Monday, February 28, 2011

IMO - Frocks at the 2011 Oscars

Last night, I switched our tube to the Oscars--only to be met by the comment by my dear J..."arts and entertainment award shows blow--why are you watching this??"  He soon got his answer when I began rapid-fire texting with M about our opinions on what people were wearing.  J's final comment... "Oh.  I see.  It's the clothes.  I should have known."  :)

Yes, award shows are good for one thing.  To see what people decided were worthy to wear while stepping out on to the red carpet.  The most infuriating thing about being an observer to red carpet style??  It is how often the stars get it all wrong.  Sometimes it's just one weird thing that they've done incorrectly, or a ghastly decision as to what dress they end up wearing--either way, good LORD.  Don't these people have gajillions of dollars??  Whyyyy can't they just put together a nice ensemble for the red carpet??  Whyyyyy??  ***Sigh***  Okay, now that my whining bit is complete, here's the dealio...
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy, Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein, Maria Menounos in Johanna Johnson, and Mila Kunis is Elie Saab
The above four dresses were my favorites of what I observed while watching the event and looking around at photos online.  The complete picture that each lady presents is wonderfully appealing--well--except for Maria Menounos' hair.  I just don't like it.  The lack of sophistication in that hairstyle kind of takes away from the clean lines of her dress... which is a shame... cuz her body is rockin'. 
Livia Giuggioli in Gary Harvey and husband Colin Firth
I was going to go back and google what line Colin Firth was wearing for his tuxedo, but I decided I just didn't care, because, bottom line--he looks good.  What's more impressive is his wife Livia's completely recycled vintage dress by Gary Harvey.  Livia owns the green boutique Eco Age in London, and came up with the Green Carpet Challenge for the award show.  The dress was amazing, and it was eleven dresses in one--all vintage/thrift/charity shop buys from the era of The King's Speech.  Her jewelry was stunning.  Firth’s jewelry comes courtesy of Annaloucah.  The pieces featured the world’s first fair-trade, fair-mined, and ecologically certified gold from Oro Verde in Colombia, as well as fair-trade aquamarine gemstones from Zambia and diamonds from a women’s-owned cooperative mine in Lesotho.  All of it was breathtaking!
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, both in Dolce & Gabbana
Representing the teenybopper crowd were Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.  While I can bounce around to music by the Beebs as good as the rest of 'em, his rumpled "tuxedo" left a bit to be desired.  I have always thought Selena was adorable, and she looks wonderful in red.  I love the dress, and I think I would definitely wear this grecian-inspired piece myself!!  Overall, both younguns are dressed appropriately for their age...the Beebs probably more so with his "look world, I don't give a s***" attitude he tries to convey through his disheveled appearance.

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott, Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang, Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab, Hilary Swank in Gucci, and Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham
The above five dresses were "okay," or something went wrong in the outfit that rubbed me the wrong way.  I thought the color of Amy Adams' dress was nice, and I also didn't mind the pop of green from her necklace-bracelet combo.  Several ladies chose to don high necklines in their dresses at the Oscars, but no one else made the mistake of  ruining the drama of her high neckline with a necklace.  Sandra, on the other hand, looks a little naked with no necklace at all to highlight the beauty of her collarbone and shoulders.  I agreed with M when she told me she liked ScarJo's dress, because it looked a lot less weird on my HD-TV than it does in this photo.  The photo makes the lining of the dress look a bit off.  Hilary Swank is almost always a complete yawn, but I do like the graduated colors of the dress from top to bottom, and the feather detail.  But again, like Sandra, she was missing any bling to bring out the true shine of her dress.  I think that a pair of sparkly earrings to set off the sparkle in her dress, at least, was in order.  Emma Roberts' Jenny Packham dress in that amazing gunmetal shade and to-die-for beading was just HOT.  However, she looks a bit gaunt to me... and her makeup might have been a bit too heavy for my taste.
Hugh Jackman in Ferragamo with wife Debora-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman in Dior, Natalie Portman in Rodarte, and Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier

