The 82nd Academy Awards were predicted to be unpredictable, and certainly turned out some upsets with winners on and off the red carpet. Key trends in Oscar fashion this year were voluminous gowns, bright pink lips, and messy updos (or maybe those were accidental, given the rain). Here are my favorite looks from an elemental perspective…

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa

There’s no doubt that this was Sandra’s night. As Carson Kressley said on Oprah’s After Oscar Special yesterday, “her stylist knew she was going to win,” and chose her dress accordingly. This dress is a complete embodiment of Metal energy with an extra spark of Fire, making it the perfect choice for her to win the gold in!

Demi Moore in Atelier Versace

Demi sure knows how to wear nude. How Metal of her! Even though this dress feels like a bit of deja vous from previous years (I’m thinking Penelope Cruz), I gotta hand it to Rachel Zoe for nailing Demi’s look. It’s sleek, sophisticated, and most of all, sexy – which is just so Demi.

Zoe Saldana in Givenchy

I think this is one of those dresses you either love or hate, and I absolutely love it. If there is anyone who can carry it off, it’s Zoe. I love that she went for something so fantastical for the year of Avatar. While there’s a lot of Fire going on in all the drama of sparkles and ruffles, my favorite part is the ombre effect – the Water to cool down the Fire, if you will.

Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham

I know Miley has been getting some negative press around her “bad posture” and whatever else on Oscar night, but I think she looked stunning. This gown had everything a young star would want for the Oscars – girly sass in the bustier top, but an element of youthfulness in the tulle skirt. I can’t think of a better person to wear this gorgeous Metal/Fire dress. Just like last year, Miley got it right.

Nicole Richie in Reem Acra

Nicole Richie definitely deserves some points for honoring her essence on the red carpet this year. This elegant Metal Reem Acra dress with a Watery/hippy twist was made for her. I cannot see anyone else rocking it like she did, and that’s when you know someone played it right. I also loved the sleek hair (perfect to combat the rain) and smoky cat eye – it all just screamed “Nicole Richie”, and that’s what I love to see!

Meryl Streep in Chris March

As much as we all love Meryl, sometimes she doesn’t quite nail it with her fashion choices. But this dress, to me, was such a perfect choice for her. I loved the pure white Metal look, with touches of comforting Earth in the boxy shoulder and ample arm coverage. It was classic, yet trendy in all the right places. Best of all, it was far from over-the-top. You can tell she is genuinely comfortable, which is something I love to see on an Earth like herself!

 

Channel It: Avatar

12.25.2009

After Santa has come and gone, all the gifts have been opened, and wrapping paper cleared away (into the recycling, of course), many of us are left with the classic Christmas Day question: What now? On my first Christmas with the in-laws, we immediately knew the answer to that question: go see James Cameron’s new masterpiece, Avatar. After buying our tickets online, and waiting in an almost war-starting line at the Rockaway AMC theatre, we settled in with our 3D glasses, and were transported to a dreamworld of ground breaking special effects, not-so-subtle political commentary, and lovely crystal clear 3D images of blue and sparkles.

Zoe Saldana as Neytiri in Avatar

While the film is pretty much fashionless, except for a few loin cloths and long “bond forming” braids, it’s hard not to be inspired by the fantasy world of Pandora. Here are some fun pieces that reminded me of the Na’vi natives and their immaculate planet of glowing trees and colorful dragons.

Avatar Inspired Fashion
Avatar Inspired Fashion by thelifestyled

If the Na’vi did wear clothes, these pieces might just fit their lifestyle perfectly. Spending the day lounging at the Home tree? Throw on the silk Downtown Gypsy blouse from My Theresa, turquoise leggings, and your signature leather wrap bracelets. Big night out for your mate-choosing ceremony? The Dorothy Perkins multicolored dress and Fiorelli sequined clutch will reflect the glow of the seeds of the sacred tree gorgeously. Those of us living in the real world will have to settle for occasionally sporting Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal eyeliner or red beaded bib necklace in honor of the film – the next best thing to actually living on Pandora.

As I sat there watching by far the most impressive 3D movie I’ve ever seen, it occurred to me that it might not be long before every movie we see in the theatres will require these funny little glasses, which have already come a long way from the flimsy cardboard throwaways. Will there ever be a time when 3D glasses are sold in designer varieties for fashionistas far and wide to purchase in the style of their choice? Of course, you’ll also need the perfect little pouch to store them in, so they can easily be thrown in your purse as you run out the door to catch the next big flick. You never know – with the amazing advancements in technology (and fashion) we witness each year, you may find your own 3D specs on your 2010 Christmas list.

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