Monday, March 3, 2014

[diy inspiration] The Academy Awards

This year's Oscars red carpet showcased many of this season's popular fashion trends, as well as classic standby's. Amongst the beautiful colors, elegant silhouettes, and loads of texture and embellishments, I managed to find lots of DIY'able inspiration to up the ante of an outfit for you next black-tie event.
Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta
Recreate the feel of Jen Garner's Oscar de la Renta dress by adding tiers of metalic-threaded fringe in a similar color to your dress. The movement created by the swinging fringe would be fun at an event with dancing, like a wedding or prom!
Georgina Chapman in Marchesa
 Designer Georgina Chapman's dresses are well known for their beautiful and often daring embellishments. Recreate this look by adding tufts of marabou or (faux) ostrich-feather trim to your dress. Instead of letting the trim fall downwards, put it on upside-down with the feathers pointing up to create lots of dramatic volume.
Costume designer Catherine Martin
Take a printed dress to the next level by adding lace appliqués in a contrasting color. Catherine Martin's  dress showcases just enough perfectly-placed pops of mint not to take away from the original print of a dress. You could also use this technique to update last summer's most loved maxi dress.
Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani
Adding paillettes, and even beading, can create sparkle and movement. The sparsely decorated Armani dress, worn by Cate Blanchett, would be less expensive and less time consuming to recreate than a kablam-tacky-sequins-in-your-face-lets-go-clubbing-on-new-years-eve dress. She looks like an ultra-glam snowflake in nude and white tones.
Penelope Cruz in Giambattista
Tie a black velvet ribbon in a bow at your waist to put an easy and classic twist on a simple dress. This would be a perfect way to give new life to that plain bridesmaid dress your best friend made you buy to be in her wedding because "You can totally wear it again!"
Anne Hathaway in Gucci
This Gucci dress, worn on the red carpet by Anne Hathaway, would be perfect for someone who wants to keep their edgy vibe while still adhering to a fancy shmancy dress code. Toughen up a simple black dress by lining up oversized triangle studs or mirrored mosaic tiles across the bodice.
Lara Spencer in KaufmanFranco
To recreate the look of Lara Spencer's KaufmanFranco column, shop your local fabric store or the internet for a couple yards of wide beaded trim that compliment your dress-- although, the more outlandish, the better. Use the trim to add interest to the neckline of your dress, and continue the pattern in stripes at the waist, hips, and knees.
Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka
If you want to keep your outfit a little more modest without sacrificing glamour, look no further than "Fashion Police" star, Kelly Osbourne. Create a beautiful bolero using a sheer oversized crop-top, or a sweet poncho by cutting a circle out of tulle and putting a slit in the center large enough for your head. Decorate the sheer fabric with rhinestones and trims in mixed metallics, being careful not to weigh the piece down with too much embellishment.

Did you watch the Oscar's this year? Who were your top picks for 'best dressed'? Which dresses would you want to wear yourself? Leave a comment and let me know!

all photos taken from Huffington Post --> here


  1. I LOVE penelope Cruz's dress! I plan to be on the look out for something similar (but shorter) for the khaki ball this year. :)

    1. It's a gorgeous dress! That color would look great with your skin tone, too!