Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Coco Rocha as the Face of Banana Republic's latest and 3rd Installation of the "Mad Men" Collection

By Laura Medina

Great anticipation for the sixth season of "Mad Men" has been welling up and Banana Republic's latest and third installment of its "Mad Men" Collection with Janie Bryant is riding that wave, cresting up today with the official debut of the third, definitely mid-to-late sixties inspired "Mad Men" Collection.

More of a fashion historian than a designer and miles ahead of a stylist, "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant, has always make sure that a particular era's fit and style will translate extremely well into today's market to make it meaningful.  In other words, taking the cliche out of the costumey-vintage then making it fresh and contemporary for today's "Mad Men-and Mad Women" who are the current taste-makers.

Let's face it, the cut, the material, the colors, and the patterns give a sneak peek of what to expect of the approaching "Mad Men" Season 6th debut on April 7th at 9pm on AMC.

Being the keen fashion historian and observer she is, Jane hinted during numerous interviews, to look for the upcoming mid to late '60's yearning for bold colors, pop graphics prints, and prints which were sneaked into the show two years ago with Jane Sterling.

This is why this current "Mad Men" Banana Republic Collection's tag line is, "Mad For Mod," well...because the women characters (some of the male characters) are finally accepting and wearing Mod.

Megan Draper's style, from the previous season, may be the model for the spirit and the attitude for this current Banana Republic collection but the official face for the ad campaign is today's supermodel, Coco Rocha.  Why? Being "Mod", being set in the middle of the '60's is all about being fresh, energetic, open, and youthful.  Coco Rocha reflected all that during the official launch yesterday at The Grove in Los Angeles.

Knowing that there are hundreds of models out there and she definitely not born during that era, Coco consider this quite an honor to be the spoke person for both Banana Republic and "Mad Men."

 As for translating and transiting fashion from another era into today, Coco said you can always learn something from that era.  She's insightful, commenting on how fashion reflects what women of an certain era went through, the welling up of the Women's Right and Liberation Movement.  Appreciating the hard-won gains from the women from that mid-'60's era and liking the ease in fabric and simpler tailoring in this current collection, Coco said that today, you can still be professional and be womanly at that same time. Noting on the comfortable light-weight fabric and the sleeker construction, Coco said this was the first time fashion seriously took daywear-into-eveningwear for business women.

As for how she'll incorporate this Mod collection into her wardrobe today and her advice in making this "Mad For Mod" collection work for you now,  Coco suggested it is all about how you accessorize and how you wear it.

For her, she'll go full-on Mod.  She loves the makeup,.. the hair.  Understanding not everyone wants to go full-throttle Mod, Coco suggested letting the dress dominant as the foundation then don't do the period hair and makeup, keep the rest contemporary.  This is how she'll keep it fresh.

Back to Janie Byrant, for this current "Mad For Mod" collection, she kept that era's need for comfortable fabric and fit but replaced the suffocating polyster with silk, cotton, and rayon.  Simple shell tops and sleek shift and sheath dresses, some in the current color blocking, replaced the highly-engineered dresses and the more conservative, long-sleeved secretarial blouses from the previous "Mad Men" collections.

"Mad Men," just like fashion, is diving head first into the '60's and not looking back.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The 2013 Oscar Gowns, Men Grooming, the Bling, & the Glow

By Laura Medina

Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio looked stunning from head to toe at Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party. Created by VS Makeup artist, Karan Mitchell, Alessandra’s red-carpet look was inspired by her ZUHAIR MURAD gown. Get the look for yourself with these easy steps. 

For sheer, dewy coverage, apply VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer in Golden Medium with a foundation brush.

For a flawless finish, lightly dust VS PRO Flawless FX Translucent Finishing Powder all over face. (

Apply VS Makeup Silky Powder Blush in Fame on the apple of cheeks.

Blend VS Makeup Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder in Goddess all over face ( ) for a golden glow.


Appy the golden shade from the VS Makeup Eye Shadow Duo in Undiscover ( all over lids with a damp brush. Highlight eyes by gently blending the soft light shade under the brow bone.

Apply VS Makeup Hypergloss Eye Shimmer in Diamond Lights to the inside corners of eyes.

