While the rest of the world waited almost four hours in anticipation for the end of the 86th Annual Academy Awards, I built up all of my excitement at the beginning for the red carpet. There is nothing like watching some of Hollywood’s best and brightest exit their limos, fix their dresses and then prepare to take thousands of photos for the next hour. This hour, however, is what I wait all year for.
If you were watching, it was easy to spot the crowd favorites and the gown similarities on the carpet. If you weren’t watching, that’s why I put together some of the most stunning trends seen on the red carpet in one place. You can thank me later!
Hues of Blues
The majority of Oscar-worthy gowns that walked the carpet featured subtle color and understated glamour. Nominees such as Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock opted for elegant navy. Bullock’s voluptuous curls hung over her strapless Alexander McQueen ensemble. The shiny navy gown hugged her curves, with a sweeping detail on her left side blending into the train like water running down the dress. She kept accessories simple, with a delicate diamond bracelet and stud earrings.
White and Sparkly
As seen on recent runways, sparkles are still very much alive and on-trend. This was no different for the Academy Awards, which saw actresses such as Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner and Naomi Watts choosing dazzling ensembles to get noticed on the carpet. Watt’s cap-sleeved white beaded dress spoke for itself, fitting her body just right. A slit in the back of the Calvin Klein Collection dress exposed her black strappy heels, while an abstract choker hung on her neck. Her slicked-back straight hair added just the right touch for a sexy, age-appropriate look.
Possibly the most common trend seen on the 86th Annual Academy Awards red carpet was a nude dress with tons of texture and detail. Jessica Beil and Angelia Jolie were some of the stars showing off this neutral color. Cate Blanchett, however, exhibited this trend to a T in a short-sleeved sheer nude gown with a full skirt. The most eye-catching detail on the Armani Privé dress however, were dozens of beads and sequins hanging from the dress.
Leave it to Lupita Amondi Nyong’o to stray from the norm to become possibly the most talked about red carpet arrival on social media sites. This woman is so stunning and fashion-forward, that I decided she gets her own category. Nyong’o strutted the Oscar’s red carpet in a voluminous, flowing baby blue gown. The custom Prada dress had a deep V-neck, but her delicate girly touches such as her matching light blue nails and headband made the gown more fantasy-like.
Women’s Enterprise Foundation’s Joie de Vivre Event Puts On “Savage Botanicals” Fashion Show
When you think of nuts, bolts, cable ties and tree branches, you probably don’t think of haute couture. It was these materials and more, however, that walked the runway at Women’s Enterprise Foundation’s Joie de Vivre event on February 20. The “Savage Botanicals” permanent floral botanical couture fashion show featured 10 hand-sewn gowns inspired by the late Alexander McQueen. Some of the fashion designers spent over 300 hours on the one-of-a-kind gowns, which have made their away around the country to showcase their unique beauty.
The Joie de Vivre, or “Joy of Life,” event began with servers offering guests delicious complementary hors d’oeuvres and wine. Spellbinders, one of the event sponsors, stationed a table to let people craft together personalized ‘Thank You’ cards. Guests mingled with each other while bidding on silent auctions and raffle items valued at over $150, such as a Village Health Clubs and Spas membership package and Glow Goddesses Airbrush Tanning certificate. Meanwhile, the models arrived at 2:00pm that afternoon to get their hair and makeup done and eagerly awaited backstage to make their big entrance.
The show finally began and was divided into three categories based on the theme of each dress. The first category was the Nature Series, which featured gowns covered in Spanish moss, water lettuce, berries and fall leaves. The “Symbiosis Serenity” couture piece created a full skirt with water lettuce and a giant boat-shaped headpiece made entirely of Spanish moss.
The second category was the Industrial Series, which used metals and wires to put together jaw-dropping pieces. The “Tendular Fusion” gown added a Spanish influence with copper, gold and red brown wires protruding from the skirt and hair. A stunning bright yellow halter top made of orchid petals added a softness to the hard metal.
The final category was the Breathing Series, and offered more elegant and luxurious show-stoppers using feathers, butterflies and orange marigolds. The “Surrendered Vertex” dress was designed by Cathy Grim Aifd, who repurposed her wedding dress for the design and contrasted the delicate white lace with the strength of deer antlers on top of the model’s head. The finale gown generated “oohs and ahs” from the crowd, and was described as a “garden canvas” covered entirely in purple and blue hydrangeas.
