Mary Queen of Scots Couture Rocks

Mary Queen Of ScotsAs any couture lifestyler is well aware, right up there with cosplay (something we touched on a few blogs back), period wardrobe dress-up is all the rage at cons, events and even private parties. Steampunk, a mixture of both stylings, wears well with us of the latex brigade and with the popularity of shows like “Downton Abbey” and “Game of Thrones” even, plenty of people tune into shows and movies, log onto websites, as much for following plotlines as for drooling over vintage couture.

The trailer for Mary Queen of Scots was released this week. Starring Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan, the promise we get of fantastic period costuming for this film is sure to interest us all.

Robbie stars as one of King Henry VIII’s daughters, Queen Elizabeth, and Ronan her younger cousin, Mary Stuart. The actual history here is that Mary Stuart threatened Elizabeth’s throne after returning to Scotland post her husband’s death. Both ladies as much try to wield their power…as try to stay alive under Henry who was very fond of taking his lady’s heads.

“A friendship that became a rivalry” as the film title scrolling across the trailer describes the relationship between the two ladies.

The couture revealed in the trailer (see here) is nothing less than spectacular. High flowing blue dresses spread high on the neck, ruffled collars more like neck braces, corseted gowns pushing women’s attributes nearly to their necks, military uniforms for gentleman, plus flowing capes for both genders. There is even a spectacular scary shot of Margot Robbie in full white face, hair circling like a flaming bonnet around her head in the quite severe get-up of full queen couture.

Who knows if any of what we see here will make the grade for Halloween 2018, but Mary Queen of Scots arrives in December.

Oscar Outfits

jennifer garnerWith I, Tonya star, Oscar-nominee Margot Robbie wearing a custom-made Karl Lagerfeld that took 550 hours to create, one can assume that the haute couture at this year’s 90th Academy Awards was something special.

It was.

Beyond Robbie’s bespoke white corseted Chanel Haute Couture the highlights this Sunday past are many. First and foremost, despite #MeToo and #TimesUp, the ladies of the night were back to big bright color, mostly. Nicole Kidman wore a navy Aramani Prive. Sporting a big bow at its front she looked like the prettiest package. Jennifer Garner sported blue as well, more electric actually, than Kidman. With its long train, bare arms and made of flowy chiffon, the lady was picked up plenty for red carpet banter and inside the show, she even has garnered the most famous meme of the night so far, stunning in her Atelier Versace. Armie Hammer, who followed Jimmy Kimmel to shoot hotdogs later on at a surprised theatre crowd sported a raspberry-colored velvet Armani suit. Ashley Judd went simple style and plum in her Badgley Mischka and talk-show host Kelly Ripa wore a Christian Siriano that trailed a train of bright colors springing from a bow.

Beyond all the bright colors…

Taraji P. Henson wore maybe the sexiest cut-out dress of the night, In her Vera Wang, the actress showed neck, side, arms and leg. Haley Bennett was in a Dio mostly, seemingly, made of grass. Adam Rippon, Olympic skating star, wore a alt. Moschino suit with leather straps over cut out shoulders. And Salma Hayek may have opted for the ‘least subtle’ wardrobe choice of the night. She was in a lilac sequined tiered skirt, toga top Gucci with crystal shoulder chains draping down her considerable cleavage.

But the winner for style and panache has to go to 86-year-old Rita Moreno. She wore the same dress she had one for the Oscar’s in 1962 when she won best actress for a supporting role for “West Side Story.”

Fashion Solidarity At The 2018 Golden Globes, But Winona Steals The Show

Winona L'OrealWas it one of the better runway fashion displays because of the actual fashions or because of a cause? This is what one needs consider about the couture we saw for The 2018 Golden Globes. In a move to show solidarity against sexual harassment, most women attending the Hollywood awards show held this past Sunday night came dressed in black. Good for them. But can fashionistas and style critics step back for an honest assessment of the dresses-as they always do post these types of events-in the face of a movement in full bloom?

The only way to confront this honestly is to simply look at who was wearing what and how well they wore it.

Mandy Moore stepped out regally in a Rosie Assoulin, with no sleeves but a bright red belt accenting the long gown. Margot Robbie, star of I, Tonya rocked a Gucci with a plunging open neck and a sparkling design down the skirt’s front. Issa Rae managed to flash her chest as well as lots of one leg out the slit of her Atelier Prabal Gurung tunic gown; she accessorized with a Lorraine Schwartz necklace. Viola Davis looked elegant in a long black sleeveless gown and accessorized herself with Harry Winston. Diane Kruger wore a crisscrossing front, various shades of black, Prada. And Blanca Blanco went in stunning red, bucking the trend. All of this full fashion style and statement, in red, black or whatever, proved you can look great in any color really.

Maybe though the best ‘appearance’ of the night, as strong a show of femininity as any other, was the Twitter-alighting Winona Ryder L’Oreal hair commercial (see here) that ran during the G.G.’s. The one minute clips showed an actress whose face is not revealed until the very last seconds of the commercial, prepping back stage, playing occasionally with her long dark locks, a stirring string accompaniment swirling around the scene. This is sure to get L’Oreal’s Elvive line lots of press, Winona furthering her comeback from Stranger Things and us all consider fashion and statements.