Using VS Makeup Kajal Liner in Black Magic (, line the top lash line for definition.

Curl lashes and add three coats of VS Makeup Volume Plump Mascara in Blackest Black for eye-opening drama.(




At the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Miranda Kerr wore a show-stopping, ‘40s style gown by Valentino. VS Makeup artist, Lisa Storey, created a makeup look for Miranda that played up the glamour of that era, but with a modern, sexy sensibility.


Apply VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer in Golden Medium to give skin a flawless finish.

Lisa’s celebrity makeup artist trick? Keep VS PRO Anti-Shine FX Oil-Free Mattifier ( on hand for last minute touch ups!


Using VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Heiress (, apply the Base color on the lid and use the Crease color to frame the contour of the eye.

Starting at the inside corner and moving outward, line upper lash line VS Makeup Precision Liner, keeping the line thickest at the outer corner.

Frame countours of the eye with VS Makeup Shimmer Eye Shadow in Between The Sheets ( for more emphasis.

Enhance natural brow shape VS Makeup Brow Pencil. To finish the eyes, apply two coats of VS Makeup High Definition Mascara for full and lush lashes.


Apply a sheer coat of VS Makeup Color Drama Lipstick in Lighten Up to complete this chic and glamorous look.

REVLON Global Brand Ambassador Halle Berry attended the 2013 Academy Awards, in Los Angeles tonight. Kara Yoshimoto Bua, CHANEL Celebrity Makeup Artist, created a soft and feminine look with bold eyes and a colorful cheek to complement her Versace dress.


“I kept Halle’s look pretty casual and tonal, yet still glamorous, to complement the striking look of the dress,” said Bua.  “I focused on the eyes and added some shimmer for dimension.  Halle is presenting the Bond tribute award, so that was kind of the theme for the entire look.”

Bua used the following products for Halle’s red carpet look:

REVLON PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Graffiti (on the lid), $9.99
REVLON PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Metropolitan (sparkle coat used under the eye), $9.99
REVLON ColorStay Eyeliner in Black (on top lid), $6.79
CHANEL Long-Lasting Eyeliner (on lower lid), $30.00
CHANEL Le Volume de Chanel in 10 Noir, $30.00
CHANEL Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Naturel, $29.00
REVLON PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener, $9.99


CHANEL Sublimage La Creme Texture Supreme, $390.00

REVLON PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, $12.99
REVLON ColorStay Whipped Crème Mousse Makeup in Caramel, $13.99
CHANEL Powder Blush in 76 Frivole, $43.00
Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in Sparkling Sands, $9.79

CHANEL Rouge Coco Baume, $34.00
REVLON ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Private Viewing, $8.49
CHANEL Precision Lip Definer in 35 Praline D'or, $29.00

All products are available at



INSPIRATION: “The key word is natural. She’ll be one of the only people there who is able to actually touch her hair. Jen’s Valentino gown was such a daring fashion choice, so we wanted her hair to make her feel comfortable. I created a look that would last the entire night, from the red carpet to when she presents. “

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “First, I washed the hair with Living Proof Full Shampoo and Conditioner. I then applied Prime Style Extender to wet hair and massaged through for a lasting style, while still allowing the hair to have movement. Using a large round brush, I blew out the hair straight with a deep, side bang. Finally, I applied Hold Flexible Hairspray to the roots for height and lightly sprayed the rest of the hair.”






INSPIRATION: “We kept it really chic and simple. Natalie’s hair had a Richard Avedon, 1960s feel. Her dress was empire waist, so her hair had that same 60s vibe. Kate Young, Natalie’s stylist, had sent me some pictures of ideas she had so we started with that for inspiration. Natalie said that from the front it looked like she’d cut her hair short, and then from the back you saw this beautiful French twist. She called it a fakeout short haircut, which she loved.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “I used Living Proof Prime Style Extender while Natalie’s hair was still damp so that her style would last all night. Then I blew it dry with a round brush from YS Parks – a line of Japanese brushes that’s just unbelievable. I created a classic French twist, using bobby pins and teasing it a bit to give it a bit of a cushion. It wasn’t too high – it was a bit lower on her head, with a really beautiful shape in the back. Last, I used Hold Firm Hairspray to smooth it all down, get rid of any flyaways, and really give it that shiny, smooth, lacquered finish. The whole look – her hair and her dress – looked so chic and modern.”




