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Dominique’s Oscars 2017 Recap

February 27, 2017

by Dominique Michelle Davis

Jimmy Kimmel’s witty and clever one-liners infusing political commentary with Hollywood elite was right on time and made this Oscars much more fun and funny to watch than in recent years. Though many were understandably not happy with his handling of the cast and crew of “Moonlight ” almost leaving the evening without the award that was rightfully theirs, Kimmel did shine with comic moments like his tweeting President Trump live and referencing the “overrated” Meryl Streep tweet from the petty President. One of my favorite moments of laughter.

The other highlight of the evening was Moonlight receiving awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture. The 2017 Oscar Awards brought a refreshing and much needed perspective in presenting inclusivity. I was in awe and admiration of Mr. Farhadi’s refusal to attend the awards because of the ridiculous and outrageous ban that President Trump has enacted against immigrants – documented and undocumented. It was inspiring to see Hollywood Celebs using this platform as a means to promote human rights and speak in opposition of laws that go against the very nature of the founding principals of the United States of America.

On the fashion front, here are my Best Dressed Looks for Oscar Night 2017:

Tony, Emmy, and now Oscar winner Viola Davis wearing Armani Privé.

 

Janelle Monae wearing Elie Saab Couture.

 

Last year’s Best Actress winner Brie Larson, wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown.

 

Nominee for Best Actress, Ruth Negga of the film “Loving,” in a glorious custom Valentino in the signature “valentino red.”

 

We always love Chrissy Teigen, and we also always love her in Zuhair Murad. A perfect match.

 

The “around the way girl” herself, Taraji P. Hensen, stealing the show as always in a sexy, sophisticated, Alberta Ferretti gown.

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Are Dress Codes No Longer A Thing? (Fashion Conscious: A Column)

June 6, 2016

by Dominique Michelle Davis

In a recent discussion with a close friend the topic of appropriate dress attire was debated. I took personal offense to the attire worn to a business casual event and said as much, which got my gears grinding about the inception of formal dress codes and the purposes behind them. I went to my Emily Post book and scanned a few articles about western and eastern dress codes and the class and social status that dress can portray. There was clear evidence of a haves and the have not’s formation in the writing there, so it imagined people as being either wealthy or poor. Are we seeing a reduction in dress due to a reduction of the middle class? Or is it pure rebellion against restricted social structures that pre-approve style trends?

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Post is the author of the legendary etiquette guide. It is either loved or hated or some combo of both.

As a person who questions all forms of conformity within society I really had to think about why this particular issue bothered me so. I saw my friend as an extension of me, which was something (his attire) and someone I couldn’t control. I took personal umbrage because I knew that he was aware of the rules and chose not to oblige, yet, I choose to break dress code rules as a way to establish individual style and personal preference all the time.The great thing about people pushing back against codes of appropriate dress is that it encourages individuals who choose not to follow traditional and conservative paths of dress to the work of developing cultures and norms off the beaten path, something that could also then extend into their pursuing career fields and environments more accepting of their individual expression (or perhaps even changing the sense of what is and is not appropriate dress in some of those more restricting and conservative fields).

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A glimpse at some perceptions about acceptable and unacceptable work clothes.

The free spirit and conservative conformist within me polarizes my thoughts and led me to a temporary state of confusion and concluded with why do I even care how another person chooses to dress? I know from personal experience that I loathe when people try to dress me in what they deem to be appropriate for the context or setting, but sometimes it’s just easier to get along and go along than to stand my ground on the issue. Some battles just aren’t worth it. Some days I wish I could just go to work in jeans and a t-shirt. It’s not as if my intellectual capacity is in any way affected by my outward appearance. SO again, why was I so bothered?

The answer for me, and for many, is that what has been impressed as acceptable has molded my view for dress codes to be in alignment with venue and social settings. Deep down I admired my friend’s ability not to care about what other people think, yet his choice to choose that setting to make a point to be an individual had me less than pleased. My ability to recognize my conformity to rigid social structures of dress has helped to create a voice that I never knew could coexist with following a set of rules imposed against what some may call free will. It is important to also consider, put simply, that these rules are often in place to create new structures for disciplining people on the basis of their identity – especially gender, sexuality, race, and age – and that this too is reason to be very critical about too while also investigating our individual belief systems about dress codes. That is, what is the underlying statement or implication for statements we make about the dress of others particularly as it relates to systems of oppression, marginalization, and injustice?

