Last weekend took place the Oscars and the Césars (the French Academy Awards). It was an opportunity to spot beautiful eveningwear, even if I regret the lack of risk of red carpet fashion.
My favorite outfit at the Césars is a long black dress with openwork patterns that was worn by an unindentified woman.
I found Mélanie Laurent very chic in a long black strapless gown by Saint Laurent. The actress and director was here for ‘Demain’ (Tomorrow in English) her documentary on Ecology.
Incidentally Ecology was quite present at this year’s awards ceremonies: ‘Demain’ won the best documentary award at the Césars and Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech called for action on climate change.
More Ecology on the red carpet with Red Carpet Green Dress project for which actress Sophie Turner wore a crepe long grey dress ethically made by Galvan.
Every year, I watch the outfits on different red carpets. I spot my favorite outfits and I try to spot the most beautiful ethical or vintage outfits too.
At the Academy Awards, I found that actress Gina Rodriguez outfit was a success. The gown was designed by Manon Gabard for Red Carpet Green Dress. The backless cobalt blue long gown is made from organic peace silk*. I especially like that her dress is as gorgeous from behind as from the front.
* Peace silk is produced without killing the pupae
As a Rainforest Alliance board member, model Gisele Bündchen was invited to the Rainforest Alliance gala in May 2014. Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization whose goal is the protection of biodiversity and forests (you may have noticed their certified seal, a green frog, on some products).
For this occasion, Gisele Bündchen wore a magic mint strapless gown by Prophetik.
Surprisingly this satiny dress is made of hemp. It’s the first time I see a hemp evening gown. I already knew that hemp is ecological because it needs little water, no pesticides and it absorbs carbon dioxide. Now I can add that hemp is chic.
I have drawn actress Olga Kurylenko’s pink dress at the Academy Awards. It’s a sleeveless garnet-colored long gown. A piece of pleated fabric is sewn at an angle on the chest of the dress and spreads on the shoulder.
Besides being elegant, this dress is also ecological : It’s made from GOTS certified organic peace silk. Peace silk is produced without killing the pupae. The fabric has been dyed with natural dyes: sappanwood and madder root.
The dress has been designed by Alice Elia, a French fashion student who won Red Carpet Green Dress competition. This competition is organised every year on the occasion of the Academy Awards.
For more information, see Red Carpet Green Dress website
This year I have spotted the outfits and accessories of several actresses at the Golden Globes:
the audacious Emma Watson
Emma Watson is wearing a two-sided Dior outfit. The front is a red long gown. The back is an open dress and the young woman is wearing figure-hugging black pants. It could have been awful but in fact the result is a success. Even Emma Watson’s midnight blue stilettos match the rest of her outfit.
Cate Blanchett, radiant and ethical
Cate blanchett is wearing Chopard earrings, each one looking like a rolled-up branch whose leaves are diamonds. This jewel is fairmined certified.
You can see those earrings more closely on Eco-Age website
Lupita Nyong’O, the best dress
Lupita Nyong’O is wearing my favorite outfit. The beginner actress is wearing a Ralph Lauren red off-the-shoulder gown with an attached cape.
Emma Thompson, the flying stilettos
Finally here is a link to the video showing Emma Thompson throwing her Louboutin stilettos. I admit that I did not pay attention to the reste of her outfit but I had a laugh like I had had a laugh reading her speech at the National Board of Review gala the week before.
On her arrival at the 2013 Oscars, singer Adele is wearing a long black gown by Jenny Packham. The dress is sprinkled with sparkling black rocaille beads. Its dark color nicely contrasts with Adele’s blond hair and porcelain complexion.
Later in the evening, Adele is is wearing a Burberry black below the knee dress to perform Skyfall live then she’s wearing a third long black gown by Burberry to accept the Best Original Song award.
At the 2013 Golden Globes, my favourite outfit is Anne Hathaway’s Chanel gown. It’s a sequined white long dress with a strapless top. The actress also stands out thanks to her nice short haircut.
At the 2003 Cannes Film Festival where she presented the film Dogville, Nicole Kidman was wearing on of the most beautiful dresses I have seen on the steps of the Palais des Festivals.
It’s a long dress with a halter neck by Pucci. The dress is held by a pearl and multicolored precious stones chocker. The actress is also wearing two bangles that match this necklace. Fanciful patterns are blossoming on the red and fuchsia dress. It looks like a surrealist painting inspired by painter Joan Miró, that would have been painted directly on the fabric.
I like Julianna Margulies’ outfit at the AmfAR’s Cinema Against Aids gala during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. I think that the black long gown by L’Wren Scott enhances the actress of the TV series The Good Wife.
This year I haven’t fallen in love with any outfit neither at the Cesars nor at the Oscars. There were beautiful gowns but I had a feeling of déjà vu. Still I have drawn the outfit of Octavia Spencer who has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help
The long white with silver glitter gown is by Tadashi Shoji. It isn’t especially original but, thanks to a work of pleats, it flatters the actress’ figure.