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Red Carpet: Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham, new Hollywood designer fave

Kate Winslet wore Jenny Packham for the premiere of "Titanic 3-D" in London. Packham is a new Hollywood designer favorite
London-based designer Jenny Packham is doing the Old Hollywood glam look about as well as anyone these days. Kate Winslet wore one of her gowns to the Golden Globes, and chose another, a custom-designed gown with crystal cap-sleeves, for the premiere of "Titanic 3-D" tonight in London.

The two looks are quite stunning in their simplicity. They hint at the Art Deco trend, which is a perennial in Hollywood, and showed up on the spring runways of Ralph Lauren, Gucci and others.

But more than that, the gowns emphasize Winslet's statuesque beauty, giving her an almost regal, 'I'm above playing the fashion game' air. (It's no wonder that that other regal Kate, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is such a huge Packham fan.)

PHOTOS: 'Titanic 3-D' red carpet premiere

Jenny Packham is a new Hollywood designer favorite
Dita Von Teese is another. (The burlesque star loves to rock the Old Hollywood vibe.) She wore this hot-off-the-runway look from Packham's fall 2012 collection (titled "Film Noir") to Elton John's Oscars party back in March. (She had attended Packham's runway show in February at New York Fashion Week.)

Packham is bringing her collection to Los Angeles next month, and setting up meet-and-greets with stylists and celebs. So expect to see more of her designs on the red carpet soon. She's also set to launch a lower-priced dress line, called No. 1, next month at London department store Debenhams.

Might be worth making the trip.

-- Booth Moore

Upper left photo: Kate Winslet at the "Titanic 3-D" world premiere in London on Tuesday. Credit: Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

Upper right photo: Winslet at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 15. Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Lower left photo: A look from the Jenny Packham fall 2012 show in New York on Feb. 13. Credit: Mike Coppola / Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Lower right photo: Dita Von Teese arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar party in West Hollywood on Feb. 26. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Fashion News: Viola Davis' natural hair a hit at Oscars

Viola Davis, Julius Tennon
Viola Davis eschewed wigs and wore her hair short and natural to the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, reportedly taking husband Julius Tennon's advice after he saw how stunning she looked with natural hair on the cover and in a photo spread in our own Los Angeles Times magazine earlier this month. I thought she looked lovely, and younger too, with the short crop, reddish hue and emerald green Vera Wang gown.  [People]

The 'do gained lots of other compliments too. [Marquee Blog]

Los Angeles Times menswear writer Adam Tschorn found out more about that mysterious pin with the numeral 6 that Tom Hanks was wearing at the Oscars. [Los Angeles Times] 

One of my favorite Oscar attendees -- Miss Piggy -- was gussied up too, and she wasn't wearing doll clothes. She was clad in a dress by Zac Posen, Christian Louboutin shoes and Fred Leighton jewelry (with real diamonds, amethysts and platinum.) Her date, Kermit, wore a Brooks Brothers tux. [InStyle]

Of course, even Uggie, the dog who some believe was the real star of "The Artist," was decked out in a Chopard bowtie with 18-karat gold charm. [Us]

We saw a lot of sheer dresses on the Oscars' red carpet, and apparently the trend will continue for fall. The Milan Fashion Week runways have been notable for the sheer apparel that's being shown. [The Cut]

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model-of-the-moment Kate Upton stars in the new ad for the Southwest Patty Melt at Carl's Jr and Hardees. In the video, it looks, um, spicy. The sandwich, I mean.



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Fashion News: Angelina Jolie's leg, JLo's slip rock Twitterverse

--Susan Denley

Photo: Viola Davis with husband Julius Tennon on the Academy Awards red carpet. Credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images 

Fashion: Angelina Jolie's leg, JLo's Oscar look rock Twitterverse

Angelina Jolie's leg and Jennifer Lopez's sheer gown caused excitement in the Twitterverse during Sunday's Academy Awards -- JLo's for a possible wardrobe malfunction
There were a lot of beautiful gowns on display at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, as our Booth Moore reported. But at least two actresses got their own wardrobe-related Twitter accounts (set up, of course, by excited folks in the Twitterverse). Angelina Jolie's stunning black Atalier Versace gown with its thigh-high slit prompted @angiesrightleg. And a possible wardrobe malfunction as Jennifer Lopez was presenting an award got its own provocative handle. Because JLo often wears very-low-cut gowns to the Oscars (this one was custom made for her by Zuhair Marad), this slip (if it happened -- and her stylist says it didn't) may have been only a matter of time. [Cambio]

There were plenty of other opportunities for stars to get dressed up in the days leading up to the Oscars, such as the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon Thursday, the Women in Film party on Friday and a tribute to Martin Scorcese and the Film Foundation, also on Friday. [Society News LA] 

The Cut has a nice roundup of what critics have been saying about the Milan runways, where Versace, Fendi and Prada have been getting mixed reviews for their fall-winter collections, while Max Mara's separates and strong outerwear are drawing raves. [The Cut]

A California auction house reports that it has been deluged with calls from friends and family members wanting to put Whitney Houston memorabilia -- including clothes and jewelry -- up for sale. [New York Daily News]

Stefano Pilati is leaving Yves Saint Laurent and may be replaced as creative director by former YSL menswear designer Hedi Slimane. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

This follows last week's news that Raf Simons is leaving Jil Sander, to be replaced by Jil Sander. Sander says she is in the mood to experiment. [WWD]  (Subscription required.)


