Best and Worst Dressed: Oscars 2015

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Wait did I say I would have Oscar picks by Wednesday? I meant Saturday. Why the delay you ask? It would sort of be true to say my dog ate my homework because the day I planned to write, I spent at the two vets with my pooch, who is fine but caught an ear infection from all his cone time. After a couple days of meetings, I was all set to sit and write Thursday, and then #thedress happened and took up a considerable amount of my time and energy. Now that we can all rest easy know it IS blue and black (and ugly, according to some), back to the dresses that started it all, or at least this week.

Let me know what you think of my picks in comments or on Facebook, Foxes. Happy weekend. xo

Best Dressed

Rosamund Pike_Givenchy_Oscars 2015Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

I was on Twitter as the red carpet was happening and more than one person praised this as the dress that “finally” fit the Gone Girl star. After having a baby in December, she’s (understandably) worn a series of roomy dresses during award season. Sadly, most were unflattering and ill-fitting. She sure saved the best for last. The pretty scalloped neckline and up-to-there slit were a great balance of pretty and sexy, with satin corsetry at the waist and a firey color driving the former home. It was my favorite of the night.

 

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Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein

If you’re not aware, pearls are having a moment and set to explode, Foxes. Pull ‘em out of storage. This beauty boasts 6000 of the gems. I loved how the bodice appeared more like wearing 6000 strands of pearls than a dress. The cut-out received mixed reviews from some folks, but I think it’s what made that effect. The dress is still in the headlines post-Oscars…stylist’s worst nightmare. UPDATE: As I was writing…stylist relieved.

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Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

Not unusual to see JLo in a down-to-there-V, but the fullness of this skirt did surprise me a little. I like how she flipped the switch on her usual body-con and chose a dress that made her look like a princess.

 

 

 

 

 

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Keira Knightly in Valentino

Expecting a baby this Spring, Keira’s been channeling an ethereal vibe all awards season. Sometimes, not so successfully. I thought this Valentino gown was beautiful and romantic and soft, the perfect complement to her gorgeous pregnancy glow.

 

 

 

 

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Zuhair Murad Couture

I feel like Jenna is someone who doesn’t get the credit she deserves for her red carpet style. People are probably too busy staring at her hubby. White always looks chic on the red carpet and with the deco details, robe-like closure and train this was classic glam to me.

 

 

 

 

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Laura Dern in Alberta Ferretti

This dress reminds me a lot of a number Stacy Kiebler wore on George Clooney’s pre-Amal arm a few years back. It also landed on my best dressed list. Guess I have a thing for the deco/armor look. I just really like it.

 

 

 

 

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Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen

This one was divisive in the fashion universe. I love it. The dove gray is so pretty and the pleated skirt keeps it fresh and interesting. I think that Felicity does such a perfect job of bridging classicaly elegant and modern.

She’s worn high-necks all awards season. I think some negative responses to this dress are related to the combo of it and the bangs sort of overwhelming her. Check out the difference it makes in the Today Show’s segment on Oscar re-dos by Bobbie Thomas.

 

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Emma Stone in Elie Saab

If this dress was in any other shade, I might not like it so much. This chartreuse green is quickly becoming one of the hottest hues around and  I really loved how it moderned up a covered silhouette in a classic style.

Emma was also part of a little matchy-match trend of the red carpet. Like Rosamund Pike above the shoes are the same shade as the dress. It’s making me wonder if I should pull out the dyables from back in the day.

 

 

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Chris Pine in Giorgio Armani

It’s not just the girls who brought it to the red carpet. There were some pretty well dressed men to admire as well. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the double breasted jacket on the red carpet. It’s not usually my favorite, but Chris Pine wears it so perfectly, it almost brings a (dreamy) tear to our eye. Perfect tailoring, wider lapels, I bet this is a silhouette we see make its way back to prominence in the coming seasons.

 

 

 

 

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Common in Prada

Full disclosure, I really find Common dishy. Still I don’t think it’s his good looks blinding my judgment when I say he was the best dressed guy at the show. I love how navy blue and velvet threw a modern twist on the classic tux. And can we talk about the jeweled tuxedo studs and man brooch? Blingy and confident, just how I like my men. Winner.

