"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself."
- Oscar de la Renta
Jose here. Legendary designer Oscar de la Renta passed away yesterday at the age of 82. In a career that spanned decades, he became a champion for the curvy female shape, similar to those he had seen growing up in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In what can only be described as an Almodóvar-ian experience, he spoke many times of how he grew up in a matriarchy, "I was surrounded by sisters. My childhood was all women", all of whom helped inspire him as he seeked a career in design under the wing of Spanish icon Cristóbal Balenciaga. By the mid-60's, de la Renta had become a favorite of Jackie O. and as his fashion empire grew, it became known for its devotion to old-style glamour. As gowns became narrower and more modest, de la Renta's remained opulent. It's no wonder he was always a fixture during awards season. Many actresses wore his curve-hugging, Spanish-influenced designs throughout the years, and recently he gave us some truly memorable moments at the Academy Awards, which is why to celebrate his work, we are doing the Ten Best Oscar de la Renta looks at the Oscars.
See the glamorous looks after the jump!
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"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself."
Empire Darren Aronofsky's Noah is having post-production / test screening trouble. Duh! Like evangelicals would love Black Swan or Requiem or or or
Huffington Post has a candid interview with Alan Taylor the director of Thor: The Dark World. Apparently there's a shit ton of exposition in the movie. I wish it wasn't locked yet because cut cut cut
Vulture I would have done so much better on this Brad Pitt Hair Quiz (I scored 11/15) if it was about which girlfriend he was imitating with which red carpet look
EW I was thinking Emile Hirsch was getting a little pudgy recently... now he's putting it to (potentially) good use: he's signed to star in a John Belushi biopic. Guess he'd like to get a little closer to Oscar than he got with Into the Wild
Backstage remembers Penélope Cruz's brilliant career makeover in Volver
Cinema Blend Noomi Rapace taking on seven roles in sci fi flick What Ever Happened to Monday? This is totally messing with my plans to continue being uninterested in her.
Nicks Flick Picks does his usual "anticipation" post set to diva beats. These are always amazing to return to for updates
My New Plaid Pants wraps up his amazing "13 Snakes of Halloween series. You need to watch them slithe
Anne Elizabeth Moore and Gabrielle Gambo investigate dozens of horror movies and discover disturbing gender/racial politics (in comic book form)
and Todrick Hall has fun with Disney Villianesses in this Chicago spoof "Spell Block Tango"
Two newish stills from The Counselor recently surfaced
When I saw this one all I could think was Michael Fassbender IS Scott Summers/Cyclops. But, uh, that's not right. They'd have to recast his franchise by messing with the timeline. X-Men: Days o Fassy: Days of Future Past.
The second image of Cameron Diaz and Penélope Cruz calls for a poll!
It was with great shame Friday that I realized I'm So Excited had landed and I hadn't done that Entire Retrospective of Pedro Almodóvar's Filmography that I suggested I'd be doing all spring. And here we are in July. My plans are always much larger than the hours filling each day as you know.
I know a lot of people aren't crazy about the new picture I'm So Excited (reviewed) which is a very silly raunchy gay comedy but I laughed a lot. (LAST DAY TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY CONTEST TODAY!) I'm going again with friends this weekend because what better way to celebrate America's Independence than... uh... catching a Pedro movie! Support your world class auteurs so that all movies without superheroes don't end up going straight to VOD by 2017.
Herewith the Almodóvar Filmography with a few notes...
We don't do "yes no maybe so"s for teasers (and I realize we're behind on a couple juicy trailers) but here's the new tease going around for a legal drama (? & zzz) with an all star cast (drool) directed by the still unOscared Ridley Scott (yay... sort of). Do you think this'll win Oscar traction this year or just drama for the multiplexes? What'cha think?
A delicious collection of actors at least, right? So let's do an impromptu poll!
Dear Woody Allen,
I will always be there for you. Stop punishing me for my loyalty!
Back in 1984 my older brother drove me to see Broadway Danny Rose. I don't remember why. I'll readily admit that much of the movie went over my head but I laughed and laughed at the helium scene. To this day it's the only thing I remember about the movie which I never saw again. (There were always new and old Woody Allens to see so there was little time to rewatch!). My brother laughed, too. The next year I cajoled my entire family into seeing The Purple Rose of Cairo -- even though they kept grumbling about you stealing the Oscar from Star Wars -- because it was about the movies and because you made it.