PHOTOS: Oscars' best-worst dressed

On the red carpet, white gowns ruled

PHOTOS: Backstage at the Academy Awards

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Jennifer Lopez, left, and Cameron Diaz on stage at the 84th Academy Awards. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Oscars 2012 fashion: Statements large, small and floppy

Emma Stone and her bow at Oscars 2012Oscars 2012 fashion made statements large and small. The largest, perhaps, was the huge bow around Emma Stone's neck. The star of "The Help" either made an "appropriately bold statement," as Times fashion expert Booth Moore said, or it was a big floppy flop, as some on Twitter opined.

Meanwhile, Natalie Portman wore vintage polka dots, and major bling decorated her bare collarbone.

Rooney Mara sported fins on her bust, and Michelle Williams and Tina Fey dared to go peplum.

PHOTOS: Oscars 2012 from the red carpet

Viola Davis differentiated herself from the crowd with an emerald-green Vera Wang gown featuring crystal floral embroidery and pleating as well as a hairdo she said was done by her mother.

White also was big on the red carpet. Milla Jovovich arguably pulled off the white-frosting look the best with a silvery white, one-shouldered gown by Elie Saab. Her clutch -- an acrylic evening bag by Edie Parker -- added the right touch. 

Berenice Bejo disappointed some with her mint green dress -- likened to one worn by the mother of the bride -- but her hair won praise for a gingery color that complemented her beaded Elie Saab gown.

Still, the "mother of the bride" did all right, as her film, "The Artist," was one of the the big winners of the night.


About Angelina Jolie's leg

Octavia Spencer, thankful for one "beautiful unit"

Stars channel old Hollywood with classic side swept hair

-- Amy Hubbard

Photo: Emma Stone at 2010 Oscars ceremony. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Oscars 2012: Berenice Bejo’s natural makeup look

Berenice Bejo’s makeup artist Julie Hewitt (who also did the makeup on “The Artist” as well as “The Descendants”) said she channeled a modern day Audrey Hepburn and chose not to compete with the mint green color of Bejo’s Elie Saab dress.

“I wanted to keep everything very fresh, very Berenice, very natural,” said the makeup artist, who added that Bejo’s not a big fan of foundation and if she could walk out the door with just a few swipes of mascara, she would.

Hewitt started the look by applying Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint in #002, and Diorskin Nude Concealer #002. Cheeks were dusted with Diorblush in Passion Fruit. Bejo’s eyes were lined with a black liner a la Hepburn and her lashes defined with Diorshow Blackout waterproof mascara.

The lips reflected the subtly rosy hue of the cheeks. Hewitt used Dior Addict lipstick in Beige Perfection with a lip liner called Spicy Pink. “This is not just any makeup or Oscars,” said Hewitt of creating Bejo’s Oscar beauty look. “I worked on the movie and was there from day one.”

--Melissa Magsaysay


Oscars 2012: Natalie Portman's 50's inspired beauty

Oscars 2012: Stars channel Old Hollywood with classic side swept hair

Oscars 2012: Berenice Bejo's braid


Berenice Bejo arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards show at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)

Oscars 2012: Natalie Portman’s '50s-inspired beauty

Natalie Portman at the 2012 Oscars
Clad in a polka-dot-red vintage Haute Couture Christian Dior gown from 1954, Natalie Portman is channeling a classic Grace Kelly on the Oscars red carpet.

Makeup artist Eileen Kastner-Delago (who works with the actress on her film projects as well as her Dior beauty and perfume campaign) was inspired to give Portman a look reminiscent of Kelly and Elizabeth Natalie Portman at the 2012 OscarsTaylor.

Focusing on the eyes and mouth, Kastner-Delago created a subtle cat eye with Dior waterproof eyeliner. She used a black liner close to the lash line and a purple liner on top to soften the result while still maintaining a strong, sharp look.

Kastner-Delago also used two different mascaras to get the actress’ lashes dramatic but not heavy. First, she swiped a few layers of Dior Show mascara to build volume, then Dior Iconic mascara to separate the lashes. On her bottom lashes, the makeup artist used a couple of coats of purple mascara to define them without creating heaviness.

Portman’s lips were given a light red stain, which Kastner-Delago built with a few shades of red lipstick, also by Dior.  “It’s a mix of reds, very 1950s, but not too strong,” says the makeup artist, who massaged the color into Portman's lips, blotted, then reapplied to really build layers of color that would look more natural and also last throughout the entire evening.

-- Melissa Magsaysay



Photos: Oscars 2012: On the red carpet

Oscars 2012: Berenice Bejo's braid

Oscars 2012: Emma Stone wrapped up in a bow

Oscars 2012: Stars channel Old Hollywood with classic side swept hair

Photo: Natalie Portman in classic red at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images.