 

 

 

 

Worst Dressed

Lady Gaga_Alaia_Oscars 2015_Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistLady Gaga in Alaia

I tried liking this. I was surprised and happy to hear it was the first time every Alaia has been worn on the Oscars red carpet (really? That seems impossible, but it’s what she said.)

Without the dishwashing gloves, it would be weird, but not terrible. If I can’t forgive gloves for usually flawless Amal Clooney, I certainly can’t for Gaga.

 

 

 

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Chloe Grace Moretz in Miu Miu

TAKE YOUR HANDS OUT OF YOUR POCKETS. Yes, it’s cool your dress has pockets, but really, Chloe? You STILL had them there when you presented an award two hours later. I mean did you mess up your nails and want to hide them or something? Ugh.

Despite this annoying distraction, this dress made her top half look short and the print was a little too Little House on the Prairie for my tastes. It probably would have been great on someone else, maybe a little older. She’s a repeat offender of wearing too-old-for-you pieces in my book.

 

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Lorelei Linklater in Gabriela Cadena

You get to choose one dress to wear to the Oscars, not three, even if you do hack them together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

She’s usually close to perfect and the fundamentals of this dress are solid, but the top makes her look so wide. Her hourglass figure is totally thrown out of proportion. She wins cool points for her after-parties look…it was from H&M!

 

 

 

 

 

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Nicole Kidman in Louis Vuitton

Why do I feel like this *could* be an OK dress in person? But photographed the sickly iridescent mermaid scale + orange belt combo is a flop.

 

 

 

 

 

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Solange Knowles in Christian Siriano

Pretty sure Heidi would have said auf wiedersehen to Solange’s Project Runway-alum designer had he sent this down the catwalk. It definitely doesn’t work.

 

 

 

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Will.i.am

I can’t find who designed Wil.i.am’s look so I’m gonna say:

  • Hat by Train Conductor Depot
  • Shirt by Omaha Department of Corrections
  • Sweats by Walmart
  • Shoes by Crocs Mario Batali Dress Collection
  • Sport Coat by Giorgio Armani (it looks nice)

 

 

 

 

It’s Complicated

The not entirely good and not entirely bad category returns.

Marion Cotillard_Dior_oscars 2015_Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistMarion Cotillard in Dior

It would be inaccurate not to compare this dress to something like a diaper at the rear. Still, I’m always for a new silhouette and there is just something about Marion that always looks elegant and chic. I wish there were more fit to the front to balance the back and prevent it from looking sack-like from certain angles.

 

 

 

 

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Naomi Watts in Giorgio Armani

I was ready to have this on my best dressed list. I love the bandeau and cut-outs. But there is just something about it, especially from this angle, that isn’t working 100% for me. I think it’s the pattern of the sequins, which sort of makes her look, wavy?

Monday Inspiration: Don’t Ever Change

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Don't Ever Change-Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistRadio silence last week because I was in Vegas and what happens there stays there (well except for the photo proof below and on Instagram). In truth, Vegas was full of wild days in a convention hall attending MAGIC, a fashion buying tradeshow, where I got a sneak peek at what we’ll see in stores soon (hint: lots of greens). It was inspirational both in the creative styling sense and also because I had the opportunity to meet fashion folks from all over.

These sort of events always make me reflect on what I can do different and better and I usually come up with a long list. This week, as I think about the list I made last week, I’m promising myself to also remember all of the ways I’m pretty awesome and staying true to them. Here’s wishing you the same, Foxes. Happy Monday! xo

P.S. Oscar Faves coming Wednesday!

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Obligatory Vegas (& Harley?) sign selfie. It was super crowded as you can see– Anastajza and I were too impatient to wait for a clear shot!

Valentine’s Day Lingerie for Every Style

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Yesterday we talked about how to fit lingerie, today what lingerie to wear. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and whether you’re trying out a shade of Grey or cozying up on the sofa with the pets, we’ve got you covered. Well, barely covered in some cases. Have fun, Foxes. xo

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Get the Fit: How to Size a Bra in 3 Steps

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Hidden talent: when Anastajza isn’t busy being a fabulous styling assistant, she designs custom lingerie. It makes her a super expert on a necessary evil, bras. With Valentine’s Day just a few days away we thought it would be a good time to write about finding the perfect fit. Enjoy her wisdom, Foxes. xo

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The process of finding the perfect bra is tedious. Mostly, because we never learned to fit ourselves correctly, yet it really is a skill worth knowing because the right bra is the foundation of a winning outfit. It can make you look perky and slim or disastrously double boobed…no one wants that, especially on Valentine’s Day!