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The Patriarchy always got something to say about fashion. These are facts.

In 2016 where the rule stands to be there are no rules, or moving further along those lines, do dress codes even still exist? And when is it ok to make a fashion faux pas? Kanye West’s recent display at the Met Gala speaks to previous writings by Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard in an essay for Ebony Magazine called “Who Gets to Make a Social Fashion Statement?” In some respect, lending credence to artists who have created a platform have the ability to make socially conscious or unconscious statements with dress is a win for everyone as it disrupts rigid belief systems of propriety that limit who can and cannot transgress in everyday life.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Kanye West attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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We don’t know about these blue eyes, but I am here for this Balmain Trucker jacket and YSL boots though.

I am in no way in support of the blue eyed contacts Kanye wore to the MET Gala, or even suggesting that Mr. West was making a socially conscious statement, but one does have to question why he chose that venue, that setting and that platform to make a world debut of a clearly statement on representation and race by wearing blue eyed contacts after creating recent songs such as “Black Skinhead” and “Blood of the Leaves,” I’m just saying. I’m really interested in understanding his thoughts with his latest fashion statement and how it, as an example, might inform my larger comment here about social spaces and appropriate dress. Kanye’s introduction to the black skinned blue-eyed West was probably the most appropriate place to display his break. Maybe he actually knows the Bluest Eye and will enlighten us in his new album; title yet unknown.

Dress codes, and a lack thereof, ranging from white tie to grunge all fall within an economic class, and in many cases a performance of race, that has been normed by those included to be an inclusive safe haven. I think about a quote from Emily Post, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” Fashion, personal style and dress codes create an outward outlet for freedom of expression, which also has the ability to offend our delicate sensibilities when it doesn’t align with constructed worldview that we’ve created. In this respect we see how the feelings of others can be both something that liberates, but also in the case if dress codes, can constrain and regulate people across difference and individual as well as communal modes of style for expression. Kudos to those who create their own lane, it takes courage to break the mold. Just maybe give those of us who aren’t prepared a heads up? Even if you do not give a heads up, there always seems to be a code to be included regardless. The code when you are breaking the social norm is you are not to be trusted because here comes trouble. It is worth it to think about what that response to dress code transgressions mean and what effect they have for the transgressors and also the transgressed.

 

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Oscar ’16 Glamourtunists of the Night

February 29, 2016

In general we found this year’s Academy Awards red carpet to be quite uninspiring. No one really blew us totally away, and in general many of the people you look forward to seeing on the red carpet weren’t even at the show this year. Also, the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations itself were repeated on the red carpet, as reflected in the fact that there were almost no people of color on the red carpet this year, and certainly none of our fashion faves. No Lupita. No Viola. No Salma Hayek. No J. Lo. It was very sad. We did manage to find some favorite looks from the men and women on the red carpet, and present you our Glamourtunists of the night:

Glamourtunists of the Night – Men

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The always handsome Michael Strahan stunned in a tourqoise tuxedo. He wore a similar such tuxedo in bourdeaux at the 2014 Oscars.

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Eddie Redmayne went for a classic black tuxedo, this one from Alexander McQueen. The texture of the jacket juxtaposed to the lapel and pants looked great, as did the tailoring.

Glamourtunists of the Night – Women

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Olivia Munn’s coral stella McCartney gown had us at hello!

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Saorise Ronan’s custom emerald Calvin Klein was a serious show stopper. The color of the garment matched her hair color perfectly, and the plunging neckline and shimmer was definite sexy, hollywood glamour.

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This pleated, ivory dream gown by Valentino made Olivia Wilde a bell of the ball. The high-wasit line and peek-a-boo sides and cleavage baring top of the gown blended sexy and sophistication perfectly. The clutch was a bit too clunky for our taste, but everything else was perfect. Wilde’s hairstyle was also one of our favorite beauty looks of the night.

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Chile’ we are NEVER surprised when mother Charlize Theron comes to shut down the entire red carpet situation, and yet we are always left with our mouth hanging open by how glorious she looks. Her look last night had the same effect. Flawless! Our favorite thing about this look was the beautiful diamond necklace she wore that create the illusion of a cutout panel given where it draped between her skin and the gown.

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And last but not least, Brie Larson, the evening’s Best Actress winner in this cerulean, ruffle Gucci gown. The opulence of her very ornate belt is what elevated this look to such a big night without overwhelming the look itself. Well done, and congratulations Brie.