W.  T.  F.  is Hugh Jackman's wife WEARING???  Did Ms. Furness skin an fluffy white rabbit to make her purse and trim her dress... or... tunic... or whatever that is.  I don't know who made her outfit, and I don't care to know.  Nicole Kidman continues her streak of being horribly dressed on the red carpet with her granny embroidered apron/tablecloth/space starburst outfit.  Natalie Portman is so unbelievably adorable in her glowing preggers state, but she also keeps falling short of loveliness.  Here, she literally does fall short with her too-short hemline that showcases her cheap dye-to-match prom footwear.  Mandy Moore is not terrible, but her inability to look stunning in, what is, an absolutely gorgeous and ethereal Monique Lhuillier gown.  Her alabaster complexion is pretty most of the time, but imho, she looks washed out.  Other dresses I didn't care for--Michelle Williams in an utterly blah white number with short sleeves and a crewneck up top, Jennifer Hudson in an orange-y red Atelier Versace in an undesirable amount of the already undesirable-looking taffeta (with weird, sagging boobage to boot), Melissa Leo in a weird slit doilie with a mandarin collar neckline, Marisa Tomei's gown is horribly constructed and makes her look fat, Florence Welch looked like she was on her way to a barn dance, Sharon Stone in a "I have no f'ing clue" moment with something floofy resting on her right shoulder, and Penelope Cruz looking abnormally un-chic with a weird unclassy Vegas dress equipped with an equally unclassy amount of cleavage.  (Okay haters--I know she's a new mom, but c'mon.)
Anne Hathaway in many glorious moments
Last but not least, I would never forget the best fashion feature of the show--Anne Hathaway.  She truly was the best part.  Anne looked crazy gorgeous in every moment of her MC role.  I think the only dress I wasn't completely 100% on board with was the puffy red dress she wore while on the red carpet and the fringe-y gold number... but everything else was so wonderful that I didn't care.  While I didn't love her red dress much, I adored her simple hairstyle and chic matte red lipstick.  I thought her hair was also a great match for the modern and sleek royal blue satin column Giorgio Armani Prive sheath.  M's favorite was the Vivienne Westwood ensemble.  I love the necklace Anne paired with that Westwood gown.  I didn't even post the cute tuxedo outfit and absolutely lovely custom Brian Atwood platform pumps in all of their glittery wondefulness.  **Sigh**  I love her.  
Overall, I'm just left with this feeling that... I could have done much better.  Stay tuned for our take on Oscars-worthy wear.  

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Res Ipsa--Ratty Hair Does Not Hippie Chic Make

Leighton--you kill me with this hot mess.  How does one go from Blair to this sh**??  Please tell me you just rolled out of bed, because if you paid someone to do that to your hair... I may throw up.  Why not take a lesson from your CW counterparts below my dear.
Love Kelly's outfit by Alice + Olivia... maybe minus the nerd specs.  Others may be able to pull them off... not sure she's one of them.
Shantal balances the sexy feathered minidress with a understated heather grey cardi... but maintains an edge with the detail along the closures of the sweater... all by Jenny Packham.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Spring Shopping Bag--Let's Git Nekkid