George Kotsiopoulos of E!'s Fashion Police worked the Academy Awards Red Carpet yesterday; and appeared ready as ever for his close up. Here, George tells us and your readers how to get his look for the Oscar's:
"During awards season, I'm out there on the red carpet all day. I'm really choosy about the products I use, because I can't step off the red carpet and touch up my look halfway through the day. To make sure my hair stays put, I use GO 24/7 Texture Paste ($15.95: for just the right amount of hold without that stiff look."

To Get George's Hair:
·         Start with clean air-dried hair.
·         Then using the lightweight GO 24/7 Texture Paste ($15.95: take a small quarter size dollop and rub in between hands to evenly coat.
·         Apply the GO 24/7 Texture Paste throughout, manipulating it to an effortless and worn in look with a bit of texture.
·         Finish off with a spritz of the GO 24/7 Control Spray ($19.95: that provides a light hold. 

"I know my red carpet look is complete when I've managed to achieve just the right amount of stubble.  I walk a very fine line because taking it close is a no-no but if it's too much, you look sloppy. The Conair iStubble makes getting the precise effect fast, without irritation and completely effortless".

To Achieve George's Complexion and Smooth Beard:
·         Be sure to shave 2-3 days before any big event.
·         On the day of the event, use Conair's iStubble ($50: to evenly trim beard to desired thickness.
·         Finish off by applying the GO 24/7 Face Moisturizer ($18.95:

"When it comes to prepping for the red carpet, being camera-ready is key. That means no bags under your eyes, no wrinkles and well-groomed facial hair. I use GO 24/7 Face Moisturizer ($18.95: to make sure my skin looks even and smooth on and off camera."

Diana Schmitdke of The Art Of Shaving let's on what it takes to get Seth MacFarlane for his Oscar debut.  She used the Barber Spa's signature shave at the Barber Spa, The Royal Shave.  The shave is key to getting the closest shave possible, but giving moisture to the skin. Part of The Royal Shave they have a mask that is applied to the face which contains Desert Rose Clay --- this is a KEY ingredient to moisterie and keep the skin hydrated all day (something that is great for Seth who is on-stage for a long-time). Another reason I opted for the Royal Shave for Seth is because the shave lasts longer. As you know everyone goes to parties after the Oscars so it's a long night, no one wants that 5 0’Clock shadow to appear at 1AM; you want to keep the clean shaven look all night and a straight razor shave (from a professional barber) will do this!
Then we did his hair. I went with a more groomed look (compared to his everyday look,  but kept it fun!).
Lastly we did his makeup (I didn't need to use much makeup just anti shine by Peter Roth, and concealer by Jouer). I opted for ant-shine because it's long lasting, and Seth was on-stage for 4 hours (And there are no powder particles flying off my brush and risking that landing on his suit). It's very dark backstage!! Things move quickly and there isn't a whole lot of time like we have during a photo-shoot.
His hair and shave went with his outlets -- Gucci and Dolce. 2 tuxes for the show.
What are four tips to getting groomed like Seth?  What can men do at home to get the best groomed look from the red carpet?
Diana Schmitdke:
1. Moisturize.
2.  The Royal Shave at The Art of Shaving for more information on The Royal Shave go here
3. A haircut
4. Prevent looking shiny;  use an anti-shine.
Less is more when it comes to a well groomed guy.

 Diana Schmitdke is the "go-to" lady for male grooming and man-scaping.  When it comes to grooming male nominees and presenters, she said she has to work around the actor's work schedule and film shoot.  If his role asks for a mustache, a beard, and/or long hair, she has no choice but to work around it.  Remember, an actress or an actor is hot when she or he immediately jumps back into the role, on set, as soon as she or he is done attending the ceremony...if lucky, returns with the award, first thing in the morning, the next day.

Diana, "It was also the year of the beards from Ben, Bradley to George..all sporting a beard. They all had a beard that was trimmed and groomed properly."  

