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And The Oscar For Best-Dressed Goes To….

Last night’s Academy Awards was one that didn’t disappoint.  From the Red Carpet to the awards show itself, we were thrilled with all of last night’s outcomes.

The dress trends of the night ranged from black to white to nude to bright pops of color. Asymmetry and one-shouldered looks were seen on a great number of celebrities.  And the greatest beauty trend of the night was a red lip (seen on Mila Javovich, Michelle Romney, Rooney Mara, and Angelina Jolie).

So following are our favorite looks from last night:

Jessica Chastain of The Help wearing McQueen

We loved this look on the red carpet.  It really popped against her skin tone and the tone of the carpet.  Even though some thought that her gown was too much of a risk, we thought she hit the perfect balance between avant-garde and classic.

Michelle Williams of My Week With Marilyn wearing Louis Vuitton

We love all of Michelle William’s red carpet choices, so we were very excited to see what she would bring to the Oscars.  The peplum is proving to be a big look for F/W 2012 and we were excited to see Ms. Williams usher it in with this look. We also adored all of her accessories. Her necklace and pink clutch (subtly referencing Marilyn in Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend) made her look incredibly chic and polished.

Rooney Mara of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo wearing Givenchy

Is it just us or is Rooney Mara that total bad-ass chick who you secretly want to be? But for last night’s big ceremony, all traces of rebel were washed away and left this stunning look. Mara, who usually wears black to these events, surprised everyone by making an endlessly smart decision and wearing white. Her look last night highlighted many currently-running trends: clean, mermaid-tail, sheer, red lip, and blunt bangs. And we think Rooney Mara nailed all of them.

Octavia Spencer of The Help wearing Tadashi Shoji

Full-figured ladies, take note.  THIS is how you go all-out for a classy event, all while embracing your body.  We thought that Octavia Spencer nailed the red carpet last night.  She kept her look simple, clean, and absolutely stunning. 

Angelina Jolie of In the Land of Blood and Honey wearing Versace

When Angelina Jolie AND Versace get together, you know it’s going to ooze sex appeal. All we can say is, “THAT LEG!” Just as soon as we get back from hitting the gym…

Miss Piggy of The Muppet Movie wearing custom Zac Posen

What high end event would be complete without this starlette? We thought Miss Piggy looked absolutely divine and completely classy last night. And she has our vote for best accessories: that vintage Fred Leighton cocktail ring AND some good-looking arm candy!? We must admit that we’re absolutely green with envy.

Christopher Plummer of Beginners wearing Marcello Tarantino

As far as we’re concerned, Christopher Plummer set two records last night: he was the oldest man to win an Oscar AND, we think, the best-dressed man of the evening. His velvet coat was certainly a fashion risk that we loved. This is just one more reason why we guess we really should listen to our elders!

Write back to us and tell us: Who do you think was best (and worst) dressed at the Oscars?

Happy Styling! .xo

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Shinning Stars At The Grammys

Awards season is officially underway.  Keep your eye here for our reviews on the latest red carpet hits and misses.

We’re kicking off our red carpet review with the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.  Held Sunday night in Los Angeles, the Grammy Awards honored this year’s best new music.  Here are our favorite fashion moments from the night:

Adele:
This new diva’s performance ensemble (like her voice) really blew us away.  After recent drama surrounding her with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, and her March Vogue cover, Adele has truly made her way into the fashion world.  Her choice of a lacy dress with sheer polka dots for her performance paid homage to her soulful singing and a hot new trend.  (Although we must admit, the dress she chose for the red carpet was a little too drab for this event.)

Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Credit: Jeff Kravitz/ FilmMagic

Taylor Swift:
    Although we personally are not big fans of Taylor Swift’s music (except for Aaron; he’s obsessed), we must admit that America’s sweetheart nailed all of her sartorial choices last night.  Our favorite is the Zuhair Murad gown that she chose for the red carpet.  The neckline and intricate back were beyond stunning and the peach tones of the dress played well with her complexion.  We were thrilled to see a girl as young as she wearing something utterly sophisticated and daring.

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Paris Hilton:
    We’re not exactly sure why Paris Hilton was at the Grammy Awards last night, but we sure are glad she was!  Her choice of a Basil Soda gown that played with sheer elements, was chic, sexy, and surprisingly lady-like.  And her gold belt reminded everyone just how great accessorizing can be when done correctly.
Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Joy Williams:
    Joy Williams of The Civil Wars made her chic fashion debut Sunday night at the Grammy Awards.  Another celebrity wearing a gown with sheer detailing, Williams took understated chic to an unparalleled level.  We loved how clean and well put together she was, but without being prissy.  We hope to see much more from her in the future.  (Also, if you haven’t yet heard Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars, do yourself a favor and look it up now!)

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

And for the men…..


Ben Lovett & Marcus Mumford (of Mumford & Sons):
    We absolutely love the English Countryside feeling that these boys bring to the Grammy Awards every year.  Their way of dressing is perfect for the man who wants to look put together, but doesn’t want people to know that he wants to look put together:

(Lovett on far left; Mumford on far right)  Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Adam Levine:
    Adam Levine arrived to the Grammy Awards, definitely winning the most-dapper man award in our book.  His suit was impeccably tailored and the pocket square was an absolute perfect finishing touch.

Credit: Getty Images

And Best Couple:
John Legend & Chrissy Teigan:
    Without a doubt, our favorite couple of the night. The two went together perfectly without being overly matchy-matchy. Teigan’s backless dress by  simply oozed sex appeal (in the classiest way possible) and Legend’s suit was well-tailored and classic without a fault.

Credit: Getty Images

Let us know what you think! Who do you think the best (and worst) dressed were?

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Item of the Week

I’m not going to lie, I have a minor major obsession with American Apparel. I realize that it’s overpriced for most of us college students living on a budget, the CEO is a creeper, and the lookbooks are basically pornography, but I cannot help but drool over their items. So many pieces are extremely versatile and can be styled in many ways.

Hence, why I was beyond excited to find out that the warehouse sale that started in December has been extended until the end of February.  The items will be available for deep discount (usually with some defect, but they can usually be easily fixed).  For more information on the sale,  check out the event on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/events/167448383351516). The sale is in Manhattan on Avenue of the Americas, but you can pick up all the pieces for full price at the American Apparel in The Westchester Mall in White Plains. Following are my favorite essential picks from American Apparel:

The Ultimate American Apparel Item: 

If you only ever buy one item from American Apparel, the circle scarf should be it. It is completely unisex and completely amazing. I have a dark grey one. Not only am I constantly wearing it, I’m always finding new ways to wear it. I think the tri-black is an absolute essential that everyone should invest in.

Men’s

As far as I’m concerned, no one makes a more perfect hoody than American Apparel.  It’ll look good with everything; It will last. Just trust me, buy it. It could quite possibly change your life.

Women’s

It’s a dress! It’s a shirt! It’s a lightweight cardigan! It’s all of the above! This button-up by American Apparel is one of my favorite items for its complete versatility. I am hoping to pick up a couple at the sale. I recommend wearing it under a men’s sweater for a look that is very on-trend.  You can wear it to class in the morning and then to your internship in the afternoon.

Happy styling & hope to see you at the sale! -CR.xo

(Source: americanapparel.com)

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Hi all! I’m Cailey Rizzo, a Freshman here at Purchase studying Journalism. I’m beyond excited to start as your fashion editor at Purch Magazine. Keep an eye out here for fashion shoots, tips & ideas. I look forward to seeing what everyone is wearing around campus! -CR.xo