Oscars 2016 Fashion

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5599371dv) Kerry Washington 88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 28 Feb 2016
Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5599371dv)
Kerry Washington
88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America – 28 Feb 2016

Kerry Washington

The star of ABC’s hit Scandal was one of the FEW high profile black actresses who didn’t boycott the Oscars this year (#OscarsSoWhite); however, at least one fashion critic said that this gown may actually be a sort of protest (noting that the leather top reminds the viewer of Beyonce’s Formation performance at the recent Super Bowl).  We know that a woman w/ Kerry’s figure and confidence can wear almost anything and pull it off, BUT this dress is NOT quite worthy of the red carpet.



Rachel McAdams

Hmmm… I LOVE this color, but the Spotlight actress’ gown comes off as too skimpy (on the sides) and simple for the Oscars.  And that train could’ve been hazardous! 



Cate Blanchett

We know that the star of Carol ALWAYS has interesting gowns (made by Armani), BUT the color is too light (for her complexion).  A few style experts commented that there is a BIT too much going on- feathers made into flowers AND the sparkly beading.  I thought it looked good from afar. 



Rooney Mara

I liked the intricate leaf detail on this gown, BUT that’s about it.  The exposed stomach and the lower half of the dress are NOT working for her; but, the Carol actress is still young.  



Charlotte Rampling

The 45 Years actress (who hails from England) was recently in the press for her controversial comments re: the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards.  However, you can’t deny her talent and beauty (though NOT conventional for Hollywood standards).  Rampling is tall, wiry, and has the type of face that commands attention (often rivaling her male co-stars).  You can see her in the 2nd season of UK series Broadchurch (now available on Netflix).  She recently turned 70, and this simple/conservative gown suited her well (esp. in close-up).



Charlize Theron

I LOVED what one fashion expert said of this simple gown: “This is a case where fitness trumps fashion.”  It seems TOO simple for the Oscars, but the now 40 y.o. statuesque actress can wear anything and look fierce (as we saw in Mad Max: Fury Road).   



Jennifer Lawrence

This is a GREAT dress- I esp. love the top!  Jennifer’s film Joy may NOT have been seen by a very wide audience, BUT this dress is spot on for the Oscars.



Brie Larson

Everything about this gown is PERFECT- the cut, color, and embellishments!  Plus, she won Best Actress- the best accessory!



Mindy Kaling

I saw this dress on Mindy’s Instagram, and it looked elegant.  One the red carpet, it comes off as too plain.  I like her simple hairdo and the makeup is great (as usual).  I LOVE how Mindy has created opportunities for herself in Hollywood- she’s obviously a hard worker and funny lady, BUT this is TOO serious of a gown.



Priyanka Chopra

The star of ABC’s Quantico was the MOST Googled celeb of the night- WOW!  This dress looks FAB on the Indian actress; it reminded me of Halle Berry (back when she was a red carpet darling).  Recently, I reviewed Priyanka’s latest Bollywood film, Bajirao Mastani.



Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Did you know this director now has 2 Oscars (for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015) and Saving Face (2012)!?  I need to see these docs still.  Sharmeen is wearing a simple dress w/ a long, intricate jacket over it (she is Pakistani); at formal desi events all over the world, you will find styles similar to this one.  Her Oscar is the perfect accessory!


Tips to Appear Taller (For Fellow Petite Gals)

  1. Nude Booties (close to your skin tone) &/or Pointed Toe Shoes (ANY color)
  2. Horizontal Stripes (tops or pants)
  3. Wear hair up (longer hair) or cut hair short (EX: any type of bob).
  4. Maxi Dress (preferably in ONE color w/ a slit to show some of your leg)
  5. High-waisted & wide-legged pants (preferably w/ heels)
  6. Dress in ONE color (monochromatic).
  7. Wear a choker (EX: modern/sleek style; sitting on your collarbone)- this will draw the eyes up to your face.
  8. Wear dresses & skirts which are above the knees (stay in your comfort zone- don’t have to wear a miniskirt).

Health & Beauty Tips Almost ANYONE Can Follow

1) Drink 2 glasses of water right after you wake up.  Many Hollywood celebs, who bank on their looks (as well as talent) have mentioned this habit.

2) Eat breakfast whenever you can!  In a time crunch, I suggest a banana and a cereal bar (Trader Joe’s has a good selection).  Below are some other easy options:

  • Cheerios w/ 1% milk (or ANY type of milk you like)
  • Fiber One cereal w/ almond milk (I STILL need to try this type of milk!)
  • Quaker Oatmeal (My dad loves most of the varieties; it has helped him lose a bit of stomach weight.)
  • Whole Foods granola (YOUR choice of flavor) w/ Fage 2% Yogurt (or ANY type of plain yogurt)

2) Moisturize your face, BUT don’t forget the neck!  (This is esp. important for women.)  Below are some good choice:

  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (Yes, it’s pricy, BUT a fab product.  I recommend Clinique line for women w/ acne-prone/combination/oily skin.)
  • Oil of Olay (My mom says you can’t go wrong w/ this brand, and I agree.  She’s going to try the Total Effects line soon.) 
  • Nivea (My dad loves this product; he has naturally dry skin.  I recommend it for men, esp. during Winter months.)
  • Ponds (It’s not as thick/rich as Nivea; I use it in the Winter mos.)

3) Use an organic shampoo & conditioner.  It’s esp. good for those w/ fine/thin/fragile hair.  Just be on the lookout for deals, so you don’t spend too much.  If you can’t find an organic product, use those that are labeled “sulfate-free.”  

4) Take a lunch (from home) whenever possible!  (I’m terrible at this- need to get back into the habit this Fall.)  Not only will you save money, you’ll save calories.  

5) If you do NOTHING else, eliminate soda (including diet ones) from your diet.  I usually drink Coke once a week, but am trying to get rid of that habit (easier in the Winter season).