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J & K meet OscarPRgirl Erika Bearman

5 Apr
Good morning fashionistas!
The both of us were blessed enough to have the opportunity to meet Erika Bearman aka OscarPRGirl live and in person at her personal appearance this past Tuesday at Holt Renfrew on Bloor St. Both of us are raving fans of Erika and love pretty much everything she does. Erika started off OscarPRgirl when she was approached by CEO Alex Bolen about her blog! They enjoyed the content and thought with social media becoming a strong communication tool, they pitched the idea to Oscar and he loved it, which led to her landing the role of OscarPRgirl.
Erika discussed everything from the social media world and her position as PR director, to all her infamous ‘selfie’ photos wearing Oscar gowns!
Did you know that as the PR director of Oscar de la Renta she receives a clothing package as part of her salary? She even mentioned how Oscar keeps her in check cause all sample pieces are a 24 waist! Haha.
She was so easy going, honest, really approachable and as stunning in person as she is in photos! ūüôā
We not only saw her at the event but twice after that! We definitely regret not asking her to go for a drink and continue our conversation from the event. We were cut short because we were truly just having a conversation with her and took a little more time than we expected! (Sorry girls!). We could have talked for hours!
Here are some photos from the event!

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– J&K xo

J&K on the Best Dressed at the 2013 Oscar’s Awards

25 Feb

Did you catch The Oscar’s last night? I have to say, I was personally looking forward to it for some time; especially when I found out that Seth Macfarlene would be hosting. For those who don’t know, I (K) am a big fan of Family Guy and American Dad…and to be honest just most cartoons in general. Haha, my opinion on his performance? I did enjoy most of his jokes; however it was a bit awkward to see the reaction from the audience full of actors and celebrities who he has brutally humiliated and/or made fun of on his well-known cartoon. (Awkward much?) I did love his small tap dance bit with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe, great opening.

My (J) highlight of the night was ARGO winning Best Picture!! I cannot begin to express how proud I am that this film won! Ben Affleck not only directed this film but also was the lead actor. I remember watching this film with K right when it came out! I was filled with much anticipation to see how this movie was going to play out especially when Canada played such a great role in helping the Americans in a time of need. This film was absolutely incredible! To see countries helping out each other even when it may put they themselves in danger and just overall how we can be compassionate with one another is all I need to see. Much deserved, well done ARGO! ūüôā

Enough small talk! Onto the fashion! Who was your favorite? Who didn’t deliver? Here’s our scoop!

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Jessica Chastain glowed in this beaded rose gold dress by Armani Privecustom, might we add. Coincidentally enough; Jessica Rabbit styled tresses and Hary Winston jewels. We need not mention her captivating performance in Zero Dark Thirty

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Jennifer Lawrence WON my heart in a Dior Haute Couture dress and Brian Atwood shoes. Jennifer also won for Best Actress in a Lead Role for Silver Linings Playbook. I am pretty much obsessed with everything this woman does. I love her simple beauty, I think she is a phenomenal actress and she is only going up from here (K)

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Charlize Theron stopped us dead in our tracks in this absolutely beautiful Christian Dior Haute Couture dress. Not only does this dress flatter her stunning figure; but this pixie cut! This woman is MADE for short hair. She has a flawless complexion and fantastic bone structure. Not to mention, she is just plain beautiful. We are LOVING this!

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Amy Adams showed up in this beautiful light hued Oscar de la Renta gown. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Master. I’m (K) personally a fan of lavish and extravagant gowns at events such as The Oscars, so this was a big win for me. I love the almost feathery detail and the sleeveless just flatters her petite frame so well

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Kerry Washington in MIU¬†MIU. I’m a HUGE Kerry Washington fan (K), and I absolutely loved the movie Django, however I have to say that for some odd reason, on Kerry’s last few appearances – this woman just cant seem to have some decent pictures taken! At the Grammy’s, she looked beautiful but the pictures just didn’t show her off enough! All that aside. I love this dress on her. I adore the embellishment at the top. Kerry has a small frame and therefore the sleeveless option, I think, was the right call. The color is right on trend, and the train length was just right for the occasion.