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Amber Rose & Blac Chyna’s Fashion Activism at the VMAs

October 17, 2015

Amber Rose & Blac Chyna’s look on the Video Music Awards (VMAs) red carpet was low-key reading folk who been shading them from day one, drawing from the message of the larger movement known as “Slutwalk” to confront people who have criticized them and made assumptions about them and their sexuality. Their hair and make-up is on point as always, but while I’m not here for these fashions itself, I am here for the sentiment expressed through this sartorial choice. These two do get a lot of hateration and hyper policing of their personal lives, but their famous ex’s (and their new girlfriends) get praise and exempt of criticism for their own personal lives and in some cases for doing the same things people accuse these two women of doing. Especially the men, it’s a double standard. I’m glad they stood up for themselves in a unified way, and also for other women who get attacked similarly in popular culture and in the everyday. Shaming ain’t cool. But that’s my opinion, what say you?

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Oscars Red Carpet Wrap-Up: “Glamourtunists of the Night” (Best Dressed)

April 14, 2015

The fashion successes in the Oscars redcarpet were plentiful (thank goodness!). Here are our six “Glamourtunists of the Night,” beginning with Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and Felicity Jones.

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Lupita Nyong’o is officially the overall ruler of the red carpet. She NEVER gets it wrong. Never!  I know this may bring up some curse where she may be doomed for every red carpet forever now, but she has given us enough to love forever in my book. This custom gown, embroidered with 6,000 pearls, was made by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein. It was the dress of the night and eclipses even the fabulous powder blue Prada she wore last year, which was memorable in its own right. David Oyelowo wore a wine colored custom tux by Dolce and Gabbana. This was by far one of the best looks of the night worn by a male or female, and one of the best I’ve ever seen worn by a male on the red carpet in my decades of watching the #Oscars. And finally, Felicity Jones stunned the world in this fabulous Alexander McQueen  gown by Sarah Burton. The color appears silver but photographed various colors on the red carpet and all looked beautiful. The bodice is so intricately placed and ornate. It was a wow moment for sure.

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Our final trio of “Glamourtunists of the Night” are Eddie Redmayne, Emma Stone, and Faith Hill. Eddie Redmayne chose a wonderful color that made what could have been another dull #tuxedo a great look. Plus he is super handsome. Emma Stone wowed in a divine chartreuse Elie Saab. It perfectly matched her hair. And Faith Hill looked so sexy and #fashion forward in a fierce J Mendel gown and new haircut. My fave detail was the string of diamonds that followed the plunging neckline on the gown.

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Oscars Red Carpet Wrap – Up: “Scene Stealers”

April 14, 2015

We have six “Scene Stealers” from the Oscars red carpet, meaning all were wonderful and almost stole the show from everyone, including those we name best of the night. The “Scene Stealers” are: America Ferrera, Katie Cassidy, Chrissy Teigen, Jennifer Lopez, Georgina Chapman, and representing for the men, John Legend! We’ll take these three at a time.

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America Ferrera, Katie Cassidy and Chrissy Teigen are all on that list for me. They looked fantastic, elegant, and gorgeous. Teigen has worn Zuhair Murad much of this red carpet season, and ends it on a high note. Katie Cassidy was scene stealing this whole awards season, while America Ferrera always looks so beautiful and I wish we saw more of her at these events.

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Our final three Oscars “Scene Stealers” are Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab, Georgina Chapman in Marchesa and the always dapper and debonair John Legend. Some said JLo had on the same dress as Robert Duvall’s wife. However, the dresses, while similar and lovely on both, were not both made by Elie Saab. Jennifer Lopez looked great. I liked that she went for a different moment than her usual role as sexiest on the #redcarpet and chose the Oscars to do it. Georgina Chapman looks splendid. I love everything about his gown, especially the gold leaf embroidery. And John Legend was one of my fave males on the Oscars red carpet last night.

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Oscars Red Carpet Wrap-Up: “Warning Citation”

April 14, 2015

We here at Glamourtunist are of a charitable nature. Before you end up on the list of “Missed Glamourtunity” offenders we fire some warning shots. So, Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, and Gina Rodriguez … here is your warning and below are our reasons why.

