Blue is the New Black for 88th Oscars

On February 28th 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA. The entire theater and its walkway is transformed into the elegant red carpet event, where on-lookers are dying to get a peak at the fashion parade of celebrities as they file into the theater to see who will win Oscar gold.
michael strahan oscars This year, among both men and women, blue is the new black when it comes to tuxedos and gowns. Black is always a traditionally classic color in formal wear, but navy and shades of blue have edged their way to the forefront of fashion on the red carpet. For decades, it was thought that you could never mix navy and black, but that fashion rule was tossed to the wind over the past few season and some really great looks were born.

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One person who looked sharp in choosing to mix navy and black was Sylvester Stallone. He is wearing a perfectly tailored navy tuxedo by Yves Saint Laurent Couture, Heidi Slimane, with a black hidden-placket dress shirt, black bow tie, and ties it together with black lapels. Sly’s style is also heightened by his gorgeous wife Jennifer Flavin, who is draped in a black spaghetti-strap, slinky creation by the same designer.

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TV co-host and retired football defensive Michael Strahan was also one of the guys who sported blue on the red carpet of the 88th Annual Oscars. Michael’s cerulean blue tuxedo is a great color for him and I like the dark navy lapels as an accent color, but the look is somehow lost with the selection of a bright white dress shirt and a regular neck tie.


For the ladies, blue was also a popular gown color. Cate Blanchett was dazzling in her Armani Prive light aqua blue gown. It was figure flattering, a fantastic color for her light complexion, and the detail of the flower petal appliqués was a beautiful feminine touch. However, on the opposite side of “dazzling” was the gown worn by Mindy Kaling. Her Elizabeth Kennedy creation had a deep navy bodice that was just too tight to flatter her curvy figure and the cobalt blue cape was awkward and heavy looking, in contrast to most capes of late.

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7 Winter Eyewear Trends

Winter 2015 eyeglass trends are a study in contrasts. This season, we’re seeing a unique interplay between the subtle and the loud, the ultra-modern and the classic stalwarts, the fashion-forward and the utilitarian. Every look has its own unique little twist or charm, and is bound to add something extra to every outfit. Below, check out seven eyeglass trends that are truly captivating this winter.


  1. Blue Period

Blues of every shade, texture, and opacity are huge this season. We’ve seen everything from speckled azure tortoise shell, to translucent blueberry, to bright, creamy, sherbet-blue hues. This is a particularly great trend because nearly all shades of blue can act neutral, meaning the more traditional types and the fashion-forward can dive into this aquatic trend and find something to love.

2.  Beyond the Pale

The biggest color trend this season is, well, a little light on the color. Translucent specs are all the rage, especially those tinted with the barest hint of color. From peachy-tans to delicate slate-grey shades, pale frames with a crystal finish are absolutely everywhere. Not enough for you? Translucent frames in bright red are also making a splash, perfect for those who like the crystal look but want to stand out just a bit more.


  1. Dramatic Shapes

While the colors may be muted this winter, the frames themselves certainly aren’t. Although the oversized trend has been popular for a while now, glasses are also taking a turn from the architectural. Dramatic peaks at the temples, angular accents and high brows are just some of the stand-out looks we’ve seen.

  1. Go Retro

This winter, retro frames—much like winters past–have been all the rage, again. Although cat eye glasses have been popular for ages, this year they’re more sculptural — and brighter — than ever before. Not content with a gentle sweep at the temple, winter’s cat eyes peak dramatically and come in show-stopping shades, like Pantone’s trendy marsala hue. The structured look of the 40’s is also making a comeback in the form of brownline glasses. With black or tortoise shell frames on top and thin gold rims on the bottom, this sophisticated look will pull together any outfit — and turn heads.


  1. Trippy Terapin

Tortoise shell glasses are perhaps the most classic look around, but even this old standby is getting turned on its head this season. Eyewear designers are creating the tortoise shell effect with a wild range of colors, like marbled purples and browns, blues and greens, and red and black. This style is a great way to brighten up your look in the doldrums of winter, and these bright blends will also look perfect with all your spring and summer outfits, too.

  1. All Angles

Round frames have been dominant for the past few years, but this season we’re seeing more and more specs with an angular edge. Although large, square-shaped glasses have been the most popular frames we’ve seen, narrow, rectangular shapes are also gaining ground, showing that there’s always room for the subtle and understated in every collection.

  1. Sporty-Chic

Sunglass-inspired optical glasses are another unique look for winter. Sleek frames with a gentle curve, aviator shapes, and detailing on the arms, like colorful stripes and cutouts, all make us think about our favorite sunnies. Of course, having a pair of the sunglasses in the winter is essential, too — just because you’re not at the beach doesn’t mean your peepers shouldn’t be protected while outside!