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*gasp* Now this…this right here is hands down one of my favorites of the night. Amanda Seyfried in an intricate custom made Alexander McQueen gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewels (of course), and Roger Viver¬†shoes. Amanda knocked it out of the park for me. Does my love for her have something to do with her phenomenal performance in Les Miserables? Perhaps. But none the less, who can be mad at a custom-made McQueen?? Beautiful neckline showing off her fantastic arms and that body! Win. Win. Win

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Now. Seeing Anne Hathaway win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Les Miserables¬†had me on my feet. Her role as Fontine had me in tears and she performed incredibly. Her dress wasn’t a #1 choice for me, however as the night went on; it sort of grew on me. Wearing this Prada duchesse satin column gown, I do feel that the light pink color suited her complexion and short, dark hair. It brought out her beautiful face and that amazing smile. I just wish she lost that necklace! I admire the risk she took switching to this dress 3 hours before arriving and did I mention the risqu√© nipple detail? Oh Anne..(K)

Well! Those are our winners of the night on the red carpet. Do you agree?

Here’s the complete Oscar Win List for all of those nominated (Your welcome)

Best Picture – Argo

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day Lewis for his role in Lincoln

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Jennifer Lawrence for her role in Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Christoph Waltz for his role in Django Unchained

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway for her role in Les Miserables

Best Animated Feature Film – Brave (Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman)

Cinematography – Claudio Mirando for Life of Pi

Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina

Directing РBenh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

Documentary Feature РMalik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn for Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine for Inocente

Film Editing – William Goldenberg for Argo

Foreign Language Film – Amour

Makeup and Hairstyling РLisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Les Miserables (Great win, but over The Hobbit!? Come on!)

Music/Original Score РMychael Danna for Life of Pi

Music/Original Song – Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth for Skyfall

Production Design – Lincoln

Short Film/Animated РJohn Kahrs for Paperman

Short Film/Live Action – Curfew

Sound Editing – Skyfall

Sound Mixing –¬†Les Miserables

Visual Effects – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott for Life of Pi

Writing/Adapted Screenplay РArgo written by Chris Terrio

Writing/Original Screenplay – Django Unchained written by Quentin Tarantino

Style Feature – Oscar De La Renta & Spring 2013

18 Jan

So? Thoughts? Here are just a few pieces of Oscar De La Renta’s Spring 2013 line.¬† At first glance, there isn’t anything that is absolutely mind-blowing, but then again we are talking La Renta here, not Lady Gaga. The Spring ’13 line brings a mix of a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. High waisted skirts, reminiscent of the 1960’s, however he’s skipped out on the greys and threw on bold colors such as fuchsia and canary yellow, as well as vivid patterns that can easily get you noticed at the Vogue offices come Monday morning. (Then again, you’d have to dress to be noticed every single day at the Vogue offices..talk about pressure)

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Oscar de la Renta, originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, ¬†grew up in a middle class household alongside 6 sisters. At the ripe age of 18, he found a passion for painting and left for Madrid. Oscar had initially dreamt of becoming an abstract painter, (perhaps a modern-day Picasso?) however could not resist the lure of fashion design and his illustrations quickly opened doors and windows for him, when he landed an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga. Cristobal clearly made an impression on him, taught him all the tricks of the trade, because it wasn’t too much later that Oscar landed a position as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris in 1961. (Oh hey, I’m friends with Cristobal Balenciaga and Jeanne Lanvin, no biggie)

De la Renta also served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America for  5 years, and was lucky enough to meet his first wife Francoise de Langlade in 1967. Francoise was the editor-in-chief of French Vogue at the time and introduced her husband to the most influential members of the fashion society. (Talk about who you know!)

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By the time the early 2000’s rolled around,¬† de la Renta’s designs had become the preferred wear of the American first ladies, with the likes of Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush.¬† Oscar de la Renta was behind the designs of the haute couture collection for the house of Balmain, which made him the first Dominican to design for a French couture house. With so many hats on, de la Renta has never forgotten his roots, or where he came from; founding the Casa del Nino Orphanage in La Romana,¬† and remaining to this day an Ambassador-At-Large of the Dominican Republic, he continues to give back.

Oscar de la Renta is a big fan of ruffles, luxurious fabrics, color, and of course gowns and evening wear -Hello! Jessica Alba at the Golden Globes! A personal favorite of well known celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker (she was on this little show called Sex and The City, have you heard of it? Haha), Anna Wintour, Julianne Moore and Penelope Cruz.  His classic designs alongside his inspiration from the arts reflect in his work, and his newest collection shows just that! What are your favorite pieces?

xo Kathleen

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