Oscars 2012: Emma Stone wrapped up in a bow

Emma Stone on the red carpet.

The Twitter fashion police are still fighting over Emma Stone’s red Giambattista Valli gown. I am a fan, I think the oversized bow at the neck is festive and an appropriately bold statement for Oscar night. It’s also whimsical, which is what I think of when I think of Stone’s character Skeeter in “The Help.”

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Michelle Williams and Tina Fey
Stone accessorized with a Louis Vuitton clutch, and a white gold and diamond chain link bracelet, also by Louis Vuitton. I haven’t noticed many other interesting jewels, aside from the darling bow-shaped diamond brooch pinned at the hip of Michelle Williams’ Louis Vuitton gown, and the dangling sapphire and emerald Bulgari earrings Tina Fey is wearing with her Carolina Herrera gown. Fey and Williams’ gowns have peplums, which are having a fashion moment this spring. God help us.

Fey told Tim Gunn, “At first I feared the peplum, but now I love the peplum.”


Photos: Oscars 2012: On the red carpet

Oscars 2012: Stars channel Old Hollywood with classic side-swept hair

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--Booth Moore

Photos: Actress Emma Stone arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2012 in Hollywood. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images; Michelle Williams. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times; Tina Fey. Credut: Michael Buckner / Getty Images.

Oscars 2012: Stars channel old Hollywood with classic side-swept hair

Stacey Keibler, Oscars 2012Perhaps it’s all the buzz being produced by “The Artist” that’s causing Missi Pyle, Oscars 2012people to channel the look of old Hollywood on this afternoon’s Oscars red carpet.  Several women have appeared wearing their hair swept to the side in soft curls à la Veronica Lake.  

“The Artist’s” Missi Pyle has some Marilyn Monroe-esque voluminous waves pulled to one side, Milla Jovovich has a similar style to go along with her bombshell, one-shouldered Elie Saab gown.

Maya Rudolph has her long locks pulled all the way over the left shoulder of her plum-colored Johanna Johnson dress. And Stacey Keibler looks like a glamorous Oscar statuette, with her blond locks swept to one side, showing off the bare neckline of her stunning Maya Rudolph, Oscars 2012gold Marchesa gown. 

-- Melissa Magsaysay


Oscars 2012: Early misses

Oscars 2012: On the red carpet

Oscars 2012: Berenice Bejo's braid

Oscars 2012: Red carpet or mass wedding?

Photos, from top: Stacy Keibler, Missi Pyle and Maya Rudolph at the 84th Academy Awards  at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday.   Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Oscars 2012: The fashion big guns come out


Rooney Mara, who has been rocking an all-black Goth princess look all awards show season, surprised us by choosing a white Givenchy gown with fin-like details on the bust. The wide strap details at the small of the back are stunning.

DiddyAnother hit is Viola Davis’ emerald-green Vera Wang gown, which has some interesting crystal floral embroidery and pleating on the skirt. When asked who did her hair, she replied “my mama.” Davis apparently chose to leave her wig (which she has often joked about in public) at home.

Michelle Williams is spot-on with her coral-red strapless Louis Vuitton peplum gown. It is retro-pretty, a nod to the 1950s and perhaps Miss Monroe.

But hands down, the best fashion moment of the evening so far has been seeing Diddy’s curbside wardrobe valet brushing lint from the shoulders of his tuxedo jacket and adjusting his bow tie just so. It was so incredibly “Downton Abbey.”


Photos: Oscars 2012: On the red carpet

Oscars 2012: Early misses

Oscars 2012: Berenice Bejo’s braid

Oscars 2012: Red carpet or mass wedding?

— Booth Moore

Photos: From left, Rooney Mara arrives at the 84th Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland center on Feb. 26, 2012 in Hollywood. Credit: Jason Merritt /Getty Images; Viola Davis; Michelle Williams; musician Sean "Diddy" Combs. Credit for photos: Jason Merritt / Getty Images. 

Oscars 2012: Early misses

Oscar misses
Oh boy, the last few arrivals have been disappointing.

Berenice Bejo’s mint green, long-sleeved Elie Saab gown makes her look like a mother of the bride, and Jessica Chastain’s gold, Rococo embroidered Alexander McQueen is too heavy and too serious for the young actress. Shailene Woodley’s Valentino Couture column gown is not up to the occasion. Where is the joy in these clothes? Are these young actresses trying so hard to prove that they are fashion players that they're forgetting they are movie stars? Looks on the red carpet should be glamorous and fun.


Oscars 2012: Berenice Bejo’s braid

Photos: Oscars 2012: On the red carpet

Oscars 2012: Red carpet or mass wedding?

-- Booth Moore

Photos, from left, Berenice Bejo arrives at the 84th Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday; credit: Joe Klamar /AFP/Getty Images. Jessica Chastain; credit: Jason Merritt /Getty Images. Shailene Woodley; credit: Jason Merritt /Getty Images.


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