"Despite the 'year of the beard on the carpet' it's very important to shave because black-tie events translate to stepping it up and looking your best. In the event you do have a beard (like many men did), groom it!
Trim/shave it up under the neck. Create straight lines that are straight around the ear, neck and nose. One trick for keeping a beard looking perfect is to spray your comb with hairspray and then run it through your beard to keep the wild hairs at bay. Don't forget to check and perhaps trim if needed your nose hairs, ear hair, and eyebrows as well. A beard is sexy, but it must be groomed to get that red-carpet look!"

Bradley Cooper is a great example of Diana wanting a man to look like a man but only better, "Here is a man that has a great beard, (but with today’s beard, its not about lets just grow a beard and not have to keep it trimmed). Bradley’s beard was clean, trimmed and neat. The edges were shaved and cut to compliment all around is face.  His beard was a great complement to the nice longer hair slicked back off his face. His hair looked natural like he just ran his fingers through it to push it out of his face. His hair was done, but not over done; same with his beard.  It was groomed, but not over groomed."

According to Diana,  Jeremy Renner-his hair was full, groomed, perfectly styled. Perfect volume in the front, great side part. He looked handsome. I like seeing men on the carpet especially at the Oscars looking dapper and have their hair styled to complement their dapper outfit. 

Channing Tatem- this is a good example of a close crop that is actually styled and cut perfectly to a head shape. His skin has the perfect tone (well managed and definitely cared for).  That man know how to wear a suit! I loved the tails in his dance number. His look was flawless.

With all this exposed skin on the décolletage, the décollete, the neck, the shoulders, the back, the thigh-high slit of the leg, and the peek-a-boo dip of the back, and the clever cut-outs, skincare has moved below the neck and needs to pamper and prep every inch of the body.

Celebrity skincare guru Jenefer Palmer shares her secrets so you can flaunt your own picture-perfect, glowing skin.

Banish dead skin cells with a dry brush. The best thing you can do for your skin is brush for 3 to 5 minutes. Dry brushing will smooth out skin and improve circulation by stimulating lymphatic flow and removing body toxins.

Remove body acne with OSEA’s Ocean Cleansing Mudd, This marine-based cleanser removes impurities while clearing up blemishes and controlling excess oil production. It exfoliates and purifies clogged pores and removes dead cells, leaving skin smooth and invigorated.

Smooth out unwanted age dimples with OSEA’s Anti-Aging Body Balm. It preserves natural skin lipids, limits dehydration trapping and seals water in the outer layer of the epidermis. To tighten skin and restore a healthy glow, apply after bathing when the skin is still moist-- it’s worth the extra few minutes of waiting while it soaks in.

Stop sleeping naked. Bed sheets could be irritating your skin. Wearing pajamas can protect you from irritation breakouts caused by chemicals found in conventional laundry detergent. Try switching to organic, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic laundry soap, or use half the amount advised on labels (this will be gentler on your skin and help your clothes last longer).

Emily Blunt, Golden Globe Award Winner: Emily Blunt has certainly caught Hollywood’s eye and her red carpet appearances are just as captivating as her film performances. One of her favorite products, Murad’s Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30, works to restore suppleness, soften lines and provide essential sun protection to keep skin looking flawless. ($47) 

·         Jessica Lange, Academy Award and Golden Globe Winner: Jessica Lange is a classic Hollywood beauty knows what it takes to be camera ready, and that includes prepping with Murad’s Rejuvenating Lift for Neck and Décolleté. It increases firmness to restore a more youthful smoothness and even tone. ($55)

·         Rachel Zoe, Celebrity Stylist: Rachel Zoe is known for creating some of best looks seen on the red carpet, including for her Oscar-nominated client Anne Hathaway. She definitely knows the importance of looking your best, which includes having healthy and hydrated skin. No wonder she keeps Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture in her own beauty bag! ($65)

·         Nadine Velazquez, Actress: Nadine Velazquez, actress in the Oscar nominated film Flight, visits the Murad Inclusive Health Spa when she wants to pamper herself and her skin. It’s the perfect way to relax before any big event!

