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.
Always impressive Rei Kawakubo of Comme Des Garcons delivered imaginative, voluminous, textured collection for Paris Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2016.
Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier presented edgy/chic looks for Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2016. Flounce on the two gowns & mixed prints on model Grace Bol divine. And look at the design of the back on these gowns. They are so so special, and beautiful. These are #redcarpet ready. And the romance of it all!
I’m gonna wear this Bob Mackie gown to go get me a gallon of milk, some sunflower seeds and a loaf of bread. And ya’ll will deal. This photo is from the recent exhibit “Inspiring Beauty” about the Ebony Fashion Fair. I saw it in Milwaukee but it is traveling all around the country. If you get a chance to see it, I highly recommend the show. It’s phenomenal and a great fashion history lesson.
What more do I need to say than “Mirabella Romae ?!” The couture show of Rome based legendary fashion house Valentino was so superb it earned a standing ovation. Everything was glorious, from the set built for the show on the streets of Rome, to the #beautiful gowns with ornate flourishes like an embroidered gryffon on a poncho or gorgeous gold jewelry by Alessandro Gaggio. And the gorgeous hair swept back to the act with a long braid at the end. It was a great achievement!
Some of the other truly exquisite looks at the Valentino show were these:
Elie Saab was, thus far, my favorite runway show at Paris Couture so far. 58 looks and I loved every single one, and all of them ready for the red carpet for awards season! This fantasy of the take no mess, rule breaker Princess was working for me. Especially gorgeous were the #tiara and #crown headpieces work by all the models. Royalty never looked so street chic !
The Elie Saab look in the middle and far right (below) were my favorite of the show.
Schiaparelli! These are three of my favorite six looks from the runway. Also, I have to find a photo of the labels signature surrealist work seen most clearly in the accessories they showed.
The texture of the ornate fabric in all three of these Schiaparelli looks is divine.
I especially like the sleek and sexy presentation of the black and white ensemble, while the floral pattern on the other two is equally as chic and sophisticated.
Also, the Schiaparelli clutch (below) shaped like a manicured hand is one of my favorite accessories seen on the Paris Fashion Week runway now, maybe ever. So clever and working the legendary houses archive and surrealist aesthetic.
So ya’ll know I love Chanel. These are my fave looks from the Paris Couture show for Fall 2015. Now honestly, the last couple of collections I have struggled with feeling like things look like beautiful versions of the Chanel signature, but also wanting some innovation in textiles, design, make-up, anything! They always put on a good show in terms of the theme, and this year’s casino theme was equally as fabulous in its execution. But still … I need an element of surprise from them real soon.
Tadashi Shoji has been one of my favorite designers on the award show red carpet scene for some time. I have most loved the gowns he designed for Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who always looks #magnificent in his designs on the red carpet. For Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week Tadashi Shoji does not disappoint, giving a collection of pure romance with flashes of edge (like the black dress in the middle) that are lovely, and the two looks on either end are both dreamlike ethereal and exquisite. A stylist of celebs might want to make sure some of these looks are available and see to it that they walk off the runway and onto the red carpet worn by their client. Below are my three favorite looks from among many!
We have eight, EIGHT “Glamourtunists of the Night” at the SAG Awards. Here they are no no particular order.
Marisa Fumero in an elegant blue and black gown, kept young by her slicked back do and make-up. Julianne Moore is getting her second “Glamourtunist of the Night” of the awards season (she killed it at the Golden Globes too), again wearing custom Givenchy. Clearly Givenchy works really well for her, and it’ll be interesting to see if she wears them to accept what looks like will be (finally!!!) an Oscar win for “Still Alice.”
Our next three SAG Awards “Glamourtunists of the Night.” Julianna Margulies shut the red carpet down in this blue Giambattista Valli. Jared Leto is my favorite man of the awards season. He always gives us something beyond s basic black tuxedo like other guys on the red carpet, and he gets it right. And he also works in interesting hair and accessories from time to time too, such as his pink flower lapel pin, pinks socks, and the buckle on his shoes here. And last, but not least, Danielle Brooks of “Orange Is the New Black” was stunning in a navy Christian Siriano. Her hair is particularly delicious giving elegance and glamour. Love!
Our final trio of “Glamourtunists of the Night” are Jennifer Aniston, redeeming herself from that horrid Golden Globes look, looking so sexy, stylish, and youthful at the SAG Awards in this smoking hot vintage John Galliano. I was so happy to see her in a color other than black, dark blue, or her other usuals. Reese Witherspoon killed it in a white Armani. She looks amazing. And Ethan Hawke gave Jared Leto a run for his money in an olive green Calvin Klein suit. I loved seeing a different color for men’s wear in the red carpet from him. And he’s just as handsome as ever.