Sep 26, 2008

feature: emmy fashion #2

so i've talked about the tried and tested route of long flowy gowns...but we also saw some Very Interesting Choices on the red carpet this year!

christina applegate in REEM ACRA
fresh off the SS09 runways, this gown was such a fresh breath of air for me. although she is one season too early, what stood out to me about this outfit was: EVERYTHING.the gown was beautifully draped and the side gathers of cloth are not cumbersome at all. she was very graceful on the red carpet too, if you watched it live like me! hehehehe.
-color: baby blue was a totally unique color, and dont even get me started on the fabulous gold leaf...that's fall/winter enough for me!
-accessories: gold miniauderie? perfect. ruby/diamond drop earrings? perfect. matching talons and lips. too awesome.
-hair: not so sure about the updo, because she looks a bit older, but it shows off her earrings in such a nice way!

marcia cross in ELIE SAAB
i put this here for the lovely tulle skirt that fans out...so many gowns and dresses aren;t flared anymore. flare for flair!
anwyays, this creation i had to blog about, simply because it is SO reminiscent of halle berry in her oscar winning (2004?) creation with the same embroidered flowers that became elie saab's calling card. since that academy awards, elie saab has been a red carpet mainstay.
of course, our favorite stepford wife has the lovely red hair to match the green-ness of this dress. not much else to comment on besides the interesting history of this designer. NEXT!

padma lakshmi in MONIQUE LHUILLIER
another important womenswear woman designer, ms lhuillier specialises in flattering cuts for women. as evidenced here, the dress was trendy (metallics!) and fun (little ruffle at the knee-length hem!) and glamorous at the same time (hello, GOLD?!). im not sure if its the fabric itself but i htink the more likely option is that there is alot of stitching and beading on the dress to create that lovely swirly pattern that pulls the dress in to her left hip, which creates a much more flattering silhouette. of course, the aaccessories and jewelry were all gold, which when combined with the gown, really is a sufficient explanation for why im only talking about the dress and not the wearer of it.
NEXT!

emilie de ravin in MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
crazysexycool is williamson's style, but i guess this only fulfilled "crazy". the round brass/gold coins were really out of HBO's Rome, and the 3 tiered bottom wasnt the most flattering thing to be seen in.
however, i must commend ms de ravin (LOST!) for looking so wonderfully ethereal in the whole ensemble. her hair was perfect, and she gracefully stood there like a grecoroman statue...too bad she wasnt even nominated. neither was lost. but anyway. bad dress, good model.

and now, my final 2 fabulous looks. i saved them for the last because i think they are OUTSTANDING choices.
drumroll...

brooke shields in BADGLEY MISCHKA
i looooove the fuschia on brooke shields and the fabric is so beautifully draped and cut after the bodice, it doesnt look busy at all, but rather like a gorgeous bouffant-y intense pink bouquet of fabric. not sure about the botanical-looking bodice, but still. the color completely brought all the attnetion to her, but neither did it overwhelm her at all. matched her skin tone, matched her fresh makeup, and her age-appropriate glamorous hairdo. not sure about the dark nails, but still. WOOT!

and now for the piece de resistance...
the best look of the night...

olivia wilde in REEM ACRA
why so much reem acra this time!!
look at the artful pleats at the bodice, the crisscross pattern, the waisted detail, the gorgeous flowy skirt, the silky ruffly hem, the amazing color, and most of all the beaded sleeves. LOOK AT THEM SLEEVES omg. if you covered the skirt, it reminds me of keira knightley's pirates of the carribean outfit of this color that was actually just a top she wore with wilma flintstone-like beads (that were actually pearls you plebs) and jeans!
i dont actually know olivia wilde except that megan "ho-face' fox has a crush on her or something, but everything about this outfit was perfect, down to her jewelry (ring and earrings! yay someone who didnt overdo the diamonds!), her silver clutch, and her hair.
but truly this is a dress that speaks for itself. i want to walk down the aisle in this. (hmmm...now maybe THATS whats wrong...) kidding. this is a faultless look, and i really just think she looks like a winner already. wonder who her date was...SCORE!

in other news, my life is experiencing More Drama than Usual, and when i say that i am not exaggerating. i see those who know some of y exploits gasp in horror--there's MORE!??!?!
unfortunately, yes. i never divulge such details here, which is why i talk alot more about the intimate details of outfits of people ive never seen and do not know, rather than the intimate details of the life that i actually live. MEH.
i'm working on it. cheers

Sep 23, 2008

feature: emmy fashion: column gowns

the 2008 Emmys, aside from having the lowest ratings ever, did not disappoint in the sartorial stakes. the first emmy feature is on column gowns, which were typically favored by the ladies due to its skimming of the body and its elongating effect.