Readers of FS or my FaceBook pages can probably tell when I'm in the middle of motions practice or brief-writing... because the number of posts will increase dramatically as a I either procrastinate, or require frequent intermissions from the doldrums of legalese.
I'm sure that everyone in my life... well aside from maybe M and T... wonders HOW I maintain the stamina for shopping as often as I do.  But, after moving into my new home recently, I'm sure no one is baffled by it more than J.  As I drown in giant puddles of my own clothes, shoes, and accessories in a 3-bedroom townhouse, it is probably time to assess what fits, what doesn't fit, what I actually wear, and donate/sell the rest.  As of now, I'm going to try and use Capitol Hill Style's post about an organized closet/wardrobe as a model for the future.  That being said...
In last year's spring season, I remember M and I going absolutely batty trying to find the perfect nude additions for the upcoming warmer weather.  I swear, I chucked countless potential billable hours out the door for this quest.  As I look at our post from last year, I remember the longing I had for a few key pairs of shoes that we just could not find.  I even remember emailing Franco Sarto to see when they may be releasing additional pairs in certain styles in Size 5.  Yes, YES.  That's right.  I am that sad.  (I never did get a response from them about those shoes.)  Well, this year, I have preempted my ability to get into this pickle by purchasing a few lovely pieces.  There's nothing like seeing the message, "1 pair left in this size," flash across the screen to get the adrenaline flowing eh?  I'd like to blame it on the countless experiences of going to buy a pair of shoes only to see the Size 5 unavailable.  Therefore, I have grown wiser from experience.  However it may be just the selfish satisfaction I get from seeing that I have taken the last Size 5.  Thus, it may just be my natural competitive streak.  Or, I am creating a justification for my compulsive behavior.  Oh well.  As M says, "you can always return something you already have, but you can't buy something that's already gone."


I haven't pulled the trigger on the bag yet... because... well... I don't know.  As fabulous as the price is for a Kate Spade bag, the "final sale" aspect of the Kate Spade Sample Sale today freaks me out a bit.  But, I will say, the royal purple lining inside that bag would make me feel like a queen.  :)

WTF--It's a Jungle Out There

M and I have had lengthy discussions about adorning yourself with animal prints.  When the trend first hit the scene, we were like... hells-to-the-no (direct quote from the annoying Vietnamese guy Calvin on The Fashion Show Ultimate Collection).  But then, we started to implement subtle pieces... a demure pair of cheetah-print flats... a classy zebra print sheath... a skinny leopard print belt... we've accepted animal print and embraced the trend, but each purchase is very carefully examined to avoid looking like we've stepped out onto the same stage as K$SHA.  Speaking of K$SHA...
Good.  Lord.  It's actually sold out.  Gouge my eyes out with a grapefruit spoon.

Monday, February 14, 2011

I'm Seeing Red--Happy Heart Day!!

I hope everyone has a great day--whether you're single, attached, or just don't care--go buy yourself some red... it's such a hot little color to brighten up a neutral palette, add a pop to a casual outfit, or as a smokin' going-out number to make men swoon.  ;)  As seen below, you don't need fire engine red to make a statement. 
While it is not red, I just snabbed the last pair of Franco Sarto's Atlas Pumps in the Taupe Suede on Zappos... and quite pleased with myself.  I blame the recent nibble of nice weather we've been experiencing in DC.  My feet are always ready to knock off the tights and slip into a pair of open-toe shoes!
It's sad when you want to buy a pair of shoes just so you can place them in your shoe collection to look at... which is exactly how I feel about those Charles by Charles David Frilly Peeptoes.  I wouldn't really be able to walk in them... I wouldn't ever have the chance to really get any use out of them.... but boy... would I stare at them in my closet often for their sheer beauty...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Many Thanks to Loyal FS Supporters!!

FleurStyle is mine and M's baby... so I don't expect anyone else to understand the weird obsession I have with this blog... and all the daydreams I have on a daily basis about what I could do that is fashion/style-related that is NOT related to my current profession.  ;)  I just wanted to take a moment to thank all the friends and family who support us with their regular visits, comments, and general contributions.  We love you!  We had the Original Penguin giveaway--if you haven't received your giveaway prize... it is on its way...not to fret.  FS also sent a lucky fan a pair of Tahari Marie peeptoe pumps in Nude leather.  They were featured on our blog last year!!  She graciously offered to give them a home when neither M or I could figure out why these Size 5 shoes were too big for our feet.  Hopefully they will have better luck on her Size 5.5 feet.
Please stay tuned for other giveaways--big or small--that we will offer to expand our reader base and reward our current followers!!