·         Ande Yung, Makeup Artist: Makeup artist Ande Yung, who works on the Golden Globe nominated series Boardwalk Empire, understands the importance of youthful skin. She says Murad’s Time Release Retinol Concentrate has my official seal of approval.”  ($65)
Another product celebrities are clamoring for is Murad’s new Rapid Collagen Infusion, a fast acting, multi-tasking formula that fights wrinkles and loss of resilience by promoting collagen and elastin production while maintaining healthy hydration levels in the skin. It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 2 hours. ($78)

Jacqui Stafford, globe-trotting fashion and style expert and author of "The Wow Factor," and mom, gives these quick and easy tips in getting last night's Oscar look with easy and attainable makeup that...if they aren't already purse staples...then they should be...

This is an invaluable TV trick I learned decades ago: Make eyes look brighter by lining the inner rims with a nude (not white, eek!) liner. Try Make Up For Ever Concealer & Lip Liner Pencil (it says it’s for lips, but it’s super creamy) in No.100.
Pick a bronzer that’s no more than two shades darker than your complexion and use a fluffy, oversized bronzer brush to dust it where the sun would naturally hit—on your forehead, down your nose, and on the apples of your cheeks. Try the cult classic, NARS’s Bronzing Powder in Laguna. Makeup artists add a dab of pink blush just on the apples of the cheeks over the top of bronzer for a believably natural glow.

For...Flawless Complexion
Use Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer for a fast flawless complexion.
This concealer is creamy enough to cover any humdinger of a pimple, yet whisper-light-enough to blend away dark circles. (A must-have for inside your party clutch.)

Get a warm shade that’s one shade darker than your natural lip color. (Try to match the shade to your gum color.) Sheer formulas are goof-proof since a less precise application is needed to give that fresh-faced look. Try Clinique’s Almost Lip-stick, a super sheer wash of color in iconic Black Honey (every makeup artist carries it) or a pretty pink that suits everyone, like Flirty Honey. 
(A good rule of thumb: The darker your skin, the warmer the red should be.)

These 4 key pieces can be or were easily stashed in those blinged-out clutches yesterday afternoon.

For a deeper analysis of last night's makeup, James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and Director of Artistry and Education for The Makeup Show, can break it down for you...


Vincent also notes some of his favoriteceleb looks and what he felt was missing on the red carpet this year,  “Naomi Watts looked sensational in her glowing nude look, the soft blue liner added the point of interest that some of the more natural looks were lacking. Jennifer Lawrence’s shimmery pink look, I thought was perfect for her age and complexion. Adele and Halle Berry brought a beautiful Bond Girl feel to their soft smoky eye and nude lip looks that I thought was understated and elegant and you could not takeyour eyes off them. And Barbara Streisand showed the world how less can be more with a flattering look for older women. Charlize Theron was one of my favorite looks of the night with a beautifully balanced makeup. 

I think for me I miss the days when people got carried away on the red carpet or at least took some risk. Everyone now is so professionally styled they don't take chances. Some of my favorites that bucked the trend. Jessica Chastains matte red lip was so beautiful against her complexion. Queen Latifahs look from legendary Sam Fine was flawless. The blonde eyebrow and simple eye with abold bright lip was beautiful and memorable. I also loved Kristen Stewarts makeup look by Beau Nelson. A lot of people did not like her morning after hair but I thought it fit her personality and was so perfect with her auburn smokey eye, romantic lash and kiss of color pink lips. I think it was nice to see something so different that was more about an actors personality and less about playing it safe.”

 Anastasia Soare, founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills is known as The Definitive Brow and Eye Expert and made over the brows at the Oscars for Mary Steenburgen, Leighton Meester, Oprah Winfrey, Laura Dern, Kate Capshaw, Julie Chen, Jason Schwartzman, Jennifer Lopez, and Heidi Klum.  Anastasia tells us here how you can achieve these looks at home: 

Jennifer Lopez is always so glamorous, she maintains a high arch brow and loves to use highlighter along her brow bone. To achieve her look, fill in your brows using Medium Ash brow powder and finish off the look with Brow Duality pencil in Lace along your brow bone.”

Heidi Klum is not exactly a challenge when it comes to looking gorgeous. She likes a clean makeup look. For her brows I fill them in with Blonde brow pencil and apply clear brow gel on top. Heidi keeps her makeup fresh and her browsclassic.”

