I admit, I’ve been bitten by the Oscars bug this year. So far I’ve only managed to watch “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Gravity”, “American Hustle”, “The Wolf of Wall Street” & “Blue Jasmine” and have yet to see “12 Years a Slave”, “Her”, “Nebraska” or “Philomena”. I really enjoyed the films this year, particularly “Dallas Buyers Club”, and very early on placed all my bets on Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto to win for best actor & best supporting actor (if you’d like to participate in Lifestyle Network’s Oscars promo & get a chance to win & watch the Oscars 2015 live, click & join here http://www.lifestylenetwork.com.ph).
As a fashion designer, however, I find that it’s really the stunning ladies who have been stealing the limelight this awards season…and not just with their red carpet style. It’s been lovely to watch so many talented actresses flesh-out such interesting, complex, non-cliché roles this year that when Lifestyle Network invited me to design an ‘Oscar worthy’ gown for my favorite actress, I couldn’t easily decide on one favorite and sketched out four.
Modern Filipiniana designs for the red carpet
One of my favorite actresses (since her role as a young nurse with a mouthful of braces in “Catch Me If You Can”, followed by her role in “Enchanted”), five-time nominee Amy Adams is both wide-eyed and worldly, so I designed a gown for her that mixed embroidered & textured gold lace appliqués (and some piña) with some modern sexiness.
Having only seen Lupita Nyong’o in clips of “12 Years a Slave” and her interview on Actresses Roundtable on the Hollywood Reporter, she easily blew me away! I designed her gown as a wink to Hollywood royalty, mixing raw silks & piña with hand embroidery.
Who doesn’t loooove Jennifer Lawrence? She’s a gorgeous, talented, irreverent goofball on the red carpet and off. And whether she’s playing a bow-and-arrow wielding teen or an unpredictable housewife with a strange updo, she never fails to draw me in. For her gown, I designed a gown embellished with mother-of-pearl.
The great Cate (Blanchett) hardly ever strikes a wrong note, acting-wise or style-wise. From her turn as Queen Elizabeth to her uncomfortably tragic portrayal of a New York socialite in deep denial, she is always stunning. For her gown I designed a white silk organza & jusi gown with black embroidery & beadwork inspired by a Barong Tagalog.
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