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These are three actresses I love, but who’s fashion needs to step it up. I say citations because the looks aren’t horrible, but because they are slipping from great in some cases and just are repeatedly boring in others. All three are talented, smart, and beautiful, but here is the issue. Cate Blanchett is usually winning in the red carpet but last night she showed up looking so damn basic in this black dress. Yes, the necklace is beautiful and the fit of the dress is impeccable, but you must give us more for fashion dear heart. Her stylists should have thought about how common this would look in photographs. The same for Gina Rodriguez, who is a repeat offender in a similar way. Her dresses always look beautiful, but they are doing nothing for fashion or for her lovely figure. Step it up! And Kerry Washington was also always a favorite in the red carpet, but the last few times at these big events she has left much to be desired. She was overheard on red carpet saying how she wanted it to be no fuss and easy. Sweety, this is the Oscars. Bring the fuss or stay home. She has so much more style than this.

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Oscars Red Carpet Wrap-Up: “Missed Glamourtunity”

April 14, 2015

Six celebs had a Missed Glamourtunity on the Oscars red carpet are Chloe Moretz, Lorelei Linklater, Will.i.Am, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jared Leto, and Zoe Saladana. Let’s discuss Moretz, Linklater, and Will.i.Am first.

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Chloe Moretz was in Miu Miu. The dress was fit poorly in the bodice and their is way too much fabric on the bottom. The pose she went for on the red carpet didn’t help because it only expanded what already looked like a blanket at was awkward. Her hair also looked undone and not in an effortless chic way. Lorelei Linklater is on our worst dressed list for the second time this award’s season. While this Gabriela Cadena gown is an improvement from her look at the SAGs, it isn’t working. The bottom is poorly fit. Her leg looks awkward sticking out as it does and the print on the bodice and side panel of the bottom half of the garment is confusing. Her hair also looks really thin and thirsty. I do like the edgy #styling with the jewelry, shoe, red lip and earring. Finally Will.I.Am. Worst of the worst. Sir, you tried it! Or better yet, you didn’t. This jailhouse train conductor hybrid look was too casual, too strange, and just an insult to the red carpet. For someone so creative and supposedly into fashion, you gave us no fashion or style to speak of last night, darling. No good. And now for Paltrow, Leto, and Saldana.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s hair and make-up are lovely, as are the earrings. But the Ralph Russo Couture gown is just the wrong color for her skin tone. In another color and without the flower (especially in that color) which looks so gaudy and without purpose, it may have worked. Jared Leto was having a wonderful awards season on the #redcarpet, but he got to the Oscars and just said “aww, f- it.” The color of this suit and the white shirt and tie with the pale pink flower lapel pin looks like a #nightmare Easter suit from the 60s. And I just don’t get the white shoes at all. A clunky mess. And lastly, Zoe Saldana in Atelier Versace. This is a dress that doesn’t know what it wants to be, and the spaghetti straps are giving me a 90s bridesmaid dress effect. I am not a fan of the spiral curls which also look very old too. I also don’t think the color works for her beautiful complexion either. Usually these three are all at the top of any fashion lovers list of red carpet winners, but not this time around.

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Grammy Awards Red Carpet Wrap-Up: “Glamourtunists of the Night”

February 21, 2015

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The Grammys “Glamourtunists of the Night” best dressed are three women who shut the carpet all the way down to the ground. The legendary Jane Fonda in green and gold Balmain jumpsuit. Mother Jane is serving us hair, body, hollywood glamour and all we need in life. She’s about to have me track down some old Jane Fonda workout videos because I need to look this damn #Fierce in my 70s too. Werk !!! Gwen Stefani wins the whole evening for me in this black Atelier Versace jumpsuit. The bodice is so special and ornate, and the make-up and hair is so minimal and clean. She looked flawless head to toe. Best of the night. And finally, Zendaya was stunning on the red carpet with her new pixie cut and a multicolor striped Vivienne Westwood gown with a high, high slit. I literally screamed in delight when I caught a glimpse of her on the television.

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Grammy Awards Red Carpet Wrap-Up: “Scene Stealers”

February 21, 2015

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Scene stealers are the folk who looked amazing and have us all talking because they were so flawless on the Grammys red carpet. First I loved Ciara in a black Alexandre Vauthier right off the runway at the recent couture shows in Paris. Taylor Swift in an Elie Saab that was both sexy and demure at the same time. Lastly, Kim Kardashian West in a Jean Paul Gaultier, also straight off the runway from the recent Paris couture shows.