Oprah Winfrey loves a classic bold brow, I have never shaped her brows thin we always strive to maintain a thick arch. For Ms. Winfrey's brows I apply Brunette brow powder and touch up any gaps with Brunette Brow Wiz. I finish off the look with Clear Brow Gel.”

At the 85th annual Academy Awards, glamorous nails stole the spotlight. Beauties, Adele and Rosie Huntington Whiteley, turned to celebrity manicurist, Kimmie Kyees, to complete their look. Kyees relied on color-leader Sally Hansen to create signature nail styles for this red carpet moment.

Adele, nominated for best original song, “Skyfall” from the latest James Bond picture layered Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Quick Sand under Complete Salon Manicure in Almost Almond.

 Rosie Huntington Whiteley, English model and actress, wore a custom-mixed color with beaded adornments to create a chic and trendsetting nail. Kyees created her look by painting one layer of Complete Salon Manicure in Mudslide under two coats of Complete Salon Manicure in Sheer Ecstasy.  While nails were still wet, Kyees applied a pearl and a gold metallic bead to the bottom center of each nail.

Jenna Dewan Tatum wearing Rachel Roy.

Julie Yaeger, wife of Paul Rudd, wears a Carlos Miele silk chiffon gown with tulle detail.

Neve Campbell wore an Oliver Tolentino electric blue silk brocade midi cocktail dress with peplum to the Weinstein & Chopard Oscars party last night at SoHo House.

Best Supporting Actress, Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams both started this subtle and sly sexy trend of wearing your draping necklaces-backward-to spotlight the spine and back.

Anne Hathaway paired her stunning gown with Tiffany Lucida Diamond Stud Earrings set in platinum ($39,300), the Tiffany Cushion-cut, Marquise and Round Diamond Fringe Bracelet set in platinum ($200,000), the Tiffany Paisley Diamond Bracelet set in platinum ($115,000) and the Tiffany Diamond Corsage Necklace set in platinum ($485,000) which she wore down her back. 

Oscar nominee Amy Adams wearing Mouawad diamonds on the Oscar red carpet. Draped in over 2 million dollars of Mouawad diamonds.


Description: 18-­‐karat white gold diamond earrings 
Diamond weight: 12.67 carats
Price: $98,500 

Description: 18-­‐karat white gold diamond bracelet
Diamond weight: 26.69 carats
Price: $1,143,000

Description: 18-­‐karat white gold diamond ring
Diamond weight: 8.12 carats
Price: $267,400

Jennifer Lawrence exudes elegance while wearing ELAHN Jewels to the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower on February 24th, 2013 in West Hollywood, CA. Jennifer wore the Vintage Sapphire and White Diamond Full Finger Ring by ELAHN Jewels.

Oscar Performer, Norah Jones sang the theme song from "Ted" in Kimberly McDonald for Forevermark Diamond Bangle with Oval, Heart, Princess, Pear and Marquise Shaped Forevermark Diamonds set in 18k Oxidized Gold, 33.79ctw.  Kimberly McDonald for Forevermark Diamond Drop Earrings with Pear and Marquise Shaped Forevermark Diamonds set in 18k Oxidized Gold, 12.75ctw.  Forevermark Cluster Shield Diamond Ring with Nine Round Forevermark Diamonds set in Oxidized White Gold

 Oscar Performer and "Les Miserables" cast member,  Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) joined the cast/choir last night wearing  Rahaminov for Forevermark The Center of My Universe™ Double Drop Earrings with Round Forevermark Diamonds set in 18k White Gold

Juliette Lewis sparkled in TACORI at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower last night in West Hollywood. The actress accessorized her colorful gown with a TACORI .61ct Diamond Blue Quartz over Hematite Ring from their City Lights collection (#SR14935, $2,690;

Bono's daughter, Eve Hewson goes Glam in CB Luxe at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party and the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

Fashion-Forward retailer for the people, BCBG outfitted celebrities for the surrounding bashes bursting all over town for the Oscars.  With BCBG, you can step it up too.

Modern Family star Julie Bowen looked effortlessly elegant in a lace embellished Max Azria Atelier gown with peplum-detail, while attending the Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

Who: Julie Bowen
What: Max Azria Atelier Gown
Where: 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
When: February 24, 2013

 Annika Marks stepped out at the Women in Film’s 6th Annual Pre-Oscar Cocktail party donning a chic BCBGMAXAZRIA floral jacquard dress.