It was a turning point. I was already heading towards cinephilia but that blissful melancholy miniature classic handed me a map to get there quicker; my destiny was sealed.
As a reward to you and a treat to myself I go to each and every Woody Allen movie in the theaters. For a good long time this ritual reaped enormous rewards and I rushed out on opening night. I learned to live with the occassional dud and I still rejoice when you have a success -- hello Midnight in Paris! Nice to know ya -- but as the balance began tipping towards the "uhhh" side of the quality scale, I got lazier about it. It's been quite some time since I rushed out on opening night. I still see them but the passion has gone out of the trip ... it's now something mundane, like a favor you'd automatically do for an old friend without ever considering saying "no." You've a lifetime pass.
And so it was when I hit To Rome With Love, your follow up to a resounding success that brought you your third Best Picture nomination! Talk about wasting your post-Midnight advantage...
It's the new improved Red Carpet Convos. Faster, snappier, more focused... at least until the Oscars when it's impossible not to feel overwhelmed by gowns and veritably trampled by stilettos. For now, one event or theme at a time, all quick like. Today it's premiere time for Woody Allen. Welcome back Joanna from Pajiba.
Joanna: Okay, let's hit it!
Nathaniel: Today we're going To Rome With Love by way of Los Angeles and New York.
Joanna: Bad fashion from 'round the world!
Nathaniel: Right. I hate to start with such a downer waaah-waaaaah but I almost feel like this LA premiere is actual stills from a Woody Allen movie. He kinda loves the beiges. Since red carpets take place outdoors we'll call this Exteriors. Coming Soon!
Joanna: Not Alison's Getting Married?
Nathaniel: Marriage, Pill Style [pill being valiums]
Joanna: I love Pill and I think she looks swellegant from the waist up. But the length is so bridal meets plastic shower curtain from Target.
Nathaniel: With ballet slippers? I mean where is she going.
Joanna: If this were a wedding, then Penélope Cruz would be the super aggressive Mother of The Bride.
Nathaniel: Right. Love the Power Bitch Shellacked Hair though it always reminds me of that time when Laura Linney got all "bad girl" at the Oscars.
Joanna: Not loving the sparkly boob drape, but it's almost as if Penélope is narrowing her heavily lined eyes at me, daring me to question her "window treatment." If you know what I mean.
Nathaniel: This red carpet is depressing and it's for a sunny Rome-set comedy. Greta Gerwig will play the role of Pill's Flower (Dress) Girl. Or wait. are those grapes?
Joanna: Rome? Grapes? A theme!
Nathaniel: To Bacchus With Love
Joanna: I have to say, of all the pieces on this carpet, Elena Anaya's hot pink shoes are my FAVORITE.
Nathaniel: The Shoes She Lives In
Joanna: god I loved that movie.
Nathaniel: Let's change cities like Woody do. (He should direct a James Bond movie since they're always globe hopping)
Joanna: What is the delightful secret Woody is keeping? Is it that Greta is expecting? Or that her shoes are secretly the Phantom Of The Opera?
Nathaniel: Hee. But that's why we were at a wedding earlier. Shotgun. Woody, Greta, and Penélope are in NYC all of a sudden in this photo so out comes the black (shoes or dress or both)
Joanna: But Penelope is sticking to the grape theme.
Nathaniel: Days of Wine and Bardem-Cruzes -- I can't stop with the fake movie titles. Apologies.
I'd love to get complely drunk with her but I kinda hate this color on her. I'm not sure why. I think maybe it's because she looks so tan lately.
Joanna: What do we think of the Hamm Wesfeldt's? I love her dress and basically everything about her except for her Zellwegerian squint. And he, to me, is stubbly perfection.
Nathaniel: I love them. They strike me as a genuinely awesome happy couple, whether squinting or unshaven. And, not for nothing, I think they'd both be great in a Woody Allen movie. I hope they were handshaking and charming and bantering to sell that.
Joanna: <--- OH GOD GRETA'S WAIST FRINGE
Nathaniel: I knew I had to hit you with another Greta pic. It's just... what?!?
Joanna: Her waist looks like it's wearing false eyelashes. The whole thing is just so staggeringly unflattering. In every conceivable way.
Nathaniel: waistlashes. lol. what an image. I'm not sure how to end this Exteriors movie. Gerwig has robbed me of speech.
Joanna: Then take a tip from Woody and, just, shhhhhhhhhhhh.
Nathaniel: [rolling credits with some jaunty 30s tune]