A note before you get started. You’ll need a cloth measuring tape and a bosom buddy…measuring yourself is tricky! Make sure you’re wearing a non-padded bra (or no bra if you feel comfortable). With those tips, here’s how to measure correctly in just three easy steps.

1.Measure Your Band

Measure around the bottom of the band, directly under your bust. The measuring tape should be level and very snug around you. Round to the nearest whole number.

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2. Measure Your Bust

Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest. This is usually at nipple level. Do not “squeeze” the tape around your bust. Hold it loosely. Round to the nearest whole number.

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3.Do the Math

Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to chart. Example: 37 inches (bust) – 34 inches (band) = 3 inches. That’s a 34C. If you need help refer to the chart!

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So… Does it fit???

Just like shirts, pants and other items of clothing, bras are not all made the same. Different companies might have tweaked the sizes just a tiny bit so ALWAYS try on a bra and test it out. To really put it through its paces, do these simple steps in the dressing room:

  • Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it. This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups.
  • Adjust the band. The back of the bra should be level with the front. If it is not, adjust the hooks
  • Make sure the bra isn’t too loose. You should be able to slide only one finger underneath the band.
  • Fix falling straps. First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps.
  • Try a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you’re not wearing the correct size.
  • Look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Your breasts should sit halfway between your shoulders and elbows. If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra.
  • If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B.
  • For the best wear over time, choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. Bras loosen as you wear them; checking this fit allows you to keep the band tight by adjusting closure toward inner hooks.

With these tips you will be perfectly perky. Use your newfound power wisely and have fun on Valentine’s!

Rainy Day Essentials: Stylish Waterproof Boots and Coats

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It’s windy and rainy where I am Foxes! Power turning on-and-off kept me from getting a post up earlier today. It also served as last-minute rainy-day essentials inspiration…

I don’t know about you, but for me, the only thing worse than walking outside on a rainy day and getting soggy are the blah pieces I’m sometimes forced to wear in the name of being waterproof. So, today, problem solved. Whether your style is sporty, cozy, modern or classic, winning pairs to make sure you feel no rain. As always click to learn more and shop.

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Monday Inspiration: On Repeat

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When I realized today was Groundhog Day, I kicked myself for not saving this quote for the occasion. Being a California girl, Punxsutawney Phil and his gang’s predictions about winter and spring haven’t had as much impact on my life as the holiday’s namesake movie. In homage to Bill Murray’s day on loop, today’s inspiration reminds us to make every day an original. Here’s to a week (and lifetime) of adventures ahead. Happy Monday, Foxes. xo

Superbowl Style: Seahawks Chic vs. Patriots Polish

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Even if football isn’t your thing, you’ve probably heard there are gonna be some great commercials and a Katy Perry concert during a game on Sunday. Superbowl Sunday is almost here, Foxes. And, if there is anything I love almost as much as fashion, it’s a good football game. Inspired by the colors of the competing teams, here’s some sporty styles to start your weekend. Click the link for more info on the top-picks.

Which look are you cheering for? Let me know in comments or on Facebook. xo

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Behind The Scenes: Golden Globes Styling

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Some of you have asked for behind-the-scenes details on styling my client Kristen for the Golden Globes. It wasn’t that different from any other special event styling, though the glam quotient was significantly higher. By (semi-)popular demand, here’s how it went down, Foxes. Happy Friday! xo

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NBC Caught Kristen walking behind the celebs on the red carpet. Talk about a perfect time to turn around!