Liskula Cohen is a Canadian-born former model who has worked in New York, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, and Sydney, among other cities. She is the founder and blog editor of Front Row Eyewear. Find Liskula on Twitter: @Liskula

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Celebrity Fashion Trends – April 2014 Celebrity Street Styling

This week’s celebrity street style includes a few outfits that made the cut and a few that did not. Sometimes, something that may look good on a hanger should stay there and sometimes just one wrong choice can move a look from a great style to a bad one.


The first to make it to the A list is Actor Andrew Garfield, who was spotted on the streets of Berlin, wearing Burberry. Andrew is rocking the chocolate brown suit and mixing in a crisp white button-down shirt, topped with a double-breasted, tan trench coat with shoulder epaulets and a turned up collar.

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Women’s Fashion Advice – The ‘It’ Color of Spring 2014

Have you ever noticed that certain colors go in and out of style. Maybe you thought it was a coincidence that the racks of your favorite store were all filled with similar hues. Just like people predict the newest sound in music, the next hot color was already decided for you before you even got to the store. There was Emerald Green, Tangerine, Honeysuckle and now Pantone, the authority on color, has called Dazzling Blue the color of Spring 2014. Expect to see it featured everywhere from dresses to bags to probably even cheap spinner suitcases! And fortunately, as spring colors go, this shade of blue can outlast the season.

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This cobalt blue might look familiar (perhaps you’ve seen it in the Facebook logo for on Citibank’s bicycles) but the best part is it’s very wearable. There’s a good chance you probably already own a few pieces in this bold shade, but if you’re in the market for something new go all in with a bright frock such as Elie Tahari’s Ginger dress with an angular neckline and a black leather trim. Or, add a blue dress with a flared skirt such as Julia Jordan’s Cobalt Wave Textured Stretch Knit Fit and Flare Dress.

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The Pantone Color of 2014: Menswear in “Dazzling Blue”

Pantone, which began as a printing company in 1950, is a New Jersey company who is well known for their color matching system. It uses a standardization for reproducing colors. How Pantone is related to fashion is that they release a “Color of the Year”, which prompts clothing designers to use this color in their fashion creations for the up-coming year. For 2013, the color was Emerald Green and for 2014, the color is Dazzling Blue. You may recognize this particular tone of blue if you happen to be a Facebook user.

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While I was taking a look at what the menswear designers had for 2014, I found a few items that were Pantone inspired. The first one is from the Canali Spring/Summer Collection at the Milan Fashion Week. It is a slim-fitting suite jacket and cuffed trousers in a tonal stripe done in “dazzling blue”. The brightness of the suit is contrasted by a darker blue polka dot tie, a white and blue polka dot dress shirt, and navy leather slip-ons.

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The next menswear item in the color of the year with “dazzling blue” is a pair of blue and white floral slip-on shoes by Giorgio Armani, in the Spring 2014 collection. This particular pattern and color is a bold look in a shoe and may not be for everyone.

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Another menswear item with the same color is done by Iceburg. It is a combination of trends with one being the vintage style baseball jacket and the other one is the color blocking with the gold, blue, and black asymmetrical design. The blue color makes the jacket pop.


Lastly, is an infusion of a brighter tone of Dazzling Blue with the crew neck, raglan sleeve sweater by Burberry. They keep the blue tone going with the blue suede lace-up shoes. However, if you are a guy who leans more towards the neutral colors, then the “Pantone Color of the Year” may not be for you.

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Lesson 118: Colors on your polos

Polos are pretty tricky, I’d say. You wear them with the wrong sized shorts, you look like a silly tennis player. Wear them with the wrong type of pants, you could end up looking like a yuppie. We’ve talked about polos at length before, but let’s broaden the topic to colors and talk options.

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INFEASIBLE: Rainbow stripes on polos
It should be obvious that a rainbow, even when subdued like the one on this Ralph Lauren, is a big no-go for this type of shirt (or any really). Polos are a fairly casual and unremarkable garb and so aren’t the best canvasses for experimentation in funky colors combinations. I simply don’t know what will match the commotion besides maybe a clown nose.

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Feasible: Solid blue polos
Now, I’ve always been a fan of Henri Lloyd jackets, but I can’t say I’ve ever checked out their polos. Well, clearly from this example, they got the right idea in mind. The chosen blue is deep and unassuming and the white trims/ collar action are subtle and tasteful. Even the logo manages to be integrated into the piece. You can match this with all kinds of pants – linen, denim, etc. Bravo!
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