Guests were able to take pictures of the stunning couture gowns and some even posed with the models. The night concluded with the announcement of the raffle winners and guests taking home swag bags.
If you missed the event, you can see all of the beautiful gowns at the Phoenix Art Museum starting in April.
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics brings together the most talented athletes from around the world to compete for gold. While the games are purely dedicated to evaluating skill, the Opening Ceremony is dedicated to showcasing the fashion sense that each country possesses. The Opening Ceremony is a time for representing pride, color and winning designs that portray the winning spirit of each player and country. When it came to awarding the gold to the most fashion forward country, however, only some made the cut in their respective category.
France and Spain dressed up the 2014 Winter Olympics with a classic look that is always on trend: Preppy. Spain’s uniforms were inspired by original preppy wear with sleek maroon and gold blazers, ties and black slacks, topping the athlete’s heads with matching maroon berets. France countered with tailored khaki pants and a bulkier take on grey collared coats. In the matchup between the two European neighbors, Spain’s sleek and classic uniforms took the cake!
Russia and Czech Republic utilized one of the biggest trends seen on the runway in recent seasons: Fur. Russia’s uniforms lined knee-length navy, red and white coats with white fur along the edges and sleeves. Czech Republic, meanwhile, ironically took a page from the Russian fashion book and featured two-toned brown and grey fur trooper hats. However, it was Russia who won with an overall impressive score.
While most uniforms stayed in the realm of solid colored parkas and puffer coats, Sweden and Germany showcased their pride with some of the most unconventional, fashion forward looks at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Sweden took inspiration from their flag with long bright blue coats, and a cohesive blue and yellow zigzagged design with “Sweden” featured on the athlete’s hats, scarves and unique leggings. Germany went all out and mixed striped yellow, blue and green coats with floral pink and red bottoms – something you have to see to believe. Although Germany wins for most abstract design, Sweden takes home the gold for the most fashion forward uniform.
Possibly the most unheard of fabric when it comes to fashion at the Opening Ceremony, knits made an appearance several times this year – most notably on the uniforms of the Andorra and United States of America olympians. Andorra walked out with orange, white and black knitted sweaters that could have easily been worn to an Ugly Sweater Party. USA, on the other hand, was not afraid to stand out with knitted Ralph Lauren cardigans featuring stars, stripes, the U.S. flag, Olympics symbol and more. Busy as they were, the pride showcased on the U.S. uniforms owned the night (although we admittedly may be a little biased).
The Women’s Enterprise Foundation is an organization that provides women business owners with resources to help them grow as women in the business world. WEF has been around since 1991, making a difference in women’s lives and businesses.
Julie Heiland, President of WEF has worked her way up the ladder. She was a scholarship winner three years ago, and has come a long way since then. She is excited to spread the work about WEF because she knows how much it can help women business owners. “I wanted to give back, so I became president elect last year,” said Julie. “It has made me a stronger business person,” she added.
Carmella Dodge is very passionate about this organization and what it has to offer. While she has always been the giver, she finally feels like she is the receiver. “I’ve always generated for others, but I never had the business skills to generate for myself,” said Carmella. She believes that WEF can open many doors, and create strong connections between women across the globe. “We are not only building the relationships with the women, we are building friendships,” she said.
WEF offers scholarships and grants that allow women business owners to continue in their path to success. They recognize that women are an important part of the business community, and empower them to reach their fullest potential.
One of the scholarship winners this year is Carrie Severson founder of Severson Sisters, a non- profit organization that helps women increase their self-esteem.
WEF’s next fundraising event will be one you will not want to miss. Joie de Vivire will take place at the National Bank of Arizona Conference Center. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and a fashion show with one of a kind Alexander McQueen inspired botanical dresses. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Seven seconds is the amount of time it takes for a person to make an impression once they walk into a room.
In that same amount of time, Annette Loertscher can immediately visualize what hair color would look best on your skin, what article of clothing would look best on your body and what image you should portray to the world. In just a matter of days, Loertscher can make you an entirely new person. How? Because it’s her job.