Who: Annika Marks
What: BCBGMAXAZRIA Fabiana Puckering Floral Jacquard Dress in Black Combo
Where: Women in Film’s 6th Annual Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party
When: February 22, 2013

Style Network host Jeannie Mai amplified her look with this Hervé Léger by Max Azria fur vest, while attending the QVC Red Carpet Style Party in Los Angeles.

Who: Jeannie Mai
What: Hervé Léger by Max Azria Zimena Fur Vest in Golden Cognac
Where: QVC Red Carpet Style Party
When: February 22, 2013 

Jessica Perez looked flawless as she stepped out in a head-to-toe BCBGMAXAZRIA ensemble at the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party.

Who: Jessica Perez
What: BCBGMAXAZRIA Snejana One-Shoulder Evening Gown in Yellow Ochre and BCBGMAXAZRIA Belt
Where: 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party
When: February 24, 2013

The big secret in this town is this...nobody is perfect.  There is a lot of moisturizing sheen and shimmer so the skin can soak up then radiant that glow.  Torso and bodices and thighs need to be pushed and squeezed, no different from the "Mad Men" women of the late '50's/early '60's.

“Who are they wearing underneath?” Every leading lady knows the secret to looking great in form-fitting couture is great shapewear – thankfully, AMIA Shapewear is bringing your readers a full recap on last night’s curves and a peek into the shapewear they themselves can rock to get red carpet ready.

A few quick things that set AMIA shapewear apart from other shapewear brands on the market:
  • Benefits are two-fold:  In partnership with the Women’s Alliance (, AMIA donates $1 for every shaper purchased to the organization that helps provide professional attire and career and job training to low-income women
  • Better results:  Providing a complete midsection makeover of 1-2 inch reductions, AMIA features maximum control waist cinching – the secret behind looking red-carpet ready!
  • Pieces you actually want to show off:  AMIA features a lingerie-inspired Diva Corselette that features a lace boyshort bottom and lingerie detailing – a shaper you definitely won’t mind showing off!

Jennifer Garner in Gucci (photo courtesy of | AMIA’s Almighty Cincher ($54.00)
  • AMIA’s Almighty Cincher ($54.00) is the secret to unlocking new mom Jennifer Garner’s gorgeous smooth curves from last night – available in basic nude or classic black, the cincher features flexi-boning which supports the back for that perfect, camera-ready posture.  The perfect quick fix for new moms looking to quickly tighten and tone their tummies!

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji (photo courtesy of | AMIA’s Sumpreme Panty Shaper ($54.00)

Tighten and smooth à la Octavia Spencer with AMIA’s Supreme Panty or Thong Shaper ($54.00).  Available in a panty or thong bottom, this shaper features amazing underbust construction, making it the perfect shaper to not only boost the bust area but smooth the midriff too!  

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli (photo courtesy of | AMIA’s Diva Corselette ($67.00)
  • The secret to getting that same serious curve appeal that Jennifer Hudson rocked last night?  AMIA’s Diva Corselette ($67.00) – with lace detailing, this shaper is all about smoothing (featuring a total of THREE slimming layers!)  The perfect piece to show off her newly slimmed down shape!  Mind you, these shapewear is no excuse for slacking off on your regiment, diet, or exercise.  They are only exist to "support" and bolster your confidence to face the camera.

You can get similar gowns worn by Amy Adams (in Oscar de la Renta), Jessica Chastain (in Armani Prive),  Jennifer Lawrence( in Dior Haute Couture),  Jennifer Hudson (in Roberto Cavalli), Nicole Kidman (in L'Wren Scott), Catherine Zeta-Jones (in Zuhair Murad),  Charlize Theron (in Christian Dior), Naomi Watts( in Armani Prive), Salma Hayek (in Alexander McQueen), Halle Berry (in Versace), and Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab at

Believe or not, you can get similar pumps from Chinese Laundry, amazing drop earrings and clutches from Sears, Kardashians for Sears, and Bongo. Bling without busting the bank.

Whew...this is the Oscar round-up for now...See you all next year!