While the Red Carpet ceremony is a great tradition of the Oscars, the fashion off the carpet peaked my attention as well. With eight outfit changes through the show, host Anne Hathaway was a fashion show herself.
One of my favourite gowns was this jewel by Vivienne Westwood. Hathaway looks ravishing in this black, silver, and grey dress that does the ‘long flowing princess gown’ type lots of justice. Let’s also note that her stunning necklace and classy up-do pull the whole ensemble together for a great elegant look.
My other favourite of the night for her was her red carpet Valentino gown. Though I wish she had worn it off the red carpet so her colour would’ve popped even more, the dress was dashing nonetheless. I also love how she added an extra bold lip to stand out even more. Hathaway definitely knows what shades look good on her, especially against her pale skin tone.
And here’s a full view of all of Hathaway’s outfits that night. These images are via okmagazine.com.
Valentino, Givency, Lanvin, Vivienne Westwood, Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Armani, Tom Ford
Calvin Klein has never been the designer to fit the mould, but he has certainly unveiled the unexpected with his new lifestyle collection -ck one. The campaign for the collection features the fashion industry’s biggest and upcoming names in modelling. The concept of the collection according to Calvin Klein’s global creative director is the personalization of clothes. ” The ck one collection is not about wearing clothes the way you’ve been told, it’s about making them your own,” said Kevin Carrigan, global creative director of CK.
I’m looking forward to this collection because I love that the pieces can be worn in versatile ways. A t-shirt from the collection can be worn as a tunic or short dress. The campaign features models such as Lara Stone Abbey Lee Kershaw, Ruby Aldridge, Pixie Geldof and Alice Dellal. In the first commercial and ad for the lifestyle collection, the models are dressed in clothing that isn’t “feminine,” they are seen wearing baggy jeans and oversized shirts. I adore the play on proportion and androgyny, anyone can feel comfortable in these clothes by making them their own. ^ O.O.
Tribal inspired designs and patterns are undoubtedly hot this season. That makes Keera Sama’s designs very appropriate and trendy. “City Wear with an African Flair”- With abstract patterns and vibrant colours, this Montreal designer’s clothing is perfect for the sunny seasons. These styles are also beautifully feminine with flowing skirts and cute halter dresses.
Andrew Majtenyi’s designs were a hit during October’s Ottawa Fashion Week. His autumn/winter 2011 collection shows the same creativity and class that keeps fashion-lovers craving for more. From simple blacks to abstract patterns, Majtenyi offers a range of styles to keep you trendy through the season. I adore this collection because of the variety of patterns and its sophisticated essence. Though I’m usually one for solid colours, Majtenyi makes it easy to fall in love with patterns.
My name is Emily Brown and I’m thrilled to have been chosen as one of the Social Media Interns for the upcoming season of Ottawa Fashion Week!
I’m a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Social Work program at Carleton University but my true passion is for all things fashion. I bought my first pair of high heels when I was 15 and while other high school girls were wearing sweatpants and runners, I was prancing around in thrifted dresses and stilettos. I loved the confidence that dressing up gave me and how it provided me with the opportunity to be whoever I wanted to be, just by changing my clothes. I haven’t looked back since those first pair of stilettos!
My friends like to tell me that I have a “bi-polar fashion sense”: one day I’ll be dressed to the nines in faux fur and pearls and the next I’ll be rocking a concert tee and ripped jeans. I think fashion is a creative outlet, something to have fun with that shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
A few months ago I started a blog to document my personal style and it has provided me with so much fulfillment and satisfaction. My social work background actually goes hand-in-hand with my love of fashion: I’m a Boutique Manager with Dress for Success, a local charity that helps underprivilleged women get a new start (and a stylish wardrobe) for their new careers. I’m also a contributing stylist with Ef magazine.
I hope that you will follow along as I bring you on this fun filled journey through Canada’s capital city fashion extravaganza that is Ottawa Fashion Week.
Rachel Sin showed off her flair for design during last season’s Ottawa Fashion Week. Her Fall/Winter collection is still available to purchase online (at rachelsin.com) in all its beauty. Her dresses are classy and sophisticated- all with their own unique touch.
The Chelsea Dress is a lovely piece fit for any formal event. As if the asymmetrical front wasn’t enough, the open back styling is simply divine. The details and the elegance of this dress make it an easy favourite for me.
If you’re looking for a more conventional dress, take a look at her version of the Little Black Dress. Perfect for winter, the Santana Dress is a high-waisted wool dress. This strapless piece is detailed with a V-neck and slit in the back.
The Maia Dress features a ruffled collar that goes over the penciled figure, accentuated with a belt. It also has a slit at the back, similar to that of the Santana Dress.
Want to see more of Rachel Sin and other local fashion favourites? Get your tickets now for Ottawa Fashion Week! Only $40 for a day pass or $80 for the full weekend pass. To purchase tickets, visit ottawafashionweek.ca/tickets.
This is my second blogpost as social media intern and so many cool things have happened lately in the fashion world. First up was Montreal Fashion week, then there’s the Vogue’s upcoming Power Issue and much more. I’m still excited about Ottawa Fashion Week, I’ve been Tweeting and blogging about designers around the world and I can’t what to see what the Capital has in store.
The designers at Montreal Fashion Week were daring in their new forms of creative display. The most intriguing were Ying Gao and Karl Latraverse, who turned the cameras on the audience and photographers on opening night. The models in Gao show wore minimalist clothing that could make the perfect staple in any wardrobe. Montreal Fashion Week had some new designers like Sonia Eclair for Anomal Couture who definitely made their mark last week.
Then there’s Lagy Gaga on the cover of American Vogue’s Power issue. True to Lady Gaga’s nature, its explosive and intriguing — a real page turner. I’m excited to see what she decides to wear to the Gramy’s on Sunday!
With so much happening around the world and right here in fashion, I’m excited to bring you all the newest and coolest info.
Boots are no longer limited to winter wear- they’re good for all seasons. Whether you’re a fan of little open-toe booties or durable over-the-knee boots, this accessory is perfect year-round. Designers have been feeding our boot/booty craze with more creative and innovative shoes to match any preference.
Simple tall boots are not only trendy, but they’re practical as well. With a flat heel, they’re perfect for everyday attire.
The gladiator booty trend continues from last year to give off an edgy yet feminine impression.
Wedged-heel booties have been trending lately where the heel provides a more practical approach to running for buses, but still satisfying that craving for height.
We even have booties that resemble running shoes for a spunky casual look.
Lace has been popping up here and there for a while now. After seeing it more and more, it’s definitely a style that has grown on me. Style.com reports it as one of the major trends for spring 2011. What I love about lace is that it is multidimensional. It is typically thought of as delicate and feminine, but it can also provide for an edgy street look.
In its most basic look, lace illustrates a romantic look- perfect for those that are a fan of the Victorian or vintage styles. This romantic look is best suited in soft neutral tones or pastel colours such as white, mauve, and crème. Trending especially is sheer lace, which gives that light, refined impression.
Oscar de la Renta
On the other hand, lace in bright colours or dark shades can add an edgy and playful look. To add an extra kick, lace has been paired with sequins and bold accessories.
BCBG Max Azria
What’s your take on lace? Are you more for the classic romantic style or the modern edge?