeal, but, I also felt like every other woman on the red carpet was rocking that same hairstyle.  Being the VMAs, I expected something a little more daring overall from the songstress.

Jessie J

Iggy and J-Lo both wore silver, doing their best to sparkle on the carpet, but they both fell just short of my best dressed list. Iggy’s dress was nice, which included some cut outs and geometric lines, but I wasn’t feeling the combination of her dress with her hair and make-up choice. I feel like she could’ve done better.

Iggy Azalea

As for Jennifer Lopez, there was nothing wrong with this dress and I feel like it would’ve suited her perfectly ten years ago. Now, there’s no denying Jennifer is a beautiful woman with a slamming body, which she should be proud of, but, at the same time, she’s also a mother of two and is 45. I think it’s about time Jennifer starts maturing her style, rather than picking the shiniest dress with the biggest slit and the most cut outs. I feel like, with this dress, Jennifer wasn’t trying to say “I’m a successful style icon,” but instead “I’m newly single.” I just can’t support that message.

Jennifer Lopez

Rihanna is a Modern Icon

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Last week, Rihanna stirred up quite a commotion with her sheer dress that she wore to the CFDA Fashion Awards. Some people thought her look was completely inappropriate and tastelessly provocative, while other people thought this dress solidified her place as a fashion icon and that “it was everything.” What do I think? I thought she looked gorgeous. Yes, you could see her pierced nipples and, yes, her nude was clearly visible, but I thought she was still tasteful, elegant, and fashionable.

I respect that some people might have been “offended” by her visible parts, but why are nude maternity pictures socially acceptable? Why are so many historic nude paintings revered as masterpieces? Why can Christina Aguilera pose naked on the cover of Rolling Stone? But Rihanna can’t be considered artistic for this look? Now, I’m not saying you need to join in and wear sheer dresses, too. I’m not even suggesting that you have to agree with what she wore. I’m just saying you can at least respect her for it and try to understand the reasoning behind it. I understand that each person is entitled to their own opinion, but ignorant opinions are among my biggest pet peeves. By all means, believe what you want, but make sure that you have some valid points of support for those thoughts.

During the height of the debate over Rih Rih’s dress, she went on to tweet “Happy birthday to the late Josephine Baker! You have and will continue to inspire us women for decades to come!” alongside this picture:

Rihanna Slays

Now, I’m sure Ms. Fenty did want to wish the late icon a happy birthday, but she was also proving a point. She wanted to show people that her look was more an homage to an inspirational woman than excuse to flaunt her sexuality. Josephine Baker was a pioneer in the Black community and the entertainment industry. The similarities between her and Rihanna’s appearances are obvious, but people can only seem to focus on a pair of nipples (which everyone has).

Later on, Rihanna went on to retweet a woman who captioned a photo of the Bajan star on the red carpet with “Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise that I dance like I’ve got diamonds – At the meeting of my thighs?” from Dr. Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.” Maya Angelou was a respected writer, seen as an inspiration for women, and considered a much needed voice for the Black community. Ironically, this phenomenal woman’s words fit Rihanna perfectly, yet she is the one receiving all of the backlash.

I guess the question I’m asking is what is so wrong about what Rihanna did? What she did has already been done before and then some. Just look up Cher, Jennifer Lopez, and Lil Kim for starters. Yes, they all created some scandal with their risqué fashion choices, but you would think our society would’ve evolved to be more open-minded. Plus, it seems pretty clear that Rihanna had some of the most accomplished women of our past serving as her inspirations. These women who were considered role models, exemplar females, and respectable characters, yet, when Rihanna puts her own spin on what they’ve already done, she’s trashy, too sexual, and unworthy of being a fashion icon.

I understand that these “revealing” looks can be considered shocking, but it’s 2014. Women are independent now, so why can’t they express themselves in different ways? Women shouldn’t have to ashamed of their bodies or the ways they choose to express themselves through fashion. Besides men show their chests and go shirtless all the time, but there never seems to be an uproar about that. It is society who chooses to sexualize a woman’s body, not Rihanna. She wasn’t twerking, poking her booty out, or accentuating her breasts on the red carpet. She was simply posing and walking like she wearing a normal dress at a fashion event.

Now again, I have no problem with people expressing their opinions. This entire blog is biased to an opinion. I just wish people wouldn’t form their opinions through ignorance. It’s not a good look. So, if you’re going to hate on Rihanna for what she wore last week, then be sure to also hate on all of the inspiration women before who gave her the courage to be herself. But, more importantly, be sure to also hate on society that has made being comfortable with and proud of your body something to be ashamed of.

Billboard’s Best

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My number one best dressed gal at the Billboard Awards was definitely Ms. Carrie Underwood.  She usually goes for a more traditional look, but from time to time she’ll surprise us all with something a little more edgy.  This time around she did a bit of both by mixing a classic silhouette with a bold neon fabric and standout silver detailing.  I loved it!  She kept it formal enough to respect the event, but still managed to add a youthful twist to her look.  I also appreciated the minimalistic accessories that didn’t take away from the dress at all.

