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Oscars 2014 fashion: Best and worst dressed, from Jennifer Lawrence to Angelina Jolie

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These days, the fashion on the Oscars red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre generates as many headlines as who wins those little gold guys inside.

But, put a foot wrong on this red carpet and the pictures will haunt an actor for the rest of their career.

Which explains why many are reluctant to take any risks with their look. Jennifer Lawrence opts out of the dress race completely by always wearing the same designer, while Tom Ford calls it ‘a bubble of 1950s Barbie clothes’.

Hopes for some maverick style choices from the class of 2014 were therefore not overly high. However, some did try to burst Tom’s bubble – thank God for Lupita Nyong’o.

Here’s our top 3 best and worst dressed picks on a night when the dresses – and tuxedos – were pale and occasionally interesting.

Best dressed

1. Lupita Nyong’o

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Newcomer Lupita has definitely won red carpet season and signed off with a beautiful plunging Nairobi inspired powder blue Prada gown, complete with a simple crystal hairband. Sounds twee on paper but stunning and fresh in the flesh.

2. Jennifer Lawrence

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She kept us waiting but Jennifer provided the perfect scarlet sign-off to this year’s red carpet in a fitted strapless red Dior gown with peplum detail and another backwards necklace. And obviously not wanting to break with tradition, she also took an early tumble on her way up the carpet. Red hot from J. Law.

3. Naomi Watts

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Naomi kept it simple in white Calvin Klein Collection ice beaded cap sleeve dress with a spider’s web Bulgari necklace. Her look was refreshing on a night when many went for the Disney princess look.

Worst dressed

1. Kristin Bell

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Kristen’s Roberto Cavalli dress summed up everything we find dull about Oscars fashion at the moment. In insipid lilac and looking like something you’d wear to your prom – or your wedding – it was too sickly sweet. And we’re not sure about the two lifeless strands of hair hanging down either to be honest.

2. Charlize Theron

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Charlize definitely lost out to Jennifer in the Dior wars. The shape of this gown is gorgeous but those thick ‘invisible’ straps holding it up ruin the whole look. Perhaps we should just zoom out so we can’t see them.

3. Amy Adams

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There may well be many who disagree but this tuxedo inspired navy Gucci gown just felt a little underwhelming. It’s sleek and a great colour but this is more dinner at the White House than Oscars red carpet.

NYFW Fall 2014: Calvin Klein Collection

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Cozy grunge blanketed the runway at the Calvin Klein Collection show.

Of course, it was done with the brand’s signature minimalist stamp. Layered casual knitwear is having a moment this season and Francisco Costa’s collection seemed to solidify the trend at the end of NYFW.

The Doc Martin-inspired utility boots worn with patchy knit sweater vest dresses layered over knit skirts evoked a sort early ’90s grunge meets a modern day Portland hippie vibe.

Nearly everything, including outerwear, looked like a sweater you’d want to curl up in while taking a nap next to a fireplace. It’s as if designers this season practically anticipated the polar vortex most of the U.S. has been suffering through this season.

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Costa’s knits came almost entirely in mohair, sometimes mixed in with cashmere.

Outwerwear came sans buttons, pinned with oversize safety pins for closure. Colors were mostly earth toned in woodsy hues of brown, leafy greens, and burnt oranges mixed with blacks and greys.

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Even what would be considered eveningwear at the end of the show could be worn casually from day to night, like a black embroidered gauze and nylon split-waist dress with a glass chain-link belt.

Normally words like “comfort”, “casual”, and “cozy” are the kiss of fashion death and best reserved for loungewear. But this season, they equate a chic simplicity that the busy modern woman has been longing for. Costa’s collection was a shining example.

London Fashion Week Arrives

London Fashion Week has arrived – a five-day extravaganza known for producing some of the world’s most exciting and dynamic fashion talents. Over recent seasons the city’s reputation has slowly changed from being home to creative, but often commercially unsavvy, designers, becoming a place that nurtures emerging talents and puts them on a global stage. The industry is now worth an impressive £26 billion to the British economy.

Two of the season’s big tickets will be Christopher Kane and JW Anderson, both of which have received investment from luxury conglomerates LVMH and Kering respectively. Burberry and Tom Ford will once again draw big crowds, as two of London’s best-known names. Mulberry has already got the fashion press talking with its Sunday photo call, at which campaign star Cara Delevingne will unveil a “creative project”, with whispers she could be the latest star to have a bag named after her. With no creative director yet appointed at the helm, the label will not hold a catwalk show this season – instead hosting an intimate dinner for friends of the brand.

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We look forward to seeing what the city’s creative mainstays – Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic and Henry Holland – have in store, a group who have progressed from being the new generation to lucrative businesses, embracing new chapters in their careers – with many opening standalone shops in the coming months. We’ll also be keeping a firm eye on the Peter Pilotto catwalk, this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner.

New to the schedule this season are Mother of Pearl, Whistles, Joseph and Marks & Spencer – the latter of which will unveil its autumn/winter 2014 Best of British collection with a series of presentations at Somerset House on Monday. Joseph celebrates the 25th anniversary of its famed Fulham Road store this season, launching a capsule collection created by labels including Giles, Balmain and Jonathan Saunders.

So which new names to take note of? Thomas Tait’s complex simplicity is still causing a stir in fashion circles, while Simone Rocha – who won Best Emerging Womenswear Designer at the 2014 British Fashion Awards – is expected to impress again with her strong, contemporary take on romance. For eveningwear, we’ll look to Barbara Casasola – whose floor-length dresses are truly lessons in modern elegance.

If London Fashion Week has already whet your shopping appetite, stop by at Hardlyeverwornit.com‘s pop-up store at 29 Duke Street, which will be selling pieces donated by fashion editors to raise money for charity.

