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Academy Awards: Best & Worst Dresses by Signature Style

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The academy music is playing, prompting us to conclude this series and announce the last collection of awards for Signature Style:
Best Dress for Signature Style Nominees
Embroidered from lover’s sighs and starry eyed dreams, Alicia Vikander’s Ellie Saab gown was a romantic sonnet.  It was ornate without fussiness, and the ochre belt against misty aqua added a sprinkling of unexpected spice to the overall dessert of a dress.

Stacy Keibler donned drama via Naeem Khan’s ode to art deco glamour.  Sequined studs outlined a single cohesive narrative without falling into a flapper costume, while soft curls and natural makeup balanced the metallic moxie. 

The easy-going, traditional, girl next door stepped off her front porch and onto the scarlet carpet in flame red.  Aniston’s Valentino was appropriately simple but unforeseen, especially considering her historical commitment to black.
Worst Dress for Signature Style Nominees
 Nicole Kidman’s dress was the sartorial equivalent of a rambling lush:  soaked in statements yet disjointed of meaning.  There were ombre sequins, a mermaid silhouette, a scrolled hem, and a mysterious batman insignia at the waist.  One big statement is elegantly exciting, too many leads to a fussy and/or gaudy fashion debacle. 
Sunrise Coigney was too much yang, not enough yin.  The curves of her figure were violently attacked by a gang of severe angles: the pattern, the dropped waist, the handkerchief hem, the pin straight hair, even her shoes bound her victim to the severe architecture of the dress.
This look is stunning on Lady Adele.   Unfortunately she’s given it one too many encore performances .  This award winner could benefit by singing a fresh fashion tune.  Switch up the color, the silhouette, even the sleeve length.  Ditch the choir uniform, and dress like a soloist.
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Look Fresh not Frumpy: Fall/Winter 2013 Wearable Fashion Trends

military dress over grunge plaid button-down + mixed media leather leggings + shades of grey booties
cobalt blue film noir, rounded shoulder statement coat + mixed media leather sheath + punk fishnets
military inspired camouflage skinnies + lace pullover blouse
monochromatic shades of green sweater & skirt suit + gentleman houndstooth blazer

video wardrobe:

In short and summary,

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Color Palettes – Shades of Green (Emerald, Olive, Forest), Shades of Blue (Cobalt, Sapphire, Ultramarine), Shades of Grey (Dove, Steel, Charcoal + Black & White)
Prints & Patterns – Menswear (Houndstooth, Tattersall, Glen Plaid, etc); Camouflage; Hypnotic repeating patterns
Textiles & Fabrics – Street Leather; Surreal Feathers & Fur; Lavish Sequins and other Embellishments
Eras & Inspirations – Punk/Grunge Rebellion (plenty of tartan plaid, studs, chains, spikes, and vinyl), American Pastoral (over the knee boots, shearling, rugged knits), Military* (tailored jackets, uniform details, felted wool), 40s Film Noir (deep v necklines, soft rounded/exaggerated shoulders, nipped waists, tailored skirt suits)

*not shown in above infographic, but featured in video

Trends are an opportunity to connect with the present, to experiment, and reinvent yourself.  But every trend does not flatter every person equally.  Below are my suggestions on what to wear by body typecomplexion, and signature style.  

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What trends do you intend to try this season?

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