Carrie Underwood

Best in black goes to none other than the Harajuku Barbie herself, Nicki Minaj.  I’ve been a big fan of hers since back in the day when she had only released mixtapes and was rapping about being on a plane with Dwayne and I loved how raw she was.  Her raps, her style, her energy were all very real.  I didn’t stop loving her when her theatrical side started to show, but I am definitely loving seeing the old Nicki is back in action.  The dress is very simple, but the cutouts are perfectly placed to give her that sex appeal that Nicki is notorious for.

Nicki Minaj

My most improved award has goes to Ke$ha.  The pop star was at one point synonymous with glitter and most people compared her style to that of a drunken partyer.  I’ve always liked Ke$ha, but I did always know that she could do WAY better in the fashion department, so needless to say I was happily surprised to see her elegance shining through at last night’s awards.  Could she have done something a little more daring?  Probably, but I will take this trumpet gown over feathers in her hair and a ripped t-shirt on the red carpet.

Ke$ha

Some honorable mentions for last night’s awards go to Cher Lloyd, Kendall Jenner, and Shakira.  Cher is a little out of the box, so I appreciated her bold, purple dress and loved the traditional elements incorporated into her whole look.  Kendall Jenner definitely gets style points for her futuristic outfit.  The cropped pants and silver heels paired with her stark white halter top was stunning.  Lastly, I have to give it to Shakira for holding it down in her curve hugging, metallic dress.  It was sexy and fun, yet also not too much, which I can respect.

Cher Lloyd

Kendall JennerShakira

My Oscar Winners!

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I’m still in shock and disappointment from Leo’s loss for Best Actor last night, so I’m going to be brief with last night’s fashion.  Overall, the A-listers looked stunning and were definitely dressed to impress.  I don’t recall seeing anybody that made me think “OMG! What were they thinking?” which is a very good thing.  However, there were a few standouts from the red carpet as usual.

Kate HudsonBest Dressed for me goes to Kate Hudson who somehow manages to always slay on the carpet.  She wasn’t nominated or anything, but Ms. Hudson still did her thing and made herself be remembered last night.  Her plunging neckline and open back paired with her draped shoulders created the perfect amount of sex appeal, while displaying how fashion savvy she is.  I loved the tight gathering at the waist juxtaposed with the flowing skirt.  Plus, the metallic silver next to her golden blonde hair was perfection.  The stars just aligned for Kate Hudson and her look at the Oscars.

A very close second place goes to none other than Kerry Washington, who, in my opinion, stole the red carpet with her pregnant glow.  I loved the sleek purple next to her brown skin mixed with her dark lip color and black flowing hair.  I feel like Kerry embodied what a stylish yet comfortable pregnant woman should look like and I adored it.  Plus, who wouldn’t fall in love with her after seeing how happy she was.There were a few other looks that caught my eye, such as Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock, so I included some more pictures below.  Enjoy!

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The Killer Looks of the Grammys

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Like millions of other music lovers, I was watching the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and I must admit they were not my favorite, which comes as a big disappointment for me because I love the Grammys.  I’ll give props where props are due and acts like the Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons cross plus Pharell, Daft Punk, and Stevie Wonder on the same stage kept my hope for the awards show alive.  I was even ecstatic to see Bruno Mars go home with an award.  However, I disagreed with a lot of the winners and I thought most of the performances were a little lack luster.  I probably would’ve rather looked up the highlights of the show on Youtube.   With that being said, the red carpet looked pretty good and I loved a good chunk of the fashion from last night.

CiaraMy ultimate favorite has to be Ciara who is officially preggers and she definitely did a great job in showing off her “pregnant glow.”  I loved, loved, loved the bronze and nude Pucci gown she rocked that had a plunging neckline and an all-over print.  The fit of the dress was perfect by being fitted enough to highlight her baby bump, but it still had enough movement to keep her from looking trapped.  Plus, she finished off her look with natural make-up and a pulled back do that came across as effortless.  Props to Ciara.

The award for second best dressed goes to Katy Perry.  Her dress was a unique ode to music without being tacky.  Her whole look just screamed romantic, classic, and feminine.  I loved the layers of tulle, the exposed corset, and the airy color.  This dress paired with Katy’s funky bun made her look like a ballerina songstress.  Sometimes Katy’s look can be kind of out there, but kudos to her for this one.

Third place goes to two ladies, Chrissy Teigen and Iggy Azalea.  Chrissy always looks beautiful and she definitely made her presence known on the red carpet in her all gold gown.  With all of the glamour she was dripping with last night, anybody could have mistaken her for an R&B diva, but she was just there supporting her hubby to be John Legend.  Iggy also killed the carpet with her crisp, white elegance.  She’s known for being a little outrageous and thinking more outside of the box when it comes to style, but Iggy came correct last night and kept it super cute.

Amber Rose, Beyonce, and Rita Ora all deserved honorable mentions in my book.  Amber looked stunning in her body hugging dress, but I think she could have taken it a step further and it felt like there was something missing from the whole look.  I loved Beyonce’s dress that she changed into after her sexy performance with hubby Hov, but I can’t forgive her for her hair.  The bob looks good on Bey, but she could’ve blow dried it before stepping back out.  Rita’s hair, make-up, and accessories were flawless.  I even loved the fit and color of her knee length dress, but I do wish there was a little something more happening on the dress.  A different neckline or something along those lines would have done wonders.

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