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.
Lee Daniels and the cast of “Empire,” with supermodel castmate Naomi Campbell, model “It Girl” Jourdan Dunn and pop music’s The Weekend, slay a show themed fashion spread photographed by the legendary Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine’s famous ‘September Issue.’ The Kehinde Wiley painting in the background “Judith Beheading Helefernes” (2012) puts emphasis on the word slay! But I am LIVING for this photo. Taraji P Henson is lovely and fierce as always, and the men of Empire look yummy as ever too. And I want those pants Jourdan Dunn is wearing immediately, they’re beautiful!
Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn (above). Naomi is wearing a Givenchy fur chubby over a Nina Ricci gown. While Jourdan is wearing Proenza Schouler. Somebody say “Gla-Mour!”
Reigning queen of prime time Taraji P Henson is slaying as the cover model for W Magazine ‘Pop Issue.’ The simplicity of a white top and blue jeans, and her gorgeous face with signature smoky eye, rules this entire situation! And I live! And if you think this is gorgeous, check out the issue and other photos (such as the one below) in the entire editorial styled by the masterful Edward Enninful.
If you are not watching “Empire” and getting into this haute-ness they are giving you each week, I don’t know what to say. Luckily, you have us to keep you posted through a series of posts called “Fashioning Empire” in which we’ll focus on one character each time. First up, the Queen of Empire Records herself, everyone’s favorite television drama character of the moment, Cookie Lyon as played by Oscar nominate actress and NAACP Image Award Entertainer of the Year, Taraji P. Henson.
When the show starts Cookie is released from prison after serving seventeen years in prison separated from her (now ex) husband and three sons. The major plot line is that the company was founded with money that belonged to Cookie, and after seventeen years she is returning to what is a multimillion dollar company and looking for her cut of the riches while looking *Nene Leakes voice* “rich, VERY rich” while doing it. Every damn scene Cookie is slaying life with her fashions and looking at everybody like you not ’bout that Glamourtunist life! I mean, in just the one photo above — get into his fur stole, this dress tailored within an inch of its life, this cuff, this lipstick, this hair! Girl, werrrrk !!!! Life has been given ! The costume designer and stylist Rita McGhee is killin’ it with these fashionS on the show. I especially enjoy and see lots of references for Cookie’s fashion on the show. From the characters Domonique Devereaux on “Dynasty” as portrayed by the one and only Ms. Diahann Carroll …
… To the hip hop glamour and luxury of the Empress of Hauteness herself, stylist June Ambrose, and another legendary fashionista, stylist and socialite Misa Hylton Brim. I’m here for it! We will be watching and tweeting the show and commenting on its fashion each night it airs. Come join us over on twitter following @Glamourtunist each week an original episode airs.