How the Stars Do It

Before we jump in, a couple of differences between this and how celebrity stylists work. Like you or me, Kristen shopped for a dress; we were limited by what was available and spending real money. Most of the time celebrities and their stylists have access to designers, showrooms or publicists who lend or gift  pieces in exchange for publicity. Some celebrities are even friends of or ambassadors/paid spokespeople for fashion houses. This means you can count on them to wear the brand often on the red carpet– Jennifer Lawrence and Dior, Kiera Knightly and Chanel, Emma Stone and Lanvin. Even though getting the dress was different, a lot of the styling process is similar.

Scouting the Look

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Pre-shopping with Anastazja. I’m always making her hold up pieces for photos. This is her classic trying-not-to-be-in-the-photo pose.

Kristen found out she was going to the Globes about a week out. In case it isn’t abundantly clear, that’s not a ton of time. Putting it in context, most celebs have a month or several months of lead time before awards season to plan looks with their stylists. Thankfully, Kristen’s someone I’ve worked with for a long time so luckily we had a great rapport and sense of one another’s style.

My first step, and a common step of many stylists: online research. I wanted to understand what retailers had what pieces, how long it would take to get them to us. I also dragged Anastajza to see what was in stores and took a lot of photos. I pulled all of this info into a detailed scouting report, which included styling notes like shoe and accessory considerations, and sent it to Kristen. I also reached out to my retail contacts to get a sense of what was possible in terms of getting dresses to the store and getting alterations rushed– alerting the troops if you will.

Before Kristen Arrived

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Dressed up dressing room.

“The pull” is the fancy term we stylists use to describe the items we pre-select for a client to choose from. With research done and feedback from Kristen, we turned our attention to refining it. We decided to shop at Neiman Marcus because of the breadth of designers and styles we could try and the fact we could rely on their amazing service both in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, if we needed it. We quickly realized it was going to be faster and more reliable for us to purchase and overnight gowns as customers, rather than have the stores request them through their sale systems, which can take a couple of days. We arranged for them to be delivered and at the same time edited the selection on-hold at the store for her to try on. We also worked with the store to have plenty of shoe and accessory choices on-hand. As Rachel Zoe famously said on her show, “options.”

Everything pulled and shopping day upon us, our attention turned to dressing up the dressing room for her– I mean how many times in your life do you get to dress up for something like this? We wanted to make it fun and, because of all of the great help from our girls Pamela and Lia at the store, we had plenty of extra time for some fun and ridiculousness of our own, like selfies.

 

Shopping

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The important sit test.

We used the personal shopping room at Neiman’s, which even for a jaded stylist is pretty impressive and giant (like the size of my living room and then some). All decked out with her gown selection, and plenty of extras in the back, it was really fun to see Kristen’s reaction when she arrived. Kristen’s Zac Posen gown was our pre-shop favorite and the first we tried on. From that moment, it became the one to beat. Despite other amazing choices (she looks good in everything!), we kept coming back to it.

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Alterations.

Dress decided, we spent a lot of time swapping out jewelry and shoes and bags to find the perfect mix. I wasn’t going to LA with her so we wanted to be sure everything was set and talked about details like  hairstyles and which direction her asymmetrical Alexis Bittar cuff should point. Luckily the dress fit beautifully through the bodice, but we needed some hemming and alterations at the hip, so we had her pinned up and crossed our fingers everything would be ready by Saturday at noon…when she had to head to the airport.

 

Finishing Touches

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Final fitting before heading to the airport.

I was not joking when I said Neiman’s was amazing. We shopped late Wednesday and Kristen got a call Friday night her dress was ready. We had a standing date to take a look at it on Saturday and made a deal to wear yoga pants and be comfy after a stressful week. Of course, I comply and she shows up looking polished and perfect! I gave her a pass because she claimed she was dressed for traveling. Luckily, everything fit like a glove and the only challenge left was how the heck to get the dress on the plane. In the end, we stuffed and folded it up. I had already called ahead and alerted her hotel she would need a special garment steamed that evening, so we were sure it would be red-carpet-ready the next day.

Red Carpets & Beyond

Kristen got to walk the red carpet and was super sweet to send me photos of that and as she got ready. I mentioned it in my best dressed post and may be partial, but I think she and her look were just as stunning as anyone else on the red carpet. And speaking of sweet and stunning, these flowers arrived at my house a couple of days after the event. They were icing on the cake of a super fun week.

 

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