“A lot of people don’t understand what I do or see how important it is,” personal fashion stylist Loertscher said. “My clients aren’t visual, so I make it easier for them.”
Loertscher said she has always been a visual person, and grew up flipping through Vogue magazines at the local drugstore just to look at the pictures of clothes. When she was the ripe old age of 17, Loertscher left her sheltered home in a small Midwestern town and moved to Manhattan to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.
After graduating with an advertising degree, Loertscher worked in the beauty business making cosmetic products for big-name fashion houses such as Chanel, Givenchi and others. After 25 comfortable years in the business, however, Loertscher lost her job.
“I had to figure out how to reinvent myself,” Loertscher said. “So I did a transformation on myself.”
In addition to giving herself a makeover, Loertscher helped make-over a few close friends who saw her talents before she even did. It wasn’t until a friend asked Loertscher to step in to transform a client of theirs that she decided to turn her talent into a business.
“It’s been uphill ever since,” Loertscher said.
Five years ago, Loertscher founded ALL Transformations, LLC, to offer affordable head-to-toe image consulting services to people in need of a change or transformation in their lives. Since starting her business, Loertscher said she has seen all of her clients blossom right before her eyes and has built very strong relationships with each of them.
“I know a lot of personal things about them and what holds them back from being their best self,” Loertscher said. “They have to tell me these things so that I can help them break out of their shell and move forward.”
While creating an image for other people is her job, Loertscher has also devoted time to building her own brand. Loertscher said she is sophisticated, chic and approachable. Being detail-oriented and having an eye for shapes and colors has also really helped her be good at being an image consultant, she said.
Loertscher is now taking her expertise and turning to television to help other clients in need. She will be featured from time to time with Oscar De Las Salas on a “What Not To Wear” segment on SmartFem Entertainment TV, expected to air in late March.
While De Las Salas and Loertscher are still in the developmental stages of the program, she said she hopes the visual aspect of the show and before-and-after makeovers will make it successful and gain viewers. She said the co-hosts might even pull people off the streets and completely transform them.
She has also begun watching other television shows and online clips to see what other stylists are doing. As for her own style, Loertscher said she just wants to have fun with it.
“I’ve noticed that with [TV] personalities, people are just themselves and I just want to be myself,” Loertscher said.
One style tip that Loertscher lives by and says will most likely be implemented on the show is maintaining a signature look by finding what looks good on you and what you feel good in. Having a signature style will allow you to get ready in just five minutes, but people will be talking about you for much longer.
More than just looking good, however, Loertscher said you must also feel good. While having a career is important, she said it is not the most important thing in your life.
“The most important thing in your life is to feel good and have loving relationships,” Loertscher said. “Do what you love, find your passion and the money will follow.”
My Interview with Mrs. Arizona 2012 Kirin Christianson
These days, it seems that everyone has opinions about beauty pageants and I am no different. My opinions of beauty pageants have always been less than favorable, however I decided to find out more about them. I had met Kirin Christianson, Mrs. Arizona at number of functions and decided to see get the inside scoop on the pageant circuit. I will be the first to admit that I have always felt that pageants focus more on beauty than intelligence and character. Kirin was refreshingly kind and positive about her experience with pageants and did her best to get me to see things from her perspective. Despite my personal feelings about pageants, I would be remiss if I did not mention that two of my journalism heroines are both southern pageant girls: Diane Sawyer was America’s Junior Miss and Oprah Winfrey was Miss Black Tennessee.
As she welcomed me into her beautiful Scottsdale home, she shared the story of pain and cruelty she experienced growing up, being known as the “Ugly Girl.” Having two sisters myself, one of which was a homecoming queen, I also grew up being over shadowed by my more attractive siblings. Kirin explained that she decided to challenge herself and figure out how to change the things that she could and to work hard on her self-esteem and courage. Her story is really unbelievable, she entered 12 beauty pageants before she ever won one. I like to think that I am strong and press on, but I think I would have cut my losses and moved on if it were me! Her happy smile and can do attitude is what I admire about her and the fact that she proved that dreams and beauty don’t have an expiration date.
