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Frugal Fashion: 'Entourage's' Emmanuelle Chriqui's pre-Oscars party style


For an awards show as big as the Oscars, all the buzz tends to surround the red carpet on the big night. It transforms into the biggest runway in the world, with fans eagerly waiting to see whose designs the nominees are wearing and if their favorite celebs will show up on the best- or worst-dressed lists the next morning. But what about all the fabulous pre-Oscars festivities? The parties started well before the broadcast on Sunday, and there was plenty of high fashion to be had before the show. 

"The  Help's" Emma Stone wowed in a flirty white lace Elie Saab couture dress at the fifth annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, "My Week with Marilyn" star Michelle Williams wore a black and white Givenchy dress to the seventh Annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film event, and "Entourage" star Emmanuelle Chriqui was among the stylish attendees in black and white at OK! magazine's pre-Oscars party hosted by CIROC vodka & LeVian at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood.

Chriqui channeled a chic 1970s dancing queen in a pair of high-waisted, wide-leg trousers, cropped white lace top and hoop earrings. Her disco-era separates were a refreshing break from the formal gowns that tend to barrage the awards season.


HoopsGet Chriqui's '70s look with the stretch twill high-waist wide-leg trousers for $88 from and the crop lace tank from for $8.80 or the Free People eyelet paper hearts crop top from for $88. Keep your accessories simple and punchy with the 14-karat gold-plated twist-cut hoop earrings from for $18.

This retro outfit is a free-spirited throwback to the '70s, but polished enough for modern party wear that won't go out of style.

The Hustle anyone?

Happy shopping.

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On the red carpet, white gowns ruled

Oscars 2012 Photos: Best and worst dressed

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

-- Jenn Harris

Top photo: Emmanuelle Chriqui at the OK! magazine pre-Oscars party on Feb. 23. Credit: Allen Berezovsky / Getty Images

Middle photos, from left: Stretch twill high-waist wide-leg trousers, $88 /; Crop lace tank, $8.80 /; Free People eyelet paper hearts crop top, $88 /

Bottom photo: 14-karat gold-plated twist-cut hoop earrings, $18 /

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.



PHOTOS: Oscars best dressed men

PHOTOS: Oscars best and worst dressed women

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: 'The Artist' actress goes green

Missi Pyle, James Cameron, Penelope Ann Miller
Missi Pyle, who plays silent film performer Constance in "The Artist," has worn some lovely gowns on red carpets this awards season, like the strapless chartreuse gown she wore to the Golden Globes.

But the one she plans to wear to the Academy Awards on Sunday will be extra special. It will look as stunning as any other on the red carpet. But it is made from sustainable materials in an eco-friendly way.

It's the third year a dress created via Suzy Amis Cameron's Red Carpet Green Dress challenge will appear on the red carpet. Writer Susan Carpenter explains the competition in this week's Image section.

Who knew green could look so good?


Brad Goreski's mad new world

For red carpet perfection, it takes a team

Stargazing, chili-dog eating, scarf buying this Oscars weekend

--Susan Denley

Photo: Missi Pyle, left, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller at this year's Golden Globe Awards.  Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Stargazing, chili-dog eating, scarf shopping this Oscars weekend

Pink's Chili Dog stand

Everyone is getting into the Oscars spirit this week in L.A., even the folks at the famous Pink's hot dog stand on La Brea. The town is crawling with celebs and, contrary to popular belief, some of them are eating. I even spotted actor Christoph Waltz cozied up in a red leather booth at Musso & Frank, hiding in plain sight behind a bushy, Rip Van Winkle-esque beard.

Everyone has stars in their eyes, including fashion world shutterbug Terry Richardson, who opens "Terrywood," his first solo show in Los Angeles, this weekend at OhWow Gallery on La Cienega. Below is his "Hooray For Hollywood" photo from 2011.

"Hooray for Hollywood"

Naturally, there are parties galore, dozens a night. On Wednesday night alone there was not one, but two eco-themed pre-Oscar events, the Vanity Fair and Ermengildo Zegna Green Carpet Challenge and Oxfam dinner at the Chateau Marmont, and the Global Green party at the Avalon in Hollywood. (But wouldn't it have been more green if they'd teamed up?)

And every designer frock in the universe is here, in hopes that some Cinderella will wear it, including the better part of the spring 2012 Chanel haute couture collection in town from Paris, and no doubt several gowns that are even fresher off the New York and London runways.


No borrowed frocks for me. Instead, I've got Hollywood-worthy accessories on my mind, including Edie Parker's glittery acrylic bags, which have a retro 1950s and '60s vibe. Vanity Fair editor Punch Hutton was carrying one the other night. Berenice Bejo, Debra Messing, Ali Larter and Evan Rachel Wood are also fans.


I'm also loving Shawlux's location-themed scarves, particularly the one below with the print of the Hollywood Hills. One look at that vista -- in cashmere or real life -- and the Oscars madness just melts away.


-- Booth Moore


A-list stars attend pre-Oscars Vanity Fair dinner

Rooney Mara, Kate Beckinsale and others at the Costume Designers Guild Awards

Photos top to bottom: Pink's in Los Angeles. Credit: Booth Moore. "Hooray For Hollywood." Credit: Terry Richardson. A look from the Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture collection show Jan. 24 at the Grand Palais in Paris. Credit: Alexander Klein / AFP/Getty Images. Edie Parker clutches and Shawlux scarf, courtesy of the designers. 





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