Electric Blue Liner is Having a Moment

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For their fall ’14 show—a collection that ELLE’s fashion editor Danielle Prescod dubbed “city girl meets the rustic outdoors”—Creatures of The Wind wanted to achieve transcendence—a theme that inspired key makeup artist James Boehmer to create a sense of “purity and illumination” via luminous skin and a flash of aquamarine on the eyes.

Backstage, he pointed out how swiping a metallic blue liner along the lower inner lash creates a lit-from-within look. “Using blue puts light on the eyes and makes them look whiter,” he tells.

To apply: Look up and apply liner to the lower water line with short but gentle strokes. Do not apply on the top lid for a modern look that, according to Boehmer, “works with every girl’s eye shape.”

Case in point: Jessica Biel, who smudged a similar hue along her outer lash line at the MoMA 2013 Film Benefit last November. Whether worn as a whisper at Creatures, or more boldly à la Biel, teal liner is finding its niche.

Unlike the color’s brash turn back in the ’80s, this reinterpretation is as sophisticated as it is unexpected.

Transcendent, indeed.

Sarah Jessica Parker To Curate New Jewelry Venture, WeTheAdorned

A new way to grow your jewelry collection will be hitting the web this spring: WeTheAdorned will be introducing their membership-based e-comm destination, with help from Sarah Jessica Parker.

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The actress-slash-shoe designer will be curating the jewelry offerings, which will feature pieces that have been specifically designed for the site, by the likes of Erickson Beamon, Lulu Frost, Paige Novick, Fenton Fallon and Pamela Love.

Each designer has been given artistic license to design whatever they like, using bronze, 24-karat gold, diamonds, emeralds, and any other precious or semiprecious stones.

Memberships will be offered at a premium and non-premium level, and the site is now open for early sign-up, although the annual fee for both levels has yet to be determined.

The founders of the site, Tim McElwee and Cyia Batten, are also the designers behind jewelry line, T. Cyia. The duo raised money for their latest venture via Kickstarter in June 2013.

WeTheAdorned will fill a niche that fits in somewhere between the sparkly baubles sold at places like Tiffany & Co., and the affordable gems offered at BaubleBar. Geographically speaking, all the designs be manufactured in America; on the business front, the company’s structure will allow most of the revenue from the sales to flow back to the designer.

Quick tips for a glamorous New Year’s Eve

From a touch of faux fur to a splash of embellishment, welcome 2014 in style with these five easy steps.

New Year’s Eve is here and with it one of the biggest party nights of the year. Whether you are tripping the light fantastic or having a modest soirée with friends, the occasion demands a festive dose of razzle-dazzle. If you’ve neglected your party outfit in the Christmas rush or it requires some added oomph, just a few quick additions will have you glamorized with minimum time and hassle.

Go for faux

Faux fur has undoubtedly been the trim of the season and gives an outfit instant excitement. If you’re looking to make a statement then newly launched label Shrimps is sure to delight. Designer Hannah Weiland’s furry jackets and clutches in cartoon brights have been spotted on London’s most stylish including model Laura Bailey and street style favourite, Julia Sarr-Jamois.

Meanwhile, Helen Moore’s faux fur stoles, collars and capes are not only uber desirable, they are also all handmade in the UK. Our favourite is the luxe Vixen scarf, £68. Drape over the shoulder for Gatsby glamour.

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The embellished clutch

If you’re looking to update a pre-existing outfit then an embellished clutch will do just that. The offerings are endless – be it sequin, crystal, beaded or glitter, and an easy way to indulge in some festive glitz.

Jimmy Choo never fails on the evening bag front and has the added allure of shoes to match. On the high street Coast have a suitably sparkly selection for under £100 and Boden’s velvet and sequin clutch has been reduced to the very merry price of £14.70 in sale.

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Eye-catching earrings

If you only wear one piece of sparkle then make it a pair of lavish drop earrings. Nothing says evening glam better than a cluster of crystals at your lobes so go for something big and bold for maximum impact.

For costume bling Accessorize has the best on high street and Miu Miu’s brand of kitsch glam makes for wonderfully O.T.T gems. Pull hair back into a ponytail or sweep over to one side to best showcase your sparkle.

Astley Clarke is the ultimate virtual jewellery box, stocking covetable sparkles to suit all budgets including Miguel Ases beaded chandelier styles, which are now on sale.

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Hair accessories

If there is one thing that will capitulate an outfit to red carpet readiness in two minutes flat, it’s slipping on a decorative headpiece.

Jennifer Behr’s Swarovski headbands and Art Deco-inspired hair clips add Hollywood glamour to the plainest of outfits whilst Maison Michel’s lace kitty ears spell minxy fun.

Both Browns Fashion and net-a-porter.com stock a myriad of hair accessories adorned with crystals, pearls and gems but for a cheap trick try River Island’s twinkly headband for under £10.

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Fancy hosiery

Perhaps the speediest way to inject some fun into an outfit is with a pair of patterned tights. Saint Laurent’s crystal studded fishnets dazzled on the winter catwalk, demonstrating the worth of glamorous hosiery. Retailing at a cool £688 they are somewhat extravagant but thankfully, Topshop have an equally spangly pair for only £10.

Marks and Spencers, Falke and sockshop.co.uk have lace print, polka-dot and glitzy styles. Stick to black any stay clear of anything novelty.

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If time is really against you then a quick slick of lipstick has transformative abilities. After dark hours call for red, be it hot coral or seductive berry. Nars’ Satin Lip Pencil has remarkable lasting power and Giorgio Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy range has a shade of red to suit all complexions. Finish with a spritz of heady scent et voilà!