Monday, February 25, 2019

Oscar Fashions - Tongue in Cheek

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I always study Academy Awards fashion looking for tips and trends that might impact my designs for Dunitz & Company fair trade jewelry. I loved the sea of pink. So many different shades of pink. There were also many looks that for some reason struck my funny bone. So for a bit of humor, I thought I'd share my observations.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez. The woman is gorgeous. And she looked absolutely stunning last night. However, my knee-jerk reaction was, "where is the floral headpiece?"  Her silver mirrored mosaic gown (designed by Tom Ford) with her perfect hourglass figure made me think of the glitzy vases you'll find in many lifestyle furniture stores. And you know what I mean, right?

Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves showed up in a flouncy pastel pink number that landed on several best-dressed lists. To me, her gown, designed by Giambattista Valli reminded me of a fluffy loofah. I've since observed that the fashion twitter feeds are saying the same.

Gemma Chan
When I saw Gemma Chan on the red carpet I was totally wowed. How could someone look so absolutely breathtaking in a dress that resembles a tent. (I read she hid cookies in her pockets.) OK, this Valentino gown didn't "exactly" look like a tent. But, seriously.  I live and work in Hollywood, CA. I live only half a mile from where this extravagant event was taking place. I live next to the Hollywood Bowl where all the limos parked during the ceremony. And I hate to say it. The gown brought me down to earth and reminded me of all the tents in the area housing homeless. And sometimes they're pink. It's a huge problem in Los Angeles.

Charlize Theron
A more pleasing association is what was brought to mind when I saw the stunning Charlize Theron strutting her stuff. She's one long tall drink of water. And in a slate blue Dior gown topped off  with prominent diamond jewels, I know it's crazy, but I thought of a long, tall light post. And the most famous one's around here are Urban Lights, a sculpture installation created by Chris Burden. See it up close out front at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Haven't seen it? Now you must get on over to LACMA.

Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti looked quite adorable in this number designed by Romona Kevenza.  And evidently she twirled in it several times to show off just how pretty it was (and she was.) It reminded me a bit of a lampshade I have in my living room. It did. Well just a bit.

Lupita Nyong'o * Bjork
So here's my final thought. Lupita Nyong'o skipped the red carpet this year. Evidently she attended the Academy Awards. She just didn't strut her stuff in the feathery Oscar de la Renta gown she was donning. Perhaps she didn't want to be compared with Bjork and the swan dress Bjork wore in 2001. (Gee, that was a long time ago.) But here's the thing. Lupita does the look so much better!

Most all of Hollywood's elite looked amazing last night. And only a few made me think of mosaic vases and vintage lamp posts. Stay tuned for the 2020 Oscars. Who knows what I'll discover and share on the Dunitz blog. - ND