Kirin sensed that I wasn’t a fan of the pageant circuit, so she explained that pageants are now platforms for women to find their voice. Pageants provide scholarships for younger women and the “Mrs.” pageants are a great way for women to highlight the charities that mean something to them.
Kirin is a busy mom but she uses her story to inspire other women to think outside the box. She encourages women to dream and to get up after falling down. We all have the ability to change how we feel about ourselves. Self-esteem is the one thing no one can give you, it is a gift you must give yourself.
Surprisingly her experience with all the pageants put her on the road to self-discovery and helped her with her never give up attitude. On a final note Kirin signed a modeling contract with Ford at the age of 38 thus proving beauty doesn’t have an expiration date!
It is true that beauty starts from within and radiates outward.
The 2014 Grammy Awards was a night for the year’s biggest music stars to come together in celebration of song. Nominees for categories such as Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and more arrived at Staples Center hopeful to take home an award. In addition to honoring stand-out music, the Grammys are also a time to honor stand-out fashions seen on the red carpet. This year, we saw bright colors, dazzling gold and sheer looks that, like the winners of the infamous awards, will go down in history.
Rather than continue to stand aside while the stars shine, Giuliana Rancic opted for such a bright color at the Grammy Awards, there was no way she could be missed. The bold orange color choice paid off as the feminine Alex Perry gown flattered the television personality’s toned body, with a haltered neckline showing off her arms.
Singer Natasha Bedingfield showed up ready to compete with the red carpet as well, in a similar orange hue. Bedingfield paired her Christian Siriano caped dress with straight-across bangs and bangles to accessorize.
It wouldn’t be a proper red carpet without Taylor Swift showing up in a perfectly-fitted shiny metallic gown. The country star stuck to tradition at the 2014 Grammys, appearing on the red carpet in a golden Gucci Premiere floor-length gown with short sleeves. Swift later changed for her performance of “All Too Well” during the show, but remained with the golden theme.
Meanwhile, John Legend’s plus one, Chrissy Teigen, proved to us what a true “trophy wife” means in her stunning Johanna Johnson dress, complete with a revealing strapless neckline and slit that made her look simply statuesque. Despite the distractingly shiny hue of the gown, Teigen stood out on the red carpet.
White Hot Sheer
Dresses that leave little to the imagination are surely not foreign to the red carpet, but the looks featured at the Grammys took a whole new take on an old trend. Beyoncé wowed in a Michael Costello gown, with pretty white lace showering the successful singer from head to toe. Her edgy blonde bob only added to the intriguingly sexy yet romantic look. But we already knew Beyoncé can pull off just about anything!
Katy Perry went for it on the carpet this year in a risky make-it-or-break-it look. Lucky for her, Perry was able to make the sheer Valentino gown work. The dress was made entirely of tulle, and the full skirt with sheet music printed on it paid tribute to what the night was all about. After all, who doesn’t love a good music-fashion mashup?
I am always elated when I find a new beauty regime that not only works, but doesn’t break the bank either. I recently decided to try micro-needling at the suggestion of a friend of mine. This is something I have known about for a while but I wasn’t too sure about it, as there are a few different methods of this procedure. Micro-needling is collagen induction therapy which includes non surgical skin tightening that creates controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface, therefore causing the body to create new tissue layers of elastic and collagen fibers.
I went to the Face Place in the Biltmore area and met with esthetician Donna Scelza who explained to me that they use the Derma Pen and not the Derma roller. She explained that the Derma Pen can be controlled and the needles are only used once, whereas the Derma rollers are used multiple times and the depth cannot be controlled. I believe it is important to have a skilled technician who can control such things. I have also heard that the derma rollers can dull occasionally, and they aren’t as sanitary since they are used more than once.
My experience was a relaxing one as I was pleasantly greeted by Augustina and Donna of the Face Place in the Biltmore area. After Donna explained everything to me and cleansed my face, she then began to derma plane my face which she said would maximize the results of my micro-needling Derma planning removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells and fine vellus hair.