julia louis-dreyfus in NARCISO RODRIGUEZ.
i was pleasantly surprised to see one of my most admired designer's gowns! as usual, his clothes featured the crisscross details he always uses, except that this gown was in a lovely salmon color and had cute cutouts to match. the bodice was so intricately beaded and the little mermaid silhouette at the bottom is just so flattering.

felicity huffman in REEM ACRA.
ms huffman usually isnt a style contender, but i thought this dress was absolutely flattering on her! again, beading detail and the nice mermaid shape made her look extremely ladylike. and she should be commended for her lovely chic haircut! that's actually the first thing that caught my eye on tv. also love the extra chiffon at the tail, what a nice little detail to have!

hayden panettiere in BADGLEY MISCHKA.
opting for safe black (which wasnt much seen on the red carpet this year! hoooray!), hayden's potentially boring gown is saved by the wonderful bodice that has graphic beading to accentuate the hourglass shape already created by the lovely draping of the silk. although i find the neckline a bit too plunging for someone as PG as her, it is nonetheless very elegant.

WINNER!!! evangeline lilly in ELIE SAAB.
ever since halle berry introduced elie saab to the world, it has become a veritable trove of red carpet-worthy gowns. i thought this was a really pretty girly sparkly gown, and there wasnt too much on the dress that it would become distracting from the wearer of it. the graphic metallic panels dont steal any limelight from evangeline whom i have always found to be one of the prettiest tomboys i;ve ever set eyes on. i love her! thou...her acting leaves much to be desired.

i guess at the Emmys, its more important to act well than dress well...without the former, one doesnt even get to ascend the stage to show off whatever it is that one's wearing. now isnt that right! more fashion to come, but first: more thoughts on the awards:

- JEFF PROBST TOTALLY DESERVED BEST HOST!!!! I LOVE HIM!
- HEIDI KLUM AND HOWIE MANDEL WERE THE WORST ADLIBBERS IVE EVER SEEN.
- JOSH GROBAN IS SUCH A CLOSET COMEDIAN...he sang a million showtunes, all sounding like the original!!
- I WISH SANDRA OH WON BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS AGAIN. JUST FOR AZN PRIDE.
- I WISH MICHAEL EMERSON WON BEST ACTOR BECAUSE BEN LINUS IS FREAKY.
- HISTORY MAKING MAD MEN BETTER COME TO CABLE SOON!
- IM GLAD FOR 30 ROCK AND TINA FEY AND ALEC BALDWIN! you dont have to be goodlooking to win acting awards!!

Sep 10, 2008

Did Juno what’s going on in Sex Ed in schools?

In a most Interesting Turn of Events, I found out from my kid brother over a family lunch that abstinence is being preached in school under the innocuous banner of “Sex Education”. Now, as much as our paternalistic government wants to ensure we are focused and productive (in the work-per-hour sense…not the Adam and Eve sense)—which to them, of course means being Sexless in Singapore—parading chastity belts as halos is really a gross misrepresentation on the part of the Establishment.

As we know, Sex Ed was introduced relatively recently (I’m 5 years older than Wesley and I never had Sex Ed!), and was triumphantly hailed as an astute move on the part of the MOE to meet the changing needs of youth. This makes the masquerade of No-Sex dressed up to be Sex Ed all the more reprehensible! Misconceptions continue to perpetuate. Questions are swept under the carpet. No one demonstrates putting a condom on a banana. Everything is Taboo.

Teenagers, whom according to Reliable Studies have been deemed to be in the throes of hormonal activity, are as a result now ill-equipped to deal with their very present and very active impulses, curiosity and urges—not only are they unaware of the proper way to release such urges, they are equally ignorant of the potential dangers of unprotected sex.

One might be tempted to ask, if unacquainted with the trends in our complex, what-you-see-isn’t-what-you-get society, if youth are even predisposed to such behavior and illicit activity. OH YEA they are. In truth, the most pertinent question is not whether or not youth need this information: that is a given. It is not as to whether or not they can obtain such information: they will.

The true question is whether we prefer for them to discover it all on their own and risk error, or to instruct and guide them as to how to safely engage in Furtive Behavior 101. Information, in this age, is aplenty, and easily available, but the provenance of much of it is dubious. To pretend that the only accessible source of information is school would really be pulling the wool over our own eyes whilst stubbornly ignoring both the needs of youth, and, more fundamentally, their savvy and inquisitiveness.

Of course, my rant may by now be boring, so I leave you with one of the most effective ways to make a point: humour. Bristol Palin, I’m betting, probably never saw a condom being put on a banana in class.


I hope at this point that my seemingly-incomprehensible post title now makes lots of witty sense. Cheers, and practice safe sex everyone.