After my face had been prepped, a numbing cream was applied to my face for several minutes. Donna then carefully removed the numbing cream and began the procedure. She applied the facial serums and they absorbed into the microscopic little punctures. There was absolutely no pain or discomfort as she worked on my fine lines and a surgical scar on my right check. Micro-needling has been extremely beneficial for people who suffer with acne scars, I don’t have any of those but I was pleasantly surprised with the minimization of my surgical scar. After she finished the procedure she loaded me up with a fabulous post care package, something that I know most places don’t do.
I was a little red and swollen that night, but woke up in the morning the find my face a little pink but very hydrated and supple. The fine lines around my eyes and lips were noticeably softer. This procedure stimulates your body’s own production of collagen so I will continue to see improvement in the upcoming months. Micro-needling needs to be spaced out for six weeks but you can bet that I will be going in again as I want to keep the momentum.
This was a really fabulous experience and the prices are so reasonable, especially since they do so much prep work to maximize your benefits. In addition, the post care kit was so nice. I am usually given some instructions and told to go buy some Arnica.
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When people hear the word fur, one of the first things that come to mind is PETA. Celebrities are given a hard time about wearing an animal’s fur as an accessory. However there are two sides to every story.
Something a lot of people look past is the damage that faux, or fake fur can do to the environment. Faux fur is made of synthetic materials that take up to 1,000 years to breakdown. That is a huge disadvantage in the landfills.
An advantage to real furs is that it is not always a continuous process. A lot of furs you see out there today are restyled furs that are many years old. Fur is something that can be recycled, and therefore can benefit the planet in the long run.
There are a lot of celebrities that give fur a bad reputation. Like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus, just to name a few. Why don’t we take a look at the influential celebrities wearing fur? Maybe it’ll give you a better perception of fur accessories.
Sarah Jessica Parker has been a huge influence in the fashion industry throughout her career. She was spotted wearing a blue topper in New York.
Katherine Heigl, the gorgeous mom of two also rocks her fur vests. It could be a great way to dress up a casual outfit.
Some other celebrities on the good list are…
Despite all the negative comments you might hear in the media, remember that there are some things worth investing in. A fur coat can be like a Burberry trench coat, if you plan on wearing it for a while… it might not only be an investment for you, but for the environment as well.
On Sunday, the red carpet was rolled out to welcome some of the most talented and famous actors, actresses, directors and more. That can only mean one thing, ladies and gentleman. I am happy to announce it is officially that time of year again: award season! What better way to start the season than with the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, a star-studded affair featuring metallics, high-low hemlines and even a few baby bumps. Here are some of the trendiest looks we saw on the red carpet this year.
Black and White
A popular trend on the Spring 2014 runways was the always elegant contrast of black and white. The two opposing colors look great on any shape, height or size. The case was no different for stars such as Allison Williams and Jenna Dewan-Tatum at the Golden Globes.
Metallics have made numerous appearances on red carpets and other events this past year. Other than being able to stand out on the runway and red carpet, metallics act as the accessory to an outfit. Notice how actresses such as Kate Beckinsale and Mila Kunis wore silver gowns with their hair up and minimal jewelry.
Once referred to as the mullet hemline, this popular 2012-2013 trend has made its way back onto the red carpet another year. This specific hemline adds something new to a sea of long trains and A-line cuts often seen at celebrity events such as the Golden Globes. My favorite part about high-low gowns, however, is that it showcases the shoes. Sandra Bullock paired her color-blocked gown with a strappy black heel, while Zooey Deschanel opted for a feminine pearl-embroidered stiletto.
Every year, a few stars choose to be bold and wear a red gown. Unfortunately, they usually end up blending into the carpet. The 2014 Golden Globes showed a change of pace, thanks to stunning celebrities Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong’o. Both went with fashion forward looks that seemed to be made just for them. Nyong’o’s off-the-shoulder caped gown flattered not only her figure, but her flawless complexion. Adam’s two-toned dress flowed effortlessly on the carpet as well, per usual.
The 71st Annual Golden Globes also welcomed a few expecting mothers to the carpet: Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde and Drew Barrymore. Each mom-to-be radiated on the red carpet, pairing their natural glow and smiling faces with dresses that accentuated their baby bumps. Washington wore an all white dress with an overlay surrounding her bump. Wilde went for a tighter look in a stunning emerald green sequined gown, hugging her belly like a proud momma.